Filed under: Blogging, Capitalism, Cool Site of the Day, Domestic Policy, Economy, Education, Energy, Law, National Security, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: Celebration, The Coming Battle, Winning an Election
Always provacative, and makes us think.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Education, Election 2016, Energy, Free Markets, Freedom, History, Immigration, Intelligence, Law, Politics, Progressives, The Constitution, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: A Long-Term War, The Election Aftermath, The State of Our Universities
I didn’t post anything yesterday, the freakouts around the country were just too much. When I got online this afternoon, checked my e-mail, and noticed the headline on one item “The Brain Restoration Project”, and I thought ‘oh good, they’re doing something about these ignorant protests’, but no such luck. It was a phishing thing trying to get demented older people to sign up for their medicine to prevent Alzheimers. But it’s still all riots and freakouts or speculation about who will be the next person named to the incoming administration and what Trump will do.
Here is clearly part of the remedy, but too late, too late! They’ve already become infantalized. Puppies and coloring books at some colleges, chocolates and puppies elsewhere.
There is something drastically wrong with our colleges and universities. It’s not something wrong with the kids, it’s the administration who are offering safe spaces and coloring books and puppies. How did this happen? And why aren’t the parents who are footing the bill raising Cain? Certainly they did in the case of Mizzou, and it affected their bottom line pretty dramatically.
Of course under the Obama administration any university that receives federal money has been required to have diversity officers, same-sex bathrooms and I’m sure there have been many other rules handed down. The Left wants the kids indoctrinated, and that’s what is happening.
Filed under: Freedom, History, Law, Politics, The Constitution, The United States | Tags: A Blessing from the Founders, Understanding the Constitution, Why not a Straight Popular Vote?
It’s about the time of year when people start complaining about the Electoral College, sure that it must be a bad thing. Understanding how it works and why we have it is important. It’s a very American institution, and it really is a good thing. We have a lot to be grateful to the founders for.
Ask yourself just why we have a Senate, with every state assigned two Senators. The House of Representatives represents the people and the population, The Senate represents the States, so that big populous states like California and New York have equal representation to the small state with fewer people. The Founders did a very impressive job of creating our Republic.
The Electoral College is based on the same principles. Since Hillary did very well in the popular vote, you will hear plenty of outcry from the Democrats, demanding that we do away with the Electoral College. This brief video from Prager University explains why that would be a very bad idea.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Crime, Domestic Policy, Economy, Health Care, Immigration, Law, Politics, Taxes | Tags: Ordinary Human Beings, Populism is Just a Label, The Media Has a Lot to Answer For
The pollsters and ballot analysts have a lot to answer for. To accomplish their ends, they separate the American people into a wide variety of pigeonholes—the working class, college-educated women, the rich, illegal immigrants, felons, residents of the inner-cities, millennials, aging baby-boomers. As if separating people into groups tells you, not just how people will vote, but who they are and what their issues are. Because those labels are broadcast over and over, there is the assumption that some important knowledge about the people has been portrayed. Not so.
People are individuals, and human nature doesn’t fit nicely into slots. The Left’s constant drive is for “diversity”which is their bow to people of different races. The Media latches on to convenient tags, without giving much thought to whether or not the tags actually fit anything. Human beings are tribal, it’s how we are made. We form little tribes of those who share the same interests and ideas, and we may belong to several distinct and different tribes. The Left rejects that idea, and wants to realign us into groups and neighborhoods that conform more closely to their ideas of what is proper. Colleges put in all sorts of affirmative action programs, try to reorganize people into more correct groups, and then cannot understand why all the black students sit at the same table in the student union. It is not, by the way, racism.
The Left always claims that Republicans collectively and individually are “Racist.”Anyone with the slightest smattering of history knows this to be absurd, but apparently far too many Americans have little historic knowledge.
College educated women were going for Hillary in a big way, we were told. I’m a college educated woman, and I certainly felt no compulsion to vote for Hillary Clinton, nor did any of my friends who are also college educated women. We’re pretty well informed as to what Hillary has been up to for the past 30 years, and reject her categorically as being unqualified for the job.
There’s a big difference between being anti illegal immigration, and being anti-immigration. We welcome immigrants but want them to apply and get in line. It’s hardly fair for those who have applied and have been on the waiting list for years, when the president forbids the Border Patrol from preventing anyone from crossing the border, and invites state officials to register them to vote.
Why should anyone be angry? Isn’t the jobs report improving all the time? 14.8 million private sector jobs have been created since February 2010. Obama brags about that. But the population grew by 16.4 million. Labor force participation ticked upward at 62.7%, but when the recession ended in June 2009 — 65.7 % of the adult population was in the labor force. Some improvement!
There are 94,539 people not in the labor force as of October 2016,who have looked for a job in the past 12 months, but have more or less given up.
Here’s a study from last year. Employees of the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a study by the Cato Institute.
The study found that federal government workers earned an average of $84,153 in 2014 compared to the private sector’s average of $56, 350. Cato based its findings on figures from the U S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. (BEA)
But when adding in benefits pay for federal workers, the difference becomes more dramatic. Federal employees made $119,934 in total compensation last year, while private sector workers earned $67,246, a difference of over $52,000, or 78 percent.
Add to that a link to a program from UC San Diego that is a guide to U.S. Government Acronyms and Abbreviations. Click on a letter, any letter. Yes, that is how bloated our federal government has become. Not quite what the founders envisioned.
There is talk of bigotry, nationalism, globalism, misogyny, and populism among other epithets flung around. But they are missing the point entirely. I may have voted against Hillary. Others voted against political correctness, many more at the eight-year long recession that just never seemed to recover. The labels don’t even begin to cover it. The media too often forgets that the convenient labels they find so useful in meeting a deadline— sway opinion, damage real people with real concerns. We are real people out here. The newly elected president is an ordinary flawed human being, as is the current president. They will make mistakes, they always do.
It remains a Republic, if we can keep it.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Domestic Policy, Education, Environment, Health Care, Law, Politics, Unemployment | Tags: The Left Cries Racism, VA Gov.Terry McAuliffe, Who is Racist?
Well, yes. Charter schools are on the ballot in Left leaning Massachusetts (Question #2) an initiative to expand charter schools, much to the dismay of the teacher’s unions. The Boston Globe supports the plan, which would give 32,000 students the opportunity for a spot. Students in Massachusetts charter schools gain the equivalent of 36 more days of learning in reading and 65 more days in math. A related measure is on the ballot in Georgia (Amendment #1)
Charter schools are public schools. Donald Trump has favored attaching the state’s education money to each student and allowing the parents to pick the school they want their kids to attend.
In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe has pardoned 60,000 felons just in time to allow them to register to vote. The state’s supreme court said each individual felon’s circumstances must be weighed separately, so McAuliffe used an electronic autopen to sign thousands of letters—as if he had actually reviewed them. He is a longtime buddy of Hillary Clinton, and expects to win the state for her.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Education, Freedom, Heartwarming, Law, Media Bias, Politics, Regulation | Tags: Embarrassing!, If You Have a Question Just Ask, Voter Fraud
Last month, President Obama was in Florida for a partisan fundraiser, described as part stump speech, part farewell-tour stop.And he took the occasion to knock any efforts by Republicans to “ensure election integrity one last time.”
The president just doesn’t think there is such a thing as election fraud. As he informed the assembled Floridians, “You are much likelier to get struck by lightning than to have somebody next to you commit voter fraud.”
…But we know one thing for sure. The Left loves this old lightning-strike chestnut.It’s a claim that was debunked more than four years ago, yet progressives keep trotting it out anyway. So it’s time to debunk it again, by turning to the National Weather Service and the Heritage Foundation’s voter-fraud database. which contains hundreds of cases of election fraud, all of which have been proven in courts of law and resulted in criminal convictions or overturned elections.
The very partisan Mainstream Media should be ashamed of themselves.