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As someone who used to regularly put in 60-70 hour weeks, the line "you do all of the things you’re supposed to do, society still will go after you" resonated with me. I haven't dropped out but I've certainly scaled back. The recent downturn helped me to focus on what I really care about. The State of California refuses to spend responsibly and their solution is to tax me more to pay for their folly. Not going to happen. Taxes were (and still are) my family's #1 expense--more than housing, insurance, and food COMBINED. All those extra work hours just meant that I spent more time working for the dimwitted "brain trust" in Sacramento. The upside is that I spend more time with my wonderful wife and kids, which I enjoy more anyway. Heck, now I even have time to volunteer teaching public & private school kids. We still make plenty to thrive without depending on the government or others. If and when the government ever returns to sane policies, then I might consider contributing more eagerly to their economy. Lately, I've seen little real return on all the money that I've involuntarily sent to Sacramento & DC.
Treasury is currently hiding debt to avoid exceeding debt ceiling. Here's the evidence. http://soquelbythecreek.blogspot.com/2013/07/is-us-treasury-hiding-debt-again.html
Altanta Business Chronicle: Delta warns Obamacare will cost it $100 million in 2014 http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2013/08/22/delta-warns-obamacare-will-cost-it.html
I don't know where the entire $14B figure came from, but a Treasure Department Inspector General specifically identified $4.2 BILLION just for 2010. Individuals Who Are Not Authorized to Work in the United States Were Paid $4.2 Billion in Refundable Credits http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2011reports/201141061fr.html
Here are the ones that I know about. Likely, there are others. http://soquelbythecreek.blogspot.com/2013/05/keeping-it-all-in-family-cozy-relations.html
There are many, many more connections between the Obama White House and traditional broadcast media (ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC). Keeping It All In the Family: The Cozy Relations between Media and the Obama White House http://soquelbythecreek.blogspot.com/2013/05/keeping-it-all-in-family-cozy-relations.html
Dorner was a misguided fool and likely suffered from undiagnosed mental illness. A hero to Blacks? Really? So why did he kill USC public safety officer Keith Lawrence, who was also Black. Or was Lawrence merely collateral damage? Courageous? Sure. It was soooo courageous and manly to ambush Monica Quan, the daughter of the person that he was actually mad at. That really solved his problems? A proud Leftist? Really? He fought for gun laws by going on a killing spree. Sadly, that probably makes logical sense to some of the Left. He was an equal opportunity killer, though. He allegedly murdered a Black man, an Asia woman, and to White men. He only needed a Hispanic woman to complete the set.
How to private school results mirror public schools? According to the most-recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NEAP) in 8th-Grade Science, private and supposedly "anti-science" Catholic schools out-score public schools in science by nearly 8%. CHART: http://www.twitpic.com/9xxtip/full The overall results for California were devastating. Washington, D.C., who spends among the most per child, ranked DEAD LAST. California ranked only above Washington, D.C. and Mississippi and tied with Alabama. Thanks to poor leadership in Sacramento, California wants to cut a year of science education in the public schools. CHART: http://www.twitpic.com/9jvirj/full
Examples of misspending by the union? CHART: Results of California Teachers Association Campaign Spending (November 2010 Election) http://www.twitpic.com/8e1nmr/full TOTAL SPENDING: Over $11 MILLION SUCCESS RATE: 11.6%
Even career Democrats understand this. Here's life-long Democrat, former California Assembly Speaker, and former Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown (no relation) on the situation: Jerry Brown won't challenge teachers http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/27/BATQ1HU1VQ.DTL "No one knows the power of such unions in California better than Gov. Jerry Brown. You'll notice that even as he's proposed draconian cuts to health and welfare programs and the state's universities, and asked taxpayers to pony up extra for several more years, Brown has been careful not to touch teachers. "He knows good and well what the California Teachers Association can do for him - or against him - in an election."
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