Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January, 2019, Part 2, I Am A Global Warming Doubter and A Believer In Science: Another Math Error, CNN Blames Hamburgers For Global Warming, and More Failures Of Global Warming Forecasts

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

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

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

1) Global warming advocates like to claim that “the science is settled.” In other words, you are an idiot if you do not believe in global manmade global warming and climate change because science has already proven it to be true. Remember how for a while the advocates avowed that “97% of all scientists” claimed that humanity was the cause of global warming and climate change.

But their smugness started to fall apart when it was found that more than one major global warming university group had fudged the data to prove global warming when the underlying data did not prove their theories. Recently a similar data malfunction also arose that disproves a major recent global warming advocate study:
  • Alicia F. Luke, writing for the Eagle Rising website on November 14, 2018, discussed the reality that global warming scientists had to admit that they made a major math error in a recently published global warming study.
  • The study had concluded that the oceans were warming up much more dramatically than previously thought.
  • But a noted man made global warming skeptic, Nic Lewis, published a paper which pointed out a major math error in the research.
  • One of the researchers, Ralph Keeling of Scripps, graciously accepted the correction: “When we were confronted with his insight it became immediately clear there was an issue there. We’re grateful to have it be pointed out quickly so that we could correct it quickly” 
  • Another researcher also recognized the major math error: “When we were confronted with his insight it became immediately clear there was an issue there,” study co-author Ralph Keeling told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • Their research originally stated that the oceans had absorbed 60% more heat than previously believed.
  • Twitter users had a field day with follow up comments: “Next time show your (math) work,” “So the science is settled but the math isn’t,” “Are these scientists involved in the Florida vote recounts?”
Another math “mistake” or just another attempt to bastardize the data to prove an unprovable myth? Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they made a major math error that invalidates their conclusions. But how did they miss a major error that someone outside of the research easily found? One would assume that their published research was peer reviewed so who were these peers and why did they miss this major error? 

And global warming advocates wonder why us doubters doubt their contentions and “findings.”

2) Not only do global warming advocates embarrass themselves when they intentionally or unintentionally skew data to fit their preconceived notions, these folks continue to embarrass themselves in so many other ways. Consider what CNN recently did to prove that they are also drinking the global warming Koolaid:
  • In a recent news broadcast, CNN introduced a supposed “subject matter expert” to prove that manmade global warming was real, dangerous, and shortly would be fatal.
  • Somehow though, rather than bring a climate scientist on air to prove their point they introduced Professor Andrea Dutton from the University of Florida who is a professor of, wait for it, geology.
  • Yes, CNN somehow thought that a professor of geology would bring credibility to their stance that manmade global warming was real, unbelievable.
  • But they outdid themselves a little later when they ran a news segment that proved that eating hamburgers causes global warming. 
How can we take global warming advocates seriously when they often do not take themselves seriously, whether it is saying a geology professor somehow is an expert on climate, hamburgers cause global warming, beavers cause global warming, and on and on and on.

3) Someone once said something like once your opponent starts calling you names, you have won the argument. In other words, they have run out of data,m logic, and knowledge to win their side of the argument so all they are left with is to start the name calling and insults (Anthony Watts saying: “when you resort to name calling, you've lost the argument.”)

Which according to a recent article on the Punching Bag Post website, that is exactly what former Governor Jerry Brown of California, a staunch believer in manmade global warming, called anyone who doubted this position: “Just recently, California’s outgoing Governor Jerry Brown has compared those who dare to hold opinions different from left-wing orthodoxy as modern-day Nazis. In other words, if you even express uncertainty about the claims of the global warming activists, you are the same as people who were hell-bent to build the 1000-year Reich on a genocidal campaign against the declared enemies of a malignant theoretical Arian state – Jews, Catholics, Africans and the disabled. You are the same as a regime that murdered millions of people. This demonizing of the perceived apostates was seen when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that anyone who does not believe in the left’s global warming script is unwelcomed in his state.”

Thus, according to Anthony Watts, Brown and Cuomo and Gore and the rest of them have lost the argument. They lost the argument because their forecasts and data and logic has not stood the test of time, as a recent Heritage Foundation article pointed out:
  • Back in 1970, almost fifty years ago, Harvard biologist George Wald predicted that: “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” Fifty years later, civilization is still around.
  • In 1977, 42 years ago, Obama’s future “energy czar” John Holdren co-wrote a book with Paul R.Ehrlich that forecasted by 2020, next year, there would the deaths of one billion humans from starvation, which is unlikely to happen next year.
  • In 2006, Al Gore predicted that sea levels would rise 20 feet “in the near future.” The near future must be longer than 13 years since 13 years after his prediction the sea levels have risen about zero feet.
  • At a big global warming conference in 2005, 14 years ago, a conference of global warming scientists and politicians warned that humanity had as little as 10 years before it would reach “the point of no return on global warming.” In other words, we should have reached the point of no return four years ago but that point has not yet materialized.
  • That conference also grossly incorrectly predicted that humanity would be faced with “widespread agricultural failure,” “major droughts,” “increased disease,” “the death of forests,” and the “switching-off of the North Atlantic Gulf Stream,” among many other terrible calamities, none of which ever happened.
And yet even though all of these predictions have been busts, if anyone dares to question global warming advocates like Jerry Brown, they are Nazis. Makes no sense unless you keep the Watts quote in mind, calling someone a Nazi for questioning a failed theory makes that accuser the argument loser.

That will do it for this month’s global warming myth review: true non-believers are now Nazis, CNN embarrasses itself again, and more math hi jinks from global warming advocates.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Janiary, 2019, Part 1, I Am A Global Warming Doubter and A Believer In Science: Cooler Temps and Less Violent Weather

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

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

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

1) Back in the 1970s, climatologists were predicting the onset of a new Ice Age. Just a few short years later that same profession started the global warming myth with its set of associated predictions. Over time, we now know that every one of those global warming predictions never came close to coming true and the havoc that global warming was supposed to cause never materialized.

As the saying goes, what goes around comes around and that also appears to be true with climate:
  • Warner Todd Huston, writing for the Godfather Politics website, reported on the climate over the past two years.
  • According to a report by Real Clear Markets, “From February 2016 to February 2018 (the latest month available) global average temperatures dropped 0.56°C.”
  • This is the biggest two year drop since the 1982 - 1984 period.
  • The data from the report comes from GISTEMP and their analysis, “2018: GISS Surface Temperature Analysis, NASA Goddard Institute For Space Studies.”
  • The website for their report can be found at: https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/).
  • According to the article, “This is the standard source used in most journalistic reporting of global average temperatures.”
  • Within the two year period, there was the largest five month drop in temps EVER, February to June, 2016.
  • And the fourth biggest five month period drop in temps EVER occurred between February and June, 2017.
  • The five month period from February to June, 2018 found that average global temps were below the 1980s average temperature.
  • And finally, February, 2018 was colder than February, 1998.
  • And given that temperature variability has decreased over time, these colder temps in the past few years is not likely due to sampling error alone.
Wow, could we be all the way back to global cooling being the next big thing? Too early to tell but the article correctly points out how global warming advocates behave when global cooling evidence becomes a reality: “My point is that statistical cooling outliers garner no media attention. The global average temperature numbers come out monthly. If they show a new hottest year on record, that’s a big story. If they show a big increase over the previous month, or the same month in the previous year, that’s a story. If they represent a sequence of warming months or years, that’s a story. When they show cooling of any sort—and there have been more cooling months than warming months since anthropogenic warming began—there’s no story.”

Which is why I am a global warming doubter and a believer in science: many climate scientists and the politicians and media types that support them will say nothing about this global cooling period since it does not fit the myth and objectives that they want.

2) For decades now we have been told by global warming advocates that we will see more and more severe weather via more and more intense hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, and wildfires. Hurricane Katrina was the great rallying call for global warming advocates in that they predicted that Katrina was in the vanguard of more severe storms to come.

So what happened? Immediately after Katrina we went into a dozen years with fewer and milder hurricanes. As a resident of Florida since 2005, I did not experience a single hurricane until Irma, twelve years after moving into the state. Hardly the horrific forecast the advocates said would happen.

But it is not just bigger and more frequent hurricanes that were erroneously predicted by the global warming advocates. According to Todd Warner Huston, again writing for the Godfather Politics website: 
  • The year 2018 was the first year since measurements began in 1950 that no violent tornadoes hit the U.S.
  • Let me say that again, there were NO violent tornadoes in the country in 2018.
  • Technically, it was the first year where there were no recorded EF4 or EF5, the worst kind, of tornadoes.
  • This runs contrary to global warming theory which always predicted more and more violent tornadoes.
  • Even the Washington Post, long the advocate and supporter of liberal based causes such as global warming admitted the truth: ”It was a quiet year for tornadoes overall, with below normal numbers most months. Unless you’re a storm chaser, this is not bad news. The low tornado count is undoubtedly a big part of the reason the 10 tornado deaths in 2018 are also vying to be a record low.”
  • The long term trend is also very positive in that the average number of violent hurricanes in a year is less than half the average it was back in the 1970s.
  • Even when the more moderate EF3 tornadoes are included in the measurement, 2018 was still a record low.
Cooler temperatures and less violent storms is the reality when hotter temperatures and more violent storms were the forecast. Missed by that much… which is a real lot.

That will do it for today but we are just getting started proving again this month that it is perfectly sane to be a global warming doubter and a believer in science...and reality.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Horrors And Destruction That Donald Trump Has Imposed On America...Just Kidding! Part 20

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 2 years 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 almost two years, 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 200 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, let’s add another dozen or so good things that are going on in the country even though the doubters hate the reality that Trump is President:

- The dollar is at its strongest level in 30 years, indicating great confidence in the U.S.economy.

- U.S. steelmakers made more than 95 million tons of steel in 2018, the most since 2007 and 6.5% higher than in 2017.

- The economy added a whopping 312,000 jobs in December, 2018.

- Manufacturing jobs are growing at a 714% faster clip under Trump than over a similar time under Obama.

- Under Obama, federal state and local government employment grew 6 times faster than did manufacturing jobs, while under Trump, that ratio has been reversed, with manufacturing jobs growing 5 times faster than government jobs, a much healthier mix of economic results.

- The labor force participation rate increased two-tenths of a point to 63.1 percent in December, 2018, the highest it's been since Trump took office.

- At the end of 2018 there were 156,945,000 Americans with a job, a gain of 4,869,000 in two years, and a record high for the U.S. economy.

- The national unemployment rate continues to be under 4.0%, an 18 year low.

- Trump has convinced China to open up its markets to the importing of U.S. grown rice for the first time ever.

- According to a recent poll, Thirty-eight percent of respondents said the national economy is getting better, the biggest amount since March 2002.

- Last week the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near 45-year low last week.

- Retail gasoline prices continue to bump along at lower levels not since in a very long time, with the price of unleaded gas less than two dollars a gallon in many places across the country.

- Despite a growing economy, the U.S. reduced its carbon emissions in 2017, leading the world in reduction of carbon usage and continuing the long term trend of reducing the nation's carbon footprint while China and India (and the rest of the world) continue to significantly increase their carbon footprint.

- Trump has started pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, hopefully a first move to get all U.S. troops out of this hell hole region

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 well 200 accomplishments we have previously listed and the dozen or so of the newest 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. Over 200 accomplishments in a little less than two years is not too shabby despite many of you wanting both Trump and the country to fail.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

January, 2019, Part 8, Political Class Insanity: Even More Nonsense From Ocasio-Perez and Politicians Get Paid, Government Workers Do Not

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.

We keep trying to end this month’s political class insanity but every time we think we are done, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens her mouth and expels something stupid, idiotic or inane and we are pulled back into another January insanity post. So, let’s get started:

1) Let’s start off today with a couple of different definitions of “ignorant” from several different sources:
  • Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about a particular thing.
  • Lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified unaware, uninformed.
  • Not having enough knowledge, understanding, or information about something.
  • Not having enough knowledge, understanding, or information about something:
  • Unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge.
  • The want or absence of knowledge.
Now consider some of the many gaffes that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has thrown out over the course of the past few months:
  • She did not have enough knowledge to know how to calculate the unemployment rate even though she has an economic degree.
  • She did not have enough knowledge to know what the three branches of government are.
  • She did have enough knowledge to understand a basic Pentagon audit report before speaking out and embarrassing herself.
  • She did not have enough knowledge to know that her support for the Medicare For All concept and The New Green Deal concept are impossible to finance.
These are realities and facts based on her performance. And because of this we have designated her as ignorant in a wide variety of fields in this blog, something that we are allowed to do under the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. She is one of 500 people in Congress who will vote on laws that affect every Americans’ life, we should have the right to criticize her for her lack of knowledge.

But of course, the biased mainstream media would have none of that First Amendment rights stuff, as a recent Washington Post article illustrates:
  • Eugene Scott of the Washington Post recently wrote that pushing back on Ocasio-Cortez’s lack of knowledge and experience is racist.
  • In a recent 60 Minutes interview, she called Trump a racist, certainly within her rights to do so.
  • But the White House reacted back to her statement of racism by pointing out “that Ocasio-Cortez’s “sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform,” adding that the president has also “repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”
  • At which point Scott tried to make this defence a racist remark because the White House accused a “young Latina woman of ignorance.”
There it is, the classic liberal, racist ”dog whistle.” Do not agree with someone’s opinion when comes to a minority, you must be a racist. Never mind the facts that the word ignorance means the lack of knowledge or ability and was correctly applied in a life situation where someone says many, many ignorant things, you must be a racist. 

Rosa Parks experienced real racism. Martin Luther King, Jr. experienced real racism. Millions of other minorities experienced real racism. Calling someone out on their ignorance based on the many incorrect and inane statements they made is not racism. And that is the bigger tragedy of liberals in our society today. When everything is seen as racism, then nothing is racism and that is an insult to those of the past who fought, and sometimes died, to fight real racism.

2) According to the Godfather Politics website, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a very interesting take on who are real Americans:
  • Apparently she thinks that illegal immigrants are “more American” than American citizens.
  • Yes, those that come here and break our existing immigration laws, those that have not paid a penny in taxes and yet always seem to get government assistance. Those that have little or no knowledge about our country or our heritage are more American than real Americans.
  • Responding to Trump’s White House speech on immigration she stated that, “In the actual address, there was falsehood after falsehood and we have to make sure that we get our facts straight. Everyday immigrants commit crimes at a far lower rate than native-born Americans. And not only that but the women and children on the border seeking refuge and opportunity in the U.S. with nothing but the shirt on their backs are acting more American than any person who seeks to keep them out ever will be.”
  • Of course she makes no distinction between legal immigrants and illegal immigrants because if she did she would find radically different crime statistics between the two groups.
  • By combining them together she covers up the crime rate of illegals that includes drug cartel members, MS-13 gang members, and other assorted undesirables.
  • But as she herself has stated, she does not want to be bothered by facts.
  • She went on to say that, “Right now what we are seeing is the violation of human rights. These children and these families are being held in … basically freezing boxes that no person should be maintained in for any amount of time let alone the amount of time they are being kept on.”
  • She fails to mention that no American, including Trump, put these people in this situation, they put themselves in this situation of their own free will. 
  • And there is no such thing as “freezing boxes,” where does she get this nonsensical stuff?
  • The border is basically desert and warm areas, those folks on the other side of the border might actually welcome the cooling effect of freezing boxes, if they even existed.
Insulting Americans, ignoring facts, and making up stuff that do not exist, but I guess I am a racist for pointing all of this out.

3) Let’s finish this month’s political class insanity visit with a most pathetic and disgusting move by the Washington political class. As always, our politicians lecture us on what needs to be done, how to behave, how paying more taxes on our part is necessary to finance their stupid and ineffective plans, and how we need to make sacrifices for the “greater good.” 

But their hypocrisy always shines through. As most of you know, the Federal government has been shutdown because Trump and the Democrats in Congress cannot agree on funding for a necessary border fence to protect the country and its citizens. 

Hundreds of thousands of Federal government employees have now gone without pay or work for about three weeks, obviously causing hardships for them and their families. Businesses in areas with high concentrations of Federal employees are also suffering as employees cut back on their expenses. I know of at least one local family that will have a hard time meeting their mortgage payments if the shutdown goes on much longer. A lot of people are suffering because Washington politicians cannot resolve this problem and have not been able to resolve it for decades, a sure sign of incompetence.

But while regular Federal government employees are not getting paid, guess who is getting paid? The very people, members of Congress, continue to be paid even though they are responsible for this mess. In fact, Nancy Pelosi cares so little about the suffering of Federal employees and other Americans that at the onset of the shutdown she jetted off to Hawaii for a luxurious vacation as hundreds of thousands were looking for ways to cut expenses.

And the hypocrisy is strongest with, of course, Ocasio-Cortez. Back in late 2018, before being sworn into office, she publicly lamented the hypocrisy that members of Congress would be getting paid during the shutdown, probably the only thing I have ever agreed with her on. But now that she is part of the Washington political class, there is no indication she has given up her Congressional salary or is donating her salary to those in need.

How quickly do you think this crisis would be resolved if members of Congress had not been paid for the past three weeks.? My bet, pretty quickly. But this way is better because they get to pontificate with no consequences and obviously not care or pity for those whose lives they are seriously injuring every day this shutdown goes on. Disgusting, hypocritical, disgusting and business as usual for American politicians.

That will do it for this month’s political class insanity, not because we ran out of insanity, but because we ran out of patience dealing with and writing about these very small minded, inept, despicable people.


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Friday, January 11, 2019

January, 2019, Part 7, Political Class Insanity: More Math Ignorance from Ocasio-Cortez and Doggie Lawyers For All

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.

We keep trying to end this month’s political class insanity but every time we think we are done, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opens her mouth and expels something stupid, idiotic or inane and we are pulled back into another January insanity post. So, let’s get started:

1) Ocasio-Cortez recently put forth the proposal that those earning over $10 million a year should have every dollar over $10 million taxed at the insane and disgusting rate of 70%. We say disgusting since no matter how much you hate rich people, in this country taxing their hard earned money at 70% is almost equivalent to slavery. Why work so hard when a large majority of what you earn marginally forcibly goes to an inefficient and ineffective entity, the Federal government? (And saying this is equivalent to slavery does not make me a racist so do not go there.)

So, am I the only one who thinks this is a stupid concept? Consider what former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan thinks about this idea:
  • He simply calls this 70% tax rate a “terrible idea.”
  • He feels that this plan would result in “a significant drop in economic activity.”
So, who are you going to believe? A former Fed chairman who has extensive economic training and experience, who oversaw one of the greatest economic expansions in the history of the country or a newly elected member of Congress who is:
  • Under 30 years old.
  • Whose previously life and work experience involves bartending.
  • Who does not even know the definition of the unemployment rate despite having an economic degrees.
  • Who grossly misunderstood a Pentagon audit report, thinking that she had miraculously found $26 TRILLION in Pentagon waste.
  • Who does not even know what the three branches of the U.S. government are.
If it took you more than two seconds to decide, then you are part of the problem.

2) Ocasio-Cortez has proposed/supported two major programs including “Medicare For All” and “The New Green Deal.” The former program would entrust the Federal government and people like her with our entire health care and the latter program would turn the economy upside down in order to resolve the mythical man made climate change problem. When questioned on how she would fund these massive pieces of nonsense, she usually lashes back that she prefers to do the moral thing and not be bothered by facts.
  • As a trained statistician I find such ignorance of numbers and the reality they reflect to be repulsive. So let’s look at the numbers and compare her 70% income tax rate for high earners to her “Medicare For All” plan, a plan that is estimated to cost $32.6 TRILLION over the first ten years, or about $3.26 TRILLION a year:
  • We will use official, real IRS income tax numbers from the year 2016, the last year with full national tax totals that are available.
  • In that year Americans filed 150,272,157 tax returns.
  • Only 16,087 taxpayers earned over $10 million that year, the taxpayers that Ocasio-Cortez wants to gouge to fund two massive Federal government programs.
  • 16,087 taxpayers represent .1% of all taxpayers, again showing the insanity of her plan, expecting .1% of all taxpayers to shoulder the load for her programs.
  • The adjusted gross income of this .1% of all taxpayers was $482 billion in 2016, accounting for only 4.7% of the adjusted gross income of ALL American taxpayers.
  • Again, see the idiocy of expecting 4.7% of all income to pay for these programs?
  • According to the IRS, the average gross adjusted income of this .1% is $29,966,272.
  • If you taxed their entire income at 70% you would get about $337 billion.
  • This would cover about only about 10% of the annual Medicare for All cost of $3.26 TRILLION.
  • But she wants to tax only the amount over $10 million at 70% which brings down the number to about $224 billion, about only 7% of the annual incremental cost of “Medicare for All’s” $3.26 TRILLION.
  • But hold on, that amount over $10 million is already taxed at 37% so the incremental amount that would be collected is only 33% of the income over $10 million, 70% mins 37%.
  • This gets the incremental total down to $105 billion which is only 3.2% of the annual $3.26 TRILLION that “Medicare for All” would require.
  • Thus, her taxation plan would leave her 96.8% short of the amount needed to fund one year of the “Medicare For All” costs or about $3.1 TRILLION short.
  • And it is doubtful she would get this much since the cross elasticity of income and taxes would cause some people to curtail their earning power since why work harder just to give the government 70% of that incremental effort and earning, or as often happens when you raise taxes a ridiculous amount the “more you tax the less you get.”
And this does not even begin to address the massive amount of money it will take to fund her “New Green Deal” fantasy. Where is all of this money going to come from? We have already shown in a previous post that she would have to almost double the annual tax burden on EVERY American household to fund the “Medicare For All” concept. Would she have to double taxation again to fund her Green Deal program also?

Yo, Congresswoman, while you may only care about the “moral thing” to do, how about you look at reality once in a while and realize how inane and idiotic, and impossible, your socialism is? The numbers do not lie. You ideas are impossible to fund without turning every American into 70%, or more, wage slaves.

3) We have often talked about how politicians worry about nits and the smallest perceived problems while ignoring the major issues of our times. They are the classic example of rearranging the deck chairs as the Titanic sinks. 

This syndrome recently cropped up in the state of New Jersey, my former home state. The state government and its horrible finances are currently in a hotly contested race to see what state government will go bankrupt first. Like most states, it has severe infrastructure repair needs. It has some of the highest taxes in the country. Most of its schools continue to under educate the state’s kids despite sky high education costs.

Given these major issues facing the state’s residents, what are New Jersey politicians in state government worried about:
  • According to Warner Todd Huston, writing for the Godfather Politics website on January 8, 2019, New Jersey, Democrats in the state legislature are working on legislation to give animals human-like rights in courts of law.
  • State assemblywoman Annette Quijano has written legislation that “would give pets a human advocate/lawyer in court cases of abuse and other cases.”
  • Yes, Fluffy would be able to retain a lawyer legally in the state.
  • John De Cando chief animal officer for the city of Paterson is quoted as saying: “Dogs need representation. They need people to come forward on their behalf. They can’t speak. It would be nice to have someone pro bono come forward and represent an animal that can’t speak for themselves.”
  • Dogs need representation” but cats, snakes, ferrets, do not, where does it end?
  • Rather than fix current laws to correctly punish animal abusers, we want to give dogs a whole new level of status in this country.
  • And New Jersey is not alone, apparently Connecticut already has a doggie lawyer bill on the books.
  • New York state politician Linda B. Rosenthal is putting together a doggie lawyer bill for New York state also: “From divorce to abuse cases, animals are involved in all manner of court proceedings. These advocates will help to decrease the likelihood that animals end up in cruel situations, and I look forward to working to see it become law.”
I am a dog lover to the hilt. I believe, irrationally, that animal abusers should receive the death penalty. But three big problems with this whole doggie lawyer business:
  1. Fix this problem the right way, amend the existing laws to properly punish animal abusers, make it easier to punish them and eliminate any loopholes that allow them to get off without appropriate punishment.
  2. I doubt that providing lawyers to dogs would rank very high on the list of priorities of residents in these states, given the need for better schools, better roads, help to the hungry and homeless and drug addicted, and a myriad of other societal problems that are far more important than doggie lawyers.
  3. And finally, I find it personally repugnant that liberal politicians are more than ready to give lawyer and legal rights to dogs but not to unborn souls in the womb, actually human beings who I personally think would deserve legal representation before Fido.
In any case, bad priorities, doing something anything to prove their worth even though they can never resolve a real issue.

Another day of political class insanity, from the font of all insanity lately, Ocasio-Cortez, and dog loving politicians everywhere. More insanity to follow.


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Monday, January 7, 2019

January, 2019, Part 6, Political Class Insanity: The Ocasio-Cortez Ignorance Train keeps on Rolling and Chicago Politicians Keep On Getting Arrested.

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 thought that we were done with this month's political class insanity but we underestimated Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's ability to say stupid, inane, and idiotic stuff. To get a quick history of her previous statements of ignorance, just put her name in the search box above. 

In all of my 65 years I have not come across any politician of any party at any level of government that was so ignorant of life and reality. I thought I had seen it all when Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia claimed that the island of Guam could actually tip over in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I thought I had seen it all when Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee wanted to know if a Mars surface vehicle would be driving past the area where Armstrong planted the American flag on the moon.

I could go on and on about stupid politicians but no politician has given us so many stupid statements, out of touch with reality statements than Ocasio-Cortez:
  • She recently go into a Twitter exchange with Republican Steve Scalise regarding Ocasio-Cortez's stupid and ignorant plan to raise taxes on high earners to 70% at the Federal level.
  • It started when she was interviewed on 60 Minutes when she was asked how she was going to pay for all of her socialist and stupid proposed programs, programs we have previously shown to be impossible to fund.
  • Rather than answer the question, she did the classic dodge by answering this simple question with other questions: "No one asks how we're gonna pay for this Space Force. No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut. We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, health care and education. How do we pay for it? With the same exact mechanisms that we pay for military increases for this Space Force. For all of these-- ambitious policies."
  • When she refused to answer this question, the host asked her another question, referring to a Democratic colleague that said her plans were unrealistic.
  • Again, using the classic dodge again, she answered the question with another question: "What makes it unrealistic?" 
This lady is clueless on how life works, on how her proposed programs are not financially feasible, and how trusting the Federal government to do anything efficient and effective, see the bankrupt Post Office and annual revenue deficit Amtrak programs just to name two, is a formula for disappointment.

2) At another part of the interview, she answered another financing question with the following statement, dodging another question on how she would finance her plans: :"We pay more per capita in health care and education for lower outcomes than many other nations. And so for me, what's unrealistic is-- is what we're living in right now."

Read her answer again and you will see what gibberish it is. She states a true statement and then proposes no way on how to fix it, just implying we need to spend more money to fix what is broken. The correct approach is to find out how other countries get better bang for their health care and education dollars, not just add more money to a money losing operation.

She obviously has no formal problem solving skills. You need to find the root causes of the problem, then address the root causes. Just spending more money without understanding the root causes is not going to fix anything. 

3) Steve Scalise is a high ranking Republican in the House who narrowly dodged an assassination attempt a few years ago by a crazed liberal Democrat at a baseball practice. Fortunately, he barely survived his wounds and has made a remarkable recovery to return to his Congressional seat.

He recently got into a Twitter exchange with Ocasio-Cortez about her stupid idea to raise the Federal tax rate on high earning Americans marginal dollars to 70%. Having an exchange of views and opinions is no big deal between Congress people, or ordinary Americans, but this one got ugly real fast. 

People who support Ocasio-Cortez and who have not a decency moral fiber in their body disgustingly jumped the discussion via Twitter:
  • James Hodgkinson was the deranged liberal who tried to kill Scalise and other Republicans back in 2017.
  • One if her Twitter supports said: "James T Hodgkinson should have learned to aim"
  • Another said that: "James Hodgkinson's only real crime was his lousy aim."
  • Another: "If only James T. Hodgkinson had better aim" 
  • Another: "Now, I would NEVER say it was a shame that James Hodgkinson didn't have better aim. That would just be a terrible thing to say. That being said....................."
  • Another: "What a shame that James T. hodgkinson was such lousy aim..."
  • There were others that are too profane to reprint here, again showing a depraved indifference to life because someone had a different opinion than yours.
I realize that she cannot control the violence and hatred of some of her followers. However, what she can control is a statement issued by her stating that such hatred and a depravity of life is not humane or productive and has no place in discussing and resolving the major issues of our times as adults. As of this writing she has not disavowed this type of violent rhetoric and for that she is no better than the scum who wrote it.

4) And the gibberish from her just keeps on coming. In that same 60 Minutes interview, she issued the following statement regarding those of us that point out how ignorant she is of live, reality, and facts and how her programs cannot possibly be financed: "I think that there's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right."

So rather than base an actions on facts and reality she would be actions on what she thinks is morally right no matter how factually wrong it turns out to be. Let's do a simple example:
  • Let's assume your neighborhood just suffered a hurricane with torrential rain storms. 
  • Let's assume that those rains have caused a vicious flood to come down the middle of your street, vicious in that is is deep and flowing 40-50 miles per hour.
  • Let's assume there is a dog struggling to survive in the middle of that flood.
  • Most people would say the moral thing to do would be to jump into that flood in that moment to try and rescue the dog.
  • The reality is that while you might feel good and moral at that moment, the reality, the facts are, you both would be soon be dead with nothing accomplished.
Same thing with her programs. While they may sound high and noble, the reality is that they cannot be financed (e.g. Medicare for All, New Green Deal) nor should they be funded since they attack a myth of a problem (e.g., New Green Deal).

Again, she has no concept of how to solve a problem. You have to first determine the true root causes of a problem using FACTS. Once you correctly identified the true root causes of a problem, you then use FACTS to come up with a remedial plan. You then use FACTS to track how your plan is going.

If you follow her reasoning and based your plans not on facts but on a wing, morals, and hope, you are almost always going to fail because as someone once said: "Hope is not a strategy."

5) One last piece of insanity and fortunately, it finally does not include Ocasio-Cortez. According to the Chicago Tribune:
  • Ed Burke is Chicago's city government's longest serving Alderman.
  • He is/was one of the post politically powerful.
  • He has been one of the most ardent gun control, anti-Second Amendment politicians.
  • And he has now been charged with extortion based on Federal court proceedings.
  • According to the indictment, Burke abused his position in the city's permitting process to extort the owners of a Burger King restaurant to use a law firm he operated.
  • And in twist of irony, when the Feds raided this gun control, anti-Second Amendment politician's office they found 23 guns in his office.
  • Not just ironic, but in violation of current laws that make it illegal to have guns in a gun free zone even if legally owned:    "(a) A licensee under this Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on or into:(5) Any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government."
Just another example, typical of politicians' everywhere, that they are somehow above the laws that they themselves make. They are special, above the rest of us, somehow privileged beyond what we deserve. Disgusting.

6) But the good news is Burke got caught and hopefully he will go to jail for a long time if found guilty. If so, he will be able to visit a lot of other former Illinois politicians:
  • Four of the las seven Illinois governors have been put in prison for their criminal misdeeds.
  • Three dozen Chicago Aldermen have served prison time in the past four plus decades plus.
Hopefully we can get past this month's political class insanity with today's post. But that will require Ocasio-Cortez to keep her mouth shut for a few days and Chicago and Illinois politicians to avoid the law for those same days. A dicey proposition on both counts.


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