We Don’t Stand a Chance

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Let me first apologize for making you click on a second link to see this video, but I could not make it work any other way. This moving map shows the rate of immigration into the USA from all over the world over the past 200 years. Please take note of how immigration speeds up after 1970. with the flow of people flooding into the country it won’t be long before the population of the entire world is living in North America, specifically the USA.

I  found a chart that explains what happened, around 1970, Congress increased the total number of immigrants coming in many times between 1965-1970. Before this change we allowed 250,000 people into the country every year. Congress finally stopped at one million immigrants per year, and wallah, see what happened. All of those people came legally, i.e. they had valid passports. Not all intended to stay, but allowed their Visa to expire, that automatically makes you illegal. There are consequences to allowing a VISA to expire. When such a visitor goes back home, and then tries to return, he pays a penalty in the form of a long delay before being issued another Visa, so they stay over instead. Add these people to those who have been encouraged to enter without any credentials at all, and the USA has an immigration problem, i.e. too many people are here under the radar of the State Department. Immigration estimates are that we are allowing 1.5 million into the country every year, one million legally, and five hundred thousand illegally.
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As with all good things there is a limit to how long one can sustain unlimited growth. Look at business as an example. The number one credo is that in order for a business to survive, it must grow. The result is that companies become over grown, and expand by buying other businesses. This is not necessarily adding value to the system, but it is growing companies. Eventually, they get so large that they become ruthless money machines without any regard for the people working for them. I am still waiting for these mega countries to implode from their size. One way the mega companies are cut down to size is when they become targets of men like the fictional character Gordon Gecko in the movie Wall Street who makes huge amounts of money by manipulating stock values, acquiring a company on the cheap, and then profiting by selling off valuable components.

Our country is pretty much in the same boat as the mega-companies. We needed to increase population because our total birth rate fell below that which is necessary to keep us steady. To augment the population, Congress decided to add people through increased immigration. Their assumption was that the economy would absorb these people and everyone would be happy. The problem is that globalization affected job growth, and globalization began at the same time as we increased the immigration limit, circa 1970. What Congress has never even thought about doing is to readjust the immigration limit to stabilize the jobs rate.
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Currently, we have a world that is entrenched in globalization and every country is being affected in a big way. The immigration spigot has never been adjusted to slow the flow, and we are being over run by too many people that we cannot employ. The world still sees the USA as the place where the streets are lined in gold, and they are streaming in as fast as their bare feet can carry them. The Muslim world still stuck in the sixth century has awakened to that fact, and is breaking their chains to get a piece of the action. Of course they are blaming the Western Nations for their predicament, so they feel morally justified getting their piece by any means.

The only way to deal with this problem is to shut off the inflow until such time as we re-gain control of the economy.

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“. . . the gospel of envy . . .”

I received  this set of photos from a friend in Arizona today. I have to believe they are traveling the country at the speed of light. I’ll include the words, but I have no way to verify if they are truthful. Travel at your own risk. The messages on the billboards are right.

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These billboards will be going up on an electronic billboard on HWY 321 in Lenoir City, TN starting 1 Oct. It was a private project funded by private donations. It will be fun to see what the reaction will be. The ads will start to run October 1. (The only thing missing from the ads is the “Paid for by,” (the disclaimer is in very small print.)

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One more important favor:

PLEASE send this entire presentation of nine billboards to all of your friends and family. We must strive to have thousands of voters look at our billboard messages by email and any other electronic means. I hope these messages will be seen by the entire country before November 6 . . .

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” 

Winston Churchill

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I approve this message,

Grumpa Joe

 

 

China Wages War on the USA

Who knew what the unintended outcome would be when President Richard Nixon visited China in the nineteen seventies. Originally, he went there on a goodwill mission, and because China, with its population of over one billion, represented an enormous opportunity for trade. Nixon’s two legacies are his visit to China and the Watergate Scandal. U.S. businesses flocked to China after that visit. He opened the door for trade. The first unintended consequence of his successful trip became the export of every major U.S. manufacturing job. The U.S.A. went from being the manufacturing center of the world to the importers of U.S. designed products manufactured in China. The company I worked for was no different, although they did hold off until the end of the migration. Our first step into the Chinese market was through Singapore, and ultimately into China.

China is thirsty for jobs and they take anything we send them. Their people are hungry and work for minimal wages. Anything over a dollar a day was a big buck job for them. U.S. companies saw the labor cost as a distinct advantage. At home our people demanded ten, fifteen, twenty dollars an hour. Our workers saw that wage difference not as a way for an U.S. company to make a profit, but rather as a theft of their own livelihood. American workers were comfortable with high wage mundane jobs. They could not see the wisdom of re-educating themselves to become marketable in another industry. Those who did see the light did stay employed. The final outcome is that the U.S.A. still struggles with how to create jobs for its people.

The most recent unintended consequence of Nixon’s visit is what I call a Chinese invasion of the U.S. mainland. The amazing thing is that they have done it without a single military brigade, or firing a single shot. They did it with a bug.

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The Emerald Ash Borer

Since 2002, when Naturalists discovered the Emerald Ash Borer in Michigan forests, the invasion is proceeding across the country. The borer count is fifteen states and spreading. The cost of the bug in dead tree removal will come to billions of dollars.  Estimates for the Ash tree population in the U.S.A.  hover at around two billion trees. The latest dead-tree count is in the hundreds of thousands, and there is no plan for how to stop the incursion. There are a few University mitigation methods, but they are costly and do not carry a high success rate.

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The reason for this high cost and mortality rate is because there are no known predators for the Emerald Ash Borer. No bird, no predator insect, no pathogen exists today.

So how did the Chinese pull off this highly successful invasion? One theory is that the bug entered the country via some ash boards used to stabilize loads on container ships. Once out of the wood in North America the borer went to town breeding and eating. Some say they also came inside wooden pallets which ship around the country. Whatever the reason, the borer is costing us a fortune in beautiful trees.

On my walk this morning, I counted the number of affected trees in a 500 foot stretch. We in Frankfort are proud of our old tree stands, and of the many neighborhoods with tree-lined streets. The neighborhood I live in now is twenty years old and the trees planted at that time are just beginning to give real shade and a lovely appearance. I counted nine affected ash trees in that 500 foot stretch.

The Village of Frankfort’s plan is to cut down these trees and to replant them with saplings of different species that are resistant to the borer. So far, my street not seen the axe, but it will be near me sooner than I wish.

Coincidentally, I noticed a very tall and dead Cottonwood tree at the back of my property which will cross the roof of my house if it happens to fall over in the direction it is leaning. Most trees do fall that way. I had an Arborist confirm its status and give me an estimate for removal.  I’m still in sticker shock, the estimate is $1300.

Let us just say that it will cost $500 to remove each dead ash tree in America. The money spent is staggering. ($500 x 1 billion trees = $500 billion) That is a lot of money to clean up the devastation caused by a tiny bug.  Add to that the cost of buying and replacing the dead ash trees with new saplings and another 15o billion dollars gets added for a total of 650 billions dollars. And we are upset because the Iraq and Afghanistan wars cost us a trillion dollars. This one bug will cost us more than half of that.

What is sad is that the Chinese haven’t fired a single bullet, or lost a single soldier in this one-sided war. The Pentagon should learn from this. What kind of bug can we export to the mid-east to cost them a fortune to exterminate?

 

Howdy, I’m a Parasite!

I read this blog piece with some suspicion, but changed my mind after reading more about the blogger and more of his work. This piece got me in the heart. It is a truly honest depiction of what the unemployed are going through, all of them. It also sheds light on the importance of aid programs on these lives. We must be careful to differentiate between those on welfare and those who are given temporary assistance. Most people who lost a job would rather work but cannot find it. What happens to them?

"Granny Beads and Grocery Store Feet"

chd_tick_engorgedFor most of my life, I’ve believed myself to be a person.  Apparently, I was wrong.

I’ve recently become privy to the fact that I am, instead of human, a parasite. Specifically, I am a life-draining, blood-sucking, economy wrecking, nation dooming species of parasite. Apparently, I became a parasite a few years ago when I started drawing Social Security Disability checks. According to various authorities on arthropodology, among them Conservative talk radio hosts (Rash Limburger springs to mind), some more strident members of the faction of the GOP ironically called the TEA Party, and certain friends and family members who are unaware of my source of income, I am a parasite and if me and my kind could be eradicated from the face of the Earth, this planet (or at least the portion occupied by the United States) would be a much healthier, safer, economically sounder, and altogether more wholesome place…

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Who Do I Believe?

If one is to believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment is not a problem. I reviewed the BLS website pages to decide for myself what to believe. I couldn’t discern what is happening. There are no clear figures to tell me exactly what is going on. What I do know is what I see going on around me, many people I know cannot find a job to replace the one they lost.

Recently, I had occasion to visit the Will County Land Use Bureau to get a permit to put a new roof on a house. I asked the permit man if  he has seen an increase in permit requests. He had time to talk to me because I was his only customer. The answer is NO. When I visit a business I ask how their business is doing. Many are honest enough to tell me how far down they are from 2009. Recently, I ran into a former colleague who is still working at my former place of employment. I know their business dropped by forty percent when the recession hit. He told me they were nearly back to where they were five years ago, that is a good thing. Currently I am traveling across country. I stay in a chain of hotels that I am comfortable with, and they give a breakfast as a draw. In past years, cars, trucks, and trailers crowded the hotel parking lot and breakfast was standing room only. Last night I parked right next to the lobby door. This morning, I had a premium table right in front of the TV.  The fact remains that businesses doing poorly outnumber those that are doing well. My survey is anecdotal and not scientific, but it is a seat-of-the-pants look at the business around the country.

Today, I spent time reading blogs that I follow. One of them is “Rat Nation.” I lifted a book review from the blog which I have included below. There are no words to describe this book titled “Everything Obama Knows About Creating Jobs.”

Definition of ‘Unemployment Rate’

The percentage of the total labor force that is unemployed but actively seeking employment and willing to work.
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