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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 wannabes 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 stupid 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?

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.

TRUMP: LAST CHANCE TO RE-ELECT A POPULIST PRESIDENT?

A few Republican politicians this year are not supporting President Trump because he’s not currently leading in most polls, although his approval among Republicans is at 93%.  Some Republican politicians  figure that, if Joe Biden becomes president, they can always regain the Presidency in 2024, but is this realistic?

Today, the “open borders” policy of Joe Biden (2/3 of immigrants vote Democrat), as well as a Biden Supreme Court probably ruling that a photo ID or other proof of citizenship is not required to vote (and the consequent increase in voter fraud from today’s 3 million fraudulent (Democrat) votes, 2020 may be the last year that a Republican can become president of the United States.

Consequently, beginning in 2024, it might be a waste of time to even bother holding another presidential election.  We would have Democrat presidents for the foreseeable future.  So those Republicans who are not supporting Donald Trump this year and then plan to elect an establishment Republican in 2024, are deluding themselves.  If President Trump is re-elected this year, among other things, he will finish building the wall on our southern border and stop illegal immigration, help ensure that photo ID’s are required to vote, and purge registration roles of deceased voters and people registered to vote in more than one State.

So what’s a voter to do if s/he doesn’t like Joe or Donald for president?  List your ten most important issues and rate both Joe and Donald on each of those ten issues.  You might have to listen carefully to discover what each candidate (not any journalist) has to say on each of your ten issues. Then you need to consider what Joe and Donald have accomplished in their lives.  Finally, you need to think about how honest they are and then tally their total score.  Whatever nominee receives the highest score you vote for.  Try to avoid even considering non-issues like racism (see Ann Coulter’s book, “Mugged”), sexism  (see Katie Pavlich’s book, “Assault and Flattery”) or man-made climate change (see Bjorn Lomborg’s book, “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” Alex Epstein’s book, “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels,” and John L. Casey’s book, “Dark Winter”) since these issues are phony for these candidates.  Do understand, however, that if Donald Trump is not elected in 2020, there might never be another Republican president and that, with Joe Biden selecting the next two or three Supreme Court justices and the consequent loss of your individual right to own a firearm and other Constitutional rights, the United States will move far to the left, default on the National debt, and government corruption will become even more rampant than it is today and move closer to becoming a Venezuela-style country.  This may be the very last chance for America to re-elect a populist president and fix its numerous remaining problems (see Michael Anton’s book, The Stakes: America at the point of no return, and his article in The American Mind, called “The Coming Coup”).

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 become even better 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 Shumer, 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%.  Morever, 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?  Circumstances and the President’s actions in response to them have a lot to do with how great a president becomes.  Therefore, 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 clear, “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 on his way to becoming our greatest President, what 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 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 opiod crisis,
  8. expose and end voter fraud,
  9. revitalize and make safe depressed inner cities,
  10. help clean up corruption in political parties,
  11. continue appointing more conservative judges,
  12. be more congenial, don’t unfairly criticize anyone, don’t exagerate,
  13. be re-elected President in 2020 to finish all
  14. initiatives.
  15. stop China’s intellectual theft from America.
  16. add more Middle Eastern countries to the Israel-UAE, Bahrain peace agreement.

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 how great a president President Trump was.  He has significant headwinds from Mainstream Media which has become completely dishonest.   Stay tuned.

PHONY COVID-19 SURGE?

INTRODUCTION

Coronavirus tests administered in the U.S. have reached about 70 million as of August 13, 2020.  In recent months the number of reported cases has therefore concurrently surged.  In addition, a large number of test results from some states (Florida, Texas) and many counties have been found to be bogus.   Many States have used the increase in cases to justify reversing the opening up of their economies.  A simple correlation between the number of tests and the number of cases should show whether the huge increase in testing is what’s responsible for the large increase in the number cases of Coronavirus being reported.

The number of hospitalizations for all causes has also surged in recent months, however most are from elective surgeries unrelated to the Coronavirus, because of the large demand fostered  by surgeries postponed during the shutdown (though Mainstream Media fails to report this).

The daily number of deaths from COVID-19, on the other hand, has dramatically decreased, though these numbers are also somewhat unreliable since some States count any death as a COVID death even if the patient dies from something else but also has COVID at the time of death.  Some deaths are simply being deliberately misreported.

Given all of the above, how can we determine whether COVID-19 is no longer a pandemic or is still increasing and that States should therefore continue the shutdown (which I believe has caused many more deaths than the virus).  I believe deaths are by far the most reliable indicator of the three aforementioned measures and therefore it should guide Governors on opening up their economies.  For political reasons many governors are using every excuse to keep the economy 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, 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).

 

BACKGROUND

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is believed to have come from a bat at 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 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 only able to be slowed down but not stopped since there is no vaccine yet to prevent it.  However, slowing the spread was very important in order to prevent a huge spike in cases that could have inundated U.S. medical facilities.  In addition, more time was needed to enable medical researchers to develop a vaccine and effective treatments before “community spread” of the virus covered all of the U.S.   Currently, prevention tactics are the only things we can do to avoid getting the virus with the exception that it appears that Hydroxychloroquine has a prophylactic effect.  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, and a large daily dose of vitamin D (5,000 International Units [IU]/day).

Hydroxychloroquine has been very effective in New York, China, India, 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 don’t want it because it is extremely inexpensive, and 3)Democrat leadership don’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

So what’s my prognosis?  The virus will continue to spread, despite social distancing, wearing masks, and hand-washing, into the millions until herd immunity is reached or a vaccine is available.  The Summer’s warm weather and strong sunlight was supposed to give us a temporary reprieve until about October.  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 (Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)  with Azithromycin; Remdesivir; plasma from Coronavirus-recovered patients; etc.), a vaccine should be 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.  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, yet only has a moderate amount of Coronavirus infections.

CONCLUSION

I believe that the final solution is to ease into a modified “herd immunity” where a large proportion of the population has had the virus (and therefore is now immune).  This until a vaccine is available.  However, once infected, and with no vaccine, instead of 20 days being ill, Hydroxychloroqine, Remdesivir, Convalescent Plasma and other therapeutics significantly reduce sick time, with Hydroxychloroquine cutting in half the death rate (as demonstrated in a recent observational study by the Henry Ford Health Center in Michigan).  No country can afford to have its economy mostly shut down for more than a month or so 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.  This is a tough solution and that’s why it’s the final solution…everything else has been tried.  Absent a vaccine, I believe the U.S., State by State,  will have to end the shutdown and then go with herd immunity but with speedy testing, effective treatment, social distancing where possible, frequent hand-washing, wearing a mask, being outside where the likelihood of getting infected is much less, widespread use of upper-room, low-dose, ultra-violet light, and most people taking 5,000 International Units (IU)/day of vitamin D (this is especially important for African-Americans since their darker skins inhibit the production of vitamin D).  President Trump has almost total authority in this situation under the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the Public Health Services Act of 1944, and the Disaster Relief Act. On April 16 the White House Covid-19 Task Force provided the details on re-opening the economy in three phrases, to be used by each State as it curtails the virus.  It appears, however, that “Blue State” governors are playing politics by keeping their economies mostly shut down and by not fully opening their schools, with the belief that many parents with young children can’t work unless their children attend school and that this hardship will hurt President Trump’s re-election chances on November 3.

 

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.

FINDING RELIABLE POLITICAL POLLS

INTRODUCTION

With two exceptions, the presidential polls in the 2016 presidential election were completely wrong.  If you knew those two exceptions in advance, you could have predicted the outcome of the election.  I did 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.

BODY

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 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 persuade public opinion rather that guage public opinion.  I believe that most political polls are seriously 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 believe 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 might be.

HOW TO DETERMINE FAKE NEWS

 

How do you know if news is fake?  I use the following method:

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 cannot be trusted for reporting accurate information about anything involving President Trump.  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 him 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, immediately comes to mind as a reliable source of accurate information.  Washington Examiner’s investigative journalist and chief correspondent, Byron York, is one of the best sources I know of.

Sixth, the very best source is the original, real, actual source of information, the kind you see on CSPAN-1, 2, or 3, not from most journalists or reporters.  Subject-matter experts, like Gordon Chang, are great reliable sources.  The best source for what President Trump says is to listen to President Trump says.

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).

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 and most people don’t have that much time.

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 srutinizing 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 crazy, 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.  I think we need that right to protect our families.  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.

HOW TO PAY OFF THE NATIONAL DEBT?

The United States currently owes $26 trillion, $3 trillion of which President Trump needed to  spend to help the U.S. to recover from the Corona virus lockdown of the economy. This debt is an albatross around the neck of the Country and there is little likelihood that it will be even partially paid off anytime soon…or is there?

The richest country the world has ever seen, sitting on top of  huge untapped oceans of oil, natural gas and coal, as well as millions of square miles of publicly-owned land, and we’re the beggars of the world, owing trillions of dollars to China, Japan, and many other countries, including our own Federal Reserve, which creates money out of thin air.  This picture doesn’t make sense but what can be done to change it?

There are many proposals floating around to help address this problem, from a fair tax to a flat tax and the “Penny Plan”.  Ohio Governor John Kasich paid off billions of Ohio’s debt by cutting ineffective programs.  Former Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, cut government programs and also stopped the Union practice of letting outragiously expensive Union contracts.  Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, created many jobs and took Florida from billions in debt to billions in surplus.

Various plans have been tried, some with dire consequences, like the “Sequester” that President Obama suggested and Republican leadership agreed to.  The Sequester had been devastating to the military because it cut budgets across-the-board, both good programs and bad.  There are many expensive Federal programs that are ineffective and do little or nothing, have been around for a long time, and need to be terminated.  Some programs simply need to be revised in order to make them effective and efficient.  But any revising or terminating requires a strong leader. That’s why the 2016 Presidential election was so important.  Not many leaders would cut ineffective government programs and also expand production of, and then sell off, oil, gas and coal to other countries and perhaps sell surplus public land to its citizens, but President Trump has begun this process and will continue to do so to pay off the National debt.  He must wait until after the 2020 elections because cutting government programs is unpopular and President Trump would therefore probably not be re-elected if he started cutting programs before then.  Bringing back trillions in cash currently “parked” oversees by American corporations is also greatly helping now that the U.S. corporate tax has been reduced from (highest-in-the-world) 35% down to 21%.

If the United States doesn’t get its spending under control it will most likely be piled onto the ash heap of great countries that spent their way into mediocracy.  This requires President Trump and a Republican House of Representatives and Republican Senate together in order to end those Federal programs that are not helping people.

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.

 

WHY I RESPECT PRESIDENT TRUMP

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

  1. 1. President Trump every day is making America great again by signing Executive Orders and laws to increase America’s prosperity, defenses, security, etc.  His tax cuts law, for example, has 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 it 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 hsistory 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 enables fatally-ill people to get experimental drugs as a last-ditch effort to save their lives.  He has made the U.S. energy independent through Executive Orders abolishing Obama’s harmful over-regulations.  He is building the southern border wall to protect Americans from drugs, terrorists and criminals.  Etc., etc., ad infinitum.
  2. He fights back hard when unjustly accused, which is far different than many, timid, gutless, Republican leaders.  Not only does he fight back, he continues to push his agenda, which is to help all Americans, despite the relentless attacks and misreporting by the Mainstream Media, academia, Hollywood and Democrat Party leadership.
  3. President Trump does 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 is 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 has regained America’s place in the world and is not timid to lead, 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 does not put on airs and is not pretentious.
  8. He is loyal to his supporters and his political party.
  9. He calls out the media for misreporting and even fabricating news, which is far different than many spineless Republican leaders.
  10. .He has 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 is a different kind of President.  He accomplishes in a day what most Presidents take a month or more to do, if ever.  He is fearless and does what needs 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 is correcting his earlier mistakes and is improving the United States so dramatically and so quickly that I cannot help but respect and admire him.

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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.

 

DEMOCRAT LEADERS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMY

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 stimulates the economy and creates jobs to the extent that the additional tax revenues generated from the cuts can exceed the cost of the cuts.

President Kennedy did this, as well as Presidents Reagan and Trump.  Why doesn’t the Democrat Party get it, but instead has stuck with Keynesian economics which allegedly doubled the duration of the Great Depression in the 30s and early 40s?  Moreover, leaders in the Democrat Party, like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, 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 and with their preferred economic system (socialism), everyone except government 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 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 results have been achieved every time cutting taxes and regulations have been tried 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.  Racism obviously still exists, but there are many politicians and race hustlers  exploiting race simply to get your vote.

 

IS CLIMATE-CHANGE DUE MOSTLY TO SOLAR FLARES OR IS IT MOSTLY MAN-MADE?

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.

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 to blame.  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 about it (unlike the political and do-nothing Paris Climate Accord).  Currently, claims of global warming are: 1) a ruse to give climate-study 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 overforcast 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, is climate change mostly caused by people or is this political BS, and can anything be done about it to make a significant difference?  We don’t know yet.  If anyone says “it’s settled science,” you need to know that nothing in science is ever completely settled.  I estimate that about half of scientists disagree with climate-change being mostly man-made.

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 is now 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 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 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 taffickng 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, high taxes, not supporting local police, rent control, etc., etc..

The Democrat Party has targeted minorities, illegal immigrants, and the poor.  However, their policies have actually significantly hurt them.  Once these targeted groups understand this, there should be a backlash.

VOTER FRAUD IS RAMPANT!

                                  INTRODUCTION 

Fraudulent Votes

The 2020 Democrat Primary Iowa Caucus held on February 4, 2020 was a mess, most likely cheating contender Bernie Sanders from a decisive victory.  The 2018 national mid-term elections held on November 6, 2018, resulted in Democrats taking over the House of Representatives from the Republicans, the Republicans increasing their lead in the Senate, and Republican governors being elected in Florida and Georgia, among other things…or did it?

Although all ballots are supposed to be counted within a half-hour of  polls closing on election day, in the days following the election, boxes of ballots miraculously appeared in cars for Broward County, Florida and votes were still being counted in Arizona, Georgia, and Florida.  Was this simply incompetence or was it fraud? Let’s look at some recent examples of fraudulent voting:

1) the Pew Center on the States estimates 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters;  2) 24 million voter registrations are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate (see February 2012 Pew Center Issue Brief);  3) in many U.S. counties there are more registered voters than there are residents (see Judicial Watch’s “A Citizen’s Guide to Ensuring Free and Fair Elections in 2016 and Beyond”); 4) most Democrat politicians push to eliminate all voter identification to vote…guess why;  5) a California  law allows non-citizens to have driver licenses and then the California Motor Voter law automatically registers them to vote when they receive or renew their driver license; 6) voters in Philadelphia were intimidated by New Black Panther party members who were not prosecuted by Obama’s U.S. Justice Department (see J. Christian Adams’ book, Injustice);  7) the U.S. Presidency was stolen in 1960 by Joseph Kennedy, President Kennedy’s father!  8) men and women in the military are routinely sent ballots so late that it’s impossible for their votes to be counted in time;  9) absentee voting has become the voter fraud of choice because it doesn’t require voter ID; 10) countless other elections at the Federal, State and local levels being stolen; 11) 2.7 million voters fraudulently registered in two states, 68,000 voters fraudulently registered in 3 states; 12) Pennsylvania currently has no requirements for voter identification  (see February 2012 Pew Center issue brief;  see John Fund’s books:  Who’s Counting?: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk; and  Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy); 13) Harvard (CCES) study shows 6.4% illegals voted in presidential elections and 2.2% in off-years; 14) following the 2008 U.S. Senatorial election for Minnesota, boxes of ballots miraculously were found in trunks of cars again and again until Al Franken won over his opponent, Norm Coleman, who had won; 15) non-citizen voting becoming a large problem accounting for the “open-borders” movement in the Democrat Party (see the 2018 book, Fraud, by Eric Eggers).

ANALYSIS: Who’s responsible for this National disgrace and travesty?  The governments at the Federal, State and local levels are the culprits!  It’s not due completely to incompetence but to dirty/criminal politics and it’s long overdue to be corrected before Americans lose all faith in the integrity of their elections.

Even in the Iraqi elections a decade and a half ago, voting was much more honest than in the United States.  How can that be?  Iraq had a very simple but effective system which was used by the U.S. military: when Iraqis voted they had to dip their index finger into a jar of indelible purple ink…and this was solid evidence that they had voted.  In the United States, on the other hand, registration proving that you’re eligible to vote is required first.   What evidence is required to register to vote?  In Colorado, a utility bill with your name on it was sufficient.  Of course this is ridiculous because you  don’t have to be a citizen in order to receive a utility bill…and in addition, if you have more than one home in different counties, you’ll have separate utility bills for each home (you get to vote twice if you’re dishonest).

Many politicians say that they don’t want to place an undue burden on their citizens by actually requiring that they show a photo ID, such as a drivers license (which is even required of people of questionable age to buy a pack of cigarettes).  What a crock!  Does any adult really believe that lax registration 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 book, Steal This Vote).

In the recent 2018 mid-term election vote discrepancies in Broward County, Florida, it appears that the culprit was a corrupt County election supervisor, Brenda Snipes.

THE SOLUTION: All election officials must follow their State’s election laws or be penalized.  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. (four million/year?).  Something also must be done to prevent criminal politicians from continuing to corrupt our elections.  It’s government’s fault that it got this way and it’s  government’s responsibility to clean it up.

For further information check out www.truethevote.org and the “Election Integrity Project”  at www.judicialwatch.org.

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 that the U.S. has done since its inception in 1776, but none of its great achievements and acts of kindness and heroism. Americans have many reasons to be proud, a few of which I cite below.

Our founding fathers were 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.  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. 600,000 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 gone much better.  Nevertheless, America survived and prospered.

So why exactly should Americans proud to be Americans?  What is there to be proud of?  To begin, the United States saved 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.  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 its share of 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.

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 always try to be even-handed in my writing, giving both sides of issues.  However, the Left has become so radical, and even criminal at times, that I thought one article that was not even-handed is in order and appropriate…just one.

1. Donald J. Trump was not a politician when he ran for President.  Over the years, he contributed millions to both Democrats and Republicans.  As President, he is not ideological but looks for policies and solutions that are practical.  Democrats, Mainstream Media, Hollywood, and Academia hate him so much that it looks like those groups have become unhinged and even deranged.  Large sums of money are spent by George Soros, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, and other Democrat Party benefactors to pay agitators, through far-left organizations, to be on call to be violent and counter-protest any group or issue they’re told to protest.

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

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 also allowed a large number of illegal aliens into the U.S. since most will eventually vote Democrat, and he doubled the National debt (from $10 trillion to $20 trillion), coming close to bankrupting the country.

6. The Democrat Party and Barack Obama 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 Eric Holder and Maxine Waters have actually advocated violence while the Main-Stream Media falsely accuse President Trump of instigating violence.

9. If the news media competently did its job and reported fairly on both sides of every issue despite its leftist views, much of the problems I mention above would go away.

10. 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, 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.

11. 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.

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 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, and 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 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 Ayitolla 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.

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.

President Bill Clinton with First Lady Hillary Clinton

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 mostly 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.

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.

President Barrack Obama

On January 20, 2017, Republican Donald Trump was sworn in as President and subsequently implemented policies which grew the economy to over 4% 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.  Finally, 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 believe that budget deficits will disappear by the end of 2024.

All of these accomplishments benefited almost all Americans, especially the working and middle classes.  However, the Democrat Party fought against all of these instead of championing them as it would have before the turn of this century.  Today, the Democrat Party is for open borders, Sanctuary Cities, high taxes, late-term abortions, Socialism, government-run healthcare, and against ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), law enforcement, gun ownership, low taxes, and the military.

From Conservative Democrat President John Kennedy to Far-Left Democrat President Barrack Obama, the Democrat Party is no longer the Political Party that your father might have voted for.

HOW WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP ELIMINATE ANNUAL FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICITS?

The United States government currently owes over $23 trillion dollars, called the National Debt.   Each year the National Debt is increased by the amount of money the government overspends that year, which is over the amount it collects.  This amount is called the Annual Budget Deficit. When President Obama took office, the National Debt was $9 trillion.  When he left office it was almost $20 trillion.  President Trump continued having hefty budget deficits, mostly because of the higher interest rates on U.S. Treasury bonds that the government is paying, in addition to the cost of bringing back the military to combat-readiness, which had significantly weakened by the underfunding by the Obama Administration.  Consequently, at some point in the next few years, the Federal government may not be able to afford to pay interest on the ever-increasing  National Debt.  This problem is probably the most serious, long-term, one that the U.S. faces.  President Trump is fixing every one of the country’s serious problems so what does he plan to do about this  upcoming financial disaster?  Here’s what he will do, if re-elected, starting now and ending the last year of his 8-year presidency:

President Trump is significantly increasing revenues to the Federal government by stimulating the business environment in the United States through lower corporate, business and income taxes, which has increased the number of people working and the revenues from their taxes, even at reduced tax rates.  He’s also making Americans more prosperous by eliminating unnecessary, job-killing Federal regulations.  Recently, he cut 5% from all Federal Departments.  I initially thought that in a few years the U.S. might not even have a deficit, but with the Federal Reserve increases to the Federal interest rates, the interest on the National Debt is much higher today (about 3 %) than it was when Obama was President ( approx. 1 % ).  This translates into the government paying each year hundreds of billions more for interest on the National Debt than it had been paying only three years ago, and this makes it much more difficult for the government to eliminate its annual budget deficits.

Despite the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates, however, I believe President Trump will still eliminate annual government budget deficits, estimated to be about a trillion in fiscal year 2020, and perhaps also start paying down the National Debt by the end of his second term, with one caveat.  Trump must have a Republican House of Representatives and a Republican Senate in order to put the U.S. financial house in order.  Democrat leaders will do anything to make Trump fail, including preventing his eliminating annual deficits and the reducing the national debt.

In the final phase of eliminating annual budget deficits, President Trump will attempt to eliminate useless and duplicative Federal programs and pare down programs that have shown only meager results.  This will be unpopular with the general public and and a Democrat Congress and that ‘s why he’ll do most of it near the end of his presidency.  How do I know what President Trump will do and when?  Here’s how:

  1. I went to the same school as President Trump, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, though my Masters was not in finance but from the FEls Government Center, which back when I graduated (1972) was in the Wharon School.  My focus was on government, but there still was some commonality between the two programs though Trump became a billionaire in business and I became a moderate-income Federal employee.
  2. I’ve followed politics for 60 years, beginning with the Kennedy-Nixon TV debates, and have worked for the federal government for over 40 years, a city government for over a year and a State government for less than a year and therefore understand politics and government.
  3. I’ve followed Trump beginning a year before he became President and believe that  I usually know why he does what he does and therefore can explain most of his actions.

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.

 

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT: PROS & CONS

Each year, the National Defense Authorization Act is controversial.  In 2012, for example, it basically funded our military for the year but also was the first time it contained provisions for apprehending and detaining indefinitely any U.S. citizen suspected of terrorism without charging him/her with any crime.  President Obama wanted such power although this was not in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and could have been a slippery slope, where a well-meaning law, eventually morphs into something sinister.  President Obama added a “Signing Statement” specifying when he might use the authority, but even if you take him at his word, opponents ask “how about future presidents?”  Might they use it?  How about President Trump?  The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was for only one year, so didn’t the provision expire at the end of that year?

Strengthening the military was one of the tenets that President Trump ran on for President.  However, building up the military  does not require doing anything unconstitutional.  In fact. the Department of Defense Appropriations, 2018, was for $700 billion and significantly strengthened the military, after eight years of it being starved of the financial resources needed to keep it combat-ready.  In addition, under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the Department of Defense  received $716 billion in appropriations for Fiscal Year 2019.  The FY 2018 appropriations included $589.5 billion in base Department of Defense funding and $65.2 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

A significant plus for the military, aside from all of the new equipment to be purchased, was a 2.4 % pay raise for military personnel.  Also included in Fiscal Year 2018 Department of Defense Appropriations was the following:

o MISSILE DEFENSE: $9.5 billion for the Missile Defense Agency (in addition to the $2 billion given to the MDA in December 2017)

o SHIPBUILDING: $23.8 billion for many new ships including one aircraft carrier

o AIRCRAFT PROCUREMENT: $44.0 billion for many new aircraft

o MUNITIONS: $16.2 billion for ammunition and missiles

o NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE EQUIPMENT: $1.3 billion for equipment to modernize reserve forces

o SPACE: $800 million for Air Force space programs

o BASIC RESEARCH INVESTMENTS: $2.3 billion for basic research for the military

o DEFENSE HEALTH: $34.8 billion for the Defense Health program

With the increased appropriations for both FY 2018 and FY 2019 the military became much stronger than it had been.  Over Obama’s eight years, military strength significantly declined.  A weakened U.S. military invites challenges.  National defense is the number one responsibility of the Federal government.  All other activities and programs are possible only because the Nation is secure.  The easiest way to avoid war is to have our military so strong that no one would dare challenge it.  A Chinese general, Sun Tzu, wrote about this strategy 2,500 years ago in his book, The Art of War.

Now its time to pass the FY 2020 budget, which President Trump has requested be $742 billion.  We’ll soon see what Congress does with his request.

 

 

BAN PARTIAL-BIRTH OR LATE-TERM 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 woes 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.

WHY DO HALF OF AMERICAN VOTERS STILL VOTE DEMOCRAT?

With the Democrat Party moving far left, 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 misstate  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 President Trump 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 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 so the Democrat National Committee (DNC).

-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 President Trump supports, what policies does the Democrat Party stand for?  Other than being for abolishing ICE, not constructing a border wall, giving all illegal aliens amnesty, a weak military, free college and Medicare-for-all, Sanctuary cities, and $15/hour minimum wage, I have no idea what it stands for.

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 alongside it.

David Horowitz – Political Left Audio

Interview by Mike Russo

POLITICAL TALK IS CHEAP

President Trump does not speak eloquently, but thus far he’s getting a lot of things done.

President Obama, on the other hand,  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.

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 heard many times each day that “Obama said this,” or “Obama said that,” and now, “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 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 Obama’s $800 billion “stimulus” the first year 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 6% of it went for infrastructure projects within the United States though infrastructure was touted as one of its justifications.  Reality is that much of the stimulus went for failed so-called “green” projects, like Solyndra,  led by his friends and supporters.  The President “talked the talk,” but he didn’t “walk the walk.”  Of course,  the Federal Reserve consequently pumped billions/month into the economy with nothing to back it…which is why the Stock Market continued to rise though the economy did not do well.

If you saw the movie, “2016” you may think this is exactly what 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 Obama 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 2016 was by massive voter fraud in California , which goes back to “Boss Tweed” and Tammany Hall, which  is part of the heritage of the Democrat Party.  Specifically, California passed a law allowing undocumented immigrants (or illegal immigrants) to get California driver licences; and then passed a Motor-Voter law that almost automatically registered them to vote.  A Harvard study showed that in the 2008 Presidential election, 6.4% (certified), (14% uncertified) of illegal aliens voted.  I believe these numbers were dwarfed in the 2016 Presidential election.

President Trump is brash and blunt in his rhetoric at times, but he is a doer, insofar as he has gotten a lot of good things done for the United States, especially huge job creation.  I expect him to stay the course but it’s possible that he could revert to a usual politician who is all talk and no action.

 

 

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.

 

DEMOCRAT PARTY & OBAMA POLICIES FOOLED US TWICE

I didn’t vote for Barack Obama 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 positions, so I couldn’t vote for him in good conscience.  Though I didn’t vote for Obama, I believed what he said about his 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 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,  President Obama had a record of a number of failures, of wasting trillions of dollars, of race relations being much worse than when he became President, 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, 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 economically incompetent doesn’t come close to describing the situation accurately.  I started following elections in 1952 with President Dwight Eisenhower.  Of the eleven Presidents I have followed since then, President Obama is the worst.  He was unqualified to be President, in part, because he had no executive, managerial, leadership, or even administrative experience.

Now we’re in 2019 and the economy is greatly improved thanks to President Trump and the tax cuts. “But Obama did his best,” you might say.  President Obama’s best was simply not good enough.  He’s was in over his head.  He is a good father and husband, and I’m sure he was a terrific community organizer, but his policies as President have been a disaster and therefore whoever ran as the Democrat nomiee in 2016 should not have been elected because Democrat policies simply did not work.  However, far more important than President Obama’s lack of any relevant qualifications and having had many failures as President, is the fact that he was constantly untruthful to the extent that nothing he said could be trusted as being accurate.  What does this have to do with other Democrats who might run for President in the future?  Everything!

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, “Global Cooling”), 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 doesn’t know, economically, and had surrounded himself with economic advisors who all believe in Keynesian economics although it has never worked).  Though the U.S. was fooled twice by President Obama and the corrupt Democrat Party in 2008 and 2012, I don’t intend to be fooled by them again.  President Trump and the Republican House and Senate have done a fantastic job with the economy despite the Russia Hoax and corrupt “holdovers” from the Obama administration in the FBI and Department of Justice.

UNDERSTANDING DONALD J. TRUMP

Although there are a number of books available on understanding the President, you may not have the time, money, or inclination to buy and read any of them.  Therefore I thought you might like a quick look at what President Trump is all about, especially since the media has done such a pitiful job.  What makes me any better than the media?  First, the President and I went to the same University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, though the President majored in business and I received my MGA in government administration.  Second, I’m basically an analyst, for which I have some education,  training and experience, as well as having focused on government and national issues for 50 years.  Nowadays, however, credentials mean next to nothing if one cannot be unbiased and objective in todays hyperpartisan environment.  So, let my analysis and words speak for themselves and you determine if what I say rings true.

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, the President was able to pass 96 pieces of legislation in 2017, the most significant being tax cuts (the law for the large increase in military spending to revive our weakened armed forces was passed in 2018).  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 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 Democrat opponents, the Mainstream Media, Hollywood, etc. are not used to any Republican fighting back when they attack them.  Republican leadership is infamous for being timid and not fighting back.  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.

President Trump has turned around so many failing national endeavors and every single day makes even more progress.  If he continues at this pace for his entire four-year term, I believe he will go down in history as one of America’s best presidents.  If he serves for eight years, I sincerely believe he might  share the “greatest president” label with George Washington.

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 $22 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 or 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 political preferences.  Another example, Sanctuary Cities are favored by the Democrat Party but are not 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.

 

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.

 

 

WILL TRUMPCARE BE BETTER THAN OBAMACARE?

New health insurance is desperately needed since Obamacare is quickly falling apart and needs something much cheaper and better to replace it.  Its failure will hurt many people by eliminating government health insurance.  Since the U.S. is stuck with Obamacare for now, let’s take a look at it.

 Obamacare covered full-time employees in companies that employed 50 or more people.  Because Obamacare is very expensive, businesses were very wary of hiring additional full-time employees (FTE) and consequently reduced their numbers to under 50 FTE’s, as well as converting full-time positions to part-time, so as to keep FTE’s under 50.  Consequently, the number of jobs that the Federal government reported each month was baloney because: (a) most of those new jobs were part-time jobs, and (b) the major reason the unemployment rate lowered under Obama was because, after the unemployed ran out of benefits, they were no longer considered looking for work and therefore were taken off of the unemployment statistics that were calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Those statistics consequently then depicted a lowered (phony) unemployment rate; but had nothing to do with the creation of jobs.  An accurate portrayal of employment is the “Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate” which, in 2016,  was at it’s lowest level since 1978.

2. Because Obamacare has deductibles as high as $5,000 for individuals and $10-12,000 for families, as well as very high co-pays, most people with Obamacare that are not subsidized by the government, do not benefit from it because they can’t meet their deductibles.  In other words, Obamacare for many people is like not having medical insurance…and many found it cheaper to pay the IRS a fine every year for not not having expensive medical insurance that ends up each year in not providing any benefits.

3. With Obamacare’s IPAD (Independent Payment Advisory Board) or “Death Panels” as Sarah Palin calls them, expensive state-of-the-art medical treatment is severely restricted under Obamacare, for the elderly.

4. Though sold to the American public as saving the average American family about $2,500/year, it turned out to be far more expensive to everyone except those receiving government subsidies.  There are many, many people that paid double or triple their previous premiums.  Some paid as much as five times their former premiums.  Moreover, the Federal government spent billions in rolling out the Federal and State websites and in providing subsidies.  If it ever were fully implemented, some forecast that Obamacare would bankrupt the country.

Obamacare or The Affordable Care Act is rife with unintended consequences, some of the major ones I cited above. But there are many more (tax on medical equipment, doctor shortage, etc.).  All of the unintended consequences were completely predictable.  I don’t think that any revisions of The Affordable Care Act would be sufficient to fix it.  It was incompetently and sloppily prepared.  I believe that it must be replaced after (this time) being carefully thought out.  Moreover, it’s failing so rapidly that soon there won’t be government health insurance.  Whatever President Trump develops to replace Obamacare will be much cheaper, as well as a vast improvement, by allowing individuals to actually choose their own plan and doctors.  It will be ready by the 2020 Presidential election.  If President Trump is re-elected, the Senate remains majority Republican and the House returns to a Republican majority, Trumpcare will become a reality.  If not, Obamacare will remain and be unaffordable for everyone except those receiving full subsidies.

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.   President Obama raised the minimum wage for Federal contractors from $7.25 to $10.10/hour.  It covered future Federal contracts only and therefore didn’t affect many workers.   President Obama urged Congress, however, to pass legislation to cover all minimum wage employees in the U.S.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) subsequently 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 the current pool of 16,500,000 minimum wage employees, would lose their jobs because employers could not pay it and remain in business.  However, the new proposed minimum wage jumped to $15/hour.  The specific effects of such a raise have not been officially calculated, but it would surely result in millions of “minimum wage employees” losing their jobs because many employers could not afford to pay it and remain in business.

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 not to raise the minimum wage too high…the loss of about 1,000,000 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  In addition, many businesses, like restaurants, are very sensitive to the minimum wage and when that wage is increased substantially, restaurant prices increase substantially, which hurts the business or makes it fail (so the end result may be the elimination of some 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 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 have in North Dakota where $15 is the starting wage in fast food restaurants because of the huge competition for employees that North Dakota’s great economy fostered.  President Trump has done precisely that with the result of a 3.4% increase of blue-collar worker wages.

HOW WILL PRESIDENT TRUMP FUND THE BORDER WALL?

Illegal drugs pouring across the southern border, terrorists and criminals crossing with ease, children and young women smuggled over the border for sex trafficking, and hundreds of thousands illegally entering the U.S. every year.  Without a wall, Democrat Presidents would let immigrants in because most will eventually vote Democrat, legally or illegally.  President Trump, as president, wants to fix this problem.  He apparently can’t get it through the U.S. Senate because passage there requires 60 votes and there are not 60 Republican Senators.  How therefore can the President get a wall built?

Before I go any further I need to inform you of my bias on this subject: I had three friends in Denver, Colorado who were from Colombia, South America, two of whom were jailed for two months and then deported back to Colombia.  They had come to America seeking asylum for the mother of a son who was killed by terrorists, as well as asylum for her daughter and son-in-law to care for her.  While the elderly mother was granted political asylum, her daughter and son-in-law were not because the mother already had another daughter living in the U.S. that could take care of her.  ICE (US Immigration & Customs Enforcement) grabbed my two friends at their workplace and put them in a detention center for about two months before deporting them.  I visited them every night…it was a horrible experience for them.

I mentioned the above because you need to know my bias on the subject of immigration…it tugs at my heartstrings and makes me uneasy to talk about, but talk about it I must.  First, I can understand how someone in another country might want to come to America to seek a job and a better life for his or her family, even if done illegally, or for many other reasons.  On the other hand, I can understand why the U.S. would want to control the number of immigrants coming into the country and know exactly who they are, especially in this age of terrorism, drug smuggling, and human trafficking.  Illegal immigration over the U.S.’s southern border has become so very political that it’s almost impossible to discuss it without emotions overpowering reasoning, but we need to at least try.

Immigration is out of control through: 1)illegal border crossings, 2)U.S. Visa overstays, 3)family chain immigration, and, 4)Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) immigration.  It’s costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars and has facilitated narcotics throughout America, as well as significantly increasing violent crime in our cities and towns.  The backbone of President Trump’s plan to stop illegal immigration is the construction of a 30-ft. high border wall along about 500 miles of the 2,000-mile border the U.S. shares with Mexico. With a wall, it doesn’t matter if the next President wants open borders…the wall would funnel illegal aliens to enter legally only through legal ports of entry located all along our southern border.

There are a number of tangential issues surrounding the immigration issue, such as what do we do with the 20 million or more undocumented workers currently in the U.S., but these issues can all be resolved once the border wall is built and illegal immigration completely stopped.  Finally, although the human suffering surrounding this issue on all sides is tragic, I think the best solution for everyone is to build the wall and enforce immigration laws.  This currently is the most important issue facing the United States.  But how can President Trump build the border wall  if the partial government shutdown doesn’t work?  Here’s how…

If the Democrat House of Representatives does not approve of some funding for the border wall, he will declare and prove that the situation is a national security emergency and, as such, will have extraordinary authority and will use it to get the funds from the military’s budget and use them to build the wall.  Of course, if Senate leader Mitch McConnell changes Senate rules to allow Senate passage with 51 Senate votes instead of the current 60, that would help solve the problem.  Keep watching…

 

DNC CONSPIRACY: Dr. FORD’s RECOVERED MEMORIES vs. JUDGE KAVANAUGH’s LIFE

I watched both testimonies that were given in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and found both to appear credible.  How can both be right?  Here’s how, though you would never know it from the testimonies, cross-examinations, or pitiful biased media coverage:

Dr. Ford remembered the incident in 2012 during couples counseling, though she mentioned no one’s name back then.  It’s seems that she was under hypnosis when she recalled an incident, but if she were, the answer to her veracity is simple because memories uncovered during hypnosis are often confabulated, that is, the gaps in memories are (unconsciously) filled in with contemporary events.  I read a good book on memory many years ago, called Victims of Memory: Sex Abuse Accusations and Shattered Lives, by Mark Pendergrast.  If hypnosis was not used in recovering Dr. Ford’d memories, be aware that memory is imperfect and cannot be relied upon for accuracy, especially when a long time has elapsed since an event.  In this case the event allegedly took place 36 years ago.  In the Republican interviewer, Rachel Mitchel’s,  report on questioning Dr. Ford, she says that nothing in Dr. Ford’s testimony could be verified.

Dr. Ford  may not be a DNC pawn but the evidence so far appears to suggest that this vulnerable and fragile woman, who really wanted to avoid the limelight, was used like a throwaway by the Left with no regard for her feelings.  Judge Kavanaugh has a brilliant legal mind and an impeccable judicial record as a justice on the District of Columbia Federal Court of Appeals, writing 310 opinions over twelve years, and the Supreme Court has used many of his opinions in its rulings.  However, because of Dr. Ford’s testimony, Republican senator Jeff Flake requested a seventh FBI background check to focus on recent allegations.  The FBI background check came back with no corroboration of Dr. Ford’s or Debra Ramirez’ or Julie Swetnik’s allegations against judge Kavanaugh.

Democrat leadership criticized the background check because Ford and Kavanaugh were not interviewed as part of the check.  They were not interviewed because the FBI already had their sworn testimony, under oath, that the both had given at their hearings to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The full Senate voted on Judge Kavanaugh’s  nomination Saturday October 6.  Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins gave an outstanding speech the previous day examining in detail every aspect of the allegations and concluding that it was appropriate to vote “yes” on Kavanaugh.  Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50 -48 vote, sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts, and should make an outstanding Supreme Court justice.

West Virginia Senator, Joe Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh; Alaska Senator, Lisa Murkowski, was the only Republican to vote against him.

JUSTICE BRETT KAVANAUGH: ORIGINALIST, NOT ACTIVIST

Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Thomas Hardiman, and Raymond Kethledge were the four finalists that President Trump considered for the Supreme Court (although I didn’t rule out justice Amul Thapar  or Utah Senator Mike Lee).  All four have their positive attributes and were on the list from the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation as “originalists”, those legal scholars that interpret the Constitution with the same meaning at the time it was written.  This is very different from “activists”, whom consider the Constitution as a living document whose interpretation changes to meet changing times.  Originalists believe that either legislation should be passed when changes are needed or the Constitution amended, not the interpretation of the Constitution changed with the times.

Democrat leadership is attempting to portray President Trump selection, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as being anti Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that currently allows abortions.  The fact that an “originalist”was selected should actually make the Left feel better because originalists are committed to not interpreting the Constitution to mean what they want it to mean, but what the founders meant when they wrote it.  Moreover, Chief Justice John Roberts will not vote to overturn Roe v Wade, so the liberals on the Court would still have a majority on this issue even if Justice Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate.

I believe Hardiman, Kavanaugh and Kethledge to be the most qualified but I believe that the Court could really use a conservative female justice like Barrett.  President Trump has chosen Kavanaugh, 53, from the four finalists because of his twelve years of experience on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, writing 300 opinions on many different issues.  In addition, his academic credentials are stellar, with a law degree from Yale and teaching at Harvard, Georgetown, and Notre Dame.  Moreover, very liberal Justice, Elena Kagan, recommended Kavanaugh to be hired by Harvard to teach law.

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.

 

 

KEYSTONE PIPELINE UPDATE: PROS & CONS

When President Obama initially 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  thousands of jobs (estimated to be 20-40,000  construction and 100,000 indirect jobs) and significant positive effects on the economy.  It’s therefore important to analyze President Obama’s decision to determine if it’s 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) is zeroing 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 contends that its opposition to the Keystone Pipeline  is mainly because of possible leaks from the line.  In addition, formerEnergy 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 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 was 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.

If the United States does not build 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.  U.S. gas prices would have consequently been over $5 gallon by now except for the fact that the U.S. economy has been so weak and Saudi Arabia drastically reduced the price of oil by flooding the world market with it.   Contributing to upward price pressure of oil is the “slow-walking” 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, the State Department granted a permit for the construction of the pipeline to proceed.  The pipeline has been completed and is in use.  There was a minor oil leak in November ’17 and the pipeline was temporarily shut down.

 

 

CAN REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES TALK?

Conservative policies work well:  under Ronald Reagan, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States almost doubled in the ten years following the day his tax rate reductions went into effect; and Reagan’s build-up of the military and his “star wars” project led to the break-up of the Soviet Union, as well as the U.S. ability to shoot down missiles with missiles (despite ardent  continuous opposition by the Democrat Party to prevent its development).

The aforementioned are just two examples of many conservative policies that have turned around the U.S..  If you include the States, conservative policies have turned around the economies of every State where they have been tried.  One need simply look at States with Democratic governors and compare them to States with Republican governors to see the drastic differences between the two.

Why, then, do Democrats win any elections?  I contend that it’s because Republicans can’t talk very well (and often are not politically astute as well).  How do I know? Twenty-three years in Toastmasters, International, giving 275 prepared speeches, giving 500+ extemporaneous speeches, 500+ speech evaluations, etc.  Morever, in my various positions with the Federal Government I’ve given scores of presentations.  In addition, as a teenager and young adult in the Boy Scouts and as a counselor and Unit Leader at summer camps, I’ve given hundreds of presentations.  I’m also a political junkie who loves and follows politics and who also has a Masters degree in Government Administration (MGA) from the University of Pennsylvania.  That makes me qualified.  Now let’s look at a few examples of what I mean by poor political Republican speech:

1)The Republican Party has “tax cuts” as one of the policies its candidates run on.  The Democratic Party turns this into a slogan that Republicans want “tax cuts for the rich.”  What should the Republican Party do?  My first suggestion is to modify the slogan to accurately state “tax cuts for everyone who pays taxes.”  And since 1/2 the country doesn’t understand why the government would cut taxes when you need more money, I suggest the slogan be “cuts of tax RATES for everyone so that commerce and its revenues to the government increase and grow.”

2)Most Americans don’t know the difference between budget deficits and the National debt.  So when President Obama talks about reducing the deficit (by raising it to over a $ trillion and then cutting it in half), Republicans need to be articulate by referring to annual budget deficits which are then added each year to the total national debt.

Looking to real examples…the Republican Primary debates in 2016 that were held in Cleveland and hosted by Fox News, with help from Facebook, provide great examples of the adroit and articulate use of language in order to be clear in what you mean: Carly Fiorina in every comment she made, Marco Rubio in everything he said, John Kasich on explaining his views on gay Americans, Mike Huckabee in explaining why Social Security benefits should not be cut, Chris Christie shouting down Rand Paul on NSA surveilance, Donald Trump saying that you need a man like me to eliminate the $19 trillion National debt.

Of course Donald Trump became the Republican Presidential nominee in the 2016 General Election and subsequently elected President of the United States.  Although he wasn’t great as a communicator, Secretary Hillary Clinton was worse.

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.

 

 

 

 

WATCH THE MOVIE, “HILLARY’S AMERICA” TO GET OVER HER DEFEAT

I saw the movie, “Hillary’s America,” on Verizon and thought it was a “must see” film for anyone who voted for Mrs. Clinton or any Democrat, so I thought I’d write a brief preview which Democrat voters might find healing .  The movie, now on DVD, was written, co-directed, and narrated by Dinesh D’Souza.  While it was mostly accurate,  I thought it went too far at times in assigning motives to the Clintons’ behavior.

The movie begins with Dinesh being tried for the crime of giving too much money to a friend running for political office.  He then goes to jail for this and subsequently learns there how criminals scam and defraud, and also that criminals believe the biggest crooks and thieves are politicians.  From there the movie takes the audience on a historical journey starting with the first Democrat President, Andrew Jackson.  President Jackson directed the creation of reservations for Native Americans and the round-up and removal of many of them to Oklahoma (the “Trail of Tears”).  It talks about the creation of the Republican Party, dedicated to freedom for the slaves and liberty for everyone.

It then addresses the fact that the Democrat Party strongly favored slavery and that every Klu Klus Klan member was a Democrat.  Moreover, that it sponsored the Jim Crow laws that were designed to subjugate African-Americans and championed Blacks from owning guns so they could not defend themselves from the Klan.  It talks about Democrat President Woodrow Wilson who was a racist and sexist and led to the re-emergence of the Klu Klux Klan.  Then it discusses Margaret Sanger, who started Planned Parenthood as a means to suppress the African-American population.

At some point it jumps to Hillary Clinton and displays her biography and association with Saul Alinsky, who she wrote her term paper on.  It addresses Alinsky, who wrote the infamous book on deceiving voters called,  Rules for Radicals.  It mentions that president Obama taught the deceptive and unethical Alinsky tactics. It depicts the deception of Obamacare and Hillary’s role in silencing Bill’s sexual predations.  Dinesh interviews Carol Swain, Professor at the Vanderbilt University Law School.  Professor Swain (who is an African-American) is an expert in the history of race relations and civil rights and said that after the Civil War the purpose of the Democrat Party was to re-establish white supremacy.  The movie shows how the Clintons worked Hillary’s position as Secretary of State to make a fortune for themselves as well as their front “charity”, the Clinton Foundation.

The movie ends on a beautiful and positive note and should dry up any tears you might have for Secretary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.

HILLARY CLINTON vs. DONALD TRUMP

The Clinton and the Trump campaigns are close to an end after being hard-fought.  Currently, Clinton is doing better in the media-run polls than Trump, though Trump is doing better than Hillary in the most accurate-in-the-past poll (Rasmussen), and his rallies are getting larger than his usual large crowds.  Note that one of the recent WikiLeaks “John Podesto” emails told the media how to rig polls to make it appear that Hillary was trouncing Donald (this was done to achieve a “bandwagon effect”).

Multi-billionaires, like Donald Trump, obviously don’t get to be wealthy by being stupid.  However, Trump is prone to rhetorical excesses. He is the populist anti-establishment candidate, called by his son, Eric, a “blue-collar billionaire”.

Hillary Clinton has an interesting hand because she was President Obama’s Secretary of State, however she has developed into a good debater and speaker.  As the WikiLeaks “Podesto” emails have exposed, as well as many more credible sources, Hillary Clinton will do almost anything, no matter how corrupt or illegal, to win the election and become President of the United States.  Moreover, the FBI has re-opened the investigation of her having classified information on her private computer server.

On policy, Trump has the advantage because Obama’s policies have hurt medical care, foreign policy, the military, the economy, Israel, etc., and Hillary, as Obama’s Secretary of State, is closely allied with Obama’s policies.  On the other hand, if you only watch NBC, ABC, or CBS, you have’nt heard about these negatives about Obama (so Obama’s shortcomings don’t really matter that much).

There are many reasons for electing “your” candidate, but here is the strongest reason for supporting either Clinton or Trump.

o for Clinton: if you like Obama’s presidency, you’ll like Hillary; however, you’ll have to overlook rampant corruption in a Clinton Administration (past performance is the best indicator of future behavior).  Hillary Clinton should be better than Obama was as commander-and-chief of the military.

o for Trump: he would appoint at least 3 conservative Supreme Court justices, his economic plan would double the size of the economy (Gross Domestic Product or GDP) within 10 years after his policies are put  into effect (which is what happened under President Reagan), he would fix illegal immigration, and he would repeal and replace Obamacare.

I’m a political junkie because much of my education and interests were about government and my jobs were with the Federal, a State and a city government, where elected political leaders were in charge.  I know both sides of every issue and therefore know who is fabricating and twisting facts to support their policies.  For the sake of everyone on the planet, I pray we make the right decision in selecting our next president.

 

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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