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Now that the holiday season is upon us I want to remind you not to forget the less fortunate, those who serve, and also to consider the natural future of our planet and its environment. The following are some organizations that I donate to regularly or volunteer with that could use your support.

You may donate by clicking directly on the link in this text.
In no particular order, here they are:

The USO https://secure.uso.org/?sc=WEBDONTRIL

Paralyzed Veterans of America http://www.SupportVeterans.org

Disabled American Veterans http://www.dav.org

Audubon http://www.audubon.org/

The International Crane Foundation
https://www.savingcranes.org/

And don’t forget about your local food pantry. There is one in every town.

William Thien

Given the current political climate there is no time like the present to address the socialist condition of the country. I know this because this particular observation has brought considerable consternation from the collective. It’s one thing to create social programs to ensure a social safety net. It’s another entirely to enslave the common working person to the yoke of taxation to pay for such programs such as those that cover the cost of paying for women having substantial numbers of children out-of-wedlock (over half of all babies born last year were born to single mothers). Clearly I fall on the side in favor of protecting the taxpayer from the burdensome nature of such social programs that enable what I call the government sponsored “sex for money” social system. Whether the fairer sex, if we can call them that anymore with any accuracy that describes the entire population, favors the de-socialization of such programs or not is not my concern.

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I believe conservatives are in a particularly advantageous position to make changes to the socialist structure of the country and some have been saying “not so fast.” Really? Not so fast? This opportunity has been a long time coming and was hard-fought.

As a result, I sent this letter to my Congressman and Senator:

Now that the Republicans did so well in the mid-terms there has been talk, even on conservative talk radio that the Republicans should not proceed so quickly with plans to make the changes many conservatives have been hoping for, that the Republican majority should wait before taking any action.

In my opinion nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, there is no time to waste and it is the Republicans in name only and Democrats that are suggesting the delay, not true conservatives. Conservatives have been waiting, working for this opportunity for decades and now…

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I recently became involved in a debate regarding commuting via train or automobile into and out of urban areas from surrounding suburbs and here is some interesting math. The numbers are averaged but they tell us quite a bit.

 

Let’s do some basic math.

If the monthly payment for a car is let’s say $400 and the insurance is $75 while the car is being paid off, that’s $475 a month. But then if you add $60 per week for fuel to commute into the city, that’s another $240 per month. Now your total is $715 per month.

If your taxes go up $20 a year to pay for the train system and the cost of your fare for twenty rides per month is $3.00 per day, that’s $60 per month times two, there and back, or $120 per month.

Now let’s multiply those numbers by twelve.

By car, your costs are $715 per month times twelve or $8,580 per year.

By train you cost is $20 in extra taxes per year and $1440, or $1460 per year.

Now, subtracting $1460 from $8580 you get $7140 per year.

A person can do a lot with $7140 per year savings if they can take the train. And, businesses who can expect their employees to arrive on time can be more efficient.

If you ask me, there is something substantial to be said for installing trains to cover transportation into and out of the city to the surrounding counties, using the math at least, even with tax subsidies. The rest of the developed world has recognized that fact for some time.

Furthermore, I’m guessing that taking care of dedicated track costs much less than resurfacing these freeways (misnomer) every two years which seems to go on forever and ever and the cost of repairs to your automobiles as well as you run over pot hole after pot hole left over after the brutal winters we have been having year in and year out.

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I believe conservatives are in a particularly advantageous position to make changes to the socialist structure of the country and some have been saying “not so fast.” Really? Not so fast? This opportunity has been a long time coming and was hard-fought.

As a result, I sent this letter to my Congressman and Senator:

Now that the Republicans did so well in the mid-terms there has been talk, even on conservative talk radio that the Republicans should not proceed so quickly with plans to make the changes many conservatives have been hoping for, that the Republican majority should wait before taking any action.

In my opinion nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, there is no time to waste and it is the Republicans in name only and Democrats that are suggesting the delay, not true conservatives. Conservatives have been waiting, working for this opportunity for decades and now some supposed conservatives want to wait and delay the opportunity? That’s the wrong answer.

It’s time for true conservatives to get to work and utilize the opportunity that exists to “de-socialize” the country. With today’s political-military climate and other factors such as terrorism, things can change overnight and who knows who will have a majority in the house and senate? Conservatives might not have another alignment like this for decades. It’s time to take advantage of it.

Added 11/17/14: I would add that it is not something that should be done cold-turkey. I’ve blogged in the past that any de-socialization of the country should be done over a period of perhaps ten years with the laws implementing a gradual weaning from government programs so as not to cause any “socioeconomic shock.”

There is no time to lose. It’s time to get to work.

Sincerely,

William Thien

 

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