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|Posted by Thomas Ault on July 28, 2017 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
During the last election phase in our great country, we endured one of the most foolish periods that I can remember with respect to our "hopeful" candidates for president, who spent most of their time fighting among themselves, rather than concentrating on what was important to us, the voters.
Along came a man who said what he thought, and for the most part, I agreed with what he thought. I didn't necessarily approve of his tactics, but he did say what a lot of us were thinking at the time. Then the time came to cast our votes, and cast them we did. Will the true outcome of that voting ever be knoiw? I doubt it! Never the less, that man became our president.
We have elected a president that I hoped we could all get behind. Granted he came on strong trying to implement his ideas, but having no regard for the system, he has failed in many ways. Have we all made a mistake? Could we have done better? Perhaps, but we will not know for some time if the choice was right or wrong, but in the meantime, it should be our duty to get behind the president and help him do what he said he was going to do.The question now is, can we?
Unfortunately, it is starting to appear that we may have elected a man who touts himself as a great salesman, but all I see so far is a very well to do man, who started out life with a lot of money, has never had to get down in the trenches and worry about the next day's meal. The problem with this type of person ( and don't get me wrong, there is more than one of them in our hiearchy of government) is he really has no concept of how the rest of us live! He (they) can read about it, can converse about it, can watch others suffer through it, but they have not lived it!
I could be wrong, but it seems to me a president should be a solid leader, a person who works the system well, speaks clearly to his constituents, and thinks before he tweets. (Should I have said speaks?) There are many people who "tweet" these days, who use Facebook as a means of communication, and have all but forgotten how to carry on a conversation without those devices. While our president appears to think that this new communiation is the answer, perhaps he should consider it is more like a cloak to hide behind.
I want to know where the man I voted for went! Is he hiding behind all of those relataives and friends he placed in various positions where they have no business being placed in, sitting in a corner with his cell phone tweeting his annoyance around the world? Isn't it time for him to stop his childish ways, grown up, and be a president?
He has to make a choice, to be presidential, or to continue to be "not presidential!" LIke had been said in the past, "If its too hot in the kitchen, get out!"
|Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Not so long ago, in the land of common sense and simplicity, there was a place you could buy needed drugs to ease pain and medicate the body as doctor recommended. During that time you rarely saw money wasted on advertising available drugs.
In those days, one could go to the doctor, meet the secretary/nurse/insurance clerk/doctor assistant, which was (believe it or not) one person. This one person generally knew you by name and had your name written down, or typed, along with the scheduled time to see the good doctor, it was called an appointment. An appointment meant that you would see and talk to your doctor at an elected time and date, and he was there. You could plan your day, because within a few minutes, he was there as he said that he would be.
Another wonderful thing in those days was that one could actually pay the doctor, in cash, on the spot! You could generally afford it! There was no up-front payment (co-payment) and no yearlong wait for another bill to come from people you can’t see or talk to. Frequently they request that you pay for a many medical codes that frightened you just to read them, let alone try to figure out what they mean…or for that matter, frequently left wondering if they were even yours.
Today, we pay for a few unseen things, none of which actually applies to the doctor/patient relationship.
1. Lobbyist: (804 in 2016) Works for the pharmaceutical industry. To influence lawmakers toward their goals.
2. Pharmacy Benefit Manager: Negotiates rebates and discounts, the pharmacy receives, in exchange for preferred placement on list of covered medicines.
3. Insurance Clerk: Establishes you have insurance, files claims, and submits the proper code number for the treatment and payment thereof. (hopefully)
4. Receptionist: Person who greets you, answers phones, frequently takes your money.
5. Computer: Programs required to handle claims, personal data, and your account.
6. Membership in the Medical Association which dictates how much he has to charge.
These are just a few of the things that the doctor gets the ‘cost blame’ for, and you, the person in need, gets to pay for. Is it time for a change so we, the average person, can live healthily?
|Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Not long ago, men were men, women were women, and children were, well let’s just say that they were children.
Yesteryear. I was a child, according to the guidelines of the time, until I reached that magic age of 21. I did some childish things, just like other children did. They were not well thought out, but often, a test of wills, more than anything else. I was not incarcerated for the silly things I did, but I was dealt with in a way I understood, that if I did it again, certain consequences would be in my future. I was loved, and through that love, I was also punished appropriately, if the thing I did was requiring of that act. Parents were my guide, through love.
Today. A child (someone under 18) performs a foolish act, and gets caught. Immediately 911 is called, the child is held by someone in authority, then taken into custody, and charged for the act, then detained in a juvenile detention place, or put on display for everyone to ridicule. This act frequently gives the child a perverse opinion of the police and any authority. Government is their guide, through fear and without love.
They now see themselves as:
(1) An awful person, doomed to be forever badly thought of, thereby eliminating any self-esteem he or she might have had, and on down the wrong road.
(2) Loving the attention they received, and deciding it was a great idea and will try something similar, as soon as possible, to retain that attention from his/her peers.
I am not advocating that children should pull pranks and get away with it. I do suggest that kids need guidance. That guidance should start at home, and it should carry through with intelligence and common sense, rather than some new law that make all things seem black or white.
Children need to understand right from wrong. They need to learn to take things less seriously. When every word spoken is to hurt, something is wrong in our society. When we reward anyone for doing nothing, rather than pushing them to achieve, we are killing competitiveness, and replacing it with weakness.
We now live with fear of our neighbor, distrust of our friends, and a loss of morality. What happened?
|Posted by Thomas Ault on July 25, 2017 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
The first paragraph in the July 22nd article about “laughing teens” says it all.
The problem with our “legal experts” is they have disregarded all common sense, common decency, and certainly all moral, responsibility. It is incomprehensible that anyone, young adult, adult, or child could be educated at home or anywhere else to believe that laughing at a person drowning is funny.
It was pointed out to me that we have so much garbage on television being watched and somehow approved of, that it is no wonder our youth think everything is okay as long as it does not affect them directly. Some parenting in this case could be a benefit!
The show on television that people find so funny, where people do stupid tricks and frequently get hurt badly, just so they can be on television and win a prize, for being stupid, amazes me. Does anyone that watches those programs consider the idiocy of the actions made, or is just me that does not find pain humorous?
In ancient times, people were devoured in the arena by lions, massacred by other people with swords, chains, and all of the other weapons of those times, just to please a crowd of people wanting to see blood. Should we start using the arenas we now have for sporting events, invite the mayor of the city, and let him/her turn their thumb up for life, or down for death, depending on the desires of the fans? Should we should start that new sport with the ‘so called’ judges that interpret the law the way they see it and expect us to buy it!
Have we, as a country of people, reached back in time to bring forward this horror and total lack of morality to please ourselves, while watching others suffer? Before this becomes a new national spectator sport, maybe we should put a stop to it!
Our Supreme Court interpretations have become a wart on the constitution and the amendments. Some are so old they can hardly walk or think, others are so political they have no idea what was meant when the constitution was written. Those that interpret the law should have to be judged as they judge.
Read: Mathew 7:1-3 or John 7:24
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|Posted by Thomas Ault on May 15, 2016 at 5:15 PM||comments (0)|
I write a lot of blogs, some importtant, some not so important, but always open and hoping for a response. I have not had any responses at all from any of my posts, so I wonder if they are read by anyone.
Just for the heck of it...if you have read, or are reading any of them...or if you check out the various things on this site, please send me an email at email@example.com and in the subject write "your website." Okay??
Thanks for your help in resolving this matter.
|Posted by Thomas Ault on April 21, 2016 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Minimum Wage, Pros and Cons
The Minimum Age has been written about, talked about, and both rallied for and against by many. Some are educated, some are not educated, and some leave doubt as to their abilities…I guess I fit into the last description of people.
It is good to always look at both sides of a question before submitting oneself to other’s criticism which could be either beneficial or vindictive.
Pro-minimum wage earners I have spoken to or listened to while they are speaking to others, seem to fall into two basic categories; (1) Those working part time that are in school or should be in school, thereby lacking skills necessary to get a better paying job (2) Those who have little opportunity to do anything else, for instance a person that perhaps cannot get skills beyond their mental capacity, and those who simply are not qualified for anything else.
As I recall in years long past, the local soda jerk at the drugstore fountain most generally was a high school student, or a young college student with a summer job. He/she enjoyed making those wonderful milk shake, malted milks, and sodas. (which have somehow disappeared from the earth) There were also those slave labor jobs like I had as a plaster’s assistant, the guy who got to haul the scaffolding from job to job and set it up, mix the plaster and keep it coming to the plasterer. Or the delivery boy for the local newspaper, magazine company, or perhaps an automotive parts house. Yes, did that too.
We have to remember that some of these people who have no upward mobility ability do need help. They do need more money that “minimum wage,” but the question is where does that required wage draw the line with common sense?
Unfortunately, we have now sent our low paying jobs that the unskilled people can do, to other countries. As you no doubt can recall, this new employment requirement of two years college started not too awfully long ago…that meant that a lot of the people promoted into a management position with the company, decided to impose, upon new hirees, that extra burden which they did not have placed upon themselves, when they were hired.
My first job in the real world was a credit manager for a large corporation branch outlet. A high school diploma was all that was required. Today they want you to have a degree in economics and business. Have we gone a bit overboard on this? Everyone cannot afford college or for one reason or another, cannot take the time to continue with their education.
Con-minimum wage earners that I have talked to, or read about, have another take on this all together, and it happens to be one that I totally agree with, well maybe not totally, but pretty much agree with.
Throughout history, we have been a country filled with people who have believed, as the little engine insisted he could, that they could. They discovered that to obtain that station in life they wished to attain, hard work was necessary. Few had the silver spoon syndrome. Education of one kind or another was necessary, but not always the “book learning” type was the type required. For instance, the welder, the miner, the tanner, the mechanic, the carpenter and so on. What these people required was the desire to learn a trade, the ability to listen and follow directions, to learn what was being taught by a professional tradesman.
The problem we face today is not one of a learning wage (minimum age in many cases) but rather one of having a job that has not been shipped out to some other country.
Our leaders have overlooked the very thing that made this country a strong one, and that is diversity of people and their abilities. Rather than continue with jobs, here in this country, that offer a man a living wage, we have bred a society of desire. I don’t want you to feel that desire is bad, but when it is turned to greed, it is no longer a worthy cause. An example of this could be divided into several groups. For instance, the athletic coach who receives several million dollars a year while a professor teaching a skill that can be used for a lifetime earns far, far less…not even one tenth of that coaches salary. How many athletes are there versus other fields of employment? What about the medical profession where doctors and dentists and other medical professionals have to spend excessive dollars on education when those dollars could be far less if we still had colleges that taught the skills they were founded for, rather than supporting many things that have little to do with education. Would this not have an effect on the cost of living we now have? How about the corporations that pay their presidents in the millions each year while paying the workers far, far less?
Don’t be mistaken about what is happening. It is not all bad, but it could be much better if instead of caring only about profit, the care might extend to those that actually create the product that produces that profit.
While visiting a particular foreign country a few years ago, I found streetcars with the electric arm on top, similar to the ones I remember when a grade school student. I discovered apartment buildings that were falling apart and bed sheets hanging in the windows…these were for the working class of people. This is what happens when a country government makes all of the decisions, handles all of the medical necessities, owns all of the businesses or dictates how they should be run, and promises all of the people a free education, free health care system, or perhaps a free retirement when they are no long able to work which many times is when they are totally disabled due to age. (I met a woman there who was thrilled to get her potato for the week. She told me she was very appreciative of a government who was so caring about her and her peers to be sure they were fed and clothed and could not fathom a country who would expect their people to take care of themselves)
When we dictate a minimum wage that is to be paid regardless of the output of the receiver, without the desire of the employee to better him or herself, without giving them an opportunity to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps…the democracy we have lived with for so long will no longer exist.
Summarizing this rather long dissertation, I will just say that minimum wage, set by a government made up of politicians that make rules for the citizens that do not apply to themselves, is not a minimum wage for the benefit of the people, but rather a crutch for a group of people that no longer have the desire to be better, those that would rather have a potato to rely on than a meal to appreciate.
|Posted by Thomas Ault on March 3, 2016 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Sometimes we have to just sit back, watch and listen and not be caught up in what is being said, but what is the true meaning, and then we must consider how what we are hearing might effect the rest of our lives...such is the poitical arena today...a lot of retoric, but terribly low on substance.
This is not something that is being crammed down anyone's throat but really something for you to consider as you listen to the things being tossed about..
Do you remember the bullies of your school years? Try to remember them and the classmates of the time, when you were there!
Today is the first day of your new world. For each of us, when we arise from the sleep we have received, as a gift from God, it is a new day blessed with refreshed thought and memories that we should base our lives on.
Throughout this world, today, there are millions of people who have no good memories of yesterday, or yesteryear, only the thoughts of what they will be facing today, as they arise from the broken promises of yesterday. These are the peoples of those countries that have lost their identities, their possessions, and in many cases what little freedom they once had. These are the people of Socialistic, Communistic, and other similar governments that are controlled by a few, while they are among the majority in population, but still minorities since they have no say in anything…they are like ants wandering around the earth doing the bidding of their queen and only concerned about her abundance of eggs that make their population continue.
Are we like those ants? Do we really want to live with only one objective in mind and it is not even our own desire or wish?
George was given an exorbitant amount of money to start his life.
George was taught from birth to be number 1 at all costs and accept nothing less.
George was a bit spoiled???
George did as he was taught, win at all costs.
George became insanely wealthy, but many times, at the expense of those less aggressive.
George now believes he is the wisest man in the world and tells everyone how wonderful he is.
There are people who believe him, because they have lost their own dreams.
The question is, should be allow George, with no knowledge of us, the poor ants, to assume control of our lives, our government, our futures?
It is the one thing that our great country askes of us…be diligent in your choices of who will be in charge! Have we given thought to the future, or are we just clinging to some ridiculous promise made to us by “Geroge,” that fellow who cannot come close to understanding you and me, the common man?
Wake up citizens of America; wake up before it is too late. Look at the history of the world and see the methods used by dictators, those elected to office for the wrong reasons, those that have taken advantage of an unfortunate guidance of a country in the past! Are we going to be taken in by a Geroge?
Remember, what we do today, as a unified citizenry, is what we will live with tomorrow…Were we not sold a bill of goods in 2008 by a fantastic orator? And again in 2012?
Think before you vote, then vote from wisdom, not salesmanship from someone who is taking you down the primrose path to destruction. Think wisely, remember what has happened, be observant of what is happening…ask yourself, “is this too good to be true?” YOU know where this is going, don’t you?
|Posted by Thomas Ault on February 2, 2016 at 7:40 PM||comments (1)|
I know that each and every one of us has our individual thoughts as to this election year. For many of us this is not our “first time around the block” but this seems to be a turning point for our great nation, a turning point that will either set us back considerably more than we already are, or plunge us ahead into a new century with the objective of putting our nation on a more sturdy foundation.
We know of lies, cheating, scandals of the past, all things that we can mull over like bad memories; we have heard of "politics as usual" and many more things that campaigns bring out. What we rarely hear anymore is how wonderful our country is, how great it has been, and could still be with the right leadership that can take us from the hole we have dug through bad selection of leadership over the past years.
I have taken the path of listening to each and every candidate and placing their discussions in some kind of intelligent order, rather than trying to swim through the rhetoric that tells me nothing that is of value. There is no reason to listen to the blather about Joe’s recent past, John’s stupidity in college, Bob’s girlfriends of the past and present…it is time to listen to what these candidates say that they can do for the country, not what they think of the past problems they have all had or even worse, what their apponents may have had.
It makes no difference whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian, a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, black, white, yellow, red, or multicolored, we are all Americans and it is time to pull together as though we were one unit of people, one party for the betterment of this great country that has fallen from grace in the eyes of so many foreign countries.
At one time we were number 1 in the world for product and for productivity. I heard that we are now somewhere around 16th in the world. At one time, we were the country to look up to. Now we are fast becoming the country to look down upon.
I am not fool enough to ask you to listen to and vote for any one candidate. I am wise enough, however to ask you to listen carefully to the candidates, remember what has taken place in your lives as far back as you can remember, and choose what is best for our country, not what is best for yourselves individually.
We are a country that has pulled itself up from the struggles, that all new countries go through, to the level of success we were... not too many years ago. We are not people who want to have everything given to us as we turn over all of our assets and corporations and businesses to the government.
In 2006 I had the luxury of going to a few countries in and around Europe. When I traveled through St. Petersburg, Russia, I saw people who have forgotten how to smile. I listened to people tell me how lucky they were that the government had allowed them to enjoy better food and more of it than they had had for some time. I saw a streetcar that would have fit nicely into our 1940’s and 1950’s era. I saw apartment buildings falling apart that people were living in falling apart. We saw people that were certain that we had to be spies as they watched us like hawks everywhere we went, (and by the way), we were never allowed to be without one of their guides looking over our shoulders. We visited the beautiful, gold adorned palace in St. Petersburg where even even the furniture laced with gold, and being led through the place with all eyes upon us waiting for us to steal something or do some other dastardly deed. Being watched by people that had no such luxury except in their pride of the past!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live like that. You can call it communism, you can call it socialism, you can call it anything you want to, but I call it a shameful way to treat your people when they have to worry every moment about someone looking at them and judging them and spying on them and condeming them.
Friends, keep in mind that we, as a country, have prospered through hard work and pride of ownership. At this point in time, it could be assumed that the bulk of our citizens owe more money than ever before and are getting deeper in debt every day. Free things like education, health care, and many other things, that have been received from the government, are gaining more and more popularity. One question…where is the money coming from to pay for these things? Could it be the $19 Trillion debt our country can now claim?
In ending this long bit of non-information for those that have been paying attention to what has been happening for the past several years, let me just say, God Bless America and God Bless those that keep her going…think before you vote, but vote after searching your heart, your mind, and your surroundings!