Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm graduated!

As of June 9th, I graduated high school. After four crazy years, I'm moving on and becoming an "adult". In the fall, I will be attending a community college for two years in Massachusetts with a transfer to a four-year school to complete my education.
           I'm not going to lie, with this change in my life, I find myself to be scared. I'm moving to a completely new state and leaving the comfort of my own town. I'm leaving everyone I know and starting fresh. It's a terrifying thought. I find myself worried about meeting new people and being able to handle the intense work that college brings (with a job on top to pay for my education). Just this week I picked out my first car. The only thing that keeps me from being incapable of doing these things is my belief in my potential. I plan to major in political science (shocker!) with a minor in communications with the hopes of working my way up to a position involving conservative media. I find that political commentary is a passion of mine, and I believe that if I work hard enough, I can truly succeed.
             It's not going to be easy; and I'm aware of it. Besides graduation money from relatives and the occasional help from my parents, my education is completely funded by me. No government hand outs, nothing. All me. (At least for the community college duration).  I'll have to work my butt off, but I think I'll appreciate it a hell of a lot more than someone whose education is either completely funded by their parents or by the government (too bad I'm not 1/32nd Cherokee!). Sure, I'm missing out on "the college experience", but I've never been much of a socialite.
           I have the will power, determination, smarts, and skill to make it. I just need to overcome this overwhelming anxiety. Real world, here I come!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day: A Quick Reflection

 Today, we honor our fallen soldiers. From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, we take time out of our day to pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we so deeply cherish. As a young adult, I find it terribly important to honor these brave men and women who did what I could never do, showing valor and true heroism while protecting our great nation. Sadly, many kids my age see today as a day off from school, or simply don't care because this holiday means "nothing to them". To them I ask, is this just another day for the parents, siblings, spouses, or children who received that dreaded knock on their door? Those who had to face the unbearable reality of losing their family member in war? This makes me not only weep for the ignorance of my generation, but truly makes me sad.
      Living in Vermont, I thought that tragedy would never strike so close to home. I thought, well, Vermont is so tiny and so irrelevant, war could never affect my state. Wrong. Statistically, Vermont has lost more soldiers in Iraq per capita than any other state. I was shocked to hear this, and it really opened my eyes.
    While every soldier should be remembered today, I ask you to keep two in your thoughts. Army Sargent Kevin Sheehan and Marine Lance Corporal Kurt Dechen both attended my high school and both died while serving in Iraq. Sheehan was killed in a mortar attack and Dechen died by enemy fire when pulling another soldier to safety. Both of these men, along with thousands of others, paid the ultimate price, all for your freedom. These men and women are heroes, and should never be thought of as any less. 
       Lastly, I encourage all of you to partake in a moment of silence today. Whether you listen to TAPS, visit a grave, or simply take a moment to pray, please show your respect and gratitude for those who died to keep you safe. In addition, take time to thank someone who has served/is currently serving today. These men and women put their lives on the line every day, and could be gone in the blink of an eye. I thank these men and women from the bottom of my heart, and to the veterans, thank you so much for your service. God bless America and our heroes. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

ICYMI: My Obamacare Speech

Hey guys! I recently wrote a speech on Obamacare for my Public Speaking class, thought I'd share it with you. Let me know what you think! 

Soak The Rich: A Non-Solution

It’s no secret that America is in the midst of an economic crisis. It’s also commonly known that much of our debt issues arise from our federal government spending our beloved America into oblivion with endless stimulus packages and reckless waste. While Representative Paul Ryan’s budget continues to be hammered by critics and Congressional Democrats continue to stall on presenting a budget of their own, Americans are left to seethe with anger as Congress argues without solutions and endlessly squanders away our tax dollars. One of President Barack Obama’s “solutions” to our economic crisis is to enforce higher taxes on the wealthy, or the top 1% of income earners. Barack Obama not only champions this as a way to fix our debt, but as a way to close the gap of “income inequality”. As someone who admires and supports those who take it upon themselves to work tirelessly to earn their success through income, I find that exorbitant tax increases on the rich are a non-solution and merely create an alluring rhetoric for Barack Obama’s supporters.
The Obama Administration’s contempt for personal wealth through higher taxes on the rich is not only ineffective, but victimizes the prosperity others work hard to achieve. By increasing taxes on the rich the federal government will affect the job market, devalue success, and create a convenient mirage for the American people who believe that higher taxes on the wealthy through the Buffett Rule will somehow magically fix our economy.
One of the biggest issues with taxing the wealthy is the issue of job creation. It’s common sense that if you heavily tax those who create jobs in a weak economy, it will be much harder to hire people, and perhaps cause lay-offs. There are many who say that higher taxes don’t cause enough economic distress for the top 1% to affect job creation, but this simply isn’t true. Do the poor hire people? No. The wealthy do. Debates on raising the taxes of those who earn $250,000/yr continue to rise in Congress, that group of people being comprised mostly of small business owners. In the poor economy we live in today, the last thing we want to do is directly affect job creators with higher tax rates.
A common fallacy amongst Americans is that the wealthy simply don’t pay their fair share. We’re constantly told that the rich are “evil” and should be paying far more than they do at this time. Little does most of America know that the wealthy actually pay most of the federal income tax in the United States. Data published by the Tax Foundation in 2011 showed that in 2008 the top 1% of income earners (those who made more than $380,000) paid a staggering 38% of all federal income taxes while earning 20% of all income. How much did the bottom 50% (those earning $33,000 or less) pay in 2008? Less than 3% of all federal income taxes. To me, this seems like quite the fair share.
To further promote Obama’s class warfare agenda, he has once again proposed the Buffett Rule: a tax rule stating that those who make $1,000,000 must pay at least 30% of their income in taxes. With the information I just presented, doesn’t it seem a little unnecessary? Furthermore, a study done by Congress’s official tax analysts found that the Buffett rule would only produce a measly $47 billion over 11 years -- only paying for about an hour’s worth of our national debt. In reality, the Buffett Rule would have absolutely no impact on the deficit and is simply another jab at the prosperous. Which is exactly why recently the Senate couldn’t produce enough votes in favor of this rule to send it to the president’s desk. Better luck next time.
What kind of example does this set for younger generations? Ostracizing those who work their way up the ladder of success to ultimately become wealthy? President Obama’s attack on the prosperous devalues success. Look at Occupy Wall Street for example, a bunch of angry college students who show their absolute disdain and hatred for who? A bunch of people who tried and succeeded? Being wealthy is nothing to be ashamed of. I thought that the “American Dream” included being financially stable, what’s so wrong with that? Be wealthy. Be successful. Money isn’t evil, the people who obtain it may be, but that shouldn’t discourage accomplishment.
I’d like to close by saying that while hiking tax rates on the wealthy isn’t the right solution, there needs to be one. Only 53% of Americans pay their taxes, which is an absolutely horrendous number. Loopholes and corruption in our tax code is to blame for this. What I would propose we do is set a flat tax rate for every American, regardless of income, and enforce the payment of that tax. If you really want to encourage fair share, then make everyone pay the same. The bottom 50% pay the same number as the top 1% and vice versa. This is the only way we can truly gain “fairness” in a tax system.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Young Turks show media bias...Again

Oh Cenk, you've done it again. Today, The Young Turks put out a video criticizing Congressman Allen Wests's remarks (or lack thereof) on gay marriage. But not before he cracked a joke about "seeing Russia from your house" (I suppose he didn't get the memo that those were Tina Fey's words, not Sarah Palin's). Got any jokes that aren't from 2008, Cenk? Better yet, ones that are based on true comments from the people you're poking fun at?
Anyway, West appeared on CNN and was asked "should the federal government get involved in gay marriage?" To which he replied, "I think that when you look at who is issuing marriage certificates, it's a states issue." (Notice how he ANSWERED the question). West goes on to (correctly) note that most Americans couldn't care less about gay marriage as a primary issue when our economy continues to take a nosedive, which he of course received excessive criticism from the CNN hack for honestly stating.
Of course, Cenk wastes no time to attack West by saying that he "didn't answer the question" and that just because he doesn't think gay marriage is an issue, doesn't mean that it isn't. But folks, he DID answer the question. Just because he didn't throw red meat at Cenk to use in his incorrect, vitrolic rhetoric doesn't mean he didn't answer the question that was asked. Cenk was simply angry that West didn't admit to being against gay marriage so that he could ostracize another Conservative for disagreeing with him politically.

Yet again, another pointless and shameful attack on Conservatives. Then again, would you expect truthful reporting from Current TV phonies?

Friday, April 6, 2012

John MacGovern for U.S. Senate

As many of you know, I live in the Green Mountain State, Vermont. We're known for many things in our state: maple syrup, the beautiful foliage, skiing...Oh, and our politics. From being the state that brought us President Calvin Coolidge to being the state that brings the self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders to the US Senate, Vermont has been all over the place in its politics. For now, and for quite possibly the rest of our lives, Vermont continues to bleed blue.

With the election for president coming up in November also comes the re-election campaign for socialist Bernie Sanders. Now, I've had many a quarrel with good ole' Bernie. I've challenged him in both Washington D.C. and in my hometown, and he's shown to be rude and disrespectful on both accounts. Then again, why would he be kind to a young conservative like myself? Like many of my fellow Vermonters, we assume that Bernie will win his seat every election by a landslide (what else would you expect from Vermont?), but, this year, we have a contender who shows promise.
John MacGovern, a Republican in VT, is challenging Bernie Sanders for his senate seat. I won't lie, upon hearing the news that Bernie had competition of any sort, I was thrilled. From serving four years in the Massachusetts legislature to founding a firm that helped telecommunication companies form relationships with businesses in China, John has a wide background in business and government. John runs on the primary issue of our national debt, as he states on his website:

"As Vermont families continue to struggle with tough economic times, we need to send a strong and clear message to Washington that it can't be business as usual anymore. In short, we can't spend our way to prosperity; and we certainly can't do it by making our families shoulder the burden of Washington's reckless spending."

Oh, and, he wants to repeal Obamacare.
John's bid for the senate has been picked up by both The Daily Caller and RedState, and I feel that if we get behind him, just like we have with other Republicans trying to oust democrats in other states, we could really have a shot at this.

So this is where I ask you guys to really support this man, and get the word out about his campaign. You all know who Bernie Sanders is, and you also know that he's one of many in the Senate who block any sort of bipartisanship bills coming from the House (I believe there are 27 right now collecting dust), making it exceedingly difficult to get things done, while our Republicans in the House get all of the blame. So let's help John, and kick a Socialist out the door in November.

John's site: http://www.JohnMacGovern.com

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Toure & Race-Baiting "Journalism"

As most of you may have seen last night, Piers Morgan and MSNBC's race baiting puppet Toure got into a rather heated argument in regards to the Trayvon Martin case on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight". Piers had invited Toure on his show due to Toure's harsh criticism of Piers for inviting Robert Zimmerman (George Zimmerman's brother) on his show to express his thoughts and opinions on the issue (in other words, Piers being a fair journalist). Once on the show, it took no more than 60 seconds for Toure to tear into Piers for showing fair journalism (something foreign to MSNBC) and showcasing the other viewpoint of the Trayvon case.
Toure quickly began to insult Piers by stating that himself and others at NBC were "laughing at him" for allowing Robert on his show (which Piers quickly fact checked by reminding Toure that Brian Williams was attempting to get an interview with him). This went on for quite a while, but what was said by Toure about half way through the quarrel really pushed my buttons.
Toure began to imply that because Piers is from England and happens to be born English, he couldn't possibly understand America and its "race problem" and the "troubles that have been going on for centuries". Piers and I disagree politically, but my God, this man doesn't have half the brain cells that Piers possesses. As long as a foreigner looks at an issue with an open mind, they can surely "understand America".
Toure: the only race problems today are caused by imbeciles like you, Spike Lee, and Al Sharpton who at the very inkling of the possibility of racism will pounce and scream "RACIST! RACIST!" before the truth is divulged. You hurt America and sometimes even put others in danger when you do this. You attempt to create truth, you don't look for it.
This brings me to my main point. All of this race baiting and hatred needs to cease. The American public needs to stop with this "KILL ZIMMERMAN" nonsense. We need to sit back and let the judicial system do its job. Screaming "RACIST" is not going to solve any problem, nor will it bring anyone to justice. The media needs to back off as well, and be honest with their reporting. Of course, this will never happen, but we can dream.
Piers handled this atrocity of a "journalist" with class and composure. I commend him for this, because if I were in his position, I probably would have ended up screaming at this dolt.

America needs to sit back, relax, and wait for the verdict.