This is going to be a long post, because there is a lot to talk about here in the State of Alabama. And if this post makes me a targeted person in Alabama, oh well, it had to be written! During the week, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke in Montgomery where he was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, class of 2014. Tim Cook slammed the Alabama leaders for granting equal rights to everyone, even those who are homosexual, and LGBT. He said Alabama was way too slow in granting rights to African-Americans, and we are now too slow in granting rights to everyone, no matter what race, sex, or sexual preference the person is. I agree with Tim Cook 100%! But it did not take long for people here in Alabama to bash Tim Cook.
Cliff Sims, who writes at Yellowhammer News, criticized Tim Cook for saying he should not lecture Alabama on how to live. Sorry Cliff, but Tim Cook was right! And today, Tim Cook came out and announced that he was gay, which is something that took a lot of courage! Tim Cook even said being gay was among the greatest gifts God gave to him. Yes, God does give gifts to every person on Earth. The gifts are different in every person, and yes, being gay is a gift, in my opinion. Sadly, many people are already bashing Tim Cook in the comments saying things like “God does not promote homosexuality”, and other similar comments. I sent out this tweet thinking what Tim Cook was really saying, I think I was right!
Let’s get things straight! First, let me talk to Tim Cook. Tim, it took a lot of guts to come out publicly. Thank you for doing that! I am glad you have pictures of John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King in your office, and it reminds you that you are changing the world for the better. Yes, Alabama has an extremely long way to go before people accept people who are different, from people who are disabled, gay, homosexual, LGBT, different skin color, and more. Yes, some people in Alabama today still discriminates based on skin color, that was so the 1960’s.
As for Cliff Sims, you also put out a tweet saying Tim Cook should open an Apple plant in the black belt of Alabama. But, there’s a reason why that won’t happen, unless Alabama changes.
You see, Alabama has had the second highest cuts to public education, the second worst unemployment drop from the recession, our prisons are about to be taken over by the feds, and Alabama has a corrupt government, I will get to Mike Hubbard in a little bit. Because the education and employment situations are in the toilet in Alabama, you won’t see Apple coming to Alabama anytime soon, because companies today are not only looking at tax breaks, they are also looking at other factors. The only reason companies like Honda came to Alabama is because of tax breaks.
Cliff, until you and many people in Alabama starts to accept everyone, no matter how different that person is, Alabama will never grow up, and instead keep getting worse and worse. Today, more and more companies are being run by Millennials, I am an Millennial. And people who are Millennials are looking at the quality of life, and how people are treated before they decide to move in. So, when Alabama has the worst quality of life issues in America, from poverty to obesity, companies are going to laugh at Alabama, and set up shop somewhere else.
So, until the government in Alabama starts to care about those who are struggling, instead of the ones who are well off, Alabama will continue to fall, down to bankruptcy. See, cutting government to hardly nothing does not work! And I believe taxes should be low, and government should be kept to small size, but Alabama has pretty much butchered their government, and Kansas tried to copy what Alabama is doing, with disastrous results! I will leave it with another tweet you wrote, sorry Cliff, many people in Alabama actually cares about making Alabama better, the clowns we have in Montgomery are going to ruin this state.
So, one clown in Montgomery who now has been indicated on corruption charges, is Mike Hubbard. Mike was charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value. Basically, Mike Hubbard was being corrupt in his office. How funny, the Speaker of the House in Alabama has been charged with corruption in Alabama, yes it went viral!
Mike Hubbard has called the charges a “political witch hunt”, and other Republican leaders went to stand by Mike at a press conference, including Mike Rogers and Del Marsh, among others. Seriously, Mike Rogers and Del Marsh, who lives in Anniston, one of the worst economic metro areas in America, went down to defend a corrupt politician, how sad! Mike Hubbard lives in Auburn/Opelika, which is one of the top performing metro areas in America. So, to keep Auburn/Opelika humming along and one of the best metro areas in America, politicians have to be corrupt, how stupid!
Mike Hubbard, you have should done the most honorable thing, and stepped down after you booked yourself in the Lee County Jail. Every politician charged with corruption since the Republicans took over in 2010, have been convicted with corruption. Yes, Mike is innocent until found guilty, but after looking over the charges, I think Mike is going to be convicted on some or all of the charges. Mike Hubbard, let me just say this, prison will be not a cake walk! And yes, these charges are an embarrassment to all of Alabama! It’s like the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz came from Alabama, where he does not need a brain to survive here.
So, I am now going to talk to people in Alabama, who needs to listen up, because Alabama is going down the tubes, quickly! In this post where I talked about 10 reasons why Alabama is in deep trouble, I talk about the many reasons why Alabama is in serious trouble, and it’s mostly because people in Alabama are mis-informed, or just don’t care when they go to the ballot box. Alabama has one of the worst unemployment problems in America, Alabama has some of the biggest cuts in public education in America, Alabama has some of the worst prison overcrowding and abuse in America, Alabama has some of the worst animal welfare and roads in America, Alabama has the longest and oldest constitution in the world, Alabama has some of the worst tax codes in America, and I could on and on, Alabama is just really messed up.
I am known by many leaders across the country, from people who run small companies, YouTube people, writers, performers, bloggers, and more. Every time something bad comes out in the news about Alabama, it gives the impression to everyone not living in Alabama that we are a backwards and stupid state. Yep, with Alabama having one of the worst unemployment rates in America, I have seen people I know in East Alabama, leave Alabama and go to states like Texas and Oklahoma. Heck for me, I have crossed the 1,260th job rejection.
Many people in Alabama are stuck in the late 1800’s, and it must change, or Alabama will go bankrupt and die on the vine. Yes, I am a Christian and believe in God, but sorry, God is not going to save Alabama. Some things will have to change, like not kicking people off of safety nets, because you think they are lazy, when there are no jobs available. Another thing that will have to change is the broken tax code, unless you want the federal government to take over everything in Alabama, and they force taxes to change. Sorry folks in Alabama, taxes will being going up, especially on the ones who are well off. Will Alabama voluntary do it, or will the feds force it is the question. I feel like I am Rick from The Walking Dead, who is trying to keep corrupt Alabama
politicians zombies back.
Yes, Alabama does have plenty of nice people living in this state. But when it comes to politics and government, we suck at that! For example, the Anniston/Oxford area has one of the worst economies in America. I have had people call Anniston/Oxford a “welfare city.” And other metro areas in Alabama are also some of the worst in America as well. This is mostly because of bad politicians and leaders who would rather keep things in old times instead of moving into the 21st century. Face it, things will have to change, either we do it voluntary, or we will do it kicking and screaming.
More and more Millennials are realizing how government should be run, and it’s nothing like how the government in Alabama is run. People in Alabama, you have a chance to change things on Election Day, but I am afraid people will keep things as “status quo.” And everyone running will just get re-elected, and that will contribute to the destruction of Alabama. Alabama, either grow up or die, it’s your choice! As for my jobless problem, I think my time in Alabama is quickly coming to an end, mostly because there is nothing here!
For example, I think my chances on getting on disability are 10% or less. Sadly, AL.com said that 3,100 intellectually disabled in Alabama are waiting on help from the state, it just shows you how slow Alabama moves. The person who did a evaluation on me thinks I would do better in a voc rehab or work adjustment program. One problem, Alabama is too broke to provide that!
So I will wrap up this post with a message to my mother. Mom, starting in January you will be starting to pay for my groceries since lawmakers in Montgomery decided that safety nets are for people who are too lazy. I think we have a tough decision we have to make, Anniston/Oxford is dead, many people have told me to leave. Unless you want to continue to keep paying for rent and soon groceries each month, it’s time for me to leave Alabama and go to other states that have better economic situations like Texas. Hopefully we can meet in person and talk about this soon, love you mom!