8/12/2017

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8/12/2017

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When was America so GREAT?

When Donald Trump branded his campaign,  “Make America great Again” opponents quickly derided the line with when was America so great?.

So I am old enough to remember and i thought i would share what a great America looked like.

  1.  Solid wood furniture built  in the Carolinas that was passed  on generation to generation.  Truly built to last. Not particle board with contact paper applied.
  2. College tuition at a state university was $100 a quarter.  you could easily work part time  to pay it..UC BERKELEY 1967
  3. You could fix your own car, and take pride in rebuilding it.
  4. Black families in the post WWII era enjoyed unprecedented prosperity.  yes it was slow coming to the south, but they raised solid families, went to church and were part of the community.  Until Johnson’s war on poverty paid men to leave and hit the streets.  We had almost achieved equality, they were my friends.  (hunters point). P.S. if you never visited a truly BLACK BBQ with black sauce you never lived.
  5. Local schools taught vocations as well as colleges.  Many preferred to build what was needed locally.  School was locally managed not one size fits all.  There were extracurricular activities for all those that wanted it.
  6. Kids played outside unsupervised. no fear. Bicycles let us roam the country side and explore.  Everyday was a true adventure, we got strong and fit.
  7. A burger or pizza was a treat not a staple.
  8. Everyone could do a little mechanic, plumber , and carpentry work.  remember when you used an old dime to gap the points?
  9.  Working for the government was called community service, it paid 30% less.
  10. Hispanics tolerated being called wetbacks as we all knew they worked hard than all of us.  We all shut up when they brought a huge tray of corn tamales and  pork burritos, and promptly kissed their ass.!  yum.

 

We invented truly great shit. A combination of chemical engineering, material sciences and the like were needed.  Now high tech is coming up with a new advertising or consumer tracking scheme to sell you something that was made overseas by under $1 hour labor. ..Shit we can barely build a weapon anymore.

Does anyone even have a vision of what great would be today?

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WIIFM or why Trump!

A lot is being written about what caused the rise in support for an outsider to the political establishment.

First and foremost, contrary to what politicians believe, people are NOT stupid, maybe overly patient for my taste but definitely not stupid.

Secondly, Americans are a very benevolent people, but it can go too far.

At some point, when everyone around you is enriching themselves you reach the point of What’s In It For Me or WIIFM?

Consider the following observations.

  1.  Americans threw out Eric Cantor like a used diaper, we had had enough.
  2. Polls showed approval of congress led by Republicans at just 10%, yet they made no effort to try to listen, even AFTER we threw out one of their own..CANTOR.
  3. Literally the word conservative was “hijacked” as a brand.  Originally pioneered in the book the conservative mind, there never was room for NEOCONS or International regime change in the original conservative movement.  All that changed when Bush Sr. and Dick Cheney hijacked the brand for their own won mongering and profit desires in 1988
  4. A man known as lyin’ Ryan sold us down the river and betrayed every thing he had promised.

A little background first.

We were sold free trade.  It promised us lower prices and access to new goods from around the world.  Sounds great huh?  Except then we noticed, our employers weren’t giving us our 5% raises anymore.  Our neighbors companies started moving out of the country and they lost their jobs.  Our downtowns’ were devastated, our relationship with the people we knew decimated. The quality of the stuff we got from overseas wasn’t worth it even at a lower price.  More and more people slowly questioned is this what we want. ?

The media colluded in trying to scare us.  More and more threats from overseas were put in our face every day.  Even our biggest city was supposedly attacked by “surprise”.  Our so called elected representatives told us we had to give up some freedom to be safe.  These horrible leaders in countries we could not control had to be eliminated for us to be “safe”.  And so regime change was begun.  Slowly we realized we had to forfeit our wonderful freedom and way of life to pay the trillions of dollars necessary to kill hundreds of thousands of people overseas that were going to cross the ocean and attack us at any time.  All of us now knew people who had died or been handicapped as a result of these actions.  Meanwhile we began to see a few enrich themselves with huge profits provided by taxpayers.
Tax payers pay for a bomb, a few shareholders put the profit in their pocket.

Even worse because we decimated the homes of our so called enemies, now we had to accept their culture into our country and PAY for them to live since they had no skills for our country.

Meanwhile our bridges deteriorated, our roads got infected with potholes, our police came to see us a threat.  We watched while the rest of the world got high speed trains, and healthy foods.  We were told to have the best  health care in the world we had to pay the highest prices for both care and drugs.  We got the prices but not the care.

No matter how hard we tried, we could not convince out leaders that we love immigrants, EXPAND the pace at which they come in and find work.  They refused, and simply let them come without a plan other than we just can’t let them starve.  Is it so hard to understand  you can’t have free on one side of the border and expect people not to seek it out.?  A country without a border is not a country.

Then the banks failed.  Yes much was due to derivatives which are side bets.  There are two sides to every derivative.  A winner and a loser.  The winners got to keep their profits. The losers  passed the losses to taxpayers and got bonuses to boot.

We watched as the supreme court said companies could use their vast wealth to pay politicians to collude with them in the creation of laws that benefited them not citizens. Really?

At some point in time people finally just wake up and say STOP THIS MADNESS, what is in it for me?  Everyone around me enriches themselves and tells me i have to keep paying..Enough is Enough. it is a time for WIIFM!

Almost simultaneously (but before the first bullets were fired) Trump arose speaking the same sentiments.  He was rich and secure, he didn’t need the grief. But he was old enough to remember an america before war mongers, neocons, free trade and political correctness.  He even offered to help for free. It has nothing to do with ideology, nor any political positions. (we all know positions are lies anyway) It is our turn, WIIFM!

 

VOTE TRUMP reject the nonsense.

 

 

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A very simple DEBT, STIMULUS, and IMMIGRATION Solution

America is suffering from a triple whammy of problems.  A sluggish economy that is likely to go on forever, at least 11 milllion illegal immigrants, and a National Debt greater than our annual GDP and certainly growing much faster.

Historically I used to propose  (tongue in cheek) we simply fill up a fleet of 747’s with hundred dollar bills and in a CIA type operation, land in china with the announcement we are here to pay our debt! There would have been some inflation sure, but we would get to start over.  Well to say we passed the point of no return on that brilliant idea would be an understatement!

More recently it was suggested that OBAMA simply mint a few trillion dollar platinum coins directly to avoid interest to the Federal Reserve.  If you aren’t aware we owe the Federal Reserve at least 3 trillion for which we pay interest as well.  I liked this one too.

There are a growing number of people clamoring for the elimination of the FED.  Ron Paul being the most notable.

Any idea must pass a progressive test meaning it treats the poor as fair or fairer than the rich.

So here is what I propose:

The U.S. government immediately grant to every man woman and child a $10,000 loan, interest free and no payments for life. 

Immediately institute a 17% VAT or consumption tax just like EUROPE!  With the interest free loan the poor can easily consume and pay this.

At death $30,000 is deducted from your estate if it is available.otherwise the balance of the loan is forgiven.  If you elect not to take the loan your estate will not be charged.In addition, every new immigrant who completes NORMAL immigration procedures including speaking english, ( no amnesty or acceleration) for the next 7 years will also be eligible for these loans.

Sure Total cost is up to 3.2$Trillion, but that is just 20% of the current national debt and relatively immaterial to our TOTAL liabilities of 80 Trillion.

Obviously this would be a huge economic stimulus.  People could pretty much choose to buy whatever they wanted.  17% VAT on a 15 trillion dollar economy would add at least $2.0 Trillion in tax receipts so the government would immediately start having large budget surpluses to pay down the debt.

Yeah there might be some inflation, and the rich and old would complain loudly over consumption and death taxes.  But it would fund unbelievable entrepreneurial ideas!  Investments distributed across America.  Maybe restore Community Banking to the benefit of depositors!

Using Government accounting methods we could recognize a $9. trillion dollar reduction to our current debt as the death taxes that were owed to us.

WE could put an end to this fiscal nightmare and get on with being creative, and building cool stuff. 

 

Let’s go FORWARD!

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Economics of China 2013

I have been doing business in China since 1985.  I have many Chinese friends as a result.  Here are some anecdotal updates I received recently from friends there.

We all know FOXCONN is a HUGE electronics manufacturer.  Apple and the like.  1.2 million employees! 

I am sure you have heard of Chinese suicides in these factories.  But did you know that the government gives the family 10 YEARS of pay in these cases.?  So in some cases this can be a great way to take care of your family.  The problem became so great they now have nets around the top of these buildings.

Workers used to make $3hr and worked 90 hours a week.  Using western logic, western customers urged raising the wage to $4 hr and changing the work week to 60 hours.  Chinese workers actually want to work 90 hours! So they now get overtime as well.  They can live in the dormitory for $17 a month.  Food is free six days a week, and I hear pretty good, or at least better than western friend chicken and pizzas than management is so proud to offer. so since they work six days a week they only have to buy food on the one day they don’t work.

In China, unlike Obamacare, health care is free.  There is no income tax either,  So these workers can save a lot of money, probably much more than most westerners.  After 5 years many return to their villages to retire.

As incredible as it may sound, China is becoming too expensive.  Low tech things like those digital picture frames have already been outsourced to India.  New low cost factories are being built in Brazil and Russia ( a surprise to me)!  No plans yet to come to America. 

 

Plus as I said before there is virtually no breast cancer in these workers..(A cheap shot at western food, from my prior blog)

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FREEE! Great ebook on Gun Conrol facts

There is so much disinformation on Gun Control I thought I would share a Great information resource on Gun Control.  There is so much disinformation coming from biased sources wanting to disarm America this is a great resource with references on every myth.  112 pages easy read.

http://www.gunfacts.info/

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