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As my beloved Daddy used to say …

COMMON SENSE AIN’T SO COMMON. 
To that, I’ll add … particularly in the government sector.  I’ll just leave it there.  It sums up my week. 
TGIF 

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Roy and I were never raised to think we were anything other than “American”.  Yes, my ancestors came from Scotland, Ireland, Holland, and Germany … but I’m not “Scottish American”.  I’m not “Irish American”.  I’m not “Dutch American”.  I’m not “German American”.  I’m not “White American”.  Those sort of “classifications” only set to further divide us.  We’re not racist either.  We have never owned slaves or put people down because of their color or race.  We look for who they are as people.

Roy and I are at a business meeting this weekend teaching self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship, and independence.  There is every type of person imaginable here.  We all have the goal of bettering ourselves and bettering our country and bettering our world … and we are *AMERICANS*.  Period.

Those classifying terms only work to further divide us rather than help us work toward a common goal of improving our lives and that of society around us.  We’re AMERICAN and we expect those that are lucky enough to consider themselves American and to be protected by the Constitution and our military to start *acting* like Americans and stop trying to divide us into factions.  It’s just demeaning to everyone and others … not to mention the person that is trying to divide us.

Maybe that’s too much common sense for the average man and sheeple of this world though.

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We’ve all seen blaming, finger pointing, and politicization on the newest “end-of-western-civilization-as-we-know-it” crisis with which the government is trying to scare the public.  Today I saw a “march” on the State Capitol that was essentially saying someone else should pay for whatever the particular group marching wants to do, because “sequestration isn’t fair”.  Hmm, what it boils down to is that they don’t feel that it’s fair to them.  This is a regular occurrence unfortunately here on Sacramento’s Capitol Mall.

Guess what?  If we as a nation, a culture, a society, a group, a family, whatever wish to survive, it must be shared responsibility, and everyone must share in what needs to be done, not just one person or one group or one anything having to do it all for a few.  Since when has the general public become “entitled” to the fruits of what others have worked hard to obtain?  Everyone needs to understand that the only way the entire will survive is if the entire does something about it.  Otherwise, the entire will collapse.

Perhaps this is just too simple for some to grasp.  To me, it seems like plain and simple old-fashioned COMMON SENSE … or as my parents and grandparents would have called it … HORSE SENSE.  However, like my daddy always used to say … COMMON SENSE AIN’T THAT COMMON.

I work for the State Government.  I am starting to see the sequestration cuts that will go on in my department and division.  Even before this, we as State Employees have already endured cuts in the form of not only paycuts but also “furlough days” (which are really just different words for “paycut”).  We are seeing that this may affect us yet again not only as employees but also as a provider to the public.  I have no problem per se with the fact that it will since this will slow down the out-of-control spending that the Federal Government seems to enjoy.  However, we who have already endured cuts and higher taxes should only have to receive more IF AND ONLY IF other areas, other places, other programs, other people also receive the same ACROSS THE BOARD.  It shouldn’t be levied on just a few. 

I’m one of the many doing background work about this issue for my employer, and I’m by no means in any authoritative or decision-making position with regards to this, but I do have a very general understanding of it.  So, since the prior cuts and the prior tax increases have already affected me and my ability to not only make personal financial ends meet but also to handle my own financial obligations, then it is only right that everyone else should also receive the same treatment, including the Federal Government.  Why do so many think that they can make someone else carry the burden for the entire population?  It simply isn’t feasible.  That’s what sequestration boils down to, at least in my opinion.  Everyone must share the pain.  Period.

Essentially it comes down to the fact that any individual sooner or later has to “pay the piper” and meet financial obligations, or they will go bankrupt.  It’s not always easy to cut back on personal household expenditures when receiving paycuts or layoffs or higher taxes, but you do it.  SO MUST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT instead of just taxing and laying it on the backs of others.  Cut-backs must be made by all.

I guess, as I’ve said before, this all goes back to my upbringing.  I was raised to work HARD for what I wanted and to look toward the future.  I was raised to go out on a limb if I had to, like my maternal great-grandmother (Big Gramma) that moved from Pennsylvania to California on one of the first Trans-Continental Railroads for a better life and more opportunity; or like my other maternal great-grandmother that left an oppressive upper-crust household and moved to California to be free to live her own life; or like my paternal grandmother that moved from the Dust Bowl with 2 very young children; or like so many other ancestors.  I was raised to be responsible for my own success and to never blame any misfortune I had on someone else.  Perhaps that’s why, even as a college freshman at the University of California, Davis (UCD), I took a job one year as a part time, student janitor cleaning dorm bathrooms. 

I may have been raised upper middle class, but I knew how to work, and if that’s what was needed to get through college, then that’s what I would do.  I did that for an entire year, and I then found other jobs throughout college, but I worked my own way up and didn’t expect someone else to hand it to me.  These jobs weren’t easy or glamorous.  They were far from any comfort zone I may have had or anything I’d been raised to do.  However, my parents and grandparents raised me to “do what you gotta do” when it comes to getting through life.  It’s how I raised my children to be.  Keegan could have blamed all sorts of circumstances after being born with Cystic Fibrosis, but he knew that, as I had taught my children, life isn’t fair, no matter how much you wish it were.  Logan has never blamed others for having Classic ADHD, Tourette’s Syndrome, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  It’s just how life is sometimes.  Kara has never blamed any struggles she might have on the fact that she grew up with so many major medical and emotional issues going on in the household.  You deal with it.  You carry on.  It amazes me then that so few have that ability to not throw blame anywhere and everywhere.

Like I said … common sense … ain’t that common.

Common Sense, as it says below, is a Super-Power.

 

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A person steals guns (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW); shoots and kills his own mother (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW); transports these guns loaded (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW); brings guns onto school property (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW); breaks into the school (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW); discharges the weapons within city limits (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW); murders 26 people (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW); and commits suicide (WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW).

 

However, there are people in this country that somehow think passing ANOTHER LAW banning guns would protect us from someone like this.  If you haven’t noticed, people like this are not concerned about breaking laws.  They only care about fulfilling their own twisted agenda.

 

The only people who a gun ban law would impact are the LAW ABIDING CITIZENS which will only serve to cripple the ability to protect ourselves.

 

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My daddy used to tell me that “common sense ain’t that common”.

 

Now … ain’t that the dang truth …

 

 People can be so incredibly stupid.

 

 

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Roy and I are *PROUD* to be El Dorado County; State of California; residents … one of the last bastions of common sense and sanity in the once-great State of California. 

 

Sheriff John D’Agostini is a man of character and a man of fortitude.  We are proud to know him.

 

http://www.edcgov.us/Government/Sheriff/Press_Releases/A_Letter_to_Vice_President_Biden.aspx

 

 

 

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