Saturday, November 16, 2019

November, 2019, Part 9, Political Class Insanity: Tlaib May Have Broken The Law, The Bidens and Kerrys Are Knee Deep in the Ukraine Muck, and Elizabeth Warren Goes All Stupid

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) Rashida Tlaib is a freshman Congresswoman from Michigan. She has made quite a name for herself in a short time by being vehemently anti-Israel, calling Trump a Motherf****, spouting socialistic ideals, and generally being crude and rude. And she now be in deep trouble for abusing campaign finance laws:
  • According to Ryan Saavedra, writing for the Daily Wire website, she may have asked for campaign money for use for her personal expenses.
  • As a result of messages that have surfaced from her, the House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation.
  • These messages including asking her campaign manager for the use of campaign money which could be a criminal violation of campaign finance laws.
  • The Office of Congressional Ethics alleges: “Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee, Rashida Tlaib for Congress, reported campaign disbursements that may not be legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes. If Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use, or if Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes, then Rep. Tlaib may have violated House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law….“because there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use or Rep. Tlaib’s campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes.”
  • Keep in mind that Democrats control the House so Tlaib cannot claim that Republican racists are out to get her as she is wont to do
  • Text and emails show that Tlaib was frantic to get financial support from members of her staff and from her campaign and there were copies found of checks made out to her from her campaign.
  • The campaign checks totaled thousands of dollars.
  • In her own words, requesting money from her campaign coffers: “I am just not going to make it through the campaign without a stipend. With the loss of a second income to lean back on, I am requesting $2,000 per two weeks but not exceeding $12,000. The cost of living stipend is going towards much needed expenses due to campaigning that includes car maintenance, child care and other necessities.”
The case for unethical behavior seems pretty strong and again, the House is controlled by Democrats, those of the same political party as her. The good news is that she may have gotten caught illegally getting rich, as it is alleged. The bad news is that while she got caught, there are probably hundreds of other politicians who did not get caught.

2) Following up on that previous comment, it appears that Ms Tlaib may not be the only political operatives dealing in corruption:
  • Documents recently released from the Ukranian General Prosecutor’s office show that complicated money transfers from foreign sources went into a slush fund that was controlled by Devon Archer, John Kerry, Sr., John Kerry, Jr. and Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son.
  • The Latvian Department of Financial Monitoring tracked many of these financial shenanigans that involved the Urkanian energy company, Busima. 
  • Recall that Burisma appointed Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, to its board of directors even though he was a foreign national and had no experience in the energy industry.
  • Burisma also has strong ties to David Leiter, John Kerry’s former Senate chief of staff.
  • As Time Magazine reports: “Leiter’s involvement in the firm rounds out a power-packed team of politically-connected Americans that also includes a second new board member, Devon Archer, a Democratic bundler and former adviser to John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Both Archer and Hunter Biden have worked as business partners with Kerry’s son-in-law, Christopher Heinz, the founding partner of Rosemont Capital, a private-equity company.”
Seems like a lot of Democrats have a lot of explaining to do relative to the Ukraine and yet, House Democrats remain focused Trump and stuff he never did relative to the Ukraine.

3) We have often covered the reality of how politicians often say the darndest, and most stupid things. But Democratic candidate for President Elizabeth Warren may have recently said one of the dumbest things to ever come out of a politician’s mouth. 

The liberal organization group Black Womxn For (which bills itself as “focused on creating intentional meeting spaces for Black Trans Women, Cis women and gender-nonconforming community leaders and activists to talk with each other about the Democratic primary and our impact on 2020 elections”) endorsed Warren for President: “There is one leader who has shown, through action, deed, and word, that a future of economic prosperity, racial justice, gender justice, and social and political equity is possible. She is a partner with a deep understanding of how racism and gender discrimination don't just compound income inequality but are actually central to maintaining the status quo.” 

It’s a free country and this group certainly has the right to endorse and support any candidate that they want. But it was Warren’s response that was so nonsensical: “Thank you, @BlackWomxnFor! Black trans and cis women, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people are the backbone of our democracy and I don’t take this endorsement lightly. I'm committed to fighting alongside you for the big, structural change our country needs.”

So a group of people that represent an infinitesimally small portion of the Americans in this country are “the backbone of our democracy?” I guess that means that the following people are NOT the backbone of this country:
  • Our armed forces that protect the country and our democracy are not the backbone of our country.
  • Our police officers who protect us every day are not the backbone of this country.
  • People who go to work and pay taxes everyday are not the backbone of this country.
  • Teachers who educate our kids to be productive members of society are not the backbone of this country.
Talk about pandering. Twitter user Quadratus summed up this nonsense quite nicely: “No - the backbone of our society are all those who get up each day and work, pay their taxes, take care of their families, and in their exhaustion at night wonder how irrational leaders like you [Warren] can possibly believe you can lead us to anything but emotional hysteria and anarchy.”

There you have today’s insanity: A Congresswoman who allegedly used campaign finance funds for her personal use, Ukrainian corruption that does not involve Trump but involves making political operatives and their sons rich, and just an insane comment from an out of touch politician which insulted most of America.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

November, 2019,Part 8, Political Class Insanity: Failed Soda Tax In Philly, Failed Understanding of Gun Basics, and Failed City Government in Denver

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) More times than I care to mention we have made the case that most American politicians are completely ignorant when it comes to even basic economic principles. They raise the minimum wage to help the working poor and jobs for the working poor disappear. Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasi-Cortez, a business/economic major in college, has no idea what the definition of the unemployment rate is. An economic professor is hired by Washington politicians to design Obama Care and it is a total failure.

We have previously discussed the economic failure in Philadelphia relative to its idiotic soda tax. For those that missed that discussion of another failed economics test for politicians, consider the updated status of this failure as laid out in a recent article on the Freedom Headlines website. “Soda Tax Backfires, Now Philadelphia Is Hurting For It:”
  • In theory the soda tax that the city politicians enacted was supposed to force city residents to make healthier beverage choices and get healthier.
  • But since these politicians have no concept of basic economics, the economics of this decision has been a disaster for the city.
  • The tax was so high that consumers did not stop drinking soda, they just left the city limits to buy soda where it was not taxed, namely out in the suburbs.
  • Simple economics: when the price of a product gets too high, consumers will shop around for cheaper alternatives, duh.
  • A recent study found that there was not higher demand for healthier beverage alternatives in the city, i.e. consumers did not switch to bottled water or other healthier liquid options, they simply went elsewhere to buy less expensive soda.
  • By not understanding the simple concept of price elasticity, the city politicians raised the city tax on soda 17% which resulted in a sales drop of 51%, wiping out the tax increase and more.
  • The article does some simple economic math by assuming that one million ounces of soda was sold annually before the tax increase went into effect.
  • It the amount of soda consumed had stayed the same, the city would have seen annual soda tax revenue go from $54.300 to $62,400.
  • But with volume decreased under the concept of price elasticity the city only received about $31,200 in annual revenue despite raising the tax rate by 17%.
  • Almost immediately after the soda tax increase took effect, Pepsi said it would have to lay off 80 to 100 workers at their Philadelphia distribution locations because of decreased demand. [Source: www.philly.com]
  • Acme supermarkets had to reduce hours in its 16 city stores because of the increased tax: “The beverage tax fell on about 4,000 items. In Acme city stores, soda sales dropped as much as 80 percent. Sales of other items covered by the tax, such as juices, creamers and energy drinks, were down 30 percent, and the number of customers declined by 5 percent. Philly stores cut an average of 150 to 200 employee hours per week, resulting in lighter paychecks for employees.”
  • As for the original purpose of the law, reduce the consumption of sugary drinks to improve citizens’ health, it was a bust, people just went elsewhere to get their soda fix at more reasonable prices.
So, because of a severe lack of understanding regarding economics, Philadelphia officials introduced an economic law that:
  1. Did not improve the health of citizens.
  2. Reduced the employment level of workers in the city.
  3. Reduced the number of hours other workers had available to them.
  4. Gutted an existing city tax revenue stream.
Nice job, four for four in getting things more screwed up! These politicians did not only not understand economics they did not understand the right approach to the problem of obesity: this is a public health issue and should be resolved with public health programs. It is not a tax or economic issue and treating it as a tax and economic issue is never going to resolve the underlying root causes.

2) Sometimes politicians say the darndest things. In fact, we have dedicated whole posts to some of the idiocy that they have said over the years.You can access those gems of nonsense by putting”darndest things” in the search box above. Unfortunately, much of the stupid things they say call into question if they really know what they are talking about.

Joe Biden recently fell into this category. At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, he voiced his opposition to gun magazines that hold “100 clips.” But it is physically impossible for a magazine to hold “100 clips,” that is just idiocy. A clip holds bullets together and a single clip holding multiple bullets is then loaded into a single magazine. 

So, Biden is talking about abridging Second Amendment rights and cannot even get the basics of the industry straight. How are we supposed to take him and other Second Amendment opponents seriously when they do not know the difference between a magazine, a clip and a bullet?

Now, apparently, Biden realized his mistake and corrected himself. But please understand what you are talking about before you start messing with the Bill of Rights.

3) We have previously talked about how cities like San Francisco have decided to not make it a crime to defecate, urinate, or shoot up illegal drugs in public. As a result, cities have had to create hazmat sanitation units to clean the streets of defecation and urination on a daily basis, the chances of disease and infections have risen dramatically previously dormant diseases such as typhus have made a comeback and there has been a significant negative impact on the environment as raw sewage is flushed down storm drains and into rivers and the ocean.

Nasty stuff, crises that city politicians have no clue on how to manage or fix. Fortunately, at least for the rest of the country, this disaster has been confined to liberal run west coast cities such as Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Unfortunately, these problems have migrated out of the west coast and are affecting other cities such as Denver. Consider the poor plight of a small business owner in Denver and how liberal/Democratic politicians have made his life and business a similar living hell:
  • According to an article by Ryan Saavedra, writing for the Daily Wire website, a Denver business owner has been fined by the city for not picking human feces that constantly appears in front of his business on a public sidewalk.
  • The business owner claims that homeless people defecate in front of his business every day but the city refuses to clean up after them and are now fining him for not cleaning up also.
  • Thus, he is taking the city to court to force them to do their job and keep the streets clean, something a taxpaying business owner should expect.
  • The business owner, Jawaid Bazyer, who operates an internet service provider company in Denver, describes the situation: “The wall [of his building] is a bathroom stall. They [homeless folks] lean up against it and let it rip. In downtown Denver, that’s nonstop now, just piles of poop.”
  • He goes on: “There’s food, trash, drug deals. In the alley, we get the defecation, drug needles.”
  • He says that he has employees chased and attacked by criminals operating in the area.
  • He sometimes calls local police to get vagrants off of his property several times a day to no avail.
  • Given that the city sanitation and police have been ineffective in helping him, he started to refuse to clean up the feces and used drug needles from the front of his business, which resulted in the city fining him for not doing so.
  • He rightfully claims that the situation is a bio hazard and he should not require his employees to expose themselves to such a danger: “Because it’s a bio-hazard. It could be infectious. I didn’t hire these people to clean poop off the ground. I can’t, as an employer, just say, ‘Go and clean up the feces. I’m not the one doing this, and they won’t do anything about the people committing the crimes, but I’m the one who’s easy to find and easy to punish.”
Gotta feel sorry for the guy, trying to build a business, provide good jobs for his employees, and the city bureaucracy and the politicians that operate it are punishing him for their failures. The primary reason for government to exist is to protect citizens. In Denver, it apparently means letting public health go out the window and then blame innocent citizens for the mess that ensues.

Another day of political class insanity: a failed tax in Philly, a failed understanding of gun basics, and a failed city government in Denver that endangers the health and financial welfare of everyone in the city.


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Sunday, November 10, 2019

November, 2019,Part 7,Political Class Insanity: The Hypocrisy of Michelle Obama and The Laziness of Bill de Blasio

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) As we have discussed previously, it is not only the lying, greed, ineffectiveness, and idiocy of politicians that make us mad but it is also the hypocrisy. Obama Care was good for Americans but politicians continued to get much more superior healthcare and insurance above and beyond what Americans got from Obama Care. It is a crime to do insider stock trading if you are not a member of Congress but perfectly okay if you are a member of Congress. Hypocrisy galore.

Michelle Obama is just the latest hypocrite to have one opinion for us but a totally different set of behaviors for her:
  • She recently spoke out about how “white people” (which in itself is a racist term) moved out of city neighborhoods as minorities moved in, creating the term “white flight.”
  • Specifically: “But unbeknownst to us, we grew up in the period — as I write — called ‘white flight.’ That as families like ours, upstanding families like ours … As we moved in, white folks moved out because they were afraid of what our families represented. And I always stop there when I talk about this out in the world because, you know, I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us. This family with all the values that you’ve read about. You were running from us. And you’re still running, because we’re no different than the immigrant families that are moving in … the families that are coming from other places to try to do better.”
  • Given this viewpoint, I am assuming that her and Barack have moved back into their old neighborhoods in Chicago, wanting to set an example of how bad “white flight” is.
  • But wait, didn’t she and Barack just spend over $15 million to buy a luxury house on Martha’s Vineyard, a locale that is 95% white and only 2% black?
  • And if this is not bad enough, the Obamas also own a home in the Kalorama neighborhood of DC which is 80% white and only 4% black, and they have a $5 million third home in Rancho Mirage, California which is 80% white and 2.5% black.
They had three chances to practice with Michelle is preaching, i.e. do not run away from minority neighborhoods like white people do and they chose in all three cases to be crass hypocrites of what they say vs. what they do.

People move their homes because they want a safer neighborhood, they want better schools for their kids, their jobs removed or they move for a better job, or they are retiring and downsizing. But if white people do any of these things they are acting like racists and causing “white flight” in Michelle’s eyes while she is allowed to move into high end white neighborhoods and she has no problem with that.

Hypocrisy galore from the former first lady. 

2) The other thing that bothers me and probably others from the previous set of paragraphs is how are the Obamas, who during his eight years in office made only $400,000 a year from his job while Michelle learned nothing from her time in the White House: able to afford a luxury home in exclusive Martha Vineyards, a luxury home in an exclusive housing enclave in D.C. and a luxury home in California? I believe I read somewhere that the D.C. house is worth $8 millions which puts the total Obama home investment over $28 million? 

Let’s do some simple math:
  • The total value of their three homes is about $28 million.
  • Let’s assume they put 20% down for their mortgages.
  • Let’s assume they got a very favorable mortgage rate of 2.5%.
  • Which means that their monthly mortgage payment is about $88,000 a MONTH!
  • This doesn't include property taxes, homeowners insurance premiums, or any HOA fees they would have to pay.
Thus, it is not inconceivable that Obama's are paying over $100,000 a month to manage and hold these three properties.

They did not come into the White House as a very, very rich family. They did not earn enough money in their jobs during their eight years in the White House to be considered a very, very rich family. Are we to believe that their books and speeches have been so grand as to allow them to afford over $25 million in real estate properties and over $100,000 a month in housing expenses before taking into consideration their other assets and expenses? 

Gee, it must be great to be an American politician even if during your time in office you accomplished very little of any value to most Americans. What a great country...for the American political class at least.

3) We have often talked about how bad the homeless problem is out on the west coast. From Seattle to Los Angeles, liberal and Democratic politicians have turned once beautiful cities into dangerous eyesores: public urination and defecation without repercussions, tons of garbage littering the streets, no plan to help the thousands and thousands of homeless Americans get back on their feet or beat their drug addictions, explosion of the rat populations because of the garbage and the reviving of serious, long dormant diseases such as typhus, etc.

What had mystified me is that there were very few similar stories regarding the homeless-related problems in New York City. NYC has the same characteristics of the west coast problem-plagued cities but no reported public urination or defecation issues, no tons of garbage littering the streets, no large homeless encampments throughout the city, etc. Is it possible that NYC found a way to resolve homeless problems that the west coast cities did not despite having an overwhelming number of liberal and Democrats politicians?

Seems that is not the case, i.e. they did not resolve the issues and problems of their homeless problems, they found a rather unique way to sidestep what west coast cities did not:
  • Rather than help homeless Americans in his city, the current mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, has been working a program to export them to other parts of the country.
  • Rather than spend city funds to find these folks shelter and feed them and help them get drug addiction treatment, he has been trying to dump them off anywhere that was not inside his city limits.
  • De Blasio has been operating a program called the “Special One-Time Assistance Program” directed at his city’s homeless population.
  • This was a top secret program within the city’s Department of Homeless Services organization.
  • This organization spent $89 million of taxpayer money to send 12,482 homeless New Yorkers out of the city to other parts of the country.
  • Those homeless folks that promised and actually did leave NYC received money for transportation, home furnishings, and a year’s worth of rent somewhere else.
  • On average, this program spent $41,000 of taxpayer money on each homeless family.
  • And to make the program even shadier and more disgusting, de Blasio and his city employees did not notify other hundreds of towns and cities around the country that they were about to receive the homeless folks that had been bribed to leave NYC.
  • Now the burden of resolving the NYC homeless problem has been simply and quietly exported to other places around the country.
  • When Hawaiian Democratic state representative John Mizuno found out that at least one homeless NYC family had been transplanted to Honolulu, he accused NYC of their homeless people “being dumped here” in Hawaii.
  • The Democratic mayor of Mount Vernon, New York is demanding that de Blasio take back the homeless people that de Blaosio shipped up to Mount Vernon, that his town ”is not standing for it.”
  • Of course, de Blasio’s people do not see it that way, saying that calling the program a “dumping ground” and “export” is offensive to those that are relocating which, of course, is hogwash.
$89 million properly spent within the city limits could have gone a long way to breaking the cycle of homelessness: building food banks, building homeless shelters, paying for temporary housing within the city, offering job training, offering day day care services, that $89 million could have done a lot of good. But no, de Blasio would rather have this cycle of homelessness not be resolved, just moved out of his domain.

This attitude of not doing you job to help those in need within your domain is lazy, selfish, and inhumane, providing a temporary self serving fix while not addressing or working to resolve the underlying root causes of being homeless. I find it beyond insane, I find it disgusting.

The hypocrisy of Michelle Obama and the inhumanity of Bill de Blasio, not a good review of the American political class.


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

November, 2019, Part 6, Political Class Insanity: More Political Corruption, No To Sanctuary Cities, and The Press Sells Its Soul and Integrity

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) While most American politicians are ineffective, greedy, and useless, many are also criminals, with many of their criminal acts having previously been pointed out in this blog. Another example of potential and alleged criminality recently popped up relative to politicians in Puerto Rico:
  • The FBI recently arrested eight people in Puerto Rico on alleged corruption activities including a Puerto Rican senator.
  • The senator, Abel Nazario had been previously arrested on charges that he had forced all of his workers to donate two hours of wages a day to himself.
  • He ended up agreeing to reimburse his workers $577,000 in lost wages that he had confiscated.
  • Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz requested Nazario’s resignation shortly after his latest arrest: “It is unfortunate for him and his family, but even more so for the people of Puerto Rico who watch with anguish events that lacerate the trust in government institutions.” 
  • A spokesperson for Nazario said that he is innocent of all charges.
These arrests come in the atmosphere of other corruption events including a Federal case involving people that may have charged the local government for services that were never provided. That investigation has already charged the former director of the Puerto Rico Senate Government Affairs Office with corruption crimes.

Another day, another set of corrupt American politicians.

2) Around the country, local liberal Democratic politicians have decided to break Federal law and not help the Federal government enforce existing immigration laws. Specifically, they have declared their cities so-called “sanctuary cities” where illegal immigrants can live, commit crimes, collect welfare without fear of ever being called to justice because they broke the law.

This has resulted in American citizens being more likely subjected to criminal elements within the illegal immigrant community via rapes, robberies, and murders. This increased violence against Americans is usually ignored by liberal politicians who care more about coddling illegal immigrants, including violent criminal elements, than protecting American lives.

However, one city finally and emphatically pushed back on this illegal immigrants first preference:
  • Although there are far more Democrats than Republican voters in Tucson, Arizona, that did not stop law abiding Americans from expressing their extreme displeasure at local politicians for making their city a sanctuary city.
  • In a recent ballot proposition for that city, a whopping 71.4% of voters rejected a motion to make their city a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.
  • While every Democrat on the Tucson ballot was elected, the 71.4% vote against becoming a sanctuary city shows that Americans of all political stripes reject this concept of protecting illegal immigrants and criminals from existing U.S. law.
Finally, a bit of sanity when it comes to protecting Americans vs. protecting illegal immigrants. And they were not the only set of voters to uphold the rule of law. Voters in Sussex County, New Jersey also voted by a two to one margin that they want their county law enforcement officers to cooperate with Federal immigration and ICE officers in the area of illegal immigrant law breaking. 

This is in line with at least three other New Jersey counties whose voters oppose sanctuary cities and a slap to the face of the state’s Attorney General who arbitrarily declared, without voter approval, that the entire state of New Jersey is a sanctuary for illegal immigrants and illegal immigrant criminals.

These voter voices are in direct opposition to the immigration views of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders who is opposed to any form of deportation for illegal immigrants including those that commit violent crimes against American citizens. But why would an American politician care about what Americans think, this has rarely happened in the past and in Sanders case, is not happening today.

3) With all of the impeachment nonsense going on, the Jeffery Epstein murder/suicide affair has kind of disappeared form the news. But that was until it was recently reported that ABC News spiked a story a few years back that would have proven pretty conclusively that Bill Clinton was a close friend of pedophile Epstein and may himself have indulged with Epstein in the sexual abuse and rape of under aged girls:
  • Project Veritas recently released video of ABC News anchor Amy Robach complaining that ABC refused to air an Epstein news story she had worked on.
  • The story was not complementary to Bill Clinton and his Epstein connections.
  • The clear implication is that releasing this certainly newsworthy story back in 2015-2016 would have had a serious detrimental impact on Hilary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.
  • But as the biased mainstream often does, ABC decided that journalistic integrity could be ignored since airing the story would not help out their liberal political comrades.
  • And to further damage their already paltry integrity, ABC pressured CBS into firing the person who broke the story of ABC’s heinous behavior, a person that had moved over to work at CBS since breaking the ABC suppression.
  • According to Breitbart News: “The Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali, citing two sources familiar with the situation, said Thursday morning that CBS News has “fired the staffer in question.” This comes after ABC informed CBS that they had determined who accessed the footage of Amy Robach expressing her frustrations about the Epstein story,” noted Ali.”
  • Robach also expresses her belief, based on her research for the story that Epstein was a murder victim, he was not a suicide victim: “So do I think he was killed? A hundred percent, yes I do, He made his whole living blackmailing people. There were a lot of men in those planes, a lot of men who visited that island, a lot of powerful men who came into that apartment.”
As we have said before, we now half expect an American politician to be crooked, corrupt, greedy, and caring more about themselves than the country and its citizens. But it is even more distressing when the press, an entity that is supposed to report on the misdeeds of politicians and put forth truth regardless of who it might hurt or expose, protects those in power. 

The press should be a steady rock of integrity and truth. Instead, as this recent ABC news suppression story shows, it is no longer an unbiased defender of liberty and justice.

4) And finally, let’s talk about Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. You know her, she was elected to Congress in 2018 and since then has bad mouthed the country, Israel, downplayed the 9-11 attacks, and called just about everyone who disagrees with her a racist. 

But behind this holier than thou facade we may have a set of criminal activities on her part:
  • She is now under Federal investigation over the possible abuse of her campaign finance dollars.
  • It seems that she may have, allegedly, have taken her lover on vacations that were paid for with campaign funds.
  • According to the Daily Mail: “Peter Flaherty, chairman of the conservative National Legal and Policy Center last month filed an amended version of a complaint he had lodged earlier into Omar’s campaign spending, following DailyMail.com’s revelation she was having an affair with her finance chief Tim Mynett.” 
  • At the time, Omar was still married to her husband, Ahmed Hirsias, as was Mynett.
  • The Daily Mail reported that the Federal Election Commission is being asked to investigate whether Omar campaign’s illegally paid Mynett’s company funds for their private vacations.
More “holier than thou” nonsense from a Washington politician if true.

So, today we learned that: political corruption exists everywhere including Puerto Rico, Americans are starting to say “no” to having their city be a sanctuary city, the mainstream press continues to sell their soul, and Omar has some explaining to do.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

November, 2019, Part 5, Political Class Insanity: The Tragedy Of The Minimum Wage, The Delusions Of California Politicians,and The Failure Of Common Core

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) We have often discussed the fallacy that raising the minimum wage rate results in better lives for those affected by that raise. Our latest expose’ was in the following post:


Donald J. Boudreaux, writing for the Mercatus Center on October 31, 2019, showed, again, how bad it can become when politicians do not know the consequences of raising the minimum wage too fast:
  • He starts off by stating what we have always said: “Minimum-wage legislation artificially raises firms’ costs of employing low-skilled workers. In consequence, some workers who would have jobs in the absence of the minimum wage are cast by the minimum wage into the ranks of the unemployed.”
  • In other words, the good news is that you got a pay raise. The bad news is that you no longer have a job.
  • The majority of economic studies on the topic of politicians raising the minimum wage arbitrarily support the reality that for the most part, raising the minimum wage results in less economic prosperity, especially for those at the lower end of the wage scale.
  • And that lessening of economic prosperity is not just the reduction in the number of jobs available or the number of hours available to work.
  • Many times to make up for the increase in the wage expense line, in order to survive, employers reduce other expenses to stay in business.
  • Depending on the industry, employees end losing fringe benefits that have economic value to both the employer and employee including free meals, free employer supplied uniforms, employee discounts, overtime work, company picnics, comfortable break rooms, employee recognition programs, reduction in leaving early or coming in late to work opportunities, Friday happy hours, etc.
  • According to Mr. Boudreaux: “When government raises the minimum wage, employers can reduce the amount of nonwage benefits paid to employees. And so even workers who keep their jobs at the higher minimum wage might nevertheless be made worse off because of reductions in the value of their nonwage benefits.”
  • Thus, to offset the arbitrary increase in wages from economically ignorant politicians, employers will make up to five business operations adjustments: employ fewer workers, reduce the number of workers’ hours, cut the value of workers’ fringe benefits, work employees harder or mechanize workers’ processes.
And yet, politicians continue to think they know best, i.e. raise the minimum wage, and they always ending hurting the ones they think they are helping, the low income workers in the economy.

2) We have recently discussed the reality that California Democrats/liberals/socialists have turned the state into a stinking (literally) mess:
  • There is widespread homelessness across the state with almost 90,000 homeless Americans in just the two cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • The large homeless population and resultant garbage issues in Los Angeles have led to the resurrection of the Medieval disease, typhus, and a real concern that the bubonic plague might be next.
  • The pipe dream to build a high speed rail line the length of the state resulted in the wasting of untold millions of dollars before it failed miserably.
  • The state is about $200 billion short of what it will need to pay future unfunded state government financial liabilities.
  • Due to the state’s politicians allowing homeless folks to defecate and urinate in the streets of the state’s major cities without consequences, this has resulted in severe environmental crises as the cities power wash away the feces and urine into storm sewers which washes into rivers which is in turn used for irrigation.
  • And finally, due to mismanagement of the state’s forests, the state is being ravaged by wildfires, killing people and destroying homes and businesses, wildfires that have caused utilities to intentionally cause blackouts to minimize the chance of wildfires.
Thus, it is pretty obvious that the state’s politicians, and the government bureaucracies it oversees and manages, is not only useless in California but actually dangerous. New diseases, wildfires, wasted taxpayer wealth, homelessness, they have failed at everything they have touched.

And yet the state’s politicians still do not get it:
  • A lot of the wildfires in the state have been caused by sparking malfunctions of the Pacific Gas and Electric’s electric grid, sparks that have caused the wildfires.
  • As a result, the state’s governor, said that changes have to be made, changes that may include having the state government take over the utility.
  • Governor Gavin Newsom said the objective goal of any changes was to transform, Pacific Gas & Electric, into “one that better reflects our California values and will advance massive safety transformations beginning before next fire season.”
  • Newsom has appointed an energy czar to figure out what to do including taking over the utility.
  • Given the inability of the state’s politicians to get anything right, as illustrated by the list of failures above, does anyone really think that the state government and the politicians who operate it could efficiently, effectively, and safely operate an electric utility? Keep in mind that Pacific Gas and Electric is a regulated utility which means that the state government has always had oversight of the utility’s operation. 
And thus, the state, and indirectly the state’s politicians, have been a major factor in the failure of the utility to modernize and minimize wildfires. Yet, the governor thinks that he and the state government can get the job done. 

He and the state’s politicians have resurrected extinct diseases, have not resolved any aspect of the homeless problem and could not build a single track railroad system and yet then think they can operate a utility: State government representative Ro Khanna recently said in an interview that the state should nonetheless consider a takeover. “This is a case where public ownership would be much better.” Much better than what? Talk about being disillusioned and insane.

3) Common Core was a major Federal government undertaking that was supposed to make the U.S. public education system one of the best in the world. It is certainly not close to that today. Our kids usually do miserable on standardized tests when measured against kids around the world despite us spending so much more on education than other countries.

We have shown over the years what a failure Common Core has been when deployed around the country:
  • Within a year or so of deployment in Maryland, the test scores of kids in every county plummeted rather than get better.
  • Prior to being deployed in the state of Massachusetts, the schools in that state were ranked the best in the nation when it came to educating its kids.
  • However, once Common Core was deployed it dropped to seventh best in a very short timeframe.
  • Damning evidence that this approach to education was a failure despite spending billions and billions of dollars on it. 
And the latest results do nothing to disprove this failure:
  • According to a recent article on the Western Journal website, the latest national standardized test scores were only marginally better than the results in 1992, 27 years ago despite spending untold billions and billions of dollars to improve those results.
  • Math test results were trending upwards nicely until 2015 when that upward trend stopped suddenly.
  • Not coincidentally, 2015 was about when Common Core was quite well established in our public schools.
  • Results actually started going negative with fourth graders latest standardized test scores, just a little above previous scores.
  • Eighth grade math scores were actually below where their scores were two years ago.
So, the Federal government, the bureaucrats that operate it, and the politicians that fund it and oversee it have been a complete failure when it comes to public education for at least the past 27 years. Common Core made our education processes worse, not better. We spent billions and billions of dollars to achieve this result. In the bigger picture, over the past three decades I would venture a guess that have spent trillion(s) of dollars to maintain a mediocre education system in this country. Insanity.

Okay, we learned today that: politicians continue to be ignorant when it comes to raising the minimum wage and the negative impacts it has on lower earning American workers, politicians continue to be arrogant, thinking they can run a utility company when the have proven they cannot operate anything else effectively or efficiently, and politicians continue to prove they have no idea how to improve education despite having and spending trillions of dollars to do so.

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