The Way We Are

These memes came to me from a friend in Colorado. They accurately define the state of affairs in the USA today.

She Hit It Outta’ the Park

A truly great essay and a genius level analysis of our millennial generation. How can our youngsters truly know what living poor is all about? They can’t know and never will know until they get into the world and have to fend for themselves. Prosperity is their norm. Please read the attached essay by Alyssa Ahlgren

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To Whom It All Concerns….
My Generation Is Blind to the Prosperity Around Us
I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of what to write about.
I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for policies to fix the so-called injustices of capitalism.
I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBooks, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me.
We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose.
These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought.
We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards.
Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.
Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow.
Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.”
Never saw American prosperity!  Let that sink in.
When I first read that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth.
Many young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided.
My generation is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen prosperity.
I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.
Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as prosperity?
We have people who are dying to get into our country. People around the world destitute and truly impoverished.
Yet, we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards abolishing capitalism. Why?
The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity. We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or see the rise and fall of socialism and communism.
We don’t know what it’s like to live without the internet, without cars, without smartphones.
We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem. We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem, and it’s spreading like a plague.”

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When one lives in prosperity from the minute they are born, how can they understand poverty? People of my generation witnessed the struggle of our parents working to give us what they never had. My grandfather John sent my Dad to America because he “could not feed him”. My Dad left, and never looked back. He knew what poverty was.

My dad had an aversion to potatoes, and when I challenged him once on why he didn’t take any potatoes at the Sunday dinner table he told me “I ate enough potatoes in my home country.” He left when he was seventeen. In my mind that is a whole lot of potatoes to eat in seventeen short years.

As an adult, I traveled to the far east on my job. I visited some pretty poor places in Malaysia and Indonesia. I came home with one major impression. These people work for pennies per hour because they are hungry and those pennies represent more money than they have ever seen before.  In the USA we have people who protest the poor wages in these far away countries yet our poverty level salary would make the people in those countries very rich. As my mother reminded me often “we have a loaf of bread under each arm and we complain that we don’t have anything to eat.”

What socialist leaning millennials do not understand is that to bring the level of poverty up in the world will also mean reducing the wealth of our nation. So the complaint of never having seen prosperity will reverse to seeing poverty in a grossly mis-calculated backfire.

Is This the Future of America??

Trump Economy a Failure

I didn’t watch the democrat debate last night because I didn’t feel like getting sick. I saw enough on the news this morning to cause my gall bladder to kick out some serious bile. This bit featured several candidates proclaiming that the Trump economy is a failure because it only addresses the rich, poor people do not benefit.

Let me see now, as I read this they mean that the lowly people don’t get to make the same as the rich. I kind of remember that in a socialist society like the USSR, Cuba and Venezuela the lowly people all make the same as the rich right? That logic fails me. I keep hearing that the Cubans are all poor, but the rich are still rich, except there may be fewer rich people in Cuba. Why? Because the only rich people are the ones running the country, same in Venezuela. At least in the Trump economy there are more rich people because they are all working their asses off to make it. While all of the lowly poor people now have jobs and they are richer than they were under our former leader’s economy when everyone was on food stamps.

There must be a DNA link in me that keeps my feeble brain thinking that the socialist way is evil for the world. There must also be a DNA link in the socialists that cause them to believe that evil is good. Why else would so many of them preach the same wretched doctrine?

I read an article about the new homeless people in all the major cities of the USA. Many of them don’t want to live the idyllic life we normal people live. They actually want to live homeless because it gives them a degree of freedom and liberty not available to those of us who believe in sleeping in a bed. My mind immediately flashed a picture of settlers living in the old west, and homesteaders living in Alaska’s most remote areas. They love living free. A modern day homeless homesteader likes the urban environment over the natures wild best. It is easier to bum a meal on the streets when you get hungry than it is to go catch a fish, or to shoot a squirrel then have to clean it to eat it.

So here we are living in a society that is split into many factions. The socialist side wants to mind control, care for, and provide equal misery for everybody while the capitalist side wants total freedom to allow people to make money and care for themselves. No matter which faction you belong to there will be a fraction of them who are filthy rich who will lord over all the others.

However, I have never heard a socialist ever admit that the ruling class lives a better life than those whose lives he is making better. They are all kind of like Bernie Sanders who drives a posh car, has several homes, and lives rich while preaching free stuff for everyone.

Lately, I have been reading stories from countries who have adopted democratic socialism that are not sounding so beautiful. Evidently a seventy percent taxation is getting these people down, especially after taking in so many refugees and immigrants.

All I can say is that my kids and grandkids will have to deal with it. My sorry ass isn’t going to be around too much longer and I am tough enough to live through most any kind of political culture we impose upon ourselves. I am glad however, that I chose to live conservatively because that is why I can afford to do the things I do today.

190626-Political Rant

 

I have to get this off my chest. For what ever reason I watched a round table discussion with Democrat Presidential Candidate Julian Castro.

Mr. Castro got my ire up but good. I truly believe he is the son or bastard of one Fidel Castro, and is determined to make this country as communist as Cuba. Julian was hired by Obama to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Somehow I don’t remember him for anything outstanding. Now that I’ve listened to his political campaign bullshit I know why. This guy isn’t capable of finding his way out of a paper bag open at the end. He answered each question with an annoying “thank you for your question,” and then proceeded to demean President Trump without ever addressing the question. His biggest mistake was in describing conditions at the border and the handling of children as unacceptable. Well, Julian, President Trump is following the policy laid out by your former boss, and upheld by all your progressive judges..

Any one who is interested in voting for this man as our next leader should do the following: put a gun to your head and pull the trigger. The result will be much better than that of having this clown as our leader.

Tap Dancing Debbie

I can’t take it anymore!

I just shut off a news program after the host asked Congresswoman Debbie Dingle from Michigan if the Democrats were going to start focusing on getting things done instead of trying to bring down the president. Ms DIngle was remarkably flexible in her change to a new subject. Instead of answering the question she shifted to why she won’t vote to support Trump’s deal with the Mexicans. She insists that there must be some form of verification by the Mexicans that they are doing as promised. Probably not a bad idea, but not enough to warrant keeping the deal from going through.

The president’s new tactic to circumvent our badly written immigration laws shows his diligence in trying to solve a problem created by our legislators. A bigger problem is that our legislators will not act to revise the laws. They merely sit on their hands and tell us how overworked they are and how they need a raise. They did have time to propose a bill to raise their salaries. I guess facing TV cameras and answering questions by cable news companies is straining them. Oh how I feel for these poor politicians. I’d say that ninety percent of Americans would be very happy making $178,000 per year. I am a college educated engineer who spent forty years managing as many as a hundred professionals in a stressful manufacturing operation and I never came anywhere close to making that much. I got fifteen work days off to spend with  my family. These congressional creatures work 145 days out of 261 (116 days off). My eyes are dripping alligator tears for these poor, poor overworked minions.

Sadly, we can’t fire them. Our laws protect them from being fired. We the people can recall a political figure, but the effort to do so is monumental. We could impeach them, but this process is also monumental. There is a desperation move referred to as the tax payer relief shot, but that is counter productive to the solitary implementer. So we are stuck with our single vote every two years for congressmen and six years for senators. The trouble with the vote is that these good soldiers are so attached and faithful to their parties that voting them out becomes a mortal sin for the voter. Political parties are known for spending millions to keep their faithful in office.

My options are limited to complaining on this blog with the hopes that some reader willl be converted to my point of view and vote with me.

If you are too young to know what a tap dancer is watch this video it will brighten your day.

Lest We Forget

All I hear these days is how we must impeach President Trump for the very act of defending himself against attempts to bring him down. They call it obstruction of justice. I call it defending yourself from the savages. If anybody deserved impeachment it was President Obama. In order to make my case I submit the following list of Obama’s accomplishments. I remind you that these accomplishments are the basis of many Left Wing Americans citing “that’s not who we are” as a nation when arguing about President Trump’s actions.  If we want to be known as a lying, cheating, Constitutional trashing Nation, then we hold Obama’s accomplishments dear.

Here’s a list of President Obama’s accomplishments:

1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint

2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. (Impeachable)

3. First President to have a social security number from a state he hasnever lived in. (Impeachable)

4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.

5. First President to violate the War Powers Act. (Impeachable)

6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product (health insurance) from a third party. (impeachable)

 8. First President to spend nearly a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready”jobs (and then he literally joked “well I guess they weren’t so shovel-ready” about it (18 months later)

9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters. (Impeachable)

10. First President to bypass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat. (Impeachable)

11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those

with criminal convictions.

12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.

13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Rick Wagoner of GM) to resign.

14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.

15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.

16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.

17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law (Defense of Marriage Act) unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it. (Impeachable)

18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.

19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state t is allowed to locate a factory.

20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).

21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had beenproperly issued years ago.

22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).

23. First President to fire an inspector general of Ameri-Corps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case. (Impeachable)

24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.

25. First President to surround himself with radical left-wing anarchists.

26. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.

27. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing to earnit (he was President for only 7.5 months).

28. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours

29. First President to have twenty personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.

30. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.

31. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago weekly at taxpayer expense.

32. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.

33. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American50 states (Mexico vs Arizona). (Impeachable)

34. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”

35. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that they were unpatriotic for balking at the last suggestion.

36. First President to sell guns to Mexican drug cartels in the hopes of abolishing our Second Amendment gun ownership rights. (Impeachable)

37. First President to abandon a US Ambassador to fight off a terrorist attack by himself. (Impeachable)

38. First President to approve the sale of US Uranium reserves to our Russian enemy. (Impeachable)

39. First President to knowingly abet a coup against a sitting US President because his party’s candidate lost the election. (Treason)

40. First President to pardon a traitorous US military man who defected to the enemy.

 

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