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I smoke cigarettes. Go ahead and boo and hiss. My choice. It is a legal product. Government doesn’t want us to smoke but contradict themselves by loving the cigarette tax money. Stupidology 101. But we’re use to that from our government, right?

I’m been saying for years that since the Feds like telling us what to do, next on their list will be the fat people. They will come after them. And we’re seeing new laws all over the U.S. now to ban soft drinks, change rules for what fast food places can sell, what kind of oil we can use to fry, and on and on. It will only get worse as far as the Feds telling us what we can and can’t do – count on it.

A recent fat study came out and there has been a lot of media lately about the rankings of the “fattest” states in the nation. Mississippi and Alabama come in at No. 1 & 2 respectfully.

What I find very interesting is comparing this ranking to a ranking of states as to how many Federal dollars they receive per dollar of federal taxes they pay.  For instance, Alabama comes in at No. 7 getting back $1.66 for every dollar sent to Washington.  (which makes the constant shouts toward Washington to keep their hands off our business sound rather hollow.)

So here’s what we have ….

Fat state ranking            Federal welfare state ranking

  1. Mississippi                         no. 2
  2. Alabama                             no. 7
  3. West Virginia                       no. 5
  4. Tennessee                           no. 19
  5. Louisiana                           no. 4
  6. Kentucky                            no. 9
  7. Oklahoma                            no. 15
  8. South Carolina                       no. 16
  9. Arkansas                            no. 14
  10. Michigan                           no. 37

So all of the top 10 fat states except Michigan get more dollars back from Washington than they send them.

On the other end of the spectrum, of the 10 least fat states, 6 of them get back less from the feds than they send.

So what is the lesson here?

For certain, the farther south one goes in this country, the more likely you are to see fat folks. And could it be that many are fat because they’re not working very hard and therefore, not paying a lot of taxes?

You heard it first here in Richard’s World. The Fat Police are Coming!

Until next time,

Richard

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What’s Old Is New: Village Post Offices Coming Back

You probably know this. The United States Post Office is broke. Bad broke. Really bad broke. The USPS stands testament to what is wrong with today’s federal government … unionized government workers, defined pension plans, bloated workforce, non-performance based hiring and promotions, government trying to compete with the private sector … basically a government bureaucracy run amok.

I have long stated and believe that an entity such as FedEx or UPS or maybe a combination of both, could take over the USPS and it would be making a profit in less than a year. We’d have better service and probably lower rates for first class mail. But hey, even if we didn’t have lower rates for first class mail, at least our tax dollars wouldn’t be wasted to the tune of billions of dollars. Let the hate mail start flowing from the unionized government workers.

But we all know there aren’t enough politician around who will take the bold and necessary steps to eliminate the USPS. No offense to all my female friends … but they don’t have the balls.

So, I ran across this tidbit of info from the USPS Postmaster that was included in his recent speech about closing about 3,600 PO locations, primarily in small rural towns. He said, “The agency is looking to contract with about 2,500 small groceries, pharmacies, and other retailers to create ‘village post offices’.” He got my interest.

Granted, this alone will not save the USPS. It will probably delay the inevitable. But I have to give the Postmaster credit … not a bad idea.

When I was growing up on the southside of Atlanta back in the 50s, our PO was in the local grocery store … a Mayberry type grocery store. Yes, I’m that old. So I know what he is talking about when he speaks of ‘village post offices’.

At least these contracted Post Offices will be operated by business people. Your tax dollars will be going to a local business person who will then turn around and put it back into their local community. And many of these communities with closed POs will still have service … and probably better service.

Nope, I don’t think it will save the USPS but it’s a good idea. But who knows, maybe one good idea will lead to another good idea and another good idea.

Until next time,

Richard


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Fixing This Mess We’re In

They’ll never put me in charge. I know this. But humor me.

We have a mess in America right now. A REAL mess. We have a POTUS that has never held a job. Surprised at his leadership skills? I’m not. We have congressional leaders who don’t understand the meaning of Statesmanship. And they seem to have lost the concept of civil service and don’t understand the meaning of a citizen government. Our founding fathers wanted a citizen government – that would mean all citizens could run for office. Problem today is the average citizen can’t afford to run for office – especially against an entrenched incumbent who is beholden to special intereest groups and can raise big bucks to beat the little citizen with little financing.

We had a POTUS once name Roosevelt – FDR. A lot like the present one … he loved to redistribute the wealth, too. He was so popular with his giveaway programs, he got elected to four (4) terms as POTUS – poor guy died in his 4th term … guess it was too much for him. Some time after he died, some smart folks said, “Whoa, nobody should be POTUS for 4 terms. Let’s change that.”  Good idea, IMHO. They term limited the POTUS.

I think it is time to limit congressional terms, too. Too many of these folks are just too damn comfortable in their cushy positions. I say if term limits are good enough for the POTUS and America (It works), then so be it for Congress members.

That’s step #1. Now here’s Step #2.

I don’t advocate in Richard’s World more laws. I think we have enough laws. Plus, Congress should only be in session about 4 months of the year. Hell, Texas only meets every other year. The Texas Legislature meets in regular session on the second Tuesday in January of each odd-numbered year. The Texas Constitution limits the regular session to 140 calendar days. Do you see Texas falling apart? I didn’t think so.

But I will propose one more law. Ban political parties.

Just run if you want to run. If you lean right, left or center, if people want to get to know you, they’ll figure it out. So when election time comes, you see all of these names on the ballot. No party affiliation. You had better do your homework. Oh damn, problem here, I’m asking the dumb masses to think. But yep, that’s what I’m saying. If you’re going to vote, find out what the person stands for and not what their party stands for.

There is one slight problem with this “no party” idea and putting everyone on the ballot. Maybe you can help me figure out a solutions.

I’m afraid if the names are listed in alphabetical order, we’ll have a lot of members of Congress with last names that start with an “A” or “B”. I apologize to all of the people with names starting with letters low in the alphabet … you’ll probably never get elected. But hey, maybe one of you will come up with a solution.

Until next time,

Richard