Monday, June 16, 2008

CHANGE

When people say they are ready for "change", what is meant by this? Billy Joel said "don't go changin' to try and please me I like you just the way you are". What is it you want to change in America? Why don't you like her the way she is? Please refrain from the "Bush is a retard" comments and give me some real substance. Belly-aching about gas and housing aside, those are given. Change agents spill it...

47 comments:

namaste said...

"change agent." gosh! i remember that phrase. it seems like a hundred years ago when i was miss rah! rah! rah! in the field of social work referring to myself as a change agent. haaaaaaa! we grow up, don't we.

nik, i know this question is not addressed to me, so how was your weekend? did rob have a good day yesterday?

;)

~m

Nikki said...

Maria our weekend was very busy but the weather was great and so it was very nice too. Rob had a great day. I made him sweet rolls in the morning and he opened some presents and then we went to my dad's house and had spaghetti and meatballs, delicious. What did you guys do? :)N

namaste said...

hey nik! mother's day and father's day are not real big deals for us. so no gifts, other than extra kindness. i cooked one of his fav dishes, broiled steaks with wild rice and steamed broccoli. yummy! he did some more yard work (that man can't sit still, i tell ya!). spaghetti and meatballs sound GREAT! :)

Paul is a Hermit said...

It means, change your take home pay for one.

Johnny Utah said...

Change would be good. Sure things are great in the most powerful nation in the world, but that power is shared by so few. Don't go screaming socialist on me, but isn't it time for some trust busting Teddy style? Our national opulence is reserved for a select few, our once burgeoning meritocracy has devolved into corporate sharecropping. Change I'm for? An actually liveable minimum wage, universal health care, a required pay scale relationship between the laborers and executives of the same company. There is much to change, and much to keep.

Anonymous said...

We must put an end to no-bid contracts. That is a change I would welcome.

Anonymous said...

Instead of tax-breaks for companies that outsource jobs, we should give business tax-breaks for keeping jobs here. We need to close the loophole that allows companies to put their corporate headquarters in the Cayman Islands to avoid Fed'l taxes. This is what Mike Leavitt's family business does. Those are changes I would like to see.

Nikki said...

Johnny, Why does the power have to be distributed? Are we not a system of self determination and growth. My family is not wealthy but we have some things we want and everything we need. Why create a bitter and unhappy class system that looks to the wealthy with disdain and envy? This breeds contention between classes IMO. Minimum wage is low, however most people working for minimum wage are working for small business owners who hire part-time workers. To me it is a contradiction to claim to be for the middle class and then place more burden on small business people to pay more wages and then more tax. I only know this because I used to own a business. We payed far over the minimum and were taxed big time!
I appreciate your candor as few others have taken the challenge to state the change they want. great comment and much to think about! :)N

Anonymous said...

We need to strengthen our borders & punish companies that hire illegals. This is a change I would like to see.

Nikki said...

Anonymous, your statement is untrue. The very opposite is the reality. There are tax incentives for those who hire in the US...My husband works for a company that supplements accountants teaching them the tax code regarding this issue. thanks for the comment! :)N

Nikki said...

keep going anonymous you are on a roll! :)N

Anonymous said...

Johnny is talking about shared power not shared wealth. We already have checks and balances in place, but this administration has abused its power by being secretive and giving the finger to congress when served with subpeonas. Remember Plame-gate and the US attorney firings? I would like to see a change back to the way the founders intended gov't to work.

Nikki said...

Anonymous, regulating wages in a corporation is regulating wealth in my mind. It is also telling a corp. how to distribute its profits. Nobody gives a damn about Plame-gate...how many US attorneys did Clinton fire again? The administrations "secretive" abuses of power don't sound so secretive if you know about it. :)N

Anonymous said...

Good to know that those companies are NOT getting tax-breaks for moving jobs to India. I feel much better, thank you. If the minimum wage were raised at the same rate that congress has been giving themselves raises in the the past several years the minimum wage would be $20.00 per hour. This is an abuse of power. I agree small business should not be dictated to and that most of them pay above minimum wage. I owned a small business as well. Big corporations are catered to with tax-credits for expansion & reinvestment. High income earners have the ability to itemize cutting their tax rate down to 22-24% at times. Small business and low income earners should be empowered with the same opportunities.

Nikki said...

Anonymous, I agree with you about small business, but corporations have the burden of the job market. Employers make the world go around without big companies who employ people small business's don't exist because the spending middle class is unemployed. Congress giving themselves payraises sucks, I agree with that, especially state legislatures who raise their wages and teachers salaries remain in the toilet. :)N

CHATTI PATTI said...

Nikki Nicole! There is a huge gap in wages versus cost of living. Seems like the worst it's ever been. Unemployment is at an all time high. Illegal immigrants are setting up shop on every corner and taking jobs from us all the while getting better health care than working citizens are. Education reform isn't needed as desperately as health care reform. Anyone who is satisified with the country's moral and status is either lieing or living a fantasy for the sake of pride in their political party preference.

No one is uninformed so much that they do not understand the heirarchy of the government. It goes without say that the President is not responsible for many things, but dammit, when we vote, we sure expect some POSITIVE changes, even if it is just moral.

I won't rant on Bush, but it's like this: I can provide state of the art safety for the children and employees at my school. I can lock them in where they will feel secure and safe, but that doesn't mean that the chaos inside this safe building subsides just because of this. Oh hail, me...I provided safety....but kids are still have failing grades, bad attitudes, bad home lives, still on free lunch, still battered, etc....

Small scale of what America is like now. Yes, it's time for change....not just with Homeland Security and a war based on lies.

Nikki said...

Patti, The cost of living is going up and we must think of the business's that are the target of minimum wages. They are not big corps, it is small business who are carrying the payout of wages. Most minimum wage earners are not heads of households. Illegals, at least in AZ, are doing jobs americans will not do. Any american citizen can do what illegals do and go to any emergency room and receive medical treatment. And we already foot the bill for that one. Moral status sucks for sure, I think we all see a decline in that.
I think the change you seek is from americans themselves and not the government...which I agree with wholeheartedly. great comment. :)N

Kevin said...

Johnny said: a required pay scale relationship between the laborers and executives of the same company.

So you not only want a minimum wage, but a maximum wage as well? To what dollar amount do you think the government should limit your income?

Anonymous said...

If the fed'l gov't passes laws they should have to pay for it rather than putting the burden on states. "No child left behind" is an example of this.

Anonymous said...

Gov't should be more open. The secret meeting Cheney had with corporate heads to form Energy policy is shameful. Ken Lay was there, and we all know about Enron. Transparency is another change I would like to see.

CHATTI PATTI said...

Anon...
Excellent! Excellent!!

Nikki said...

Anonymous, what part of Salt Lake are you from and do I know you?

Anonymous said...

East Mill Creek. We don't know each other.
I would like to quit borrowing money from China and heaping that debt on my grandchildren. What is the interest rate anyway? That is a change I would like to see.

Nikki said...

Anonymous, I know everyone from East Millcreek I grew up there and everyone knows me. Keep going on your list. :)N

Smaller Govt said...

why can't democrats be content with reality, when much of reality would be in their favor? They lose credibility with this doom and gloom reason for needing CHANGE.

CLAIM -"unemployment is the worst its ever been"??

ACTUAL - while the unemp rate is up early in 2008 with the sag in mfg and construction jobs, it's not the worst ever. In fact, with the exception of only 3 of Clinton's eight years, the 2007 UE rate was the lowest it's been in ANY YEAR since 1969!

May 2008 - US Dept of Labor numbers
79,402,000 Total not in the Labor Force (only up 270k from may 07)

Of that 79M people, only 5.3M "currently want a job"?? and 1.4M "searched for and consider themselves available for work now"

I think Dems would be better off emphasizing how high the building is... without always stepping out onto the ledge. Especially when 'fear mongering' is a claim they reserve for Repubs.

Anonymous said...

Special interest tax breaks are something Americans should be made aware of before and after congress has given them to corporations. This is another change I would like to see.

Anonymous said...

30% of teachers leave the profession within the first five years. We need to give teachers a reason to stay. Merit based raises is one way. This is a change I would like to see. Is there anybody out there that would like to see something change? Is everyone that visits Nikki's site complacent?

Nikki said...

Apparently so anonymous, though you don't get too many points posting anonymously, you look a little sqeemish yourself. But thanks for spilling it. :)N

Anonymous said...

I would like to see an end to offshore tax havens. Also, if we can't end special-interest loopholes and deductions, I would like all earmarks and deductions made public.

Anonymous said...

We need to eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit marriage penalty, this hurts low income families. Anybody?

Anonymous said...

In 2003 there was a ban on enrolling modest-income veterans in the VA. This has denied care to one million veterans. I would like to see that ban reversed. Anybody?

Anonymous said...

The Pentagon survey of reservists in 2005-2006, obtained by The Associated Press, details increasing discontent among returning troops in protecting their legal rights after taking leave from work to fight for their country.

It found that 44 percent of the reservists polled said they were dissatisfied with how the Labor Department handled their complaint of employment discrimination based on their military status, up from 27 percent from 2004.

Nearly one-third, or 29 percent, said they had difficulty getting the information they needed from government agencies charged with protecting their rights, while 77 percent reported they didn't even bother trying to get assistance in part because they didn't think it would make a difference. This needs to change. Anybody?

Anonymous said...

We are a debtor nation to Mexico,UK,Brazil,Venezuala, Japan,France, Germany,UAE, Saudi Arabia and don't forget China. This needs to change & we must start paying off these debts. Anybody?

Nikki said...

anonymous, I am not sure what your point is, but blogger offers free blogger service, start your own you seem to have a few things to say. I am done with you hijacking my blog and will delete this whole thread and start to moderate my comments if need be...kindly go away or grow some balls and say who you are.

CHATTI PATTI said...

Hmmm....I think Anon is making some good points, Nikki. Why does someone have to be a registered blogger to comment? What difference does it make if the person is anon or not? I just don't get it?

Nikki said...

Patti, if looks like a troll and smells like a troll it is a troll. If I were to answer all of his comments I would be on the computer all day...plus anonymous commentors who call out my readers for not commenting back to him are Pussy's...:)N

CHATTI PATTI said...

Yes, but this troll has some good points. Just saying.

Nikki said...

Patti if you are into socialism and dissecting the tax code then I suppose they are good points. I have a hunch he isn't interested in having a dialog, but inciting readers and especially me. I have no interest. :)N

Anonymous said...

Ok. I am 39 years old. Moved to EMC from a small southern Utah town in November of 2000. I am a socially liberal fiscal conservative. I own two guns. I believe in property rights, states rights and the constitution. I am mormon. Do you want me to make up a name like the other commentators or must I reveal my full name and address? I also know that the plural of pussy is pussies, not pussy's.

Nikki said...

anonymous...thanks for the clarification on pussies, seriously spelling Nazi's suck. I am happy that you are liberal and a mormon, I am conservative and mormon. BFD. What is it you want besides to be heard. It seems as though you should be able to make your point in one long comment rather than hijacking 30+ comments on MY blog.

Rob said...

Anon is one of the unfortunately 'not so rare' Ron Paul Obamites here in Utah. Self-proclaimed socially liberal Mormons are hilarious! Forget your age, religion, and other irrelevant parts of your bio. I'm curious what you do for a living that gives priority to such an odd set of 'changes' in our country that you'd like to see. Many of your comments seemed focused on tax reform, but are nothing more than typical bumper sticker banter. Believe me, I know there are plenty of areas of the tax code worthy of discussion, debate and even changing... but you buying into the 'lower the taxes' on the poor people that pay little or no tax anyway is surprising. I'm looking forward to the debates coming up about raising taxes on the rich to pay for universal healthcare. Brother? or Sister? Anonymous - Nikki's blog is full of dissenting views by many with arguably better points that yours. However, this was a post about 'change' and what you'd like 'changed'. I'll give you credit in that at least you listed some things of importance to you. Too bad that none have any long term benefits or solutions to them. Nik - don't change anything. Trolls like this make for decent blogging.

namaste said...

holy CRAP!! who the shit stick is this anon?! take note. nikki has no ties to our administration. sounds like you need a blog of your own! easy there mr. diarhea of the comments.

CHATTI PATTI said...

pardon me while i step out of the line of fire.

Nikki said...

Maria, I LOVE your guts...literally your guts and your GUTS..hahaha :)N

Mustang said...

For me, it means ridding America of global socialists and returning politics to the point where it actually reflect American tradition and values. So, we could start with that as our number one priority and then start looking for politicians who are worthy of the term "national leadership."

Nikki said...

Mustang, we can only "hope" can't we...no pun intended. :)N

Anonymous said...

We need to close the Enron loophole. The enron loophole exempts energy speculators from US regulation. Unregulated energy speculation is what accounts for the jump in oil prices. We can't blame OPEC anymore. This needs to change.