The New Year Ahead

January 18, 2015

The New Year ahead will bring many changes to Patriot Express Radio. The past year I have devoted more time to my businesses and less time to my blogs. This was not my intention, however bills had to be paid. With the new year my plan is to revamp the website, upgrading the content with modern technology to have much  more information and messaging available.

This we are currently working on, within two months we should be up and running on the new platform. Just in time for the campaigning cycle as we follow what is happening across this great nation of ours.  Stay tuned as Patriot Express Radio moves into a new era, we are excited for the change. Thank you one and all.

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The Nanny State Continues

November 9, 2012

With the 2012 presidential elections finally over we find that the majority of those registered to vote and in fact did vote believe in this administrations policies.  As we watched the results both parties had highs and lows until the states turned blue sweeping across the nation showing us the nanny state continues as the president will push for higher taxes for the wealthy, more food stamps, more welfare and more of our freedoms being eradicated with each piece of legislation passed.

Boenher stated today he would not be a party to any legislation that raised taxes on the rich, the poor or those in the middle class With the strong stance we have to remember the Speaker of The House talks a the talk and doesn’t necessarily walk the walk.

In the past Boenher has caved in to give the Democrats what they insisted on even after going public stating he wouldn’t support the legislation. Here is the prime example when dealing with the debt crisis just a few short years ago he stood up in front of America vehemently proclaiming the debt ceiling will not be raised.

With all his strong talk America believed him and there was outrage among many across this nation.  Well, he voted to raise the debt ceiling not once  but three times under the current president and 7 times under our previous president. There have been many issues he took one stance and came to an agreement to change the stance without receiving what the majority attempted to achieved.

Without a budget being passed in the Senate for four years by Senate Leader Harry Reid, we can look for more of the same.  No budget, trillions in additional debt added to the nation and more fraud and waste unaccounted for.  This nation is in turmoil as our elected officials continue to spend more than we have and no one will take the needed steps to stop the insanity of continuing to spend more of what they do not have.

The saga will continue only this election the minority voter hopes and prays for Congress to get tough being accountable for their actions.  Time will tell as we patiently await the results of this election.  We won’t have to wait four years to see these results as they most likely will show almost immediately after we have the swearing in ceremony come January.  Working class individuals will continue to worry about being told what they can or can not do.  The nanny state will erode more and more of our liberties and freedoms as stipulated in our Constitution.

 


Why Are They Demonstrating on Wall Street?

October 12, 2011

For the past three weeks demonstrators have taken signs, cameras and blow horns to march on Wall Street and other venues across the nation.   As we watch the evening news reports or read articles from the major news sources it appears as though there is no real structure to this demonstration.  So, Why are they demonstrating on Wall Street?

At first glance those in the crowd with their signs are saying Wall Street caused all this unemployment, caused the housing market to crumble and caused families all across the nation to loss their lives savings.  Wall Street executives are really bad people because common everyday American’s are suffering.  So they march with signs from SEIU, WE THE PEOPLE, Change the World and a host of thousands more to express their discontent with the greed that crushed America.

We believe there is a reason to march on Wall Street however our spin is not that of those stomping the ground in front of Bank of America or any place else.  We at Patriot Express Radio believe in the capitalist society that creates jobs through innovation, hard work and a vision for the future. Anyone can succeed in America if they do not become overburdened with taxes, regulations or bureaucracies that insist you can not accomplish what it is you set out to do.

Here is the real problem as we see it.  Let’s travel back in time to a place that was so much simpler, back in time before cell phones, Apple and Microsoft.  Back to the 60’s when  the boss or President of an organization got up every morning and headed to work to make an honest living for his/her family.  Those individuals may have been owners or the company or they could have been hired to run the company but they were there to produce results that earned everyone money at the end of the day, week, year and if the times were really good everyone in the organization would receive a bonus around Christmas time. Do you remember those days?

During the 1960’s the average salary for working class American’s was $8,363.42 calculated with figures from the BLS. Those who were able to obtain the title of CEO or President of  large companies in 1965 made a staggering 24 times the average salary of the lowest paid employee according to a report by Lawrence Mishel for the Economic Policy Institute dated June 21, 2006.

Throughout the past 50 years we have seen the disparity grow as CEO’s pay increased 100,200, 300, 400 and more times what the lowest paid employee made while those employed wages only increased  2-7% over the same period or time. If you get your calculator out input your current yearly wage multiplied by 250 (the happy medium to CEO’s 400X plus increase) what would you be making?  We understand the CEO or President  of any business negotiate their benefit package according to their wants and desires.  If those in charge of hiring offer or except the package so be it, capitalism working as it should.  However when those salaries impact the decision-making and the wages of those bottom tier employee’s the repercussions are sever.  This is what the protesters should be asking or demonstration, the disparity of  abilities to pay for product.

When you walk down the aisles of a grocery store to spend some of those hard earned dollars you worked for last week you have to price shop to get more bang for your buck as times are hard with a full fledged depression looming only months away. Pick up a box of Cheerios which cost $4.56 today or a 22 ounce box. Personally I cringe every time I go to the grocery store when I look at the prices. Of that $4.56 how much of that expense we pay goes to Kendall J. Powell’s benefits of over 12 million,  Roderick Palmore’s 3.1 million salary or the other top executives making 700 thousand or more?

Last year the total sales of all General Mills products amounted to 3.6 billion dollars with cost of goods being 2.25 billion, leaving a gross profit of 1.4 billion dollars. Remove the cost of administrative salaries, selling and general expenses of 809.6 million and there remains a profit for share holders after taxes, interest, repairs and other expenses of 332.5 million dollars. Of that 809.6 million the top officials of General Mills earn less than 10% of that total.

According to Doug Polarski, CEO of Sawyer TMS, “Board of Directors are interested in CEO’s with credibility which gives their companies a greater profile when dealing with banks, securities and other Boards during the course of business.  The main focus of the Board of Directors are to offer a benefit package to candidates they can not turn down to get them out of the market as CEO’s worth their package are in limited supply.

Some advice to those out there on the streets upset with their wages, work toward a goal whether a start-up company or an existing one to learn enough about the business and get yourself a benefit package you will be happy with because in America anything is possible.


What Did You Say?

May 2, 2011

What did you say?  Did I hear you right, Osama Bin Laden is dead? Wow it has been a long time coming to hear those words as our President talked to the world about how Bin Laden expired as the Navy Seals took him out.

You realize the conspiracy theories are spewing as we wake up to our morning coffee and click on the news reports of the day.  The right-wing will be asking why the body was dumped at sea so quickly without anyone laying eyes on the deceased Bin Laden.  The rumor of the day will be we killed an impostor and those powerful men around the world are meeting together to finally finish what they have started.

On the left we will hear how it only took President Obama 2 and 1/2 years to send the troops in to get the man behind the twin tower disaster.  Those same individuals will have the election over and done with regardless of the polls which gage the sentiment of those voters who will have their voices heard in the next election. Accordingly every newscast will project Obama as a shoe in now regardless of what happens in this country, citing  his leadership on this matter.

What we really need to be looking out for is the attacks on American citizens both here and abroad.  Those who hate us will retaliate with vengeance unlike what we have witnessed in the past.  Those who hate us will find ways to infiltrate our borders which are mostly unsecure as I type this blog.  Thousands of miles of our borders are wide open. Anyone can come across with guns, bombs and any other item they feel like bringing into this country and at the present time we can not stop all of them.

I hope we as a nation will stay vigilant in our quest to remain the free country that we are and have been for over 250 years.  I hope our leaders will not surrender their constitutional duties as we travel through these new streets of justice in our country.

Remember our nation is one that has endured many trials and tribulations. We have withstood a revolution, a civil war, discrimination and assassinations of our Presidents.  We have been to space, we have invented many devices and found cures for many diseases. We are a strong and powerful nation here for one purpose and one purpose only, To be free unlike all other countries in this world. Let’s remain that way!


Salvation Army Working For US.

December 25, 2010

Last week I read an article about the non-profits working to feed and cloth Americans who are struggling. The article reviewed the administrative costs associated with each organization to clarify just how much is being spent on those in need and those working for the non-profits.

I had an opportunity to speak with a professional grant writer over the weekend and found that many organizations working to help others can do wonders with high administrative costs.  Take the American Red Cross, they raise over 3.3 billion dollars a year in funds.  They may have to pay more up front in costs to generate that type of income from donations however they have more money to distribute than they would have if they didn’t participate in fundraisers.

The Salvation Army is another organization working with a large pool of donations.  With over 9 thousand centers that help nearly 27 million individuals the charity is quite different then the Red Cross because it is considered a church.  Founded in 1865 in the slums of London to help those in the Christian community by a preacher named William Booth.  The Salvation Army continues to help in several areas that are of concern to Christian values.  They also generate over 3 billion in donations each year with approximately 75% of the funding going to the charitable causes.

Whereas a small locate non-profit may have a smaller administrative percentage because they have one office and usually no paid staff.  They do not generate billions in funding, yet they do impact the local community with their support.

My advice to others when looking to give to a  non-profit is to find one that represents the issues that are near and dear to yours. Find out how much they raise in donations and then how much is spent on salaries in their administration.  If  they only generate  a few hundred thousand dollars and have 30 or 40 percent going to administrative costs possibly you may want to look elsewhere.

 

Enjoy your holidays and we will be back after the New Year with our blogs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Terry Suominen

Patriot Express Radio

 


Heck vs Titus Debate

October 15, 2010

Let’s talk about the 3rd Congressional District seat up for grabs right now here in Nevada.  Titus is the incumbent and Heck is the challenger that would like to be sitting on the Hill come January.

Joe Heck is a doctor and military man who came to Nevada in 1990 with his wife and kids.  His stance is that we need to stop government intervention and work to address the issues now and not when they are at a crisis level as Congress now does.

Dina Titus was and educator for almost all her life.  She has been a political figure here in Nevada and now in Washington.  Her stance is that we must raise taxes or cut benefits to become solvent.  She is against illegal immigration and wants to secure the border before we can deal with those who crossed the border and now live in America illegally.

Titus responded to just about every statement that Heck made with some type of sting statement about flipping his position again and again and again.  Both Titus and Heck had a strong presence when speaking about the issues and I didn’t see a real clear winner here.

There was no knock out punch from either side. Both held their ground and pushed each other on their policies and votes over the years. Dina beat Joe up on the job issues and his statements about not being for any spending bills that would create jobs or incentivize business to invest in wind and solar energy.  Joe hit Dina with the voting record of Dina and the votes on Health Care, the Stimulus and an assortment of others.

Dina responded to questions about the cap and trade bill with no new taxes will be involved when that passes. We won’t be dependent on foreign oil.  Joe came back with the increases each individual will end up paying which will be close to $1,700.00 per family.  Dina disputed that stating no increase will happen.

The bickering back and forth wore me out. Both candidates had interesting statements of fact and fiction, you decide.  Joe Heck asked a question toward the end of the debate about how Dina would handle a student who lied or cheated on an exam refering to her ads that an organization deemed to be untrue.  Dina went off on Heck and stated what are you going to tell you constituents about you switching positions on every issue. She went off with three or four more what are you statements that were blistering.

If you are a Democrat Dina won hands down.  If you’re a Republican than Joe won with a landslide. Again you be the judge.

Listen to the debate on-line and then when you head out to the polls you can have your voice heard through your vote. Don’t let anyone every tell you that your vote doesn’t count because it does. Read my lips, “Your vote counts!” Make it happen by getting out to the polls and vote your conscience. We can make a difference with one vote, one voice.