Saturday, February 2, 2019

Governor Northam's FOOD for THOUGHT...

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I absolutely HATE do-gooders. One of the reasons I knew very early on that Catholicism wasn't for me was two phrases my Dad used to often repeat; "There but for the grace of God go I," and "I am my brother's keeper." At age 9, those two phrases agitated me, no end. Dripping, as they were, with that maudlin sense of superiority...looking down on those who are "helped."

I knew religion wasn't long for me. I just don't subscribe to that morality, though I do find it best to keep that to myself...at least for the most part.

ALTHOUGH...that Virginia Governor (Ralph Northam?) has me beat, hands down. Sure I support mandating birth control for all dependent poor and I support abortion on demand through the 1st trimester on the grounds that an UNWILLING parent is also an UNFIT one and I support the death penalty NOT via sterile lethal injection, but the guillotine or hanging....BUT Governor Northam has me beat and that's for sure.

The Governor turned a LOT of heads (and stomachs) when "NBC Washington’s Julie Carey asked Northam whether he supported a bill proposed by Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D), which would allow abortions - up to the moment of birth.

"In response, Northam said that a baby born alive could be “kept comfortable” and then “resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired” – the implication being that the baby could be left to die if the family decided they did not want to keep their child.

“In this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam said. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” (https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/emily-ward/virginia-governor-describes-how-post-birth-abortion-would-proceed)

Now THAT is cold!

What he described WASN'T abortion, but infanticide...and to his credit, he did quite non-chalantly and with some aplomb.

Now, his position and ANYONE'S who supports abortion, but opposes Capital Punishment is clearly illogical as his post birth "abortion," proves.

Governor Northam isn't squeamish about "making a baby comfortable" until it's time to snuff the child, why have ANY reservations about killing someone guilty of murder, human trafficking, pedophilia, any crime involving torture, etc.?

There IS no logical, reasonable reason to oppose the death penalty, especially while supporting the death penalty for an unwanted child, already born.

I'm at least honest about my own morality. I know...one might say, "But you're not running for Office." More's the pity that so many who do run for office apparently have to conceal their own morality.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What Happened to America?


People often refer to the 1950s and early 60s as a golden age with high income taxes, apparently unaware that the high personal income tax was shielded by a forest of deductions.

The very strong economy of the post war period was due primarily to two factors, (1) America's standing as "the last economy standing" after the war and (2) the bulk of the tax burden's share being borne by Corporations, not the individual.

Salaries were extremely low because the dollar was worth much more than today's. In 1961, when Kennedy took Office,  NYC cops and firefighters earned about $3,000/year, or $250/month. Almost all of that was covered by the dependency deduction, alone.

Most consumer items were more expensive because the Corporate/business income tax serves as a hidden sales tax, as those taxes, like all the costs of doing business are passed onto the consumer.

Over time, inflation has killed the American worker. A NY Daily News article in 1998 chronicled that. It noted that in 1972 NYC cops and firefighters earned, on average, $12,000/year, compared to the $72,000/year on average earned 25 years in 1997. Despite earning 6X as much in dollars, the 1972 workers had 1/3 MORE purchasing power. In other words, the 1997 NYC cops & firefighters earned just $8,000/year in 1972, or another way of putting that, those 1972 workers earned $96,000/year in 1997 dollars.

Inflation is the government's friend. It allows the governments to pay back debts (including public pensions), with cheaper dollars.

Just as NYC had divested itself from its manufacturing base, in transitioning to a "FIRE Economy (Finance, Insurance and Real Estate), the rest of the country was set on that same path in the 1970s. A massive amount of America's manufacturing base was Out-sourced, as other businesses here began In-sourching cheap labor via "Illegal immigration"/border trespassing and H-1B Visas.

Higher income taxes DO NOT "tax the rich."

Virtually NONE of the richest 2% rely on income for any significant portion of their wealth.

The top 1% of income earners (mostly physicians, attorneys and other professionals) are NOT "the rich."

The NRST (National Retail Sales Tax), which would replace the individual and Corporate income taxes, the Capital Gains tax, FICA, taxes, etc. WOULD tax "the truly rich" the most, but the Mark Cubans', Mike Bloomberg's, Jeff Bezos', and Warren Buffet's have the ability to successfully lobby against that.

That's why 3 men (Bezos, Gates and Buffett) have more wealth than the bottom 50% of all Americans.
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I Stand Corrected...

I've been saying for years...actually decades that "Democratic Socialism"  is Venezuela NOT Sweden, but while Bernie Sanders and others have lauded Chavez, Castro and other Marxist tyrants, even saying, "Food lines are good! In Capitalist countries the rich can by all the food they want, leaving little for anyone else," recently Alexandria Occasio-Cortez (AOC) DID say, "I mean Sweden, Finland and Norway, NOT Venezuela."

Whoops!

OK....I really DON'T stand corrected.
(https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/ocasio-cortez-socialism-norway-sweden-venezuela/)

This is especially for Carlos

Because IF AOC really supports the policies Sweden, Finland and Norway, then she supports policies that are even MORE market-based than our own!

Policies like LOWERING our Corporate tax rates. While Ms. Ocasio-Cortez claims to want to raise the federal corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%, the corporate income tax rate in Finland, it's 20%. The rate is 22% in Sweden and 23% in Norway. When you count state corporate income taxes, the average tax on corporate profits in the U.S.  is currently 25.7%, according to the Tax Foundation.

IF she supports the Nordic model, she's also supporting the privatization of Social Security. Sweden partially privatized its social security program in the mid-1990s.

How about eradicating the minimum wage? She's apparently unaware that neither Sweden nor Norway have any minimum wage laws at all, nor that Finland's is 83% LOWER than the current U.S. minimum.

Moreover, none of these countries would dream of something as radical as a "federal jobs guarantee." Finland, in fact, just abandoned its experiment in a related idea called "universal basic income" because of its costs and its adverse economic impacts.

So, while those misguided folks who use Sweden as an excuse to move the U.S. toward "democratic socialism," the Nordic countries she cites have been steadily moving in the opposite direction — cutting taxes, reining in government benefits and freeing up their economies.

In fact, all those countries have become more economically free over the years, according to the Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom.

How about LESS Diversity and MORE School Choice?

Some more inconvenient facts about these so-called socialist paradises that AOC would never endorse:

Sweden, Norway and Finland are among the least diverse nations in the world. Out of a list of 159 countries ranked by ethnic and cultural diversity, Sweden, Norway and Finland rank in the bottom fifth. The U.S. ranks 85.

Sweden also has a school choice program, in effect since 1992, that lets parents take vouchers to public or private schools.

So, it seems I KNOW what Socialism is and it's AOC and those who espouse "Nordic Socialism," who...DON'T.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Michelle Obama Reveals an Uncomfortable and Inconvenient TRUTH...

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Michelle Obama recently said, "I have been at probably every powerful table that you can think of, I have worked at nonprofits, I have been at foundations, I have worked in corporations, served on corporate boards, I have been at G-summits, I have sat in at the U.N.: They are not that smart." (https://www.newsweek.com/michelle-obama-tells-secret-i-have-been-every-powerful-table-you-can-think-1242695)

I've said the same for decades; that "the elites," are far from a meritocratic elite, they are actually, in most cases, pseudo elites.

Ms. Obama is right that they really aren't that smart at all, in fact, there is a LOT of incompetence among that parochial, insular group, most of whom got there by birth and connections.
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Naill O'Dowd CAN'T Ever Seem to Get on the RIGHT Side of Any Issue...

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Naill O'Dowd is outraged at alleged anti-Celtic bigotry in the U.S.

The Neal Munro tweet is wrong in one respect, it's NOT an Out-Sourcing Bill, it's an In-Sourcing scheme that would allow “about 5,000 more Irish graduates per year to take salaried jobs in the U.S. even though many of those jobs are also sought by debt-burdened US graduates.”

That's NOT good for America.

I respect Naill O'Dowd's defending specifically Irish immigration to Anerica. I AGREE with Naill that it would be far easier and preferable for America to take in and assimilate 5,000 Irish then 5,000 Congolese, or Libyans, for that matter.

HOWEVER, THIS is NOT THAT.

This ISN'T a Bill increasing Irish immigration, just more H-1B Visas that In-Source cheap labor, replacing American workers.

As far as H-1B's go, it doesn't matter where the GUEST WORKER comes from, it STILL takes American jobs through In-Sourcing and that's wrong...just like Naill O'Dowd always is.
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Our Coming Crisis...

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I had a brief communication with a longtime online friend, earlier today, who said;

"Hey, JMK!  I was reading one of your posts and then started thinking about how many years I’ve been reading your writing (FB, the old Bey board, your book, your WC blog, etc.)  Then I started thinking about common themes that threaded through the years. Then it occurred to me that you presaged the Trump phenomenon that “no one saw coming” by what, a dozen years at least?  How does it feel to be so far ahead of the curve?  :-)"

I replied that I didn't think I was prescient, at least, not in terms of my  knowing anything others didn't...nor having any kind of secret information.

I also mentioned that I've never been so pessimistic about individual liberty and "Americanism"/Constitutionalism.

It's true that I don't revile Trump, even though I've never liked him personally. He seems now...a last gasp of traditional Americanism.

I was thinking the other day, how we've shifted Left/Right in the Presidential elections over the past 30 years; Bush Sr....Bill Clinton...GW Bush...Barack Obama...Donald Trump, with each shift getting more extreme. (https://www.cookpolitical.com/analysis/national/national-charts/demographic-trends-should-worry-republicans)

What comes after Trump?

If the trend continues, someone much more extremely Left, then Trump is "Right." Look at the leading Democrats of today, Bill DeBlasio recently spoke about how he sees a strong "Socialist impulse" among New Yorkers, claiming he feels most people want the government to decide how each piece of property is used, whi gets to live there and at what rent (there would be no more "owners"). He's not alone. (https://nypost-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/nypost.com/2017/09/05/a-plea-to-democrats-to-back-anyone-but-de-blasio/amp/?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQECAFYAQ%3D%3D#referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fnypost.com%2F2017%2F09%2F05%2Fa-plea-to-democrats-to-back-anyone-but-de-blasio%2F)

Here's the irony. I tend to alienate a lot of people due to a combination of their misunderstanding me and my propensity for hyperbole and being an overall jackass. I don't like my propensity for being a jackass and have tried, with mixed results, at being less of one.

I think what most misunderstand, &/or reject about my views is that the reason I revile Marxism/Socialism is because I'm a pragmatist. I am not now, nor ever have been an idealist like most hardcore Leftists.

They NEED to believe that, "To move forward, we must change human nature from competitive to cooperative and that can only be done by changing government." So, they have to reject the idea...the actual truth, that the people in government, ESPECIALLY the DeBlasio's, the Ocasio-Cortez's are as greedy and misanthropic as they believe those in business are.

Socialism, is NOT Sweden's Nordic Capitalism, it IS the former USSR, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela. It IS authoritarianism because government taking what some have built, in order to redistribute more to all, requires authoritarianism and inevitably violence...always and everywhere.

The irony is that most Leftist idealists would be among the first protest, challenge and fight that violent authoritarianism.

While I vaguely admire that, I would not.

I'm a pragmatist. If I were told to round "dissidents" up in the middle of the night...I'd do it, thinking, "Better them than me." I'm NOT an idealist. I'm a pragmatist, a survivor...and in many ways, a moral coward.

I know myself...for better and for worse. I get the distinct impression that most idealists don't.

I HOPE I'm wrong...very wrong about this future, but I believe the trend is obvious, and it's not a good one for liberty and individualism.

Ironically enough, it's ultimately not a good one for those who'd welcome it, either.
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Emotional Illogic of Don Lemon


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CNN's Don Lemon


ONLY CNN...and ONLY Don Lemon.


I actually LOVE this statement; “So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no white-guy ban. So what do we do about that?”

OK, did you get that?

FIRST, he says, “We HAVE TO stop demonizing people.”

THEN he demonizes an entire group of people! “...and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them...”

Now THIS is a perfect example of OPINION (in this case a highly racist opinion) masqueraded as “news.”

It’s AMAZING that 6% of Americans STILL claim to trust this media. (https://www.businessinsider.com/ap-poll-just-6-percent-of-people-say-they-trust-the-media-2016-4)

The job of this media is to manipulate your feelings, warp your thinking and pit people against one another. They’ve done it successfully for half a century now.

Here’s a way to put this into a proper perspective. If Chris Cuomo, Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, or Tucker Carlson took America’s crime stats, which show that blacks have committed over 50% of the homicides nationwide since 1976, and said, “We HAVE TO stop demonizing people and come to the realization that black Americans are the biggest violent threat in America today.”

Would they be called out?

The answer is absolutely, YES.

WHY not Don Lemon, the nitwit who exposed a CNN cameraman as a fake interviewee on air (https://youtu.be/eOCcRnvMPEU)?

Is it because the bar is set lower for Don?

If so why?

Does CNN think blacks are less competent?

Again, if so, WHY?

AGAIN, ONLY CNN...and ONLY Don Lemon.

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