Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Would You Do? What SHOULD You Do?


You work for a large company. The company has had in place, for many years, a policy they use to make major changes that affect all employees, which enables the employees to have a say in how the company is run.  Each department choses a representative for their department.  

When a new policy is proposed each department votes on the proposal and the representatives meet to discuss the proposal, what each department voted, either for or against the new policy. Depending on the policy, it can be applied company-wide or in the individual departments that approve it.  

A new policy had been submitted.  In this company it has been the policy for Saturday work days. It appears that the majority of the people would like to have Saturday off, but there are some who like the extra pay working Saturday gives them.  Each Department will determine for themselves if the employees will work Saturdays or have Saturdays off.  This will be determined by what the workers want and if they can accomplish the work that needs to be done with one less work day. 

The departments have been discussing and voting.  Suddenly the Board of Directors, because they are tired of listening to their friends and family complain, think the process is taking too long and declare that everyone will have Saturday off.  The board’s job is not to make policy, but to ensure polices are being followed and that the company remains on track.  According to company regulations, the management can make policies, but only with input from the departments. 

The management allows the board to enact this new policy because they, themselves like the policy, it would give them Saturdays off.  

Assuming you want Saturdays off, what would you do? Do you keep quiet because you like the new policy and believe that the majority of the people like the policy so it’s ok? Do you insist creation of a new policy follow procedure, even though it may take longer but is the proper way to handle the policy, after all, the policy may not benefit everyone and everyone has the right to input and the board has no right making policy, only ensuring policy doesn’t violate company rules also knowing that this opens the door for the board to arbitrarily make other policies that you and the other employees do not like and would have no say about?

What do you do?

Make your decision then scroll down

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You live in America. America has had in place, for many years, a Constitution they use to make major changes that affect all citizens, which enables the citizens to have a say in how the company is run.  Each state elects representatives for their state.  When a new law is proposed each state votes on the law and the representatives meet to vote, what each citizen of his/her state voted, either for or against the new law. Depending on the law, it can be applied nation-wide or it could be a law which does not fall within the realm of a federal law, but a law that would be required to be an individual state law. 
The federal government is limited by the Constitution as to what laws they can and cannot make.

According to the Constitution, the federal government is responsible for laws enumerated in the Constitution under Article 1and nothing more, everything else falls to the state 
Note:  The 10th Amendment states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 

The Supreme Court does not make laws, they determine if laws are Constitutional, their job is described, in detail, in Article 3 of the Constitution.

So a new law has been submitted to the state.  In this case the law is that same sex marriage is legal.  Under the Constitution, each state should determine for themselves if the same sex marriage will be legal.  This will be determined by what the citizens of the state want by majority.  The states have been discussing and voting.  Suddenly the Supreme Court, because they are tired of listening to their friends and family complain, think the process is taking too long declare that same sex marriage is legal in all states.  The Supreme Court’s job is not to make law, but to ensure laws are being followed under the Constitution. Under the Constitution, same sex marriage would not fall under federal law but state law. It is unconstitutional to create a federal same sex marriage law.  

Should the Supreme Court determine that same sex marriage can be applied to taxation, the law would still not fall under Supreme Court but with the Legislative Branch.  The Senators and Representatives, having been elected by their constituents, should vote based on the wishes of his/her constituents.  

In this case the management, in other words the President/Vice President/many of the Legislative branch have allowed SCOTUS to enact this new ‘law’ because they, themselves like the ‘law.’  It bypasses the headache of having this put on a ballot and voted on in their state.  

Assuming you are for same sex marriage, what would you do? Do you keep quiet because you want same sex marriage and believe that the majority of the people also want same sex marriage and because you think it’s fair and right, so it’s ok that SCOTUS over stepped its bounds? Do you insist creation of same sex laws follow procedure, follow the Constitution even though it may take longer but is the Constitutional and legal way to handle the policy, after all, not everyone is pro-same sex marriage and everyone has the right to input, even if they disagree with me and SCOTUS has no right making law, only ensuring law doesn’t violate the Constitution, also knowing that this opens the door for SCOTUS to arbitrarily make other laws that you and the other citizens do not like and would have no say about?

What SHOULD you do?


Thursday, November 7, 2013

#ObamaCare, a Step to Change "We the People" to "We the Slaves of the Government."


The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is not healthcare and does not guarantee one will receive good healthcare. It does not even guarantee people will receive good insurance and it is by no means affordable. To this date, more people have lost healthcare coverage, due to the ACA, than have enrolled in new insurance. Many are forced to pay higher premiums to keep their plans or losing their plans altogether and are force to accept one of the government’s managed plans or opt for no insurance and pay the government fine. 

Wording is important. There is a reason the preamble to the Constitution was written "provide for the common defense" and "promote [not provide] the general welfare." The government is to provide defense for the country and support the general welfare of its people, but not provide. 

The federal government was not created to care for the individual; the federal government was created to attend to foreign affairs and affairs of the country as a whole. Thomas Jefferson on general welfare clause: They are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union.

Robert Yates, who wrote anti-federalist papers under the name “Brutus,” predicted the abuse of vague clauses, particularly of the "general welfare" clause, as we see happening, and by the Supreme Court. The founders assumed the Constitution would be followed as written, but Brutus correctly predicted that future leaders & the Supreme Court would abuse their powers to "interpret" the Constitution where “promote” has become conflated with “provide.” This liberal, and incorrect, “interpretation” allows for a large, tyrannical government in control of all aspects of citizen's lives, which is what neither the federalists nor the anti-federalists envisioned. It was never the intention for the federal government to “provide” for the individual. 

Creating an atmosphere of complete dependence on the government, that government has complete control over American citizens, is tyrannical. It is the antithesis of what this great country stands for. It enables people to become mindless, apathetic cattle. It is destructive. It is not what out founders wanted for our country. ObamaCare is nothing more than government control. It is not affordable and it does not guarantee accessible healthcare. It is not justice for government to force its control over your healthcare. It is despotism and it is evil. ObamaCare, is just a step in Obama's plan to change "We the people" to "we the slaves of the government."

~ Obama is "sorry."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Typical #ObamaCare Scenario

When Obamacare fully enacts, you can expect to see scenarios such as this playing out all across the United States.

A 27 year old worked 40 hours a week and made $30,000 in 2012 and is currently making the same. He is just barely paying for food, clothes & housing expenses and insurance was not offered by his company, so he hasn't been paying for insurance & he was able to pay his bills.

The company has 55 full time employees, & due to ObamaCare, the company must now offer insurance or pay a penalty.  His company has chosen to cut the hours of several full time employees.  His hours are now cut from 40 to 29 and he still has no benefits. He will now make $21,750, that's $8,250 less a year (ObamaCare won't take this into consideration until next year).


Household income in 2014: 261% of poverty level Unsubsidized annual health insurance premium in 2014: $2,535 Maximum % of income you have to pay for the non-tobacco premium, if eligible for a subsidy: 8.37% Amount you pay for the premium: $2,512 per year (which equals 8.37% of your household income and covers 99% of the overall premium) You could receive a government tax credit subsidy of up to: $24, (Wow! $24 whole dollars) (which covers 1% of the overall premium) That's $2,512 he MUST pay or pay a tax for noncompliance. (For 2014, the penalty is either $95 per adult or 1% of family income, whichever results in a larger fine. In this case, it would be $300. That's $300 for getting nothing, still a better deal).

So, he is making $8,250 less and is now required to pay $2,512 (or the $300 penalty) for health insurance.
 
He could enroll in a Bronze plan for about $2,078 per year (which is 6.93% of his household income, after taking into account $24 in subsidies). For most people, the Bronze plan represents the minimum level of coverage required under health reform. Although he would pay less in premiums by enrolling in a Bronze plan, he will face higher out-of-pocket costs than if he enrolled in a Silver plan.       
 
What should he cut? Food, housing? How will he find a second part time job now that millions of other people are in the same boat of now being part time whereas the formerly were full time? The number of full time jobs available will also be reduced because more people than ever will be seeking them. In other words, more people than ever will be looking for jobs. How can young people just starting out compete with experienced people who have been forced into the job market?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bilateral Amputee, Matt DeWitt, Makes History!

Matt DeWitt has made history becoming the first, and so far, only double amputee to complete the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

photo by Tiffini Skuce

Riders who must finish before the 12 cut-off. 
Here are Matt's times:

Here are the times for all the Ride 2 Recovery riders, all (except for Sara Bell who had to drop out due to mechanical problems) finished before the 12 hour cut-off and received either a gold or silver belt buckle!


For more pictures, go the Ride 2 Recovery Leadville album on their Facebook Page.
For more information on Ride 2 Recovery, visit their website and like their Facebook Page.  Also, join the Ride 2 Recovery Group Facebook page.



Back in June I reported that Ride 2 Recovery disabled Vet, double arm amputee, Matt DeWitt's specialized mountain bike had been stolen while on a training camp with Ride 2 Recovery in Alaska.  While the bike was found (4 other, non-modified bikes have yet to be found), it was damaged. 

Matt's bike was damaged by the thieves that stole it, Ride 2 Recovery's Scott Moro (AKA Bicycle Repairman) had to do quite a bit of work to repair Matt's bike. Scott posted photos on his FaceBook page as he made repairs. I am happy to report that the bike has been repaired and Matt will be racing in the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

Raleigh Bike has written about Matt: Ride 2 Recovery Veteran Enters Leadville Trail 100

Here is a story Bike Rumor posted on Matt's bike: Hack! Amazing Hands-Free Ride 2 Recovery Di2 Diamondback Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Here's Matt and the other Ride 2 Recovery riders in Leadville preparing for the race:
photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Michael's video shows Matt, with Ride 2 Recovery riders going down powerline: Michael passes one rider and then falls in behind Matt.






 

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Bilateral Amputee, Matt DeWitt, Makes History!

Matt DeWitt has made history becoming the first, and so far, only double amputee to complete the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

photo by Tiffini Skuce

Riders who must finish before the 12 cut-off. 
Here are Matt's times:

Here are the times for all the Ride 2 Recovery riders, all (except for Sara Bell who had to drop out due to mechanical problems) finished before the 12 hour cut-off and received either a gold or silver belt buckle!


For more pictures, go the Ride 2 Recovery Leadville album on their Facebook Page.
For more information on Ride 2 Recovery, visit their website and like their Facebook Page.  Also, join the Ride 2 Recovery Group Facebook page.



Back in June I reported that Ride 2 Recovery disabled Vet, double arm amputee, Matt DeWitt's specialized mountain bike had been stolen while on a training camp with Ride 2 Recovery in Alaska.  While the bike was found (4 other, non-modified bikes have yet to be found), it was damaged. 

Matt's bike was damaged by the thieves that stole it, Ride 2 Recovery's Scott Moro (AKA Bicycle Repairman) had to do quite a bit of work to repair Matt's bike. Scott posted photos on his FaceBook page as he made repairs. I am happy to report that the bike has been repaired and Matt will be racing in the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

Raleigh Bike has written about Matt: Ride 2 Recovery Veteran Enters Leadville Trail 100

Here is a story Bike Rumor posted on Matt's bike: Hack! Amazing Hands-Free Ride 2 Recovery Di2 Diamondback Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Here's Matt and the other Ride 2 Recovery riders in Leadville preparing for the race:
photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Michael's video shows Matt, with Ride 2 Recovery riders going down powerline: Michael passes one rider and then falls in behind Matt.






 

 

Ride 2 Recovery Participates in the 2013 Leadville 100 MTB

I will be posting updates here for Ride 2 Recovery's participation in the 2013 Leadville 100 MTB.  You can follow riders live progress through the athlete tracker.

Riders are not required to check in at all the stations, they are only required to check out of these aid stations by the following cut-off times:
Twin Lakes Outbount (40 miles) Elapsed time, 4 hours; Actual Time 10:30am


Twin Lakes Return (60 miles) Elapsed time, 7 hours, 45 minutes; Actual Time 2:15pm
TrReturn (74 miles) Elapsed time, 8 hours, 45 minutes: Actual Time 3:15pm

"This is a 12-hour mountain bike race.  Official finishers must complete the course in less than 12 hours.  Rider who make the last aid station cut-off time, but fail to achieve the 12-hour finish will be allowed to continue for one additional hour only.  Finishing in less than 13 hours is an indication of a rider's tenacity, but does not earn official finishing placing.  All riders must be off the course in 13 hours."

UPDATE: Matt DeWitt is the first bilateral amputee, EVER to finish the Leadville 100. Finished in 11:06! Way to go Matt!!







Training Ride: photo by Robin Brown


*Note: Update times are results POSTED as of that time, not results as of that time.  Some of the postings are behind.

UPDATE: FINAL TIMES AND PLACEMENT:
All R2R riders, with the exception of Sara, who had to drop out due to mechanical problems, finished before the 12 hour cut off. 



NAME Start Time Finish Time Place  
Bruce Gustafson  6:30:48:32 AM 2:30:00 PM 7:59:49:14 93  
John Wordin  6:30:57:10 AM 2:35:55 PM 8:05:43:66 104 2nd in M5 div
Mike Tobin 6:30:37:43 AM 3:11:42 PM 8:41:30:64 264  
Juan Carlos Hernandez 6:30:39:41 AM 3:25:30 PM 8:55:19:20 332  
Marc Hoffmeister 6:30:36:04 AM 3:55:00 PM 9:24:49:29 447  
David Haines  6:30:53:17 AM 3:59:46 PM 9:29:39:27 467  
Tommy Muir 6:31:27:23 AM 4:22:28 PM 9:52:17:17 565  
Shawn Morelli 6:31:20:77 AM 5:12:49 PM 10:42:37:40 839  
Matt DeWitt  6:31:35:16 AM 5:36:41 PM 11:06:29:88 967  
James Weigand 6:31:35:50 AM 5:36:43 PM 11:06:31:36 968  
Jon Disbro 6:31:36:33 AM 5:50:02 PM 11:19:50:53 1042  
Jordan Bressler  6:31:29:68 AM 5:58:09 PM 11:27:58:13 1095  
Mike Troster 6:31:36:06 AM 6:13:52 PM 11:43:41:17 1206  
Sara Bell  6:31:20:17 AM        


Bruce Gustafson, John Wordin, Mike Tobin and Juan Carlos Hernandez finished in under 9 hours and will receive a gold belt buckle.  John Wordin finished 2nd in the M5 division.
 
Marc Hoffmeister, David Haines, Tommy Muir, Shawn Morelli, Matt DeWitt, James Weigand, Jon Disbro, Jordan Bressler, and Mike Troster finished under 12 hours and will receive a silver belt buckle.


UPDATE: 5:25PM MT






UPDATE: 1:00PM MT
 






UPDATE: 11:00AM MT:
(I don't know what happened to Sara's times, there have been no more posted after the start, let's hope it's a problem with her chip and not Sara)











UPDATE: 9:45AM MT 
 



UPDATE: Start Times:

NAME # Start Time


Matt DeWitt 
1206 6:31:35:16 AM
Sara Bell  1285 6:31:20:17 AM
Jordan Bressler  1286 6:31:29:68 AM
Bruce Gustafson  1287 6:30:48:32 AM
David Haines  1288 6:30:53:17 AM
Scott Moro  1289
Jim "Gramps" Penseyres   1290
James Weigand 1292 6:31:35:50 AM
Mike Troster 1293 6:31:36:06 AM
Jon Disbro 1294 6:31:36:33 AM
Shawn Morelli 1295 6:31:20:77 AM
Juan Carlos Hernandez 1296 6:30:39:41 AM
Tommy Muir 1297 6:31:27:23 AM
Mike Tobin 1299 6:30:37:43 AM
Marc Hoffmeister 969 6:30:36:04 AM
John Wordin  1110 6:30:57:10 AM

I don't know what happened with Scotty, I'll post when I find out.

Kenneth Butler 1300 - not riding due to injury :-(  He will be at the pipeline feed zone helping and spectating.
Hunter Stoneking - Not riding.
Jim "Gramps" Penseyres AKA "Bubbles" is doing support.
  



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

UPDATED: FOUND! Wounded Veteran's Specialized Mountain Bike Stolen!

Anchorage, AK


UPDATED: Matt's bike has been found in an Anchorage Park.  The other 4 bikes are still missing.

Last night, the unimaginable happened, wounded Veteran, Matt DeWitt had his one-of-a-kind, specialized mountain bike stolen.  Matt was in Anchorage, AK with Ride 2 Recovery on a mountain biking trip as part of their training for the Leadville 100 MTB series this August.

In all, 5 wounded Veterans had their bikes stolen from inside a locked Uhaul at the Sheraton in Anchorage, AK.  Matt's bike was the only specialized one stolen.

If the bike isn't found, it is uncertain at this time if another bike could be specially fitted in time for him to ride in Leadville.

In 2003 DeWitt was patrolling in Khalidiyah, Iraq, when a rocket propelled grenade changed his life forever. Matt lost both of his arms below the elbow in 2003.  Having been a competitive mountain biker prior to his injury, Matt wanted to ride again.  Enter Ride 2 Recovery.  With the help of Ride 2 Recovery and mechanic Scott Moro, a specialized mountain bike was created especially for Matt. 
The specialized handlebars allow him to grip and steer with his prosthetic arms





 




and a special bar on the back of his seat allows him to break.




 With this bike, he was able to attend the Bush W100K ride with President George W. Bush

 
The hope is that Matt's bike can be recovered so he will be able to continue his training and participate in the Leadville 100 MTB challenge. 
 
Please pass this on, it's a one-of-a-kind bike and should be easy to spot.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

State Governments are NOT Subordinate to the Federal Government

Maybe the anti-federalists were right, maybe the Constitution made it  too easy for the federal government to take over.  Thomas Jefferson didn't believe that, however.  The constitution and the bill of rights were written so that neither has more power than the other and that is the way it should be. 

Thomas Jefferson wrote about our Constitution: “With respect to our State and federal governments, I do not think their relations correctly understood by foreigners,” sadly, I believe many of the citizens of the United States of America do not understand how the relationship between state and federal governments is supposed to work.  Jefferson relates that when the founders wrote our constitution, they had the ability to write what they pleased, that they had no “musty records” or laws they needed to follow.  They were free to create a document, laws, of their own choosing.  They choose not only the wording, but also the format of our government. Our government was founded  so that the state and federal government work hand in hand, each having their own responsibilities, separate, but equal.  But many citizens don't understand this.  They believe the federal government has control over state government and therefore allow them to act as such.

Exactly what are the responsibilities of the state and federal government?  Ours is a constitution based on Federalism, power is divided between a the federal, state and local governments.  Many are confused as to the relationship between the two.  This is why the Bill of Rights was written by our founders, Amendments that clarify what is written in the Constitution and the rights of the people and the government, both state and federal.  It is why Jefferson pushed for the Bill of Rights in the first place.  Jefferson states, “[Those who don’t understand the relationship between the state and federal government] generally suppose the former subordinate to the latter. But this is not the case. They are co-ordinate departments of one simple and integral whole. To the State governments are reserved all legislation and administration, in affairs which concern their own citizens only, and to the federal government is given whatever concerns foreigners, or the citizens of other States; these functions alone being made federal. The one is the domestic, the other the foreign branch of the same government; neither having control over the other, but within its own department.”

The state government gives power to the citizens while the federal government is concerned with foreigners matters.  Here’s where the problem arises. It is not the job, as put forth by our founders, for the federal government to be creating legislation, laws, that apply directly and only to citizens of the United States. That is what the state’s government is for. The federal government, time and time again, oversteps their bounds.  They interfere with issues that are clearly the domain of the state government. The state government is not subordinate to the federal government, yet the federal government acts as though it is. They are both equal and one does not have the power to dictate to the other.  State governments are NOT subordinate to the federal government, though the federal government continues to attempt to enslave them.

Jefferson believed Amendment X to be foundation of our government and it states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  These are the rights that the citizens and the states must protect. The states must stand up and reclaim what is inherently theirs, what is given. 

The responsibilities the federal government pertaining to foreign matters is outline in Amendment XI, and limits state’s rights pertaining to foreign affairs and treaties.  Amendments X and XI were written to specifically clarify the responsibilities and limitations of the federal and state governments.

These are the rights which the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, protects, which are rights of the citizens of our states.  "The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their management."

Of course, our Constitution is a living document, it is able to be changed, as Jefferson says: “Nothing then is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.”  Why change the foundation upon that which our great nation was founded?  It is when we attempt to change the foundation, to allow federal government to encroach upon what is clearly the responsibility of the states, that there are problems. This is the reason there is an enormous federal debt.  It is what Jefferson feared when he said: “[The people are] our dependence for continued freedom. And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.

The federal government was not created to care for the people, the federal government was created to attend to foreign affairs and affairs of the country as a whole.  The state governments, with the extension to local governments, were created  "that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent, or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press."

The federal and state governments are separate, but they are equal, one not more powerful than the other.  And yet, as Jefferson himself predicted, "even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."  
Our citizen's are not well informed, government run schools and media that supports the federal government have tainted the minds of our citizens. I fear that because our citizens no longer know about the responsibilities, duties and limitations of the different branches of government they will not take corrective action to correct what has gone so terribly wrong.  If you don't know it's broken, you can't fix it.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Col. Charles Yancey, 1816.