Thursday, July 16, 2015

Work, Work, Work

Bush lll wants Americans to work more hours, but doesn't want to pay them overtime.

Huh?  What?  How the f*k does THAT work, J.B.??

And how about a little fact check, here buddy?  Americans work more than anyone else in the industrialized world!  More than the British, the French, Germans, Norwegians, and even - lately - the Japanese!!  We take LESS vacation and even retire later.  Check out this chart:

How much more blood, sweat and tears do you need, Bush?

And for a lot of hard-working Americans, more work leads to more stress.  Without time to unwind, take care of your home, spend time with loved ones, enjoy our hobbies, connect with friends, we're hardly engaged in the pursuit of happiness.

It doesn't take much intelligence to understand that - for most of us - you can have either a lot of money or a lot of time, but you can't have both.  So, most of us struggle to maintain whatever balance we can.

And if you don't already know, let me dispel this old myth for you:  quality time.
There is no such thing.  You might think you can make up for lost family time by taking everyone to the water park, but you're just fooling yourself.  There are only good times and no times.  You can't buy time.  If you've neglected your spouse and family because you thought it was more noble to put in countless hours at work, that's your choice, but time passes more quickly than you imagine.  When we're young, we think we've got endless time, but when you've reached 50 or 60, you realize that most of your time is now behind you.  So, you choose how you want to spend what you've been given.

While I certainly haven't worked as many hours as some people, my running average during my career was just over 50 a week; alternating between 48 and 53.  So, I definitely was never slacking.

I'm not suggesting that you're a bad person if you choose to work more; I just get a bit pissed when pompous, rich frat boys like the Bush brothers - who were born INTO wealth - run off at the mouth about how the rest of us need to buckle-down more. 

House members worked only 113 days last year, at a base salary of $174K each!  

What the f*k, J.B.!?!?

1 comment:

  1. I work a full-time job AND a part-time one, give time voluntarily to various community efforts (serve on two non-profit boards) and still eke out time for my kids. And I am not alone, since there are workers holding down multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. So, the LAST thing I need to hear from ANYone is how "we" need to work more. I definitely 'consider the source.' ~ Blessings! :)