Daily Archives: December 8, 2016

Not 1%

In another post today, Pete put up a graphic saying something like, “If you’re in America, you’re already in the 1%.”  I really liked the idea and went googling for supporting data.

What I found was a July 2015 issue of Fortune that paints a dismal picture of how the Obama Economy has negatively impacted America’s greatness.

  • People living below the poverty line: 36th out of 162 countries.
  • Child poverty levels: 34th out of 35 countries surveyed.
  • Health: 33rd out of 145 countries home to at least one million people.
  • Median wealth (U.S. $39,000 per adult): 27th in the world.
  • Stability: 20th out of 178 countries.
  • Corruption:  17th out of 175 countries.
  • Social progress index:  16th out of 133 countries.
  • Education and skills: 16th out of 23 countries.
  • Internet speed and access: 16th out of 34 countries.
  • Life satisfaction: #12 in the world.

There is one metric where we are NUMERO UNO, but it’s not one to be particularly proud of.  We are first out of 224 countries in the size of our prison populationWith more than 2.2 million in our jail, only China, with 1.66 million, comes close.


Distress Flag

Fortune concludes, “America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. … [Our] per capita wealth, health and education measures are mediocre for a highly industrialized nation. Well-being metrics, perceptions of corruption, quality and cost of basic services, are sliding, too. Healthcare and education spending are funding bloated administrations even while human outcomes sink.”

I don’t think this decline is accidental.  Communists have been saying for nearly 100 years that a PROSPEROUS America couldn’t be taken over.  Job #1 for the Leftie Progressive Cuba Wannabes has always been to trash our economy.  Let’s hope Trump’s election turns these metrics around and puts us back on top again.



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About all that Thanksgiving Guilt

Reports of Spanish mistreatment of the New World natives prompted a severe crisis of conscience among significant sectors of the Spanish population in the sixteenth century, not least among philosophers and theologians.”  – Thomas E. Woods, Jr., How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization [p. 136]

This was a new thing in world history.  Before the rise of Catholic nation states, nobody much cared how conquerors treated the conquered.  Might made right, as they say.  It was standard practice for the mighty invaders to loot and pillage the natives, to slaughter those who resisted, to burn their property, and to enslave the survivors.


And, while the slaughter of New World natives was a heinous evil, the fact is that the foundations of international law were laid in the sixteenth century because Spanish Catholics were appalled about it.

“Laws governing the interaction of states had remained vague throughout the years, and had never been articulated in any clear way.  The circumstances arising from the discovery of the New World gave impetus to the study and delineating of those laws … when theologians applied themselves to a serious reckoning with these issues. … Here again does the Catholic Church give birth to a distinctly Western idea.”  — – Thomas E. Woods, Jr., How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization [p. 136-137]

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The Art of Getting It Done

There was a discussion on Redeye Radio this morning on the subject of the democrat prospects of gaining any ground in two years is bleak. Sorry I can’t find the piece they were reading from, but here’s the gist:

The Democrat Party is bound to the climate alarmists and green energy scammers.  Of the eight Rust Belt states, they lost all but one, and Trump came within one point of winning deep-blue Minnesota.

The working people in those states have watched as more and more environmental regulations have pushed once-thriving industries out and more and more of their hard-earned tax money has gone to subsidize wind and solar companies that cannot sustain themselves without government handouts.

Apparently the leftists are more worried about offending the Greens than they are of being a viable party.

Meanwhile, Trump has hit the ground running, naming people who know business to right the ship of state as more and more businesses are poised to return jobs to the U.S. anticipating a cut in corporate taxes and the easing of crushing regulations.

Donald Trump And The Art Of Getting It Done: Not president yet, he’s already restoring hope in the American dream.

They also told us that globalization is an irreversible trend, that it’s therefore impossible to rescue manufacturing jobs, that the economy and the world are in a certain order and that only the foolish or naive would seek to overturn it.
Then Mr. Trump arrived on the scene.
For a new hire who doesn’t start work for another six weeks, he has been a whirling dervish of decision-making, deal-making and status quo-busting.
The man hasn’t even clocked in yet, and he’s already saving American jobs, reassuring allies, striking fear and anxiety in our enemies and standing for freedom and free enterprise.

Trump Asks for List of All Companies Planning on Leaving US – Will Call Each One Individually

Last week Donald Trump warned companies that were planning on leaving the United States.
CNN reported:  “Companies are not going to leave the U.S. anymore without consequences,” Trump said Thursday at the Indiana plant where the company makes furnaces.
Trump said that those consequences would include paying higher tariffs on imports. Carrier announced in February that it would lay off workers and move those jobs to Mexico.

US Steel CEO hopes to bring back jobs they were forced to let go during ‘depressive’ era…THOUSANDS of them
The American steel industry may bring back thousands of jobs now that Donald Trump will be president.
Mario Longhi, the CEO of US Steel Corporation, said the domestic steel industry may be able to rehire up to 10,000 employees who were laid off during the recent economic downturn.
The steel industry has laid off more than 16,000 workers since January 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Longhi blamed the firings on cheap foreign steel products being illegally dumped in the United States.

Trump Appreciates How Work And Self-Esteem Are Related


Donald Trump seems to have intuitively understood that a lot of working class Americans are demoralized. But whereas the solution from liberals was free money — and the message from conservatives was that everyone should be an entrepreneur — most Americans don’t want to collect welfare or start a small business, they just want jobs.
It’s a simple, yet profound, concept. As Arthur Brooks wrote back in 2010, “Earned success gives people a sense of meaning about their lives. And meaning also is a key to human flourishing.”

Even anti-Trump working-class voters are having second thoughts
Robert James stood outside the Carrier plant just before the president-elect addressed workers at the refrigeration and heating assembly factory.  James would never dream of voting Republican: “For all of my life the Democrats have been the party of the working guy, had my back. But if I am being really honest, and this is tough to admit, but I can’t remember the last time they did anything to improve the dignity and value of my job” — a point that didn’t really crystallize for him until it became personal: until his job was saved. By a Republican.

How Union Bosses Sold Out Their Workers
The 2016 election exposed deep divisions in America, but none deeper than that between the leadership of organized labor and its membership. Union bosses spent some $100 million in member dues to try and elect Hillary Clinton and other Democrats across the country. It wasn’t money well-spent.

Don’t buy the lie that Obama’s leaving behind a healthy economy
After eight years of blaming America’s problems on George W. Bush, the press that got the election wrong is rolling out a new line — that President Obama is handing President-elect Donald Trump a booming economy.
That takes some brass.
The truth is that the Obama years have been among America’s worst for the economy. His eight years will go down in history as the Great Recession, even though for much, even most, of the span, we weren’t technically in a recession.
It just felt that way. And no wonder. Obama’s is the only modern presidency that failed to show a single year of growth above 3 percent, a point Trump stressed during the campaign (and that was conceded even by the website Politifact).
Plus, the Obama economy failed to prosper even though the Federal Reserve had its pedal to the metal. Its quantitative easing, $2 trillion balance-sheet expansion and zero-interest-rate policy all produced zilch.



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Thursday Early Edition


Washington Prepares for Trump’s Executive Eraser

Trump’s determination to tap his executive authority next year in all its many forms will demand sharp legal advice and patience. Some regulatory reversals he has in mind, for instance, are predicted to take two or more years to accomplish. Other Obama policies will be easier to erase.

Runner-Up Of The Year: Congrats To Hillary For Coming In Second For The Second Time
“She’s the woman who was almost President. She is what might have been and what will yet be.”
The former presidential candidate held off hackers, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, scientists behind the bio-engineering CRISPR breakthrough and Beyonce to lock down the awfully impressive number two spot.


Trump Selects Oklahoma AG Fighting EPA Regulations to Lead EPA

The Oklahoma attorney general, who the New York Times described as a “hero to conservative activists,” is one of the Republican attorneys general who formed an alliance with the country’s top energy producers to put a stop to Obama’s regulatory agenda.
Pruitt, along with Greg Abbott of Texas, planned a legal effort starting in 2014 to counter the Obama administration’s string of regulations, including on climate change. Their efforts resulted in a 28-state lawsuit against Obama’s climate change rules, which is expected to move to the Supreme Court.

Tucker Carlson vs. Liberal over Trump being Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’

EarthFirst Mourning Loss of a Tree – Crying & Screaming

Trump Day One To-Do List: Repeal $1.7 Billion Of Dodd-Frank Rules

The Dodd-Frank financial “reform,” passed by Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is arguably the most misguided and economically harmful piece of legislation ever imposed on the country (the second, arguably, is ObamaCare).
As we’ve noted in this space before, one of the main reasons the economy has been stuck in neutral for the past six years has been the millstone of a 2,300-page law that has spawned multitudes more pages of costly and economically foolish regulations. The law has calcified the credit markets, forced community banks out of business, and unleashed an unaccountable, out-of-control agency that goes by the innocent-sounding name of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Tina Fey Warns: Prepare for Nazi America Under a Donald Trump Presidency

But in a world where the president makes fun of handicapped people and fat people, how do we proceed with dignity? I want to tell people, “If you do two things this year, watch Idiocracy by Mike Judge and read [Nazi filmmaker] Leni Riefenstahl’s 800-page autobiography [Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir] and then call it a year.”


Democrats urge Obama to pardon 750,000 young undocumented immigrants

“You have pardoned hundreds and hundreds of people convicted for drug offenses,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said at a Wednesday press conference in Washington. “We want you to use that same pardon power for hundreds of thousands of young people who came forward because you asked them to come forward. You asked them to come forward.”

Hillary Clinton to Make Public Appearance This Week at Send-Off for Harry Reid
The gala recognizing Reid’s 30 years of service will take place at the end of the legislative session next week at the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building, the Washington Post reported.
Clinton is set to give a speech, as well as Vice President Joe Biden.
15094856_1133658410084269_2406440216103583741_nDiamond and Silk speak in Fayetteville NC

Ohio approves bill to ban all abortions after the heartbeat of the fetus is first detected
The so-called ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill has been approved by Ohio’s state House. It would see almost all abortions banned after the first heartbeat is detected. Bill only makes exception if the mother’s life is in danger and not in rape cases. Legislation is now being passed to state governor John Kasich for his approval.

[CtH: I have long said that the standards for determining death should be the same ones for determining life.  Currently, the standard for determining life is whether or not the baby’s nearest kin want him or her to live, while the standard for determining death are cessation of heart beat and brain activity, both of which are detectable in fetuses before many women suspect they’re even pregnant. Of course, if the euthanasia creeps get their way, we’ll make death like abortion where the people who are most likely to resent the expense and bother of caring for the helpless individual gets to decide whether or not to off him or her.]

Whoa: Liberals Mull Scheme to Temporarily Seize Control of Senate, Confirm Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee
On January 3, 2017, Democrats will hold the majority in the Senate for a few minutes, until the newly-elected Senators are sworn in. Biden could convene the Senate in those few minutes and call for a vote. The majority could then suspend the rules and vote in Merrick Garland. The key here is that VP Biden would have to be willing to convene the Senate and recognize Senator Dick Durbin instead of Mitch McConnell.  Durbin moves to re-nominate Garland, and Senate Democrats then vote to confirm him. They will have a quorum for those few minutes. It’s bold. Garland would be confirmed by 34 Democrats and no Republicans.

Valerie Jarrett: Trump Victory Was ‘Soul-Crushing,’ ‘Punch to the Stomach

Jarrett said, “We were surprised by the outcome of the election. It kind of was like a — I’m not sure what the right analogy would be, but like a punch in the stomach, let’s say. Soul-crushing might be another description. But that’s the democracy that we have. The people get to decide and the elections matter and we have to get about the business of doing our jobs.”

Barack “MeToo!” Obama
Donald Trump began a Thank You Tour this past week to celebrate his victory with those who supported him in the election.  Naturally, “MeToo!” Obama decides he needs to do a tour as well.
Fox News Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry told Fox & Friends this morning that behind the scenes, Obama’s advisors are planning a Farewell Tour in mid-January before he leaves office.
Not for the same reasons, of course.  Trump is doing it to thank us; Barack “MeToo!” Obama is doing it so people can thank him. Amazing, isn’t it?
Obama flies to Hawaii in less than two weeks and will stay there until after the New Year. Then, he’ll hop aboard Air Force One, return to Washington just in time to launch his Farewell Tour.
Said Ed Henry: “I’m told there’s at least three cities that President Obama will be giving major speeches in arenas. One of them is Chicago, his sort of adopted hometown. They’re looking at the United Center there, where the Chicago Bulls play.”
He can’t wait three weeks and do a little tour on his own dime?  What’s wrong with holding a “I’m a Private Citizen Now” tour?  I guarantee, tens of thousands of Americans who didn’t vote for Obama would turn up to celebrate that.
No. Obama wants to do this because he is continuously being upstaged by the man who will replace him.  And nobody puts Barry in the corner!





Filed under Democrats, Donald Trump, Economy, Environmentalism, EPA, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Immigration, Life Issues, Republicans, Supreme Court, Valerie Jarrett

The Seven Harsh Realities of Life for Millennials


7 Harsh Realities Of Life Millennials Need To Understand
1. Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant

2.. You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be

3. Gender Studies Is A Waste Of Money

4. If You Live In America, You’re Already In The 1%

5. You Don’t Have A Right To It Just Because You Exist

6. You DO Have The Right To Live As You Please — But Not To Demand People Accept It

If you want to cross-dress, smoke marijuana, drink lots of alcohol, have lots of sex, and, yes, even go to school for gender studies, then by all means, go for it. Government should not be allowed to legislate people’s behavior as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s rights, but that doesn’t mean society isn’t allowed to have an opinion.

7. The Only Safe Space Is Your Home

No matter where you go in life, someone will be there to offend you. Maybe it’s a joke you overheard on vacation, a spat at the office, or a difference of opinion with someone in line at the grocery store. Inevitably, someone will offend you and your values. If you cannot handle that without losing control of your emotions and reverting back to your “safe space” away from the harmful words of others, then you’re best to just stay put at home. Remember, though: if people in the outside world scare you, people on the internet will downright terrify you. It’s probably best to just accept these harsh realities of life and go out into the world prepared to confront them wherever they may be waiting.







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