A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX, BUT REMEMBER I'M SICK

I reread this today and can't believe I wrote it.  So I'm editing it to make it readable, I think.  I am having this dreaded realization my blog is becoming boring.

Still sick as a dog.

I wonder why dogs always get the short end of the stick.  Sick as a dog.  My dog never actually gets sick, he's not coughing, sneezing, etc.  Dogs are a mans best friend, best thing a guy can have is a dog.  Except maybe a horse.  Wow, a dog and a horse.  Definitely shouldn't have both a dog and a horse, why have friends?

Yes, still sick.  Still not sleeping, got dizzy as crap at the grocery store and forgot the damn ice cream.  So this blog may wander.

Interesting article which should send most conservatives up the wall:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2013/11/17/american_basic_income_an_end_to_poverty.html

Here is the summary idea: every month, every working american age citizen gets a government check.  Now the plan, as laid out in the article, is not a good plan.  But it is something to think about.

Now, before you freak, Switzerland is considering a similar plan.

The problem with the plan laid out in Slate is they just add this 2.4 trillion dollar plan on top of almost all the other stuff and then come up with typical liberal thinking of a carbon tax would raise 100 billion a year, which could help pay for it, except 100 billion is about 1/24th of what is needed.  Plus they stop it at 65 for SS.

What really shocked me was the thought that the poverty line in this country is considered just under 12k a year.  You mean to tell me those idiotic moronic megalomaniac crooks we send to DC think people can live on 12k a year?  They have dinners where people pay 3 to 10 times that amount for one meal. They pay the Madam more than 12k a month on their Amex.  Their teeth capping cost more than 12k a tooth.  And I'm sure their drug and booze bill runs well over 12k a month.  And they have the audacity to say anyone live on 12k a year?

Poverty level should be about 24k, but I do have a new idea for the annual salary for members of congress….

But forget all that and look at the Swiss idea and think.  What if we guaranteed a 2500 a month check to every person?  The catch to all this would be the following: It will replace EVERYTHING.  No more food stamps, Medicare, SS, Medicaid, unemployment, obamacare, or any other federal or state supplement program.  Every american citizen, yes, you have to be a citizen, would get 30k a year.  But that is all,  you have to buy your own food, health insurance, rent, etc.  And since all those departments in DC and state capitols will no longer be required, federal payrolls will be slashed.

Cost to implement?  7.5 trillion, based on 250 million people above 18.

WTF?  I know that sounds like a lot, but I suspect it's not far off what Washington is really spending each year.  I know what the budgets say, but by now you must realize what is happening is not what we are being shown.

But wait?  What if we did the transaction tax or a sales tax of 10%?  No income taxes on income below 100k.  A 50% tax on income above 100k.  They already know the transaction tax of 1% would raise about 8 trillion a year.  Oh, quit whining about a 50% income tax above 100k.  I'd also tax gross sales of a business.  I know, not fair, but think of the billions spent each year trying to cheat on taxes that would go away.  A 2 or 3% federal gross sales tax at the end of the fiscal year.  Yea, I know, prices will go up, but then you are already paying for these corporations to hire ivy league MBAs to figure out how to cheat.

That is the problem with that argument, the people will always pay, regardless of the plan, so using it has an argument is specious.

So what would it look like?  Well, millions wouldn't work, drink, smoke legal pot, meth, or crack, and die young.  They do that now.  Others will coast on 30k a year and quickly complain it's not enough but then they would be the same who would complain 100k wasn't enough.  We will always have a subculture of people who will be like that, well, unless you want to start a conversation on eliminating such people through some uberguberment retroactive abortion policy.

By the way, speaking of uberguberment, did you catch the story where they now figured out the census department was faking the unemployment numbers leading up to the election?  Gee, no shit?  We just caught the administration faking numbers and you know what will happen?  Nothing.  Nothing ever happens to the uberguberment.  They can do whatever they want and there are never any repercussions for illegal activity.

This is like a great sociological experiment unfolding before our eyes; monitor the effects of a large group of wealthy sociopaths and psychopaths when they manipulate the system so there are no negative consequences for their immoral and formerly considered illegal behavior.  Remember that term, retroactive abortion policy?

So will this create a new middle class, people who will still work all the piece of crap service jobs we are only left with since all our good jobs moved overseas?  Hey, wait, fever kicking in, new idea, 100% tariff on all foreign goods other than fruits and veggies imported to the US.  Where was I, okay so now the grocery clerks, store clerks, etc who use to be well paid middle class americans can make about 30k working, another 30k from the government, and the middle class reemerges.  Spending will increase by consumers, people will pay cash for colleges and stop borrowing forcing education costs down.

I know, it's nuts, but the Swiss are about to do it so there must be something to this idea.  I keep coming back to that thought: when I read the article, I was ripping it every which way then went, oh, the Swiss?  Really?  Maybe this should be thought through.  I'm playing with most of the numbers, but be honest, would you stop working?  No, but you could take jobs you now can't afford to take.  It would also clear out the workforces of lazy deadwood which we both know and see daily.  So we'd have a motivated workforce who like to work, more independent people because of that 30k safety net, and people would just have to understand they are no longer going to get free food, free medical, etc, they have to pay for it out of the 30k.  And herein lies the problem: while I can paint a rosy picture of more independents, more middle class, I can't get past that percentage of society that will fritter and waste away the 30k and still demand free medical care, etc.

Once again, a solution that sounds intriguing, that may very well work in a country the size of Switzerland, Sweden, or Denmark, but will not apply to the US with a 300 million population of such diversity there can never again be any type of consensus on any subject.

We really need to start thinking of breaking the US up into about 5 to 8 countries and the only common element will be a national military to defend the borders and land mass as a whole.


I want the sun to shine on me
I want the truth to set me free
I wish the followers would lead
with a voice so strong it could knock me to my knees

Hold on world 'cause you don't know what's coming
Hold on world 'cause I'm not jumping off
Hold onto this boy a little longer
Take another trip around the sun


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