Ten Rules to Live By

I do sympathize with the many who question my intent as they try to ascertain my motivations and political positions. “Do I want a political office,” writes one beleaguered email sender. “You want publicity,” writes another. “You want to stay in the times of the caveman,” says yet another.

I read and listen to such things with humor because it would take a lifetime for many of those people to understand what and why I think the way I do. I was doing much of this work before I ever entered the Lakota School Levy issue, and I’ll be doing the same work long after it passes. It just so happens that time and fate have intersected over the issue of education funding.

So as a contribution of insight I offer something I wrote back in 2004 in my book, The Symposium of Justice. It’s the Ten Rules for Living as displayed in the back of the book and discussed in the chapter called, The Overman. (Hint, this is where the term Overmanwarrior comes from, the term reminds me of these ten rules) It is my hope that this list might provide the needed insight for those that seek an answer to their lingering queries.

The following appears on page 187 of The Symposium of Justice, Cliffhanger’s Ten Rules to Live by

1. To honor women, they are the pillars of society.

2. Stand as an example of the highest moral order.

3. Avoid mental depletion such as intoxication, and ignorance.

4. Pursue learning like a person on fire pursues water.

5. Live with integrity, where values are in line with behavior.

6. Live the given life, not the dreams of others.

7. In a crisis handle everything calmly and without confusion.

8. Be capable of firmness in the heart.

9. Sorrow is everywhere, accept it with a smile.

10. Resist hiding in numbers, stand as an individual contributor.

I wrote the Symposium of Justice to teach my kids the values I wanted them to carry into adulthood. But I offer it to anyone looking to improve their life. I live by those values and it has always worked for me. When you are living by those principles, no amount of money, no official title, and no peer acceptance can surpass the benefits. The key to fixing the world is within you. Fix that and you fix the world. . All such things are purely cosmetic aspects to a social existence. Participation in any and all will ultimately lead to an empty life laced with dissatisfaction. So read of the above list what you will. Live your life and maybe make your own list. Because one thing is certain, and that is nothing is truly certain. All you truly ever have is what you build inside yourself and can therefore offer others in the form of relationships.

No school, political party, or career choice can give you that

Those are the values I live by.

Rich Hoffman
http://twitter.com/#!/overmanwarrior www.overmanwarrior.com

Michelle Obama’s abuse of the American Taxpayer

In America, we do not have royalty. We do not want royalty, and we do not want to pay for royalty. What you are about to read will disgust you. Below are the costs that the American Taxpayer must contribute just to Michelle Obama, whom I would proclaim shouldn’t be paid any of the below costs. Not a single dollar. First is the cost of her direct staff and their positions. Second is the cost of her trip to Spain followed by the sum. It should be of note that she is the first to have a staff this large. These costs are completely foolish expenditures.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s Servant List and Pay Scale
The First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants (That’s 22
Attendants to be exact)

1. $172,200 – Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff)

2. $140,000 – Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and
Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

3. $113,000 – Rogers, Desiree G. (Special Assistant to the President
and White House Social Secretary)

4. $102,000 – Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President
and Director of Communications for the First Lady)

5. $100,000 – Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President
and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady)

6. $90,000 – Medina , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First

7. $84,000 – Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to
the First Lady)

8. $75,000 – Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance
for the First Lady)

9. $70,000 – Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects
for the First Lady)

10. $65,000 – Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social

11. $64,000 – Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social

12. $62,000 – Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and
Events Coordinator For The First Lady)

13. $60,000 – Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Director of Advance and Trip
Director for the First Lady)

14. $57,500 – Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to
the First Lady)

15. $52,500 – Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press
Secretary to The First Lady)

16. $50,000 – Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special=2 0Assistant for Scheduling
and Traveling Aide to The First Lady)

17. $45,000 – Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of
Correspondence For The First Lady)

18. $43,000 – Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social

19. $40,000 – Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of
Staff to the First Lady)

20. $36,000 – Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social

21. $35,000 – Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant)

22. $35,000 – Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of

Correspondence for the First Lady)

The total cost is $1,591,200.00 per year just for the First Lady.

There has NEVER been anyone in the White House at any time who has
created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation
of the First Lady’s social life. One wonders why she needs so much
help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary only had three; Jackie
Kennedy one; Laura Bush one; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower, social help
came from the President’s own pocket.

Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and
“First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air
Force One to Europe .

Now let’s look at her August trip to Spain.

Air Force 2 Round trip $180,000.00
Air Force 2 on the ground for 5 days $250,000.00
Hotel and Meals
Per diem $75,000.00
Limo cars $70,000.00
Overtime pay $150,000.00

Total $1,025,000.00

Total cost spent just on first lady on these two issues $2,616,200.00

This is a person that doesn’t understand that she’s a public servant. I would argue that all First Lady’s should not exceed what their family budget allows. None of the above is necessary for the nations business and should have been paid by the Obama family. 

Not the tax payer. 

Rich Hoffman