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.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

WE ARE ROBIN HOOD, WELL, AS LONG AS WE DON'T HAVE TO ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING

Well, my battle of addiction to TV without actually owning a TV continues as a total loss. Just got done watching the BBC Robin Hood series.

First, I had a really difficult time buying the actor as Robin Hood, he looked like the grown up version of that little kid in The Sixth Sense who keeps running around saying "I see dead people".  Took me to the third season to get that out of my head, almost.  Also I was not real happy when they killed off Marian at the end of season two, oh, shit, sorry, that was a spoiler.  My bad.  That's okay, he sees her again.

I'm such a jerk sometimes.

But what really gets me is the politics of Robin Hood.  Like V for Vendetta, they make the evil lords like conservatives - except lets look at the last two democratic presidents for a moment.

Clinton, the first quasi black president, signed into law NAFTA which totally decimated middle class blue collar jobs in this country.  Yes, republicans were behind it also, but we are focusing on something else here.  It was also during the 90's that private prisons took off under Clinton's blessing.  That is where instead of counties, states, and the feds running a prison, a publicly traded company on the stock market runs them, seeking to maximize shareholder profits, and having contracts that guarantee a price per inmate that is less if occupancy is above 90% meaning our government has a profit motive to make sure those prisons are full.  And where do they get most of those prisoners, from unemployed black america.  Clinton also raised taxes on everyone, who can ever forget that campaign in 1992 promising a middle class tax cut and then that famous speech where he said he "tried, tried harder than anything else I've ever done, but just cannot cut those taxes" however, he did raise them.  And senior citizens, well, they got their SS benefits taxable raised up to 75% while at the same time saw Clinton cut interest rates from about 8% when he came into office down to 1% additionally killing any cost of living increases and well as calling federal bonds that before had never been called and had a no call feature in so further cutting the income seniors could earn.

And prison for tax cheaters tripled, well, non democratic tax cheaters, prison sentences to make sure those prisons were full and those campaign donations from said companies kept piling in to Bill and later Hillary.  Yep, Hillary is the largest receiver of campaign contributions from our private prison companies.  But fear not, Marco Rubio is running a close second from his time in Florida.

Kind of like the sheriff on Nottingham, huh?

And how have lower and middle class americans fared under Obama, well, they certainly aren't as lonely as they were, since he's just about doubled the poor in his 8 years while spending 100 million a year taking vacations.  Golf fees are not included.

What are we at now, about 95 million americans between 18 and 65 who can be working except they cannot find a job.  About a 30 million increase in 8 years.  And besides all the other taxes we keep paying, we now have that wonderful ObamaCare tax that will auto be stamped on your tax bill or face prison.

And Robin Hood is the kind hearted doesn't like to kill person who steal the money the evil sheriff takes from the hard working people and returns it to those hard working people.  Let's face it, in my lifetime only two presidents have actually cut taxes on the working people of this country, JFK and Ronald Reagan.  The rest just keep using the american tax payers butts as their personal ATM.

Nearly 100 million unemployed people and jobs keep going overseas, or, large companies are illegally using those work visas to fire american tech workers and replace them will foreign workers, saving themselves about 2/3 of the salary and all the benefits.  Disney is the latest, remind yourselves that as you plan your next trip to DisneyWorld or DisneyLand and pay those horrid prices for tickets, food, and hotels at Disney and remind yourself that the company you are giving your money to just replaced hundreds of high tech workers with foreign immigrants violating the law and paying the politicians to look the other way.

And the Obama Administration, nothing, not a word from the Justice Department which really should change their name to Injustice Sheriffs Department of Nottingham

And tell me, as you watch the political debates, do you see a candidate that if elected you actually seriously expect your taxes to go down?  Hillary?  Please.  Sanders?  Pretty good bet taxes will be going up for everybody and everything - except the top 10%.

Republicans?  Oh, they all have plans but campaign plans generally all go away after election day, historically, like 100% of the time.

And Trump''s plan for jobs in America?  Let me tell you a little secret, labor is not the only reason things are made in China.  Look at the parts in a smart phone or computer, who makes all the chips and screens and stuff?  If a company moved their assembly plant 'back' to the USA, then there would be daily shipping of all those parts to the plant from overseas which would add a pretty hefty additional cost to those computers.  Since most of these companies use JIT, written about before here, they don't have inventory and need shipments throughout the day to keep stock for todays production.  Kind of hard to do when the plant that makes the chip is 3,000 miles away.

So for a company to move back to america, so would all their suppliers.  Each would have to build plants, which will take 10 years for EPA approval, cost millions in legal fees and licensing, and that is not going to happen.

So back to Robin Hood.  A world where workers are taxed to the max, where jobs are destroyed and one man stands up and says no and fights the evil Prince and Sheriff and in the end, well, no one wins.  What cracked me up the most though was the person who recommended I watch Robin Hood.  I work with her and she is the most follow the rules and procedures and don't violate anything one iota or you will get nicked and I wonder now if when she watched the show if she wasn't rooting for the sheriff the whole time.

Oops, sorry, edit here, forgot one other thing.  Do you know what Robin's flaw was?  He didn't kill the Sheriff or his henchman, Guy, numerous times when he had the chance to.  He didn't kill Isabella when he had the chance to.  Betrayals abound, but Robin said no, don't kill them. And in the end, that decision cause a lot of people to die, friends, villagers, Marion and in the end, well, the ending.  His indecision or idea that people could change, in the end, cost him everything.

There is a lesson there, not sure what it means, but there is a lesson.

Politician 'bout to make his speech
Signal for attention, please
Then he shuffled his notes
And wiped his sweating brow
I looked at my friend next to me
And we don't dare agree
Before this is over
We'll wish we woulda left right now

'Cause it sounds like a long song comin'
And it looks like he might throw in a little dancin', too
Yes, it sounds like a long song comin'
And buddy, listen buddy
We got better things to listen to

Bob Seger