A Year of Correction

What am I doing? I’m going to make a list. A timeline without the time.

Started this year in New Zealand.

Two months in to the year, I realize I want to leave so I return home.

I get a job about four weeks after returning. I feel like there is potential in this new job but I discover that this job is just limbo for people waiting to move on.

I made multiple attempts to advance to move on. These attempts have so far ended in failure.

I watch friends from work advance but it seems to be a greater struggle for me. This become murder on my own morale.

I started buying bitcoin back in July. I actually made some money. Nothing too significant.

I’ve managed to save some money. This is good.

For me, 2017 wasn’t very successful. 2017 is merely the year that resulted from me changing the direction of my life. I’ll call it a “correction.” Of course, I can’t really know that until later on when I stop to look back on it.

All this means in that next year has to be better. I will try.

 

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Democracy is Overrated

I keep tuning into these crazy debates going on across the country. Everyone seems to have differing views on everything from healthcare to other social welfare. I also thought about the incredible political gridlock that we have been in for the past X number of years. The nation is as divided as ever and, unfortunately, we have policies in place that in their current form are hurting American families financially. Nothign will change anytime soon.

This entire system is crazy, and quite frankly, STUPID. We have one level of government creating laws for over 300 million people in a country that is 2600 miles wide horizontally and 1500 miles vertically. A country where the culture and values of one side is vastly different to the other. A government that is creating laws on top of 89,000 other governments that are constantly creating there own. It is no wonder nothing can be fixed because we have created a system that in extreme conflict with itself.

Here is an idea. The federal government focuses on Defense, foreign affairs, immigration, and of course settle disputes between states (generally done by the supreme court). The federal government will be given limited taxation authority. If an income tax must exist it must have a cap that is low in order to allow states to adjust their according to the way in which that want to govern. State governments will have a greater focus on domestic/economic/regulatory affairs. If a state is more liberal it will have plenty of room to tax enough to finance it. If a state is more conservative it may choose to tax less.

These states may each develop their own systems of healthcare, their own education systems with more room to fund it without damning the economy. This is how it should be. This is how it used to be. We need a return to federalism.

Maybe chop up some states while we are at it.

What if: A conservative response to mass shootings

It is noon on November 6th. President Trump and Prime Minister Abe are standing together preparing to answer questions from the media in regards to US-Japanese relations and North Korea. However, it is also the day after a terrible shooting in a church outside San Antonio, Texas. The President and his team are expecting to get some questions about the incident during this run in with the press.

The President finally gets the question about his response to the tragedy in Texas. He could give the typical talking points that every president uses after an incident like this. “Our prayers are with the victims.” “Thank you to our first responders.” But instead the President settles with something different.

“Everyone here knows that I am an elected Republican president and the very last thing I am going to do is call for more gun control legislation. No matter how much our friends on the left would like that. That’s just not going to happen.”

The president may seem frustrated. This is still the same year as the shooting in Las Vegas and only a few days after a truck attack in New York.

The president continues.

“However, in this age of mass shootings and terrorism, we cannot protect ourselves by putting down our own weapons. Gun control is an impractical solution in a free nation such as ours. Which is why I will be meeting with governors and law makers to discuss a conservative solution to this problem.

I hope that we can convince our governors to make it easier for the people to be issued concealed carry licenses. At the same time, I will be leading a campaign to restore the deteriorating gun culture in our country and encourage the responsible ownership of these weapons. In the wake of these tragedies, I still believe a better armed society is a safer society. Not only from foreign threats, but from threats on our own soil.

Thank you.”

 

If only.

Three recent Laws signed by Trump

While the media would make it seem that Trump has had no legislative accomplishments during his time as President, Trump has actually signed about 70 new bills since becoming president. Here are some more obscure laws passed by President Trump this year.

Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017

Signed October 26, 2017

This law was actually managed to reach the media during it’s legislative attempt in 2015. The bill was introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson in response to the suicide of a VA Psychologist who questioned the over-medication of the VA medical center in Tomah, Wisconsin.

The Hill states:

The bill would require the head of executive agencies to notify the appropriate inspector general when an employee commits suicide to determine if the suicide was work-related.

The bill would also extend protections to probationary federal employees, which Kirkpatrick was.

Other provisions of the bill include making sure the Office of Special Counsel has access to all information needed to investigate retaliation claims, allowing for the removal or demotion of an agency head who retaliates against a whistle-blower, prohibiting employees from accessing other employees’ medical records and providing training to supervisors on how to respond to whistle-blowers’ complaints.

Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017

Signed October 6, 2017

This law was actually introduced by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. It was a bill five years in the making and was actually a bi-partisan effort in including more women in diplomatic efforts around the world.

USA Today states:

Under the bipartisan Women, Peace and Security Act, by law it would be a core priority for U.S. diplomatic, development and military personnel to include women in preventing and resolving conflicts.

The writer of that article, Allison Peters stated in the title that signing this would make feminist history. However, it doesn’t seem like modern feminists have heard the news yet.

Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act of 2017

Signed October 18, 2017

This bill increased penalties on marketing schemes against senior citizens over the age of 55. This law came forward after Karl and the late Marlene Sibert of Cedar Rapids spent about $44,000 on nutritional supplements over 20 months for health and nutrition-related products when Marlene was hospitalized.

According to the article, the telemarketers had noted that the elderly couple suffered from dementia or “memory issues.”

 

Now these laws are not substantial but it does show that some things can get done in congress. Most laws passed outside the scope of the media. This includes all presidents before Trump. I’m personally a firm believer that laws should be narrower and shorter. What if someone merely introduced a law that eliminated one single tax from the Affordable Care Act? Maybe it would be small enough to fall under the radar of the Democrats and the media, allowing some non-Republicans(like Senator Collins) to sign it without the public abuse.

It’s only a thought.

Trump Exhaustion

I’m pretty conservative. I am absolutely glad that Trump won the election over Hillary Clinton. Four more years of a democrat would have either been a complete disaster or a constant stalemate. We’ve had many victories under a Trump presidency. Gorsuch in the Supreme Court is probably the biggest and most important victory so far. His appointment saved us from an activist Supreme Court. However, the media is annoying and very exhausting.

The media has been on full on attack since Trump was inaugurated. They are back to the same tactics that were used during the Bush years. A lot of the media headlines are not Trumps fault but an example of liberal hysteria. Nevertheless, President Trump has had plenty of media blunders of his own. The first couple of months were nauseating. Especially the week of Scaramucci. Of course, that was a turning point for the administration. John Kelly became Chief of Staff and has managed to calm the excessive leaks and media blunders that were coming out of the White House at the time.

President Trump still manages to make me cringe. The statement about no other president called the families of fallen soldiers, or telling the media to ask John Kelly about his son and President Obama and now possibly this “they knew was they signed up for” comment. Details are still unfolding about the second comment. Even if it turns out to be true, yes it will be an insensitive comment but it doesn’t make me think that Trump doesn’t care about the troops. Whenever he meets with the troops or veterans he seems the most genuine. For a guy who constantly fails with his own public display, he does a remarkable job when it comes to our military.

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Regardless, sometimes I feel like he is giving the liberal media constant opportunities to jump on his. Every time he makes a silly mistake the media gets new ammunition and he tweets about it on the toilet at 2am.

It can all be real exhausting sometimes. Once in a while, I just need to unplug until it all blows over.

Rand Paul and Pres. Trump Tackle Healthcare

Today, Trump signed an executive order that is supposed to help allow people to purchase insurance plans across state lines. This is something that has long been argued to be a single variable of a free market solution to the healthcare crisis in the United States.

It turns out that Senator Rand Paul was a big player in getting the president to sign this order. After congress failed twice to repeal Obamacare, there needed to be some sort of reform to help remedy the crisis. Rand Paul explained that it could help encourage people to join associations across state lines and essentially lower premiums with the mere size of people entering the insurance market. It might work but there is still so much clutter in healthcare policy that it is difficult to tell.

Bloomberg Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9NP6mUQktA

I never thought I’d actually see the day come because I never understood why this existed in the first place. I simply don’t understand it’s origin. I assumed it would be a violation of the commerce clause in the constitution but what the hell do I know?

This will not immediately fix the healthcare problem and I hope congress returns to the table to try to tackle Obamacare.

Something Different

Ok, fine. I know.  I can’t commit to a daily post. Pathetic. I’ll just post as much as I can. At least once a week. Whatever. Today I want to write about something different.

I recently picked up Pokemon Silver from the eShop. It’s been a nice run so far considering this is a game I loved as a kid. It took Red and Blue, which I also loved, and turned it into something legitimately better. But then, I started to think.

I was thinking about the moon. That’s right. Pokemon Sun and Moon. The recent main release from the series which I ended up really disappointed over. I want to talk about that disappointment. Why does Game Freak add great features and then take them away?

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I really enjoyed Pokemon X and Y. Omega Ruby and Alphe Sapphire were good too. Going back to a reliance on HM’s was a drag but it was still good. Sun and Moon was just… well three hour’s into the game I was still complaining.

Don’t get me wrong, the visuals, the camera, and the battles were good. The game looked beautiful itself. However, the game constantly interrupted me and wanted to tell me what to do. It felt like every time I entered a new area there was someone there waiting to talk to me. Actually, most of the time it was more than one person. The games also liked to play cut scenes too. It wasn’t just reading text. I frequently had to wait for the camera to move around. It was a headache.

The islands were so linear. The game consisted of a few islands with paths that all seemed to just a make a circle. I never felt like there was much to see or explore. Sometime’s I would be playing and suddenly realize I was in a trial since the trial areas tend to look a lot like every other area. The fact that I started rushing through scenes didn’t help either.

The last point I want to make before going back to Silver is, why did they take away the Player Search System and replace it with that carnival looking crap that was time wasting? The PSS was a smooth system that helped the game make you feel like you were really connected to the Pokemon community. The random battle requests and the shout outs were excited and simple to interact with. Oh yes, simplicity. The PSS was SIMPLE! It made trading and battling with your friends the easiest it has ever been for Pokemon.

Here’s an idea. Grab all those features that peopled liked about the old games and put it into one game. Oh, and bring back the Pokemon follower feature. Bye.

Entering a new phase of life

So keeping up with this blogging thing is a little harder that I thought. But hey! As long as I keep jumping back into then I should be fine.

I spent yesterday working and driving to Orlando. I long time and real close friend of mine is having a baby. He is the first among my close friends to have one. It’s blowing my mind because it’s not like I am seeing old high school class mates accidentally pop some babies. This wasn’t an accident. It was completely intentional. This changes everything.

I am 26 years old and now I am entering a period of my life where the people around me are looking to patch up missing pieces in their lives. Maybe that’s just the way I’ve been looking at it. My friend has been with this girl for many years and they both made the conscious decision to start having a family. I’m only starting to feel the pressure on my part. Thankfully he is only the first one and I’m not in any rush to be number two.

This isn’t all pessimism on my part. I’m glad they decided this together. I only hope that it wasn’t made too soon. Babies change everything for couples. My friend is a hard working man and I believe he will do anything it takes to create a strong inseparable bond with his family. Strong families lead to good children. We need more families who stay together in this world.

I’m sure the statistics are there prove my point. However, I am saying this out of experience of those I’ve interacted with.

Trump is already winning the NFL battle

I already said that this feud is bad for the country. However, I predicted that this was still a battle that Trump is going to win. As democrats set themselves up as being against the flag(this is just what is perceived not what I think their intent was) which is a strategy that seems to be turning against them.

  1. NFL ratings are down 11% from last year
  2. NFL lost it’s first sponsor since the feud started.
  3. Broncos players say they will stand next game.

We can make arguments all day about what these protests are about or what the anthem actually stands for. In the end, the majority of Americans support the idea of standing during the anthem and this issue is even divided within the parties. The initial protest may have been about police brutality but, after reacting to Trump’s speech in Alabama, the debate was no longer that. All the casual viewers saw were players “disrespecting the flag” and the media shouting obscenities about Trump.

Some claim this was an accidental battle or that it is a necessary cultural war that the right needs to engage in. There is value in the culture war view point. The right has put up with being knocked around since the Bush administration. I’m concerned that this will only leave us with a shatter America.

Day 2: Not gonna lie. I almost forgot.

And it’s only day 2.

This is my first full week back to work since Hurricane Irma came through South Florida and left everyone without power. I was out for a total of nine days and only three of those days was I without power. Maybe family had some damage from the storm but it was nothing like what had happened to Key West, Houston, and definitely not Puerto Rico.

The Miami area lucked out bit time. For a number of days, the storm path was set to go right through my area. An area that has dark flashbacks on Hurricane Andrew and the media made sure everyone remembered it. Florida witness one of the largest evacuations of it’s time. Many areas that weren’t required to evacuated did so anyways. My area was far from the potential storm surge zone and even we had a few neighbors who packed up and left town. People were scared.

Puerto Rico got a big chunk of Hurricane Irma whom left thousands without power. Unfortunately, Maria came to follow and completely wiped out the rest of of the Islands electricity. I have a coworker who has a son currently in Puerto Rico. She lost contact with him right before the storm hit. She didn’t hear from him for days. There are reports that claim Puerto Rico could be without power for up to six months.

This summer has been filled with disasters and I urge everyone to donate what you can to charities you feel are worth your dollar. I started a monthly donation of five dollars to an organization back in April. I felt that, as a conservative/libertarian, I am obligated to donate what I can to people in need.

Now, I’ve been without work for a few days so I have been short on money. I donated five dollars to Samaritan’s Pure and I plan to give a greater donation when get paid again. It is up to everyone(not just conservatives) to give what they can, especially during these times.