Corporate tax breaks

The recent tax breaks put in place by President Trump has rubbed some people the wrong way. I can certainly understand that. I mean, why should the government decide that a corporations profits are higher? Who does that benefit anyway? Some CEO is going to make big profits because the board gave them a golden parachute and they will definitely cash in on this. Oh yea, and the other owners, the stockholders. Basically anyone with a 401K or other retirement plan and other people that were willing to invest their money into the company with the hope that they would make a profit and their investment would grow.

But it probably would be best to leave it in the hands of the government. I mean, they’ve proven themselves to be a highly efficient machine and every dollar that goes to them is spent with the utmost benefit for all. After all, they’ve really reigned in the national debt, learned to sue themselves and somehow decided that the FBI was formed to investigate sexual assault cases from 30+ years ago with no crime scene, no witnesses and no evidence. A well-oiled machine to be sure.

Ignoring the past

It seems to be a thing now to try to hide whatever was bad in our past. Take down statues, don’t fly the confederate flag, the state even changed the name of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska because some people thought that we shouldn’t honor people who supported slavery 100 years ago. I’m pretty sure that they didn’t name the lake after Calhoun because he supported slavery, but for the work that he did for the state and the nation. Maybe it’s not a bad idea to have a few reminders here and there to remind us of our darker days. General Eisenhower ordered the filming and photographing of concentration camps when they were liberated, anticipating a time when they would be denied. It’s hard to believe that people would come along and deny that the holocaust happened but that’s exactly what happened. We would be hard pressed to find anyone good enough to name our roads, lakes or parks after if we all had to agree on it. There has only been one perfect man to ever walk the earth, but he’s not allowed in public.

Lazy thiefs

Someone stole my grandson’s bike the other day. Someone thought it would be ok to walk all the way up someones driveway and take a kids bike that wasn’t theirs. The dirtbag was good enough to leave another bike. It was the last one he stole which had a flat tire. Probably because he has not yet mastered the art of stealing shit that is the correct size for him and his weight popped the tire. I say him in a general term because I’ve never seen a girl steal a bike. I have however seen boys steal bikes. One time it was from my neighbors garage. My daughter, a small girl, ran him down and scolded him. I wish I could have seen his face. I think what irritates me the most is that these people don’t even want the bike to keep it, they are just too damn lazy to walk anywhere. We see quite a few bikes abandoned around the high school when football and the other high school sports practices start. They’re suppose to be athletes! They should want to jog to practice. Where’s their commitment? I don’t think the cops think this is worthy of their time but just wait for the study to come out that declares bike theft as a gateway theft to cars. You heard it here first.

Prisoners on strike

There is no doubt that we are getting soft. But seriously, prisoners going on strike? Modern day slavery? It costs $30-60,000 a year to house a prisoner. There are numerous reasons that a person is in prison. Perhaps they raped somebody’s daughter or killed somebody’s friend. Maybe they stole a senior’s life savings, forced a child into sex trafficking, or simply scared the shit out of someone while they robbed them at gun point. Whatever the reason they are there, it probably has something to do with violating somebody’s right to feel safe.

But now they feel like slaves? Not happy about the amount of money they make? The work is too hard? I have no doubt that they aren’t happy, but that isn’t exactly the reason that they are there. Our prisons are overcrowded and we have to keep adding to them so I’m sure there are issues that we need to fix, but prisoners going on strike to complain about their situation is about as stupid as a bank robber suing the bank because there wasn’t enough money to steal.