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FINDING RELIABLE POLITICAL POLLS

INTRODUCTION

My quest for reliable polls began with the presidential polls used for the 2016 presidential election.  With only two exceptions, they were completely wrong.  If you knew those two exceptions in advance, you could have predicted the outcome of the election.  I did s0 and therefore was 75% certain that Donald J. Trump would become our next President.  It was really simple:  I looked at the polls that accurately predicted the 2012 presidential election.  There were only two, one of which polled daily, the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll.  Therefore, I only believed the Rasmussen poll, which I checked daily.

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I thought that the reason for the poor poll results was simply the media funding fake polls in order to create a bandwagon effect for their politician.  However, I decided to examine polls and find out why they differed so much.  The following is what I learned:

a) The design of a poll can easily create any outcome the pollster wants.  For example, the pollster determines what percentage of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents s/he polls.  These percentage largely determine the results of a poll.  Most of the recent polls used 24% of Republicans although the 2016 and 2018 election exit polls showed 33% of Republicans voted…which explains why they were so wrong.

b) Whether the poll is of: a) all adults, b) registered voters, or c) likely voters,  is the next most important factor in determining the results of a poll.  Only half of all adults vote, 80% of registered voters, and over 90% of likely voters vote.  The most accurate poll of the President has been the Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll which polls likely voters.  As of 7/9/20 it has President Trump at 45% approval.

c) The way in which poll questions are worded can significantly influence the results of the poll.  For example, a question can be worded: 1) do you approve of the President? OR 2) do you approve of the President’s job performance? OR 3) do you like the President? OR 4) etc., etc., etc.  Often poll questions are deliberately ambiguous and therefore the results can’t be trusted.

d) How many people you poll is very important in order to get a representative sample.  Nothing under a 1000-person-poll is very reliable.

e) How you select the people to be polled is very important.  For example, only selecting people from the inner city would result in an overwhelming number of people favoring a Democrat and would not be a representative sample.  Same is true for a poll conducted of New Yorkers only.

f) Who is sponsoring the poll is extremely important.  A poll funded by the New York Times, Washington Post, or CNN will not depict a Republican President favorably because those newspapers and TV station have a partisan agenda and are therefore unreliable.

CONCLUSION

I’ve attempted to show how polls can be manipulated to shape public opinion rather that guage it.  I believe that most political polls are seriously and deliberately flawed and therefore I don’t believe them to be reliable.  Past performance is the best way to judge a poll.  For example, the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll I believed to be the best of all of the Presidential polls, based on its past performance in both the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.  Looking at past performance, therefore, is the quickest and easiest way to determine how accurate or misleading a poll is.

HOW TO DETERMINE FAKE NEWS

 

How do you know if news is fake?  This question was especially important in following the Kyle Rittenhouse trial where the mainstream news media as well as CNN and MSNBC were atrocious in continuously misstating the facts.  I know this because I watched some of the trial and heard the facts.  What’s to be done? Over the years I originated the following:

First, you need to consider the source of the news and ask yourself, “how does the journalist know what s/he is telling me?”  Many sources are simply someone’s conjecture being stated as fact.  If journalists were completely honest, they would begin many of their opinion pieces with something like, “I believe,” or “I think,” rather than stating what they think as fact.

Second, you need to look at access.  Most of the time you hear journalists, with no special access to the President, report on what the President is thinking.  Once again, you need to ask yourself, ” how did they get their information?”  It usually is speculation stated as fact.

Third, you need to look at the track record of the journalist for reporting factually.  After observing a potential source of information for accuracy, I decide whether to continue to use that source, because it’s very time-consuming to double and triple-check every fact (so I need to know who I can believe).  Fox News’ Brit Hume, Bret Baier and Laura Ingraham are three of the sources I trust. Mainstream media, such as ABC, CBS, and NBC simply could not be trusted for reporting accurate information about anything involving President Trump.  Cable channels CNN and MSNBC are even worse to the extent that they are simply left-wing propaganda channels.  OAN (One America News) is mostly straight reporting of the news and reports about four times more news that any other TV channel.

Fourth, I avoid journalists who also are not truthful.  Being partisan is O.K. as long as the reporting is accurate and truthful.  For example, MSNBC’s Rachel Madow is very partisan and is not truthful, while Fox News’s partisan Sean Hannity is truthful, so I can trust Hannity but not Madow for accurate information.

Fifth, there are many other sources, including bloggers and radio talk-show hosts, who are great sources of solid information.  Radio talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh, now deceased, immediately comes to mind as someone who was a reliable source of accurate information.  Washington Examiner’s investigative journalist and chief correspondent, Byron York, is a great source.

Sixth, the very best source is the original, real, actual source of information, the kind you see on CSPAN-1, 2, or 3, not most journalists or reporters.  Subject-matter experts, like Gordon Chang and Michael Pillsbury, are great sources for information on China.  The best source for what President Trump said was President Trump.

Seventh, Bernard Goldberg’s books, Bias and Arrogance, and Bob Kohn’s book, Journalistic Fraud, are but a few of the books that document how biased the news media is.  Everyone should be extremely careful taking anything from the mainstream media as factual and accurate.  The very best source to check on what sources are accurate is the Media Research Center (MRC). “Factcheckers” are usually worthless.

CONCLUSION

Critical thinking is essential to determining whether a piece of news is real or fake.  If you are extremely partisan or are emotionally engaged for either side, looking at the news objectively is very difficult, but is possible if you really want to know the truth.  You need to take shortcuts for determining fake vs. real news  because thoroughly going through an analysis each time you hear a news story takes too much time that most people do not have.  My shortcuts are essentially watching and listening to credible, accurate and truthful sources.  With Kyle Rittenhouse I watched some of his trial and concluded that it was clearly a matter of self-defense, though it was imprudent of Kyle to go to the Black Lives Matter riot.  On the other hand, if you simply watched the reporting of the trial, you probably think that Rittenhouse was guilty.

Finally, be cautious in quickly accepting as fact anything you hear or read.  If it sounds crazy, perhaps it is.  The media has an agenda and usually doesn’t even report those things that don’t fit into its agenda.  It is disheartening to see but it’s today’s reality.  Eternal vigilance in scrutinizing the media is necessary to keep the media honest at simply reporting the news rather than fabricating or twisting it; our decisions are based on the facts we believe to be true; therefore, it’s very important to determine which news is real and which is fake.

 

MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME!

Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The 2008 Supreme Court decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, ruled that the Second Amendment actually conferred an individual gun ownership right.

Are you pro-Second Amendment or anti-Second Amendment or somewhere in-between?  Are you for reasonable restrictions on gun ownership?  Where you stand on the gun issue really doesn’t matter much because most of the dialog surrounding this issue is simplistic and/or deceitful and/or political.

Why?  Because most of the measures which have been discussed and adopted have proven to be ineffective.  John Lott, author of the book, More Guns, Less Crime, is the very best authority on what works and what doesn’t, but have you heard his name even mentioned in the gun debates.  His research over more than a decade is explained in his book and should be the foundation of gun laws, not the political posturing that is going on around the country aimed at voters and guaranteed to do nothing except make matters worse.  Most people are not expected to know who knows what they’re talking about and who doesn’t, but the media is expected to know, but it either doesn’t or it doesn’t want to.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution allowing an armed citizenry was adopted by the Founding Fathers as a safeguard against government tyranny.  They wanted this because democracies eventually morphed into dictatorships, and with a standing army in the United States, this was a real possibility.  Fear of a dictatorial government is just one reason why emotions are so high surrounding the issue, especially with Venezuela  becoming a dictatorship, having banned guns to the general public in 2012.  Not many politicians will admit it because it sounds unbelievable, however, this is the heart of the issue: big-government Democrats want as much control of guns as possible, and limited-government Republicans want the minimum amount of control possible.  The major reason for many gun owners to have guns is the capability guns provide in protecting oneself and one’s family.  Other reasons are hunting and target shooting.

I bought my first handgun while living in downtown Washington, DC.  Washington banned even owning a handgun when I lived there.  However, I decided to break the local law and purchase a PPK (James Bond’s gun) after a close friend and neighbor had his head busted open by four hoodlums. Not too long after this I was attacked by three hoodlums just outside of my apartment.  Consequently, my wife and I moved to a safer neighborhood.

We subsequently moved to a mountaintop in Colorado, located about one hour southwest of Denver.  While working in front of my property one day a motorcycyle gang drove past me which got me to thinking that I could not protect my wife and I for the one hour it took for the sheriff to find and get to my home.  Consequently, I purchased a shotgun,a semi-automatic rifle, and a larger handgun.  Since we had no children and neither I nor my wife ever became hysterical, I kept all of my guns loaded and ready to use.  I considered them insurance and they made me feel much better about my ability to protect my wife.

You can see that my interest in guns has to do with protection.  The Second Amendment gives Americans that Right.  If you’d like to learn about the statistics that prove that more guns mean less crime, read John Lott’s, More Guns, Less Crime, and you’ll have the information you need to decide what needs to be done to help control gun violence. Another great book defending and justifying gun ownership is Dana Loesch’s, Hands Off My Gun.

THE EVIDENCE OF 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FRAUD

The evidence that President Trump won the 2020 election by a landslide is overwhelming, yet you often hear that there is no evidence or that State courts looked at it and found nothing.  In this post I describe some of the evidence supporting this:

  1. The State Courts’ and the Supreme Court positions against President Trump are irrelevant because they didn’t even hear the evidence by claiming (erroneously) that President Trump and the 22 State litigants didn’t have standing to bring their lawsuits.
  2.  In her book,  “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized our Elections,” brilliant political analyst details how Mark Zuckerberg gave $419 million to two far-left radical organizations that then used the money to infiltrate and buy off election offices in the large cities in the “Battleground” states which then swayed the election to Joe Biden.
  3.  In addition to the traditional Democrat Party fraud, which began over 150 years ago with Boss Tweed in New York City politics, the type and magnitude of the massive election fraud in the 2020 Presidential election was unprecedented. China remotely reprogrammed electronic voting machines in Battleground Cities in Battleground States to flip millions of Trump votes to Biden votes.  The real election results were Trump 80+ million votes to Biden 68 million votes.
  4. The best compendium of most of the fraud was prepared by economist Peter Navarro, Ph.D., one of President Trump’s advisors. The report is 82 pages and has three volumes: volume one is called “The Immaculate Deception,” volume two is called “The Art of the Steal,” and volume three is called, “Yes, President Trump won: The Case, Evidence, & Statistical Receipts.” I had to use the “DuckDuckGo” search engine to obtain a copy.
  5. Time magazine published in its February 15, 2021 edition, a lengthy article, entitled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.” It documents the manipulation, State law and Rule changes, etc. that Left-wing groups perpetrated to assist Joe Biden to become President.
  6.  After the election, Rudi Giuliani went to the “Battleground States” and held hearings with members of those State legislatures and listened to poll workers testify to the fraud they witnessed on election night.  I recorded over 20 hours of testimony.  .
  7. After the election, Mike Lindell (“the Pillow Guy”) pulled together many experts in computer science and cyber-theft, demonstrated in a few 2-hour presentations how China, by reprogramming the electronic voting machines, flipped millions of Trump votes to Biden votes.  Presented were numerous screen shots of the actual IP addresses in China of the sender and in the U.S. precincts where they were received and the number of votes flipped.  I recorded it when it aired on the T.V. station, One America News (OAN)
  8. All Republican political leaders know from bitter experience that they must win elections decisively; otherwise, the election fraud committed by the Democrat Party will ultimately prevail (see Hugh Hewitt’s book, If It’s Not Close, They Can’t Cheat).
  9. Ad Infinitum…

There is no question that the 2020 U.S. Presidential election was stolen with significant help from China.  The “Big Lie” is really that it wasn’t stolen.  Mainstream Media, Big Tech, and the “Deep State”  have all assisted in this corruption.  Nothing less than the future of the Republic is at risk unless election fraud is stopped.  The Left cannot win with its insane policies; it can only win by using fraud and deceit.

 

DEMOCRAT PARTY IS NOT LIBERAL, REPUBLICAN PARTY NOT CONSERVATIVE

INTRODUCTION

Everyone knows that the Democrat Party is the liberal (or Progressive) party and the Republican Party is the conservative party.  But is this true?  I don’t think so.  Here’s why:  the Democrat and Republican parties stake out positions on many issues, most of which are neither liberal nor conservative.  It is much more accurate to characterize their positions as being either Democrat or Republican positions rather than liberal or conservative.

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For example,  is the $29 trillion U.S. National Debt liberal or conservative? Of course, it’s neither!  How about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?  Once again, a safety net for the elderly and the poor is neither liberal nor conservative.  I could continue on but I believe I made my point.  However, I can successfully argue that a strong military is favored by the Republican Party and a weak military is favored by the Democrat Party.  In addition, non-enforcement of our immigration laws is a tenet of the Democrat Party and strict enforcement is a tenet of the Republican Party.  Once again, these are not liberal or conservative positions but are simply political party preferences.  Another example, Sanctuary Cities are favored by the Democrat Party but are not favored by the Republican Party.  Another, man-made climate change is a Democrat idea, whereas Sun-caused (Solar-Flares, Sun Spots, Weak Solar Cycles 25, 26) climate change is a Republican idea.  Abortion is supported by Democrats, anti-abortion by Republicans.  None of these positions have anything to do with liberalism or conservatism so why muddy the waters?  Call them what there are: positions taken by either the Democrat Party or the Republican Party.

CONCLUSION

I think the language that is thrown around against both liberals and conservatives is sloppy, irresponsible and misleading and it needs to stop because it confuses voters.  Voters need to know what each political party stands for with much more precision and clarity so that they know exactly what policies they are supporting.  Calling voters names is what some people do when they can’t make intelligent, logical, and cogent arguments to support their positions.  I can’t find much to suggest that the Democrat Party is Liberal or Progressive, and that the Republican Party is Conservative so let’s call political party positions Democrat positions or Republican positions and drop the liberal and conservative labels. They are misleading.

 

WHY I STILL RESPECT FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP

Why would I respect and admire President Trump?  Here’s a few of the reasons why.

  1. President Trump every day made America great again by signing Executive Orders and laws to increase America’s prosperity, defenses, security, etc.  His tax cuts law, for example, revived the economy to the point where the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), until the Coronavirus lockdown, was routinely over 3% every month, though under the Obama Administration  never was over 3% for any year over his 8-year Presidency.  GDP measures the size of the economy. The tax cuts for people, businesses, and corporations, plus the cuts in regulations resulted in the lowest unemployment rate in history for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans, as well as an extremely low unemployment rate for all Americans.  President Trump spent over $700 billion in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 for the military which had become seriously weakened by President Obama’s starving it for financial resources during his 8-year presidency.  His Veterans law allows veterans to see any doctor and receive Federal reimbursement.  His “Right-to-Try” law enabled fatally-ill people to get experimental drugs as a last-ditch effort to save their lives.  He made the U.S. energy independent through Executive Orders abolishing Obama’s harmful over-regulations.  He built 500 miles of 30′-high wall along the southern border to protect Americans from drugs, terrorists and criminals.  Etc., etc., ad infinitum.
  2. He fought back hard when unjustly accused, which is far different than many, timid, gutless, Republican leaders.  Not only did he fight back, he continued to push his agenda, which was to help all Americans, despite the relentless attacks and misreporting by the Mainstream Media, academia, Hollywood and Democrat Party leadership.
  3. President Trump did what’s in the best interests of the U.S., far different than his predecessor, who put politics first.  For example, his insistence for a border wall was absolutely essential for national security and to stop drugs and terrorists/criminals from mixing in with other immigrants, thereby easily crossing the border to illegally enter the U.S.
  4. He regained America’s place in the world and was not timid in leading, unlike his predecessor.
  5. He has a wonderful wife and impressive children, which says a lot about him.
  6. He talks bluntly, unlike most politicians, therefore there is no need to speculate on what he really means.
  7. Although very wealthy, he did not put on airs and is not pretentious.
  8. He was loyal to his supporters and his political party.
  9. He called out the media for misreporting and even fabricating news, which was far different than many spineless Republican leaders.
  10. .He planned, organized, directed, coordinated, and controlled the huge effort to protect the public from the Coronavirus and then restarted the economy in an effort to bring it back to its recent former prosperity.                                                                 

 CONCLUSION

President Trump was a different kind of President.  He accomplished in a day what most Presidents take a month or more to do, if ever.  He was fearless and did what needed to be done to help all Americans, regardless of the consequences.  Because he was not a politician, he made some basic errors in handling tricky situations, however he improved the United States so dramatically and so quickly that I cannot help but respect and admire him.

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HOW IS PRESIDENT BIDEN GOVERNING?

President Biden has been President for seven months…it’s time to analyze how he’s doing so far.  I’ve been following closely and believe the following are a few of his most serious failures:

1. The southern border of the U.S. has been overrun by illegal immigrants from over 100 countries.  Had President Biden completed the southern border fence, which would have been done in just a few months had he not stopped its construction the day he was inaugurated President, most of the illegal immigration could have been easily stopped.  In 2021, there will be about 2 million illegal immigrants entering the United States. The Biden Administration welcomes this because about 2/3 of all immigrants vote Democrat.

2. Inflation last month has risen to 5.5% due to the huge amount of unnecessary deficit spending by the Biden Administration and the Democrat Congress.  Moreover, the Administration and Democrats in the Senate and House are attempting to push through Congress two huge spending bills:  A $3.4 trillion “green new deal” and a $1.2 trillion “Infrastructure” bill (which contains only 23% for infrastructure).  This will bankrupt the U.S.

3. The President has withdrawn from Afghanistan in such a disorganized manner that left hundreds of Americans and tens of thousands of Afghani allies in Afghanistan.  Moreover, $80 billion in military weapons and equipment were left behind at our airbases and are being used by the Taliban, with some being sent to China and Russia to be “reversed-engineered” in order to be reproduced by these countries.  The most significant mistake by the President was to order our seven military bases closed and their soldiers to depart before evacuating all Americans and our Afghan allies that assisted us (leaving no deterrence to the Taliban, Isis, etc.).

4. The Federal Government has ceased leasing Federal lands for oil and gas.  In addition, construction of oil and gas pipelines, like the Keystone Pipeline, has been terminated. Energy prices have consequently soared and gas prices increased over a dollar a gallon in just a few months.

5. The Biden Administration, as well as Democrat leaders in Congress, are racially dividing the U.S. for political purposes by supporting critical race theory and the 1619 project.

6. The Biden Administration supported the “defund the police” movement led by the far-left, radical group, “Black Lives Matter.”

7. The Biden Administration supports covid-19 lockdowns of in-person learning in schools as well as lockdowns of small businesses and restaurants which has led to many financial bankruptcies.  It also has authorized the Federal government to pay an additional $300/week on top of the States’ unemployment assistance, giving a financial disincentive for the unemployed to return to work.

CONCLUSION

The aforementioned are but a few of the numerous deleterious actions that President Biden has taken.  All of them have made Americans and America weaker.  I believe some of them go beyond incompetence and that it’s time for House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, in the House of Representatives to attempt to bring Impeachment charges against the President and then for Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, to attempt to have the Senate conduct an Impeachment Trial.

 

MANY POLITICAL LEADERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE ECONOMY WORKS

The Democrat and the Republican parties have completely opposite ideas and policies on stimulating the economy and creating jobs, but it’s difficult to understand how this can be.  No longer simply theory, but proven time-and-time again to work, cutting tax rates and cutting regulations stimulate the economy and creates jobs to the extent that the additional tax revenues generated from the rate cuts can exceed the cost of those rate cuts.

President Kennedy did this, as well as Presidents Reagan and Trump.  Why most Democrat Party doesn’t understand this, but instead stick with Keynesian economics which allegedly doubled the duration of the Great Depression in the 1930s?  Moreover, many Democrat Senators and Congressmen and women embrace Socialism, which has destroyed every economy that has fully embraced it (currently Venezuela).  Understanding the economics of it is so simple that I can only conclude that the Democrat Party doesn’t want to get it, but why not?

One of the constituencies that the Democrat Party claims is the poor.  The Democrat Party’s policies, however, keep the poor being poor.  On the other hand, “Supply-side” economics (see Milton Friedman’s book, Free to Choose)  pulls up many of the poor into the working class, middle class, and some will even become wealthy.  When this happens, they frequently no longer vote Democrat.  It’s therefore in the Party’s self-interest to keep people poor, keep them victims, keep them envious and vengeful, have them believe they’re the victims of racism, discrimination, etc.

Another reason that the Democrat Party  wants everyone to be poor is that it strongly encourages equality of results or outcomes (called equity, not equality)  and with their preferred economic system (socialism), everyone except government and and political officials, will be eventually equally poor (ask citizens of Venezuela).

The most recent evidence that this is so is the relentless attacks against the huge Trump and Republican tax rate cuts, using the phony pretext that the cuts only benefited the wealthy.  Since the wealthiest 1% of the population pays about 37% of Federal income taxes and the top 10% pay about 70%, they receive back the most in dollars, though they are just a tiny amount of the population.  In addition, lowering the corporate tax rate from the very highest in the world, 35%, to a much lower and more competitive rate, 21%, benefits not only the stockholders of the corporation but all of the people that a corporation employs, as well.

It’s far past the time that the Democrat Party changes its posture on stimulating the economy and creating jobs based on reality.  Actual great results have been achieved every time by reducing tax rates and regulations and usually pay for themselves in generating greater tax revenues.

MUGGED: racial demagoguery

I read Ann Coulter’s book, Mugged, and learned a lot of new information from this lawyer and best-selling author.  None of the information surprised me but it was insightful reading Ms. Coulter’s relentless array of facts.

Basically, Coulter contends that very few of the racial incidents in the last 50 years have been racist (civil rights battles were mostly won before the seventies thanks to the Republican party); instead, they were racial hoaxes, perpetrated  by demagogues for various reasons and motives.

One of the most important facts that Ann Coulter shows in her book, Mugged,  is that all segregationists were Democrats and that the Democrat Party fought against Civil Rights legislation for 100 years going way back to Abraham Lincoln’s time when Lincoln and his Republican Party ran on an anti-slavery platform.  This is not news to us who know American history but is big news to the millions of Americans that have been deceived and now believe the racist propaganda politicians advertise.

Another very important and horrific fact brought to light in Ms. Coulter’s book is the fact that a major consequence of every racial hoax is the slaughter of whites by young black hoodlums seeking revenge for what they hear and believe to be true about the (phony) racial incidents (Google: “Blackout Game,” “Polar Bear Hunting,” “Flash Mobs”).

Why do I believe the aforementioned to be true?  First, because I trust Ann Coulter in accurately portraying the facts.  Second, because I not only worked for many years assisting minorities in combating discrimination as a Federal collateral-duty EEO Counselor and then as a Federal collateral-duty Hispanic Employment Program Coordinator, but also have closely followed many racial incidents, including Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in Ferguson.  In addition, because I have personally experienced discrimination for almost fifty years based 0n my physical handicap (left side of my face paralyzed, numb with left eye sutured shut and left ear deaf).  Since I did not have this malady for my first 25 years, I’m able to compare how I was treated by most people before I had a handicap to after I had a handicap which made me look different (racial differences do the same).

“Mugged” gives the details of many racial incidents, such as the Tawana Brawley rape hoax with Al Sharpton’s involvement.  I believe that some minor racism still exists, but there are many politicians and race hustlers  exploiting race simply to get your vote, such as the current  very toxic “Critical Race Theory” (which contends that all whites are oppressors and all blacks are victims) and the”1619 Project” (which contends that America was really founded to further slavery, contrary to what the Declaration of Independence says).

 

HOW DEMOCRAT POLICIES HURT IMMIGRANTS, MINORITIES, AND THE POOR

For the past 75 years the Democrat Party has promoted itself as being for the poor, African-Americans, and the “little guy.”  Today’s modern Democrat Party days that it is the self-avowed champion of illegal immigrants.  I contend that it has and is actually hurting illegal immigrants, the poor and African-Americans and is no friend to these groups.  This is how it is doing this:

  1. Because illegal immigrants will work for lower wages, they push down the wages that employers pay to their other workers, many of whom are legal immigrants, unskilled workers and the poor.
  2. Through Democrat propaganda that says that African-Americans are continually discriminated against today, many believe that they are victims and buy into the victimhood mentality and adopt defeatist attitudes and don’t even attempt to excel and achieve the “American dream” because they were brainwashed to believe it’s useless.
  3. About 30% of female migrants traveling north to cross the U.S.’ southern border are raped along their journey, so encouraging illegal immigration hurts many women.
  4. Mexican cartels use illegal immigrants crossing he U.S. border to distract Border Patrol agents so that they can smuggle illegal drugs into the U.S. much easier, so open borders is very harmful to Americans.
  5. Human trafficking is rampant through the southern border and is facilitated by the cartels.
  6. When its advocacy of a $15/hour minimum wage is adopted, like in Seattle, many “starter” and beginning-wage jobs are eliminated (like in Seattle), thus removing the first step of career ladders that unskilled workers need to join the workforce.
  7. The Democrat policy to outlaw guns denies law-abiding poor and minorities the capability to defend themselves from criminals with guns, which is especially important to them because crime is usually high in their neighborhoods.
  8. Democrat advocacy and funding of Planned Parenthood, whose clinics are mostly located in Black neighborhoods,  support abortions in line with the Eugenics movement promulgated by its founder, Margaret Sanger.
  9. The Democrat Party encourages and advocates dependency on government as one of its major methods of recruiting and retaining its voter base.
  10. The Democrat Party believes that “the ends justify the means” and its Democrat Presidents consequently have done many illegal acts such as using the IRS and Justice Department to combat its enemies (see Mark Levin’s 2019 book, Unfreedom of the Press).  This sometimes results in their being impoverished, like general Michael Flynn.
  11. Democrat leadership in all cities where they govern have inner cities, mostly of minorities, that are crime-ridden, dilapidated, and impoverished.  This is a direct result of Democrat policies of Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities, easy-on-crime, banning guns, no-cash bail, high taxes, not supporting local police, rent control, etc., etc..

The Democrat Party has targeted minorities, illegal immigrants, and the poor but their policies have actually significantly hurt them.  Once these targeted groups realize this, there should be a backlash. The mainstream media, a Democrat support group, however keeps this lie alive.

BAN PARTIAL-BIRTH AND THIRD-TRIMESTER ABORTIONS

Wherever you stand on the abortion issue, partial-birth abortion is probably abhorrent to you, because after 6 months in the womb, there is no question that a fetus looks like and is a baby.  A baby not yet born does not have the protection of the law, however, but  this is only a technicality…it’s a baby!  You don’t think so?  Look at a Sonogram and watch the little one move around, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy!

My knowledge concerning partial-birth abortion began with Robert Bork’s book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah.  One of the chapters in Bork’s book discusses partial-birth abortion and includes a gruesome description of the procedure.  This sounds like a straightforward issue so why the controversy and the politicalization and why is it still legal to abort a baby during the third trimester of pregnancy, especially since there are many couples waiting to adopt infants.  At the very least, partial-birth abortion is infanticide but is not illegal because the baby has no legal rights since it has not been born yet.

Over 61 million babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1973; over 1.5 billion babies were aborted worldwide since 1980…some of these were partial-birth abortions.  When Judge Bret Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate to sit on the Supreme Court, taking Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat, the political left attempted to make the case that Justice Kavanaugh would try to overturn the Supreme Court abortion decision of 1973, Roe vs. Wade, although Kavanaugh referred to that decision as “settled law.”  However, now that the Court is comfortably conservative, we might see a minor revision to Roe vs. Wade, specifically a ban on late-term or partial-birth abortions.

The Democrat Party successfully attracts women to be part of its base using the abortion issue and accounts for the gender gap between male and single female voters.  However, I believe that partial-birth abortion is detested by majorities of both genders and by majorities in both major political parties.  The first six months of a pregnancy should be enough time for anyone to decide whether or not to abort a pregnancy, thereby rendering partial-birth abortions unnecessary.  It’s time to end this horrific practice.

PROUD TO BE AMERICAN

With attacks to nationalism and patriotism coming from all sides, I thought it appropriate to provide some of the reasons why Americans should be proud that they are Americans, especially since our public schools usually only teach the misdeeds of the U.S. since its inception in 1776, but none of its numerous great achievements and countless acts of kindness and heroism.  Americans have many reasons to be proud, a few of which I cite below.

Our founding fathers were initially reluctant to secede from England, but after repeated failed attempts at reconciliation, decided to do so.  They explained their reasons for secession in the Declaration of Independence.  Since slavery was legal and prevalent in America under British rule, America inherited slavery and had to keep a limited form of it in order to have the Southern States ratify the Constitution and join the Union.  Seventy-five years after the Constitution was ratified by the 13 Colonial states, the  U.S. fought a Civil War to rid itself of this evil.  It cost the U.S. 650,000 lives, including that of President Lincoln, who was assassinated shortly after the war was over.  Had President Lincoln lived, reconstruction in the South would have been much easier.  In fact, there  remained significant systemic racism in the U.S. until the 1960’s and  the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.  Despite this, America survived, overcame its problems, and prospered.

So why exactly should Americans be proud to be Americans?  What is there to be proud of?  To begin, the United States helped to save Europe from Hitler’s Nazi Germany in World War II.  In addition, it saved about a million Japanese and American lives through its judicious use of the atomic bomb, which shortened the war.  After that war, in the Cold War, the U.S. prevented the Soviet Union from instilling communism throughout the world (with all of the poverty and suffering that accompanies it).  These examples are not anomalies…the U.S. has come to the rescue of peoples throughout the world to liberate and assist them.  To be sure, America has made mistakes, but its intentions were usually good.

There are countless examples of the United States helping other countries and peoples throughout its history.  In addition, its medical and technological advances have made life easier for everyone on the planet.  A useful way to look at it is to imagine a world without the United States.  Who would be the superpower that was also a republic whose franchise rested with the people?  The U.S. military has no equal and as such many would-be evildoers are kept at bay, knowing full-well, that if the U.S. got involved, it would destroy them.

Aside from the greatness of America, its people are the most generous in the world, so when disaster strikes anywhere in the world, Americans run to their checkbooks and credit cards and give until it feels good.

From its inception, America has stood for liberty and freedom around the world.  Our Statue of Liberty is recognized all over the world as a symbol of freedom.  It was given to the U.S. by France because America stood for freedom and was a role-model for France, as described in Alexis de Tocqueville’s book, Democracy in America.  A simple measure of the desirability of the United States is to see that millions of people from all over the world want to immigrate to it.

America is an exceptional country.  Its people should be proud.

DEFEAT THE DEMOCRAT, PROGRESSIVE LEFT

NY City Tammany Hall leader “Boss” Tweed, 1860’s-70’s

Although I’m more conservative than liberal, I try to be even-handed in my writing.  However, the Left has become so radical, and even criminal at times, I think an article that is not even-handed is in order and appropriate. The following is a brief summary of what I believe has and is happening to adversely affect the Democrat Party:

1. President Biden used to be a moderate Democrat for most of his political career, but he has governed  as a far-left radical after becoming President of the United States.  His policies are difficult to understand and appear to all be geared to hurting Americans and the U.S.  Examples of this include his dismantling of the myriad of immigration and border policies that kept illegal immigration very low; putting America in huge debt by wasting trillions of dollars in allegedly helping Americans get over the pandemic; dividing America along racial lines by supporting and funding Critical Race Theory; weakening our military by not providing it without enough funds to keep up with inflation; by removing economic sanctions from our adversaries such as Iran, China, and Russia.

2. Mainstream Media has become so dishonest that absolutely nothing it says about former President Trump or President Biden can be believed.  It is also guilty of “bias by omission” since it reports next to nothing that makes former President Trump look good or President Biden look bad.

3. Democrat Party leaders refuse to debate issues but instead make “ad hominem” (personal) attacks against Republicans.  The reason for this is that their policies are absurd to the extent that they cannot be successfully defended from arguments against them.

4. Democrat policy positions on everything, from Immigration to Healthcare to Tax  Cuts, are disingenuous and are geared solely to further the Democrat Party at the expense of the American public.

5. Far-left Democrats should commend President Obama because he did their bidding by trying his very best to drastically weaken our military, economic system, and Healthcare in order to further his Socialist agenda and that of the Democrat Party (by having a large permanent poverty class dependent on the government for basic subsidence).  He (and President Biden) also allowed large numbers of illegal aliens into the U.S. since most will eventually vote Democrat, and Obama doubled the National debt (from $10 trillion to $20 trillion), coming close to bankrupting the country (and President Biden will finish the job).

6. The Democrat Party, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden destroyed healthcare insurance for millions of Americans; only those receiving free medical insurance did well under Obamacare.

7. The far-left shouts down conservative speakers on college campuses, as well as destroys property in its demonstrations, thus demonstrating it does not believe in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on freedom of speech and also cannot debate anyone it disagrees with.

8.  Many Democrat leaders, such as Democrat Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, and House of Representatives  Democrat “Squad,” have advocated violence while the Main-Stream Media falsely accuse President Trump of instigating violence.

9. Many Republican leaders are timid and cannot competently argue conservative policy positions though those positions are usually far better than liberal positions.  Were it not for Fox News and other  cable TV stations, talk radio and President Trump, the Republican Party would be in terrible shape.  In other words, as ridiculous as most liberal positions are, the timidity of many Republican leaders really hurts the adoption of conservative policy positions.

10. I believe that the far-left wing of the Democrat Party is shaping and mentally preparing its followers to violently take over the Federal government.

If and when Democrat Party loyalists see what has happened to their Party and punish it by not supporting it until it changes, the Party should then clean itself up and consequently become more competitive and win many more elections.

NOT YOUR FATHER’S DEMOCRAT PARTY

President John F. Kennedy

I remember discussing the 1960 Presidential election with my father after watching the very first T.V. Presidential Debates, trying to decide who would make the better President, Richard Nixon or John Kennedy.  Both candidates had similar positions on issues. Though inexperienced, Kennedy was youthful, energetic, good-looking, and came across  very well on television.  Nixon was more dour and did not look good on T.V.  However, my dad and I thought that Nixon’s experience trumped Kennedy’s and that this was the most important factor to consider.

Of course, Kennedy was elected President and, aside from his mishandling of the “Bay of Pigs” fiasco,  governed well.  Although his father, Joseph Kennedy, bought the election for his son by buying votes in Cook County, Illinois, as well as in Texas, President Kennedy, aside from his womanizing, was basically an honest and effective president, and consequently is still beloved to this day by many millions of people. President Kennedy was one of the first presidents to cut taxes to stimulate the economy, something that no Democrat President would do today (though Democrat President Bill Clinton drastically cut the Capital Gains tax in the mid-90’s resulting in huge increases in trading stocks and consequent vastly increased revenues to the federal government.

President Lyndon Johnson

Upon President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President and served out the remainder of Kennedy’s first term.  His escalation of the Vietnamese war was unpopular but his Civil Rights legislation was (legislation that President Kennedy originated).  Johnson allegedly said that “this will have the N****** voting Democrat for 200 years.  African-Americans had been previously voting Republican for 100 years after Republican President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (the Democrat Party was the party of slavery, the Klu Klux Klan,  and Jim Crow laws).

President Jimmy Carter

After Republican Gerald Ford became President when Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, Jimmy Carter became the next Democrat President in 1976.  Both inflation and interest rates skyrocketed under the Carter Administration, and when Carter persuaded the Shah of Iran to allow the Aiytolla Khomeni out of exile in Paris and back into Iran, Khomeni quickly fomented revolution and took over Iran.  Fifty-two hostages were taken from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, were held for 444 days, and only released 30 minutes after Republican Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President in 1981.  President Carter was thought to be a religious person, better suited to be the Nation’s preacher.

President Reagan reduced tax rates (which resulted in the Gross Domestic Product of the U.S. doubling in 10 years), strengthened the military (including the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars”), and cut back Federal regulations.  All of these got the economy booming.

Republican President George H.W. Bush subsequently served as president from 1988 to 1992 and had U.S. troops push Saddam Hussein’s troops out of Kuwait and back to Iraq in the first Gulf War.

Democrat Bill Clinton became President in 1992, governed as a moderate, and was considered a successful President despite his tryst with   

White House intern, Monica Lewinsky, which eventually led to his impeachment. Under his Presidency there were 4 years of Federal budget surpluses, thanks most to Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, Budget Committee Chairman, John Kasich, and the Republican House and Senate. His support of the popular welfare reform led to greatly reduced welfare rolls and consequently to his re-election in 1996.

President Barrack Obama

After Republican George W. Bush served as President from 2000 to 2008, Democrat Barrack Obama became President in 2008 on a slogan of “Hope and Change,” after serving as a U.S. Senator from Illinois for 2 years, and moved the Democrat Party to the far left.  He was re-elected in 2012 and served as President for four more years.  As President, Obama pushed through the Affordable Care     Act (“Obamacare”) that mandated very poor healthcare unaffordable  for most people except those receiving subsidies.  In addition, Obama pushed the Dodd-Frank law that destroyed 40% of community banks, shut down many coal-fired generating plants and consequently lost about one million jobs, wasted billions from the Federal budget by investing in failed “green energy” “kick-back” plants like Solyndra, emphasized man-made climate change instead of sun-caused  climate change, increased the National debt from $9 trillion to $19 trillion, decreased the strength of the military to its weakest in decades, did not leave a small residual military force in Iraq which resulted in terrorists regaining a strong foothold in the region, negotiated a really bad deal with Iran which would have led to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and possibly a  nuclear war, and did not take the threat from ISIS seriously, etc., etc., etc.

On January 20, 2017, Republican Donald Trump was sworn in as President and subsequently implemented policies which grew the economy to over 4%/year Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth after only  about  one and a half years in office.  This after eight years of President Obama having an average of 1.9% GDP growth.  The stock market went from about 18,000 Dow Jones Industrial Average to over 28,000 in less than three years of the Trump Presidency.  Moreover, President Trump and the Republicans in Congress significantly cut taxes on individuals, businesses and corporations which resulted in the economy growing at an unbelievable rate to the extent that I believed that budget deficits would disappear by the end of 2024 if Trump were re-elected in 2020. Finally, one of the most important accomplishments was his “Operation Warp Speed” that produced  vaccines for Covid-19 in nine months, rather than the 3-4 years that it would have otherwise taken.

President Joseph Biden

Joe Biden, however, became President in January 2021 and immediately began reversing President Trump’s policies.  After only a few months in office the country began falling apart, with huge surges in illegal immigration and drugs, huge increases in government deficit spending and its consequent inflation, China and Russia challenging the U.S. all over the world, etc.  Today’s Democrat Party is for open borders, Sanctuary Cities, high taxes, late-term abortions, Socialism, government-run healthcare, huge budget deficits, and fraudulent elections; and against ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), law enforcement, gun ownership, low taxes, energy independence, and a strong military.

From Conservative Democrat President John Kennedy to Far-Left Democrat President Joe Biden the Democrat Party is no longer the Political Party that your father might have voted for….it has become a far-left party whose dark agenda is quickly destroying freedom in the United States.  This has been possible only because of the corrupt Mainstream Media and Big Tech enabling it.

CHARTER/RELIGIOUS/PRIVATE/HOME SCHOOLS vs. PUBLIC SCHOOLS

THE PROBLEM

Many public schools are still not offering in-school, face-to-face education, and the on-line “Zoom” classes that are offered are not very effective.  However, Private, Religious  and Charter schools are fully open and have been for many months.  Why the large difference?  The short answer is that the Teachers Unions, for a number of reasons, won’t allow their members to return to classroom teaching.  Local governments have agreed to numerous incentives that the Unions demanded, but thus far it hasn’t been good enough. Because most public schools usually have predominantly minority students, all of the bad effects of schools being locked down fall mostly on minority children.  So what’s to be done?

THE SOLUTION

IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT, putting your children in religious or charter schools is the answer.  Charter schools are so popular that they run lotteries to select their students, so do sign up your children for the lotteries. Many states are considering legislation that would give parents the education money to send their children to the schools they wanted to send them to.  Results in charter schools have been far superior to public schools so they have become very popular in minority communities as a way for giving children a better chance for escaping poverty (see Thomas Sowell’s book, “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”).  In addition, public schools are morphing into indoctrination-institutions for brainwashing children, teaching racist theories such as “Critical Race Theory” and the “1619 Project” while at the same time not teaching the greatness of the founding of America and the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  These are not simply insignificant teachings, they are turning children into self-hating anti-Americans.

IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT, what’s a parent to do if you’re child is stuck in a locked-down public school or if you observe your children being taught half-baked theories?  I believe the answer is to: 1) attend and speak up at your local school board meetings, 2) try to get elected to your local school board so you change curriculums, 3) provide your children with materials that give the accurate side of history such as those offered on-line like PraegerU.com. (in accordance with the philosophy that the best remedy is to offer more free speech, not to shut down speech you disagree with), contact “Parents Against Critical (Race) Theory” [info@stoplcpscrt.com], 4) pressure your politicians to change the funding of schools by having public education funds follow the children so that parents can choose what school to send their children to and control their children’s education instead of Teachers Unions, and 5) Home School your children.

WHY DO HALF OF AMERICAN VOTERS STILL VOTE DEMOCRAT?

With the Democrat Party moving very far left to the extent that it can now be accurately called the socialist party, why are half of voters still Democrats?  That’s what we’ll examine here.

The Democrat Party’s history goes way back to Andrew Jackson.  President Jackson was a populist and championed the working class, though he did force the Seminole Indians in Florida to move to Oklahoma, far from their Tribal lands, with many dying along the way, thus the name, “Trail of Tears.”  When the Confederacy lost the Civil War, later the Democrat Party supported the Klu Klux Klan and then the “Jim Crow” laws that kept African-Americans subjugated.

Aside from its checkered past, the Party successfully fought to have itself branded as being a champion for the poor, minorities, and the working class.  If this were ever true in the past, it’s certainly no longer true today.  Today’s Democrat Party is not your father’s Democrat Party.  Therefore, I ask the question, “why do about half of Americans still vote Democrat?”  Here’s why…

-President John F. Kennedy was the most prominent Democrat in the past and many voters still think of the Democrat Party as being the Party of JFK (though it has moved far to the left from where JFK stood on issues).

-The mainstream media (New York Times, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC) are propagandists for the Democrat Party.  Over 90% of their reporting on President Trump is negative and much of it is actually fabricated, reporting on the insignificant “palace intrigue” rather than on Trump’s substantive accomplishments with the economy, jobs, minority employment, etc.  Stories that make liberals look bad are usually not reported.

-Most of Hollywood is a major propagandist for the Democrat Party, using its fame with the public to sway voters.

-Most Universities and colleges are propagandists for the Democrat Party.  Professors deliberately mis-state  the Conservative side of issues and also attribute nefarious motives to Republicans and Conservatives.

-Silicon Valley uses its vast power to suppress conservative ideas on the Internet but does air liberal and far-left ideas.

-Most Republican politicians, with the exception of former President Trump, governor Ron DeSantis, and a few others, generally do not fight back against the constant onslaught of criticism and phony allegations from their Democrat opponents and the mainstream Media.  Therefore, voters hear mostly just one side criticizing the other and never even hear both sides of issues.

-There is a significant amount of voter fraud, as documented by various credible sources such as the Pew Research Center.  Almost all of the fraud is for Democrat political candidates and explains why Democrat National Committee policy is against any form of photo ID being required to vote, using the pretext that it’s voter suppression.

-Many voters do not follow closely national issues.  They can repeat what they hear on the Left’s propaganda mainstream media (MSM) machine, but they don’t know both sides of the issues.  Therefore, followers of MSM are usually Democrats, thus the war by the Left against Fox News, which is not part of the MSM.  Even simply hearing the conservative or Republican side would change the minds of many voters.

-Most Democrat issues are phony issues, created to persuade voters to vote Democrat.  These include the non-existent “War on Women”, the Left’s attempt to take protective guns away from law-abiding citizens through its “War on Guns”,  blaming climate change mostly on people rather than mostly on solar flares, calling everyone a racist who does not agree with their position on issues, the Left’s war on the police, the military, and ICE, etc., etc., etc.

CONCLUSION

I’ve been following politics since the 1960 TV debates between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon.  Back then, both political parties were relatively honest in advocating their views.  It’s much different today.  Other than being against every policy that the Republican Party supports, what policies do President Biden and the Democrat Party stand for?   From his Presidential Executive Orders and Actions, Biden is for abolishing ICE, not finishing constructing the border wall, giving all illegal aliens amnesty, a weak military, free college, Obamacare, Sanctuary cities, and $15/hour minimum wage, among other things.  The Democrat Party-controlled Congress has passed a $1.9 trillion covid-19 relief package that contains only 9% covid relief, proposed a $2.2 trillion infrastructure package with less than 25% of it to be spent on infrastructure, and is now proposing a voting “reform” bill (HR-1, “For the People” Act) that is so corrupt it would ensure that there could never be another Republican president.  It does this be removing all safeguards to election integrity. Good-bye to the Republic, hello to George Orwell’s “1984.”  God help us!

UNDERSTANDING DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE POLITICS (audio interview w. David Horowitz)

David Horowitz (click on the blue play icon below and if the sound doesn’t begin, then click on the  loudspeaker icon alongside it to listen to my interview with him) is a prolific author, speaker and political activist. His latest book was the huge bestseller, Big Agenda.  It is a pithy book that explains what President Trump plans to do.  Mr. Horowitz currently is the director of “The Freedom Center” which he created in 1988.  He went to Columbia University as well as the University of California at Berkeley and was the editor of the Left’s leading magazine, “Ramparts.”  I believe Mr. Horowitz’ greatest asset is his insight into Leftist politics.

In my interview with him, he explains why he changed from being a revered and high-level, Leftist Socialist from 1956 to 1975 to a Conservative in the late 70’s, especially considering that his parents were members of The American Communist Party.  Mr. Horowitz tells his spell-binding and compelling story with names, dates, and places.  He tells what motivates the Left and gives his views on Leftist positions.

In the interview, Mr. Horowitz explains:

  1. Why and what the Left hates.
  2. The anti-war activists’ change in their protests against the Vietnam war once the draft was ended in 1974, why many Left leaders of the 70’s (John Kerry) have ”blood on their hands,” and much more.
  3. How and why he knows that the Black Panthers killed his accountant, Betty.

If you want to learn more about Left politics, you should enjoy this interview.  Click on the blue “play” icon below and if the sound doesn’t begin, then click on the loudspeaker icon that is or will appear alongside of it.

David Horowitz – Political Left Audio

Interview by Mike Russo

POLITICAL TALK IS CHEAP

President Biden on March 25, 2021 gave his first press conference, 64 days after he became President.  He called on ten reporters and spoke for just over an hour.  He delivery went reasonably well except for having to refer to his briefing book in order to answer foreign policy questions.  His preparation staff prepared a book with photos of all the journalists in attendance with the ten circled he was to call on for questions.  Since I follow national issues very closely I can say with certainty that he told many lies in his answers to reporters’ questions.  Political talk is very cheap!

When he was President, Trump spoke bluntly, not eloquently, but he got a lot of good things for America and Americans done.  Hoverer, his blunt talk got him in trouble all of the time.

President Obama was an eloquent speaker, but he didn’t get much done to improve the lives of most Americans.  Or did he?  If you liked how the economy and his job-creation efforts performed (lowest civilian labor-force participation rate since 1978), and liked the declining strength of the military, and think our foreign policy helped the United States, then you might believe that President Obama performed well. Or perhaps those things are not that important to you but  his Presidential demeanor was important.  Political talk is cheap!

Because  Presidents are our spokesperson to the world, most do want them to be presidential. President Obama was usually presidential but didn’t get much accomplished; President Trump is not presidential at times but has been very successful in creating jobs and making the economy outstanding. What’s important to you?

I hear many times each day that “Biden said this,” or “Biden said that,” and previously, “that Trump tweeted this or said that.”  However, what a President says is not nearly as important as his actions because that’s a much better indicator than words how he and the U.S. are doing.  For example, when former President Obama said that he thought about the economy every day, but then didn’t meet with his “Jobs Council” for many months at a time, it’s was  natural to question the President’s sincerity.  When Obama suggested he “felt our pain,” but took Air Force One to New York city where traffic was stopped for hours so he and Michelle could have a “night out” in “The Big Apple,” that said a lot more about his true feelings.

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion “covid-19 stimulus” the first two months he was in office was a fiasco.  Wouldn’t unemployment have been even worse without it, which is how it was sold to the American public?  Much of the stimulus was a waste of money…only 9% of it went for covid-related relief within the United States though covid was touted as its primary justification.  Reality is that much of the stimulus went for projects that mostly benefitted Democrat politicians and their friends and supporters.

If you saw the movie, “2016” you may think this is exactly what Biden and Obama wanted…larger government, a weaker United States.  I think the creators of that movie gave the President far too much credit…it’s a lot simpler than that…he simply didn’t understand how free enterprise works and that it not only leads to economic success so that a country can afford to take care of its poor and have an effective military, but it is morally and ethically superior to all other forms of government because it gives everyone an opportunity for the satisfying  “earned success.”

President Biden talked a great game but it took all of the mainstream media, most of Hollywood, most universities and colleges, the Unions, and far-left, multi-billionaire George Soros’ money, to keep him from not having bad job approval numbers.  I believe the only way the Democrats were able to win the popular vote in 2020 was by massive voter fraud in California, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, etc. which goes back to “Boss Tweed” and Tammany Hall, which  is part of the heritage of the Democrat Party.  It used  every fraudulent tactic including programming the electronic voting machines to switch Trump votes to Biden.  Last I checked the real vote count was 80 million for Trump and 68 million for Biden.

President Trump was brash and blunt in his rhetoric, but he was a doer, insofar as he has gotten a lot of good things done for the United States, especially revising regulations and laws that led to huge job creation.  President Obama was a great talker.  President Biden talks like a moderate while implementing far-left extremist  policies which will significantly hurt the United States but the mainstream media will not report it so you won’t know anything about it.  Talk is cheap. Political talk is worse than worthless, it’s misleading to the extent that everything you think you know about issues may not be true!

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MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE: PROS & CONS

Who can be against a livable wage and why would they possibly be against it?  That’s what this post is about.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) previously reported that if the minimum wage were to be increased to $10.10 nationwide, or a 40% increase, about 500,000 to 1,000,000 million minimum-wage employees, from a pool of 16,500,000 minimum wage employees, would lose their jobs because employers could not pay it and remain in small business.  However, if the new proposed minimum wage jumped to $15/hour, the effects of such a raise is estimated as being the loss of about one and a half million jobs.

So why do it?  The main argument is that it’s not a “living wage,” that no one can live on and raise a family on that wage.  Sounds like a reasonable justification but, of course, we need to look at other sides of the argument before reaching sound conclusions.  I already cited one of the primary reasons why government should not mandate raising the minimum wage too high…the loss of about 1,500,000 minimum-wage jobs; however, another significant reason is that it would almost shut down the first step on career ladders for unskilled workers…to the extent that they couldn’t even get that first job, get their foot in the door…because their work would not be worth $15/hour.  Many small businesses, like restaurants, are very sensitive to the minimum wage and when government mandates that wage to be increased substantially, restaurant prices increase substantially, which hurts the business and makes it fail (so the end result may also be the elimination of jobs).  Finally, it’s far more accurate to call the “minimum wage” the “starting wage,” because that’s exactly what it is for most people.

It appears that labor union leadership and consequently the Democrat Party is the only beneficiary of government mandating dramatic minimum wage increases with everyone else being harmed; therefore, gradual increases in the minimum wage may be able to satisfy genuine concerns of the minimum wage argument.

The best way to raise everyone’s wages the most is to create a booming economy like they did in North Dakota, for example,  where $15/hour was the starting wage in fast food restaurants because of the huge competition for employees that North Dakota’s great economy had fostered.  Former President Trump did precisely that with the U.S. economy, which resulted of a 3.4% increase in workers’ wages.  The government did not have to mandate minimum wages…they occurred naturally.

TIME TO FULLY OPEN UP THE ECONOMY

INTRODUCTION

For political reasons many governors are using every excuse to keep their state economies closed, including keeping schools less than fully open, knowing that parents depend on schools to watch their children while they’re at work (and therefore they can’t work unless schools are fully open).  In fact, during the lockdown more children have died from suicide than from Covid-19.  Every country, except the United States and Germany, is opening its schools, most with no masks or social distancing required (because children have no significant risk nor do they transmit the virus to others).  Please note that I’m not a physician.

BACKGROUND

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is believed to have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the Wuhan province in China.  It spread to many countries from Wuhan, including to the United States, where it had initially remained relatively low due to the travel restrictions that President Trump imposed on January 31 on flights originating from China and later on other countries with high infection rates.

The spread of the virus is currently only able to be slowed down, but with the vaccines, by the summer of ’21  it  should no longer be a pandemic.  However, slowing the spread was initially very important in order to prevent a huge spike in cases that could have inundated U.S. medical facilities.  In addition, initially more time was needed to enable medical researchers to develop vaccines and effective treatments before “community spread” of the virus covered all of the U.S.   Currently, prevention tactics are still necessary to avoid getting the virus.  These prevention tactics are everywhere (www.coronavirus.gov) so I won’t repeat them here.  However, strengthening your immune system so that you can survive the virus is something anyone can do immediately so  at least take the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vitamins, calcium and magnesium, large daily dose of vitamin D (5,000 International Units [IU]/day), baby aspirin, Pepsid, melatonin, and zinc.  When I tested positive for Covid-19 in January 2021 at 77 years of age, I was sick with symptoms for only two days but my vitamin D serum (blood) levels were over 50 nanograms (extremely high) and I immediately started taking all of the aforementioned.

Hydroxychloroquine appears to have been very effective in New York, China, India, Brazil, South Korea, Israel, France, Turkey, Spain, etc.  I believe it would have been a “game-changer” and helped save many lives and also help America get back to work, except that it appears that: 1)the Mainstream Media made it political, 2) some in the pharmaceutical/medical community didn’t want it because it is extremely inexpensive, and 3)Democrat leadership didn’t want anything effective until after the November 3 Presidential election.  Coronavirus  symptoms can include high temperature, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, body ache, bluish toes or lips, skin rash, etc.  Infected people can have only one of the symptoms, or even none.  China has also reported that loss of smell and taste can be early symptoms of the virus.

PROGNOSIS

I believe the virus will continue to spread, despite social distancing, wearing masks, and hand-washing, until herd immunity is reached or the vaccines are widely available.  People with weak immune systems (the chronically ill and the elderly) are much more likely to die from it than younger people.  Treatments for Coronavirus are available now (Regeneron; Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)  with Azithromycin; plasma from Coronavirus-recovered patients; etc.), vaccines became available  in November 2020.

Coronavirus is just one more disease that can kill you but it has a very low mortality rate for everyone except for the elderly, who have about a 4% rate of death.  School children have very little risk of getting the virus and almost no risk of dying from it. Follow the same precautions for preventing any infectious disease but don’t panic.  Strengthening your immune system will greatly help you to survive the virus and is something that you can begin doing with supplements, nutritious food, and exercise, which includes walking.  Finally, Japan doesn’t practice social distancing but everyone wears a mask.  Sweden has never closed down or practiced social distancing.

CONCLUSION

I believe that the final solution for humanity is to either get the vaccine or ease into a modified “herd immunity” where a large proportion of the population has had the virus (and therefore is now immune).  No country can afford to have its economy mostly shut down for more than a few months with all of the hardship, pain and death (from suicide, drug overdose, delay of needed surgeries and medical tests, etc.) that would accompany a long shutdown.  States, like Florida and South Dakota, that have fully opened their economies are doing very well with their economies and the virus.  It’s time for all states to open up.

 

UPDATE: CLIMATE-CHANGE DUE MOSTLY TO SOLAR FLARES OR MOSTLY MAN-MADE?

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On January 27, 2021, President Biden signed three Executive Orders concerning climate change.  The most controversial one stopped the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, thus throwing out of work 11,000 Union direct construction workers as well as up to 100,000 other (indirect) jobs.  Another controversial provision banned new oil and gas leases on Federal lands.  President Biden also directed Federal agencies and the Department of the Defense to make climate change a priority in their operations.  Climate change has been controversial since its onset in the 1970s when global cooling was the main concern by environmentalists. Therefore, we need to take a close look at it.  That’s what this post attempts to do.

THE ISSUE

Climate change, global cooling, or warming: terms that have been politicized to the extent that one has to question the sources of all data and facts cited to prove or disprove: 1) whether global warming, cooling or climate change even exits, and if it does, 2) is it man-made or caused by something else or a combination of both.  Further, if it does exist and is mostly man-made, 3) how bad is it and, 4) can anything be done to significantly stop it if it’s bad enough to warrant being stopped.  If we can answer each of these concerns, then we’ll know what to do, if anything.   Here’s my analysis:

1) Whether the earth is warming, cooling or staying the same basically depends on the point in time you select to compare this year’s  earth’s temperature to.  For example, a few hundred years ago the earth went through a “Little Ice Age” (1280-1850 AD) so of course today’s temperatures would be  warmer than then.  You may cite the melting Arctic glaciers as other evidence of global warming.  OK, but you need to consider that glaciers wax and wane over time and when Arctic ice is waning, Anarctic ice is waxing.  In other words, climate constantly changes (there was a “Medieval Warm Period” from 900-1300 AD and it was a few degrees warmer than today’s temperatures).  Over thousands of years the Earth has cooled and gotten warmer and cooled and gotten warmer, etc.  In fact, the Earth has had 5 major Ice Ages over the past 2 billion years,  5 periods of serious global cooling.

2) In the last few hundred years some data suggests that the earth appears to have warmed and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions increased, so a case can be made for there being a correlation between the two.  Remember, however, correlation doesn’t mean causation.  Scientists do know that there is a significant correlation between Sunspots and weather on earth.  However, how much of the recent warming is due to CO2 and how much is due to Sun spots and Solar Flares is suggested by the fact that although atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased, the earth’s temperature has remained almost the same, which suggests that carbon dioxide has little or no effect on the earth’s temperature.

3) Is any global warming, cooling, or climate change cause for alarm and action?  Thus far, it’s been relatively minor and any slight increase in the earth’s temperature is probably a good thing…more crops, better weather.  Of course, the adverse effects  from the previous huge California drought, specifically the lack-of-water problem in California’s Central Valley was 100% man-made by former President Obama’s policy of manipulating stored water for the Delta Smelt, a small fish on the Endangered Species List, rather than use it for the cropland and farmers that lived there and for the thousands of migrant farm workers that helped harvest their crops.  Insofar as extreme weather activity is concerned, the past half-century has seen fewer major hurricanes and extreme tornado activity in the United States.

4) Can anything be done about global warming , cooling or climate change if  it gets really bad in the future?  Sure, there are various ways to reverse global warming but not global cooling.  My preference is, if there is global warming,  the geoengineering proposals that seem preferable because they affect every country equally and do not harm any country’s economy.  So what should be done now, if anything?  “Watchful waiting” is in order but everyone needs to endeavor to get global warming or climate change out of politics because it should be solely a matter of science.  The Kyoto Protocols were rejected by the U.S. Senate in 1997 by 95 to 0.  And well they should have been, because the largest polluters, China and India, were exempted.  Moreover, the U.S. withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord because the Accord did nothing to help the environment but would have cost America $3 billion/year that would have been redistributed to other countries.

Recall the “Hockey Stick graph” scandal in which a team led by a professor at the University of Virginia created a graph that eliminated data depicting the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period  in an effort to support the global warming hypothesis.  Then the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) actually and unbelievably included the misleading graph it in its Third Assessment Report.  Therefore, I believe it prudent to be very skeptical of any data depicting global warming or cooling.  However, if you’re an ardent believer in man-made climate change, you really should focus you efforts on the four countries most responsible: China, India, Africa, Russia.  The U.S., despite its large economy, has done the most in cleaning up the environment.

CONCLUSION

With help from the Sun, the Earth’s climate changes constantly and gets warmer and then cooler.  People contribute some, but for the most part it appears the Sun is responsible.  From my course in meteorology at Penn State University,  I  learned that “yes, climate changes all of the time…that is the very nature of climate…”  However, large sums spent on projects that attempt doing something about it are not warranted until there is solid evidence and that we can significantly do something (unlike the political and do-nothing Paris Climate Accord).  Currently, claims of global warming are: 1) a ruse to give climate-related contracts to friends who will pay back significant sums (“kickbacks”) to politicians, and 2) used as a rallying cry by which politicians attract and holds young, idealistic people to vote for them.

The November 2018  fourth national climate change assessment by the U.S. Global Change Research Program paints a dire picture of upcoming climate change so I checked out what the premier and super-qualified expert on climate change (Patrick J. Michaels, PhD in ecological climatology) had to say.  Dr. Michaels states in a November 26, 2018, post in “Climate Depot” the draft fourth national assessment (“NA4”) uses a flawed ensemble of models that dramatically over-forecast warming of the lower troposphere, with even larger errors in the upper tropical troposphere.  In addition, Dr. Michaels says that the only accurate climate model is the Russian model and that model shows very little warming.  In other words, climate change is very minor.

Other experts say that some data indicates the world is about to enter into a 25-year period of global cooling due to weak Solar Cycles 24 and 25.  Read Cold Sun and Dark Winter by John L. Casey, and chapter 2 (“A Less Giving Sun”) of the book, Twilight of Abundance by David Archibald if you would like to see the research on this.  A Newsweek magazine article, “The Cooling World,” dated April 28, 1975, first addressed global cooling.

To recap, climate and weather are primarily caused by the sun with only a tiny amount caused by people, so there’s only so much that can be done about it to make any difference.   If anyone says that climate change is “settled science,” you need to know that nothing in science is ever completely settled.  I estimate that about half of all scientists disagree with climate-change being mostly man-made.

Finally, bad weather for a few consecutive years is simply “weather,” whereas bad weather for 15-20 consecutive years is “climate.” Weather changes all of the time.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE STATUS

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

President Biden recently revoked, via one of his first Executive Orders, the Federal permits authorizing the completion of the Keystone Pipeline.  A month after President Trump took office in January 2017, he signed a Executive Order authorizing its completion.  Why are our Presidents playing flip-flop?  To help you understand this issue, here’s the background of the pipeline:

BACKGROUND

In November of 2015 President Obama vetoed the TransCanada Corporation’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline (also known as the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Project),  it meant that 830,000 barrels of oil a day would not travel from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf’s oil refineries via a pipeline.  Though a politically popular decision with environmentalists,  it was very unpopular with construction unions, as well as most Americans.

To counter criticism, some from leaders in his own political party, President Obama made an appearance in Cushing Oklahoma on March 22, 2013  saying that he would fast-track any required permitting of the 485 miles of pipeline traveling from Cushing down to the Gulf.  That part of the proposed pipeline is on privately-owned land in the U.S. so President Obama couldn’t do much to stop its construction even if he wanted to.  Without the northern leg of the pipeline, however, the 830,000 barrels of much-needed oil/day wouldn’t be coming from Canada and this leg of the pipeline the President could and did stop because the pipeline would have to cross the Canadian-American border (and therefore required Federal approval).

TransCanada subsequently modified its proposed route through the environmentally-sensitive areas of Nebraska and resubmitted its application.  There was not much remaining that was controversial and the U.S. State Department  found it to have “no significant impacts on the quality of the human environment,” which is the wording and standard contained in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).

The Keystone pipeline is not simply about oil, but also about eleven thousand construction jobs and up to 100,000 indirect jobs, as well as significant positive effects on the economy, including U.S. energy independence.   It was therefore important to analyze President Obama’s decision to determine if it was mostly political or based on genuine detriments to the environment.

It’s no secret that the far left is anti-fossil fuel because of what it perceives as unacceptable pollution.  To this end, the Obama Administration came out with 5 sets of anti-coal regulations which were estimated to cost the United States  the loss of over one million jobs.  In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) zeroed in on anti-fracking regulations to control the utilization of the huge natural gas reserves (over a 100-years worth) in the U.S.; however,  the far-left contended that its opposition to the Keystone Pipeline was mainly because of possible leaks from the line.  In addition, former Energy Secretary Chu had stated that it would be desirable to have U.S. gas prices at European levels ($8-10/gallon), so that alternative fuels would be more price-competitive.

Carbon emissions in the United States have been drastically reduced over the past 50 years.  Autos emit only a tiny fraction of what they used to.  Coal-fired power plants have been cleaned up.  In contrast, China brings on-line  two new coal-fired power plants a week and these plants, unlike U.S. plants, emit lots of pollution.  Air pollution knows no boundaries, so it’s a lot less polluting to the earth for the U.S. to burn its coal (and oil) rather than for China.

Solar and wind sources of energy only supply about 5% of the nation’s energy needs.  Hydroelectric supplies less than 10%, nuclear about 19% (France gets 80% of  its energy from nuclear).  So for the foreseeable future the U.S. still needs fossil fuels.  Therefore this dilemma is not really a dilemma at all.  If the U.S. cannot get the oil it needs from domestic sources and help improve the economy and create thousands of jobs at the same time, it will get it from foreign sources and give up to $500 billion a year of its wealth to countries that don’t like us and in some instances mean us harm, and to the detriment of the economy as well.

The United States is constantly improving  extraction and utilization methods for fossil fuels, while continuing to develop alternative sources of energy, including nuclear energy.  The potential for Keystone Pipeline leakage can be mitigated through built-in protective redundancies.  Even the original Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), prepared pursuant to NEPA, published in late August 2011 after three years of preparation, found “no significant impacts” from the pipeline.  If a pipeline oil leak did occur, it’s far easier to stop it and then clean it up, than if a leak occurred from an offshore pipeline.

There’s simply not enough alternative energy, including nuclear energy, currently available and it will be decades before there is, so for now we need fossil fuels and the United States has more natural gas, coal, and oil than any other country in the world, but it also has an array of laws and regulations preventing its access and use.  The pipeline could be raised off the ground, as is the Alaska pipeline, or it could detour around the major 200,000-square-mile Ogallala or High Plains Aquifer in Nebraska and other surrounding States.

CONCLUSION

If the United States does not complete the Keystone pipeline, Canada will build an oil pipeline from the Tar Sands to its west coast and the 830,00 barrels of oil a day will be sold to China and an additional 150,000 barrels of oil a day from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota will have to continue to use trucks and rail to haul its oil south to Gulf refineries rather than simply using a safer Keystone Pipeline to transport it.  Contributing to upward price pressure of oil will be the “slow-walking” or even forbidding of permitting of wells in the Gulf,  not allowing drilling in ANWAR and on most of the Outer Continental Shelf, and by OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), who sets world oil prices based on world supply and demand.

President Obama delayed his decision  on the pipeline until after the 2014 mid-term elections, basically because a large Democrat donor (Tom Steyer)  pledged to donate over $50,000,000 to the Democrats if he did so (Steyer actually spent close to $80,000,000).  After the 2010 mid-term elections, the new Republican-led House of Representatives voted to build the pipeline but the still-Democratic-led Senate voted against it.  The 2014 Congress began in January 2015, and both the Republican-led House and now Republican-led Senate approved it, but President Obama vetoed it.

President Trump signed an Executive Order on January 24, 2017 ordering the re-opening of the approval process for the pipeline.  On March 23, 2017, the State Department granted a permit for the construction of the pipeline to proceed.

President Biden in January 2021 signed an Executive Order revoking the Federal permits authorizing the completion of the pipeline, which has not yet been completed.

 

 

AFTERMATH of the 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Jan. 6, 2021 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, DC

Because I personally watched, listened to, and taped over 20 hours of testimony documenting overwhelming fraud in the 2020 election, I know that President Trump was re-elected President of the United States.  Those who disagree have not seen or heard the evidence but are simply basing their opinion on what they heard on the news about President Trump’s court challenges being defeated, not knowing that they were defeated based on procedural grounds and that the massive amount of evidence was not even heard.

In addition to having the 2020 Presidential election stolen, the next consequence of overlooking the massive election fraud was the stealing of the January 5 run-off election for both senators from Georgia using the corrupted vote-counting machines and their malicious software.  However, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnel, also helped lose both Senate seats by not agreeing to give Americans $2,000 stimulus checks a week before the election.

On January 6 there was a Trump (“Stop the Steal”) rally in Washington where President Trump spoke. Hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters attended it at the Ellipse across from the White House.  Meanwhile, about a mile away, hundreds of right- and left-wing provocateurs, previously planned (according to the FBI) and got positioned at the Capitol by 12:53 pm, which was before the President finished his speech at 1:10 pm.  The rioters then broke into the Capitol building, which interrupted the Congressional election-fraud debate and certification.  Debate resumed hours later  and certified the Electoral College votes.  Media coverage was, as usual, pitiful.  It exploited the violence by accusing President Trump of inciting it.  He did not, but asked his supporters to, “walk down to the Capitol to…cheer on our brave Senators and Congressmen to peacefully and patriotically make our voices heard.” However, as I mentioned, the violent right-and left-wing rioters were already there with the intention of breaking in and disrupting the Congressional debate on election fraud, which it did.

President Trump pleaded with all after the violence began at the Capitol to go home.  Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, asked that the 25th Amendment (to the Constitution) be invoked to throw President Trump out of office, otherwise the House would impeach him (which it did on January 13 with no witnesses called, no hearings conducted, no language by Trump cited, no legal representation allowed for the President).  In the following days, President Trump appeared on T.V. and said that he was focusing on the peaceful upcoming transition to a Biden Administration.  Later he tweeted that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration.  Incidentally, Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts, was more responsible than any other government official for the violence at the Capitol by not at least giving a fair hearing to Texas’ lawsuit, joined by 22 other states and the President, because they (allegedly) did not have “standing.”  In other words, it manufactured “lack-of- standing” as the pretext for avoiding doing its job as the court of last resort and gave no recourse to the 74 million Americans who knew the election was stolen.

On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.  What will Trump supporters do with the massive evidence proving that the election was stolen?  I personally taped over 20 hours of it and predict that there is simply too much of it for the issue to go away…and it may even lead to serious violence.  Most Trump supporters won’t be placated until there is a thorough investigation.  To add insult to injury, big tech companies and other large corporations have begun penalizing anyone who says that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen, which it was.  God help us!

 

VOTER FRAUD IN THE 2020 ELECTION & ITS AFTERMATH

HOW BAD WAS VOTER FRAUD? 

Was there much voter fraud in the Trump-Biden presidential election?  Most Republicans say “yes,” Most Democrats say “no.”  Who’s right?  Of course, this is not simply a theoretical or intellectual question and it’s not only important for the 2020 Presidential election, it’s important for taking any necessary corrective actions so that future elections have less fraud.

 THE FOUNDATION FOR VOTER FRAUD

The FBI spied on the 2016 Trump campaign and the Trump Presidency.  Then the DNC and Hillary paid for the phony Stihl-Russia Trump dozier that served as the foundation for the Mueller investigation.  Moreover, they impeached President Trump based on a phone call (which thankfully was recorded) between President Trump and the president of Ukraine.  Mainstream Media slanted and even fabricated stories about President Trump and did not report on any of Trump’s numerous achievements for the U.S., including his being nominated by four countries for the Nobel Peace Prize because of his getting three middle-Eastern countries to make peace agreements with Israel.  The three giant social media Internet networks censored conservative speech, like the New York Post’s article about Joe Biden and his son and brother’s corruption.  All of the above led half of the electorate in America to believe that President Trump was so bad that anything they did to defeat him was ethically justified.

 

 

INDICATORS OF VOTER FRAUD

I know that President Trump won re-election because, metrics, other than the phony vote results, otherwise don’t make sense.  Here’s a few of the many reasons how I know that Trump was re-elected.  1) in a Michigan county a glitch was found in its Dominion Voting System software that changed 6,000 Trump votes to 6,000 Biden votes…and in 47 other counties in Michigan this same software was used in the same way…as in 28 other States; 2) to date, twelve of the “new” House of Representatives seats that were lost by Republicans in the 2018 Congressional elections have been won back by them in the 2020 election (and only two by Democrats).  This is telling because this phenomenon happens in presidential elections when the Presidential candidate wins big and carries the “down-ballot” races on his/her “coat-tails;” 3) Biden overperformed with votes in only those counties in the final battleground states that made a difference to whether the state went for Biden or Trump [using analyses via Benford’s Law]; 4) Attorney Sidney Powell on 11/8/20 “Sunday Morning Futures” said that they found 450,000 ballots with only “Joe Biden” marked; 5) large bags of ballots received and counted in the middle of the night without poll watchers present and all ballots for Joe Biden; 6) the number of votes far outnumber the number of registered voters in many counties; 7) 3.5% mail-in votes rejected in the 2016 election, 0.5% rejected in the 2020 election; 8) in Nevada, signature verification machines for mail-in ballots set at 40%; and 9) see my article on this blog if you think that stealing a presidential election is far-fetched…it’s called “Unethical, Corrupt, or Criminal Democrat Party.”

THE EVIDENCE OF VOTER FRAUD

Millions of votes were stolen in the 2020 presidential election.  How do I or anyone knows this for sure?  The evidence of voter fraud is overwhelming.  I listed the major categories of fraud below for which there is a thousand affidavits:

  1. Thousands of dead people voting.
  2. Mail-in ballots being counted even though they were received after the deadline.
  3. Post Office employees illegally back-dating mail-in ballots so they could be counted.
  4. Dominion Voting System vote-counting software used in 28 states, switching votes from Trump to Biden.
  5. Hundreds of thousands of votes being unlawfully counted without a Republican poll watcher present.
  6. Disparate treatment of the votes, like those from the 7 Democrat counties versus the 60 Republican counties in Pennsylvania.
  7. Biden votes put through counting machines multiple times.

POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT IN VOTER FRAUD

Due to the history of stealing elections by the Democrat Party, starting farther back than Boss Tweed in Tammany Hall in 1850’s New York and continuing up to the present, it’s easy for those of us who follow politics and love our system of government, to believe that Joe Biden became President with massive voter fraud by his Party.

The Democrat Party supported 80 million plus ballots being mailed to voters without being requested.  This was the heart of the fraud because mail-ins are easy to fabricate and difficult to verify.  Many politicians say that they don’t want to place an undue burden on their citizens by actually requiring that they appear in person and show a photo ID, such as a drivers license (which is even required of people of questionable age to buy a pack of cigarettes).  Does any adult really believe that lax voting standards have any purpose other than facilitating fraudulent voting?  It is important in a democracy for people to have faith in the process by which their leaders are elected, so care must be taken that it’s done honestly and that politicians are kept far away from the process.  Voter fraud is not new, but dates back to the beginning of our Republic (see Andrew Gumbel’s 2005 book, Steal This Vote; Eric Eggers 2018 book, Fraud; the 2004 book by Hugh Hewitt, If It’s Not Close They Can’t Cheat; and the 2008 book by John Fund, Stealing Elections…How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy).

 

 

THE SOLUTION

For the 2020 Presidential election, President Trump, every Republican leader/official, and every Trump voter, needs to do whatever they can to expose this fraud and bring all of the perpetrators to justice.  “Moving on,” like some people might advise, will simply perpetuate voter fraud and Republicans will never win another presidential election, and America needs to have at least two strong and viable political parties. The evidence brought to light recently is overwhelming.  We’ll see if it persuades the courts. The election results are not certified or official until about January 6, 2020.  Until then, who will be our next president is uncertain.

All election officials must follow their State’s election laws or be penalized.  Since presidential elections are of national importance, the Supreme Court should get involved and require that a photo ID, either in the form of a driver’s license or a State-issued photo ID should be mandatory in every state in order to vote.  Later, perhaps also a slight revision and an addition could be made to the on-line E-Verify system created by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in concert with the Social Security Administration that is currently used by employers to ascertain whether someone is in the U.S. legally.  A “Voter Photo Authentication”  may be in order given the amount of massive voter fraud in the U.S. (millions/year).  Something also must be done to prevent criminal politicians from continuing to corrupt our elections.  Blanket mail ballots should be prohibited, requested absentee ballots are okay as long as there are Internal Controls in place to prevent abuse.  Serious consideration should be given to the very simple but honest voting system that the U.S. military used in the Iraqi elections it administered where voters dipped their finger into indelible ink upon voting so that they could not vote again.  It’s government’s fault that our elections got to be this bad and it’s government’s responsibility to clean it up.

For further information check out www.truethevote.org, www.judicialwatch.org, and Thomas Moore Society’s Amistad Project.

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AFTERMATH

Because I personally watched, listened to, and taped over 20 hours of testimony documenting overwhelming fraud in the 2020 election, I know that President Trump was re-elected President of the United States.  Those who disagree have not seen or heard the evidence but are simply basing their opinion on all of President Trump’s court challenges being defeated, not knowing that they were defeated based on procedural grounds and that the massive amount of evidence was not even heard.  In addition to having the 2020 Presidential election stolen, the next consequence of overlooking the massive election fraud was the stealing of the January 5 run-off elections for both senators from Georgia using the corrupted vote-counting machines and its malicious software.  However, Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnel, also helped lose both Senate seats by not agreeing to give Americans $2,000 stimulus checks a week before the election.

On January 6 there was a Trump rally in Washington where president Trump spoke.  Hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters attended it at the Ellipse across from the White House..  Meanwhile, about a mile away, hundreds of right- and left-wing fringe rioters, previously planned (according to the FBI) and got positioned at the Capitol by 12:45 pm, which was before the President finished his speech at 1:11 pm.  They then broke into the Capital building, which interrupted Congressional election-fraud debate and certification.  Debate resumed  hours later and Congress certified the Electoral College votes.  The media coverage of the “Stop the Steal” rally, Congress’ election-fraud debate, and the violence in the Capitol building was pitiful.  It exploited the violence by accusing President Trump of inciting it.  He did not, but asked rally attendees to “walk down to the Capitol to…cheer on our brave senators and congressmen to peacefully and patriotically make our voices heard.”  However, as I mentioned, the violent Left- and Right-Wing protesters were already there with the intention of breaking in and disrupting the Congressional debate on election fraud.

President Trump pleaded with all after the violence began at the Capitol to go home.  Nancy Pelosi asked that the 25th Amendment be invoked to throw President Trump out of office, otherwise the House would impeach him.  The days following, President Trump  appeared on T.V. and said that he was focusing on the peaceful upcoming transition.  Later, the President tweeted that he would not be attending Joe Biden’s inauguration…President Trump is not a hypocrite politician.  Incidentally, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was more responsible than any other government official  for the violence by not at least giving a fair hearing to Texas’s lawsuit joined by twenty-two other states and the President because they (allegedly) did not have “standing.” In other words, it manufactured “lack-of-standing” as the pretext for avoiding doing its job as the court of last resort and gave no recourse to 75 million Americans who knew the election was stolen.

On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th .President of the United States.  What will Trump supporters do with the massive evidence of voter fraud?  I personally taped over 20 hours of it and I know tens of thousands of other Americans did as well.  I predict that this issue will not go away…and may even lead to serious violence.  It needs to be fully investigated before most people will be placated. To add insult to injury and continuing to inflame emotions, big tech companies and other large corporations have begun penalizing anyone that says that the 2020 Presidential election was stolen, which it was.  God help us.

 

WHO WILL WIN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?

INTRODUCTION

November 3, 2020 will be a momentous presidential election because of the huge differences in what both major political parties are advocating.    However, it’s also going to be one of the messiest in U.S. history, far worse than the messy 2000 Bush-Gore  presidential election.  Who in the end will win, Trump or Biden?  This is complex so we need to analyze it in writing.

POLLS

Most polls show Biden with a large lead, however those polls over- sample Democrat voters by as much as ten percentage points or more, and significantly under-sample Republican voters.  These polls can best be characterized as “suppression polls” because they are intended to demoralize Trump voters so that they don’t even bother to vote because they think that it’s useless since Biden is so far ahead.  There is a poll that was very accurate in the 2016 and 2012 presidential elections (Rasmussen) so I follow it and don’t bother with most of the others.   There are others that I trust (Trafalgar, Insider Advantage) and therefore I also follow them.  All of them show President Trump as winning.  A relatively new phenomenon this year is the “shy Trump voter.”  These voters are not honest with pollsters because they fear physical retaliation (to their cars, homes, person) from the far left (of the Democrat Party) whom they believe to be crazy with hatred for President Trump.

OTHER METRICS

There are other factors that should be considered in attempting to accurately predict  who will be elected president on November 3.  Enthusiasm of your voters is important because it predicts voter turnout.  “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” is a telling question.  Four years ago, after Obama, it was 36%.  Today, after four years of Trump, it’s 56 %.  Media coverage is important because it’s needed to get your message out.  The Mainstream Media TV stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC) are, and have been for four years, in the strong anti-Trump camp, as is the large technology companies (Google, Twitter, Facebook) which sensor conservative speech from their platforms.  However, five of the cable news channels (Fox, Fox Business, One America News, Newsmax, Newsy) do also report conservative view-points.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Recent relevant developments that will affect the election:

  1. Pennsylvania, nicknamed the “Keystone State” may be this election’s keystone by deciding who wins the election.  Recent riots in Philadelphia may sway more Philadelphia and Pennsylvania  voters to Trump, who has run on a “law and order” ticket.  In addition, many large cities have had riots, looting, and violence this year, destroying many businesses.  This may also help President Trump be re-elected.
  2. Engaging in voter fraud this election is child’s play with unsolicited mail-in ballots (ballots not requested in advance).  See my post on this blog on voter fraud if you’re unconvinced.  Eighty million unsolicited  mail-in ballots have been mailed out.  Blue States have been changing their election rules to count votes for up to 10 days after election day.  People may recall that in the 2008 Minnesota Senatorial election that’s how Al Frankin beat Norm Coleman, as boxes of all-Frankin ballots were “found” until there were enough “found” votes for Al Frankin to be declared the winner.
  3. Trump should receive about 25% of the African-American vote (unlike the traditional 10% that Republican presidents usually receive).
  4. The economy has come roaring back from the Covid-19 lockdown…third quarter CY ’20 GDP (Gross Domestic Product) increased by 33.1% on an annualized basis, which is the greatest increase in U.S. history.
  5. Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” is giving the U.S. a vaccine in less that a year from the onset vs. what it would have taken, a few years.
  6. People are sick of the lockdown, which death rates show is unwarranted…and Joe Biden is for more lockdowns…and most people don’t like it.
  7. Mountains of evidence have recently surfaced showing Joe Biden and his family to be corrupt and compromised.
  8. President Trump’s nomination and Republican Senate confirmation of justice Amy Coney Barrett.

CONCLUSION & PREDICTION

Considering all of the polls, as well as other factors and recent developments, I think that the President is going to win.  It’s difficult to be very precise for this election because of the large number of “shy Trump voters” as well as the unprecedented amount of voter fraud, which I estimate to be in the millions.  However, given all of the above, I believe there will be a Trump landslide with the President receiving over 325 Electoral College votes.

JOE BIDEN for PRESIDENT?

INTRODUCTION

Joe Biden is the 2020 Democrat alternative to Donald Trump.   It’s therefore important for voters to know what they’re getting if they vote for Vice-President Joe Biden.  Let’s take a look…

“Everyone likes Joe Biden personally”…that’s probably why he’s doing well in Mainstream Media’s suppression  polls.  Likability is usually the most important factor in explaining why one presidential candidate is elected over another who is less likable.  However, obviously there are many other attributes and factors that are far more important than likability.  A candidate’s positions on domestic/financial and foreign policy I believe are the most important factors, and honesty is the most important attribute.  Let’s look at “honesty” first.

HONESTY

The scandal concerning Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, has been in the news since “The New York Post,” the Nation’s oldest newspaper reported it a few weeks ago, telling how Hunter gained large sums of money from a Ukraine energy company and the Chinese government.  Since then, many emails, documents, and photos from Hunter’s laptop were found at a Wilmington, Delaware computer repair shop by the shop’s owner when he became suspicious and looked on Hunter’s computer’s hard drive.  Although Joe denied knowing anything about Hunter’s activities, emails on Hunter’s laptop  show that he did.  Though this entire affair was said to be Russian disinformation,  the Bidens have not denied that the laptop and all of its contents were Hunter Biden’s.  Finally, one of the emails from Hunter says that:  “…and I won’t ask you for half, like the Big Guy (Joe Biden).  Peter Sweitzer exposes much of this corruption in his books, “Profiles in Corruption” and “Secret Empires.”

 

FOREIGN POLICY

Looking at foreign policy, Joe Biden has repeatedly supported or advocated foreign policy that has ended up hurting the United States, including the Obama-Biden policy of placating Iran and letting it have $150 billion to slow down its nuclear bomb program for ten years.   Moreover, the policy of  bringing all of our troops home early from Iraq was incompetently mishandled  by Obama-Biden not pursuing the Memorandum of Agreement with Iraq which would have enabled our troops to orderly leave as Iraqi troops took their place.  When our troops consequently quickly left Iraq, after the President told everyone when we would leave and the enemy would therefore know they could simply outwait us, ISIS returned and even established a Caliphate (large of area of land) which remained strong until Trump became president, delegated authority to his generals and created combat “Rules of Engagement” which allowed our troops to quickly prevail and destroy the Caliphate…this after building back up our military after Obama decimated it.

The Obama-Biden Administration was antagonistic to Israel and could not make peace in the Middle East.   On the other hand, President Trump finally was able to  secure peace (the “Abraham Accords”) between Bahrain, United Arab Emigrates, Sudan and Israel.  I only mention Trump to demonstrate that a treaty was possible all along but simply needed great leadership.

DOMESTIC/FINANCIAL POLICY

The Democrat Party and Joe Biden have moved far left to accommodate the activist Far-Left of their Party.  Consequently, Biden has adopted many far left positions, such as eliminating all fossil fuels and supporting variations of the very expensive and useless “New Green Deal.”  Another really bad idea supported by the Democrat Party is the elimination of Charter Schools, which are the only hope for many African-American children to receive a good education.  Of course there is Biden’s opposition to the Trump tax cuts which fueled the return to the U.S. of many companies that had moved overseas because of the extremely high (37 %) corporate tax rates taxes, as well as significant cuts in individual taxes for 90% of taxpayers.  Biden has promised to raise taxes.  In addition, Biden’s political party has severely hurt African-Americans by fostering dependency that has led to 77%  of Black children being born without fathers in the home which consequently has led to very high rates of Black crime.

CLOSING

No doubt that vice-president Joe Biden is a very nice person as well as being a good husband and father and will receive votes because of this.  However, the presidency of the United States today needs much more than a nice person…it needs someone tough for these tough times to stand up to China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, etc. as well as someone with a proven record of getting things done and pursuing helpful policies instead of the  harebrained policies of the Far-Left.

OBAMA & BIDEN POLICIES FOOLED US TWICE!

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in 2008 or 2012.  In 2008 it was a very difficult choice for me because I had devoted many years to fighting racial discrimination and eagerly wanted to vote for the first black President.  However, on eight of the top ten National issues, I disagreed with Obama’s and Biden’ positions, so I couldn’t vote for them in good conscience.  Though I didn’t vote for the Obama-Biden ticket, I believed what they said about their being “post-partisan” and wanting a “transparent” Presidency.  While there were some rumblings on the right about Obama really being a far-left radical, I was unconvinced and believed his message of “hope and change.”  By the 2012 Presidential election, I had become convinced that President Obama and Vice-President Biden followed Democrat policies which had destroyed many businesses and jobs, and made health insurance unaffordable for anyone who paid for Obamacare themselves.

Eight years after being elected, Obama-Biden had a record of a number of failures, of wasting trillions of dollars, of race relations being much worse, and of creating a health care system that was far worse and much more expensive than most Americans could afford.  After eight years of Obama-Biden, we had a Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate the lowest since 1978, 62.8%, and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) whose growth did not reach 3% annually for his entire presidency.  Calling President Obama and Vice-President Biden economically incompetent doesn’t come close to describing the situation accurately.

“But Obama-Biden did their best,” you might say.  Their best was simply not good enough.  They were in over their heads.  They are good fathers and husbands, but their policies as President and Vice-President have been a disaster and therefore whoever ran as the Democrat nominee in 2020 (Joe Biden) should not be elected because Democrat policies simply do not work.

Most democrat policies are very destructive.  There is no war on women (see my post, “War on Women”), no longer very much new man-made Global Warming (see my post, “Is Global Warming due mostly to Solar Flares or is it Man-Made?”), not much racism (see my post, “Obsessed with Race”), a phony gun issue (see my post “More Guns, Less Crime”), etc., ad infinitum.  I spend over six hours/day following national and political issues, and have my Masters degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania,  so it’s easy for me to know who knows what they’re doing and who does not (and President Obama didn’t know, economically, and had surrounded himself with economic advisors who all believed in Keynesian economics although it has never worked).  Though the U.S. was fooled twice by President Obama, Vice-President Biden and the corrupt and criminal Democrat Party, I don’t intend to be fooled again.

On a positive note, President Obama was the very first African-American president and is beloved by many of all colors ad creeds.  It took 145 years for African-Americans to go from slavery (up to 1863) to having one of its own being elected to President of the United States (in 2008).  In addition, President Obama appointed two female Supreme Court justices.

UNDERSTANDING PRESIDENT TRUMP

All of his adult life Donald Trump followed important issues and donated to both Democrats and Republicans (see Trump’s book, “The America we Deserve”).  He was not ideological or partisan.  He was a super-patriot and eventually thought he could use his business acumen to turn America around, which he believed had become very weak, militarily, economically, and culturally.  After thoroughly checking with  political experts, he decided to run for the Republican presidential nominee.  Not being a polished politician, his blunt talk won over many Americans who were tired of slick-talking, do-nothing politicians.  His goal as President really was to “Make America Great Again”!  Donald Trump is “old school”.

With Republican majorities in both the House and Senate for his first two years as president, the President was able to pass significant tax cuts which led to the economy doing extremely well for all sectors.  Many of Trump’s accomplishments resulted from his abolishing numerous ridiculous and counterproductive Obama regulations that had put a “wet blanket” over the economy (former GE CEO Jack Welsh’s description).  In addition, President Trump used his formidable negotiating skills to deal with the huge trade imbalances the U.S. had with China, Japan, Mexico, etc.  Moreover, because of his blunt talk, unpredictability, and decisiveness, adversary countries took his threats seriously and were much more accommodating to him than to previous U.S. presidents.

Everything in this article to this point has been positive so why do so many people have an intense hatred of President Trump?  My belief is that it’s mostly because President Trump hits back very hard when attacked.  His opponents, the Mainstream Media, Hollywood, and Academia are not used to any Republican fighting back when attacked.  Republican leadership is infamous for being timid.  Another major reason why so many hate President Trump is the incessant criticism Main Stream Media spouts off every hour of every day, almost all of it phony.  Finally, although President Trump has really made America great again through his numerous accomplishments, he has a few annoying personal mannerisms that turn off many people, including me (though I still admire him for how he’s helped the Country).  I would characterize them all as shortcomings in “Emotional Intelligence” (see Daniel Goleman’s book, “Emotional Intelligence”).  Here’s some examples of what I mean: 1) “punching down” like calling Jeff Sessions “stupid” and Stormy Daniels “horseface”; 2) having his “child” hooked (see Thomas Harris’ book, “I’m OK, You’re OK”)  by Joe Biden during their first debate and consequently reacting emotionally instead of intelligently to other debate questions, like “Do you denounce white supremist groups…?” The best answer would have been a simple, “Yes, of course I denounce them,” instead of his confusing reply); 3) focusing his campaigning on Biden’s shortcomings, instead of what he will do if re-elected (including begin reducing annual budget deficits and total national debt); and 4) the disrespectful manner in which he criticizes Joe Biden personally.  These shortcomings may cause President Trump to lose re-election despite all of his outstanding accomplishments for America.

President Trump has turned around so many failing national endeavors and every single day makes even more progress for America.  If he continues at this pace and is re-elected, I  believe he will become our greatest president.

TRUMP: A TOUGH PRESIDENT FOR TOUGH TIMES

I believe Trump supporters like him for the reason that I like him: the man has a stiff spine and is not timid.  When he’s criticized by the Press or political opponents, he doubles-down and fights back even harder.  In addition,  Trump’s focus on illegal immigration, the military, healthcare, war on terror,  the economy, the North Korean threat, law and order, etc., has touched a nerve with the electorate and he has taken numerous actions to address all of these.  He’s truly a “Blue-collar Billionaire.”

However, today’s world is tough, real tough, with China, Russia, and Iran constantly attempting to do the U.S. harm.  A tough President is needed but many politicians are very weak and give in to many loud demands.  President Trump has demonstrated that he stands up to any country that tries to take advantage of us.  He also has stood up to Europe and NATO among many others.

Failed weak Presidential candidates include Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 Presidential election to President Obama because he refused to fight back.  He was more than capable, as evidenced by his outstanding performance in his first debate with President Obama.  When viciously attacked by the Obama campaign, he refused to fight back.  Governor Romney’s poor performance came on the heels of Senator McCain’s poor performance in the 2008 Presidential campaign.  Moreover, it also followed President Bush’s unwillingness to fight back when constantly fraudulently accused by the Left that, “Bush lied, people died” about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

I’m not advocating that the President of the United States engage in foolish struggles on matters that can’t be won, but I also believe in not backing off when Democrats and the Main Stream Media make false allegations or when other countries threaten us.  For example,  President Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese products, placed sanctions on Iran after getting out of the insane Iran deal, got the U.S. out of the stupid Paris Climate Accords, the job-killing TPP, and frequently calls fake news (ABC,CBS,NBC, CNN, MSNBC), fake news.

Donald Trump is a street fighter.  “Turning-the-other-cheek” is not for successful politicians.  Currently, President Trump is improving  his messaging and has appointed impressive people to help him develop his policies and lead his Cabinet.  He had a resounding electoral victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, thanks to his strong backbone and outworking her by far. Upon becoming the President, he implemented policies that he advocated during the election, including the strongest economy in 50 years and the lowest unemployment ever for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans.   If re-elected in 2020, he will go down in history as being one of our greatest presidents, and possibly even teach Republican Congressional leaders how to fight hard for what they believe in. In other words, to be tough when warranted.

UNETHICAL, CORRUPT, OR CRIMINAL DEMOCRAT PARTY?

Boss Tweed

INTRODUCTION

In the old days, political candidates would tell voters what they stood for and voters would vote for those who they agreed with the most.  With the advent of polling and the use of focus groups, politicians now know in advance what the vote s want and most tailor their speeches and “promises” to tell voters what they want to hear.

Politicians usually refer to this as “spin.”  Up to a point, it is spin.  But many politicians simply lie about their real intentions before they are voted into office…and go far beyond “spin.”  This is deceit and unethical but many people are easily deceived, partly because they want to believe whatever “their” politician and political party is peddling.

How does one find out which politicians are telling the truth and which ones are conning voters?  Start with being skeptical of all politicians.  Look at their record because what they’ve done in the past is the very best predictor of what they’ll do in the future.  Finally,  don’t be fooled by great and inspiring speeches.  We live in a sophisticated and complicated age where not much in politics is what it seems.  

BODY

There are some current examples of “unethical politics?” First define “unethical”.   We’ll just jump in with specific examples and you, the reader, decide whether some behavior is unethical or not.  You should be able to verify every example I cite on the Internet. Let’s go:

The Republican Party or GOP (Grand Old Party) is also known as “The Stupid Party.”  The Democratic Party is also known as “The Treason Party.”  Here’s why…when it comes to political strategy, for whatever reason, the Republican Party is naive, and possibly stupid.  When it comes to issues related to national defense, terrorism, and the economy, the Democrat Party has demonstrated that it is not only very weak, but its policies actually make things much worse.  But these are superficial labels and characterizations, so let’s go deeper and more substantive so, for the sake of time and brevity, I’ll simply cite just a few examples that I consider unethical:

-Former Vice-President Joe Biden for numerous corrupt and illegal activities (a “Quid Pro Quo”) with Ukrainian government officials to assist his son, Hunter, to obtain millions of dollars (see Peter Schweizer’s book, Profiles in Corruption).

-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for  political reasons, not providing for the rescue of U.S. Ambassador Chis Stevens and other Americans in Ben Ghazi on September 11, 2012. 

-Secretary Clinton for deleting 33,000 emails from her server after receiving a subpoena to provide all of her emails to a Congressional Committee.

-President Obama, for political reasons, not pushing for a “status of forces” agreement with Iraq and consequently not leaving a small contingent of American troops to protect the victory that we won there (and ISIS consequently taking over much of Iraq and Syria).

-The Democrat Party for encouraging and funding violent demonstrators at Trump rallies.

-The Democrat Party for fabricating the phony “war on women.” (read Katie Pavlich’s book, “Assault and Flattery”)

-The Democrat Party for blaming climate change on carbon emissions rather than addressing the real upcoming global cooling which is due to solar flares and sunspots, specifically weak Solar Cycles 24 and 25 (read John Casey’s book, “Cold Sun,” David Archibald’s book, “Twilight of Abundance,” and John Casey’s book, “Dark Winter.”).

-The Democrat Party for its  gun debate, thus endangering the lives of millions, especially women  (see John Lott’s book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” and Dana Loesch’s book, “Hands off my Gun”).

-The Democrat Party for: 1) stealing millions of votes (see Andrew Gumbel’s book, “Steal This Vote,” and John Fund’s book, “Who’s Counting, How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”), and for 2) its phony “voter suppression” charges as a pretext to be against Voter ID efforts and legislation that prevent voter fraud (see Ann Counter’s book, “Mugged”).

-The Democrat Party for constantly falsely claiming that the rich don’t pay their “fair share” of Federal taxes when the fact is that the top 10% of the wealthiest pay 70% of the Federal taxes.

-The Democrat Party for trying to suppress free speech (see Kirsten Powers book, “The Silencing”)

-T he Democrat Party for turning into a political-unethical organization intent on seizing and retaining power at any cost (see David Horowitz’ book, “The Shadow Party,” and Dick Morris’ book, “Power Grab”).

-The Democrat Party for its racist history: being pro-slavery, pro Jim Crow laws, pro Klu Klux Klan for over 100 years, finally ending with honest President John F. Kennedy (see Ann Coulter’s book, Mugged).

-The Democrat Party for opposing border security, extended-family chain migration, and the VISA diversity lottery, due solely on its desire for more undocumented workers who become citizens and eventually vote almost exclusively for Democrats.

-The Democrat Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign for jointly paying $12 million to pay former British agent Christopher Stihl for having Russians create a fake dozzier on candidate Trump and then pass it on to the FBI who used it to convince the FISA court (and keep it secret that it was funded by the DNC and the Clinton campaign) to issue a warrant to listen in on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page and ultimately to instigate a special counsel to investigate President Trump for non-existent collusion with the Russians.

-ad infinitum.

CONCLUSION

It’s possible that any politician can become corrupted and lie through his/her teeth to the electorate.  America needs two major honest political parties.  Democrats need to do whatever needs to be done to return their Party to the honesty of one its former Democrat presidents, John F. Kennedy.  The health of the United States and all of its citizens depend on it.  It’s ultimately the responsibility of voters to keep their politicians honest by voting them out of office when they lie and deceive.  The corrupt media, however, has made this very difficult for most Americans.

IS CAPITALISM ETHICAL? DOES SOCIALISM WORK?

Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and many politicians as well as academia advocate Socialism; the National Debt doubled…increased by $10 trillion to $20 trillion during President Obama’s 8 years; annual Gross Domestic Product growth under 2% for Obama’s entire reign; …ad infinitum.  Was Capitalism to blame for America’s woes under President Obama or has President Trump proven that Capitalism is the solution to our Nation’s economic problems?

Let’s take a closer look, first with very brief definitions of Capitalism and Socialism so we’re clear on what we’re talking about.  From the book, ‘isms and ‘ologies by Arthur Goldwag, Capitalism is the “free exchange of goods in a competitive marketplace.”  In that same book, “Socialism” is defined as the opposite of Capitalism.  Further, “In socialist economies, the means of production are either controlled by or directly owned by the state…” European and Nordic countries are not socialist, but simply are capitalist countries with many welfare benefits and healthcare.

Capitalism is fueled by a motive to make profits and it does this by providing goods and services that consumers want and at a price that can beat competitors’ prices who also provide similar goods and services.  This forces capitalists to constantly improve quality and undercut competitors’ prices.   Socialism eliminates the profit motive and therefore satisfies some people’s altruistic side and also attempts to redistribute wealth from the “haves” to the “have-nots,”  satisfying some people’s idea of fairness.  Because in Socialism there is no continuous need to improve efficiency and effectiveness, there usually is significant waste and inefficiencies.  Capitalists would argue that they earn their profits, attending college for many years and then working 70-80-hour workweeks… and it’s their taxed profits that enables government to have the money to help others.

Capitalism creates wealth,  which then is taxed and used to help the poor and needy.  Socialism makes equality of outcome most important, consequently leading to everyone being equally poor with no large sums of funds available for government and charities to help those in need.  Socialism takes away the incentive for people to work hard and excel to provide for themselves and their families.  The top 10% of the wealthy pay 70% of all Federal taxes.  The lowest 50% of taxpayers pay about 2% of Federal income taxes.

Government is usually the culprit behind much fraud, unemployment and economic downturn and  is responsible for our current economic woes.  Loans to people unable to repay them was the precipitating event that caused the 2007-8 economic downturn.  Quasi-government Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forced banks, with threats of lawsuits, to make those bad loans.  Therefore, to have the government fully control the economy is insanity.  Government does not understand business, does not understand how jobs are created, does not comprehend how many of its regulations, especially “Obamacare,” are destroying the economy.

The Dodd-Frank Bill, proposed by and named after two of the most significant initiators of the 2008 economic downturn (Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd), was truly absurd.  For all of its harm to small banks and to the economy, it didn’t even address the cause of the downturn, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

So, let’s answer our two basic questions, “Is Capitalism Ethical”, “Does Socialism Work?”  Capitalism is a huge engine for job creation and wealth to the extent that the Pacific Rim countries have embraced it, as well as China (and they are all becoming wealthy fast)…and there’s nothing unethical about making a reasonable profit for providing goods or services.   Socialism, on the other hand,  can be forced to work, but at the cost of civil liberties, prosperity, unemployment, and political interference in all aspects of your life.

Finally, how about some people becoming billionaires?  Is it ethical for anyone becoming that wealthy?  Huge wealth is certainly a possibility under Capitalism.  However, very wealthy people pay most of the taxes and also give much of their wealth, after providing for their families,  to charities, which use it more wisely than the government ever will. Finally, if you still have a problem with Capitalism, then call it “free enterprise” which means the same thing but is more descriptive and uncontroversial.  And if you’re still unconvinced if socialism works or has ever worked, just check out what’s happening in Venezuela, and if you think Socialism is great, then continue to vote for Democrats and be prepared for the continued decline of the United States.  On the other hand, keep an eye on the Trump economy to see what capitalism can do.

 

 

IF YOU’RE NOT A LIBERAL AT 20…; IF YOU’RE NOT A CONSERVATIVE AT 40…

WW II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said “if you’re not a Liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you’re not a Conservative at 40, you have no brain.”  What exactly did Churchill mean and is it valid?

At 20 years old, people are usually idealistic and usually believe what their mentors (teachers, professors) inculcate in them.  However, teachers and professors in most of today’s universities and colleges have no practical experiences with socialism.  Their students hear only one side of  national issues, and further, are discouraged to even listen to both sides, because the other side is characterized as being racist or sexist or whatever.

At 40 years old, people are usually much more mature, often with a spouse and children, and they begin devoting much more time following public issues.  Moreover, they have lived long enough to become much better at recognizing  the lies and deceit engaged in by many politicians.  And because many at age 40 now have children, national and international issues take on much greater importance with the realization that many Liberal/Progressive policies not only don’t work, but actually do great harm to the people that they supposedly are intended to help.

I’m 50% Conservative and 50% Liberal.  That does not mean 50% Republican and 50% Democrat.  What’s Liberal or Conservative about $25 trillion in National Debt?  What’s Liberal or Conservative about health care that is confusing, disorganized, and unaffordable the way Obamacare is configured?  What’s Liberal or Conservative about a weak military or a foreign policy that punishes our allies and rewards our enemies?

At 77, I’m in the last part of my life, and I’d love to leave this world knowing that the U.S. will be OK, but I’m not there yet, however most young people scare me because they are gullible and easily swayed  but can vote, though they know less than nothing about the issues or do not care…less than nothing because much/most of what they think they know is misinformation.  I don’t mean to sound critical, because it’s natural for the young to spend their time pursuing mates, getting an education, starting a career and raising a family.  How the young vote, the young being the group whose future would be the most devastated by another Democrat President big-government statist president, will determine the fate of the United States.

Finally, the young’s love-affair with liberalism and socialism is best answered with a comment by the British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, who said:  “The problem with socialism is that, sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.”  The U.S. is getting close to running out of being financially able to borrow more of other people’s money.

 

POLICE BRUTALITY?

In Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Atlanta, etc. police are being charged with racism and brutality.  Are the charges true?  Many businesses have been burned down.  The world saw George Floyd being slowly murdered by a policeman in Minneapolis, followed by protests all around the the Country.  Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA got involved and morphed protests into rioting and looting for months.  In Portland there was over 60 nights of attempts to burn down its Federal Courthouse.  Many policemen were seriously injured and three were even blinded. Some cities reacted insanely to Mr. Floyd’s murder by defunding their police departments.  Some thankfully outlawed chokeholds by police.

George Floyd’s murder initiated anew protests against police brutality which then morphed into riots.  Mr. Floyd’s murder was used by the Far Left  to weaken police departments.  Since police brutality has been an issue in the past I thought it was the appropriate time to examine it, determine how pervasive it is, and see what could and should be done about it, if anything.  But first, a reminder of how important this issue is, a quote from David Clarke’s book, Cop Under Fire, “Police officers have the overwhelming support of the communities.  Changing us into something we’re not will get cops and civilians killed.”  In fact, crime has skyrocketed when cities weakened their police forces.

I believe that the first most important and relevant fact to consider is how pervasive is police brutality.  The second is, “what is the best remedy for police brutality” if it, in fact,  is commonplace.  Thus far, the “defunding the police” remedy, being done by many municipalities, is worse than crazy, it’s goofy.  More training for police would be the best remedy.  In George Floyd’s case, however, the policeman  who killed him had previously been charged with many instances of brutality; therefore, he should have been fired long ago.  Training, however,  should be given on: when fellow policemen should step in and stop criminal police behavior.  Training is expensive and requires more money for police departments, not less.  More training is always a good idea though I did not find police brutality to be pervasive.  I think national standards are in order.

Despite their pronouncements to the contrary, their months of riots, looting and burning down of businesses indicate that Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA are not interested in the welfare of the African-American community or  of the United States; therefore anything that they support or advocate should be taken with a universe of salt, including their claims of police brutality and advocacy for defunding the police.

UNDERSTANDING AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS (audio interview w. Kevin Jackson)

I decided to interview Mr. Jackson, author of the books, The Big Black Lie, How I Learned the Truth about the  Democrat Party,  Race Pimping, and Sexy Brilliance, (25-minute audio of interview…click on the blue play icon below) because he is rare indeed…an unabashed African-American conservative.  Moreover, one won’t hear his views from traditional black leaders or the mainstream media and his views are worth listening to.

Mr. Jackson has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, was a management consultant for some of the world’s largest companies, ran his own sales organization, and has his own Blog and talk radio show.  He is a dynamic and elegant speaker who is in high demand for his clarity of thought and expression.

The interview with Mr. Jackson focuses on African-American politics and explores why Mr. Jackson holds the views that he does. He has been on MSNBC, O’Reilly, and Cavuto,  among many others, and has a clear and studied loud message for African-Americans, as well as anyone else interested in the welfare of that community.

In the interview, Mr. Jackson tells us about:

  1. How blacks were sold out by the Democratic party
  2. How to criticize former President Obama without being considered a racist
  3. How the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was far more supported by Republican Congressmen than Democratic Congressmen
  4. Why the Democratic Congress failed to revise welfare law even after Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan reported on how its “no man in the house rule” was destroying black families
  5. The origins of the financial meltdown, and much more.

To listen to my interview with Mr. Jackson’s, please click on the blue play icon below and then the hyperlink under them.

Kevin Jackson-African Americans Audio

Interview by Mike Russo.

WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP BE RE-ELECTED?

Will President Trump be re-elected on November 3, 2020?  I believe that, given his accomplishments, he should be…but of course that doesn’t mean that he will be.  Further, I believe that he is becoming our greatest President. Let’s take a look…

George Washington was our greatest President…without him there would be no United States of America.  Abraham Lincoln was our second greatest for ending slavery and preventing the South from seceding from the Union and therefore keeping the United States as one country.  Ronald Reagan was our third greatest because America was in a huge mess after Jimmy Carter’s presidency and Reagan turned it around by cutting taxes and Federal regulations which grew the economy, and by rebuilding our military to the extent that the Soviet Union collapsed.  The Gross Domestic Product (which is the measure of the size of the economy) almost doubled in the ten-year period from the time Reagan’s cuts in tax rates went into effect (1983).

I believe that Donald Trump is now becoming our greatest: he already knows the best policies to pursue for the U.S. to prosper…in addition to knowing how to handle sticky international problems and strengthening our military, but now he needs to improve at dealing with the Democrats and the media and be more careful in his choice of words to protect himself from the likes of Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff, etc.

A few of the President’s major accomplishments include his initiating  and signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which stimulated the U.S. economy, big time.  This came as the President terminated thousands job-killing useless regulations, initiating a huge increase (10 trillion dollars) in the Stock Market, creation of 5 million new jobs, very low unemployment rate (3.6 %), increases in the Civilian Labor-Force Participation Rate, and growth in the Gross Domestic Product by 3-5%.  Moreover, by giving the military more flexibility in fighting ISIS, most areas formerly held by ISIS have been recaptured.  President Trump is now building an illegal-immigration-stopping wall on our southern border, and attempting to end to chain migration and  VISA-lottery immigration.  He also made huge increases in the military budgets for both FY 2018, ’19 and ’20, which significantly improved the military’s strength and readiness.  He also negotiated great trade deals with China, Mexico and Canada, Japan, South Korea, etc. and cracked down on China’s intellectual theft from America.  He created 9,000 economic opportunity zones in inner cities and other poor areas and passed prisoner reform legislation to help prisoners be treated more fairly.  Despite massive resistance, President Trump also temporarily stopped travel from China to the United States on January 31, 2020, in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus from China to America.

What other achievements does President Trump need to be re-elected and then become the greatest President in U.S. history?  I believe that how Trump makes America great again despite everything the mainstream media and the Democrat Party do to stop him, will determine, in part, how great President Trump becomes.  Put more simply, Trump’s political enemies will be somewhat responsible for the degree that he becomes great.  There is a simple Arab saying that makes it clearer, “the greater your enemy, the greater the victory over that enemy.”  President Trump has many powerful enemies.

After seeing what President Trump has accomplished thus far, aside from being  that I believe that he is well on his way to becoming our greatest President, what else does he still need to do to be re-elected and become our greatest?  This is what I believe he needs to do:

  1. finish building the southern border wall, end the visa lottery, end sanctuary cities, severely limit chain migration, establish a merit-based immigration system,
  2. pass a great American infrastructure bill,
  3. replace Obamacare with something much better and cheaper for a great healthcare insurance system,
  4. prepare a plan to get to zero budget deficits and begin significantly paying down the national debt,
  5. eliminate ineffective government programs and agencies and reduce the size of the Federal workforce,
  6. continue rebuilding the military to be stronger than it ever has been,
  7. significantly reduce the opioid crisis,
  8. expose and end voter fraud,
  9. revitalize and make safe depressed inner cities,
  10. help clean up corruption in government and political parties,
  11. continue appointing more conservative judges,
  12. be more congenial, don’t unfairly criticize anyone, don’t exaggerate,
  13. be re-elected President in 2020 to finish all initiatives.
  14. stop China’s intellectual theft from America.
  15. add more Middle Eastern countries to the Israel-UAE, Bahrain, Sudan peace agreement.
  16. keep Democrat voter fraud to under 3,000,000 fraudulent votes in presidential elections

In today’s partisan political climate, it’s difficult to get much accomplished without great effort, but President Trump is getting important things done despite his many enemies. We’ll know on November 3 or perhaps much later if he’s re-elected and in a few years just how great a president President Trump was.  He has significant headwinds from Mainstream Media which has become completely dishonest.

OBAMACARE EQUALS NO HEALTH INSURANCE (unless it’s subsidized)

 

If Joe Biden becomes our next president on November 3, 2020, Biden said Obamacare will continue to be America’s healthcare system.  Therefore, voters need to know what’s in store for them.

Without subsidies, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unaffordable for most people.  Because it is so bad, many looked to President Trump to repeal and replace it with something much better and much less expensive.  When it was fully implemented in 2017, most Americans no longer received subsidies, which had totaled over $60 billion/year.  Because employers were not required to provide heath insurance for part-time workers, most new jobs that were created  in the U.S. under Obamacare were part-time.

I’ve been a supporter of universal healthcare since the year 2000 and, although I did not vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012, I was hopeful that he would make good-healthcare-for-all a reality.  It did not cross my mind that Obama would promulgate legislation that would destroy healthcare for many more Americans than it might help.  It also did not occur to me that healthcare premiums would double, triple, or even quadruple…and that deductibles would be as expensive as twelve thousand dollars/year and co-pays double what they had been pre-Obamacare…and that all of these consequences combined would have the cumulative effect of destroying healthcare for tens of millions Americans.

Let’s give the creators of Obamacare the benefit of the doubt and assume that their hearts were in the right place, and that the passage of the ACA was not simply an attempt of government takeover of 1/6 of the U.S. economy.  The Affordable Care Act demonstrated that it was not affordable and was pitiful health insurance…it was poorly and incompetently designed and executed.  It reminds me of  the homily that “an elephant is a mouse designed by committee,” but in the case of the ACA, it was designed by one political party in Congress.  Okay, so it’s time scrap it and start over.

But wasn’t Obamacare  designed to be like Romneycare, which was passed by Mitt Romney when he was a Republican governor of Massachusetts?  That’s what politicians said to justify Obamacare, but that’s “bull”.  Romneycare only affected about  8% of the Massachusetts population.  Obamacare covered everyone except those exempted by the President, or over 300 million Americans.  Romneycare did not have penalties or mandates that Obamacare did until it was repealed by President Trump in the new tax cuts law. The very few good aspects of Obamacare, pre-existing conditions and coverage by parents’ insurance until age 26, could  have been simply added to new health insurance Federal legislation.

Although Obamacare  is clearly very bad and expensive health insurance, except for those receiving significant subsidies or exemptions,  the U.S. may end up being stuck with it. The reason is totally political.  One sixth of the economy is healthcare.  The ACA or “Obamacare” is a politician’s dream come true but the average American’s nightmare.  With thousands of dollars required for deductibles before reimbursement by insurance companies kicks in, Obamacare for most ends up basically being only catastrophic health-care insurance, which is important and necessary, but not something one should pay a lot of money for.

An opportunity for Obamacare to be either repealed and replaced came with the 2016 Presidential election.  Only if Republicans controled the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives could Obamacare be replaced with healthcare that was affordable and truly cares about people.  Legislation failed in 2017 because of Senator John McCain but hopefully will be attempted again if President Trump is re-elected and Republicans keep control of the Senate and win a majority of House seats in the 2020 elections.

CAN PRESIDENT TRUMP CREATE JOBS & GROW THE ECONOMY AGAIN?

After most recessions, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth comes back with  a strong minimum 5% increase/year.   But not the recession of 2008-09…annual growth averaged under 2% for the eight years that Barrack Obama was President and the Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate diminished to 62.8%, the lowest it had been since 1978.  Moreover, although the official unemployment rate was under 5%, it would have been about 12% if it were measured the way it was back in the year 2000, and over 20% if it were measured the way it was during the Great Depression in the 30’s.

So what happened under President Obama?  Why not the usual strong growth?  Business had  a few trillion dollars that it held onto oversees, so why didn’t it spend its money to expand its operations and create millions of jobs in the U.S.?  There’s a lot of  reasons why business was cautious in expansion…and we need to understand what the problem was in order to continue to turn around today’s economy and foster substantial job growth (and the increased tax revenues that come with job growth).  Of course, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is filled with disincentives to job growth, especially full-time jobs, so it was partially responsible. The large number of regulations and tax increases under President Obama also added additional burdens on job creators and that’s another major cause.

But who am I to be pontificating on jobs and the economy?  Well, I do have a masters degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.  And my degree is from the Wharton School in the U. of P., which is known for its econometric models of the economy.  To be clear, however, my education was in government, not economics, though I did need to have economics and accounting courses as well as a statistics course in order to graduate from Wharton with my MGA long ago.  I also worked for the Federal government for over40 years in various capacities, and have also worked for the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia.

FORMER  SUCCESSFUL QUICK RECOVERIES

Let’s put aside education and experience qualifications because, from my observations, ideology trumps education.  I’ve seen PhD’s advocate  really stupid positions, even in light of contradictory evidence.  So I tend to look at the real world, what actually happens when a particular economic policy is followed and practiced.

I’ll start with the policies used by President John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s.  When confronted with a recession, he cut tax rates which led to increased economic growth and recovery.  In addition, when President Ronald Reagan inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression from President Jimmy Carter in 1980 (unemployment over 10%, inflation 13.5%, mortgage interest rates up to 20%), President Reagan cut tax rates to the extent that GDP almost doubled in ten years and tax revenues to the Federal government greatly increased in the 10 years following the tax rate cuts.  President George W. Bush had a similar experience with tax rate cuts, revenues to the Federal government significantly increased.

The most recent economic successful recovery was orchestrated by President Trump with cuts in taxes and regulations, which resulted in an extremely low unemployment rate of 3.4% and the lowest unemployment rates in U.S. history for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans.

PAST FAILURES

Let’s look at what actually happened when the opposite approach was used:  it is estimated that President Franklin D. Roosevelt doubled the duration of the Great Depression in the 1930’s by using the John Keynes economic model of increasing government deficit spending, and the US still did not even get out of the Great Depression until World War II.   Moreover, when Japan’s economy went bust in the 90’s, it spent trillions over a 20-year period trying to stimulate its economy.  The huge deficit spending did nothing except give Japan a huge debt.

WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA TRIED

Which brings us up to to when President Barrack Obama spent almost a trillion dollars in his “stimulus” package in a effort to turn around the economy…and he also devalued the dollar by having The Federal Reserve Bank print trillions of dollars with no backing through it’s so-called Quantitative Easing 1, 2, and 3.  He also tried other short-term Federal spending programs such as his “cash for clunkers” and engaged in huge annual deficit spending, the extent of which had never been seen before.  His economic policies, based on the discredited theories of economist, John Maynard Keynes,  have actually have made the economy worse by piling up huge government debt (over $20 trillion in total national debt which is greater than the annual GDP of the US), with very little to show for it,  and whose interest payments will be unsustainable when interest rates increase.

Let’s look at other factors significantly adversely affecting the economy, such as oppressive government regulations.  One of the reasons for President Bill Clinton’s economic success in the 1990s was his significantly cutting back many Federal Regulations (as well as the reduction in government employment through attrition) as part of his “National Performance Review” initiative.  President Obama’s policy, on the other hand,  on preventing drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, has resulted in 240,000 barrels/day less oil from the Gulf,  which would have led to large increases in gasoline prices were it not for oil companies engaging in horizontal drilling and fracking on private and State lands.  Another example of over-regulation is the Dodd-Frank bill, the stated purpose of which was to prevent future financial meltdowns…but it did not even deal with the cause of the meltdown, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who threatened  and coerced banks into making housing loans to people who could not afford to repay them.  Dodd-Frank also had adverse impacts on small banks and dried up loan money for small businesses that would have otherwise been available to them to expand.

Then there’s Obamacare which has been estimated to actually cost the government up to 3 trillion dollars in the first 10 years, as well as lead to very expensive, rationed and inferior health care.   Then, of course, there’s EPA’s over-regulations, such as the one on carbon dioxide, which as we know, is an inert gas, the chief purpose of which is food for plant life, plants which turn carbon dioxide into oxygen.  Moreover, let’s not forget how hundreds of thousands of farm hands were suddenly unemployed when the US Department of the Interior shut off the water to California’s Central Valley in an effort to protect the Delta Smelt (a small fish) that was on the Endangered Species list.  All of these things had severely hurt jobs.  Finally, President Obama extending unemployment benefits to 99 weeks actually increased unemployment because studies show that, on average, unemployment benefit recipients don’t even begin looking for work until 4 weeks prior to the end of their benefits.

IS CUTTING TAX RATES FAIR?

But stimulating the economy by cutting tax rates isn’t fair, is it?  Even President Obama said in an interview a year or so before he was elected President, when confronted with the fact that cutting the capital gains tax rate in the past had actually resulted in increased tax revenues to the Federal government, that he still would not cut the capital gains tax rate because “it isn’t fair.”

So is it fair to cut tax rates even though we know that the result would be to increase tax revenues?  The nation would then have more money to help the poor, not less, so why not do it?  I can understand the “equality” argument but  is it really a good thing if everyone were equally poor as they are in many countries?   “So what” if there are some super-wealthy people…we know that in the United States they will eventually give most of their money to charity anyway and do it much more wisely than the Federal government!   Winston Churchill said that  capitalism is a bad form of government except that it’s better than all other forms of government.

THE SOLUTION

Cutting  tax rates and regulations have always worked in the past and stimulated the economy and thereby created many jobs.  Presidents Kennedy, Reagan,Bush and Trump all increased tax revenues by cutting tax rates for everyone.  Today, the bottom 50% of earners pay almost no Federal income taxes…the wealthiest 10 %, on the other hand,  pay over 70% of all Federal income taxes.  If you believe that’s not enough, how much is enough?  The U.S. corporate tax rate was 35% but Trump and the Republican Congress reduced it to its current 21%, and it consequently has led to many corporations moving their operations and jobs back from other countries and has caused the United States to regain many jobs.  It’s time for President Trump to work his Wharton School “magic” again and bring back the economy again.  I believe that President Trump can and will bring back the economy.

 

IS INCOME INEQUALITY ETHICAL?

A hot political issue is income inequality.  The heart of the debate is that it doesn’t seem fair for some people to make millions while others are living close to or in poverty.  The government already redistributes wealth through taxes and a variety of welfare programs including food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc., but advocates want to see a lot more.  Is this fair?  Is it feasible? Are there unintended consequences for even more income redistribution?  Let’s check it out by first reviewing the scope of the problem:  according to the latest data, the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers pay about 40% of all individual Federal income taxes the and the wealthiest 10% pay about 70%.  However, the bottom 50% of taxpayers only pay about 3% of all Federal income taxes.

The United States’ economy is fueled by free enterprise, also known as capitalism.  Being able to make a better life for yourself and your family motivates people to devote the time, energy and work necessary to become financially successful.  This system, however, does result in some being very rich and some being poor.  Free enterprise, as practiced in the United States, contains economic safety nets to help ensure that no one is destitute.  Even so, some will still be bad off.  Here’s where charities play a large roll, as well as simple government policies, such as those that require that hospitals treat everyone, even when they can’t pay.

For average-income Americans, the Social Security Administration had reported that 51% of Americans make less than $30,000/year.  This poor record was the fault of the Federal government in over-regulating businesses, until recently having an absurdly high (35%) corporate income tax rate that forced U.S. companies to relocate overseas where rates were much lower, and having had high individual tax rates (since many small businesses file as individuals).  All of these policies are still advocated  by the Democrat Party, who, in the same breath, say they’re for the “little guy” and for the poor.

Free enterprise is not perfect but has moved billions of people out of poverty in India, China and many other countries. Winston Churchill said that, “the inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”  Venezuela is the best recent example of how a wealthy capitalist country becomes impoverished when it converts to socialism.  Income inequality naturally occurs under free enterprise but can be somewhat mitigated through the tax system.  I believe that it should therefore be tolerated but great effort made by government and businesses to naturally raise lower incomes to higher incomes. 

Finally, I never got a job from someone poor.  However, when I became relatively well-off, I did give temporary employment to others needing jobs.  Most wealthy people want to help others in this way.  And billionaires eventually give their money away to charities, their families, etc.  However, if the government took away most of the wealth’s money, it would surely waste it.

 

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST TERM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Whether you agree or disagree with what President Trump is doing, there is little disagreement that he has done a lot since being sworn in as President on January 20, three years ago.  If you disagree, you probably have either not been paying attention or have been only watching CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, or MSNBC, since those T.V. stations usually do not report the positive actions the President has taken or downplay/twist his accomplishments.  To help remedy this situation, I’ve  compiled a partial list of the President’s accomplishments so far:

1. Created the largest reduction in Federal income tax rates that the U.S. has ever had for both people and businesses, leading to the largest economic boom the U.S. has ever seen.  This has resulted in the lowest unemployment rates ever for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans, and an overall unemployment rate of 3.5%.  It also has meant about 10% increase in wages to the lowest-paid workers and a total increase to average American families of about $10,000 and larger revenues from Federal taxes because of the vastly-increased economic activity.

2. Revised Obamacare and is replacing it with much better and less expensive healthcare insurance.

3. Ordered and signed hundreds of Executive Orders largely directing various Federal agencies to eliminate job-killing regulations.

4. Withdrew the United States from the do-nothing “Paris Climate Accords,” thus preventing billions of taxpayer dollars being transferred to other countries.

5. Selected two “originalist”  judges to the Supreme Court and about 180 Federal judges.

6. Coerced NATO members to add $140 billion to their previous donations to NATO.

7. Decreased illegal immigrant border crossings by 73%, thus improving the lives of legal immigrants as well as the poor since illegal aliens will work for “starvation wages” and thereby drastically lower the wages employers offer to unskilled workers.

8. Dow Jones Industrial Average increased in value by over 40% since he was elected on November 8, 2016.

9. Enabled the U.S. to become “energy-independent” by significantly increasing oil, gas, and coal production, thus freeing it from mid-east oil.

10. Met with numerous heads of State (like Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Japan, England, Germany, Italy, etc.) to improve relations.

11. Re-established the United States as the world leader by bombing a Syrian airfield when Syria used chemical weapons against its citizens.

12. Destroyed the ISIS caliphate by delegating authority to the Secretary of Defense and removing Obama’s  “Rules of Engagement.”

13. Significantly increased military spending in FY ’18, ’19, and ’20, thus vastly improving the military’s  combat-readiness.

14. Re-negotiated trade agreements (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada to make it fairer to the United States.

15. Approved the completion of both the Keystone and Dakota Access oil pipelines, thereby preventing the more dangerous train and trucking of the oil.

16. Cancelled U.S. participation in the very flawed and harmful-to-the-U.S. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

17. Withdrew the U.S. from the Iranian nuclear deal and imposed a “maximum pressure” campaign on it that has forced Iran to curtail its funding of its terrorist proxies.

18. Negotiated a trade deal with china to curtail Chinese tariffs, add American tariffs, and stop Chinese theft of American intellectual property.

19. Built about 100 miles of 30-ft. high wall on our southern border and is scheduled to build another 300 miles by the end of 2020 to curb illegal immigration, narcotics, and human trafficking.

20. Withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia so as to compete with China, who has heavily invested in these weapons.

I’ve only listed a sampling of the Trump Administration’s achievements. Last I looked, there’s a few hundred things that have improved the lives of Americans and the United States.  Since I have been following politics starting in 1960, beginning with the Kennedy-Nixon debates, I’ve never seen any President do more or work so hard in his first term than President Trump.  President Trump has become a genuine “Jobs President.”  His policy positions are superb for the United States and his “in-your-face” and negative campaigning style I believe were instrumental in Donald Trump becoming President Trump.  If he continues to improve in being more prudent in choosing the words he uses in his tweets and comments, I believe he will change many hearts and minds of Independents and Moderate Democrats and will be re-elected in 2020 by a landslide…and perhaps become one of the greatest President in U.S. history.

 

HOW IS PRESIDENT TRUMP GOVERNING? PROS & CONS

After being President for two and a half years, there appears to be a large difference of opinion on President Trump’s job performance.  As someone schooled in government (Fels Government Center, Wharton School, U of Penn) and with over 40 years of working with the Federal government and some work with a State government and a large city government, I thought I’d use my perspective as a 1/2 conservative, 1/2 classic liberal on the Trump presidency so far.

To be perfectly fair, it’s probably impossible for a multi-billionaire, married to a gorgeous, successful, wonderful woman, and having raised 5 successful and great children, to be humble.  Therefore, when he goes overboard with bragging about his accomplishments, I understand (but do not condone) President Trump’s style but am still calling it a “con.”

Another “con” is President Trump’s  being thin-skinned and having to rebut or comment on every criticism directed a him.  He gives his enemies credibility by even bothering to comment on their usually absurd criticisms.  He strongly believes in hitting back which he thinks will stifle more attacks if he doesn’t hit back.  President Trump’s sometimes inarticulateness and lack of precision and specificity is another one of his cons.  A good example is his claim of millions of fraudulent votes in the 2016 presidential election.  He should have immediately followed his comment up with citations to about half-dozen studies showing that he was right and then cite specific examples that people can better relate to, such as comedian Al Franken stealing the Minnesota Senatorial election from Norm Coleman in 2008.

Trump’s critics accuse him of lying and he and his supporters do not provide enough specifics to counter their spurious claims.   I can usually demolish any of their claims in less than 5 minutes for each one so I know it’s easily possible.  I’ll cite just one example, President Trump’s inaugural swearing in crowd-size disagreement: the Obama photo of his inauguration crowd size and the Trump photo were obviously taken from different vantage points, Obama’s from a low height looking out over the podium, Trump’s from the high top of the Washington monument, looking from the back of the crowd.  In addition, the photos were taken at different times of day: the Obama photo at noon when he was sworn in, the Trump photo at about 11 am, about an hour prior to Trump’s swearing in when the crowd wasn’t all there yet.  I know this to be true because I watched the proceedings all inaugural morning.  However, I believe President Trump should have simply brushed it off by saying something, “no big deal, we had a lot of people and so did President Obama.”

All of the “cons” concern President Trump’s personal shortcomings, as well as things that he has said.   Now let’s look at the “pros,” those positive features of President Trump’s presidency. He has done more in his time as President than any other President in American history that I know of.   The Sunday morning political shows are pitiful in explaining this, only looking at legislative accomplishments.  His tax cuts and jobs act, has stimulated the economy to unbelievable highs and unemployment to new lows.

President Trump used Executive Actions, mostly Executive Orders, to get many things done, like temporary immigration bans from countries that have poor records of vetting citizens, of reversing duplicative regulations that kill jobs and hamper job creation, of enforcing immigration laws, etc., etc., etc.  In addition, President Trump has persuaded many large corporations to pledge billions for new plants and jobs in America.  Moreover, due to his Reagan-like economic plan and pledges from many business leaders, the stock market has increased in value by over $8 trillion since the day Donald J. Trump was elected president, November 8, 2016.  Moreover, both African-American and Hispanic-American employment is highest in history and female employment is the highest since the 1950’s.  President Trump has earned the reputation of sleeping only a few hours/night…of being an unbelievably hard-worker.  Were it not for fake news on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times and the Washington Post, I believe the President’s approval would be about 65%.  Instead, it’s 53% today.

Whether you agree or disagree with what President Trump is doing, he has already fulfilled many of his campaign promises and has pledged to fulfill them all, including building the southern wall, cutting everyone’s taxes, bringing back corporations to the U.S., making unemployment in the U.S. under 4%, etc.

WHY 1/3 of the U.S. DISLIKES PRESIDENT TRUMP

About a third of the U.S. dislikes President Trump even though he has accomplished more in his first term than any other President that I’ve seen by the previous ten presidents in the last 60 years that I followed politics.  He needs to know this soon if he is to win decisively another term as President.  Since I went to the same school as the President (Wharton, U. of Pennsylvania) and am a little older (76), I decided that my two cents opinion might be helpful.

I love what President Trump has done to make America stronger and more successful and therefore would like to see him re-elected so as to continue to fix America’s remaining problems, such as the huge annual ($1 trillion) budget deficits and $22 trillion total national debt.  He can only tackle this issue after being re-elected because he would not be re-elected if he attempted to do it now. Other issues President Trump can resolve  in a second term involve Iran and North Korea.

If the President has accomplished so much for America, then why do so many Americans dislike or even hate him and what can President Trump do to turn  this around and be re-elected by over 45 States in the largest landslide since Ronald Reagan’s second term?

Americans who give the President low marks use his style and watch and read mostly the mainstream media such as The New York Times and Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, etc.  These outlets are really the PR arms of the Democrat Party and rarely are accurate or unbiased and simply do not report on his numerous accomplishments.  Moreover, Google with 92% of the search engine market and a very liberal bias, uses SEME (search engine manipulation effect) that can change voter sentiment by 37-63 %.  On the other hand, Americans who support the President look at his actions and forgive his sometimes lack of a good bedside manner.  They realize that he was a real estate developer in a very tough neighborhood and evolved accordingly.  Moreover, they really appreciate the President being blunt, on their side and fighting for them against some bad actors like China, North Korea and Iran…and they get news from Fox, One America News, Newsmax, Newsy, Rush, etc. so they hear both sides of issues.

I believe that President Trump will go down in history as being one of our greatest, if not the greatest President.  If you think that this is not so, or even worse, you really dislike President Trump, you are unaware of the hundreds of accomplishments he has made to improve the lives of Americans.  Moreover, as most countries throughout the world confront devastating debt, it will be our billionaire president that saves the U.S. from worldwide depression.

CHOOSING A PRESIDENT: DONALD TRUMP?

On November 8, 2016 Americans made a decision that was one of the most important in the history of the United States: electing for Donald Trump to be the President of the United States.  Many believe that politics is stupid because of all of the partisan bickering that goes on.  That may or may not be true, but it’s irrelevant…our President makes decisions that affect not only us, but our children, grandchildren, and many others around the world.

Based on the controversy of this Presidential election, I developed the following non-partisan criteria for selecting a President.  I came up with them after looking at everyone else’s and concluding that they were inadequate.  My qualifications for doing this are: I followed politics for over 60 years, my Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania is in Government Administration, and I’ve worked for the Federal, State and local governments for 44 years.  My 6  criteria for choosing a President are listed below and are prioritized and listed in the order of their importance (#1 is the most important and #6 the least important).

1. POSITIONS ON ISSUES:  this criterium might also be called “ideology”  and is really the most important reason why one should select one presidential candidate over another.

2. EXPERIENCE: there is no job exactly like the presidency but there are some jobs that provide relevant experience.  It’s not a coincidence that seventeen of our U.S. Presidents have been Governors of a State.  Being a Governor provides the best experience  for the presidency, however any executive or managerial experience is relevant and useful.  High-level military experience is good.  Legislative and legal experience is also useful.  Check out accomplishments.

3. EDUCATION: A masters degree in either Government or Business Administration is probably the most relevant education a President could have.  A law degree is helpful.  Business education is helpful.

4. OPEN-MINDEDNESS:  In U.S. politics, the politician is either on the left or the right and this ideology  can be constraining at times for finding the best solutions to a problem or dilemma, so willingness to “going-across-the-aisle” and being good listener can be a great asset for a president.

5. INTEGRITY: one of the important qualities but not so common in many politicians.  This is important because the President may ask us to go to war or to make some other sacrifice, so we need to be able to trust him or her and not think that whatever is being done is for political purposes.

6. PUBLIC SPEAKING and CHARISMA: for his “bully pulpit” duties, a President would be well-served by being a master of the spoken word…and if he or she is charismatic as well, so much the better.

You may agree or disagree with my 6 criteria or perhaps you simply may want to add a few more.  Whatever…but it is important to have criteria (or standards) to use, otherwise you’ might do what many people do: vote solely by political party, vote because of something irrelevant like age, gender, physical appearance, ethnicity, race, or emotions.  While most elections don’t matter that  much, the 2016 Presidential election was one of the most important in U.S. history, and the 2020 Presidential election will also be very important because in his second term President Trump I predict will mostly eliminate annual budget deficits and devise a plan and strategy to pay down the National debt if both the Senate and House have Republican majorities.

It used to be relatively easy to carefully consider my aforementioned six criteria in judging presidential candidates.  With today’s partisan media, it’s very difficult, but it can be done with great effort.  The fate of the U.S. depends on it.

 

WAR ON WOMEN

Beginning with Betty Friedan’s, The Feminine Mystique, I’ve been following the feminist movement and now follow women’s issues.

Recently I read Katie Pavlich’s book, Assault and Flattery, and now have a better understanding of how the Left has kept women down, while claiming that it is the champion of women.

Beginning as far back as 1920, Democrat President Woodrow Wilson and the Democrat Party opposed women getting the right to vote.  Today the Democrat Party constantly fights against Second Amendment rights which women (and men) need to defend themselves.  President Bill Clinton was an accused rapist (by Juanita Broderick) and the accuser was very credible.  Of course this was just one of many allegations made by women against him.  Massachusetts Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy was a big philanderer and was responsible for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick.  Then there’s Democrat President Kennedy who had numerous affairs while President.

You might reply, “you’re referring to their personal lives, not their policies.”  Okay, let’s look at Democrat Party policies.  The most significant example I can think of involves women receiving welfare.  There’s a provision in the welfare law concerning women with dependent children that requires that a man can’t reside in the house of the (female) welfare recipient, otherwise the woman would be removed from the welfare rolls.  This provision has the unintended consequence that led to 77% of African-American households with children, and about 30% of white households, being led by only one parent.  This is very important because most of societal  pathologies stem from boys being raised without fathers.  Although Massachusetts Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan studied welfare in the 60’s and reported on the problem, the Democrat Congress would not revise welfare to address it, for fear of losing African-American voters.

Frequently, you hear feminists say that women’make 77 cents for every dollar men make.  I first heard this statistic way back in the seventies so naturally I questioned whether it could still be that amount 50 years later.  I learned years ago that it really was due to the disruption in paid work-life that most women encounter because of child-rearing.  In addition, I learned that the gap has significantly narrowed and that black women now make more than white women with the same education and experience.

Finally, the abortion issue.  Most Conservatives are only against abortions during the third trimester of pregnancy since the fetus is actually an unborn baby by then.  They also are against partial-birth abortion because it is a gruesome procedure.  Check out how Planned Parenthood traffics in baby parts while receiving $500 million/year from the Federal government.

There are countless more examples in Katie Pavlich’s book, Assault and Flattery.

 

 

BLAME MITCH McCONNELL

Whatever President Trump has promised during the presidential campaign, but does not accomplish, blame Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell from Kentucky.  Although he is very experienced and knowledgable, having served as a senator since 1985 and having been the Senate Majority leader since 2015, the 76-year-old senator may prove deadly for Trump and the Republicans keeping the House and Senate in November 2018.

It’s no surprise that Democrat senators oppose everything the President is trying to do.  However, Senator McConnell has the authority, but refuses to use it, to facilitate passage of the President’s legislative agenda, because he can foster changes in the Senate’s archaic rules by abolishing the filibuster rule which require 60 senators to pass most legislation in the Senate.  He can foster a change to be a 51-senator requirement to pass legislation and abolish the Senate’s legislative filibuster rule.  So why would he not do this?  He says that Republicans will eventually be in the minority again and does not want set the precedent to the Democrats for this Senate rule.  Does McConnell have a good point?  That’s what this article will consider.

“Strike while the iron is hot” is one of my beliefs!  The current situation with a Republican President, House and Senate may never occur again so the opportunity it provides needs to be used right now.  Democrat leadership would not hesitate for a second to do it.  So many wonderful things for the U.S. could be done now if the Senate vote threshold were only 51 votes instead of the current 60 votes needed to pass most legislation.  All major legislation has been voted down by the Democrats in the Senate.  Even when an independent-minded Democrat senator is voted in, Democrat leadership threatens him/her with not funding their upcoming races and also with running strong candidates against them in their primary elections.  Thus, they toe the Democrat line.

Let’s hope Senator McConnell sees the light and changes the Senate filibuster rule.  If he doesn’t, he really should be blamed for the huge backlog in the Senate, as well as its inability to pass significant legislation, including legislation for the much-needed wall on our southern border.

 

GOP/TRUMP ECONOMIC PLAN: REDUCE TAX RATES TO INCREASE TAX REVENUE

How can President Trump and the Republican House and Senate pay for large tax cuts and a trillion dollars in infrastructure improvements that they are advocating and still eliminate Budget Deficits and eventually the National Debt?  Few politicians explain this so I thought that a U. of Penn Wharton graduate (me), who should know this, would explain it.  Many are concerned that the large proposed infrastructure spending and proposed tax cuts will force the U.S. further into debt.  If you simply look at the economy as static, this would be true.  However, the economy is dynamic, not static.  Therefore, when you change some things, like reducing corporate taxes from the current 35% to President Trump’s 20%, as well as reducing taxes on the working and the middle classes, this stimulates businesses in many ways, bringing back U.S. business and investment money to America and stimulating new businesses and the growth of existing businesses.  In addition, Trump will repeal the individual mandate contained in Obamacare, which is the penalty that Obamacare imposes on those who chose not to be covered under it, estimated at $358 billion. Finally, there is about $3 trillion in U.S. corporate funds residing in other countries, that with a one-time repatriation tax rate of 10%, will return to the United States and be invested here.

All of this resulting economic activity will result in a huge increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is a measure of the size of the U.S. economy.  The taxes from this huge growth in economic activity, though the tax rates are reduced, will result in tax revenues being vastly increased.  President Ronald Reagan did this in the 80’s, as well as reduce regulations, and GDP consequently almost doubled in size within 10 years from the time that Reagan’s tax rate cuts went into effect (1983).  President Kennedy also did this in the 60’s.

GDP growth is extremely important because, with 4% annual GDP growth, the United States can afford to do what needs to be done without having annual budget deficits, that at the end of each fiscal year, are added to the total national debt.

If some form of the Trump/GOP tax cuts become law, the United States economy (as measured by Gross Domestic Product, GDP) will more than double in 10 years.

 

 

CONSEQUENCES to the U.S. from PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ECONOMIC POLICIES

 

President Obama meant well.  He sounded sincere and touted “fairness” as his primary concern in his governance of the nation.  However, it’s true that “the road to hell is paved with people with good intentions.”  In plain English, it almost doesn’t matter if the President was sincere  and meant well if the results of his policies were to cause great  harm to hundreds of millions of people.  The percentage of Americans with full-time jobs (“Civilian Labor-force Participation Rate”) has not been as low as today (62% of civilian labor force) since the late seventies and if unemployment statistics were calculated the way they were in the year 2000, unemployment would be about 10%.  If they were calculated the way they were during the Great Depression, unemployment would be over 20%.  Below is my analysis of those major policies of President Obama that destroyed the American dream for many Americansand which President Trump and the Congress need to reform:

A. OBAMACARE/AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: This  law is a wet blanket on the economy. While I’m for good healthcare, and for insuring people with pre-existing conditions as well as kids up to the age of 26 years-of-age on their parents insurance, Obamacare is a bureaucratic nightmare with much more expensive premiums for most people, and unbelievably-high deductibles and co-pays.  This turns most Obamacare policies into catastrophic care only because most people will never meet their deductibles and will therefore be paying out-of-pocket for most of their healthcare.  This turkey needs to go and hopefully will be replaced with something created by a combination of Senators and Representatives from both major political parties.

B. IMPEDING ENERGY PRODUCTION:  A decision on the Keystone pipeline was made for political reasons.  Oil production on government land was significantly down, however, basically because the environmental lobby was against all fossil fuels.  Meanwhile, America has more gas, oil, coal, and shale oil than all of the countries in the Middle East combined but government regulations prevent most of it from being developed.  The wealth created by all of this energy could pay off the National debt, the trillions in unfunded liabilities, and produce an economic boom the likes of which no country has ever seen.  And as thoroughly, scientifically, and irrefutably proven in David Archibald’s, Twilight of Abundance, the warming trend of the earth over the last century, up until 18 years ago when it stopped,  is due mostly to Sun Spots and Solar Flares, not to the burning of fossil fuels.  

C. DEFICITS/NATIONAL DEBT: President Obama doubled the National Debt (from $9 trillion to $20).  The Federal government is still borrowing billions/month from the Federal Reserve so the annual budget deficit is currently over 1/2 trillion dollars/year.  Each year the Annual Budget Deficit is added to the total National debt and currently the National debt is about $20 trillion.  This amount of deficit spending and National Debt is unsustainable. The Federal Reserve  has the authority to print money and by doing so has been able to get away with this huge deficit spending,  but doing so without the backing of gold and/or legitimate loans from other countries, simply inflates our currency.  The U.S. dollar is currently the world’s “reserve currency,”  but our borrowing and spending may eventually change that.  When it occurs, the dollar will immediately decrease in value by about 30%, our credit rating dramatically reduced and interest rates on our borrowing dramatically increased, and our ability to borrow severely curtailed.

D. REGULATIONS:  Regulations are necessary in our society but government needs to be very careful in not over-regulating since this can and does add significant costs to the economy, negatively impacts business creation, and reduces freedoms.  The regulations written pursuant to Dodd-Frank, the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Affordable Care Act  (“Obamacare”), among many others, are excessively burdensome to people and the economy.  ESA, for example, has caused the destruction of most crops in California’s Central Valley due to the Delta Smelt, a small fish on the Endangered Species list. Dodd-Frank is a financial nightmare that does nothing to prevent future bank problems.  Obamacare has and is destroying jobs.

E.  HIGH TAXES:  Money taken from the economy in taxes should be limited because it hurts the economy.  Tax money should be used only for legitimate purposes.  Higher taxes is a drag and drain on the economy so  government needs to be careful to spend it wisely.  Lowering tax rates on everyone who pays taxes in order to stimulate the economy is the preferred way of increasing tax revenues and growing the economy to pay for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, etc.

F. CORPORATE TAXES:  A significant Obama policy  that has unintentionally done  harm to many people is the retention of the 35% corporate tax, which is higher than any other country in the world.  This has led to the flight  of many U.S. corporations and businesses to other countries, and with this flight, the jobs and taxes that go with them.  They need to be reduced to 15-20%.

G. PROLONGED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS:  Extension of the duration of unemployment benefits for more than  12 months is very harmful to the unemployed as evidenced by studies showing  the unemployed usually do not even look for jobs until a few weeks prior to their unemployment benefits expiring.  At one point, Obama, in conjunction with a Democrat Congress, extended unemployment benefits to 24 months. “Compassion” was the stated reason, but getting the unemployed off of of the official unemployment roles  so that the official unemployment rate would be lowered is the real reaon.

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In closing, most Americans were proud that the U.S. elected an African-American President 151 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed  American slaves, even if they personally did not vote for him.  The United States inherited slavery from England when it took over the country in 1776 but had to temporarily retain slavery  in order to form the Union to include Southern States (the “Great Compromise”).  At the first opportunity, the U.S. rid itself of slavery (in 1863).

The first African-American President unfortunately had no experience in managing anything or in guiding an economy and therefore the U.S. consequently is badly hurting economically.  While I believe President Obama meant well, he also still believed that failed liberal/”progressive” economic policies (“Keynesian economics”) were the way to stimulate the economy and therefore turned a blind eye to workable economic policies.

President Reagan demonstrated how to get an economy working and the proof is the fact that the Gross Domestic Product (which measures the size of the economy) of the United States almost doubled 1n the 10 years following Reagan’s implementation of his large reduction in tax rates (1983-1993) and curtailing Federal regulations.  President Kennedy also stimulated the economy during a recession in the 60’s by cutting tax rates.

 

 

DID MAINSTREAM MEDIA DESTROY OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY?

The Press is supposed to help keep politicians honest by keeping the public fully informed through its First Amendment rights.  However, when the Media constantly takes one side by not  even reporting the opposing  side, and being tough on one side and asking “baby questions” to the other (eg., “How does that make you feel?”), it no longer is meeting its Constitutional responsibility.

During President’s Obama’s presidency, for example,  the Press reached new lows in incompetence. Obviously, most people, including the media, have a point of view and there’s nothing wrong with that…unless bias manifests itself by the Press not doing its job…not asking tough questions of both sides or by not reporting news that makes its favorite side look bad.  And though the liberal press may have thought it was helping the President by not airing anything that appeared disparaging to his Presidency, it actually did President Obama  a disservice by not giving him tough feedback in its articles and opinion pieces.  If the Press did so, the President and his Administration would have had the information it needed to make course corrections in the implementation of its plans and goals for America.  It appeared that the President wanted to do good, but that his lack of managerial and administrative experience led him to be a failed President.

There are some journalists, both liberal and conservative, who do their job despite their political orientation.  Examples of tough but fair journalists are Chris Wallace (son of Mike Wallace of “60-Minutes” fame, now deceased), Kirsten Powers, Pat Cadell, and Doug Schoen, whom I believe are liberals. Excellent and fair Conservative journalists include Charles Krauthammer, Brit Hume, and George Will, among many others.  How many so-called journalists can live with themselves or even remain employed by the media is difficult to understand.

Most mainstream journalists didn’t always report only one side and/or misreport the other side.  The clearest and best example of a great journalist turning one-sided  is Chris Matthews.  Decades ago Matthews was such a great and fair interviewer to the extent that I couldn’t decide if he or the legendary Tim Russert (of “This Week” fame,  now deceased) was the best interviewer on TV.  Then President Jimmy Carter was a guest on Matthews’ TV show.  On the following Matthews show, Chris told the audience how Carter (who Chris has worked for when Carter was President) criticized him for not being ideological.  Slowly, but surely, Matthews moved to the left and then further to the left to the extent that he frequently does a great imitation of being a certifiable Crazy.  If Matthews can morph into a Crazy, are any of us immune?

The American public is not being well-served by hearing only one side of important issues.  If a journalist “can’t do the job, we got to get rid of him or her.”  How do we do this?  Send emails and letters to the newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc. when they publish or say something one-sided.  Incidentally, Pew Research says that Fox News (not its opinion pieces, just its news) is the most even-handed.  The four major commentators of night-time Fox News shows are  “opinion journalists” and are touted as such and therefore are not counted when measuring even-handedness.   One calls himself a “traditionalist”(O’Reily), two are onservatives (Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson), and one a liberal (Megyn Kelley).  However, they all have guests with views that oppose their views and this makes for very entertaining and interesting TV (and it’s good to hear both sides of every issue).

The Conservative sides of the arguments are very interesting and pragmatic. Listen to or read their positions from Conservatives to accurately learn their positions on creating  jobs, stimulating the economy, Climate Change, foreign policy, Keystone XL Pipeline, minimum wage, media bias, immigration, so-called “war on women,” etc.

An Eagle needs both wings to fly, as does an airplane…and so does analyses and arguments.  Both sides need to be presented for intelligent analyses of issues.  Can mainstream media do it?  Probably not; therefore citizen journalists and talk radio need to step up and do the job and push out the incompetent journalists by giving brilliant analyses and commentary.

Mainstream media believed it helped the President, but his ultimate failure and disgrace was at their hands, mostly because the Press failed to do its job, which was not supposed to be to protect him, but to give him useful critiques, in its reporting and opinion pieces. This is a real shame because Obama was our first black President and it would have been great if he were successful.

President Donald Trump won’t have the problem with the Press.  They will help make him the greatest President in U.S. history by being merciless in trying to destroy him.

 

 

 

 

FERGUSON: Did Michael Brown Receive Justice?

On August 9, 2014, 18-year old Michael Brown, was shot to death by Ferguson, Missouri policeman Darren Wilson. Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, were walking in the middle of the street when officer Wilson, in a police car, asked the young men to walk on the sidewalk.  Officer Wilson drove on but the young men stayed in the middle of the street.  Wilson’s police radio told about the recent robbery at a nearby convenience store and mentioned that the perpetrator wore a red cap and white shirt, which is what Mr. Brown was wearing.

After hearing the description of Michael Brown, officer Wilson backed up his vehicle until it was in front of Mike and Dorian, blocking their path as well as traffic coming from both sides of the street.  Before Wilson was able to get out of his car, Mike punched Wilson in the face through an open window and tried to get officer Wilson’s gun.  Wilson was able to shoot twice, once hitting Brown in the thumb.  Mike and Dorian then ran away with Wilson running after him telling him to stop. Mike stopped running when he reached a light pole, then he turned, and charged Wilson.  Wilson started shooting but stopped shooting when Mike stopped running. Mike began charging Wilson again and was only stopped by the final bullet which hit him on the top of his head (which is because Brown bent forward as if to tackle Wilson).  Mike’s mom, Lesley McSpadden said that her son would have followed the policeman’s orders.  Mike was so high on Marijuana, however, that he couldn’t have been thinking straight.  According to the Toxicology Report, Mike’s blood level of Delta-9-THC was 12 nannograms/ML, which is twice the legal limit that the State of Washington (where pot is legal) allows for determining that someone is impaired.

These are the facts.  The first account of what happened was by Mike’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who was arrested in 2011 and lied to the police about his name, address, and everything else he told the police.  However, he was believed by everyone in the community until the very thorough Grand Jury’s report was released on November 24 which provided forensic and physical evidence proving Johnson was wrong .  If any one individual is responsible for all of the agitation and violence, it’s Dorian Johnson, whom I believe should be indicted for lying to the Grand Jury (as well as to the police, the community and to the world which consequently led to the violence where many people were hurt).

Rather than calming the situation in Ferguson, agitators whipped up the crowd into a frenzy and looted and burned down 25 businesses in the area the night that Robert McCulloch, prosecutor for St. Louis County, explained what the Grand Jury did and how they reached their conclusion that there was no “probable cause” for indicting Officer Darren Wilson.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had mobilized the National Guard and explained that their job was to protect the businesses, but he did not deploy the guard to do their job and many businesses were consequently burned downed after Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, shouted to the crowd, “burn this mother f—er down,” and “burn this bitch down.”

Mainstream Media, instead of keeping everyone informed and critically analyzing the event, has been making the situation worse with its usual incompetent and sloppy reporting and analysis.  I’ll just give one piece of proof for my allegation of their incompetence: look at the recent photo of Michael Brown at the top of this page.  Have you seen anything other than Brown’s 13-years-old sweet child photos from mainstream Media (Michael Brown was 18)?  The Trayvon Martin case all over again, where the media showed only his photos when he was 12-years-old rather than the 18-year-old that he was.  However, beating out all other media outlets for malfeasance and irresponsibility once again is the New York Times which listed Darren Wilson address in one of its November 24 articles.

Some politicians used Ferguson for nefarious purposes.  Attorney General Eric Holder, racist, did so.  Al Sharpton, another racist, as well.  President Obama, on the other hand, appeared to be helpful, trying to defuse the situation.  Who am I to say someone is racist or not?  I worked for many years getting fair play for minorities and women and received awards for this work.

After looking at the facts that I presented here as accurately as I can, do you believe Mike Brown received justice?

Although most murders of African-Americans are committed by other African-Americans, situations like Ferguson will continue to happen unless everyone does three things: 1) do not assault police officers, 2) do what police officers ask you to do…you can always get a remedy later if you were treated unfairly, 3) if you use illicit drugs, do so at home where it is relatively safe and you do not have to be level-headed and reason your way out of tricky situations that can get you hurt or killed.

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