Friday, August 18, 2017

Remember Harry?

Harry S Truman was our 33rd President. I remember him as an individual thinker and one that did not shirk responsibility. He authorized the use of atomic weapons against Japan to help end WW II. Following the war, he initiated the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe. He also led the way into the cold war to combat Russian and Chinese Communism, via the Truman Doctrine. He also was instrumental in the creation of the NATO agreement.


He inherited a progressive Congress that followed the socialist policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Truman vetoed 180 bills that Congress sent to him. He liked a good political fight, especially when he thought he was right. The Congress overrode his veto 12 times.

Some Harry Truman quotations that describe his thinking:

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

The reward of suffering is experience.

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

I never did give anybody hell. I just told them the truth and they thought it was hell.

You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader. 

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.

The buck stops here!

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril.

Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by clean end!

I see a lot of Harry in The Donald.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charlottesville

Truth is funny in political conversations. I tell people facts all the time and my friends on the left accuse me of right wing propaganda. I may use satire occasionally, but I never intentionally mislead anyone and I do not intend to do that here. There are two sides to every story and I like to hear and try to understand both sides.

I do not like or support white supremacists or KKK members. I also do not like or support black lives matter. I do not like the Muslim Brotherhood. I do not support the Democrats city and state leaders who are removing Confederate statues and Confederate names from buildings. When the last statue is gone, will we no longer be a racist country, where slavery existed? 

Robert E Lee memorial statue
I see no value in trying to erase our history. You can do it in public, but you will never get rid of all the books that tell our story. If you think you need a safe space, you actually need another country. Once you walk out of a safe space you are back in the real world with people that have freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom to do a lot of things none of us like.

History is something to embrace and study. As a country, there are things we are proud of and things that do not bestow pride. Both are part of who we are as a nation. People are supposed to learn from their mistakes and become better people. We call it informal education. People collectively learn the same way and those memories help us adjust our laws and social norms to fit the needs of all of us. There is no safe space, there is just here where we live.

We are at a place in our history where people on the left feel obligated to beat up people they think might say something they do not like. They accuse the people they beat up of saying words that might cause violence, so the leftist solution is to fulfill their own prophesy. Is this not insane?

In Charlottesville, a statue of Robert E. Lee was being removed to satisfy some people that hate slavery. Well, some other people that also hate slavery have a different understanding of the purpose of the statues. Until we understand that others also have a right to a point of view, we will have conflict.

White supremacists got a permit to demonstrate the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville. White supremacists showed up for the rally from states all over the country. A few joined in that just like statues and some joined in because they resent our history being destroyed. If these people were allowed to hold their rally in peace, the hateful supremacists would have been peaceful. They normally do not riot and destroy property.


The peace was threatened when opposition, ready for a confrontation, showed up to antagonize the supremacists. It seems to have worked. One of the supremacists got in a car and drove into the crowd, killing one and injuring several others. He should be prosecuted for murder and he will get his trial. You cannot equate what this person did and assign the blame to everyone in the group to which he belonged. That is not proper, just or legal.

President Trump disavowed the violence on national television. News pundits are criticizing him for not placing all the blame on the white supremacists. He is smart enough to realize they were not the only ones involved. Take off the political blinders and you can see the truth.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Help Wanted

The last few years we spent in Texas, we saw, “Help Wanted” signs in many businesses. Restaurants, stores where gasoline is sold, beauty parlors, auto parts stores and many others are looking for more workers. We knew the Texas economy was doing well and assumed businesses were thriving and growing.


Our trip this year from Texas to the Oregon coast, we visited Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and Oregon. Everywhere we went, we saw more, “Help Wanted” signs. 

We talked to people at the Winstar world casino and they got many applications, but the people applying, mostly Texans, wanted more money than they were willing to pay. The applicants routinely told them that they could make almost as much on welfare so they chose not to work. That’s right. Young able-bodied people were on welfare, because they drew almost as much from the government as they could get on a job, so they chose idleness.


Think about that. There is talk from the progressives about the government providing everyone a salary, so no one must work. These people do not have any idea the decadence that will cause in our population. It appears our welfare programs are already there.

When we were in Ogden and Sunset Utah, we found the same thing. A McDonald's store in Roy, UT had a sign up apologizing for closing at 6:00 p.m. because they could not get employees to staff the evening shift. The server I talked to said they had applicants every day, but would not work for less than $15 per hour. When I asked an individual why she was working instead of being on the dole, she told me that she never even thought about that. She started working at an early age and never considered not working.

Do you realize that after not working for a while, people lose their skills and even worse, they lose the desire to work? Retirees all know that. Most people that retire stay retired, although some retire and go to work immediately doing something else. Putting healthy people on welfare does not do them a favor. It decreases their ability to produce.

Charlie’s Service in Sunset, UT was continually looking for RV and auto mechanics. They got very few applications. Young people with no tools and no experience wanted to start out at the hourly rate that experienced, self-efficient mechanics were making.

While Barack Obama was president, his job-killing policies put millions of Americans out of work. Welfare was the only choice many had. Progressive policies always do that and Obama was more effective than most other progressive presidents.

Now that we are creating jobs again in this country, we have a lot of younger people who will not participate, if welfare gives them enough to survive. The federal government and the states must turn off the spigot to hardy people. 


Unfortunately, most of the people marching in the streets as protestors do not have the skills they need to get in the labor force. We may have to cut off the welfare before they will even agree to be re-trained. The good progressives like to pretend they are passionate, but their policies provide decadence.



Friday, March 24, 2017

How Things Get Done

When a group of concerned people are assigned a complicated task to accomplish, it is hard to get started, unless someone shows up with an idea, often called a strawman. If that person is allowed to explain the idea in a manner that is understandable to others in the workgroup, they have an agreed understanding and a place to start. Everyone else in the work group may have ideas that will make completion of the task simpler or more effective, so they try to include as many of the good ideas as they can. Some ideas conflict with others and an agreement must be made on which idea to implement and which to exclude. When the proposal is ready to submit or work is ready to begin on the project, they put the proposal in a format that is easiest to explain.

When the proposal is presented to the leadership team, there are usually several members of the leadership team that say the proposal will not work. Most of the leadership team members are skeptical of everything and some object, before understanding the proposal. That starts arguments between members of the leadership team and usually one or more of the leadership team walks away from the presentation angry or frustrated that everyone else does not see their point of view. The leadership team leader is normally the one to accept or deny the proposal, after understanding the concept and hearing all objections. Some minor changes may be made after the presentation, but usually not major changes. If the proposal is deemed improbable of success it is usually scrapped and a new workgroup is assigned to take on the problem. If the proposal is deemed probable of success, the proposal is made public.


Some of the public likes you and they listen with an open mind and are willing to go along with implementation of the project. The portion of the public that does not like you will not listen to the presentation, will never understand the proposal and will harp and complain constantly that it will not work. We usually call these people ignorant and they are ignorant by choice. The people that understand the least complain the most.

We have a country full of people that choose ignorance, rather than listen to someone they do not like. We have a political party that survives by dividing us. So many know so little they do not realize the enemy is themselves. Or like Pogo said many years ago, “We have met the enemy and it is us.”

If you want to know the truth, do not waste time talking to people that agree with you. You learn the truth by trying to understand the people with whom you disagree.



Monday, February 20, 2017

45 %

All through the 2015-2016 election season, Donald Trump kept a constant 45% of primarily Republican voters. Everyone said he did not have a chance to get elected, because he never polled over 50%. When we got to the general election, Trump kept getting 45% in the polls. All the pollsters were sure he could not win with only 45% of the people supporting him. He won anyway.


 The 45% of voters in this country that still support Donald Trump is constant, because Trump’s mindset is like ours. Yes, I am in the 45% and I will be hard to dissuade. I think we are the main stream of America. I think we are the bulk of the middle class. We consist of die-hard Republicans, disgruntled Republicans, disenchanted Democrats, and independents that were willing to take a chance for something better in their life. The coalition is solid, because Trump is attuned to what is hurting our country.

The left won elections during the Obama years by dividing our country. Blacks against white, undocumented aliens against Americans, teachers against Republicans, the gay-lesbian community against Christians, Hispanics against whites, students and college professors against white men and a lot of other divisive groups. The enchantment of division began to wear thin.

The left has almost shut down free speech on college campuses and are beginning to branch out to the rest of society. They go after jobs of people they disagree with for any non-ideological belief. They boycott businesses that do business with their chosen enemies. They destroy all monuments to anyone that did anything in the past they deem inappropriate. They are trying to change our history and ruin the livelihood of their opposition.

What our response should be is to try and grow the 45%. John McCain and a few other congressional Republicans seem to be openly against everything Trump does. I have thought McCain should be out of the Senate for many years, because I favor term limits, but more people are opposing McCain and calling for him to lose his office, because he speaks out against Trump. Shepherd Smith, a well-known Democrat on Fox News criticized Trump and people started shouting for him to lose his job. My advice is to stop that talk. That is what people outside the 45% do and we cannot become them and keep our country. If we act like the opposition acts, we are them. Stop it.

Trump needs more supporters that are drawn to him by better opportunities, more safety, better jobs and better lives. We do not need to lose anyone because we act like the opposition. We need to support “freedom of Speech.,” especially when we disagree with it. We need to support “freedom of Religion,” even though it is not our religion. We need to allow peaceful protesters freedom of assembly. We must stand with the Constitution. I think that is where Trump stands.



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Aftermath

Not too many years ago, we had liberal college professors who were brow-beating college students who did not follow the liberal path. Conservative thinking was shunned. Letter grades were reduced if you argued with them. Faculty and students alike began protesting anyone that came to campus to speak for the conservatives. Pre-school through high school students were getting fair educations, but not good educations. Too many students were graduating who did not have reading and mathematics skills. Protests away from campuses were few. A few cities had gay pride parades which drew little attention, but they paraded in peace and were mostly allowed to parade without incident. There were neighborhoods that did not like police methods that reduced crime and got violent felons off our streets.


Now we are living with the aftermath of a community organizer as the leader in charge of our country. Slowly and steadily he worked against effective policing methods. He worked for putting more felons on our streets. He ignored laws that he did not personally approve. Senate rules were changed so he could stack the courts with liberal judges. The Republicans allowed him to put two judges on the supreme court that clearly had little respect for the Constitution. He opened the doors of our country to people that did not have a legal right to be here, including some felons and possible terrorists.

He traveled the world spewing his despise of the United States. His environmental activism was designed to send our tax money to countries that were not as prosperous as we are, while shutting down our industries and killing jobs. He selected a person to lead the Department of Education that thought teaching sexual activities to elementary school children was the best way to reduce bullying in schools. He constantly criticized the police for doing their job. He stopped law enforcement under his command to stop doing their usual function. He turned our government into a group that went after his political enemies. Every way he could divide us to gain votes, he accomplished.

They co-opted the common core school curriculum to subject children to leftist propaganda at an earlier age. White people and especially white men are taught to despise themselves. What we are left with is college campuses with students and professors that riot and destroy property and beat up people that say anything different from what they believe. Free speech is gone at college. The Black Lives Matter Gangs advocated killing policemen and a few crazy people in the country heard the call and police officers were murdered.

Black organizations that were formed to support black people only support liberal black people. They despise black conservatives and black Republicans. They do not like black people that find their own way to success without government support. Feminists only support liberal women that favor abortion. If you are a conservative woman or a Republican woman you are despised by feminists. Many neighborhoods and schools display the Mexican flag with pride while burning our American flag. Flag burning draws a larger crowd than a dog fight.

Unfortunately, the people left behind were primarily the middle class in the country, regardless of race, color, national identity, sex, or sexual orientation. It took a while, but a lot of these people woke up and looked around and did not like what we have become. Barack Obama is solely responsible for the election of Donald Trump. Now all people will be treated the same. Felons will be incarcerated again. People in the country without proper authority that commit crimes will be prosecuted and deported. Obama’s leftovers in the government are trying to sabotage President Trump and many will lose their government jobs because of it. Loser protesters in the streets will soon see the country getting better despite their opposition. Too many people are awake now. What took so long?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Compensation Equity

Most corporate officers have good educations and advanced degrees. Sometimes it means they are smart people and sometimes it means their family had enough money to pay for expensive schooling. Corporations generally pay their executives well. Thirty years ago, executives were paid for making their companies successful. Because of tax laws dictated by the government, compensation methods changed. Instead of salary increases, it became more beneficial to give corporate executives stock, medical care, country club memberships, etc.

When collective bargaining organizations ran into difficulty getting hourly wage increases, they started bargaining for more vacation days, more holidays, more sick days, better medical coverage and other needed benefits. Some companies have stock ownership plans or contribute to IRA’s for hourly employees.

I remember about twenty-five years ago; a large corporation was doing so badly they thought they needed to replace their CEO. He was under contract and to get him to leave they had to pay him higher compensation to leave than he would have made if he had kept his job. I do not remember the name of the company, but I do remember thinking, “What a stupid idea.” Paying a person to leave because he did a poor job. It became a standard practice to give people, especially CEO’s a large severance pay when they left, regardless of whether they were good at their job or not.

When government raised personal and corporate taxes, something had to give to keep profits up, so executives would not lose their positions. Salaries were now entrenched for corporate executives, and they could not raise prices, because the people also had less money to spend and they would lose business. The corporate solution to the problem was lower wages for hourly workers. American workers and labor unions were not anxious to take pay decreases and it also caused bad publicity for the corporations. So, what was the answer? Cheaper labor and more customers was their answer.

Corporations and the national chamber of commerce began lobbying congress to change immigration law to allow more immigrants who would work for a lower hourly wage. American workers and labor unions soon realized what was happening. Unions were divided on what they wanted. Some favored immigration to increase the size of their organizations and some wanted less immigration to keep wages high for the people they currently represented. Everything is complicated and it gets more complicated as government involvement increases.

Then along came a government that cared more about the weather than they cared about people. The result was corporations moved out of the country, more people became unemployed and the people still working were getting reduced compensation and fewer hours to work. Meanwhile corporate executives still had stocks that were increasing in value at the same time hourly workers were being replaced by lower paid workers or outright losing their jobs.


Today we have a pay disparity that needs to be addressed. If corporate executives and boards of directors do not recognize the problem and take some action to address it, the government will need to do that, which will make the issue more complicated. The best solution is for executives to pay attention and address the problem. In my opinion, less compensation at the top and better wages for their employees is the best answer.