The Corona Effect

Everything that we see on the news is about Corona.  Corona, Corona, Corona!!!  Almost like a bad episode of The Brady Bunch…  It’s effing depressing…

I’ve been thinking about the following, and Douglas Flint over at American Thinker beat me to it.  Some excerpts from the article follow:

I fear Donald Trump has taken the bait and he knows this.  He is trapped in a car barreling down the highway toward economic disaster and a great depression, and he knows it.  He is desperately looking for an off ramp but unfortunately he has turned the accelerator and the wheel over to the “experts.”

The “experts” are people of genuine theoretical scientific knowledge but no real-world experience and no capability of risk assessment beyond the specific risks in their chosen field.  They are focused on the virus and only the virus, because it is not their job to worry about anything but the virus.  They could, without blinking an eye, recommend a six-month in-home lock-down.  You could scream, “But people will starve by the millions!”  That is not their concern.  If they starve to death in their homes, they did not die of corona virus and thus the “experts” have done their jobs.  It doesn’t help that almost all of them are government employees for life guaranteed to receive full pay and benefits until the end of the known universe.  They are not capable of grasping the concept that no work equals no pay, no insurance, no food, and finally nowhere to live.

But there’s another bunch of people in that car.  Malevolent people within the government, federal and state, who would love nothing more than to slam the car into the wall, destroy the economy, the lives of millions of people, and destroy America’s preeminence in the world, and the Trump presidency, in order to give themselves the ultimate power, the power of life or death over each citizen.  They will fight furiously when and if the president tries to take back control of the car.

At some point very soon, Trump will have to accept the fact that the ones he has turned the car over to are not going to stop, slow down, or turn.  There is no incentive or reason for them to do so.  So far, Trump has confined himself to tossing money out the windows of the speeding car hoping somehow this will soften the blow.  It won’t and it can’t.

Insane ideas are being hatched (in a Harvard faculty lounge?) such as loaning businesses money to pay employees when there’s no productive work to do or revenues to collect, with a fingers-crossed promise that the loans will be “forgiven” if certain criteria are met.  But we know our government bureaucrats  all too well.  Contributed to DNC?  Loan forgiven.  Contributed to RNC?  Sorry, you needed to spend 80% of that loan on payroll, but records show you only spent 79.97% on payroll.  Payback in full plus penalty interest.  Don’t have it?  Sell the business to my friend or family or give Uncle Sam a controlling stake.

No, the smart play, the only play for any businessman is to lay off your employees.  No telling how long this will go on, so why burden yourself with an insane relationship with the federal government?  Your employees will probably be better off drawing full unemployment and you’ll probably be able to pick them up at a considerable discount when and if the crisis starts to ease.

And the longer this goes on, the harder the recovery will be.  Inflation will be a major factor if money is continuously tossed out of the car.  States will have to raise the unemployment premiums on the few surviving businesses in order to cover their enormous outlays.  People will not want to, or be able to, go back to life as usual or spending as usual.  After all, what has happened once can happen again.  Better to hunker down, don’t buy that new car, don’t upgrade that house, don’t spend that $150 on a dinner out or a rock concert.  Become more like our depression-era grandparents.

The sad and scary part is that the safe political bet for Trump is to let the “experts” slam the car into the wall, destroy the country and the lives of millions, and rule as a new-era FDR, with the country in permanent depression, the capital hidden in walls, under rocks, or in treasury notes until better times.

The right thing to do, even if it costs him the presidency, is to kick the crazy “expert” driver out of the car and grab the wheel and steer for the off ramp.  It may already be too late.  But it’s the only chance to save the country.

And yes, those he kicks out of the car or subdues will all become his open enemies now with twice the power because of the trust he gave them in the first place, and because of the media’s readiness to embrace them as they trash the president daily on all the networks.

As I start Week 4 working from home, I’m more fortunate than some in my company.  My company is a manufacturing company complete with an engineering department.  Our plants are shut down, and the employees furloughed.  Slowly, the office staff is being furloughed as well as funding for continuing the projects that need to be built (but can’t) dry up.  The engineering department that I am a part of deals with the  designs of products to be built and sold to customers, but that will not last.  While I still have funding, it won’t be forever as that funding will go away within the next 2 to 3 weeks (my guess) because all businesses operate on cash flow.  If we’re not building, we’re not receiving compensation for our work.  No business has an endless supply of money – eventually, it will run out.

Other items that I’ve tried to keep track of is the myriad of executive orders from governors and other officials throughout the country.  One of the most insane are the orders of some governors to release prisoners from jail, their directions to law enforcement to ignore forms of some crime, close gun stores (but let’s keep the marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores open), and plead with the criminals not to commit crimes during this crisis.  I have no idea how that’s going to keep the law-abiding safe, but seems to increase the likelihood of more victims without a means to protect themselves.

But despite this, firearm sales were at an all time high in March, so perhaps some people are getting a clue that government will not keep you safe, but only you are responsible for your own safety.

Regardless, we will not go back to the way things were before.  Our new “normal” may not be to our liking.

Stay safe, my friends.

Random Thoughts

Playing catch-up is impossible.  There is no way to keep all the comments & posts current with the work schedule that I’m keeping.  Thus, a few comments on various topics.


Things appear to be settling down in Ferguson, MO, or at least, it’s falling off the media’s radar.  The amount of media bias is stunning given the lessons not learned in the Travon Martin case.

Of course, the race baiters were out in force hyping up the deceased even before any facts were in evidence.  If the race baiters had their choice, there would have been vigilante justice before any negative aspects of Michael Brown surfaced.

Personally, we need justice to be blind to everything but the facts of the case.  However, that doesn’t appear to be on the agenda – either for the media nor the self-appointed protectors of civil rights (of whom real civil rights take a back seat to their self-serving agenda). 

Racial justice?  No, these folks want blood – any blood – to further their agenda.  Booker T. Washington said it best:

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”


It’s absolutely stunning that the President of the United States chooses to involve himself and his administration in the cases of Travon Martin and Michael Brown, and yet says nothing of the black on black violence and murders in Chicago nor of the loss of police officers in the line of duty.


The President of the United States violates the laws of the United States when trading five known terrorist leaders for a soldier who, by all appearances, deserted his post, and suffers no consequences from Congress.  Additionally, the President is on the golf course within ten minutes of giving a press conference (with no questions asked) concerning the execution of a journalist by the terrorist group ISIS.  Furthermore, the President later stated that there is no plan to deal with ISIS even though this group has been on the radar for months if not years.  It is no wonder that the confidence in our President and government is so low.


The crisis at the Southern border is one of security, not immigration.  If there is not a secure border, then we do not have a country – our country will be destroyed from within by those allowed unfettered access whether they blow up buildings or destroy the economy by sucking the life out of it.


It was absolutely amazing to see the media lose their collective minds when not one, but two journalists were executed by ISIS terrorists.  Somehow, the media believes that they are exempt from any sort of harm by terrorists, thugs, or criminals.  Perhaps they believed that all they had to do is shout “I’m a journalist!” and they would get a free pass.  I think they now understand that they are in the same boat as everyone else – if these people don’t like you, they’ll kill you.


The only thing transparent about this Administration is their naked hostility to the People of the United States.  Let’s not even think about the restrictions various Senators want to place on your 1st and 2nd Amendment Rights.  Think about this instead:

The Administration is spending billions of dollars trying to gather all the information they can about the People through phone metadata in violation of the 4th Amendment in order to control the population, but they can’t even be bothered to secure the borders of this country from people who would do us harm.  Additionally, the IRS can’t even retain their own email records, but expect us, the People, to keep records in minute detail for periods up to 10 years.  And if you somehow run afoul of a government bureaucrat with a little power, your life can become a living hell.

Isn’t this a bit insane, or has the government gotten too big, too powerful, and completely out of control?


I’ve noticed that the Democrats decry the Koch brothers involvement in various issues, stating that the Koch’s are buying politicians and votes.  Funny – I thought that’s what George Soros, Michael Bloomburg, and other Democrat friendly millionaires were doing on the Democrat’s behalf, and the Democrats don’t say a word.  I guess it does make a difference on which side the money comes from.  F*****g hypocrites…


It’s sad, really sad, that we cannot seem to attract to politics the people that we can trust to set things right. Sure, there are a few, but they don’t get elected because they are too honest to play the dirty game that is politics. Politics seems to be a profession of where we elect (hire) people to office fully expecting them to lie to us. Almost sounds like another profession…


“Among a large class, there seemed to be a dependence upon the government for every conceivable thing. The members of this class had little ambition to create a position for themselves, but wanted the federal officials to create one for them. How many times I wished then and have often wished since, that by some power of magic, I might remove the great bulk of these people into the country districts and plant them upon the soil – upon the solid and never deceptive foundation of Mother Nature, where all nations and races that have ever succeeded have gotten their start – a start that at first may be slow and toilsome, but one that nevertheless is real.” – Booker T. Washington – Up from Slavery


I am fully expecting President Obama to use his executive powers to create some sort of amenesty for the illegal aliens among us in violation of the immigration laws of this country. It will be after the election to try and keep from losing any more Democratic seats in Congress or around the country. My question is going to be what Congress will do to rein in this self-appointed king…


Anyone who doesn’t think that mid-term elections aren’t important haven’t been paying attention to the state of the country.


There are many people who think that Hillary Clinton should be the next President, probably because she is a woman and a Clinton. Let me ask you these two questions:

  • What accomplishments did she have during her service with the State Department?  I see a foreign policy that left 4 Americans dead in Benghazi, our relationships with our friends in shambles, and an emboldened enemy.
  • Barack Obama was elected primarily on his “hope and change” mantra, and it didn’t hurt that he wasn’t Caucasian.  He had no experience in running anything, and voted “present” most of the time he was in office. How has that worked out for the country? Hillary has done much the same thing, and seems to be running roughly the same playbook in her pre-election bid.

Until next time, be well.

Washington’s Two-Step

This past week, I’ve been reading various news articles concerning the antics of the various Congressional leaders and the President, and I’ve come to the conclusion (again!) that these clowns have absolutely no respect for the Constitution and the American People that they claim to represent.  It really doesn’t matter what media outlet I read, the message is always the same with some minor variations as long as I remember the following:

News stories, which are like fruit punch, carry 70% propaganda to 30% juice, are always eager to explain to their readers that it is the other sides fault for __________ (fill in the blank with your topic of choice).

Our government is extremely dysfunctional with the current crop of politicians.  One side accuses the other for not compromising, and yet refuses to talk about said compromise.  The other side accuses the other of being terrorists and suicide bombers.  At the center of this kerfuffle is the one subject that is of vital importance to the economic viability of this country:  The Budget.

At front & center of the debate(?) is the continued funding of the unpopular, over-regulated, and trouble-ridden Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, ObamaCare, and the Debt Limit, aka, how much money can Congress borrow & put our country into further debt.

Will you folks kindly cut the crap and do the jobs that you were elected to do?  Enough with the political theater that no one wants to watch.  It also reminds me again of the following cliché which is becoming more and more true every day:

Politicians, like babies, need to be changed regularly, and for the same reasons.

I often wonder how in the wide, wide world of political sports did we ever get to the point of where the political class feels that they should rule over all of us, especially since we elected them in the first place.  I believe it’s fairly simple – using an ideology that promises a chicken in every pot without telling the farmer that he has to supply the chickens.  Take the following excerpts from Daniel Greenfield’s blog “Sultan Knish”:

Ideologies can be roughly divided into the moral and the economic. Moral ideologies seek to guide people in their individual behavior as they seek resources. Economic ideologies are concerned with collective control over how resources are gained and employed. Revolutionary movements are often linked with economic ideologies because resource redistribution is a primary motivator for political upheavals.

The left is both a revolutionary movement and an economic ideology, using the pretext of inequities to seize power in order to engage in economic redistribution. However the modern left’s actual agenda goes well beyond only seizing and redistributing material goods and financial holdings. Its goal is to completely control all human interactions in every form through political, cultural, social and economic tools.

Anyone who is allowed to control competition in order to make resource redistribution “fairer” will eventually openly engage in resource redistribution, unless there is a compelling system of oversight governing his behavior. Since most such systems are either bureaucratic or become so, and since bureaucracies are undemocratic and will expand to the limits of the resources available to them, they are wholly and completely corruptible. Those who redistribute a resource are bound to become corrupted by that resource. The more valuable the resource, the more pervasive the corruption. Because corruption emanates from sources of power. Those who control power become corrupted by it. And those whose power comes from resource redistribution, are corrupted by that very resource.

Think about the above when considering the ObamaCare legislation.  Somewhere & sometime, someone has to pay for the services, someone has to be giving up something for someone else, and big government is there to administer & decide who gets what through a massive redistribution scheme.  This is something that the Washington Democrats are dancing around big time, and the Washington Republicans (at least the responsible ones) are trying limit or eliminate. 

Now understand that we are not only talking merely about economic redistribution, but about political power as well. That power is in the Federal Government’s bureaucracy. However, the bureaucracy that is now in place is so big, so entrenched, it takes a map & compass to navigate the labyrinth that is otherwise impossible to traverse.  As such, the bureaucracy can then become an almost unaccountable weapon with unlimited resources to crush political opposition in the hands of powerful politicians.  Think of the IRS targeting conservative groups and people (including Dr. Ben Carson after his National Prayer Breakfast speech), the NSA conducting domestic spying (which is out of its jurisdiction), and this abuse, real or potential, becomes rapidly apparent.

As an added thought, during the 2008 campaign, then candidate Senator Barack Obama campaigned with the slogans of “Hope” and “Change”.  He also, in an unguarded moment with “Joe the Plumber”, stated his vision for the redistribution of wealth from the hard-working successful people to the not so successful.  The voters, sucked in by this supposedly gifted orator, didn’t listen closely to the message that he gave on multiple occasions and elected him.  It now appears that the reality is that he and his Democrat cronies would affect the “change” and then “hope” that everything would work out, and they are not afraid to use the “big stick” of a big, unaccountable government to further their political agenda to try and make it work.  Thus is the hubris of our Democrat Party of progressives (aka, Liberals & Lefties).

So the country’s situation is this:  Mounting governmental debt with the Democrats insisting upon increasing without consequence; another large, bloated, unwieldy program that Congress had absolutely no authority to pass (the idea that ObamaCare is legal because it’s classified as a tax should cause everyone concern);  a sluggish job market that is uncertain with the future of government interference; more and more people dropping out of the job market because they cannot find a job & going on either Welfare or early retirement; and a government that is more interested in controlling the citizenry through multiple avenues of intimidation, misinformation, and subsidies (aka, “free stuff”) than it is to abide by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the laws of the land.

Now I’ve hit the Democrats pretty hard in the above, but I will state that the Republicans have not been innocent in any of the above.  They have also expanded government beyond its stated Constitutional limits (think Patriot Act, for instance), and have been complicit in many “compromises” that have expanded government programs that exacerbate the country’s debt problem and infringing upon the law-abiding citizen’s rights.  By no means are the Republicans looking out for the American People.

To back-up the above statement, I offer the fact that the “old-Guard” Republicans resistance to the ideas and statements of Tea-Party representatives, who are bucking the “business as usual” atmosphere and leadership because they believe that the country is headed down the wrong path.  Everyone knows this, but are unwilling to do anything about it because it puts in jeopardy their political careers with their respective political party.  This last is where I have issues with our current political leaders –  not taking a stand to do the right thing for the country and its citizens, but to go along to further their political careers.

Thus is the hubris of the political elite.  And they have reason to believe that they are smarter than we are.  Take the following statements from Bill O’Reilly:

Amid all the madness over Obamacare and the government shutdown comes a fascinating poll about “we the people.” For years, the Gallup organization has asked the following question: Do you trust the American people to make good judgments about political issues?

Eight years ago, 78 percent of those polled said they had trust in the folks. This year that number plummeted to just 61 percent.

And it is the fault of the American people that our politicians continue to let us down. Let’s be honest: Many of us simply don’t pay attention to our country. We are too caught up in our own situations to be bothered with public policy.

Talk-radio hosts call them “low information voters”: Americans who don’t know much about history, current events or anything else and who often vote on pure emotion. If they like somebody, he or she gets the chad. And Barack Obama is a very likeable guy.

We live in a complicated, dangerous age. Democrats have seized on the economic collapse and a bad war (Iraq) that happened on President George W. Bush’s watch. They have convinced the majority of voters to embrace a new America — one that gives the federal government extraordinary power, one that runs up a record amount of debt in pursuit of social justice and “income equality.”

As the Gallup poll suggests, we are beginning to blame each other for the confusing state of this country. And, indeed, it is collectively our fault. We should be electing problem solvers, not charismatic ideologues who can whip people into a frenzy.

So the result is this:

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And this:

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Because we have this:

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

And this:

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Reinforced by this:

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Who states that We the People are this:

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

While We the People are not doing this:

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

So now we are becoming this:

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Be strong, my friends – it’s going to be an extremely bumpy ride.

Political Ignorance

While I shouldn’t be surprised at the lack of quality & expertise of our elected leaders, I am reminded again and again almost on a daily basis.  The lack of knowledge of the history and laws of this country  in deciding actions upon the issues placed before the politicians is stunning.  What is worse, the politicians make decisions, policies, and laws that do not uphold the laws and their oaths to the Constitution and the United States.  The politicians are more concerned with gaining political power, and this is a cause of alarm for my wife and myself.  Let’s take the following examples:

Illegal Immigration:

Illegal immigration is now a political topic of epic proportions.  Both political parties are promising to address it with new proposals to mainstream the illegal immigrants into the United States, and stating that such proposals will fix the broken immigration system of laws.  To which I can sum up in one single succinct word:

Bullcrap.

Now before anyone starts coming after me for being a heartless, selfish bastard, let me make one thing perfectly clear – I fully understand the drive and ambition of the illegal immigrants to flee their native countries to come to the United States for a better life.  Opportunities for advancement in their respective homelands are often limited, and would otherwise relegate them to servitude and poverty.  However, they have do choices – stay in their own country & make do, work to make their own country better, or come to this country legally,  Somehow, illegally immigrating to another country and constantly looking over one’s shoulder does not sound like a life that I would want.

With that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the current immigration laws. Rather, the problem is two-fold:

  • The border of the United States is not secure, which means there are multiple ways for people to enter into this country illegally. And they do – in droves.
  • There is inconsistent enforcement of the laws once an illegal immigrant is found, and penalties to employers to use illegal immigrants are little more than slaps on the wrist.

These deficiencies have now made a problem so overwhelming it cannot be resolved by law enforcement alone.  So now the politicians must get involved to solve yet another problem in crisis mode that should have been taken care of years ago.

The number of illegal immigrants is estimated to be somewhere between 11 and 18 million people. That is a huge voting block, which is why both political parties are falling over each other to propose their version of immigration reform which will probably include a so-called “pathway to citizenship.”  To me, this sounds like the politicians selling out the People of the United States to advance their own political power.

The sad part of it is, nothing these clowns propose or enact will resolve the problems of a porous border and undermanned border security & enforcement.  If anything, their proposals will only encourage illegal immigration.

Our Second Amendment Rights

The United States Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller decision struck down the District of Columbia’s gun ban in June 2008.  This decision reaffirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right of all Americans to “keep and bear arms” and is not limited to the militia and National Guard. The opinion continues “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

And yet this decision to uphold one of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States is still under attack by the gun banning crowd.  Fiction is part of their arguments to deny law abiding citizens their Constitutional Rights.  For instance:

From ColoradoPols.com:

Speaking at a Denver Post forum on gun control Tuesday, [Representative Diana] DeGette pushed for legislation that would prohibit the future sale of ammunition-loading devices that hold more than 10 bullets. Noting that Colorado had recently passed a ban on magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds, DeGette suggested existing devices that are grandfathered into the laws would lose functionality after being used.

“I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available,” she said, according to the Denver Post.

Obviously, Representative DeGette hasn’t a clue as to what she is talking about as gun magazines can be reloaded with ammunition, but that will not prevent her from weighing in on and voting on legislation to ban guns.

In contrast, some facts from the Wall Street Journal:

Much of the national discussion in the wake of the Newtown schoolhouse shootings has focused on limiting gun ownership by high-risk people. But to truly address the many homicides committed in America’s cities, lawmakers also need to ensure there are real consequences for illegally carrying a gun on the street. Regardless of whether or not the gun was lawfully obtained—carrying one illegally is a more serious offense than possession, since it is directly linked with high murder rates.

In 2012, 506 people were murdered in Chicago. According to an analysis of homicide data by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, nearly 86% of those killings were committed with a firearm, and more than three-fourths occurred outdoors, virtually all with illegally carried guns. Across the country in 2010, guns were used in 11,078 homicides—and illegally carried guns were a central element in most of the killings.

Did you understand the above?  It’s not the people obeying the laws that cause the majority of the problems – it’s the criminals!  In other words, criminals are breaking existing laws, and will most likely break any new ones that Congress or their respective State and Local politicians pass.

But the laws that the politicians pass are used to garner publicity for themselves, increasing their stature and chances for re-election.  Sandy Hook has been used by shameful politicians to advance gun banning legislation that would have not prevented the tragedy in the first place.  And yet the media and politicians obsesses over restricting weapons from law-abiding citizens who use them for recreation, hunting, and yes, self-defense.

From Thomas Sowell:

The defensive use of guns is usually either not discussed at all in the media or else is depicted as if it means bullets flying in all directions, like the gunfight at the OK Corral. But most defensive uses of guns do not involve actually pulling the trigger.

If someone comes at you with a knife and you point a gun at him, he is very unlikely to keep coming, and far more likely to head in the other direction, perhaps in some haste, if he has a brain in his head. Only if he is an idiot are you likely to have to pull the trigger. And if he is an idiot with a knife coming after you, you had better have a trigger to pull.

Surveys of American gun owners have found that 4 to 6 percent reported using a gun in self-defense within the previous five years. That is not a very high percentage but, in a country with 300 million people, that works out to hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns per year.

Yet we almost never hear about these hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns from the media, which will report the killing of a dozen people endlessly around the clock.

The murder of a dozen innocent people is unquestionably a human tragedy. But that is no excuse for reacting blindly by preventing hundreds of thousands of other people from defending themselves against meeting the same fate.

Something that I heard the other day rings oh so true:

Gun Control is not Crime Control.

But that simple fact will not stop the politicians from grandstanding & proclaiming that they are “doing something” to prevent another Sandy Hook while in reality, they are doing nothing constructive.

Civics Lesson

What is the United States?  A Democracy?  If so, then it’s rule by the mob.  We’re actually a Constitutional Representative Republic, but the lines are being blurred every day.  Here’s a video that should make it clear:

The American Form of Government

From clashdaily.com:

Mob rule brings about unbelievable occurrences. Guys are elected with little or no experience or preparation for the task at hand. Certainly the election of Barack Obama is a prime example – when you consider his inexperience and background compared to that of his opponent.

Democracy is leading to the decline of our once great country – as more and more takers vote for more and more politicians who promise more and more free stuff.

The history of the fall of Rome should be an example of what is in store for the United States if the government stays on the current path and the People do nothing to change the course of the country.

A Politician’s Real Job (from 2005)

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

And some wonder why Congress and the politicians constantly rate so low on the trust scale.  After all:

  • If you lie to the Politicians in Congress, it’s a crime called Perjury.
  • If the Politicians in Congress lie to you, it’s called Politics.

Any questions?

The Pursuit of Happiness

This are the words from the Declaration of Independence that many people seem to think that the Pursuit of Happiness is a guarantee, one that is backed by our government if you believe the Liberal agenda.  Yeah, those are probably fighting words for some Obama supporters, but let’s look at some opinions and facts starting with some personal experience.

I have worked for several different companies over the past 30 years, and they are rather large ones at that.  FMC and ITW were two of them.  I worked for divisions that were profitable, but didn’t meet the corporation’s goals for them.  The companies either closed or sold the divisions.

There wasn’t any calls for government bailouts of the employees, nor the employees demanding compensation.  No, most of us went about our business finding new jobs & careers.  Some were old enough and had enough years with the companies to take early retirement.

Some of you know that I worked for Chrysler for a little over a decade, and took a buyout on the eve of Chrysler’s bankruptcy.  While Chrysler seems to have recovered, it wasn’t without controversy, nor without government assistance.  The working conditions in my former department have deteriorated according to conversations that I have had with friends still at Chrysler.  Yes, it seems it was a good move, but I really have hated starting over.  Thus, I’m still pursuing happiness.

In contrast, let’s take a look at my now deceased former father-in-law.  At the age of 45, after spending 22 years at Anchor Glass, the plant closed.  Rather than look for another job, he decided to sit back, take a reduced pension & Social Security, and do nothing.  He became a bitter, sometimes cruel person with little to do for the next 20 years.  Did he find happiness?  No, he didn’t, not by a long shot.

Let’s be realistic – the Pursuit of Happiness is just that, pursuit – it doesn’t mean that we’re going to catch it.  Some people will, but some won’t.  There is not a guarantee of a happy ending, no matter what reassurances people (i.e., politicians) may make.  This is why I am extremely suspicious of any promises the politician’s make for economic and society’s happiness.

Who out there remembers the talking point for passage of the over $800 Billion “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” would keep unemployment below 8%?  And how well did that work out?  Unemployment skyrocketed, and is now barely above 8% three years later.  And that’s still a bogus number.

This number does not take into account people who are no longer are kept on the unemployment rolls because their benefits have run out, and unemployment numbers only reflect the number of people collecting unemployment.  The number of people who have found jobs are often underemployed because they can’t find anything else.  This leaves a gap of people who have left the job market, i.e., quit looking because they cannot find anything.  The Labor Department or whatever other department that is keeping the statistics never has and never will keep those numbers because they have no way to determine who has given up.  So the figures lie, or at the very least don’t tell the whole truth.

So now the politicians are stating that the economic recovery (and by extension, the good times) is just around the corner.  But is that true?  According to this excerpt from a Bloomburg article:

It’s important to note that historical data collected by economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff show that it takes almost five years for employment to recover from the wreckage of a deep financial crisis.

And a deep financial crisis it was too.  Not a good time for anyone, and there doesn’t really seem to be the quick fix that the President or the opposition keeps thinking there is.  From the same Bloomburg article:

Much of the problem is self-inflicted by Congress. Lawmakers are putting off until after November’s elections a crush of expiring Bush-era tax cuts, the payroll tax reduction and dozens of other tax breaks and spending programs. If they expire, and an approved $100 billion in spending cuts occur at the same time, economic growth would slow to 0.5 percent next year, the Congressional Budget Office says. As Bloomberg View columnists Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers write today, last summer’s debt-ceiling fight almost derailed the recovery, and this year’s replay could be worse.

Congress also lacks a plan to attack the long-term problem of entitlement spending and has yet to fix an overly complicated tax code. Worse, lawmakers have purposely built instability into the system by disingenuously adding expiration dates to tax cuts to meet budgetary rules.

Those invoking the uncertainty principle fail to mention that inflation and interest rates are historically low. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has repeatedly pledged not to raise rates at least through late 2014 — a gold-plated certainty guarantee if we ever saw one.

The pledge may be showing up in an uncertainty index created by Steven J. Davis, a University of Chicago business professor, with two others. Using news searches, differences among economic forecasters and other tools, they have measured the level of uncertainty by month, back to 1985. Their research shows that monetary policy and taxes, not regulatory policy, are the biggest drivers of uncertainty.

The Senate has not passed a budget resolution in over 3 years.  That’s uncertainty.

Here’s the bottom line – Neither political party will be able to guarantee your happiness, no matter what the political elite promise.  Your happiness is up to you, because the politicians have a different agenda:

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

And that’s their happiness, not yours…