Every penny Americans earned this year, so far, have paid for federal, state and local spending and regulations

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on August 16, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

Ah  tax day cometh, already?  My favorite time of year, you gotta love it!  Yes, that’s right my fellow citizens, it has only taken us 7 1/2 months and every penny that we have collectively earned to pay for federal, state and local spending.  And don’t forget government regulations.   I know you’ll feel good getting out of bed tomorrow headed off to work knowing that this years astronomical tax bill has been paid…SHWOOOO what a load off!  Each of us should be ecstatic and feel that extra bit of patriotism for doing our fair share knowing that we will each get to keep the next 4 1/2 months of our pay.  Gotta love this government, can you feel it working for ya?

CUT, CAP and BALANCE – call your Representative today

Posted in Economy with tags , , , , on July 22, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

Raise the debt ceiling?  Raise Taxes?  Don’t make any changes to Social Security or Medicaid/Medicare?  Keep Spending?   Balance the Budget?  Balance the Budget, how did this get in here??  Maintaining the status quo is the Politicians mindset, after all, Politicians want to be re-elected.

Six in 10 Americans Oppose Raising the Debt Ceiling Despite Risks of Default read this article.

Yes, how about a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution?  Yes, cut spending on the useless wasteful government programs or better yet CUT the useless programs.  Our Government takes in about $200 Billion in revenue each month.  I’ll say that one again.  Our Government takes in about $200 BILLION IN REVENUE EACH MONTH!  How is it possible that we as a nation are so far in debt?

Call your Representative, voice your opinion, let them know that this is unacceptable!  CUT, CAP and BALANCE is  the hard choice that we all need to make now before it is too late, both as individuals and as a country.  Call your Representative today.

Herman Cain for President? You bet!

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , on May 24, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

Herman CainFull of Common Sense – Spilling over with Optimism – Charged with Positive Energy and a Believer of the American Dream!

“The only way to fix our messed up tax code is to throw it out and put in a whole new system, called the FAIR TAX”!

“Too much, Regulation, Legislation and Taxation”!

I feel a tingle running up and down my leg!  Hope and Change??  I’m not hoping for change, I’m begging for change!  Check out Herman Cain and see for yourself what good old-fashioned common sense, optimism, positive energy and a true American looks like.

A time for Choosing…is now

Posted in ronald reagan with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

As Americans, it is our duty to defend our Republic and honor our constitution.  As citizens, it is our obligation to be good stewards of our freedom and liberties.  And as human beings, it is our moral obligation to preserve our unalienable rights. 

For some time now, we as Americans, have become complacent.  We have allowed our government Representatives to believe that we are incapable of caring for ourselves, our children and our families.  We have let them believe and have convinced ourselves that as individuals we cannot handle the day-to-day grind of being disciplined, honorable, charitable, respectful and dutiful.  And we have convinced ourselves that we are too pampered, too above hard work and too good to get our hands dirty.  Yes, for too long we have had it too good as Americans and have lost our edge, let our guard down.  And because of our complacency we are a few short steps away from a full-blown Nanny State.

For almost a decade now, we have let our Politicians work their back room deals and slowly manipulate and nudge us into a Nanny state of total dependency.  Because of our complacency and ignorance of the game being played in Washington we are now dependent on the brainless power grabbing policies of the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Harry Reid…well I say the situation is unacceptable.  It is time to start following and emulating one of our history’s greatest leaders, Ronald Reagan.  It is time to act on these words of wisdom and change the course of this nation.  It is time to act like Americans.   

Declaration of Independence

Posted in American history with tags , , , on July 4, 2010 by shutterbugklentz

 The Unanimous Declaration
 of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

 He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776

 

If Congress is going to cut spending, then why do we need to raise the debt ceiling?

Posted in Economy with tags , , , , on July 25, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

This is what I do not understand?  If we are agreeing to disagree about whether to raise the debt ceiling, but everyone agrees that our bloated over-sized spending machine (our government) MUST cut spending and we all agree spending must be cut, then why raise the debt limit?

I’m a working stiff that manages to pay all of my bills and live within my means, but whenever I had incurred debt in the past, I CUT my spending habits, but never, never did I raise my CREDIT limit!  That is plain stupid!  This is the nonsense that our government is trying to pull.  If I can spend more, just a bit more, everything will be fine.  While those of us who choose to live in the real world, (the working-class world that exists outside of Washington D.C.) know that if you continue to spend money that you do not have and continue to raise your spending limit, you eventually will need to either beg your creditors to cut you a deal or put your tail between your legs and file bankruptcy and admit that you are incapable of doing simple math!  The kind of math that clearly explains, now pay attention Washington, IF YOU SPEND MORE THAN YOU BRING IN AND YOU BORROW MORE THAN YOUR CREDIT WILL ALLOW, YOU WILL GO BROKE! Is this the strategy?!  Sure looks like it from where I’m sitting.

Did you know that this President, President Obama, has added more to the National Debt in his first 19 Months than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined!  Let me repeat that for those of you needing to be slapped back to consciousness.  This President, President Barack Obama, has added more to the National Debt in his first 19 Months than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined!  COMBINED!!

In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.  Now I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking SPENDING might be the issue and something needs cutting and it needs to be cut now!
Need more proof that you, your children and probably your grandchildren are massively in debt.  Check out our nation’s debt clock and you tell me if SPENDING might be the problem and CUTTING the answer!  Are you kidding me?  Spending is still on the table as an option by this President and Congress!  People give me a break!  Call your Representative and tell them to STOP SPENDING and START CUTTING!
Kim Lentz

Average Compensation for a Federal Employee $81 G’s – How do I get this Gig??

Posted in Economy with tags , , , on July 22, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

At a time in our history when our country’s debt is rocketing out of control ($14 Trillion), our nation, globally, is seen as being weak and undisciplined, unemployment is hovering in double digits, and for the handful of us that are still working, knowing TAX hikes are inevitable….

How could I be so stupid, a career with the government, that’s the ticket!  Yes, that’s right!  You can leave your low-level, unskilled private sector job, or drop that unemployment check and become a federal employee!  That’s right you too can make on average $81,000 annually as a federal employee.  After all, you’ve paid a portion of the salaries out of your check, you deserve it!  You’re an American, hell You’re Entitled to it!

Check this out!  A recent article in USA Today puts our nations money woes into perspective, FEDERAL WORKERS EARNING DOUBLE THEIR PRIVATE SECTOR COUNTEPARTS.  This article will make your head burst, well, burst only if you are unfortunate enough to work in the private sector.

I Pledge Allegiance…

Posted in United States History with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

Just a few reminders of why, we as Americans, celebrate Independence Day.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, ONE NATION under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice FOR ALL.”

 The American’s Creed 

by William Tyler Page

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

–Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

Oath of Citizenship

I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

On this Independence Day, as Americans, let this be a reminder as to why we celebrate our Freedom.  And as Americans, let us all renew our citizenship to this great nation!

How to win back the White House in 2012? CONSERVATIVELY

Posted in Politics with tags , , , on April 23, 2011 by shutterbugklentz

2012 Republican Contenders

If you ask me, the Republican party has far too many “hopefuls” for the 2012 presidential election and hope is something we do not need.  

What we do need is a Winner!  We need to focus, now, on one candidate that has the best chance of winning back the White House and leading this great nation back to its conservative roots and here’s how it can be done.

1.      Quickly decide on one eligible-qualified candidate that has the best shot at Winning back the White House and beginmarketing that one person to the American people.  Unite and Conquer 
2.      Pull all of our resources (funds) together for this one candidate.  President Obama as you may already know has become the Billion dollar candidate.
3.      Gather together the top ten issues that the American Citizen (doesn’t matter if they are a Democrat or Republican) has and create one conservative plan to resolve those issues.  Even if that means combining several different plans into one.  Let’s put the egos aside, please.
4.      Begin, immediately, a forceful Public Relations campaign that will articulate to anyone that is capable of hearing, the details of how and when the top ten list will be accomplished and school every member of Congress on the details of said plan.  Remember Action speaks louder than Words. 
5.      Fax, email, snail-mail and advertise this completed plan to all GOP members, Independents, Libertarians, even Democrats…etc. anyone you think that needs to fully understand what the Republican party can do for them. 

And lastly; talk, blog, phone, fax, YouTube, sign, if you have to, the plan and the one person up until you are unable to speak another word!

Time is of the essence.  This is the only way we are going to win the White House back, Unite and Conquer!  The American Citizen is exhausted from all of the non-sense that our Representatives have been doing and are fed up with the business as usual glad-handing and soft-selling.  It is time to get serious about the conservative roots of the Republican party and start behaving like Conservatives and turn this mess that both the President and our Representatives have created.

by:  Kimberly Lentz