Normally I try to stay within the Nevada state line and don’t get
involved in other states, letting them talk about their issues and fix
their own problems because I believe we have enough problems of our
own, like trying to overthrow the dictatorial regimes in the Las Vegas
Valley Water District, a.k.a. LVVWD, and Las Vegas Valley Water
Commission, a.k.a. LVVWC, as well as making Nevada Power, a.k.a. NV
Energy, aware that we are not as dumb as they think we all are.
However, California, our neighbor state to the south, is too close to
us — the communication and the relationship between California and
Nevada is very tight, and many times what happens there, affects us
and vice versa.
Also, the close relationship between US Senator Majority Leader for
Nevada and his “twin sister”, Democrat colleague California
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, could become dangerous to the health of us
all, kind of like second-hand smoke.
Recently Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was quoted as saying this:
“We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and
minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal
immigrants in our country who need our help, along with millions of
unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profit taxes could go a
long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would
like to have as ‘Americans.’”
(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) ‘Lower your
retirement; give it to others who have not worked as you have for it.’
In other words, share the wealth; if you have worked hard in your life
to be able to own two cars, it’s not fair that someone else doesn’t
have a car to get to work, so give him one of yours.
You go to work every day, but at the end of the week you should help
someone to obtain “the standard of living they would like to have as
‘Americans’ by giving half of your paycheck to someone who might buy a
six-pack to sip while spending the night watching television so he
won’t feel like getting up in the morning to go to work — or even
pretend to go out looking for a job.
I am an immigrant who came to this country with a real visa stapled
into a valid passport, on a first-class Pan-American Airline flight,
almost sixty years ago, so I am not trying to look better than anyone
else in my position.
However, in all the years I have been in this country I have never —
let me say it again: NEVER — collected unemployment, which I could
have if I wanted to because that is money that the government took out
of my paychecks every payday.
Never have I collected welfare, food stamps, free medical, hospital or
any other government help that I have not worked for.
When I came to this nation — and by the way I came here for political
reasons and not for financial reasons — I listened to English radio
stations not because there was no Spanish radio station, but because I
wanted to improve the English language I had learned in my own
country; and I dated American women.
I left my country because I did not want to live in a socialist
country; I liked to live comfortably; I liked to drive luxury cars
every time I had the opportunity and the means to maintain them. I
liked big spacious homes and dressed in style; I lived what they
called the American Dream with my own money — but I don’t like to
share my money (give it away is more to the point) with anyone under
order. What is mine is mine — that is why I don’t gamble because I
don’t want to give my money to anyone, and I don’t think I would like
to have a government pimp.
What really surprises me about these red-socialist congress people and
senators is that they want everybody to “share their wealth,” but they
don’t give up any of the money that they get for being socialists at
the expense of the American people.
In fact, not too long ago, when the government was shut down claiming
lack of money as one of their political games, I don’t recall any one
of them giving up their salaries; they were getting their money as
always, and playing games with the American people.
All government departments that involve high ranking operations were
not closed; only the offices that affect the low income citizens and
those who depend on the government’s charity to survive were closed.
Those people in power and in better economical positions are the ones
that give the least. Steve Wynn, it has been said many times, is
considered very generous, giving all kinds of money to different
charitable organizations, but what the people do not know is that
every employee at Wynn’s properties is being forced to “donate” money
to those charitable organization so later Steven Wynn could get the
If an employee refuses to give money from every paycheck to whatever
organization they are collecting for, the supervisor or the manager of
the department will get very upset with the employee because “it will
make me look bad” — so either donate some money, they are told, or
don’t ask for favors like early out or extra days off.
I am sure that if Steve Wynn can get away with forcing the employees
to donate money to his favorite charity, other hotels and casinos will
soon follow suit.
I don’t want to sound like a socialist because I am far from that, but
every time I hear a government employee saying that there is no way
they can live on less money, I would like to remind them that some
people would be happy to make in a year what they make in three
If anyone is unable to live on $3,000 a week, which is $156,000 a
year, they must be doing something wrong; either they have a very
expensive habit, a high priced mistress, or a gambling problem.
They are supposed to be working for the government because they want
“to give back to the community,” but in reality the majority of these
government employees don’t know what it is to sign a check on the
front — for them signing a check is always on the back.
If you don’t believe me, ask city councilman Ricky Barlow if I am
right or wrong; he always signs the checks on the back and is able to
support a family and maintain a luxury car such as a Mercedes Benz.
Councilman Barlow is an expert on that high appearance living and he
doesn’t even make $2,000 a week; so if he can live a decent life with
less than $2,000, those making more than that should be able to
I believe that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi should put her money where
her mouth is and take half of her healthy paycheck and share it with
the illegal minority and unemployed people in her district, thereby
living the real meaning of another well known American quote, “Charity
begins at home.” That way she can be a shining example to the
residents of California and not be a bad example — or give any
unfounded ideas — to her Nevada idol-neighbor.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column
appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him
at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at (702) 699-8111.
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