Why are Venezuelans starving?

© 2016 Jim Spence - It is a strange sort of a thing. America is pretty much the wealthiest country on the planet and yet fewer and fewer adults seem to understand why. We are now on at least our third generation of poorly educated Americans.
According to my favorite college professor Walter Williams, America is getting more uninformed every year. He cites a 2011 investigation by WSB-TV in Atlanta. The investigation found that, "More than 700 Georgia teachers had repeatedly failed at least one portion of simple certification tests they were required to pass before receiving a teaching certificate. It gets worse. Nearly 60 teachers had failed the test more than 10 times, and one teacher had actually failed the test 18 times. There were 297 teachers on the Atlanta school system's payroll who had failed the state certification test five times or more." And yet these people are paid taxpayer dollars to “teach” kids. It is the blind leading the blind.
Atlanta’s public education system is not an isolated situation. School teachers spend four years in colleges of education all over America learning so many things that are just not so. Accordingly, they do not understand wealth creation and they have no idea how America has achieved such high living standards.
Everyone loves to eat the economic fruit from America’s magnificent orchards, without any emphasis on understanding how economic trees produce such wonderful fruit. Wealth creation is not rocket science. Several thousand years ago human beings separated themselves from the rest of the animal kingdom thanks to superior intellect. It was our brain power that made us wealthy, not having more “stuff.”
Marxism, which is essentially a jealous theology, prefers to try to appeal to the simpletons. Socialists blame people who have more “stuff,” and assume they got their “things” by exploiting others, rather than by producing. To those who are inclined towards envy and jealousy instead of productive capabilities, the simplistic solutions of wealth confiscation and wealth re-distribution that socialism offers have great appeal. The only thing the ambitious Marxist politician need do, once he or she has convinced the masses that everyone’s “stuff” should be equal, is to get them to support policies that confiscate and re-distribute “stuff.” Democrats love this romantic goal. They use catchy names like“income equality” to describe state sponsored theft. It is as if they want us to believe that income is created by some sort of spontaneous combustion and that all fair minded people need do to solve economic problems, is spread the stuff around that already exists…….more “equally.”
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Jonah Goldberg wrote a column recently that pointed to the fallacy of this view using the woeful example of Venezuela in 2017. Venezuela has more of a very valuable “thing” than any other nation on earth. The country is sitting on the largest proven oil reserves in the world. So the question that is begging to be asked is this: Why would a nation with hundreds of billions of dollars (if not trillions) worth of oil, have a population that is suffering from starvation and lawlessly violent anarchy?
Venezuelans are starving because the Marxists in charge there ignore the basic facts about wealth creation. Real wealth is not merely proven oil reserves. Wealth creation requires the intellectual capability to bring oil to market as well as a legal system that protects the efforts of the producers who do so. In socialist Venezuela, nobody knows or cares how to produce……especially the Marxists in charge there. Since Marxists have a mental block and think stuff re-distribution is the key, there is precious little stuff left for Hugo Chavez’s successor Nicolas Maduro to re-distribute. The country is bankrupt.
The pattern in Venezuelan is all too familiar in human history despite the fact that these patterns are almost never taught to Americans in our public education system. Like the Democrats in America’s decaying urban centers, Venezuelan Marxists are so obsessed with crushing business incentives they have run all of the productive people who know how to convert oil into cash out of the country. So while Venezuela still sits on huge pools of valuable stuff, the country has no ability to create wealth and the people starve.
The points here are simple. When anti-business types are in charge and do not encourage productive intellect, or productive activities, useful raw materials like oil or iron deposits become worthless.
Productive human beings have been combining the use of raw material, labor, and capital to raise living standards for all of recorded history. However, for at least three generations America has been populating the U.S. education system with teachers who do not understand these fundamental historical truths. If this trend in our education system continues, eventually it will lead to a catastrophic decline in U.S. living standards.
The tax reforms signed into law last week actually encourage wealth creation, innovation, and higher living standards for all. But don’t expect school teachers to extol the virtues of these policies. Most public “educators” are uneducated. They have no clue why Venezuelans are starving. They have been conned into thinking re-distribution and income equality are the keys to living standards instead of encouraging productive intellect.

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Looting, ransacking, heists, thefts, and giveaways

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Kristi and I own a couple of small businesses. We also own shares of more than a dozen publicly traded companies. And through exchange traded funds, we own shares of thousands of other public companies.
The processes are the same for all of our private and publicly owned businesses. Each business provides products and services to customers. These businesses make payrolls, collect and forward gross receipts taxes to states, make profit sharing contributions to employee retirement accounts, help pay for health insurance, pay other overhead (rent, utilities etc.). These businesses all comply with a myriad of costly rules and regulations. And if all goes well, most of these companies will have profits at the end of the year and write more checks to the state and federal government to cover the taxes on those profits. If there are NO profits, as shareholders the losses are OUR LOSSES. Because losses hurt financially, NOBODY is willing to share OUR losses……we simply lose OUR money.
You have to laugh at the words Democrats and their buddies in the media have been using to describe the new tax reform law. Let’s see, it has been called: looting, ransacking, a heist, a theft, and a giveaway.
Now mind you, I don’t have the largest vocabulary in the world, but I do know the meaning of these terms. However for those of you who need to brush up on your language skills, I pulled up the definitions for these words just to make sure I was getting it right. The terms “heist” and “theft” are synonyms. They mean stealing. The term “ransacking” is stealing too, but it also involves doing physical damage to property while stealing goods. The term “looting” is stealing goods, typically during a riot or a war. To receive a “giveaway” is to receive something of value for free without paying for it.
It is important to recognize in the paragraph above regarding our business holdings, that we pay taxes on, “OUR" profits.”
Consider the language Democrats use to describe the adjustment in policy on OUR profits, assuming we are fortunate enough to have any. Democrats say that because this new tax reform law will require us to send a reduced percentage of OUR profits to the government, WE ARE ENGAGED IN THEFT.
Yes, we are receiving giveaways. We are looting. We are ransacking. We are heisting. Yep, people that millions of Democrats vote for, accuse us of stealing and damaging others property, because government passed a law that says government will be TAKING A LITTLE LESS of our income.
It would seem that Democrats and the media want people to ignore the fundamental nature of both profit and loss. They want voters to believe that private citizens and corporations don’t own their private income, they are just responsible for covering all losses.
Theft and stealing are simple concepts to understand. First the thief needs to identify something that belongs to someone else that he or she wants. And then the thief figures out a way to take it away. Of course, stealing is immoral. And this is the essential point. According to Democrats, none of whom voted for this new law, requiring a little less in taxes from taxpayers, is not a change in economic strategy......it is "stealing." Stealing is immoral and so is anyone who votes for tax relief according to Democrats.
Sorry folks. Kristi and I are not thieves. Neither are millions of other risk takers. Private property, private income, and private operating losses exist. In the world of Democrats, everything belongs to government and it is to be distributed only as government sees fit. In the Democrat’s world, since government owns all income streams, if a certain group, let’s call them taxpayers, gets some tax burden relief……….this is a heist, this a theft, this is ransacking, this is looting. These taxpayers are receiving a giveaway, because none of those profits in question, only the losses, belong to the taxpayers.
What has just been described is Marxism. Not only is it Marxism, it is totalitarian Marxism. Sadly, and thanks to our failed public education system, the entertainment industry, and a Democrat-dominated news media, voters are being told that honest taxpayers are stealing. What they are not willing to admit is that you can’t steal from yourself.
My hero Walter Williams suggests that if any entity is a thief it is government, not taxpayers. I’m with him. We all recognize liars and cheats when we see them, and they have been hurling false accusations around pretty freely lately.

Not a single Democrat in Congress voted to help America get more competitive.

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Polls, polls, polls. Let’s see, the wisest tax policy to pass Congress in sixteen years is supposedly UNPOPULAR, according to the latest  "polls." Not a single Democrat in Congress voted to help America get more competitive.
The same people who were designing polls that told us in no uncertain terms that Hillary Clinton had an 88% chance of winning the presidency thirteen months ago and Trump had virtually none, tell us tax reform is not wanted by the majority of Americans.
Here is the sad fact. The media and many of the pollsters working for the media hate Trump more than they want America to be competitive. Democrats, with ever-dependable assists from their friends who actually do these polls are now commissioning polls that cleverly ask people if they are tired of the term “fake news.” This is pretty rich since most news media outlets are despised simply because they report fake news. Bogus polls are media damage control operations. Media operators must think if the public hears that "polls" say they are tired of the “term” fake news often enough, people will reverse their opinion of the media. Smear merchants that engineer robot driven Twitter campaigns and draw reporter's attention to the......."Public's reactions on Twitter," are quite desperate to stem the tide of distrust directed at their buddies in the media.
Know this. Most polls are not designed to get a better sense of what the public thinks. Instead, the questions asked by pollsters are designed to SHAPE what the public thinks. I never read polls anymore. The evidence is clear. You cannot trust polls for obvious reasons.
Sadly, all of America is under a constant avalanche of media manipulation. And the horrific lie being told today will be that the benefits of corporate tax reform will only help the “rich.” This the oldest bad economic policy scam in the book. Democrats play this con on America all day and every day. It goes like this. "If you want to keep what you earn, what belongs to you, you are greedy. However, if Democrats want to take something that someone else worked for.....for themselves, or to give to their “constituents” in exchange for their votes.........Democrats are deemed, "compassionate."
Democrats continue to pretend that the best way to run a society is for the worker drones to tender all their resources to Democrats to distribute as the elite Democrats see fit. Anyone who objects to the con is greedy.
Of course what Democrats never tell anyone, is they cannot force business people to engage in enterprises that are beneficial to society. When big government gets so greedy it steals too much of the fruit of people's labors, the people doing those labors adapt. In the real world, a world Democrats rarely visit before proposing economic policies, paycheck-writing business people constantly adapt their behavior to confiscatory scams foisted on them by Democrats. The result of Democrat economic policy is almost always fewer jobs and the lowering of living standards. If you are not sure of this ask a Venezuelan worker. Or read this story.
In the global markets most nation's want their businesses to be hyper-competitive on the tax front. However, Democrats, because they want to control all of the fruits of everyone’s labors, never concede the simple fact that businesses can go to friendlier tax environments in jurisdictions outside the U.S. to get more competitive. The tax reform bill that will pass today addresses the realities of a heavy tax on domestic businesses that has caused America to not be a very competitive place to operate. Shamelessly, Democrats insist on clinging to a stubborn narrative that says any level of taxation in the U.S. that is lowered to match those levels of confiscation oversees, is a mean-spirited “giveaway” to nasty “corporations.” The people who make payroll are cast as evil by Democrats. It is as if Democrats think letting companies keep what they earn is a "giveaway." This is language perversion.
Not a single Democrat in Congress voted to help America get more competitive. They simply do not care about competitiveness. They care about being able to,"Take something that someone else worked for.....for themselves, or to give to their “constituents” in exchange for their votes."
This tax reform law will serve as a beckoning call to job creators to bring their wage-paying operations back here, so Americans can have those jobs. That Democrats lie about this fundamental truth is the greatest economic scandal of our lifetimes.
So here we are. Questions that are intentionally deceitful lay the foundation for fake poll results that suggest that the tax reform law is UNPOPULAR. Fake polls, fake news, and worst of all fake Democrats. If Democrats have their way, there will be coal in everyone's stocking. But wait, I thought Democrats hated coal?


What they need is bread

© 2016 Jim Spence -  It is almost comical to watch the so-called tax reform process unfold. The same thing happens every time our Senators and Congressmen seem to forget that rich people are rich for a reason, and it is not because government has not tried hard enough to confiscate what belongs to them. Rich people pay attention to what is going on and they adapt quickly, often in advance. That is why they are rich.
Some people (Democrats) think that government should always dominate the free market to protect the people from businesses which they view as almost always predatory. Essentially, they think that government is not part of the market.
Here is a news flash. Government has been part of the market for thousands of years. Markets came first and then shortly after came government. It is a FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH that markets take into account every factor and force……especially the immense force of government.
Smart people have been navigating around government dominated markets for thousands of years. The biggest and worst governments that have ever ruled did so in places like Nazi Germany, the USSR, Communist China, North Korea, and Venezuela. In all of these places the big government socialists actually completely destroyed private enterprise in favor of government controls of everything. They did so in the name of saving the people from predatory businesses. However, in doing so these great big governments WERE the entire market and in every case government turned out be a horrible combination of both predatory and incompetent.
In many places like China and Russia the big government proponents have since reformed things a bit and allowed market forces to at least provide FOOD for the people. However, in places like Venezuela and North Korea the government continues to micro-manage everything including the food market. The result? People are starving in Venezuela and North Korea while their leaders bash others for their failures.
Still U.S. Democrats think if government could just get bigger, it could create “income equality” simply by soaking the rich even more. Democrats refuse to concede they can do no such thing unless they drive down median incomes by a substantial margin, as is the case in Venezuela  and North Korea where almost everyone is equally poor.
Back to tax reform. Not all taxes are coming down. Some are going up. And already the phones are ringing. With Congress apparently set to pass tax reform as soon as this evening or tomorrow, high state income taxpayers have an opportunity to snag some last minute tax savings that will end on December 31st.
Assuming the tax reform bill passes the House today and the Senate tonight or tomorrow, it will be wise for many high bracket taxpayers in high tax states all around the country to PAY THEIR FINAL ESTIMATED STATE INCOME TAX PAYMENT THIS YEAR, instead of waiting until January of next year. In 2018, subject to some restrictions, the state income tax deduction on your federal tax return will go away. The window for this significant deduction closes in just twelve days.
Again, this is the sort of thing that happens every time there is a TAX INCREASE on something. Democrats and Republicans never think of the consequences that are unintended. Mainly they don’t think about these things because there are rarely any consequences for them for what they do to the rest of us.
Don’t worry, the class warriors (Democrats) will continue to blame every ill in the world on rich people and try to change some other portion of their favorite confiscation procedures to tax the rich and help the poor, just like they do in Venezuela and North Korea. Sadly, in those places the poor people don't need any more help from big government worshipers. What they need is bread. 

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Sometimes you run across an item that is simply priceless.

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Continuing education requirements for ALL journalists is long overdue

© 2016 Jim Spence -  It is far past the time when journalists should be required to take continuing education courses. Pay attention to what is happening out there in the world for fifty years or so and you can’t help but notice how our fundamental culture of investigative journalism has changed. Over the past few weeks I’ve documented how absurd the profession of journalism has become, with one bogus story after another plastered all over the airwaves and headlines. Even hardcore leftists are conceding that the coverage of Trump is way over the top in terms of being negative. They quickly add that this is “OK,” because he is such a reprobate and deserves it. Sadly, there is a much bigger issue to correct here than the news media hating Trump’s guts (minus Fox) or even that journalists fawned all over Obama for eight years (minus Fox of course).
Here are a couple of questions that beg answers: Is the epidemic of fake news a widespread conspiracy? Are false stories offered up intentionally by ethically-challenged journalists?
You have to take a few steps back to answer this question honestly and objectively. It is critical to understand how the investigative news reporting process has changed mightily since the days of Woodward and Bernstein. Think of the book and film, All the President’s Men. The book and film documented the mostly meticulous process of tracing the money paid to Watergate burglars by Nixon’s re-election campaign, until their work brought down a presidency. However, at one stage in the reporting process, Woodward and Bernstein took a bad short cut when they published a bogus assertion regarding grand jury testimony. Woodward and Bernstein made the mistake of answering a question in their story that was never asked at the grand jury proceeding. Forty-three years ago there was hell to pay for journalists reporting in error.
Let’s fast forward to 2017. This is the year when the media seems to be publishing and then pulling, retracting, or correcting a false story every week. And every single story that has been corrected or pulled, has been a phony negative story AGAINST Trump. How can it be that the news media’s mistakes are all harmful to one side? Isn't this evidence of a conspiracy? Are journalists intentionally running with negative stories about Trump they know to be false?
My answer would be NO they are not......but with a caveat. In a brilliant column over the weekend Jonah Goldberg suggests that what journalists are no longer bothering to do is vet the stories they want very much to be true. Instead they just run them. It is mindful of what Dan Rather did at CBS to harm the Bush campaign in 2004. Rather’s sloppy unprofessional behavior forced him to resign in disgrace. Amazingly, behavior like Rather’s now occurs on a weekly basis these days.
Did Dan Rather knowingly run with a false story? I don’t think so. Rather simply wanted the false story to be true so much, he essentially believed it without doing any real work to verify it. There is a distinction between lying intentionally and believing someone else’s lie. Sadly, Rather was already DEEP in unprofessional territory when he crossed the line. He got what he deserved.
Over the last couple of months I have urged readers to buy a copy of, The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote. CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson should be given a medal for writing this book.
It might be time for journalism schools to use this work as a textbook to clean up their profession. It is strange that journalists are one of the few professions that do not, through self-regulation, require continuing education. The arrogance shows.
There are still a few people left in the journalism profession who are not simply naked partisan advocates. But they are getting harder to find. Sadly, because government is so powerful and the stakes in elections are so high, journalists are being overwhelmed by information from hundreds if not thousands of shady political operatives who try to herd them like cattle or sheep in the direction they want them to go. Reporters want the tripe they are fed to be true. So they run with it because they by and large are not disciplined professionals. In the end, as long as 80-90 percent of all journalists want every negative story plant they are fed by smear merchants to be true, the vetting of all the crass anti-Trump propaganda will be minimal just as the pro-Obama propaganda was.
One aspect of this national disgrace that is almost comical is how many journalists scratch their heads and wonder why the news media and journalists are despised by a vast majority of Americans in every poll. This is called denial. It is time for continuing education classes to be required of journalists.

Cartoon of the month

The New York Times and CNN have spent an incredible amount of energy discussing a rumor that Donald Trump really likes Diet Coke and drinks a bunch of them every day. The CNN panel seemed particularly critical of the president for his consumption vice. This Tony Branco cartoon says it all when it comes to how the media covers Trump.


OK, Here's the new "plan"

© 2016 Jim Spence -  The Democrat’s post election Trump “strategy” reads like a first grade reader. Try as they might, the Democrat’s Russian Collusion narrative has failed. It has failed even with titanic efforts by the American news media to make the Democrat’s false narrative stick.
It turns out that the two biggest stories coming out of all the investigations into the Democrat’s Russian collusion claims were backfires that blew up in their own faces. The facts regarding the Clinton Foundation and Russia clearly show that Bill and Hillary actually were colluding with the Russians eight years ago when she was Secretary of State. The deal was insidious. The Russians procured 20% of the U.S. uranium supply, and in return for their influence peddling out of the State Department, the Clintons received millions and millions of dollars in Russian “contributions” to the tax-free wing of their campaign known as the Clinton Foundation.
The other Russian “collusion” backfire was the revelation that Wikileaks was working with some Russian hackers when they released emails that clearly showed the Democratic National Committee was colluding with Hillary Clinton to cheat Bernie Sanders at every turn during the Democratic primary season.
So........it turns out the Russians may have interfered in the 2016 election by exposing the fact that the Clintons screwed Bernie. Of course none of this gets much press coverage because the press wants to get Trump not the Clintons.
The ApprenticeNow that this Russian scam is not working what is the “new” plan for the Democrats? First let’s identify what the new plan does not involve. Rest assured the new Democrat plan is not to offer policy proposals that have been proven to work. The Democrats entire policy existence for decades has been to keep defending nonsensical policies they have implemented and extended that DON’T WORK. And if you think about it, because Democrats have no ideas that actually work, they have not been particularly interested in actually grinding it out on the campaign trail. In 2016, Hillary seemed content with the frequent hurling of racist and sexist accusations against Trump. The idea of making her case that what Obama did was good, and doing so in the battleground states, never crossed her mind.
So what is the new plan? Are we finally going to talk about intelligent policies? Nope. The new plan is to talk about sex. Its a monkey see monkey do approach. After seeing one high profile Democrat after another get caught engaging in sexual misconduct (Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, John Conyers, and Al Franken) the new Democrat plan has become obvious. The Democrats decided last week to politically burn Conyers and Franken at the stake with no due process. And now that these two men have been convinced by other Democrats to resign in disgrace, Democrats are demanding that the contrived smears against Roy Moore and Donald Trump produce a Democrat Senator from Alabama and a White House resignation.
Now, it may well be that the people of Alabama won’t be able to see through what is surely a David Brock-orchestrated character assassination of Roy Moore. However, it is also a safe bet that Donald Trump won’t be falling for the latest Democrat con job.
It is a funny thing. All of this sexual misconduct has suddenly produced moral outrage on the part of Democrats. It is as if their moral compasses were buried inside a time capsule since the days when Bill Clinton served as Predator in Chief, only to be magically released when it has become politically useful to not call his victims “bimbos.”
Wow. That is some plan. What Democrats are doing now should really help America solve its problems.

Update on Trump's Jerusalem announcement

The Trump announcement that the U.S. was going to not just recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel but formulate plans to move the U.S. Embassy there drew some sharp criticism from partisan Democrats. It is the latest round of hypocrisy that seems to know no boundaries. All you have to do to understand how stupid Democrats think people are is watch this video of president's Clinton, Bush, and Obama SAYING THE EXACT SAME THING about Israel and Jerusalem. This should be passed on.

David Brock is hanging journalists out to dry

© 2016 Jim Spence -  David Brock is the infamous smear merchant operative who was so brilliantly exposed by former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson in her blockbuster book and national bestseller, Smear. The book is a must read.
David Brock has been on a not so secret smear campaign against people like Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and all non-Democrats for several years. However, several missteps by Brock and his propagandists are now hanging faux journalists out to dry. Those being hung out to dry are disgracing themselves as advocates writing news stories. It is clear dozens if not hundreds of journalists are now marching to the commands and cynical manipulations of David Brock.
The evidence is mounting that all of the recent embarrassments suffered by Democrat-biased news outlets can be traced back to a January meeting where David Brock gathered more than one hundred ardent partisan Democrats at Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Florida. At the meeting, Brock revealed details of his plans to sabotage the Trump presidency. Unfortunately for Brock, the Washington Free Beacon had people in attendance at this "retreat" which revealed that Brock's four-year plan was to attack Trump and Republicans like Roy Moore every single day. The concerted effort was to involve Brock’s propaganda ministries: Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and Shareblue. All of these organizations are funded by partisan Democrats and committed to using outrageous lies, innuendo, and other despicable smear tactics against people like Roy Moore.
The cornerstone of the Brock propaganda effort is known as a "digital attacker." This is code for his clandestine camp planting phony stories and phony polls on the internet every day. Brock’s minions then place hundreds of phone calls to higher ups at sympathetic print and television news outlets based in New York, Washington, L.A. and San Francisco. The Brock operatives ask gullible journalists to run with these bogus stories. Not always, but many times these fools actually do run with crap that any idiot would know was suspect. The Brock goal has been to undermine the legitimacy of Trump's presidency and damage Republicans like Roy Moore. Brock’s efforts literally partner with Democratic stronghold giants like Facebook to engineer the dissemination of leftist fake news.
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In recent weeks, the smear campaign against Roy Moore has been riddled with lies that are now unraveling. Just today Moore's dubious accuser made devastating admissions that should give prosecutors cause to consider throwing her and her "attorneys" in jail.
Make no mistake. There is no doubt that the smear merchants are behind this entire scam that targeted Moore just ahead of a crucial Senatorial election.
David Brock’s stooges at CNN also ran with a false story today. This story was regarding Wikileaks and Donald Trump Jr. Already a major reporting disaster, the CNN report has already been debunked as a scam. It will probably lead to the same sort of suspension without pay that was slapped on ABC News’ disgraced reporter Brian Ross. Ross was hung out to dry last week when he ran with a false anti-Trump story that sent the financial markets into a free fall and was later retracted. Again there can be little doubt that a Brock operative put a willing Ross up to it.
Americans don’t trust the media because they know that the lowest forms of humanity, people like David Brock are manipulating what was once a free American press. Journalists are now turning their industry into one that appears to be run by naïve children instead truth seeking professionals. But then again, perhaps comparing them in this way is grossly unfair to all naïve children.


Rich: Obama compares Trump to Hitler

© 2016 Jim SpenceOnly in America can a former president and ardent national socialist (Barack Obama)  launch into a disturbing rant and compare his successor (Donald Trump) to Adolf Hitler. Obama essentially asserted that Americans need to vote for Democrats lest millions of people would be killed. Nobody is quite sure what these people might die of.
What is going on here? Maybe Obama has unpacked his old pot bong and gotten hold of some bad weed lately?
Obama’s stage for the Hitler reference was an Economic Club of Chicago event on Tuesday night. Does Chicago still have an economy?
Amazingly, for everyone else it is pretty much taboo to compare anyone to the worst mass murderer in history (Hitler). And of course you will never see the media conceding that Hitler was in fact a socialist too. As is usually the case when Obama talks while his head is embedded in his rectum, the mainstream media did not report on his latest outrageous comments.
It does seems that Mr. Obama, an avowed globalist, revealed that he has a real problem with the, “Nativist mistrust and unease” he sees out there among the little people. Clueless, Obama does not realize he actually spawned the mistrust and unease when for eight years he opened the U.S. borders and turned the FBI, IRS, EPA, DOJ, and U.S. intelligence gathering agencies into his own private police force.
It should be pointed out that Mr. Obama himself provided an enormous boost to Trump and helped him win the election last year by INSISTING that the 2016 presidential race was a referendum on Obama's policies. Apparently he has never been told how much he is despised by working people.
On Tuesday night, Obama also suggested that the U.S. has survived "tough times" in the past and will do so again. Apparently Obama has not been watching consumer confidence measures surge to historic heights under Trump.
It is the same old Obama. Never short on asinine lectures the socialist suggested that, “The danger is “growing complacent.” This comes from the man who lost in federal courts more than any other president in history for attempting an endless array of totalitarian-like efforts to circumvent the U.S. Constitution.
“We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly,” Obama warned. Actually what is going on is America right now is we are trying desperately to reverse the "falling apart" that Obama ushered in during his eight ultra-dictatorial years as president.
Der Fuhrer CardConsider this statement by Obama on Tuesday, “That’s what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph Hitler rose to dominate. “Sixty million people died. . . .So, you’ve got to pay attention. And vote.”
It is pretty ironic that during the week when Donald Trump stood more firmly behind the 7.5 million Jews living in Israel than any president in U.S. history, that Obama, the man who turned his back on the Democratically elected Israelis, in favor of the Muslim dictatorships in the region, that he would use Trump’s name in the same sentence as Hitler.
But then again, remember that the Obamas attended the Jew-hating church of Jeremiah Wright for sixteen years. Here is a sample of the sorts of things Wright preached to the Obamas and the rest of the "flock:"

"Them Jews aren't going to let (Obama) talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office. ...They will not let him talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is."

Given Obama's deep relationship with a raving anti-Semitic jerk like Wright, it is the great scandal of our lifetime that a majority of Americans saw fit to give America’s most famous national socialist two terms in the White House.


Ignorance always comes with a price

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Pictures don't lie. There are tens of thousands of empty seats in virtually every NFL stadium every week. Television ratings are plummeting. However, it is only after you read a few news articles on this topic, many written by clueless journalists, that you begin to understand all of the pieces that make up the black self-sabotage puzzle. In the NFL, black self-sabotage gets an assist from white liberal progressives like Commissioner Roger Goodell and his stooge, Democrat Joe Lockhart. These men, and many others like them, have been allowing naïve millionaire black athletes to engage in anti-American antics on the job. Yes, they have allowed these naive players to do these things right in front of pro-American paying customers. One would think that most players could connect the dots on their own and project what is going to happen when they trash America. However, these players cannot connect the dots. How can they be so dumb? It is easy. When critical thinking is neither encouraged nor taught in public schools kids are not just ignorant, they are dumb too.
Understanding black self-sabotage in the NFL begins with a failing public education system, controlled by the Democrat’s strongest constituency, the National Education Association. Politically, the failing public education system is propped up by blacks, who vote for Democrats 90+ percent of the time. Amazingly, rather than teach inner city children to read, write, and do mathematics, the NEA insures that most classroom teachers spend their time indoctrinating children to parrot the Democrat's victim-oriented line of thinking. Kids emerge having been taught to embrace their victim-hood.
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Walter Williams
The statistics on the failure of our public education system are daunting. This data comes courtesy of retired James Mason professor, Walter Williams. Let's use my home town of Baltimore, Maryland as an example. First it is important to remember that Baltimore’s public schools are not underfunded. Of the nation's 100 largest school systems, Baltimore schools rank third in spending per pupil. You would never know that after all the corruption. In 2016, in one third of Baltimore's 39 high schools, get this……..not a single student scored proficient on the state's mathematics exam. NOT A SINGLE STUDENT in thirteen high schools. Let that sink in for a moment. In six other high schools in Baltimore, only one percent of the entire student population tested out as being proficient in math. Sorry folks, this is not falling a bit short, this is colossal failure.
What about proficiency in English? Just 15 percent of Baltimore students passed the state's English test.
Know this. The Democrats have a stranglehold on both education funds and the entire education system in Baltimore. What are they doing about this ongoing travesty? The answer is simple. They do nothing except pretend they are doing their jobs. At one Baltimore high school last year diplomas were literally given away to a senior class in which 90 percent of the students tested out at the LOWEST POSSIBLE math score. Only one student came even close to being proficient. Still and sadly, one could see the naïve parents and family members applauding enthusiastically during the conferring of diplomas, despite the fact the entire “graduation” ceremony was a sham. Amazingly, some of the students actually received "achievement awards" and college scholarships.
The diplomas given to these kids asserted that they could function at a 12th-grade level. That is fraud. Most students who got a diploma could not function at a seventh- or eighth-grade level. As a matter of routine, public schools lie to themselves and their kids all over America.
Those in charge of this sham will never explain to the kids that these diplomas are fraudulent. They won’t tell them they will be unable to pass a civil service exam or do anything but flunk out if they go to college. They run a protection racket, not education facilities.
Astonishingly, the NAACP does not fight educational fraud, it promotes it. The NAACP is calling for a moratorium on charter schools despite the fact that charter schools are the only hope for black kids who are interested in learning.
Most freshly minted black NFL millionaires have emerged from our failed educational environments. Many of these young men, who are blessed with the athletic gifts necessary to compete at the highest levels, are so ignorant they can be conned into engaging in self-sabotage. Despite being paid millions, many NFL players can’t do basic math. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise these players cannot understand the dumb economics of running off customers and running off television audiences. They cannot see that they are going to severely diminish the revenue streams that fund their huge salaries.
Economics does not care about ignorance. Instead it simply prices ignorance into the equation. There are stunning ripple effects coming to the NFL and player salaries. Revenue estimates are going to plunge when it is time for television networks to bid for the rights to show these NFL games. As sure as night follows day, the value of the player’s long term contracts are going to shrink substantially. Yes, poorly educated NFL players are about to get their first ever lesson in economics. It is a lesson that most Democrats refuse to learn let alone teach. Teaching black kids something besides victim-hood has not occurred to them yet.

ABC's Cokie Roberts, a gutless enabler

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Let’s try to get this straight. Harvey Weinstein, the serial sexual assaulter was also a serial fund raiser for the Democrat Party for decades. Weinstein raised money for Democrats so his favorite candidates, all morally superior, just like Weinstein, could win against morally inferior GOP candidates.
And it seems that Charlie Rose, the living liberal legend of CBS News and NPR, has also become a disgraced sexual predator who was finally summarily fired by his employers. Again, like Weinstein's utterings at fundraisers, the primary themes of the Rose shows seemed to be that free market capitalists are morally inferior to the big government socialists he coddled on a regular basis when he wasn’t trying to bang his female associates.
And then there is Matt Lauer, the liberal legend of NBC news and self-appointed protector of females by virtue of the fact he saw the GOP engaging in a get this…..”a war on women.” It turns out that Lauer has been a sexual predator at NBC for many years. Even co-host Katie Couric, also a devout leftist, acknowledged that one of Lauer’s “most annoying habits” was pinching her on the ass too often. I guess you learn to tolerate annoying behavior from your teammate when you are on a morally superior political crusade against the GOP......because they are all so "anti-women."

Consider another Democrat and great protector of females……Al Franken. It turns out this Minnesota Democrat has a penchant for groping and kissing women, some when they were actually asleep. He also does some fondling when women are trying to pose for a picture with him. Caught in the crossfire of damning photographs showing his perverse nature, Franken seems to think an apology, now that he has been caught, will suffice. He just wants to stay in Washington doing great moral work by thwarting the evil things the GOP does to women.
Then of course there is Representative John Conyers. This Democrat has been slithering around the nation’s capitol for decades. Over the last week or so a number of former female aides have identified him as a remorseless sexual predator. Nancy Pelosi’s response to the flurry of charges against Conyers, and his own admissions was to leap to his defense and call him an “icon.” One can only suppose that Conyers is an icon in what is left of Pelosi’s mind because he has done everything in his power to destroy free market capitalism for his entire political career.
It seems that late 2017 has become the season when victims have actually dared to speak out against serial sexual assault artists. Accordingly, America is beginning to understand the sheer hypocrisy of Democrats like Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, and John Conyers. Each has pointed their crooked fingers at political opponents for waging a “war on women”
The truth is simple. Speaking out against high profile predators long ago would have protected countless female aides from sexual assaults. Bill Clinton presented the opportunity for all decent people to draw the line. Every single Democrat refused to do so. And in failing to define right and wrong, and do the decent thing, Democrats ushered in a toxic and criminal culture where women were treated as pawns much more frequently.
The most curious revelation regarding these sordid and often criminal behaviors was one made by veteran ABC News reporter Cokie Roberts. Over the weekend when Roberts appeared on ABC's "This Week," she said, "Every female in the press corps knew to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers. Roberts added, "The fact that people are willing to be public can change things. I mean, we all talked about for years."
Wow. It is pretty clear that Roberts felt that Conyers' predatory behavior was no secret among the entire press corps in Washington. Really Cokie? That sounds to me like a story that needed to be reported to the public. No?
It would seem that Roberts, a powerful and well-respected reporter knew about Conyers predatory practices for many years but chose silence. Roberts went on to say rather crassly that while this has been the status quo for decades, she believes that things could change now that people are coming public with their experiences.
Well, ummm......Cokie....."Some people" finally came public, while others, like you, in a position to have an impact on stopping these crimes, did nothing.
When considered, Roberts’ statements are astonishing. She is a respected ABC news reporter. And yet she has admitted that she and others did not feel “safe” riding in an elevator on Capitol Hill with a man the state of Michigan continued to send to Washington to “represent” them.
It would seem to me that we could rifle back through every story Roberts has reported on for the last thirty years and wonder why the John Conyers story that could have unveiled him is a despicable sexual predator many victims ago, never materialized until the little people, not a person of Cokie Roberts major stature, finally took the risk to expose him for what he is and help protect future victims.
Still Roberts and others who carry the water for Democrats while disguising themselves as objective reporters, don’t quite understand why America does not respect or trust people in the press….like Cokie Roberts, Matt Lauer, or Charlie Rose. The fact that they create fake news is only part of the problem. These disgraced anchors (Rose and Lauer) made critical decisions on what stories to run every day.
What we don’t consider often enough is what these people chose to sweep under the table. It would seem that there are more than a few things hidden under the morally superior facade that Democrats try to project. It also seems that it does not matter whether they are in public office or working in the Democrat dominated media, powerful men like Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, and John Conyers get protection from supposedly objective journalists like Cokie Roberts. No wonder the media is held in such contempt in most of America.

This happens every day

© 2016 Jim Spence -  It is one of the most astonishing aspects of 21st Century life. Climate change paranoia is baked into every nook and cranny of our culture. It starts with our failed education system, which cannot separate fundamental facts from what Democrats wish were true. The brainwashing and indoctrination starts early and goes on non-stop in countless bastions of society controlled by Democrats. School children are conditioned to view all weather “events” based on the vague notion of “climate change.” It is as if there is no longer any mention of the fact that hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods have been around for all of recorded history. And of course now that population density is higher, the impacts of common weather events are greater. However, these facts don’t help the climate change paranoia narrative, so they are omitted……except when children are home-schooled.
What is even more disturbing is the total absence of accountability in the climate change alarmist’s prior predictions. Having been an avid consumer of news as well as an observer of both climate prognostications and actual results, it is beyond amazing how wrong all of the supposed “settled science” types have been when it comes to forecasting dire consequences of global warming. It would seem that continuing to drive cars and fly commercial jets to and from the places we want to go to is not going to lead to an apocalypse after all.
Consider the fact that the San Jose Mercury News reported way back in June of 1989 that a “senior environmental official at the United Nations (Noel Brown), said in no uncertain terms that, “Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming was not reversed by the year 2000.” Sorry folks. Not now, when we still don’t have rising seas, but seventeen years ago when we did not have them, was the time when the jig was up on that catastrophic prediction. There are many more bogus predictions.
Though the U.N.’s most esteemed “climate scientist” could not have been more wrong in 1989, the U.N. continues to float the same anti-fossil fuel propaganda, as if it still has credibility. The U.N.’s top climate scientist said in 2007 that we had only four years to save the world. Rajendra Pachauri, who served as the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was emphatic in 2007. “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late,” he said ominously. “What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment,” he added. He was right about one thing. He defined himself as not knowing what he was talking about. Again, and amazingly, there seems to be no consequence to being chicken little or the boy who cried wolf for these schmucks.
Environmentalists did not stop at predicting rising seas and the wiping out of coastal communities all around the world. Noted climate change/global warming alarmist George Monbiot suggested in a column in the UK’s Guardian in 2002 that within, “as little as 10 years, the world will be faced with a choice: arable farming either continues to feed the world’s animals or it continues to feed the world’s people. It cannot do both.” Oh really George? It turns out that around 930 million people worldwide were undernourished in 2002, according to the U.N. However, by 2014, that number had declined to 805 million thanks to burgeoning agricultural production all around the world and despite big expansions in the global population.
Great Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined the folly. He actually said there was only 50 days left to save Earth back in 2009……from global warming. Talk about crying wolf. Brown was voted out of office, but not for his asinine global warming predictions. The U.K. suffered from a deep freeze a few years ago with thousands of deaths not long after Brown warned it would get "too warm."
What is going on here besides a public education system with a Democrat agenda that is determined to teach baloney? Well, there is Hollywood perpetuating apocalyptic myths as well as the news media parroting things that discredited scientists keep blathering on about.
The problem with the entire climate change scam is that it is built upon basic data misrepresentations. And sadly, it is the basic data misrepresentations of the climate change crowd, and not the so-called “deniers” that violates basic scientific norms.
Instead of welcoming all inquiry and sticking with a rigid adherence to clean data, grant gathering “scientists” have been caught over and over again acting as pitchmen for billions of dollars to fight the climate change boogieman. 
One of the great thinkers of the 20th Century identified the problem which has from time-to-time plagued the advancement of knowledge. It was Richard Feynman who chastised scientists and suggested it was fundamental to discuss objectively all the relevant evidence, even that which does not support the prevailing narrative. Of course reasonable people know that this is the basic difference between "science" and "naked advocacy." And for the media, the Democrat controlled education system, and Hollywood to behave as advocates while claiming to be scientific is one of the great scandals of the 21st Century.
Repeatedly we see a grotesque violation Einstein’s primary dictum, “One must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.” This happens every day. There are no Einsteins in the climate change scam.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Weinstein and Rose were emboldened by Bill

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Many times I have written on this site about Democrats and their relentless efforts to claim moral superiority over business people who do not buy into their socialist scams.
Often the Democrat’s basic moral superiority claims are, in their own minds, based on the fact that they draw government paychecks while we slimy business people must make a profit to pay our bills. The insinuation seems to be that we business people all exploit others, while Democrats always serve the “greater good.”
Democrats often extrapolate their self-congratulatory attitudes by suggesting that anyone who thinks making government bigger and more intrusive is a bad idea, does so because they are selfish and greedy.
Dialogue and idea exchanges on public policies with Democrats always leads to the same place. Business people are not to be trusted.......but more government is. And socialism, despite all the starvation it brings to people living in places like Venezuela and North Korea, is much better than free-market capitalism. Democrats imply that business people exploit others. They say that business people are the oppressors in this world……especially white businessmen. Anyone who disagrees with Democrats on these views is probably a racist.
Our family, like so many others, long ago saw our holiday seasons turn into fiascoes as the Democrats in the family have insisted on trying their best to make anyone who does not drink the leftist Kool-Aid feel morally inferior. I remember instances when Al Franken’s book lambasting Rush Limbaugh was trotted out as evidence of why the damned reprobate Limbaugh should be hated, while Franken was held up as some sort of morally superior angel. Charlie Rose interviews were also cited as must-see television, since Rose’s soft spoken demeanor was surely evidence of a viewpoint that was morally superior to any view that might embrace the teaching of free-market principles, more self-reliance, and greater personal responsibility.
Low and behold it would seem that the legacy of outrageously immoral conduct near the end of the 20th Century is finally having repercussions that are resonating in ways that were actually fairly predictable eighteen years ago. Consider that then President Bill Clinton was caught on audio tape suggesting ways in which Monica Lewinsky should commit perjury when she testified before a grand jury. Consider that Bill Clinton not only suborned perjury by Lewinsky, he also perjured himself under oath. For these reasons and others, Bill Clinton was disbarred. Yes, even lawyers have standards that slimy Bill Clinton could not meet.
Ominously, most Americans (and a few GOP senators) decided, since the stock market was good, and the economy was humming along, that Bill Clinton should simply get a free pass on his lawlessness, including his sexual assault of Kathleen Willey. Poor Willey, a lifelong Democrat, went public with Clinton’s assault on her and was crucified. Willey was immediately burned at the stake by Hillary Clinton and fellow Democratic hack James Carville while the media looked the other way.
The bottom line? Near the end of the Clinton presidency the highest profile American, who was holding an office that should have come with the highest expectations, was allowed to get away with every horrific act he committed. Astonishingly, Bill Clinton has been treated like a hero by most Democrats ever since.
Think about this precedent for a few moments. Imagine how emboldened sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, John Conyers, and so many others must have become after the Clinton acquittal? The behavioral bar was lowered down to snake level. Accordingly, the snakes became confident they could slither over it to their decadent heart’s desires.......with no consequences.
There is are several lessons to be learned here. First, set the behavioral expectation bar high, not low. Second, socialism is not morally superior, it is morally inferior. Just ask those people in Venezuela who are starving. Third, business people should be respected until proven to be not respectable….not the other way around. Fourth, just because people like Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, and John Conyers pretend they are morally superior……….simply because they want to be our self-appointed protectors from businesses, doesn’t make them morally superior. These Democrats are the moral equivalents of Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggert. They talk the talk but they refuse to walk the walk. And finally, the majority of American people, when they looked the other way on Bill Clinton's crimes nearly two decades ago, enabled a flood of atrocious criminal behaviors. Why should anyone be surprised?


Sharyl Attkisson's 21st Century prophecy - Smear

© 2016 Jim Spence -  A few weeks ago I wrote of a book called, “Smear” authored by former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. I urged my readers to buy and read this book.
In “Smear,” Attkisson documents in painstaking detail how smear merchants essentially control the narratives carried by the mainstream media every day. Through orchestrated efforts involving innuendos, bogus claims and counter-claims, and robotic digital assaults in social media, print, and television media, smear merchants exercise remarkable control over America.
Hundreds of millions of naïve Americans need to crawl out from underneath their naïve rocks and understand how fake virtually all forms of news are. We are talking news stories, polls, etc.
Consider what has been happening right under our noses the last couple of weeks. It all began with troubling revelations of criminal behaviors by Clinton and Obama White House buddy and campaign fundraising bundler….. Harvey Weinstein. It turns out that Weinstein is the tip of an iceberg. There are reprobates all over Hollywood and most of them are devout Democrats. What seems now like a trickle of revelations about Harvey Weinstein turned into a torrent as more and more women came forward to tell their stories. It did not take long before the atrocious behaviors of powerful Democrats served as a reminder to the public of what victims like Kathleen Willey told us about Bill Clinton two decades ago. It is important to remember that Willey, a LIFE-LONG Democrat had been sexually assaulted by one Bill Clinton in the White House when he was not taking time out of his Oval Office schedule to gratify himself with the help of young Monica Lewinsky. The treatment of Willey and other Clinton accusers by Hillary Clinton was so unabashedly aggressive it simply cannot be squared with what she is saying today about the behaviors of other men accused of far less than what her husband was.
The bottom line politically is simple. Democrats have been squirming for weeks trying to escape the hypocrisy trap they set and then got caught in themselves.
No problem. The best defense is a good offense and with a multi-billion dollar smear industry on retainer for Democrats, it did not take all that long for the Democrats to orchestrate an incredible diversion. Conveniently, the latest smear diversion served two purposes. First, it got the public’s mind off of what utter slime bags both Weinstein and Bill Clinton are. Second, the diversion is now about to help the Democrats pick off a formerly untouchable Alabama Senate seat.
Amazingly, what has happened in the U.S. Senate in response to the Democrat’s smear campaign tells you all you need to know about Mitch McConnell. As the Roy Moore smear job was unleashed, the Senate was already well on its way to shirking yet another solemn and sworn duty. Corporate tax reform was being put on the back-burner by McConnell and fellow GOP senators. Shortly after the Moore smear campaign was unleashed, Mitch McConnell and many other GOP senators stopped what they were supposed to be doing to help the country on taxes. Instead they became the self-appointed prosecutors, judges, jury members, and executioners of Roy Moore. This happened within a matter of a couple of days. Mind you there have never been any charges filed against Moore just politically charged accusations orchestrated by smear merchants. Still, Republicans in the U.S. Senate believe they are so profoundly wise they could become fact finders on the life of Roy Moore within 48 hours of the Democrat’s smear campaign. McConnell and his chimps did this on the fly to the delight of the smear merchants paid for by Democrats.
With absolutely no sense of urgency whatsoever, McConnell and his cronies announced late this week that they had decided to stop working on tax reform until AFTER Thanksgiving. That is rich. The rest of us will be back at it Monday because………we have jobs.
It is time to admit that the 2017 GOP Senate is the greatest political disappointment of a lifetime. And that covers a lot of smelly ground. America needs to bulldoze Washington D.C. and start over. I would not let Mitch McConnell walk my dog.

Privilege and poverty

© 2016 Jim Spence -  Sometimes pictures are worth thousands of words. One word that has been getting tossed around routinely the last few years, mainly by whacked out professors at universities all over the nation, and Democrat activists, is the term "privilege."
The connotation that comes with the term "privilege" seems to be that nobody but white men enjoy "privileges" in the U.S.
At its core, the idea of white privilege is an effort to capitalize on the great scandal of slavery. Of course slavery ended seven generations ago in America. Blacks are seven generations removed from slavery as are the descendants of slave owners.
Image result for ucla shopliftersThis column contains a few pictures worth contemplating. The first picture after my mug (left), shows three UCLA scholarship basketball players at a press conference earlier this week. These three young men were arrested and detained in China for stealing sunglasses at a boutique. They admitted their crimes and seemed remorseful. Fortunately for these young men, (the term "fortunate" is a synonym for the term "privilege") Donald Trump happened to be right there in China when they were stealing. Trump was visiting the Chinese President Xi Jinping. With some encouragement from Trump, President Xi arranged for these men to avoid serious jail time and exit the country quietly. One has to wonder what would have happened to these three men if they were not high profile athletes.
The next photo (right) shows the residence of one Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick of course is the "poor and oppressed" quarterback who turned down a multi-million dollar contract offer from the San Francisco 49ers to test his value on the open market. He did this after repeatedly taking a knee during the national anthem last season and angering the 49er fan base. Even in anti-American northern California, Kaepernick's behavior was considered offensive to most of the customers. After the photo of Kaepernick's gated residence, poor Colin is shown (below) standing next to one of his cars. I might be mistaken, but it looks to me like Kaepernick is living just a bit on the north side of the "privilege equator."
The final picture is one of a family living in Appalachia. There are literally millions of Americans living in that area of America in abject poverty. It is pretty easy to say that there is no signs of privilege in that photo.....at least none that I can see.
Perhaps we should all try to reconcile these pictures with the false narratives you see on television, in the movies, and in the newspapers. It seems to me that it is pretty hard to paint with a broad brush where race is concerned in America these days. However, that does not keep Democrats from trying to do it all day every day. In their narrative, all white men have "privilege" and should be neutered politically and economically. Their personal property should be confiscated by the state to be used to address the problems all others have with "white privilege."
I prefer to leave race out of the discussion except to lament the horrific black-on-black crime rates in America's inner cities, which are being managed by.....black Democrats. This violence situation is surely the greatest scandal of our time. It goes under-reported every single day. The heart-breaking death counts in Afghanistan and Iraq made our national news for several years, while the murder counts in places like Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit, counts which dwarf the soldier deaths, continue to pile up every day. These killings are merely local footnotes on local newscasts and in local newspapers. Even the so-called "opium epidemic" gathers more press than the killing of young black men by other young black men. This situation should not be ignored.....but it is. Most certainly there are many other problems to solve and tossing money at them has not worked for fifty years. But stopping the killings seems to have taken a back seat to lower priorities like advancing the failed policies of socialist Democrats.
The truth is there is plenty of privilege out there for members of all races, along with plenty of poverty and crime for members of all races.
Personally, I long for the day when all of us Americans will not be subject to crass manipulation by politicians and their friends in the entertainment industry and news media. It is time to stop pretending that minority communities are the only communities that are poor. Even more important, I hope for an end to the big lie that brazenly magnifies the rare instances when bad cops hurt or kill members of racial minorities. We have to stop pretending a handful of atrocities are more commonplace than the epidemic of hundreds, perhaps thousands of black-on-black killings every month.
Concerning the UCLA basketball players......these young men have enjoyed more privilege in the month of November 2017, than most people do in a lifetime. And as for Colin Kaepernick........he and his gated home and red sports car make him the biggest joke in America in the last quarter of a century.