WHY DID WE WORK SO HARD?
Before you read this let me state that I am not looking for any sympathy from anyone. I am just an old man who worked more hours than most to achieve the American Dream. After 17 years of retirement I am convinced that my government is close to destroying my savings for as punishment for being successful. Obama’s obsession to share the wealth is destroying those of us that saved to take care of ourselves
Obama and his progressive army have finished destroying the American Dream of home ownership. Carter started the eventual demise a long time ago. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd protected the scam with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until the bubble burst. Barney still stands before the cameras to defend these government mismanaged organizations today.
Our government could not manage a bankrupt whorehouse in Nevada. How on God’s green earth did anyone with a third grade education, ever expect them to run Amtrak, the Postal Service, TVA, General Motors or Chrysler and break even, much less make a profit? Now the flood of new government regulations is destroying all businesses with idiotic and wasteful constraints.
In the last few days my IRA has suffered a near suicide. Does Obama or Congress care? No, they are on vacation and with their pensions, could care less that they have wiped out the savings of millions of senior citizens. For twenty seven years of service with a large defense contractor, I receive a pension of $221.47 per month. This will not even pay for the Medicare supplement for my wife and me.
I spent the last eleven years of my work life with one tall hill to climb. I knew before I started my first business what my pension would be. As I have a Masters in Business it was obvious that my future retirement would require personal savings to insure that we would survive old age.
In those eleven years I average 225 nights a year in hotels in over 27 countries and 49 states. I missed birthdays, anniversaries, my children’s school events and death in my family. Several of these trips exceeded 5 weeks and I amassed over 2 million miles on airplanes. Obviously my family also suffered.
Finally at age 64 I had saved enough to retire and with my savings in my IRA I felt secure. I had no fear that my children would not be burdened with caring for us when the time arose. I was blessed with a mind, driven to succeed and actually achieved every goal I had made for myself. Few honest people ever reach this pinnacle of success.
We are constantly asked if we are better off now than in the past by the self-ordained blood sucking saviors in Washington. Until Bush Two and Obama came along I could honestly say I have had a better life than most. I was better off each year as compound interest and long term investments were successful in maintaining my savings.
If Obama’s changes continue to improve as he keeps preaching, my savings will completely disappear before he completes his first term. If he wins another 4 years my children will not only have to take care of us, my grand children will never have a chance to even retire.
My question, especially to senior citizens, is your life these past four years better or worse than you expected?
I expect some feedback that I should have buried my savings in a fruit jar and it would all still be there. Well my 1994 dollars would be worth about $.38 cents today. If Washington keeps helping us with spending more than we have, will it be worth anything next year?
One more question. How many people, who are not working for the government, on welfare or drawing unemployment, feel they will be better off next year? I will be happy to share your names with everyone I can and I will try to sell you my “Golden Goose”. I got my goose from Washington with a promise that our government is always there to help me “out”. They just never explained what “out” was. “Out” seems to really be, “out” of luck, “out” of money, “out” of hope, hurry up and croak and get “out” of the way.
Norma and I made the choice years ago to let our four children share Christmas day with their spouses family. We were happy to have them on Christmas eve when we lived close by. On Christmas day in 1991 we moved away from all of the children to the peaceful area of deep East Texas. Believe me, Norma came kicking and crying even though two of our four were no longer close by and our youngest, Leah, had just moved to St. Louis.
Since then we have hosted them all the weekend before Christmas and often actually spend Christmas in one of their homes but not interfere with their visit to the spouses family. Our daughter, Lisa, lost her husband to cancer nearly five years ago shortly after Christmas. Since then we have had every Christmas day with Lisa and Emma, our nearing nine-year old grand-daughter in Humble or here in Hemphill.
Today they will all arrive for Christmas here and we will have Lisa, Emma and a daughter, Laurie, here past Christmas day. Our son, David, and his wife, Karina, children Blake, Megan and McKensie will only be here one night. Leah, her husband Tony, children Alyssa and Nick will get to stay until Monday. Laurie’s son, Landon and his wife, Aerin will only get to stay one night.
We have been cooking all week and are blessed with a wonderful family. I hope anyone who reads this will have the happiest Christmas holidays of their life.
This picture was taken October 9, 2010 where I attended and spoke to meeting of Auditors and staff of Quality Systems Registrars (QSR).
QSR was the first American owned company accredited to register organizations to meet ISO Quality Systems requirements in 1991. I was one of the founders and first President of QSR over 20 years ago. Currently Norma serves on the Board of Directors and we are major shareholders. One of the functions in Houston was to produce introductions of each Auditor, some specialized technical interviews and one that I made to explain how we differentiate ourselves from others. A new and exciting website will feature state-of-the-art innovations with some advanced media enhancements. This will provide our customers or potential customers an in-depth and user-friendly way to explore all aspects of our services. Even at 80 I still get excited about advanced technology and ways to ensure that we provide our customers with full “satisfaction” rather than servicing their concerns. We live by “Doing the Right Thing, Right, the First Time”. During my active career it was easy to find people doing things right the first time. Unfortunately they were not doing the “Right Thing”. By the way they were not all US government operations, who invented doing things over and over and over.The government record for every business venture they try to perform, is disaster.