The Virtual Vitamin

A Daily Dose of Insight and Common Sense

The Candidate Catch 22

Those we need to run for political office are both honest and smart enough not to.  The electorate is desperate to back a candidate who doesn’t even want to be on the ballot.  They know the responsibility and sacrifice that comes with servant leadership and surrendered authority.  They value family, prior commitments, and making a difference where they are.  We are now pleading for those with the integrity and intelligence we need to represent us, to step out of their comfort zones and step up to the plate.   For those who seek truth above power.

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don Your Day Pack

Formal instruction warps the senses, such as an image refracted in water.  But much may be gleaned from another’s perspective.  There is a difference between being taught and learning, group think and being able to think for one’s self.  Learning must be viewed through the clarity of personal responsibility.  Good students are shaped in homes, not classrooms.  They understand earning their education, without the expectation of entitlement.  To respect the value of anything, one must be willing to work for it.  Students must grasp the importance of truth and have a personal quest for it.   The mind is independent; knowledge is a solo hike.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | on Life, on Society | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse

Especially when you have a law degree.  The ratio of lawyers in Washington, DC is probably higher than anywhere in the world and even higher when Congress is in session.  One of the prerequisites for political office has become passing a bar exam.  Yet after being elected to office, politicians have no recollection of tax law, ethics, or professional responsibility. 

I haven’t read it, I haven’t been briefed on that issue, or I just found out about it this morning.

We don’t want an official statement that has been combed through and manipulated by defense attorneys.  We want the truth, simply put, and in plain English.  Legal speak only comments on the surface of the water, we deserve to know what is lurking underneath.  No more excuses.  Transparency, honesty, and respect!  Accountability begins November 2, 2010!

May 29, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Fun House

With their poll numbers stumbling in the low forties and the coming election mirroring crazy, liberals are now set on the defensive.  Congressional Democrats are now spinning on a Wipeout ride with the floor about to drop out from underneath them.  They must have ignored the disclaimer signs:  you must be this intelligent to ride, no one gets a free pass, and those being dishonest will be escorted out at the polls.  There isn’t an anti-incumbency trend; there is a pro-involvement trend.  People are stopping to pay attention and the uninformed party line voters are rethinking decades of ballot marks.  Contested primaries are popping up all over the country and by 2012 independents will have wised up and chosen a side to retain their right to be heard.  Registering independent only allows the fringe on both sides of the aisle to control which clowns are on the ballot, a strategy well-played by party ringmasters.  The real election takes place in the summer, before the circus comes to town.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oxymorons on the Left

If the product isn’t selling, change the label.  The rhetoric of the left is intentionally misleading.  The names leftist groups use to label themselves or laws are deliberately deceiving, the guile disguised in a pretty package.  Take a piece of liberal legislation, select one of the three thousand pages, water it down, sugar coat it, leave it half-baked at 180 degrees and you’ll have the title of the bill they are trying to sell to the American people and the congressmen who will never read it.  One current example is the Cap and Trade bill, inaptly named The American Power Act.  This un-American bill will restrict power, benefit other countries, and only empower regulators.   If only we could get the FDA to put requirements on the labels for what Washington is trying to shove down our throats.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs

The earmark culture in Washington brings out the kid in all of us, strapped into the shopping cart with all of the sugary cereals placed just within reach.  What we want taking priority over what we need.  We wait like children at the door asking, “What did you bring me?” $18.5 billion a year is spent on congressional pet projects to appease the voters.  With tantrums ensuing if our district isn’t getting what we feel is deserved.   We need to dismiss the cartoon endorsed packages for ones with true character and real substance.  It’s time to grow up and start buying cereal for its nutritional value, rather than the prize at the bottom of the box.

May 18, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poison Apple Pie

Almost all of the federal legislation that has been passed in the past year has been served to a public that has been falsely told they are starving.  Skipping a meal or two or a few legislative sessions won’t cause us to waste away.  Waiting to do what is right is better than doing what is right now.  The current agenda is full of bad apples.  The tainted items continue to be baked into every law that is brought to the table.  Republicans know that the dish will be toxic yet some are still adding their own ingredients into the mix.  I’m not saying that they should get out of the kitchen, but it would be nice if they would quit stirring the pot.  The American people will be restocking the pantry come November.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

They Bit the Hand

I was in junior high when we had pet rabbits.  Seemingly timid creatures when subject to the cruel food chain or kept locked up confined in cages.  One particular rabbit had full reign of the side yard next to the house.  The long corridor was about 6 feet wide and about 50 feet deep.  The large white, momma rabbit guarded her territory with aggression.  When unrestricted the bunny, that once played in the house and was easy to take care of, became arrogant and vengeful.  The man from the gas company who came to read the meter left with teeth marks in his thick rubber boots; the words “Beware of Rabbit” scribbled on his clipboard page.  The unions that once protected laborers, miners, and other tradesmen in this country have been allowed to run uninhibited and have grown arrogant and ravenous.  They blackmail and hold businesses, entire industries, and government sectors hostage.  Companies, commerce, and schools have been damaged to the breaking point due to financial injury and intimidation.  Don’t look to union leadership to sustain the companies that put food on the workers’ tables.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Debt: A Personal Perspective

A family finances view of the National Debt… with a $50,000 annual income.

Their current debt would be $309,500, over 6 times their annual income.  Annual expenses would total $83,000, adding $33,000 to their debt every year.  9% of their income is simply paying the interest.  Stimulus and bailout spending would equal $135,000, all borrowed money.  Contractual liabilities such as an outstanding mortgage or vehicle agreements would total 2.6 million dollars, allocating $39,000 per year.  And they’ve just co-signed for a few of their neighbors’ new homes, debts of $323,000.  But the present looks rosy considering rising utility and health care costs in the near future.  Cutting 100 million out of the National Budget would be equivalent to $2.38 for the year.   It’s time to get our house in order.  I don’t think credit counseling is going to cut it.

May 15, 2010 Posted by | on Economics, on Government, on Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just Not Buying It

When walking onto a car lot, into an electronics store, or answering the door for someone carrying a list of magazine titles, people know that someone is trying to sell them something.  The strategy of this administration is to sell people on their far left agenda, even if the products they are selling are not wanted, needed, beneficial, or affordable to the American public.  It is more profitable to consider their temporary political capital than the tax payer.   Their priority is the commission, not the customer.  Are we smart enough not to fall for the urgency strategy, “call in the next ten minutes”?  Or the illusion of free, “just pay additional shipping and handling”?  Or that government is the only source for what we need, “not sold in stores”?  Over acting, half-truths, one-sided reviews, and two-dimensional aspects don’t keep the phone lines jammed at 3am.  Why does the same approach work on people who are fully awake?   It is time to close the door, hang up the phone, and vote out the politicians who are trying to sell us something.  It is time they learn that the customer is always right.

May 13, 2010 Posted by | on Government, on Politics, on Society | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment