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It's been awhile since I have blogged, as I have been working my way through the tough parts of life. But I feel like the current state of the US economy is pulling me back into action. The common factor on most Americans minds is “what is the trouble with our economy?”

You really don't have to look that far to find some answers:

  1. A current presidential, millionaire candidate that has been outsourcing work to other countries in order that his golden pockets get heavier?
  2. A clothing designer who has US Olympic team uniforms made overseas? Yah, that makes sense!
  3. A city mayor, ex basketball player, who thinks the solution to a city's financial woes is building ANOTHER arena for basketball?
  4. A state governor who thinks the solution to rapidly declining funds is to increase taxes on local business and cut much needed services to the needy?
  5. A population of older parents who think ALL successful kids must graduate college with an unending debt of school loans before they even make money or know how to do anything productive at all?
  6. Education officials that need $200k jobs to do…. What exactly? While the teachers and students struggle.
  7. Checkout lines that are robotically controlled by the patrons themselves, while previous cashiers lose their jobs?
  8. A population of prisoners that continues to increase and grow more dangerous but not be valued by anyone at all?
  9. Allowing religious institutions to play politics, own property, devalue opposing populations and yet pay 0 taxes?
  10. A small percentage of Americans controlling most of the money?
  11. Banks being saved by the government for making crooked decisions?
  12. Athletes who make more money than entrepreneurs?

And the problem with the economy is what again???

 

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You would think that in a failing economy, public eateries would be getting smarter, improving customer service and providing quality pricing. But after a recent visit to Jack’s Urban Eats on Fairoaks Blvd, in Sacramento, CA, I have learned otherwise.

At first glance, Jack’s appears to be owned and run by some arrogant Sacramento gay socialite trying desperately to climb to the top of a lavender ladder in Sacramento gay society. A sad and pathetic attempt at the best. You can put as much shiny silver and rich woods throughout your dining hall and still be missing something much more important: value.

It appears that the cashiers and wait staff at Jack’s understand English, but it quickly becomes apparent that their native tongue is more than they can handle without repeating your order four times and accompanying your order with visual aids and other much needed amplifications. Most likely, they are still going to get your order wrong, and you will always end up paying $16 for fries!

Seriously flawed, bad customer service, coupled with outrageous prices can only make the experience compound the feeling that Jack’s will most likely be vacant and FOR RENT in the future. And we wonder why American businesses fail.

Check out the technologically challenged eatery website: http://jacksurbaneats.com/index2.php. No way to contact the manager exists, except perhaps to dust off your pencil, writing pad and scribble a letter, sending your final memo via  snail mail. Ummmm did Jack’s miss the entire last century?

If Jack’s Urban Eats is an example of the direction the modern diner is heading then there can only be one thing to say, “Houston, we have a problem!”

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Image of fingers busy texting.California is waging a war in April against drivers who are distracted. The forces that be are particularly targeting people who are texting while they are driving. Finally!

For one month drivers in California will need to be aware, as the authorities will be out and watching drivers passing by for the tell-tale signs of texting while driving, or other distracted practices, like putting on makeup, drinking coffee, changing your radio station while bent over. Anything that takes your eyes off the road and puts their focus on some other area.

Its about time! People are texting while driving more than ever. I think that Oprah‘s challenge to stop actually encouraged people to text more in rebellion, because shortly after that it seemed like nearly every car you pass on the road was driven by a mad texter.

It is seriously frustrating to drive near or around someone who is texting. They drive either too slow or madly fast. Wizzing through blood orange colored stop lights while madly tapping a keyboard. Or how about the woman putting on eyeliner in the morning commute while driving with her elbows, one eye in the mirror – one eye on the road. That takes skill!

The penalty for texting while driving is not steep enough. $159 for your first offense. COME ON! Thats chump change guys! Here is a perfect opportunity to raise money for a failing economy and perhaps rejuvenate collapsing city structures. How about a first offense penalty of $1000. Aren’t lives worth $1000? After all it only takes one text and a blown stop sign to kill someone. Seems fair to me. Most of the texting I have witnessed around town seems to be coming from well kept, newer vehicles too. So I think the owners can afford a steep charge like $1000. Not to mention madly texting, super sized, gas guzzling SUV drivers. They can totally afford the penalty if the text is THAT important.

Distracted driving costs lives. People are going to do it, because the people doing it are already so self-centered and ignorant that they don’t realize that they are not the only one out on the road in the first place. Perhaps a stiffer penalty to bring them into the real world for a change. And that would actually help in many other ways as well. Maybe they would start being more courteous even? Maybe they would learn to use their turn signal? Maybe they would realize, with nothing else to look at, that their car IS equipped with an ashtray for their own cancer ridden self to use?

On the other hand, yesterday, one man was pulled over in Sacramento for talking on his cell phone. While the officer was issuing the ticket, the man continued his phone conversation because it was “a very important call.” If its that important you really should not be driving anyway? DUH?

 

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Map of CaliforniaSurely, balancing a budget is a tricky thing. It takes number crunching skills, organization, time management, project management, and other technically specific skills. Which is why we elect officials to do it for our state, right?

There is a problem in this country right now. Most of our states are feeling the weight of a heavy economy that has tripped and fallen. Nobody is picking it up either. Its just laying there on its back, with its legs flailing in the air like an overturned turtle stuck in a sand drift.

Yes, the economy has faltered and fallen. But our state officials still have a job. Part of the job is to balance our state’s depleted budget. Each state seems to be coming up with the same sort of solution, CUTS! Cut this, cut that, cut these benefits, cut these salaries.

Hey, guess what? Cuts don’t work. Cuts are NOT good budget balancing measures. If an entity needs a certain amount of money to get by each year, then the budget balancing appointees need to allot that money for those expenses ahead of time. Its not rocket science. And all of the citizens of the state do this budget balancing feet, granted on a smaller scale, in our own lives.

The real challenge for states is “how do we create revenue for the state?” Not, what else can we cut? Instead of cutting money already allotted to specific projects, a better plan is to think about how to increase funds. Again, cuts don’t work. They only bring down an already faltering economy. They only create hardships for the citizens of each state.

Yes, some of our higher paid officials could cut their salaries to help in balancing the budget, with almost no impact to their own over-inflated lifestyles. But that would still only be a trickle in the bucket, not substantial funds.

California has mismanaged its funds for a very long time. Whether democrat or republican leader, it has continued on a course that could only end in one outcome, disaster for the state. We didn’t get into this mess overnight. It took years of CUTS, CUTS and more CUTS.

Cuts do not create funds, they only move already apportioned dollars around. That is not an increase to funds at all. Its a hat trick that helps officials stay in office while actually doing no thinking, no work, no creative compromise, and no planning at all. They are just covering up for being idiots in a place of power. Sadly, that idiocy is going to cost us all heavily in the end.

Our officials should all go to school and be forced to take budget balancing classes. Perhaps they will learn that a budget not properly balanced will eventually erode and their feeble cover-ups will not amount to squat!

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This week in California, the Federal District Court heard final arguments in the eternal battle over whether or not Proposition Hate……oooops, I mean 8 (right?) is actually constitutional. A scary thought that any group of people can be deprived of the right to marry. And especially in this “progressive” state known as California.

What is it about Gay marriage that is so scary? Will our entire society begin to crumble? Will there be rampant conversions of straight people to the gay way? Will the Boy Scouts of America start wearing little leather outfits and sing YMCA around the campfire? Will lavender replace the red, white or blue in our flag? Will the seal of California transform into a rainbow of flavors? Will beauticians become the new High Tech field?

Wow, straight people should be afraid. Be VERY afraid!

The main, and often recited argument against Gay marriage is always, “well, the Bible says a man and a woman, not a man and a man.” What a lame argument. Let’s all run back and quote the Bible to contest our arguments. So let’s look at things that just don’t jive that way:

  1. Not all Californians are Christian. So if you are not Christian, sorry, your marriage is really a charade and you should not be allowed to marry either. Sorry Buddhist, Muslims, Jews, Agnostics, Atheists etc… No ring for you!
  2. Murder is all throughout the Bible. Fathers killing sons. Villagers stoning prostitutes. Egyptian children being killed by green poisonous fog. Hundreds of people being drowned to death, including babies and small children. Progressive hippies being nailed to large wooden crosses. So murder should be legalized then, right?
  3. Many men in the Bible have more than one wife. So its apparent that marrying more than one person is totally ok in God’s eyes. Right? An image of Charlie’s Angels in leather mini-skirts with whips comes to mind!
  4. Young girls (that means “underage” people!) are married off to old crotchety men in the Bible all the time. They just become part of the dirty old man’s harem. Isn’t that what the internet is for nowadays?

Its time for people to wake up and smell 2010. If you are going to point fingers, call people names, and quote living life by the rules of the Bible, then get your facts straight (no pun intended) and actually GO READ THE DAMN BOOK! And for anyone who voted FOR Prop 8, and I quote Cher from Moonstruck here, “SNAP OUT OF IT!” Besides you just live in the state, you don’t OWN it.

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