Headline: Top CEOs paid 320 Times Typical Worker’s Pay

Yes, it’s a real article.  It set me to thinking.  When you see that kind of a headline, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind?

Is it: Wow, cool!  I wonder how they got to make that much money?  I wonder what they had to do for their company to get that kind of salary?  What company has that much compensation variation?  I wonder what I would have to do to become a CEO?  Maybe I should try to get my foot in the door at that company so I can rise to be the CEO someday.

Or, is it:  That is totally insane!  That CEO is being paid WAY too much money, if he earns 320 times the average worker at his company!  He must be stealing that money from workers  lower down the totem pole than he is.  He must have cheated to make it so high in that company!  That company must be really keeping those other workers down, and favoring the executives.  That firm must have rules that make it harder for the average guy to get a higher salary there.

So, are you like the conservative, who sees that headline as a motivator, who tries to find out how those CEOs rose so high, and earned so much at their company, so he can emulate them?  Who thinks that, if CEO X can do it, so can I!

Or are you like the typical Leftist, whose first thought is how to bring that over-paid CEO’s salary closer to the average worker.  And devises ways to take away the CEO’s huge salary, by increasing taxation on the higher-earners, and lobbying for higher minimum wages so the lower-earners make more without earning more.

Leftists don’t want to give the workers at the bottom a hand up, so they can climb the corporate ladder, and earn a better job at a higher salary.  Their first thought is to bring down those at the top, which benefits exactly no one.  That guy at the bottom benefits not one bit from the CEO earning less, and may actually be harmed, if that excellent CEO takes another job where he can earn what he is really worth.

Think about it.  What would you say to that headline?

Why does the WordPress “Get out the Vote” campaign make me nervous?

When I logged into my Dashboard on Calling-All-RushBabes this morning, I was presented with a huge logo where my stats usually appear.  It said “WordPress.com Voting Information Project”.  As anyone who visits this blog can see, the author is Conservative with a Capital C.  My antennae sense something behind the  GOTV campaign that communicates …..liberal…  Maybe it’s my imagination..or maybe it’s the sense that I have been getting for a while now that the folks at Automatttic who run WordPress are basically young, uninformed liberals (the ones who assumed that the “gentle giant” Michael Brown in Ferguson , MO., was gunned down while surrendering to the big, bad cop).  Well, my feelers sense that they and I will be voting for a different slate of candidates next week.  Take a look at this story about Votes being Altered and watch your back.

And I urge my well-informed, productive citizen followers to vote next week.  Make sure to vote for candidates who believe in American Exceptionalism, and Individual Responsibility, NOT dependence on government.  Vote for candidates who believe in the sanctity of Life, Liberty, and Private Property in the Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth.  Vote for candidates who value secure borders, and Peace Through Strength.  Be very careful that your vote counts!

Cutting Off Their Noses to Spite Their Faces (Liberals hurting the groups they claim to support)

Always and everywhere, Liberals and groups like Acorn, claim that they support and work for the little guys, the downtrodden, the discriminated-against, the oppressed, the have-nots of society.  But when it comes right down to it, in the crunch, they favor themselves, and their white liberal cronies in big labor unions and politics, and their actions make their supposedly-favored groups poorer!  THEY are the only ones made richer by their campaigns to improve the lot of black people, and the poor, and women…

Take the case of the world’s largest retailer, Walmart.  It can be reliably shown that, when a Walmart opens in a neighborhood, that store provides entry-level jobs, needed services like banking, money-transfer, and even medical clinics, and low-cost everyday goods that the locals want to buy!  Walmart makes the people in their communities happier!  Yet, because they are unfriendly to Big Labor (since unionizing would result in loss of their low-income customers due to higher prices), White Liberal activist groups have succeeded in keeping Walmart out of many large cities.  This article recently on another WordPress blog (24/7 Wall Street), details large cities without Walmart.  Liberals SAY they want to help the poor, but their actions prove otherwise.

Earlier this year, a community organizing group in Portland, Oregon managed to drive away the independent supermarket, Trader Joe’s.  They claimed that the chain was not friendly to black people.  But if you asked the people actually living in the neighborhood, they would have LOVED to have Trader Joe’s nearby.  The activist group is wary of “gentrification”, which actually means improving living conditions in rundown neighborhoods; so those neighborhoods simply continue to deteriorate.  So the black people in Portland have been denied a grocery store in their neighborhood, not by “The Man”, but by their own black race-hustlers.  Are they better off? NO!

This recent story is not in the US, but Vladimir Putin’s thugs in Russia, in order to hit back at the US and Europe for supporting sanctions against them (based on the Ukraine situation), will ban imports of US and European agricultural and other goods.   Once again, those who suffer will not be the US or Western Europe, but the people of Russia, again demonstrating that those who are in power often have only their own welfare at heart, not those of their own people.

Oppressed peoples of the world, open your eyes!  See who really has your interests at heart!  Not the Community Activists, or the NAACP, or the Labor Unions, who have their own interests at heart, and only want more power over you.  The Conservative movement, who believes that each person should be able to make his own choices, to shop where he wants, and eat what he wants (not what Michelle Obama says he should eat), and get his children a good education.  We are the ones with YOUR interests at heart.

The Internal Revenue Service is Now a Political Organization

And you had better watch out!  Since the OTL Administration took power in 2009, they have used their admittedly left-leaning minions inside the agency (whose sole purpose is supposed to be managing and collecting taxes paid by individuals, business, and organizations and remitted to the US Treasury) to go after their political opponents.  Right now, you may think that, since YOU are not a Tea Party group, or a conservative PAC, that you have nothing to fear from an IRS who knows EVERYTHING about your life (whom you work for, how much you earn, what charities you support, whether you own your own home, where you live and bank, etc.).  Well, you have another think coming.  This past week, Lois Lerner, the former head of the IRS office that deals with tax-exempt groups (including, by the way, not only conservative political groups, but big UNIONS) again refused to testify in front of a Congressional Committee about her and her agency’s activities that suppressed and delayed the applications for non-profit, tax-exempt status of conservative groups ahead of the 2012 election.  And she has basically made herself more powerful than the Representatives of YOU, the PEOPLE of the United States of America.

On my other favorite site, Ricochet, Clark Judge just posted this.  It’s a possible answer.

It’s Tax Season again, and when you file your taxes this year, remember that YOU may become a target at any time.  The Democrat Party does not simply disagree with their opponents, they try to DESTROY them.  Read THIS and weep.  Now, the IRS has promulgated new rules for “social welfare” organizations that codify the suppression that they engaged in in 2012 and earlier.  There were more than 100,000 comments submitted, the majority of them opposed to such rules.

Wait, and watch……  And be VERY afraid!

With Thanks to a Ricochet Friend

One of our members (sorry can’t add link, as it’s behind our paywall) commented thusly in a post on how conservative parents teach their children. This is a real hoot!

What does Cat say?: “Meow, Meow”

What does Dog say?: “Bark, Bark”

What does Liberal say? “It’s Not Fair!”, “It’s Not Fair!”

My Best Move in the Past Year

The best thing I did in the last year and a bit was to join Ricochet.com.
By doing that, I opened up a whole new universe of erudition and wisdom (and humor, which is often lacking in today’s world). I have met, both on-line and in person, people who think like I do, admire what I admire, and fret about the things that make me anxious. Living in a deep blue state, it’s often difficult to find others who are conservative in their outlook. But my Ricochet membership opened up whole new avenues of friendship. Who would have thought there were so many wonderful, conservative people right in our area?

Shortly after my husband and I joined, we went to a meetup of members at a coffee shop in South Lake Union. We spent a very pleasant two hours in conversation with a dozen of the nicest people! They came from as far away as Portland to get acquainted with their fellow Ricochet members. After that, it just sort of snowballed. In January, I participated in my first “AMU”, or Audio Meetup (basically, a big conference-call). People literally called in from all over the world! The hosts are three members, one from Pennsylvania, one from Wisconsin, and one from Japan. Yep, Japan!! So I could place a voice, if not a face, with some of the names I’d seen on the site. And I discovered that there is more total “sense of humor” on Ricochet than anywhere else online or off. Even when we’re discussing how our country is going down the tubes, we can laugh. The member from Japan is especially funny, and I look forward to talking with him on almost a weekly basis now.

In May of 2013, Hillsdale College had scheduled a National Leadership Seminar in Seattle, so I decided to try to get together a Ricochet meet up around that seminar. My husband and I decided to stay at the convention hotel downtown for the seminar, so I reserved a room at the restaurant in the hotel for our get-together. Then I posted a notice on Ricochet, asking for potential attendees to get in touch with me if they were interested. Well, that meeting was a rousing success! We had about 20 people, including one of the contributors to the site, who is a long-haul truck driver, and an awesome writer. One of the Hillsdale professors came, as well as a Ricochet member who is one of the first class at the Hillsdale Graduate School of Statesmanship. You can see video of that here

In July, a member who lives in Whatcom County suggested a picnic, so I helped organize a nice outing at Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds on Puget Sound. That outing, too, was loads of fun, and members brought their families for a beautiful, sunny afternoon.

The best part of the year, though, was in October, when we drove to Las Vegas and back for a Ricochet National Meeting. Members, contributors, and even an Editor came from all across the country to meet and have fun with their fellow members. I actually found members in Idaho and Utah to get together with on the way down, too. On the trip home, we went to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks.

So, now it’s 2014, and we look forward to more audio and physical meetings with our new Ricochet friends. In February, we are going to Phoenix for another Hillsdale National Leadership Seminar, and we already have found one Editor and three fellow members to get together with. Truly, if you join Ricochet, you will never lack for friends to meet, wherever you travel. For any of you who are interested, just drop by Ricochet, and take a look. If you decide to join, you will not be disappointed!

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up…

Here are three items from the local and national news:

1. The traffic report on our local conservative talk-radio station is now sponsored by…..get this……Al Jazeera News! So, along with your morning and evening drive-time Talk Radio from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Michael Medved, you now hear plugs from Jihad Central. The more you hear about them, the more they hope you will see them as legitimate. Hmmmm….

2. More ominously, the State Attorney General has issued an opinion that any hospital that offers maternity services must also offer abortion services. This is in response to the local Catholic hospital chain merging with other local hospitals (not Catholic) So now religious institutions who run their health-care branches according to their own religious principles, will be persecuted by the State Government if they try to run their hospitals following their religious precepts. Do you really think the Catholic hospital system will give up maternity services? I foresee a battle royal over this issue.

3. Bradley Manning, recently convicted of egregious crimes of releasing classified government documents to an organization whose reason for being is bringing down the US Government, and sentenced to 35 years in prison for his crimes, has declared that he is NOT a Male, but a Female (Chelsea!), and wishes to begin hormone therapy immediately, to convert from Male to Female. ON YOUR DIME!! Do you really want to pay for his sex-conversion therapy while he is in Federal Prison?? [with apologies to Rush Limbaugh, do you want to pay for Bradley Manning’s “chopadickoffamy” operation??]

Perfect illustration of how Liberals FEEL, while Conservatives THINK

The reactions to the horrific incident in Connecticut, where a young man gunned down his mother, and teachers and students at an elementary school illustrate quite well how Liberals and Conservatives respond differently to such situations.
The nearly-immediate, knee-jerk reaction by the liberal press and “intelligentsia” was NOW CAN WE DISCUSS GUN CONTROL? Now, can we again bring up the subject of banning various types of firearms, preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves? Let’s BAN (by law) the instrument of death, not investigate the background of the person wielding the weapon.

While the Conservative press and blogosphere brought up the subject of treatment of mentally-ill people, voluntary or involuntary commitment, and other ways of seeing and dealing with deranged people. They also immediately brought up the violent culture in the modern USA, including hip-hop lyrics, explicit, violent video games, and television, which most children are exposed to at an early age. Might we consider absent parents, and the lack of a father in many American homes as a cause of this kind of gratuitous violence?

Unfortunately, very little will be done on either side, and we can expect more such incidents. Maybe the mainstream media should take a very good look at the very high murder rate in Barack Obama’s Chicago, where they have some of the strictest gun laws in the country.