Death and taxes

I was listening to the radio on my way home from work on Thursday and they were talking about the death of Pop Legend Michel Jackson. Instead of celebrating the good things Mr. Jackson had done in his life, some of the callers instead were suggesting his death was some kind of punishment from God; despite the fact that we have no real proof of his wrong doing. My first thought was "how short sighted that opinion is", and it reconfirmed for me how my beliefs help take the sing out of death.

When everyone is destined to die, and it's really just a matter of when, how can we say death is a punishment (unless you torcher them to death) especially when you believe as I do that death is not the end. Rather I believe death to be a necessary next step in our eternal progression. Instead of grieving, I find myself hopping Mr. Jackson has now found the peace he needs.

Don't get me wrong, it's certainly sad when loved ones leave us, and I do believe in capitol "punishment", both as a deterrent and as a way of dealing with people whom have done such terrible things that society has no other way to truly deal with them.

I'm not even talking about rapists or pedophiles, as I think we should castrate them instead; rather I'm talking about people who are likely to do there horrific acts again and again if ever given the chance. In that case death is a way of protecting society and preventing them from committing further sin. From this perspective, death can even be seen as merciful. They will also be further along their way to the true judgment and punishment of God that is well beyond anything we can ever inflict in this mortal life.

So what do taxes have to do with this, other then supposedly being the other unavoidable thing in life? While many people are busy morning over dead celebrities that they don't even really know, Congress has been busy finding new ways to tax us and ultimately destroy more jobs in the name of protecting us from a still poorly understood phenomenon commonly referred to as "Climate Change"; formally known as "Global Warming", and in the '70s it was referred to as "Global Cooling".

What I'm getting to here is the single largest tax ever to be put on the U.S.A. In a single session of congress: cleverly named "Cap and Trade". In an already slow economic time, this bill will only hurdle us even closer to a full-on depression, and no I don't think a depression is inevitable, or at least I didn't until the Democrats took over Washington D.C. ealier this year. Quite honestly, the passage of this bill is something i think most Americans should be more graved by then the passing of a couple of celebrities (with exception to those who actually knew the deceased personally).

As the economy continues to plummet, our liberal government will continue to find new reasons why they "have to" take over more aspects of our lives to keep us from hurting our selves. The reality is that it's the government putting stumbling block in our path that is causing us to trip and fall. Sure a reasonable amount of regulation is good to protect the people against tyrants and thieves, but I believe the U.S. government has taken this way too far. My biggest fear is that we are not even close to being done with all the encroachments the government is going to make into our lives and our wallets.

The moral here is that our country is going to continue on a downward spiral until we start getting our priorities straight, and getting involved. We can talk about it all day long, but until we actually do something, all we'll get is more of Obama's "Change". I say he can keep his change, and I'll keep my dollars.

If things get bad enough will the government say they "have to" step in a take complete control over the economy and all businesses?  Either way, it looks like we have until 2020 before the worst of it kicks in, so lets get started on looking for good people to represent us that will repeal this economy killing bill.  On the other had, maybe we'll all be driving electric cars by then... yeah I know, not likely; though I'm sure there'll be a few around by then.

Glenn Beck: The Letter

Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Glenn Beck: The Letter:

Basically the Letter writer says:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal immigrants and secure our borders.
Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it.
Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances stopped immediately.
Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over.
Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive decision.
Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty fully restored.
Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010 census. I want them investigated.
Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no . . . what do you have against shareholders making a profit?
Nine, charitable contributions. . . Charity belongs in our local communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent and our local resources.
Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of us.
Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how about it? Let's have it.
Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

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Where's the Stimulus going?

Glenn Beck: Eye on the Stimulus - light sensors:

". . . when the government says they spent $24 million on an apartment building greening, they really only spent $59,000 and another $23,941,000 were left over. Nobody knows where that went . . . $109 million for one veterans home . . . In actually St. Albans is slated to receive only $3 million for the new light bulbs and light sensors. The government was only off this time by $106 million . . ."

LA Times: Some projects raise question: Where's the stimulus?:

". . . Aging bridges and roads are being repaired, providing needed jobs for construction workers. Money is going back to working-class Americans in the form of a tax cut . . . new renewable energy sources feeding into "smart" grids that reduce utility costs. . ." [I personally am now paying an extra few dollars a month for my "smart" meter that was forced upon me and likes to shutoff my power in the middle of the hot humid summer] . . .

". . . Minneapolis . . . to spend $2 million . . . on a vacant 99-year-old theater that developers want to convert into a center for dance. . . [but only] $300,000 to a company that wants to open a solar-energy-panel manufacturing plant that would create 360 jobs by 2011. . . Federal guidelines say that stimulus money may not go toward "recreational facilities that serve a predominantly higher-income clientele."

INDYSTAR: Where's the stimulus money going?:

L.A. Now: Where's that stimulus money going?:

". . . the "Metropolitan Transportation Authority" wants to pursue securing $150 million for [expantion projects] . . . Other big projects . . . include the carpool lane[s] . . . and a plan to rebuild subway . . . $5.3 million for preliminary work on developing a positive train control system for Metrolink."

Sound Politics: Where's that federal "stimulus" money going?:

". . . ($180) million is going toward 5 Nickel and TPA projects that are already funded with the two gas tax increases approved in 2003 and 2005 . . . 30 on the state list are small repaving, rumble strips and guard rail projects . . . may result in a net increase of jobs but there won't be very many, they will be temporary. . ."

Glen Beck: Eye on the Stimulus - Turtle Tunnel:

"$3.4 million to tackling roadkill on U.S. Highway 27 near Lake Jackson . . . the government solution to the problem is to build a 13 foot tunnel under the highway to accommodate the more than 60 species of animals . . . Turtles are the most frequent victims on this road."

And did we all forget about the 2008 "Stimulous" checks we all got? Were's all that money now? I think mine now belogs to Visa. I think what we have now is a 1.1 Trillion Dollar Mess of unfairness and future obligations on our children (don't forget to account for decades of interest on all tha money too).

$2.8 million on New Mexico forest toilets.

A Lesson on Priorities

I put God first, so I go to church. In church I learn that God wants me to love my neighbor and provide for my family, so I spend the rest of the week working hard to earn a living, helping my neighbors and friends, and spending what free time I have left with my family.

Do I enjoy all this hard work? Not really, it's hard after all, but I know it's what God wants and because the first and greatest commandment is to "love the Lord they God", I do it as he wants me to show him my love threw my actions.

Then I learn that my neighbor lost his job months ago, and now does nothing but live off a free ticket from the government. I think of all the help I've given him over the recent months, and wonder why he doesn't do more to help himself, or even to help me with all the stuff I can't get done because I'm too busy helping everyone else.

All the hard work I do to provide for my family, and yet I could do nothing and let my neighbors and their taxes pay for it instead. They are supposed to help me anyway aren't they? So I start to slack off and stop doing as much for everyone else. I only do what little I have to at work to get my job done, and get annoyed when asked to do more.

As this goes on, I end up getting fired and now find myself at home doing nothing but living off the government. Suddenly I realize, with nothing to do my existence is worthless. I'm no longer happy, and I no longer have the respect of my family or neighbors. I wondered, "What can I do to gain back the respect and happiness I once had in my life?". Then I read Mosiah 27:4, "That they should let no pride nor haughtiness disturb their peace; that every man should esteem his neighbor as himself, laboring with their own hands for their support." and realized the error of my ways.

While this story is fictional, the truth is that a productive life is hard work, and anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you snake oil. Not only do I believe that life is hard work, but one of the most helpful and motivational believes I have is that life is supposed to be hard work. Without it we burden our neighbors, and never learn or grow to become better and closer to our ultimate goal. If you think your job is hard, just think about how hard God's job must be trying to bless all of his children, but only being able to after they have put in the hard work and effort on their end. If God gave us all what we wanted, we wouldn't be able to find true happiness and fulfillment in our lives, but would be as spoiled children.