The Republican train is coming

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“I hear that train a coming, it’s rolling around the bend” The train? The soon to be Republican  controlled  Congress. What is at stake, the environment, health care, social security, Medicare, the list is potentially endless. When the blood-letting begins and the cries of foul come from the mouth’s of those effected STOP! Think for a minute, what could you have done better? Far too many people remained on the sidelines for this mid-term election. The MANDATE of the people, 33% of voters showed up to cast votes and the majority were REPUBLICANS. By their own hand Democrats will cut the programs […] Read more »

Gas continues to decline, economic gain for consumers

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The continued free-fall of gas prices has consumers happy and economists worried? Listening to a report on local news radio, concerns over declining demand being a signal of a slowing economy. When the hopeful GOP’s Mitt Romney was running for president, gas prices were a big issue. $4.00 a gallon gas was crushing the economy. Just 2 years later, has prices are averaging around 2.78 a gallon in NJ and the result? Big GOP wins in Senate and House elections. Nobody was touting policy of the Democrats Obama for the decline. In fact Democrats were running away from him during […] Read more »

We need to work together, why now?

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The mid-term elections are over and for the first time in 8 years Republicans will control both houses. Right or WRONG, the voters (or some of us) have spoken. In the immediate aftermath of results, acceptance speech’s seemed to be scripted  in partnership. Most had this beautiful lie tied in at some point, “we need to work together for the people.” My question would be why now? The past six years of President Obama you the winning party have obstructed at every turn. The people, have been of little or no concern to you as elected leaders during this time. The people […] Read more »

Always the most important election of our time

Mid-term elections, the most important election of your lifetime? A tired line used seemingly every election. Maybe we should just say they all are important elections. Why? Because they are! Can we afford a Senate controlled by the GOP? Can we afford a continued Congress that is dysfunctional? The disfunction seems to have had little effect on our country. The economy is rolling along. Unemployment is lower each month. Obama Care, though still a talking point is grabbing hold, slowing the rate climb and in some areas reducing overall insurance cost. The biggest indicator, The Dow, at all-time highs! So […] Read more »

Democrats, do you know your voters?

Recently at a rather large political rally, the room was filled with many candidates. Hopefuls were from local races, state legislature, and the Pennsylvania governors race. It was a friendly event , with the room filled. Labor leaders, members of many unions and their retirees. So at a friendly event meant to rally the loyal to help in getting out the vote. What I heard was, well frankly shocking when the Democratic Chair of the area was making his introductions. He made reference to “shopping at Walmart”! Now considering what those words mean? Well, Walmart is the opposite of what […] Read more »

Birthday Cards, the big gift

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The beginning of the month marked the 83rd birthday of my mother. Not a monumental birthday you say? Every birthday is a monumental one, if you consider how fragile life is. So in style we celebrated Mom’s birthday, simple and together. Her favorite “sin” a Burger King Whopper Jr. Not so fancy, but it made her happy. And another piece of the birthday puzzle that made her happy, the card. The birthday card, thousands of choices and, if you pick the right one can go a long way in reminding that person you love them. Birthday cards passed in my family at […] Read more »

Paid Sick-Leave in New Jersey, a new government mandate

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Paid Sick Leave in New Jersey, is it the next governmental interference? Or, long overdue for the workers of the state? This week the bill was being debated in an Assembly Committee hearing. What the bill offers, one paid hour of sick time for each 30 hours worked, to a maximum of 5 days each year. The bill about a year old now is being championed by Assembly woman Pamela Lampitt (D-Cherry Hill). Business as expected are against the measure, citing the recent increase in the minimum wage, and healthcare reform. The sick-day bill has some issues. For one it doesn’t […] Read more »

Corporal punishment, a draconian practice?

“Spare the rod, spoil the child” ( attributed to the bible in Proverbs) child discipline has made headlines recently with the Adrian Peterson (Vikings, NFL) situation. Indicted by a grand jury for the beating of his son with a switch. Was the discipline too much is what Peterson will be defending. Leaving lacerations and causing serious injury is where the law will ultimately find Peterson guilty. If that is the case.  The use of corporal punishment when raising children, or as my father used to say ” a manual adjustment”; is it a draconian practice that should be banned? After raising […] Read more »

Governor Christie, too little to late for Atlantic City

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Coming soon to Atlantic City, the third casino closing. Trump Plaza will close its doors , and out more people out looking for a job. What has te state government done for AC’s casinos and their workers? Yesterday’s announcement that our beloved Governor signed sports betting into law should be making is very angry. Especially the jobless of AC. Why? Just two months ago Governor Christie vetoed the same legislation. So why the change of heart? Could it be the clicking up of the unemployment number ha him worried? He does have presidential aspirations? Well of course he does. That […] Read more »

Atlantic City’s Revel closes their doors

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April 2, 2012- September 2, 2014. Just short of two and a half years, Atlantic City’s Revel has closed its doors. (Officially at 5 p.m. today the casino will close.) This after two bankruptcies and, a short search for a buyer. So why do you think the most beautiful casino on the boardwalk went under? Competition for your gambling/resort dollar. Far too much competition within the city and outside. A simple concept and one that should have been recognized prior to construction. On a recent visit to a AC casino specifically the now closed Showboat (8-31-14) I waited in line […] Read more »

Burger King merger, political nonsense

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The recent Burger King, Tim Horton’s announced merger has you feeling? Angry, shocked, or? Myself I am in disbelief. Not of the actual merger or Burger King’s new home of Canada, but of the outrage. Politicians standing up, and speaking out against the new Burger King. “Avoiding Taxes”, you must be kidding! These outraged politicians are the same people who have created the tax game that BK and all the rest of corporate America are playing in. Why should we be surprised? Or is it, the politician playing their game? The game of outrage, acting as if they will do something […] Read more »

America, the land of less opportunity

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America, the land of opportunity. This idea is what drives immigration, legal and illegal. Immigration is what built America and it will also be what destroys it. That is if we continue on our current path of inaction. It has been nearly ten years since the banking crisis almost collapsed this nation. Since that time, America has battled (or pretended to) many a fight along the way . Unemployment, immigration, the housing crisis just to name a few. The response by our government, some believe good, others not so good. We have also seen to some degree civil unrest most […] Read more »

Public Records, access to Robin William’s death

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The death of Robin Williams, tragic, a part of living? It hasn’t been a week since the news that Robin Williams took his own life. The reports, speculation, and many facts have come out. We know now, so we should be moving on and leave the tragic subject allowing  those who truly loved him to mourn. But, this will not happen quickly. The tabloids have and will continue to run with the William’s suicide and milk all the sales that they possibly can. The family, friends and others who loved him, well they really don’t matter when sales are in […] Read more »

Happy, satisfy your today

The future is right now! So get up off our backside and get started. I don’t know about you but statements such as those do little to motivate. Not that they aren’t accurate but I think there might be a better way to get ourselves moving. What is the future? What is your future or mine? Wherever you are in life, preparing for tomorrow’s today is paramount in being happy. Happy is not being defined as cheerful or comfortable with your financial status. Happy is? There is nothing new  behind about what I wrote in the above paragraph. It was […] Read more »

Lawsuit against President Obama, just plain stupid

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to sue President Obama for “over-stepping his powers”.  Along party lines (225-201) the Boehner led Republicans are moving forward with a lawsuit directed at his application of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The GOP are claiming  Obama has picked and chosen only the desirable pieces of the legislation, while not enacting others. Where do they go from here? Well the House of Representatives is off on a well deserved five week vacation, so I imagine very little (as normal) will come from them. The lawyers, well they will get some action on the taxpayer dollar. […] Read more »