The Ten Cannots

In 1916, a minister and outspoken advocate for liberty, William J. H. Boetcker, published a pamphlet entitled The Ten Cannots . “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.”

A century later, Democrats are utterly ignorant of these principles. In fact, Barack Obama’s campaign is built around their antithesis—“The Ten Cans.”

I thought this was interesting

I got this in an email and enjoyed the simplicity

Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool Economics
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
…  Read MoreThe sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that’s what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.’ Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the
first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.

But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted
that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s
bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the
amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings) .
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28%savings) .
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued
to drink for free.

But once outside the restaurant, the men began to
compare their savings. ‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’declared the sixth man. He pointed
to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’
‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar, too.
It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I got’ ‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘…  Read MoreWhy should he get $10 back when I got only
two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’ ‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’ The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat
down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill,
they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money
between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is
how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
University of Georgia
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Immediate Thoughts

Outside my window. . .the dry leaves are blowing around.

I am thinking. . .I need to get up and take a nice, hot shower.

From the learning room. . .not a lot right now, it’s night time.

I am thankful for. . .hot fudge to put on my icecream. Hey, don’t judge me. We all have our vices!

From the kitchen. . .is yesterday’s leftover tortilla soup…I’m thinking lunch tomorrow?

I am wearing. . .sweatpants, which if I’m totally honest is not the most flattering piece of clothing I own, but definitely the most comfortable.

I am creating. . .a notebook with all my house swatches/colors in it.

I am going. . .to learn to relax and go with the flow.

I am reading. . .Breakthrough by Suzanne Somers. Very Interesting!

I am hoping. . .this cold/stuffy nose goes away.(the stuffiness goes away, not my nose. Ewww…)

I am hearing. . .Greta talking on FOX.

Around the house. . piles of stuff. Everywhere. One day we will move. One day we will be settled. One day life will have normalcy???????.

One of my favorite things. . .cozy pj’s and a fluffy robe. Okay, so that is two things. I can count. I just couldn’t decide.

A few plans for the rest of the week. . .watching a scary movie tomorrow night while handing out candy to the trick or treaters.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing. . .sorry I am not proficient at getting pictures on here yet. Don’t laugh at me. I mean it. It hurts my feelings when you laugh at me:) Just kidding.

Go Joe! Go Tito!

I like Joe the plumber. I think he is a real “everyday” guy.  Along with Joe we now have a new “everyday” guy in town. Tito the builder. He is a hispanic man and he has bravely stood up and spoke his mind. From what I understand he started out as a janitor and now owns his own construction business. He has made some good points…Obama’s socialist agenda would entail “throwing the crumbs to the poor guys down there. I’ll give you this little bit and you’ll be happy with it. ” He DOESN’T want the government’s crumbs. He wants the American dream. He sees the big picture. I like him. He is gutsy. I hope all the Joes and Titos out there in America make it to the polls on Tuesday. Let their voices be heard!!

There once were two guys named Tito and Joe

Who innocently wanted to know

” Why do you want to spread wealth around?”

“Sir, We fear your policy is not sound.”

Poor guys thought they were just having some political banter,

Little did they know the media would descend in anger.

Yet, they stood tall and what they say is so true…

They stand for the “everyday” guy….they stand for you.

It is no fun being sick

I woke up this morning–well at least I had my eyes open. Barely. It was around 7am. It was still pitch black in the bedroom except for the green glow from the digital clock. I could barely breathe as my nosed was totally stuffed up. My head hurt and I was cold. I love the fall weather, but we are in that in between stage where the house heat makes it too hot inside, but no heat and one freezes especially in the morning. Ugh. I can’t win. I got up and put on my fluffy robe. The thick one. The thick one that weighs about 100 lbs. Hey, but it’s warm. I went out to the kitchen to start the coffee. Hot liquid would help with the stuffy head, right? I’m going with that.

It’s just one of those days. I’m shuffling around as if I’m 100 years old, which by the way is what I feel like. I already took my get well quick pills (from Arbonne) along with my hot coffee. Hopefully, I will feel better soon. Did I mention that my eyes hurt too? I’ve been awake for 2 1/2 hours already…maybe it is time for a nap.

In His Own Words…

I know that many of my blogs have been political lately but, being only a week away from the presidential election I am not thinking of much else.

I want you to read an excerpt from Barak Obama’s book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER:A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE. Barack Obama talks of his time at Occidental College in California. Here’s a quote from pages 100 and 101:

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully.The more politically active black students.The foreign students.The Chicanos.The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets.At night,in the dorms,we discussed neocolonialism,Franz Fanon,Eurocentrism,and patriarchy.When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake,we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints.We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure.We were alienated.”

Now, as I read the words, ” I chose my friends carefully”  jumped out at me. If that was important enough for him to write, it obviously meant something to him.  So, this makes me wonder…if Mr. Obama is the type of disciplined man that chooses his friends carefully…..then why sit in a pew of a Pastor Wright for 20 years? Why have associations with a long list of people that have questionable character? Barak Obama strikes me as the type of man who knows EXACTLY what he is doing when he CHOOSES the people for his inner circle. I’m beginning to believe more and more that he CHOSE to overlook the histories of the people he spent time with. Not because he was ignorant of their histories, not because he even disagreed with thier views,  but because he used each of those people as a means to an end. Mr. Obama is obviously a well educated and driven man. It is my opinion that in his mind if he had to swim in the putrid pool with this long list of people in order to further his political ambitions then so be it.

Go Megyn!

Megyn from FOX news sure doesn’t take any guff off anyone. An Obama spokesman, Bill Burton, was on this afternoon attempting to defend his candidate–defending Obama from Obama’s own words. A taped interview with Obama (from a local radio station–NPR Chicago) in 2001 was recently released. This radio interview was of Obama himself stating his socialist tendencies. He talked about redistribution of wealth….and this interview was years before his “slip” with Joe the plumber. I think this goes to show that this is nothing new with Obama. This is something he has agreed with for YEARS. Bill Burton was trashing FOX news for airing this interview from 2001, but the truth is it was from a CHICAGO radio station. Obama’s town, right???
This whole thing about wealth distribution is really getting on my nerves. Why should the top 25% of the tax PAYERS, give their money to the 40% that DON’T even pay ANY taxes? What is with that? For those that receive the money…..That just screams welfare. It screams government handouts. It screams an entitlement mentality. Seems to me that Obama wants to cap the American dream. Why would people want to work hard only to be forced to hand out their money to those who aren’t paying in anyway? Can anyone say resentment??????