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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Something is rotten in the state of California

Americans feel troubled these days. We don't have the words to explain exactly what it is that makes us so uneasy, but we know that something is wrong, like a splinter in our minds driving us mad. Yes it's Obama, I know. But it's not just him. It's the unholy alliance of so many other factors. it's the mainstream media. It's our educational system. It's the constant drip drip drip of scandal after covered up scandal. It's the litany of insincere apologies which neither excuse nor explain. It's the typical life of a politician, ubiquitously built on a foundation of lies, treachery, and greed. It's the wholesale daily betrayal of our American values by every person who has the power to betray us.

If you like sci-fi and/or fantasy, you might have heard of a bestselling author named Robert Anthony Salvatore, more commonly known as R.A. Salvatore. He's a prolific author of many bestsellers, including the many books featuring Drizzt Do'Urden. I highly recommend The Dark Elf trilogy. The very first book in that trilogy is entitled Homeland, and the following is a quotation from that book:
Station: In all the world of the drow, there is no more important word. It is the calling of their—of our—religion, the incessant pulling of hungering heartstrings. Ambition overrides good sense and compassion is thrown away in its face, all in the name of Lloth, the Spider Queen.

Ascension to power in drow society is a simple process of assassination. The Spider Queen is a deity of chaos, and she and her high priestesses, the true rulers of the drow world, do not look with ill favor upon ambitious individuals wielding poisoned daggers.

Of course, there are rules of behavior; every society must boast of these. To openly commit murder or wage war invites the pretense of justice, and penalties exacted in the name of drow justice are merciless. To stick a dagger in the back of a rival during the chaos of a larger battle or in the quiet shadows of an alley, however, is quite acceptable—even applauded. Investigation is not the forte of drow justice. No one cares enough to bother.

Station is the way of Lloth, the ambition she bestows, to further the chaos, to keep her drow "children" along their appointed course of self-imprisonment. Children? Pawns, more likely, dancing dolls for the Spider Queen, puppets on the imperceptible but impervious strands of her web. All climb the Spider Queen's ladders; all hunt for her pleasure; and all fall to the hunters of her pleasure.

Station is the paradox of the world of my people, the limitation of our power within the hunger for power. It is gained through treachery and invites treachery against those who gain it. Those most powerful in Menzoberranzan spend their days watching over their shoulders, defending against the daggers that would find their backs.

Their deaths usually come from the front.

—Drizzt Do'Urden
If you substitute a few words in the preceding passage—words like "station," "dagger," "assassination," and "priestesses"—into the associated political terms in use today—terms like "office," "attack-ad," "humiliation," and "politicians"—and finally understand that both "chaos" and "Lloth the spider queen" are merely alternative designations for the evil works of Satan, then R.A. Salvatore's sinister and dark society called Menzoberranzan could easily represent present day America.

The evidence for my preceding condemnation of America's corrupt bureaucratic system of government is both overwhelming and undeniable. Today I present for your amusement yet one more nail for our collective coffin. It's to be nailed in July 1, 2015. Unsurprisingly the latest sling and arrow of outrageous fortune wielded against every tenet of American free enterprise is again happening in the land of Babylon—or as we like to call it—California.
California became just the second state in the nation to mandate employers provide paid sick leave to employees. Assembly Bill 1522, authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), imposes this mandate upon businesses by requiring both small and large employers to provide mandatory, protected, paid sick leave to their employees.

AB 1522 enacted the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014” and provides that an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment is entitled to paid sick days for certain prescribed purposes, to be accrued at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked. The rate of paid sick leave shall be the employee’s hourly wage. Exempt employees are deemed to work 40 hours per week.
Medium and small businesses in this state who don't have the wherewithal to provide lavish benefits like paid vacations, 401K and paid sick leave, will now be forced to provide paid sick leave whether they can afford to or not. As a result prices will rise. The cost of living will increase. More businesses will shut down, go bankrupt, or move elsewhere. I can attest to the fact that for the full tenure of our current Resident in Chief, profit margins have steadily been shrinking all over the country, especially in California. This one hour for thirty represents a 3% cut in that ever-shrinking profit margin. Minimum wage laws, matching social security, overtime laws, Obamacare, and now paid sick leave. I don't suppose it will be too much longer before opening a new business in California will be a front page headline event, rarer even than a Powerball winner.

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