Ever have one of those days when it is SOOO difficult to be upbeat and positive. It’s like trying to swim with winter boots on. I try most days to be that person but today I just gave way to how I feel about things that I have come across recently that truly make me scratch me head. I often wonder if the contents of this list is partially the reason I am going around with less hair on my scalp.
1. We have a ‘death’ tax in the province of Ontario. Is it not enough that I am taxed till my pockets are empty but now I have to pay from the grave. The Wynne government is responsible for this rendition of this little gem–they slid it through when no one was looking. There is now a person, usually the executor I believe, appointed to assess the assets of you estate that are left over after all the other buzzards have finished picking your bones. This person places a figure on the things that can’t be protected or that haven’t been spoken for in your will (only those things that are willed directly to your spouse are protected) and you pay a tax on this pile of stuff including donations you might make to charities. Not only do they tax your stuff but they want the money paid faster to the government coffers. This means that your estate has to pay the tax as a ‘deposit’ as soon as the executor files for the paperwork. If there is any money left over after the assessment is made they, our government, will give you back the surplus. Isn’t it bad enough that you are dead but now you have to pay for the privilege or rather your family does. How about NO friggin’ tax at all or maybe a government sponsored ‘send off’ when you draw your last breath. Sort of a ‘thanks for dropping by thing.’ Oh yeah–Ontario has the highest Death Tax Rate in the country.
2. People who wear their pants half way down their butt cheeks–really–and this is supposed to indicate what–being ‘cool’? Purchase a fan if you want to be cool man. I really don’t care whether you wear briefs or boxers–Stanfields or WalMarts. Show some class and self respect if not for yourself then for those who have to look at you. Your parents must be proud.
3. That children are not free enough to go outside and play or ‘be kids’ without a cell phone strapped to their little heads. If they are old enough to get around on their own they are not free enough to go out and play with their buddies without having to worry about some pervert snatching them off the streets in broad daylight. Some freedom. Criminals have more freedom than the non-criminals. Something is very wrong with this picture. Bring back the 50’s and 60’s when a kid could go out in the morning and show back up at lunch or dinner and no one thought anything about it. It was not because the parents didn’t care but rather there was no NEED to worry.
4. With all the people making the big money there are fewer and fewer role models for our children. Now let’s see–on the male side of things we get the ‘Bebes’ and on the female side we have ‘Miley’. Oh good. With this pair our kids have been saved from narcissism and a complete lack of social cognizance. If you want to be at the top of the heap at least understand that it comes with a price called leadership and modeling some semblance of decent/appropriate behavior. However, that seems to be a concept that is truly lacking. Greed and entitlement have become the norm it seems.
5. Real and actual health care for seniors is becoming more difficult to find. I was a bit shocked to find out that a Labrador Retriever has a much better chance of getting an appointment to see a vet–be referred to see a specialist–be scheduled for surgery and then get lined up for re-hab 8 times faster than my family members–Whoa that can’t be right–can it? And they are telling us that things are getting better? For who?
6. People who sound as though they are intelligent and articulate their positions and opinions well but in fact have really said nothing at all. I think that many of our politicians have taken this course.
The last two are examples of how we have either lost or distorted our perspectives when dealing with human nature. We really have become a society of ‘rules and punishments’ with little room for common sense and learning lessons to take their rightful place.
7. Pedro fails high school English.
1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2015 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by the state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. The ACLU files a class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from the core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but is unable to effectively compete for good paying work because he has difficulty speaking English. ????
8. Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him and may administer basic first aid.
1957 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2015- Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
That’s my rant for the day–I feel better now.
Anyways, that’s how I see it–all the best, Jim
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