We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Look At My Handsome Boys (Men)

This passed quarter has been quite busy with both our both moving back into our home.  Junio (top) has found work in the oil and gas industry working for Lufkin.  Sid sporting really sharp pink shirt in support of breast cancer awareness is working for Arrowhead.  They are both clocking around 50 to 60 hours a week which is nice for a paycheck -- them being gainly employed leaves us missing them at home. If I hear one more person say that Texas is a great place to work; I think I will scream.

Yes, Texas has jobs for those whom wish to work in dangerous industries.  Texas has a plethora of low wage jobs that do not offer full time hours and of course no health benefits.  Both boys took minimum wages jobs until they were picked up in their new positions.  I am so proud of Sid and Junior for stepping up and learning new trades.  We just have to keep praying for their safety.

Can you believe it is only one more week until the national elections? I am so tired of the hype on the airwaves these last 6 (yes, I said SIX) years.  Personally I have a hard time believing anything thing put out by the media about how close the race is between Obama and Romney.  How in the hell does the GOP get people to vote against their own best interest?  Would someone try to explain it to me without getting nasty or rude.

I hope all of ya'll are safe and happy!
Stoking the homefires and lighting jack o'lanterns.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The 47% Who Are Really The 96%

We have all benefitted from government basically except for some children who's parents have not gotten them into the system yet.  Why is this a bad thing -- or perceived as a bad thing by the uber conservatives. 

Personally, I do not believe it is a bad thing to have Pell Grants to educate our masses. Those educated join the work force in a myriad of jobs to include the social net of helping others.  Tax credits to help parents ease the financial burden of raising children does just that: help parents to keep children in a safe secure environment in which they too will eventually join the work force. There are millions of veterans (myself included) who have taken advantage of veterans programs especially college tuition/grants. All these forms of 'government' hand ups just keep the economy moving and people working.  These 'hand outs' are not a form of social welfare Republicans are touting as a killer to our economy but, an investment in America's future.

What was/is killing our economy was living above our collective means as nation was running up credit card and buying into weak mortgage markets just to have the American dream.  Our economy is going to have to pay for the ridiculously high cost of health care and higher education.  Also sending our manufacturing jobs overseas to push corporate profits higher just because we wanted cheaper goods. (think Wal-Mart, steel jobs, car makers etc)

Finally, banker barons or wall street executives driving profits in the name 'stacked' investments and then payrolling the whole scheme through multiple layers of ponzi schemes.  Basically they were robbing Peter to pay Paul.    

Really the whole economic picture is a lot brighter or dimmer than one thinks.  It all is just a matter of prospective.  I am happy to leave you with this:
This is Sid, working his hind parts off in Eagle Pass (3 hours from home) building a casino hotel.  He is part of the 96% who is striving for a better life working 60 hours a week plus continuing his education at the same time. 
I am proud of him!

////signed Momma Hen////