Posts tagged ‘money’

May 10, 2016

Unemployment

The title of this post is Unemployment. I wanted to write this post because my wife has been unemployed for almost 15 months as of today. Granted she gave birth soon after being laid-off, but still puts her at around 12 months of seriously looking for a job for employment.

What bothers me most and the importance of why I’m writing this post is that the economists keep saying that the Unemployment rate in the great USA is at 5% and steady. Well I say horse manure!  My wife got only 6 months of Unemployment checks(that we had to pay taxes on) and that was it. No more support from our Government. No more checks. No more nothing after that. On our own.  No Bailout.

This doesn’t sit right with me. Mostly because that 5% number is a HUGE LIE!  That number represents something that is obscure, not the TRUE state of our country’s Unemployment rate. What happens is once there are no more claims for Unemployment from an individual, then your “off the books.” They don’t consider you Unemployed anymore…even though you are!

Also, this whole “We added 200k jobs this month” crap.  What is that?  What kind of jobs are these “jobs” people are getting??  I guarantee these jobs aren’t the White collar kind. Probably the minimum wage kind mostly, but not the 6 figure kind, the dream job kind, the support your family Middle-Class kind.  There are more lay-offs happening than I’ve seen in my 20 years employed.  Granted my wife and I both work in the Oil & Gas Industry and times are hard for the past couple years for sure. This report of adding jobs is not specific and is thrown around like some great heavy boulder of truth, when actually it is completely misleading and in my book a lie.

The REAL Unemployment rate is somewhere above 12.6% per this article. I say ‘above’ because I believe there are more Unemployed today(2016) than there were in 2014. Also staggering is that the Unemployment rate is at one of the highest rates in the History of its recording Today!

Come on American Government, STOP LYING TO US AND PADDING SOME PATHETIC NUMBERS TO MAKE THIS WHITE HOUSE LOOK ‘GOOD’!!!  We are being lied to by so many that we can’t even tell what the TRUTH is anymore. Let’s fix this LIE and what these REAL numbers are for one & give the truth so we can at least look at ourselves in the mirror and be happy at what we see is looking back at us.

I’m praying for my wife to find a job and pray that those of you who are looking jobs find one as well. Not a job to pass the time, but a real job that is worth while and fulfilling.

* Full disclosure, my wife has been applying for 10-20 jobs a week for almost a year and has had 2 phone interviews only. Also, she is a Mechanical Engineer, degreed.

 

July 28, 2010

Forfeit?

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” – Matthew 16:26

In my daily devotional and study I am reading through the Book of Matthew.  Mainly because I find Jesus words and life fascinating and also because of how perfect Jesus is and how He responds and reacts to his surroundings and world around Him.

In this passage, Jesus discusses the point of being rich here on earth, but having stored up nothing in Heaven.  What good is it to have money and even lots of it, if your spiritually broke?

He continues on to say ‘each man will be rewarded according to what he/she has done.  Heavy thoughts, when you think about it. 

Throughout Jesus’ ministry here on earth, many themes are brought up.  Money is a huge aspect of His many themes.  I think that money is such a daily thought on most folks minds that Jesus knew and needed to address it.  Money is one of His top 3 themes He shares here on earth.  And Heaven and what it’s like is one of His least topics(funny huh?).  Mainly because life here on earth is a test and He wants to warn us to be wary of money and all of it’s corruption.  He never said money is bad, but it’s something we all need to be conscious of.

Furthermore, money is not the only thought on the ‘gains the whole world’ aspect of this passage.  Power is another.  Some folks are prone to want to be powerful in their communities, world or even family.  I find myself relating more to the money aspect and not so much the power aspect.  I have realized that I’m not going to run for office or become the president of a country or corporation.  So my ‘power’ desire is very minimal.  But, if your desire for power causes pain, hurt and heartache, then you’re not doing anyone any good by being in that position. 

What does it mean to you, other than what I have addressed, when Jesus says “Gain the whole wold?”

I know we all come from different places and backgrounds and I would find it fascinating to hear your thoughts on what you think Jesus is eluding to.  Please share.

“Father God Almighty, help us all to focus on doing good and spreading your love and keep us from evil desires. In your name we ask.  Amen”

May 8, 2009

where is my money?

OH, there it is in Argentina, being spent on what???   I have some serious issues with this y’all….

US Government Funds $400,000 study on Gay Sex in Argentina bars.

What is my country doing and who authorized this?   Where is the taxation without representation?  Why do I feel robbed right now?  What’s next for our country to do with yours and my money…….???

April 28, 2009

tea party…

It’s not just a right wing or left wing thing.  I believe it’s a ‘billion here, billion there’ mentality that has serious cause for concern.  I am a taxpayer and I don’t feel like the money that is coming out of my taxes is going to the right places nor do I believe it is being spent properly by my government. 

There is a link I want to share that is pretty inciting, and makes you upset when you watch it.  Tell me what YOU think?

scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video and click on it to play it.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=95525

March 12, 2009

life after death

I was reading a news feed just now about an owner of a big clothing line that was killed in a car crash early this am driving his Ferrari.  It saddened me because I was thinking about him and how he had all the money in the world and had hopes and dreams and other aspirations and many long years to still live. 

I then thought about what really counts in life.  Is it money, riches, fame, power that we all seek?  In a recession time that we’re in, people losing their jobs and even their minds during this tough time.  What really matters/counts?  Is it having a good job?  Is it avoiding unemployment?  Is it paying your bills and having a nice 3 months of savings put away for a rainy day?  What is it that matters/counts?  Is it having a happy love life, a healthy and happy marriage?  Being filled up with what this world has to offer?  Why is it that I find myself wanting the best of every world??  Is it my humanity that makes me feel this way?  That I urge to be comfortable in every facet of my life?  Life perplexes me because I think about life, how we’re here on earth for such a short time compared to the breadth of history.  I look in the mirror and see an older me.  I realize that life is short.  I begin to think about what do I want to accomplish in life before I die. 

I lye awake at night thinking more and more these days.  I find myself having sleep apnea because of my many thoughts.  I guess I am very introspective today and need to write my feelings and thoughts down as the story I read really hit my heart. 

I wonder when my time is up and where I will be when that happens.  Life is so finite.  To be so bold and arrogant as to not think of there being any higher power outside of man is ridiculous in my humble opinion.  To think that something exploded into such beauty is preposterous. 

To know that there is a living God and a son that paid the ultimate price for ME & YOU gives me hope that there is life after death.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

October 28, 2008

don’t work too hard

In today’s society in America, there seems to be a need to work more hours and get multiple jobs.  But, the question is for what?  Why?  What is the reason, purpose or desire for this? 

The answer typically is, to afford a more expensive lifestyle, to pay for the things that are out of your ‘means’ and believe the lies we all see on TV ad commercials!!! or the proverbial keeping up with the Jones’

Could it be, that we all have bought into this fraudulent lie that we all need to have the newest cars, the best homes and most expensive clothes?

Scripture tells us this, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint”  Proverbs 23:4

My interpretation of this verse is like don’t kill yourself to get rich or have multiple jobs to keep paying bills for things you can’t afford.  Why did you buy them in the first place? 

I also think that we should test our motives and find out why we’re trying to get rich.  Why do you want to get rich?  Are you jealous of others?  Are you coveting your neighbors things and think you deserve those things too?

I am not saying that God doesn’t like us to be rich.  I am focusing more on the ‘wear yourself out’ part.  Ultimately, in the BIG picture of things(I’m a Big picture guy), when your lying on your death bed…are you thinking about how much more money you could have made or wishing you bought another car or regretting that you didn’t spend enough hours in the office???  I think Not and hope Not.

Life is more than a job or getting rich or buying things.  I believe that the best things in life are free.      Jesus, The Ocean, Love, Children, Trees/Foliage, Health and Happiness.

October 20, 2008

unclaimed property

I found out today that all 50 states have a link to their state for you to search and see if you have any missing property or moneys that are for you and are currently unclaimed.  Go check it out for yourself in your home state here.  Beware, you will have to provide factual evidence that the person is you, so don’t try to cheat the system.

Happy Hunting!

October 8, 2008

crazy times indeed!

I’m not sure what to name this post because I am continually being disgusted by reports that I read about our current financial crisis.  I don’t want to be witty about the title, just straight-forward(I named this after i wrote the article and I think I like it)

Anyway, the issue today is reading the latest story about AIG(The WORLD’S Largest Insurance Company) and how they spent $440 THOUSAND DOLLARS(almost half a MILLION Dollars) on an extravagant resort weekend for it’s Executives, a WEEK AFTER the Government decided to bail them out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can’t believe what I am reading!  Here is the article.

Was the bailout a good move?   Why isn’t there any repercussion’s for those that are guilty of spending OUR TAX Money selfishly?!?!?!   These executives get off scott-free, and enjoy million dollar bonuses, whilst you and me are left to hold the bag and pay for these people to enjoy and continue to enjoy lavish life-styles.  I’m disgusted and sick and think that this whole bailout package, without good oversight and without plans to convict any of these people for ultimately defrauding the government and you and me out of millions/billions, is just a disgrace.

Lehman brother’s were handing out million dollar bonuses during the same time they were asking the government for bail-out money to help them as well.  Fortunately, they didn’t receive it…shocker!

In such a time as this, what are we to do?  Who can we trust with our money?  Who can we trust to take care of us when you and me feel so helpless?  Who really is looking out for our concerns and our well-being?  How much would it cost to reform Social Security?  Would it be less than $700 Billion?  Can you imagine $700 BILLION?????????   That number is truly unfathomable.  It doesn’t even seem to help, being that we are continuing to lose money in our stock market and 401(k)’s and mutual funds and the drop of the DOW under 10,000 for the first time in over 4 years.

The answer is this, “Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him(God) and He will lead your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6.  More scripture to support our hope that is found not in worldly things, but in the Maker and Creator of ALL things!  “Call on me in times of trouble.  I will rescue you, and you will honor me” says the Lord.  Psalm 50:15.  “When people are tempted and still continue strong, they should be happy.  After they have proved their faith, God will reward them with life forever.”  James 1:12

Be encouraged today!

June 24, 2008

it’s the economy stupid!

This is a great article written prior to the 2004 Presidential Election.  The highlighted points I would make is more on the morality of the article.  Enjoy!

(AgapePress) – Most everyone remembers the phrase made famous by James Carville: “It’s the economy, stupid.” In order to keep everyone “on message,” Carville, a brilliant political strategist, hung it on a sign in Bill Clinton’s Little Rock campaign headquarters. Despite President Bush’s high approval ratings in the polls after a war with Iraq, the mantra resonated with the nation and Bush lost to Clinton in 1992 because most people were concerned with their pocketbooks.

No one can rightly deny the importance of economic matters to the country. However, when a culture measures and considers everything in terms of dollars and cents, it’s subject to lose its soul.

Bill Clinton is a case in point. No president ever did more to assault American ideals. His administration was rift with scandals, habitual lying and abuse of power. He defiled the presidency. Yet given the opportunity, the American people would likely re-elect him today because of his record on the economy.

Are we selling out? I think this is exactly the case. In fact, I will go so far as to suggest that God was rebuking our covetous ways, when on 9/11 — the World Trade Center, America’s great monument to materialism — was the object of a terrorist attack. In chapter 5 of his epistle, the apostle James solemnly warns the nation that makes money its God: “Come now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days” (Ja. 5:1-3). Wealth can so easily eat away like a malignancy, and make us lose our sense of priorities.

Never before has America’s temptation to supplant core values with a trust in money been more glaringly obvious than in the 2004 presidential election. And never before has our nation’s future been more at risk.

Presidential candidate John Kerry supports abortion rights. He opposed a partial-birth abortion ban as undermining a woman’s so-called right to choose. President George W. Bush signed a partial-birth abortion ban into law. Concerning abortion in general, Kerry says: “We Democrats want to protect the constitutional right of privacy and make clear that at the center of this struggle is our commitment to have a Supreme Court that will protect … the right to choose in this nation.” Since being elected president, Bush has vigorously sought to keep his campaign promise “that every child, born and unborn, ought to be protected in law and welcomed into life.”

According to WorldNetDaily, John Kerry has “declared opposition to same-sex marriage, but two years ago he signed a letter issued by homosexual Rep. Barney Frank urging Massachusetts state lawmakers to drop an amendment limiting nuptials to a man and a woman.” In 1996, Kerry opposed similar legislation saying it was akin to efforts of the 1960s to prohibit interracial marriages. He was one of only 14 Senators to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act. President Bush, however, has boldly come out against gay marriage in support of a Constitutional amendment clarifying the sacred institution as being between one man and one woman.

Kerry also boasts of being strong on national security by pointing to his support for $200 billion in intelligence funding in the last seven years. But just two years after the first attack on the World Trade Center, Kerry proposed cuts in intelligence spending. He has also voted against weapons programs such as the B-1 and B-2 bombers, F-15 Eagle and Tomcat fighters, Apache helicopter, and the Patriot and Trident missiles. Plus, he sought to cut funding for programs including the M-1 Abrams tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Tomahawk Cruise Missile, and the F-16 Falcon fighter jet. Two decades ago, Kerry called for an end to President Reagan’s military buildup that was responsible for winning the Cold War. A few years later, he opposed the first Gulf War. These are not the actions of a leader genuinely committed to a strong national defense.

No doubt this is why North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Il, recently called a press conference announcing his preference for Kerry over President Bush. According to an excellent editorial by The Times News (Burlington, NC), the North Korean “media relentlessly excoriates Bush, it plays up polls showing Kerry could defeat the president, spotlights Kerry’s claims that Bush deceived the world on Iraqi weapons programs, broadcasts Kerry speeches and replays the Senator’s pledge to adopt a ‘sincere attitude’ toward North Korea if elected — all music to the ears of a regime that has an estimated 150,000 Koreans in forced labor camps created to punish alleged political dissidents and their family members, as well as North Koreans who fled to China but were forced back by the Chinese government. The Timesspeculates this is because the North Koreans believe a President Kerry — an avowed internationalist not known as a hard-liner on national security — would be easier to deal with on nuclear proliferation and other issues than the more hawkish Bush Administration.” Indeed, and what does this tell us about the way the rest of the “world’s tyrants, aggressors and nuclear proliferators are sizing up the two candidates”?

Except for the State’s right to acknowledge God, nothing is more fundamental to our nation’s character than its commitment to protect the most innocent and helpless among us (unborn babies), the sanctity of marriage and the homeland. Nevertheless, Kerry’s campaign insists most Americans are concerned about jobs and the economy, not values-based issues. That may certainly be true, if a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll is correct that says voters would likely choose Kerry over Bush by a 53 to 46 percent margin.

I’m not one for insulting people’s intelligence, but this overemphasis on economics makes me want to shout from the rooftops: “It’s not the economy, stupid!!!” Instead, it’s our nation’s soul that’s at stake. What shall it profit if everyone has a job and the economy is booming, yet we forfeit our future in the aborted masses, lose marriage and the family through redefinition, and our freedoms are taken by despots unrelentingly plotting our demise. Though the economy is currently improving with every passing day — it shouldn’t matter even if it wasn’t — when it’s a choice between economics and principles essential to the nation’s survival, values are what matter most!!!

 

March 10, 2008

money

Did you know that the biggest issue that Jesus spoke about was money?  Why?  That is the question.  To answer it, we must search the Bible for answers.  “For the LOVE of money, is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from their faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”  1Timothy 6:10   We must analyze this verse carefully in that we can misinterpret what it says.  The worldly view on this is that if any person or christian that has an abundant amount of money, then it’s a bad thing.  Not true.  The ‘LOVE’ of money is the key word there.  That’s what we need to pay attention to and not let others misuse the true meaning of what’s being said.   I believe in giving back to God and giving him His tithe(10%), and in doing this keeps me & you from falling into greediness or into the love of money.

Have you heard that to look at your checkbook or on-line banking account(21st century now) and see what you spend your money on concludes that  “For where your treasure(money)  is, your heart will be also.”  What are you spending your $$ on?

Another verse to ponder is a continuation of the previous quote on your treasures, “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  Matthew 6:24

Let’s get rid of those debts that burden us and live a life of freedom.  Let’s ask God to take control of our finances and help us take the right paths towards financial security.  Let’s ask Him to help us not put such a priority on money in our lives and let’s give that to Him.  Let’s show him by giving our tithes to Him as well as our sacrifices of service.

 “Lord, take control of my finances now as I hand them over to you and ask for your help, guidance and strength. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.”