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President’s Day is Tomorrow, Monday the 17th of February by The Elephant's Child

George Washington Portrait, Gilbert-Stuart, 1795

This year President’s Day is on Monday, the 17th. It was designed to honor George Washington’s birthday which is actually on the 22nd, but then they decided to add in the rest of the presidents so no one would be excluded, and to stop any vast array of birthdays of presidents around the calendar. Trump is the 45th president, so you can see the problem, and just imagine the outcry if we deigned to set aside a special day to honor Donald John Trump, however much he might deserve it.

If you are interested in our first president, and the leader of the army in the Revolution, you can read past pieces about Washington in our archives, especially the ones about his image, and the conspiracy behind that. There’s an image at the head of one that is a “forensic reconstruction“, and some biographies are recommended.

If  you have a dollar bill handy, especially a fairly crisp one, compare the portrait of Washington on the dollar bill with the image at the head of American Elephants today. That’s because artist Gilbert Stuart was unkind to George Washington because Washington was more annoyed than grateful that Stuart was painting his picture. The face on the dollar bill comes from Stuart’s mean portrait. Even the reconstruction is surely faulty since Washington had spent years outdoors in all kinds of weather, with fair skin, lots of sunburns and lots of wrinkles, which do alter the appearance. Every classroom when I was growing up had a portrait of Lincoln and Washington, and a flag in the corner to which we all pledged allegiance. There is a generation that learned their history from Howard Zinn, and consequently don’t know that America really is a special country.*

I don’t know if there are any employers who give a day off for President’s Day, but that could be another 3 day weekend which are very nice, but not so much in mid February.

*If you were unfortunate enough to grow up with Howard Zinn’s “history” a must-read is Mary Grabar’s new book Debunking Howard Zinn, in which the author exposes and documents the multitude of lies, bad sources, and deliberate falsehoods Zinn used to influence a generation to think that America is nothing special. They’re probably the same ones now favoring the old socialist Bernie Sanders who lures them in with phony promises of making everybody equal and universal health care, and paying off their student loans. Fat chance.



Ted Cruz Has a Few Words for the Democrats at the State of the Union Speech. by The Elephant's Child
February 6, 2020, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Election 2020, Politics, Socialism | Tags: , , , ,

Democrats in the State of the Union Speech hissed when the President spoke about seven million Americans coming off of Food Stamps. Did the Democrats assume that the President was denying free food to the poor? What were they thinking?

It is a triumph when people no longer need government help to eat. People want to be responsible for themselves, to earn an honest living, and to have a job. It may not be the world’s best job, but they are standing up and supporting themselves and their families.

I guess to a political party that looks to succeed by buying votes, by giving away goodies, that is hard to understand. Perhaps that has something to do with the failure of Democrat run cities and states. They look at Republicans as ignorant hicks, and don’t understand the first thing about ordinary humanity, or how to govern.



Impeachment Is Over. Bad Job. Case Dismissed. by The Elephant's Child
February 6, 2020, 2:51 am
Filed under: Election 2020, Politics | Tags: , , ,

Oh my! The Democrats, winding up their very best efforts to capitalize on the articles of impeachment that have resulted from this long, long effort to dispose of the duly elected, but hated, President of the United States of America, have managed to make a colossal mess of the whole thing. Iowa has been holding caucuses for years, it should have been simple, but golly, the results at this late hour, two days late, are still only partly in. Some new software, they claim. Interestingly, Joe Biden, who was the supposed primary opposition in the coming election for President Trump, and the reason for the accusations of Trump’s supposedly impeachable request to investigate him, ( having nothing to do with Hunter Biden’s improbable corrupt payout from the agency his father was in charge of controlling – is now distantly trailing Pete Buttigieg, a radical former mayor, and Bernie Sanders, current socialist. The Democrats are Not Impressed with their list of candidates. Hence Bloomberg and Steyer,the leading radicals for the Democrats.  Impeachment is over. A failed effort. The President is innocent and not, as Nancy Pelosi claims “impeached forever.”

Nancy Pelosi’s smarmy little stunt of ripping up the copy of the President’s speech is failing to bad planning and (even) Democrat disgust. She was filmed showing that the papers of the speech had a tear started, so she could make her dramatic gesture effectively. A number of Democrats were outraged by that, and swore never to vote for a Democrat again.

The “Squad” arranged to fail to be present. AOC stayed home with her new dog, so they wouldn’t have to witness children in cages. Tlaib and Omar pointedly did not attend the 100 year old Tuskegee Airman’s presentation, which outraged other Democrats because that was really an important honor, and a very big deal in the Second World War. Trump made him a General in a ceremony at the White House. But it was pretty obvious that Tlaib and Omar had no clue what a Tuskegee Airman was or why it was supposed to be a big deal.

Democrats, in general, remain furious and outraged, but Impeachment is over. Done. Finished. The President is not guilty, not impeached. Sorry, Nancy, he is not :”impeached forever”. They got themselves all worked up into a frenzy, and don’t know what to do with it. Folks in Utah are talking about recall for Mitt Romney, though recall is apparently not available in Utah. Mitt Romney did come up with a pathetic self-justification, involving his own sterling character and his faith.

Democrats had what might be called a brain freeze, bad planning, bad execution, and a lot of angry citizens. What that means for the 2020 election is unknown. The economy, however, is booming, and favoring the very people who need a booming economy the most. Plentiful jobs, a strong stock market, plentiful energy, and the fires in Australia were not caused by global warming. The Polar Bears are just fine and thriving.



The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency by The Elephant's Child

The impeachment debacle remains on the country’s mind. The essential books seem to be Andy McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency, followed closely by Lee Smith’s The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History.

The Steele Dossier is central to Lee Smith’s story. We have here some very serious misbehavior by government officials attempting to undo the election of a President of the United States. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Congressman Devin Nunes for his courage in pursuing a shocking effort to bring down a duly elected President, and the gradual exposure of a criminal effort to play politics because they didn’t get their way in the election.

Here  is Lee Smith at Epoch Times with Epoch’s senior editor Jan Jekielek in a lengthy conversation about his book: The Plot Against the President.

It’s long, about an hour and perhaps you have time on a cold post New Year’s Sunday. This whole thing is so complex, and so dreadfully illegal and improper. It all must be exposed and the people need to know what has happened. The Hillary Clinton campaign broke into the Trump campaign. The Clinton Campaign was looking for something to destroy the Trump Campaign and assure a win for Hillary. It’s was to be a story of a President of the United States who had been compromised by the Russians. Didn’t quite work out that way.

I’ve watched this whole thing, and it is fascinating. We are so far only really aware of the FISA debacle. No President of the United States has had to face such a bombard of fake news and have his every move questioned and slandered.

Here is Devin Nunes, valiant detective, former chairman of the Intelligence Committee, displaced by Adam Schiff when the Democrats retook chairmanship of the House. Congressman Nunes has exposed the Steele Dossier and the role of the leftist Press. Lots to be exposed yet, and we seem to have a major spy scandal on our hands. The press does not come off well.

Most of us are aware by now that the American Media has mostly decided to play politics rather than journalism. Listen to a broadcast from the New York Times and you will notice the smarmy replacement of normal vocabulary with propaganda type words. They intend to hit at your emotions rather than your intelligence. Devin Nunes is one of my heroes. And he has to work with Adam Schiff every day.

Consider getting the books as well.



The Unrecognized Perils of Running For the Presidency by The Elephant's Child

You have probably noticed that people who have run unsuccessfully for the presidency of the United States don’t fade quietly away after their unsuccessful run. Immediate example is, of course, Hillary. She seems to have convinced herself that she actually won the election, and through some nefarious trickery, the horrid Trump got the nod, but he didn’t actually win. Everybody cheated, including the now famous “Deplorables.”

Hillary is not alone. Mitt Romney is now in the news for his secret Twitter account where he is accused of being a Twitter ‘Lurker’ under the name “Pierre Delecto” for keeping up with the news. I think if you have seriously competed and lost, you are bound to look at each new event with the consideration of how you would have handled it and what you would have done, and how much better your ideas are. Human nature. I think it extends to those who dropped out early as well.

Every act of a new president will be put under a magnifying device, and certainly Donald Trump has had more nay-sayers than most. Past presidents will feel they have the authority to chime in, and of course present events may suggest the correctness (or not) of their actions in office. Lots of people are suggesting that Hillary may jump in at the last minute.  We’ll see. Wouldn’t take much to convince her that she should.



So Little Time, So Many Really Bad Ideas, And Some People Have Already Voted. by The Elephant's Child

575x323xhillary-angry-575x323-jpg-pagespeed-ic-yslmeuq_rehvu7mvdzdzI 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.



This Is A Very Peculiar Election Year by The Elephant's Child

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The peculiarities of this election continue to amaze. Here there just aren’t any Clinton or Trump signs. Went to the grocery store a few days back, and someone had just put up a raft of Trump signs on the median of our main East-West street. Returning 20 minutes later, they were all gone, some in ragged piles.

Have seen a few sad Bernie bumper stickers on Priuses, but essentially no bumper stickers at all. A video of a gentleman who got tired of someone tearing down his Trump sign, and wired it up for a mild electric shock is all over the internet. And a farmer somewhere in the Midwest Mowed a HUGE Trump sign in his lawn that could be appreciated from space.

The Arizona Republic endorsed Hillary Clinton, the first time they had ever endorsed a Democrat, and the subscription cancellations were pouring in every ten minutes.




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