Interesting take on a Republican’s viewpoint. As a new American and having voted now only two times, AND as a registered Republican who votes Democrat (because I thought I was more of GOP mindset at the time of my swearing in ceremony) I am not opposed to any rational political posturing be it whatever party. However, could I really be Republican and/or vote for Romney and his ilk? Could you imagine the likes of Sarah Palin or Donald Trump sitting with the leaders of China as did President Obama just recently (watch the YouTube vids on the federal government’s page) and representing our country in a cogent, rational, decorous way?
You may be interested in what I wrote to an acquaintance of mine who is a staunch Republican. He is also a believing and practicing Mormon. I don’t portend to know a great deal of ‘what’s going on’, but I am pretty sure that the GOP has the image as standing for ardent racists, greed mongers and religious nut cases.
In the last statement of the piece you sent me it states, “If I can leave the reader with one thought regarding the concept of social engineering to achieve equality, it would be this: Socialism claims to be the great equaliser. However, it does not lift those at the lower levels to a higher economic level. Instead, it takes from those that have achieved a higher economic level, discouraging their ideas, abilities and ambitions, assuring a form of lower equality for all, through the elimination of the motivation to achieve.”
Even though I’ve tried to make it clear to you that ‘socialism’ nor anything akin to it is NOT President Obama’s agenda, sitll, by the same token of questioning, what does capitalism, which runs amok a great deal of the time, claim to be? If you think socialism does not lift those at the lower levels to a higher economic level do you think capitalism taken to a wanton state of greed does?!
Papa John's CEO John Schnatter is complaining that Obamacare is costing his business too much money. This pizza chain CEO has made his views about the Affordable Care Act clear in recent months claiming the new health care law will cost his business about $5 to $8 million per year. So, to compensate, Schnatter said he will likely raise pizza prices, AND cut back some workers' hours SO HE DOESN’T HAVE TO INSURE THEM!!!
However, Caleb Melby of Forbes has done the math on Obamacare's cost to Papa John's and according to his analysis, to cover the cost of Obamacare the pizza chain would have to raise prices by 3.4 to 4.6 cents per pie (LESS THAN A NICKLE A PIZZA!), which is a lot less than the 11 to 14 cents Schnatter claims he needs. But even still, come on -- “OOOO...another dime more for a pizza! Oh my, how will anyone be able to afford it?!”
However, there are other changes the chain could make to save some money, Melby notes, like not giving away 2 million pizzas for FREE at a cost of between $24 and $32 million (he does this almost every year during the sport’s season).
Here’s a guy that lives in a 40,000 square foot mansion WITH A MOTE, has a twenty-two car garage, who made close to THREE MILLION DOLLARs compensation in 2011, and owns 297 MILLION DOLLARS in Papa John stock.
But that’s not all of the story. He only offers his employees one plan, which he refers to as a ‘Cadillac’ health care plan, a plan which unfortunately only the top salaried employees can afford. And the insanity isn’t just with this greed monger. As the article states: “Schnatter is just one of many company heads using Obamacare as an excuse to make changes at his company. Murray Energy's CEO laid off 160 workers the Wednesday following President Obama’s reelection, claiming his company was in “survival mode” due to regulations and taxes Obama put in place. The reality: the coal industry, of which Murray Energy is a part, is in decline thanks in large part to a recent influx of natural gas into the U.S., according to the Washington Post.” and even more companies are mentioned. You can read more about this on Jillian Berman’s Huffington Post article:
What do think about this, Joe? What do think Jesus thinks about this?
Here’s another question for you: Who do you think does more work, the horse pulling the heavy wagon, or the guy sitting comfortably on the wagon being pulled along by the horse? In most of the civilized world parents want their kids to ‘get a good education’ so that they can ‘get a good job.’ What do they mean by ‘get a good job’? Does it mean work harder, or rather does it mean work smarter (and dressed up cleaner) so they don’t have to work so hard (and get dirty)? Nevertheless, the ‘dirty work’ has to get done and we need people -- lots of them, who are willing to WORK at those kinds of jobs. Correct? However, does that mean that they are to be exploited like John Schnatter (and his ilk) exploits his ‘dirty work’ employees? Is the guy sitting in the wagon justified to say to the horse, “Ah f@#& you, you’re just a horse. I don’t have any obligations to look after you. I’ll just do as little as I need to for you and if you drop dead do you think I’ll give a sh#$? I’ll just get another horse.” Do you think Jesus thinks this way, Kendell (sans the expletives, of course)? President Obama isn’t preaching socialism, or anything remotely related to it. It’s about what’s fair and just; it’s about what’s moral and ethical and being a good stewart over others; it’s about ‘right size government’; it’s about balance, and *right now* it’s about having Americans who can afford a little more in taxes which won’t compromise their ‘high and mighty’ lifestyles one teensy bit to help THEIR country and the country of their ‘dirty work’ employees -- the ones who MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THESE RICHER AMERICANS TO HAVE ALL WHAT THEY DO HAVE.
Use logic, Joe, and think: ***Were the rich so bad off BEFORE the Bush tax cuts came into play years ago?*** Think about that. And also think about how the media and the GOP and, yes, even the Dems mess with our thinking processes -- influence your thinking in very subtle ways. For example, the GOP, instead of saying ‘the rich’ now banter, “the job creators”. Instead of ‘middle class’ you hear, ‘middle income wage earners’ or ‘middle income workers’.
There are a lot of factors at play, Joe, and it isn’t just about the differing ideologies of two major political parties. President Obama is a BLACK man and most of the nation’s populous is racist and this is what cuts deep into THIER flesh instead of a black guy tied to a whipping post. Are you aware of the tweets that were tabulated immediately after President Obama was declared the victor? Offensive, racist tag words like ‘nigger’, ‘monkey’ ‘Obama’ Odumba’ etc. brought back some interesting results. Well, no surprise the red states like Alabama brought back the most results, but in the mid-west and west coast it was VERY limited EXCEPT one state -- Utah. You go figure.