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From the perceptive of an outsider who lived almost two and a half thousand years ago, a person looking upon the World today, and events that are taking place at this very moment, including that of the United States of America.
The base cause was it (The Roman Empire) failed to enforce its rule of law (Our U.S. Constitution today), and its vast territory was divided into what we refer to as States or Provinces today, they subsequently lost their strengths that had allowed them to exercise effective control over its borders and the incompetence of its Emperors (referred to as Governors today) and do nothing Ministers (Congress & Parliament today), the final blow was a wedge of mass immigration of Germans, Goths and Barbarians assailed its borders unchecked and not expelled or subjected and on top of this; different cultures, thus causing the failed strength of its economy to support mass non-productive immigrants who subsequently drained its economy. Present day observers can compare the last days of Rome as it was wrought with uncontrolled migration enforcement and pacifists and rulers who would not protect their borders which provided an invitation for mass migration into the Empire that broke down the borders of the Empire, thus the end of the Roman Empire.
Did you ever stop to think who really benefited from the dramatic raise with regard to the minimum wage earners?
The minimum wage was originally considered “entry level wages”. The concept provided the ability for the worker to elevate oneself through hard work, diligence and eventually providing for a more rewarding financial future.
Since the late 1950’s, McDonald’s Corporation is a perfect example of how this worked; as thousands upon thousands were paid entry wages are now today’s managers, or for that matter! Owners of Franchises. Many, of course, left this company, entering into thousands of companies nationwide, now with great skills in leadership, management skills, utilizing the learned experience and work ethic experience they have acquired during their tenure beginning at entry level hourly pay.
Now comes the glitch in the minimum wage.
One is out of touch if they have not noticed the rise in food, housing and just about everything else, since these new minimum wage concepts were put in place. The very people who received the increase in wages are now paying much more due to all of the increased cost of living, why?
For one thing; the employers had no choice but to raise prices on just about every item due to their increased labor operating cost. This travels down to the local clothing store, grocery, and day care, as most have very low mark-up costs, especially grocery chains. Not only has the minimum wage earner been affected by the rising cost, everyone else has too.
The real winner here is non-other than the Federal and State Governments. Why you ask? Because all who now are receiving these increased wages, are paying more in taxes. The largest obvious one being their *Social Security (SSI) deduction, which not only affects the employee, but is matched by the employer’s contribution. Further, now many of these employees are in a higher tax bracket. Sadly, these very monies (Your Money) with regard to Social Security deductions are not placed in a secure interest-bearing account for future use by you when you retire, but is now placed in the Federal Governments ‘general funds’. There is no money in the Social Security trust, just an I.O.U. Social Security is now an unfunded liability, it was not just twenty years ago, then is was a fund that kept growing until the politicians got their hands on it, this is precisely why Social Security will not be there in less than 30 years or sooner, as it likely will be bankrupt before then.
As to the States that collect **state income tax, it is a bonanza from those who now have had their hourly rate increased via the minimum wage. One more level to be considered, many, many employers facing this new fixed cost are not providing full time employment; of course, many people have had multiple jobs at the same time for the last century, plus, this is nothing new. Twenty years ago most employers offered Health Insurance, the employee paying a small part of it. today it is a thing of the past for small employers, as the cost of providing it is extreme. As to those employed by State & the Federal governments, they all enjoy annual automatic cost of living adjustment (COLA), something that rarely exist in the private sector.
There does not appear to be a logical solution out of this dilemma, not to mention the fact that this is going to eventually fuel inflation and once again, everything goes up in price, the one big benefactor being the Government coffers.
*The current tax rate for social security is 6.2% for the employer and 6.2% for the employee, or 12.4% total. The current rate for Medicare is 1.45% for the employer and 1.45% for the employee, or 2.9% total
**As an example, California income tax for those making over $19,001 is 5 % percent.
Were you aware that there are many types of lightning? There are Anvil crawler (Spider), Ball, Bead, clear-air, Cloud-to-air, Cloud to Ground, Cloud to Cloud, Dry, forked, heat, Upward lightning or ground-to-cloud lightning, Staccato lightning, and Super Bolts, to name a few.
There are three primary types of lightning, defined by what is at the “ends” of a flash channel.
The air between the clouds and Earth blocks the connection — until the charge gets so strong that an electrical impulse called a “stepped leader” shoots down from the cloud.
The leader drops in steps of about 150 feet each at about 136,000 mph, until it almost reaches the ground. That’s when an electrical charge called a streamer rises up to meet it and complete the circuit.
A lightning bolt is about 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit — roughly five times hotter than the surface of the sun!
One can approximate the distance to the strike by timing the interval between the visible lightning and the audible thunder it generates. A lightning flash preceding its thunder by one second would be approximately 1000 feet in distance; a delay of three seconds would indicate a distance of about 3000 feet, and a flash preceding thunder by a five second count would indicate a distance of approximately one mile, thus, a lightning strike observed at a very close distance will be accompanied by a sudden clap of thunder, with almost no perceptible time lapse.
Objects struck by lightning experience heat and magnetic forces of great magnitude. The heat created by lightning currents traveling through a tree may vaporize its sap, causing a steam explosion that bursts the trunk. As lightning travels through sandy soil, the soil surrounding the plasma channel melt, forming tubular structures called fulgurites. Even though roughly 90 percent of people struck by lightning survive, humans or animals struck by lightning may suffer severe injury due to internal organ and nervous system damage, keeping in mind that lightning kills about 2,000 people a year, so stay inside during lightning storms.
Buildings or tall structures hit by lightning may be damaged as the lightning seeks unintended paths to ground. By safely conducting a lightning strike to ground, a lightning protection system can greatly reduce the probability of severe property damage. Lightning also serves an important role in the nitrogen cycle oxidizing diatomic nitrogen in the air into nitrates which are deposited by rain and can fertilize the growth of plants and other organisms. The very high temperatures generated by lightning lead to significant local increases in ozone and oxides of Nitrogen. The ground has a positive charge, so the positively charged ground attracts the negative lightning bolt, and when the two meets, it produces a strong electrical current. This reaction helps our earth maintain its electrical balance as lightning helps transfer negative charges back to the earth.
Because the electrostatic discharge of terrestrial lightning superheats the air to plasma temperatures along the length of the discharge channel in a short duration. Kinetic theory dictates gaseous molecules undergo a rapid increase in pressure and thus expand outward from the lightning creating a shock wave audible as thunder. Since the sound waves propagate not from a single point source but along the length of the lightning’s path, the sound origin’s varying distances from the observer can generate a rolling or rumbling effect.
Lightning at a sufficient distance may be seen and not heard; there is data that a lightning storm can be seen at over 100 miles whereas the thunder travels about 20 miles. Anecdotally, there are many examples of people saying ‘the storm was directly overhead or all-around and yet there was no thunder’.
The United States of America is by far, Per capita, the largest financial giver to the World, yet, in return, we are mocked, threatened and knocked (in many cases that would include that of our own politicians) at every opportunity by the majority of the countries that benefit from our extreme monetary generosity, as well as military umbrella protection, along with NATO.
Amazing that no matter how much money we send to most Countries-they want more, and seem to hate us even more. Even more interesting, the United States does not seek any ownership of any parcel of land in any Country, other than that of land for our Embassies and cemeteries for our fallen heroes. The majority of Americans (it would appear) simply want to help other Countries be like America in terms of the ability to enjoy freedom and the ability to succeed and not the daily fear of tyranny in their respective Countries.
Albeit, there is no doubt that the United States has a serious habit and long record of ‘intruding’ in other Countries politics, as, should one of these Countries do the same intrusion into the U.S. politics, our government would have a conniption fit, Of course, the U.S. has been interfering in other Countries politics for a hundred plus years, conversely those very Countries-into our politics, thus a true Tit-for-Tat. Most-unfortunately, we usually cause more harm than good to these Countries due to our interference, intrusion and intervention, we certainly do not have a record of success in this arena.
In closing, the United States of American cannot win in the fight of corruption and tyranny in foreign Countries. Perhaps it would be better served to start by cleaning up the corruption right here within the sovereign borders of the United States of America.