Monday, April 30, 2012


1. If you think illegal immigrants are stealing your jobs, then go to work tomorrow and ask your employer if they would hire someone with no social security card and no state id, then ask yourself why you can be replaced by someone with probably limited education and limited skills.

2. If you think illegal immigrants are sending their kids to your school and you do not want to pay for other's kids, then let us all change the system, so only people with kids pay for the schools, and they pay based on the number of kids they have... I will pay for mine, but why should I also pay for your multiple kids?

3. If you think illegal immigrants are getting great free health care, please go to any hospital and tell them you have no insurance, no id, no social security number, and no cash, and see what kind of service you get.

4. The only people who like illegal immigration are criminals... because illegal immigration is illegal, and those caught do go to jail and do get deported.

If you are for real solutions to real problems based on real facts, then share this....


1. I have never met any man and woman who got together and said "let's have sex and get pregnant so we can have an abortion"... have you?

2. Sex is the most basic, primal, instinct a species can have, and it feels good so people will do it so that our species will continue to exist.

3. States who teach abstinence only have a higher rate of teenage pregnancy.

4. Sometimes doctors may suggest that in order to save the life of the mother the pregnancy needs to be terminated, and that is a decision for a doctor, not a lawyer.

5. If we truly wanted to stop people from having abortions, we would try to stop people from having sex without the intent of getting pregnant. However that is very difficult - isn't it?

In conclusion.. if you truly wanted to stop people from aborting pregnancy then you would want to stop people from having unwanted pregnancies, which means you must stop them from having sex without the desire to procreate, and if you cannot do that, then your only other choice is to educate people on the consequences of their actions and educate them on how to have safe sex and how to prevent unwanted pregnancies...

It seems pretty simple to me, so how about we channel all that energy into preventing the problem (unwanted pregnancy), and start educating people on personal responsibility...

If you believe in real solutions to real problems, based on real facts, then please feel free to share....

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10 suggestions to simplify and change the tax code for the USA for all citizens and corporations…

10 suggestions to simplify and change the tax code for the USA for all citizens and corporations…

1. No negative taxes. You might end up with zero in taxes due, but you can’t get free money from the government, so if you use tax credits and are poor and get your liability to zero, good for you.

2. Every person / corporation in the country and every citizen outside of the country above the poverty level must pay a minimum of 1% of income for taxes (they can get credits if applicable to bring their tax bill down to 1%, but no less). I would recommend that the poverty level for one person be set at $15,000 and then adjusted every year up or down based on economic conditions.

3. Income is income, it makes no difference if you shovel gravel to build a road, own the company that is building the road, inherit the company that is building the road, or earn residual income on the selling of the stock in the company that builds the roads. It also makes no difference if you are married or if you are a new citizen. You make money, you use services, it costs money for those services and if you want them around when you need them, then you have to contribute like everyone else. I would also recommend that the federal minimum wage be set at $8.50 per hour.

4. All politicians must agree to work towards a balanced budget, spending no more than what they take, except in cases of national / state emergencies.

5. Social security / retirement will be taxed at 6% and the employer must also pay 6%. The age of retirement shall be deemed by taking the average life expectancy over a certain period of time and then taking 85% of that age. Set the age until 2015 at 67 and then adjust in 2015. Anyone who reaches that age will then be eligible to collect, all years rounded up. Employers and employees will be reimbursed at the end of the tax year for any part of the tax paid up to the 6% that is placed into private retirement accounts; any monies withdrawn from those accounts for any reason prior to retirement age shall be taxed and penalized with the monies going into the social security accounts. All politicians shall be enrolled in the state or federal retirement programs the same as all other workers. One policy for all federal workers, one policy for all state workers.

6. Suggested Federal Tax brackets would be as follows: 0 – 25,000 = 10% ; 25,000 – 50,000 = 16% ; 50,000 – 250,000 = 22% ; 250,000 – 500,000 = 28% ; 500,000 – 750,000 = 34 % ; 750,000 or above = 40%

7. Suggested State Tax brackets would be as follows: 0 – 25,000 = 2% ; 25,000 – 250,000 = 4% ; 250,000 – 500,000 = 6% ; 500,000 – 1,000,000 = 8% ; 1,000,000 or above = 10%

8. Suggested sales tax on all non-food goods: State sales tax 4%; Federal sales tax 1% , based on the location of the point of sale.

9. Medicare / Medicaid / Health insurance : shall be a private, state, or national account, where each individual will be paying themselves, or the employer will purchase from the private, state, or federal program, this will be taken directly from income as a deduction. Everyone needs healthcare and everyone should contribute. Therefore all employed people will be required as a withholding to pay 1% in Federal Medical Care Tax (which will be split 50 / 50 with the state). Anyone over the age of 65 and at the poverty level or anyone under 65 below the poverty level will be available for a new program where they will be provided medical services for free. The new program will combine Medicare and Medicaid and shall be split 50 / 50 between the state and federal government, and will be included as part of both the federal and state health care plan. If tax credits can be provided to offset the costs to individuals then great, the state or federal taxation departments can work that and the other details out. All federal workers including politicians shall be enrolled in the federal health care plan or purchase their own, however they shall not have a separate plan provided by the government. All state workers including politicians shall be enrolled in the state plan or purchase their own.

10. And since these suggestions would be both tax decreases and increases – all politicians must immediately agree to confirm that the “no tax increase” pledge is counter-productive, and that sometimes you need to change the law and the tax codes. As well all politicians should agree that if they are not provided special retirement packages and or special healthcare, they will be much more likely to be able to discuss, debate, and solve the real problems that people face regarding health care and retirement. The people they represent, which is the majority of people in their political districts.

I believe the above suggestions will simplify the tax code, and will eliminate redundancy in current plans and administrative costs across many state and federal government agencies.

If you agree – share this with your local politician.

Change begins when you begin to change things.

Thank you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Can you guess which parent wins?

Can you guess which one of these parents the New York State Legal System has consistently sided with?

The Secret

The Secret... It recently occurred to me that certain people may not understand why my daughter wants to spend so much time with me, and so I thought I would share the secret with everyone, I believe this might work with adults as well but here it is...

Treat them with respect,
Treat them like a person,
Treat them like you would like to be treated.

Take the time to explain everything to them, all those "whys?" need answers;
Take the time to think about your answers, as it shows you care.

Spend half your time at their level of eye sight,
Spend the other half with them at yours by picking them up and holding them close.

Teach them to make their own decisions instead of making them for them or at least provide some kind of understanding as to why the decision needs to be made.

Ask their opinion, and listen to the answer.

Always take their feelings into consideration, understanding that just because they are not able to find the words to express what they feel or are thinking, that it does not mean they do not understand what you are saying or doing.

Do not lie to them.

Enjoy every moment of time you spend together as if no one was more important than they are.

Realize it is their life and their childhood and they only get one chance to enjoy it too, so have fun, and turn the phone and the computer off and spend time together,

That is the secret as best I can explain it, and even if it is a secret - feel free to share it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Global Economic Competitiveness

I never shared this but thought I might now after the whole Clint Eastwood Commercial Brouhaha .... A few months back I met with a client from China, I was taking him to dinner in Orlando and asked where he wanted to go for dinner? He said a Chinese restaurant. I told him, it was not what he might be expecting, he said it didn't matter. So we went to a local Chinese take out place. I asked why he wanted to go there and he said he wanted to support his country. 

I am not a racist and I have no issue with this even though I do not support a nationalistic mentality - however I think everyone should begin to understand what the reality is of the global economic situation. On some level every other country is the competition and on another level they are all the consumers and clients. It is time to stop the nonsense and the made up political drama... stop allowing our politicians to pander and spout nonsense that creates infighting.... it is time that we come together as a country... guess what people - socialists are not trying to take over the country, there are no communists that are going to come to power, your businesses are not getting crushed by the EPA, it is time to start looking at facts and not sound bytes.... let us start making decisions based on real information and real facts, not photo-shopped nonsense...

If we do not come together we will lose on the global stage and it will be our fault and all of the politicians fault... and it will be Fox news fault and the tea party and the occupiers and anyone who signs or wants someone to sign extreme documents like never raising taxes... we do not live in a fantasy land, we live in the real world and it means making real decisions that are not pleasant but may be necessary... let's start making this country even better than it was for you and for me and for our children, and it starts when we stop acting like spoiled children and dumb-asses willing to believe anything we are told... and it starts when we take responsibility for ourselves and our world and our economy and we stop allowing the politicians to abuse and manipulate the people of this country. Tell your politician to save the bullshit and work with everyone else in order to make this country a leader again on the world stage....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ASTEC 2012 Training - Additional Dates Announced | PRLog

ASTEC 2012 Training - Additional Dates Announced

The January training sessions have been completely filled. The February dates for the Astec Training will be the 24th and 25th in Inverness FL. You must be pre-registered and seating is limited so contact us today 800-223-8494.

See Press Release for complete details.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cool Roof Rating Council

Cool Roof Rating Council

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  • To implement and communicate fair, accurate, and credible radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces.
  • To support research into energy related radiative properties of roofing surfaces, including durability of those properties.
  • To provide education and objective support to parties interested in understanding and comparing various roofing options.