Sunday, May 19, 2019

Only Old White Men Voted for Alabama Abortion Law - Wrong!

For starters the narrative that men, let alone old white men aren't qualified to vote on abortion legislation is fundamentally flawed.

First of all race doesn't matter and saying it does is racist.

Secondly, since when does being old mean unwise?

Thirdly, if men shouldn't vote on abortion then what about Roe v Wade's 7-2 decision by an all male Supreme Court?

The Governor who signed Alabama's bill is a woman.  In November of 2018 Alabama voters approved "Amendment 2" which states an unborned child has rights under Alabama law. This approval would  indicate that millions of Alabama women favored more restrictions on abortion. Furthermore, the Representative who sponsored the bill and brought it to the house floor is a woman. The Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, who rallied for the vote, is a woman and finally nine of the eighteen women in the Alabama House of Representatives voted for the Bill.

The narrative that a bunch of old white men are trying to control women is a "prochoice" talking point that was repeated by a complicit media.

Women not men are behind this latest "Heart Beat" law that doesn't exempt rape or incest. There is little doubt it will be struck down by a Federal Court and it's unlikely the Supreme Court will chose to hear the case.

The narrative that these 25 men (Alabama State Senators) want to control women's reproductive "rights" in Alabama is misleading... Woman, not men are behind this law and saying it's just a bunch of old white men degrades the thoughts of millions of women!

Like Bill Clinton I believe abortion should be safe, legal and rare. Unfortunately, abortion is NOT rare in the United States. Today roughly one out of every five pregnancies ends with an abortion. If you add up all the abortions in the United States since 1973 they would equal the entire population of Canada and Australia combined. No matter your religious beliefs, political leanings or other views it's hard to argue abortion is rare in the United States.

Note: Roughly 12,000 "pregnancies" past 20 weeks were aborted last year in the United States. Since 1973 there have been over 650,000 "late term" abortions and regardless of your politics there is absolutely no doubt that these were lives.

Note: To put things into perspective the number dead is the equivalent to dropping the largest bomb the US has (B83 with thermonuclear yield of 1.2 Mt) on the city of Boston.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Identity Politics has to Stop

I've complained over the last few years about colleges having separate graduation ceremonies for blacks. I recently learned that some colleges are reverting back to segregated dormitories. The Supreme Court specifically ruled that separate but equal was not going to be the law of the land which is why "safe spaces" on college campuses where a person who lacks color is not welcome must be stopped immediately. The worst example has to be political events were white members of the press are not welcome.

Out of all the stupid things the "Left" has come up with in the last decade very few are more dangerous than identity politics. Basically, the Democratic party is now all in saying there is no difference between the sexes but the color of your skin is all important.

The Reverend Doctor King had it correct when he said his dream was for his children to be judged not by the color of the skin but the content of their character. Saying the sexes are equal is as stupid as thinking a man with slightly dark skin is any different than someone born with the white privilege of Appalachia.

I was just reading Thomas Sowell's book on basic economics where he explains how ignorant the French government was when declaring car insurance premiums must be the same for men and women when it's absolutely undeniable that young women are safer drivers than young men.

When we as a people ignore common sense and statistically backed evidence over what feels right it's time for things to change. The Left seems to think the future of our nation is a given or they will be just fine riding the decline of America. Maybe they are right but I'm not going to bet on their feelings.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Student Loan Program Federalized in 2010

In our busy lives we miss the signs that our democracy is slowly slipping away. Like a shrinking beach the changes are normally incremental and subtle with the occasional winter storm or hurricane causing massive erosion.

The 2010 complete federalization of the student loan program was a winter storm to the beach of our democracy. President Obama signed the Student Aid and Financial Responsibility Act which for all practical purposes eliminated private lending from the student loan marketplace and went largely unnoticed.

Even the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee didn't notice this significant change. How do you miss something that directly impacts 44 million students who collectively owe over 1.5 trillion to the government?

As of 2010 the guaranteed lending program was eliminated. Private banks nolonger participated in student loans a fact that clearly went unnoticed by chairwoman Maxine Waters as she grilled the heads of major banks on April 10th 2019.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Late Night With Seth Meyers

First of all I like Seth Meyers. The guy is funny, good hearted and really seems to enjoy what he does. He was brilliant on Saturday Night Live as a Weekend Update anchor. This morning I watched two episodes of Late Night (April 1st and 2nd) and was saddened.

Why two episodes? I just wanted to make sure the content that was so blatant in the 1st wasn't an aberration. Arggggggg, why does late night TV have to be so political? It was worse than watching MSNBC that jumped the shark the night Trump was elected.

Barack Obama's former Secretary of Homeland security recently said that anything more than 1,000 apprehensions a day is unmanageable and he doesn't know how DHS is processing 4,000. He called the current situation at our Southern boarder a crisis... Yet everything Trump is trying to do is a joke.

Making fun of the President is funny... The guy cheats at golf, says his dad was born in Germany and tweets out crazy shit at all hours of the night. It's funny, but the constant drum beat that he needs to be removed from office is just wrong. Continuing to insist the Russian's worked with his campaign to defraud Hillary Clinton in 2016 is seriously undercutting the administration and regardless of what you think not good for the country.

Maybe I'm delusional? Maybe I look at the administration in too positive of a light? I look at numbers for a living and the Trump administration has done things allowing businesses to grow at a level I didn't think was possible just two years ago. Matter of fact there were only a handful of economic experts who thought we would ever see 3% GDP growth again. Reducing corporate taxes, cutting out multiple layers of bureaucracy, encouraging overseas capital to repatriate, reducing small business and self-employed taxes by 20% was bold.

Everyone on the left and the mainstream media said the taxcut would bankrupt the country. That hasn't been the case.

Good economic news, NATO paying more for its own defense, North Korea stopping its nuclear bomb and missile tests, two extremely qualified Supreme Court nominees, full employment in general and historical low unemployment for women and minorities is just part of a narrative you will not hear on Late Night.

The deep state or what I call the bureaucratic state has fought Trump at every turn and yet he keeps advancing his agenda. It's impossible to argue that the country is worse off now than it was just two years ago but yet the mainstream media and Seth Meyers believe that bashing in the President's head at every single opportunity is actually good for the country.

I wish the media, including late night hosts would read "Basic Economics" by Thomas Sowell. If more politicians and media pundits understood basic economic principles and how capitalism actually works the benefit would far outweigh the onslaught of visceral hatred of Donald Trump that spews forth on a daily basis.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Tax Remittances to Fund Border Security

Let me be absolutely clear, legal immigration is one of the greatest strengths of the United States. Immigrants who risk everything and desire to become Americans help drive our economy in so many immeasurable ways.

That said, in 2016 $116 billon dollars left the United States via money transfers. The bulk of these funds do great good for our neighbors to the South and shouldn't be restricted. However, I wonder how much of this money was taxed? How much is from criminal activity? How much is actually originates from government support payments?

If the funds collected by taxing remittances were used to offset boarder enforcement costs and improve the quality of our treatment of those who end up in custody at the boarder I'm all for it.

Oklahoma currently charges 1% for remittances and I suggest the federal government consider doing something similar. Charging 1-5% would have little impact on the good these funds do down south and would allow those living in the shadows in our country to pay their share.

PS Our asylum laws must be updated to reflect modern reality. Families traveling 2,000 thousand miles through Mexico to claim asylum in the United States is fraudulent at best. Furthermore, birthright citizenship should be re-evaluated as many countries in the world already have.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Venezuela Blockade and No-Fly Zone

America is the last remaining superpower but rarely do we act as such. It could be argued we are timid when it comes to flexing our economic and military might even though we typically flex it for the benefit of others.

Today things are a bit different. This week Russia landed approximately 100 troops in Venezuela and is clearly testing American influence in the region. The Monroe Doctrine, penned in 1823, is as valid today as ever and if South America is to remain peaceful, Russians (as well as Cubans) need to pack up and leave.

Since 1959 the United States, along with our South American friends, has conducted a maritime exercise called UNITAS for these situations. The United States should mobilize South America's Maritime defense in accordance with UNITAS training and blockade Venezuela. This blockade should extend to the air space above Venezuela. Venezuela should essentially become a no-fly zone.

At the same time the US, in coordination with the United Nations, should establish refugee camps along the boarders of Columbia, Brazil and Guyana.

The Venezuelan Constitution is very clear and the national Assembly has voted to declare the office of the President vacant. With the declaration of vacancy the leader of the national Assembly becomes interim president and this has been recognized by virtually every country in free world.

There are times it becomes important to go into harms way for the benefit of others and the stability of an entire region. This is one of those times. There are significant risks associated with action but the long term impact of no action must be weighed and Russia needs to understand Venezuela will not become another Crimea.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Many Airports Don't Use TSA

On November 19th, 2001 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) became a government agency and it's time that we rethink its existence. Did you know many Airports with commercial flights do not use the TSA for security? Predictably their results are also consistently better than TSA. Some of the airports are: Rochester, Jackson Hole, Kansas City, Key West, Orlando, San Francisco, Sarasota, Sioux Falls and Seattle.

If the results of private airport security are consistently as good if not better than TSA why in the world do have a bloated government agency who's funding is at the whim of Congress or the pen of the President? It's likely the same reason we still have: The Rural Electrification Administration, The U.S. Geological Survey, The Economic Development Administration (EDA) which I just learned duplicates the activities of at least 62 other community development programs. The list goes on and the shear number of government agencies that Americans don't know exist and wouldn't miss is mind boggling.

Government isn't the solution... In my experience it's typically the problem and should get out of the way. George W. Bush was WRONG to establish the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA is just one of the reasons. It's time to rethink the existence of the TSA.

TSA Free Airports:

Atlantic City International Airport
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport
Dawson Community Airport
Glacier Park International Airport
Greater Rochester International Airport
Havre City-County Airport
Jackson Hole Airport
Kansas City International Airport
Key West International Airport
L. M. Clayton Airport
Orlando Sanford International Airport
Portsmouth International Airport
Punta Gorda Airport
Roswell International Air Center     
San Francisco International Airport
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Sidney-Richland Municipal Airport
Sioux Falls Regional Airport
Tupelo Regional Airport
Wokal Field/Glasgow International

The Deep State

I don't believe the "Deep State" is some official organization or even a group of leaders that get together and discuss how they want to run the country. It's the natural result of decades of government growth of an ever increasing bureaucracy. Once a department, agency, commission, board, etc... is created they are every increasingly impossible to eliminate.

Take for example the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) that was set up to regulate the railroads because fixed tracks didn't promote competition. This agency was "captured" by the industry to such an extent when the trucking industry was able to compete with trains they were regulated in such a way as to protect trains from competition. This lasted until 1980 when Congress eventually stepped in allowing trucks to compete. The result? Freight charges declined substantially with an increase in quality of service. Trucks became more dependable allowing those using their services to maintain smaller inventories which when applied to the entire country saved tens of billions of dollars.

Government Agencies

Government Departments

Official Executive Branch Websites  "This page contains Executive Branch sites only. With the time we have available, it is not possible to list every department agency..." Library of Congress

Every government agencies, department, commission, board, etc... Should be required to have a website that concisely shows their legal mandate, mission, number of employees and annual budget the taxpayer each year. Furthermore the public should be able to leave comments on these websites. Finally, significant rewards should be given to leaders, managers and workers who find a way to eliminate their jobs.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Hillary Never had a Government email Address?

HRC never used or even had a State Department email account?

Yep, I too am blown away that Hillary didn't have a State Department email address. Let me spell this out... she didn't have the ability to send emails from a goverment email server unless she went to the State Department's SCIF pronounced "skiff", which she loathed to do because it was a hassle.

Hillary repeatedly saying she did not send classified emails from her private server is akin to her statements about dodging sniper fire. Totally false, easy to verify and it's crystal clear she's not being truthful but yet repeatedly said over and over to the point I think it's fair to say she believes she is being truthful.

Why did the press give her a pass? Why did the lead FBI investigator (Peter Strzok) broom the investigation. Virtually anyone else doing this would spend time in jail... Seriously jail. Saying that it would be hard to prove she intended to break the law doesn't pass the smell test?

Only after her emails, server, devices, etc... Were subpoenaed by Congress did she take efforts delete 30,000 none work related emails, bleachbit the server and use hammers on her blackberries.

"There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," Comey said of Clinton and her team.

Why did the FBI Director hold a press conference to make it clear the FBI was declining to prosecute Hillary Rodham Clinton? Seriously, that has to be one of the biggest overt broom jobs in the history of our Nation.

The truth will one day get out as it always does and I believe that when it does fair minded Americans will be shocked to the core while many will not even register the slightest out rage... As the mainstream media moves on to something more interesting than the overthrowing of our Democratic process.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

What Exactly did Michael Cohen Plead Guilty To?

How many charges did Cohen actually plead guilty to? Nine charges? Eight Charges?

Lying to Congress about the Moscow real estate project was one and that was a bomb shell even though it's not really and Cohen never went to Moscow. Concealing more than $4 million of income from the IRS is pretty darn big. Lying to bankers about assets in order to obtain loans for which he otherwise wouldn't have qualified is a felony.

It seems the press is only interested in campaign finance violations because there salacious and implicate Trump. I was the treasurer of a congressional campaign and I had to learn the FEC rules and submit filings. The FEC campaign finance rules aren't that tough to understand if you remember their purpose is to provide transparency and hopefully prevent undue influence in our elections. The charges Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to were many but I'm pretty sure he didn't violate campaign finance law.

Can you follow the bias?

Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for Trump - Washington Post

Michael Cohen, former Trump attorney, gets 3 years in prison for tax fraud, campaign finance violations, lying - Fox News

Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years After Implicating Trump in Hush-Money Scandal - NYT

Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he covered up Trump's 'dirty deeds' - CNN

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years prison - Reuters

Cohen sentenced to three years in prison - The Hill

‘Dirty deeds’: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison - AP

Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison Following Plea That Implicated Trump - NPR

Michael Cohen slams Trump as he’s sentenced to 3 years in prison - New York Post

Cohen gets 3 years in prison, blames Trump for his 'path of darkness' - ABC

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison - CBS

Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in federal prison - NBC

Michael Cohen gets 3 years in prison for tax fraud, campaign finance violations, lying to Congress, etc... - Dave Beemer