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Date: July 15, 2011

The Strangest Thing

This is a little personal and some might say TMI, but I am a regular person. Pretty much the sametime everyday, I make a trip to the ladies room. Now, there aren’t a lot of women at this location for my company, but there are a lot of women in this building and on my floor.
Here’s the strange thing.
Everyday, after I enter the bathroom and select my stall, I hear the same woman enter. I know it is the same woman because she selects the first stall and quietly speaks to herself. The first few times, I thought she was on a cellphone. Then, I realized that cells don’t work in the bathroom.
I don’t think she realizes I am there and I have never seen her.
I just wanted to share.

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Concealed Carry – Part One

Real Facts

Look at any pro-Concealed Carry website and you will find a statement about how it makes us safer or reduces crime.  Since Wisconsin decided to join the other 48 states and become a Concealed Carry state, I thought I would go back to the crime statistics and see what’s what.  If the pro-Concealed Carry crowd is correct, than next year, Wisconsin should see a huge drop in crime, right?

According to Concealed Campus, that would be true.  According to a PDF on their site, Florida’s homicide rate fell from 36% above the national average to 4% below (as of 2005).  I decided to do some checking on my own.

In 1982 – five years BEFORE Florida passes Concealed Carry – Florida had 1409 Murders and Non-Negligent Manslaughters.  The entire Country had 20818 (includes Florida’s numbers).  The average is 416 (rounding down, you can’t have .36 crimes).  In 1982, Florida is 993 crimes higher than the national average.

Five years later, in 1987 when Florida passes Concealed Carry, Florida had 1371 Murders and Non-Negligent Manslaughters.  The National Average that year was 397.  Florida was still higher.

Five years after Florida passed their Concealed Carry law, they had 1208 Murders and Non-Negligent Manslaughters.  The National Average was 466.

That doesn’t seem to be much in the way of improvement.  Certainly it doesn’t appear that Concealed Carry had much of an affect at all.  However; perhaps, I’m not being fair.  What percent of all murders are committed in Florida?

What about the murder rate?

The murder rate is the number of offenses per 100,000 people.  Florida’s murder rate in 1982 was 13.5; the Nation’s murder rate was 9.1. To put it in perspective, California’s was 11.2 and Texas was 16.1.  Sadly, the District of Columbia had a murder rate of 30.7 – the highest in the nation.  In fact the District of Columbia always has the highest murder rate.  This is a sad state of affairs when we can’t look after our nation’s capital.

Since 1982, the Nation’s murder rate has dropped from 9.1 to 5.  Florida’s has dropped from 13.5 to 5.5.  Still higher than the National murder rate, but still pretty impressive.  In the same time span, the National murder rate dropped from 9.1 to 5.

Is the website correct?  Nope.  Florida in 1982 was 32.59% higher than the National murder rate.  In 1987, Florida was 27.19% higher than the National murder rate.  In 2005, Florida was 10.71% lower than the National murder rate, which is very impressive.  As of 2009, Florida is roughly 10% higher than the National murder rate.

{Part Two coming soon}

Jobless Recovery

To understand why we are having a jobless recovery, you must understand economics.  Unfortunately, most people in this country do not really understand economics.  So, here’s a very brief explanation.

Our economy is consumption driven – the old supply and demand.  Let’s say I own a widget factory and I make one widget a day – 5 widgets a week.  I send my widgets to the marketplace and every week, I sell all of my widgets.  But, one week, I notice that there are still 5 people in line wanting to buy my widgets.  If I could make more widgets, I’m certain that I could sell all of them, as well.

So, I return to my factory, and hire a person to help me make widgets.  I pay him an hourly wage that pretty much leaves me with most of the profit – this is MY factory and these are MY widgets and if he was bright, he could start his own widget factory.  This is America after all.

Now,  because there are two people building them, I can make and sell ten widgets a week.  Some time goes by and word gets out that I make the best widgets.  Now, I notice that there are three people standing in line when my widgets are sold out.  So, instead of hiring someone new, I make my one and only employee a salary employee (which means I don’t have to pay him overtime) and I make him work longer hours to make those extra three widgets.  Since I don’t have to pay him overtime, I’m still making an enormous profit.

This is how companies work.  This is capitalism, admittedly, at its very basic level, but you get the idea.

If the economy falters and I stop selling 13 widgets a week, I’ll cut my employee’s job.

If I discover that I can outsource widget making to China or Taiwan, bye bye employee.

And, guess what, if the government cuts my taxes, I’m not going to use that money to build another factory (creating new jobs) or hire employees in my old one, I’m going to keep it.  I deserve it.  I came up with this idea for a company and I built it.  And, that’s why giving tax breaks to the richest in this country, isn’t going to create jobs.

If there is not consumption on the bottom and middle rungs of our country, there is no reason for companies to hire.  Cutting the taxes of the rich does not cause jobs to magically appear.  It just makes the rich, richer.  And, because that revenue needs to be made up in some manner, it makes the poor, poorer.  Cutting things like health care for the poor to give tax breaks to the rich is absolutely the most despicable thing we could do in this country.  Cutting school lunches for poor kids or the breakfasts before school, where this might be their only decent meal – and give a 10% tax break to the rich who can afford to pay their taxes under the guise that this will create jobs is irresponsible and ridiculous.  But, that’s what the Republicans are selling you – a tax break for those at the top who don’t need one.

Are there people in this country that don’t pay any money in taxes?  Yes, yes there are and if the Republicans have their way, more of them will be rich than poor.

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