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Not all Muslims are terrorists, 100’s of millions of Muslims are peaceful , follow the law of the land they live in , and serve their home country in a myriad of beneficial ways. Ok, now that we have the obvious out of the way, can we focus on the 100’s of millions of Muslims who aren’t these people? You know, the Muslims that want to kill us, and other Muslims for being the wrong type of Muslim apparently, instead of hearing yet again that Muslims are peaceful? Yes, many of them are, in fact, peaceful productive members of society…we’re not talking about those Muslims. In fact, those Muslims are pissed off as much as we are at what is going on in the name of their religion. I know I keep saying, can we stop saying what I’m saying but I’m doing it to drive home a point. We need to talk about the Muslims that are trying to kill all of us, but can never get past the platitudes and pronouncements about how Muslims are peaceful.

Political Correctness paralyzes us as a culture and as nations while the bad guys thrive and expand. Jihadis blow up Brussels , and MSNBC says this is a result of lax gun control laws. Our own leaders refuse to call this Islamic Terrorism, or even utter any phrase similar to that for fear of offending Muslims. I’m going to go out on a limb here and conclude that many millions of them are quite offended right now, who cares if we call them what they call themselves? Proposals are made by various politicians to temporarily halt immigration from Muslim countries until we can be assured that the bad apples will be found before they spoil the bunch. But we can’t even do that, the female that shot up San Bernandino with her husband passed a background check which didn’t include checking social media because it was deemed politically incorrect to do so. We can’t even trust our system to protect us from a routine visa check on one person, how can we trust it to accurately process tens of thousands of refugees? This and many more denials of reality are brought to us by Political Correctness.

Immigrants are the backbone of this country, we built this nation because of our immigrants. Once again, a true statement and frankly not debatable. It’s also a much used statement by immigration activists to blur the meaning of the word immigrant. They say, we are a nation of immigrants, how can we deny this opportunity to immigrants now? They claim it is racism that drives this “anti-immigrant” rhetoric, that immigrants are targeted unfairly because they are brown skinned. What they purposefully omit from their rhetoric is that these people are here in violation of our laws. By playing Orwellian games with the language they have omitted the word Illegal from the term used for people here….Illegally. Now, they can frame their opponents as xenophobic, racist, anti-American, etc etc. When, back in reality, no one except extreme whackos on both sides are against immigration to this country. We all know, our ancestors came from somewhere to live here, we get it. We’re not talking about people that come here legally, we are discussing people that have come here illegally, overstayed their visa, etc. Political Correctness prevents us from having this honest conversation about a very real problem in our country.

The Wall is not Trump’s idea, far from it. It was approved by Congress in 2006 and signed by the president. Congress never agreed to fund it, which in DC speak is considered a good day. Many things need to be done to solve this illegal immigration crisis we face, but we can’t even have a national conversation about it because you are shouted down as a racist or some other nefarious being. Will a wall stop all illegal crossings? Nope. Will it stop vast majorities of illegal crossings? Yup. Will it alone solve the problem with illegal aliens in our country? Nope. There are other factors involved, such as the millions of people that come here legally on a visa, then overstay it and disappear into society. Other countries, New Zealand for instance, keep track of people visiting their country on a visa. When the time is up they come and tell you it’s time to leave. If you haven’t left in a few days, they strongly persuade you to leave by helping you get to the airport to catch your flight. Solving that issue will also help solve the illegal alien problem in our country. There are a few other rational solutions to the problem. But until you stop the flow northward, the other problems can’t be solved. Hopefully Trump won’t be the nominee, but that wall/fence has to be built and the flood abated before any meaningful solutions can be put in place. Calling this “immigration” is Orwellian, and needs to stop. Political Correctness needs to stop.

Trump, yah that guy. I hope he’s not the nominee, I really do , because I don’t want to have to vote for him, but I will. The choices on the other side are far worse for our country than a loud mouth braggart. That being said, Trump in his own way has done a great service to this country. He’s exposed the fallacy of political correctness and shown it to be the cancer on society that it is. I’ve shown but a couple examples of how political correctness has metastasized into the ungodly monster we see today. It has already affected our judgement as a nation in non-beneficial ways. We have become paralyzed into inaction for fear of offending this group or that group. We are naively accepting that all cultures are equal and no one has a right to judge. While true in a general sense, if your culture includes treating women as property to trade like baseball cards. If your culture considers being gay a capital offense. If your culture is based upon the abrogation of basic human rights….Yes, we can judge your culture, that’s not being politically incorrect or racist, or xenophobic….It’s simply correct.

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Here we are again, Four years later

I always have so much to say, until I actually sit down in front of the computer, then I’m blank.

Within a week, the actual voting begins, and we get to decide on which two morons will duke it out to be our fearless leader. If you’ve read my posts over the years , then it should be easy to conclude I won’t be voting for any of the Democrats running this year. Years ago I voted for a Democrat, was registered Democrat, believed all the B.S. they spew, then I matured and woke up to the realization that they were batshit crazy. None of their ideas ever worked. So, I became a Republican, the deciding factor was when I heard my president, under oath, equivocate on the meaning of the word ‘is’. The Republicans have shown themselves to be batshit crazy too, but far less so than the Dems. In fact, they sometimes manage to actually accomplish good things for all of us, Welfare Reform, back in 1996, is one off the top of my head.

That being said, I’m conservative in my views with a bit of libertarian thrown in for good measure. Some conservatives are Republicans, but as a whole, the Republican party is basically the Democrat party lite. They’re still driving us off the cliff, but they’re taking the time to stop and smell the roses along the way. Contrary to the popular view, conservatives don’t want to starve old people, we don’t hate poor people, could care less what your skin color is or who you sleep with. We are not against clean air, water, or land, we just disagree on how you achieve such goals without wrecking your economy in the process. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 is an example of good law , that actually did what it was intended to do, and benefited millions of people.

Welfare Reform didn’t starve poor people, it didn’t throw them out on the streets. It did , however, get millions of Americans the training and help they needed to get off welfare. Granted, it was a requirement or you got kicked off, but it worked. Millions of people dropped off welfare eventually , not because those evil conservatives threw them out in the cold, but because they had job skills and jobs enabling them to support themselves. This not only gave them the self respect of being able to take care of themselves, it reduced the burden on the Welfare system thus allowing limited resources to be directed towards the truly needy.

One of the first things Obama did when he got into office was to remove those requirements in the system. The result 7 years later? Have you seen the Welfare rolls lately? Over 45 million people on food-stamps, an all time high, even when taking population differences over time into account. Does that make the differences in approach and outcomes easier to understand? This isn’t to say that only one side has all the answers, but of the two approaches to the same issue, one was pilloried in the press and other media outlets and one method was praised and hailed for its vision. Guess which one worked and which one failed.

I told you that , so I could tell you this. This election is important to where we are going as a nation. Despite what you hear in the press, Americans in general and Republicans in particular are not racists. In fact, the implication is highly offensive, and since being offended is practically a protected state of mind these days, my offense must be acknowledged and these constant micro-aggressions must cease or I will be forced to retreat to my safe space. Then you guys will be sorry, oh I’m sorry , guys is genderphobic ,I should have said persons or humans instead of guys.

This idiocy is what is represented by the Left these days. These inanities and others, including such things as gutting a successful government program to buy votes and hurting the very people you claim to be helping are what we are facing from the Left side of the aisle. One of their candidates is an avowed Socialist ( communist, let’s be honest here) The other one is trying to out left him while dodging a very probable criminal indictment. Oh and O’Malley is running too. None of their ideas are new, none of them have ever worked throughout history. We’re experiencing it right now as to how successfully this approach is going. Bernie promises even more of this, Clinton hedges her bets but basically promises at least as much as what we have now. Oh, and O’Malley is running too. I can list endless historical and contemporary examples of failed leftist policies but I’ll leave that to the curious among you to find out for yourself.

There are still far too many people on the Right ( as it were ) to discuss all of them, so I’ll focus on the leaders. We have a successful businessman but he’s a blowhard, we have a Constitutionalist but his own colleagues don’t like him, we have another young Senator running( we just did that, not working out), another blowhard but this one is a governor version, and some dude whose dad and brother used to work in government or something. Oh, and O’Malley..oops, sorry, my bad.

I say all of this, but would still vote for any of them as opposed to the other choices. You see, I’m under no illusion that they are going to be able to do everything they propose. But , if they’re able to do enough of it, our country will be much better off…for EVERYONE. Conservative principles, when implemented, have been shown to be the better choice for the most people than the alternative. Once again, there are countless examples and not enough room to list them all. I encourage you to look at the time periods of 1920-24(28), 1948-50, 1960-63, 1980-88(92) These ushered in good economic times for all of us. These were both Republicans and Democrats doing this. Party doesn’t mean anything, it’s principles that matter. These were conservative principles being employed and they worked.

Take what I’ve said into account. Go look up what I said, don’t take my word for it. Think long and hard before you cast your vote this time around.

 

 

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Critical Thinking and You ..Part Deux

Little over three years ago I wrote a blog post about critical thinking and the lack thereof in our culture. It’s right here —–> link if you wish to read it. Well, three years later, it seems the problems have gotten worse not better. Let’s start with what I said about oil back in 2012.

Back in April of 2012 gas prices were sky high and everyone was going bats*** crazy and screaming at the oil companies about unfair profits. As I said back then, the oil companies have little to do with the price of oil.  The price is determined by supply and demand, and the perceived or real threat to that equation.This is not unique to oil, it applies to everything in an economy in one way or another.

Noticed how much the price of eggs have risen lately? Ever wondered why, of course you did. A bird flu epedemic struck most of our chicken flocks and millions and millions of chickens had to be destroyed to protect the rest. Millions fewer chickens laying eggs during a period of sustained demand for eggs , equals higher egg prices.

Back to oil, at the time demand was at or just above supply levels thus prices were very inflated. Record profits by oil companies wasn’t a conspiracy to gouge us, it was simple math. It doesn’t matter what the price of oil is because the same technology is used to extract it. That technology costs X amount of money to operate per barrel of oil extracted, this includes cost of labor etc. So, if oil has to be at say 30 dollars a barrel in order for it to see a profit. Then how is it unfair if that company’s profits increase if the market value of oil increases beyond that level? It’s costs remain the same.

Many people here in the states quickly realized this and an oil boom hit here in the U.S. At those higher prices, it was finally profitable to use new (more expensive) technologies to extract oil. This led to an increase in supply, enough begin to get ahead of demand. At the same time, economies around the world began to slow, China chief among them. This led to decreasing demand for oil around the world, prices began to fall. This began to seriously cut into OPEC’s profits.

They saw our increasing oil production as an economic threat to them. ( rightfully so ) So they decided to play hardball. Instead of reducing output they left production levels the same. Combined with what our drillers were doing, an oil glut is now upon us, thus prices have dropped. This has led to many U.S. companies closing, that’s how the market works. That’s just how it works. No conspiracies, no inherent unfairness or nefarious actions. Just simple math and free market forces working properly..just like I said back in 2012.

This is what critical thinking is all about. Taking what you are told and then taking into account all factors involved and reaching a well thought out and reasoned conclusion. This is not taught , or if it is, it’s brushed over and not emphasized. As a result we have people falling for all forms of B.S. being spewed by both sides on any given “news item” Oil companies are greedy, Republicans hate -insert latest “transgression” – , whiny college kids represent the majority of college kids, the scourge of Political Correctness, etc etc. Listening to media spin will prevent you from gaining all the needed facts to draw a proper conclusion. Learn critical thinking skills, question everything, even claims by your own side. If you don’t, you’re just another sheep to be led around by your nose towards the goals of someone else.

 

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Disappearing Police Enforcement

Today the Director of the FBI gave a speech talking about crime rates and how they have risen recently. He said, after speaking with a group of police chiefs from around the country, that part of the rise in crime rates is due to what he calls the Ferguson Effect. Basically what he’s saying is that since Ferguson , police officers have become reluctant to do their jobs for fear of being falsely accused of some “heinous” act. Granted, there are some bad cops, it’s statistically impossible for any group to not have a few bad apples. But the way all police are so broad brushed today is unreal. While I understand that the police have never really been everyone’s favorite profession because you rarely encounter them to just talk about the weather or yesterday’s score in the game., they are not the bad guys here…the Bad Guys are the bad guys, not the cops.

Groups like Black Lives Matter, and people like Al Sharpton claim police are targeting black people and have a racial animus towards anyone not white. They somehow miss the fact that large percentages of police officers are , you know…not white. We hear statistics that state blacks represent a higher percentage of stops than whites.  But does anyone stop to think about it in this way, or are there any statistics that show this? If you look at stops in a given neighborhood, I would bet a dollar to a doughnut that you are going to see rates of encounters closely matching the racial makeup of that neighborhood. If it’s majority black, then you’re going to see more stops of blacks than say, Asians. That’s not racial animus, that’s called doing their job. However, if you use data for an entire city, you’re going to get a somewhat different result. This doesn’t show racial bias of any sort, though it does imply statistical bias. Policing isn’t about making sure we arrest people based on their races’ percentage in society, it’s about stopping or deterring crime regardless of skin color.

Another way to look at this is to realize that over 90% of blacks murdered in this country die by the hands of other blacks, not police officers. This is never brought up by Black Lives Matter, gee , wonder why? Could it be that they can’t generate a racial divide by fighting to stop this atrocity? No money in it for them? If Black Lives Matter, which they do, along with everyone’s lives, then why does this group not march to stop that? No, all they march about is how unfair it is that they’re picked on by the police. They chant slogans of death to cops, kill whitey, etc( oh so helpful when trying to bridge a racial divide by the way)  Who is it that is calling the police in minority neighborhoods? Do white people sneak into the neighborhoods at night and randomly call the police to report a crime or ask for help? No, other minorities are calling the police for help. Are those people racist for calling the police on the bad guys, or is it only the police that are racist for arresting them?

Enough of this! Police officers are people like us. They have families that love them and they try their best to do a shitty job. The majority of police are decent people , but look at what they deal with on a daily basis. They are not typically encountering the best our society has to offer. Even the kindest person will eventually weary of the constant drumbeat of repeated contacts with the less than stellar members of our society. This makes many of them quite jaded, but that does not mean they turn into racist monsters that can’t wait to go out and shoot or arrest some minority.

Just watch, as more and more police back down, mainly for their own safety in this super charged environment, we will see crime rates rise dramatically and there will be cries from the people that we need to do something about all the criminals running rampant in our streets. Which communities will suffer the brunt of this? You guessed it, minority communities. The cops aren’t welcome in those neighborhoods these days, who is going to come when innocent people in these neighborhoods call for help and none arrives? Cops don’t arrest people because of their skin color, they arrest you because you broke the law. Don’t want to get arrested and or sent to prison? STOP COMMITTING CRIMES, get a job or go to school but stop blaming the police when they catch you doing something wrong. Do we really want a society without police?

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Random Thoughts

Just a few things bouncing around in my noggin.

When you hear politicians, mostly on the left but a few on the right, talk about immigrants and how we have to help immigrants. They’re not talking about legal immigrants. They’ve stopped distinguishing between legal and illegal immigration. It’s a word game they hope you don’t notice. Listen to what the presidential candidates on the Democrat side are saying about immigration. They speak of how the Republicans don’t like immigrants for instance. This is a flat out lie, but they get away with it by not distinguishing between the different types of immigrants. Don’t be fooled by this, when they say Republicans don’t like immigrants, what they mean is we don’t want illegal immigration. No one, and I mean no one of any stature on the Republican side has any issue with legal immigration. It’s disingenuous to claim we are trying to kick immigrants out of the country, as Debbie Wasserman Shultz , DNC chairwoman said the other day in an interview. We simply want people to come here legally and not sneak into the country. That’s not racist, or anti immigration or anti immigrant. It is actually pro immigration, legal immigration.

Recently, here in California, Sea World was seeking a permit to greatly increase the size of the enclosure for Killer Whales. The permit was allowed, but with one condition. The condition was brought on by PETA and other environmental groups protesting Sea World. They’re citing such things as Blackfish etc. Blackfish has been proven to be completely fabricated, none of it is true. Anyways, the condition the Coastal Commission put on Sea World was that they couldn’t breed Killer Whales at the San Diego park. This smear campaign against Sea World has got to stop. They do so much good for marine animals and they most certainly don’t mistreat their animals. Blackfish is a lie, the allegations being made about Sea World aren’t true, and the Coastal Commission is on shaky legal ground in denying Sea World the right to breed its Killer Whales…the sure to be ensuing court case will tell the tale. But it got me to thinking, who is going to be the lucky person that gets to tell the KILLER WHALES, they can’t have sex????? Talk about cruel and unusual punishment…..

Turns out Putin is doing the jobs Americans don’t want to do. While our Dear Leader waffles away and worries about his handicap, chaos is going on in the Middle East. Yes, that’s kind of redundant, but it’s really bad this time. Obama’s strategy is a joke, and worthless at best. Into this vacuum steps Putin, he comes in, is beating the living shit out of ISIS in Syria and it’s barely been two weeks. How long has Obama been trying to disrupt and degrade ISIS? Putin is making us look weak , and ineffective, and frankly , we are. It’s not because we can’t do the job, but because we have a weak leader.

Unemployment numbers have been distorted for years, well not the numbers themselves per se, but the way they are reported gives a false impression. There are 6 classifications of unemployment as far as the Bureau of Labor Statistics is concerned, U1- U6. The U3 number is the one that is always reported and is considered the official unemployment rate which today stands at 5.1% The real reflection on the job situation is the U6 number. This one shows umemployed, people working part time that want full time work, and those marginally attached to the workforce(basically unemployed but get a job once in awhile) The current U6 number is 10% according to the BLS. This does not show a growing economy, or a rosey job picture. This, among other factors, shows an economy sputtering along, not going strong, as you hear government officials constantly claim. The percentage of working aged people in the workforce( Workforce Participation Rate) is at a 40 year low. It is approx 62%, that means 38% of the working aged people in this country are not working. The reason the U3 number is going down is due to how the BLS calculates unemployment. If a person on unemployment doesn’t find a job by the time their unemployment runs out, they are not counted as unemployed anymore. In fact, they’re not counted at all, this is why the unemployment rate appears to be dropping. Smaller group sampled, smaller percentage of people counted as unemployed.  If these people were counted, the unemployment rate would be through the roof. You can see why they manipulate the numbers now, don’t believe it when you hear the unemployment rate on the news. Look at the U6 and the Workforce Participation Rate for the real picture. This isn’t secret or hidden knowledge, the government puts out this data monthly for all to see.

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What’s With all the Uproar over Planned Parenthood

In the early 1900’s a woman named Margaret Sanger founded an organization called Planned Parenthood. But who was Margaret Sanger and what was her motivation for founding this organization? In the early 20th Century there was a movement called the Eugenics Movement. It was a belief that we could breed out undesirable characteristics from the human species. This took various forms in societies around the world , including sterilization of the mentally handicapped to outright extermination of groups of people…think the Jews in Nazi Germany.

Margaret Sanger was a leading voice for this movement here in America. She was outspoken in her desires to purify our race to “save” us from undesirable people. Who were considered undesirable in her mind? Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, the handicapped etc etc. Basically anyone that wasn’t white. She started Planned Parenthood basically as a front to further her goals. She targeted blacks because, to her, they were the largest group of undesirables in this country at the time. She sold it as a health clinic for the poor and underprivileged women in the country. She enlisted the help of black preachers and others to promote her services. But the real goal was elimination of undesirable races/groups. This is the woman many supporters of Planned Parenthood laud as a hero for woman’s rights and healthcare in this country.

Fast forward to today. Since Roe v Wade, it’s estimated that 55 million abortions have been performed in this country. Not all from Planned Parenthood, but they are the leader by far. Of those 55 million abortions, approximately 17 million of them were African Americans. That equates to about 36% of the abortions since Roe v Wade. Add another 20% for Hispanics and you have well over half of the abortions in this country being minorities. To put that in perspective, African-Americans represent about 12.5% of the population, Hispanics about 17% , yet they represent around 56% of the abortions since Roe v Wade.By contrast,whites make up roughly 67% of the population and represent approximately the same percentage of abortions as blacks. Can you see how the math is working out here? Pretty stark numbers right? So why are we as a nation still funding this when there are other options available to us? Planned Parenthood performed almost 400,000 abortions last year by their own numbers. This doesn’t count abortions performed elsewhere around the country. According to these statistics, we know that well over half of those were black and Hispanic babies. Sounds to me that ole’ Margaret’s vision is coming to fruition and they’re doing it to themselves.

Where are the majority of Planned Parenthood clinics located? In poor and minority neighborhoods aren’t they? Starting to see a pattern yet? Eugenics has been a discredited philosophy for decades. And whether intentional or not, it lives on in Planned Parenthood. Look at it another way, what if those 17 million blacks had not been aborted(plus the offspring of those 17 million)? Think of how much more political clout the black community would have these days. Many of the issues going on now might not have happened, or perhaps have been less severe.

On top of all of that, we have the videos. Yes they were edited, they have something like 30+ hours of raw footage. The constraints of time require them to edit that video so it fits on news broadcasts etc. It’s a common practice in the entire movie/TV industry. It’s nothing odd or unusual, so for detractors to claim oh it was “deceptively edited” is frankly insulting. The organization put out ALL the raw footage for anyone to see if desired. They were doing more than just covering costs for “tissue”. If they were just recovering a fee, it would be a listed price, not part of a negotiation. The very fact they negotiated costs suggests they were making money…on baby parts…selling parts of aborted …Babies…as if they were some sort of commodity to be bought and sold…Baby body parts. Let that sink in just a bit.

But, you say, it’s being used for medical research to help Mankind. Yes, Dr. Mengele said the same thing about his research in Nazi Germany.The Japanese used the same logic in Camp 731 where they conducted “medical research” on live humans, prisoners of war for instance.  Whether or not they are conscious of it, the people engaged in this practice are furthering the goals of Eugenics. They have reduced a human to a simple commodity. For crying out loud some people get apoplectic when people do research on animals. Human babies? Eh, nothing to see here. Humans are not commodities to be bought and sold for any reason. There are other ways to do research without reducing a human being to “a mass of cells”

But, Planned Parenthood does a lot of good too right? Yes and no. They claim to have performed X amount of mammograms each year for instance. They’ve performed a grand total of Zero. THEY , don’t perform mammograms they do breast exams yet advertise mammograms. They refer women to local clinics for the mammogram. Why not just have us pay that clinic to begin with? We’re already spending the money but might actually save money by cutting out the middle man, i.e. PP.

But they hand out free birth control, and medical services to poor women. It’s not free, we the taxpayers fund up to a third of their budget. The money can be spent more wisely.  The good they do, does not in any way absolve them of the bad things. We as a nation should not be giving this organization one penny. The 5-600 million dollars we give to Planned Parenthood can be redirected to other clinics offering the same health needs. No woman has to go without proper care, the money will still be there to help them. We just won’t be funding the lasting sad legacy of the Eugenics Movement and all the pain that has caused the world. If the rich abortion rights people want to put their money where their mouth is, they can help to fund PP.

Lastly, I’m not some rabid anti abortionist. I do believe there should be some exceptions. What we have now is simply out of control and needs to be reigned in. It is so out of control that the concept of humanity has been all but abandoned. Who are we as a society when we’ve become so numbed to death that selling baby body parts seems like a logical next step? Do you see how this sort of thing stems from the views and practices of people like Sanger, the Nazis, the Japanese during WWII and countless others? Abortion is not birth control, it is not about women’s health, it is killing another human being. Granted, there are instances where sadly , it is necessary, but it’s still killing another human and should not be taken lightly.

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Corporate Welfare

A recent conversation spurred me to write this post

A person I know asked me if conservatives support corporate welfare. Well, the short answer is no, of course not. The long answer is a bit more complex.

No, conservatives do not support corporate welfare, at least this one doesn’t. I certainly don’t agree that companies like GE had enough tax breaks last year and the year before to effectively pay zero taxes to the federal government. Yes, just like us, even with deductions you still pay taxes over the course of the year. The problem arises when companies like GE , that are extremely profitable all on their own, get favored tax status from the federal government ostensibly to spur growth, or to give them incentive to hire workers. If their product is good enough and priced fairly enough that should be all the incentive they need to stay in business and expand. I am using GE as an example but this applies to many industries in this country.

Know why sugar is so expensive? The feds use protectionism in the form of subsidies to protect domestic sugar growers from having to compete with cheaper sugar produced in foreign countries. This has led to the increased use of high fructose corn syrup in many of our products. It’s cheaper than sugar and therefore allows companies to stay price competitive in the marketplace. High fructose corn syrup is not as good as sugar for a variety of reasons, but it’s cheaper , so it is used instead of sugar.

Oil companies get subsidies from the feds too. I am pro oil, our OWN oil and very pro becoming energy independent. However, at the same time, there is no logical why we taxpayers should give any tax breaks to these multi-billion dollar industries. These are just a few examples , there are many more, too many to mention.

What do these subsidies/tax breaks do for us? Nothing good, that’s for sure. All of these things in general skew the market and directly affect prices we pay and not in a good way for us as consumers. Why are they there? Because this is how politicians on both sides of the aisle gain favor from these industries. This allows politicians to play favorites with this or that industry, Green Energy is yet another example of this problem. It is not up to the government to decide for us which way our economy is headed. That is for us to decide on our own as consumers. If company A makes a better product than company B, then company A will be more successful. That is how  free market works. To be clear, I support green energy, so long as it can replace our need for oil and in a cost-effective way. As of now, it can’t and our government throwing billions of our dollars at it , doesn’t change that one bit.

You might say, but, but , if we take away all of these incentives prices might go up, or some people could lose their jobs. Yes, both of these might happen, but if they do, other companies will come along to offer us a better and cheaper product or service. People that lost their jobs in company B will be able to find work at company A since company A is making a better product and thus increasing their need for additional workers. Like it or not, the Free Market will work out the kinks on its own. When the government gets involved it screws things up and makes it worse for the rest of us, not better.

All of this is basically an argument for abolishing our current tax system in favor of a Fair Tax or Flat Tax system. This allows all of us to “pay our fair share” while preventing the politicians from playing favorites and spending our money like drunken sailors, no offense to drunken sailors. I don’t fault companies for taking advantage of these tax breaks. There is nothing nefarious about them doing so, despite what you hear from our politicians. These are legally available to them. If you want to blame someone, blame Congress. They write the tax code, they are the ones that offered these tax breaks to these companies and they are the same people who get up in front of the cameras and claim it’s not fair that the “rich” are using tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share.

Take all of this into account the next time you hear some politician complain about this or that industry and their tax breaks. Ask them, Well, if you’re not happy with their tax breaks, why do you not change the tax code to address the issue? When you hear liberal groups or conservative groups complain about the unfairness and evilness or this or that company or industry ask them…Who wrote the tax code? Who is it that is making it possible for this company to do the things you say are unfair? Don’t blame the companies, blame the morons in Washington DC.

 

 

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