American Elephants


A Little Good News by The Elephant's Child

Let’s begin with some good news for a cloudy January day. The U.S. economy added 312,000 jobs in December, Economists had predicted nonfarm payrolls would rise by 176,000. November results, initially reported at ( a lower than expected) 155,000 jobs gain was revised upward to 176,000.  Average hourly earnings rose by 0.4 percent. The total new manufacturing jobs came to 284,000 for 2018. That’s two-hundred eighty four thousand jobs.

Construction, retail, restaurant all posted job gains. Democrats have been trying to talk the economy down, but it didn’t work.

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How About A Little Good News for a Change? by The Elephant's Child

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•According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) more than 3.5 million people have dropped off food stamps since President Trump’s first full month in office. When President Trump took office in February 2017, 42,134,301 Americans had been receiving benefits from the SNAP program, the federal government program responsible for giving out food stamps.  The most recent data shows that 38,577,141 Americans received benefits in September 2018.

•The United States murder rate in 2018 is projected to experience the largest drop in a half-decade. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate rose almost 25 percent across the country, not just in the major cities with major crime problems like Chicago and Baltimore. Compared to this time last year the murder rate could be down between four to five percent this year, the largest annual decline since 2013.

• The November employment report, released on the 7th, shows the economy added 150,000 jobs, well below the revised 237,000 added last month. But the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent for the third month in a row, and the number of employed Americans again reached an all-time high of 156,795,000. The 13th record breaker under President Trump. (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says it’s because everybody has two jobs)

Not too many people out there calling attention to good news, so there you are.



An Evening With Tucker Carlson by The Elephant's Child

The Independent Institute presented An Evening With Tucker Carlson, in Alameda, California, on October 16th. It is an interesting companion piece to the panel discussion at the Heritage Foundation on “Identity Politics” below.

Conservatives seem to recognize that something is truly out-of- whack with the Democrats who seem to have gone rather rudely balmy. Or, more accurately, refer to the quotation from Thomas Sowell just below.

Here Tucker isn’t trying to make sense of what some balmy liberal has to say, but simply being himself and explaining how a “ruling class” is bringing America to the brink of a civil war. If you enjoy Tucker, you will really enjoy this.



The Timetables of History by The Elephant's Child

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1933An Unusual Year

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States dies
Edouard Daladier becomes Premier of France
Adolph Hitler appointed German Chancellor
U.S.Congress votes independence for Phillippines
First U.S. Aircraft Carrier “Ranger” is launched

The Reichstag Fire in Berlin
F.D. Roosevelt inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States
Frances Perkins appointed Secretary of Labor, first woman in the Cabinet
Hermann Goering named Prussian Prime Minister
Goebbels named Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda

Boycott of Jews begins in Berlin
Japan withdraws from the League of Nations
Hitler granted dictatorial powers
Dachau opened
21st Amendment to the Constitution repealed (Prohibition)
Fiorello La Guardia elected Mayor of New York City

The Army of the United States was 137,000 men. (The French Army was 5 million)



Mark Levin and Victor Davis Hanson: A Conversation Not to Be Missed by The Elephant's Child

I particularly enjoy listening to these two men separately, to have them together is a real treat. Two of our most valued intellectuals, talking about their concerns, which are my concerns as well, and perhaps yours as well.  Enjoy.



The Differences between the Political Parties Couldn’t be Clearer. by The Elephant's Child

I posted this piece in November of 2013, and not all that much has changed.

What is the difference between Republicans and Democrats?  I suspect that most people don’t really know. Republicans  are usually pretty clear about what we believe, and can express it clearly — that’s why we argue so much. It’s a big-tent party that welcomes Conservatives, Tea Party people, Libertarians, “mainstream” Republicans, Independents, and all sorts of people who are deeply interested in a single issue. Republicans don’t usually conform to current talking points as Democrats do.

Republicans are committed to principles, Democrats admit that they don’t have any, and react to events as they occur, which they believe is a superior way of thinking.

Republicans worry about debt and taxes, economic growth, and individual liberty. Democrats’ care about winning. When they win, they have the power to tax and spend which will enable them to win the next time.

Republicans believe in low taxes, because the money belongs to individuals who, on the whole will use it far better than the government would. Free people and free-market capitalism. The decisions of the mass market will usually be far better than the decisions of the enlightened few.

Democrats believe in government money. It is money they are entitled to spend because of taxes which are paid by rich people who don’t deserve it. (At some point you have enough money). When they leave government “service” they will move to lobbying or NGO’s or corporate boards, or other well remunerated positions. It’s a good life.

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Charles Schumer and Max Baucus have never done anything but government. No private sector experience at all. I haven’t had time to go through the rest of the list, but I would expect a lot more of the same. So they do not understand profit and loss, nor risk, nor meeting a payroll— any of that stuff. They seem a little weak in the math department as well. And economics? Any bets?

So these are the people who believed they could write a successful health insurance program for 330 million people to replace the world’s finest health care system. They believed they could convince ordinary Americans that it will cost less and be a vast improvement over what they had. They knew perfectly well that it would take some convincing. We got a lot of convincing, direct from their President and all his minions.

And there is not any part of it that can be believed. They tell you that they care about you, but unfortunately — they lie.

No change. We just get called more names, and they’re not even creative ones.



Election Results Continue to Trickle In. by The Elephant's Child

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Digesting the election results. Some excellent results, some really dreadful. Here in Washington State, we apparently defeated the “green” carbon tax proposal which was an attempt to start a nationwide bid for a national carbon tax. Our governor tried to get it through the legislature and failed, but I guess nationally they thought this was a “green” state where it would be an easy pass.

We failed to get rid of Senator Maria Cantwell, which was a disappointment. We have two useless senators, both Democrats, and since the Democrats go by seniority, Patty Murray is now in the leadership, which explains a lot. The coastal belt, like in Oregon and California is heavily Blue, and the rest of the more rural part of the state decisively Republican.

You probably saw the press conference at the White House where Cnn’s Jim Acosta tried to take on the President of the United States, and lost his press credentials. Rude, wouldn’t surrender the microphone, struck a White House intern who tried to take the microphone away, and when it was removed kept right on talking and preventing other reporters from their turns. Good riddance. American journalism depends on freedom of the press, but when they present the facts on the ground with their own partisan slant, it deprives the people of the facts they need to understand what is going on.

Anastasia Ocasia Cortez won her election and will serve in the House, which is unfortunate as she doesn’t seem to know anything at all. “Beto” (Robert Francis) O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz quite properly. Hollywood is dismayed as they fell in love with “Beto” as they liked his looks, and are anxious to see him run for the Presidency. (Which should tell you a lot about Hollywood).

Perhaps you noticed that when the media reported the Senate results, they said Republicans “clung” to the Senate, as if that was just a case of desperate luck.  Lots of races still undecided. Fox News committed a dirty trick, in declaring the Democrats as having won the House before people on the West Coast had even voted.

This election did expose a wide gap in understanding of the Constitution and the reasons its provisions have proved to stand the test of time. Democrats do not understand the basic structure of the government. The House represents the population, the people of the states. The Senate represents the States. Each state gets two Senators, without reference to population numbers. The least populous State gets the same vote as the most populous.

Democrats just discovered that when Hillary won the popular vote and lost the election because of the structure of the electoral college which is designed to prevent the populous states from bullying the little states with it’s population size. Which is a very good thing. The most populous states are badly run, and everyone is fleeing to locales with lower taxes, lower crime, lower debt and fewer sanctuary cities.




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