There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
James Truslow Adams
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh's palace. When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, "Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is used up."
"Then bring your livestock," said Joseph. "I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone." So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, "We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. Why should we perish before your eyes - we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate."
So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh's, and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other. However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
Joseph said to the people, "Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children."
"You have saved our lives," they said. "May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh."
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The U.S. Postal Service is proposing the elimination of Saturday mail delivery. Savings are estimated at $3.3 billion the first year and $5.1 billion a year after that.
I believe it to be a good move considering the projected $238 billion deficit by 2020. Did I mention the elimination of 40,000 government jobs?
Have no fear! As always, the private sector will take up the slack and provide the same service with half the employees, twice the productivity and make a profit in the process.
This is just another example of the United States government putting themselves out of business.
And you think government run healthcare will be different?
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I find it very befitting (and hilarious) that Congressional Democrats were mad as hornets Monday morning when the health insurance industry found the first major flaw in the new health care bill.
After bragging that the new law forces insurance companies to immediately offer insurance to children with preexisting conditions, Congress was informed that they didn’t have to. Unfortunately, it seems Congress’ new bill doesn’t force them to cover these children if they don’t offer insurance to any children. Woops!
All health insurance companies have to do to save billions is not offer coverage to any children!
If you think Congress is unpopular now, wait until health insurers drop coverage for children in America. Wouldn’t that be special?
Personally, I was hoping it would go through so everyone would take their kids off their policy until they got sick; I know I would!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Since the beginning of time, men have imposed their will on others for the sake of their own aspirations and ambitions, usually justified by religion, ideals, greed, power, ego or just pure hatred. We have enslaved each other; killed and tortured one another; raped, pillaged and starved people into submission for a cause seemingly greater than ourselves.
Success of tyranny has always been powerful, charismatic leadership and its ability to motivate the masses, along with the ability to force others into obedience. Historically, even the most successful governments have been unable to escape corruption, failure and collapse.
Our Congress is mostly corrupt and breaks the law more than average Americans, but no one will prosecute them. Even when prosecuted, most of the time they get off on a technicality, make a deal or get pardoned.
Although all men are created equal, they are not treated equally under our current system of government. Justice is no longer blind, has developed great vision and now turns its head away for those in power.
Today, our government will now make us buy health insurance or pay a fine; otherwise, you are a criminal and can face jail time for nonpayment. There are three groups who these laws don’t apply: members of Congress; illegal aliens and legal aliens. Does this sound fair to you?
When is the last time you heard the term “taxation without representation”? Isn’t that why we went to war with England and created the Declaration of Independence?
Americans have shed rivers of blood to purchase the freedom we enjoy today. Our government has apologized to the world for the sacrifice our grandfathers made to secure our freedom, and we could care less.
Since we have not personally experienced the pain of tyranny and injustice, we know nothing of what people in other countries experience every day of their lives. We only care about our own pleasure and standard of living. If you really want to appreciate America, go live in Beirut for just one month, in fear for your life.
As Americans, we do not deserve any rights we are not willing to fight for. We dishonor the memory of those who fought and died for our freedoms by our ignorance, selfishness and complacency.
I am guilty if I believe I can’t make a difference; don’t vote; vote for my own selfish agenda; vote for the lesser of two evils; vote for someone I don’t know about; support officials who are corrupt; condone liars in politics; support a candidate or political party for any reason other than their principles; believe government owes me anything; blame the government for my problems; teach my children not to care; maintain ignorance of government activities and leadership; don’t do anything but complain about it.
We feel all warm, fuzzy and patriotic when we say “God Bless America”, but given the attitude of most Americans, how can He?
Why would He even want to?