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Thanks to Ike, I’m Now Ready To Be President!

September 23, 2008

HOUSTON-Well I have been so “out of touch” lately with all of the effects of Ike on my city.  It almost seems as if the entire world has shrunk into our little area of 2 million people (700,000 still without power today).  But after the storm hit I saw something amazing happen.  Communities began to bond.  Although I had power quickly after the storm–most of my neighborhood did not, and still does not to this day.  Plus, there were trees everywhere–on houses, garages, cars, roof-tops (including mine).  Some needed to be moved immediately, some people needed gas for generators, some needed tarp for roof holes, some needed chainsaws, some needed a place to sleep, a water-vac, a rake, a helping hand.

Most of all–the community needed one thing above all else–ORGANIZING. Yes, that’s right we needed some community organizers.  Since I had power and got the 4-story pine tree off of my house without much damage, I felt it was my duty to begin to organize.  Assist in cutting trees, invite neighbors over for a day or even night in the a/c, organize meals, cookouts, finding tree services.  At the end of the first week, I must confess–I felt ready to lead our Nation.

Like the new bumper sticker?

Okay-enough sarcasm–turning to a serious point for a moment so that the Democrats reading this, if any, don’t go insane with rage–There was something that I did see from this tragedy—The community rallying around each other to take care of each other–without the Government’s help.

Sure there are people in Crystal Beach and Galveston and other areas that absolutely need FEMA and other agencies to assist them.  (See before and after Crystal Beach photo)

The Government serves a vital purpose in disaster areas where people have been devastated.  But what is interesting is although all of my neighborhood is in need–still today, the people, not Obama or McCain or Bush or Pelosi or the EPA or the Dept. of Labor or the UN or any other government organization—the people have jumped to the task of assisting one another and getting us all back on our feet again.

As Laura Ingraham always says, “Power to the People.”

What our Government has forgotten–and are citizens are quickly forgetting–is that our system of Government was designed to keep the power with the citizenry–not with government agencies.

Our Government spends billions of our dollars at a whim for programs it, not we, want to fund or control, and we the people have been gladly handing that power over to it for years.  Here is a list of taxes that did not exist in 1898, when our Country had no debt and was enjoying great prospertiy:

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax

CDL License Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Federal Income Tax < BR>Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge
Tax
Utility Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Had enough yet?

-Thanks to all of my neighbors and friends who have been so wonderful in assisting each other during these tough times in Houston.  And back to my original point–I have decided to concede the election–it turns out there is a better community organizer out there than me and I when I see the truth I cannot turn a blind eye.  So I am now endorsing my co-worker, Attorney Sarah Langlois for President.  As you can see below–she knows how to organize (Centerpoint is our electric company for those of you not in Houston):

 

 

 

Here it is…

 

 

 

 

 

Wait for it…

 

 

 

 

 

It is coming….

 

 

 

-Murphy

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The History of “Republicans” Destroying our Social Security!

August 19, 2008

Another election year–another round of candidates talking about how they are going to “fix” social security.  Once again, we hear from Obama and his party that the Republicans are at fault for the various ills plaguing our beloved retirement plan.  (I got my statement recently and it shows that I’ll make just enough to pay my current house note when I’m 70–I can’t wait to roll in that dough)

A friend of mine sent me an email that details the history of social security.  I checked out the facts and decided that it would be beneficial for you to know the truth about what has happened to this system.  Let’s step into our time machine and take a look back at the history of this amazingly inefficient government agency and program:  (imagine dream sequence animation here)

 

1935:  DEMOCRAT President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law.  President Roosevelt first promised that the system would be voluntary.  Of course, assuming that the American public would not do what HE knew was best for them, it was passed as a payroll tax and later made part of the IRS code.  Originally, participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1400 they made.  The money would be deductible from income taxes.  The money was to be placed into a special trust fund so that it would never become part of the General Budget and the annuity payments to retirees was not supposed to be taxed.  Sounds good–and even sounds like it would not be too onerous of a system to implement and receive.  It is a system of “forced” savings–but small enough not to overburden the government or our society.

THEN things changed.  Long gone are the days where the public championed this sytem.  Like Ida Mae Fuller–the first recipient of a death benefit under the system in 1939.

Ida May Fuller, the first recipient

In 1956, a democratically controlled congress raised the tax rate from 1% to 2% (2 for employer as well) and almost all other trades were included in the range of people that could receive benefits.

Then, in 1965, Lyndon Johnson, a DEMOCRAT President, added Medicare to the the program and moved the funds from the Trust Fund and placed them in the General Budget under the “theory” that Congress would be able to add more money to the fund instead of spend it.  HA HA HA HA HA HA

During the Carter administration (another DEMOCRAT)-we had the worst inflation and unemployment since the Great Depression–the result was a tremendous budget problem in Congress–which continued to pull money from the general fund to pay for social programs–Social Security, for all intensive purposes was raided out of existence and now is simply a line item in the Budget–but there is no “fund.”

Then Al Gore cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate to start taxing Social Security annuities for the first time.  Since that vote-no one has done anything to fix the program or allow workers to chose between the program and private choice investment.

Obama though has an idea for “change”–he proposes removing the cap for social security wages–so that you have to pay on all of your income and increasing taxes on those who make over $250,000.  Wow–what a novel idea–Since the 1930’s the only real “change” to Social Security other than moving it into the General Budget–is numerous tax increases to pay for it.

Does that sound like change to you?

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”  Thomas Jefferson–3rd President–and a Democrat

-Murphy

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“Here I Come To Save The Polar Bears!” (not Mighty Mouse)

July 9, 2008


Ahhh, the beautiful site of a Polar Bear slaughteringa baby seal.  Notice how the hue of the blood of the seal mixed with the reflection of blue sea water gives the picture a kind of violet tint.  Nature is a wonderous and magical thing.  But there is evil lurking in these blood-filled waters.  An evil no polar bear, even with his massive strength, can possibly defeat.

Big Oil!  That’s right the money-hungry, greedy, good for nothun’ Republican Controlled Oil Industry.  Somehow Bush and his henchmen were able to con the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service into granting legal protection to seven oil companies in the Chukchi Sea over the next five years should they accidentally harm “small numbers” of polar bears or Pacific walruses while drilling or during other exploratory activities. 

Oh the humanity…er…polar bearanity.

But wait–there is hope for the polar bear harassed by these villans.  In fact there is always hope for the environment because as soon as any industry tries to make an advancement to ease our pain at the pump–there will always be…

The mighty lawsuit.  Yes, the lawsuit–which has brought us such advances as warning labels on McDonald’s coffee to let you know it is actually “hot”, instructions on the back of rat poison that instruct you not to eat it, expensive car emissions systems, no more prayer in schools and constitutional rights to prisoners of war. 

This time–two separate conservation groups have teamed up to sue everyone that has ever lived to stop this “free pass” to Big Oil.  After all, we all know that drilling for oil harms the environment and therefore harasses the polar bear and the walrus.  Just like ANWR–I mean just look at the land region that Republicans insist should be explored for oil: 

Wow!  What a paradise!  I see why we need to be extra cautious there too.

Once again I say “bravo” to the liberals in our Country.  They never dissappoint me.  It had been almost 4 weeks since the authority was given to explore and I thought maybe the followers of the global environmental cult had missed it–but oh, no, they just needed to find a few brave heroes to do the job.  When we think of heroes we may think of soliders, astronauts, firemen, policemen, Ronald Regan but we all know the real heroes of our Country:

LAWYERS!  They know best how to make a Federal Case (literally) out of hanging chads, fatty foods and waterboarding.  Who else will speak for the Polar Bear?  Who else will champion the unheard voice of the walrus?  Paul McCartney?  I don’t think so.  If you want to hear the glorious sound of “coo coo ca choo” then you need a lawyer.  I just hope their lawsuit is in time to save us from lower gas prices in the next 5 years.  I am really hoping to be able to pay $10 a gallon one day so that I will be forced to by a smart car and then be crushed to death in the first minor accident I have on a Texas highway.

(remember, I have a right to be sarcastic about this–I am one of these)  🙂

-Murphy

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Hey Obama Supporters-Don’t Vote Like A Nazi!

June 12, 2008

Thanks for continuing to check in the last week–between vacation and short illness and massive workloads, I’ve been out to say the least.  But I’ve been thinking a great deal about our upcoming election and it occurs to me that we need to be very careful in our approach to voting.  Now, if you are an Obama supporter–don’t freak out–I’m not calling him a Nazi, yet…okay, I’m not calling him one at all.  But–there are some freaky similarities to the methods the Nazi’s used to sway the German people into believing that they were the best group to lead Germany and the methods the Democrats use to sway us to believe they are best to lead this one.

Hang with me a moment on this…

How did the Nazi’s rise to power?  The explanation is long but in my elementary way of attempting to summarize let me say this:  Germany for centuries was extremely antisemitic in its beliefs and in its views on the world.  These outlandish beliefs that Jews were responsible for all of the ills of the world continued to grow over hundreds of years, in part fostered by the Christian Church of that region of Europe.  As Germany continued to see its culture and its historical way of life “infiltrated” (by their thought) by successful Jewish families who were beginning to grow in numbers within the border of Germany, Germans began to seek a scapegoat or villan to blame their lack of success and standing in the world.  Some of the things that Germans were saying in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were:

1.  Our economic standing and ability to make money is compromised by Jewish farmers and business owners who band together to sell items cheaper and at better quality;

2.  Our standing in the world is diminshed since most of Europe is equally antisemitic and we seem to have a lot of Jewish families in our region of the world (i.e.  worried about what the world thinks of them);

3.  Our culture and heritage and ultimately our rights and pride as Germans is being compromised by Jewish influence and thought.

The Nazi party, recognizing these issues and led by a crazed antisemite, was able to feed on the already ingrained thoughts of German citizens and begin a program of exclusion of Jews from society and ultimately extermination of them altogether.  The German citizens were strangely supportive or at least not opposed to the Nazi’s policies about Jews and the Jews then made a great scapegoat for all of the problems in society as well as a great group for Germans to blame their loss of WWI. 

So what does this have to do with the election?

America has been fed a lot of thought from the media and propoganda masters for the last 8 years.  Here are some prevailing thoughts in America according to recent poll data:

1.  Bush (and therefore Republicans) lied about the War, had no plan and just simply wanted to go kill middle easterners.

2.  High gas prices are the result of Big Oil profitering at society’s expense and Big Oil is in bed with the Republicans.

3.  The economy is in a recession because of failed policies of the Bush Administration.

4.  Civil liberties that we “should” have such as gay marriages, civil unions, unlimited access to abortion and a world free from any mention of “God” are constantly blocked by Republicans and their legions of far-right wing Christians.

5.  Talk Radio is damaging to our Country because it spreads hate–and is dominated by Conservative Republicans and Bush-lovers.

etc…

So what is the Democrat party doing–and Obama in particular?  Feeding on society’s misinterpretations of reality and scapegoating Republicans, Christians, and Bush in particular to sway public opinion into believing that the following policies would be good for America:

1.  Big Oil Companies (although private industries) should only be able to make “reasonable” profits.

2.  Terrorists who are prisoners should be freed if we have no charges to level against them specifically–even though we are at war (which we shouldn’t be in the first place).

3.  Taxes should be raised on those in our society who are the most successful–those who employ the majority of Americans, those who make and produce the majority of the goods and food we consume–yes, those people.

4.  Taxes should be raised on investment gains to 25% just because gain on investments is an unfair windfall to the investor and it isn’t fair to the rest of us.

5. The Government (the least efficient machine in the factory that makes up this Country) is somehow best suited to administer our health care coverage and decide what care we should receive.

Shockingly–many of you are lining up and sending money to this party like blind robots, like cows in line at a slaughter house.  The fact that free people can be convinced to give up their freedom to the “State” is something most of us don’t think would ever happen.  Well–Germany was a Republic right before it was a Nazi regime.  Germans were free right before they VOTED Hitler into office.  Yes–he was voted into office.

And all the while, Obama’s new anti-rumor website says:  “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party, is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon—that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize.” 

And yet–that is what the party does every day–that is what Obama does every day when he attacks private industry, wealthy financially successful Americans and Republicans in general.  But that’s okay–because his new website says he doesn’t do that–so I guess we must all be mistaken.  Silly, stupid, unworthy us.

Seriously folks–Use your head, not your media-fed emotion and listen to what your life will be like as our Country moves another 10 steps towards socialism.  And all of you that will come on and call me names for not supporting Obama–read this carefully–I’m not demonizing him, I’m simply stating facts about the tactics he employs and the ideas he espouses.  It is reality-don’t believe me–elect him and then write back in 2010 and tell me how its going.  I’ll be living in a smaller house with my cash hidden under my mattress praying to God I don’t ever get sick again.

-Murphy

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We Are Obviously In A Recession–And It’s Bush’s Fault.

March 27, 2008

For weeks we keep hearing stories of how we are in a recession or heading to a recession.  I have tried to be the dutiful conservative and deny the truth of these horrible predictions and allegations but I cannot hide behind my wall of optimism any longer.  Hillary and Obama are right–we are in a recession.  Obama blames Bush for his tax cuts causing a recession, Hillary proposed a $70 billion dollar stimulus package (what does she know about stimulus?).  But maybe they are right.

 How do we know?  Is $3-$4 gas enough to realize we are in a recession?  How about the housing market and sub-prime mortgages and foreclosures?  I think the way you know is by looking at the news.  Here is my proof that a recession is actually going on:

1.  People Stealing From God On Easter

Apparently, in Connecticut the recession has hit so hard that a man decided to steal rain gutters from a Church during Easter services.  If you are willing to test the durability of your soul by stealing from a Church on Easter weekend–then you must be a victim of a recession.

2.  Children Deciding On Crime As An Alternative

In Palm Beach, Florida a couple of children who were apparently “Left Behind” decided that since there is no future employment for them in a recession filled world they would begin a life of crime early.  So in their brilliance they decided to rob a police station.   But of course, if it wasn’t for the failed policies of the Bush Administration, and the obvious failure of the No Child Left Behind Act-none of this would have happened.  Don’t go blaming the parents–it takes a village you know.

3.  Detroit Still Sucks

ALT

No I’m not talking about the Lions or the Tigers (or the bears oh my!) or even the Red Wings.  No I’m talking about the city of Detroit.  It is awful.  In January it was ONCE AGAIN ranked as the most miserable city in America.  And of course, as the “motor city” continues to stink all signs point to a recession.  NO it’s not the failed mega-taxes of the State of Michigan both State wide and locally, no it isn’t the inability of GM to compete with foreign made cars, no it isn’t the liberal mayor or the lack of any incentive for big business to go there–no it’s because of Bush.  After all, how many cars has he bought since becoming President?  Probably none.  And of course, Detroit has a large minority population and we know from Katrina that Bush hates African Americans so do the fuzzy math.

4. Saw V and Saw VI

 

So Hollywood, in light of the current suicidal mood of our Nation since we are in a recession, has decided to allow Lionsgate to film Saw V and Saw VI as back to back sequels.  Obviously this is a strong indicator that we are in a recession.  See, because of Bush and the economic polices of failure, we would rather be hacked up by strange devices and games set in motion by a psychotic killer than go to work each day to earn less than we need to survive.  Therefore, movies like this are appealling, even though we cannot possibly afford to go see them.  Instead we go to Manhattan and find a dealer selling bootleg DVD’s for $5 and then we watch it at home on a TV that doesn’t have digital capabilities and will thus be obsolete in a year.  Oh the humanity.

So, take heart, you are correct that we are in fact in a recession.  I apologize for being an optimist at any time in the past and promise to be as negative as possible so that I can do my part to contribute to the downturn of our economy and our Nation.  My first act of pessimism–I’ll cast a vote for Ralph Nader.  (ha-kidding)

-Murphy

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