"We Must Do Something"

© 2018 Jim Spence - The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is one hell of a drug. You see it being abused everywhere and few people seem to understand how drug addiction is destroying developed nations all around the world.
The syndrome was perhaps best exposed in Ayn Rand’s classic book, “Atlas Shrugged.” In her epic work, Rand sheds light on what happens to a society when “We Must Do Something Syndrome” reaches the ultimate inevitability that is inherent with all false assumptions. Society sinks into a bureaucratic abyss, freedoms are curtailed, and living standards plunge.
Trace the history of “We Must Do Something Syndrome” and you will find it had a seemingly harmless beginning. Before civilizations organized, anarchy existed. And because civil human beings want to improve society they created government. On a limited basis, there are few things more useful than governments that reflect and protect the value of the individual and his or her fundamental freedoms.
Unfortunately, human beings tend to get caught in the trap that says anything worth doing is worth overdoing. The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is mindful of the lazy physician who prescribes pills for every patient in a kind of knee jerk reaction. Accordingly, the grossly obese patient does not get a strict prescription to moderate his or her eating habits and do some daily exercise. Instead more pills are prescribed.
The process is simple really. Government tends to attract lawyers like rotting animal corpses attract vultures. Lawyers dominate every legislature and it should come as no surprise that lawyers are the chief beneficiaries of most of the actions of all legislatures. Another new law is the latest pill that lawyers prescribe for society. Anytime any problem arises, the “We Must Do Something Syndrome” demands that lawyers concoct a new rule, with even greater compliance details, that all of us should obey regardless of whether it solves a problem or simply creates a new one. The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is based on the false notion that government must constantly accrue power over individuals through the passage of more and more laws, because individuals cannot solve most problems.
I was speaking with a big government advocate who is afflicted with “We Must Do Something Syndrome” many years ago. He asked about our business and what might help it most. I remarked that anytime there was someone somewhere in our industry who misbehaved, the lawyers in Congress or in our state legislature would not be content to demand enforcement of the current laws. Instead they felt almost compelled to concoct a new burdensome edict that would leave law abiding people doing more paperwork, without changing the fact there are crooks in society. Predictably, he was not the least bit sympathetic and the subject changed. However, a few years later this same individual, a retired school teacher, was heard preaching to us on how the court system and the trial lawyers in Congress were ruining public education with all their senseless rules and regulations. He spoke as if this were a unique flaw of the “We Must Do Something Syndrome.” Amazingly, he understood the fallacy of the viewpoint, but only when it came to analyzing the day-to-day plight of the school teacher. For all other endeavors, he cared not what havoc it created.
The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” is once again sweeping the nation. We are to believe that stricter gun ownership laws will prevent senseless killings. The evidence supplied by syndrome sufferers that this action would solve a problem isn’t flimsy. It is absurd.
Consider the country of Norway. Gun ownership is severely restricted in Norway. Unless one has officially documented a use for a gun, they cannot own one. Even the handling of guns for hunting and sports shooting are very strict. Self-defense is not a valid reason for owning a gun in Norway unless a citizen shows identification confirming that he or she is a trained guard or member of a law-enforcement agency. In Norway it is up to the local police chief to make a decision on whether a person can inherit weapons. With all of these rules, regulations, and bureaucracy, it is clear that the Norwegians “did something” to prevent mass killings.
History records that “We Must Do Something Syndrome” in Norway did not prevent a killer (Anders Behring Breivik) from slaughtering 77 people including 68 children in 2011.
Still, Americans are told by those infected with “We Must Do Something Syndrome” that we already have a safe society if we would just have stricter regulation of guns like Norway. They argue that nobody needs weapons except for law enforcement people. Let’s consider this argument.
Law enforcement has already been empowered by thousands of laws. The FBI received a very precise tip on the Parkland shooter last week. While the FBI bureaucracy easily consumed the resources it was allocated, it failed to act on a specific threat. Local law enforcement agencies were actually called to the Parkland shooter’s home dozens of times. And local law enforcement agencies were also told in precise terms about this killer. Like the FBI’s bureaucracy, the local law enforcement bureaucracy also consumed the resources it was allocated to address specific threats, but then failed to take action.
There was another layer of law enforcement failure in this Parkland shooting tragedy. There was actually an armed security guard on the campus at Parkland. The Miami Herald provided the details. It reports that the armed guard:
“…..was in another building, dealing with a student issue when the shots sounded. Armed with his sidearm, Peterson ran to the west side of Building 12 and set up in a defensive position, then did nothing for four minutes until the gunfire stopped…...”
The facts are clear. The “We Must Do Something Syndrome” sufferers are hopeless addicts. Their craving for new laws is simply the next pill they want to take in the hope of "feeling better." Put me down as someone who does not want to take their drug of preference and pretend it will cure what is ailing us.


You don't need a gun to ambush someone

© 2018 Jim Spence - The fact that CNN has become the king of fake news and not much more than a cheap tabloid network that has the same level of integrity as the producers of the Jerry Springer Show, was confirmed earlier this week when CNN conducted what it described as its “town hall event.” The farce, entitled, “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action,” was staged by CNN producers like an off-Broadway play.
Poor Dana Loesch was brought in to represent the National Rifle Association at this atrocity. As the NRA's national spokesperson, Loesch was CNN’s sacrificial lamb.
Long before the end of the evening, Loesch knew she had be set up. It seems that after having no advance warning, Loesch was led into a crowded auditorium packed with uninformed anti-2nd Amendment children.
Why would Loesch willingly go to an ambush that was essentially show business? When asked she said, “I wanted to go and represent the people that I was representing, and also because I’m a parent too…I have kids and my oldest child is just a couple of years younger than these students.”
The event started two hours before the cameras were even turned on, with CNN stoking the fires of anger, via the shameless rhetoric of constitution-bashing Democrats.
Virtually everyone in the arena was clueless about the origins of the 2nd Amendment and almost all were rabidly against the NRA. It was as if nobody realized that one of the few organizations standing between free citizens and the Democrats thirst for destroying our constitutional rights, is the NRA.
As Loesch walked toward the CNN stage, angry audience members began to hit her with a barrage of insults. She was called a “child killer” and also a “murderer.” Some in the crowd chanted “burn her.” She must have felt like Joan of Arc.
Pathetically, CNN stooge Jake Tapper was the head choreographer of the entire spectacle, with his boss, CNN President Jeff Zucker looking on approvingly. Tapper, the alleged moderator, instead became the enabler of all 2nd Amendment antagonists. And before the night was over, he revealed how incredibly scripted the entire sham had been. Amazingly, neither Tapper nor CNN's producers bothered to actually hide how scripted the event was.
At one point during the ambush, a student directed a question to Democrat Bill Nelson. The question, written by CNN producers, was meant for Loesch. Astonishingly, Jake Tapper interrupted the Q & A and unilaterally nixed the process, “Senator Nelson, you don’t have to answer that question. Let’s move on to the next question,” Tapper said with a straight face. Unbelievable. The only thing more unbelievable was CNN's denial that anything had been scripted.
Take a step back here. CNN ratings have been in the tank for years, and are getting worse every quarter. Apparently, the clowns running CNN cannot seem to grasp that when they stage shams that are billed as, “news events” like the alleged town hall meeting earlier this week, that very process keeps driving down the public’s perception of CNN’s lack of fundamental journalistic integrity. CNN is shooting itself in the foot (no pun intended.)
Certainly there is room for discussion about public safety. But there is no room for carefully orchestrated manipulation of emotions. If CNN cared about improving safeguards against people with mental health issues, improving the enforcement of existing firearms laws, or more intelligent regulation of firearms, it would sponsor a real debate instead of an ambush.
A search for genuine solutions was not the point of the CNN staged event. It was all about show business, scapegoating, and essentially an assault on Dana Loesch and the NRA.
What a great irony it was that the Democratic Party’s elected officials (like Bill Nelson) must have been particularly pleased with CNN's one act play, as they exited the arena that night, flanked by their armed guards. You know, people carrying legally loaded weapons to protect these hypocrites from others that might also have weapons. No problem with the 2nd Amendment there.

All the President's Men and Women

© 2018 Jim Spence - It seems that the year 1972, was a long time ago. Clearly by 2009, thirty-seven years after Watergate, Obama appointees knew they were not operating in a media culture where there was a Ben Bradley-type running a major newspaper in Washington D.C. Bradley of course, was the legendary editor of the Washington Post during the days of Watergate. While the parallels between the behavior of Nixon’s FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice, and those of Barack Obama are stunning, there are no such corollaries between the print and television news media back then…..versus now.
The Obama administration should be known collectively, as “All the President’s Men and Women.” It would seem that unlike the Nixon administration where scores of reprobates went to jail, everyone in the Obama “collective” has skated.
Both presidents (Nixon and Obama) actually dared to blatantly use the machinery of the federal government (funded by taxpayer dollars) to sabotage political opponents. Of course, we all know from the history books that the criminal chicanery of Nixon’s brazen subordinates blew up in their faces. Using campaign cash to hire burglars, who were caught red handed trying to plant listening devices in Democratic National Headquarters, did not go unpunished.
It is a different story in the 21st Century. The lawlessness of Obama administration subordinates has yet to blow up in anyone’s face, despite revelations regarding acts of corruption, that go far beyond the pale.
Most recently we have learned that higher ups in the Obama FBI/DOJ used a bogus dossier, compiled by people bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign, to convince a secret FISA court judge, to allow Obama men and women to listen to all of the doings in the Trump campaign. Of course modern technology has made it much easier to engage in chicanery. Whereas the Nixon stooges had to break in to DNC headquarters, in an attempt to hear what Larry O’Brien and other Democrats were saying, the Obama stooges already had all of the Trump conversations recorded at the NSA. All the Obama men and women had to do was use phony evidence provided by the Clinton DNC, to obtain permission from a FISA judge to read the transcripts of conversations had by their opponents.
While it is a well-known fact that power corrupts, one has to wonder about the state of journalism in 2018, and specifically, what the power of a free press is being used for these days, if not corruption.
Image result for nixon-obamaSpying on the Trump team during and after the election of 2016 was actually just the final act of chicanery by all the president’s men and women in the Obama administration. Obama’s men and women looked the other way while Russian uranium transaction approvals were conveyed by Hillary Clinton after huge cash transfers went from the Russians to the Clintons and their “foundation.”
The DOJ itself was involved in a gun running scam. Unlike John Mitchell’s white collar crimes at the DOJ, Obama's A.G. Eric Holder ran guns to Mexican drug cartels that were actually used to kill a U.S. border patrol agent. Eric Holder remains at large. While Holder wound up being the only Attorney General to ever by “censured” by Congress, this was a mere slap on the wrist when compared to the felony convictions and 19 month prison term dished out to Nixon’s A.G. John Mitchell.
There is so much more that remains unpunished. Criminal actions by high ups at the IRS like Lois Lerner, forced her to exercise her “5th Amendment rights” rather than answer basic questions posed by Congress about how she used the IRS to screw Obama’s political opponents. Like Holder, Lois Lerner never served a day of jail time.
Then of course there was the death of a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans at Benghazi, Libya. Their deaths were avoidable had it not been for horrific negligence by the Clinton state department. Not wanting to be blamed for ignoring an obvious Islamist terrorism threat in Benghazi, the Obama men and women concocted a lie that blamed it all an obscure anti-Muslim video. Then they arrested to video’s producer on an unrelated charge.
And of course after the FBI and DOJ learned that there were classified emails exchanged between Obama and Clinton on unsecured servers, Obama DOJ appointees declined to prosecute, after prosecuting hundreds of others for far less. None of the president's men and women wanted to see Obama drawn into the scandal. So it was buried.
In the 21st Century none of these doings by all of the president’s men and women in the Obama White House are of the least bit of interest to a daft U.S. news media. Journalists betray the legacy of the investigative reporting work of Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, as well as the brave editorial decisions of Ben Bradley, as they ignore their duties. It is as if they think all the president's men and women can police themselves.
How sad it is that many Americans know who Woodward and Bernstein are, but most have no clue who investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson is. Attkisson tried to report on some of the criminal doings of all the president’s men and women in the Obama administration. But the results of her investigations were killed by hyper-political partisans at CBS News disguised as editors.
Watch the Oscar winning movie with Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, and Jason Robards sometime soon. You will wind up shaking your head at the ironies.


Nine years in review

© 2016 Jim Spence - There has been no column on this site for a couple of weeks. Sometimes you just have to take a few steps back and take in all that has happened over the last nine years.
Let’s recap the disturbing trends in America since January of 2009 when the Obamas first moved into the White House. Amazingly, despite the election and re-election of a black president in the United States in 2008 and 2012, the racial harmony that was well underway in America forty years ago, was completely destroyed by the Obamas. Both Barack and Michelle Obama did not use the power of the presidency to continue to heal and unite the nation. Instead, they used rhetorical chainsaws to rip open wounds that had healed long ago. The Obamas stoked racial paranoia in the black community and encouraged progressives of all colors to join in the assaults. It was a major part of their plan to hold and expand their powers.
Today, the Obama legacy is simple. Democrats make racists accusations against anyone who opposes socialism. They do so almost as frequently as they breathe. This is pure evil.
The Obamas did more than deeply divide a mostly healed racial nation. They replaced competent career bureaucrats in Washington with hardcore socialist operatives. Our most important institutions were run by people who cared little about the well being of the nation, only about expanding their powers.
When the Obama agencies were not harassing political opponents, they were looking the other way while Hillary and Bill Clinton sold out the U.S. Hillary Clinton approved of a uranium deal in exchange for massive cash contribution to the Clinton's “foundation.” The money was used to hire an army of political operatives so the Democrats could hold power after the Obama era ended.
Criminal activities at the FBI, IRS, and DOJ were all the results of appointing hardcore political operatives to run those agencies. As Obama insured that the police functions of our government turned a blind eye to partisan criminal activities, the effects took their toll. Today, many Americans realize that these crucial agencies are no longer trustworthy.
The Mueller indictments of Russians this week have exposed not just the evilness of Vladimir Putin’s regime, which conducted an assault on America and encouraged distrust of both Democrats and Republicans. These indictments expose the sheer incompetency of Obama stooges James Clapper and John Brennan. Never has a nation paid so much for intelligence gathering, and received so little. These men were too busy pushing for an expansion of socialism.
The toxic effects of the Obama era are now in plain view. On the home front, the evidence of an absolute collapse of public education is alarming. The majority of our nation’s higher education institutions are dominated by socialist Democrats. And instead of opening up the minds of young people, and encouraging independent thinking, colleges and universities all around the nation routinely offer outrageous excuses to quell freedom of speech. They seek to run as factories that produce government-loving robots.
U.S. Democrats once insisted that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs and driving down wages. Both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton preached on this subject repeatedly. They both claimed that this was the fault of business people and demanded hefty fines and jail time for employers who hired illegal aliens. These days Democrats have completed their one hundred and eighty-degree reversal on border control. They still don’t care how many business people get punished for hiring illegal aliens, because business people are not usually Democrats. But Democrats now demand OPEN BORDERS. They also want the federal government to hand out an endless stream of taxpayer funded freebies for anyone who slips past the border patrol. In Congress earlier this year, the Democrats actually engineered a government shutdown to hurt taxpaying Americans, in an effort to protect people who are here illegally.
Virtually every American is painfully aware of the hundreds of billions of dollars of government waste each year. Nobody in either party cares anymore. The latest budget deal made between Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Donald Trump proves that there is not a single fiscally responsible human being left in a leadership position in Washington. Government is free to confiscate the income of Americans, issue debt at a staggering rate, piss away the resources, and then do the same thing next year.
Since Trump has been elected Democrats have dialed up hatred to astonishing levels. They want to regain control of the biggest waste machine in human history. Republicans don’t want to reform the waste machine. They want to be in charge of the waste.
Finally, nobody in the news media is reporting the fact that the Mueller indictments expose the utter incompetency of the Obamas. And it seems that not even Trump or his people get this obvious conclusion. While the money printing presses run, it has become official. Incompetence and grotesque waste is rewarded in America by both Democrats and Republicans. It is sickening.


Being lectured on decency by these people

© 2016 Jim Spence - Many of us who journey through life embracing the idea that overall America is good, complete with recognition all of our country’s flaws, can only shake our heads at the contradictions all around us. The greatest contradictions to be seen are created by the elites in American pop culture.
Last night during the Grammy Awards Americans were basically lectured on the evils of Donald Trump by people with no business lecturing. Yet it seems despite a booming economy and a record low black unemployment rate, those in the music industry believe that half of America does not know how to think or vote properly. So, we need lectures. What follows in this column is the most offensive language to ever appear on this site. None of these words are mine. They are simply a sampling of pop culture including a few tidbits of lyrics sung by Grammy Award winners when they were performing before their adoring masses.
Rapper Jay-Z is a perfect illustration of how far off course Democrats have drifted. Jay-Z is married to fellow pop culture icon Beyonce, who has performed at the Super Bowl. Both Jay-Z and Beyonce were regular visitors in the Obama White House. Jay-Z garnered a whopping eight Grammy nominations for 2017. It is worth considering some of the lyrics contained in a Jay-Z concert in Philadelphia back in 2016. The following lyrics were being belted out by Jay-Z on the same night he emphatically endorsed Hillary Clinton.
The public address announcer began Jay-Z’s performance by screaming the following as he took the stage: “You’re tuned into the motherfucking greatest!” Imagine the seven, eight, and nine year-olds in the star struck audience. The rapper’s song titles that night included, “Fuck With Me You Know I Got It” and “Jigga My Nigga.” The latter song title, includes the line, “I’m Jay-Z, motherfucker!” And of course there were these memorable utterances of hip lyrics during the evening, “If you feelin’ like a pimp nigga, go and brush your shoulders off.” And this was followed by the classic refrain, “Ladies is pimps too, go and brush your shoulders off. Nigga is crazy, baby, don’t forget that boy told you. Get that dirt off your shoulders.”
Now, that is some fine art in popular culture. Apparently, Democrats think this is very classy mainstream art. When I read these lyrics, the first thing that came to my mind was, “Hey, I wonder who this guy Jay-Z is going to vote for, because I’m following him.” Then again, maybe not.
Enough about the music industry, let’s consider Democratic Party politics and public education in Pico Rivera, California. It seems that city councilman and high school history teacher Gregory Salcido was captured on video trashing the United States military. Salcido called service men and women, “dumbshits,” who are not “high-level thinkers.” He suggested that people in the military are dumb people who joined because they were poor students and that they are the “lowest of our low.” Makes you want to vote Democrat like this guy does and also see to it good old Mr. Salcido teaches your child history......doesn’t it?
There is so much more. Democrats defend immigration policies that endorse the idea of allowing Sharia Law advocates entry into America. They do so despite the fact that the females in the families of this version of Islam are subjected to genital mutilation at an early age so they will never experience pleasure during sex. My question is simple. Can this possibly be squared with supporting the freedom and dignity of women? Democrats seem to think so or at least rationalize looking the other way.
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Barack Obama with pal Louis Farakhan
There’s even more. Recently a photograph of Barack Obama and his buddy Louis Farakhan surfaced. The picture had been kept a secret for nine years by a “reporter.” You see the photo’s protector understood that Obama’s friendship with Farakhan might be viewed dimly by non-partisans. He is probably right given a sampling of some rather infamous statements made by Farakhan. Here are a few:
“America is in trouble, and I say God is about to wipe this nation from the face of the Earth. I’m not crazy, I’m not drunk, how long do you think a nation can do evil and not face the wrath of god?”
“My god will wipe this country (America) from the face of the earth.”
“White people are potential humans – they haven’t evolved yet.”
Farakhan has had a few things to say about Jewish people over the years: “You are wicked deceivers of the American people. You have sucked their blood.”
“You see everybody always talk about Hitler exterminating six million Jews. That’s right. But don’t nobody ever ask what did they do to Hitler.”
 “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.”
Imagine that after hanging with Farakhan, Obama trashed Israel at every turn. Not much of a puzzle is it?
And finally it would seem that Hillary Clinton is thinking she may know how to get more voter turnout in the inner cities. She was on a video thanking all of the “activist bitches” and “supporting bitches” that helped her in her failed 2016 bid for the presidency. These ridiculous phrases were forced and unnatural, but when you are as thirsty for power as the Clintons are, you will pretty much lower yourself to any level to try to connect with those you need to manipulate.

It is what they do

© 2016 Jim Spence - Horrific killings grab headlines in America several times a year. Not just the U.S. media, but the global media engage in a predictable pattern of behavior when events like the terrorist attacks at San Bernardino or Orlando take place. They do wall-to-wall coverage. The same is true if armed terrorists kill 130 people in Paris as they did in November of 2015.
The strange aspect of media coverage is how it changes depending on the location of the killings. When Paris was the locale where horrific shootings took place, there was at first, a concerted effort to identify the killers. This was followed by a deliberate understating of the impact of radical Islam on their acts of violence.
When gun killings take place on American soil it is a different story. If the perpetrator(s) use guns to kill the innocents as opposed to say a truck, or a bomb, there is always a political soapbox provided for hardcore anti-2nd Amendment Democrats, so they can pontificate. Media outlets like CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, the New York Times and Washington Post, as a matter of routine, find a way to allow Democrats to twist these tragic situations. It is as if every mass gun killing is simply a ripe opportunity for the media to create forums where Democrats claim that Republicans are to blame for the killings.
There seems to be a question begging for an answer here. Why were the horrific killings of 130 human beings in Paris in November of 2015 not seen as an opportunity for the gun control freaks in Paris to scream for more gun control? The answer is simple, though it is not reported by the U.S. media. France already bans guns. France has gun laws the Democrats pine for. In France they don’t merely have stricter gun “control,” in France guns are completely outlawed.
Still in America, when these terrible incidents occur, as they do in other places, Democrats immediately go to podiums and point fingers at gun laws. They pretend that these murders would not take place if Republicans would simply join Democrats in handing more power to government, in the form of stricter gun laws.
Don’t kid yourself. If Democrats could muster the votes to ban gun ownership (repeal the 2nd Amendment) they would do it. It is all the “deplorable” living in red states that make sure this does not happen.
When challenged, Democrats suggest that the Paris gun killings are just an isolated incident despite the fact that per capital gun killings are quite high in France. Democrats insist on ignoring facts while arguing that restricting or banning guns really works. Their assertions are empty if you consider the people living on the south side of Chicago or in Baltimore. In those cities, like many others, where the strictest gun control laws in the nation are in place, gun killings are a matter of daily routine. It seems that the killers don't care about the law. Imagine that.
Need more proof that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns? Look at Mexico where gun ownership is also ILLEGAL. In 2017, an astonishing 25,339 people were murdered in Mexico. This is an all-time record high number. The vast majority of these murder victims in Mexico were shot with guns that are 100% illegal.
What is Mexico doing about this, with guns having already been made illegal by its powerful government? Last week Mexico's congress approved a new security law that would make its government even more powerful by formalizing the military's responsibility for domestic security.
What will Democrats do if they ever get the 2nd Amendment repealed, and the gun killings most surely continue? The next step Democrats will want to take in America will be to follow the Mexico model. Right now it is easy for Democrats to simply point a finger at Republicans anytime there is a gun killing. In the future, if they get their way and guns are made illegal, Democrats will still continue to point the finger at Republicans. But instead of calling for the banning of guns as they already do in France and Mexico, Democrats will have to call for some other stupid measure that solves no problems but does give more power to government. It is what they do.


© 2016 Jim Spence - You have to wonder how committed to economic stupidity top Democrats are these days. Earlier this week Apple Computer announced that it was going to bring home $350 billion in overseas profits to invest in American facilities etc. The move will yield…….get this……$38 billion in federal income taxes. The money Apple is bringing home would never have been taxed prior to recently passed tax reform. It would have remained overseas. Many other large companies will be doing the same thing. The total assist to government coffers will be gigantic.
You would think this is good news unless you put credence into what Nancy Pelosi had to say about tax reform. When Pelosi and NO OTHER DEMOCRAT in the House or the Senate voted for the incredible tax revenue windfall she said:
"I would hope that with their big advantage of bringing money home at a very low rate that they would invest in infrastructure and things, but our experience has been that they will do dividends, do stock buybacks, and things like that. I think it's insignificant."
In December Pelosi characterized the tax reform legislation that will produce the huge windfall as: “Armageddon.”
Democrats either refuse to connect the dots or are too stupid to do so. The smart money suggests it is a little of both. It is as if every Democrat must take a vow to be oblivious to the value of dividends and stock buybacks.
The ironies are astonishing. Earlier this month for the first time California Governor Jerry Brown raised the prospect of pension cuts. Brown who is desperate to save California’s sinking pension ship said legal rulings may clear the way for making cuts to public pension benefits which are smothering both local and the state’s economy.
Um…..Democrats…….there are three ways to provide financial relief to the state and local governments in California.
  1. One way to do it is to see more tax revenues like those being generated by Apple’s move thanks to tax reform.
  2. A second way is to see more dividends and higher stock prices in the Calper’s pension accounts so pensions can be sustained.
  3. The third way, which will only occur if the first two options are not available, is to CUT PENSIONS for public retirees.

The Brown administration, which refuses to support business prosperity, has sunk so low it is hoping the courts will modify the so-called California rule, which says benefits promised to public employees can’t be rolled back. The California Supreme Court is set to hear a case in which lower courts ruled that reductions to pensions are permissible if the payments remain “reasonable” for workers.
As of today only 68% of California’s pension promises are funded. This is a daunting shortfall that can be assisted mightily by higher dividends and more stock buybacks……the things Nancy Pelosi has said are “insignificant.” The best guess is retired workers don’t think so……if they are thinking.
California is not alone. Many states and local governments have not set aside enough money to keep promises made to retired bureaucrats. Estimates are the total shortfall is around $1.7 trillion. Of course the powerful rally in the stock market has reduced this amount over the last fifteen months.
Jerry Brown told reporters in the next downturn, when things look pretty dire, public pensions would be one of the items on the chopping block. Democrats like Brown say these things while screaming bloody murder about tax reform. They are ardently against policies that would provide a huge assist to avoiding such a calamity as cutting retirees pensions.
Some people ask is every Democrat in California and in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate too stupid to connect the dots or are they ignorant?
My question is does it matter?

Shelby Steele's WSJ column today is a must-read

© 2016 Jim Spence - Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day. It is a day when millions of Americans celebrate one of our nation's greatest heroes.
Every now and then you read a column that is so profound, so chocked full of wisdom, you just feel compelled to share it. This morning as I perused the weekend version of the Wall Street Journal online, I noticed a column written by Shelby Steele. You can click on the link at the end of this column to read the article.
Steele received the National Book Critic's Circle Award in 1990 in the general nonfiction category for his book, “The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America.”
Shelby Steele is the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He specializes in the study of race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action. He was appointed a Hoover fellow in 1994.
Shelby Steele
Shelby Steele
Steele has written extensively on the consequences of contemporary social programs on race relations. In 2006, Steele received the Bradley Prize for his contributions to the study of race in America. In 2004, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal. In 1991, his work on the documentary, "Seven Days in Bensonhurst," was recognized with an Emmy Award and two awards for television documentary writing—the Writer's Guild Award and the San Francisco Film Festival Award.
Steele has also written extensively for major publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor at Harper's magazine. He has also spoken before hundreds of groups and appeared on national current affairs news programs including Nightline and 60 Minutes.
Steele holds a PhD in English from the University of Utah, an MA in sociology from Southern Illinois University, and a BA in political science from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Shelby Steele should be an icon in the African American community. However, like Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, and many others, far too often Steele gets ignored.
For enlightenment click this LINK, and partake of the latest profound wisdom of Shelby Steele.


Watergate Hotel or Trump Tower, burglary is still burglary

© 2016 Jim Spence - It all becomes pretty clear if you only take a little time to connect the dots. However, before we connect the 2018 dots, let’s flash back to All the President’s Men, the ultimate story of the depths of corruption at the Nixon White House more than forty years ago.
At the core of the Nixon White House corruption was the same old story. The Nixon paranoia and thirst for power corrupted almost everyone around him. In the mind of Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell and Richard Nixon himself, the end (GOP power) justified any means used. Flush with so much incoming campaign contribution cash, John Mitchell approved a scheme to get this…….because it will repeat itself…..eavesdrop on Lawrence O’Brien, who just happened to be the head of the Democratic Party. Burglars were hired by the Nixon re-election team with money donated to Nixon’s campaign. These burglars were caught breaking in to Mr. O’Brien’s office with electronic bugging devices in hand, at the Watergate Hotel building. The rest as they say is history.
As Nixon departed the White House, after resigning in disgrace, he lamented his hating of his perceived enemies. Nixon noted that when you hate others, you hurt yourself much more than you hurt them. If you are a corrupt GOP president this seems to be true. With Democrats, not so much.
Let’s have a peek at 2018. Is there a rational human being anywhere who cannot detect visceral hatred of Donald Trump coming from every nook and cranny of the Democratic Party and their friends in the news media and Hollywood? Just last night, actor Robert De Niro felt he had a license to go off on a profanity-laced rant attacking Trump at an awards ceremony. Who does this at an awards ceremony? The answer is simple.....Democrats.
And so with this backdrop, we have the fertile ground from which a scheme was hatched in 2016 that is woefully mindful of Watergate. The amazing thing about this particular White House scheme, which was to listen in on all digital conversations of political opponents, is that no burglars were needed. Technology being what it is these days, Obama's NSA was already recording and saving every telephone call, text message, and email in 2016. All the Obama political schemers and the DOJ needed to do, was gin up an excuse to get access to this private information that was already being captured and stored.
How to circumvent the constitution and seize this information? Not a problem. The Obama White House used an opposition research piece that was bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee (the Steele dossier). The hit piece accused Trump of everything except child molestation. Obama officials then couched the Russian collusion accusations in this bogus dossier as information that had been obtained.....not from political cronies........but by non-partisan agents working at the CIA and FBI. All of this fiction was offered to the FISA court, a secret court set up to protect Americans from unlawful searches and seizures of such communications. It turns out if you have no integrity, a scam like this can work like legal magic. A legal warrant was obtained from the FISA court that allowed get this.......the reading of transcripts by Obama political operatives of every digital communication made by people in the Trump campaign.
Astonishingly, the chief burglar in this scheme was White House confidant Susan Rice. Rice along with others, worked directly inside the Obama White House and/or DOJ.
The only difference between Rice and company and the Watergate burglars seems to be who paid them. Instead of the Clinton’s campaign funds paying for everything, it only paid for the pack of lies in the dossier. Our own federal government, under Obama’s totalitarian control, paid for the rest, when it chose to act as if the federal government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.
The bottom line is simple. The Obama team knew it only had to dupe a FISA court to successfully intercept all Trump campaign messages captured by the NSA. So it did so. The end justifies the means a la Nixon.
More amazing than the fact that so far the Democrats have gotten away with these felonies, is the fact that even with the amazingly flawed Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, and the Clintons having access to every digital communication their opponent's team made, Hillary still lost, and lost big in the Electoral College. Now that is a weak candidate.
Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has lamented how sad it is that few Americans seem to care that the federal government is being used to spy on citizens for political purposes. One would think that every freedom loving American would be objecting to this story. But very few Americans are actually connecting the dots, since there is no Woodward and Bernstein to spoon feed them the information.
The same kind of infinitely corrupt behavior that once shamed Richard Nixon into resigning, has instead been obfuscated and legitimized by Democrats.
My questions are troubling. Do Democrats want GOP presidents using the NSA to spy on them in the 2018 mid-terms and 2020 election? I don't. Where is the ACLU and what are they thinking about when it comes to civil liberties? This crap should transcend all partisan bickering. But it does not seem to anymore. What a pity.


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