Well today is the day to start a new day and follow your dreams. The older I get the more and more I start to act like my parents, wtf?? I go to bed early, kids piss me off (not my kids), I can't stop watching the news. When I was a kid I hated watching news absolutely hated it! And now it's like news got embedded in my brain at such a young age I have to watch it.. The news is so depressing these days too, there's never good news. It's either war, deception, poverty, crime, rape, or dancing with the stars.. Ugg! I hate that show!
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Posted by teamransom at 8:02 AM
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Welcome back blog, it's been along time since I've paid any attention to you and I'm sorry. It started out as ransom-daily, turned into ransom monthly and now unfortunately it's ransom-decade. Haha oh well it's not actually counting the days I've been gone is it? I guess I could start by writing down a few things I've been thinking about, first things first I need to charge my keyboard so I don't have to type on this stupid tablet, second I kind of wish I could turn Facebook off and never look back, it consumes my life, it's a big waste of time, and I need some sort of Facebook support group. In reality I think a lot of people want to shut Facebook off forever and don't admit it. Think about how many opportunities have passed you by just by staring at your phone instead of looking out into the world. You never know you could have let your future wife go by or an epic dream job? We will just never know. I guess I'm done writing useless nonsense that know want probably reads any way. So good night cyber space and lets boldly go where know one has gone before.. Just watched a episode of Star Trek voyager.. Freakin love that show.
Posted by teamransom at 11:40 PM
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The 22 statistics detailed here prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence in America.
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer at a staggering rate. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world, but now that is changing at a blinding pace.
So why are we witnessing such fundamental changes? Well, the globalism and "free trade" that our politicians and business leaders insisted would be so good for us have had some rather nasty side effects. It turns out that they didn't tell us that the "global economy" would mean that middle class American workers would eventually have to directly compete for jobs with people on the other side of the world where there is no minimum wage and very few regulations. The big global corporations have greatly benefited by exploiting third world labor pools over the last several decades, but middle class American workers have increasingly found things to be very tough.
Here are the statistics to prove it:
• 83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.
• 61 percent of Americans "always or usually" live paycheck to paycheck, which was up from 49 percent in 2008 and 43 percent in 2007.
• 66 percent of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
• 36 percent of Americans say that they don't contribute anything to retirement savings.
• A staggering 43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement.
• 24 percent of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.
• Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008.
• Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.
• For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.
• In 1950, the ratio of the average executive's paycheck to the average worker's paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.
• As of 2007, the bottom 80 percent of American households held about 7% of the liquid financial assets.
• The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
• Average Wall Street bonuses for 2009 were up 17 percent when compared with 2008.
• In the United States, the average federal worker now earns 60% MORE than the average worker in the private sector.
• The top 1 percent of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America's corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
• In America today, the average time needed to find a job has risen to a record 35.2 weeks.
• More than 40 percent of Americans who actually are employed are now working in service jobs, which are often very low paying.
• or the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that number will go up to 43 million Americans in 2011.
• This is what American workers now must compete against: in China a garment worker makes approximately 86 cents an hour and in Cambodia a garment worker makes approximately 22 cents an hour.
• Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 - the highest rate in 20 years.
• Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
• The top 10 percent of Americans now earn around 50 percent of our national income.
Giant Sucking Sound
The reality is that no matter how smart, how strong, how educated or how hard working American workers are, they just cannot compete with people who are desperate to put in 10 to 12 hour days at less than a dollar an hour on the other side of the world. After all, what corporation in their right mind is going to pay an American worker 10 times more (plus benefits) to do the same job? The world is fundamentally changing. Wealth and power are rapidly becoming concentrated at the top and the big global corporations are making massive amounts of money. Meanwhile, the American middle class is being systematically wiped out of existence as U.S. workers are slowly being merged into the new "global" labor pool.
What do most Americans have to offer in the marketplace other than their labor? Not much. The truth is that most Americans are absolutely dependent on someone else giving them a job. But today, U.S. workers are "less attractive" than ever. Compared to the rest of the world, American workers are extremely expensive, and the government keeps passing more rules and regulations seemingly on a monthly basis that makes it even more difficult to conduct business in the United States.
So corporations are moving operations out of the U.S. at breathtaking speed. Since the U.S. government does not penalize them for doing so, there really is no incentive for them to stay.
What has developed is a situation where the people at the top are doing quite well, while most Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to make it. There are now about six unemployed Americans for every new job opening in the United States, and the number of "chronically unemployed" is absolutely soaring. There simply are not nearly enough jobs for everyone.
Many of those who are able to get jobs are finding that they are making less money than they used to. In fact, an increasingly large percentage of Americans are working at low wage retail and service jobs.
But you can't raise a family on what you make flipping burgers at McDonald's or on what you bring in from greeting customers down at the local Wal-Mart.
The truth is that the middle class in America is dying -- and once it is gone it will be incredibly difficult to rebuild.
Posted by teamransom at 9:10 PM
Friday, August 7, 2009
My wife and me have been living in Idaho< for about eight months now. We have had a lot of good times, and interesting cold days. It started out as a long 14-hour two-day trip, from sunny California. We were both scared and Optimistic all at the same time. We have done all sorts of fun, winter activities, some skiing, snowboarding, sledding and loved every minute of it. Don’t get me wrong though it’s nice to live in warm temperature all year around. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the best of both worlds! I need a private jet.
My dad has recently given me a 1971 GMC suburban; this vehicle has been in the family since I can remember. I have put a ton of time, effort, and money making it tip top. New bucket seats, a ton of engine parts, and few trips to the junkyard. It’s an old rust bucket but I love it, it’s taken my wify some convincing to love it to, but I think she’s coming around.
Its finally summer! I can actually go out side in my t-shirt and flip flops know, yippee. We have been doing a lot of summer activates so far. We have done a couple riding/camping trips, which are a blast I’m starting to enjoy all the camping more than riding, jk ya right. I know what you are all thinking, why doesn’t this bum get a job! Ha-ha it’s all right, I don’t blame ya! Just for the record though, for all you hatters I see a lot of “good” things coming in the near future. Yes it involves me getting a job. I have been reading that book “the secret” by opra!.
I live with my wife, sister and her two kids, and that makes me the only man in the house. I was mowing the lawn, and my neighbor came over and intruduced himself. So we cheat chatted for a while. And then asked what I do for a living? I told him, I have two-sugar mamas with good jobs, just moved here from Utah, and I am retired. He looked at me kind of funny, and said “ok you have a good day then”. I didn’t think the guy would take me serious. Now my wife, and sister see him, he’s winking, giving them the old go head, ha-ha. So the other day I see him pull up in a uhal, and starts loading up his house! I ask, “Were you moving to neighbor”. He replies “Utah” so I’m thinking to myself, this guy moving to Utah to try his hand at polygamies? So I ask him “why Utah” He replies “I have been reading this book called the secret”. It says to think positive and all your wildest dreams will come true. So I say, “Alright neighbor good luck”. A month later he comes back with three wives, including the one he had. So that’s when I started watching opra.
P.S some of this is a fictional story, my attempt to, ad-lib! Hope you enjoyed.
Posted by teamransom at 5:56 PM
Friday, March 27, 2009
Today I thought I would blog about a wacky conspiracy theory I heard the other day. You can believe this story or not. I was talking with a friend who has a friend “ya funny” who is a scientist for inl. Inl stands for Idaho National Labatories they are involved with Nuclear Energy, and Home land security.
He is 100% convinced china in the near future is going to invade California, “hahahahaha”. Sounds crazy right? Why would china invade California? They’ll invade your home; make you capitalist so you can turn your lawn into a rice paddy? California has the 7th largest economy in the WORLD! With an annual GSP of $876 billion, (Larger than Australia, Canada, Mexico, or Sweden's). Largest agriculture producer in USA--$18 BILLION. To sum it up California feeds the world, and why wouldn’t china want California.
(Sermon From The Corporate Church) - Hurricane winds pound at the gates of Fortress America and our leaders send out the order for more straw and sand to pound into the widening cracks. The harder the winds of change blow the more apparent it becomes that our “leaders” cannot lead.
I’m sure were all-aware of how many trillions of dollars in debt the United States is in. Do you know who were in debt to? “China. Feb 26 2009 Beijing, China -- Sources at the United States Embassy in Beijing China have confirmed that the United States of America has tendered to China a written agreement which grants to the People's Republic of China, an option to exercise Eminent Domain within the USA, as collateral for China's continued purchase of US Treasury Notes and existing US Currency reserves! This means that in the event the US Government defaults on its financial obligations to China, the Communist Government of China would be permitted to physically take -- inside the USA -- land, buildings, factories, perhaps even entire city’s and states - to satisfy the financial obligations of the US government. “We hate you” an actual statement from luo ping one of china’s leaders talking about the United States government. And Americans are wondering whether the "China threat" is nightmarishly real.
Do you have any wacky conspiracy theories you’d like to share?
Posted by teamransom at 9:50 PM
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Well today was church day, and do I have a lot of thing to say about church. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a preacher or a thumper, but it’s a healthy experience to have in your life once in a while. The church I have been going to is called the fist Baptist church in Pocatello Idaho. Me and my wife have been really digging the message they are trying to portray. Normally when I go to a church it’s a snor fest all the way through! But not this church? The reason why I have been interested, and impelled is there not trying to save you! “No really” the church is giving the message people are not perfect, not even the church. They started a new web site called madatchurch.com, what’s that? “Mad at church”. Most church establishments wouldn’t even go there! But this is really a different and unique message and I like it.
Posted by teamransom at 12:48 PM
Friday, February 27, 2009
Today is my first real blog, “so bare with me”. I figure its imperative my first blog be about, being unemployed and looking for things to do with your time. Obviously most important look for a job, that’s important. Second its important to get outside and get some fresh air, you start to loose your insanity if your trapped inside all day. And Third, don’t get addicted to Cheeseburgers “You will get Fat”.
I’m, sharing this info because I too like cheeseburgers. SO what have I been doing with my time? I’m having a really hard time coming up with a list but a few things are, educating myself with computer and, web design. It’s really not that easy if your Computer illiterate likes me.
Do you need a mechanic? “I’m not that guy” since I move to Idaho three months ago my car and my wife’s car have broke. Normally in good times “ not unemployed” I would take my car to a mechanic right? It got me thinking how many people out there cant afford to fix their vehicles, because there’s simply no money? My answer is being your own mechanic. Why not? Your unemployed? nothing to do? “fix your car”.
Posted by teamransom at 7:38 AM