Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sit down!

I am not one to complain a ton. Yes, as a human I tend to complain about things like the weather and other such nonsense. There is something that I find disturbing though. As of right now, the United States Congress is in a complete deadlock over how to fix the money problem so the government does not go into default on the debt it has. So far, myriad proposals have been sent to the legislatures and have all been denied. I do not want to tell them how to do their job, I'm sure it is a difficult one, and I will refrain from hitting the "panic mode" button because I know that the Congress will arrive at some reasonable conclusion prior to the deadline of August 2nd. What I wish to say is...HURRY UP! There was a situation not long ago where the Congress was stalled on a budget decision, that could have cost many people, including some close to me, alot of money. Now, they face a similar situation where millions may not be paid again. I realize the security risk of having all 100 Senators and 435 Representatives in office at the same time, but this is an important matter with very little time to spare. My suggestion is that if every seat in both houses are not filled, then they need to recall those duly elected representatives and have everybody deciding this matter. Once this matter is resolved, resume your normal lives. I would say it is comparable to a business about to go into default on it's loans. They call everyone together and figure out how to fix the situation.

On that note, I do have one idea that may ease the debt and I know many will not be happy with it, but it's just an idea: Put a 1% Federal Sales tax on everything. 1% isn't much if you think about it, instead of paying $1.53 for that soda you just bought, pay $1.54. Most people, when they see a penny on the ground, or get a penny back from a purchase, they throw it into the penny collection thing at the counter. Consider this statistic, according to the US Census Bureau (http://www2.census.gov/retail/releases/historical/marts/adv1012.pdf) Americans spent $380 Billion dollars in December 2010 in the retail market. Now, 1% of that is 3.8 billion dollars. If you multiply that number by 12 month you get 45.6 billion extra dollars of funding for the US government per year. I know that isn't much compared to the 14 trillion dollar debt, but that is something.

Like I have said before, and will say again, the opinion here is mine, but I am willing to share.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Connections and something better than mediocrity.

Today as I was eating a rather normal lunch at a fast food chain known as Chik-Fil-A, I noticed that all the people around me were mostly neutral about the place. There were a few children that were playing in the playpen area, but most of the adults were just eating, unconcerned with the attitudes of those around them. This was something that I didn't feel was out of place, after all if a stranger came up to you and was not of the opposite sex and/or not attractive to you, then it would be odd for them to approach you. I followed this trend and did not stray from my seat other than to grab napkins and some dipping sauce for my fries. This is what disturbs me: in the age where international connections can be made with a click of a button, it is considered odd to try and make a face to face connection. That is another discussion for another time. As I was leaving the restaurant, I asked the cheery employee behind the counter to fill my cup up with the soda I was drinking so I would have some on the road. In response to my appreciative words, I hear "My Pleasure" instead of the normal "Your Welcome". Those two words turned the rather normal and lackluster lunch I had into a pleasant half-hour spent in a calm dining environment.

The opinion is mine, but I'm happy to share. Laterz.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Madness is a Two-Way Street.

So, as I sit watching a TV show called "The Batman" I realized that more people are inclined to become the Joker rather than the Batman. Most people, when confronted with a situation that they cannot control, feel helpless. This helplessness usually results in a violent reaction, this violent reaction results in a "adrenaline rush" that makes the person reacting feel powerful. Power is an alluring thing. People are also destructive by nature, (look at the kick most people get out of seeing something blow up in a movie) hence the desire to be in a overwhelming situation again, and the easiest way to do that is create the situation yourself. The Joker does the same thing, he wants to be able to have that rush of chemicals and the best way he can think of to do that is to make a situation in which he is overwhelmed and he has to "fight", either physically or mentally out of it. The Batman's emotions have dictated that he only "fight" against the ones that are causing chaos, although he maintains the original principle of getting a "rush" from the fight, exemplified in the smirk that he usually carries when he knows he has the bad guy beaten. This emotional tug of war is something that most people want to avoid, so they opt for the most destructive and least resistive path to the emotional high.

This opinion is mine, but I don't mind sharing. Laterz.