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Mexifornia! Could We Be So Lucky To See It Happen?

Have you heard about the rumblings coming from the left (West) coast about California seceding from the Union?  Yeah, I have heard those rumblings, too.  So, like a desperate poker player in a high stakes tournament, I am throwing all of my chips into the pot and calling their bluff.  But….before we all get hasty about our opinion on this matter, let’s review the pros and the cons to the State of California and to the United States of America as a result of a California succession.

The advantages for California.

Did you see on the news this morning that the Department of Justice is filing suit against California over the issue of non-cooperation between ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and California law enforcement agencies?  Yup.  Many of the mayors of large cities in California have directed their law enforcement agencies not to cooperate with any federal enforcement agency.  The mayor of Oakland warned illegal immigrants that there was an impending ICE sweep.   So, if California seceded, this would all go away.  Problem solved for the future Mexifornia!  No matter if a person is there illegally, or if they have a criminal record, they would all be welcome with open arms in the new, tolerant country of Mexifornia.

California has 53 Representatives in Congress.  They could disband their state legislature, and these 53 representatives could replace them and save lots of money.  That just leaves two US Senators out in the wind.  That would be Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.  But think of this, maybe Dianne Feinstein could become the president of Mexifornia, as she is the senior senator, and Kamala Harris could become Vice President.  For this to happen, Governor Jerry Brown would have to retire so as to not mess up the pecking order.  But Jerry will be 80 years old next month and should retire.  After all, Governor Jerry is responding to the DOJ lawsuit as a ‘political stunt.’  He goes on to say that ‘political stunts’, (in this case, federal laws!), will not work in California.  Way to go Jerry!  Now if we could only get you to go out the door to retirement so that we can implement our plan to make Dianne Feinstein president of Mexifornia.

Just think of the cabinet that could be selected for Mexifornia.  The Kardashian sisters could be the joint secretaries of state.  After all, what group would know more about international affairs?  If experience is the best teacher, that great liberal political contributor, Harvey Weinstein should be the Human Resources director.  The door would have to be removed from his office for security reasons and his office must be devoid of any sofas or couches.

I would nominate Kathy Griffin for Mexifornia Homeland Security.  Firstly, she scares the hell out of me, so that would make her qualified.  Secondly, wouldn’t you like to see Donald Trump holding her bloody head at a White House press briefing?  Just sayin’.

If California seceded, they could raise the taxes on everything and everybody without recourse.  If a bunch of foreign conservatives (those from the USA!) were visiting Disneyland or taking the Hollywood tour, they could have an additional 100% tariff assessed to their tickets.  Nancy Pelosi would absolutely love the opportunity to assess ridiculous amount of tariffs to visiting conservatives.  After all, she is the person responsible for saying that the $1000 employee bonuses as a result of the Trump tax plan were ‘crumbs.’  With that in mind, the entrance fee to visit Disneyland would be a crumby $1500 per day per person, or, in other words….a crumb and a half per person.  She has also said that the latest federal budget proposal is a lot of ‘dog-do.’  How would Disney like to be paid in that?  Yup.  She qualifies as the new head of the IRS for Mexifornia.

The new country of Mexifornia would not have to be concerned about enforcing voter registration eligibility laws.  Oh wait, that is not an advantage, they don’t enforce these laws now.  California follows the blood pressure theory of voter eligibility….if you have a pulse, you can vote.  But here is an advantage, most of the Mexifornia citizens could vote in two countries, Mexifornia and Mexico.  The next time I visit Mexico, I am going to vote in their election.  Isn’t that what reciprocity is all about?

In all seriousness, I believe that if a vote was to be taken in California on succession, it would be a close election.  With 39 of the 53 US Representatives being liberals, you can see my point.  (20% of the Democratic US Respresetatives in Congress come from California.)

Advantages to the United States with a California Succession

A big advantage for the US of A would be that the Department of Justice would not have to enforce federal jurisdiction over the new country of Mexifornia.  This would save the taxpayers money and the DOJ a whole lot of headaches.  No cost for FBI agents in Mexifornia.  No cost for Border Patrol in Mexifornia.  No ICE agents in Mexifornia.  Isn’t that what California wants?  That would save lots of money for the US.

Here is another advantage for the USA.  The average staff salaries for a US senator is $2.8 million for Democratic senators, and $2.3 million for Republican senators.  But not to be outdone, in 2011 the two California senators were 1 and 2 in having the highest senatorial staff salaries.  Barbara Boxer was at $4.412 million and Dianne Feinstein was at $4.125 million for their respective staff salaries.  Yup.  They won and placed in the senatorial staff salary horse race.  You can imagine that Kamala Harris is not far behind after replacing Boxer.  That would be almost $10 million saved for the USA team.  But wait…..there’s more!  The average staff budgets for a Democratic representative is $1.024 million, while that for a Republican representative is $900 thousand.  That would save about another $53 million.  Throw in travel expenses and miscellaneous expense accounts, it would be a fair estimate that we would save about $100 million in the US budget.  I have no plausible explanation as to why staff salaries are much higher for the Democrats than the Republicans.  I guess the Democrats just want to spend more money.

As I am the blog writer, I am going to exercise my right of literary license and insert an advantage for the succession of California that may only be of benefit to me.  I would do anything not to have to hear Nancy Pelosi on the national news expounding idiotic drivel that she does so well.  I have already referred to the ‘crumbs’ comment and the one about ‘dog-do.’  Yet, there she is, getting way more camera time than one nitwit deserves.  I would do anything not to have to hear Maxine Waters talk about how she is going to get Donald Trump removed from the oval office, even if she has to do it herself physically.   She wants to impeach him.  No respect.  No cooperation.  Just more Californian drivel.  Again, another example of getting excessive media attention.  It seems that the more insane their comments..the more media attention.  (I do not think I am alone in this belief.)  If Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts would move to the succeeding California, my life would be complete!

Then there are the overly verbal, whackadoodles in Hollywood.  These are the elite people who spend way too much time attempting to convince you that they are average Americans, just like you and me.  Then they jump into their chauffeur driven limousines, head to some who-gives-a-crap ceremony, and award themselves more trophies and adoration.  They spew their political opinions as if anyone gives a damn.  News flash!  America is waking up to the fact that most of you don’t have a clue what average America is about, nor do we care about your political rantings.

Here’s an advantage to the US.  Think of how much fun it would be to replace California, so we could be back to an even fifty states.  Think of the possibilities!  Puerto Rico?  Nah.  Guam?  Maybe.  Samoa?  I would vote for the Western, free Samoa rather than American Samoa.  If you have been to them, you would know what I mean.  Cuba?  Only by invasion, but don’t totally eliminate it.  Possibly Ontario?  No.  Trudeau would get upset and ban Canadian hockey teams from playing in America.  Bummer, eh.  I cast my vote that the Virgin Islands replace California as the fiftieth state.  That way, we will not have to replace our flags.  Small population = less representatives.   Problem solved.

With all the bluster that comes out of California, here is one advantage for the US that many people are not aware.  California has 17% of the population in the United States.  California receives 34% of all social/welfare dollars distributed in the United States.  If my math and information is correct, that means that the state of California receives over $250 billion dollars from the federal government every year.  That is not chump change or crumbs or dog-do.  And yet they want to flaunt the fact that they do not want to abide by federal government laws, especially those pertaining to immigration.

Trump has threatened to withhold different federal funds for California non-compliance.  Faster than a firecracker, some Federal judge from the left coast will place an injunction on the withholding of the funds.  California getting money from the federal government is like a vasectomy….they want all the fun without the responsibility.

With all of this in mind, who really needs who?  California, with their already high real estate and income taxes would go bust in a second without federal government support.  If I were from California, I would muzzle my politicians, replace them with intelligent people and tread lightly on the succession question.  Maybe it should be left up to the other 49 states to vote if California should secede.  Wouldn’t that be interesting.

I think my ‘all in’ poker ploy has caused all the bluffers to fold.  Another pot for Grandpa T!

How Far Will You Go to Protect a Legacy? (Even a Bad One?)

In eleven days, Donald J. Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, thus ending the eight year tenure of Barack Hussein Obama.  It has become apparent that all thoughts and efforts, as of the November election, have turned to preserving the legacy of the outgoing 44th President.  Secondarily, it has become apparent that the Democratic party is also trying to preserve some kind of legacy.

What exactly is Barack Obama’s legacy going to be?

Obama Care?  (The Affordable Care Act that was not so affordable?)

Quadrupling the national debt to a staggering $20 trillion, plus or minus a few hundred billion?

Overseeing the military response to Benghazi?

The picture of American sailors on their knees after being captured by the Iranian navy?

The picture of him kissing the ring of the King of Saudi Arabia?

“If I had a son, he would be just like Trayvon Martin.”

Placing the most people in US history on welfare and food stamps?

Overseeing 19 million people leaving the US work force?

Help me out here!  I am trying to come up with something positive for POTUS 44 to hang his hat on, and I am coming up short.  He will be the first black President, but that is obvious and now I may be branded a racist for pointing out the obvious.  He may very well be the first Muslim President.  This has never been confirmed by the liberal-biased main stream media.  Of course, any media outlet that would have the cajoles to speculate about his religious preference would immediately be branded as ‘Islamophobic.’   Ah, but there is something that can be attributed to POTUS 44.  Political correctness!  We have now been inundated with people being black, gay, lesbian, illegal alien, transgender and a host of other things as not only being equal to the citizenry of the United States, but being special!  If you do not buy into that program, you are automatically branded as a racist, xenophobe, Islamophobic or any other of a myriad of phobias with negative connotations.  So, I, Grandpa T, hereby declare POTUS 44 as the President of Political Correctness.  Ta  da!  I knew I could come up with something positive.

But, with all the baloney aside, have you noticed the efforts on the part of Obama and the Democratic Party to save Obamacare?  Let me provide a little history for edification.  In 2009, immediately after being inaugurated, and with control of both the House of Representative and the Senate, the Affordable Care Act was rammed down the throats of the country.  It was not so much of an issue of being passed, but how it was passed.  It was passed without anyone knowing what was in it as it was almost 2000 pages long.  It was passed without any input by the Republican party, regardless if they had ideas that would have improved the bill or not.  It was passed by the Democratic Party without anyone  reading the bill.  Do you remember those infamous words of March 9, 2010 by the vaunted Nancy Pelosi?  “We will have to pass this bill to find out what is in it.”  Say what?  This is how government works?  Even at the time, I was shocked that so stupid a statement by Nancy Pelosi and so stupid an action by our Democratic controlled government took place.  Instead of ‘shoot first, and ask questions later,’ our Federal legislature decided to ‘enact first and work out details later.’  At the time of enactment, the Democratic Party basked in the glory of having taken total credit for the Affordable Care Act without interference or input from the opposing party.

Now comes the election of 2016 and with it comes the the victor, the future Non-Political Correctness POTUS 45, Donald J. Trump.  Donald, being a successful businessman by all measures, knows the Affordable Care Act is too costly for the users and it is just not working.  The promises made, such as lowering health care costs and being able to keep you present physician, turned out to be false.

So now we get to the legacy of what the current Democratic Party will have for now and in the future. That legacy will include being whiners, criers, divisive, counter-productive, poor losers and not being able to grasp reality.

Beginning with the Affordable Care Act, the Democrats are saying (even before Trump is inaugurated) that the Republicans do not have a plan. In reality, there are about 15 different plans floating around, and hopefully, there will be constructive discussion about what is the best and most affordable plan for America, utilizing the best from each plan including some parts of the original Affordable Care Act.  Of course, the Democrats do not want to replace the Affordable Care Act because they dubbed it Obamacare.  And, by totally repealing it as the Republicans have promised, would tarnish the largest part of the outgoing POTUS’s legacy.  I do not see the Republican controlled legislature replacing Obamacare without discussion and input from both sides….something the Democrats did not do in 2009.  But I would also like to point out that if the Democrats would have taken the time and effort to improve, read, and cooperate concerning the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, it would not have to be repealed today.  You screwed up…all to buy votes.

As poor losers, the Democratic party is going all out to purvey that Donald Trump’s presidency as not being legitimate.  They cannot believe, or get over the fact that their candidate is not being crowned ‘Queen Hillary the First’ in eleven days.  Never mind that she never campaigned in the formerly blue states because of over-confidence in winning them.  Never mind that her opponent made three times more speeches and campaign stops than she did.  Never mind that her campaign palaver was based on poor versus rich, common people versus large, evil corporations or that the common American could not survive without the interference and support of a bloated federal government.

But Hillary, here is where you lost the election.  95% of my and Grandma P’s friends and acquaintances are either college graduates or military veterans, or both.  90% of them supported Donald Trump.  And you, Hillary, from the view of your ivory tower, determined that you were omnipotent and were justified in calling us and our friends, deplorable and irredeemable, because we supported Trump. All of this from a woman whose husband was a draft dodger.  All of this from a woman that allowed four Americans to be murdered in Benghazi.  Who is deplorable now?

The Trump presidency will be considered illegitimate because Hillary won the popular vote.  Hillary did win the popular vote. (Thank God for the electoral college!)  But if you subtract the votes from one state, California, Trump wins 49 states and Hillary will be the ‘Queen of California!’  We need to take a closer look at California.  California has a Hispanic population of 14,990,000.  It has a Caucasian population of 14,920,000, 5,736,098 Asians, 2,552,858 blacks, and 648,172 American Indians.  This gives California a total population of 39,487,345.  But here is where it gets interesting.  34% of the United States population receiving welfare, live in California even though California accounts for only 12% of the total US population!  To simplify, there are 23,113,200 welfare recipients living in California…over half its population!  So, if you subtract the votes received from both candidates that were cast in California, Trump wins!  Now I am going to speculate and put myself out on the ‘xenophobic’ limb; how many illegal aliens do you suppose voted in California?  If the United States required voter ID’s to vote, such as the picture ID’s with thumb print and hologram as required in Mexico to vote, how do you think the vote total would change?  Hmmm. (California needs to re-think the idea of ‘sanctuary cities.’  Without federal aid, it would be bankrupt in seconds!)

I forgot.  The Russians are responsible for skewing the election to Donald Trump.  Even though the US intelligence community has said numerous times that the Russkies did not directly affect the vote total, that is not what the Democrats want to purvey.  Never mind that John Podesta’s email account password was, well, ‘password’.  Those darn Russkies released all kinds of unsavory things that skewered the election.  Unsavory Clinton foundation illegal foreign contributions?  Paid demonstrators to disrupt Trump rallies?  What were those Russkies thinking?

Did you know that there are efforts in five states to keep Trump off the ballot in 2020?  Yup. Maryland, California (no surprise there!), Maine, Massachusetts and New York are all trying to take his name off the ballot if he does not release his tax statements.  I never knew one’s tax statements were a condition of running for office.  Talk about sore losers!

Of course, in true whiner, crier, divisive and counter-production form, the Democrats are already toting that they will fight against any supreme court justice nominee, and play devil’s advocate and fight most cabinet nominee appointments.  None of this was done by the Republican party in 2009 after Obama was inaugurated, but the Democrats, with their addled thinking, are justifying why they will do it now.

So what has the Democratic party become?  Do you remember any riots, protests, movie star bad-mouthing, politicians swearing non-cooperation when the incoming Obama was elected in 2008?  No?  That’s because there weren’t any!  Bad behavior, lack of respect, the use by celebrities to use their station in life to exacerbate lack of respect, the promise of non-cooperation by politicians now in the political minority are only traits of today’s Democratic party.  That is what the ‘ivory tower’ attitude, justified in their own minds, Democratic party has become.  With all of the Democratic machinations that have taken place since the election, Hillary really needs to reevaluate who the ‘deplorable and irredeemable’ really are.  It’s you.  And this will be the Barack Obama and Democratic party legacy.

‘Educated Idiots’ – Did That Really Come Out of Your Mouth?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Yes, it’s that ‘tweener’ time of the year.  That crazy, mystical time of the year when both holidays fall in the middle of the week.  Do I get mail?  What stores are open?  When do the kids go to school?  It is the ‘mystical’ time of the year because we are inundated with that great American tradition – college football bowl games!  I have been watching them for a week and the great games are yet to come!  Yippee skippee!

Yesterday was the second anniversary of my official beginning of writing this blog, December 28.  Even though I fought and struggled to write this blog yesterday, the mind was somewhat willing, but the body was definitely weak.  As a result of it being a Sunday, I decided to take a much needed break from watching the college bowl games.  There weren’t any televised yesterday anyway.   I watched the pro games.

Anyway, its time to get back to work!  (Or in my case – back to retirement!)

Have you ever been dumbfounded by some of the things that come out of the mouths of supposedly educated people?  I know I have.  Early in life I discovered that not all educated people have ‘street smarts.’  For instance, while someone that has an advanced degree could max any college test known to man and could rate at the top of a mensa entrance exam, he may not know how to change a lightbulb.  These people have all the ‘book’ smarts that one could possibly have and yet would not likely know how to change a flat tire if their lives depended on it.    We all know some of these people.  I have a term for them – educated idiots.  They are not stupid, they just did not inherit that gene that provides them the ability to cope with every day, common sense situations.  Thinking ‘on their feet is not one of their fortes.

I once had a young junior officer in my military unit that had a master’s degree in engineering.  Everyone outside the military would always emphasize that he was a brilliant person, a genius by all measures!  I had two incidences with him.  The first was when a field grade officer, as a reward after a successful evaluation, brought two large watermelons into our field headquarters for the staff.  The young officer asked the Major where he got the watermelons.  The Major pointed into the woods and jokingly replied that he found them in a ‘wild watermelon patch’ located about 200 yards from our headquarters area.  Now I need to point out that there is no such thing as a ‘wild watermelon patch,’ much less one to be found in the overgrowth of a coniferous/deciduous forest.  There was plenty of watermelon for everyone present, but the young officer decided he would be a hero and search for more watermelons.   Before we knew it, and before we realized what he was going off to do, he spent two hours looking for that watermelon patch!

My second incident with the junior officer was when he was required to write a statement that was approximately three sentences long.  He had to write this in long hand, as there were no computers or processors available for this form.  I was appalled.  Both his handwriting, spelling and grammar were at a third grade level!

Eventually, he was discharged from the military.  In retrospect, I missed an opportunity.  If I were to have asked him how the pyramids were built, he might have ended centuries of curiosity with his likely profound explanation.

Enough about my life experiences with ‘educated idiots.’  I am going to provide statements from political figures and you will provide the name of the ‘educated’ person that gave that statement.  I was going to do this with movie and television celebrities as some of their statements are astonishing.  It was decided that most of them are not educated and I would be writing for another two years to cover their statements.  Here we go……….

What graduate of both Wellesley College and Yale Law School said the following:  “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics.  That has been tried.  That has failed.”  This person made this statement while campaigning for a gubernatorial candidate in the last election.

Who made this statement?  Wait for it……wait for it……..Hillary Rodham Clinton, on October 24, 2014, while campaigning for Martha Coakley who was running for governor of Massachusetts.  Hasn’t Hillary Clinton been lauded as the smartest woman in Washington?  If corporations and businesses do not create jobs, exactly who does?  I believe we have witnessed and experienced a Freudian slip with Madam Clinton supporting a much bigger government.  After this speech was televised, Madam Clinton’s minions attempted to do damage control by saying she really wanted to address corporate tax cuts and corporate outsourcing.  If that is indeed the case, it surely appears she missed the mark.

Which President said this?  “Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter.”

Admittedly, I had to throw this one into the mix, just so I had one conservative comment.  This was said by George ‘Dubya’ Bush at his last G-8 summit.  He said this as he was punching the air and grinning while departing Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008.   ‘Dubya’ had received much negative publicity from the liberal media because he did not sign the Kyoto Agreement concerning global pollution.  He did not sign it because China and India did not sign it, and they are the world’s largest polluters.

Ready for another one?  Which graduate of Trinity Washington University with a BA in political science said the following:  “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

I am throwing you an underhand softball on this one.  Think about it.  Time is up!  This statement was made by house speaker Nancy Pelosi while waxing poetic about President Obama’s healthcare law on March 9th, 2010.  As one pundit pointed out, this was similar to someone handing you a plate of Tuna Surprise, and you said “Hey, what’s the surprise in your Tuna Surprise?” and they said,”…..why don’t you eat it and find out?”  It appears we are being more and more surprised by the Affordable Healthcare Act as time goes on.

Here is another one.  Which person, with a BA from MIT and a PhD from Harvard said the following: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.  And basically, call it the ‘stupidity of the American voter’ or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

If you don’t remember his name, you certainly remember his face.  Those comments were made by Jonathan Gruber, one of the Obama administration’s consultants on the Affordable Care Act.  Additionally, Gruber said the following, “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes.”  All of these comments were made and recorded at the Annual Health Economics Conference held in 2013.

It is difficult to respond to not only the statement, but to the methods of getting this bill passed.  Rush Limbaugh said, “There you go, America.  That is what the Democrat Party thinks of you.  They think most people are incompetent and will make the wrong decisions if living a life of self-reliance.”

On December 24, 2009, the United States Senate passed the Affordable Care Act with a vote of 60-39.  The vote was split precisely on party lines, with one abstention.  On March 21, 2010, the House of Representatives voted to pass the senate version of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 219-212.  All of the pro votes were from Democrats.  The against votes were from all 178 Republicans and 34 dissenting Democrats.

As you well remember, the Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House at the time.  Now we find out that even though our President promised government transparency, this law, commonly known as Obamacare, was passed in a very non-transparent manner.

So who are the real idiots to whom Jonathan Gruber was referring?  In retrospect, I don’t think it was the American voter.  I think it was the representatives that were elected to represent our best interests – those that passed this law.  They passed this 2000 page law without having read it, or without any clue as to how it was to be administered and managed.  Look at the problems associated with the website.  This falls right into the presidential feel-good political motto of Hope and Change.  I have often wondered what we were supposed to hope for and what exactly we were changing?  Again, I don’t think our representatives have a clue, but it all sounds good and doesn’t it give the voter a warm and fuzzy feeling?  More than a few voters may have heard harps and seen rainbows and unicorns at the mere chant of Hope and Change!

Who may have become the smartest people in the last few years?  Contrary to what the eminent Johnathan Gruber says, I think the smartest people are the American voters.  Why?  Because in four short years  we have gone from a Democrat-controlled House and Senate to a Republican-controlled House and Senate that will be sworn in on January 5.  Now that’s what I call Hope, followed by a whopper of a Change! Do you think this is what Obama had in mind with his motto?

I mentioned that December 28 marks the second anniversary of Common Sense by Grandpa T.  On our one year anniversary, we had 42,556 unique hits on our website.  It was most humbling.  This year, on the second anniversary, we have had 130,612 unique hits!  Amazing!  I want to thank the Bayou Mauler for the much appreciated editing and my Houston Nefoo for his graphics.  Without them this would not be possible.  I would also like to thank the three avid readers that diligently follow my blogs.