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Common Sense Applied to Campaign Promises. Are We On the Same Planet?

In the twentieth century, campaign slogans and campaign promises were much more simple than those of today.  In the 1900 presidential election, William McKinley used the slogan, ‘Four more years of the full dinner pail.’  How many millennials would even know what a dinner pail is?

In 1916, Woodrow Wilson’s big slogan was, ‘War in the east, peace in the west, thank God for Woodrow Wilson.’  Well, this slogan is interesting for two reasons: firstly, the US got involved with WWI one year later, and secondly, who today would include God in their campaign slogan?

The most famous campaign promise/slogan was used by Herbert Hoover in his 1928 election.  His famous slogan?  ‘A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.’  Now common sense would easily indicate that the Federal Government was not going to buy everyone a chicken and a car.  The gist of that slogan was that America would be so prosperous that everyone would be able to afford food and a car. It was still an era of self-sufficiency and independence in the US.   Well, like Wilson entering WWI, Hoover got thrown for a loop because of the stock market crash of 1929, less than a year after he took the oath of office.

Hoover lost the election to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932.  FDR’s biggest campaign promise was to provide a ‘New Deal.’  FDR quickly turned on another one of his campaign promises….balancing the budget.   According to one historian, FDR issued in a government that created a ‘firm desire on the part of the American people to use the government as an agency of human welfare.’  FDR determined that balancing the federal budget was outweighed by what he termed, ‘government activism.’

Now we get to some of the more recent campaign issues and promises.

Have you seen the Hillary Clinton TV ad stating that she would tax corporations and wealthy individuals, as it is time for them to pay their fair share of taxes?  I have seen this ad too many times already.  But be that as it may, one thing has become evident, no one from her staff knows how to use a computer for research, … only for sending classified emails.  Here are the most current statistics, easily found by anyone who is familiar with using google.  The United States pays the highest federal corporate taxes of the 34 industrial nations of the world. The maximum federal corporate tax rate is 39%.  In the worldly picture, the US is tied with Puerto Rico, and only behind the United Arab Emirates (55%) and Chad (40%).  The US federal tax rate is 16 percentage points higher that the worldwide average of 22.8%.  (For my info junkies, the federal tax rate in Mexico is 30%)

But, just like the TV commercial, there is more.  There are also state corporate taxes.  Would you like to guess which state has the highest corporate tax rate?  New York?  California?  New Jersey?  All good guesses but the state with the highest corporate tax rate at 12% is……………..Iowa!  Yup, those Hawkeyes finally got to be #1 at something.  Four states levy a maximum state corporate tax rate higher than 9%.  Those states are Pennsylvania (9.99%), District of Columbia (9.4%), Minnesota (9.84%) and Alaska (9.4%)  Ohio, Texas and Washington forego state corporate taxes but instead impose gross receipt taxes on businesses.  Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming levy neither corporate income nor gross receipts taxes.  All the other states have a maximum corporate tax rate.

Here is an example of why US corporations are moving their headquarters and facilities out of the US.  Medtronic is located in Minnesota.  They make sophisticated medical devices.  Let us imagine that Medtronic makes $100 million profit in a year.  According to our present taxing structure, they would pay $39 million to the federal government and almost $10 to the state of Minnesota.  In round numbers, they pay $49 million in taxes and get to keep $51 million of their profit.  But wait….Medtronic is moving their entire operation to Ireland.  Why?  The new corporate tax rate is going to be 18%, with no state corporate taxes.  Under this scenario, they pay $18 million in taxes to Ireland and get to keep $82 million of their $100 million profit.

And Hillary Clinton wants to tax corporations more?

Let us take this one step further.  Do you know what percentage of federal tax receipts are attributable to corporations and what percentage are attributable to individual income taxes?  Here is a simplified breakdown of where the federal government gets its money:  Social insurance (payroll) taxes are 33.9%, excise taxes are 3.1%, Miscellaneous taxes account for 6.3%, corporate income taxes account for 10.6%, and individual income taxes account for a whooping 46.2% of federal tax revenue.   Would it be common sense to lower corporate tax rates to keep more companies within the United States, thereby creating more jobs?  If we would cut the corporate tax rate in half, would we not create more jobs?  Jobs that would provide more federal income to make up and exceed the difference in lost corporate taxes?

But wait, what are we going to do with all those high income tax payers that are not paying their fair share of taxes?  Well, here again, all those computers at Hillary’s campaign headquarters must be on the blink.  Did you know that the top 1% of the top wage earners in the United States, those people having an adjusted gross income (AGI) higher than $428,713, contribute 37.8% of the personal income taxes paid to the federal government.  The top 5%, those with an AGI greater than $179,760, pay 58.55% of the personal income taxes paid to the federal government.  The top 50% of the US wage earners, with an AGI greater than $36,841 contribute 97.22% of all federal personal income taxes.  Those 50% that are below $36,841 contribute 2.78% to federal personal income taxes. That’s right, 50% of the US population only pays 2.78% of the total federal income tax revenues.  So who pays their fair share of taxes????  There may be tax loopholes that need to be addressed, but if Hillary wants the higher wage earners to contribute more is she advocating a flat tax for everyone?  I doubt that.  That would be too much common sense for today’s political climate. (Remember Mitt Romney being castigated by mentioning that 47% of the population does not pay taxes?  All true.)

How about that campaign promise of free college for everyone.  OK all you college bound students, who will ultimately pay for your education?  That would be all of us, even though there are other ways to pay for school.  I know this is out of vogue, but you could begin working part-time jobs and start saving money.  I had one year of college paid for before I started.  There are scholarships and grants.  There are, heaven forbid, jobs to do while in college.  I did that as well and graduated without a college debt.  You could go into the military and gain use of the GI bill.  Viet Nam prompted my generation to make early life decisions, but until you know what you exactly want to do, why waste your money and flounder in college.  A little maturity goes a long way when it comes to life decisions.

In 2013, the average cost of tuition and fees in private colleges was $32,405.  In state resident public schools, tuition and fees averaged $9,410.  For out of state residents attending a public college, the tuition and fees averaged $23,893.  None of these costs include living expenses.  This year, there will be 21 million students attending college.  If the government were to pick up the tab at an average of $20,000 per student, that would cost, if my math is correct, $420 billion a year.  That would be almost 15% of our $3 trillion annual budget.  It would match our defense budget.   Oh, don’t forget, our federal deficit is almost $20 trillion and we are expecting a $600 billion shortfall for the 2016 budget.  So, do you members of the ‘give me a trophy for participating’ generation and the ‘I can’t work, I’m going on spring break’ generation really think the government should pay for your school?

We will build a wall.  How many times have we heard that recently?  I am neither a proponent or an opponent of this particular campaign promise.  But, having said that I would like to ask a question, “Would you get on an airplane without seeing everyone going through security?”   Not in today’s environment.  The same procedures apply if you want to board a cruise ship.  Your bags are taken and examined as well as your carry-on baggage.  So if we would not board a plane or a ship without going through stringent security, why would we oppose stopping illegal aliens and drugs from entering this country.  I have no problem with work permits or temporary visas, but everyone needs to be vetted.  I would hope some smart people could come up with a quick efficient way of granting work permits and temporary visas.

There are many more campaign promises and slogans circulating during this election year.  I just selected some of the juicier ones for review in this blog.  The next time a candidate comes up with something that smells a little fishy, all in the hopes of buying votes, do a little research.  I am sure your computers work just fine.

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Psychpathic tendencies. Who would have thunk???

Just about the time it appears that there is nothing to write about, (the Democratic National Convention is just too big a target) someone posts something that is just too juicy to overlook.  So, as I am taking a break from politics, I am going to write about the seven occupations that contain the most people that exhibit psychopathic tendencies.

Before going any further, it needs to be determined as to what psychopathic tendencies really entail, as it is estimated that 5% of the American population displays these traits.  According to my research, a typical person displaying psychopathic tendencies has a lack of empathy, lack of guilt, stress tolerance, manipulative behavior, egocentricity, impulsivity, but usually possesses plenty of charm.  Do not get this confused with psychotic traits.  The synonyms for psychotic behavior are insanity, madness, derangement, demented behavior and craziness.  There is a difference.  The total loonies come from the psychotic side of the fence, without any redeeming qualities.  Remember, we are talking psychopathic tendencies (sharing some of the traits), not someone clinically determined to be totally psychopathic.

So, beginning with number seven working our way to number one in the occupations displaying the most people with psychopathic tendencies.  Here we go!

7.  Police

When I first saw this list, I would have estimated that the police would have been rated a little higher. But it does make perfect sense that they are at number seven, because the police see the worst that our society provides every day.    They see the gruesome traffic accidents.  They see the grisly crime scenes.  They answer the calls for domestic violence.  Every day they make decisions that have to be fair and, more importantly, impartial.  In retrospect, they need some psychopathic traits in order to be good policemen.  It takes a person with lack of empathy to give a speeding ticket to mom or nana.  I am sure that scenario has been played out, usually resulting in a chilly reception at nana’s Thanksgiving dinner.

6.  Journalists

Who would have guessed this?    Here is a simple question:  Do you trust journalism in its present state?  If you said yes, you would be in the clear minority as over 70% do not trust any of the media. Could it be because of a lack of guilt widespread in the newsprint establishment?

With the national elections taking place this year, I am amazed as to how each presidential candidate is being skewered by biased journalism.  Journalism that does not seem to care about reporting anything that approaches the truth.  There have been many times when what was reported about a speech, liberally sprinkled with biased reporting, was nowhere near what was actually said during that speech.  In retrospect, it appears journalists should have been rated higher.

5.  Surgeons

Unfortunately, I have had way too much exposure to surgeons and surgery.  Happily, all of my surgeons had a very welcome business-like attitude, and instilled confidence in me before all of my surgeries.  Some decades ago, I had a very serious surgery.  I was in my late 30s, and the surgeon was younger than me.  Before the surgery, he came to my room with his surgical nurse and said, “I have looked at your x-rays, and when I get done with your surgery you are going to be my masterpiece.”  About an hour later, the nurse returned and wanted to apologize for the surgeon.  I asked why.  She said, “Because Dr. A. can be very much wrapped up in himself.”  My response?  “Maam, I feel very much more relaxed concerning this surgery because of Dr. A.’s confidence.  Did you think I wanted to hear that my surgery was extremely challenging and could be hit or miss because he wasn’t sure he could do it?”

Before this surgery, I was paralyzed from the neck down.  I did become Dr. A.’s masterpiece and have lived a full life ever since.  I am personally happy that he had psychopathic tendencies.  After all, nurses are the antithesis of surgeons and they will give you all the empathy you want.  The yin and the yang of the medical profession.

4.  Salesperson.

Much like the police, a really good salesperson needs some of the psychopathic traits.  After all, many salesmen are on some kind of commission/bonus structure that does place them in the position of having to ‘eat what you kill.’  If they don’t sell, they don’t eat.

Many salespeople provide very good service or provide information.  When I was in business, I looked forward to visits from salespeople as they would inform/educate me about new products or services.  Many of these products/services would improve my business, thereby increasing my profitability.

3.  Media (TV/Radio)

Who would have thought that different aspects of the media would take two of the top seven occupations displaying psychopathic tendencies?  What a ringing endorsement for the fact that people just do not trust the media, regardless of what type of media.

There are no shortage of political ads on the TV.  Does anyone believe that each and every one of these ads, especially the ads attacking a competitor are ever scrutinized for accuracy?  Of course not.  But yet, many believe everything they see on the TV or hear on the radio, regardless of the facts.

Unfortunately, there are no consequences for deliberately biasing reporting for political gain, or in some cases, just plain lying about what is being reported for political gain.  If there were prisons for media and journalistic liars, we would have to fence in Texas just to keep all of them incarcerated!  (We could use part of the wall between the US and Mexico to save money!)

It never was like this decades ago.  The media took pride in accurate reporting and the public had a much higher degree of acceptance.  An inaccurate report was always scrutinized.  Now, inaccurate/biased reporting is so widespread that the public has become complacent to the point of it becoming acceptable.

2.  Lawyer

Lack of empathy.   Lack of guilt.  Does any of this sound like any attorney you may know?  I know accused people are entitled to legal representation, but I have often wondered how someone could defend a murderer that they know is definitely, without question, guilty.  I know that my personality composition would not allow me to do that with a clear conscience.  “Your honor, I know my client is guilty as hell, and I recommend that he be fried in an electric chair connected to a nuclear reactor.”   Having said that, I would not make a good public defender.

But just like the TV commercial, “But wait, there’s more!”  The majority of our federal representatives are attorneys, far outweighing any other occupation.   I believe about 43%, if memory serves me correctly.  Why is that?  Maybe they were terrible attorneys and chose another avenue to fame, power and wealth.  (egocentricity?  lack of guilt?)  But as we are well aware, they all rather possess that desirable trait of having plenty of charm.  About half of the people that graduate from law school end up in a profession other than law.  Each year, law schools graduate double the number of lawyers than what is needed in the US.  Parents may want to remember this before sending your student to an expensive law school.  Drum roll please!

1.  Corporate Executive Officers (CEO)

Here again, to be a CEO for a large corporation, a few psychopathic traits would be helpful.  Do we expand or contract?  Where do we target for market penetration?  Where do we build our next facility?  Who stays, and who goes?  Many, many decisions that most people are not aware of and will never experience.   Being a CEO is not for the weak or timid.  I owned my own small company so in effect I was a CEO.  I was placed in some very uncomfortable positions where I needed to make a decision, even though I really did not want to.  I had to do what was right for the company, what was right for my employees/subcontractors and suppliers, what was best for my clients, and finally, what was right for me.

Unless you have been in business, you will never experience many of the things that business owners experience.  There were times when I paid the employees at the expense of me not getting a check for months.  I had to lay off or fire people I liked personally.  Many of  these people were great employees, but we ran out of work.   I had to fire a person that was stealing from the company.  By nature, I do not possess a lack of empathy, but I was put in a position where I had no choice.

There you have it.  Something other than politics and hopefully informative and entertaining.  But really, as you were reading this did any names come to mind about having psychopathic tendencies or traits?  I know I did.  The first name for me?  Ted Cruz.  The second name for me?  Hillary Clinton. Others?  Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.  But I want to point out one item…it is not necessarily a bad thing to have these traits.  Many of these professions are much more efficient and effective if they possess some of these traits, just not all of them.  It is only those who wrap these traits around personal gain, conceit, and selfishness that truly transforms psychopathic behavior into a true psychopath.

Oh.  The seven occupations displaying the least amount of psychopathic tendencies?  From one to seven: care aide, nurse, therapist, craftperson, beautician/stylist, charity worker and teacher.

 

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Republican National Convention. Cleveland Rocks!

The Republican National Convention was recently completed.  It ran from 18 – 21 July and took place in Cleveland, Ohio; formerly known as the ‘mistake by the lake.’  There were many interesting facets to this convention.  Some good.  Some not so good.  One of my big concerns is that Grandma P has become a political junkie.  She watched more speeches during this convention than she has watched totally in the first almost 30 years of our marriage.    She maybe missed 90 minutes of the convention.  Should I be concerned?

Anyway, it is always more interesting to talk about the negative facets first, so here we go!

NEGATIVES

Do you realize how much money a convention brings into the hosting city?  It is in the tens of millions of dollars and the competition to be the host city is only exceeded by a city wanting to host the Olympics or a Super Bowl.  So, with the convention being in Ohio, where was the governor of Ohio, John Kasich?  Oh, I remember, he was one of the many participants in the Republican debates that swore they would support the eventual Republican candidate.  So much for your word, Mr. Boob.  You did not even have the decency to appear and welcome the delegates to your state.  You are only the first of many people that went contrary to ‘your  pledge of support.’

Ted Cruz.  What more can be said about a sore loser whose ego is barely eclipsed by the size of the state he represents.  That would be Texas.  Rather than show anything that approached denoting party unity, the wienie took his opportunity to extol his virtues, without endorsing Trump.  He was rightfully booed off the stage.  The next morning, he was speaking to the Texas delegation and was asked very pointed questions as to why he did not endorse Trump, the Republican candidate, as he had pledged.    Again, it was back to his principles and he was a master at ‘politcal speak’ in that his answers chewed all around the cookie without having to take a bite.  It was obvious it was all about him.  Never mind what is good for the country or what the electorate wants.   My respect for wienie Cruz has declined into negative numbers. (Is his ego so large as to run as a third party candidate just to defeat Trump and hand the victory to Clinton?)  Ted is lucky he has two more years to his term as senator, or he probably would have lost an election this fall.

Jeb Bush.  Another of those people that pledged support to the Republican candidate that just could not find the time or effort to attend the convention or even make a statement about party unity.  Quite honestly, he was not missed.  Jeb always seemed to be out of touch with what was important to the electorate, anyway.

The two people I am rather disappointed with are George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.  As the two former Republican presidents, they could have at least made some statements via video to support the party principles and bury the hatchet about the divided party by at least wishing Trump well in his upcoming campaign.  I like and respect both of those gentlemen, and it would have been my hope that they would have risen above the butt kicking their brother/son took during the primaries and shown some interest in the political party that got them both elected.  I do not remember any former presidents shunning the following party conventions such as the Bush’s have done.

After Trump’s speech on Thursday evening, Texas billionaire Mark Cuban went into warp drive tweeting his dislike for Donald Trump, referring to him as stupid and lazy.  What is it with these Texans?  Ted Cruz, the Bush’s, and now Mark Cuban?  Just because you lost the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, doesn’t mean you should carry a grudge for almost 200 years!  Just because Trump is not from Texas, doesn’t mean he can’t be president.  So here are my words for all four of you…..“GET OVER IT!”  Do any of you four believe the country and world would be better off with President Hillary?  Mark Cuban supported Trump until a few months ago.  What happened?

POSITIVES

I was very impressed by the quality of the majority of speeches given during this convention.  Yes, there are always a couple of marginal speeches, and some were clunkers, but the vast majority were very, very good.  Did you notice how many of the speeches were given by minorities and women?

Newt Gingrich.  Some of the speeches were beyond excellent.  Newt Gingrich gave an excellent speech.  I wish my college professors were as good as Newt.  I may have gotten better grades if they were.  He laid out the difficulties our country and the world will be facing because of Islamic Muslim extremists.

The Trump Children.  I would not know how to pick the best speaker from the four Trump children that gave speeches.  Not only were the speeches outstanding in content, they were delivered to near perfection.  Donald, Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Tiffany all did an absolutely wonderful job.  If the children are truly a reflection of the parents, then I would say that Donald Trump has done an excellent job of parenting.

Melania Trump.  Another great speech by another Trump.  But almost as soon as it was completed, the Democrats started yelling ‘plagiarism,’ as 58 out of the 1400 words were similar to a speech Michelle Obama gave in 2008.  With all of the things that have happened recently, this is the what the Democrats focus on?  I would say that criticizing this speech as a part of what all is taking place in this country and the world is a clear indication of ‘pole vaulting over mouse turds’ by the Democrats.

Make America Safe Again.  Make America One Again.  Make America Great Again.  I don’t know what adviser came up with these slogans, but they pretty much framed the content of all the speeches given during the convention.  I believe all of these issues are important to the electorate. With the latest ambush of the police, with the latest terrorist attack, and with the largest racial divide occurring in this country during my lifetime, how could the electorate not be concerned about these issues?

Donald Trump.  I will give Trump an A for the content of his speech, but only a B+ for delivery.  As Grandma P pointed out, there were times when it appeared he was screaming.  (I noticed it, also.)  But Donald is a very passionate man, and it is obvious he believes the United States is heading in the wrong direction because of the policies of the present administration.  I agree with him.  He is not a professional, lifetime politician who makes large group speeches for a living and for contributions.  I find that to be an asset rather than a liability.  If he is elected, he can scream all he wants if he can correct those passionate issues.

The Party Plank.   I thought the Republican National Committee did an excellent job of framing the issues and direction of the party.  By tying the slogans with the content of the speeches, a viewer would definitely see the direction that the Republican party is taking.  Background checks for immigrants.  Check.  Second Amendment rights.  Check.  Border Security.  Check.  Reducing the national debt.  Check.  Creating jobs.  Check.  Placing citizens before immigrants.  Check.  Assuring citizen safety.  Check.  Support the police.  Check.  Rebuild the military.  Check.  Did I miss anything?  Probably.

Democratic Critique.  Now that the convention is over, Hillary and her media machine have framed the convention as nothing but ‘doom and gloom.’  Just like Chicken Little, the Republicans have been accused of promoting ‘the sky is falling, the sky is falling!’  Even though I find this somewhat amusing, I believe the issues brought forth at the convention were brutally honest about situations and conditions that need to be addressed and corrected.  Democrats apparently do not want to face these issues and continue to portray the world and our country as if everything is just hunky-dory. This is disturbing as it would be my hope that the two parties would come together to resolve some of these various, serious issues.

So there you have it, readers.  My assessment of the Republican National Convention was that I was seldom bored and it was done very professionally.  The speeches were, if not perfect, very informative.  There have been accusations that Donald Trump is not a conservative.  I cannot even fathom how that could be proposed after watching this convention.  One political pundit said it was one of the most conservative conventions he has ever witnessed.  I agree.

If Donald Trump gets elected and is able to do half of what was proposed at this convention,  the country will indeed be heading in the right direction.

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The Late Republican Party. Suicide By Stupidity!

There has been much political speculating that the Republican party will not survive if Donald J. Trump is the Republican nominee for POTUS.  I have been mulling this over and I have come to the conclusion that maybe the Republican party should not survive, and here are my reasons.

Two years ago, during the last mid-term election, the voters of America once again gave control of the House and the Senate to the Republicans.  That election should have been taken as the ‘warning shot across the bow,’ indicating that voters were no longer satisfied with the status quo or the Obama administration.  My initial thoughts were that at least, with both houses controlled by the Republican party, a set of brakes would be applied to stop the Obama insanity.  What have they done?  They were elected to overturn Obama Care, and they have not done that.  (Yes, I understand that Obama would veto anything concerning his health care program,   More on that later.)

We got rid of the gatekeeper from hell, Harry Reed,  as senate majority leader, and actually submitted and voted on budgets for the first time of the Obama administration.  Are those budgets being followed?  Are they cutting costs, eliminating waste, and reversing the spiraling national debt?  No. No. And No.

What has this Congress done?  From my viewpoint, Obama has forged ahead with all of his crazy ideas.  We elected that Congress to protect its citizens.   We elected that Congress to straighten out the financial mess that this country faces.  Why do we have this Congress, and all of the expenses of supporting it….if they don’t do anything?

With the Republicans in control of both houses, I blame them.  It has become obvious since the beginning of all those Republican presidential debates that the Republican party has lost contact with the average, conservative American.  Rather than listening to what the average American is concerned about which caused the Republicans to gain control of Congress, apparently they are too stupid to have read the tea leaves, or, they are so self-serving they just don’t care.  The perfect paragon of this was Jeb Bush.  Two years ago, he was the ‘golden boy’ of the Republican party.  He was known, and he was a dynamic fund raiser.  But how well did he do in the debates?  It was obvious that Jeb, much like the Republican party, had underestimated the concerns and anger of mainstream America.  Gun control.  Border security.  Immigration control.  Job creation.  When Jeb was talking, if you would have shut your eyes, it would have been difficult to tell which party he represented.

And there is one more very big thing that both parties have underestimated.  People are tired of the status quo, and they are really becoming tired of career politicians.  It was refreshing to see three non-political career people in the debates:  Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump.

Now here we are with less than two weeks before the Republican national convention.

Dump Trump!  Anyone but Trump!  Trump Sucks!  There is no shortage of this, and unfortunately, much of it is coming from career Republican politicians.

Here are three possible scenarios for the convention.

1.  Attempt to undermine the delegate process and replace Trump with another candidate.  

Now you would think that if your apparent front runner brought out more voters to vote in the primaries for one candidate than ever before in the history of the United States, your party would be ecstatic.  Obviously that is not the case.  There has been much talk about attempting to sabotage the delegate procedure and put someone else in, rather than Trump.  Who would they get?  That smooth talking Mitt Romney, who has gone out of his way to back stab and denigrate Trump at every possible opportunity?  His little tirades are so despicable that I am sorry I voted for him in 2012.  I would not vote for him in 2016.  Many Americans who voted for Trump during the primaries would not vote for someone else if they feel their wishes have been cast aside.  If this were done, for sure Hillary Clinton would be voted in as POTUS.

I have to admit that Trump has kind of been my guy from the beginning.  I don’t have his hats or bumper stickers or have my lawn covered with his signs.  When asked if I support Trump, my answer has always been the same, “Donald Trump may not be who you like, but he may be what this country needs.”

This is similar to the Rush Limbaugh approach.  During the debates, one Cruz supporter called his show and wanted to know why Limbaugh had yet to attack Donald Trump.  Rush’s response was priceless.  “I will not attack anyone who has a chance of defeating Hillary Clinton.”  That attitude should have been adopted by the Republican party.

2.  Run someone as a third party candidate.

This option gives me nightmares!  It brings to mind the 1992 election when Ross Perot ran against George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.  Bush was seeking his second term.  Perot, an egocentric conservative decided to enter the race.  The end result?  Bill Clinton won the election with only 42% of the popular vote.  58% of the country voted conservative, but the liberal won!

Just think.  If it weren’t for Ross Perot, we may never had heard about Bill or Hillary Clinton.

Anyway, this is the worst possible scenario for the country.  If some established Republicans decide this is feasible, they obviously don’t care what happens to this country.  Hillary Clinton would win handily if the conservative vote is again divided.

3.  Support Trump.

It would be about time for the Republican party to step up and support Trump financially and morally.  He did not win so many delegates by mistake.  There is no mistake about what he is thinking.  He may not be as eloquent as Reagan, Kennedy or FDR, but everyone understands what he is saying.

Paul Ryan has played patty cake politics with his lukewarm, milk-toast attitude.  So hear is a word of advice to Paul and all of the other backroom schemers concerning this convention:  Support the people’s candidate….or be prepared to suffer the people’s wrath at the polls!  

Mr. Ryan, you are the speaker of the House of Representatives because the people entrusted the Republican party to right this floundering ship of state.  If you or the party decide to pull any underhanded shenanigans in this convention, you will not be speaker after the election, and you may not be a representative.

You gained control of Congress to repeal Obama Care.  Will you accomplish that with Hillary Clinton as President?  You gained control of Congress to provide security to the people.  Will that occur if Clinton continues with Obama’s policies?  Closing borders, and vetting immigrants are a top concern of the average American.  Have you kept track of the number of murders being done by Islamic terrorists in our country and in other Western countries?  Will anything be done about this if Hillary is President?  The Liberals look at an open border as providing more potential voters for the Democratic party.  How about the national debt?  If people think it is a difficult economic environment now, what would happen if the US basically goes bankrupt like Greece.  Like Spain.  Like Italy.  All Western countries whose socialistic policies have created a unmanageable burden because the governments were too weak and unwilling to address the overspending.  Do you think this would improve with Hillary as president?

I am definitely tired of living under an administration where the cops and the military are the bad guys and the black thugs are the heroes.  Is this what Obama meant when he said he was going to ‘bring the country together?’  This country has never been so divided!

So, Mr. Ryan and all you career politicians that appear to be quaking because a non-career politician may see just how deep the cesspool is in Washington, D.C; I suggest that it is time to quit worrying about how you are going to be reelected, and begin doing what is right for this country.  If the Republican party does not unite to defeat Hillary Clinton, then the United States will suffer and the Republican party may very well disappear because of stupidity, timidity and internal bickering by self-centered, power hungry bureaucrats.  Is this what the Republican party wants as its legacy?

Like I said earlier, “Trump may not be who you like, but he may be what this country needs.”

Make American Great Again.  Amen.

PS.  This blog was written the afternoon before the shooting of eleven police officers in Dallas, five of them fatally.  My heartfelt condolences to the families of these policemen that were murdered by snipers in a coordinated attack during a protest.  Some of these officers were standing in support with the protesters.

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Microscope or Telescope? Which are You?

Are you glad the presidential party debates are finally over?  Oh yeah! Me, too.

Now it is finally down to two presumptive candidates.  Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald J. Trump for the Republicans.  Now the candidates can at least begin sniping at each other.

The one thing that I noticed is the prevalent concerns of each party.  The Democrats  were debating about totally different subjects than the Republicans.  So as I am watching this, I notice that there is a clear pattern for each parties concerns.

The Democrats were mostly concerned about personal issues.  Their biggest concerns were about the taking or granting of individual rights; or dispensing federal monies to people in a not very discreet manner to garner votes.  Because they focused on mostly individual issues, I associate them with microscopes.  

Let’s examine some of these issues:

Free College Tuition

Bernie Sanders could not say enough about free college tuition for every person that wants it.  How was the wise Bernie going to pay for this very costly perk?  Well, he was going to tax the hell out of those mean, successful, profiteering corporations.  You know who these corporations are.  They are the people that provide jobs, buy raw materials, build facilities and purchase equipment to keep our economy running.  Out of the other side of his mouth, he wants to punish any corporation that moves manufacturing facilities or corporate headquarters out of the US.  Well, I have gone into this at length in previous blogs, but here is the abridged version.  The corporate taxes in the United States are the highest in the world at a whooping 40%.  The average corporate taxes in the world are 22%, with Ireland having a corporate tax rate of 18%.  Thus, Ireland has turned itself from bust to boom in ten years by attracting corporations to move to their country, many from the US.  But…just so you totally understand the corporate tax problem in the US we need to go a bit further.  That 40% is the federal corporate tax rate.  Then you need to add the state corporate tax rates with some states having a corporate tax rate of an additional 10%.  Are you beginning to understand why American companies are moving their facilities to foreign countries?  Much of it has to do with the US corporate tax rate and the fact that they need to be able to compete on the stage of the global economy.  If the US company is paying combined taxes of 50%, and the Irish company is paying 18%, who will grow and prosper in the long run?  Bernie has microscopic vision on this subject, all in the hopes of garnering young voters at the expense of the federal government.

Who Uses Which Bathrooms? 

Do you understand the new federally mandated bathroom laws?  I am so confused I am beginning to question my own sexuality.  Have I been missing something during my existence as a heterosexual male?  But the POTUS is touting this as a major step forward.  So, here we are again, with the federal government tampering with how individuals should live.  I am rather perplexed that there is not enough going on in this world and in this country that the POTUS has to take a microscopic view of bathroom habits.

Gun Control

The microscopes, oops, I mean Democrats, are outdoing themselves on this issue.  The most recent event at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is a tragedy by any measure.  If you were to believe the Democrats and the biased liberal media , this assault rifle walked into the nightclub with his date, a Glock pistol.  Then these two weapons arbitrarily began killing 50 people.  Isn’t that about the way this whole, gruesome event has been portrayed?  Let me take another cut at this event.  Unfortunately, another American grown radical Islamic terrorist has committed another act of violence.  Did I say radical Islamic terrorist?  Holy crap!  I have just used words that have not been spoken by the POTUS, EVER!  And, you can further connect this event with the San Bernadino shooting and the Fort Hood shooting.  Guns were the weapon of choice, but the killers were all radical Islamic terrorists.  (Bombs were the weapon of choice in Boston.)  So the Democrat response?  A sit-in at the House of Representatives.  How childish.  Let me make this perfectly clear.  It is not gun control people, it is people control.  But let us bury our head in the sand and maybe it will all go away.  I wish it were that easy.  If Clinton, Obama and Sanders are so against guns, then maybe the Secret Service personnel protecting them should set an example and give up their weapons.  Do you think they would allow that?

I am all for stringent background checks.  But regardless of the procedure, the murderers in the three incidences mentioned above did not have difficulty procuring weapons.

Other Microscopic (personal) items

The Democrats are not for any type of border containment, thus allowing the free movement of illegal immigrants into the country.  Additionally, all in the name of reminding us that this country is a melting pot, unlimited access to peoples from Islamic countries without background checks.  Would you be surprised to learn that many illegal immigrants are voting and swaying the outcomes of our elections?  That is because the Democrats have led the charge for not having government issued photo ID’s in most states.  But…we will grant these illegal immigrants or immigrants from Islamic countries full benefits as if they are citizens.  All of this at federal government expense.  All of this to garner votes.

So now we discuss the telescopes.  A telescope is a far-reaching piece of equipment, with a much wider field of vision.    I associate the Republican party with a telescope.

National Debt

Trump and many other Republicans have certainly discussed the national debt, which is now four times larger than it was at the end of the Bush administration.  Have the microscopes made any mention of that debt?  Have they offered any suggestions about reducing or curtailing it?  I have not heard a word.  Trump is a business man, and he knows that nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will survive in its present form if that debt is not addressed.  We will create a world recession that will make the Great Depression look like a migraine headache.  This country cannot afford to continually prop up those that do not wish to work or contribute to the well-being of this country.  Welfare and social security cannot continue in its present form.

Military

The present administration has decimated our military.  Not only has it reduced the size, but the POTUS conveniently dispatched any generals and admirals that disagreed with his policies.  That would be over 400 experienced people over the term of this president.  The Republicans want to rebuild the military.  Whether this country wants to face it or not, we have enemies.  There are no shortage of countries that would like to see this country, our financial systems, and our dollar all brought to its knees.  The Republicans understand this, the Democrats want to avoid the issue and continue to spend.

Creating Jobs

Remember all those corporations discussed earlier and the federal tax rate?  Well, the Republicans want to cut that rate to stop the out flux of jobs from this country.  There is no Democrat in favor of this.  But here again, corporate taxes account for less that 20% of the monies received by the federal government.  The balance is from the American worker.  So, if we create more jobs, we will have less welfare and more federal tax revenue.  Sounds easy.  So why hasn’t it been done?  It has been.  By JFK and Ronald Reagan most notably.

Illegal Immigrants

Here it finally is.  The political hot button for the upcoming election.  We have all heard about Trump’s proposal to ‘build the wall.’    Whether it gets built or not, I do know this….the security on our borders needs to be vastly improved.  Not only are illegal Hispanics crossing our southern border, but so are some of these radical Islamic terrorists.  They are hiring the Mexicans to show them how to cross our border to enter this country!  I totally agree with Trump on his wanting to do background checks on people coming from Islamic countries.  I think we should do background checks on people wanting to come from any country.

Have you gotten the gist of this blog?  I hope so or I have failed in my intent.  It appears to me that the Democrats are focusing on individual items in the pursuit of more votes and to perpetuate the status quo.  The Republicans appear to focus on national and world issues.  We may not like what they are focusing on, but for the betterment of the country, we better start paying more attention.

Our society has become very self-centered and government dependent.    We will support anything that does not affect us.  You can screw over my neighbor, just as long as you leave me alone.  That attitude will be the demise of this once great nation.