Posts Tagged ‘Voting’

TAKE AWAY EVERYTHING, GIVE BACK A LITTLE

May 8, 2020

This is classic negotiating. Generally, what we have is two political parties that both want different things. Both want the best. One party wants the best for the people of the nation while the other wants the best for the party to which they belong. The only way to get what is wanted is to start from scratch.

When you have nothing, anything starts to look rosy. We, as people and as a nation, now have virtually nothing.

*There are few jobs – We cannot go to work, we cannot be productive.

*Children are no longer being indoctrinated in public schools – an unintended consequence.

*Bills are piling up, both personally and nationally.

*Businesses are closed – some will never reopen.

*We have little personal contact with friends and family.

*We cannot congregate in groups larger than ten people.

*We must stay 6′ apart at all times.

*We are forbade, or at the very least strongly discouraged from, leaving our homes (in some locales citizens are cited, fined and even arrested for doing just that).

*When we do go out in public, we are told to cover our faces.

*We are told not to touch surfaces or other people.

*We are to be “tested” by having blood drawn and carry a card identifying our status.

*Churches must maintain record of congregants.

*And the list goes on…

Due to a laboratory created (at least enhanced) virus, we are forced to relinquish our rights as citizens and as people in general. We are subjected to the edicts of government officials “for our own good”. The majority of former productive, independent and self-reliant individuals are now dependent on federal, state and local authorities for our welfare and well being. Subsistence payments are slow coming yet welcomed with smiles when they arrive.

When they, the medical and political authorities, allow us to return to our natural state it will be a revised natural state with fewer rights and privileges and more authority over our lives. This is nothing more than conditioning; the social engineering many of us have watched develop over the past decade or so. We are now starting with nothing. They will tell us what we need, can have and can do. They will tell us where, how and when we can do it. And we will appreciate all we are allowed because that life will be so much better than the one we live right now. It will not be what we’ve had because that was excessive and unnecessary. Austerity is in the future. Socialism, authoritarianism is our future now.

As of this writing, federal spending is rapidly approaching 117% of the GDP <link>. That spending will progress and grow very rapidly as the tax base continues to dwindle. At best, the spending will continue and even escalate as businesses reopen and slowly begin to once again pay into the federal coffers.

Of the two major political parties of this nation, one is conservative and wanting to adhere to the Constitution, curtail unnecessary spending by building a broad tax base, taxing lightly but sufficiently to underwrite the limited spending. The other is liberal with your earnings and wants to raise tax on everything in order to spend lavishly on programs that keep us all under government control.

There will be a rebound from the current situation. However, the direction of that rebound will undoubtedly not be on a course desired or expected by the majority of God and America loving patriots. Be aware, be very aware that “We the People” have been manipulated since long before the beginning of this latest crisis. The current situation is being over-amplified to present an opportunity for the dark forces to move harshly and swiftly.

Vote wisely!

2020 CENSUS – WHY BOTHER?

May 6, 2020

By now, everyone has had the opportunity to review and complete the 2020 census. The census is, or at least was originally, generated to identify the number of elected government officials required to do an adequate job of representing the citizens of America. This year, as in recent years, there will be no question regarding the citizenship status of the persons filling in the form or those living within the dwellings covered by the forms. Therefore, why bother completing the form?

From census.gov: “The first censuses counted the population and provided information on population by county. In 1790, the census also categorized white males by age: those under age 16 and those age 16 and older. Over the years, Congress has authorized additional questions, enabling us to better understand the nation’s inhabitants and their activities and needs. In fact, one of the nation’s founders, James Madison, suggested that the census takers ask additional questions that would help lawmakers better understand the needs of the nation.”

Since the first few enumerations, many questions have been added as Madison indicated might be necessary. Some of the questions that appeared temporarily were used for statistical purposes not related to government representation. E.g. Where was this person born? For the purpose of representation today, it is not vital to know where the person was born eight, twenty or fifty years ago. However, some questions that no longer appear on the census that are relevant include veteran status and service dates. This might be useful to the government for the allocation of funds to Veterans Services such as medical centers, disability benefits, etc.

One question that has been asked throughout the ages is the sex of the respondent and household members. This year, as in the past, the choices are male and female. This one is sure to raise eyebrows in today’s world. There are many people who choose not to identify in a normal or binary fashion. They will be lost when they cannot fill in one of two boxes. There are, however, more than thirty choices for race/ethnicity.

The one question that is not on the 2020 census that appeared on the last two decennial data collections is arguably one of the most important. That question is: Is this person a citizen of the United States?

For many taxpayers, this is a very important question. Why do we apportion a limited number of elected officials to represent foreign nationals and allocate social benefits to aliens who are possibly terrorists or other subversives?

It is disturbing to me and many patriotic citizens of this country that we do not have an accurate count of the number of people who are in this country illegally. The census should fill in that void. If the question of citizenship or legal status appeared on this document we would have a much better sense of that.

There are reasons why a person is in the country at the time of census. They might be here on Permanent Resident (aka, Green Card) status which allows foreign citizens the right and opportunity to work in the United States. They might be here with legitimate visas for work, study, teaching, travel or any of a number of reasons. Shouldn’t we have a count of those still within the limits of their visas and those who have overstayed the time, opportunity or authority granted by such? Shouldn’t the census give us an idea of the number of legitimate voters in a district, state or within our nation?

Is the decennial census still relevant to the needs of the country today, or is it simply another tool that has been purposefully outdated by our elected officials for political purposes?

THEY’RE COMING FOR YOUR FREEDOMS

April 24, 2020

As one who pays attention to the news – not just the propaganda of the right or the left – but both sides somewhat equally – there are opportunities to see how the public is influenced/manipulated.

For decades now progressives (read: Marxist/socialists) have been usurping more and more power. They have taken it from the blind among us and waved it about until none of us realize it’s gone. Now they’re accelerating their moves to eliminate our rights, freedoms and the Constitution of the United States in whole. Every calamity, every shattering event, every disaster is an opportunity to separate us from the humanity once offered by our forefathers for life in this country.

We cannot even trust the cable news programs to tell us what is happening at home or around the globe. Almost all of what they have to offer is slanted to meet a political need or desire. It’s not one side or the other, both are to blame. One news station expresses one political philosophy with emphasis only on the areas they want us to hear. The others collectively and repetitively pronounce the opposite. The broadcast stations incorporate leftest leanings into virtually every entertainment program offered. The brainwashing continues.

No longer is there a left and right to our political system. It is overrun by progressive ideology propped and enhanced by liberal media that loudly mocks and mobs conservative voices. Social media posts are content edited or censored entirely according to the political leanings of the sponsoring company. Labeling anything contrary to the political biases of Facebook, Mark Zukerberg has named them “harmful misinformation” that Facebook must strike from posts.

Just how is the balance upended? Progressive Democrats having the majority in the House of Representatives are now promoting mail-in ballots, no I.D. voting and ballot harvesting. All those methods of voting promote fraud and abuse of our system. They are all channeled to add progressive members to Congress and even to overtake the presidency.

Of recent, we have seen progressive governors and mayors take advantage of the current crisis in ways no freedom loving American would ever expect. Not only are we required to “shelter in place” leaving our homes only for necessities, those necessities are described in detail by the over-lording representatives. E.g. while most businesses and churches are required to be closed, high tax businesses and revenue streams continue to feed the government. Lottery tickets may still be sold along with liquor and marijuana. Flooring, however, cannot be purchased to keep stay-at-home occupants inside and busy with remodeling. Paddle boarding off the coast is forbidden despite the obvious social distancing and jogging or otherwise exercising alone on a sunny day will net you a citation and fine from the local constabulary.

These over-restrictive edicts represent what we can expect in the future if any more over-bearing progressives obtain office or positions of power where they can further inhibit and control “We the People”. Please be aware of what is happening before you, and vote wisely.

RELIANCE, INDEPENDENCE AND FREEDOM

April 2, 2020

The current pandemic should alert even the sleepy-eyed care-for-naught millennials and gen “Z” that reliance on China for the production of virtually every hard good, clothing item, machine component, food processing and a majority of our vitamins and pharmaceuticals is not a good thing. It should be a wake up call that dependence on others, at any time, for any reason, is not a good thing. We can work together for mutual benefit and help one another for efficiency or in times of need, but relegating responsibility for our well-being to another country must be avoided whenever possible.

Likewise, dependence on government (even our own) is often unreliable and harmful in the long term. It is damaging to us as individuals and to society in general. For a nation, a society or an individual to function properly it is necessary that we express our every capability to avoid dependence on others especially foreign and adversarial nations. <link>

The current and recent past generations are largely dependent on others for essentially everything; generations so addicted to having all needs and wants met as children that they demand continued support well into adulthood. Adults twenty-five and up often continue to live parasitically in the homes of their parents despite the capability to fend for themselves.

Some people are using this crisis for personal, political and/or financial leverage. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is using this opportunity to back fill a shortage of ventilators at federal expense after refusing to allocate funds state funds to purchase and warehouse the inventory five years ago. Some are taking advantage of the situation for control measures to condition us for future ease of despotic establishment. This is what dependence engenders.

Far too many individuals forfeit their dignity for ongoing government assistance. They willingly relinquish their freedoms for the stipends they receive. (referring to those who refused to seek employment during the past three years when employers could not find enough people to fill their increasing needs as businesses expanded.) Then they sought safe spaces to cower and avoid confrontation of ideas differing from their own. Now they seek safe spaces to avoid a virus from a country that was never confronted.

As a nation, we have become complacent; willingly giving up our freedoms in exchange for expediency or simplicity. It is easy to go to Walmart and buy cheap clothing or small appliances or even food that comes from countries with few regulated sanitary or safety measures. (I use Walmart as an example only because it is the most widely known. Today, it could be virtually any discount outlet.)

What freedoms might we lose? Any, and possibly all, if reliance on subversives continues. Because of this pandemic, we have lost a portion of the first amendment (the right of the people to peaceably assemble). The greater ground we give up in the name of cheap and plentiful, the more freedoms we relinquish. The more we rely on others for care and support rather than personally investing the effort for autonomy, the weaker we become as individuals and as a nation.

Until this pandemic caused the nation to sequester and brought our economy to a virtual standstill, we were growing more independent and stronger. The collapse of the foundational structures of this and other nations has to do with dependence on a Communist nation whose leaders would like nothing better than to see total devastation of all competitors and economic and political adversaries.

No matter what you choose to call this pandemic, (Chinese Coronavirus, Wuhan Virus, COVID-19) it did come from a country on which we have allowed ourselves to rely. We get everything from shoes and socks to vitamins, vaccines and other medicines from them almost exclusively, and they have threatened to cut off our access to the aforementioned much needed remedies. During this time of medical crisis, we must as a nation and as individuals, reconsider how our future lives require self reliance and cooperation.

WELL, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!

March 30, 2020

When it comes to wasting money and paying friends and donors, the Democrat party is the best. The last time they had the opportunity to do so on a grand scale was with the minuscule $787 billion taxpayer funded bailout know as TARP and signed by then president Obama. At that time we borrowed the money from countries around the globe; the primary note holder being China. We are still paying to reduce that obligation!

At that time, companies large and small held out their collective corporate hands, palms up, to receive respite funds from the taxpayers via the government. Many accepted the grants only to pay corporate executives huge bonuses before declaring bankruptcy that relieved them from repayment.

Probably the best known scandal of the time was Solyndra. The solar cell manufacturer received $535 million only to pay out millions in bonuses before shuttering their doors. The CEO said the “Regulatory and policy uncertainties made it impossible to raise capital to quickly rescue the operation.” I should think that $535 million in immediate funding would forestall some of the need for capital. Solyndra executives and shareholders had collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Obama campaign and the DNC.

This time around, nobody can be blamed except President Trump for signing a horrendously expensive pork-laden bill. Granted, this time the urgency was greater, but none-the-less, to sign such frivolous spending into law is uncalled for. The $2.2 Trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act), meant to provide for the sick and needy is so filled with socialist payouts it is hard to describe it as a recovery vehicle.

E.g. The Board of Directors for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts decided their relief did not extend to members of their own sitting orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra. The $25 million grant written into the bill was specifically “to cover operating expenses required to ensure the continuity including for employee compensation and benefits, grants, contracts, payments for rent or utilities, fees for artists or performers,” according to the law’s text. Within hours of the signing, however, the board notified the nearly 100 member symphony that they will no longer receive paychecks after April 3. <link>

Like Solyndra, they got their money from a Democrat controlled congress then allowed their “employees” the opportunity to draw down on more taxpayer funds, or, as it is more commonly known unemployment.

Since there is not a surplus of federal funds, the money will again be borrowed from, wait for it…CHINA.

President Obama increased the debt by $9 trillion over an eight year period, and conservatives complained. President Trump just increased the debt by $2.2 trillion in one fell swoop. Socialists are high-fiving and conservatives are nervous but otherwise complacent.

If a “Republican” president can do this to our country, what would another Marxist/socialist (read: progressive Democrat) do to it. Yes, this is a time of crisis and spending is a must. But what kind of a country are we leaving for the next and future generations if we allow congress to continue throwing money away in exchange for campaign donations?