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Updated on August 2, 2013

Help me out here.

One thing that I will NEVER get my mind wrapped around is how is it that our government believes it is somehow entitled to confiscating a portion of money earned by someone, merely because one dies? Forget the loved ones he/she may have wanted to have it. Our government is graciously allowing them to keep a part of it! Kind of makes me crazy every time I think about it.

Okay, the random question of the day………Why is it, that men have nipples? Seriously? WTH?

Why is it that we live in a time where it is NOW legal to smoke marijuana in Denver, yet illegal to drink a 44oz Coke in NY City?


Why is it, nearly every time I transport my clothes from the washer to the dryer, ONE sock always seems to manage to “disappear”? Maybe it’s just me.

If you sneak in a room and you take someone else’s money, it is called Theft. If you use a gun and demand money from someone it is called Robbery, BUT! If our government takes more and more money from one person and gives it to another by “taxing” them, it is called being “fair”!

Have you ever had one of those moments when you actually spit coffee out of your nose while reading a headline? The other morning I read THIS headline…

Feds Spend $2.7M to Study Drunk Lesbians”

That headline forced me to give my sinuses a coffee enema! Perhaps our government should do a study on the effects of this type of nasal cleansing! Why not? It just taxpayers dollars!

I mean....really?

Or how about this:

Our President, Mr. Obama is NOW declaring the month of April….National Financial Capability Month!!!

YES, that’s right! The man who has yet to work within a budget since he took office, the man who has led the growing of our debt by over $6 Trillion dollars, the man who has added more to our national debt than all previous presidents combined!

Yes, the man who has had two extravagant vacations this year and who golfed with Tiger Woods, at our taxpayers expense of OVER a million dollars…..Has the fortitude, to lecture us and our children about Financial responsibility!..... WOW!

Oh, this just in….. (Random thought)…..Piers Morgan is an IDIOT!

Enough of the negativeness…(is that a word?)

Finally, something that makes sense.

I want to take a moment and suggest to anyone who has taken the time to read this, to check out Will Starr’s hubs. This man IS a writer. He has some incredible short stories that will blow you away. His opinion hubs are bold and unapologetic. He know what he wants to say and does it with integrity.

That all I got for now,



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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi Sunshine! Ranting is something I do comes easy for me. Thanks for your nice remarks.


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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi American View, I have been very busy lately, not have had too much time to write or interact. I appreciate your kind words and I will be over to check out your latest.


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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Always a pleasure to read your purges Chris. Keep on ranting! :)

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Hey Chris,

      Have not seen you in a while, Happy to see your still around. Good hub as always. Come join us for the America Speaks out Protest.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Thanks BP!....yeah, I have heard, but I still don't want to believe we are THAT screwed up!

      See ya at the bar!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago


      I am laughing through my tears! Haven't you heard, common sense has been declared dead and totally overrated. That explains a lot. Voted up, awesome, interesting and useful(in the voting booth).

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Cantuhearmescream, I am like you, I find it hard to get too excited about his so-called generosity of 5%, when he spent MILLIONS on a private lesson with Tiger. More smoke and mirrors.

      I really do appreciate your comments and nice words.


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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hello MsDora, I always have a hard time being

      Thanks for reading.


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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi Will, I will always be grateful to you for many reasons. Your sound logic and commn sense, along with your generous attitude, you had me from the "get-go". I always appeciate you and your words.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi Bob!! Yes, as always, YOU speak the truth!

      "Government of the people by the people" and that is exactly what we are getting....when the people are so apathetic to DO what is BEST for this country, then this is what we get.

      Thanks for your kind words and your sound advice.


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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hello Ghaelach,

      I think over the last couple of decades we HAVE indeed moved closer to the European style of governing. Allowing our government to make more and more decisions on how we conduct our lives. Even though I never smoked in my life and I don't understand WHY people would want to do such a thing, I don't think our government should be butting in and making MONEY from those who choose to do so.

      I am glad to hear that you have quit....

      and I appreciate you coming by,


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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi gm! You may call yourself a liberal, but I think you have WAY too much common sense that I normally give to the average liberal too...ha!

      That is why I follow you, you do HAVE common sense....and I appreciate you dropping by and sharing.

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi Cassie, you know it DOES make you wonder if there is something we are just missing. When our tax dollars is being used to study the eating and drinking habits of lesbians.........there has GOT to be a connection somewhere, RIGHT? I mean our government NEVER wastes money? RIGHT?

      lol, hey thank you so much for coming by....



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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Hi Mike! :)

      You have a way of cutting through the cluster and hitting the nail on the head....YES, I do let the lack of common sense by people, BOTHER ME.

      I guess that is just the way things are these days.

      Thanks for your input and your advice, I always appreciate it.


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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Good morning Billybuc! It is easy to be gracious when you have so many good people on here to talk about. Will has always been a favorite of mine, he was one of the first to reach out to me and help me along here.

      Thanks for reading,


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      Cat 5 years ago from New York


      I don't know if I want to laugh, cry or take blood pressure medication!

      Obama will be signing over 5% of his salary, wow, how can he be so gracious!

      Yeah, man nipples; kind of an oxymoron isn't it?

      ...And yes, I would love to find out the conspiracy behind the sock monster.

      Enjoyable as usual!

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      Dora Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good questions! Thanks for exposing us to your rantings. Better than silence.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Why is it 'fair' to take money away from someone who earned it in order to give it to someone who did nothing to earn it?

      When a politician robs Peter to pay Paul, he can count on Paul's support. The takers in society will always vote for Santa Claus.

      Wow! Thanks so much for the mention! I was stunned to see that.

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      RBJ33 5 years ago

      Hey Chris there you go again ranting and raving - liked your hub - so true so true.

      You surely aren't laboring under the illusion that all this is new news are you? Our Government has been operating in the "mental midget" mode for decades - so what's new. We are not the greatest country in the world any longer, but we get what we deserve - "Government of the people by the people" where has the "by the people" gone. No matter how bad you think it is the vast majority of us just putt along in our apathetic life. Get in the game folks.

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Hi Chris.

      Loved this hub.

      Living over here in Europe we only get what the news papers or the television companies are allowed to tell or show us.

      After reading this hub I have a question for you: Our the same idiots that run your country, running ours as well? Because we have the same idiot rules and regulations as you have. Over here it just sounds French or German or what ever.

      An example: In Germany it is now illegal to smoke in bars, cafes, in fact any place where people congregate. You can still smoke outside in the street or in your own house. You can't smoke on your balcony of your apartment block as the smoke MAY irritate the people above you. People are staying at home as they can't smoke in the bars or restaurants. These places of business are closing down or going bankrupt every day.

      Smoking is a losers game, where the government want's people to stop. But what do they do, they take the tax payers money to subsidise the cigarette industry, an industry that they want to destroy. Hey! do I have dummy stamped on my head.

      So you see we've got them on this side of the Atlantic as well.

      Keep on coming with your rants Chris.

      LOL Ghaelach

      PS: I stopped smoking 16 years ago.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Yes, our tax monies are being spent on inane moronic stuff instead of improving our schools and other relevant things. American education is near the bottom and the government immaturely and stupidly decide to spend it on research that is totally irrelevant. I am a Liberal but ENOUGH is ENOUGH. There are some "Liberals" who believe that it is "so good" to equally distribute income. Well, I believe that if one works for it, it is HIS/HER monies to do with as HE/SHE wishes. Those who envy the more affluent and successful can be so if THEY organize and work smart towards their goals. The problem is that many people want to be rescued and have the victim mentality. They see others, society, and "the man" as problems instead of looking inward to themselves.

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      Cassie Smith 5 years ago from U.S.

      Okay, first there was the study about fat lesbians now there's a study about drunk lesbians? Is there some trend that lesbians are going to be some endangered species so they spend all this research money on them?

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      Old Poolman 5 years ago

      Chris - I love your rants and it makes my day when I see a new one appear on my notifications from Hub Pages.

      Regarding the Drunk Lesbians study: It was explained to me by someone in the know that many of these "studies" are merely a way to divert money to fund Black Ops in a way that nobody can find it. True or False? I don't know but take your pick.

      Once when I worked up in the Mountains near an Apache Indian Reservation, there was a study going on to find out why so many of the indians were severe alcoholics. This was a two year study, and everyone involved was getting paid a healthy salary plus full expenses.

      Never did they take into account that most of those alcoholics received a monthly government check, share in the winnings of the casino's, and have nothing to do all day because they don't work. So they have money to spend and 24 hours a day with nothing to do. At the end of two years, they reported: "They like to drink alcohol." That report cost the tax payers at least a couple million.

      Chris, you seem to labor under the idea that the things the government does, and spends our money on, are supposed to make sense. The sooner you can get this idea out of your head the happier you will be. In most financial matters, a grade school student could put together a better plan than what we are seeing out of Washington.

      Yes, WillStarr is a gifted writer and I had the pleasure of meeting him in person.

      Take care Chris, and enjoy life knowing it is not just you who can't make any sense out of most of what our government does.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Will Star is a very good writer and it was gracious of you to give him a shout out....that says a great deal about you as well, Chris.