Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Battle of The Sexes Has Taken A Whole New Turn

                                                                       
Let me begin by confessing that, as a male, I don't much care for women these days. That's just me and I'm damned glad I'm no longer a player in the mating game.

Having said that, I have no idea how the various repercussions of the MeToo movement is going to play out. Will that army of accusers finally collapse by the collective weight of age old accusations? Are men, as Senator Hirano suggests, just sexual beasts? Do women EVER assume any measure of guilt in these sexual olympics?

Based on everything I'm seeing there are only a few things that I'm dead certain about regarding our future.

1) Nevada brothels are going to do very, very well.

2) Makers of blow up dolls are going to make a fortune.

3) Female vibrator sales are going to soar as men avoid women like the plague.

4) More women are going to turn lesbian because, apparently the only people women can stand are other women.

5) Government at all levels is going to get worse. No reasonable and sane person will run for office, given the plethora of lynch mobs who break out the noose first and worry about impartial judgement later.

6) Your next President might be Paula Poundstone since she has declared publicly that she is asexual.

8) The Democrats, having slapped a crown of thorns on Judge Cavanaugh, and sent him up the hill carrying his own cross, can be damned sure the Republicans will be spending a great deal of revengeful hours digging up dirt on their fellow Democrats.

9) Parents of teenage boys in this country will struggle with the idea of having their boy children neutered at birth, less their lives be ruined forty years hence....simply on an accusatory whim dreamed up to achieve a political objective.

Sad. Damned Sad.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

30 Second Circuses

                                                                     

"McSalley's for Amnesty!" "Ward's for Amnesty!" "Ward voted against funding the wall" "Ducey wants to starve teachers!" "Sinema voted with Trump 62 percent of the time!"

The 30 second spots run 24-7, paid for by either the state or national party, or the hundreds of political pacs that dot the American landscape.

Billions spent on lies, whole or half, trying to coax at least half of that vast sea of ignorance out there to go to the polls and vote their candidate. Alas, half won't vote at all, most of the other half voting based on how many of those 30 second lies rang their chimes. Less than 5 percent of voters will actually go to a candidate's web sight and read their political positions. Even fewer will visit the Congressional Quarterly and read how their candidates voted on issues important to the electorate.

Yes, billions spent, and we are only in the primary season. Much more will be spent before the November general election.

Fade to black...and go back six or seven years. Barack Hussein Obama, who couldn't tell the whole truth if his life depended on it, stood giving his State of The Union Address in the halls of the House.

Immediately in front of him sat 9 Supreme Court judges. So Obama violated protocol by insulting the court. He said their decision ruling that corporate political donations were a form of free speech was terribly wrong.

For once Obama was telling at least a half-truth. You see, Barry didn't like corporate money going toward political campaigns. Yet he had no problem at all with his liberal labor unions kicking in billions to Democratic campaigns.

I would agree with Obama if he'd proposed a ban on "all organized money" for political campaign, corporate and union alike. We see the results of all that both obscene, and sometime dark money funding lie after lie on our TV screens.

I would be perfectly happy if only individual political donations were allowed, Hollywood millionaires and billionaires excepted. But, just as a wall at our border will help, but not totally curb illegal immigration (got to fix E-Verify and Visa overstays), the banning of corporate and union donations would not go far enough to stop the corruption and massive lying. To get money out of politics you've got to shut down those thousands of K-Street lobbyists who arrive with fat wallets and sit and sip coffee in every Congressman and Senator's congressional office.

The only other way you restore our Republic to former greatness is to ferret out the truth by visiting a candidate's web site and reading their position, then going to the Congressional Quarterly to see how bad their web site lies, then read how they voted on those things that matter to you.

Otherwise you are stuck with these 30 second circus sessions running on TV interminably.

Sad. Damned Sad.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fear And Loathing In 2018

                                                                       

My Facebook friends who are Trump supporters say the Democrats are gonna get creamed come November. The Democrats say they'll win on the issues of Trump corruption and illegal amnesty advocacy.

I just don't know. I know it will be fascinating. Yesterday, on my blog, I wrote about an openly LGBT Democratic Senatorial candidate who seems to be drawing the most support from either party I find that bizarre for a traditionally conservative state like Arizona.

Furthering my fears is what's going on right here in Sun City. For some sixty years this community votes Republican 90 percent of the time. So when our local long time stalwart Republican congressman was brought down in the "Me Too" movement we had a special election to fill the seat until the November election. Our own Debbie Lesko, a Republican who has represented us in the state legislature, won the seat...but narrowly. Her Democratic opponent in that election owned some weak credentials. She had been an emergency room doctor, but had given up her practice after being legitimately sued for malpractice. Candidate Hiral was for free health care for all, was against building a border wall, and thought we ought to give amnesty to the 30 million invaders who live here. And yet she lost to a Republican by only 12 percent, in a district that votes Republican 90 percent of the time!

The Democratic candidate didn't give up. She is now running for her party in the general election. And, throughout Sun City I am seeing hundreds of her election signs gracing the front yards of my neighbors. So far, from the signs I've seen, the Democrat is "out-signing" our Republican candidate. If that's happening in the most conservative community in Arizona what does the rest of the country look like?

Then, just minutes ago, I read that Senator Ted Cruz over in Texas is waging a close race for reelection, only five points separating him from his Democratic opponent. Ted Cruz, for god's sake! Texas, for god's sake!

So, yeah, I'm worried. I'm worried that voters will be too dumb to realize just how much better off they are under a Republican Congress. I'm worried that Trump will try to fire his Attorney General, and quash the Meuller investigation, and set off a constitutional crisis. Anything like that happening and we may see some "Trump fatigue" with Independents, thus sweeping in more liberal pin-heads into office.

Last time I looked the Dems need to win 34 seats to take control of the House. In the Senate races, if Arizona is reflective of the national mood we may be in trouble there too. Yesterday I pretty much guaranteed that LGBT liberal will win the one seat up for grabs here.

Lots of fear and loathing over on Snead Drive this electoral year.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Republicans: Don't Look To Arizona For Help

                                                                       

I wrote about Krysten Sinema several years ago.  I warned Republicans to watch out for her because she'd be creating problems for them.  She is.  She's a lock to win her party's nomination to replace Arizona Senator Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate.   She will then whip Arizona's three Republican nominees in the general election.

Krysten Sinema is an anomaly.  Growing up in Arizona, her family was so poor they lived in an abandoned gas station.  She overcame poverty and got herself a great education.  She entered politics in the 90's, winning a seat in the state legislature.  As I followed those legislative proceedings I saw Ms. Sinema drive Arizona's Republican controlled house half mad.  She would pick apart faulty legislation, trot in various citizens to promote her pet causes, and doing all that with grace and charm and without an ounce of anger.  She charmed the socks off Republican and Democrat alike.

In 2012  even her own party thought she was a bit nuts as she ran for the U.S. Congress in a district largely conservative.  Well, she ran and won over those conservative voters three times now.  Whip smart, she joined the House's "Blue Dog Coalition", voting essentially down the middle....sometimes with her fellow Democrats...just as often with Republicans.  She has carried that same sense of personal charm displayed in the state house into the halls of Congress.

This year Ms. Sinema has jumped into the Senate race.  She will vie for that seat against three Republican candidates, all flawed...to include 86 year old retired Sheriff Joe Arpao.  And when the dust settles come November she will become our first Democratic Senator in decades.

I will not vote for her.  Ms. Sinema opposes the border wall, advocates for amnesty for those here illegally, especially for the DACA generation.  When (not if) she wins our Senate seat she will be only the second LGBT person to win a seat in the Senate.  She is openly bi-sexual and has no problems with gays and transgenders in our military.  And she believes with all her heart that government rescued her from a life of poverty.

Still, when you see Ms. Sinema in a debate, there are vestiges of Ronald Reagan there.  She never shouts, or even raises her voice.  She smiles and parries attacks with great charm.  She is tireless, climbing mountains and running Iron Man Triathlons in her spare time.

And she scares me to death.  If Republicans hope to keep control of the Senate they'll have to look elsewhere.  Given that John McCain seems reluctant to resign his seat in the Senate, and allow our governor to appoint a conservative, that seat too may be in peril, given the dearth of sturdy Republican candidates out this way lately.  And it is becoming doubly hard lately.  Arizona picked up some 180,000 California transplants this year, the vast majority of them dumb enough to help destroy that state, then arrive here to say "that's not how we did it in California.  Democrats here will get more help since I just read that several thousand California kids have been turned away from universities there, in favor of illegal Mexican kids, who are now intent in enrolling in Arizona State and the University of Arizona.  Those kids will be declaring residency and giving a boost to Democrats at the polls.

Yes, we are still slightly red here in Arizona.  But we are turning purple fairly quickly.  While our statehouse remains under Republican control we suffer from a Democratic lock on the Phoenix mayorship and, given the thousands of California transplants, conservatism is under assault here....made worse currently by our two Republican In Name Only senators.

Krysten Sinema is at the forefront of this change.  She is careful to walk the middle ground, never stooping to repeating the utterings of the radical left, but she is an ever present force here, just as Ronald Reagan was when he wrested Democratic control from California's Governor Pat Brown dynasty.

Watch out Republicans.  If you want to keep the Senate, look elsewhere.




Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Snowflakes in Marital Trouble

                                                                       

Just read an article about marriages breaking up over student loan debt. Seems some spouses are entering matrimony without telling their significant other that they owe Uncle Sam somewhere between $34,000, upwards to $200,000 in student loans.

I'm not surprised. Since, through hook and crook, the mortgage crisis of 2008 has been settled, student loan debt is America's next crisis. How much total student loan debt is disputed. The NEA says total student loan debt totals $1.5 trillion. Other government agencies argue that it exceeds $2 trillion.

Would any of you be surprised to know that, as recently as ten years ago, the average student loan debt was $17,000 dollars. It is now $34,000, a doubling in one decade.

Why should you worry? Well, economists say that if major defaults occur it could shove us into another recession. In fact those same economists say that the current student loan debt is a constant 1% drag on the economy as kids leave college with non-marketable degrees and can't earn enough to live on their own (another statistic; some 33 percent of recent college graduates live with their parents) and still make student loan payments. This student loan burden affects every facet of the economy...from home buying, automobile purchases, etc.

Can we blame Barack Obama for this massive student loan debt increase? Well, it occurred pretty much on his watch, and he did encourage those generations of students to pursue degrees that any sane person knew was unmarketable. And he did give lots of folks the idea that "nanny government" would somehow make all this go away.

Our snowflake generation can only hope that, this time, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren win the Presidency in 2020. Both have pledged that, if elected, they'll forgive that $2 trillion in student loan debt (yes, you get the bill) and begin a costly program where college will be free.

In the meantime the snowflakes are divorcing....and moving back into Mom and Dad's basement.

Sigh.

Note: That graph is now out of date. We crashed through the $1.5 trillion mark in 2015.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Dear Liberal Media

                                                                     

Dear Liberal Media,

Last week three of your networks trotted out President Reagan's liberal bastard son in order to insult Republicans. His (Ron Reagan's) exact words were: "Republican voters would vote in Vladimir Putin over a Democrat".

I must admit, that got me to thinking. Putin is a despot and a murderer. He is repugnant. His actions go against everything I believe in.

Alas, sadly I guess I got to go with Putin over Elizabeth "Pochahantas" Warren, or Bernie Sanders, or, god forbid, Hillary Clinton, or a dozen other Democratic Presidential hopefuls. Democrats want to spend us into bankruptcy, they want open borders and the destruction of ICE and to give amnesty to 30 million illegals. Democrats attack religion, embrace immigration for radical Muslims, kiss Black urban ass as never before, wish to close our prisons and open abortion clinics on every street corner.

So, yeah, I guess I gotta go for Putin if that's my only "non-Democrat" choice.

Ain't that sad?
Hey, liberal media! Lots of us don't particularly care for Trump. Lots of us wish we had President Reagan, or Dwight Eisenhower, or old Abe Lincoln back, but we don't. So Trump's our best choice for now. And, while we don't like his porn star affairs, and we're not crazy about his business dealings, and we know he's inarticulate. But, guess what? He's still a better choice than any Democrat out there!

Oh, by the way, we Republicans like you media people even less. And don't make us choose between a Democrat and Putin....you might not like the results.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Baking A Bigger Pie

                                                                       



Liberals are small-minded in every respect, none more than in their continually trying to advance the idea that one must take a slice of someone else's pie if one is to be fair.

Conservatives have always championed baking a bigger pie...one that feeds more people through the simple means of doing things more efficiently.

Those two opposing theories were formulated centuries ago. It was the liberal economist John Maynard Keynes who advocated for government masters who would control the distribution of wealth. (It was also the economic theories of Keynes who Lyndon Johnson followed in drafting his massive fail in his War on Poverty programs...programs that created whole generations of lazy folks addicted to a government check.) Conservative economist Adam Smith in his "Wealth of Nations" disagreed with Keynes. Smith said, in effect, "just grow the pie larger".

And we have. That truth played out just yesterday as I was reading through some 1976 Fresno Bees that my friends Carrol and Jerry so generously shared with me.

In looking through the grocery ads I began comparing the minimum wage in 1976 and now, then gauging whether prices were cheaper then than they are now. To do so I had to use percent of hours worked". Given the eternal erosion of the dollar, that's the only way one can accurately compare price points.

So, in 1976 the hourly minimum wage was $2.30 per hour. Today, because we've experienced a new birth of freedom across the years, the average minimum wage varies wildly, by state. However the U.S. Department of Labor helped me out a bit. Using statistical metrics for all 50 states the Labor Department says the average hourly worker is paid $10.50 an hour.

So, okay, let's get back to that grocery list from 1976. In 1976 a six pack of Pepsi ran you $1.30. To buy that Pepsi six pack in 1976 you had to work over a half hour. Today, thanks to greater manufacturing efficiencies, and the competition from free markets, you need work only about ten minutes to earn enough for that six pack....which means you're wealthier today because of free market capitalism....all because America baked a bigger pie.

But let's not restrict our comparison to soft drinks. That same 1976 ad showed a sale on chicken breasts at $1.00 a pound. So, again, you would have had to work just a bit short of 30 minutes to earn a pound of yardbird. Well, ironically, off to the right of my desk sits a current food circular for a local supermarket. They are hawking chicken breasts for .89 cents per pound. So, were I earning the average minimum wage today I could buy eleven pounds of chicken breasts for less than an hour's labor....or five pounds or so more than I could in 1976.

Oh sure, I know most of you just love reading what a gallon of gas cost in 1976. But even with gasoline, one has to compare each era's hourly wage to accurately measure price points. For example (I looked it up) the average 1976 price for a gallon of gas was .62 cents per gallon....and it is just as "cheap" today at the current national average of $2.90.

To my liberal "Keyenesian friends", who always bemoan that someone else has a bigger slice of the pie than you, I will only say that free market capitalism has grown that pie far larger, and given folks in poverty far more opportunity to have a slice than anything you and your government masters ever dreamed up.

On Friday we learned that our Gross National Product (the sum of all our nation's goods and services) grew at 4.1 percent. That compares to Obama's average over eight years of less than 2 percent GDP growth. Were you to listen to CNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, or CNN over the last year and a half you would have heard that a 4.1 percent growth rate was impossible.

It really isn't. When the restrains of oppressive government are torn away our nation has proven again and again that we can grow a bigger pie. President Reagan threw Jimmy Carter out of the kitchen in 1980...and grew a monstrous pie.......a pie that nourished such startups as Apple Computer, Home Depot, Walmart, Intel Corporation and hundreds of other companies that made our lives better.

Grow the pie, people. Quit bitching about the size of the other guy's slice and grow the damned pie.

That's your economics lesson for today and............

you're welcome.


Friday, June 29, 2018

"...The Center Cannot Hold"

                                                                         

"The Center Cannot Hold"

After the First World War was settled a rather disconsolate poet by the name of W.B. Yeats wrote a poem. He called it The Second Coming and in that poem he wrote the end of a kindler, gentler civilization. Yeats' Second Coming was meant to convey the second Apocalypse, this one far worse than the flood.

I provide Yeats' words here, so that I might make a point later on:

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
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"Things fall apart.......the center cannot hold"

That is exactly what we are seeing on the political and social scene today. America is experiencing a savagery we have not seen since the years immediately preceding the Civil War.

Where once America owned a political center, we are, today, choosing up sides, wholly abandoning the idea that, while we have our differences, they were, in previous years, subject to negotiation.

That is no longer true. When did we lose our "center?" We don't really know. Perhaps it began with the Clintons, two people so corrupt we hadn't seen their likes since the Harding Administration. The lies, the coverups, the hunger for power, the demeaning of a White House that once housed greatness, brought down by Oval Office blow jobs and renting out the Lincoln bedroom in exchange for campaign donations.

Perhaps the "center" weakened further when a George W. Bush, self-proclaimed "compassionate conservative" spent more federal dollars than any three President's before him, trillions toward trying to democratize Muslims, hundreds of billions more for a crumbling, union dominated education system and a $700 billion annual prescription drug program than enriched no one except the drug companies.

Perhaps the final crumbling of the "center" arrived when we elected Barack Hussein Obama, a "666" demon right out of Revelations....a man who promised unity on the stump, then after being elected, did every thing he could to divide us, racially, and economically, all the while demonizing the working class and pampering every social fringe group on the planet, most of all the Muslim world.

So, as I posted the latest poll the other day, we now have an electorate where one third believe we are nearing a second Civil War. We live in a world where everything we once believed to be noble has been turned upside down. Statues of historic figures are being torn down. Names once deemed great are now being removed from the public square and the front entrances to our universities. Whole armies of liberal university professors have taught our young that our founding fathers do not deserve our admiration, and our own founding Constitution is looked upon as something that should be changed, depending on how the latest poll numbers read.

The Republican Party itself has moved far to the Left, so much so that John and Robert Kennedy would, today, consider Republicans as wild-eyed Leftists. They would be frozen by shock and awe at the huge, budget-busting programs the Republican controlled Congress passed this year.

And the only saving grace for the Republicans is that the Democrats moved even further left, creating a demarcation between warring parties that would imply madness. Led by the Pelosi and Sanders coalitions the "new Democrat" is Marxist-Socialist, leaving even long dead Karl Marx to wonder just how they intend to pay for all this free stuff.

But perhaps the greatest tragedy is that the American people themselves have forsaken the "center". Egged on by 5th Column anarchists, Hollywood celebrates so morally impoverished they could out corrupt Nero, and power starved politicians, America is no longer America.

Mr. Yeats wrote "The Second Coming" in 1919, thinking the acopolypse was at hand. Little did he know that it would take another century for the embers of our own destruction to spark the flames that promise to destroy us.