Don't Tread on Me

A HONEST QUESTION TO ALL AMERICANS!!!

November 28, 2012

***DISCLAIMER***
The views expressed in the following are of a personal life experience, personal beliefs,and/or opinion..The following is rated (R) for strong language and emotion.
Parental discretion is advised!!!

I have worked within the construction industry continually since i was 17. In 25 yrs 2.5 of it i had gotten a job as a warranty field manager for, (at the time) one of the nations top 5 residential home builders in the US, Canada, Germany, Had smaller umbrella companies (investment & holdings) within it, Swallowed up probably by means of leveraged buy out...(remember that word leveraged buy out for later) But they treated their employees decent for over 54 years in business..What im trying top say for a brief moment in time, for me i had arrived..I wasn't making 6 figures but my bills where paid, i had brand new Mustang GT06, i had a really nice 02 Dyna Wide Glide, (that i really loved and miss dearly) and i had a lil savings started... The Capitalist and long time CEO retires after 2 of the 2.5 i worked there..New CEO Not A Capitalist..I mean he capitalized i'm very sure...He was of the Fascist style of ownership...This guy got in just as the economy took a shit..6 months prior to my lay off he came to our division which was top $ and property collector so the more $ Corporate threw back to purchase land etc..And we had lots..LOTS OF LOTS..Man stands b4 us and says "the economy has hit some rough waters and sales have taken a huge decline. but i'm not panicking just yet..LET ME TELL YEAH WHY!!!( insert weird laugh)" And whats the first thing comes to my mind? Fucking snake oil salesman..He said, "We are the company who buys out weaker competition builders when times get rough..See (our company name) Homes has planned for just this kind of emergency.. Your division might see a 2% or less reduction in staff right away." So we had 600 plus employees in our division alone so 2% i knew my job was safe, because they will take the cuts in marketing, or make a idiotic design change in 2 story dwellings like roll out floor joists on 24'' centers.."we will save 1 joist per house saving the company $1,000's in the long run....Structurally ? not an issue. But not installing thicker OSB had my end spending $1000's in floor squeaks and sagging under tile.(when ever hardy backer wasn't used) My Job was easy, My boss told us in the warranty dept.," We do the right thing. Look for a reason to say yes.. if we do whats right ppl are more likely to recommend or buy another (our name ) homes." And after a year i was moved to the Litigation prevention team. A new team of 3 men and 1 really expensive supervisor.. But i over saw and wrote PO's exceeding , (holds pinky to lip) ONE MILLION DOLLARS...Sorry i went all Austin Powers..New CEO said so i would say its safe to keep ur $ in (our name) Homes stock.'' We made through the recession of the early 90's and pro's dont see this as being that bad.." So i make the cut and 13 ppl are laid off our transferred (demoted) to another dept if applicable..but 13 got the ax..See i was aware (our name) Finance Corp was partaking in competing with the big banks, Freddie & fanny etc. (Capitalism right??) and lending Millions to families who in no way could afford it at interest and people where paying $700,000 for a house that lists for high 200,00 now...Why do we pay $700,000 for something they say is only worth 200,000? How does a basic automobile cost in excess of $10,000?? Because "the market " says it does?? (Right now Mussolini is rolling in his grave saying "I KNOW THE ANSWER" A month later 75 got the ax..But that would likely all we see in our division..2months later 182 including myself got the ban hammer..had enough saved to live over 2 yrs not cutting costs much..Keeping $ or spending it wisely is something i know 0% about..Just being honest..However i know when i'm getting fucked...and this same people are fucking you, your parents,sisters, brothers,your children, grand children, aunts uncles.Etc..Dictionary.com defines Fascism as
( sometimes initial capital letter ) a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism... Mussolini was quoted as saying.'It was named wrong, it should be called corporatism ..So i rebound, my friend who's at the time a 27yo wise ass who i worked with and supervised from 02 to 04 he started a Insurance content restoration comp in the height of this depression face it folks recession it is not..In my humble opinion we are far worse on a wider scale then the great depression.. Far worse..And it does well. Does well Didnt say managed well..i started 2 months after his first job.Him and his newly wed wife (who is my age 39 at the time) partners... They offered me a decent salary to do their furniture restoration for almost 3 yrs b4 shtf and it died they divorced...so twice this depression has tagged me..So i thought i need to try something new, and without dong my research enrolled in a for profit college owned by the Washington Post. (Good ol Donald Grham) CFR, Bildaberger, Lets just say "HE'S ONE OF THEM" You know when the whacky conspiracy theorist says "Thats Their Plan"? Whos, Their? Mr Grham would be considered on of Their..Now i realize the for profit college scam really well, am in debt $17,000 but i did finish top of my class and went to 1 interview and got a job...Funny thing, the big companies they no longer share their huge profits with the guy doing the work...So i am trapped in debt, employed by a company who has to have certified and insured employees. You Betcha i not only have school loans i have to pay yearly for my license and my own insurance..and i make $15.00 per hour IF I HAVE A CLIENT...Thats right if my daily wage is less then minimum wage then we get that....And i for one question the ethical or legality of the contract the members sign..
Now my new employer is owned by Roark Capital Partners, They specialize in leveraged buy outs..Just the name leveraged buy out says it all..no notice was given to the workers but we did have to sign a few more informed consent forms..Informed consent is something you all should familiarize yourselves with...Here's my point, this once was a great nation, a constitutional republic to be exact..Today we are a corporate Fascist nation, ruled by corporations. They pick our CEO's ,presidents, congressman, senete..Here let this guy explain it
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t1u9gSTw3I

Still not convinced? Hey a new strip mall is going in. What stores will be there? Subway, Verizon wireless, panda express, coldstone, walmart, A jack in the box, a conoco gas station with a circle K inside? Or any other combination. I live in Calif where it is almost a crime to open your own ma and pa store.And if they do open they are squashed by the huge corporations. This is the goal for the whole nation. Fast food, GMO's, fluoride in your water. Contain and control...With all do respect to Texas and it's people, i must ask that Texans bite their tongue before they blast off, "NOT IN TEXAS".. May i remind you of the presidents your state has produced and what damage they have done to this country. or Enron. or much corporate corruption that involves your state..
WE ARE FUCKED....Now i have made many good friends who still have faith that we can still fix this with a vote or a politician. WE CAN"T...
So we work for and we feed this Fascism. Not only that we give them informed consent to do as they please to us..Some of you will argue we need to just stick to the constitution and i agree..But what constitution? The UN? So heres my question,
How many of you work for a big corporation and feed the beast and consent to whatever it is they want to do to us???Be Honest, no time for bull shitting yourself anymore..Now what say you?

1 year 11 months ago

Rusty, you know, it might not be such a bad thing to throw that resume into the pot. If there is to be change for the better, management is the place. It's a tough call though. You can make the lives of the other employees better with at least some kind words from time to time, but it could really be way too much stress on you. Good luck with your decision.

1 year 11 months ago

First of all Sue, out here the great majority in the labor pool are all minorities. That sentence makes no sense. We are union which is not really an advantage for reasons we can discuss later. The two major areas my colleagues shy away from are the Army Corps of Engineer's Safety Manual EM-385-1-1 and certified payroll we see most often on Davis-Bacon jobs. The Army is in the lead for the overbearing and unreasonable award.

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1 year 11 months ago

Sue I damn the letter because it's content has been misused and misunderstood, paving the way for another avenue of tyranny.

1 year 11 months ago

Okay Gregory, you do live in Camelot :) Multiply that by 5 and apply it to work you do for private businesses too. Compliance issues are an example of jobs Obama has created. They are busy work that are relatively simple, but time intensive. Except for that equipment thing. Yes, that's expensive.

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1 year 11 months ago

I see your point about the misuse of phrases in the Constitution. The common defense and general welfare are two of the worst abuses. These are what grew the authority and costs of our federal government out of control.
Common defense has rendered the most tyranny. It has cost far too many lives, ruined our reputation, put us in serious harm and it's the excuse the federal government uses to intervene into every aspect of our lives.

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1 year 11 months ago

Camelot? Not sure about that but we are definitely behind the curve. When I arrive in '94 the line clearance industry was 10 years behind what I was taught in CT. Helped me rise quickly and opened doors for me. I do count my blessings on that regard and cannot imagine how you folks are expected to turn a profit and stay afloat under the regulatory yolk. Do I have that wrong? Are the rules designed to cause failure?

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1 year 11 months ago

There's a thought that never occurred to me. I've long seen the abuse of general welfare but never thought of common defense as being abused. Having spent the lion share of primary education in parochial school and not having attended college i have avoided the indoctrination usually found in public education. However, growing up on military bases with my Father as career Air Force has turned me into somewhat of a hawk. Never until this morning had I thought of that as brain washing.

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1 year 11 months ago

Being behind the curve is Camelot. The future is not pretty :)
Now we go to "My Fair Lady"? "By George, I think he's got it!"
Yes, regulations, going all the way back to the Sherman Act achieve the capability for government to manipulate winners and losers. Simple common sense and hard work does not easily survive the well monied.

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1 year 11 months ago

Now for the essential discussion. Let me begin by saying that when someone answers the call of their country it is an act of honor and courage. It is however the obligation of the citizens to watch the backs of these good people and we are failing miserably.
We are allowing our government to exploit our brave troops and commanders for the cause of global governance.

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1 year 11 months ago

You're coming at us fast Sue. We have two big issues on this thread now and I've got to go get crews out. Sounds like you're operating in contractor hell. I'll have more later but did want you to know that EPA and DOJ are together on island to ensure all DOT projects are compliant with the clean water act. Let me repeat that, the Environmental Protection Agency is here with the Federal Department of Justice to ensure compliance. I won't be long before we catch up on the curve.

1 year 11 months ago

And it doesn't look like it. We can't make the definitive and verifiable connection. It's Agenda 21 come home to roost.

1 year 11 months ago

Sue i wasnt speaking on your behalf i was speaking on my own to Joseph

1 year 11 months ago

I know that Rusty and I was just mentioning that it was nice of you to respond like you did because I wanted to make sure you understood that I wasn't including you.
My point is that I am sick and tired of the religion card tactic. I should not be put on the spot and accused of Godlessness every time I address a governmental/political issue in a post that doesn't contain scripture. This is not a religious forum. It is a political activism forum.

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1 year 11 months ago

Sue, I have to agree with you, the FEDERAL government needs our prayers, not our sermons, then you begin to trample on the rights of others. In order to form a more perfect union, we need to check our motives! You almost need to have a group consciousness meeting every year to make sure we aren't getting off the limited government page. I serve God, but what we talk about is just between He and I, if you ask, I'll tell you, but otherwise, lets get this Party started!!

1 year 11 months ago

Well said Annette...

1 year 11 months ago

"We don't make a move anymore without appeasing government standards. Yes, I think it's the wave of the future. I hope the states that are not in the stranglehold that Illinois is in keep fighting for freedom. Here in Illinois we are already a fascist state."

Same is true for Hawaii Sue. Let's hope the red states can hang on.

1 year 11 months ago

I'm not sure that the color matters Gregory. Most of the regulations we've been dealing with have come out of the Bush administration and the Clinton administration and so on and so on. Obama is doing a great job moving it all forward, but he didn't invent it.
Reagan gave us the Nation At Risk Report and that was the beginning of the end of our schools.

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1 year 11 months ago (Edited)

red blue left right repub dem = ALL THE SAME

1 year 11 months ago

Sue YOU ROCK you know that?

1 year 11 months ago

We DON'T appease the government standards, but then again, when the tornadoes tore up a little town in our state, FEMA said, "Oklahoma WHO?"

1 year 11 months ago

Before we all go 12/21/2012 [Mayan calendar] we should take time to realize this is our fault as well as the politicians.

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1 year 10 months ago
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