Sunday, October 21, 2018

October, 2018, Part 1, I Am A Global Warming Doubter and a Believer In Science: The Idiocy and Nonsense of the United Nations and the IPCC

Every month we have enough material to return to a continuing theme in this blog, namely that “I am a global warming doubter AND a believer in science.”This became of interest because of people like Al Gore who fanatically and verbosely claimed that you had to be an idiot to not believe in manmade global warming. It has been my life belief that anyone that is that loud and that obnoxious is hiding something, that rather than argue facts and reality it is better to beat down and insult anyone who disagrees.

As we have dove into the whole issue of manmade global warming, or its new rebranded title of climate change, we found that Al Gore and people like him were guilty of a number of things:

  • Ignoring science and realities that did not support their opinions and positions.
  • Rather than have an adult conversation about climate, these types of advocates like Gore sank to the level of insulting those who dared look at ALL science by calling them a variety of names including racists, homophobes, terrorists, flat earth believers, and other slanderous names.
  • Continuing to insist that politicians step up their intrusions into our lives with higher taxes, more regulations, and more control on our freedoms and standards of living based on a shaky theory at best.
To see the past posts and the multitude of evidence that we have compiled that showed it is perfectly okay to be a global warming doubter and a believer in science, enter the phrase "global warming doubter” in the search box above or go through the monthly historical post listed on the right side of this page.

Thus, let’s see the latest facts and science that prove you can be a global warming doubter and a believer in science, regardless of what Al Gore proclaims.

1) The United Nations via its IPCC organization has been one of the biggest supporters of the manmade global warming theory. Despite their predictions always being grossly wrong about what mankind is doing to the Earth’s environment, they continually put forth publications and “research” that show what dire consequences await us unless we immediately swear off carbon based fuels.

The IPCC recently put forth their latest gloom and doom predictions, which, not surprisingly, forecast the end of the world unless we all give up our freedom and wealth to an elitist organization who wants to believe they know what is best. Fortunately, the League Of Power website took a look at their latest schlock and logically and easily tore it to pieces:

  • The bottom line finding of this report was that we will be in for a catastrophe if the average Earth temperature rises between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius.
  • They claim their current global warming forecast models, models that have never, ever been close to accurate, predict we will hit the 1.5 degree mark by 2040.
  • Since Trump pulled us out of the idiotic Paris Climate Agreement, the models even predict that the Earth could hit that magically 2.0 degree mark before 2040.
  • According to the article: “The apparent dangers of unchecked climate change read like a progressive checklist. They warn of worsening storms, rising sea levels, massive famine, droughts, floods, wildfires and more.”
  • The writers of the report/research apparently have not checked reality where storms have been more infrequent and not as horrible, sea levels have risen very little, the amount and degree of droughts and wildfires is trending downwards, and the world’s farmers have never produced more food than they are doing now.
  • The research does not predict the probability of the 1.5 or 2.0 degree marks being met, just that they are bad.
  • But the report nicely glosses over the fact that from the beginning, years and years ago, the IPCC first predicted that 1.5 degree increase and it would be very bad. 
  • However, since then the average temperature has already gone up 1.0 degree, two thirds of the dreaded 1.5 degree increase, and yet, nothing really bad, relative to history, has happened. So are we to believe that a 1.0 degree increase is nothing but a 1.5 degree increase is the end of the world?
  • Again, looking at the IPCC global warming and model history, in 2014 they predicted that the Earth would see its average temperature increase 1.5 degrees by 2022, a mere four years from now.
  • But now, four years later in 2018, the IPCC predicts we will hit the magical 1.5 degree mark in 2040, a whole eighteen years later than they originally predicted just recently. Are their climate predictive models that bad that they were off by at least 18 years? Kind of destroys their modeling credibility.
  • Of course, the UN and the IPCC blame Trump and the U.S. for pulling out of the Paris agreement and making our climate future so much bleaker.
  • But what the report does not mention is that of all of the countries that signed the agreement, a mere nine of them have actually met their targets years after the agreement was signed and Trump and the U.S. had nothing to do with all of those countries not making their Paris targets.
  • The report also fails to point out that even though we are not in the agreement anymore, the U.S. has continued to reduce its carbon emissions since the agreement was signed, reducing our emissions by more than those nine countries have combined.
  • So we catch flak even though we have done a great job as a country reducing our carbon footprint while China, India, and the European Union continue to see their carbon emissions grow faster than just about any other country in the world.
It is such a bitch when reality gets in the way of myths such as man made global warming. The average temperature of the Earth has been basically flat for twenty years. In fact, some can make the case that the temps are actually starting to trend downwards. Any global warming forecast model has always been grossly wrong, whether it was from Al Gore or the United Nations. Countries that signed the Paris agreement for the most part are not abiding by the Paris agreement so it makes no difference if the U.S. was still a member of the agreement or not. India and China continue to build thousands of coal burning plants in their countries, increasing their carbon footprint, something that was actually allowed by the Paris agreement. 

The Paris agreement was a scam to get American wealth transferred to the poorer countries of the world and allow those poorer countries of the world, via the United Nations, to hobble our economy and our freedom. The global warming scam, rebranded climate change when global warming was proven to be a myth, is still a myth and a political power play with us as the target.

2) Given the first discussion point above, how the United Nations has never been right about man made global warming and has come up with all kinds of stupid ideas to address this non-issue, this next topic, from the Freedom Outpost website, in an article written by Tim Brown, fits right in with that discussion:

  • A recent UN report recommends that the world put a tax on carbon usage to the tune of $27,000 a ton to save the world from global warming and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, a myth we shattered in the previous discussion point.
  • This tax would raise the price of ordinary gas to about $240 a gallon.
  • While they do not want this tax to take effect until the year 2100, they do want to impose a carbon tax of $5,500 a ton by 2030 which would raise the price of a gallon of gas to only $49 a gallon.
  • Apparently, the UN provides no alternatives to what we would do to transport food, products, and ourselves to our jobs, they would just attempt to sideline our current transportation needs, crash our economy, all to feed a myth.
Nonsense and idiocy, $49 a gallon with no plan for an alternative. Mr. Brown sums up the reality of the situation when it comes to the United Nations, both when it comes to the global warming myth and everything else the UN touches: “I've said it before, and I'll say it again: We need to get out of the United Nations. Every informed Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian and anyone in between knows what I'm saying is true. So, why don't we do it? We are doing nothing more than feeding a beast that is set on eating us alive, much like our own federal beast is doing. Let's not wait till 2100 or even 2030. Let's push to do what Nikki Haley has done. Let's choose to leave the UN for good!”

That will do it for today. More United Nations idiocy and myth shattering when it comes to the man made global warming and climate change myths. More to follow.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Don't Worry, Be Happy: Any Short Term Happiness Will Be Squashed by the Country's Long Term and Massive Debt Problem

Still upset that Brett Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court? Don't worry, be happy!

Still upset that Hillary Clinton is not in jail for international money laundering, violation of elections laws, and violation of government secrecy laws? Don't worry, be happy!

Still worried that the Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives in the November elections? Don't worry, be happy!

Still worried that the Republicans will keep control of the Senate in the November elections? Don't worry, be happy!

Why should you not worry and be happy? Because in about 5-6 years, 10 years at the latest, all of your present day political and government worries will not be no bigger than a nit on a gnat's rear end.

Your worries will pale in comparison to the huge government debt hole that the American political class has dug for us over the past few decades:


  • A recent study from the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the unfunded budget liabilities just of Medicare and Social Security over the next 30 years is currently $82 TRILLION. This is NOT how much the Federal government will pay out over the next thirty years, this is the amount of SHORTFALL they will not have available to pay and fulfill the government's promised obligations.
  • A recent study by ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) indicates that state governments across the country have unfunded pension and other unfunded liabilities exceeding $6 TRILLION.
  • And of course, the plain old Federal government national debt is now over $21 TRILLION and growing larger and larger as you read this.
So in total, just in these three categories, the American political class has put us in a debt hole of a whopping $109 TRILLION. 

Given this $109 TRILLION, let's have some fun with math:
  • If you had spent a million dollars a day since the day Christ was born, you would still not have spent a TRILLION dollars. Amazing, a million dollars a DAY! And we have 109 of those TRILLIONS to pay off.
  • Given there are about 327 million people living in the country today, if we divide the $109 TRILLION debt by the population we see that the debt load per citizen, men, women, and children, is $333,000 per person. In other words, to pay off the debt in theory, every citizen would have to write a check for $333,000 to accomplish this feat.
  • Given there are about 126 million households in the country today, if we divide the $109 TRILLION by the number of households we see that the debt load per household is $865,000.
  • If we decided today as a nation that we wanted to pay off this debt in say twenty years, then taxes would have to go up $5.2 TRILLION a year.
  • Given that the Federal government collected about $3.44 TRILLION in taxes in the most recent fiscal year, a record high, to pay off the debt in twenty years the Federal government tax burden on U.S. taxpayers would have to up over 150% for each of the next twenty years.
  • And all of this assumes that the Federal government debt will not go higher, an impossibility, and state government unfunded liabilities will not go higher, another impossibility.
  • Thus, all of the above calculations represent a best case, they are surely likely to go higher.
  • And it could get much worse: if socialists like Bernie Sanders get their way and force the country onto a single payer health care system, the most stupid idea in the whole of creation, that will likely add Federal debt in excess of $32 TRILLION in the first ten years, adding another $3.2 TRILLION a year to the Federal budget.
  • Thus, this additional $3.2 TRILLION a year and the additional $5.2 TRILLION calculated above comes to an incremental ANNUAL $8.4 TRILLION increase a year in Federal taxes, which would more than triple the current annual Federal tax load. 
  • This incremental ANNUAL $8.4 TRILLION that would now be paid to the Federal government is $8.4 TRILLION that cannot be spent to grow the economy or give Americans the freedom to do what they want with their hard earned wages since Federal taxes hikes would decimate their essential and discretionary  income streams.
  • Since the current annual U.S. economy is about $19.4 TRILLION, taking $8.4 TRILLION out of that economy and giving it to the Federal government to pay down debt would immediately shrink the economy by about 42%.
  • As the economy shrinks, tax streams would shrink, resulting in more debt and still higher tax rates and the fiscal death spiral is now in place. 
Depressing, depressing numbers. We have allowed the American political class, both Republicans and Democrats, to dig this enormous debt hole and really have nothing to show for it. Our roads, bridges, and tunnels are still falling apart. Our kids are still under educated vs. the kids from most other countries. Our healthcare system is overly expensive. We have no coherent national energy strategy. Just a big gaping, $109 TRILLION debt hole.

Given that our politicians have not done anything to fix this mega problem and are unlikely to do so in the immediate future, two doomsday scenarios are likely to play out:

-Scenario one - Believe it or not this is the better of the two scenarios. As more and more Baby Boomers retire, the costs of Medicare and Social Security will continue to increase the national debt. At some point, fiscal reality will actually force politicians to cut benefits and payments to close the ever increasing debt gap between tax inflows and benefit outflows.

Thus, Social Security checks will be slashed to better align with decreasing Social Security tax revenue. 21% would be a conservative cut in monthly check sizes. Increasing Medicare costs will push Medicare to cover fewer and fewer procedures and increase co-pays by Medicare enrollees. Obama's death panels will finally become a reality as Medicare starts with the oldest Americans and trims the healthcare they receive, again to cover the Medicare revenue shortfall.

As our Social Security and Medicare benefits decrease our kids and grandkids will pay more and more of their hard earned wages to help cover the Social Security and Medicare escalating costs. Their increased tax loads will reduce their freedoms and ability to do with their wealth what they want to do with their hard earned dollars, the $109 TRILLION debt will be unrelenting. 

So, our Social Security income will go down, our Medicare health care will decrease in quantity and quality while the costs go up. And our kids and grandkids will be poorer through no fault of their own.

-Scenario two - In this scenario, all of the above bad things from Scenario One are compounded by Washington politicians deciding to inflate the currency to get out of the debt hole. They begin printing money which leads to rampant inflation which destroys savings and the earning power of everyone. 

And in short order we have one of two political scenarios, both of which destroy our democracy. We could end up with post Wiemar Germany where hyperinflation due to inflating the currency crashes the government and economy and leads directly to the Third Reich and the Hitler dictatorship.

Or we could end up like current day Venezuela where hyperinflation has crashed their democracy, led to mass food shortages, and where toilet paper has become currency and currency has become toilet paper. And to boot, our Social Security and Medicare benefits would still also go down the drain.

Oh, for the liberals in the audience, before you respond to this discussion, please do me two favors:

  • First, park your Trump Derangement Syndrome in the garage, Trump had very little to do with this. Starting with the Johnson Presidency back in the 1960s, when Johnson and the 1960s Washington political class unlocked and raided the Social Security lockbox and skimmed off excess Social Security wealth for their own current use, just about every Republican and Democrat who came through Congress and the White House did nothing to fix the raiding and growing debt. This problem is over fifty years old, Trump has been in office less than two years.
  • Also, please to not bring up the favored liberal solution to every problem, tax the rich more. That is an inane idea, I have done the math. For example, rather than raise the tax rate on Jeff Bezos' income, the richest American, let's assume you could somehow liquidate his ENTIRE wealth and apply it to the debt. In that hypothetical and impossible case, you would be able to pay off less than .13% of the $109 TRILLION debt. Not happy stopping at Bezos? Let's liquidate the wealth of the ten richest Americans. Then could then pay off .61%, far less than one percent of the debt. Thus, increased taxing of the income of the rich is stupid if even confiscating their entire wealth is a tiny blip relative to the debt.
So, back to the beginning of this post, don't worry be happy, at least for the short term. Keep in mind that no matter which candidates win the election in November, no matter what ballot referendums get passed or fail, all of this short term angst and worrying will soon be a nit on a gnat's rear end unless the political class takes some bold, courageous and unpopular moves now to attack the debt.

Things are going to get far worse so be happy...at least for now:



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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October, 2018, Part 3, Political Class Insanity: More Idiocy From Ocasio-Cortez, More Hillary Law Breaking, and More Voter Fraud

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running for a Congressional seat in November. Readers of this blog know that she is now the favorite politician of this blog for the nonsensical and inane quotes she has been putting forth since her campaign began. For the history of this insanity just enter her name in the search box above.

And she continues to be the idiot quote box that never stops giving:

  • She recently tried to make the connection that the Constitution’s Electoral College is racist and empowers slavery: “It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic.”
  • I dare anyone to find a logical path that links the Electoral College to slavery.
  • The Electoral College was a brilliant process that guaranteed that an out of control majority could not repress or eliminate the rights of the minority on a state by state basis, not a race by race basis.
  • She, of course, did not explain how her statement had any validity, she just threw this nonsense out there.
  • She moved on to her next idiotic quote after visiting an immigration holding facility: “As a matter of fact, ICE is the only criminal investigative agency, the only enforcement agency in the United States that has a bed quota. So ICE is required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night and that number has only been increasing since 2009.”
  • But of course it is not a matter of fact: while our immigration system may have 34,000 beds, that does not mean that “ICE is required to fill 34,000 with detainees beds every single night.”
  • She leaves the impression that rogue ICE agents are riding around out of control, rounding up people because they HAVE to fill EVERY single bed every night. 
  • They have 34,000 beds, I am sure that if there was no illegal immigration problems there would not be 34,000 people in them every night.
  • And finally, she was recently campaigning for Democratic Congressman out in Kansas.
  • While trying to “help” her fellow Democrat, she proclaimed that, “We’re gonna flip this seat red” while on the campaign trail.
  • Since red is associated with Republicans and blue is associated with Democrats, she essentially was saying she wanted this Kansas Congressional seat to be won by Republicans, not her own party.
Two old sayings come to mind whenever she speaks: 1) you cannot make this stuff up (no one would believe you) and 2) there is still no cure for stupid.

2) In our previous post, we discussed the reality that if Hillary Clinton had been nominated for the Supreme Court by Trump and the Democrats applied the same tactics against her history that they did against Kavanaugh she not only would not have been confirmed, she likely would have gone to jail:

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/10/october-2018-part-2-political-class.html

From Benghazi to money laundering to insecure and illegal email handling to a raft of other dubious actions, her history of ineptness, greed, and criminal behavior is unparalleled. 

To that history we may soon be adding the breaking of campaign laws. A Federal court recently favorably ruled on a lawsuit that shows how Clinton and her Presidential campaign staff illegally laundered money to bypass and break existing FEC regulations and campaign funding laws. 

And we are no talking trivial amounts of money. The plaintiffs in the case presented extensive evidence to show that upwards of $84 million was illegally transferred to the Clinton campaign via money laundering techniques that involved the Democratic National Committee and fifty state level Democratic Party organizations. Which means if she had been elected, if there was justice, she may have been the first sitting President to be put on trial for election law felonies.

Her scheme was complicated, which it was meant to be in order to hide the illegal money trail. Rather than try to explain her plan here, I will refer you to the following link which has an excellent in-depth description of how the scheme worked:

http://thefederalist.com/2018/04/24/bombshell-fec-records-indicate-hillary-campaign-illegally-laundered-84-million/

3) My liberal and Democratic friends would like to believe that voting and voter fraud does not exist in this country, likely because most of the proven voting fraud has been perpetrated by and for Democrats. We have showed many times that this biased or naive view of voter fraud could not be any further from the truth. To review out extensive discussions of real voter fraud, just put the phrase “voting fraud” or "voter fraud” in the search box above.

To this list of fraud incidents we now add the latest attempt to undermine our voting system and rights:

  • Four women in north Texas, believed to part of an organized voter fraud ring, have been arrested and indicted on 30 felony counts of voter fraud.
  • These arrests were a result of an investigation by the Texas attorney general.
  • The defendants were allegedly hired and paid to generate mail-in ballots, focusing on elderly voters, which they then collected in other people’s names and voted using these illegally obtained mail-in ballots.
  • According to an article on the Eagle Rising website: “The AG’s Election Fraud Unit said the women carried out their scheme by “seeding” or proliferating mail ballots to the targeted precincts through forged signatures, altering historical applications, and resubmitting them without the voter’s knowledge. The AG’s office did not state which candidate races this involved or how the fraudsters were compensated.”
The good news is that these four culprits were caught and if guilty, should be facing some serious jail time for their felonies. The bad news is twofold: 1) there was no word on who was operating this voter fraud ring and when will they be arrested and 2) how many others are out there doing the same type of fraud that have not yet been caught. Hopefully, the Texas attorney general is just getting started on cleaning up this blight on our democracy.

That will do it for today’s and this month’s political class insanity: Ocasio-Cortez continues to be a human gaffe machine, another serious Hillary law violation, and voter fraud is alive and well in Texas.


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

October, 2018, Part 2, Political Class Insanity: Halloween Idiocy In Virginia, Hypocrisy In Tennessee and Double Standards For Hillary

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Tim Brown, writing for the Freedom Outpost website on October 8, 2018, put forth an interesting scenario, in light of the circus that became the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court hearings. His hypothetical situation was: what if Hillary Clinton had been put up for the Supreme Court by Trump, would Democrats have been as hard on her regarding her background and real historical actions as they were with a likely false, flimsy decades old, accusation against Kavanaugh?

Specifically, would Senate Democrats, and the liberal mainstream media, investigated the following areas regarding Hillary:
  • Did Hillary and Obama strand two dozen or so Americans in Benghazi to die and then lie about it under oath?
  • What was really in those thousands of emails that were deleted after being illegally stored and accessed by foreign agents?
  • Was the Clinton Foundation really just an international money laundering scheme?
  • How did the Clintons get so very rich, so incredibly rich based solely on government jobs and a supposedly charitable foundation?
  • What really happened in Haiti and the millions and millions of dollars that got donated to help that country’s recovery but which never got spent to help those in need?
  • Did Vince Foster actually kill himself or was there something more nefarious involved and what happened to those documents that were hurriedly removed from his office before his body was even cold?
  • How is that murder case of Seth Rich coming along?
  • How much money did the Clinton Foundation and Clinton family make as a result of the Uranium One sale to Russia?
  • What really happened decades ages concerning the suspicious Whitewater land shenanigans?
  • Did you really land under fire when you visited Bosnia or did you lie about that, given that the video evidence taken of your arrival shows no rush and no sniper fire?
  • Have you spent decades abetting, protecting and condoning the sexual predator habits of your husband and at least high ranking member of your campaign staff, opting not only to not to believer your husband’s victims but going out of your way to discredit and publicly destroy them?
I think the know the answer to this hypothetical situation. Hypocrisy would have reigned, the media would have done no investigations of any of these scandals and crimes and the Democrats in the Senate would have confirmed her with no questions asked. How do I know this? Because the Democrats and the media allowed her be a Presidential candidate with no trouble at all, her nomination to the Supreme Court would be no different since hypocrisy rules in Washington.

It is a shame, though. If the Democrats in the Senate and the mainstream media had gone after her multiple transgressions with the same vim and vigor they went after Kavanaugh over a single, likely false accusation, the findings, the political fireworks, and hopefully arrests would have been epic.

2) We are always talking about the lies and deceptions that politicians drop on us, either thinking that we are too stupid to figure out they are lying or they are too smart for us to figure out they are lying. Which makes it so sweet when their lying is caught on camera:
  • James O’Keefe has made a name for himself uncovering political lies via hidden video cameras.
  • He recently caught staffers from Tennessee Senatorial candidate, Phil Bredsen, stating that Bresden had publicly lied about his public support for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in order to improve his chances with voters in November.
  • Specifically, they stated: “Like, he wouldn’t really vote yes [for Kavanaugh,] would he?” an undercover reporter asked. “No, it’s a political move,” said one of Bredesen’s field organizers. “He thinks that, like, we’re down like half a point right now. It’s, like, really close and we’re losing by a point or two. So he thinks that if, like, by saying this he’s appealing to more moderate Republicans and he’ll get more of them to vote for us.”
Just another example where a politician will do anything, say anything, lie to anything just to get themselves elected, integrity and the good of the country be damned.

3) The Eagle Rising website, via an article by Warner Todd Huston, discussed a ridiculous effort by local politicians in Virginia when it comes to of all things, Halloween:
  • The city of Chesapeake in Virginia has a set of politicians who recently worked hard to pass a Halloween themed law.
  • Now, if you are a kid over the age of 12 in that city and you go trick or treating on Halloween, you are officially a criminal and could face a fine of $25 and face up to six months in jail.
  • Specifically, this is the effort that politicians wasted their time on: “If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the activity commonly known as ‘trick or treat’ or any other activity of similar character or nature under any name whatsoever, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 or by confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.”
  • So the town politicians put this law in place with these penalties and then undercut their entire effort with the following statement on their website:.“According to the City of Chesapeake, police will focus on making sure the evening is safe for everyone, not actively seeking out violations of the time or age limits. For example, a thirteen-year-old safely trick or treating with a younger sibling is not going to have any issues.”
So they spent time on a stupid law and then cut out the guts of that stupid law by saying they will not enforce the penalties of that law. Insanity.

So let me get this straight: the politicians have fixed all of the problems in their city: there is no crime, no drug abuse and drug dealing issues, all of the potholes have been fixed, schools are outstanding, etc. After resolving ALL of the issues facing their voters, they got bored and decided to tackle the older teenager Halloween crisis. Or more likely, these politicians have no idea how to fix the real problems and decided to attack an insignificant problem, a wasting of time and taxpayer resources. 

That will do it for today: idiocy in Virginia, lying in Tennessee, and hypocrisy when it comes to Hillary Clinton. More insanity to follow.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

October, 2018, Part 1, Political Class Insanity: Hypocrisy, Tax Evasion, and Body Language of Those In The Senate

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that there has been a long, grueling, and embarrassing set of Senate hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In what was supposed to be a serious and solemn process was turned into a circus by Senate Democrats on so many levels. I will not go into details here on how those Democrats embarrassed the country and the Constitution here, it would take days.

However, I will focus on the inane comments made by a Senator that was not on the committee conducting the confirmation hearings. Heidi Heitkamp is a Democratic Senator from North Dakota. She obviously voted with the full Senate on whether or not to confirm Kavanaugh and claimed that initially she was going to vote yes on his nomination. But she changed her mind and voted no.

Did she change her mind because of something Kavanaugh said during the hearings? Did she change her mind because of new information that deemed him not a good candidate? Did he cheat on his taxes? Did he commit a crime? What information made her change her mind?

Apparently it was one of the most insane and stupid actions that any politician ever gave for their actions. In her own words: “It’s something I do,” she added, explaining why she watched the hearing without the television volume turned on. “We communicate not only with words, but with our body language and demeanor. I saw somebody who was very angry, who was very nervous, and I saw rage that a lot of people said, ‘Well, of course you’re going to see rage; he’s being falsely accused.’ But it is at all times you’re to acquit yourself with a demeanor that’s becoming of the Court.”

Rather than base this critical decision on facts and testimony, she based her vote on BODY LANGUAGE. Why even have hearings and discovery efforts, Senator? Let’s secretly videotape judicial candidates and vote based on their body language. Why let facts get in the way, it would save a lot of time and angst; body language, great way to operate a government. Idiocy.

2) Long, long ago, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy was driving from a political event with a young female staffer, Mary Jo Kopechne, in his car. Unfortunately, he drove off a bridge on that drive and into a tidal channel. He swam away, told no one of the incident until the next day which, of course, by that time Ms. Kopechne had drowned.

There are those of us that believe that Kennedy needed time to get his family’s extensive resources organized to protect his budding political career from scandal(s): what was he doing he doing out late with a young, single female and why had he not immediately reported the accident, providing at least a chance of surviving? There were a whole lot spin and shenanigans going on to prove his innocence at the time.

So a Democratic Senator directly contributes to the death of a young woman long ago but present day Democrats try to deny a Republican nominated candidate for the Supreme Court because of a likely false attempted rape story from over three decades ago. Democrat John Kerry recently fell down totally rabbit hole of idiotic logic when he stated that Kavanaugh had to be denied a Supreme Court seat because of a flimsy and likely false, decades past accusation in which no one died. But that Kennedy’s actions that actually led to a death/murder, not so bad: “He [Kennedy] stood up and owned moments where he knew he’d stepped over the line.” So, abandoning Kopechne and leaving her to drown was just a “step over the line”?

Help me with the logic, John. A flimsy, likely false, unsubstantiated attempted rape accusation is good enough to stop someone’s career but contributing to or causing an actual death is no big deal, just an innocent step over the line? Cold hearted, insane, soulless view of life Mr. Kerry.

3) Elizabeth Warren is a Democratic Senator from Massachusetts. Like most Democrats she would like to raise everyone’s taxes in the country so that she and her Democratic peers would have more power over us which in turn would reduce our personal freedom. But as is always the case, politicians want us to suffer while they create loopholes from themselves to avoid the pain they want to inflict on us:
  • According to a Boston Herald news report, Warren and her husband have filed some pretty shaky tax returns over the past years.
  • It appears, on the surface, that they took some very hefty and questionable deductions on their returns.
  • These charitable deductions total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • Warren claims these inflated donations were a “mistake” but this “mistake” occurred over many years and many tax returns and included high claimed donations of clothes, books, and other items.
  • For example, in 2017, they reported annual income of $913,442 and they deducted a whopping $81,858 in charitable deductions (about 9% of her income), leading to the obvious conclusion, that’s a lot of clothes to donate.
  • In the previous five years, their charitable donations totaled over $190,000, again leading to the same conclusion, that is a lot of used clothes to donate.
  • Considered from another perspective, how many pieces of used clothes does it take to hit a value of of over $190,000?
  • And it appears that it was mostly clothing since Warren’s office claims that the donations that often went to organizations that were focused on helping kids was indeed used clothing.
  • When the Herald contacted Warren’s office, they said that there was a data entry error in the Senator’s 2014 tax return but that did not affect what taxes the Senator paid: “The original values of donated clothing and household items listed on Senator Warren’s 2014 tax return (column g) were entry errors that did not affect the ultimate amount that she owed to the IRS because the deductions taken (column h) were correct. The accurate original value was closer to the original value of similar clothing and household items in Senator Warren’s 2012 taxes (around $8,000).”
  • But that does not explain the huge $81,000 charitable deduction in 2017 or the other large deductions over the past five years which apparently included thousands of dollars in donated books and in-flight WI-FI expenses, neither of which I believe is a legitimate deductible expense.
So the good Senator wants you and I to pay more in taxes but behind the scenes she allegedly is trying to minimize her tax burden with shady and possibly illegal tax manipulations. As always with greedy politicians, the word hypocrisy rings true.

That will do it for today’s insanity: a possible tax dodging Senator, a hypocritical politician that thinks false rape attempt accusations are more important than negligent homicide, and a Senator that thinks body language is more important than facts. More insanity to follow.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The United Nations: An International Political Class Just as Useless As The American Political Class

For years we have pointed out how corrupt, inefficient, ineffective and expensive the Federal government is. It wastes money on stupid projects and priorities, never successfully resolves major issues facing Americans, and continues to enrich members of Congress, the executive branch and Federal bureaucracy. And all the while incurring over $21 TRILLION in national debt, a debt load that our kids and grandkids will be paying back for decades.

But there is also no doubt that the international version of the Federal government, the United Nations, can be just as ineffective and expensive than the American political class in Washington. A recent article by Elliot Kaufman in the Wall Street Journal pointed out how bad the United Nations is:
  • Over time, some of the worst human rights violating nations, e.g. Saudi Arabia (which suppresses women’s rights), Venezuela (an oppressive regime whose citizens are literally starving to death), China (a country that locks up Christians and Muslims adherents who dare to speak out) , and Pakistan have headed up the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Although the World Economic Forum ranks Iran 140th out of 144 nations when it comes to “parity between the sexes,” the UN saw it fit to allow Iran to be on the the board of the UN organization “dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.”
  • A World Conference Against Racism degenerated into an anti-Israel hatefest which eventually led to the UN Human Rights Council issuing 78 anti-Israel resolutions despite Israel being one of the most modern in the world when it comes to women’s rights, equality, and democracy.
  • The UN gave Syria a leadership role on the Special Committee on Decolonization despite Syria’s leader and government using chemical warfare to to kill its own citizens and repeated the same mistake in both 2016 and 2018.
  • The UN gave departed Cuban leader Fidel Castro a minute of silent respect when he died even though he ran an oppressive and deadly dictatorship for decades, imprisoning and killing any and all Cuban dissidents.
But it is not just these high level examples of bureaucracy insanity that make the UN an embarrassment. Try to come up with just one example where the UN helped prevent violence and wars. Not in Serbia, not in Rwanda, not in Syria, not in Korea, nowhere. Name a country where it stepped in to force an oppressive government grant more freedom and to respect and take better care of its citizens, not in Iran, not in Saudi Arabia, not in China, not in Syria, nowhere. Name a drug cartel or international drug running crime syndicate it has taken apart, never happened. 

As we have pointed out many times, Einstein once said that, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Nowhere is this more true than the United Nations, an international greedy and self entitled political class. It is a useless and expensive taxpayer funded entity that never gets anything done, it deserves to die and put the taxpayer funding to better use.


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The Horrors And Destruction That Donald Trump Has Imposed On America...Just Kidding! Part 14

Before we start today’s discussion, let’s review my voting history: 
  • I have never voted for a Republican for President in my life. 
  • Thus, I did not vote for Trump. 
  • I have rarely voted for a Republican for national office in my life. 
About 18 months ago, many liberals, Democrats, and millennials were besides themselves with grief and fear because their pre-ordained queen, Hillary Clinton, was not elected President. Instead, Donald Trump was elected, an individual that these same people despised, hated, and feared, an individual they felt would endanger and possibly destroy the country and our democracy. For the past year and a half they fretted, worried and lashed out at anything or anyone that even remotely smelled of Donald Trump.

Given that Trump has been in office for over 21 months or so, I thought, that as someone who did not vote for him, it would be a good idea to review the horror, trauma, and terrible things that Trump has subjected the country to in just eighteen month’s time. This is obviously a very sarcastic comment when you take an unbiased look at what has happened during the Trump Presidency. The many previous posts we did on this topic identified over 180 good things that have happened to America and Americans since Trump became President can found by entering the phrase “the horrors and destruction” in the search box above.

Since the last “horrors and destruction” post some additional accomplishments and good tidings have occurred as a result of this Presidency:

-A revamped NAFTA treaty structure with Mexico and Canada has been finalized which will open up a multi-billion dollar Canadian dairy market to American dairy farmers.

-The American auto industry has hailed the new trade agreement as a winner for the domestic auto industry which should result in higher sales and higher employment in that industry.

-As a result of the trade deal, foreign auto manufacturers have announced plans or intentions to move more auto production into the U.S. including BMW, Daimler, and Nissan which should result in more, higher paying jobs in that industry.

-The national unemployment rate at 3.7% has hit the lowest level in 49 years.

-The Federal Reserve predicts that the unemployment rate could go as low as 3.5% in 2019 and still stay below 4% through 2021.

-The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that there are now 16,000 fewer Federal government employees than when the Trump administration began, a very small positive step in getting the Federal government spending under control.

-Lowest paid workers in the economy are seeing the strongest wage gains, registering a 5.1% average increase in wages in the second quarter vs. 1.7% for all workers as the hot economy and low unemployment levels fuel wage growth.

- According to CNBC’s Global CFO Council, the U.S. economy is the only major national economy in the world that is growing, with all other major economies rated as stable or declining.

-Trump has donated the latest portion of his annual salary to establish a new entrepreneurship program for military veterans, giving his salary to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which will use the money to establish an “Emerging Leaders” program solely focused on helping veterans start small businesses after military life.

Another 9 reasons to add to the previous 176 or so reasons why the first year and a half of the Trump Presidency has not wrought disaster on the country.

For those of you that have hated on Trump since day one, and given your obvious gross error in judgment relative to Trump, let me ask that you to do us all a favor by implementing the following changes in your behavior and attitude:
  • Chill out, tamp down your TDS affliction. No matter how much you hate Trump on a sexist, personal basis, get over it. He is the legally and duly elected President, he will be around for a while so refocus your hatred on more constructive issues and matters. You will live a lot longer if you take your hatred out of your heart and soul and devote it to something positive.
  • I would really appreciate it if some of you would apologize to the Trump voters you have disrespected in some of the grossest terms possible over the past year. You have called millions of voters racists, ignorant, stupid, Nazis, KKK members, and other horrible names simply because you disagreed with their voting choice. No American should be called such disgusting names simply because they exercised their Constitutional rights to the best of their abilities. Plus, slandering over 60 million Americans is no way to unite the country and get it focused on the real issues facing us all.
  • More personally, I would like, no I am demanding, an apology from some of you for your slanderous and disgusting name calling because in doing so, you insulted and disrespected my sister, my family members, my friends, and my co-workers who simply voted their conscience. I will defend their right to vote anyway they wanted and will no put up with your childish and vicious venom and bile directed at them, very important people in my life.
  • And finally, I challenge you to read the following blog post, a post that shows quite clearly that it was hateful people like some of you and your silence during the Obama years that actually caused Trump to be elected. Thus, the people you hate for voting for Trump are actually looking back at you in the mirror:
https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2016/03/how-american-liberals-and-washington.html

If you were silent in the dozens of instances listed in this post then you were responsible for the very thing you hate: a Trump Presidency. Or put another way, a so far successful and productive Trump Presidency. Over 180 accomplishments in a little more than a year and a half is not too shabby despite many of you wanting both Trump and the country to fail.

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