WORDS ALONE CAN’T SAY THANK YOU SUFFICIENTLY:
Anne and I are both overwhelmed with the Comments, Emails, and Prayers we’ve received on behalf of Stryker, and were very warmly reminded by our Dear Friend and “Partner in Crime”, Pastor Gary Burd of the M-25 Mission of Hope Motorcycle Riders, who mentioned in his Comment, how after Morning Prayers on the way to Boca, when all the RIDERS were about to mount-up and head out for the Boca Pledge Ride, everyone gathered around to sing Happy Birthday to Stryker.
IT’S MORE THAN JUST THE ECONOMY “STUPID”:
It’s Fascinating and SAD . . . and I mean REALLY SAD, that all of a sudden the Politicians and the DUMB-HEADED MEDIA came to the conclusion that our economies, jobs and incomes are not only NOT growing, but are in fact in rapid DECLINE.
Surprise – Surprise . . . where the hell have they been living?
ALL THE MEDIA HAD TO DO . . . was to ask any working class person what it is like to shop for groceries, or go out to eat, or put fuel in the car . . . AND MORE THAN THAT – how much is left-over after paying taxes, heat, air-conditioning, light and electricity?
As far as I’m concerned . . . the Media has been so focused on promoting the LIES peddled by Obama and the Democrats, that they became willing partners of a COVER-UP, and Guilty of Collusion with the Government.
AND WHAT ABOUT THIS MADNESS CALLED OBAMACARE . . . where average married couples (forget about families), who have to pay as much as, and more than $20,000 per year in after tax dollars, PLUS a HUGE deductible if they need healthcare, just to be covered by some insurance?
AND NOW ALL OF SUDDEN THIS IS A HEADLINE? WHERE WERE THEY?
The next time you walk into your local Butcher Shop look at several things:
1 – How much less Meat is on display in the glass counters.
2 – How much more Pork is on display in place of Beef.
3 – How much the price of Pork has increased.
4 – How the quality of Beef has gone from PRIME to GRADE.
5 – And how unaffordable a simple quality Steak, like a Rib Steak, has all of a sudden become a luxury instead of a staple. Even at a back yard BBQ.
If you’re retired and living on a fixed-income, as most people who are not retired Public Sector Workers are, how can you afford to eat they way you’d like to, even if your dietary wants are simple?
Anne and I rarely eat out that much anymore, because we simply can’t afford to squander as much as $50 for a modest lunch at a real restaurant, with the price of the meal, the tax and tip, opposed to eating Junk-Food at most Fast Food Joints.
And forget about going out for supper to a decent place where the tab will almost assuredly run over $100. That’s now reserved as a real treat for special occasions.
AND WHO CAN BLAME THE RESTAURANTS?
Everyone thinks that Restaurant Owners are flush with money, but that’s a CROCK. I know many restaurant owners, who have been forced to close, go bankrupt, or are hanging-on by the skin of their teeth, because of how terrifying their business prospects are.
THINK ABOUT THIS . . . The rents on the average restaurant are always going way up. City Taxes are through the roof, plus all other Taxes, which in many cases are levied on water usage, environmental services, and inspection. And then there is the Raise the Minimum Wage Jerks are DEMANDING, who are pricing themselves out of jobs.
And if you think everyone who eats in a restaurant leaves a 100% profit to the owner, think again, since the food costs are not all that much less for the Restaurateur, than it is for yourself at home.
He or she also has to pay for huge amounts of energy, which often includes a combination of Gas and Electricity to cook, wash and clean. Not to mention Heat and Air-Conditioning, when the Electricity is at Prime Time, and it’s at most expensive rate in many jurisdictions.
And what about the food that’s sent back by fussy consumers, because the food was either a little too well done, or not done well enough for his or her liking? I know plenty of people like this, whom I refuse to accompany to restaurants.
WHAT I’M TELLING YOU IS NO SECRET . . . AT LEAST NOT TO YOU AND ME:
WE’RE ALL TAKING A BEATING . . . My Motorcycle Insurance came due this past February, while Anne and I were in Austin. And being a Canadian, unless I’m willing to bring my Bike to a warm weather State for the winter, even though my insurance covers my bike for a full year, it is generally only used for 6-months.
SO HOW ABOUT THIS? . . . I have a perfect driving record with my BIKE and my Car. I have no accidents, no claims, no demerit points, and no tickets. I am 67-Years old, which puts me in the safest age category for Drivers, and we live in the Country away from the risks of Big Cities – SO HOW COME MY INSURANCE COST WENT FROM $1,000 TO $1,500?
AND IF I WAS A YOUNG MAN OR WOMAN . . . under the age of 25, even with a stellar Riding/Driving Record, it is literally unaffordable. And if I didn’t have a PERFECT Driving Record, I could kiss the idea of Riding my Bike Goodbye.
It’s not as bad for our Truck and Car, but it’s also not that good either.
The Insurance Company already gave me the Song and Dance answer to why I’m getting RIPPED-OFF, which according to them has a lot to do with the government, but regardless, if I want to continue to enjoy my Motorcycle, I either buy the Insurance or I RIDE Illegally, which is not an option.
I KNOW THE REASON FOR OUR FINANCIAL DOWNWARD SPIRAL – AND SO DO YOU:
BIG GOVERNMENT . . . BIG BUSINESS . . . BIG LOBBYISTS are the reason. You know it and I know it. They REGULATE and REREGULATE from dawn to dusk. They promote the growth of tax-subsidized crops for FUEL opposed to crops for FOOD.
The Government REGULATES and TAXES every facet of business, to the point, where LITERALLY every Small to Medium sized Business is working for the Government, instead of the Government working for the Businesses.
AS A MATTER OF FACT . . . No Business that I know of needs the Government to be working for them. All Businesses need – is for the Government to get out of the way and leave them alone.
As ANGRY as I am that our Governments have brought us to this Precipice, and how FURIOUS I am that our electorate has been so utterly IDIOTIC to keep voting these Jerks Back-Into Office, I am actually MORE UPSET, that all of a sudden, our Media has woken up to realize what every Middle Income Family, non-Public Sector Retired Person, and Working Stiff knows about MIDDLE CLASS POVERTY, every time he or she has to make a purchase or cover a bill.
And none of all that I just wrote even begins to scratch the surface.
The Revolution Is Long Overdue.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov