Peter Egan: Important PSA For All Federal Lawmakers and Unelected Government Officials
My disgruntled dissatisfaction with the results coming out of Washington D.C., particularly as it pertains to the Executive Branch, the U.S. Senate (with just a handful of exceptions) and House Speaker John Flaccid, is rapidly morphing into total apathy.
For the first time in my life, I do not identify with any political party, and for the first time in my life would consider the prospect of voting a waste of time and energy.
To all those who helped bring me to this point of total apathetic cynicism, I am of the belief that Mr. Red Peters is better able to articulate my opinions of you than even I am.
That said, without further adieu:
Alternate Title: How to Debate a Liberal and Win
By: Peter EganIn this post, I am confronted by a liberal supporter of (I suspect) one of the Landrieus over the character of Congressman John Fleming (R-LA).
UPDATEI received confirmation from Congressman Fleming that the reason Ms. Jensen was blocked from commenting on his Facebook page was not for the reasons she states below, but due to personal attacks like those directed towards yours truly in the below screen-shots of the Facebook debate she randomly initiated with me, I can only presume because no one else was willing to talk to her.I know a LOT of politicians. I have met very, very few with whom I've been as impressed on a personal level as I was Congressman Fleming. The man manages his own Facebook account and will take questions and/or comments from constituents at any time of day. He responds personally. This is very rare for Washington. Nearly everyone else has staff do the talking for them.
Not Rep. John Fleming, who is also a medical doctor. He responds personally to each Facebook inquiry. That alone, in my humble opinion, makes him more qualified than another John (Boehner) for the role of House Speaker.
At least in Fleming, we'd have a way to tell him how disappointed we are in the job he's done, although if Fleming were speaker rest assured we would not be so gravely disappointed as we are with Speaker Boehner. We'd actually be proud of the job he'd do in such a position.
Anyway, without further adieu, here's my obliteration of a liberal who attacked Congressman Fleming's character. She started the debate, and I won it.
If this were a football game, the score would have been in the neighborhood of 56-0 in favor of the truth (which in this case was on my side).
Capitalism Will Ultimately Prevail Over Democratic Socialism; But When?
Democratic Socialism Vs. Free-Market Capitalism
By: Peter EganI came across a terrific site recently called Tea Party Tribune. This was the site that republished the article appearing on this blog relating to the reasoning behind the GOP's ouster of Michael Steele as RNC Chairman following the most successful election cycle in Republican Party history, and subsequent replacement with a man no one had heard of prior to his appointment. As it turned out once the 2012 dust had settled, there was a very good reason no one had ever heard of Reince Preibus until the day he was made RNC Chairman --- the man is a spineless loser, just like the two men (and I use that term very, very loosely) who head up party leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate, respectively.
The article at Tea Party Tribune took the approach of pitting free market supply-and-demand economics (capitalism) against democracy, with an assumed premise that only one of the two could ultimately "prevail". The article touches upon some very good points, most notably that with a little help from their (deceased) friends, democrats have figured out a way to vote money away from those who earn it in order to redistribute it to the lazy, slothful and gluttonous in exchange for votes.
The article left readers with the question as to whether or not Capitalism has what it takes to ultimately take back economic freedom for the citizens of the United States of America, and/or if the country was doomed. Eventually Capitalism will prevail, it always does - and must, as it is just one of the laws of nature by which our universe is governed. The better question is how much wealth must be destroyed and how many lives must be lost before the pendulum starts to right itself before shifting momentum back towards the opposite direction from the trajectory it finds itself on today.
All of nature is governed by the laws of supply and demand. All evolution among all species is the byproduct of competition within and among species. What science terms "evolution" is merely a term to define a species' ability to make inter-generational, fundamental changes in the manner in which the species competing within the marketplace that is nature is best able to adapt to changes in the environment, which includes but is in no way limited to the number, type and degree of threat posed by the competition. For a wild rabbit, competition may refer to such creatures as hawks, owls, coyotes and even herbivores like armadillos insomuch that the two are often times both competing for the same food sources.
Anytime supply far outpaces demand or vice versa, the marketplace will inevitably correct the discrepancy. However, the amount of time required for it to do just that can vary from several days, weeks or years to several generations depending upon the nature and severity of said discrepancy.
Competitive Sabotage in Online Business: What to Look For and How to Protect Your Company
I recently encountered a discussion in a forum on eBay in which an eBay seller described a scenario I was all-too familiar with: that of a competitor engaging in a sabotage campaign by pretending to be a buyer and placing orders, demanding refunds and writing bad reviews about the company.While I've observed this at eBay, the problem is far worse on eBay's competitors' websites (like Amazon for example - which is the main reason we do not sell there), it is not an uncommon practice for some unscrupulous sellers to engage in a tactic known as competitive sabotage as a means of preventing a new entrant into the marketplace from becoming established.
What they do is create faux accounts from which they make one or two legitimate purchases of items they most likely would buy anyway in order to establish some measure of credibility with the account. Then, they buy something from a competitor and either attempt to cancel the transaction after it has already shipped, or find something wrong with it and demand a refund. Of course, they also demand that the seller pay for the return-shipment, and even if the seller agrees to all of this they'll leave negative feedback (of a negative Seller Review, as is the case with the other marketplace mentioned above).
It's a catch-22 for the legit seller. Even if you adhere to their unreasonable demands, you lose money by paying for not one but two shipments, not to mention the time required to process the order, prepare the shipment and deal with all the emails exchanged between parties. Then you've got the negative feedback/review to deal with.
If you stand on principle and fight back their attempts at bullying you out of the marketplace, it gives them the ability to create doubt as to which party is really the nefarious one.
"What should have been a simple return turned into a nightmare..."
If they're really sinister (we're talking complete sociopaths, but in business one must be prepared to not only encounter but deal with people like this - both in the form of customers and competitors), they'll badmouth you all over the web at every third-party business directory, review site and so forth.
The best way to fight back is to keep meticulous records so that you can win the chargeback dispute should you decide to refuse the refund request, which is highly advisable that refund requests (they're really more like demands) from suspected competitors be refused. Otherwise, they'll bleed you dry with them, taking up all of your (or your employees') time dealing with preparing their orders, replying to the emails, processing returns/refunds, etc.
Also, make sure your online store has a blog to accompany it. A blog is a great way to get your company's name out there, and provides a forum whereby you can control the content and the nature thereof. You may even want to consider having more than one blog.My company has two blogs:
If you're a small business, the resources simply aren't there to continuously absorb those blows (shipping fees do add up, as does the human capital which could otherwise be used to grow your business). Additionally, they want you to issue the refund, and by doing so you're enabling and encouraging them to continue the fraudulent activity.
To fight competitive sabotage, here's what to do:
- Learn how to identify it when it occurs.
- Don't allow the competitor to bleed you dry: Don't give in to their demands for refunds, returns, postage and time spent dealing with them. All of this costs you money - money that your company needs in order to meet financial goals on time.
- Get good at managing your own reputation online: If this requires hiring an SEO / Reputation Management firm, be sure to properly vet them and make sure they abide by Google's Webmaster Guidelines in doing so. This applies as well if the reputation management / SEO is done in-house as well. Never engage in anything considered to be "black hat" in terms of tactical procedures.
- Open an eBay account and preferably also an eBay Store: eBay is generally pretty good at weeding out those members who engage in such tactics as those described herein. If our company were to be the victim of competitive sabotage and defamation (we've dealt with it in the past), all we'd have to do is point to our eBay feedback score of 99+ percent customer satisfaction in order to establish that either the bad review was at worst an aberration, or more likely the product of a sabotage campaign. For anyone interested, our medical equipment eBay store is located at the following URL: http://stores.ebay.com/egan-healthcare.
- Actively monitor your own reputation: When they post negative reviews, if the site allows the seller to respond, do so and make clear that the review was written by a competitor. If the site does not allow seller responses to negative reviews, ask your legitimate customers to go to the site(s) at which the review(s) were written and counter them with reviews written by real customers. Don't ask for a favorable review. Simply request that they be totally honest, and if you're good at what you do the customer will write a review that reflects well on your company. Enough positive reviews eventually will make the negative one appear to be awfully suspicious.
- Create (or claim) a profile at every third-party business directory available: Pay for featured placement at those in which doing so creates additional links to your profile from within the same site, thereby increasing the strength of the profile as it pertains to search. For every such profile you create, you get one more web page that is under your control that can appear within the first or second page of search results whenever someone runs a search for your company. Ideally, you'll have control of every page customers can conveniently find should they search for information about your company (sure, they'll be able to find the negative stuff if they spend enough time looking, but they'd have to be specifically looking hard for something negative associated with your company name in order to find the reviews written by competitors).
- Don't let them get to you: If you become discouraged because your company's name is being unfairly ruined by competitors deliberately seeking to crush you while you're still small enough to do so, ultimately they will succeed.
- Make a decision to stay the course and endure: Sure, it is extremely frustrating to have to deal with, but in this era of global commerce conducted online via the internet, one must be prepared to stare adversity right in the eyes and refuse the temptation to blink.
- Put it into perspective: The fact that your competition has dedicated an employee to harassing your business by placing fake orders with a refund demand (and possibly provoking a response that legitimizes a bad review in the minds of objective readers) being the whole point of the order is ultimately a compliment to your efforts thus far. They wouldn't be devoting time, energy and resources to damaging your business if they didn't genuinely believe that your company poses a legitimate threat to their own status within the industry and within the marketplace in the long-term. Keep that in mind, and use that as a means of remaining positive throughout the ordeal.
- Remember that this too shall pass: Remember that their efforts to destroy you are costing them money too in the form of human capital. However, since they're presumably larger and more established, they can afford to take the short-term blow if it means preventing a new entrant from becoming an established competitor long-term. That said, they can only get away with doing this for so long. If it doesn't work after enough tries, they'll eventually have to give up. Don't assume that your business will have to deal with issues like this forever. It won't. Make clear to the competitor in your dealings with the "customers" placing the fake orders that you're here to stay, and ultimately if you play your cards right they're the ones that lose the money (by having to pay retail costs for products they presumably sell and by wasting employee time attacking a company strong enough to endure the assault.
U.S. Funded ($20 Million) Pakistani Sesame Street Cancelled Amid Corruption Allegations
Americans Who Pay Taxes Paid for THIS!
With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the United States of America is no longer a global superpower, or a global any kind of power. The good ole' U.S. of A. has been broken and co-opted, and there's no hope for fixing it. Most Americans know that their nation is badly in debt, and close to half recognize that even in the best-case scenario, it would take 4-6 generations to pay off all of the money the rogue government has spent (it's really not accurate to refer to it as "our" government, because it does not represent Americans' best interests). However, that will not happen, as there will likely be some sort of drastic military intervention by the Sino-Russian coalition with an assist from Iran and Venezuela, not to mention Mexico's gangs.
For anyone reading this that may be still in denial, consider the following story --- and I couldn't make this up if I had the imagination of Dr. Seuss, and I don't. This really happened.
The U.S. announced June 05, 2012 that it would be terminating $20 MILLION in funding earmarked for the development of a Pakistani version of Sesame Street amid allegations of corruption and abuse involving the production of the children's television program.
Of the $20 million, $6.7 million was actually spent on the series. $6.7 million of money earned by American taxpayers, then taken from them at gunpoint by the government, which thought nothing of giving it to the country that for years following 9/11 harbored Osama Bin Laden.
I'm not sure what's worse: The fact that the United States government, which is widely expected to undergo a complete economic collapse that will closely model that of Greece in the next 12-36 months, or that the alleged fraud and abuse involved allegations that pale in comparison to the money laundering, embezzlement and fraud that makes up the corps of the Democrat party. For those of you who are bona fide ignoramuses, the democrats steal money from taxpayers, give it to unions and human organ and stem cell-harvesting farms (Planned Parenthood) where live people are killed for profit, with the organizations receiving the stolen/embezzled money fraudulently filed with the IRS as 501-C3 tax exempt charities even though there is not a single person in the United States that could argue with a straight face that they're anything other than hyper-partisan political lobbying groups, which by law should NOT be tax-exempt. These lobbyists (the unions, abortionists and "leaders" of the various parasite communities) then launder the money by giving it back to the democrats who stole it from the people that earned it under the auspices of forceful taking of other property, life and/or freedom should the legitimate owner of the money refuse to hand it over to the bullies.
Yet when those that harbor the terrorists the democrats so admire --- these same democrats who launder money forcefully confiscated from its rightful owners only to funnel it back to the democrats' campaign funds without being taxed along the way --- have the audacity to act as though the Pakistanis are doing something that they themselves don't do on a scale thousands of times larger than the petty $20 million for Sim Sim Hamara.
Not that the Republicans are a whole lot better. They may not be actively laundering money and embezzling the way the democrats do, but they do look the other way while they do it. They (elected Republicans) also lack the testicular fortitude to publicly accuse them of the very crimes they commit out in the open for everyone to see, creating this massive, latent gay Republican elephant in the room (no offense to gays - just using the term to illustrate the hypocrisy) that is the refusal to criminally indict, much less acknowledge the existence nor the severity of the criminal acts being committed by the President, his cabinet, and members of the U.S. House and Senate like Charles Shumer, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd, Joseph Biden and countless others who a century ago would have all been beheaded for treason without one single exception.
They control the world's most dominant military, and as much as we'd like to think of ourselves capable of invoking our Second-Amendment right to overthrow them, it's just not realistic to expect any --- even a miniscule measure of success were the militia to go on the offensive.
The nation's founders did not envision satellite technology and the capability to wipe out a quarter of the earth from a weapon permanently fixated in orbit ready to strike on a moment's notice. Nor the they envision fighter jets, which is far more than it would take to quell (kill) the 10 million or so Americans who actually care enough to fight for their freedom.
Wake up America! There is no voting our way out of this mess. One option may be slightly less treasonous than the other, but they're both headed down the same path and neither seems interested in taking a detour.
If Americans really cared about freedom, they'd all stop working at once, and remain unemployed or for the business owners keeping their companies in a temporary suspended state in which no business is conducted for as many years as it takes for the 537-horned monster in Washington to starve to death.
If you don't work, you don't earn any money. If you earn no money, you don't pay taxes, you receive them. Those who pay into the system and are ultimately responsible for enabling and supporting the aforementioned monster (I'm guilty too) must all simultaneously put the shoe on the opposite foot, declaring unemployment all-at-once, and attempting to collect our confiscated funds in the same form that the parasites have been siphoning it away from us for decades.
If there is even one grain of sand's worth of hope on the beach that is America and its standing as a free society and a world power, it is the working class (not the unemployed parasites who claim to be the "working man" even though they do not work and have not in years) joining together in a coordinated strike against their government (it's definitely not ours) in which we disable the mechanism by and through which they take our money and use it against us.
As much as this lifetime NRA member hates to say it, our guns and ammo are worth only the value of the metal. As a check to balance government's power the 2nd Amendment no longer serves its purpose, which is why if this is not done now (if every taxpaying citizen and undocumented immigrant) stops working tomorrow or at the very latest next week (or next year, as soon as we can get everyone to agree to do it, which is about as likely as me picking one grain of sand off the beach and it being the only one that is different from the others), we will end up being killed by Russian, Chinese and/or United Nations "peacekeeping forces", while our wives and daughters are raped, our sons carved up and served to the troops who killed us and raped our women before killing them too.
Sound a bit too gloomy to be real? Oh how I wish that was actually the case.
Perhaps a look at Pakistani Sesame Street, compliments of the 8 weeks you didn't get to spend with your family because you were working to pay for Sim Sim Hamara may help convince you of the dire reality of the situation as it pertains to the imminent demise of the U.S. and its citizens.
I came upon a brief but profound post recently on the blog of an online buddy of mine named Shi Cheverie. The post is entitled, "Courage to Grow Up"
, and is a lesson about the fact that everyone has those people in our lives who attempt to live vicariously through us, using bribery, manipulation and/or coercion to control our thoughts and actions such that they are consistent with those of the person doing the controlling.The day we make the conscious choice to listen to our own inner voice even when it conflicts with the sentiments of the most influential figures in our lives is the day we truly become ourselves and finally get to experience
I distinctly remember (the most significant of) my personal independence day(s). I had made a decision following Hurricane Katrina, which wiped out Tulane University (which I had been attending prior to the storm) to continue to pursue the online retail business I had began in May of 2005 which at that time largely consisted of selling stuff on Ebay. The consequence of that decision was that I did not return to college, which did not sit well with my parents.
I became the black sheep of the family, and up until as recently as early 2012 they were strict adherents to the belief that I was a loser, and that they were failures.
Unbeknownst to them at the time was that the two thriving businesses my mother had recently founded (one around 2006 and the other in 2010) were outperforming all of their local competition due in no small part to the pro bono marketing I had done online on her behalf and without her knowledge. She was (and in most cases still is) the very first to appear anytime anyone searched for any product or service (or any euphemism thereof) provided by either of her companies.
I cannot say exactly how I got her all the business because doing so may get me in trouble, but suffice it to say that some of it came at the direct expense of former collaborating physicians who'd wronged her in the past.
Working for a United States Senator, my state's Governor and being asked out-of-the-blue to host a fundraiser on a 120-foot yacht (a miniature cruise ship) for a congressman I'd never met nor spoken to prior to his call requesting that I "do him the favor" of hosting the event --- as though I were doing him the favor.
It was there (on the aforementioned cruise) where I met the Secretary of State, with whom I later met to discuss an idea to help balance the state's budget without making cuts or raising taxes, in a manner that draws in money from outside the state by individuals and corporations gladly willing to pay it (I can't disclose any more than that at present) that the SoS himself thought was "ingenious".
All that combined with the fact that I eventually gave in and began doing for my father's businesses that which I have done for my own as well as my mother's businesses. This year and last my efforts contributed to the highest volumes my dad's companies have experienced since the first of them was founded in 1988.
In other words, the very people who tried so hard to influence the course of my life, only to declare themselves failures as parents when I embarked down a path that was not of their choosing are doing far better now financially and professionally as a direct result of my defiance of their orders to complete the remaining six or eight credit hours necessary to obtain my degree. They'd be far better still had they heeded my advice in 2004 to sell off all real estate and stock market investments and put it all into gold... But what could an early 20's college student who had never owned any real money much less invested know about what the future would bring to investors who did as he instructed?
Anyway, back to Ms. Cheverie, the lady is absolutely right in stating the following advice to her readers:"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become. Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life or up to someone else’s expectations. Stand in your own truth and dance to your own tune."
Amen to that sister!Her post reminds me of the lyrics from an Incubus song that I've thought about in-depth perhaps more than I should.
The lyrics to the song can be found at the very bottom of the post.
Maybe that's why I like her (Shi) so much --- a considerable amount for a person I've never and likely will never meet in person, and with whom my relationship is entirely causally professional (if that seems like an oxymoron, you've probably never founded an internet-based business).
I encourage all my readers to check out Shi's blog and her product!
Anyway, here's the lyrics to the song:
-------- BEGIN LYRICS --------
Incubus - Make Yourself
If I hadn't made me
I would've been made somehow
If I hadn't assembled myself
I'd have fallen apart by now
If I hadn't made me
I'd be more inclined to bow
Powers that be
Would have swallowed me up
But that's more than I can allow
If you let them make you
Tthey'll make you Paper-Mache
At a distance you're strong
Until the wind comes
Then you'll crumble and blow away
If you let him %$!@ you
There will be no foreplay
Rest assured, They'll screw you complete
Til your ass is blue and grey
You should make amends with you
If only for better health
But if you really want to live
Why not try, and Make yourself
Make yourself (Make yourself)
If I hadn't made me
I'd have fallen apart by now
I won't let them make me
It's more than I can allow
So when I make me
I won't be paper-Mache
And if I %$!@ me
I'll %$!@ me in my own way
%$!@ me in my own way
%$!@ me in my own way
%$!@ me in my own way
%$!@ me in my own waaaaay
You should make amends with you
If only for better health (Better health)
But if you really want to live
Why not try, and Make yourself
---------- END LYRICS -----------
I like to think I've done a decent job of that anyway. It appears my good friend Chi has as well...
The Covington Police Department has taken more than its share of heat over the course of the past year or so, largely due to a scuffle between police and the owner of a Covington pharmacy. The city boasts one of the nation's lowest per-capita crime rates, yet is nonetheless a source of controversy among media and residents, with the most common complaints being allegations of police brutality and general disrespect of citizens. This author makes no statement in defense or critique of either the department or critics with regard to these matters.
However, one thing most of us should be able to agree on is that they are due some kudos for the city's unusually low crime rate. We'd all like to believe that Covington is largely free-of-crime because its residents are such good people. However, let's not delude ourselves into thinking that the fact that our city is so safe is entirely because we're such great people and has little to do with those whose duty it is to keep the rest of us safe.
The next time you arrive at work in the morning to find your place of business exactly as you'd left it the night before, consider that there were men and women keeping an eye on your interests while you were at home in bed, and these brave citizens were prepared to thwart any effort by anyone seeking to rob, burglarize or otherwise damage or harm the establishment through which you are able to feed your family and pay your mortgage.
I work very late, and I've had several recent first-hand experiences with an extremely polite and courteous Covington police officer who thrice in recent weeks visited my business establishment in the wee hours of the morning to investigate the fact that a car was in the parking lot and the building lights were on.
For the sake of full disclosure, in his own words he "thinks the world" of my mother, Covington Primary Care NP Pamela Egan.
Granted, virtually everyone who knows, knows of or has ever met Mrs. Egan has tremendous respect for her. She revolutionized the worldwide medical/scientific understanding of the difference between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3, as well as the medical-scientific establishment's understanding of the role of vitamin D3 in the prevention of disease (this is 100% factual and the claim can be proven by virtue of the fact that the two oldest newspaper articles ever written on the aforementioned topics were both authored by NP Egan while she was writing a weekly health column for the St. Tammany News, which at the time was known as The NewsBanner). Her first three articles on these topics have been plagiarized by literally thousands if not tens of thousands of wanna-be journalists and D-list bloggers over the past decade or so. Her website receives tens of millions of unique visitors each year as a result of her cutting-edge health columns, many of which are still referenced (without proper citation of the original author, a growing trend in today's increasingly irrelevant and untrustworthy media) as sources for reporters who assume everyone from Louisiana is too dumb to figure out how to track down copyright violators on the web.
We're not. It's simply not worth the effort and cost required to pursue litigation against a list of defendants that would number in the thousands for something as relatively trivial as copyright violations. To be clear, the word trivial is used in terms of the negligible damages and awards likely to be acquired through the pursuit of such litigation. It's not that we wouldn't be able to prove that Pam's work was plagiarized. The challenge resides in proving damages, but I digress.
The officer only learned of the relationship (the mother-son relationship between Pam and myself) toward the end of our third (and most recent) encounter, which occurred Wednesday, April 25, late in the evening. He never stays to chat with me, and I respectfully refrain from engaging him in conversation as we both know that mine is not the only business in need of an extra set of eyes watching its back while the owners are at home or otherwise away from their bread-makers.
One man and one incident do not reflect or define what I believe to be among the nation's best law enforcement agencies - particularly when the two sides of the story (the Braswell story) are in no way similar, and nobody other than those who witnessed the altercation (or were participants therein) knows what really happened and in which order those few events acknowledged as fact by both parties and witnesses occurred.
For every news story about a controversial incident involving a Covington cop and revered owner of a local pharmacy, there are thousands of unreported, untold and largely unseen instances in which the men and women of this department --- of whom I know not one by name and am in no way affiliated in any capacity --- go out of their way to ensure that OUR homes and businesses are SAFE from criminals while we're comfortably at rest in our beds resting up for the following day.
Once you've had an experience in which you hear voices outside late at night in a secluded area, attempt to identify them pistol-in-hand, only to find a police officer who is there to protect you, not hurt you, it becomes much easier to appreciate the quality-of-life Covington has to offer. No small part of that unusually high quality-of-life is the fact that our city features little-to-no serious crime in which anyone actually gets harmed beyond the point of being inconvenienced.Sure, the Tchefuncte River may be the most appealing asset the City of Covington has to offer, however let us not discount the lack of crime. Believe me (I lived in New Orleans for five years), when you're surrounded by crime, the peace-of-mind one can attain here in Covington is impossible to be in possession of for more than a few manic minutes at a time. It is this author's personal opinion that a growing number of Northshore residents in general have forgotten what life was like on the south side of Lake Pontchartrain, lest they'd be more tentative to complain about the police in whose jurisdiction there is no "real" crime to speak of.
Part Two: The Problem With Politicians
The problem with elected officials is that they're more concerned with being reelected than with acting in the nation's best interests. Sure, we have a couple of good ones here in Louisiana like Senator David Vitter and Congressmen Steve Scalise, Jeff Landry
, John Fleming & Co. Unfortunately, they represent a tiny, almost irrelevant minority of the legislative bodies which they represent.
Someone needs to be elected House Speaker and ideally have another person elected President (I know, we'll be speaking Chinese before that'll ever happen) who will eliminate these federal bureaucracies knowing full-well that doing so will effectively end their political careers once their terms have expired.
I think I have enough of a disdain for politics and liberal Republican elites in the RNC and in Washington in general to justify running for Congress for no reason other than to do that which everyone else is either unwilling or too afraid to do.
I have no desire to become a politician of any sort - including a Congressman; although I do have much respect for Louisiana's delegation minus Richmond. It occurred to me some time ago that the very fact that serving as an elected official at the federal level is probably the least appealing job I can conceive of is exactly what makes me uniquely qualified to offer the voters of Louisiana the opportunity to elect a representative who would be embarassed to admit his job title due to his extraordinarily low opinion of that particular legislative body.
At least if there were bills filed and scheduled for debate proposing the elimination of all of the aforementioned bureaucracies effective nearly immediately upon passage (we'll give them six months or so to close up shop and sell off all furniture, equipment and anything else of value that can be sold to help repay the national debt).
Speaker Boehner and virtually all other top Republican leadership throughout the majority of my lifetime (with a handful of exceptions of genuinely good Congressmen from Louisisana) are too big of cowards to ever even threaten to take on the task of cutting millions of useless government jobs. The thought of being labeled as heartless and thrown out of office by the very people feeding at the public trough supported by working-class taxpayers is too devastating a consequence for them to even consider doing what everyone with an IQ that exceeds their waist size knows must be done to save the country and the value of its currency
, not to mention Americans' wealth, investments and savings.
To put it in other words, people like Speaker Boehner and most everyone at the RNC believes their own jobs are more important than saving the greatest nation in the recorded history of the planet. If that's not gradiose narcissism to the enth degree, I know not what is. Sure, they're not bad people, but losing an election is a small price to pay for saving a country of more than 300,000,000 people, and doing what's necessary to ensure that it remains the "land of opportunity".
It appears it may be too late to salvage the whole "land of the free" thing, but who knows? Maybe if the 18-trillion ton parasite that is the federal bureaucracy were slayed by a brace group of legislative warriors, an copy of the United States Consitution complete with its original wording might turn up someday in someone's basement and could be restored as the document defining that which government cannot do.
However, the wording of the Second Amendment to the Constitution may need to be tweaked from "… the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed", to read something more to the effect of "the dutiful obligation of the people to keep and bear arms, and use them against anyone and everyone who in any way threatens the legal governing authority of this document as originally worded, shall not be infringed, and shall be encouraged with explicit permission granted by law to the citizenry to use force if necessary to defend against any and all legitimate threats to the legal authority of this document."
Anyway, if anyone reading this has an opinion about whether or not you would support a candidate who ran for federal office (most likely either the House or Senate) who would go to Washington for the sole purpose of performing a massive liposuction and gastric bypass on the United States government (then de-worming it), with the understanding that the candidate's actions while in Congress would virtually assure his or her inability to win reelection, please do share it in the comments.
I have absolutely no desire to become a part of a government that I despise and would mutilate (figuratively speaking, of course) if given the opportunity. I would be ashamed to admit my profession when meeting new people if I worked in government. If I ever were to find myself in the unenviable position of having as colleagues the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the criminal (eff) Chuch Shumer, I would be about as miserable and depressed as a result of my misfortune that the only thing that would motivate me to get out of bed in the morning is knowing that I would say and do things at work that would virtually guarantee my termination upon my initial performance review (i.e. reelection) followin my hiring (being elected).
If I ever ran for public office it would not be because I want to be a Congressman or Senator. If I ever ran for office it would be because I DO NOT wish to be associated with the likes of Reid, Pelosi, Shumer, Durbin, Boxer, Romney, Obama and the hundreds of other sleazeballs who make the laws we the people must abide by (and from which they often exempt themselves…. See N. Pelosi's $36 million fortune acquired largely via insider trading, racketeering, pay-for-play and money laundering). Therefore, I would relish the opportunity of playing the role of the villain, taking aim at slashing somewhere between half-to-two-thirds of the entire federal government with financing being cut off immediately upon passage, not phased out over a couple of decades so that the legislation to eliminate these parasitic bureaucracies never actually takes effect and is either repealed or sunsets before any actual cuts and closings occur.
That is why I am growing increasingly convinced that my combination of "radical" ideas involving governmental reform and the elimination of more than half the government literally overnight; my absolute indifference to the opinions of others regarding myself, my character, my actions and my work; my enjoyment of being villainized by the real wolves in sheep's cloting and my attitude/ego that would best be described as something akin to that of a gamecock (a rooster that will never back down from a fight when challenged - even if it costs him his life) makes me uniquely qualified to serve in Congress, the Senate or the Presidency of the United States.
The reality is that there is so little hope remaining for the nation's survival that literally, the only conceivable path leading to America's return to greatness is for the people to elect fearless leaders who don't want the jobs they're campaigning for and are only doing so in order to destroy all but 1/4 or so of the government whose legislative chambers they seek to temporarily commandeer for just long enough to sever the parasitic majority of the federal oganizational body, and do so in such a way that it would take decades if not cenuries to rebuild.
If no one else besides David Vitter, Jim DeMint, John Fleming and Jeff Landry are willing to take "drastic" measures such as these for fear of the consequences associated with doing so, I may just have to move to a state that isn't already well represented and get elected to do the job myself --- a job I reiterate that is among the very last I'd ever choose to perform under any set of circumstances in which the country was not on life support with the nation's very survival at stake.
Not That I Wish to Run For Office, But if I Did, Here's What I'd Do...By: Peter Egan
Over the past decade or so, people asking me if I intend to run for public office has become a relatively common occurrence. Many simply assume that I must have political ambitions of my own given my involvement with the congressional and senatorial campaigns of now-Governor Bobby Jindal (2004 campaign for LA's 1st Congressional District seat) and United States Senator David Vitter
That I've actively supported candidates in the past and have worked campaigns courting votes for two of the few good guys in Congress is anything but an indication that I would ever want to have their jobs. In fact, I can think of very few jobs I would be less inclined to pursue out of a genuine desire to embark on such a career. Being an abortion doctor, a government bureaucrat, a criminal and a union boss would top the short-list of jobs I would never accept regardless of pay, benefits or any other incentives associated with the positions. Aside from these, I would never want to be a politician.
For what it's worth, I love my job running my small Covington medical equipment
business, and have no plans to pursue another career anytime in the foreseeable future. I like what I do, and until the government strips away all of my incentive to work I have no plans on embarking on a new career. Thus, the scenario discussed herein is entirely hypothetical.
However, if I were to ever decide to run for a post in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives, the decision would be driven by my LACK of desire to become a Congressman or Senator. The reason being that the majority of those in Washington like their jobs too much, and are willing to cast aside the nation's best interests if that's what it takes to keep their jobs, term after term while the country goes to hell.
Congress should consist entirely of people who would rather NOT be there. People who would rather be in their home states with their families, working for themselves in the private sector and praying that the government stays out of their lives as much as possible are the very people our nation's founders envisioned as those who should represent their respective states and districts in Washington.
If I ever run for office, it will be for a single term. The legislation I would introduce and fight like hell to pass would virtually assure me of being made an example of in one form or another, and I'd likely be voted out of office if I tried to seek reelection as the propagandists we refer to as mainstream media outlets would slander and defame me with so much vitriol their treatment of Dick Cheney would appear mild by comparison.
I might not get anything passed, as the odds of that actually happening are virtually nonexistent. However, I would obstruct as much legislation and cause as many problems as possible, and by taking on the role of the scapegoat for the heinous (their words) legislation I would introduce and promote like hell might just embolden a few others, perhaps even enough to get a bill out of committee proposing that the left would label "draconian cuts", and if the stars align right the bill(s) might even be scheduled for debate on the main House or Senate floor.My agenda, were I to run for federal office, would consist of the following points, outlined below.Peter Egan's Agenda Were He to Be Elected to Federal Office:
- Eliminate Medicare altogether for everyone that hasn't spent an entire lifetime paying into it (some of us will have to make sacrifices in order to save the nation, and it shouldn't be the elderly who bear the brunt of the blow).
- Eliminate Social Security, refunding proportionately the amount paid in by each individual taxpayer and participant. Those already receiving benefits would be the only ones unaffected.
- Eliminate the Department of Education.
- Eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Eliminate the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
- Eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- Eliminate the Department of Energy.
- Eliminate the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Eliminate the Department of Homeland Security.
- Eliminate the Department of Labor.
- Eliminate the majority of the Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture.
- Drastically reduce the size and scope of the Department of Transportation.
- Eliminate the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
- The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) would be restructured to about 1/20 it's current scope and size, with its sole purpose post-changes being to monitor elections for fraud, and investigate allegations of voter/election fraud. Penalties for election fraud would range from a minimum of life in prison without the possibility of parole to the death penalty. Even the most minor offenses would be punishable by life in prison or death.
- Eliminate most if not all of the Department of the Interior. If any useful functions of this agency are identified at a later date (more research is needed), they may be considered for a possible exemption to the otherwise total elimination of this bureaucracy.
- Eliminate the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
- Eliminate a substantial portion of the Department of Justice (DoJ), revamping and restaffing whatever is left.
- Eliminate some agencies within the Department of Commerce, leaving only those (if any) which have a positive effect on commerce and economic growth. Whether or not any such agencies exist is yet-to-be-determined.
- Eliminate or completely restaff and restructure whichever agency decided Planned Parenthood (or more accurately Planned Murder of Defenseless Babies) and MiniTrue (the Ministry of Truth; the hyper-partisan, quasi-governmental organization that also goes by the name of Media Matters).
- Conduct a thorough review of whatever is left of the American government, eliminating funding for any agency, bureau, department or commission that lacks justification for existence.
- Propose legislation requiring a 2/3 majority vote by the states, with the voting to be determined however each respective state sees fit (for example, states could choose between a voter referendum, legislative debate/passage or gubernatorial signature as its method for determining how it will vote) in order to create, establish or fund any non-elected government agency, commission, bureau, department or other agency funded by taxpayers and/or in possession of any measure of authority over anyone or anything.
- Propose legislation making it easy for citizens to sue the IRS over taxes owed when tax money is being used to fund practices for which the citizen has a moral, ethical or religious objection (for example, taxpayer funded abortions). The taxpayers would only be able to sue for those funds proportionately allocated for such activities, taken as a percentage of the total tax revenue used to fund such activities consistent with that same percentage of the citizen's tax bill, thus making it difficult and costly for large amounts of citizens to file frivolous suits to avoid paying taxes.
The above constitutes the agenda I would pursue, and do so aggressively at that. By the time I left, it's possible I would not have a single friend or ally in the entire district.
Virtually everyone alive today that has or has ever had a credit card is keenly aware of the recent explosion in credit card fraud and theft
. We hear the endless radio commercials from companies claiming to protect consumers from identity theft and fraud, and many have had the misfortune of having a credit card (or the information therein) stolen.
What many remain unaware of is why this is happening. For most of my adult life I fell into this category of cardholders. However, after taking over the retail medical equipment and supply
division of my father's Metairie, LA home health care company
in January of 2011, I have seen far too many attempts at fraudulent purchases that were paid for with stolen credit cards.
Just this week alone we've seen three cases in which over $1,000 total was charged to the victims' cards. In two of these cases, we were the first to notify the credit card companies that their members' cards had been stolen. The third charge occurred over the past weekend, and I learned about it Monday morning while driving in to work from my condo in Long Beach, MS, when the cardholder called to notify me that the purchase was placed fraudulently.
The thieves operate under a formulaic approach. They usually buy the highest-margin medical equipment products I have in stock (presumably to entice me into actually shipping them the items purchased). The buy in quantities of multiples of 10, and the total purchase amount is usually somewhere in the range of $150-$450. The billing address and shipping address obviously aren't the same, and there is usually some tie to either the Miami area and/or southern California. One recent order involved Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I haven't yet checked the area code from the phone number provided at checkout to see if it is/was based in the Miami area. The criminals are not afraid to call the business pretending to be the cardholder, and are usually of Hispanic descent.
Each time we suspect an order was not placed legitimately (and we've become quite good at identifying fraudulent purchases), our first step is to call the credit card company and report that card as stolen on behalf of the cardholder. Our next step used to involved the notification of law enforcement in hopes that a police department, sheriff's office, Crimestoppers or a federal law enforcement agency would work with us to catch the criminals.
Unfortunately for all Americans with credit cards, this turned out to be an exercise in futility.
It's not like it would be difficult to make an arrest with compelling evidence that would almost certainly win a conviction. The thieves use stolen cards to purchase retail goods. The goods are then shipped to the destination of the thieves' choosing (assuming the retailer doesn't catch the fraud or doesn't care that the order was not legitimate). The thieves then retrieve the package and sell the stolen goods on the black market.
Note that within this process the thieves must at some point come into possession of the shipment of the goods purchased using the stolen credit cards. In order to catch at least one member of the theft ring, all a law enforcement agency need to is stake-out the shipping address and wait for the package to be delivered. When the thieves go to retrieve the shipment, the cops could arrest them and offer them a sweet plea deal in exchange for turning in the other members of the group and testifying against them.
If only law enforcement had an interest in catching the criminals.
The unfortunate reality is that every single time I or someone on my behalf contacted a law enforcement agency the response is always the same. This is true both of local law enforcement within the same city, county or locale as the shipping address specified by the criminals, as well as federal law enforcement. The call is quickly ended, usually with the person on the other line opposite myself informing me that it essentially isn't there problem, and that I need to contact someone else. Unfortunately, I've contacted everyone that could possibly have jurisdiction over such crimes and nobody is willing to make an arrest much less prosecute.
So as a result, the number and severity of crimes involving credit card theft continues to skyrocket as the thieves operate with total impunity. The crooks are well aware that nobody (save for the cardholders) seems to care that they are doing this, and none have any interest whatsoever in putting a stop to it. So it continues.
I've given up on trying to figure out why no law enforcement agency that I've contacted (and I've contacted a LOT of them) is even remotely interested in arresting someone known to have made purchases online using a stolen credit card or at minimum acted in coordination with those who stole the cards and made the fraudulent purchases. The would-be evidence against them is compelling enough for me to call to report them to the agencies one would think would be charged with making such an arrest and protecting the public from financial ruin at the hands of someone who stole their life savings. I've tried everything I can to get the situation to make sense, and nothing does.
The bottom line is that credit card fraud in America will become increasingly prevalent as long as local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are more concerned with passing the buck than catching the criminals. It is most unfortunate that there is absolutely zero indication that anyone with the authority to make such an arrest has any inclination whatsoever of actually doing so.
As long as credit card theft and fraud remains a de facto legal practice, Americans should only expect the frequency and severity of such financial crimes to increase.
If you have a credit card, please protect it with your life because no one else in the country seems to care whether or not it gets stolen and your life ruined as a result.