Saturday, November 19, 2016

White Privilege? Hardly!

Among many minority (and liberal) communities and on campuses rank with uneducated kids (and professors) we keep hearing about "white privilege". So, let's take a look at that.

Certainly in times long since past, there certainly was white privilege. Today, however, the only real privilege is what people earn for themselves. While it is true that a greater percentage of minorities start out life with less, that is not because whites have privilege. It is because they are either  a) from single parent homes, b) not educated enough to get ahead, or c) have become too dependent upon the entitlements that the democrat politicians hand out in order to keep them voting Democrat.

I know - that sounds like so much Republican spin, but that does not change the facts. You don't have to like the truth, but that does not make it less true. In any case, none of the above is a result of white privilege.

Adults in those communities can work harder at creating and maintaining a solid family structure. Women, for example, can and should avoid getting involved with any man who is not "good father" material. The signs are obvious. And when a couple does commit to one another, work at keeping it. As for insufficient education, there are two avenues - educate yourself (libraries are free), or vote for politicians who agree to make school choice available to all, regardless of your neighborhood. And finally, don't look at welfare as a career. Work hard at trying to free yourself from the "welfare chains" that keep you in slavery.

I am white. I was born into poverty. I attended the public school in my district - no choice. Neither my family nor my teachers prepared me for making it in the real world. It comes as no surprise that I ended up living on the streets, homeless, hungry, cold. I spent long hours, even in snowstorms, going through trash looking for cans, scrap metal - anything that would buy me a meal. It was not unusual to earn as much as $3-4 a day! Imagine trying to live on $1000 a year! Take that "white privilege" Mr Kaepernick.

But I wanted something more. In fact, I did not simply WANT more. I would not settle for anything less than the best I could muster. And not having "privilege", I knew I had to scrape and claw, busting my butt to move forward. I made the decision to not sleep at night without having moved closer to my goals that day.

I spent the next 45 years of my life working hard, working smart. As I moved forward, I took night classes at the community college. It took a long time, but eventually I had earned three degrees, all the while still busting my hide on dirty, but profitable hard work.

And now I am independently wealthy.

And not because of any falsely perceived privilege.

On the other side, there are fine examples of minorities who managed to do the same, despite their meager beginnings. Sidney Poitier. J-Lo.And, I am sorry to say, many minorities who "have it all", yet scream about being "oppressed" by "white privilege". Yeah, sure - Kaepernick with his $12 million deal with the NFL, or Jay Z, Beyonce and many others. They have tons more privilege than most white people, but they cry about being oppressed. Everyone should be that oppressed!

The only privileges in America are either the privilege that comes from having money, and the privilege of having the opportunity to get that money. And everyone has that opportunity. But not everyone has the drive, ambition or fortitude to pursue it.

Privilege? We all have the privilege of being able to DECIDE for ourselves which chains we will accept, and which we will cast off. If you doubt that, just take a look at the life of Jackie Robinson, or Louis Armstrong.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Liberal Thought - What It Is, and Is Not


Yes, I know - "liberal thought" might be an oxymoron. And that, in a nutshell, is the problem.

Liberals - particularly progressives - like to believe they are thinkers, but in reality they only mimic the talking points fed to them by the insidious "liberal leaders". And those liberal leaders are dangerous because they, themselves are not really liberals. People like George Soros use liberalism in order to gain more power for themselves.

Let's look at some of the issues of liberals.

WAR - Many liberals waste their entire lives trying to put an end to war. They see it as a "bad" thing, and believe that the world would be a better place without war. If by "a better place" they mean a planet barren of all life, they would be correct. If we end war, we begin to rush headlong into extinction.

If no wars had ever been fought on Earth, the planet would have reached its maximum capacity of human life at some point in the 15th century, as all those who were not killed would have had children, who in turn would have had children. By the mid 1400's, the number of humans on Earth would have completely consumed all other life on Earth, as food would have become scarce. The planet would have been stripped, the same way that locusts strip a field, leaving it barren. And then Mankind would perish from starvation and disease - a much worse fate than war.

War is not nice. Not pleasant. But what liberals simply do not comprehend, war is an absolute necessity, as mankind has no real predators to keep our numbers in check.

INCOME EQUALITY - Liberals believe that all people should not only be created equal, but should also remain equal regardless of whether or not they do anything to earn it. While it may sound nice that everyone has a good life, it is not only unrealistic, but unnatural, as well. Every living thing on the planet must compete for its survival. This is because no species can continue to survive if the weak are allowed to survive. A species is only as strong as its weakest link.

Liberals believe in leveling the playing field by weakening the strong, while conservatives believe in strengthening the weak. If a person simply cannot care for themselves, society has an obligation to care for them. But there is no obligation to care for those who simply do not WANT to provide for themselves.

If a person wants income equality, they need to earn it, just like the guy who has already succeeded. A slob sitting on the couch stuffing his face with Twinkies while playing video games has no right to the same income as someone who worked hard getting grades in college, then worked hard for years working his way up until he finally has security. To a conservative, "income equality" means you should have equal income only if you worked equally hard as the other guy, invested what he invested, and did all the stuff necessary to succeed. A hobo who does nothing is not entitled to a Bill Gates income. In fact, he is only entitled to what he, himself, earns.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE - This is liberal speak for letting the government raise your kids, which is the worst thing that could ever be conceived. Hitler tried this with his Youth Camps. While conservatives agree that the "village" should be supportive in parents' efforts in raising the kids, it is the responsibility of the parents. The village should only be a support structure. If John Doe sees Bob Jones' kid doing something wrong, he should notify John Doe.

GUN CONTROL - It does not matter to liberals that every study shows gun crime rates are  highest in areas that have the strictest gun controls. I say it does not matter to them because the facts do not fit their agenda, which has nothing to do with reducing crime and has everything to do with disarming the public. After all, it is much easier to control an unarmed population, and CONTROL is what it is all about for liberals. GUN control, BIRTH control, HEALTH control, INCOME control, ENVIRONMENTAL control, EDUCATION control, THOUGHT control. Liberals want to control every thing, and every one. That's why they do not like it when conservatives speak out. It's why the IRS targeted conservative groups. It's why ObamaCare was passed. It's why the Department of Education was created in 1972 (and education levels have dropped every year since). It's why Harry Reid thwarted the will of the People by not letting any House bill be brought to the Senate floor, and it is why Barak Obama kept doing end runs around Congress, and dictating policy and ignoring laws. It is why liberals push to get as many people on entitlements as possible.

LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS - this one is really simple - progressives want control, and a population that is hooked on drugs is easy to control. Those not hooked on drugs will be hooked on entitlements - a financial drug. If you get out of line, they can threaten to take away your drug or entitlement.

There are only three things that have kept liberal progressives from taking over America and creating a socialist/communist regime - Christianity, the Constitution and conservatives - the 3 C's. And if you are awake, you have seen liberals, with the help of liberal media and liberal institutions of "higher learning" attack all three, mercilessly. And that proves the point.

In all fairness, I should point out that it's not really the liberals so much as the nefarious leaders of progressivism. The puppet masters, like George Soros. The average liberal is, as described by the socialist Saul Alinsky, nothing more than a "useful idiot". The ignorant masses of "Wall Street Occupiers", "Black Lives Matter" and the drones that get brainwashed at Berkeley. Useful idiots. Even the powerful Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid - and, yes, even Barak Obama - fall into the category of "useful idiots. They all do the dirty work of the Puppet Masters."

I almost pity them, but for the fact that they are so hateful and destructive.

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The Real Reason The Democrats Lost

No matter what pundits you listen to, one thing becomes very clear from the start - Democrats have no idea how they lost the election to Trump, or why. It simply does not seem logical or even possible.

But it did happen. Republicans hold all three parts of the legislative and executive power in Washington. They hold most state legislatures and Governorships. And Democrats need to learn the right lesson from this if they are to have any chance of making a comeback anytime soon.

Here is what really happened, and why...

Setting aside personalities, honesty issues and nasty campaigning, Democrats should simply look at the county-by-county vote. Republicans won over 96% of ALL counties across the country. The only counties they won are the population-rich metropolitan areas, primarily around New York and California. What message this sends is that Democrats are only reaching their fellow elitists with their message, and that message rings sour to the folks in 96% of the country.

Winning the coastal epicenters of the elites will win them the popular vote almost every time, simply due to the vast populations in those areas (which is why the Founders invented the Electoral College, so a few cities don't run everything). But that does not get you the electoral college. That is won county-by-county and state-by-state, and Democrats lost most of those because their message is one that elitists such as Hollywood celebrities and D.C politicians can relate to, but most ordinary Americans cannot. Basically, then, the Democrats lost because of Maslov's Hierarchy of Needs, depicted as a pyramid, where the first need is the wide base, and the highest need is the pinnacle.

Elitists living in the metro areas have much different needs than other Americans. According to Maslov's Hierarchy of Needs, every person is on one of six levels of need, and normally strive to rise to the top. Those six levels, in order, are:

Physiological needs (food & water, clothing, shelter, sex)
Safety needs (personal & financial security, health & well-being, safety net against adverse impacts like accidents, unemployment)
Love and belonging (friendship, intimacy, family)
Esteem (respect from others as well as self; recognition; fame etc)
Self-actualization (achieving success in many things, such as parenting, athletics, art, creating/building)
Self-transcendance  (giving to a higher goal outside oneself; altruism, charity, spirituality)

Individuals just trying to survive, physically, have little or no interest in the same things that appeal to those in the self-actualization stage, for example. Too busy surviving. But once their physiological needs have been secured, they move toward ensuring their safety needs. And once those needs are met, they give greater importance to love and belonging. And so it goes, until they hit the wall (personal limitations) or reach the top.

Liberal elitists like celebrities and politicians are at or near the pinnacle, and as such their "needs" are more idealistic, and do not translate well in the real world that most people have to live in. While they float idealistic ideas and policies that are altruistic, those things do not put food on the table for every day Americans.

And the real problem for liberal Democrats lies in the simple fact that they actually believe that most Americans want and need the same things they, themselves want.

They don't. They are not "there" yet, and most will never be there, because there is just so much room at the top (remember, it really is a pyramid - the vast majority of people are at stage one).

Until Democrats come to terms with the simple fact that the majority of Americans outside the elitist epicenters are not on their level and do not find value in what they want, Democrats will keep losing.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump Should Pardon Hillary

Think about it - if Donald Trump pardons Hillary Clinton, he would immediately set America on a road to unity, showing that he doesn't hold a grudge and is magnanimous. Democrats around the country would look at him with different eyes. Much of the hate and lines of division would begin to wane, and America can get back to America's business.

Certainly, I believe Hillary belongs in jail. But I would be more than willing to let her skate if it means putting an final end to all of this anger and hate. This is America - it's okay for us to show our Christian, forgiving roots. As the saying goes, "killing them with kindness."

Let's begin to heal - Trump's very first move should be to pardon Hillary - but to ALSO advise the Clintons that they may no longer use their crooked foundation to peddle influence and enrich themselves. That should be a condition of the pardon.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

EVERY Tax Is Paid By The Poor

I have had several people ask me to once again explain how taxing the rich, or businesses, results in taxing the poor. Others have flatly disagreed - they cannot see the larger picture. So, if you will bear with me for just a few minutes, perhaps I can clarify.

First, I can state emphatically that the rich do not pay any taxes - not ever. And the poor pay all the taxes - always. And that is precisely how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Now for proof of the pudding.

Let us say Joe is poor, and Mark is rich. Joe eats a lot of Ramen soup because it's cheap. Mark's company makes the Ramen soup. Joe works for Mark.

The government increases Mark's taxes. They also increase the taxes on capital gains. This pleases Joe because he thinks Mark has too much wealth.

Since Mark's taxes have increased, and he is not in business to lose money, he must now raise the cost of the Ramen that Joe buys. That's business - as costs rise, so do prices. Suddenly, Joe is not so pleased because he is now paying Mark's taxes every time he buys Ramen.

Mark also reduces company benefits, and lays Joe off because the increase on capital gains has forced investors to stop investing in his company. Needless to say, Joe is REALLY unhappy now - and poorer than ever. And he blames Mark, even though it was the "Joe's" of the world who demanded Mark's taxes be raised.

But it is much worse than that - increased taxes on EVERY business and rich person has resulted in the prices of all products and services to increase. Joe is now paying more for gas, his lawn mower, milk, pizza, movies, tires, car - everything he buys is now more expensive, because businesses always pass off any increase in costs - including taxes - onto the customers and employees. They have to. And the end result is that his customers are paying his taxes for him, because taxes are an expense, and expenses are built into the price of products and services.

The only people who cannot pass these added costs onto others are the poor - there is no one below them to pass them to.

This is how it works. Every time.

Increasing taxes - regardless of who you tax - always harms the economy, increases unemployment,  decreases investments that make the economy grow, and makes the poor even poorer.

Even you, the working stiff, pass on your taxes to people below you. Yes, you do. In order to pay taxes, you must earn more money than if you did not have any taxes to pay. Your paycheck reflects that. As businesses increase prices because of higher taxes, those higher prices mean YOU pay higher sales taxes (when the price goes up on an item, so does the amount of tax - you pay 5 cents on a one dollar item, and 6 cents on that item when the price increases to $1.20). So, when you get hit with higher property taxes, higher sales taxes etc., you have to ask for a raise, or you fall into poverty. And where do you think your boss is going to get that money - he has no money tree. He will get it from his customers by way of higher prices (again), which results in even higher cost of goods, plus higher sales taxes on those higher prices. But you have effectively passed on your taxes to those below you.

Every penny of tax is passed down to those below. And it stops with the poor, because they cannot pass it down - they are already at the bottom. Who would they pass those costs onto?

When businesses are taxed more, or capital gains taxes are increased, the business must do one of three things if they are to stay in business. They must either increase the costs of their products/services, OR they must reduce company benefits and/or lay people off, OR a combination of the two. (A 3rd option is to move to Mexico or China, taking the jobs with them). Regardless which they choose, it will result in a sagging economy, higher unemployment, fewer people insured (lost benefits), and the poor getting poorer.

There can be no other result.

On the other hand, you get the opposite result when you LOWER taxes. The cost of business becomes less costly, so businesses can hire more people. They become more competitive, driving prices down. This means the poor would have jobs and income, and the items they buy will not be increasing in price.

Here is a tidbit for you - until the income tax was passed into law in 1913, virtually everything remained reasonably stable in prices for over 100 years. As soon as the income tax was passed, it caused all prices to rise. And ever since 1913, prices have steadily risen according to the rise in taxation.

Virtually all economic problems originate from taxation. The higher the taxes, the bigger the problems.

Democrat politicians, unfortunately, either do not understand simple economics and logic - or do not care, as they have an agenda. In either case, giving them power is a grave mistake.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

How To Put Hillary Down For The Count

It's a simple matter to put Hillary down for the count, quickly, if a few simple tried and true steps are followed.

FIRST and foremost it is not enough to bore people by simply stating a problem and that you will fix it (YAWN) . You need to entertain while you teach, so they GET IT AND REMEMBER IT! Most folks need illustrations they can relate to. Jesus knew that, and used parables to hammer home a point. Democrats also understand that, and use illustrations like pushing granny over a cliff. Illustrations make things easier to understand, and stick with people longer.

EXAMPLE:

Hillary says we should take the economic pie and cut it into smaller slices so the less fortunate can have more. Really? I say we just bake more pies so everyone can have more, not less. You do that by creating an environment that encourages the entrepreneurial spirit and business growth, which creates jobs, which, in turn, increases demand for products and services. And you do that by lowering the burden on businesses - cutting taxes and regulations. You cannot - CANNOT - get something to grow by restricting it . Restriction is how you grow miniature Bonsai trees, not a strong economy. Hillary's plan of higher taxes and more regulations will insure our economy will be a Bonsai, not a Redwood.

2) State unequivically that starting on Day One you will order a complete and thorough FORENSIC AUDIT of every government agency, and convince Congress to eliminate any and all waste, eliminate AND PROSECUTE fraud and to eliminate every item that is not necessary for the safety and general welfare of America. This will insure there will be an excess of money to continue funding necessary social services, such as Social Security and Medicare.

3) If hit with something that can hurt you, turn liabilities into assets (the basis of Ju Jitsu fighting), and following through on the following points:

*Business history (bankruptcies, debt, outsourcing etc) - in 2006 I was running a business. My responsibility was to my family, my creditors and my employees. As such, it was my job to serve them to the best of my ability. I did that, and obviously did it well. In 2017, as president, my new job will be to serve the American people to the best of my ability, and you can bet I will do that job just as well.

*On releasing tax returns - I am proud to pay the least amount of income tax possible, for several reasons. First, it again goes to my responsibility - first to God, then my family and business. By paying the least amount ALLOWED BY LAW, there is more profit to use for expansion, and hiring, which I continually do. I will do the same for America. It is helpful to note that even the I.R.S booklet states each citizen has an obligation to pay no more than is required by law. And as to charitable contributions, I would like to remind the Secretary and the media that the Bible specifically states that taking credit for good deeds do not store treasures for you in Heaven. To store good deeds to benefit you in Heaven you must give ANONYMOUSLY. If I were to claim them on my taxes, I would be cashing in those good deeds now. I do not need those rewards now - I have plenty already. I'd rather store them in Heaven, therefore I rarely claim all that I give. Christians understand.

*Contrary to what the Democrats and the media try to con people into believing, the recession of 2008 was caused totally and completely by Democrats - it just happened to come apart while a Republican was president. In 1936 FDR (D) created Fannie Mae. 1967, LBJ (D) privatized it, giving it freedom. 1977 Carter (D) signed the Community Reinvestment Act into law, requiring banks to make risky loans. In 1994 OBAMA (D) WAS CO-COUNSEL FOR ACORN in its suit against CITIBANK for red-lining, which led to Clinton (D) to pass the Bliley Bill REQUIRING banks to make at least 50% of all loans to the poor who could not possibly repay them. Since banks cannot stay in business if they lose money, this forced banks to create "derivatives", the bundling of notes to spread the risk, and sold them off, mainly to Fannie Mae. In 1996 Senators Frank (D) & Dodd (D) convinced Congress that Fannie Mae was healthy and needed no more regulation (as was requested by Bush). In 2008, the crap hit the fan...courtesy of 70 years of DEMOCRAT policies.

*Isis - In fighting, what Obama & Hillary do is called "telegraphing" blows, which guarantees you lose. Under my presidency, I will take the advice of the generals and admirals, formulate a plan - and KEEP THE PLAN SECRET until it is implemented and over with. Normandy would have been a disaster if the enemy knew when and where we were coming. Secrecy - That is the ONLY way to win any conflict

* Comey says Hillary plays fast & lose with the truth, and outright lies to American people - then lies about lying. It is unfortunate that he compromised the integrity of the FBI, a fine agency of great, dedicated patriots, but nevertheless he did manage to point out that Hillary Clinton is a serial liar, and compromised national security, and under any other circumstances she could not qualify for even the lowest level of security. Yet, she wants top level clearance.

*BENGHAZI - As S.O.S. she was responsible for all State Department policies and actions. That includes the horrid failure in Benghazi. While the facts do show she bore some direct responsibility, that matters little - as SOS, she was the ultimate party responsible - a boss is ALWAYS responsible for his or her employees and agents, and their actions

*Cyber-security: we need to utilize our best and brightest to get ahead of hackers. We don't have to stoop to the level of our enemies - we just have to prevent them from doing us harm. There are geniuses in America that are quite capable of doing that, and to initiate a social media war against our enemies. We will find those geniuses and pay them very well to get the job done.

*National Security:
Unlike Obama & Hillary who follow advice of pundits and political hacks with no experience, YOU will follow the advice of those whose job it is to know how to win wars and keep the enemy at bay - Generals & Admirals. "If I do that, I'm sure they won't have me going off half-cocked. As a life-long, incredibly successful businessman, I know the value of surrounding myself with experts, not partisan bureaucrats, and getting the job done."

*GUN CONTROL: Strange that Hillary now calls gun control "gun safety". Democrats often try to change minds by changing the semantics, like calling illegal immigrants undocumented workers, and aborting a fetus as "choice". And her stance on "military style" weapons is deceptive - military STYLE is not the same as a military weapon. The military STYLE weapons are nothing more than a standard deer rifle  made to LOOK military. It does not function as a military. Military rifles, not available to the public are automatics - bullets keep flying as long as you hold down the trigger (or you run out of ammo). Military "style" weapons available to the public only fire one single shot for each separate pull of the trigger - the very same functionality as any deer rile. Putting on a Superman costume does not make you Superman, and putting a banana clip and hand grip on a deer rifle does not make it a military weapon of war.

*Trickle-Down economics:
Hillary says it never works, but facts prove it ALWAYS works - PROVIDED government gets the Hell out of the way. When government gets in the way with higher taxes and more regulations, it upsets the system of free enterprise that allows the economy to work as it should. When "trickle down" fails, it fails only because of government interference. Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman proved supply-side economics is the only system that works that can be sustained. Wealth can only be created when a product and/or service is created, made available and sold. The value is in the product/service, and only money can create, produce and market. The money created is used to BUY inventory & supplies, HIRE employees (adding to the IRS coffers) who, in turn, SPEND on other goods/services, which supports other businesses and the jobs created by those businesses. In short, as Sean Hannity often says, no one ever got a good paying job from a poor person

*RACIST: Donald only went half way by mentioning the Florida club he built - why not mention the FIGHT with other clubs that do discriminate? The ones who tried to stop him? Donald not only invited all ethnicities as members, but fought for the privilege to do so

*IMMIGRATION:
There are 3.5 million people entering the workforce in 2016. Only 2.7 million jobs were created in 2015. Unless they bring jobs with them, like drug dealing, illegals must take jobs from Americans, contrary to what Hillary's spinmeisters claim.

ALL OF THE ABOVE should be clearly stated, as shown, in a televised speech. Then commercials should be proliferated on each individual point, and used in debates as needed

DON'T INTERRUPT!
It makes you appear to be on the defensive - not good.
DON'T LET HILLARY GET YOU IN THE WEEDS with BS issues that mean nothing to the people. When she or the moderators (or the media) bring up minor issues that don't matter, IGNORE THEM, or simply say, "Sorry, Hillary - I am going to concentrate on the real issues that real people care about. Let me know when you get around to wanting to debate THOSE."

Smile - don't sneer

Saturday, August 13, 2016

How To Scam The Phone Scammers

Every now and again (like, daily) I get calls from people claiming to be with Google, Microsoft, a credit card company or even some law enforcement agency. Unfortunately, too many people fall for their scams, most particularly the elderly.

Here's what I do - it is both simple and effective. I tell the person (if it is a live person) I waste as much of their time as possible without providing any info, then ask them to give me their number and I will call them back, to verify they are who they say they are. They have two options - either they will not give their number (because they are scammers), or they will give their number (because they are stupid) and hope you will call back so they can get your info.

In the former instance, you have simply dropped them. In the latter instance, call the local authorities and give them the number the scammer gave you, so they can trace it. Scammer busted.

Now, if you get such calls and they are robocalls - a recording - simply hang up. That is always a scam. I usually leave the phone "off the hook" until they disconnect, as that wastes their time.

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