In 1980, presidential candidate Ross Perot used the metaphor of a “giant sucking sound” to warn our citizens on the dangers of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. He correctly predicted that many of our factories would relocate to Mexico to take advantage of lower labor costs. His critics said, “Good riddance. We will replace those low paying jobs with good paying high-tech jobs!”
Well that giant sucking sound from Mexico paled by comparison to the ginormous sucking sound from China. Surely you’ve heard it! China not only sucked the bulk of our manufacturing jobs out of the U.S., it also sucked a good portion of those high-tech jobs away from our country along with the bulk of our technology.
I remember being in a state of shock in 1996, when I learned that the Chinese began launching our satellites. Both American industry and state-owned Chinese companies had been lobbying for years to get satellites off what is known as the ”munitions list,” the inventory of America’s most sensitive military and intelligence-gathering technology. Continue reading “China’s Giant Sucking Sound”
Mandatory recycling is the least effective way to take care of the nation’s trash and it is getting more expensive by the day. One of the least reported stories this past year is that China has stopped taking our recyclables.
Yes, you thought you were helping the environment by meticulously separating your garbage into piles and placing paper, plastic and cans into separate bins to be recycled only to learn that much of it had to be shipped halfway around the world to be disposed. How does that make sense?
Now that China has stopped accepting our recyclables, we are still shipping some of it overseas to places like Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Indonesia. Continue reading “Mandatory Recycling is Garbage”
As State of the Union speeches go they are usually yawners. This one, with few exceptions, was a barn burner.
If you missed it, don’t worry; you will see its most dramatic moments replayed over and over in Republican 2020 campaign ads. Trump deftly used this address to expose the Democrats soft underbelly of open borders, devoid of bipartisanship and reason.
The president set the tone when he invited Democrats to “Choose between greatness or gridlock, results or resistance, vision or vengeance, incredible progress or pointless destruction.” Clearly the Democrats, with few exceptions, decided on, gridlock, resistance, vengeance and destruction.
Democratic women, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, did themselves no favor by wearing white, which they said was to express solidarity with working women around the country. They want us to believe Continue reading “SOTU Exposes Democrats Soft Underbelly (A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Insincere Words)”
According, to Washington’s messiah, Bob Woodward, one of President’s Trump’s aides (allegedly Chief of Staff John Kelly) described the White House as “crazytown.” That was proof positive to Trump’s detractors in Congress that his cabinet and/or Congress should take the steps necessary to remove him from office.
But wait! Stop the presses! The inter-workings of Congress have been described — more times than I can count — as “herding cats.” What could be crazier than that? That should be reason enough to impeach the entire Congress. Do the country a great service and get rid of all those career politicians, most of whom have never held a real job, in one fell swoop. What a relief that would be!
Another of Woodward’s sources (allegedly Defense Secretary Jim Mattis) said the president had the mentality of a fifth grader. Continue reading “More “Crazytown” Please!”
So now we know why Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer looked as if they were sucking on lemons during President Trump’s State of the Union address. They wanted him to thank Obama for all the good economic news he was touting.
That’s why members of the Congressional (Democrat) Black Caucus could not bring themselves to cheer when Trump announced that the black unemployment rate was now the lowest in the history of our nation.
Most forget that the financial crisis that occurred from the housing bubble in 2008 was ended before Obama took office. The recession that followed was made worse by his pathetic attempt to micromanage the economy. This led to the nation’s weakest economic recovery in modern history. And let us not forget the $800 billion dollars Obama fleeced out of we the taxpayers for those shovel-ready jobs. I think it is safe to say that if that $800 billion had been spend as advertised, we would not have an infrastructure problem now. In fact, many of our roads and bridges would be paved with gold. Continue reading “No Thank You Obama”
Hillary Clinton served up a tired old economic plan like last week’s old lunch. It contained everything Obama tried eight years ago that stifled the economic recovery that began after the financial crisis was ended by George W. Bush. These policies resulted in a pathetic average growth rate of around 1 1/2 percent.
During the Obama years the number of Americans below the poverty line increased 3.5 percent. The number of Americans on Food Stamps increased 39.5 percent and median household income decreased 2.3 percent and a real unemployment rate of 10.1 percent. Meanwhile, the national debt has doubled from roughly $10 to $20 trillion leaving us the most indebted country in the world.
The first thing Hillary retrieved from her dumpster dive was a massive new government jobs program: “We will put Americans to work building and modernizing our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our railways, our ports, our airports.” Wasn’t that what Obama promised with the $750 billion he fleeced out of we the taxpayers for “shovel-ready jobs”? Continue reading “Hillary Goes Dumpster Diving for Economic Plan”
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama, once again, told us that “the state of the union is strong.” Our citizens know differently. Here’s what Obama didn’t tell you:
- The unemployment rate may be down, but the labor participation rate is a paltry 62.6 percent. It is still stuck at a 38 year low.
- The average hourly pay also is stuck, sliding one cent last month to $25.24. That left the growth of average pay at 2.5 percent for the year, well below the 3.5 percent economists consider healthy.
- The same goes for health care. The percentage of adults without coverage remains at around 12%. Meanwhile, Obamacare premiums skyrocketed an average of 7.5%.
- The Dow Jones industrial average, faded by 2.2 percent, its first down year since 2008.
Armed with this knowledge, I was much more interested in Monday night’s report on the “State of the Family” delivered by Tony Perkins at the Family Research Council Continue reading “The State of the Family”
After months of presidential promises on an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens (i.e. immigration reform), Obama punted. In June, he put us all on notice that, when he returned from his August vacation, he would use his pen to do what Congress would not do.
A strange thing happened during those weeks of endless golf rounds on Martha’s Vineyard. Public opinion polls tanked on the idea and Senate Democrats, worried about their reelections, began taking the president to task over his plan to by-pass Congress.
Last week, a Rasmussen poll found that 62 percent of likely voters are against the president’s proposed action. Furthermore, 57 percent believe this action to be illegal.
It is little wonder that Senate Democrats in conservative states began heading for the tall grass. It wasn’t long before the president followed. Continue reading “Beware of Obamanesia”
Two topics dominate the news this week: the Super Bowl and the president’s annual State of the Union address.
The Super Bowl is expected to draw some 111 million viewers; The State of the Union address was viewed by some 30 million. The Super Bowl has no real impact on our lives while the state of our union is of upmost important to every citizen. So why the disparity?
It’s simple: The Super Bowl means something to the teams involved and to their respective fans. There will be an end result: a winner and a loser. The State of the Union address and the response from the Republican Party, which controls the House of Representatives, is mere rhetoric, empty words. To borrow from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, they are full of “sound and furry, signifying nothing.” Continue reading “The Super Bowl vs State of the Union”
(With Apologies to Clement Clark Moore, Henry Livingston, Jr. or Anonymous)
Twas the night before Cliffmas, when all through the House
Republicans were wondering if their leader was a man or a mouse;
The parameters for the budget talks had been set out with care,
In hopes that a compromise soon would be there.
The taxpayers were uneasy, not snug in their beds,
While visions of higher rates danced in their heads;
And mom with her checkbook and dad with the bills,
Had just settled down with a bottle of pills, Continue reading “Twas the Night before Cliffmas”