Why we need to Re-organize the Federal Government like a Business

The essential difference between the Federal Government and a successful business lies in the intent that drives the organizing pattern.

The intent behind the organization of the Federal Government is to distribute benefits (bribes for votes). For half a century, the Federal Government has existed to facilitate entitlements.

The goal of a successful business in the private sector is profit.  We break this down into balancing the budget and creating a surplus. We need a balanced budget to make America stable protecting us from financial enemies. We need a surplus so that we can pay down the debt, also protecting us from financial assault.  We use a surplus to investi in military and infrastructure. This makes America safer and will give our grand children a better life.

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There are over a million people working in the Executive Branch and it seems they all report directly to the president; not workable, and in no way efficient.

So try this instead.

The Significance of Three

This is a 3/7 organizing board.  It has three major divisions.

Each Division has up to but no more than seven departments

Three is an echo of the three branches of government but has a deeper significance.  Create a two division organizing board and you will create a seesaw government, an out of kilter monster.  So we put Homeland Security on the Right, the Vice President on the Left, add the President in the middle, and there you have your basic Three.  Create a pattern with three legs, providing each leg is roughly equal in influence to the other two, you will have created a pattern that can last for centuries.

Sadly especially in the last eight years there has been efforts to destroy America replacing our truths with a global agenda. Many Americans have lost sight of the American Dream. Sadly with Executive ineptitude, ignorance of our constitution, and a sector clamoring for handouts, the Federal Government has grown apace with each successive President while its productivity declined.

We all know the WHY of this; we all know the primary problem is that the Federal Government is TOO BIG.  The challenge, however, is how to fix it. This organizing board could do it.

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The Significance of Seven

The seven is important for it has been found that no man (even one as capable as Donald Trump) can manage (in the routine) more than seven juniors. This is a stable datum in organizing.

In order to balance the President & the Vice President having a fourth and independent division floating free of the primary administration, is a plus.

Homeland Security is unique. Information flows to it.  It gives briefings and responds to requests for unmasking from other divisions, This division, being independent, can inspect, investigate, identify departures from the Constitution AND DEPARTURES FROM THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA. It works to make America safe but also to bring the Executive into alignment. In this age of terrorism it is vital to detect and handle; vital to have this fail-safe.

So we have Homeland Security floating to the side and reporting directly to the President. One more thing that is unique about Homeland Security is that it is the only Division collecting electronic records on Americans.  This collection of data is vital to prevent terrorism but can be abused as we are seeing with ObamaGate.

The Primary purpose of Homeland Security is to Keep America safe.
It is also tasked with oversight of the Administration, identifying misalignment and departures and correcting the machine. 

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Short Pattern


            !—————————– President   —————————- !

Vice                                             !                                          !
President                                      —–    ——–                                !
!——————————!                                   !                         Homeland                                                                              !                          Security
!                                    !                      !———————!
Management           MAGA                        Expansion
& Budget                 Division                         Division

(There are only two Secretaries reporting directly to the President)
i.e. Homeland Security & Expansion (Foreign Affairs)

Office of the President 

Also reporting directly to the President is his personal assistant , a security adviser, his chief global strategist, a domestic strategist and someone in charge of special projects.

All the other functions fall into one or another of the three main divisions or are functions directed by the Vice President.

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The importance of Alignment 

The main problem with the Federal Government is that the intentions of those who work there go in every which direction. That is bad enough, but quite simply it is too BIG. To set about undoing this, having a stable structure can be slipped over the top, a grid over the essential functions with a strong responsible person at the top of each division. Bingo, you have your stability and this makes correction of the machine possible.

It makes it possible for OMB to identify and eliminate duplicate functions.
for teh Chief of Staff to spot and eliminate choking regulations, and for Homeland Security to identify staff with evil intentions: Sadly over the last eight years efforts to destroy America replacing our truths with a global agenda.

(How does Homeland Security identify and eliminate these bad spots?  This would be the first order of the day. Suggest that you have all executive workers write an essay that covers:

  • Goals & purposes
  • Define “Republican” and explain how different from a Democrat.
  • List & explain three things that make our constitution unique and special. (They should say “Consent of the Governed” ” Balance of Power” and “Bill of Rights”

Looking over these essays it will be easy to pick out the bad eggs.

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Shedding Unnecessary Functions 

All functions that are awkward or do not seem to fit like Agriculture, Medicaid or Public Education should be sent back to the States where they have a local value.

With a good organizing board, despite specialization of function, the team is on the same page, working for common goals.

A word of advice, (only because of the toxic environment on the LEFT) don’t have one person doing all the pruning. It is hard on people to lose a job. So while it will be vital that a lot of Federal workers are let go, give this authority to Homeland Security (leakers), OMB (duplicate functions) and Chief of Staff those executing choking regulations).  You don’t want to waster good staff, so once HS has decided they are good, try to utilize them in another area.  This leaves the President free to act on Appeal, leaving him as the GOOD COP!)

In summary
Homeland Security roots out those with evil intent to destroy the Administration, to destroy America or its Constitutional form of government.

OMB identifies and gets rid of duplicate functions

The Chief of Staff (MAGA Secretary) looks for and handles individuals, departments or projects that would work better in the private sector or transferred over to the States.

Holding the pattern of the Org is important. It lets people have predictability and this gives them comfort and raises the whole tone of the Administration.  Then it becomes much easier to go where you are going.

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Explaining the Divisions

Each division has a simple purpose;
Office of the Vice President – is to help the President remove obstacles.
Homeland Security – is to keep America Safe and to correct the administration when necessary.
Management & Budget  – To bring good Order
MAGA Division   – To defend and rebuild America
Expansion  – To increase the President’s good influence at home and abroad.

Homeland Security makes sure all functions align with the basic purpose of the President (America First) and secondly that all staff are aligned with the purpose of their division. When you have  it all in place, and it is working, the office of the VP writes a succinct job description for every job. This raise tone, stability and accountability. You have set the stage for your party holding power beyond Trump’s two terms.   (Pence/Ivanka 2024/ Ivanka/Cruz 2032/ Cruz/Mike Lee or Rand Paul 2040)

This is thinking big.

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The Power of Splitting Key Functions

 In doing so the organizer invariably strengthens both functions.

An example of this is the anti-trust laws which have not been enforced by the last five presidents.  If you have the courage to accept this Organizing Board you will need a very strong & principled person to hold this department.  (Dave Brat comes to mind)  The anti-trust division in under Holder was flimsy at best and under Lynch non-existent. Anti-trust got eclipsed by Immigration, Justice, Crime and Civil Rights

The anti-trust effort was never consistent. Witness the breakup of AT&T into the baby bells. It was a glorious time, I was doing business with Pacific Bell.  Fabulous company. They were fair, paid well and treated staff like family.  Then came the AT&T octopus to gobble up all the baby bells. Staff are now stressed and unhappy whereas they used to love the company. I mean most were there for the duration like 31 years. Now they can’t wait to leave.  I know I visit there regularly. That AT&T was able to reaffirm its monopoly is mind boggling.

Not to worry,  AT&T when I last looked AT&T was the largest corporate political contributor and they hedged their bets, contributing to both parties.

Pure and simple this is political bribe money. Anti-Trust failed to do their job.

The anti-trust laws are the solution for our times. When banks and corporations get too big they become dangerous to the nation. Jimmy Carter said we are ruled by international oligarchies and there is truth in this.  Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

You don’t want to break up corporations just for the sake of breaking them up, we are already beyond that point.  Putin has the right idea.  He lets his oil barons operate freely BUT ONLY UNTIL THEY BECOME A POLITICAL PROBLEM.  Always nice to have the laws as and when you need them. Don’t always have to apply them.

Here are some troublesome oligarchies/monopolies.

  • Main Stream Media is a conglomerate. We may think of them as separate but they operate with one voice creating a corrupt monopoly.  They are guilty of phobia and fabrication. They operate on the stable datum that if they say a lie over and over it will become true. It seems their narrative is set by global oligarchs.  We do need to fix the libel laws; most of what is coming down from MSM is phobia. America deserves better than what they are getting from Main Stream Media.
  • Amazon, Bezos has taken on the color of an enemy.   he should never have been allowed to expand into the News business. Apple has just introduced Apple News which should not be permitted.
  • Google & Facebook are skating on the edge but could still pull themselves right if we have a head on a pike and they see which way the wind is blowing.
  • Then there are the corrupt Big Banks like Chase, Wells Fargo and Bank of England. Luckily these are easy to fix by just re-introducing Glass Steagall which breaks them up automatically.  Tehre is going to be a lot of resistance.  (As it stands now the economy is heading straight for another breaking bubble (derivatives) and if these bankers are not handled delicately & firmly they are sure to have their hands out for another corrupt bailout.

Enforce America First and foster small local banks and you fix the Deep State.

There will be a lot of opposition to breaking up the oligarchies.  It can be done if taken slowly. The universe is conquered by taking one small bite at a time. It must be done if we are serious about Making America Great Again.

Anti-trust is what Homeland Security will use to handle any & all global or big bank, big corp. threats.

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Office of the Vice President

Purpose: Removing obstacles and making the President’s life easier.

  1.  Counsel to the President
  2. MAGA division
  3. OMB division
  4. Liaison to the House & the Senate
  5. Church outreach, fostering Church Based Charities (with Ben Carson)
  6. Recruitment of Judges & Executive Personnel
  7. Education (except public education sent back to states)
    Federal Education would include:
  • Civic & Diversity Reach-out Adult-Education Programs
  • Charter schools
  • Church Schools
  • Special Schools
    (Public Education goes back to the States) It should be an honor for a student to be promoted from a public school to a Federal School, something students should strive for.  This should not be a rarity, but happen fairly often.

Note: Mike Pence is a principled believer. His faith is his greatest asset. He should maintain contact with Church-based movements like Ben Carson’s MYFAITHVOTES and while DJT reaches out to America directly, in a more quiet way, VP Pence should reach out to and consolidate the support of evangelical Christians  He should plan to speak at, at least two Christian forums each month, with one of them being with black pastors.

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Homeland Security Secretary (reports directly to the President)
Purpose: to keep America safe.

  1. Detecting potential threats & policing Terrorism
  2. Digital Intelligence & Internet oversight
  3. Policing and controlling Illegal Immigration
  4. Anti-Trust Department
  5. Banking Oversight & Reform
  6. Finding and Freezing $$$ from, for & to terrorists.
  7. FEMA & Emergency Preparedness

Note:   Electronic spying on American citizens Is ONLY PERMITTED in Homeland Security. Other Intel agencies must submit a request for any shared data or unmasking.

Purpose – To help the President keep America safe

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Division of OMB   Reports to the Vice President
Purpose: To help the President & VP keep Good Order

  1. Justice (holds those who break the law accountable)
  2. FBI (domestic intel)
  3. Manages Legal Immigration
  4. Treasury & the IRS (taxes)
  5. Internal WH Communications & information flow, including managing the Whitehouse & Press Briefings
  6. Legal
  7. WORKFARE
    • HUD
    • Social Security
    • Child Services (Welfare)
    • Health Care
    • Food Stamps

Note: We call it Workfare to remind citizens they have obligation to contribute to the social contract and have no right to become a state burden.

You have the perfect person to head this controversial department – Ben Carson.  Let him win at HUD and then promote himself.  His healthcare experience will be invaluable as he assumes the reigns of Workfare.

The purpose of OMB is to help the President bring order.

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 MAGA  Division

The MAGA Secretary (chief of staff) reports directly to the VP
The Purpose of this division is to enforce American laws & to rebuild America

  1. Defense (Pentagon)
  2. Federal Contracts (Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop etc)
  3. Transport
  4. Energy
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Interior (EPA)
  7. Veterans Affairs

Note: There is good reason to put infrastructure into the same division as war.  There is a natural tension between war that destroys and infrastructure that builds.  Rex Tillerson is an outstanding State and if our diplomacy remains good (as with the Saudis) we can let the Arabs fight each other for dominance without having to put American boots on the ground. Arabs will  eventually sort out the Middle East. The threats domestically and around the world will become less as the Trump administration advances into its second term.

What then, do you do with the army? You put them to work on the roads, dams, bridges and the Southern wall.

The purpose of the MAGA division is to defend the motherland and to rebuild America.

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Division of Expansion

Expansion Secretary reports directly to the President
Purpose – To expand America’s good influence abroad,
& increase the President’s popularity at home
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(i.e. Good works well disseminated)

  1. State (Foreign Affairs)
  2. CIA
  3. Trade
  4. Social Media (FB, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram & BLOGS)
  5. Events & Rallies
  6. Electioneering, Polling, & Strategy
  7. Fundraising for Congressmen and for the 2020 election.

Note: Many functions are provided on this Org Board to getting ready for the next election.  It is vital for America that Donald Trump is a two term president.

Until able to apply the anti-trust laws to the Main Stream Media it is vital to hold regular rallies to bypass the phobias and fabrications of the corrupt Press.  Suggest recruiting and training at least a dozen speakers that can still go out alone or in twos or threes, when Trump is occupied on other presidential matters.

Suggest:

Sean Hannity (if he leaves Fox he would be ideal to run the Division)
Cory Lewandski (remains loyal even after being fired)
KellyAnne Conway speaks well.
Newt Gingrich (currently underutilized)
Ann Coulter
Laura Ingraham
Donelle
Judge Nap
O Reilly
Judge Jeanine

Various celebs who have supported Trump (Eastwood)  you need at least one comic.

Vital to keep up the outreach with at least two rallies a month.

To win in 2020 you will need to expand your social media department with EXPERT LOYALISTS. Make sure Twitter doesn not collapse due to bankruptcy.

In teh final analysis you need to work towards having your own soial media platform, and your own Trump broadcasting station.

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Final note:

Know that many of us see THE ENORMOUS CHALLENGE YOU HAVE TAKEN ON clearly. I hear you when you say it is more difficult than you anticipated.  We are grateful. 

Sad but true, to win big, you are going to have to conquer the vulgar opposition from the LEFT and also tame the Press. Know that there are many of us have your back.

Another last word:

About SOROS: We must bring SOROS to justice and freeze his assets.

Then go one step further, & reform the investment banking rules abolishing futures. Look at all the money this evil man has accumulated and how he has used it to destroy nations & civilizations  Doubt that he ever built anything in his life?. Congress is complicit and we are complicit because we failed to demand better investment laws of our representatives. It should not be possible for an investor to bet on a decline and then go out and create that very decline. That is evil.

Congress should also legislate to exclude all global monies coming into American politics.  Even if the investor is American but trades in foreign countries his fortune should be classified as global. He has to make a choice. He cannot fundraise or donate to American politicians unless he in unequivocally “America First”

It is Congresses job to make better investment rules, aligned to growing our country and rebuilding America

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The Deep State

Reagan called it the iron triangle, saying it was the one thing he was unable to crack.  Most presidents who buck the Deep State end up dead. Donald Trump, Sir, know that you have one unique advantage over prior presidents. The Trump Train players have created a deeply spiritual component to their game.  In all the noise I surf the net to get a feel for where the opposition is each day. Invariably I will find three to five comments, that say “God has this in hand.” If I am arguing with a Democrat (and know you cannot argue with a democrat because they cannot reason)  I say ” God has this in hand” End of argument.

Collective prayer is a powerful force.

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You can handle the Deep State with this Organizing Board.

Spying & Wiretapping on American Citizens is handled by making electronic surveillance (which is necessary to catch terrorists before they harm Americans) becomes the sole purview of Homeland Security.

Reducing the Clout of the Deep State is handled by splitting the Intelligence Communities , Homeland Security reports to the President; FBI is located with Justice and reports to OMB and the CIA enhances the function of Foreign Affairs. With this split pattern there is less collusion and Deap State damage will be much easier to control.

    • Wiretapping (electronic surveillance) is restricted to Homeland Security.
    • The FBI collects only domestic intelligence
    • The CIA collects only foreign intelligence
    • Law enforcement is a City and State Function
      Such handles overlapping functions. (The protocols of how they relate one to the other should be clearly defined to prevent confusion in times of Emergency.) We  are a team.

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The Russian Narrative

Final Note: There is no need to be on the defensive. Legally Congress has not declared war on Russia. So all Americans have the legal right to communicate, and there is no crime. All that remains is phobia and justice should never be driven by fabrication or phobia. Those conducting justice actions and/or investigations need to follow rule of law.  UNLESS THEY CAN PRODUCE LEGAL EVIDENCE THAT PUTIN HAS HARMED AMERICA IN THIS NEW CENTURY and a disconnect order has been issued to all Americans and has been ignored, they have no case.

Don’t ever let them call the narrative. Turning Justice into a witch hunt, by letting it be driven by phobia and fabrication is a degradation of one of our finest institutions adn they should be ashamed of themselves.

Your guilt is based on a false assumption that Russia is bad.  This has not been proven to the best of my knowledge.

Not for one moment, defend yourself, make tehm apologize, and don’t let them ever make you all guilty.  No crime here. The onus is on them to PROVE LEGAL WRONG DOING.

Until then, you can all STAND PROUD & TALL.

All on the Trump Train should stand proud and tall.  After all we are doing something unique and new and we are saving America and maybe the world.

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Quote for the Day

Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.

William J. Clinton

 

Understanding Illegal Immigration

Illegal Immigration: Blessing or Burden?

fenceI am going to share with you a conversation:

Carmen is a Special Education teacher and she is a Democrat; a third generation American Latino.  Noah, her husband is a business man.  He is and he and his family has always been staunch Republican. Did I say she’s a Democrat and he is Republican? Yes. This happens. Ex-first lady Laura Bush was once a registered Democrat before marrying George W. Bush. But I digress because I want to make the point that we can work together to find a solution to the thorny problem of illegal immigration.

Why Mexicans come to America

“Why do Mexicans come to America illegally, Carmen?”  Noah was looking up from an article he was reading, an eyebrow raised.

“To live better,” she said simply

“There are over eleven million illegal immigrants in America, they say that here, but how did this happen? That’s an aweful lot.  They also say here that getting across the border is fraught with extreme danger. Why would anybody take that chance? The writer talks about the hot desert, the drug cartels, and now the terrorists.”

“What are you reading?” she asked.

“A story about a Mexican family who came here a long time ago. Five set out from Oaxaca, but only only three survived. Horrible. The mother was raped and killed. The father still has no idea what happened to his teenage girl?”

She shrugged.

He narrowed his eyes and seeing this. she carefully put aside her sewing. “Most illegal immigrants came here over ten years ago, Noah, when the poverty in Mexico was beyond awful.  It not that bad anymore.” She didn’t like this subject because her favorite cousin, Ana, was illegal and Noah had not been told. “And so this Mexican writer?”

“He hasn’t remarried, has two children, got himself legal like you, and he brought his parents out to care for his twin boys.’

“That’s good.”

” I still don’t know why they all come here illegally?”

She said slowly,  “It is hard for someone like you to see just how bad it was in Mexico twelve years ago. You said Oaxaca, just horrible, terrible poverty in the South. Most of the early immigrants, they came from Oaxaca. There was no work there at all.”

“Still it would have been better to wait for a visa, no?”

mexican-homicides“You are joking right? No time waiting for a visa, if they wait they probably dead. Noah, you have no idea the violence, the crime and corruption. It is the gangs. ” Her voice trailed off.

Like Trump says, “Bad Hombres?”

She snorted. She had no time for Trump.

“It got better, the crime and the poverty, didn’t it?”

“Factories came to Guanajuato, Yes. That was the Vincente Fox.”

“Is it getting bad there again?.”

“Those from down South have for a long time learned to live each day by day.” She was again thinking of Ana.

“We live on the same big continent, Carmen, Mexico has rich people, and natural resources. Why all the crime? Why the corruption? Why the poverty? Why does Enrique Peña Nieto not fix it?”

She snorted again. She didn’t like Nieto.

 “It’s not a perfect world, Noah,” she said finally and he could feel the depth of her apathy. “Some things they just are.”

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Crime, Drugs & Terrorists 

Another discussion, a different day.

“Trump is not willing to accept things. He is trying to stop bad hombres coming into America.”

“Good luck to him,” she shrugged her pretty shoulders. How many presidents had she seen try to build that wall and fail. “He is not going to build that stupid wall, Noah.”

“When Trump decides something, he does it.”

“No, no, this thing, it is impossible! The school principal was just talking to the teachers in my school today making a very good point, we mustn’t make rules we can’t enforce.”

“You mean school rules?”

“He was talking about school, but I am talking about immigration. Do you think it is going to be possible to send eleven million people back across the border? An awful lot of people Noah. Mexico can’t take them in, that’s why they left.”

“At least we have to send the criminals back?”

“Ana is no criminal, they own their house. Her husband fixes cars. He works hard.”

“Ana is illegal?” She had let it slip.

“Yes.”

“I didn’t know she was illegal?” said Noah. If she had told him he would have tried to help. This was the problem with immigration there were secrets, deep, dark family secrets. He continued lamely because he was thrown off, now this was close to home.  “Crossing the border without papers it’s a crime. Why has she not gotten legal?”

“I don’t know.”

“They bought a house; she could have gotten her papers, I suppose she voted in the last election?”

“No, she was too scared.”

“But others did?”

“Of course. Obama promised to make them all legal.”

She could see she had touched a nerve so she said quickly, “It’s not just the Mexicans, we are not the biggest  problem. Refugees are coming in from Somalia, from Syria, from Guatemala, from all over the world. It’s already hard to teach Latinos in English when it is not their mother-tongue, but you try teaching Arabs. I know. This is almost impossible. It is the words. You have to first teach them the words.”

“There are now refugees in your classes?”

“I am teaching three Arabs.”

“But you don’t speak their language.”

“I know.”

“What are they like?”

“”Very hard to teach. They have been taught to hate USA; they have been taught this in the home and also in the Mosques. One boy told me he hated us from the age of four.”

Noah was astounded but it made sense. She was trying to teach over that resistance and he was sure not much learning could happen.

She sighed deeply, “So you see Noah, we Latinos we are not the worst of it. We are not terrorists, not drug smugglers, not even rapists. Trump is not talking about us when he talks about the bad hombres.” Her voice had gone up another octave.

“Latinos need protected from these bad elements also, can you now see why a wall? ”

She sighed, tears still in her eyes. “Maybe.”

The way Noah saw it, the way most Republicans saw it, a president’s first job was to keep his people safe, but this time he wisely said nothing.

“So let him build his damn wall, but tell the people already here they can stay. We not the bad guys.”

dangers-immigrationIllegal Immigrants and Welfare

Yet another discussion on yet a different day.

“Noah, illegal immigrants are not taking away American jobs, no American wants the farm work.”

“True, but you have to look at the bigger picture. Illegal immigrants are soaking up our tax dollars, making it harder for us to help our own poor people, and our homeless Vets in trouble. Your sister Ana, is she getting welfare?” He regretted asking this as soon as the words were out of his mouth.

She looked down, “Yes they are on food stamps and get a housing subsidy.” Carmen continued quickly “Before 2008 and the banking crash, they were doing well. They even applied for the papers. Ana qualifies for DAPA because some of her children are born in the USA,”

“How many children?”

“Five, well with the new baby six.”

There it was. This was not the time to bring a child into the family with both Mother and Father about to get deported. Noah was sure that one of the reasons Mexico was poor was because of the larger families. Mexican GDP was almost equal to that of smaller countries like Australia or South Korea, but there was no comparison when you calculated it per capita.  The average Mexican citizen earned less than ten thousand a year. Noah sighed. One thing Mexicans and Republicans agreed on was the no abortions. Didn’t help Mexicans.

“You should have told me, we could have helped Ana.”

She just shrugged again.

“As a nation we can’t afford this,  America after Obama is now almost bankrupt. Illegal Immigration has become a burden. It is about the cost.”

“Come on Noah, a big wall, now what do you think that will cost and who do you think is going to pay for that?”

“I have been doing some research and found that money sent back to Mexico from legal and illegal Latinos is the second largest Mexican revenue after oil exports. Then there is also the foreign aid we give to Mexico. Mexico may not want to fund the wall but I think it is only fair that they do. “

“Maybe they just can’t”. She was pouting.

“Then they should say so. At least they should control their crime. . . ”

“A lot now coming from South of Mexico.”

He nodded for that was true.

She went on “I heard Trump now wants to send back not just the criminals, but also those like Ana on welfare? ”

“Back to your homeland. ”

“My homeland? I am American like you.”

They were spoiling for a fight;  this was shaping up to be a civil war.

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Illegal Immigration and Rule of Law

Another conversation on another day.

Once again Noah was reading the paper. “Trump is holding nations accountable. Be reasonable Carmen. It is just not Mexico, The middle class of America has been funding not only those on welfare in America but much of the rest of the world. Trump is saying the same thing to India, to China, to Europe, to Canada and to the Middle East. This is not racial. He is saying each person, each nation must pay their way. It was different when we were rich. Now our debt is close to overwhelming us. ”

“I don’t care!” But she did and he knew it.

“Given Mexico a lot of help over the years and the least they can do is pay half of the wall. Mexican lawlessness is spilling over into America. You know why we moved from East LA. Some Americans like Trump are saying “Enough now!” “

“You are making my people wrong.” She knew he was sensitive on this point and she was using it. He always said most arguments occurred when one tried to make oneself right by making others wrong.

“Latinos have come into America illegally and that violates rule of law,” he said flatly.

“So you break up families and send them back into danger and poverty?

“Don’t you see that is why it is safer here- we don’t tolerate “mob rule” or “might is right. Our constitution polices corruption. Mexico has one of the richest men in the world, Carlos Slim, they can do more,” he said lamely.

“I don’t know why Mexico is so dangerous and so poor. I don’t know why East LA is the same way. It’s not their fault.” She was angry. She was so beautiful when she was angry.
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This was the crux of the problem.  This was where they were different. It was Mexico’s problem and they wouldn’t solve it until they could see this. Ana’s problem was Ana’s problem and she would’t solve it until she could see it. Carmen was legal but had family not legal in America. He was willing to help her help her family because he felt for her and she was a good woman, his woman.  Despite their big differences they were encapsulated in a cocoon of love, pretty much like America with Mexico, he thought.  The love is always there just underneath. Surely they could reach a better solution. She saw the love in his eyes.

“You want to send them back into that awful hell-hole, ” she began crying.

He went to her. “No, I want to hire an immigration lawyer and make our whole family including Ana, legal. First though, I want to see Ana taking some responsibility for her own situation. Being illegal for twelve years is not OK.”

“I’ll go back myself to help them before I send them away.” but she didn’t mean it.

“They have to go back Carmen,” he said gently, “Then the good ones, they can come back legally. You don’t want them to start a new life in a country with a crime like that.”

“They were just looking for a better life.”  She was crying again.

“Coming here illegally sets a precedent. The first thing they do in America is to break the law andwhat does that lead to? It leads to East LA.”

“Some of the kids I teach they have been here seventeen or more years, they think of themselves as American; they are American. The bad one’s that is easy, out they go.” Of course if half of her class went to Mexico this would put her job in jeopardy.

“Trump didn’t create this problem. He is just trying to do his job, to keep his people safe, and to enforce the law.”

“It is all about the money,” her black eyes flashed. She was so beautiful when she was angry.

Their marriage was more than just a contract, rule of law. They had a good sex life. It was going to come right.

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Border Industries – the Solution

One month later in the evening over dinner.

She was an exceptional cook, he had come to love Mexican food. They had two good jobs, she with the government in special education.

Carmen was a good woman, she always sent money back to the home country, every month she sent money to her family in Mexico and he admired her for this caring. Democratic Latinos were strong on heart. Republicans understood the law and the economics of the situation.

Somewhere in the middle of this mess there had to be a solution where everybody wins.

She had been quiet during supper, thinking, and he knew something was coming. Now they were enjoying coffee, brewed strong. Finally she said, “OK It has to be done. It doesn’t have to be done immediately. It starts with the criminals and then those on the dole.” That’s what he loved about her, she could think things through

“Can we help Ana financially?”

She was looking directly at him and didn’t answer.  “Noah, you know the physical Ed Teacher, I think he may have the solution?”

“Dirk?” The South African?”  He is a legal immigrant isn’t he?”

“Yes cost him a bunch in legal fees but he became a citizen last week. That was how we got to be talking about this.”

“He has a solution?” He looked at her.

“Well it seems that way back in South Africa they solved a similar issue by creating separate zones of industry, they called them border industries. What we have to do, Dirk says, is to organize to put the illegals somewhere while we help them learn a trade and teach them about our heritage. Dirk thinks it can be done in a half-way station, a place that is and yet is not yet America, a kind of buffer zone between Mexico and AmericaWe are talking about the good Mexican illegals, those got a job, paid taxes, supported their family and staid off the dole after coming in illegally. These are the people we want to bring back to America.”

“They would have a chance if they were sincere in asking for help.”  She could have this, it was fair.

“How long could they stay in that border area?”

“Probably some years, Dirk says.  Learning a trade would be the key factor. They could also learn the language, and study the Constitution. He says English is not a better language but it is the language of the country and it costs a lot to go bilingual like they did in South Africa. Illegals should stay in the buffer zone until they can prove they will be good American citizens; that they have accepted our culture, can speak the language and have let go of Mexico.”

“Or else they go home?”

“Yes or else they go home.”

“Republicans are concerned that Latinos don’t assimilate; the parent’s of the children you are teaching, how many speak English?”

“Most don’t speak English.”

“So this is a problem in education?”  It was something she understood. Her expertise was in teaching Latinos how to speak English. “I sometimes think I need to teach the parents also but they are struggling to survive and don’t have time or incentive for adult education.”

“Do they have interest?”

“Just a few.” No, they don’t have strong interest,” she admitted.

“That would change in the buffer state or they would have to go back to Mexico.”

“Any welfare there, in these buffer zones?

“No only food and shelter and what they are able to earn.  Some would be starting small businesses to learn how to do this right.”

“But they could get a chance; a chance at the American dream?”

“And that is all we really owe them. When helping people you have to help them to help themselves.”

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There are many wonderful things in the Latino culture, the positive things like food and music and dancing that they would bring into the buffer zones, maybe even start a tourist industry? He was getting excited. He would go with her, dang he would go to the end of the earth for her.

He was content. His family was back on track. Now just to get the country sorted out so that Americans and Mexicans could all live happily together ever after

Conclusion

The issue of paying for the Trump Wall has been handled badly. If we are able to solve that, there is a bigger chance of finding peace.

Mexican President Pena Nieto has issued what amounts to be a declaration of war. He wants Mexico to use its consulates in every US state to help illegal immigrants get taxpayer-funded welfare. In essence he is taking NO RESPONSIBILITY. He has ordered ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS to reject assimilation into America in every way  And in this way Mexico joins the Obama resistance.

NOTE: Obama created the problem in the first place with his commitment to open borders and his SOROS color revolution, his overly generous benefits, and his voter fraud.

This is a war Mexico cannot win, just in just the same way the silent coup is going to fail. Obama is on the wrong side of history, and he has no moral compass. What Nieto has ordered actually amounts to an invasion by a foreign country. It is a declaration of war.

Nieto is cutting off his nose to spite his face.   In the last 10 years the GDP per capita (i.e. per person) literally doubled, so in a way things were getting better. That was until the drug war broke out and the 2008 economic crisis made things more complicated. Then along came Trump.

After Trump wipes out ISIS Mexico may well be where the new President focuses. Having so much poverty South of the Border is very dangerous to America.

With Mexico so dependent on Latinos sending money home, and the recipient of generous foreign aid from America, Trump holds all the Trump cards. If he chooses to put the squeeze on Mexico, the country fizzles and dies.

On the other hand if Nieto learns to work with Trump there is much above and beyond money, where America can help their neighbor down South.

It seems the choice is Mexico’s. They may wake up when Obama is out of the way.

Quote for the Week

 Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, rampart illegal immigration, insane business regulations and staggering national unemployment are pushing our nation into unchartered territory.  

James Lankford. 

 

 

 lynnAbout the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism.You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Understanding the Flynn Debacle

Can we get our Republic back? 

Where Obama agents in the Deep State are able to turn on the New Administration, the structure of our the system has been compromised.

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It seems Flynn was targeted by an Obama appointee fighting to keep the Iran accord.

There are about 2.6 million permanent in the Civil Service and many are engaged in sabotaging President Trump’s agenda. They are protected by the Pendleton Act, an Act that Trump and the GOP should at some time repeal and replace. According to founding principles a president has the right to hire and fire.  Trump can remove them from office (send them to the basement) or to Afghanistan. Hopefully they will then resign.

Trump inherited 4,000 political appointees which can and should be fired by the President.

The Obama/ Soros insurrection has become an even greater threat to America’s safety than radical Islam. The swamp grows bigger.

Note: America is now at #4 on this chart while England at #7. 

Note: America is now at #4 on this chart while England at #7.

Obama administration was infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood and also International Socialism. After the election the unamerican Obama has taken on the color of an enemy.

Emerging evidence that he has set up a shadow government with George Soros, with a stated intent to effect regime change in America. LOL the LEFT accuses Russia of meddling in our election.

This shadow government has become an even greater danger to  the security of America with Radical Islam running a strong second. The New World Order has embraced socialism which they want to foist on America. Shadow government as set up by George SOROS, is a standard enemy action as he attempts regime change for the New World Order. Under Obama’s watch he & Soros effected  imperial regime change in Ukraine and attempted it in Syria; under Bush, we had Iraq & Afghanistan. These International Elites are not nice people.

Troubled times, caused partly by the SOROS, partly by Obama and largely by the corrupt middle men in the new digital age as they fight to protect their unfair advantage. Of course they blame it on Trump, because they are in the swamp and it is he who aims to drain the swamp.

On the Flynn situation I would like to point out two BIG outpoints

  1. When the Intelligence and civil community is permitted to turn on the President, this is a direct attack on the American people.
  2. Our enemies should not be defined by CABAL & RUMOR. There is (at this time) no Congressional declaration of war with Russia. I remind you it was he who saved us from WW3 in the face of irresponsible aggression by lame-duck Obama.  The IC say they have the data on how Russia made Hillary lose the  election. Is teh LEFT so wimpy thast they can be manipulated by a foreign power? When challenged on this false narrative they hide behind classified data. They need to give us the facts. Till then it makes more sense that Mr. Putin is being demonized as is Trump.

#Russophobia is silly and I think the people know this.

Trump wants to bring back our strength and our exceptionalism. Weak and wimpy and traitorous and ugly and violent has become the new LEFT.

Restore a healthy Balance of Power

Restore a Healthy Balance of Power

Here are the progressive and MSM false narratives.

What makes Progressives different from Republicans is that they favor “Might is Right”

Thank you.
Lynn Verhoeff
Grandma Thunder
#Pray4DJT100days

cc Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, cc Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus

Understanding too Big to Fail; Glass Steagall & the Volcker Rule

Always, it is the forgotten man who suffers when Big Banks are Dishonest 

To Regulate or not to Regulate; that is the question . . .

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Small Business (organized right)  employs more than all the high tech companies, more than Walmart, Ali Baba, and Amazon added up together. Wipe out the small businesses, each with two or three or twenty employees with BAD LEGISLATION and (like Obama) you destroy the smaller jobs that keep the economy afloat.

So how do we rate the new Trump, Treasury Secretary?

The only thing on which he is firm is that there will be no bank bailouts. Well good.

The Vocker rule? he kind of likes it. Does he favor Glass Steagall; maybe and maybe not?  Is he in bed with the big bankers? Looks like that but not necessarily so. This dissembling may not be a bad thing at all, at all.  We should give the man a chance. Now is not the time to rock the financial boat.

NOTE: GLASS STEAGALL WAS A CAMPAIGN PROMISE.  It was even written into the GOP platform.

To clarify, the Volcker rule puts limits on the ability of banks to bet with money entrusted to them by depositors.

Glass Steagall on the other hand. cleans up the confused identity in banking. It forces banks to be either an Investment Bank or a Commercial Bank.

An Investment Bank buys and sells bonds, stocks and other investments. They assist new companies to go public with their initial offering. (IPOs) When we think of Investment Banks we also think of market or economic liquidity. Investment Banks fulfill their purpose (contribution to the social contract) better with fewer regulations. They need  governed by common sense rules that are simple and clearly defined. Now after fifly years of confused identity, it is a hornet’s nest. For example, the rules governing derivatives badly need clarified, and overhauled. Derivatives have formed a banking bubble and we now have more “too big to fail banks” than we had in 2008.

Commercial Banks on the other hand act as managers for deposit accounts. They serve both individuals and small businesses.  In the ideal the money they take in is lent out to individuals and small businesses and the economy grows.  Because they deal with the little man, or small businesses that are somewhat frail, they demand more oversight.

In September 2016 we had the Wells Fargo scandal. The employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts — without their customers knowing it, they were charging them phony fees and making off like a banshee. Wells Fargo employees secretly opened unauthorized accounts to hit sales targets in order to receive bonuses. Commercial banks need oversight.

NOTE: Like 2008 when no banking executives were prosecuted, the Wells Fargo CEO resigned and walked away free of blame. Hello?

TBTFThe seeds for the 2008 crash were sown on Bill Clinton’s watch; an inept president and his greedy banking cronies who took advantage. The economy was turned around after the 2008 crash. It took taxpayer bailouts of both American and Foreign Banks. Obama and Bernanke saved the system, but failed to fix the problem. It is the “Mom & Pop” small business that trusts these banks.  It is also the “Mom & Pop” small business culture that fueled what economic Obama recovery there was. If these little businesses get wiped out in a banking crash, or by over-regulation, it would be a bad, sad day for America.

With this in mind the new government may look at being proactive and enacting Glass Steagall. It is also a way to break up the big banks that is fair. It simplifies things.

Note well: It was the crash of 2008 that brought on the income inequality that now puts our culture at risk.

A little background on Glass Steagall:

In the roaring twenties there was so much easy money in risky-investments that several big Wall Street banks began salivating. They then decided to pull the deposit money out of trusted accounts and use this money to speculate. It wasn’t their money and it wasn’t ethical, so it all went appetite over tin cup; bankers jumped out of high windows and America went a slipping and a sliding into a great Depression.

The Glass Steagall Act of 1933 is a set of good reforms that ushered in a crisis-free period in USA financial history. We should learn from our past mistakes.

1933 the evidence of banking corruption was irrefutable: After the then ethics investigation, it was found that BANKING & BROKERING WAS A POISONOUS MARRIAGE. This little story illustrates the point.

“Young Bobby has just turned thirteen and in honor of his teenage status Dad has decided to give him a weekly allowance.  Bobby is a born entrepreneur and he and his neighbor friend, Goldy owned a lemonade stand (this was in the days before bureaucrats made this kind of endeavor illegal)

Goldy like Bobby, was also a producer and although young,she had a knack with food and drinks. Their little corner business was popular for the word had gotten around that stopping there was well worth the wait. So it came to be that Bobby had not only his allowance but also his profits. What to do with all the extra money?Bobby went to talk to Dad.

Dad called the boys together to educate them about income and outgo and savings – it seemed the right time. (Bobby had a big brother called George and Dad included him) Dad gave the boys a collective savings bank (his first mistake) and entrusted the bank to George’s care; after all he was the oldest and he was tall enough to reach to put the box on top of the closet. (Dad’s second mistake)

There was one small problem that neither Bobby nor Dad figured into the equation; George was into Pokeman Cards and his obsession had quickly got him outspending his own allowance.  George unlike Bobby and Goldy was not a producer, he was a gambler. Are you surprised that he began to steal from the box? 

As time went along it got hotter; summer is the best of all times to sell lemonade. The little entrepreneurs decided they needed a canopy. Bobby asked to get the savings-box down and was devastated to find that it was empty. What were they to do? They really needed that canopy! It was hot. 

George whined that he had always intended to pay the money back; he suggested that Dad step in and make it right and buy the canopy for Bobby, after all Dad didn’t want to see his little brother suffer, right? George’s strongest argument (which Dad bought), was that Bobby wouldn’t have been able to do the Pokeman investing by himself, so he was really trying to help him. I mean what did Bobby know about Pokeman?  He was always out there making lemonade and Goldy was now also baking. George knew a man who knew a man who said they were going to close the stand down because the kids didn’t have a licence.

Should George sell all the cards, he wasn’t sure how much he could get for them now?

Bobby didn’t want silly cards, he wanted a canopy, a canopy to give him and Goldy and his customers good shade in the summer for his lemonade stall; a local enterprise that the whole, local neighborhood agreed was a gem, was a neighborhood thriving business.

Unfortunately Dad backed George, buying into the theory that might is right.

Dad was also intimidated by the bureaucrat, clipboard in hand who had come to call.

Dad did promise to buy Bobby a canopy for Christmas, but it was too little, too late. It would be cold for a lemonade stand in December, no canopy would be needed.  And maybe, after all long before then, the city would close down the best lemonade stand in the neighborhood.

This is how two enthusiastic and enterprising entrepreneurs bit the dust.

Of course they could still work their lemonade stand without a canopy, that is until the nearby bakery persuaded the authorities that they were stealing his business.

“What?” said Bobby. 

“Regulations are designed to protect established businesses that pay taxes,” said Dad.

“Duh?” 

The lemonade stand continued for a brief while for it was still popular but it wasn’t the same. Then the city closed them down.

Neither Bobby, nor Goldy would ever recover from the betrayal after trust. It would stay with them and limit them as entrepreneurs for the rest of their lives.

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mom&PopPurists argue that we should let the big banks be forced into bankruptcy for that is how a free market system works. The American voter thinks this banking danger has gone away, but all that has happened is that it has been swept under a dirty carpet that is still big banking today.

It all comes back to a good law deliberately wiped out for banking greed and one inept President who lacked any kind of personal integrity.

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Bobby said to his Dad, “I think I will put my money in a real bank next time.”

Oh yeah?

Until the banks get their act together not such a good idea Bobby?

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Quote for the Month

Banking is a very treacherous business because you don’t realize it is risky until it is too late. It is like calm waters that deliver huge storms.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Understanding America’s Debt

Insatiable Spendifosity – with apologies to Rudyard Kipling.

Once upon a time, dearly beloved, there was a little planet scooting around on the very edge of the universe. No I wouldn’t be telling you this story if there wasn’t a most picarious situation there on that little planet.

The problem is sentially the boss-men can’t agree about the planet wallowing in debt, not just a little debt but a big, bad debt; a VERY big debt which would be quite alright if you and I were not (again) expected to pay.

elephant and donkey fightingWallowing?

Like swimming in the pool.

They can’t swim well?

No. On one side they give out the food stamps, and the aid to refugees & immigrants (all paid for by the banking FED). The other side fancies big bombs and whrrrrrring fast planes. You like that eh? Truth is this side that likes to fight are mostly OLD men, been getting a payoff under the table since before time began.

Will you & me, one day, be expected to pay?

Unless they get their act together. Fraid so!

How much do we owe?  A quarter, a dollar, ten dollars, a hundred dollars? The debt is now way over 120 trillion dollars.  To pay your share you would have to work for a whole year with no ice-creams, no burgers, and you wouldn’t be able to pay the rent or even go to school. No you are right, they really don’t know what they are doing! There is only one thing on which both sides agree: they all love to spend and spend and spend and spend.  Right now one boss-man wants to cut the entitlements while the other wants to get the money from the rich.

What is titlements? Well it is like this, if you loan money to the government or to a banker, then when they finally get to pay you back, then they call it titlements.

Makes a face.

Let me tell you a secret, dearly beloved.  They pretend not to agree, but I suspect it’s all for show.  You remember the time you and I were caught with our hands in the cookie jar and we had to concoct a good story together?

Are bankers the same as boss-men?

Kind of, sort of. It is the bankers have their fingers in the cookie jar!

Still looking down at the deb-pictures. They call this the fiscal cliff?

That’s what it is called.

Explain?

It is when you put too much money in the cookie jar, dearly beloved, and then you try to pick up the jar,  but it has gotten way, way too heavy.

So you drop it?

Yes.

And it breaks?

Yes. Into a thousand little pieces.

Giggling. And the money it runs everywhere?

You think that’s mighty funny? You like that?

Sure Then we not owe anything.

You are way too smart by far.

Sadly dearly beloved they still get us.

No fair. Stamps his foot.

I do understand your anger, dearly beloved.  One hundred and twenty trillion dollars is one hefty, big tag they are going to be asking you & me to pay. Now this month  they are increasing it to thirty trillion and what gets me is they want to PAY FOR REFUGEES FOR FIVE LONG YEARS.

Refugees?

People who ran away from the bad guys.

They the ones coming to steal from the cookie jar?

Yes dearly beloved, you got it.

They ask us to pay.

If the bank doesn’t fail. Then they replace the cookie jar.  They call it a bank bailout.

So we owe double?

Wherever did you get that smart?

Bankers are the bad guys?

They all bad guys. Spenders and bankers, and everybody who tries to steal from those who work. Sigh.

kids 4 trumpWhat about the big man?

Which Big Man?

The big man, silly, he the one with the funny, faces, he know about such things?

Yes I think he does.

 

He made the debt?

No. Not him. He’s far too clever. He manages money wisely.

And you say it’s my money they are spending?

Fraid so.

I think the big man going to fix it up. I think one day he get mighty mad and I think he big and strong enough to throw all the bad men over the Fiscal Cliff? #DTS

Laughs. You may be right.

I call  him?

I’ll teach you how to tweet.

 

Quote for the Week

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.”
Herbert Hoover

 

 

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Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Understanding the Popular Vote in 2016

Assertion that Hillary Clinton Won Popular Vote, While Technically True, Amounts to Propaganda

Posted by T.J. Kong on November 12, 2016

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, the Democrats have taken up the mantra of “Hillary won the popular vote.” A careful analysis of the election results indicate that this claim is very deceptive.

The Libertarian Vote is Key to Understanding the Election

As of the night of November 20, the popular vote percentages are as follows:

Hillary Clinton (Democrat) 48.03%

Donald Trump (Republican) 47.01%

Gary Johnson (Libertarian) 3.28%

Jill Stein (Green) 1.01%

Other 0.65%

Since Libertarians are closely linked with the Right and Greens with the Left, it is fair, for the sake of analysis, to add Libertarian vote the Trump’s total and the Green vote to Clinton. When the popular vote is counted this way, we end up with 50.29% of the popular vote being cast for the Right and just 49.04% for the Left.

It is probably safe to assume that the “Other” vote was equally divided between the Left and the Right. If we add half of the “Other” total to the Right and the Left totals we end up with 50.615% for the Right and 49.365% for the Left. We can assume, therefore, that in a two person race Trump would have won almost 51% of the popular vote, carried Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada and Colorado (which means every swing state except Virginia) and won by  a thirty-three larger electoral vote margin. This would have given him 339 electoral votes to Clinton’s 199.

The bottom line is that the popular vote in this election represented a rejection of the Left Wing politics of Clinton and the embracing of Right Wing politics of Trump. Clinton bested Trump in the popular vote only 1.02 percent. Clinton’s popular vote “victory” came by just a hair.

The Electoral College System

When considering the significance of her popular vote “victory,” one must keep in mind that we decide our presidential election by the Electoral College system. Neither of the candidates conducted an election strategy designed to win the popular vote by maximizing the number of popular votes received. Therefore to proclaim that Clinton won the popular votes is like declaring her the winner of a game in which neither she nor Trump even participated.

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While it may be technically correct to claim the Clinton “won” the popular vote, it is pure spin to use this fact in an attempt to delegitimatize the mandate won by Trump on election day. Clinton did not “win” the popular vote because the people favored her but because the Libertarian candidate did so well at the polls.

The above was written by T.J. Kong. 

Follow him on Twitter (T.J.Kong @Ride_the_bomb).
You can email him at T_J_Kong@yahoo.com. He also has a Tube.com channel called: “Ride the Bomb!” 

Note from Grandma Thunder:

Basing an election on the popular vote is how corrupt Banana Republicans operate. We choose a higher ground in America where individual and minority rights are protected & secured. Questionable facts have surfaced after the election that invalidate the Left’s propaganda narrative that they won the popular vote.

  • Evidence of voter fraud with voters allowed to vote more than once.
  • Evidence of illegal immigrants voting in the 2016 election especially in California.
  • Circumstantial evidence that we still have a long way to go before we can vouch for the integrity of the voting system.

    Quote for the Month

    The greatest threat to the constitutional right to vote is voter fraud.
    Lynn Westmorland

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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

 

 

 

Understanding Election 2016 (the year America woke up)

And when it was all over, Trump had won fair and square.

Those who question the results have forgotten that America is a constitutional republic. This is what makes us different from the rest of the world.  It is also what has made us great and prosperous in times gone by,  but for a long time our founding principles have been under assault.  New ideas were being introduced by progressive socialism in our schools and colleges.  2016 is the year when the people stood up and said “no more”. We choose freely to keep America free.

In 2016 the losers either had no moral compass or were out of touch with the electorate. It is these Americans (and at times their foreign handlers) who are now finding it hard to adjust to the new reality. They had all taken it for granted that Hillary would win the election.

There were a few of us who knew that Trump was going to be the next President; and how did we know this? We observed that when Trump decides something, that is the way it is going to be. This strength of mind will be good for us in the troubled times that still lie ahead. How was it that we called it right even before election 2016? We read Trump’s books and studied his record and saw his ability to recruit and organize and especially to build. We judged him on results. So we didn’t listen to the slander.  Sadly, it is going to take some time for all the lies and the slander which was especially vicious in 2016, to fade away. Some voters were taken in but  then the swamp had not yet been drained.

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So this is where we find ourselves today with a lot of people unable to accept the results of Election 2016. Many are freaking because they stand to lose a “weighted” and unfair privilege. Just to name a few:

  • Bureaucrats – we have far too many bureaucrats creating and enforcing rules “that bypass the consent of the governed”. These public officials serve vested interests, rather than operating for the greater good.
  • Sanctuary Cities – Illegal immigrants and Refugees many of whom are  living off the public dole at a time when some of our American children are starving and our veterans are struggling.
  • In a Trump administration the Global Donors and International corporations who have been exploiting  America are due for a a wake-up call. (Soros is the worst of these with his “color revolution” voter fraud – vote counting machines – MoveOn agitators. Soros meddling in Election 2016 should be investigated by the FBI.
  • International Banking – in 2008 America was sold out by Obama and the Fed and the immediate danger of a melt-down was avoided, but there has been no effective ethics investigation or reorganization to make sure this kind of catastrophe will not happen again.  The big banks are up to their old tricks.
  • We all love our pretty planet but over the last eight years there has been an EPA that has turned “man into the endangered species”
  • There have been those in high office like Clinton (but also the Establishment on the other side of the aisle) betraying the public trust, by taking bribes (Clinton bribes were laundered through the Clinton Foundation which the FBI is now investigating)
  • The owned Main Stream Media specializing in slander and failing to tell Americans the truth.
  • ObamaCare: Could it be that ObamaCare was designed to fail, the global LEFT planning to have it replaced by socialized medicine? Big Pharma is surely unhappy this didn’t go through.
  • Barack Obama is unhappy, for he stands to lose his legacy.
  • There are Abortion clinics at risk, for a long time they have been relying on taxpayer funding.
  • Monsanto (GMO) hiding how they poison us. Clinton approved their secrecy. Then there are farmers getting subsidies long out of date.  Finally:
  • People on welfare are going to have to learn a trade and begin to support self, family and the nation. Do you wonder that there are a lot of unhappy people that Trump won this election?

Those who love Donald Trump see that . . .

  • He has observed that America is in trouble, and he has decided that he is the one to make America Great Again.
  • He has the unique ability to attract honorable and able men to his side. None can challenge the production records of Pence or Ben Carson or their spiritual integrity. That they love him speaks very well for Donald Trump.
  • Trump evaluates the situation in front of him, he observes, and then he decides before he acts. He is able TO SEE. He can see that Russia is in better financial shape than the USA, fast approaching unsustainable debt. So he doesn’t necessarily favor Russia, but he also doesn’t knock Putin like John McCain. Trump goes by the numbers, and so should we for the numbers never lie. His campaign was run on numbers and that is maybe why he won.  By seeing the good and the bad in Russia and in Putin he may already have saved us from WW3. Obama’s CIA was baiting Putin.  Looking for points of agreement and resurrecting a the strong alliance before Russia went communist is a clever way to go. Nothing about modern Russia is communist today.
  • The “covert communists” otherwise known as International Socialism are very unhappy with Trump’s election. Now here we find the real (and covert) enemy. They like radical Islam are hard-bent on trying to change us. America should know that socialism (historically) has always been a disaster.
  • Radical Islam, with its diabolic intent to convert America to Sharia Law are very unhappy with the Trump election. With lots of money pouring in from Saudi Arabia to infiltrate our colleges and institutions, they had gained a strong foothold under Obama.
  • Trump promises jobs, knowing that putting us ALL back to work will raise our morale
  • He is sensible: “identify your goals, know precisely what you want to achieve, then find and surround yourself with the best people” Good advice.
  • Most of all Trump is transparent, and tells it like it is. This is very likable.01 transparancy

Not all who oppose Trump are corrupt, some are wary because . . .

As a friend put it, “Trump is saying all the right things, I just wish somebody else was saying it.”His style is somewhat new and he is not in any way politically correct.;says he does not have time for  “political correctness”  and that the country is in condition where no time for political correctness. He doesn’t mince his words when he sees a bad situation. So, will he introduce change on an acceptable gradient, giving us time to catch up? We ask this especially with regards to immigration, a situation he did not create, but one where he seeks to bring Immigration back under the law.

Conclusion.

The choice in 2016 was clear and simple:

After erosion of our identity and culture over a half a century or more, America chose a return to the principles of the Constitutional Republic (that which gives us liberty)

The alternate choice, “Might is Right” embraced by Progressives, and the global elite and the kings of old, was thrown out. America rejected these ideas and newly chose the former.  We were lucky. Not all countries are given this choice. 

election-2016We should be grateful to Donald Trump. We could have lost America in 2016. We could have been forced by SOROS & the Clintons and the International Technocracy and Financial Oligarchies into a North American Union to become just another lawless, exploited Banana Republic. We could so easily have lost our culture and our sovereignty.

So where do we go from here? We ALL come together as Americans, grateful that once again America accepted the challenge.

In times of great change (as now) we need a President who is in no way a puppet as has been Hillary & Obama. America needs an outsider who can think on his feet. I do believe such a man is Donald Trump. We all need to give our new president- elect some time and space. We need to have faith in the American system.

In 2016 the people have spoken.

I have a dream, and this is that Trump will pattern himself after George Washington with the aggression and strength to fight for what is right; but the restraint to earn him a true legacy.

Quote for the Week.

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

George Washington

Understanding the Unrest after the 2016 Election

A few of us knew that Trump was going to be the next President; and how did we know this? We read his books and studied his record and realized that when Trump decides something, that is the way it is going to be. America rejected Global, Sharia Law and American Marxism when we elected Trump. America also rejected the progressive mantra that “might is right” in favor of “rule of law” and “balance of power”. We assumed the responsibility to learn our heritage. Not all have taken the time.

The good news is that the opposition is now out of the closet. Some of the opposition is innocuous, uninformed with mere ideological differences. This is fine, our system allows for differences.  Unfortunately, there are still many on the LEFT that cannot believe that the majority in America actually wants to keep our Constitution, our Civilized Culture and our Religious Liberty; sorry folks the popular vote false narrative is propaganda: doesn’t hold water when you look at the real numbers.

Clear evidence that after the election “the Resistance” is being orchestrated by Obama and funded by SOROS – sick. This is a clear, corrupt assault on our form government, our culture and our heritage. This swamp WILL be drained.

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So far there has been no civil war and there won’t be if ALL in America wake up and see clearly that the real problem is those who seek to divide and rule us. At heart we are ALL Americans with a tradition of liberty, and LEFT or RIGHT we love our country.  We could have lost it but that Trump won the election. Trump’s strength of mind and self-confidence will stand us in good stead in the troubled times that still lie ahead. He also has a firm grip on what has been a rocky transition of power; because of foreign interference it has been more rocky than usual. Acceptance from the LEFT will come, but it may come slowly.  Donald Trump is and will serve out eight years, as the 45th President. 

So why all the noisy upset?

One: Drain the Swamp

There were/are a lot of people who were supporting Hillary, who now stand to lose an unfair advantage or privilege.

Let us just name a few of the #DTS (Drain the Swamp) situations:

  • Sanctuary Cities
  • Welfare programs like “meals for wheels” being used by the corrupt organizers running these programs for crony-ism or other things.
  • Federal Money given to EPA used for political advantage or protecting the silly “smelt in California” while central California tasked with feeding the nation, turns into a dust bowl. Gallons of water were being dumped into the sea. Trump’s first EPA action was to fix the water in Flint.  The altered importance of the EPA is legend.
  • Illegal immigrants and Refugees living off the public dole when some of our children are starving and our veterans are struggling.
  • Those planning and rigging the vote counting machines to falsify election results.
  • Those gaming the legislative process
  • Teachers protected by seniority and not judged on their performance. This is where we see the strong objections to Betsy de Vos, will end the public school monopoly.
  • Government workers insisting on high wages and demanding high benefits, but failing the public they serve.
  • Those in high office like Clinton betraying her public trust, taking bribes (bribes laundered through the Clinton Foundation)
  • Those in high office like Clinton choosing to set up her records on a public server (SO THAT HER EMAILS COULD NEVER BE SOUGHT BY JUDICIAL WATCH ON A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST) Thanks to Wikileaks we found out what she and those in high office in the Democrats were so desperate to hide.
  • Lots of little bureaucrats raking it in on the side.
  • Main Stream Media owned by Global Interests and engaged in bias and slander, actively STIRRING THE POT
  • Big Pharma making a killing from Government patents and regulations that protect their unfair monopoly – why can’t we buy our drugs in Canada or Mexico? Why can’t HMOs compete across state lines? Why all this government protection?
  • Farmers getting subsidies long out of date
  • Investors like George SOROS using arcane investing rules to  profit from an economic decline. (Then they use their new found wealth and power to actively do our country in)
  • People on welfare now having to learn a trade and begin to support self and family and the nation.
  • Abortion clinics relying on public funding. I am in favor of women’s choice but there is something wrong with taxpayer funding for abortion clinics.
  • “Bad Hombres” pushing drugs into America.  The states where most drugs go are where we find the loudest protests (sad) .
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  • Monsanto (GMO) permitted by Clinton to hide what they are doing to poison our food.
  • And finally there is all the foreign $$$$ donated to the Clinton Foundation expecting favors after she was to become President. (Pay for Play)
  • Then there are the neocons trying to stir up a war with Russia.  Clear evidence that Trump is being demonized, but Putin even more so.  McCain and Lindsay Graham (both funded by Soros) were recently in the Ukraine and what were they doing there? They were seen stirring up the rebels. Is this good American behavior? Good Americans don’t pursue imperial goals, and we don’t meddle in the affairs of other countries. Such is unconstitutional.

Lots of crooked, unhappy people.

Two: American Marxism
The unrest (by observation) is not spontaneous. We will never win in America if we allow other interests to subvert & divide us. It can only happen if we do not wake up and see what is happening.

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo seeking to falsify perception, or to create a false reality to justify a criminal act.

We know that this uprising is orchestrated because the demonstrators follow the same style book in every city, not just in America, proving a global strategy. Protesters shout slogans and pretend to have the moral high ground. LOL. When has “might is right”; use of force to enact a political agenda been “high moral ground”?  Good people follow the constitution and accept the peaceful transfer of power. Good people go out to work, support themselves, their family and they understand our heritage and support our nation.

The organized protesters who are not good people, shout obscenities, start fires, destroy property, get violent and assault people; these are tactics employed in times past by Stalin and Lenin.  We have to sadly conclude, that while it seemed we won the cold war, the evil went underground and the war against fascism and socialism is still raging, fostered by the LEFT who do not understand our constitutional republic.

Sadly, Marxists have been subverting our educational institutions and our youth during the terms of the last four presidents, all who favored the NWO.  It takes but a generation to steal a nation. It is in the Education for this is a war of ideas.
The organizers of the riots are trying to persuade observers to feel that, even though the violence is obnoxious, these protest actions are justified by the “virtue of their cause”  The tactic is known in war playbooks (Saul Allinsky) as ‘virtue signaling’.

What we are clearly up against is a network of professional thugs who would go nowhere without the training in subversion from those who wish to divide and rule us, and have lots lots and lots of money and think they have the right to rule the world. Sorry, not in America. And not in Russia. There is increasing evidence that today Putin has seen through the Socialist scam; increasing evidence that like America under Trump, Putin likes the morality of Christianity and stands in strict opposition to Socialism. Russia is not a democratic country as is America, but by research and observation it is also no longer Marxist.

So if not Russia, WHO?  All the evidence points to George SOROS, who has strong ties to the Fabian Socialists and their New World Order and have been working towards this secretive goal for the last century. Makes Sense, right?  Is it not their imperial goals of a world without borders THAT WOULD BE MOST ENDANGERED BY “AMERICA FIRST”.

So while we don’t have war, it is actually war.

They cannot stand Trump. It is an axiom of political warfare that it is not wise to assassinate popular opponents except as a last resort. Instead, it is better to invalidate them in the public mind. A part of this war tactic is to pick a popular target and demonize him, blaming him for the violence.  Is this not what we are seeing with Trump? They picked the wrong man, I don’t think Trump is going to crumble.

“If you want to understand what is going on in America today, just think of the Branch Davidians. If the elites can sufficiently demonize Donald Trump and his supporters as racists or something equally repugnant, then violence against him personally or against his supporters – perhaps even violence against the system itself – will be viewed as justified.”  Need to Know News

Three: The Muslim Brotherhood
Our democratic process was designed to resolve BIG ideological differences. It has kept us away from civil war. It would have done so again were we not subverted and divided by evil within.  There is growing circumstantial evidence of infiltration of the SOROS/Obama/Hillary and the Progressive movement by the Muslim Brotherhood – an orchestrated world movement to change our culture and bring the western world to its knees, under Sharia Law. In part it is payback time for the wars in the middle East brought on by the neocons WHO ARE NOT AMERICA. We are complicit only in that we allowed it to happen. No more.

Note: America is now at #4 on this chart while England at #7. 

Note: America is now at #4 on this chart while England at #7.

Those who love Donald Trump see that . . .

  • He has observed that America is in trouble, and he has decided that he is the one to make America Great Again.
  • He has the unique ability to attract honorable and able men to his side. None can challenge the production records of Pence or Ben Carson or their spiritual integrity. That they love him speaks well for Donald Trump.
  • Trump’s political views are still evolving and he is not fixed. He evaluates the situation in front of him, he observes, and then he decides before he acts. He is able TO SEE. He wants to see us safe. He wants to bring back order to America.
  • He is transparent, and tells it like it is. This is likable.
  • He understands finance; and this is something we badly need, it has become beyond vital to fix the failing economy before the next economic bubble pops (derivatives) 
  • In the event of an economic or any major catastrophe, Trump is a strong man. In such a bad event we will need strength in a leader.
  • He is sound on Taxes. He asks simplification of the cumbersome and complex income tax code. His plan to lower taxes on the rich is coming under attack, yet what he proposes is fair and a gradient approach to handle income inequality
  • That he only hits back when attacked, yet hits back hard and effectively.

There was a whole thick, entrenched system in Washington which was rigged.  There is also a whole sick culture of moral decay and decline in Hollywood. We begin to understand the opposition to Trump better when we realize just how much money the elites (both global, democratic and republican) stand to lose when Trump exposes the corruption, and their part in it. 

To such people who are wary of Trump, I say give him time and space. We all know that electing  an outsider to be President is a big step. One thing to consider though, “Constitutional  Republicanism” is so far superior to “Progressive Democracy” with its “coercive government” that there is really no choice. Let me clarify; In a Republic, government rules only with consent of the governed. In a global or progressive administration “Might is Right” autocratic rule, big brother, and bullying is acceptable.

This “Might is Right” is the corrupt thinking the founders left behind when America first became a nation. And that folks is what was at stake in 2016. We could have lost America.

So where do we go from here? We all come together as Americans, grateful that once again American constitutionalism overcame.

What can you yourself do in your little sphere of interest for it is going to be rocky for awhile, something we all have to go through.  You can spread the truth by tweeting and sharing. Main Stream Media has lost the trust of the people, but your friends trust you.

My father always said in troubled times go back to your roots.   Here is where you should begin: Hillsdale College Course on the Constitution. Then also share your new understanding. WHEN EDUCATED PEOPLE OF GOODWILL OUTNUMBER THE BAD. So much depends on people across the aisle doing their homework, getting honestly informed and coming out in support of the 45th President.

Conclusion
If you truly in your heart believe that Socialism is a better way, we respect that. However as proven by the last election this is not what America wants.

But the EU has embraced socialism. Obama gave us a war with Syria we did not want and then he tried to foist refugees on us (beyond the consent of the people) We have taken in a fair amount before Trump stopped them coming.  Perhaps we are owed a return flow.  So collect together a group of like-minded people and I am sure the EU will welcome you with open arms.  In that way there is more agreement AND EVERYBODY WINS.

I have a dream, and this is that Trump will pattern himself after George Washington with the aggression and the strength to fight for what is right; to stop the evil dividing us, but with the restraint to earn him a true legacy.

Quote for the Week. 

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

George Washington

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 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

 

Understanding Justice(updated 5/25)

 Power Corrupts and Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.

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Americans pay lip service to the idea of a separation of powers between the Executive, Justice and the Legislature, but I don’t think many understand it.

What we have had is an AG threatening to prosecute American citizens for doubting climate-change an extreme abuse of judicial power.  It is irrelevant whether climate change is real or not, the disagreement is protected under the first amandment of the constitution. 

Then there is the office of the AG prosecuting a baker because on religious grounds the baker chooses not to do business with LGBT.  This violates religious freedom and is unconstitutional.  (Good progress in the last eight years in letting gays marry – but this is an entirely different issue)

What we have had is an AG threatening to prosecute ‘right wing extremists’; LOL defined as someone owning a gun, who target practices. This is unconstitutional.

Then there is the subject of voter integrity; a function of justice. Several court rulings have abolished Voter ID as a qualification to voting. So we have had 3 million illegal immigrants voting in this last election.  Of even deeper concern is the integrity of the voting machines. Evidence has been surfacing that many of these machines are untrustworthy, many owned by democratic donor George SOROS. Is it not the task of JUSTICE to verify these machines, for they are not set up right. Can Justice get this all fixed up so that the voter can once again trust his system? The good news is Judicial Watch is investigating this and suing states that do not clean up their act.

For the last year we have had the weirdest investigation into collusion between Trump & Russia. So far nothing has surfaced; an enormous amount of smoke but no fire.  In examining the evidence presented to us, two big departures.

  • Why is Putin being given horns?  There is no congressional declaration of war with Russia yet clearly he is being seen as the enemy.  My research shows on Putin that in this new century he nor Russia have harmed America.  Soros and Obama meddled in Ukraine and 95% of the citizens of Crimea chose to return to Russia. This was Russian territory. You can read Medvedek’s introspection on this issue on his Facebook page. Reading between the lines I did not get a dictator trying to increase Russian territory. Rather intent to stabilize the land after the collapse of communism.
    Then there are plus points as follows.

    • Putin has lifted Russia out of communism.
    • Putin has embraced Orthodox Christianity as the official Russian religion
    • He showed amazing restraint when Obama tried to push him into WW3
    • When America broke the cease fire he was blamed – why?
    • During the cease-fire teh Russians were out and hleping the Syrian children, cleaning up the mines and making things relatively safe again. There are videos of this.
    • In the bombed out buildings Russians arranged concerts, letting aesthetics lift the morale. I do not understand why talking to Russia is being viewed as a crime?

Conclusion : This is not an evil regime, Putin ruthless but not an evil man and he is beloved of his people. He is determined to draw his line in the sand and not be pushed over. On the other hand much evidence of the conflict between SOROS & Putin. Now SOROS is an evil man. Clear evidence that he meddled in the 2016 elections, has tried and failed to destroy Trump.

Yet American Justice is letting SOROS go free and trying to turn Putin into a demon.  You take way the basic assumption that Putin is bad and this whole Trump/Putin situation evaporates.

Then there is Fabrication & Phobia: MSM is demonstrably mounting a propaganda witch hunt against Trump. We see this in the lack of specifics in the million accusations. The MSM narratives are filled with generalities and unnamed sources.  They repeat the lie so often it seems they believe if the lie is said over and over, that it will be seen as true. e.g. Impeaching Trump who has committed no crime. Yet this theme has been playing in TV  for 6 to 8 weeks, with all news stations picking up the chant. Very clearly this assault is being orchestrated. Question: is the origin the SOROS/OBAMA shadow government? This is a very sophisticated misuse of propaganda perpetrated by a MSM conglomerate. Good justice is going to have to face up to and handle blatant efforts to destroy America.

There is something very WRONG with American Justice if congressional investigations and FBI investigations seem unable to cut through the noise and the fabrications and phobia has bee escalating.

I like ex Director Comey.  In his testimony I felt his love for the institutions he was leading and his sincere love for the country. With that much corruption to contend with in the Obama administration and Obama’s Justice he did not have an enviable job.  He should have recommended an HRC prosecution and jury trial. This he should have given to Loretta Lynch and only if she refused to act would it have been proper for him to go public.  Because he failed to document and call out both HIllary and Lynch on their justice & out-security crimes he took on the color of their tarnished moral compasses. He was fired for their condition and not his own because he failed to call them out of their crimes and also failed to enforce the guilt that was so clearly there. Because of his vacillations America lost trust in him.

Talking of trust, over the last four years we have had a President autocratically imposing his view of life, his idea of what is right and wrong on the American Citizen supported by a mandate from a past election that was questionable at best. (With these new autocratic dictatorial powers that he has assumed, how long will it be, before we are “forced” to agree that any President has the right to tell us how we have to think, and feel and act; that is not too far from bringing the inquisition and thought police to the U.S.A. An Executive has no right to establish our moral code, or what is considered RIGHT and WRONG, UNDER LAW. This is why we have elected representatives so that our values filter up through a democratic process to become the law of the land.

Under Obama what we have had is an Intelligence Department created by a President, reporting directly to the President. This is a collapse of Justice and the Executive. In the Obama era his administration fostered political lies

Under Obama we have had created a special courts, in no way open to congressional oversight. This is unconstitutional. 

We have had Trade deals proposed that set up International justice tribunals that can override the Supreme Court. This takes away our sovereignty.

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What we have also had is loyalist Power Czars hired and fired by the President; none of whom were ratified by the Senate. This is a collapse of Executive and Legislature. 

What we have under Obama is a president bombing a sovereign nation without congressional authorization.  This is a collapse of the Executive and the Legislature. 

What about the “Deep State” (embedded bureaucrats who answer only to the Obama special interests) Are these appointed specialists under his control or do they report to the Soros Shadow Government.
Where this impacts on America is that we know so little about them. Do they answer to an imperial president or does the president answer to them?  Where is the transparency that we would find in a good America. With an AG with integrity, as part of a new honest administration, will this integrity filter down to the FBI, the CIA, the DHS?  Can patriotism get clean again? Note: Obama set these up legally in a way to clock their records – Judicial Watch has been investigating this.

Another good question: Does this “deep state” serve or  benefit from International Socialism and Radical Islam, we do not know? What we do know is that we have witnessed these movements growing exponentially over the last eight years.

It is a tall order , I will agree. America would be a different place if teh new administration were to clean out the Justice swamp.

In the Obama administration we had a Secretary of State getting paid by foreign governments. This payola is specifically banned by the Constitution of the U.S.A. Then as the democratic candidate she also lied to the FBI and was allowed to get away with it – no justice there

Executive Clout Sadly for the last eight years we have had a very charming, charismatic president, but one who seems to think he is an elected king, is there not a big confusion there?  It seems he thinks he has had the power to wage secret war, and to spy on anyone and everyone, without any congressional oversight or public explanation. So I put this to you, does this descent into “might is right” not make our elections a mere (mighty expensive) circus? America was founded to get away from a corrupt king, are we going backwards?

And talking of going backwards, in an age where transparency is entirely possible, it broaches this scary question: what if  economic policy and foreign policy is determined rather by “the Deep State” than by a Democratic or our Republican Congress, President or Judiciary? Has the Deep State usurped the power, taken over the executive clout and have they been bypassing the consent of the governed making elections irrelevant? Are they waging illegal wars in our name. Are we complicit in this by not forcing the deep state out into the open?

Executive, Justice and LegislatureAn unjust society is in no way a safe society. An unjust society is in no way an orderly society and an unjust society is never a prosperous society. To make America Great Again we have to restore constitutional justice.

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. 

The good news is that there is nothing that cannot be fixed BY SIMPLY GETTING BACK IN THE PRINCIPLES OF OUR FOUNDING DOCUMENTS.

The gradient step in this direction would be to once again EDUCATE the children and to EDUCATE the people on these principles so we all come to understand how it was that America once upon a time, long ago became truly good and truly great!

We are not just any nation, we are not just any people, we are Americans.

To eliminate strife clean up justice.

Quote for the Week

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, JUSTICE, honor, duty, mercy, hope
Winston Churchill

Understanding the History of Banking

by Griping Grandpa

Banking is a very old profession; almost as old as prostitution.

Mr. X

Mr. X

In this story, we will refer to a Mr. X, who represents not a single person, but a type of person who seeks to amass vast fortunes and power regardless of who gets hurt in the process. We will trace the history from 1790 to the death of Kennedy in 1963 and see what we can glean.

Watch this short video.

You may have wondered how Mr. X got that rich? You may also have guessed though, that it may just have had something to do with banking. So let’s look there first.

We will not at this time concern ourselves with the bankers of ancient Babylon, nor with the money changers of the New Testament, nor with the Medicis in Italy; instead we will begin our journey in relatively modern times, when a certain Mr. X famously stated, “Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” Mr. X, a banker, had befriended the local Prince by first selling him rare coins at bargain prices and later lending him money at interest.

Mr. X had five sons who followed their father into the banking business and settled in different European countries. Thus began the nefarious practice of getting rich by bankrolling wars. Their mother once proclaimed, “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.”

This was when the British Empire ruled the world and conquered the seas. One son became the most influential banker in the developed world, located in England.

Banks and Wars

Meanwhile, across the seas the American colonies were flourishing – they had created their own currencies and did not have to pay interest to bankers. Britain had just come out of the costly French and Indian War, also called the Seven-Year War, and was already struggling to pay its debts to Mr X at the Bank of England. Mr X felt endangered by how the American settlers were doing so well with their own money, their high work ethic, and their productivity and he was not making a dime off of it.

What to do about it? To please Mr X the King outlawed American money, forcing the colonists to use British money, borrowed at interest. Not many history books record this as the true cause of America’s War of Independence.

“The refusal of King George 3rd to allow the colonies to operate an honest money system, which freed the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, was probably the prime cause of the revolution.” — Benjamin Franklin

After gaining their independence, the Americans were happy with their no-interest money and did not want a central bank that would charge them interest. Sadly the covert pressure from Mr. X was still strong and in 1791, the First Bank of the United States was founded with a 20-year charter. Mr. X got richer while the people suffered.

The 19th Century

When the 20 years were up, Congress refused to renew the bank’s charter. Britain’s Mr. X was furious and threatened a war. The British Prime Minister did not want a war with America. He had his hands full fighting Napoleon. The prime minister was assassinated and his successor authorized the War of 1812.

Napoleon, also defied the French Mr. X by printing his own money and thus avoided having to pay Mr. X interest. That did not sit well with France’s Mr. X. Wellington’s forces eventually defeated the French at Waterloo in 1815 and Britain’s Mr. X scored big – his courier informed him of Britain’s victory a day before the news reached the public and by pretending that the British forces had lost the war, the stock market crashed and Mr. X quietly bought up vast numbers of shares at rock bottom prices, to resell them after the market recovered when the victory became public knowledge. Mr. X became very rich and influential in Britain.

After winning the War of 1812, America made the mistake of founding the Second Bank of the United States, this time making the American Mr. X richer and the nation poorer.

In 1832 Andrew Jackson campaigned for president with the slogan, “Jackson And No Bank!” He became President and, as promised, the bank’s charter was not renewed. An assassination attempt followed, but luckily both of the assassin’s pistols failed to fire.

A later President, Zachary Taylor declared, “The idea of a national bank is dead, and will not be revived in my time.” In 1850, he died of arsenic poisoning after eating a bowl of cherries and milk.

In 1857, President James Buchanan took measures to prevent banks from issuing more loans than they had in reserves. He too was poisoned, but survived, though 38 other people who attended the dinner died.

Money

Money

In 1861, the Civil War started .and President Lincoln issued government money, called the Greenback. Mr. X did not like this. He wanted to send military aid from Europe to aid the Confederates and thus defeat Lincoln’s Union army. However, the Russian Tsar derailed this plan. Russia, like America at that time, did not have a bank owned by Mr. X. After the war, Lincoln was re-elected and wanted to continue using the interest-free Greenbacks.In Russia, 1881, the Tsar and his family were also murdered

In 1881, President James Garfield was shot and subsequently died some weeks after stating, “Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce, and when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.”

In 1901, President William McKinley, who wanted all paper money to be backed by gold and a balanced government budget, was shot and died a few days later.

The 20th Century

Which brings us up to 1913 when everything changed.

The year 1913 was when the way we have and handle money was changed forever. In our history this was the third privately owned central bank of the United States, renamed as the Federal Reserve System to make it sound more acceptable, even though it was neither federal, nor did it have any reserves. Federal Income tax arrived in that same year.

President Woodrow Wilson signed off on these changes, but he later recanted, saying, “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is .now controlled by its system of credit. We are no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

Prior to 1913 was one of the most prosperous economic times in the history of the USA – the time when there was no Federal Reserve and no Income tax.

One year later, World War I began and lasted until 1918. This was a war between all the major European players each one funded by their own bank under its control of a Mr. X. All the Mr. Xes profited handsomely from this war. The United States joined the fray in 1917, despite President Wilson’s promise to keep America out of the war. America’s Mr. X profited at the expense of millions of lives. This war consolidated the banking power, creating economies driven by debt, rather than by productivity and solvency.

The American Federal Reserve was here to stay, it had emerged as as a major player on the world stage becoming a full-fledged central bank.

After the allied victory, Germany was ordered to pay the war costs of all the participating nations, even though Germany had not even started the war. Those costs were astronomical. Germany’s privately owned central bank broke free of government control, resulting in runaway inflation where people burned the worthless bank notes as fuel to heat their homes. Germany’s Mr. X profited handsomely while the German people starved.

The year 1929 marks the start of Great Depression in the United States, believed to have been triggered by Mr. X contracting the money supply. Part of the fault also lies with public over-confidence and foolish speculation in the Stock Market. Mr. X scored.

Fat Cat

Fat Cat

In Germany, when the Weimar Republic came to an end, Hitler’s rise to power was spectacular. He issued new state money (no interest) and the country recovered. In Germany, when the Weimar Republic came to an end, Hitler’s rise to power was spectacular. He issued new state money (no interest) and the country soon prospered. Unfortunately, he also wanted to conquer other countries and World War II (1939 – 1945) resulted. The various Mr. Xes prospered while millions of people perished.

The war started when German troops invaded Poland, but in fact Britain, worried about Germany’s economic success welcomed the war; at least Winston Churchill did. In a 1936 radio broadcast he said, “We will force this war upon Hitler, if he wants it or not.” And after the war, he told President Truman, “The war wasn’t only about abolishing fascism, but to conquer sales markets. We could have, if we had intended so, prevented this war from breaking out without doing one shot, but we didn’t want to.”

In 1963, President John Kennedy restored the issuance of money to the government and 6.5 billion dollars worth of interest-free silver-backed United States Notes were issued. He was assassinated that same year. The executive order was canceled and United States Notes were destroyed.

Conclusion

If you were ever wondering why governments do not issue their own money instead of borrowing it at interest from a privately owned central bank, the answer is simple. Coercion. If a country happens to be prosperous, measures are taken to make it less so and for it to incur large debts it will not be able to repay. If that country refuses to go into debt, that country is soon involved in a costly war, or its leader is assassinated.

It is no accident that the world is so chaotic, with constant wars and rumors of wars. It is the old principle of “divide and conquer” at work. Mr. X profits from chaos and disunity.

All of this seems pretty hopeless, doesn’t it? But, no matter how bad a situation is, something can always be done about it. One thing we can do is to be skeptical about what the media tells us and to do our own diligent research to find out what is happening behind the scenes. We can strive to reduce our debts and urge our leaders in government to do the same. We can lessen our dependence on financial institutions. We can practice tolerance toward others, rather than hatred, and to oppose any new wars, because wars do not serve the people. We can spread the word to friends and family and whoever else will listen. The more people know and recognize Mr. X’s nefarious schemes, the more likely it is that the situation will resolve.

Quote for the Week

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” – President James Madison

Further Reading

Most of the quotes and facts mentioned in this article can be found in the following links.
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/allwarsarebankerwars.php
http://www.xat.org/xat/moneyhistory.html
http://rense.com/general88/hist.htm
http://www.wanttoknow.info/
http://www.federalreservehistory.org/Events/DetailView/17
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-15/100-years-old-still-killing-us-america-was-much-better-income-tax

About the Author

Griping Grandpa is the pen name for Peter Verhoeff. He was born and raised in the Netherlands, the youngest son of a school principal. He developed varied interests, such as nature, music and science. He made electronic engineering his career and later moved into computer programming and Web design. He also developed technical writing skills and wrote an eBook for small business. Peter now lives in the United States.

Peter’s passion is to write about things that matter to the world at large, to educate people in important topics that are not well known , the broader knowledge of which ultimately may help to bring about a better world.

How To Prevent Voter Fraud

HOW TO PREVENT VOTER FRAUD

(From a Programmer’s Perspective)

by “Griping Grandpa”

There is little doubt that computers can tally votes faster and more efficiently than doing so the old-fashioned way. However, computers also have a dangerous liability. They can be doctored more easily to falsify the results and only the programmers who have access to the software will be able to tell.

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Here are some suggestions on how to guard against such fraud.

When a voter casts a vote, two receipts should be printed – one is deposited into a sealed bin for manual audit purposes and the other one is for the voter. Both receipts carry the same serial number and show which candidate was voted for.

While each serial number is unique, the numbers are issued in a scrambled order, rather than sequentially. This is to preserve voter privacy – for example, if Bill is right behind Joe in the voting line, Bill won’t be able to figure out Joe’s serial number and who he voted for.

After the voting station closes, a list is published online, which bears the name of the voting station and shows all the serial numbers issued in numerical order with the candidate voted for. That way anyone who voted can look up their serial number and verify that their vote was correctly recorded. The list should be issued as a spreadsheet and presented in a way that makes it easy to tally the total number of votes cast for each candidate. The list should also contain a hotline phone number and email address to report any perceived irregularities.

Each voting station issues such a list, each with its own unique identification code. A list representing all voting stations and showing each station’s results when available is also published online for anyone with Internet access to inspect. All of these lists are downloadable, but stored on secure sites to prevent interference from hackers.

For security reasons, the computer at the voting station is isolated from the Internet until after the station closes, at which time it connects briefly to upload the list to a secure server and, after verifying that the server has the correct data, automatically shuts down. The computer equipment and the sealed bin with the voting tickets are then immediately taken to a pre-arranged official secure receiving location.

The voting computers are manufactured by reputable companies, to exact hardware and software specifications (published online for anyone to inspect) and certified by reputable auditing companies to meet the specs and work perfectly. They are then sealed, with the seal to be broken only when the station opens. In the voting station, the only way to access the computer is via the buttons for selecting the candidates. The person in charge at the voting station unseals the unit and follows a check list to ensure everything works properly and then signs off on it.

The above should help ensure that all votes are accounted for and correct, thus taking care of that technical issue. However, there is another issue, which is to ensure that each voter is qualified to vote (US citizen, of voting age, registered, not a felon, etc.) and votes only once. That is a human issue and subject to political vagaries. It is difficult to make the system tamper-proof without possibly preventing some minorities from casting a vote to which they are entitled.

The following scenario is workable. Each person qualified to vote receives a personal printed invitation to vote. The person takes this invitation and a photo ID to a voting station and presents this to a voting official who stamps the invitation after verifying the person, the photo ID and the name on the ticket all match. The stamp voids the ticket, so it can’t be re-used to vote a second time.

The invitation ticket can be obtained at a Post Office, a Police Station, a Court House, or the like. When applying for the invitation, the person needs to present a photo ID and provide their social security number. This information is uploaded to a central database, which establishes that the person qualifies and has not already received an invitation. The invitation is printed and the person signs for it. This will require a box, similar to a credit card processor, with a keypad and a printer and an Internet connection. For extra security a scanner can be included to scan the photo ID. If the person does not qualify to vote, a message to that effect is printed, with the reason why.

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As you can see, this is quite an elaborate system. It will be pretty costly. But think of this: If we are to take voting seriously, then it is only right to take voting fraud prevention seriously as well.

Much Ado about Donald Trump (updated after the election)

 

A few of us knew that Trump was going to be the next President; and how did we know this? We read his books and studied his record and realized that when Trump decides something, that is the way it is going to be. This strength of mind and self-confidence (and his knowledge of how finance works) should stand us in good stead in the troubled times that still lie ahead.

Donald TrumpGiven that he won the election fair and square why is there still opposition?

It is going to take time for the lies and slander to fade away.  The swamp has not yet been drained. It will take at least four years  maybe eight and maybe even thirty which is what I predict the GOP has ahead. I predict this because of the greater efficiency of their political organization.

So given the Democrats in disarray, what is this wild noise we are still hearing?
There are a lot of people were supporting corrupt HIllary, freaking, because they stand to lose an unfair privilege.

Just to name a few:

  • Sanctuary Cities
  • Illegal immigrants and Refugees living off the public dole when some of our children are starving and our veterans are struggling.
  • Those planning and rigging the vote counting machines to falsify election results. (So sick) I have suspicions about Harry Reid.
  • Those gaming the legislative process (Harry Reid, Mich McConnell, Bill Clinton)
  • Teachers protected by seniority and not judged on their performance.
  • Government workers insisting on high wages and demanding high benefits but failing the public they serve.
  • Those in high office like Clinton betraying her public trust, taking bribes (bribes laundered through the Clinton Foundation)
  • Those in high office like Clinton choosing to set up her records on a public server (SO THAT HER EMAILS COULD NEVER BE SOUGHT BY JUDICIAL WATCH ON A FREEDOM OF iNFORMATION REQUEST) Thanks to Wikileaks we found out what she and those in high office in the Democrats wanted to hide.
  • Lots of little bureacrats who were also raking it in on the side. We have far too many bureaucrats.
  • Main Stream Media owned by Global Interests engaging in bias and slander and failing to tell the truth.
  • Big pharma making a killing from Government patents and regulations that protect their unfair monopoly – why can’t we buy our drugs in Canada or Mexico? Why can’t HMOs compete across state lines. Where is all this cushy protection.
  • Farmers getting subsidies long out of date
  • Investors like George Soros using arcane investing rules to allow them to profit from an economic decline (Then they use thier wealth and power to create such decline)
  • People on welfare now have to learn a trade and begin to support self and family and the nation.
  • Abortion clinics relying on public funding.
  • Monsanto (GMO) permitted by Clinton to hide what they are doing to poison our food.
  • Bribed politicians and on and on.

No wonder there are a lot of unhappy people.

Those who love Donald Trump see that . . .

  • He has observed that America is in trouble, and he has decided that he is the one to make America Great Again.
  • He has the unique ability to attract honorable and able men to his side. None can challenge the production records of Pence or Ben Carson or their spiritual integrity. That they love him speaks a lot for Donald Trump.
  • Trump’s political views are still evolving and he is not fixed. He evaluates the situation in front of him, he observes, and then he decides before he acts. He is able TO SEE.
  • He is transparent, and tells it like it is. This is likable.
  • He understands TV; and as an entertainer he is supreme
  • He understands finance; and this is something we badly need, it has become beyond vital to fix the failing economy before the next economic bubble pops (derivatives) 
  • In the event of an economic or any major catastrophe, Trump is a strong man. In such a bad event we will need strength in a leader.
  • He promises jobs, knowing that putting us ALL back to work will raise our morale
  • He is sensible: “identify your goals, know precisely what you want to achieve, then find and surround yourself with the best people”  Good advice. Already we have seen this work for him.
  • He is sound on Education (He supports school choice, and opposes Common Core)
  • He is sound on Taxes. He asks simplification of the cumbersome and complex income tax code. His plan to tax the rich is coming under attack, yet what he proposes is an amazingly fair and gradient approach to handle income inequality
  • That he only hits back when attacked, yet hits back hard and effectively.
  • Most of all we are coming to realize that those who oppose him are corrupt. There is a whole thick, entrenched system in Washington which is rigged.  We begin to understand the opposition to Trump better when we realize just how much money the elites (both global, democratic and republican) are standing to lose.Trump will expose their corruption.


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Not all who oppose Trump are corrupt, some are wary because . . .

  • His style is somewhat new and he is not in any way politically correct. As a friend put it, “Trump is saying all the right things, I just wish somebody else was saying it.”
  • Would he have the strength and the smarts to take America through a bankruptcy without letting the fabric of our society fall apart, for that is what it may take?
  • Will he introduce change on an acceptable gradient, giving us time to catch up. We see that he is way ahead even than the smartest of our thinkers. Will he be gentle on us?
  • The true test of his greatness will be to bring his prior enemies onto the train, invite them to WAKE UP.
  • Will Trump grant others the ability to  see things their own way, to disagree with him AS LONG AS THEY ARE FAIR?  The true test of greatness will be to LEARN to love his enemies provided they are declawed.

Some of these are valid concerns, electing  an outsider to the post of President is a big change from politics as usual. He has my support because he supports the Republican form of government; in a Republic, government rules only with consent of the governed. In a global or progressive administration “Might is Right” and this opens the door to oppression.

And that folks is what was at stake in 2016. We could have lost America. We could have been forced by the Clintons into the North American Union to become just another corrupt, Banana Republic bowing down the might of the corrupt global elite.

 

 

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So where do we go from here? We come together as Americans, grateful that once again America has stood up to the challenge.

I  am now studying that incomparable Hillsdale College Course on the Constitution and finding that Trump’s instinctive solutions are mostly aligned with the core beliefs of the founding fathers. They, too, valued common sense.

Don’t feel bad if you got it wrong: the political lies were so many as to be overwhelming. The key difference between the candidates: I do believe that Trump can change. He will grow into his new position. I don’t see that Hillary has changed in thirty years. She has always put power over people.

In times of great change we need a President who is in no way a puppet as has been Hillary & Obama. America needs an outsider who can think on his feet. I do believe such a man is Donald Trump.

So I have a message for those who still oppose Trump:

Do your homework.

  • Get educated on the “out of touch” globalists many of whom do not have your better interests at heart
  • If you do not understand a Constitutional Republic take some time to study the incomparable FREE online course from Hillsdale College.
  • Read one or two of Trump’s books, (you may start start with the Midas Touch)
  • Learn about the Political Lies being told by the Corporate Oligarchies.
  • Learn how Main Stream Media is now a Monopoly and the dubious techniques they use to mislead you Recognize that it is the lies and half truths that has you all upset.  Learn to spot the false labels and the generalities.

It is a big world out there, a big responsibility. We turth-seekers honestly believe that it begins by first fixing up our own house and then we can help other soveriegn nations. “America First” is common sense.

We will see if Power corrupts Trump or not, and we will be vigilant and become active again to curb his power if that is needed.

But for now it is the dawn of a new day.

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We all need to give our new president- elect some time and space. We need to have faith in the American system; the people have spoken.

I have a dream, and this is that Trump will pattern himself after George Washington with the aggression and strength to fight for what is right; but the restraint to earn him a true legacy.

Quote for the Week. 

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

George Washington

 

 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) has published two books, “Politics IOU” and “Magic Money” both on Kindle.  The first is satirical about banking and the second, examines the conflict of our times, Globalism vs Patiotism. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma Thunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Federal Funding

What Federal and State Governments Should and Should Not Spend Money On

by Griping Grandpa

Senator Rand Paul recently spoke out against so-called Sanctuary Cities, like San Francisco, that refuse to comply with Federal laws on illegal immigration. He proposed to withhold federal aid to these cities to help enforce compliance.

While on the one hand I sympathize with Senator Paul’s views, on the other hand I disapprove of such coercive means. However, I mention this incident because it raised another question in my mind, “Should ANY city be receiving federal funding at all?”

The Constitution’s 14th Amendment instructs, “… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” While this does not exactly promise “equal justice for all,” it is an ideal to strive for.

Equal justice for all means that no person or group should be singled out to be rewarded in any way, other than what they are owed. The reason for that is simple: If the government rewards someone with public funds, it can only do so by taking it away from others.
Davy CrockettThere is a story about Davy Crockett, of Alamo fame, who also served as a Congressman in the 1800’s. During his first term, some homes burned down in Georgetown. Congress, with Crockett’s support, approved funds to help the victims of the fire rebuild their homes.

Later, when campaigning for re-election, a constituent rebuked him for voting in favor of financial aid to the fire victims, because by doing so he was taking money from others whose need was even greater. Crockett realized the man was right and, after he was re-elected, when financial aid to the widow of a deceased officer was proposed, he voted against the measure, while offering to contribute a week’s pay of his own money to help her. He made an impassioned speech about the issue and the measure was defeated as a result. No other member of Congress offered any of their own money.

No Bail-Outs!

Of course the federal government needs money to operate at all and do its job, such as protecting our borders and maintaining friendly relations with other countries. But it should not engage in bail-outs, hand-outs, foreign aid, or subsidies. Those things are unfair and a burden on those who are not the immediate beneficiaries. Similar rules should apply to state, county and city governments.

These principles are things to keep in mind when voting on propositions in the future. If we demand impartiality and vote down any measure that would favor one group or individual at the expense of others, who knows, we might even reduce the national debt!

 

 

 

Will ObamaTrade benefit the American Taxpayer?

Is the  Devil in the Details, and are these Details have been Hidden and Obfuscated?

The TPA sneaked through the Senate at the end of May and this was largely a matter of timing. It was put through when all eyes were on Rand Paul and his epic second filibuster. Despite feeble efforts to inject it with continuing life, Paul forced the Patriot Act to die an ignoble death.

The problem was that while  all this was happening Obama’s Fast Track Trade bill was quietly slipped through the Senate. A lot of bribe money then and I suspect even more bribe money now.

Sadly (it would seem) few Senators even bothered to read the TPA  bill or even went down to the uber-secret room to get updated on the terms of TPP.

Open Secrets Blog reported several politicians whose net worth went up.  You can google this there.

Now Obama is back probably with even more BRIBE MONEY especially from BIG PHARMA.

THIS TRADE DEAL WILL BE DISASTROUS FOR AMERICA depriving of our sovereignty.

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Trans Promotion Authority (TPA)
 TPA and TPP are actually different bills.

TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) or Fast Track gives a president increased power to negotiate Trade Deals with other countries without “interference” from Congress.  Congress may approve or disapprove a President’s Trade Agreement but Congressmen cannot amend or filibuster the deal once agreement is reached.

Historically this authority is not an executive right. For a limited time Congress grants a President this temporary privilege during the named life of a treaty, but only for the duration of a specific trade-deal.

Nixon first kicked off this authority and it stayed in effect from 1975 – 1994.   It was resurrected by the Trade Act of 2002 but expired on July 1, 2007. In 2012 the Obama Administration began seeking a renewal for the authority (and as we speak the heat is on).

What congressional rights will Congress be forced to give up with TPA, ?

Congress gives up the power to write legislation, the power to amend legislation, the power to fully examine legislation, the power to predict and investigate the consequences to a specific bill.  In addition Congress gives up the chance to keep debate open until cloture. Most of all Congress gives up the constitutional requirement that Trade -treaties can only be approved  by a full two-thirds vote.

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Pros
Republicans like Free Trade; they like the idea of giving a President the freedom to negotiate a Trade Deal with other countries, provided they can get an up and down vote on the agreement and with TPA  they can.

  • Countries are unlikely to commit to a deal that could later be changed in part or in full by Congress. Foreign countries want to know what they are getting into and that the deal is stable.
  •  This point is a negative/positive: Obama has shown in the past that when stopped by Congress he is quite willing to go it alone. His unilateral International agreements are likely to be thrown out by the courts (over time)for such is the American system. However in the meantime having a rogue President is an international embarrassment for America and would become a distraction and a liability as we ramp up for the next election. So why not let a little steam tickle out of those big ears, keep the lame-duck President happy and occupied. Then it would be less likely for things to blow up again. 

Cons forTPA
 Obama is no longer trusted by Republicans, by Americans or for that matter  even by his own party on this issue. So why give him more executive authority to again gum the works?

  • It would seem that Fast Track and TPP will operate ABOVE THE CONSTITUTION. With this transfer of authority Legislators give up their God Given right to do their job as defined by the constitution.
  • Already there is an unhealthy imbalance between the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary; TPA and TPP make this worse.
  •  While TPA is something different from TPP many republicans (like Paul Ryan) recognize that once a trade deal has been put on Fast Track, it is all but impossible to stop it. Since Fast Track was created by Richard Nixon few Trade Deals have been thwarted once they get fast-tracked.

With this in mind we have to look a little more intently at TPA and TPP. Do we really want ObamaTrade? Does the American Taxpayer really want Fast Track ?

or TPP?

Trans Pacific Partnership

Why do we seek to make Trade agreements?  The advantage lies in removing obstacles to the flow of goods and services between countries originating from local tariffs – remove the tariffs and producer and consumer both benefit whatever the country.

Liberalizing services in a Trade deal make them more accessible and efficient and provides an opportunity to open up industries long sheltered from foreign competitors. This is a good thing.

However according to leaks there is a lot in this partnership that has nothing whatever to do with trade:

  • Strong patent protection rules for Big Pharma.
  • Changes to the USA copyright law. Under the TPP, copyright terms for individuals would go from life of the author plus 50 years to life of the author plus 70 years.
  • The creation of International-Investor Tribunals. There are provisions that grant foreign investors the right to sue governments on the basis of vague and broad obligations regarding loss of “expected” profits.
    Such suits would not be conducted by judges appointed for life in the American courts which subordinate to the Constitution.Where special interests appoint both the judge and the jury there will be arbitrary justice as in the darker ages on a darker continent.

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Pros of TPP
The TPP covers a wide range of goods and services and finding common ground could be facilitated by a central agency similar to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs..This would facilitate Trade.

  • Industries like Big Pharma will get a boost because the treaty protects patents.
  •  Americans educated to provide technical services at home or abroad are likely to see their income go up as the demand for their services increases.

The movie, book and music Industries will benefit with copyrights given more teeth (protected by the TPP) Therefore, the higher-paid owners of intellectual property would receive more of the income gains from this Trade Treaty.

Cons to TPP

  • Trade Treaties promote cheaper goods from lower wage countries creating competition and putting local shops out of business. 
  • Fair Use and Free Speech could be adversely impacted. Social Media Sharing could berestricted, citing copyright restrictions. Yet this innocent social sharing has become an intrinsic part of the new Internet Culture and is a form of free speech and it is a good thing.
  •  The protected patents are going to reduce the availability of cheap generics, making drugs more expensive. This is bad especially for the poorer world countries, denying them generics that could save lives.
  • Corporations get excused from safety and/or quality and/or environmental responsibilities – not a good thing.
  • Product transparency will be disallowed. Efforts to get Big Agri to label meat products was thrown out in May justified by the most recent Trade deal. Instead of reinforcing transparency it would seem that TPP leans towards secrecy and complexity.
  • The extreme secrecy in which TPP has been incubated is a negative. Many of the things that went wrong with ObamaCare could also go awry with ObamaTrade simply because the devil is in the details and the details are being hidden or obfuscated. And because of TPA Congress will not be able to do anything about problems that surface AFTER THE DEAL IS STRUCK. With Fast Track, Congress is left with no other option than to throw out the whole Treaty BUT killing the treaty may not be the best solution; throwing out the baby with the bath water?
  • Of most concern though, is that TPP is designed to supersede American financial regulations. This will make ti all but impossible to get in ethics and correction on the International Banking Monopolies. TPP would empower the world’s largest banks, including 19 of the 30 biggest non-U.S. banks, to “sue” the U.S. government before extrajudicial tribunals. Note:it is said that the USA Federal Reserve has in the past bailed out some of these international banks We do not know this for sure, for this, too, is shrouded in an unacceptable secrecy. In all its existence the Federal Reserve has never been subjected to an audit.According to leakes the TPP empowers foreign banks to challenge new U.S. financial protections on the flimsiest of pretexts –  it becomes “illegal” to  frustrate the banks’ “expectation of profit.”  Hello? There is nothing specific or finite here, nothing to be proven, the profit clause is vague and a generality.TPP is also slated to include deregulation provisions written before the financial crisis – provisions that would conflict with bans on risky derivatives or policies that prevent banks from becoming “too big to fail.”  Sen. Warren and other financial experts are warning Congress and Obama that TPP “could make it harder for Congress and regulatory agencies to prevent future financial crises

So we have to ask the key question – is TPP intended to replace our Constitution?

Way back then, it was the States that created the Union, and they gave no authority to the central government via the U. S. Constitution that would provide powers they were not willing to give the central authority. They did not permit functions or activities given the Union to be given over to any agency outside the Union.

The Constitution states that the President shall have the power only with the Advice and Consent of the Senate to make treaties provided two thirds of the Senators present concur.  (Article II, section 2 paragraph 2)

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Where to from Here?

So what really happened when TPA was railroaded through the Senate when nobody was looking? And what of the everyday citizens and taxpayers of America? Do we still have the rights given us in the Constitution?

The people of America are suspicious and they do not like the TPP; polls show this clearly. Politicians beware.  Polls show an overwhelming majority oppose TPP and they are out there on Social Media howling their outrage. Politicians who support TPP should wake up and smell the coffee.

2016 is just around the corner.

Polls however won’t defeat TPP.  It is only if we stand together to oppose this assault on our constitution, our heritage and our rights. If we stand up and speak out, and get in the face of power will the people be able to overcome TPP’s plutocracy?.

These words were spoken by the Libertarian candidate in Politics IOU ( the Election that Spooked the Elites)

Quote for the Week 

“They are fighting for their privilege while we fight for our Liberty.” 

Norman McClosky

 

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The Pros and Cons of Electronic Surveillance.

 (Excerpt from Politics IOU by Grandma Thunder)

From the Political Research Foundation:

Has the Intelligence Community overreacted to the threat of terrorism? Do we have a handle on just how real this threat is to our national security, not when the towers came down but the threat in present time, right now?

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The Federal Government has authorized B.O.S.S. to conduct unlimited electronic surveillance on the citizens of the New World and to store this information in one BIG biometric database. Once upon a time before all the snooping on our citizens the intelligence community were required to prove that a specific crime had been committed, now with the BOSS Act this restriction is no longer. Electronic data can now be collected on anyone, anytime and in any way. The Department of Justice (which mistakenly exists in the Executive but has nothing actually to do with Justice) can nowadays peek into your computer and listen in on your phone calls whenever it so chooses. If it doesn’t like what you are saying, you are in trouble for there is no recourse, no recourse whatsoever under the BOSS Act which operates under a separate secret court.

We asked the presidential candidates to comment:

 

Priscilla Laws: (Candidate for the Establishment)
There is a HUGE terrorist threat which adversely impacts our lives. The oil, our gold and our diamonds are at risk. We have to act quickly against terrorism, faster than the bureaucratic checks previously provided by the courts, in order to properly protect our resources. The intelligence failed in the past. The reason for this was too many disparate intelligence communities. This is the main reason for BOSS. We have eliminated situations where the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing in the intelligence community. We have eliminated duplicate functions, creating a far more efficient intelligence department. In this regard the administration collects data using all means available to it, and certainly it collects electronic data for that is the quickest. The government uses facial recognition mined primarily from Social Search and Media to identify and apprehend terrorists. Before we had fingerprinting but with BOSS we now have retina scans and facial feature recognition.

Spying on American Citizens

This is a true state of Emergency: The authority on which the Federal Government has been setting up this biometric database is vested in the “Commander in Chief” by the constitution, for these are very dangerous times.

McClosky: (the libertarian candidate)
The “probable cause” requirement of the fourth amendment has the purpose of keeping the Federal Government out of our lives unless it has reason to believe that a specific crime has been committed. It prohibits inspection before the fact; by this I mean the assumption of guilt before the objective facts have all been assimilated.

Citizens living in the free world have the god-given right to express their political beliefs without fear of government censor; we should have this god-given right to speak on the phone, to write our opinions, and share our observations on social media, without anybody snooping on us or restricting our communication.

The Constitution Party opposes  the BOSS Act in every way.

The Federal Government refuses to consider debate on this subject because their top DOJ officials have already considered all the relevant arguments for and against, behind closed doors. The President tells us they have worked out the perfect formula for sacrificing privacy to security. What is this formula? You will have to take his word on this, because, guess what? Even his formula is secret and classified.

I recently talked with a BOSS official. He was trying to dicker with our party financials and he was getting it all wrong. Luckily I was still able to set him right on the finances. He was a good guy and we straightened out the misunderstanding. Or so I thought we had? As an afterthought I asked him about surveillance drones.

“Cool,” he said, “We got eyes and ears in the sky! Soon we are going to arm these. Then, Senator, if you put a foot out of line again, we got ya!”

Note: He had just conceded I was innocent of any wrong doing and that he was the one who had made a mistake. I realized it was a moot point; The Federal Government has the guns and in his federal view might is right. Instant punishment! Instant pain even when you are not guilty! That is why they want to take away our guns.

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Gonzali Larkin:  
(Representing the Producers Party)
He didn’t send in a written response, he dropped in to see the Foundation personally, considering this subject a matter of high importance.

The third party candidate began lightly: “If they want to snoop into my bedroom, maybe I can teach them a thing or two!”

Laughter

He grinned, “My son yesterday got one of those scare spam calls telling him that the Government knows all about his porn surfing on the web” ; he nearly jumped out of his “too tight” teenage britches.

Laughter

“We are already two thirds into a new digital culture and marketers have used electronic cookies to collect data on potential customers for nearly thirty years; I am not all that concerned: Actually one can use technology to protect against electronic snooping. Did you know that?”

Most of us didn’t know and he promised to send us the tech-tools to protect ourselves.

When he continued, his tone was a little more serious.  “BOSS collects and stores the full content of photographs, emails, chat transcripts, and other documents that don’t belong to them, actually these belong to us. They say they are keeping this data secret but it seems they can’t even keep our sensitive data secure, for we have already had several whistle-blower leaks to the Press!”

More Laughter.

He went on:  “For locating and tracking people BOSS relies on facial recognition. In Silicon there is a popular shift towards using “selfies” instead of passwords. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t. Face recognition is not all that cut and dried, not yet. “The danger of permitting this kind of database is in the wrong profiling. I could walk past a mosque, or share wisdom from an admired religious leader (no longer in good standing) and my name could land on a red-hot, short-list. But don’t worry my good friends, I promise not to grow a beard in this world of arbitrary intelligence.

A few giggles.

That was when his smile faded, ” I didn’t come all this way down here to entertain you, I came to warn you”

“If they make a mistake and get it wrong and detain you or me, we could have our financial assets appropriated and worst scenario we could even be tortured with no chance to defend ourselves. Under the BOSS Act all is conducted behind closed doors where everything is secret. We are dealing here with a whole new structure of secret courts our standard judicial system has been compromised and is being bypassed.

We all pay lip service to the idea of a separation of powers between the Executive, the Justice and the Legislature.  Did you know that going all the way back to shortly after the civil war we have not enjoyed this separation of powers? No, I see that you did not know that.

What we now have is a new Intelligence Department created by a President and reporting directly to the President. This is a collapse of Justice and the Executive.

“We now have loyalist Power Czars hired and fired by the President. Such appointments are not ratified by the Senate. This is a collapse of the Legislature and the Executive.

“With these new autocratic dictatorial powers that are being assumed by the Executive how long before the Federal or Intelligence people feel they has the right to tell us how we have to think, and feel and act. The Executive has no right to establish our moral code, or what is considered as RIGHT and WRONG, UNDER LAW. This is why we have elected representatives so that our values filter up through a democratic process to become the law of the land.

“I warn you gentlemen that our real problem lies in the structure of our political organization, in its departure from what was intended by our founders; this is what has to be fixed.

Looking in on the world

You can solve it with transparency and consistent with our Time Proven Constitutional Rights

With Boss what we now have had is ten years of a secret court system deciding our rights without any oversight whatsoever, and without the ability to participate or even read the legal opinion of the secret judges; is this not the antithesis to any kind of due process of law.

Our nation is known for freedom all over the world and we have a responsibility to lead the world to sanity and to freedom.

Our founders fled to the New World to escape arbitrary rule and arbitrary justice in an old and troubled world, and for almost a decade in the face of a real terrorist threat we have been sliding backwards. We can solve this in a far better way.We have to solve this in a better way.

We don’t have to give up our rights. Evil proliferates only in the presence of secrecy. We have to craft an open-solution to the problem that is in no way contrary to our fundamental constitutional principles. I truly believe this is possible.

Stand up, turn around and lets keep the forward motion going. Stay free.

Quote for the Week
The Strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure – Albert Einsten. 

 

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Transparency

Excerpt from Politics IOU

. . .  The disgraced politician barricaded himself in his office where he read and reread every blog-post Majula had ever written. He wanted to reach out to her and to say, “you were right, blog queen, it was voter fraud, I was fraudulently elected; you were right the election was manipulated,” but it was far too late for that. He could honestly say “I didn’t know” but when had that ever been a justification? So instead now she had exposed it, he hid from the nation, he hid from the world and he hid from himself.  Barricaded in his officed he reread and reread and read again all her words. He finally came to admire her. However had she figured it all out when he,  who was the apparent benefactor of the scam, had had no idea?

He also came to agree with her vibrant message, voiced in so many different ways,  in so many posts and on so many different websites: She had written, “Transparency alone will flush out the evil, transparency will set us free.”  So it was that creating transparency became his new goal.

He withdrew from the presidential race, he withdrew from politics altogether, but he was not done. He was determined to use what power and influence that he still had for the greater good. The vehicle he chose was his Research Foundation; something he had started ten years before. He began to rework this institution to make transparency its mission.

 

News from the “Research Foundation.”

Did you know?


It is a comfortable idea that it is good to kill at a comfortable distance without having to put boots on the ground. B.O.S.S. (Bureau of State Security) claims that no New World Citizen is being targeted by drones yet the Security Agency refuses to give us specifics. The foundation asks,  “What are the real civilian drone casualties around the world?”

International watch groups place this number at over 5000 (mainly women and children). The national security world denies this number, but the foundation suspects their numbers are false for they count children over the age of twelve in a strike zone as militants; these young children who should be in school are being called guilty as charged and have no recourse.

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We ask the presidential candidates to comment.

Gonzali Larkin:

(Representing the Producer’s Party)

This is a new technology, it is very powerful, expensive technology which can harm and destroy and as such it wants proper oversight. The real problem here is not that drones are being used to seek out and destroy our enemies, the real problem here is that there is actually transparently NO LEGISLATION that defines how we are to honorably use drones.

Under no circumstances would I approve the use drones on the citizens of our nation. That said, I do support the use of drones under certain, specific conditions to handle our enemies, those who seek us harm.

Yet is still have to ask where Congress stands on this matter? The Senate has been somewhat vocal on the suject of drones but there are still many questions.

My office has asked the DOJ but gotten no answers, there appears to be no satisfactory rules in place to govern how in the future we are to use this powerful technology, no safeguards on government using it against the people. It is all clouded in secrecy.

My office has been told there is a secret court and that there are secret laws governing their use, but I do not see that the legislature, Congress or the Senate  has clearly and transparently defined how we are to use drones in the future..

I hear there are sectet rules but I do not hold with this secrecy. Even when we attempt the freedom of information my office hits a blank wall.
So I have to ask, regarding the use by the military of drones, is Congress and the Senate doing their sacred duty? I am deeply concerned that we are fast (again) becoming a country that condones arbitrary force.

Is this not what our founders fled to the New World to get away from?

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Konstantin:

(Representing the Religious Right)

I fully support the use of unmanned aircraft to kill suspected terrorists. This is a religious war that has played out for centuries and I know it is a righteous war because God has now given us the technology to handle it. We have to realize that our way of life is superior and it should be praised and admired. It always amazes me that our lesser brethren do not happily accept the gift of a superior culture, but instead fight us. I have been briefed by the President and I am fully satisfied that there is adequate oversight of the drone program, and that it is being conducted within the rule of law. A president is tasked with the job of keeping his people safe. If he shuns the available defense tools in the pursuit of justice, he is not doing his job.

Priscilla Laws:

(Attorney General – running for President)

We have to carefully weigh the constitutional right to due process with the government’s obligation to keep us safe. The current administration strongly supports the use of drones. These have been useful in hitting and destroying terrorist cells on their own home ground and thus preventing terrorists from bringing their evil acts of violence onto our own sacred soil. Our administration has ordered a review into the oversight of drone actions and to this end we have established a special court to oversee instances where lethal action is being contemplated. We have also beefed up our Congressional Briefings and as President I look forward to engaging Congress to explore other options for increased oversight.

It is not possible nowadays or even desirable to deploy special troops on the ground, as this puts our own young men at risk. Furthermore putting our boots on the ground may trigger an international incident. The wonder of drones is that they can kill at a distance, while being controlled from right here at home. Regarding transparency: I see challenges in striking the right balance between security and an open society. It is important to keep information secret that protects secret operations.

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Norman McClosky:
(Libertarian)

The President claims the unchecked authority to put desert people on “kill lists” on the basis of a secret determination, based on secret evidence, on a secret definition of enemy. If we let all of these secrets go unchallenged, how long do you think it will be before they put you and me on these same kill lists? With these new weapons of mass destruction a power czar would be able to sit in a situation room and press a button and with the new power of the drones, take out all of his political enemies. He would be able to do this with no valid congressional oversight, or any requirement of a declaration of war.

 

I regret to say that some of what we call terrorism is but a backlash; a payback for past imperial exploitation. I maintain that we do better when we apologize for the times in the past when we have overreached; when we take responsibility for our mistakes and make the appropriate amends and compensation. When drones harm civilians, should we not do all that we can to make up the damage to the civilian families who are in no way our enemies, yet we have harmed them?

 

If we want to take responsibility for leading the world to better ways, it will open the door to new friendly relations with the countries around the world and we can help them to control their own radical elements. Not all people are bad, in fact there is a majority of good people around the world everywhere. It is with these persons of goodwill that we should seek to engage. We are the super power, if we are fair and just we should not have to spend so much on military bases around the world, at the cost of our own poverty and infrastructure. If we were to take true responsibility we would not have an unfortunate state of perpetual war, a war of terror that has never been declared.

Our constitution does not give the security detail the right to act and commit international crimes in our name with no oversight from congress and with no true transparency.

Majula’s Blog

In living memory there have been three civilizing waves: the Agricultural, the Industrial and now the Digital-Electronic Wave. The changes we now experience are fast and furious and are akin to a gigantic wave that is descending on us. Imagine a powerful sea, with large waves breaking. The force of each new wave is met by the force of the prior wave receding. At the place where the two waves meet, their force is broken into a thousand swirling eddies. Is this the cultural confusion we are now experiencing? It is not the first time two powerful civilizing waves have met and wreaked havoc on society. It was the force of the Industrial Revolution that undid the old Agricultural Order of Kings and Aristocrats. The difference is that in those days it was easy to see the unfair advantage and it was inevitable that justice and fair play would eventually win out.

As the Industrial wave meets the Digital Wave, the conflict is both bigger and more subtle. This is because in the industrial order it is easy for bad men to hide, because of the split between the consumer and the producer. Those taking advantage learned to steal from both producer and consumer and they perfected the art of hiding. When men do not act to serve the greatest good, their activities MUST be conducted in secrecy.

But times are changing. Now we are all connected via the Internet. The glory of the Internet is that it brings with it a new transparency; it gives men of goodwill a tool to bring bad men and bad acts to the light of day. The web empowers the individual, connects people and groups, but most of all it mandates transparency. Those who have bad secrets are finally running scared and finally, if we truly come to terms with this, we can spot evil men by their efforts to keep their secrets.

Our economy is in disarray with too much debt and far too much unemployment, yet the corporate and financial orders still operate in what has now become unacceptable secrecy. As the old industrial model finally crumbles, it is exciting that we can replace the corrupt order with a better culture, maybe even a Golden Age, but we are going to need men of vision, men of integrity, and men who understand the new culture. I maintain that all men of goodwill should stand up and demand transparency, we should all demand transparency, each and every one of us we should demand transparency both in the corporate world and in government. It is only transparency that can flush out the old evil and the old industrial and banking corruption.

It may be hard for us to see and it may be hard for us to accept as we cling to our secrets while the energy swirls around us. It may be hard to see while the banking and corporate and military and political powers fight to maintain what has been their unfair privilege.

You and I can ride and command this new electronic wave, but only if we use our strong demand for transparency as the raft to keep us all afloat, not just in our nation but all around the world.

We can use transparency to help us create a better system – for if we don’t the new electronic wave will but absorb the old evil and the new wave which before was shining with such promise, could go black and crash and engulf us.

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Quote for the Week

A lack of transparency results is distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.

Dalai Lama

 

 

Socialism

Proof that you cannot Multiply Wealth by Dividing it!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked, and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

picture of skunk looking at new flag for USAThe professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism ”
… All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (Substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

This story was forwarded without the original source. Grandma did not write it.  She thought it great, and so is sharing with you.

This is Grandma’s take on Socialism

  1. When the people get the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
  2. When some of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, that is also the beginning of the end of the nation.
  3. Government cannot give to anybody anything what the government does not first take from somebody else.  When politicians perfect the art of taking from producers, it is the beginning of the end of a nation.
  4. Oligarchies, Monopolies and Crony Capitalism does this better (i.e.Stealing from the people) than even Big Government.  When the idle rich and the idle poor get in bed with the force of Big Government with intent to steal from the people (in other words to create Socialism) the end is very nigh.
  5. Socialism destroys society and local communities. It is mostly embraced by those who seek unfair advantage over others. It is also attractive to victims, those who do not take responsibility. Give such people power and that is the beginning of the end of a nation.

This is a blog post from Grandma Thunder. Can you think of a single reason for not sharing this classroom story? Neither could Grandma! So she has shared it with you. Please do also share!

Quote for the Week

The Problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money
Margaret Thatcher

old woman walking on water.

Capitalism and Prosperity

Capitalism is the best system, but is that what we have in America?

When we look back in history, we see that Capitalism is closely linked to prosperity. Sadly, Socialism (a managed economy) always brings with it poverty. The propaganda in favor of socialism notwithstanding, compare the standard of living in America (flawed as it is) with the low standard of living in Europe and the even worse standard of living in Mexico and other Third World countries. There is a reason for this?

“Sally”, goes to work and produces product, and if she is effective, she is able to produce more than she needs for her own consumption; in other words she has some spare-change. In a Socialist Country she gives this money to the State, in a Capitalistic country she either invests her spare money in a friend’s business, a 401K for her retirement, or she puts the surplus in a bank. She has her own account in the bank and to that degree she still has some cause and control over her surplus, in other words she doesn’t owe it to anybody.  In a capitalistic system even the bank she uses to store her money is not owned by the State. In our little story here, a story that will be woven over several related posts, our banker is called “Dick”

Why should Capitalism bring prosperity when socialism brings poverty?

Hercules and the World

It is in the nature of man to work hard for private property (wealth)  It is also in the nature of man to like the game; working men and women thrive on competition.

Both Sally and Tom work in a canteen in a big hospital. She is a cashier in the food court and he is a cashier in the Canteen Retail Store. Both work under the Canteen Chief who has only one assistant who is about to retire. Both Sally and Tom want this post, so here is a healthy scarcity and some healthy competition. This is not a bad thing for both wanting that job motivates them. In fact Sally is quite determined to prove that as a woman she is as good as or better than Tom!  It is true that both Tom and Sally want to advance, yet only one of them will promote to assistant with better prospects and a better salary and better opportunities for the future.

If it comes to pass that Tom likes the good life and goofs off, yet Sally puts in extra diligence and works long hours efficiently; and Sally, although a woman, is better liked by the other workers and goes out of her way to help the Canteen Chief whenever she can, she will in time get the  job she wants   So as Sally promotes and as she begins to earn a surplus, she invests this in Dick’s bank. In a capitalistic economy she is also free to choose her bank

Free competition is the freedom to produce, and the freedom to trade what one has produced with whomsoever one chooses in the pursuit of happiness.

A different man, (call him “Harry”) is an effective entrepreneur and he starts a furniture company, expanding his small business to where he and his workers reach maximum efficiency. He will need new materials, new machinery, and more personnel if he wanted to take his business to the next, higher level. Going from small, to a medium sized or big business requires capital. Seeing his need, Dick the banker goes to Harry and he says “Hey there, Harry, I have got this money, I got this money from Sally and what am I to do with it?” He forgets conveniently that it isn’t really his money, that it really still belongs to Sally who entrusted him with its safe-keeping.

“Ah, “says Harry, “If I can just use ‘your’ money for a little while, I could really make it worth your while.” Harry also makes the mistake of thinking the money belongs to Dick, for after all possession is nine tenths of the law.  So Dick and Harry enter into a financial transaction, which defines how much is loaned and when the loan will be repaid  This is a good transaction, well it is good if Dick is honorable and shares some of the gains with Sally, whose money it is.

Sally was the initial good producer, and prosperity comes to a community when producers are rewarded. But this trade between Dick and Harry, it is a good thing, for it enables Harry to buy more machinery and employ more workers.  If he manages his enterprise efficiently, everybody wins.

Capitalism has been known to function more efficiently than socialism?  This is because free men left to their own best interests without interference, are able to adapt to local and cultural changes. State-owned economies are cumbersome, they get top heavy and unwieldy, and so they slow things down. In a capitalistic economy creative men are able to see a need and have the smarts to fill it, and to fill it quickly. This was true for both Dick and Harry in our example. It was also true of Sally. True capitalism is dynamic, it is fast and it is sensitive to change.

Contrary to the black propaganda, Capitalism is also fair, for the free market is able to organize a billion economic decisions; how much a worker should be paid, how much inventory a company should carry, who should get product, and what new technology the firm should get, it organizes an incredible amount of complexity The amazing thing is that Capitalism’s price mechanism sorts it all out. The wonder of a dynamic capitalistic economy is that because creativity is rewarded, there is always an abundance of new solutions, new ideas, and new inventions. It works, it works efficiently and the community is rewarded with abundance.

Let’s take out our magnifying glass and newly examine how it works: Harry’s furniture factory gets bigger and bigger until he saturates the local market. There comes a time when most people in his local community own his cabinets, chairs, beds and tables. This can be a problem, giving him three choices. He can widen his reach and export his furniture to other counties and/or even ship out to other countries, but this will eat into his profits. A better solution would be to use his knowledge, his expertise, his people and his factory to create something else, a new product but one closely related to his first successful product   In a free economy he can use his smarts and his ingenuity to make a new product, where he can use the machinery and people he already has. In this way the community is enriched with more product selection.

Harry has a third choice but it is an unethical one. He could ask the state or government to protect his enterprise, or protect his workers or bail out the activity after he allowed it to get too big and unwieldy. This is bad news for the tax-payer who will have to pitch in to subsidize what is essentially inefficiency, non-production and a rigid system..

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End of Capitalism

In a socialistic system we have seen this happen, even in a quasi socialistic system the dice is loaded. One spots a “managed” economy (and the resultant onset of poverty) by the weighted dice, the irrational regulations and the enforced hidden agenda, by the crony capitalism. .

Those who advocate socialism or state intervention always point to the inequities in a free capitalistic society. What they don’t see is that these very inequities show that the system has already been tampered with.  It can get so far South that the only way to fix it is to reconfigure the full fundamentals of the economy.

The enemies of Capitalism are:

  • Big, Bad Banking
  • Crony Capitalism
  • Corrupt Corporatism
  • Corrupt Education
  • An inept public sector
  • Keynesian Economics (Quantitative Easing)
  • Mismanaged Tech Advances
  • Communism
  • International Socialism

You may be surprised to find the biggest enemy of Capitalism lies in the area of Justice whose job it is to police out the corruption.  Grandma believes that this went wrong just after Lincoln was assassinated. Surprised? Stay tuned and all will be explained.

It is the force of government that tells Sally she HAS to pay taxes and that she HAS to give all her spare money to the government. It is the force of government that tells Harry that he, too, MUST pay a hefty corporate tax and that he HAS to pay all the medical bills of his employees, and moreover provide a safety net of welfare for his workers, but also for the nation. He is also forced to do the work of government collecting the sales tax and other taxes when he could be working on promotion and production for his own company. Government forces him to do this work.

Sadly Harry knows that he (as a small business) cannot do all this and still compete with those from across the border. He is being unfairly squeezed.  So he goes out of business and another small business has been FORCED to close its doors

Government is force, and like fire it can be a force for good or for evil. Government is necessary for it keeps things on an even keel; government (OR JUSTICE) does have the job of playing umpire. Not all regulations are bad.

Our elected officers have to come up to understanding our system and knowing that it does bring prosperity, that capitalism is the only proven system that does in fact bring prosperity. We (the people) do not want this poverty that an inept (corrupt) government has forced upon us. So what is it that we can we do? There is always something can be done about it.

Like Grandma each and every one of us can take the time to understand the system for only then can we honestly evaluate and elect responsible leaders in 2014.

In understanding lies our strength.

Quote for the week:

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill

(from Grandma)

Grandma asks you to support all efforts to Audit the FEDExcerpt from “Politics IOU” by Lynn Verhoeff

 

The Merry-Go-Round (2013)

Why the GOP lost the Election (updated in September 2013)

grandma walking on water.

The 2012 election was a spectacle with titillating, incredibly scintillating razzle-dazzle! With all that juicy, sparkling money coming in from Super PACs should we be surprised that the election became one big circus.

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What goes Around comes Around

And when the circus was all over with the lights on the merry-go-round going dim and winking out, it was the donkeys who had won and they had won big time.

A herd of dejected, elephants were leaving office and trudging down the hill.

We are inclined to think that most of the money coming in from these independent political groups creating influence and super PACs were leaning to the right.  If you were to make this assumption you would be dead wrong. They are now increasingly looking LEFT! LOL. These super-rich men are seeking perks from a party that ran on the platform “Tax the Rich!”

  • Tax-exempt foundations supporting Obama have assets ten times greater than tax-exempt trusts and foundations supporting the GOP.
  • That the moneyed, philanthropic world is fast moving to the left.  Among the Obama supporters you can find: The Rockefeller Foundation; the Rockefeller Family Fund; the Ford Foundation; the Carnegie Corporation; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Heinz Family Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; the Fannie Mae Foundation; the Chevron-Texaco Foundation; the Annie E. Casey Foundation; the AT&T Foundation and many more.
  • The super rich CEO’s backed Obama in 2008: Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan Chase) Dick Fuld (CEO Lehman Bros) Warren Spector (CEO Bear Sterns) Larry Fink (Black Rock Money Management) Greg Fleming (Merrill Lynch) and Larry Blankfein (CEO Goldman Sachs).
  • Warren Buffet and George Soros are known to be Obama cronies and both have been well rewarded by the administration. Other donkey-perks have gone to Walmart (food stamps), J.P.Morgan Chase (Food Stamp EBT bank-fees) , and Pfizer (Obamacare).

The average man was hurting financially in 2012 and Grandma hasn’t seen it get much better in 2013. So the question is why did the GOP lose the presidential election in 2012? Typically when the economy is tight,  the country favors Republicans.

Politicians tend to think that when they do their dirty deeds that there are no consequences. Not true! Even in politics it seems that doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, is actually (long-term) the cleverer thing to do. Good politics builds trust. Our country has lost its faith in the political process.

The GOP Karl Rove invented and perfected the negative attack ad which created in turn a toxic, fearful & divisive parliament.  It was these dirty, diabolical tricks that gave us Bush-baby and kept him in office for two terms and he nearly did us in. These ugly techniques were so effective that politicians, both conservative and progressive, began to shake and quake in their boots. If they failed to toe the line would the dirty attack ads be used in the next election against them? Not a good game to play, Karl Rove, for what goes around comes around.  These black-propaganda techniques were actually damaging to the Republican party and to the democratic process.There is no substitute for truth in politics.

By 2012, the Democrats had finally mastered the same black arts with a brilliance unmatched even in the prior elections of Bush Daddy and Bush Baby. Mitt Romney was positioned as a liar, a tax evader, out of touch and uncaring – I suspect that there is little truth in any of these allegations yet they were thrown out so often and on so many channels that they were made to stick.

Karl Rove was initially a Bush-Daddy man. That is right, H.W. Bush the GOP one-term president who was defeated by Clinton and is famous for the line, “read my lips – no new taxes” just before he raised the taxes The irony is that the real crime was in the lie not in the taxes. People rarely forgive politicians when they make a promise and fail to deliver. The truth is that taxes are sometimes good and sometimes bad, politicians shouldn’t ever generalize or make promises they cannot keep.

Now Daddy-Bush is an interesting character. It is rumored he engaged in covert shenanigans with his Saudi friends to prevent the American hostages being released for long enough to undo Carter’s bid for a second term.  The fact is the hostages were released, but they were released only when Reagan was about to be sworn in.  President. Carter has said that his failure to bring the hostages home cost him his second term.  So Daddy-Bush made Carter a one-term president – and guess what, not too long thereafter, Daddy-Bush also became a one-term President. What goes around comes around

But what has all this to do with the GOP defeat in 2012? The thing is that Romney failed to differentiate himself from Bush or from Karl Rove, or from the torture/war maniac, Dick Cheney. So what happened is he assumed their crimes and sadly, for he is a good man, he got their payback.

The GOP lost the White House, yet they are still able to control Congress. Grandma’s advice to them,If they want to stay in office, with such a low approval rating, that they should investigate not only the Obama years but also the Bush years. Then they should put not one but two heads on a pike. They should hold the worst of the bunch criminal associated with the Obama administration, but they should also investigate the military-industrial complex usually associated with Republicans.  The party needs to wash its hands of the greed and the graft and all the civilian deaths in Iraq, and Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world that occurred at the hands of American soldiers.

Guns and hunger

Congress is investigating Soros but what about Cheney?  Investigating both and holding each accountable for their crimes would free up the Republican party from past crimes committed in their own ranks. It would  also send a CLEAR bipartisan American message to the world that we do not tolerate criminal behaviour in our own political ranks. It would tell the world that we in America can handle power without going corrupt. It would tell the world that War crimes like those in Syria and Egypt are not a national thing, no need for a national war here. Lets hold individuals with influence and power wherever in the world, responsible for what they do. War is not part of the vision bequeathed to us by our founding fathers. and I Grandma, as an American, feel that we as the Big Guy on the block, should be setting the good example.

If you look at all the presidents since WWII you will find that all except Carter were involved in a little or a big war. President Carter was/is positioned as a weakling and a wimp, yet it was he who said that when he had the option to go to war, he chose not to do it. It was wanted that he go to war to get the hostages released yet he bucked the military, saying that he didn’t want to kill, didn’t want to kill not only the hostages but 200,000 or more innocent Middle Eastern civilians. It took courage for Carter to take that stance. After he left office he became a Saint, contributing more to America and to the world with his Habitat for Humanity than any other past president.

We are experiencing great changes ushered in by an  electronic revolution. In the midst of this confusion we desperately, oh so desperately need good leaders that we can trust.

Of all the politicians gearing up for the 2016 election in terms of principle and integrity, Rand Paul shows the most promise for he (and his father) clearly love and follow the constitution.  Not a bad rock on which to pin our hopes for the future. Not a bad rock at all on which to pin the hopes of the world.

In 2014 & 2016 the GOP will get a second chance to clean up their act and if they do, then I sincerely believe they will win big time, for the current administration is corrupt, and therefore easy to beat.

But first the Republican Party will need to clean up their own act and distance themselves from corrupt past Republican shenanigans.

 Quote for the Week

Seven things that will destroy us:

Wealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Knowledge without character
Religion without sacrifice
Science without Humanity
Business without Ethics

&
Politics without principle 

Audit the FED

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government bad control

How’d you like it that every single dollar the federal government spent is “off the books”? No budget. No recordkeeping.

If you’re up in arms about our federal government’s $3.8 TRILLION on-the-books annual spending (and you should be), what do you say about the Federal Reserve putting the American people on the hook for $16 TRILLION in secret bailouts to crony capitalists and overseas banks as happened in secret only recently?

 

Rand Paul the Senator from Kentucky has newly introduced S. 209, the Audit the Fed bill.  He Is doing  everything he can to EXPOSE the Fed and stop Ben Bernanke’s economic snake oil “solutions” and he should be supported before we begin to find a loaf of bread now costs us  $10 or $20 or upwards of $30 dollars.

You may think we should not panic, and that there is no cause for concern. Don’t  buy the PR line that it is all getting better? Get the FACTS and  Insist on an audit. To solve our economic, to solve all our problems we NEED THE TRUTH. Insist on the audit.

Out of Control

We have to take action before it is too late.  We have to stand together and I think we have a chance if we STAND WITH RAND in 2016.

With our national debt spiraling out of control, and Ben Bernanke continuing to print money like there’s no tomorrow, there’s no time to waste to get educated and to make meaningful changes.

Please click HERE to watch this critical video before it’s too late.

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Grandma asks you to support all efforts to Audit the FED

Grandma asks you to support all efforts to Audit the FED