Happy New Year to all of our readers. I wish everyone the best of 2014. For the first time ever, all 50 states had at least one town with a temperature at 32 degrees or lower.
However, what you call the "best" is a big question on many minds. Is making lots of money best? Is getting the best life partner best? Is getting promoted best? Is passing with the top grade best? The best is all about perception. What you think according to your circumstances and your needs is the best thing. However, it will bring joy and happiness temporarily. Peace of mind is key, but we do not get it all the time. Peace of mind is also a perception. So bring peace in life, and do not expect anything when you do something for others or give something to your dear ones, including from God. That may bring some peace to your mind in my opinion.
The senate has voted to extend the unemployment benefits, which will cost $6.5 billion under one proposal. In 2008, President Bush signed the law that gives the unemployment benefit for another 28 additional weeks when the state unemployment benefit expires. Right now in New Jersey, it's been a total of 63 weeks where a person could get the unemployment benefit (26 weeks state unemployment and 37 weeks emergency unemployment benefit) The senate has already missed one week, and the state will be affected by an estimated $400 million revenue, as the unemployment benefits immediately come to the circulation for economic growth.
The unemployment benefit is not free money. That is your right, and your company and you have paid unemployment insurance so at a time of need, you can survive day to day in a routine life with basic needs. However, long term unemployment benefit means it will go from the taxpayer's pocket. Some recipients are taking advantage of the system and become lazy, not even looking for work. Taxpayer dollars are being spent left and right without hesitation. Is there any cure for the system?
I have a suggestion. There should be a law that reduces the unemployment after a certain number of weeks. As for example, in the first 26 weeks the way system is now, give the full unemployment benefit as it stands right now. After 26 weeks, reduce it to 75% of the benefit, and after 52 weeks, let them receive 50% of the benefit. There are some real unemployed who are looking for job, but they are really not getting it and they do deserve full benefits. However, there are some that do not try hard and want to take advantage of long term unemployment. So, as per my suggestion, it will put pressure on the unemployed candidates to start looking for jobs seriously. I think there are many job openings, but you have to work hard and show the employer that you are serious and are an asset for his/her company.
The Secretary of State said that the peace talks between Israel and Palestine have some hope for a successful peace treaty. I have visited with 120 members, including Martin Luther King III, to Israel in 2007 as an Ambassador of Peace to find out the facts between Israel and Palestine. The Palestinians lived there and that used to be called Palestine. The Israelis lived there before the birth of Christ. A long history and long fight has been going on for more than a thousand years. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Israelis contacted France and got support, but it was not enough. Since 1967, the United States of America started helping the Jews, who control Israel right now. The U.S. is giving $3 billion every year for weapons and approximately 4 to 5 billion to help businesses and in other ways. Israel is a small country, but I found it to be safe, as their security procedure is very effective. The Israelis knows how to utilize money, and they have made a heaven in the desert. Palestine is divided into two parts, the Gaza strip and Bethlehem area, where the Church of Nativity is located. The minds are set in both countries, and it is very difficult to settle. The United Nations has made a plan for two separate states, one for Jews and the other for Arabs who live in Palestine. The plan was adopted as a resolution in 1947. It was not accepted by the ruling Palestinians, and in 1948 the civil war started. For peace between the two states, there should be an exceptionally neutral and very effective world leader. But I don't see any world leader right now who can solve the problem.
Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully ran for governor of California, but unsuccessful handled its economy. Now, another successful actor, Steven Seagal, is thinking to run for Arizona Governor. Seagal is the self-proclaimed toughest Sheriff in America, according to Politico.
Senator Cory Booker will run for the Democratic Primary on June 3, 2014 and the general election - if he wins the primary - on November 4, 2014.
Have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you next week.