American Elephants


How Does Innovation Happen? And Why? by The Elephant's Child

Have you noticed the extent to which Democrats operate on buying votes? They will give you this benefit, or this program, or this increase if you will just vote for them? The benefits, programs or increases  are all to be paid for by the taxpayers, supposedly by a law indicating that the government is supposed to give… — but the government has no money of its own so, when Bernie wants everyone to get at least $15 an hour, either the government will order all businesses to pay $15 to all their workers, or if the government is paying government workers, they will raise everybody’s taxes enough to cover the increase. (Those who are currently working in the Bernie for President campaign are complaining bitterly because they are not getting $15 for their labor) Which demonstrates what that is really all about.

Such a “benefit” is terrible for the economy, because many small restaurants don’t pay high wages, but workers make it up in tips, and go out of business when forced to comply. And beginning workers often aren’t worth much of anything as they learn slowly how to work. And some work just isn’t worth that much anyway.

Democrats simply cannot understand how cutting taxes and allowing people to keep a little more of their own money allows them to experiment, hire, invent, expand, and how that makes an economy grow. That idea is simply beyond their understanding. They never understood the Reagan revolution that produced a long economic boom, and they do not understand why cities and states run by Democrats somehow do not prosper to the extent expected.

Republican tax cuts, they firmly believe, only go to the rich and to corporate heads and people who own businesses, and the stupid Republicans should be giving big tax cuts to the poor instead. I guess those who grew up to become Democrats had a hard time with percentages in school.  It is hard to grasp that the only way we have to understand economics is by observing the transactions between people as relayed to us by the marketplace. The ordinary buying and selling that takes place. And the observed little miracles that happen when people are allowed to keep more of their own money to do with as they choose. To buy, sell or invent.

Freedom means more than just free speech or freedom of religion. Look at all the businesses that started just because somebody had an idea. Jeff Bezos thought he could sell books online. A couple of bicycle shop people thought they could build an airplane. Henry Ford thought there was a better way to put a car together and created the production line. And there is currently a gentleman who decided he could make better bed pillows by tearing up foam rubber into little pieces. I sleep soundly on one of them.

Tightly controlled societies don’t offer much opportunity for the ambitious. But America has garages and workshops all over the country where nascent businesses are being hatched. Where else in the world do you find “Go Fund Me” programs on the internet? Why does all that happen here, and not in the many countries that really, really need innovation and invention?

When FDR tried desperately to get us out of the Great Depression, he had no idea what to do, and settled on “pump-priming” or in the words of a more recent president, “stimulus”. Spending a lot of government money in the “right places” to get the economy moving. Two economists from UCLA, Lee Ohanian and Harold Cox, determined that FDR extended the Depression for seven years longer than if he had done nothing. The federal government has no money of its own. As far as that goes, city governments have no money of their own either.

It is interesting how many Democrats are quite sure that getting rid of Capitalism is the solution. Keep in mind that that is the goal of the climate change movement.



Pure Partisan Politics. God Bless the USA. by The Elephant's Child

When we elect a president, we are not electing him to be “the most important man in the world” or any of the other encomiums  which an American president sometimes receives. We are electing someone to manage the economy and our international affairs. And I find myself remarkably happy with a booming economy, full employment, fewer folks needing food stamps. Some Republicans are worrying about the national debt, but apparently haven’t noticed that Trump is working on reducing the cost of government in the long term, by reducing the size of government. He is moving the Department of Agriculture to the center of agricultural America in Kansas, where they are close to the people they serve instead of the residents of the capitol. Ditto for the Bureau of Land Management, which is to be moved to Colorado. The agency does not manage any land in Washington D.C.

Democrats are quick to suggest that the employees may not like leaving the amenities of the Capitol — to which one can only guess that may be part of the reason for agencies that are way too big and too comfortable. Housing will be cheaper, the cost of living will be cheaper. A trip to see what the problems of those you serve really are – will be a short drive instead of a long airplane journey. President Trump has reportedly asked all of the federal agencies to take a hard look at their advisory councils to see if they really need all of those advisors. If he succeeds in reducing the flow of illegal aliens, that will result in vast savings for the economy as well. If the Democrats would help in getting control of our borders instead of pushing for more illegals to illegally vote Democrat in our elections, and boost their representation in Congress by getting counted in the Census — that would help too.



Democrats Have Become Wild-Eyed Extremists! by The Elephant's Child

Elizabeth Warren  has reportedly been looking for ways to “establish her anti-Israel credentials with progressives who have come to see the destruction of the Jewish state as a non-negotiable cause.” And found it in targeting GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy, and hiring  anti-Israel radical Max Berger as an aide.

Berger helped to found the IfNotNow organization that has devoted itself to damaging Israel’s reputation in the United States in the guise of seeking an end to Israel’s “occupation” of Judea and Samaria and East Jerusalem. Pay no attention to Palestinian terrorism. Berger has previously said on Twitter that he “would totally be friends with Hamas” the Sunni Islamist fundamentalist group that engages in terror. This is a way to get support from radical anti-Israel groups? Well, so much for Ms Warren.

Look up Israel’s gifts to the world. The list is extensive. Did you know that we have cherry tomatoes (which have way better flavor that the ordinary tomatoes I get at the store) thanks to an Israeli kibbutz? Look for the Palestinian gifts to the world. Crickets.

I had no idea that the Democrat Party was so anti-Israel, nor why. Is it part of their weird Trump Derangement? Or have they always been bigots? They want to get rid of the private health insurance that covers 250 million Americans. They want to decriminalize illegal alien entry into this country. They want to provide health coverage to undocumented immigrants. They want open borders. The worst-run states in the country are run by Democrats. (Our Washington State Governor ranked dead last in fiscal management of his stat by the CATO Institute’s survey last year.) Democrat run cities are a mess. There’s a reason for that.



So Much for the 97% Consensus Claim. Exposed! by The Elephant's Child

Here is Marc Morano, who is the proprietor of Climate Depot, an excellent source of information about what is going on in the Climate wars, testifying before Congress about the phony “97% consensus” among climate scientists about how panicky to be about the problem of Climate Change.  Seated next to him are Patrick More, a climate scientist who was one of the founders of Greenpeace and Sir Robert Watson, British climate scientist.

Today’s headline at Climate Depot: “We had expected more melting” Thick Arctic Ice forces Norwegian climate research icebreaker to turn back.” Another headline reads “Scientists Find Antarctica Is Rapidly Cooling and Any Ice Sheet Melt is not Due to CO² but Natural.” And “NASA faces Lawsuit/Demanding Removal of False 97% Consensus Global Warming Claim”.



Getting Tired of Being Called a “Racist”? by The Elephant's Child


I am becoming terminally tired of the Democrats and their Race Card. Sorry, you cannot change your history of being on the wrong side in the efforts to get rid of slavery and all it’s remnants, by accusing everyone else of racism. President Trump did not suggest anything racist about AOC’s “Squad.” I was astonished to learn that the four members of AOC’s “Squad” were to be considered  “women of color.” I hadn’t noticed. I assumed that they were all “Justice Democrats,” Socialists, which is a remarkably ignorant idea for any American. Actually, Democrats seem to accuse anyone who has the temerity to disagree with them of racism.  It’s just an automatic response.

The President inartfully tweeted about the four women who are actually members of Congress, yet seem to dislike the country they supposedly serve, suggesting that if they didn’t like it in this country, they were free to leave. But what he said was to suggest that they should go back where they came from. Bad turn of phrase, but nothing to do with race. Remember that Donald Trump came of age in the years of the Vietnam War protests, when “love it or leave it” was a common phrase. He probably learned early on that if someone punches you, you punch them right back.

Many people wish that President Trump would not tweet. He does use his tweets to insult all too frequently, but he usually insults only those who have insulted him. He did come up with an insult that I’d never heard before. He suggested that those people were “why they put instructions on the shampoo bottle.”  You’ll have to admit that’s a pretty good one. It makes me laugh.

Clearly numbers of people out there suffer from “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Some Democrats are absolutely intent on Impeaching the President. The problem is what for? You don’t get to impeach a president because you don’t like his tweets. That’s silly. You are not required to like a president either. We elect a president to do a good job with the country and the economy, and you would have to be among the “shampoo instructions” bunch to fail to recognize a booming economy, with the lowest rates of unemployment for blacks in history.  The fewest people on food stamps. Rep. Al Green (D-TX) introduced articles of impeachment apparently because he thinks President Trump “unfit” for office, six million new jobs for our economy since he was elected seems a pretty fair denial of that claim.

Democrats usually depend on buying votes to get elected. That is, they offer to have the taxpayers give people something “for free” like Medicare for all, which often works because the majority of the people do not recognize the simple fact that the federal government has no money of its own. Anything the federal government offers as a new benefit has to be paid for by raising taxes. Feelings of pride and self-worth do not come from being given another handout, but from being able to take care of yourself and your family with the work you do. The low unemployment and lack of need for food stamps or welfare, may have a lot of America’s black citizens feeling more kindly towards President Trump. Democrats may be fearful of losing some of the black vote, which may explain a lot. Certainly you won’t hear promises from Democrat candidates of keeping the booming economy going. Instead they can’t wait to raise taxes.

ADDENDUM: I have erred. The source of the insult that has so amused me may not be President Trump but Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. Still really funny!



Elizabeth Warren Wants to Be President. Very Bad Idea. by The Elephant's Child

Elizabeth Warren has moved into second place among the vast array of Democrats wanting to be president. Presumably because no one is listening to what she has to say.  Let me review a few bits:

She promises to Import at least 700% more refugees to the U.S.

She wants a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases.

She promises on her “first day” as president to set up a commission to investigate U.S. Crimes against immigrants.

Warren’s Immigration plan will decriminalize illegal immigration, end the detention of border crossers.

Crossing the border illegally should not be a criminal offense.

Warren is committed to ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine (?)

A New tax on the Rich will pay for day care for every newborn in the U.S.

Then a new wealth tax will take care of her modest $1.25 trillion debt-and-tuition deal, a tax on “Wall Street Speculators“.

Under Warren’s Medicare for All Plan, many hospitals would be forced to close, especially in poor, rural areas.

Warren speaks with forked tongue on cutting college costs.

She pitches Climate Change jobs, which would cost $2 million per job.

Warren Wants to break up Big Tech — all of it.

Elizabeth Warren endorses reparations for slavery.

Elizabeth Warren claimed that she never used her supposed native American heritage for personal advantage.

There’s more, but  you get the idea. I have often pointed out that she has been said to have only a “child-like” understanding of economics. Maybe we should have some kind of basic quiz that would-be candidates have to pass before they can run for office.— just to protect ourselves.



Beware Ignorant Democrats With Big Ideas! by The Elephant's Child

When President Trump declared a “national emergency” to use money from the Pentagon to build the border wall, some warned that the Democrats could use the precedent for their own purposes.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have introduced a joint resolution declaring that the Climate Apocalypse is near, and demanding “a national, social, industrial and economic mobilization of the resources and labor of the United States at a massive scale.”

Yet Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer, who also introduced it, made his inspiration clear. “The national emergency is not the border, it’s the climate,” Mr. Blumenauer said on a press call. A Sanders spokesperson also drew the comparison, noting that, in contrast to Mr. Trump’s “phony national emergencies,” the Sanders resolution addresses a genuine “existential” threat.

Nothing will happen this Congress, but the resolution’s real point is to put down a marker for the Democrat they expect will be President in 2021. If he or she declares an emergency as Mr. Trump did, it could be used to justify extralegal executive actions that Congress has refused to pass.

This isn’t far-fetched given how the Democratic presidential contenders are proposing to kill the Senate filibuster, pack the Supreme Court and replace the Electoral College. They’re frustrated with the Constitution’s checks and balances, and an “emergency” finding is one potential way around them.

Haven’t all of the Democrat candidates signed on the AOC’s “Green New Deal”? I’m not sure of that, but I find the whole bunch completely disqualified from even being considered for higher office (of any kind) especially the presidency. A pretty scary bunch. You really have to be fearful of one whole degree of warming.




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