Thursday, November 15, 2018

How The American Journalism Profession Is Destroying The First Amendment and Our Democracy, Part 2

One of the once great things about this country was the First Amendment and the freedom of press guaranteed by it. A free press helps offset the nefarious political ambitions and freedom encroachments of politicians by keeping their actions in the sunlight of visibility, disclosure, and scrutiny, i.e. it helps keeps politicians honest. 

Unfortunately, we for the most part do not have an unbiased, free press anymore in this country but not in the way you think. Most people, when they think that the free press has been suppressed, consider many of the actions of Presidents like Obama, who was one of the worst Presidents when it came to undermining the free press guarantee of the First Amendment:
  • He went after and prosecuted more whistleblowers than every other President combined.
  • He spied on journalists who he thought was an enemy of his views and efforts without proper cause or warrants.
  • His administration fought tooth and nail, more than any other President, to block legitimate and legal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  • His administration even tried to illegally charge a legitimate news gathering organization, the Associated Press, an outrageous sum of money for a FOIA request.
All of these acts undermined freedom of the press in the traditional way. But unfortunately, freedom of the press has been undermined over recent years not by politicians but by the press industry and journalists themselves. For the most part, and especially at the national level, news organizations have gone from reporting the facts, realities, and news in an unbiased way to shaping those facts, realities, and news in a very biased way. 

When journalists lose their integrity and ethics, the bedrock of their industry and profession, they undermine the First Amendment as much as some shady politician who is trying to get by with shady and unethical behavior. How far have journalists fallen down the integrity scale in Americans’ minds? In a recent Gallup poll:
  • Only 20% of those polled said they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in television news.
  • 45% said they had very little or no confidence in television news.
  • Newspapers do not do much better with 23% saying they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers while 40% saying they very little or no confidence in newspapers.
  • Ironically they both did better than Congress whose ratings were the most abysmal among all major American institutions.
Note: The first half of the discussion on this theme can be accessed at:


1) Let’s start off today’s discussion with a recent poll that was written up by Warner Todd Huston on November 14, 2018 for the Godfather Politics website:
  • The poll found that a whopping 72% of American blame the mainstream news media for many of the problems in this country since the media is “dividing Americans” and “spreading hate.”
  • The poll was done by the respected polling outfit, Zogby Analytics.
  • According to Zogby: “[respondents] felt the mainstream media spreads hate and misunderstanding, also felt that President Trump is responsible for the spread of hate and misunderstanding, but more voters overall, and in most sub-groups, blame the media slightly more!”
  • And: “Overall, 72 percent said “the mainstream media has played a major role in dividing Americans along racial, gender and political lines. This has led to a spread of hate and misunderstanding among some people.”
  • The overwhelming Republicans in the poll sample felt that the media was most to blame but even a majority of Democrats in the poll agreed that the mainstream media was most to blame.
  • President Trump also caught flak for contributing to spreading hate and dividing Americans but the mainstream media was the clear winner in this question.
Thus, the First Amendment, which envisioned a free press providing clear, fair, and balanced news reporting has been undermined by at least the perception of almost three out of every four Americans that instead of being fair and vital to our democracy, they are guilty of dividing us and spreading hate.

2) The mainstream media has had a mortal and dedicated hatred for Trump even before he was elected. They definitely lean liberal and no doubt most wanted Hillary elected as President. Since they did not get what they wanted, they have gone after Trump for just about every affront they could imagine to the concept of the “free press.

But as we have pointed out so many times in this blog, these same members of the media stood aside and let Obama get away with so many lies and so many transgressions against the First Amendment, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the rule of law. Two of those posts can be accessed below:

Shredding the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Rule of law: http://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2016/10/part-2-obama-presidency-end-of-error.html

Which leads us to a fascinating article in the New York Times on December 30, 2016 by James Risen. Not only does the article provide a fascinating point of view on how the mainstream media is so biased but it was printed in the New York Times, one of the most biased, skewed, Trump hating journalistic endeavor out there:
  • The title of the article was, “If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama.”
  • Mr. Risen correctly points out that Obama and his administration went out and prosecuted nine government whistle blowers during its eight years, three times the number that all previous Presidents COMBINED had gone after.
  • Obama reached back to the Espionage Act, a leftover relic from the first world war 100 years ago, not to go after real spies, the original purpose of the law, but to get government employees who dared to talk to the press.
  • In addition, according to Mr. Risen, “Under Mr. Obama, the Justice Department and the F.B.I. have spied on reporters by monitoring their phone records, labeled one journalist an unindicted co-conspirator in a criminal case for simply doing reporting and issued subpoenas to other reporters to try to force them to reveal their sources and testify in criminal cases.”
  • Mr. Risen himself got caught up in the Obama headhunting when Obama era officials tried to force him to reveal a confidential source.
  • According to Leonard Downie, a former executive editor at the Washington Post and now a journalism teacher at Arizona State University (i.e. this guy has some credibility as a journalism professional) in a 2013 report from the Committee to Protect Journalists, Obama’s pressure on journalists was “the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.”
  • According to Trevor Timm who is the executive director of the nonprofit Freedom of the Press Foundation: “Obama has laid all the groundwork Trump needs for an unprecedented crackdown on the press.” 
  • And it gets worse: Dana Priest, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post, stated: “Obama’s attorney general repeatedly allowed the F.B.I. to use intrusive measures against reporters more often than any time in recent memory. The moral obstacles have been cleared for Trump’s attorney general to go even further, to forget that it’s a free press that has distinguished us from other countries, and to try to silence dissent by silencing an institution whose job is to give voice to dissent.”
  • While historically finding and stopping leaks had been a low priority of previous Presidencies, that changed with Obama according to Mr. Risen: “The Obama administration quickly ratcheted up the pressure, and made combating leaks a top priority for federal law enforcement. Large-scale leaks, by Chelsea Manning and later by Edward J. Snowden, prompted the administration to adopt a zealous, prosecutorial approach toward all leaking.”
  • According to Lucy Dalglish, the dean at the journalism school at the University of Maryland, after meeting with Obama officials to discuss news reporting and government sources: “You got the impression from the tone of the government officials that they wanted to take a zero-tolerance approach to leaks.”
  • Ms. Dalglish has stated that if Trump is as bad as Obama when it comes to stifling the First Amendment it is because “Obama handed him a road map.”
And yet when Obama was abusing the journalism industry and profession, those in high, visible, and public positions within the mainstream media gave Obama a pass. When Trump does the same thing, even at a fraction of the intensity and hate that Obama did the same thing, these same “journalists” go ballistic. This is what I call hypocrisy and just another reason why they or any hypocrite, cannot be trusted to have a unbiased and objective reporting of the news. 

The journalists in this country have been entrusted with a very important component of our democracy and sadly, they flub that responsibility just about every day of their working lives.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

How The American Journalism Profession Is Destroying The First Amendment and Our Democracy

One of the once great things about this country was the First Amendment and the freedom of press guaranteed by it. A free press helps offset the political ambitions and freedom encroachments of politicians by keeping their actions in the sunlight of visibility, disclosure, and scrutiny, i.e. it helps keeps politicians honest.

Unfortunately, we for the most part do not have an unbiased, free press anymore in this country but not in the way you think. Most people, when they think that the free press has been suppressed, consider many of the actions of Presidents like Obama, who was one of the worst Presidents when it came to undermining the free press guarantee of the First Amendment:
  • He went after and prosecuted more whistle blowers than every other President combined.
  • He spied on journalists who he thought was an enemy of his views and efforts without proper cause or warrants.
  • His administration fought tooth and nail, more than any other President, to block legitimate and legal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  • His administration even tried to illegally charge a legitimate news gathering organization, the Associated Press, an outrageous sum of money for a FOIA request.
All of these acts undermined freedom of the press in the traditional way. But unfortunately, freedom of the press has been undermined over recent years not by politicians but by the press industry and journalists themselves. For the most part, and especially at the national level, news organizations have gone from reporting the facts, realities, and news in an unbiased way to shaping those facts, realities, and news in a very biased way. 

When journalists lose their integrity and ethics, the bedrock of their industry and profession, they undermine the First Amendment as much as some shady politician who is trying to get by with shady and unethical behavior. How far have journalists fallen down the integrity scale in Americans’ minds? In a recent Gallup poll:
  • Only 20% of those polled said they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in television news.
  • 45% said they had very little or no confidence in television news.
  • Newspapers do not do much better with 23% saying they had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in newspapers while 40% saying they very little or no confidence in newspapers.
  • Ironically they both did better than Congress whose ratings were most abysmal among all major American institutions.
Consider the following election related stories on how journalists have “earned” these sorry reputations for trust and integrity:
  • Erick Erickson, writing for the Maven website documented the following instances during the election season where journalists got the story mostly wrong, either intentionally or unintentionally, in his article, “Where Do We Go When Journalism Fails Us?”
  • His first example involves the state of Georgia where former Georgia Secretary of State and Republican, Brian Kemp, probably won the race for Governor in that state.
  • National reporters and journalists reported that Kemp tried to close predominantly African American voting locations which forced black voters to travel far distances by driving or walking to voting locations in mostly white neighborhoods which in turn discouraged black voters.
  • Nice story but wrong since it was not Republican Kemp closing these voting locations but it was the Democratic county commissioners and the Democrat controlled local board of elections that closed those locations.
  • They/local Democrats had hired a consultant who recommended closing some voting locations to be in line with the Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.
  • In addition, the locations that were closed were ALL in mostly Republican precincts, not Democratic and black precincts.
  • As you can see, the national press got just about every detail of this story wrong.
  • The Associated Press told the story of a woman in Georgia who was supposedly denied the right to register to vote because, as required by state law, the name she put down on her voter registration form did not exactly match the information on her driver’s license, it was missing a hyphen, and thus, her voter registration application was denied.
  • The AP then went with this story nationwide.
  • But the truth is that she was not allowed to register because she was ALREADY registered to vote. 
  • Despite the screw up, the Associated Press never retracted or amended this incorrect article.
  • The Associated Press also reported that 53,000 Georgia voters had their voter registration paperwork held up and classified as “pending voter” and that the majority of those tied up were from minority voters.
  • This made it look like there was a massive minority voter suppression effort underway.
  • In reality, 75% of those on the pending list had submitted registrations with bogus Social Security numbers.
  • And 23% had been on the voter registration list from 2014 and had had their names re-submitted by the the voter registration efforts of the black Democratic candidate running for governor.
  • Thus, at least 98% of those 53,000 on the pending list did not have their voting rights suppressed, they either were duplicates or had submitted bad information themselves. realities that the Associated Press never mentioned.
  • The national press also ran stories that accused Republican Kemp, as Georgia’s Secretary of State, of kicking minority voters off of voting registration lists to improve his chances of becoming governor.
  • But the reality is that he was prohibited under state law from doing an such thing, the voting registration lists are maintained by local voting officials, they are the only ones allowed to remove people from voting lists because of death, felony conviction, or deemed incompetent.
The article correctly points out why the national media in these cases were more interested in building ratings and readership than reporting the truth and they themselves abused the freedom of the press trust that they should have protected with integrity and ethics: “Local media in Georgia got these stories right while national outlets flubbed them. They distorted the facts and got basic facts wrong. The national reporters wanted to build narrative arches with protagonists and villains instead of just giving people the facts. As local news outlets rely more and more on national reporters or fade away, more stories like these will be reported and even more people will distrust the press.”

2) But it is not just bad, biased reporting of election stories that made the press look bad, their polling results also bring into doubt their integrity. Remember back in the 2016 Presidential election how almost every media poll showed Hillary winning the election? 

One reason they may have all been so wrong is that maybe, like CNN did, they purposely over weighted their polling sample with Democrats/liberals which skewed the results to Clinton. The one conclusion that many people drew, given the bad confidence levels of the press in Americans’ minds, is that CNN wanted to shape the election and make it look like a Clinton victory was a done deal. That in turn would depress and suppress Trump voters and possibly add a bandwagon effect for Clinton, i.e. if CNN says she will win I might as well vote for a winner.

Could this same intentional skewing of poll results, in an effort to affect elections, also happened in the recent midterm elections, as pointed out by an article by Dick Morris:
  • In 40% of the pre-election polls in the most closely watched Senate and governor races, the polls picked the wrong winner.
  • In other words, you could have done almost as good a job on average by flipping a coin in picking winners, 50%, than the major news and polling organizations did with their much more sophisticated efforts.
  • And even when the polls picked the right winner, in 60% of the time they were more than three points wrong in the number of votes the winner got despite their polling methods.
  • The results would be less suspicious if the wrong predictions were more or less equal between Democrats and Republicans. 
  • But these results were also skewed in that 75% of the major polls indicated that Democrats were doing better than what really happened while only 25% doing better than finally happened, a more than random difference.
  • According to Morris: “Of the nine major polling firms, eight showed Democrats doing better than they actually did and only one — Trafalgar — showed Republicans doing better than it turned out.”
  • The NBC/Marist poll was the worst polling effort, overestimating Democratic vote totals by 6.8%.
Given that the press constantly favors Democrats and liberals in their biased reporting and given that the press and their polling partners constantly overestimate the chances of Democrats and liberals in elections prior to voting, it should not be a surprise that Americans who cherish the First Amendment and the freedom of the press guarantee that it provides have a very low and dubious view of the integrity and confidence that the journalism profession has today. The journalists in this country have been entrusted with a very important component of our democracy and sadly, they flub that responsibility every day of their working lives.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Unrelenting March To The Government Debt Bomb Implosion, Part 2

Over the past couple of weeks we have done three posts that show how quickly the country is going over the edge as it pertains to fiscal insolvency, given that the American political class has racked up about $109 TRILLION in debt that will have to be faced at some time soon:

  • Current Federal government national debt - well over $21 TRILLION.
  • Current unfunded Federal government liabilities from Medicare and Social Security - $82 TRILLION.
  • Current unfunded liabilities of state governments - $6 TRILLION.
Those three posts and the dire news they portray can be accessed at:

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-unrelenting-march-to-government.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2017/04/dont-worry-be-happy-bursting-of.html

https://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2018/10/dont-worry-be-happy-any-short-term.html

Failure to address these debt mountains by American politicians will make the debt implosion worse and more devastating the longer the problem festers. And given that no politician even mentioned the debt issue in the just completed midterm elections means that they are unlikely to fix the problem anytime soon.

To the dire numbers listed above, let’s list out a few more facts that should scare you even more: but which hopefully give you a little perspective on how large the problem is:

  • In fiscal year 2018, the Federal government collected $3.422 TRILLION in tax revenue, the most tax revenue the government has EVER collected.
  • In fiscal 2018, the Federal government is expected to have paid out $952.5 billion just in Social Security benefits.
  • Thus, almost 28% of the Federal government’s tax revenue is sent right back out in Social Security benefits.
  • Given that about 10,000 Baby Boomers retire every day, the total number of dollars and percentage of Federal tax revenues paid out in Social Security benefits is going to go up dramatically in coming years.
  • While the Federal government paid out $952.5 billion in Social Security benefits, it only collected about $917 billion in Social Security taxes, putting it in a negative cash flow situation worth about $36 billion, a tidy sum of money that the Federal government had to close with general Treasury Department revenues.
  • This $36 billion will get larger and larger every year as more people retire and there are fewer and fewer workers paying Social Security taxes, adding to the $21 trillion national debt. 
  • In fiscal 2018, the Federal government programs Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will suck up $2.7 TRILLION of the Federal government budget, about 64% of total spending and about 79% of the Federal government’s tax revenue.
  • 50 years ago these three programs accounted for only 25% of the Federal budget, which means that this piece of the Federal government budget has grown two and half times in those years.
As you can see, trimming Federal spending around the edges (or even eliminating whole government departments) will have no real impact on this $109 TRILLION debt crisis. Taxing the rich more will have no real impact on this $109 TRILLION crisis. Blaming each other will have no real impact on this $109 TRILLION crisis. And most importantly, thinking that the American political class will take this $109 TRILLION seriously is a fool’s hope.

We have allowed the political class to get us into this situation. Thus, it is up to us to force these clowns in Washington and state capitals to face reality and come up with a coherent plan that fixes the crisis. The longer we wait, the more we let skate by on the hard decisions, the more painful the final outcome will be.


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The Unrelenting March To The Government Debt Bomb Implosion

Now that the midterm election is over, let’s review the only issue that really matters in America today, an issue that was virtually ignored at all levels of politics by those running for office. And that issue is the incredible amount of debt that the American political class has rung up at all levels of government:
  • The Federal government national debt is rapidly approaching $22 TRILLION.
  • The unfunded liabilities of the Federal government, basically debt that has not been incurred yet but which is going to incur, for Social Security and Medicare, is estimated to be $82 TRILLION over the next 30 years, per the Congressional Budget Office.
  • State governments’ unfunded pensions and other liabilities is about $6 TRILLION, per the American Legislative Executive Council.
  • Detroit, Michigan, Stockton and San Bernardino in California, and other city governments have already gone bankrupt because of debt.
  • Chicago for all intent and purposes in bankrupt.
  • Four states, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut are frantically racing to see what state will be the first one to go bankrupt since none of them have a path that would prevent them from not going bankrupt.
We have covered this dire situation many times in this blog with the following two posts being just two of the most recent discussions and the most extensive:



The Heritage Foundation recently ran an article by Jack Grant that updates some of the most dire statistics and realities as it concerns government debt in the country day, “8 Years After the Tea Party Wave, Congress Still Spends Like There’s No Tomorrow:”
  • An organization known as the Committee For A Responsible Federal Budget recently released its budget analysis titled, “The 75 Year Budget Outlook.”
  • Their findings are not optimistic for the future of the country, the Federal government, and our democracy.
  • The Federal Reserve Board has been raising interest rates recently as the U.S. economy gets stronger and stronger.
  • While this is a good sign for the short term economic outlook, as interest rates rise the interest payments on existing and newly created debt by Washington politicians will increase the cost of serving that debt in the future, adding to the Federal deficit.
  • At the going rate of Federal government spending, annual trillion dollar deficits are likely to occur sooner rather than later, reaching the magic trillion dollar deficit mark that the Obama administration hit four times during its spending heydays.
  • According to that Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget report, they estimate that in 75 years just the annual Federal government debt interest payments will rise from 1.6% of GDP today to an out of control 14.9% by 2093.
  • In other words, almost 15% of the entire economic output of the United States will be needed to service the Federal debt.
  • This 14.9% will not likely be reached because the Federal government will likely go bankrupt long before this happens.
  • By 2093 the Federal debt will be a whopping six times the size of the whole economy/GDP if no changes are made to current government policies and budgeting practices.
  • The Congressional Budget Office has an alternative long range fiscal forecast that varies assumptions but which lines up with this forecast, finding that under current Federal government policies, the national debt could exceed 600% of the economy by 2093.
  • According to the report, four major Federal spending categories, the Highway Trust Fund, Disability Insurance Trust Fund, Medicare Trust Fund, and Social Security Trust Fund will go bankrupt, without major changes made to their funding, by 2021, 2025, 2026, and 2032 respectively. 
  • But as readers of this blog know, these funds are already for all intent and purposes bankrupt, e.g. Social Security went cash flow negative a few years ago, i.e. they were paying out more than they were taking in, and thus, needed to raid the general income funds of the Treasury Department to stay solvent. 
  • The four bankruptcy dates above are simply the years that those funds officially go broke from an accounting perspective.
There are a number of undeniable conclusions that cannot be avoided:

  • We are heading down a fiscal path that cannot be sustained.
  • Things are worse than they appear from an official government accounting perspective.
  • The above report and discussion does not include that dire economic and fiscal conditions of many, many other state and local government entities.
  • You cannot fix the problem by raising taxes on only the rich, the second post listed above proved how stupid and doomed that strategy is.
  • You cannot fix the problem by trimming around the edges of government spending, massive changes have to be made to the major government entitlement programs, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, including benefit reductions and increased taxes, and entire nd mostly useless government departments need to be eliminated with our starting recommendations being the departments of Commerce, Education and Energy, low performing and unnecessary entities.
Our book, “Love My Country, Loathe My Government,” laid out some plans that would start to get this problem corrected:

  • Every Federal government entity would develop and go about executing a ten year plan that would reduce its spending by 5% a year until it got down to half of its current budget size. 
  • Hundreds of times we have shown examples of purely wasteful Federal government spending (e.g. remember when the National Science Foundation spent half a million dollars to develop a video game that simulated high school prom week!), there is massive amounts of wasteful spending that could be easily cut with no economic harm to any American.
  • Criminal fraud would be a top priority to be weeded out of every major government program, with Social Security and Medicare being the biggest targets, since according to multiple sources they easily lose tens of billions of dollars every year to incompetence and criminal fraud.
  • Millionaires, over a to be determined threshold, and all billionaires in this country would no longer receive Social Security and Medicare benefits, they can afford to do without and those funds can be used to offset the inevitable cuts to the benefits of other, less wealthy recipients.
  • The cap on earnings subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes should be lifted to bring some additional funding into those programs.
  • The age of retirement for those that can afford to wait because they are financially well off should be raised to take some of the pressure off of the programs that support retirees.
  • And it is probably unavoidable that all Social Security and Medicare recipients will need to take a cut in benefits in order to resolve this national debt problem, the only question is how large a cut needs to be taken, the longer the delay the bigger the cuts.
But does anyone really think that American politicians have the will, the courage, and the unselfish to attack these debt problems. American politics today is no longer a means to an end, today the means are the ends and that involves a politician only worrying about getting elected and staying elected, issues of the country be damned.

But as the Heritage article points out: “It’s impossible to predict when the massive national debt will bring about a fiscal disaster. There are incredibly smart people who disagree with each other on when it will happen. Yet all but a few would agree that this level of debt is unprecedented and is something that no nation has ever endured.” The debt implosion is going to happen the only two questions that exist are 1) when will it happen and 2) how severe will it be with the guarantee that the longer we wait to address it, the more severe the consequences will be.

Our book, "Love My Country, Loathe My Government - Fifty First Steps To Restoring Our Freedom And Destroying The American Political Class" is now available at:


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It is also available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please pass our message of freedom onward. Let your friends and family know about our websites and blogs, ask your library to carry the book, and respect freedom for both yourselves and others everyday.

Please visit the following sites for freedom:


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http://www.cato.org
http://www.bankruptingamerica.org

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08j0sYUOb5w




Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Horrors And Destruction That Donald Trump Has Imposed On America...Just Kidding! Part 18

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 21 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 190 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.

Today’s format is a little different that the previous 17 posts on the subject. Rather than listing brand new Trump accomplishments, we are going to list 24 accomplishments as posited by David Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan. We have already listed many of these listed accomplishments, with a few new ones added, but it is a nice summary of some of the most significant Trump accomplishments in one place:
  1. More than 4 million jobs created since the election.
  2. More Americans employed than ever recorded.
  3. Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  4. Economic growth more than twice Obama's rate.
  5. Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  6. African-American unemployment lowest rate ever recorded.
  7. Hispanic-American unemployment lowest rate ever recorded.
  8. Asian-American unemployment lowest rate ever recorded.
  9. Women's unemployment lowest rate in 65 years.
  10. Youth unemployment lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  11. 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  12. Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history.
  13. Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  14. Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada's united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  15. Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
  16. Record number of government regulations eliminated and billions of dollars saved.
  17. Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  18. Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  19. Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act.
  20. United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  21. Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  22. NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
  23. Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  24. Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico trade deal to replace NAFTA.
For those of you that have hated on Trump since day one, and given your obvious gross error in judgment relative to Trump given the 200 accomplishments we have previously listed and the two dozen accomplishments listed above, 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:

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. 200 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.


Our book, "Love My Country, Loathe My Government - Fifty First Steps To Restoring Our Freedom And Destroying The American Political Class" is now available at:


www.loathemygovernment.com

It is also available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please pass our message of freedom onward. Let your friends and family know about our websites and blogs, ask your library to carry the book, and respect freedom for both yourselves and others everyday.

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http://www.cato.org
http://www.bankruptingamerica.org

http://www.conventionofstates.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08j0sYUOb5w




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Horrors And Destruction That Donald Trump Has Imposed On America...Just Kidding! Part 17

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 21 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 190 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 an additional ten accomplishments and good tidings have occurred as a result of this Presidency:

- Nonfarm payrolls grew a robust 250,000 jobs in October despite the depression of economic activity due to two major hurricanes over the past few months.

- Average wages incurred the largest gain in nine and a half years, 3.1%

- Blue collar wage growth rates are growing faster than white collar wage growth rates.

- According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 40% of likely African American voters approve of Trump’s job performance, an all time high, up from 36% in August and more than double what it was in August, 2017.

- The same Rasmussen poll found that Trump’s overall approval rate is back over 50%.

- African American median income is at the highest level ever while African American unemployment levels are still at around an all time low.

- There a a record 7.14 million open jobs in the economy right now.

- The employment-to-population ratio rose two-tenths of percentage point to 60.6 percent, the highest since January 2009.

Another seven reasons to add to the previous 192 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. Almost 200 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.

Our book, "Love My Country, Loathe My Government - Fifty First Steps To Restoring Our Freedom And Destroying The American Political Class" is now available at:


www.loathemygovernment.com

It is also available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please pass our message of freedom onward. Let your friends and family know about our websites and blogs, ask your library to carry the book, and respect freedom for both yourselves and others everyday.

Please visit the following sites for freedom:


http://www.reason.com
http://www.cato.org
http://www.bankruptingamerica.org

http://www.conventionofstates.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08j0sYUOb5w





Monday, November 5, 2018

November, 2018, Part 5, Political CLass Insanity: Yes Barack, You Did Have Scandals....And A Lot Of Them, Part 2

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. With the midterm election season in progress, Obama has decided that he needs to weigh in on the issues of the day. Never mind that for eight years he was useless, he somehow thinks that America needs his views and opinions. 

1) One of the self centered remarks he has been constantly making while out in the country was that his administration had no scandals. But the All News 247 blog did a great job identifying well over a dozen major scandals that he somehow forgot about, ten of which we reviewed in our last post:

1 - In a move that never made any sense, Obama traded five high value, very dangerous Taliban terrorist leaders for a single Army deserter, Bowe Bergdahl. Other U.S. soldiers were wounded and killed trying to rescue deserter Bergdahl and yet, Obama traded dangerous people for a deserter.

And recently it has come to pass that these five have been heavily involved in recent Taliban terror actions and leadership roles since they have been released, endangering not only U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan but endangering an untold number of Afghanistan citizens. Scandalous.

2 - Under Obama, the EPA managed to turn the Colorado River into an orange stained polluted waterway via its incompetence. If a private company or citizen had been so careless in their actions, which let to a massive pollution problem, they would have been fined and likely jailed. Since the Obama administration did it, there were no ramifications.

3 - The General Services Administration (GSA) was one of the most corrupt Federal government organizations under Obama. It wasted so much much taxpayer wealth, threw lavish parties in faraway locales like Las Vegas, and yet it was near impossible to get anyone fired for the waste.
4 - Despite promising numerous times to fix what was broken at the Veterans Administration to stop the suffering and lack of care our veterans were receiving, he failed miserably at fixing this massive problem. It is one thing not to know a problem exists and therefore not address it and fix it. 

But it is far worse to acknowledge this problem exists and then for eight years fail miserably to adequately address it. His scandalous incompetence resulted in the outright deaths of veterans who had to wait months to see a VA doctor, a wait that was often too long. And yet, VA executives received lavish pay raises and perks. Or as the article summarized: “Obama was more interested in spinning the news and minimizing his political exposure than addressing problems; in few areas outside Obama Care has his rhetoric been more hollow, his promises more meaningless.”

5 - Obama’s Vice President, Joe Biden, once said that the Obama administration was going to “place bets” on different alternative energy companies and technologies. But it turned that 1) all of those bets with taxpayer money went to Democratic supporters and donors and 2) all of those bets lost, resulting in no tangible benefit for the American taxpayer of the environment.

The queen of lost bets and wasted taxpayer wealth was the failed solar energy company Solyndra. Despite receiving over half a billion dollars of taxpayer wealth, the company still failed quickly and dramatically. Obama then compounded the loss by allowing a major Democratic donor and Solyndra investor to be placed ahead of the American taxpayer in the Solyndra bankruptcy proceedings.

6 - Despite its reputation of being efficient and effective, the Secret Service organization under Obama was a disaster and disgrace. Secret Service agents were caught cavorting with hookers in Columbia, they allowed a fence jumper to deeply penetrate the White House, drunken Secret Service agents drove their car into a security barrier and an agent had his gun, badge, and computer drive stolen from his car.

7 - Let the article describe the next scandal: “Shutdown theater: Obama hit the American people hard during the great government shutdown crisis of 2013, doing everything he could to make American citizens feel maximum pain – from using “Barry-cades” to keep war veterans away from their memorials, to releasing illegal alien criminals from detention centers. It was an infuriating lesson for voters in how every dollar they get from government is a dollar that can be used against them, when they are impudent enough to demand spending restraint.”

8 - And last but not least, Obama agreed to a foolish and doomed to failure Iran nuclear deal. He promised that the deal would result in better life styles for ordinary Iranian citizens which would cause the Iranian government terrorists in power to stop their terror campaigns across the world.

And the deal was a failure on both counts. Life for Iranian citizens has gotten far worse under the deal, resulting in public demonstrations in Iran, a very dangerous thing to do under any dictatorship. The Iranian government has intensified its terror dealings and shenanigans around the world, funded in part by the millions and millions of dollars in cold cash that Obama tried to secretly sent to them.

2) Yesterday we discussed one of the most serious Obama scandals, the shredding of the Fourth Amendment, when he had the intelligence agencies of the Federal government spy on and collect the electronic communications of every American without cause or warrants. But now according to the Horn News website, Obama was not satisfied with just spying on ordinary citizens:

  • A new report has surfaced explaining that former President Barack Obama actually spied on Congress so he could punish the whistleblowers who warned them about Obama’s ‘Big Brother’ spy tactics.
  • Congressional investigators found that the Obama administration secretly stole communications sent to Congressional staff people, communications from CIA whistleblowers.
  • These whistleblowers were trying to warn Congress that Obama was abusing the resources of the CIA for political purposes, something that Obama wanted to prevent from becoming public.
  • According to Senator Chuck Grassley, who as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee tried for five years to get the documents proving such heinous and illegal actions: “The fact that the CIA under the Obama administration was reading congressional staff’s e-mails about intelligence community whistleblowers raises serious policy concerns, as well as potential constitutional separation-of-powers issues that must be discussed publicly. Nothing—nothing—should inhibit or interfere with Congress’s constitutional job and protecting whistleblowers.” 
  • Grassley’s effort continually ran into roadblocks set up by James Clapper, Obama’s National Intelligence Director, and John Brennan, his CIA Director, who obviously did not want their illegal and immoral actions to be uncovered.
  • Obama and the NSA spied on the entire country and even the left leaning, liberal ACLU agreed that Obama went well beyond what was legal under the Constitution: “Americans should be alarmed that the NSA is vacuuming up their emails and phone calls without a warrant,” the ACLU said about the Obama-era NSA in 2017.
  • And do not forget, Obama prosecuted nine government whistleblowers during his eight years,three times more than all other U.S. Presidents combined.
  • Grassley correctly called Obama’s actions “unacceptable and unpatriotic,” since those actions could stop “responsible citizens from disclosing waste, fraud and abuse in our government. Blowing the whistle has played an integral role in maintaining good government.” 
  • Fortunately, Clinton was not elected because you can bet none of this law breaking and Constitution shredding would have become public knowledge. 

Well over a dozen Obama scandals and areas of law breaking have been discussed over the past two posts. And yet he is so delusional that he either believes there were no scandals or he thinks that we are too stupid to realize his numerous scandals even existed. In either case, a perfect example of political class insanity.

More insanity to follow.

Our book, "Love My Country, Loathe My Government - Fifty First Steps To Restoring Our Freedom And Destroying The American Political Class" is now available at:


www.loathemygovernment.com

It is also available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Please pass our message of freedom onward. Let your friends and family know about our websites and blogs, ask your library to carry the book, and respect freedom for both yourselves and others everyday.

Please visit the following sites for freedom:


http://www.reason.com
http://www.cato.org
http://www.bankruptingamerica.org

http://www.conventionofstates.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08j0sYUOb5w