Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Crime, Domestic Policy, Economy, Education, Energy, Health Care, Immigration, Law, National Security, Police, Politics, Taxes, Unemployment | Tags: Angry and Fed Up, Federal Failure, Your Personal Tipping Point
There are a remarkable number of buzz-words being tossed wantonly around the media: nationalism, corruption, elitism, populism, reactionary, criminalization, Islamophobia, globalization, sexism, and of course—racism—that all-purpose word when clear thought goes haywire. How many of these epithets can you clearly define? Thought so, me neither.
Donald Trump has been quite precise about why he is running. He wants to Make America Great again, Great Big Wall, deportation of criminal aliens, care for veterans, renegotiation of trade deals, some very good ideas for economic growth, some not quite so much.
But why is Hillary running? Yes, yes, she wants to be the first woman president, but what precisely do we get out of it?
My understanding is that the American people are pretty angry about ObamaCare, and even more so now that they have announced an average 25% increase in cost. Obama has left our borders wide open and told the Border Patrol to pay no attention. Criminal aliens are not deported or come right back in. On top of that he is offering “asylum” to Syrian refugees, except that most of them aren’t Syrian, and we can’t tell where they’re from because Syrian passports are available cheap, and there is no government and nobody can be vetted.
There is a list of the reasons why one may ask for asylum. The very first reason is religion—if one fears persecution because of their religion, they may be admitted. Chopping off of heads and being burned alive or crucified would seem to qualify as persecution, but President Obama does not recognize Christians as being among those needing asylum.
Obama seems more interested in placing his asylum-seekers in strong Republican districts in the expectation that new immigrants will vote Democratic.
The American people are not anti-immigrant, they are anti-wide open borders. We have a great many people who have applied through the proper channels for American citizenship, and are parked on a years-long wait list, but those who cross our Southern border are instantly welcome.
The American people have noticed that construction, building and landscaping crews are mostly Mexican, while unemployed citizens cannot find jobs, and the media usually prattle on about jobs Americans won’t do. Criminal illegal aliens who have been deported previously return to commit more crimes. Canada and Australia calmly admit those who offer some talent that will be useful to their countries.
The corruption in government has been so widespread that there is hardly an agency that has not had a major scandal—the EPA, the IRS, the VA, FBI, FDA, ACA, HSA, FEMA, DHS, DOJ and on and on. Yet no one is fired, nothing changes. Budgets that should be slashed are passed in omnibus bills and nothing is cut. Google “Federal acronyms” for a shocking display of the size and reach of the federal government, yet nothing is cut, nothing is ended, and Congress turns more and more of its assigned work of making laws and regulations over to the uncounted and unaccountable agencies.
The reasons that people are fed up are myriad. One person’s outrage may not phase another who is angry about something else entirely. America seems no longer the most powerful nation, but indecisive, pandering, weak.
The young communists of the Black Lives Matter movement are causing and encouraging riots and attacks on the Police, and they are invited to the White House.
We make a huge deal of new relations with Communist Cuba, without a single concession from the Castros, as a great accomplishment. And just what was the tipping point for you? Yet Obama remains more popular than either of our presidential candidates. Why?
I’m not at all sure that I understand this presidential campaign at all.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, National Security, Taxes, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: First 100 Days, The Gettysburg Speech, Your Vote Matters
Donald Trump laid out his plans for his first 100 days in a speech in Gettysburg. He listed 28 points, some excellent, some not. Here are a few of the good ones, in no particular order. This is not to say there are not other good proposals, Here ‘s the entire list.
—Work with Congress on a Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act.An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.
—Cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities.
—Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
—Institute a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce federal workforce through attrition (exempting military, public safety, and public health)
—Require for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.
—Work with Congress on a Restoring National Security Act.Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values
—Cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
—Work with Congress on a School Choice And Education Opportunity Act Redirects education dollars to gives parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
Here are Steven Hayward’s comments on the list. Term limits are perennially popular, but there are good and effective congressmen whom it would be a pity to lose, and we would never agree on who are the good ones and who are not. New members of Congress are not always particularly effective in their first term, and need to learn their way around.
The eliminate two regulations in order to add one is a gimmick. The Obama administration has added regulations in ridiculous numbers in the illusion that people in government know better than ordinary citizens. We need a far stronger way to eliminate them.
Give the list some attention. It makes you think about what is desirable and what is not, and where you stand. I think Mr. Trump is generally mistaken about trade. NAFTA has been very successful for all three countries.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not a useful venture—it’s making a common market of Pacific nations — and we should have learned from the EU that this is a very bad idea indeed. It essentially eliminates our borders and turns our sovereignty over to an unaccountable international commission. The Left no longer believes in national sovereignty, a major point to keep in mind.
Government is too big, and tries to do too much. There are few things that are best done by the federal government, and even those are not well done. The nature of government employees is to believe that their expertise is what is needed to control the unruly deplorables out there, and they do way too much, make too many laws, pass too many regulations, have too many agencies and departments, and if we eliminated more than half of them, nobody would notice.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Election 2016, Free Markets, Freedom, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Third and Final Debate
I tried to watch, but I just couldn’t take much of it. I know how we came to be inflicted with these two candidates, but here we are. Hillary would never have come to public attention had she not married Bill Clinton, who in spite of his enormous failings, was a very talented politician. John Hinderaker mentioned that this is the first time that “service” as First Lady is offered as a qualification for the presidency.
She has terrible judgment, is a complete economic ignoramus, and requires enormous amounts of coaching to get through an appearance. I find her trick of personalizing every issue “I’ve met those women and…because of that non-existing meeting I really know everything about the problem and how to solve it,”offensive. I think she’d already tried that one 3 or 4 times before I turned her off. She is well coached—if the talk turns to this uncomfortable subject, charge Trump with the Russians, or demand that he release his tax returns or…
Donald Trump has no skill as a debater. He did better tonight than last time, He does not recognize big openings, and is not prepared with specific answers. An example was the question on abortion. Planned Parenthood does abortions and provides birth control. They are not a health care organization. They do not screen for cancer, they do not have the equipment in any of their locations.
Partial-birth abortion in the third trimester is an ugly and unnecessary procedure. Because the baby is too big at that late date to be born normally, the head must be crushed to get the baby out of the birth canal. Understandably, a lot of people object, and unless there is an unusual threat to the life of the mother, should go under the category ‘you should have thought of that earlier.’
It’s when you turn to economic questions that Hillary really demonstrates her complete ignorance. Beginners and low-skill workers are offered a minimum wage because they aren’t worth much and businesses have to teach them how to work. The rules of supply and demand come in here. There is a nearly unlimited supply of beginners and low-skill workers. Easy to get someone else. Forcing businesses to pay a higher minimum wage simply means fewer beginners will be hired, and there will be high unemployment for the low-skilled.
Both Hillary and Nancy Pelosi are sure that if you give food stamps or more unemployment benefits to the poor, they will spend that money, and it will circulate from hand to hand, as they buy groceries, the grocer will buy something he wants, and so on, and the money will somehow magically grow in the process. Seems goofy, but that’s what they think. You see how much that growth has expanded the economy in the last 8 years.
Economies grow with new businesses and new ideas and more expansion of existing businesses. You don’t do that with food stamps. You also don’t do it by taxing the rich to build “infrastructure.” Roads and bridges, except in the interstate highways, are the business of the states, not the federal government. You don’t just say ‘new highway’, and it happens. There are plans and approvals, legislation, votes, environmental impact statements, protests, lawsuits. It can take years. Remember Obama’s sheepish admission: “I guess there aren’t really any shovel ready jobs.”
Here’s another common sense intrusion. Poor people don’t create jobs, and middle class people don’t create that many new jobs either, unless they have considerable backing. It’s people who have some extra money to invest who create jobs and growth. They are investing in the hope of growing their investment. When there is the hope of getting investors, people start new businesses. When there is the hope of getting investors, people take the chance of bringing their idea to fruition. Leftists always want to fix things by taking more money from the rich. They believe that money be dispensed by the government, because they’re smarter than the rest of us doofuses.
The people in government regard the rest of us with contempt, disdain, and they think we are ignorant. No wonder they assume that things must be done by government. They’re painfully wrong, as the last eight years demonstrate. One percent growth is not an accomplishment.
Hillary is going to grow the economy with infrastructure (been there, did that, didn’t work) and create jobs with more people building solar panels (been there, done that,didn’t work—think Solyndra). She’s still blabbing about equal pay for women. Is any woman impressed by this? Equal pay for women doing the same job as a man has been fixed law since 1963. Oddly enough, the women working for Hillary are paid considerably less than the men. All hat, no cattle. (old joke)
She’s also advocating more government job training. There are lots of different estimates about how many job-training programs there are currently, but it ranges around 47-49, none particularly effective.
I don’t know what we would get with Donald Trump. His basic economic plan is excellent and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy will free up lots of money to be invested. What are they going to do with it, stick it in a mattress? They will invest it, and those investments supply the new money that the economy is hungering for. It’s called supply-side economics, and worked for Jack Kennedy and for Ronald Reagan for whom it began a 20-year boom in the economy.
Democrats believe that all good things must pass through the hands of the government. Why they believe that so firmly is a mystery, because there is almost nothing that the federal government does well. There are some things that are so big that they must be done by government, but they are done badly. Think VA, FBI, EPA and so on and so on.That’s why Republicans urge small government. The less they are in charge of, the fewer things they can screw up, and they won’t need so much of our money to do it, which will leave us free to be more creative with our own money. Have big ideas, and create new things.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Crime, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Election 2016, Law, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: James O'Keefe, Project Veritas, The Clinton Team
Here’s James O’Keefe’s second Project Veritas video, about the Democrat’s underhanded and behind-the-scenes efforts to rig the election. Scott Foval has been fired because of the publicity and Bob Creamer has left the campaign, saying: “Contrary to the outrageous claims of the notorious right wing blogger James O’Keefe, we have always adhered to the highest standards of transparency and legality in our work for the DNC.” Gets a little awkward when he’s got you on film.
Also in the news, Vandals have thrown bricks through the window of the Delaware County, Indiana GOP office. Just another day.
But more amusing is the next headline “Clinton Campaign is In Deep ‘Doo Doo,’ After Dumping Poop on Georgia”—the campaign bus stopped in front of an autoparts store and pushed a lever and emptied their tank of sewage and human feces all over the street.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economy, Energy, Environment, Foreign Policy, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation, Unemployment | Tags: Both Corrupt, Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Public and Private Person
Hillary fairly recently famously said that she has, like everyone else, ‘public positions’ on issues and ‘private positions.’ I don’t know if that is like everyone else. I have public positions, and if I privately think something other than that, I keep my mouth shut, or risk an argument, don’t you? Although there are reports that most people have lost friends over this election.
There is a commercial that airs frequently on the radio in which Hillary says “Donald Trump is running a campaign based on insults,” “I believe in treating people with respect.” Sure she does. It has been extensively detailed that as First Lady, she treated the Secret Service agents assigned to protect her with their lives like dirt, screaming at them if they even ventured to say “good morning.” She addressed them when they displeased her as “S**t-kicking-mother-F******s. It appears that she hasn’t changed. Her treatment of State Department security people was so bad that State Department security personnel refused to work for her and they had to assign new recruits to her team.
Wikileaks has captured another moment when Hillary was doing the public/private thing. It’s just so complicated when you are trying to please everybody. Having an actual position is sure to offend someone. In this case it was pipelines. Hillary opposed a New Hampshire natural gas pipeline (New England needs more natural gas since they are shutting down nuclear plants and relying far too much on wind), but she privately told the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)that she was for a pipeline,as a pipeline project provides real jobs for lots of laborers though such jobs are temporary.
She has privately told the building trades that she does not oppose pipelines,” Budzinski wrote. “Can we outline instances where a pipeline would have her support?”
“They are also concerned that she committed to not making pipeline by pipeline decisions and it now appears she is breaking to pressure and doing just that,” she wrote, referring to LIUNA’s concern Clinton was turning against her broad support for pipelines.
Gives you a whole lot of confidence, doesn’t it?
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Crime, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Economics, Election 2016, Foreign Policy, Free Markets, Freedom, Law, Media Bias, National Security, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation, The United States | Tags: Government Corruption, Insulting the Voters, Wikileaks Revelations
So far we have learned that the fact-checkers don’t really check the facts—their answers are usually wrong. Lots of superlatives: the best, the worst, the most, the least, true evil, total hogwash. Lots of propaganda. What can you believe? Who is telling the truth? Is there any truth anymore? The disclosures from Wikileaks continue to arrive.
Back on April 10, 2015. a memo came out about an off-the-record cocktail party for influential reporters, anchors and editors. The purpose was to give reporters and their editors their first thoughts from team HRC in advance of the announcement and launch period. They would be framing the HRC message and framing the race. Reporters who had RSVPd were Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopolus, Jon Karl, John Heilman, Mark Halperin, Norah O’Donnell, and many more.
We learned from the released emails that team Hillary hoped to end up with Ben Carson, Ted Cruz or Donald Trump as the Republican candidate and the easiest to defeat. I’m sure that it is simply a coincidence that at the Republican debates with seventeen candidates, very successful governors or members of the Senate or the House, and one female CEO, the media coverage went mostly to just one candidate, and the rest struggled for a chance to speak.
The Podesta emails show team HRC openly debating in emails how to cover-up the Benghazi emails. They know how bad they are and want to get a more favorable narrative out there before the committee learns about it.
There was an allegation that the FBI was offered plum assignments for their agents overseas if they would just look the other way when investigating the Hillary emails. And other allegations that Obama, who had said he didn’t even have Hillary’s email address, was corresponding with her regularly under an assumed name.
The released emails show close cooperation with the media and deference to the campaign. Another features one of Podesta’s colleagues from the Center for American Progress admitting that the institutional left “conspires to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry” ostensibly to impose their radical agenda on us without much resistance.
Hillary told Goldman Sachs executives that Americans who want to limit immigration are “fundamentally un-American” according to the leaked transcript of her October 2013 speech made public by Wikileaks. And she’s all for the H-1B program of importing foreign workers.
Hillary gets the questions for an interview before it happens so she can prepare. She gets the scripts before a TV appearance. Editors give her team a chance to edit their reports before they are disseminated. The State Department coordinated their release of emails with the campaign, The Podesta emails suggest there should be a Catholic spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church.
The leaks certainly prove just what Hillary claimed that there is a public persona and a private one. Probably the very reason she decided on a private server at her home in defiance of federal regulations was to try to be sure that the private persona never got exposed to the vast right-wing conspiracy. If you’re not trying to get rich on the taxpayer’s dime through illegal methods, you don’t have to worry that much about exposure.
There’s a reason why they are called public servants—they are supposed to report to us. They are required by law to save their records which are to be available to the public, on demand. There’s a reason why “government corruption” is the number one real fear among the American people.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Democrat Corruption, Economy, Free Markets, Freedom, History, Progressivism, The United States
The real motives of liberals have nothing to do with the welfare of other people. Instead, they have two related goals—to establish themselves as morally and intellectually superior to the rather distasteful population of common people, and to gather as much power as possible to tell those distasteful common people how they must live their lives.