Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gotta Steer Clear of Current Events

Every time my husband and I sit and have a discussion about the state of the economy or I read something about politics, I get angry. How did things get this bad? I can't believe that everything is rising in cost except wages. Every time the cost of fuel rises, so does everything delivered by truck. Independent drivers struggled when they were faced with $2.50 per gallon for diesel, now they're being charged $4.56. We're shooting ourselves in the foot by sitting back and doing nothing, yet what can we do? The people in Washington evidently care nothing about this problem or they would be doing something. I think they are...counting all the money they're making from this fiasco.

President Bush has been in office all this time and done nothing noteworthy. Now with one foot out the door, he's finally signed an immigration bill, trying to get offshore drilling approved, and is starting negotiations with Iran. Too little too late, George. I think you've decided if you are to leave in a positive light, you'd better get off your tushy and create an atmosphere conducive to a fond farewell and memorable legacy. I have no idea why anyone would ever want to be president. But remember, if you elect Obama, his wife can finally be proud she's an American. As for McCain...every time he opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it. Not bad for someone of his age--being able to get it up there. I never really felt this conflicted about an election. But then, we don't really elect the president, do we?

I always vowed never to discuss politics because it's a sensitive subject but I can't help myself. As an American I can exercise my right to freedom of speech and complain. I hate our choices, I detest our situation, and I feel totally helpless.

Hubby and I were discussing the dismal situation here in Tennessee and how, compared to California, people's wages are half or lower. I mentioned an article I recently read that says if you can't afford to tip, you can't afford to eat out. I was appalled. This brings up another issue I've always questioned. Who determined who gets tipped and who doesn't? Why do we tip 'wait' people who let restaurant owners screw them by paying them less than $3.00 per hour? Why are we, the general public, expected to make up the difference? I'm not saying waiters and waitresses aren't hard working and dedicated people, but why aren't their positions subject to minimum wage laws like everyone else? I shouldn't be expected to pay their salary. I didn't hire them. Make the person who did accountable for taking care of his employees. People in fast food restaurants get minimum wage and no tips. I guess that's because they hand you your food in a bag or on a tray.

Why do we tip our hairdressers but not the people who carry out our groceries. They aren't allowed to accept them. Why do we tip people who work in car washes, but not those who lube and oil our car? Who made the rules? If anyone knows, please share the knowledge.

I always tip when I get good service. I believe in rewarding people who go above and beyond. What I don't like is when I eat with a group, I get charged for a 15% tip on the bill whether or not I enjoyed my service or not. I'm a tipper, I just don't want anyone to tell me who, when or where, I have to do it.

Okay, I feel better now. Boy, blogging is therapeutic. Of course, I probably drive some of you to drink by bringing up things you haven't thought about before. *lol* If that's the case...have one for me. My medicine conflicts with alcohol...dang it!


Estella said...

I agree completely about the two candidates for president.
Obama was raised a Muslim and that scares the H**L out of me.

Molly Daniels said...

My hubby and I were talking about this too over the weekend, and decided that in November, we'll just have to decide which one is the lesser of two evils. If he votes Democrat to keep his union safe, we run the risk of inexperience. But on the other hand, if McCain wins, will we continue this downward slide?

Had an Aussie talk my ear off on Saturday about us 'Lazy Americans', and how criminal it was that our workers were so low-paid. Especially teachers and health care workers.

Ginger Simpson said...

It's scary and depressing all at once. Let's hold hands and sing CumbaYa. *lol*


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