American Elephants


Things Are Just Getting Better and Better by The Elephant's Child

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It wasn’t too long ago that President Obama was saying that manufacturing wasn’t coming back, and there was little hope of getting the economy above 2% growth, times were just different. now. At least that’s how I remember it.

The second quarter GDP came in last Friday at 4.1%, evidence of a steady revitalized economy. The manufacturing sector added 37,000 jobs and has added 327,000 over the last 12 months. That was the highest total 12 month record since April 1995. President Trump said during the campaign that he would “restore manufacturing in the United States.” The number of manufacturing jobs is not yet up to the sectors peak in the late 1970s, but it’s unclear if automation is reducing the numbers needed.

The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says a record 155,965,000 people were employed in July, the 11th record-breaker since Trump took office 19 months ago. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 2,7 percent.

That’s a lot of numbers that don’t mean much to most people, but when you have a new higher-paying job, or a raise, and it starts appearing in your paycheck, it’s very nice. Democrats complain bitterly about tax cuts, Nancy Pelosi announced that the first thing the Democrats would do when they get back in power, would be to do away with Trump’s “tax cuts for the rich.” Which is the usual party line for them, but someone who pays a huge amount in taxes gets a bigger amount of money back than does the person who pays only modest taxes. It’s based on percentages. When a business gets a tax cut and keeps more of their own money, they can hire, add facilities, start new divisions and do more to earn more—which ends up in workers’ paychecks.

Lefties are hung up on the idea of making everybody equal, except for themselves, of course, because you need somebody to run things. The Right wants to give everybody the opportunity to make the best of themselves that they are able to do.

“The left objects to “things as they are”and wants things to be “as they might be. That was the Obama’s way of putting it. But what they mean  is the perennial Left’s concept . They don’t like human beings as they are  and want to “fix” them—humanity needs to be fixed so they are more egalitarian, nice, and don’t disagree with the Left.” A quotation I copied down, but forgot to note who I was quoting.

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An “Oldie” Worth Remembering by The Elephant's Child

As long as I’m doing Constitutions and what people believe, here is an oldie but goodie, with the late Milton Friedman explaining the most basic facts of Capitalism to Phil Donahue, who, of course, doesn’t get it at all. Always worth a refresher on what is important.

I particularly like John Steele Gordon’s  An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, which beautifully describes how Capitalism and a free people who can act on their ideas and dreams have brought forth a powerful and wealthy nation that is the envy of the world.



Here is the Naturalization Oath to Become an American Citizen by The Elephant's Child

Naturalization Oath of Allegiance
to the United States of America

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”



A Little History for the 4th of July by The Elephant's Child

Life doesn’t always turn out as you expected it too.The world keeps moving on and changing inexorably, and we need to move and change with it. Pause and think about the big shifts in history when one of the parties said in essence —this will not stand. I just read a brief history of the time when Spain threw out Islam, and the triumph of Christianity.

Hat salesman to President of the United States. Some of our better presidents weren’t from the political class. Might keep that in mind as well.



This is a Wonderful Video! (55 seconds) by The Elephant's Child



Civil Disobedience Meets Corporate Marketing by The Elephant's Child

Summertime. The Country Time Lemonade company is teaching American business how to do public relations. Every summer lately, we hear outrageous stories about petty bureaucrats who shut down little kids’ lemonade stands because they don’t have the right permits. This summer might just be different.

Country Time has announced an ingenious summer promotional campaign. They want your kids to be entrepreneurs and open lemonade stands. If City Inspectors come calling, Country Time will cover the cost of fines and permit fees. Great advertising for Country Time, good publicity.

Rather different from the oligarchs in Silicon Valley who are hiring the Southern Poverty Law Center to tell them which are Conservatives doing “hate speech.” For the infamous SPLC anything said or written by a conservative is “hate speech.”



A High School Learns a Lesson in Fresno by The Elephant's Child

It was at a high school championship game in Fresno. The announcer said “There will be no anthem. Let’s just play softball” The crowd started booing. Then they stood up and started singing. We’ve heard better singing, but seldom so proudly.

The athletic director said they would play the anthem before all games.




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