Saturday, January 19, 2019

Today's Women March


So the 3rd Annual Women's March has kicked off this morning.  I admit to understanding nothing about it.  What I've heard is that it's all about hating Trump.  And as I flicked on the TV this morning that sentiment seemed to be illustrated with mothers hanging sandwich signs around their six year old daughters that read "Trump Is Mean!", or "I Hate Trump".  I guess teaching hate is started earlier these days.

I've also heard that there are actually two groups of women, marching at different venues, because it seems almost natural law that if you get enough biddies together they are gonna start fighting among themselves and nearly forget the original purpose of their protests.

I find almost all marches suspect.  I've never understood how there could be so many people who have the time to march.  Most people have jobs to go to, or chores at home, or some such as helping the wide swath of illiterate children with their homework, lest they end up flipping burgers for a living.

But, nope, there are apparently tens of millions of women who have lots of time on their hands.  So they put on their meanest face, adorn themselves in protest regalia, grab a sign with some serious vulgarity printed on it, then head out to the streets of a hundred cities, to let everyone know they are pissed about something.

Some of them are pissed about a female desk clerk in a police station not making as much as the cop on the streets.  Or a factory worker spinning copper coils not making the same as the construction guy standing on a 50 story beam stringing that copper.   To today's women neither the strenuousness of the job, nor the peril posed when performing it should matter.  

Also in today's march will be thousands of women marching to make sure someone else is paying for her birth control pills.  Or footing the bill for her spermal offal's free pre-school, free school breakfasts and lunches, and Medicaid Card.  

Others are protesting border walls.  Still others are protesting the cruelty of a federal government that dares to put children at peril by separating them from they Guatemalan escorts....those people that dragged those same children 2,000 miles in hopes of  a free pass into America and it's free ride on the gravy train.

I guess if we pay attention to the signs today we'll get a feel for what has pissed them off the most this year.  Many thousands of them are pissed that their children have to endure forced vaccinations to attend public schools.  An equal number are pissed because their kids are enduring flu and measles and chicken pox outbreaks from parents who are NOT getting their children vaccinated.  Many more are marching to easing entry for illegal their own children's classrooms can be even more overcrowded and an overworked teacher will be able to teach no one.    But that's okay.  Those children can always grow up to be burger flippers and march in those $15 dollar per hour minimum wage marches.


Friday, January 18, 2019

Anarchy Now An American Concern


Unlike Europe, and Asia, America has never been much of a mannered society.  While other countries relied on class or well established custom, America, the mongrels that we were, pretty much got by on our semi-respect for our newly formed institutions, and a bit of mutual kindness.

Alas, in the second half of the 20th Century, we began to see the dissolution of our institutions.  First came the wholesale abandonment of the farm, in favor of urban living, then a quite natural erosion of the extended family as social unit.  In the 60's we began to experience the "two worker family", when mom joined pop in the work force.  With no one at home, and the harvesting of millions of latch key kids, even the basic family unit began to deteriorate.

As the institution of the nuclear family began to dissolve so too did our educational one available to attend parent-teacher conferences, or PTA meetings, with both working parents too tired to help with, or even monitor homework.

Later in the 60's, and throughout the 70's those latchkey kids grew up and, having never been schooled with any working set of principles, decided it was okay to decide which wars they would choose to fight in.  And they decided that sex need not be practiced solely through the marriage union.  And thanks to the liberal courts those same young adults found that abortion was a perfectly sound solution to birth control.  So that, by the latter half of the last century, even the sanctity of human life was something to be negotiated.  And why worry about any religious concerns...because no one need attend church either.

All of those societal changes contributed to a gradual decline in the many institutions that held us together.  And, as it must, our government at all levels began to reflect how society as a whole valued moral principle.  Big city mayors became kingpins, employing the arts of graft and corruption, and the rewarding of municipal workers to support them electorally.  State houses became the catalyst for relaxing the rule of laws, in favor of governmental handouts and a happy electorate.

Then, at the federal level, we had a President that practiced sodomy in the Oval Office, and that was okay cause he was a charming rascal who could talk "perty".  

Then, in 2008 we elected the most "un-American" President we've ever had....a fellow who grew up smoking dope, riding the scholarships of academia that favored minorities and scorned the idea of holding down a job, instead favoring the generous offerings so freely available to a community organizer and those he sought to transform into his image.

And when he achieved office, one Barack Hussein Obama decided that thugs were victims and that law enforcement were the bad guys.  And since every President has always been the "mouthpiece" for the fashioning of societal attitudes, more and more people began disparaging the police as an institution, and challenging any law that proved inconvenient in their compliance.  Even contract law, one of the very pillars of civilized society, was turned on its head under this President.  Banks holding mortgages were forced into forgiving loans, banks assuming the total blame for mortgages left unpaid.  And what once was America's largest corporation; General Motors, was nationalized by an intrusive government, control of that corporation given to union labor.

Then Barack and his party commandeered our immigration laws.  Calling them offensive to "our Mexican guests" both Obama and the Democratic Party chose to ignore our immigration laws altogether.  And, following "Dear Leader's" cue, half of America now believes open borders is a pretty fine idea.

So, let's review again how the institutions that once kept us in a state of societal control is crumbling beneath our feet.  The dissolution first of the extended family (grandpa and grandma at home), followed by the nuclear family,  Then the church, as corrupted as any other institution, began playing a smaller and smaller role in our moral development declined.  Our school systems, with no one concerned except the selective good teachers, began turning out illiterates and that institution too is now a costly grand joke.  Now our police are under constant attack.  And as more and more folks hitch a ride on the government gravy train, even the idea of work is a frightful thing.

Now, as I look to Washington, all I see are clowns and cowards.  I see a million federal workers unemployed, all over a dispute about a $5 billion dollar half of one percent of our federal budget, and a group of federals fighting over whether we should enforce our immigration laws.

And, folks, I fear that this latest crop of clowns and cowards are the last brick put in place for total national anarchy.  It is not inconceivable that, when the whole of America loses respect for our federal lawmakers, we begin to enter "3rd World Territory"...with the occasional coup to overthrow the current crop of favor of the next crop of corrupt.

Every institution in America is either under assault or are as dead as our founding fathers.  (Indeed there is a growing distaste for those founders themselves.)  When you have nothing to hold society together you can at best expect the arrival of American anarchy that will trump every unstable society that ever peopled the earth.

This anarchy arrived in stages over the last 75 years.  It has now turned into a growing cancer that threatens to destroy our republic.  And the only certainty we can derive from all this is that, no matter how corrupt and cowardly our government has become, it all began with us.

Sad.  Damned Sad.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Evil Wampum


Evil Wampum

Senator Elizabeth Warren flew into Iowa this week, transversing the state, giving speeches to standing room only adoring supporters.

Warren spoke of her own humble beginnings, her own personal crusade in moving from poverty to middle class, her previous $350,000 dollar Harvard salary the only thing standing in the way of abject poverty. Her modest million dollar Massachusetts home, earned from her three hour per week teaching class load at Harvard in exchange for that $350,000 a year salary. Alas, now she must make do on a United States senator's pay and benefits package so she's cut back on further purchases of Indian Princess headdress and choosing not to add more beads to her jewelry chests.

Apparently Iowans love Liz. They swarmed her and fawned over her from the top of the state, all the way to the bottom. They loved her message that says every Iowan's trouble is attributable to the nasty rich. And they lover her "MeTooism" messages about glass ceilings and back alley abortions, and the danger of having to pay for their own birth control pills.

Just as Democrats flooded the polls last November, to win control the U.S. House, these Democrats are not happy with their tax cuts, or their bigger paychecks, or their farm ponds no longer being administered by the EPA. They're just happy to support anyone who might beat President Trump in 2020.

Turning Iowa blue is the party goal. That's evident as their current Democratic candidate for governor is running neck and neck with Governor Terry Reynolds, who has only managed to implement the biggest tax cut in Iowa history, while running up a budget surplus of $127 million.

These "new Iowans", these "blue Iowans" would rather have Liz. She talks perty just like Barack talked perty. She gives them a villain to root against. She promises them more generous government benefits and will tax the fat cats into poverty to achieve that goal.

Liz does not explain what will happen to the economy when those fat cats...the job creators...perish from the earth. Let's face it, those "fat cats" will give up risking their capital if any gains are taxed at 90 percent. And, just as with Barack's massive failure to jump start the economy, should she fail she never has to say she's sorry. It's a "love story" that will never end.

Senator Warren's favorite tag line is "the system is rigged against the poor and middle class." She does not explain just how...but it sounds good. My guess would be Ms. Warren does not want to hear how the fellow over in neighboring Omaha began building his fortune by delivering newspapers as a kid, and selling magazine subscriptions. Warren Buffet, and his $150 billion, would send a totally different message. Nor will Ms. Warren explain how making a thousand dollars an hour in a Harvard classroom is a perfectly legit way to make a living.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Econ 101


Economics 101

So the U.S. Labor Department reported this morning that a whopping 312,000 new jobs were created last month. That is second only to last springs 324,000 jobs created during President Trump's Presidency.

Curiously unemployment rose from a 49 year low of 3.7 percent to 3.9 percent. Let's look at the factors that seemingly made those numbers appear at least a little in conflict.

First of all the unemployment rate rose slightly because hundreds of thousands of Americans rejoined the labor pool, looking for work. Why did Americans rejoin the search for a job?

Could it be that Congress recently passed legislation that makes it harder to get food stamps? Could it be all the talk in Washington about requiring able bodied Americans to look for work while drawing a welfare check? Could it be the 3.12 percent increase in wages, driven by businesses more willing to pay a living wage after Trump's tax cuts? Or could it be that American businesses are finally foregoing cheap Chinese labor in favor of American workers? Or could it be that American companies are avoiding Trump's tariffs and finally manufacturing more in the U.S.? Or could it be that Trump illegal immigration efforts have finally stemmed the tide of the illegal invasion.......thus opening up positions for American workers? Have at least some of illegals begun to self deport? Have employers finally awakened to the financial penalties imposed when hiring illegal workers? Or could it be that Americans like keeping more of their paycheck, thus find working for a living actually pays off?

I believe all of those things have contributed. Though Democrats are gonna hate today's news, today's number does speak well for any leader who is willing to champion free market capitalism, defend our borders and make better trade deals.

Is America "great again?" Way too early to say. We are under assault by a growing cade of socialists, both in academia and in government. But today's employment numbers, and growing GDP are certainly rewarding Americans with more than a "chicken in every pot".

Today's huge job numbers stunned our economic gurus. It really shouldn't. A combination of factors have contributed to a vastly improving economy, most of those policies implemented by Trump, whose contributions were largely just getting the hell out of the way to let a little more capitalism rise from the economic kettle.