A Silent Coup Sitting on a “Gravy Train”

Can ” King” Obama still harm America?

obama shredsusTrump won the election and America should have moved on.

Now it seems America is fighting “the Resistance”. Is this a global plan to bring Obama back for his ” third term”? Men like Obama (no moral compass) do not give up power easily. As puppets they are very attractive to those rich men who pull the strings globally. The ruling elites (first time in almost a century) no longer have a puppet in the White House.

As the LEFT plans this insurrection, it seems billionaire SOROS (with his black Antifa) is right in there funding and orchestrating this unrest

George Soros has said  “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States of America.” Bankers like George SOROS fight sane banking regulation. They treat the world economy as a casino. Rumor is SOROS lost a billion after Trump was elected.

Go to Wikipedia to read Soros’ own words from his books and articles that describe his tried and true system for taking down a country – or “regime change” is what he  calls it. (sic)

Step One: Form a shadow government using humanitarian aid as cover.

Step Two: Control the airwaves. Fund existing radio and TV outlets and take control over them or start your own outlets.

Step Three: Destabilize the state, weaken the government and build an anti-government kind of feeling in the country. You exploit an economic crisis or take advantage of an existing crisis — pressure from the top and the bottom. This will allow you to weaken the government and build anti-government public sentiment.

Step Four: Sow unrest.

Step Five: Provoke an election crisis. You wait for an election and during the election, you cry voter fraud.

Step Six: Take power. You stage massive demonstrations, civil disobedience, sit-ins, general strikes and you encourage activism. You promote voter fraud and tell followers what to do through your radio and television stations. Incitement and violence are conducted at this stage.

Step Seven: Outlast your opponent.

How far along are we down this slippery path?


We are already at Step six.

In choosing Trump as his opponent Soros erred. I don’t think Trump is going to crumble. Nor do I think the people of America will just lie down and let this ugly movement roll over us.  There are too many people of goodwill with a deep love for this country.

Under Soros’s “regime change” all nations are required to surrender their sovereignty to a one world government with no constitutional restraints.

Definition of Fascism: using force and violence on those who fail to see things your way.  Reagan warned us that if Fascism came to America, it would come from the LEFT.

It seems now that the black masked ANTIFA are everywhere but are they engaged in peaceful protest? Sadly, no. These are paid and trained thugs, in fact they are the true fascists. We know this because we see how the ANTIFA uprisings are so carefully orchestrated. There is nothing spontaneous in the Resistance of 2017.

Median Household Income – no increase in his 8 years as President.
Labor participation rate, the lowest in 40 years, 62.6%.
Number of Americans on food stamps up 14% to 45.36 million.
Poverty rate since 2008 shot up 17% to 47 million Americans.
Home ownership has dropped 4% to 63.7%.
National debt has almost doubled from 10.62 Trillion to almost 20 Trillion!!!!
Executive Clout For the first time ever, America’s credit ration was downgraded in 2011.
A record 95 million Americans are NOT in the labor force.


Gave $150 Billion to Iran, world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism; traded 5 high ranking Taliban terrorists for one traitor; in his final hours, released $221 million in aid to Palestine; lifted American control of the Internet.

And there is more . . . .

From SEAN HANNITY (HOST): Why is Obama staying in Washington? Why did Valerie Jarrett move in? 

You have this what we call shadow government, deep state of career bureaucrats, these are Obama appointees that are working hard and undermining every single solitary day everything that Trump wants to do; this is not by accident. I’ve done a lot of deep background talking to people about where all this is coming from. Where are these leaks coming from? And without fail they all discuss the shadow government, deep state government. The deep state is their term that they’re telling me. Those career bureaucrats. Those holdovers from the Obama administration. And you’ve got to understand here. They are undermining the president.” [Premiere Radio Network, The Sean Hannity Show, 3/3/2017)

And having come out and said this, Sean Hannity is himself now under attack at Fox News.

These injustices will not cease until all criminals from the past eight years are brought to justice. They asked for it setting up a shadow government, they brought their crimes into Trump’s government. Shadow government is dangerous to our Constitutional Republic. Frieze their assets, lock them up.

Not all civil workers are bad. It is true that many are loath to turn on the hand that feeds them. It will take awhile but they will wake up and realize on which side their bread is now being buttered. They will come in line.

On the other hand, Obama’s “Gravy Train” poses an enormous threat to the Trump administration. When you get in the habit of accepting something for nothing this is a criminal attitude so it is these people seek out corrupt leaders, and gravitate to criminal acts. When they cross the line they must be locked up.

The biggest challenge to the GOP lies in a bloated federal government that uses criminal clout to control spending. They do this  BY THREATENING TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. If the government were shut down would it not be a good thing. This is an opportunity to sort out those who are really in need; still have a moral compass and differentiate them from the sluggards and illegals who are just along for the ride.  Trump could set a precedent, after every shutdown record how many unnecessary government workers we were able to lay off.

Sob story those poor postal workers.  Why did the Federal Government get into the postal service, UPS and FEDex do a better job.

A statistic that measures the pruning of the Federal Government, now that would be a grand statistic to keep.  There should be some reward for sifting the grain from the chaff. If this were the focus Congress and the Senate would begin to look forward to the periodic government shutdowns.

Think on this, if you give a child a toy and then try to take it away without replacing it, you are going to have a tantrum on your hands. Don’t blame Trump for all this vulgar “hissy fit protests”.  Obama and the LEFT created the unrest, both directly and indirectly. This is criminal behavior.

The Obama and SOROS ‘s play book is Saul Allinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” the codification of Lenin’s guide for one-world domination.

Here are the Alllinsky rules.

  1. Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy & the poor, and all other factions. Pit one faction against the other. Easier to keep the people down, if you keep them busy fighting each other.
  2. Religion: Religion brings with it a Moral Code that is at best awkward for the crooked elite, and at worst dangerous. Elites MUST remove God from all things public.
  3. Education – take control of what people listen to or watch or read. Also take control of the Education agenda; what children are taught will define our future.
  4. Welfare – take control of all aspects of welfare – if the people are beholden to the State they will be too afraid of losing their livelihood to revolt.
  5. Gun Control – you have to remove the ability of the people to defend themselves against an oppressive government.
  6. Increase Debt – in this way you can increase taxation, poverty and fear.
  7. Poverty – Increase poverty – poor people are far easier to control
  8. Healthcare – Control Healthcare and you control the people

Does any of this sound familiar?

It is hard on those pawns on the Gravy Train  who have been persuaded to use FORCE to try to keep an unfair privilege. The good news is NOW we can see them and their intentions clearly. If they cross the mark, we can deport them, or lock them up.

We have here a failure in education, useful idiots do not understand the electoral college, the American Constitution or our system of government. The marxist/global/socialist bosses know full well that  if you give people too many freebies it is hard to draw back and take them away.  Their whole play book is immoral and the challenge of this new administration is the challenge of how to undo and drain the swamp. A government shutdown is a good place to start.  If Congress doesn’t so its job, Trump should veto bills that drip of bad spending.

You wan to see this clearly:

On the bad side: “Vulgar Liberal Protests” and “Might is Right” and a break down of “Rule of Law”. Recognize also the subversion in our institutions aimed at the disintegration of our culture. Spot also the ongoing efforts to undermine our Republic and our Constitution.

On the other side is Patriots and “Make America Great Again”

How should Patriots react? We make the Resistance irrelevant. What they seek is ATTENTION so we do not give it them. Ignore the tantrums. Ignore the Maxine Waters and Chuck Schumer.  It is a lot of (often vulgar) noise signifying nothing.

Then we demand that our elected representatives investigate and find the crimes, that they have the courage to bring corrupt politicians to justice and LOCK THEM UP.


We struggle mainly with ignorant lawmakers, judges and low information voters.

This new President has a firm grip on power AND HE WILL DRAIN THE SWAMP whatever the resistance.

It is time for Trump to end the corrupt relationship between the IDLE rich and the IDLE poor and put America and the world back to work.



Song at one of the Trump Rallies

Do you hear the people sing?

Singing a song of angry men?

It is the music of a people

Who will not be slaves again!

When the beating of your heart

Echoes the beating of the drums

There is a life about to start

When tomorrow comes!


 About the Author
Lynn Verhoeff (Grandma Thunder) writes political satire. You can read more at fb Grandma Thunder – an Independent Voice or Blog/Grandma hunder  or  Free Books by Grandma

Has the Media lost its Way?

Once upon a time the Press was seen as the Fourth Estate (objectivity) 


Am I unique in that I expect the press to inform me honestly? Am I unique in that I expect the press to be champions of the first amendment?

Their propitiation to the SOROS/OBAMA/CLINTON camp reminds me of a rotten apple coated in treacle, distasteful.

If that were all but it is not, but now it is getting even worse. COERCION HAS ENTERED IN. Have we just survived a SOROS orchestrated coup? Lots of evidence that the Inauguration protests were orchestrated. Hello, riots on the border, and all around the world? That the tentacles of evil penetrate so far and so deep is of concern.

What has also concerned voters (but not the Press) is that if we don’t agree with the LIBERAL mindset, we can lose a job, be roughed up, (especially on college campuses) or even dead. Strong circumstantial evidence that alt-right investigative journalist & author, Roger Stone was poisoned. Celebs thinking of performing at Trump’s Inauguration are also getting death threats. Far too many death threats against our new President & VP. This is a president elected by the people.

Is this the old free America?

And saddest of all is that the PRESS IS FAILING TO CALL THEM OUT ON THIS.
And sadder even, Justice (CIA, FBI, DOJ) has been aboard, forwarding false political narratives.  What Americans found out in 2016 is that there was a  deliberate effort to divide. What Trump taught us is that we are all Americans. The MSM reporters need to wake up and see that the people have won America’s third crisis and that the Progressive Age is done.

Hello fellow Americans, we have far more in common one with another, than we are different. This is the message the Press should put out.  Then the Press should speak out LOUD & CLEAR to the rich and powerful telling them that it is a new age in America and the world, and henceforth, there will be no government without the consent of the people. 

If MSM wants to survive they should be getting all reporters to study the American Constitution.

For as the people discover Trump’s positive attributes, the Press slander is boomeranging back on them.

The LEFT has created a new moral code; they think if you hold a different viewpoint you are bad. This is un-american.

Before you were good if you worked hard, went to Church, raised a good family and got ahead. NO more. Now you are seen as bad  if you stand for something that challenges the status quo and/or the corrupt elites. The LEFT is trying to thrust a new moral code on America and no performer and no reporter and no student dare like or help the outsider. Like the kings of old “Might is Right.” and oppression has entered in.

This is America folks. We can agree to freely disagree, or dare we?

It is called MONOPOLY. Jimmy Carter recently said that we are ruled by global oligarchies and now the press is also owned.


““In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press….They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. “An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”- Oscar Callaway, U.S. Congressman, 1917

We still have a relatively free Social Media but for how long? King Obama gave away USA control of the Internet? I think Social Media has evolved too far for it to become monopolized by the global elite.

About Bad Banking
The seeds for the crash of 2008 were sown at the end of Bill Clinton’s watch and this was a turning point. An inept president, corrupt banks a corrupt narrative and corrupt authorities. Hillary denies this. What cannot be denied is that she is in bed with the big banks. 

The country is still reeling from the consequences of the 2008 banking crisis when the American taxpayer money was used to not only bail out inept and inefficient and corrupt American banks & investment houses, but also insult to injury, the American taxpayer even paid out the foreign, European banks. Did you know about this illegal stealing, American taxpayer? The news has been strangely silent.  The consequences are yet to hit us in inflation.

Politics should be about electing good leaders to represent us. Now a corrupt press works with bad political consultant’s to try to “smear” the candidates rather than to present an honest track record and/or ability.

Ben Carson admits politics is a dirty game, and that Trump, himself, is guilty. However, when Trump goes for an opponent, he has the ability to ferret out a genuine (often personal) weakness.  Trump will ONLY attack after he himself is first attacked; there is some honor there. Nor does he lie; he does not slide down into the rotten treacle of black propaganda.

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo seeking to destroy another’s reputation.  Dr Ben has faulty memory, Trump is anti-women, Trump is racialist, Trump is anti-Muslim, these slurs are just not true; but being made true by being repeated over and over in an unworthy press-political attack.

Crooked people are drawn to a crooked leader and it seems the press is happy to go along.

The Clinton Cabal Campaign was about Power, not about improving conditions for ALL THE PEOPLE.  The Obama years was about using the idle poor to enrich the idle rich. That stops right now. No more benefits for the idle poor benefiting the idle rich as they continue to steal from the hardworking man in the middle. This is what the press should be investigating and reporting on. The press should be investigating and pulling this scam apart. If all the people in the one percent were truly productive it would be a great world. But that is not the way it is. More than half have earned their wealth by corruption and keep their wealth by corruption; i.e. by political favor. That stops with a Trump presidency.

It is good to differentiate between the idle rich and the productive rich. The productive rich make a true contribution to the greater good. The idle rich prey on the people. Into what class idle or productive, can we place Hillary?  She (with poor production record) fits the classic definition of “idle rich” Is she a freeloader? She left the White House poor (stealing the furniture) but is now worth 31.3 million dollars.

The connection between Obama, Hillary and Saul Alinsky should also be noted:  (Hillary’s thesis at University was done on the work of Saul Alinsky) .

Alinsky’s radical rules are a simplification of Lenin’s plan for conquest of the world. In Lenin’s writings “we the people” are seen as “Useful Idiots” to be scammed, manipulated and used.


Here is Alinsky’s advice to the elite oligarchies and crooked politicians TO HELP THEM KEEP THEIR DIRTY AND UNFAIR PRIVILEGE.

  1. Class Warfare: Divide the people into the wealthy & the poor, and all other factions. Pit one faction against the other. Easier to keep the people down, if you keep them busy fighting each other.
  2. Religion: Religion brings with it a Moral Code that is at best awkward for the crooked elite, and at worst dangerous. Elites MUST remove God from all things public.
  3. Education – take control of what people listen to or watch or read. Also take control of the Education agenda; what children are taught will define our future.
  4. Welfare – take control of all aspects of welfare – if the people are beholden to the State they will be too afraid of losing their livelihood to revolt.
  5. Gun Control – you have to remove the ability of the people to defend themselves against an oppressive government.
  6. Increase Debt – in this way you can increase taxation, poverty and fear.
  7. Poverty – Increase poverty – poor people are far easier to control
  8. Healthcare – Control Healthcare and you control the people
  9. In the war of political PR, pick a target, freeze it, personalize and polarize it. This is what they succeeded in doing to Romney in 2012, and what the Hillary consultants are now trying to do to Donald Trump.

All past efforts to mis-define Trump have failed. It is a new day for Main Stream Media and I am not sure if all will survive the new presidency. They tried every which way to STOP him and failed, and now it is curving back in on them.

The Trump movement is too good, too big and too strong AND THE PEOPLE HAVE HIS BACK.


Don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be anybody’s “useful idiot”

So wise up and get your political data from trusted sources, not the cowering media or crooked Hillary or phony Obama, both in love with Alinsky.

Let us agree to turn off our TVs until the media wises up, SET UP BETTER INTERNAL QUALITY CONTROLS, and the Press goes searching for the truth.


Quote for the Week

“You know the funny thing; I don’t get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people“
Donald Trump






 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



The International Bankers–famous quotes about international bankers

An open letter to Donald Trump from Grandma Thunder

Who is against you Donald, and do you know why they oppose you?

Let me begin by thanking you. I am grateful that you chose to step up to the plate.

About how dirty this game is. . .

Where you find yourself is in the middle of a dirty game; and it is a game where you may have profited in the past because you are shrewd, but it is not a game of your making.  Now you are being given the chance to fix it up.

your chance to make America Great again

Just how dirty this game is now, you are just starting to find out.  When the bad things people do to get unfair advantage, get missed, they get highly upset and go on the attack.

You jumped into the fray, only to find everything imploding..  It must have seemed like going through the sound barrier, where you wake up one morning and everything is reversed; your friends are now your enemies, the Americans you came to help and save are the ones attacking you.  You seek out safe places, TV has always been good to you, only to find TV fraught with danger. Fox liked you and now Fox hates you. Even your Twitter Account, your biggest asset, has been hacked and not what it was before   . .

This blog post has been written to explain why some of this is happening.

About Bad Journalism
Even although FOX is still defending their princess she was out of line in that first debate; The political class have gotten so used to a climate of attack that they are now see “Journalism as Usual” and “Politics as Usual” as perfectly justifiable, as perfectly okay.

2016 is the year when these dirty tricks stop working.

They tell me it wasn’t proper but I loved your rejoinder to Megyn.  You don’t ever let anybody get away with an unfair attack do you?

The people don’t like these political  attack ads. It is a couple of decades since Karl Rove invented and perfected the negative political attack ad. With all the money donated to the favorites we are expecting lots of these and I cringe in anticipation. Knowingly or unknowingly Megyn was using these ugly “Karl Rove” techniques which consist of lies, generality, innuendo and insinuation: “The war on women” “the temperament of a president” and in saying these things I don’t think she even knew she was forwarding “enemy line”  You are lucky she didn’t go so far as to call you “racist”. (New definition of racist: anybody who opposes the International, Liberal Agenda) Even if I know you are not anti-black, hang in there for I predict you are going to be called racist. The “Race Attack” is old hat.

It is an attack that has not only been used by liberals; Rove’s most damaging (and successful use of these black propaganda techniques was to “suggest” that John McCain had fathered a black love child, totally untrue. Actually as a rich white man I think that adopting and raising a child from Bangladesh is something to be admired,  but I digress . . .

Definition of black propaganda – with lies and innuendo seeking to destroy another’s reputation. Watch out for it for this for it is ugly. It turns voters off.  

About Nationalism and Internationalism
You may want to look beyond Megyn at Fox;  Murdock may well be at the root of your problems in the first debate.  I always look for the third party in any conflict. Why would Murdock oppose you? Well that is very simple, you are a Nationalist, and Murdock, Obama and Bill Clinton (Rhodes Scholar) are all Internationalists. We are seeing how Obama tries to bypass Congress on the Iran deal by going to the United Nations.

About Obama
That Obama is the only president to ever secure a second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than in his first election. He got roughly 7.8 fewer million votes from whites, 1.6 million fewer voters from blacks, 1.8 million fewer votes from young voters, and four million fewer votes from women. In fact contrary to popular belief, fewer people voted in election 2012 than in any of the three previous elections.  So how was he able to win? Obama won the election because his share of the Latino votes rose a full 4 points to 71% giving him a full 700,000 plus additional votes from Latinos. This was called a seismic shift in the voting pattern. Not true.  Was there some “Monkey Business”?.

There is a lot of black propaganda (lies) connected with Illegal Immigration. One of these is “Anchor Babies” which is unconstitutional.  Yes I know a high court pronounced this constitutional, but aren’t we finding that one of the key areas we HAVE to FIX is the Justice Department, which at best is riddled with other agenda and at worst does not exercise due diligence. We don’t have to enact new laws about anchor babies. We just have to get the constitution applied to them correctly.

Because of Obama’s 2012 win, it seems the powers that be have decided that it is a good idea to give Latinos everything that they want. Why do I think this? Why else choose Jeb Bush with his Latino wifey?

There are a few more reasons why Obama must hate and fear you.

  • You might still prove that his birth certificate is false, some convincing data circulating on this on the net.
  • You block his efforts to try for a third term, without you he could have bamboozled the other candidates into letting him run, but with you there he can no longer use the argument that there is nobody there out there able to do the job.
  • You stand to destroy his heritage. You challenged him on illegal immigration and I am willing to bet my bottom dollar that you will undo his Iran deal. There is a volcano that is going to erupt when you create a workable healthcare system and replace ObamaCare.  Don’t underestimate teh man, he has the military in his pocket.Obama must hate you with a passion and he is a tricky-dicky who doesn’t play by any ethical or political rules.  So Mr. Trump please watch your back.

About Big Pharma
Their strategy is to make billions off “enforced” inoculations in 2016 and beyond.  You oppose this because you understand and know about autism.  So you can expect Big Pharma to spend millions trying to get you destroyed. Thank you for your integrity on this matter. 

About Big Banking
Ex President Jimmy Carter called America an oligarchy with unlimited bribery.  Definition of oligarchy: a government in which a small group of elites, exercises control for corrupt and selfish purposes.  (Merriam Webster)

Examine these mind blowing facts

For a decade or more the corporate class and teh investor class they have persuaded conservatives NOT to increase corporate taxes. Unfortunately the effective and workable solution is often in the middle. It appears you know this. Your tax policy is both simple and fair, and doesn’t favor any American, corporate or otherwise.  Your tax plan also calls it on the “investor class” to account for their unfair share of the economy. The top investors of America have used lobbyists to get privileged loopholes in what is deliberately an extremely complicated tax plan.

Hey one likes to play as a true team member and demonstrate loyalty.  We don’t live in an ideal world and you need to do what you have to do to win.

Cutting a bribe

The truth is that many people in high places have started getting nervous. The big-money interests have the system ‘gamed’; win or lose, they win. Furthermore in the past when they have lost they have succeeded in having the American taxpayer pick up the tab.. But you, Donald Trump, iIf elected you will break up a nice cozy relationship between BIG money, BIG business and BIG government.

The international socialist cabal operating behind the scenes in the White House, and the corrupt crony capitalists working on K Street, and the Banking Oligarchies working with the FED, all of these corrupt people are NOW running scared because you entered the race. What scares them is that you are the genuine thing; you got to the one percent through talent, intelligence and a lot of  hard work. They have bribed and cheated or twisted the game to get an unfair advantage. Maybe you have done so also, but now you are at the top of the game and no longer need to play along. They have made a system out of the idle rich (the banking class) and the idle poor (the welfare class) stealing from the man in the middle and I think you can see that it is high time that this pick pocketing should stop for it has been destroying America. There are some in the one percent who like you have earned their riches and their influence honestly, but they are now in the minority. There are many, many more who don’t deserve their ill-gotten gains. Sure they are in the one percent but they are corrupt. Definition of corrupt, using public office or position of influence for one’s own selfish ends. Such people are scared shitless that you will get elected and close down their rackets.

But again Donald please watch your back, for you are at risk. There is a lot of money in banking-as-usual. and this is what it looks like: Banking Today

third party

They are at risk because if you are the next president and if you are clean, they will be unable to bribe or blackmail you.  Then they are going to find themselves out in the cold.  Heavy-weights in the banking industry like Goldman Sachs are sitting pretty because, as one private-equity exec put it, “We’re in a no-lose situation.”  The Democrats win and we have Hillary, the GOP wins and we have Jeb Bush and Rubio. They can’t accept you or treat you nice.  It  is not only because this requires a change in their thinking, but what your success tells them is that their own ability to effect the outcome of elections is waning. They are having trouble facing the decline in their clout. Acknowledging that Washington politicians can’t stop you or still control the voters tells them that their game is over; their influence is declining.  This is why they are mad at you..

You have made great strides in making friends since you declared your candidacy, but other than giving the statists everything they want, you can expect  the class of republicans who rule an antiquated and corrupt Senate will seek to block you. This groups also controls teh party so expect them to be mean.  It won’t be anything you have done, it won’t be anything you are or stand for, it will be because you are a threat to them and “politics as usual”.  They cannot control or buy you.’

Note well: It was on Clinton’s watch that the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed, leading to the creation of the too-big-to-fail banks, and the banking crash of 2008. Clinton has promised Goldman Sachs that if she is elected there will be  “banking as usual”  With a simple stroke of your pen as president you could approve Elizabeth Warren’s “Glass-Steagall Act.”  and the big-bad-banking situation goes away, just like flimsy smoke from your genie lamp. Nobody else would have the courage but you. YOu don’t want to do it until you have teh reins firmly in your hands but you really do need to do it if you are sincere in wanting “to Make America Great Again”

About getting the Vote out
Your biggest challenge,the one that might still undo you,  is the opposition from the Koch brothers.  I visited your website this morning and observed you have good people working for you, some of them old Koch workers and are already aware of this challenge. I learned that your team is already translating your celebrity pull into organization on the ground. The crowds are coming to you, you don’t have to go to them. America and the world may still find out that you are not “just a pretty face”

The reason I bring subject of organization up is because recent presidential elections have been won by getting out the vote.  For G.W. Bush: it was having the Church Pastors take little old ladies to the polling booths; for Obama it was mounting a massively organized effort financed by George Soros to corral the older Latinos who did not understand the language nor did they understand the process and they were clueless on the Constitution. The Kochs have the boots on the ground and they are aware of the get-out-the vote challenge or they would not have been preparing for 2016 with Americans for Prosperity. If you can involve the young kids that would also be good. 20% do not even go out to vote and many are still living unhappily with their parents. Capture the imagination of the youth and you could win big time.

Yes you can finance your own election and yes you can win as the Republican Candidate or even as an Independent but I do not believe you can win unless you can match their organization. If they know you can do that , the Koch opposition will fold.

Word has it that the Kochs have budgeted 900 million for election 2016.

graph showing Koch political organization

 Koch Political Organization; Americans for Prosperity

Yet, if they and all the powers-that-be continue to be mean to you, you can absolutely run as an independent AND you can absolutely WIN as an independent.  Remember you do not have to get the 51% of the vote in a three way race.   If Bernie Sanders loses to Clinton, you will pick up many of his voters who lean Independent  You may lose some votes by switching, but gain many more.  Times have changed and today Independents outnumber registered voters, and today Independents are sick and tired of “Politics-as-Usual” and “Journalism-as-Usual”. We are especially sick of “Banking-as-Usual.”

If you choose to run as an Independent read “Politics IOU” for the successful blueprint.

 Quote for the Week

Sometimes by losing a battle, you find a new way to win a war. – Donald Trump. 


The Fair Tax

Excerpt from Politics IOU by Grandma Thunder.



There are two kinds of people: those who give and those who take.

There are two kinds of citizens: those who produce and those who consume.

All people give and take and produce and consume, but it is important to weigh in as a giver and a producer.

There are citizens that do great work in the larger corporations and employees who do good work in the public sector and then there are hard-working small businesses with entrepreneurs working 24/7. There are some citizens who even hold down more than one job or one business to make ends meet. There are producers in both the private and public sectors and it is this kind of person that drives the economy.

Typically under our current tax burden workers pay more than 30% in income taxes, not to mention the gas tax (going up) and property tax (going up) the state tax (going up) and the sales tax and the fire tax and  the death tax and and and,  and on and on  . . .

If all that tax money could be turned into spending, it would boost the private sector, and they who are the biggest employer of all, could hire more employees. As these new employees begin to  pay taxes themselves, it is a win-win situation putting more tax money into the tax coffers.

It is when the volume of taxes goes up that  the public officials get a raise!

It is not how much a single citizen pays in taxes (rich or poor) it is how many workers there are out there paying taxes; it is a horizontal benefit, not a vertical liability. We all win when the tax burden is spread over the many. 

This is just a preamble to introduce the concept of a  Fair Tax.

The argument for a fairer tax is that the rich hide their wealth in the mountains or on the islands, or in tax free havens. The less they pay, the more the burden falls on the corporate worker. the rich could be taxed more but they are astute to the degree that if they were taxed more they would just go hide their money elsewhere ( beyond the borders of the nation) and it is a big world to get lost in. Yet even the rich cannot hide their consumption.

In addition there is the whole under-cover illegal economy of organized crime, but why mount a costly war going after them? They also cannot hide their consumption.

Indigents on welfare are sometimes dishonest and we heard yesterday of a man and woman on welfare who have eight Big-Screens in their home and all have been funded by the taxpayer dollar. Welfare criminals can defraud the system, but they cannot hide their consumption.

Thrifty public workers are rewarded by the Fair Tax.

If taxes are taken out on consumption rather than on income, innovation is protected. Those who invest their money, not in the market, but in their own businesses or a side business. This we want, for it is they who point the economy towards prosperity and when they are finally multiplied, we have a system that is not only fair but also increases the number of workers in the nation.

So taxing ONLY on consumption is a no-brainer.

For all those in government who genuinely want to find better ways to increase the nation’s productivity, think hard and long about our complex tax system, which was designed to be an obfuscation; it was always designed to be unfair.

You are challenged to think it through, and if you are honest with yourself , you will conclude that prosperity can come back with a  FAIR TAX.

Co-sponsor the Fair Tax.

 Quote  for the Week

The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” — Albert Einstein, physicist


More about the Tooth Fairy

Where did all the money go?

Broken Piggy bank coins everywhere

I remember the excitement of losing my first tooth as a child. My hardworking teacher- father made a big thing about it. He used this experience to teach me about money. I was to give up my shining, white tooth to a trustworthy tooth fairy who would give me in return, something valuable.

It was to be a simple transaction.  I give tooth. Fairy gives coin or note. As my father explained it to me – This is all about a fair exchange.

banking fairyMany of us believe the federal government (the Tooth Fairy) will take care of us from the day we are born until the day we die. We forget that we actually have to give something to the community first.  Why should we do that we ask, is the Tooth Fairy not omnipotent, is the State not all powerful, can the Government not print all the money it wants?

No actually it cannot because the truth is it is not our government that controls the money- it is the FED and cronies.

You don’t get it?

Hidden in the Omnibus Christmas bill, Investment Bankers once again tripped our tooth fairy and stole the shiny tooth.

You see, Bankers hate any kind of regulation that stops them from gambling with the money we give them in trust which they hold in depositor’s accounts!  Inadvertently ( or deliberately?) Congress has just passed  another pro-banking  law that would never have passed on its own merits had it not been gotten through with sleight of hand. A clause written by Citigroup was slipped into the Year End (2014) Omnibus bill, which again allows the banks to use our money to invest (read gamble) and take all the profits. Here’s the rub if they miss-call their bets and it all goes sour (as it did in 2008) Government (using our taxpayers money as collateral) is again forced by law to bail out the banks.

Note: of all the banks bailed out since 2000, Citigroup leads the bunch; getting 2.5 trillion of American taxpayer money. Foreign banks also made out like a banshee. All in all the FED bailed out to the tune of 16,000,000,000,000.00. Gag on it! Yes sixteen trillion is the enormous amount that was secretly given out to failing financial institution by the FED none of it debated openly in Congress. The GDP of the USA is only fourteen trillion. The typical year-end budget is only three and a half trillion.


It would seem that banking in our American system has become privatized profits; but the losses are all now legally socialized.

The FED scam was a rotten system in 1913 when the Federal Reserve and Income Tax were were first slipped through also at Christmastime ( like now) with hardly anyone on the floor to discuss it..More historic data on the FED at: Creature from Jekyll Island. One hundred years later, banks like Citigroup are still up to their dirty tricks.

Note well: Not once has there been a full  audit of the Federal Reserve in the last hundred years and few if any of the big banking monopolies have ever been thoroughly audited or investigated. If transparency is a true measure of corporate or government well being, there is one load of dark and ugly secrecy in these financial monopolies.

Our American financial system doesn’t add up, except of course the debt; the debt which is getting bigger and bigger every day.

Ask yourself the question: if the government can print all the money it wants, why not just print money to wipe out the national debt?

This is how it really works.

  1. The Government  issues treasury bills (debt)
  2. The Government gives these to the Federal Reserve. (a privately owned corporation owned by international banking interests)
  3. The privately owned Federal Reserve is “legally” able to create money out of thin air which it then exchanges with our government.
  4. And just for good measure when the Federal Bank creates the money out of thin air which it exchanges with our government for the government bonds which are loaned to investors around the world.
  5. What of the interest on this money created out of nothing that is then owed to the FED?
    When the FED creates money out of nothing, it also conveniently  forgets to create the interest that has to be paid on the debt. The upshot? America never gets out of debt. It can’t.  Each year Congress is forced. to borrow more and more merely to to pay down the the interest on the debt.

Go back and read over the above six points.  Don’t feel bad. It really is not you! . This is all crazy, mighty crazy. It is all mighty confusing. Deliberately confusing.

We have imaginary treasury bills and imaginary money and somewhere lost in the middle of this complexity is a shiny white tooth and a tooth fairy who has now become as confused about  finances as all the rest of us.  Congress (the tooth fairy) like the banks has lost sight of the shiny white tooth, which we shall call the productivity of all good Americans.

A debt-based financial system is unsustainable, because it creates debt bubbles and the next one Grandma predicts going to pop will be derivatives. Be warned. (More on this in another post which will explain derivatives.)

There is a solution:

The house  passed an “Audit the Fed” bill before the last election, they passed it  by an overwhelming majority with surprising support from both parties. The bill was stopped by Harry Reid in the Senate but there was a watered down effort.  A partial audit was done and the results of this was pretty bad, and not published widely. What we really need is not a whitewash, but a complete audit  with all the facts and figures and explanations posted on the web.

Then we need honest reform off all the big banking monopolies, not Citibank breaking the piggy bank again.

NOTE WELL Since its inception in 1913 there has never been a full  audit of the FED. Before he went off post Fed Chairperson, Ben Bernanke said that such an audit would “be a nightmare” and hello, Janet Yellin has also promised that no audit will ever be held.

What exactly are they hiding?

First: So what we all need to do is get behind the Audit the Fed bill which I predict will be brought to the floor early in 2015.

Second: If a thorough investigation is done it will be reveled that bad legislation is being hidden in big omnibus bills that well meaning politicians have no time to study or investigate. We have to get this changed “One bill, one subject”  and severe penalties for not reading the bills.

Also please support Downsize DC for they make it easy for you to educate your elected officials.

One final question for you: do you still believe in the tooth fairy? Do you trust government?

To fix the money in America we need a system based on true exchange. One tooth , one shiny coin. We want to concentrate on  the shining tooth, which stands for the productivity of all good Americans; your own productivity and what you give to others.

We have the right to exchange our true production for legal tender.

losing a toothWe need to get the banks to stop stealing from us. We owe it to our children.

Let’s keep our children smiling.

Quote for the Day

Any banker will tell you that there is a fool in every trade, which is why you must always know who the fool is, because if you don’t, the fool is probably you.

JL Banking Blog   

Most Americans don’t know this Crucial History

The Futility of another War with ISIS


Can We Learn the Lessons of History?

By Perry Willis, Vice President, Downsize DC

War with ISIS will achieve nothing. It will only create new enemies and dangers. We can know this because history tells us so.

soldier fighting plane


Consider the chain of cause and effect….

ISIS exists because we went to war with Saddam Hussein in 2003. Before that…

We went to war with Hussein, because he…

* Supposedly had weapons of mass destruction

* Attacked his neighbors

* Used chemical weapons against his citizens

But we were actually complicit in ALL of these things because…

* The U.S. Government gave Hussein the chemical weapons (http://dailym.ai/1xIknoE)

* The U.S. Government urged Hussein to fight Iran

* Our Ambassador gave Hussein a “green light” to invade Kuwait in 1991

In other words…

Hussein warred against his neighbors with our approval, and murdered his own people using weapons we gave him. But the chain of connections goes deeper into history…

We supported Iraq against Iran because Iran had seized our embassy in 1980. But the CIA had used that same Embassy in 1953 to overthrow a democratic government in favor of the dictatorial Shah.

Can you begin to see how every intervention leads to future enemies?

It will be the same with ISIS.

But let’s continue digging through the history…

We overthrew Iran’s government, because we didn’t want the Soviet Union to take over. But the Soviet Union was yet another enemy we had created during an earlier foreign intervention. Here’s how that happened…

In 1917, the Russian people deposed the Czar and created a democracy. We then bribed this new democracy to continue fighting in World War 1, even though the Russian people wanted peace. This action, by us, created the conditions that led to the Bolshevik revolution and the birth of the Soviet Union just a few month’s later.

But the chain of mistakes doesn’t end there. It just keeps going…

The reason we bribed Russia to continue fighting in World War 1, was because we wanted to defeat an earlier enemy, the Kaiser. But defeating the Kaiser paved the way for Hitler. Sum it up….

* We got Hitler and Stalin, because we intervened in World War 1

* We got Mao and North Korea and Vietnam, because we invited Stalin to fight the Japanese in World War 2

* We got radically-Islamic Iran, because we deposed a democratic government over fear of the Soviet Union

* We got the Saddam Hussein boogeyman, because we encouraged him to fight Iran

* And now we have ISIS, because we got rid of Saddam Hussein

When will it end? It will only end when Americans learn the lessons of history. The record is very clear. Our government is no good at foreign intervention. It needs to stop intervening.

It needs to bring home the troops.

third partyNote from Grandma
It is simple. All we have to do is conquer is our fear for this is what is used to manipulate us. It would be good for the majority to wake up.

What they need to come to see is that inevitably the motivation behind war is money.
War is very profitable. The one percent are in love with war. That is how they control us.

When we are stupid and uninformed and fearful we get manipulated by massive propaganda to accept and support wars that are not in our best interest  and this record of history shows us just how futile that has been.

Worse than that we come to condone bad acts done to the people of other nations. This is truly NOT OKAY!

The reason why:

It is simple.  War is control to the financial “evil” oligarchies that are now running the world.

Next tier down there are investing and banking interests eager to make money out of armaments.

Next tier down there is a military/industrial complex which has no real purpose now that America is a super power. So in order to justify their existence and get their greedy hands on our taxpayer money, they have to fabricate (and fund?) wars around the globe.

What is needed here is a thorough investigation to find out who is actually creating and funding ISIS.

We also need to track the connection between ISIS and efforts to manipulate the 2016 presidential election.

We owe it to ourselves, to our sons and daughters  to seek out true data. This is done by conquering our fear. 

Quote for the Week.

hate war

When all Else Fails there always Welfare!

Socialism and Welfare (excerpt from Politics IOU)

The night was chilly when Spider and Ginsee arrived at the fast food restaurant. They had arrived early but their good friend Parker was there ahead of them  sitting on a rigid metal chair.

Parker was a wizard with wood; he could make anything with wood. In the better times he had made household knick-knacks, organizers and furniture, each unique piece more beautiful than the last.  Spider and Ginsee sometimes sold some of his exquisite wall planters and lamps at their art shows.  Since the crash with the cost of raw materials skyrocketing, had had to resort to making model airplanes which he sold to the military. As he said, “It’s  a living.”

“Can’t compete with the dollar on the dime store?” asked Spider.

“Don’t want to,” said Parker.

“Too tacky,” said Ginsee.

“Yep!” said Parker.

He had been hit harder than most by the Shadow County betrayal, losing many accounts; the only vendor who had had more county accounts taken was the hotheaded jeweler Noah who had lost 39 venues. Noah had been going into every little County facility that had ever existed.

”Where is Troy?” asked Ginsee.

”Let him go,” Spider looked up at Parker in sympathy. Troy was Parker’s long time helper.

 “Was it the insurance?”

“Yes that was the final straw.”

“How much does it cost to have a helper in these days?” asked Ginsee.

Probably time and a half.  If you pay a worker ten dollars an hour there is easily an extra  $5 (maybe more) for the government, the city, for the workman’s comp, for FUTA and and any other acronym the politicians and bureaucrats can dream up. And now with the Care Bill the small business man has to also to pay the medical. If the minimum wage is ten, maybe more than fifteen I don’t know Ginsee. It is obfuscated. It is all very confusing.”

“Yes that is what is so wrong.” said Ginsee. “Corkscrew promised transparency.I don’t see it.”

“Troy was a good worker,” said Parker.

“You been together a long time?”

“Yes. nearly twenty years.  I always paid him paid him more than minimum. The trouble is, what with only the planes making any kind of money . . . I would really have liked to keep him on, and I put off letting him go as long as I possibly could, but I honestly can’t afford him anymore. Heck I can hardly afford me right now. .  I really held on as long as I could, Spider.”

“I know you did.”

“I will miss Troy,” said Ginsee. She had been fond of him.

“What about you two, are you still going to do the shows?” asked Parker. He had changed the subject because he didn’t want to show just how much he also missed his helper.

“I won’t let Spider quit.”

“Do you need any help, parker” asked Spider.

“I‘ll get by.”

“Sticking?” asked Ginsee.

“It’s what I know and what I do best.”

Like Zafia and like Fred ( their framer) Ginsee knew that Parker would survive. He was an innovator. He was also a survivor. His products had been – well they were just uniquely beautiful and totally functional.

 “And what of Troy, is he going to be okay?” she asked.

“For now he is on welfare.”

‘Oh yes, when all else fails there is always welfare,” said Spider.

“Hey Spider!”

The Six Dollar Twins came waltzing through the door. Of all the vendors they were making the most of this strange economy. The twins rolled in eight display racks to their corporate shows, all filled with Six Dollar items.  They were supremely organized, upbeat and insouciant and so they were popular.

‘Hey Parker, you applied for food stamps yet?” asked Ben.

“What !!” blurted Ginsee.

“Gotta work the system,” said Ken, ‘the food-stamps don’t make up the shortfall from all the county crap but it sure helps. . . “

“You on food stamps?” asked Spider.


“I don’t think Spider is going to qualify,” said Ben.

“You make  more money than we do,” said Spider surprised.

“Ah but that is not how they see it. You gotta figure out the system and work it,” said Len.

“Parker would qualify, he lost more county accounts than we did.” suggested Ben

Parker was quiet. He would rather starve than go on welfare.

“Seriously Parker, every little bit helps.” said Len.

“It is not about pride, Parker, it is all about beating the system,” said his twin. “You either sock it to them or they sock it to you!”

Parker was silent.


 “Have you’all been to the Hospital Headquarters yet? You still go there?” asked Spider keeping the peace and changing the subject.  ”We are going there next week..”

”Be ready for a shock.”said Ben.

”Not another new manager?” asked Spider.

“Yep, third in a row, but this one decided to remodel the Cafeteria, “ said Ben “Now she allows us only two small tables way at the back of the room.”

“Oh no,”  said Parker “that isn’t going to work.”

“Go figure.”

“Is she also a mean one?” asked Ginsee thinking of Pearl and the volunteer strike.

“Yes” said Ben.

‘No,” said Len.

“Well which is she?” asked Ginsee

 “Well it is like this, she is not really mean, just socked into her own little world. Cafeteria looks real fancy but the truth is Ginsee, there is nobody goes there no more,”

“And I expect the room can’t be used for fundraising or meetings or classes any longer?”

“You got it.”

Spider sighed. So typical of the new breed of managers. Managers or employees for that matter, were no longer judged on their performance statistics. It was all about the image.

“So where did you sell, no way you can only use only two small tables with your set up?” asked Parker

“We went out on to the patio.”

“Better take string  Spider – that patio is breezy.” said Ginsee

“Did you make as much money as before?” asked Spider.

“You gotta be joking!”

“If I don’t as make any money there I am going to go apply for food stamps.” said Spider goading his little wifey.

“Over my dead body,” said Ginsee rising to the bait.

When all else fails there is always welfare.


“Hey Parker, what are you trying to do?” asked Len.

Parker was fiddling with the fast food restaurant’s table. “These things are bolted to the floor and I can’t move them together.” At the restaurant they had always taken over with four long tables and much revelry. One year there had been over fifty vendors attending.

I have some little folding tables in the van,” said Len, “shall I bring them out?”

“And I have some fancy lace table cloths!” said Ginsee entering into the spirit of the evening. Together the five old friends set about making the place festive despite all the setbacks.

”No liquor but they do have great coffee! Here taste this!”  Pleased by what Parker and Ginsee had created, Spider approached them with a tray full of coffee in paper cups. Only eleven people showed.

Next to join them was Nancy and Russel with a very sad tale to tell.

“We’re here but we ain’t in business no more. This is our last time, Spider!”

“You’re quitting?” Of all the vendors Ginsee had not expected this of them.

“We don’t have a choice, Ginsee, we no longer have any stock,” said Nancy.

“How so?”

“We got robbed.”


“Selling East in Shadow County and staying over in a motel.”

“Lots of agriculture there,” said Spider. “Rich place”

“Rich and poor!”

“It wasn’t good?”

”It was a disaster,” said Russel.


“In the morning I went out to get the trailer in the motel parking lot … “

Nancy interrupted him,” He came back with eyes as big as saucers. She mimicked his deep voice,  ‘The van is there but there ain’t no trailer!’ ”

“No trailer?”

 “They stole the trailer, sawed it off just before the lock.”

“ They took it all, Spider, fixtures, signs, easels, clothing racks and everything.”

‘That is just awful,” said Ginsee “Were you insured?”

’For the van, but not for the trailer and its contents. I guess that was silly, “said Nancy.

“Insurance had been going up and up. I just couldn’t keep up,” said Russel.

“What about the City police, couldn’t they help you?” asked Ben.

“The police, hah!” said Nancy. “Fat lot of use they were.”

fat cops

Russel went on, “You do know Spider that our clothing is original. We get the cloth and then Nancy prints her own designs. Only then do we make our own unique outfits. There is nothing else quite like what we sell on the market.” Nancy was an artist in her own right and Ginsee loved the dresses she had bought from her.

“I called the police and reached a helpful clerk. I explained to her I had done a photo shoot of all the products just the week before for a new catalog and I had digital pictures of everything that was stolen. The helpful clerk was able to put my photos on the city police intranet.”

“So of course they got your dresses back?” asked Ginsee.


”But all they would have to do is go to the street corners and swap meets on the weekend, find your dresses and that would lead them to the trailer?”

 “That’s exactly what I told them.”

Nancy called the policeman in charge of the case (theft of our trailer) “said Russel “After several failed efforts to reach him over a period of weeks, with us getting more agitated by the day, she finally got him on the phone only to be told nothing could be done.  He didn’t work on the weekend; he worked only Monday through Thursay.

“What!” Spider was flabbergasted.  To recover their stolen merchandise was an easy task, but the police had to be on to it almost immediately. A delay of a few weeks and the stuff could be shipped anywhere. Here was Nancy working 24/7 which she had done for over twenty years. She was an incredible artist but she also had a short leg so it couldn’t have been easy to go on doing shows.   “Did you ask to speak to a supervisor?”

“I talked to the Chief of Police. He told me he no longer dealt with stolen vehicles. They had closed the department”

“What is their tax rate?”

“Nine and a quarter, top tax rate,” said Ben.

“Go figure, “ said Spider.  “And what hours was the Chief working; did you think to ask him?”

“Yes,”  Russel gave a lopsided smile. “Their Chief of ol Police works Tuesday through Friday and he said he had not worked a weekend in his life.”

”Didn’t I read that that City is attempting bankruptcy?” asked Parker

“You heard right and we have decided to do the same,” said Russel.

“You are declaring bankruptcy?” asked Spider, appalled.

“We filed last week. We really had no choice.”

“What will you do to live?” asked Ginsee.

“I have a couple of months before I am eligible for Social Security, “ Russel answered, “ and we found out that with her short leg, Nancy can get disability.”

“And what about all your beautiful dresses?”  asked Ginsee

“All gone!” said Nancy cheerily.

When all else fails there is always Welfare.


They drank coffee together and ate hamburger and shared old stories.  Once upon a time they had shared goals and dreams at these events.

”Just one thing, where was Noah, I had expected him to at least be here,” asked Spider.

“You hadn’t heard?”

“Heard what?”

 “Noah’s is in jail. “

“Oh no,” said Spider, “what happened?”

 “He was out protesting in the park when the cops rounded them up. Don’t worry Spider he’s got a lawyer brother who will get him off. “said Parker.

”I don’t know, “said Spider slowly. “The rule of law is crumbling.” He was concerned.

”Poor Noah,” said Ginsee,” bet he was just protesting the County affair.”

 “Actually Noah was able to slip away, he was there for a short while but he wasn’t caught in the park,” said Parker.

“So how come he is in trouble?”

“It was that niece; you know the one he has been helping.”

“The one with no husband, but always getting pregnant?

“That one,” said Parker.  ”She ratted on him to the police.”

“After what he has done for her,” said Ginsee appalled.

 “How many kids now?”


“And still no husband?”

”Not a whiff of one.”

“Great welfare checks when you are a single parent,” said Parker

“Go figure?  And was this not the type of family strife typical of insipient socialism. .

When contraception fails there is always abortion or welfare.

Quote for the Week

God works in mysterious ways but at least he works, he’s never on welfare in a mysterious way.”  Stephen Colbert



Lost Prosperity

Small Business Trends
(Excerpt from  ”Politics IOU” by Margaret Lynn Verhoeff AKA Grandma Thunder}

Spider didn’t want to go out for fast-food!  It reminded him too much of his early, humble beginnings.

Their fancy restaurant was closed. After thirty years in business it had closed it doors. Had it been open, few vendors attending their annual get- together would have been able to afford the fancy meal they had all so very much enjoyed in better years.  The vendors had been meeting together at the same restaurant for six or seven years. He was sorry to see the restaurant go under for it’s superb style had meant something to him.  He and his young wife were still going to be getting together with their friends to welcome in the New Year, but maybe for the last time.  Spider wondered how many vendors would come, surely fewer than the prior year, and definitely a much smaller number than in the good years when it was still possible to make a living as a vendor.

Would he and Ginsee meet with them the following year? He really had no idea.

closing down

Spider had grown up on the streets in Workingman’s City. He understood  what it took to keep a small business afloat during the hard times. As a street urchin, he had been fed and helped by some of the kinder Workingman City small shop owners.  As he had grown he was too proud to accept a hand-out, and he had worked for his keep, doing whatever he could do to help those who had helped him.. A few shopkeepers had discovered that he was good with numbers and that was how he had come to learn the small business, economic model.

Later he had had the good fortune and the smarts to escape Workingman’s City, to get himself a degree in economics, and to enter the corporate world. That didn’t work out for he was too much a free spirit to adapt to the corporate hierarchy.

He had quit the corporate world after he had met the ethereal Ginsee. She was as light and white as he was dark and wiry, twelve years younger than he.  They had agreed to start a small business together and for ten years they had made a good living selling art, while visiting some of the more prestigious offices and hospitals, helping with fundraising and bringing a little cheer to the corporate employees. After marrying they had purchased a cabin on the edge of the high protected forest in the mountains of Shadow County from where they traveled out to do their shows. The terrain was as different from Working Man City as Spider could find. His favorite sport was rock climbing; he loved to hang halfway between heaven and earth. It was his agility as a rock climber that had earned him the nickname, Spider.

He loved his young wife deeply, and they very rarely quarreled; both upbeat souls, they seemed to agree on most things. But as they got ready to go to the fast food restaurant where they were meeting the other vendors, a fight was starting that was shaping up to be a doozy.

“You are planning to quit aren’t you, Spider? “ She made the accusation in a tone laced with make-wrong. She was right, he had been figuring on how to frame an elegant exit strategy from the game he and Ginsee had played for over ten years.

He was silent for a beat, he hadn’t told her, she had guessed. “I’ll be honest with you, Ginsee I have been looking at it,” he said.

“You mean you are actually thinking of stopping the mobile gallery?” she asked with narrowed eyes.

“Not ever leaving you, just quitting the business,” he said and smiled. It was said to reassure her but it didn’t have the required effect.

“You want us to just quit!”



“Because we are losing money.”

“And we don’t have enough to ride it out? “

“Of course we do, but that is not the point.” he had spent his money on property and invested astutely.

“What is the point?”

“Are you sure you don’t want to just stop, Ginsee.?” She was surprising him. It had been hard on her too of late.

“You can quit Spider but I for one am not going under.” It was said with a firmness that was quite unlike her and he was caught flatfooted by her reaction. While he could or not have their small business, he was stunned to see that she was emotional about losing it. He decided that like a house sacrificed to the mortgage crisis, there is a lot of feeling invested in a small business, especially a family business or one lasting several years like theirs.

”You don’t want to go do something new? There are lots of things we can do.”

‘“Absolutely not!”

It was said with such firmness that he stood there just looking at her.

“So you’re a quitter Spider?”

“I am not a quitter,” he said.

“You quit the corporate world and now you are quitting small business”  It came across as a make-wrong and put him on the defensive.

“You need to wake up, Ginsee, times have changed.”  He said it with a touch of patronization that he instantly regretted. She always reacted badly to that, knowing that she wasn’t as well educated as he.

“I don’t care!”  She had tears in her eyes.

He back pedaled and said patiently “With the volunteer strike we lost our biggest account, the hospital.  Add to that that there are just too many Corporations leaving Shadow County. You have to admit Ginsee that our accounts have been dwindling. We are operating in a playing field that is contracting.”

“I know that Spider.”

They had recently gone into a large office building, one of their bigger accounts, only to find that three office wings had been evacuated. The lights were off and the wind was howling down the corridors.

“Where are all the people,” she had asked.

“They have all been shipped  to the Third World,” said a loyal customer, one of the few who had staid. In the Third World corporate employees could be had for ten on the dime.

“What about the Shadow County fiasco? It could happen again,” he said.

The County Supervisors had axed what had been a win-win activity. For almost thirty years vendors had gone into the Shadow County offices to create events, partnering with the Shadow County Employees to support charities. What sat in Spider’s craw was that he knew that the popular vendor events served the county employees in many ways that the supervisors didn’t even begin to appreciate.  It brought them unusual products and gave them a worthwhile game.  What Spider had most hated was that shortly before the guillotine had fallen, he had spent over two thousand dollars to fill special orders for a County facility where he could now no longer go. There had been no warning.

What he had loved about their County events was the spontaneity. In one company an inspired worker had adopted a family and helped them celebrate the Year-end. Soon the other employees had jumped aboard to where he found that their commission was helping over a hundred families in the community. Spider loved that. When you donate to big charity it is the bureaucrats who get the money.  Furthermore he understood that when the public sector failed to support the private sector, the tax base began to shrink and that was what caused government layoffs and the beginning of a dwindling spiral. How Spider hated BIG government in bed with BIG corporations and now also in bed with BIG charities.

“The dice is loaded against small business; think of Fred and your pool.”  He was still trying to win her over to his point of view.

Fred Kent was their framer; a man who had been very much a part of the success of their business. When the economy had turned down Spider had gone to him to ask how much he owed the banks, fearing the worst because Fred had undergone a big expansion just before the slide. The framer had been a prudent man, and now owned his property outright. When he told Spider that he owed nothing, Spider had hugged him.  With this framer on their supply lines, Spider had known they could prevail whatever government chose to do with the economy.  Yet they had just heard that Fred had, had to layoff some staff and cut his warehouse-space in half, renting out the part.  He didn’t have big business debts but there were always the operating costs, costs that were going up due to inflation. Ginsee’s physical therapist had also layed off staff and closed the pool, she said too many silly regulations for the pool, and heating costs were prohibitive. She was also operating with half the space she had enjoyed before in the better times.

“But they are not quitting, Zafia is not quitting, and Fred is not quitting.  They offer so much that I know they will survive. What I don’t like is that you are wanting to quit, Spider.”

“What is going on here Ginsee, this is not at all like you?”he asked. Usually she meekly followed his lead.

 “What I don’t like is that It is all Corkscrew’s fault; we quit and he wins.”

“What?” He was still smarting from being called a quitter, and still hadn’t figured out what the conversation was about, so he said, “Yet you voted for him.”

Corkscrew was a little rotund man, with indeterminate color and big ears.  He was their elected President. Spider, a strong supporter of the Constitution had gone to the president-elect’s website and had been able to read the socialist agenda that was couched between the lines and had not voted for him. Many innocent voters like Ginsee had been taken in. This had been before they were married.

“Yes damn you Spider I did vote for him and I regret it. That was before you educated me. I have come to see that this president is bad for the New World,”  Spider inclined his head. It was the first time she had acknowledged his views on Corkscrew.

It was their friend Jamboree who had given the devious President the name Corkscrew in her saucy blog, ”Pink Salt”. The post had gone viral and the name had stuck,.

satirical on corruption

“I wouldn’t worry Ginsee, the cadaverous senators supporting the man are already half dead. It is just a matter of time before they all go down.” Ginsee didn’t smile.

“Seriously Spider, the man has far too much power.”

“You think?”


“And what has this to do with our business?”

“What is it we sell Spider?”

“Framed art.”

“No. Think about it, what do we advertise all the time?  We advertise ‘quality of life’. ”

Spider had to concede that what she was saying was true: for their tagline was ‘Quality of Life that is Affordable.’

“Think back to your horrible life in Working Man’s city.”  she continued intensely.

He looked at her now fully engaged, remembering tract upon tract of drab square government houses.


“So what happened in Working Man’s City is happening right here and now in Shadow County.  Did you see what they have done to the foothills? They are scraping off the tops of the hillocks to level the ground.  At least in Working Man’s City it was flat to start with.”

“They are trying to make everything flat?” He hated that.

“That is right. You didn’t know? ”


“It is all going to be all flat and ugly here.” She was still teary..

“Socialism is ugly.”

“Socialism is the big equalizer, I know how you hate that.”

She smiled at him and he smiled back. They were talking again.

“He is screwing with us, Spider, but that is not why I don’t want to quit.  We make aesthetics and quality of life affordable for the ordinary man. It is now hard times, and I don’t want to also take that away from our customers. Going on is the least we can do. I don’t want to take a quality of life away from the people that we have served for over ten years.”

Spider got it. He finally got it. He went over to her and hugged her.

“I understand.” How far his fairy princess had come since he had married her. She was amazing! She was awesome!

“”And we will stay in business and flourish and prosper?”


“To flourish and prosper we are going to have to handle Corkscrew.”

“That too.”

 Quote of the Week

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet. 
Mahatma Ghandi

 Excerpt from  ”Politics IOU” by Margaret Lynn Verhoeff AKA Grandma Thunder


old woman walking on water.

This is a blog post from Grandma Thunder



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..

God coin sinking

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


Audit the FED


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

Visas for Illegal Immigrants

What is wrong with the Senate Bill? 

In the middle of this contentious debate we need to remember that there are many wonderful things about the Latino Heritage. There is the music, and the dance, but most of all there is good Mexican food that has fully captured the American imagination.

latin lady dancing

                         Latino Culture 

That said, the rejected Senate Illegal Immigration Bill  falls short in five key areas:

It is too long and complex to gain our acceptance or trust. (Downsize DC has a great idea : One subject, one bill with its subject clearly stated in its title.)The taxpayer  has been fooled (many, many times) by hidden agendas and pork written into  long bills  What is needed is that Congress simplifies the legislative process and brings the final bill to under 550 pages – Congress really doesn’t have to please everybody with sub-clauses, exceptions can be sorted out later.  It just needs to satisfy “we the people”, AKA the majority, AKA  the taxpayer, AKA the electorate. For believe me it is the hot issue that will decide the 2016  election.  550 pages MAX!

In essence a winning solution keeps out the bad guys, lowers the cost and is compassionate and pragmatic.

Grave concerns about a Federal Work Database.Obama’s Bio-metric database will get linked to the ObamaCare and to other gazillian public benefit databases, like food stamps and childcare. Very soon the government  will know every last detail about our lives. The next step could be to tie Federal benefits to “Correct Thinking” as in George Orwell’s 1984. That is when we will have lost all liberty & privacy and embraced big brother.

It should be up to the States as to how they record and control permits for workers within their borders. Red states like Arizona should have the freedom  to implement stricter immigrant controls than do the blue states.

We are a nation ruled by laws: Illegal immigrants broke our law and need to be given a strong thinking adjustment so that they know that in this country illegal is just not the best way to go.  Fining is quick and dirty and unlikely to change bad habits. Could they get their hands dirty and do some community service to make up for all the problems they have given us?  Is five years community service enough to deter those here for teh gravy train? 

Latinos, for good or for bad, are breeding at a faster rate than Caucasians. This is actually something we need in America to return to prosperity.  The structure of our system is built around the idea that the young support the old with regards to funding of government projects and benefits.  Illegal immigrants came here for a better life and they are welcome, but they have to learn the work ethic and cultural ideas that made America more prosperous than Mexico. They have to let  go of third world ideas that have destroyed their own culture .and begin to embrace the American dream.


The problem with Latinos is that while they have a beautiful culture to share, they have a slow rate of assimilation.into the American lifestyle.  The reason for this slow assimilation could well be the language, there are enough of them that they are not forced by life to speak English.

The official language in America is English; it could be French or Spanish, but right now it is English and it is the language that holds the American heritage of freedom and our culture, our laws, our justice and our traditions. At the fast rate that our friends from the South are breeding, we are already on a fast track to become a multi-lingual nation. With our low job growth and our low GDP and our exorbitant debt, we need to seriously think of the cost to the nation of having more than one official language. Cost of official papers, translators, teachers and on and on. Right now we could give a boost to an ailing economy by mandating that all official and public writings are ONLY in English.  This rule should read that every immigrant has every right to speak whatever language they choose within the confines of their own home and their own social circle;however there should be only English spoken by public servants or shopkeepers and all official writings SHOULD BE IN ENGLISH ONLY.

Latinos  and all immigrants MUST learn the language but after a reasonable time if they cannot speak the language of the land, no more benefits and no more work permits. Before an Illegal immigrant is given a green card (whatever the other conditional requirements) the illegal immigrant should be able to demonstrate a comfortable proficiency in English.  It is not that English is better than Spanish. This is not a point of arrogance. It is a way to preserve what is good about the American culture and much of that is contained in the language.

Border security is paramount.
Once we bring this crisis situation back under the law, AND UNDER CONTROL we have to draw a line and look to the future.    It may not be as bad a situation as many fearful conservatives think. A friend does the books for a Mexican company that organizes coming out parties for young Mexican girls, so he knows the Mexican  culture.  He tells me that with the dipping of the economy both in Mexico and in America,  coming across the border is not as easy or as attractive as it was before; it simply costs too much.  The price has gone up for free passage with every new increase in border security and the new costs are already prohibitive even if the fence is not yet complete.

We simply have to secure and defend our borders against illegal immigration. The cost is too high.

A part of this would be to have the law state that no immigrants are eligible for benefits like food stamps or childcare until they have paid taxes and into Social Security for ten years. This will make it far less attractive for the freeloaders, those who come over to join Obama’s gravy train.

This is a problem in education. If they cannot learn our culture, our heritage and our work ethic they are not welcome in our land. If they can, we would love to have them.  Let’s not block out the able in the world who wish to join with us in creating a better life for all of us in America and want  to work really hard to get ahead.

Finding if they are willing to learn the language and to do community service to raise the standards in their own communities, would be a good way to see if they qualify.

Quote of the Week

“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart.”

— Alexander Solzhenitsyn




 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

Obama’s Love Fest with the Latino Vote

Payback Time

Now Obama is the only president to ever secure a second term with a smaller percentage of the vote than in his first election. He got roughly 7.8 fewer million votes from whites, 1.6 million fewer voters from blacks, 1.8 million fewer votes from young voters, and four million fewer votes from women. In fact contrary to popular belief, fewer people voted in election 2012 than in any of the three previous elections.

So however did he win?

 Obama Latino supporter


What he did was shrewdly court and win the Latino vote

His share of the Latino votes rose a full 4 points to 71% giving him a full 700,000 plus additional votes from Latinos. Note this trend well; the nation’s Latino population has increased by 43% between 2000 and 2010.  One in four Americans now under the age of 18, is Latino.  The Obama-team played this demographic like maestros. Shoring up their base they were good, but on getting-out the Latino vote they were exceptional.

On getting out their loyal supporters and some independents they figured out that injustice is a great motivating force and this they used with panache. An advertisement called “537” was aired in swing states to tell the story of the 2000 Florida election where Bush won by only 537 votes. Correct election procedure mandates a recount when an election is close and if it is challenged, but this recount was disallowed by the Supreme Court. Bush got given Florida with 537 votes and he won the presidency and the course of history was changed.

So the Obama team decided that the 2012 election was payback time. It struck a chord with Democratic voters.

A big challenge in any presidential election is how to get out the vote. This is because half the people who have the privilege and the right to vote simply don’t bother and have to be corralled into doing their duty. In 2000 the born-again-Christian Bush used the churches to get out his vote.  He conquered voter apathy and won the election.

Now this voter apathy is particularly true in the Latino sector where many older citizens do not speak the language or understand the process. It is a natural disqualification that works well for democracy where the people deciding the final outcome should be educated and informed. I personally consider voter apathy a good thing. The future of a country should be determined by those who understand and those who care. There is the right to vote and then there is the responsibility to vote which ideally should be done by the person himself, without influence from others.

The Obama team in 2012 was able to get the Latino voters to emerge from their nooks and crannies, from down in the basement, out of trailers and one bedroom apartments, out of little houses with fifteen people crammed into two small rooms. How did Obama get them to come out in their thousands to the voter booths? There was a massive get-out-the vote campaign funded by such millionaires as George Soros where campaigners were paid only when they registered a Democratic voter.  Are they loyal democratic voters? Probably not, but they sure were willing to come out in their numbers to secure their food stamps.

In the five years that Obama has been in power his moral compass has been clearly expressed.  He does not necessarily elect his decisions based on what is best for the nation, but he will always return a favor.  You scratch his back and he will come through for you. So now he is determined to give his Latino supporters a colossal boost in their numbers.

Looking at what is best for the nation, or what is right, or what will perpetuate the democratic process, there is one big question that has to be asked about Election 2012. It is this:

How many of these illegal immigrants voted in election 2012 when they had no legal right to vote?  

I was going to let it go, admiring the political astuteness of the Obama team  and thinking his win in 2012 was well deserved.

It was by sheer chance that I happened on a conversation of four old seasoned veterans at the Veteran Hospital in Loma Linda in California They swore (laughing so hard they were nearly falling off their chairs) that Obama was trying to turn America into a degraded third world country.

“How so?” I asked.

“It’s all over the airwaves in Mexico. The campaign staff have been promising that if they come in and are helped to vote democrat illegally, in his next term, Obama is going to grant amnesty.”

“All they want is the food-stamps!” said a Vietnam vet.

“Oh come on!”  I was not convinced. I was not born American and there are many reasons why I love this adopted country.

“Is true!”

“I don’t believe it,” I said.

They all just laughed at me, their expressions telling me they thought me silly to expect honest elections. I could also see that they thought me horribly naive

Time for fact check.(Voter fraud 2012?)

I do not speak Spanish and have no way to check into what was on audio and TV in Mexico or even in the Latino community in the USA but I was able to find some facts out that lent credence to their story.

Dead people,micky and dogs voting

Voter Fraud  -oh my!!

Here are the facts I uncovered:

  • 12 Indiana counties have more registered voters than residents.
  • The Ohio Secretary of State admitted that multiple Ohio counties have more registered voters than residents.
  • Federal records show 160 counties in ten states have over 100 percent voter registration.
  • The Florida New Majority Education Fund, Democratic party of Florida, and the National Council of La Raza are currently under investigation for voter fraud.
  • It has been found that more than 24 million voter registrations are invalid yet they still remain on the rolls nation wide.
  • There are 1.8 million dead citizens that are still on the voter roll.
  • More than 2.75 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state.

I have also been able to ascertain that as the illegal immigrant debate moves forward there is increased activity on our Southern borders, some illegals seeking asylum from as far South as Brazil.

I do encourage Congress to conducting a thorough investigation before illegal immigrants are given any benefits, or any kind of  blanket amnesty.

Quote for the Week

“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process – Hillary Clinton




Our Constipated Economy – The Economic Scoop about Poop

From Grandma

Poop is not generally discussed in our daily conversation except (as now) when applied metaphorically to harsh and hard economic realities in a constipated economy. Dustin Hoffman once quipped that we know we are growing older when our conversation shifts from sex to our bowel movements.

A prosperous economy relies on a proper rate of distribution of goods and services; not too fast and not too slow. Being gassy, bloated, and generally uncomfortable is an indication of constipation. With all the hot air of the last election, all about the economy, with all that political pushing and straining, we find ourselves today no better off than before. We are left after the election with a whole lot of nothin’ – just hot smelly air.

get the runs

Could it be the FED?

Medicine has advanced to where it is possible to give a body a endoscopy to find out what is causing the blockage and the irregular bowel movements.  Sadly we do not enjoy the same transparency, the same facility to seek out the spiders in our economy. The house has passed a bill “Audit the Fed” which is being stopped/blocked in a Senate filled with old guard career politicians.

IIs it not the FED’s job to set the speed of the Economy?

One can compare the ideal flow of goods and services through a healthy economy to the optimum rate of food going through a body where nutrients are absorbed and the waste eliminated. The process is pretty much the same. We use the term “stopped up” when we get constipated. When we talk about the economy we prefer the term “the economy is sluggish” but in fact both words mean the same; both words mean a natural flow has been slowed or arrested.

Constipation can be caused by foreign elements like cancer, where growth has gone unchecked. The result is big, ugly, hard, blue-black stools that smell.

We find the equivalent in the economy where foreign spider-entities are going unchecked (as in too big to fail). When intervention is called for either in a colon, or in an economy, without establishing true facts, all that we can know is that there is a situation.

For a natural prosperity there should be a natural, regular flow of goods and services through the economy. Economic speed is slowed down by arbitrary decision points and by too many regulations. With a body or with the economy where there is arbitrary effort to hold back or hold on, or reward one sector at the cost of another, the system tends to break.

Kid on Pot with newspaper

Waiting out the bad situation

Our bowel movements are easier to solve than the American economy. Eliminator One (from Picture Lady Health and Beauty) is a fail-safe laxative. It rehabilitates your colon, and puts the muscles of your bowels back into proper action, and it works every time.

With regards the economy we simple folk, too small to succeed, dig in and figure out how to wait out what may in fact be a long, but contrived recession.

Quote of the Week
Tough times never last, but tough people do. – Robert H Schuller

old woman walking on water.

From Grandma 4/24/13

Will Raising the Minimum Wage Create Jobs?


Grandpa suggests ways to reduce unemployment and get us out of an end of endless economic slump

President Obama has expressed his support for creating more jobs for Americans. We all know that’s what he stands for.

At the same time he is committed to raising the minimum wage. A noble concept, one that seeks to keep pace with the rising costs from inflation, but will it create more jobs?

showing the relationship between minimum wage increases and unemployment

Rising Unemployment – a consequence of the Increase of the Minimum Wage? 

If the President really wants to help the economy he should keep the cost of living down for poorer Americans; he would make it easier for employers to hire new workers and he would make it easier for America to compete in the global economy.

He should also look at the printing of all the bail-out money that makes for inflation, for it is rising costs that will undo not only the minimum wage workers, but all small business owners.

Raising the minimum wage may increase the President’s popularity among the earners of low wages (those who get to keep their jobs, that is), but few people realize how much employees actually cost employers. Employers don’t have to pay only the wages, but they also have to contribute to the employee’s Social Security, Medicare, Worker’s Comp and Unemployment insurance, not to mention mandated ObamaCare costs. In self defense small business owners may have no choice but to keep their work enterprise small (and keep it all) or they will go under.

While small businesses are the mainstay of the American economy, most are struggling and the net result of raising the minimum wage is that employees who aren’t essential to the survival of the business will be let go, while some businesses may have to permanently close their doors. All of this means more unemployment.

Here is an approach that should reduce unemployment and get us out of the economic slump:

  1. Level the global playing field
  2. Stabilize the dollar
  3. Balance imports and exports
  4. Downsize the government

Level the global playing field – More and more of the things we buy are imported, especially from the People’s Republic of China. It is nice of the U.S. government to help raise the living standard of the people in this communist nation’s worker’s paradise, but a government’s primary responsibility is toward its own people.

Leveling the playing field should improve our nation’s prosperity, as ultimately wealth is the result of productivity and innovation. With a struggling economy and a debt-ridden government, the wrong thing to do is raise wages and increase benefits. Employment is encouraged by reducing burdens on employers – fewer rules and regulations will also help.

Another way to reduce unemployment is to impose (temporary and modest) tariffs on imports. That will make it more possible for American manufacturing businesses to compete with other countries, as well as raise revenue for the U.S. government.

Stabilize the dollar – It will also be helpful to stop inflating the money supply, because the more dollars are created out of thin air (think bail-outs), the more expensive our goods and services will become and the less we will be able to compete with the rest of the world. Besides, by inflating the money supply, the government is stealing from everybody.

A requirement for a stable dollar is for all government (federal, state and local) to live within its means and not to spend more money than it has coming in. Not an easy task, I know, but a necessary one. This means that in hard times it has to tighten the belt by getting rid of all waste. For our current federal government, that means ceasing all bail-outs and reducing subsidies, foreign aid and foreign military presence. And, of course, not starting any new wars.

Balance imports and exports – This is also part of stabilizing the dollar, because if we as a nation spend more than we have coming in, we will get into trouble, just as we as individuals will when we live beyond our means. As mentioned earlier, when imports exceed exports, raise tariffs on imports. While that may be unpopular with other countries, our own nation’s welfare should be paramount.

Downsize the government – Government has in recent decades grown into a monster that meddles in all our lives. Besides being a threat to our liberty, the cost to taxpayers is huge. Our government employees are ultimately financed by the productive population.

The primary purpose of a government is to maintain order within is borders. The police and the court system are there to isolate the criminal element from the rest of society. Most other government departments are unnecessary and could be disbanded with few ill effects. Their functions could be carried out better and more economically by private enterprise. The talents of the government employees can then be used to raise productivity in the private sector, which would be to everyone’s benefit.

As you can see from the above, it is possible to increase employment and raise prosperity. While these ideas are unlikely to be implemented in the near future, I am putting these thoughts out there as, after all, the pen is more powerful than the sword.

Ideas are senior to force

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Quote for the Week

 “The real minimum wage is zero.” ~ Thomas Sowell

 “Griping Grandpa” is a pen name for Peter Verhoeff. His website, www.eTekHelp.com, provides writing and Web assistance to businesses and individuals.



Griping Grandpa gives Simple Guidelines to help you with the Voting Process


Every four years we are asked to make our recommendations on which one of two pre-selected politicians should be allowed to live rent-free in the White House for the next four years.

Eenie, meenie, minie, mo…

But that is not the only decision we are asked to make; there are also other, more local matters thrown in. These are called Propositions.

Now, the purpose of government is to maintain order and to serve the best interests of the people it represents. More broadly, it should also serve the best interests of mankind as a whole and even of all life on planet Earth, now and in the future.

What government tends to do instead is expand its own power and influence at the expense of its people. We, the people, should always be on guard against this. With that in mind I have developed a set of simple guidelines to help me with the voting process. You may find these guidelines useful too.

  1. Vote against all tax increases and fees, even if they don’t hurt me personally. Reason: we, as individuals, have to live within our means and so must government.
  2. Vote against legislation that favors one group over another. Reason: favoritism is unfair. We should all be equal under the law.
  3. Vote against any law that would further limit freedoms. Reason: we are supposed to live in the land of the free.
  4. Vote against any law that adds complexity. Reason: Complexity is the enemy of efficiency and increases bureaucracy. Even more important: ignorance of the law is no excuse, so the laws should be so simple that everyone can understand them.

What we should expect from our politicians is responsibility. We should be suspicious of promises designed to get more votes, such as promises of tax cuts from a government that is in debt. Also be leery of fear-based legislation. Remember the saying that we have nothing to fear, except fear itself.

So what are the things we should vote in favor of? Simple:

  1. Any legislation that will save money up the road.
  2. Any legislation that levels the playing field (but isn’t costly or restrictive).
  3. Any legislation that restores lost freedoms.
  4. Any legislation that makes life more simple and enjoyable.

men placing votes in the ballot

Happy voting and may the best candidate and the best propositions win!

 Quote for the Day

 Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force.
Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

George Washington.

The Presidential Debates

Grandma on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”

Grandma Thunder

Hats off the American Undecided Voter!
The best thing about this debate was the quality of the penetrating questions.

Here are some examples:
To Governor Romney: How are you different from George Bush?

To the President: Your energy secretary, Steven Chu, has now been on record three times stating it’s not the policy of his department to help lower gas prices. Do you agree with Secretary Chu that this is not the job of the Energy Department?

To Governor Romney and to the President: What do you believe is the biggest misperception that the American people have about you as a man and a candidate? Using specific examples, can you take this opportunity to debunk that misperception and set us straight?

These questions show great depth and intelligence. This raises an interesting point, if elections are won in the middle, why all the costly political spin? I  am guessing that few informed (middle of the road) voters are fooled by all the spin.

(See my next post, “Presidential Issues” for commentary on the answers we got to these questions)

The moderation in both the first and the second presidential debates left some room for improvement.  Before I was a small business owner I was a teacher and this is when I trained young debaters and moderated and ran debating contests. In a good debate it is the moderator, who sets the rules, defines the parameters, controls the flow of the conversation and sets the tone of the debate.

Neither debater, not Romney and not the President, seemed to figure out how the interchange was supposed to go in this the second debate. Apparently a question was read and given to one or the other contestant who was given only two minutes to answer. It was logical to expect that the person who did not answer would be given the second two minutes to refute or comment.

According to Crowley the last two minutes of each cycle was supposed to be a free for all. That never works and it didn’t work here either. The result was that Romney missed his biggest moment in the debate.

Here’s how it went:
Since both you and President Bush are Republicans, I fear a return to the policies of those years should you win this election. What is the biggest difference between you and George W. Bush, and how do you differentiate yourself from George W. Bush?

ROMNEY: Thank you. And I appreciate that question.

I just want to make sure that, I think I was supposed to get that last answer time (referring to the second two minutes of the prior question) I want to point out that that I don’t believe…

OBAMA: I don’t think so, Candy.

ROMNEY: … I don’t believe…

OBAMA: I want to make sure our timekeepers are working here.

ROMNEY: The time — the time…

CROWLEY: OK. The timekeepers are all working. And let me tell you that the last part, it’s for the two of you to talk to one another, and it isn’t quite as structured as you think. But go ahead (to Romney) and use these two minutes any way you’d like to, the question is on the floor:

When Romney got to speak he answered the prior question, the one he was waiting to answer. When he did answer the Bush question it was a superb answer but it had already lost its impact.

I always find political MAKE WRONG unattractive. Why do we all agree that one side has to be right and the other wrong? I just happen to think that both can be right for it depends on the situation, the condition and the circumstances, and these things change.  This can also be valid regarding the truth of a statement.

So in a debate it is vital for a contestant to give the time and place and circumstances for each QUESTION OR ANSWER or it all goes awry and we have each contestant stating emphatically “that is false” or :”that is not true”.

Both the President and the Governor acted at times like my naughtier high school students, taking opportunity to make each other wrong, failing to listen, interrupting, and rambling without answering the specific questions. Romney was weakest on taxes, while Obama was weakest on energy.

There was some finger pointing and interrupting, although this debate didn’t quite degenerate to the level of the Vice Presidential debacle where Biden interrupted Ryan 82 times.

There are some questions that should have been asked but weren’t:

  1. Why would you be better at the helm than your opponent during a crisis?
  2. In what way are you limited or restrained or circumscribed by the radical elements in your own party?
  3. In what way are you influenced by big donors as to your policy decisions and your platform?

Nothing was said about the fiscal cliff that looms ahead.maybe as early as 2013. Federal Spending is out of control.

There are three things that are bringing us closer to a possible second recession; the federal spending, the national debt and the European fiscal crisis. That this subject was not addressed at all was an ugly omission.

The graph above shows two major areas of concern. One the spending is out of control but even more important than that is the low GDP.

We need to remove obstacles that cut across our ability to produce as a nation.  This subject is covered in Politics IOU in a light and entertaining  way. Getting serious about what is a serious subjectthe following things adversely impact our ability to produce as a nation.

  1. Environmental regulations that stop industry and/or the development of new energy sources.  Some social constraints are sane and needed but the environmental lobby is now way out of whack. Now they are stopping progress.
  2. The Union rules reward seniority rather than performance and set wages so high as to force American corporations to take their labor overseas. We are in a global market and in terms of jobs the unions may well have priced us out of the game.
  3. In 1913 government abdicated responsibility for the nation’s finances and gave control over to international bankers. The Banks have had centralized control for more than a century and  the finances of the world are now in pretty shabby condition. How to resolve this situation was brushed under the ugly carpet of the usual spin.  We have to face up to this for we cannot do this to our children.

Let me conclude, though, by saying that all things considered, if either Obama or Romney gets elected they are both better than many of the presidents who have come before, with the exception perhaps of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan. We have a good crop this time round, and while it may not be all that apparent, things may well be getting better.

May we be spared another Nixon. Remember that Nixon was elected by a landslide.We the electorate aren’t all that good at choosing our leaders.

May we do a better job this time round and may it all turn out alright.

Quote for the Day

Great leaders are always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.

Colin Powell

The Only privilege a President has is to Serve

Grandma Thunder Job Description for a President

I decided to share this with you from my latest book “Politics IOU – the Election that Freaked the Elites“. (Ella Bevan is my writing pen-name) From Grandma Thunder here is the excerpt:

(Gonzali Larkin is a third- party presidential candidate representing “The Producer’s Party” in the book)

“Hello. My name is Jay O Brannick and I blog for Gonzali Larkin.

In the news today: A Senator was upset when criticized for the recent pay raises Congressmen are giving each other. he believed the people can’t be trusted to oversee the politicians. His solution: Deny the public access to all political data.

Gonzali thinks he has it back to front. He thinks because the people elect the President they should be able to demand good leadership. He promises that if he is elected his only privilege will be to serve.

I asked him to give me a job-description for a President and this is what he said:

• It is the job of the President to inspire his people and to lead them forward strongly
• It is the job of a president to force in transparency; when politics and business are engaged in openly, there are no evil dealings.
• It is the job of the President to keep good order.
• It is the job of the president to control change so that the change rate is acceptable.

Birds flying in formation

A Good Presidential Candidate

Then he looked up at me with his lazy smile and said, “You know I once asked my first wife that question when I first thought of running for president eight years ago and you remind me of that morning.”

We know that his first wife died of cancer soon after this conversation, so the smile was a little whimsical. Three years ago he remarried Annalin, our most popular choice, according to survey, for our First Lady.

“And what did your first wife say?” I asked, not quite sure if I should press the question. He was okay on it.

“She reminded me of when the kids were young and how I handled them . . .


Team Players with a A Worthwhile Cause

  • Make sure they have enough to eat and a safe place to live.
  • Never take a toy away unless you have a better one to give.
  • Be willing to play Umpire, and to regulate their games so they learn to play fair.
  • Don’t allow anyone to bully, not others and not each other.
  • Reward them generously but only when they contribute.
  • Reinforce the idea that they are a part of the family, of the town and of the world.
  • Believe in their ability and their innate goodness and turn them into team players.

Quote for the Day
There go the people; I must follow them for I am their leader.
Alexandre Ledru-Rollin

The Tooth Fairy

Grandma Thunder Explains how our Money is Created

I remember the excitement of losing my first tooth as a child. My hardworking teacher- father made a big thing about it. He used this experience to teach me about money. I was to give up my shining, white tooth to a trustworthy tooth fairy who would give me something valuable.

Old lady with cat in rain It was to be a simple transaction.  I give tooth. Fairy gives coin or note. As my father explained it to me – it was all about a fair exchange.

Many of us believe the federal government (the tooth fairy) will take care of us from the day we are born until the day we die.

We forget that we have to give something to the community first.  Why we ask, is the government not magical, can it not print all the money it wants? If you think like this I have some bad news for you.

As a writer I began to look into our financial system because something didn’t add up (except the debt which was getting bigger and bigger)  Ask yourself, if the government could print all the money it wanted, why not just wipe out the national debt? The truth is that neither the Government (nor you nor me) has yet gained effective control over our corrupt and broken-down financial system or the National Debt and most of all not the Trans-National-Banks who do control the system.

You see it works like this: Government does create a billion dollars worth of treasury bills (debt) and Government bows down low to propitiate the Federal Reserve. It is the Federal Reserve (a privately owned corporation owned by the TNCs) who creates the billion dollars out of thin air, takes our Treasury Bonds and voila, now America has a national debt!  That’s right. Go back and read that paragraph again. You are not wrong. It is crazy!

What is even more crazy is that when the Federal Bank creates the debt, it forgets to also at the same time create the interest that has to be paid on the debt. Who is it who gets all the money? Maybe it is the Trans-National- Banks or maybe it was just designed that way. More historic data at: Creature from Jekyll Island.

You see, friend,  we are fighting for our liberty, while in the investment world they are fighting to keep an unfair advantage. In order to pay the interest on the national debt America has to take out another loan and on and on. The debt created is always greater than the money that is bank-created.

And here’s the rub. It is we the people that are expected to work hard, pay high taxes and pay down this interest while we are fed but the crumbs by our masters.

A debt-based financial system is a scam; it is also unsustainable, because it creates debt bubbles that are now popping.

There is a solution:

First: read the free book, Magic Money, written as an entertaining story, but with the purpose to teach financial basics. I am my father’s teaching daughter!

Second: The house recently passed an “Audit the Fed” bill by an overwhelming majority with surprising support form both parties. NOTE WELL Since its inception in 1913 there has never been an audit of the FED.

Fed Chairperson, Bernanke says that such an audit would “be a nightmare” and Democratic Senator Harry Reid promises that the bill will never go through. Please, please contact your senator and tell them you really, really want the bill to be passed by the Senate.

 Quote for the Day

Any banker will tell you that there is a fool in every trade, which is why you must always know who the fool is, because if you don’t, the fool is probably you.

JL Banking Blog   

Uncle Sam Broke

Griping Grandpa asks how many pies the Federal Government has its fingers in?

Griping grandpa

We read in the news that Moody’s bond-rating agency is threatening to downgrade the U.S. Government Debt rating.  Are they right? Do we have a situation?

In the heat of the election fever, tax cuts are being mentioned. As much as I favor paying less, anyone who believes that tax cuts will benefit this country has a screw loose. For a country that has to scramble to pay the interest on what it owes, tax cuts will be suicidal. Proposing them is merely a ploy to try and get more votes.

Tax the rich to help the poor? Yeah, right! Make everybody poor. That’s robbing Peter to pay Paul. My name is Peter, so I don’t go support that tactic either.

Uncle Sam Broke

No, cutting taxes is not the answer to our economic woes. Then what is? Cutting spending is.

The federal government has its fingers into far too many pies. The US has 50 states, each of which has its own government. So all the Federal Government has to do is make sure that the various states get along and abide by the Constitution, in addition to maintaining friendly relations with the rest of the world and protecting the nation against foreign invaders.

So, how to cut federal spending? We could start by closing down most federal agencies. You see, there are producers and consumers. Producers create the wealth of a nation, while consumers consume it. Bureaucrats are consumers, so fewer is better.

Abolish the IRS for starters. A small federal government does not need much money. Its needs can be covered by a federal consumption tax, to be administered by the states. Most states already do this in the form of sales tax. No big deal. And it’s fair (insofar as any tax can be called fair) because the amount of tax you pay depends only on how much you consume. It hits the big spenders and smiles upon the frugal. (Of course this requires a constitutional amendment that defines the maximum tax rate and forbids any additional taxes.)

Other spending cuts? The military. We already spend more on this per capita than any other nation, and with no real enemies. It doesn’t make sense, other than for bullying other countries. Of course our soldiers and veterans should be well cared for, but do we really need military bases in 300 countries? Or pointless wars?

Foreign aid. Let’s stop trying to solve other people’s problems by giving them money we don’t have.

The Utopia I envisage is one where we can all do our jobs without harassment and where we are free to create a better life for ourselves and our families. 

Quote of the Day

It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.” 

Alexander Hamilton