A study on the effects of Gun Laws. 1993-2011

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My “Pro-gun”, or as it appears NOT so “Pro-gun” views.

I generally hold my Gun Rights close to my chest and oppose many laws regarding the (Anti-Gun) agenda. Whether carry conceal, the amount of fire arms I can purchase, the amount of ammo I can purchase, the amount of ammo my gun can carry or the ability to own and operate Assault Weapons (With proper training of said Assault Weapon), I generally fight to keep these freedoms that were handed down by our fore fathers and I believe in the purpose of why the law was written in the first place. But I also felt there needs to be a change when it comes to crime involving guns. After a conversation with a fellow pro-gun enthusiast in regards to CT citizens having to register weapons (where I feel registration is necessary to begin to pick away at the problem of irresponsible gun ownership in this country) I found that my ideas regarding issues that can help gun violence had some how infringed on his rights as an American.. A stance I have taken many times in debates but never in reference to something as little as registration. There is no registration law in Maryland but all of my guns are registered. As the conversation progressed I somehow ended up DEFENDING the anti-gun agenda and the results I began finding were somewhat startling and the effects of gun laws, were a lot more successful in their effects than is often portrayed by NRA, NGRA and many other forums I read.

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1993-2011.. The years where “everything” was “changing”

Many studies presented by my friend (that I had already read before and came to conclusion that they were false before doing this study) represented these years in regards to the decline in gun crimes and in general crime for that matter ACROSS the NATION and that this “national” decline had somehow effected the massive drops in gun homicides in these states that adopted harsher gun laws. First, lets look at these “National” GENERAL crime rates and where the decline actually took place.

In 1993) 260 Million people committed *14 Million crimes. In 2011) 311 Million people committed *11 Million crimes. That is a 20% decrease on its face, but lets not get too far ahead of ourselves now.. In 1993 California accounted for *2.1 MILLION of those crimes and in 2011 it only accounted for *1 Million.. That is a 50% decrease (that the state completely attributes to its harsher gun laws) NOT TO MENTION represents 33% of the “NATIONAL” crime rate drop (1 Million of the 3 Million decline) Let’s look at Michigan, in 1993 Michigan accounted for *517,000 of those crimes and in 2011 had dropped to *290,000, that is an almost 50% decrease across the board and again, the state thanks harsher gun laws as a major contribution for it’s decline in crime. On to Illinois where in 1993 it accounted for *670,000 of those crimes and in 2011 it had dropped to *385,000. Again, another near 50% drop across the board and again, the city thanks harsher gun and drug laws. All together these 3 states that all enacted harsher gun laws represent more than 50% of the “national” crime decline and in all honesty, these stats basically come from 4 cities. You throw in Houston (a city that initiated some of the harshest gun laws in spite of its pro-gun policy state of Texas) and you basically have 70% of your “national” decline in just 5 cities. To diminish the effects that stricter gun laws had in these few areas by including them in with some “national” average when they basically ARE the national average is irresponsible.

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It was only getting worse, something had to give.

Between 1985-1990 Gun Homicide rates went through the roof due to lackadaisical fire arm protections. Even though some cities like Chicago and D.C had “gun bans” with no real actual follow through, surrounding cities had little to no change which made it easy for those looking for a gun to simply travel outside of the city and get what they need (a problem that STILL persists to this day in many cities including Chicago) Not to mention between 1980-1990 there were little to no trafficking laws, another “privilege” that effects gun crime to this day and straw buyers made a fortune during this decade. Moving on, from 1985-1990, gun homicide rates went from **11,135 to **15,058, a 39% increase in 5 years and showed no signs of stopping.  So from 1989-1994 America began taking a very harsh stand as a whole to fight the escalating gun death rates. With laws like The Crime Control Act of 1990, The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994 and The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, these states and cities listed above as well as many others were able to enact and amend gun laws to suit their specific needs and meet the violent rise in gun homicides in their areas and in turn, create a massive reduction in gun deaths over the next 20 years.

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Direct impact of harsh gun laws from 1993-2011

With these national laws in place, states like California were able to enact laws and amendments to start fighting the problem. On September 13, 1994, Title XI of the Federal Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (known as the Crime Control Act of 1994) took effect, Subtitle “A” banned the possession, transfer and manufacture of certain popular semiautomatic weapons deemed as “assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Also, the adjustments made to its 15 day waiting period law that happened concurrently with all gun transactions needing to go through an FFL or no paper-free PPT.. These laws DIRECTLY effected the gun homicide rates in California bringing them down from **3,008 in 1993 to **1,221 in 2011 (60% drop over 18 years). In 1994 the District of Columbia had more Gun homicides than it had car accident victims. After these national laws, amendments to the gun bans already in place and the Metropolitan Police Department conducting Operation Ceasefire and many other gun trade initiatives, 1,000’s of guns were immediately taken off the streets and 1,000’s more were denied purchase due to harsher and more in-depth background checks. After these amendments and very aggressive gun removal campaigns, the next 15 years they managed to bring down what WAS an AVERAGE of *252 homicides a year for OVER 40 years down to just **88… That is a 200% DECREASE over a **FORTY YEAR AVERAGE. This all due to a cultural change that took place in D.C involving very strict gun and drug laws and removal of 10,000’s of guns and denial of 10,000’s more from 1995-Today. To list a few more cities that had similar gun culture changes Illinois (Chicago) **951 Gun Homicides in 1993 to **600 in 2011 (Almost a 40% decrease) Texas (Houston) dropped from **1,538 Gun Homicides to **728 in 2011 (50% decrease) There are many many more that have been effected by a nation and citywide initiative to fight gun violence.

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Setbacks when certain areas don’t follow suit.

The general consensus among pro-gun activists is that “gun control doesn’t work” and in my opinion we have no base to stand on.. I am pro-gun advocate and I didn’t have to look in to all of this to realize that it does indeed work, but let’s address these claims. Let’s first cite Florida, a state with some of the most lax gun laws in the country.  The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting investigation published in April found that murders by firearms in Florida have increased dramatically since 2000, when there were 499 gun murders. Gun murders have climbed 38% with 691 murders committed with guns in 2011, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement data. 75% of all homicides in Florida are now committed by guns, up from 56 percent in 2000. There’s a direct correlation between the increase in Florida gun murders and the state’s lax gun regulations. Texas is another example, a state often used in debates as a “Pro-Gun state and shows the same gun death decline as these other states without the laws” but this is simply not true.  This is the same train of thought displayed by those who would agree with the “National” crime decline being reason for drops in gun deaths..  Don’t get me wrong, Texas did have a drop in gun deaths from **1,538 in 1993 to **728 in 2011. (50% drop) but this was not in correlation in regards to the STATES view on gun policy, this took place because the murder capital of the world (Houston) decided to take a harsher initiative and just like D.C won their OWN war on Gun and Drug crime through aggressive action. But because of weak laws in connecting counties/cities, that crime has found a new home in Dallas and it seems Texas will soon be home to yet another murder capital. There is only so much a city can do (like West Palm, Chicago and Houston to name a few) before connecting towns, counties, cities, states and weak federal gun policies effect their area again. Since illegal guns can travel across state boundaries, we need federal legislation TARGETING these crooked dealers, traffickers, straw purchasers that initiate private sales without background checks along with a unified STATEWIDE and NATIONWIDE gun initiative.

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Conclusion

I see motto’s used by both sides of the agenda like “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and “Take the gun out of violence”, can we just meet in the middle and say “Guns don’t kill people, but having one makes it a lot easier”?? Can we at least ALL agree that people die to other people that use guns sometimes, is this so hard to admit?  Would taking on a nationwide agency that instructed gun responsibility be that bad of an idea? ^19,766 people died to self infliction with a fire arm in 2011. Someone, somewhere along the line failed in a responsibility that allowed these people to take their own lives.  In 2011 over ^32,000 people died to Guns, that is a rate of almost 4 every hour (or 1 every 15 minutes) After overturning many gun laws in many states over the last 2 years, gun deaths are rising again in some of these areas.  There will be no doubt a direct correlation between these gun death rises and the lifts on the cities laws and lifts in surrounding areas. I will be doing a study on this when there is sufficient data. Until then GL America, be careful what you wish for.

*National Crime stats pulled from http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/   **Homicide Rates stats pulled from the FBI’s Supplemental Homicide Reports  ^Overall Stats provided by GunPolicy.Org.

The Redskins Draft Grade.

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Robert Griffin III coming to the Redskins this past weekend was the fact that we had alot more needs than our franchise QB. While I am amongst the redskins faithful that are more than excited to welcome “RG3″ I think alot of needs went over looked this draft. I am not even going to grade the First round..I am homer all the way here! A++++++

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Third round. This was an area where I felt we were going to address our OT position. Let’s face it, Jammal Brown has been injured since he came to the Redskins and 2011 showed how shallow we were in the depth department. Let me be clear, when I use the word DEPTH I tend to mean somewhat talented back ups. The back ups we fielded last year after Jammal Browns’ injury and Trent Williams’ suspension were not talented in any sense of the word. We completely over looked Bobby Massie, the Junior out of Ole’ Miss who at the time was available, for a Guard by the name of LeRibeus out of SMU. Regardless of wether or not this guy “fits” our scheme he does not fit the work ethic that once was this franchises bright spot. To let yourself engulf to 380 during what is basically your future career tryout shows me the lack of dedication to not only yourself but your team. He was “sat” his junior year because of such, it is said for “academic reasons” but when a coach sees a guy that can barely move due to his weight….he sits him. With that said though this kid is comfortable in the ZBS and is very strong. Bobby Massie or Donald Stephenson could have easily been worked into our ZBS and would have been some talented “depth” guys for TW and JB. Brandon Taylor the SS out of LSU or one of those OT’s would have made this a grade A round but even with the acquistion of the extra pick in 7th ended up a C+.

4th round. This is where I thought we may look for that Guard/Center and a talented CB/SS. We completely lacked depth at both positions and as of right now I have NO idea who is playing SS for us this season. I like most was shocked initially to hear QB Kirk Cousins from Michigan State name called but I also immediately understood why they did it. I wrote last year about the blunders that Beck would bring to the Redskins but no one would listen. I am glad that Kirk will be filling Becks role on this team and I am excited to see what the future brings in return for us wether it be in a back up role or trade bait later. I personally would have liked to have seen Anotonio Allen from S. Car. and S Jerone McMillian from Maine they would have been stellar picks there. Our second 4th round pick is actually understandable and we got GREAT value. Keenan Robinson 6’3″ 242 OLB out of Texas is definitely our 2nd best pick in this draft. 85 tackles (8.5 for loss) and 6 PDs in 2011, he has the ability to play in space and cover tight ends WELL! I don’t know if they plan a move into the middle for this kid but that could definitely fill in some holes we have in the interior of our LB core that I had us filling in the 5th anyway. This round consisted of a strange but thought out pick as well as a great LB, have to give the Skins a B- here because of the lack of a TALENTED OT that is NEEDED at this point but did acquire another 6th. Great job on Keenan for sure.

Fifth and Sixth rounds. Fifth round I had us picking up a good zone LB or a good Center, we filled the LB in the fourth with a talented one so hail to that! We ended up with Adam Gettis a Guard out of Iowa. Gettis is kind of one of those more than meets the eye guys, he is actually a VERY good Center as well. Kirk Ferentz HC of Iowa used Gettis as center on his practice squad and even considered moving the little scrapper to Center. I actually liked this pick the second I heard it because we end up with more depth at G/C. First 6th round pick brought us Alfred Morris out of Florida Atlantic, another small RB to add to our squad but does have a knowledge of the zone scheme. (I guess Ganaway was off their radar even though he has soft hands and could have been our banger @ 3rd and shorts and Goal line situations) Second pick of the 6th finally brought us our Tackle Tom Compton out of S. Dakota! We actually got GREAT value for this kid @ pick #193, he can handle moving to the second and third levels of defenses and sustain good blocking form. He thrives at angles and makes pulling around the edge look like a day in the park. With the acquisition of the G/C combo of Gettis, T Compton and RB Depth (no Hightower in sight) this was another good round. Have to give them a C+ here.

Seventh Round. I am sorry but the last 2 picks were freak out picks and they made it clear by choosing 2 DBs. After a relatively good draft they almost managed to piss it away but I have watched Jordan Bernstine play ball and dude can ball. In 2011 he accounted for 99 tackles (44 solo) and had 3 tackles for a loss and a Sack. I like this kid @ SS LATER in all honesty and if I have faith in anyone working him in, it would be Raheem Morris. It will not be an immediate transition, he will have to earn his spot but I think he may contribute later on in his career. I give the 7th round a grade of D-. Reaching for straws and left our SS position wide open. (Brandon Taylor was RIGHT there lol)

Alot of fans are giving this draft an A++ simply because we got our “Franchise” QB but it is what was not done that I will take into account of this grade. We did manage to get depth at the LB position and GREAT depth at that. We ended up actually getting a good depth tackle at great value so Kudos there. We also ended up with 2 Guards to fight for spots on our team and one that can play Center. SS and CB depth is still horendous and we still don’t have a big bruising back (Ganaway was available when we got Morris) and I still have no idea who starts @ SS or Nickleback. Overall we got a GREAT QB prospect and a 2 Great values from LB Keenan and T Compton. We added “players” to the Oline and DB charts but I wouldn’t say they are depth players at this point. We hit on 2 of the 4 areas well so I have to give this draft an overall grade of B- and that is simply off the fact we got RG3…without him I would have given this draft a C-. Good job overall Redskins, quite excited to see what we are capable of this year.

A Tribute To Sean Taylor.

I was chatting in one of my favorite spaces this evening Extremeskins.com and a post from a member was talking about the leadership abilities of RG3.  The #2 draft pick in this years draft but everyone’s #1 here in DC!  This talk of leadership led me to respond with the on the field leadership (lead by example if you will) of Sean Taylor. As I carried on through writing my reply I suddenly got choked up. I think about Sean Taylor every time I watch a game and always ask myself “what if he was still out here putting fear in these WR’s hearts” but I have never really talked about him in length since the shooting until today. I have always swayed from talking about him because the day he passed was only the second time I had cried in my life, the other was when I lost my great-grandmother. I am a man in every sense of the word but thoughts of what could have become for this young man, a rising star from the team I love dearly, would always make me emotional.

I began to think about on what level is it that this guy reached me to invoke such love for someone I have never met, then I decided to watch a film of his highlights as a redskin and I instantly remembered why.  He played the game the way that everyone should live their lives, with passion, no sense of fear, no sense of failure and outright determination.  He made everyone around him better by simply playing every play as if it was his last. When you see someone do that day in and day out you can’t help but be inspired. This easily translated through the TV screen and the Football field as I watched him play. I took my little cousin to the game against Detroit (Sup Frampton) and by the end of the game Taylor had yet another young follower who still wears his number to this day and plays as if he is Taylor reborn. He inspired not only the players around him to be better, but his fans as well.  That is the definition of a TRUE leader.

He was a raw talent on and off the field but as he grew into the incredible talent he was on the field, it was matched only by his growing as a man and a father off  of it. Regardless of what went on in this mans past, the day his daughter was born was the day that changed his life. He began to approach both football and life in a whole new manner. He was a complete professional on and off the field. If he wasn’t at practice he was home with his daughter and his high school sweetheart spending time with them. Developing bonds with them the same way he did his teammates, protecting them the same way as well. He was also seeking spiritual guidance. During a late night conversation with his family’s pastor at an International House of Pancakes restaurant in College Park, Maryland, Taylor reaffirmed a decision he’d made earlier in 2007 to return to the Adventist Church and to the Lord.

The aftermath of events that took place on November 27, 2007 shows how respected he was in both Football and in Life.  I am not going to post up stats for the simple reason that he brought alot more to the game of football than INTs, Hits and Forced Fumbles, he made a nation of fans believe…he made me believe.  I am choosing from this point on to not be saddened by the loss of this great man, but to rather celebrate him.  You were in a class all by yourself Sean Taylor and you are missed by many.  You will never be forgotten, especially by this fan. #21

The Meast In Action ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko1iFkz11xg

TY SHK from ExtremeSkins for the quotes

Thomas Jones “I knew Sean. I played against him the past couple of years in the league,” said Jets running back Thomas Jones during his weekly appearance on a local radio station. “He’s one of the better safeties in this league. That’s just tragic and it’s kind of hard to believe. We just played against those guys a couple of weeks ago and I talked to him and now he’s gone. It’s unbelievable.”

Jonathan Vilma “Sean has been a close friend of mine since our days at the University of Miami. He was a great teammate and an even greater person,” Vilma said in a statement. “It is so hard for me to fathom that I am not going to be able to pick up the phone to call him. My deepest condolences are extended to his family, especially his daughter and parents. Sean will definitely be missed and I hope for the best for his family.”

Kellen Winslow “My thoughts and prayers go out to Sean Taylor’s family,” Winslow said in a statement released by the Browns. “The University of Miami’s one big family, and we lost a brother today. “Sean and I had a special bond.We came in to college together, we left for the NFL the same year and were drafted right next to each other. “Sean’s future was taken away from him by a senseless act of violence. I am at a loss for words to describe the pain I feel for Sean and his family right now.”

Ken Dorsey “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend and former teammate, Sean Taylor. Sean was an intense competitor and a great teammate at the University of Miami.

Ken Hamlin “The guy had a family, a lot of friends,” Hamlin said. “Sure he’s a great player, but from everything you hear, he was a great person as well. It’s definitely a big loss. I pray for his family and friends at this time.”

Roy Williams “It’s tragic. I’m wearing a (No.) 21 on the back of my helmet for the rest of the season,” Williams said. “He’s a great dude. I met him at the Pro Bowl and was impressed with him on the field and off the field. He really will be missed.

Jeremy Shockey “I first got to know Sean in college when he came in as a freshman and I was in my last year at Miami. He came in with Kellen Winslow. He was kind of a wild child, like myself, but life changed for Sean after he had his baby girl. Fatherhood really changed him. He grew up and matured. That baby (daughter Jackie) had transformed his life. Working out with him during the offseason, I witnessed a change. You could see it like night and day. I feel so bad for the family.”

Sinorice Moss “It’s a tough time for me right now. Sean was really like a brother to me. We were classmates and teammates at UM and he was a guy that just loved football and loved being around his friends. I feel for his family. I know his dad real well, and I feel for his baby girl. He was so proud of his little girl, and it’s just so sad that he’s no longer here and won’t be able to see her grow up. The whole UM family is hurting right now. My prayers go out to his family because they are going to need our support.”

Andy Reid “We are saddened by the news about Sean Taylor’s death. Although I did not know Sean personally we have competed against him for the last several years. He was a good football player who played the game with great energy and passion,” Reid said. “I listened to the respect and remorse that Coach (Joe) Gibbs and James Thrash had and felt for Sean. These are two people I know and respect greatly.

Eric Green “I didn’t know him that well,” said Green, who still fell to his knees crying. But there was a feeling in my stomach that I knew him forever. One thing people don’t really know about the NFL, the league is like one big fraternity. It can be a guy from the Redskins and he can be out here, and he says I am in the NFL, if we are out, we show him love. To see another one go down, it brought back memories of New Year’s Day, when we were at Antrel (Rolle’s) house and at 5 in the morning, we are hearing (Broncos cornerback) Darrent Williams died. It was like the whole thing came back to me.”

Willis Mcgahee “Sean was a great player, but more importantly a special person. When a senseless tragedy like this happens close to home, it really makes you think about the people in your life. This is much bigger than football; life is precious and you are reminded of that every day. I know he is in a better place, and my prayers are with his family.

Herm Edwards “When you lose a young man like that, in the prime of his life, it sets you back,” Edwards said. “You think about the things you really feel bad about, and you figure out, ‘You know what? That’s really not too important in the grand scheme of it.’ “

Tony Romo “Once you are part of the NFL, you are part of a family. He was a guy that was a great talent on the field,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “It’s hard to talk about.”

“A few weeks ago I was telling Coach Gibbs how Sean has matured, I thought he was a great guy off the field. He’s really a team guy.” -Chris Samuels

“He’s been tremendous. From the first day I met him to now, it’s like night and day. He really has his head on his shoulders. He has been doing really well as far as just being a man. It has been awesome to see that growth.” -Jame Thrash

“We’re going to miss him, I’m not talking about as a player. I’m talking about as a person.” -Joe Gibbs

“Bounty Gate” the fallout with Gregg Williams Audio.

I understand that there are little nuances outside of what us fans get to see that make Football what it is. Wether it be superstitions, a cookout at a veterans house to form player morale or things such as players competing and betting for money. But if you are trying to end someones career over 10 grand, I find that despicable.  Many of the retired and current football players have said throughout “Bounty Gate”, this happens in every locker room in the NFL. and I couldn’t AGREE more, but  I don’t think they meant to this extent though.  A friendly competition to see who can knock the snot out of someone with a clean hit between the numbers and “aiming” for someone’s head and or leg are 2 totally different things and a few of the retired players “supporting” the Saints have  already stood against this as this is NOT the norm.

I will admit I was one of the “old school” NFL fans fighting against the penalties handed down to Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization. I will continue to hold my stance that this takes place in EVERY locker room in the NFL (as far as hitting someone so hard it takes them out of the game and you win a little pool), but I believe NO team (including the Saints) aims for specific areas on bodies like were described in the tape. I quote Gregg Williams on Michael Crabtree “See if he becomes human, when we ***** take out that outside ACL.” on Frank Gore “We need to decide, how many times we can beat Franks’ head.”  My argument has always been “there is NO proof that they were aiming specifically for body parts ” and let’s be honest…there still isn’t.  Even with the release of this tape I still have doubt that their intentions were to harm players.  There really is NO video that shows these actions were ever carried out, hence NO PLAYER SUSPENSIONS.  In the end, I still think it was somewhat just a “hype’em up speech” myself,  but you can do inspiring speeches without mentioning SPECIFIC injuries and areas. (see Ray Lewis) You can hear the full audio of Gregg Williams here. http://theusof.com/

At the end of the day, football is a very aggressive, competitive and violent sport.  It is simply nature that makes these players want to destroy each other out there. We are taught at a very young age to “go out and make his nose blow bubbles.” or “take his **** head off!” probably the most common phrase I heard growing up in football.  Listen to that for 15 years and it becomes 2nd nature.  I do actually hope that defenses in this league keep their competitive drives up and continue to make football the exciting hard-hitting game it is, but do it with honor and respect for the other players on the field, that’s someones son, husband, father, uncle or brother.

America is trying to add more sanctions to “Iran” bill.

As if the initial sanctions on Iran through the Johnson-Shelby bill were not conflict oriented enough, some senate leaders are trying to push for even more sanctions.  http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/27/reid_tries_to_push_through_iran_sanctions_bill  I question why we are even pursuing Iran in this matter in the first place. Because they want to build nuclear facilities that harbor weapons of mass destruction?  The country of Iran is SURROUNDED by countries with nuclear weaponry. It is their RIGHT to build whatever weapons they deem necessary to protect themselves from possible threats, as the saying goes “to fight fire with fire.”.  The US deals with Pakistan in all kinds of aid and foreign policy even though it is DOCUMENTED that Pakistan has dealt NUCLEAR technology to N. Korea! Yet there are no sanctions on Pakistan. Do you think Iran need sanctions because of the way their government operates with its citizens? Let me inform you, there are no real complaints from Iranians. and in all honesty, it is none of our governments business. What is our governments business though, is OIL, that being our top export and money earner and all.

If you think that these newly added sanctions that call for punishment to countries that deal with Iran in regards to: (weapons, rubber bullets, tear gas, and other riot control equipment — as well as jamming, monitoring, and surveillance equipment) has anything to do with “protecting” Iranian citizens, you are sadly mistaken.  Our country has an ABUNDANCE of that equipment and makes quite good use of it. What?  Iran shouldnt have that right to protect government as well?  It’s not only their right but it is their duty to do as such. They are also trying to cut off their refined oil imports, not that they need that being the 5th ranked producer of OIL in the world.  These sanctions are simply a “bullying” tactic used by the US government to try to entice and engage in war. Do you think the US would sit idly by while a country tried to stop riot management supplies and oil from coming to our country? NO, they wouldn’t but I hope Iran does.  Ron says it best here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZFD3Oscoog&fb_source=message

War is never the answer, it is only a result.  I believe in war but I also believe that it should be used as a last defense or in cases where “we have no other choice.” It should never be used as a strong-arm from congress to seize control of or “occupy” other countries. That’s not war, that’s invasion.  Unfortunately that is where we are heading with Iran and these sanctions make OUR governments motives that much more clear.  A good read. http://csis.org/blog/time-more-creative-negotiating-strategy-iran  Gl America, be careful what you wish for.

“Path to Prosperity”. The proposed conservative budget supported by Mitt Romney.

There is a ton of hoop-la about this “Ryan budget” that is being supported by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, so I decided to read it and see exactly what all the fuss was about. You can read it yourself here http://budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/PathToProsperityFY2012.pdf  It is a conservative publishing so it is a little “biased”. While “Ryans” budget is full of flaws, it DOES offer some bright spots. I will start with the good. Many times you hear outcries of “They’re going to give such and such oil corporation a 4 trillion dollar tax break!!!!” Where I see the irony in this, I also see the other side of the spectrum. They “WOULD” get these tax breaks because of an across the board flat corporate tax break, why is this good for America you might ask? Many of these companies that US citizens complain about every day about outsourcing all their jobs, do so because they simply CANNOT afford to keep their companies working in the US.  Our corporate tax is the HIGHEST in the WORLD! If we could give our home grown companies such tax breaks it would open up TONS of jobs in the US. It also could attract MANY over seas companies/corporations to possibly open up factories and locations in the US creating that many more jobs and that much more cash flow. Just because the 10% decrease in corporate tax would benefit oil companies more because of their ridiculous earnings does not mean that it is a bad thing for the US or that you would have to feel bad supporting it.  It would benefit ALL corporations in the US.  With that said though there was NO mention of keeping the pressure off of lower and middle class with this loss of incoming tax payments this would cause. I also like that they plan to cut out alot of spending to double dipping organizations that have been plaguing our economy for quite some time and also reducing personal government spending.

The Bad. THERE IS NOT ONE THING ABOUT EDUCATION! IT IS NOT EVEN SHOWN IN GRAPHS! WAKE UP! EDUCATION IS OUR FUTURE! I was astounded to not find ONE thing referring to education. There is still WAY to much of our GDP going into defense. There is still WAY to much of our GDP going into PENSIONS (most of which goes to retirees and retirees families of senators, congressman and presidents). Their salaries and pensions need to be reduced.  There was no mention of what to do with the Federal Reserve/Central banking regulations. Their projections of the “future” are pure fantasy in regards to the current democratic plan and are completely blown out of proportion. I am not even going to comment on the 2 health care plans because it is all SPECULATORY. NO one knows what will become of Obamas or Ryans health care plans or how it will effect the current employment/cost/economic situation. I will say this though, if Ryan thinks that giving ALL retirees the type of medicare that congressman get is a good idea…we will surely be broke sooner than later unless he plans on sticking the retirees with the cost of the medicare.

In the end, the Ryan Budget obviously takes aim at 3 major issues that seem to always come up around election time, health care, taxes and spending. Its almost as if they said we don’t need to worry about education, government wage reform, regulations or anything else for that matter.  I wish I could see the 2 political parties working together for a COMMON goal. BOTH budgets have their positives and negatives. Infact, if you meshed certain things from each side it would be a brilliant budget with a bright future. But this IS america and god forbid if Democrats and Republicans work together toward OUR future.  Of course its politics as usual but I myself am tired of that “norm”. Gl America and be careful what you wish for.

2012 Election, what you should really be worried about.

With this years presidential election looming, I hope people have more than gas prices on their minds. Throughout 2012, the most common grievance I hear from the masses is about gas prices or about our economy.  I ask myself, do the people of this country even know what they are complaining about when it comes to our economy? Or do they just look at our job situations, housing market and gas prices and say hey…there is a problem OR even worse, just take the side of their political view and agree without any kind of knowledge.

I feel there are MORE pressing issues that voters should concern themselves with this year. I never hear political arguments anymore about EDUCATION or TECHNOLOGY. Do you know that only 3% of our GDP/Budget goes to Education? Do you know that most countries invest close to HALF (50%) of their GDP/Budget to Education? Why? Because education is the lifeline of your country. Without properly educated kids in this country, where are we heading? You think because 4% of our country is properly educated we will be ok??? NO. We wont. This is not just an inner city thing either, a poll among American Universities in 2011 showed that almost 60% of first year college students in 2007 had to take remedial courses, (in other words, do another year of high school classes). Of those 60%, only 40% decided to pursue a college education past that first remedial year. Of those 40% most barely graduated with minimal GPA’s and did not pursue further education past an AA degree. (bachelors, masters, PHD) But they still left in debt :D. This is one of the main reasons why we are ranked near the bottom in Math, Physics and Science in the WORLD. Higher learning is the least of the problems with how our gov’t deals with Education, it is the K-12 program that is really in shambles. We are amongst the HIGHEST in the WORLD in drop out rates and amongst the LOWEST in the WORLD when it comes to NATIONAL GPA’s. There is a great documentary you should watch that covers everything from inner city to suburban education in America called “Waiting for Superman.” Another great write-up and ALL fact is http://news.yahoo.com/education-woes-linked-national-security-053915876.html   You really should do your own research before voting.

Technology, something the world used to look to us for, now they look and laugh. There is a reason why during the mid to late 90’s there was a huge push for students to begin going to Tech schools, to create, run or work for companies like Apple and Microsoft. The sad fact is, they employ more people from over seas than any other company in the USofA. Our exporting is a JOKE. Our top export is, believe it or not, FUEL. Our other exports are not even worth mentioning. Countries rely on us for NOTHING. They can get fuel elsewhere if they really have to and it is only a matter of time before other countries are turning to alternative fuels that are based off of a huge domestic product they have in abundance such as sugar, corn, hydrogen, electric etc. We in the mean time will continue to use gas, because it is the only thing we have of ANY value to ourselves (as consumers) and other nations that have not yet moved on to alternative fuels. We are currently 5th place in the world in global information technology and world-renowned engineers and scholars have claimed that the investigators were being VERY generous. They go on to mention that the way our education and economy is in decline they would not be surprised if we were to drop to the bottom of the worlds list in the next 10 years. Again you can do your own research on this and you should before you vote!

As far as our economy. I would like to educate you as to what the problem is with our economy and why unfortunately no matter who you vote for, it wont change anything. Our economy is run by ONE  PRIVATE central bank, the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve is about as federal as McDonalds. Our government has NO control over The Federal Reserve and in fact, it’s quite the other way around. Why it wont change: It’s very simple, every single dollar that is produced by the Central Bank, is loaned to the United States AT interest. This means every single dollar produced is actually a dollar PLUS a certain amount of debt based on that dollar (Basically the Federal Reserve loans OUR government a trillion dollars, with interest attached to it that we have to eventually pay back). Since the Central Bank has a monopoly over the production of our dollar and they loan each dollar out with debt attached to it, where do you think the money comes from to pay this debt back later? It comes from the Central Bank again! Which means the FED has to keep increasing the money supply to temporarily cover the debt created (Inflation YAY), and guess what, that money has immediate interest attached to it as well. What does this mean…PERPETUAL DEBT. This has been going on for 70 years now and we are starting to really feel the effects. Our economy is doomed because of this method and most university economist will tell you we will be completely broke (meaning our dollar will be worth ZERO) by 2045. No matter who you vote for in this election, they will not NOR can they change this. You can believe what you want on this subject but this is a hard cold fact. Ron Paul is the only person I have seen in congress fight the Fed and Central banking and because of this, he will NEVER be president. This btw is NOT a Ron Paul campaign, even though he IS/WAS the best candidate out there. (depending on when you are reading this) There is plenty of info and it is ALL fact at http://www.bis.org/index.htm  or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dmPchuXIXQ and watch vids 1-5 on the Federal Reserve. It’s ALL FACT. You should do your own research before voting.

Now, as for gas prices, you can do PLENTY of research on the web regarding why the prices are so high and why they will NEVER go down. There are plenty of world wide reports out there on exactly why the gas is priced the way it is and why the US HAS to do it. Regardless of what FOX and MSNBC show you with graphs, the price of gas has steadily increased since 2000 and shows no sign of stopping. IT IS AMERICAS WELFARE. If it wasn’t for our gas consumption, this country would ALREADY be bankrupt and don’t think for a second they would drop gas prices just to make you happy (even if they could). No matter what….where… or when we drill…this will NEVER change, EVER! but our ideas about what kind of fuel we use could. Great write up here and ALL fact http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/03/25/oil-politics-and-the-truth-about-gas-prices.aspx also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel_in_Brazil

At the end of the day I ask myself, which if ANY of the politicians are TRULY fighting for us and has OUR best interest in mind. They all talk a big game but 99.9% of the time its complete garbage they spew to try to win us over.  I’ve only seen a couple “true” politicians in the 15 years I have been able to vote and only one was RUNNING for president. I guess what I am trying to say is, I don’t trust any of the presidential candidates, or ANY politicians for that matter.  There is a great phrase in the Declaration of Independence “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations (taking of our liberties and freedoms), pursuing invariably the same Object (OIL&Money) evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and provide new Guards for their future security” I am a firm believer in what our forefathers believed in and fought for. This country is a complete 180 from their vision and I only hope we can get back there some day. My question is, when will people finally stand up and recognize the injustice in our political system and fight for whats right. Until then, GL America and be careful what you wish for.