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Hope For The Hopeless April 3, 2017

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What is the self-deception of self-perception?

It is so easy to believe that the universe is self-centered because our perception is.  The only universe anyone can see is viewable from one and only one perspective; with our self in the center.

Like any other type of navel gazing the self-deception of self-perception carries the seeds of its own penalty.  While focusing on self we miss the reality of the world that is spinning around us oblivious to the self-absorbed child prattling away in the center of a room full of adults.  We may think we are profound.  However if our only frame of reference is the inherently flawed one we perceive from our perch in the center of an ego-centric universe our insights are skewed and our judgement irrelevant.  We may believe we are essential.  However, while knowing we are essential we should recall that graveyards are filled with irreplaceable people.

This is not an attempt to bring about a personal Great Depression.  It is not it is not the voice of one crying from the roof tops, “Abandon hope all ye who enter here” from someone who ascribes to the street wisdom, “Life’s a bitch and then you die.”

No, this is the warning of one who has made the mistake of confusing the apparent reality of a personally centered universe for the reality of a God centered universe.  For make no mistake, if we do not put God in the center we will inevitably and eventually put ourselves there.

As we watch our world wobble off into a bizarre pseudo-reality created by perpetually re-elected control freaks in government, indoctrination centers posing as educational institutions, and spin machines in the media it is hard to see where it is going.

Look at the so-called Russian Scandal.  What I want to know is that if the Russians hacked the election to change the outcome and Hillary won the popular vote why aren’t we looking at her campaign for the collusion?

The shrill campaign to make the Trump Presidency appear illegitimate becomes more transparent every day.  Look at Judge Neil Gorsuch, a man who was earlier confirmed unanimously for the Appeals court Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer now says he has “serious doubts” that Judge Gorsuch is within what Democrats consider to be the legal mainstream.

On issue after issue whatever President Trump tries to do or say he is attacked.  It reminds me of the story making the rounds; President Trump is out in a boat with another man.  The other man’s hat blows off.  President Trump gets out of the boat and walks on the water over to get the hat and then walks on the water back.  Gives the hat to the man and gets back in the boat.  The next day the headline is, “Trump can’t swim.”

Many of those around us, many of those who rule the world around us are trapped in a cycle of navel gazing.  They can’t see the forest for the trees.  In the last election we had the choice between the last nail in our coffin and a chance.  We decided to take the chance.  Don’t let those who believe they are the source and summit of all things stop us from at least trying to get ourselves out of the ditch they drove us into.

And by the way the only real antidote to falling into the self-deception of self-perception trap is to confess Jesus Christ as Lord and to believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead.  If you will do that all the rest of this will fall into place no matter what headlines the media cartel chooses to invent.

The only way we got here to begin with is because prayer works and because He promised if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

So when you see the navel gazers lying about everything, making up their fake news, and convincing everyone around you to repeat their headlines thinking that these are their personal opinions don’t get dismayed.  Don’t be depressed.  For though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it shall not come near you.  Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place no evil shall befall you nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;  for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  In their hands they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Remember without hope your hopeless and I would not want to leave you hopeless.  In other words, why worry when you can pray?

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I Care More Than You Care See My Ribbon March 30, 2017

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For over twenty years my wife and I were the pastors of churches and leaders of ministries.  Everywhere we ministered we founded programs to feed and clothe those who needed assistance.  These ministries through the work of volunteers and the donations of private citizens fed and clothed thousands all without ever taking a dime of government money.

Back in the dream time when I was young in the ministry I helped start a feeding ministry.  We fed so many needy people with groceries and had so many coming for hot meals it was astounding.  We did no means testing.  We fed everyone who came to the door all with volunteers and private donations.

Then came the Reagan food giveaway program and everything changed.  If you don’t remember this it was a program started in 1983 by the Reagan administration.  They opened the government warehouses and began giving away vast amounts of the American processed cheese, cheddar cheese, corn meal, non-fat dry milk and honey that was stored as part of the agricultural policy of buying up products to maintain prices.  In the past this food was allowed to sit in these warehouses until it rotted and was thrown away.  So instead of this wasteful procedure President Reagan wanted the food given to the needy.

When our feeding program was contacted by some state officials they said come and get all you want no strings attached.  So we did.  And we watched as our program grew and grew.  The Federal Government of Ronald Reagan said no strings however in the spirit of his New Federalism he gave the food to the States to distribute to agencies and thus to the needy.  This worked great……for a while.

Then the State wanted an accounting of how much we gave and to how many.  That was fine.  It was none intrusive so we compiled that and submitted it to the State.  Then they wanted to know where the recipients of the food lived.  That was fine.  It was none intrusive so we compiled that and submitted it to the State.  Then they wanted to know how much money the made and had.  Then we quit the program.  With this my first experience with founding and running a ministry to help others I learned a powerful lesson.  Once the government camel gets its nose in the tent it wants to inch-by-inch take over.  I vowed never again.

Every program to help the needy my wife and I ever started never means tested anyone.  We never reported anything to anyone and we didn’t have to because everything was done by the churches and ministries we served and supported by volunteers and private donations.  Many times we were asked about not means testing.  People would ask, “Don’t you know some people are gaming the system?”  We would answer, “Yes we’re sure there are some gaming the system but those who really need the help don’t need to be subjected to embarrassing questions.  Let’s preserve their dignity while we help them keep body and soul together.  If some are taking what they don’t really need and thus depriving others with real need that is on them.”

Why am I relating this bit of personal history?  Not because I need a pat on the back.  I have received more than enough recognition for merely doing what I felt the Lord showed me to do with the help and support of others.  Pastors always get more than enough gratitude for things many are involved in.  No, I’m sharing this to highlight the fact that much good can be done without government support and that the strings government support always drag along behind cause distortions, maladjustments, and inequalities in the services provided.

Why do I think such a lesson is needed at this time?  The recent release of the President Trump’s first budget proposal signaled the desire of our Mr. Trump to return the Federal Government to its original purposes, national defense, international trade, and foreign relations.  To do this many sacred cows were brought to the block.  Some of the cuts such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting aim to shut down what are obviously Progressive jobs programs part and parcel of the social engineering and propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

However proposed cuts to other programs such as Meals on Wheels and Head Start are characterized as examples of the hard hearts of anyone who isn’t a Progressive.

This is what I want to draw attention to.  This is the idea that it is the job of the Federal Government to feed and clothe its citizens.  This is based on the idea that government can be compassionate.  Progressives from both the Democrat and the Republican side of the government party say this is what’s needed for compassion’s sake when in reality it is what is needed for the sake of power.  A Government is incapable of being compassionate.  Compassion is a human emotion and a government is a bureaucratic organization that rules over a territory and a population.  So-called government compassion merely establishes programs that choose who to help, who to ignore, and who to enrich.  Mainly it is the bureaucrats administering the program and their favorite voting blocks.

A government cannot show compassion by giving of its own to help another.  A government cannot expend one dollar on anyone that it has not appropriated from someone else.  And once it has appropriated that dollar it syphons off a large percentage to cover administrative costs.  It also requires paper work at every level as do all bureaucracies.  Therefore instead of the compassion of you or me giving our own dollar to help someone, all of which goes to the other person government takes a dollar from someone and then gives a fraction of that dollar to someone else after making that person jump through hoops to get it.

That isn’t compassion.  That is governmental over reach.  Progressives love the government approach.  That way they don’t have to give anything personally and they don’t have to associate with those actually in need.  Instead they can tax everyone else to pay for their personal hobby horse causes and then hire professional do gooders to do the distribution, all nice neat and out of the way.

All this taxation for governmental faux compassion drains away funds from individuals and private organizations who work selflessly to meet the needs of others.  It also engenders a feeling among those taxed to pay for the Progressives pet programs that they gave at the office thus cutting into possible donations to private groups.  This round robin effect of governmental interference in the instinctive compassion of the American people erodes the character of our people and curtails the amount of resources actually available for those in need.

Instead of the genuine satisfaction one feels from living out the reality that giving is better than receiving Americans are conditioned to think if they pay their taxes and wear the appropriate color ribbon they have done their duty to help make the world a better place.

The commands of government are enforced through the power of the state.  The state can take your money and do what they think is best.  The perpetually re-elected tell us constantly that they will bring the bacon home.  When I ran for public office my favorite thing to tell voters was that, “I’m not running to bring the bacon home I’m running to leave the hog with the farmer that raised it.”  This was and is my belief of how it should be it was not however what you could call a winning slogan.

Looking again at commands we all know we must follow the commands of the government since they have an exclusive right to the use of force and they have shown over and over they are not slow to use it.  However, as far as me and my house we will follow the Lord and he has given us the two most important commands of all, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

To my mind and my spirit that says it all.  If we love our neighbor as we love ourselves we will show all the compassion needed and we won’t need any bureaucrat to command us to do so.

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I Smell Some Rats March 27, 2017

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After the election the stock market took off like a rocket.  Job creation zoomed toward the stratosphere.  Today as the chameleon Progressive RINOs crawl out from under the sheep’s clothing they use to disguise themselves in every election.  As they follow their leaders John McCain and Lindsey Graham in attacking President Trump and doing everything they can to thwart his agenda the markets are beginning to stumble.

In this column I have noted for a long time that if we want the economy to shake off the shackles of the collectivist chains it isn’t rocket science.  Cut through the Gordian Knot of regulations which strangle business and lower the punishing tax rates that steal the fruit of producers flushing it down the Washington money hole.  Have you ever wondered why we see signs that say share the wealth but we never see signs that say share the work?  In any society that taxes Peter to pay Paul eventually everyone changes their name to Paul.

One of the maxims of economics is if you want more of something subsidize it.  If you want less tax it.  Look at the policies of the Progressives since 1989.  They’ve turned a safety net into a hammock so is it any wonder we have so many with the free time to be professional protestors demanding more?

Now that the Ryan led House has been prevented from pushing Obamacare Lite down our throats.  The Donald says he wants tax reform.  As a matter of fact he now regrets that he didn’t work on tax reform first.  How long will it take for McCain and Company to oppose that?  Business people are beginning to see all the rats have not left the ship even though it is drowning in twenty trillion dollars of debt.

The debt ceiling will be raised.  The lead from behind diplomacy of the Apologize-in-Chief left potential wars looming on the horizon in Korea and Syria.   Either one could blossom overnight into major sinkholes for the Trump Administration.

Once, no twice America voted for the smoke and mirrors of hope and change.  Now we have voted for drain the swamp and build the wall.  In the first case we reaped the whirlwind of retreat and defeat.  And with the cheer leading of McCain, Graham, and others reaching across the aisle to maintain the strings of the Lilliputians the American Gulliver can’t seem to break free.

Calling for special prosecutors to inventigate the mythical links between President Trump and Russian spies, evidently hiding under every bush, the push for impeachment hearings will roll through the halls Congress as sure as liberals love taxes and regulations.

I am beginning to think we should carve the faces of McCain, Graham, Schumer and Franken on the sides of Mount Trashmore.   A fitting tribute to those who labor long and hard to impose upon us their vision of America as just one more state in a New World Order run by the nameless faceless bureaucrats infesting 760 United Nations Plaza.

Defund the UN?  I say throw them out and let The Donald turn the whole thing into condominiums.  And who knows, after their impeachment debacle fails maybe the voters will wake up and throw the bums out along with their globalist bathwater.

When Patrick Henry was elected to attend the Constitutional Convention he famously said no.  When asked why he wouldn’t attend he answered, “I smelt a rat.”    What did he mean?  What did the man who said, “Give me liberty or give me death,” see coming in the wake of revolution?  Look at the best Congress money can buy and you will see what the smell was all about.

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What Did Obama Know and When Did He Know It? March 24, 2017

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The accusation that the Trump team and maybe even Candidate Trump himself colluded with the Russians has been going on since before the inauguration.  The ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel, the media megaphone of the Democrat Party, has battered the low information voters with unfounded charges delivered as hard fact for months.

The RHINO fellow travelers led by John McCain and Lindsey Graham have spewed forth their impassioned cries for a special prosecutor.  Republican led committees in the House and the Senate have played along with or at least provided a prestigious stage for what the Deep State or Permanent Government hopes will be President Trump’s version of Watergate.  The hysterical demagogues such as Representative Maxine Waters and Representative Keith Ellison seconded of course by Senator Lindsey RHINO Graham, are already calling or in the case of the ersatz conservative Graham “warning” of impeachment.

Then Came Trump with a tweet that roiled the happy little parade to another Silent Coup.  On March the 4th President Trump Tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”  This was followed about half an hour later with another Tweet, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

Since that time the Media has been frothing at the mouth calling him a liar, calling the charges fake news and generally going berserk that a victim of their electronic and print lynching would have the gall to try to slip the noose.  They trotted out all the usual suspects to say there was nothing to The Donald’s charges.

Yet the hearings on whether or not the Trump team colluded with the Russians go on as if nothing has happened.  Over and over our Intelligence professionals have told us that their exhaustive investigations have unearthed nothing.  There is no evidence of collusion.  Both the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and ex-CIA Director Mike Morrell have said they saw no evidence of collusion.

Here are my questions: If these intelligence people were investigating whether or not there was collusion what were they looking at to make their determinations?  Was it the records of phone calls?  Was it emails?  Was it tapes of conversations?  And how would any of these be available if the people in question had not been under surveillance?

Just look at the case of General Flynn.  It was reported by the Cartel that the FBI reviewed transcripts of the General’s phone calls and found that he did nothing illegal.  He was fired not for what he did but for not being forthcoming in reporting it to the Vice President.  This episode was a favorite hobby horse of the Cartel for weeks.  It was pointed out as evidence of the Trump Team’s collusion with the Russians, though it actually proved the exact opposite.  It does however prove that at least one member of the Team was wire tapped.  How else would they have the transcripts to review?

Now comes the smoking gun.

According to a report on Fox News, “Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretapped him in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.”

This is stunning.  This not only turns the entire case on its head it shows the depths to which the outgoing Obama Regime was prepared to stoop to undermine the peaceful transfer of power they were outwardly pretending to facilitate.

The report goes on to say, “The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.”  Why would BHO’s minions do such things?  What was their purpose?  Was it in any way tied to protecting the security of America?  Or at least in looking for actual criminal activity?  No.  The report adds, “The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.”

While the FBI of Director Comey fights a holding action for the establishment other sources are set to provide the evidence to support the President’s Tweeted charges of improper surveillance.  The Fox Report confirms this saying, “The FBI hasn’t been responsive to the House Intelligence Committee’s request for documents, but the National Security Agency is expected to produce documents to the committee by Friday.”

That prescient and insightful commentator on American Politics Pat Buchanan sums up what the real scandal is very well:

The real scandal, which the media regard as a diversion from the primary target, Trump, is that a Deep State conspiracy to bring down his presidency seems to have been put in place by Obamaites, and perhaps approved by Obama himself.

Consider. On Jan. 12, David Ignatius of the Washington Post wrote,

“According to a senior U.S. government official, (Gen. Michael) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials … What did Flynn say?”

Now, on Dec. 29, Flynn, national security adviser-designate, was not only doing his job calling the ambassador, he was a private citizen.

Why was he unmasked by U.S. intelligence?

Who is this “senior official” who dropped the dime on him? Could this official have known how many times Flynn spoke to Kislyak, yet not known what was said on the calls?

That is hard to believe. This looks like a contract hit by an anti-Trump agent in the intel community, using Ignatius to do the wet work.

Flynn was taken down. Did Comey turn his FBI loose to ferret out the felon who had unmasked Flynn and done him in? If not, why not?

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Dan Henninger points anew to a story in The New York Times of March 1 that began:

“In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Trump and Russians — across the government.”

“This is what they did,” wrote Henninger, quoting the Times:

“At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government — and, in some cases, among European allies.”

For what benign purpose would U.S. intelligence agents spread secrets damaging to their own president — to foreign regimes? Is this not disloyalty? Is this not sedition?

On Jan. 12, writes Henninger, the Times “reported that Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed rules that let the National Security Agency disseminate ‘raw signals intelligence information’ to 16 other intelligence agencies.”

Astounding. The Obamaites seeded the U.S. and allied intel communities with IEDs to be detonated on Trump’s arrival. This is the scandal, not Trump telling Vlad to go find Hillary’s 30,000 missing emails.

We need to know who colluded with the Russians, if anyone did. But more critically, we need to unearth the deep state conspiracy to sabotage a presidency.

So far, the Russia-connection investigation has proven a dry hole. But an investigation into who in the FBI, CIA or NSA is unmasking U.S. citizens and criminally leaking information to a Trump-hating press to destroy a president they are sworn to serve could prove to be a gusher.

As for the reports of Lynch-White House involvement in this unfolding plot to damage and destroy Trump the real question is: What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?

This all leads me to one last question:

If the Russians hacked the election to promote Trump why did Hillary win the popular vote?

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Trump the Chumps March 22, 2017

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This is it.  This is the last chance we have of returning our nation to an agenda of America First.  If the globalists among the perpetually re-elected twin headed bird of prey that is the best Congress money can buy along with their Deep State/Permanent Government allies can successfully thwart this attempt to make America Great Again there will be no reprieve.  The stenographers of the Democrat Party, the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel media megaphone trumpets their fake news every day.  Within hours this becomes the personal opinion of their legions of militantly apathetic low information voters.

The last person elected president who wanted to drain the swamp was Nixon in 1972.  Before that it was JFK.  Mr. President, watch your back.  The RINOs in Congress along with their brethren across the aisle are planning the Nixon treatment for you.  Let us pray there is no one planning the JFK treatment.

America has been sold down the river for so long many people have come to enjoy the ride.  Like paying customers on an amusement ride they float along through the tunnel of entitlements not knowing that at the end of the tunnel is a waterfall called austerity.  You just simply cannot continue to spend more than you make forever.  While it may sound like fun to charge your overdrawn Mastercard to your Visa and your overdrawn Visa to your Discover and then get a cash advance on your Mastercard to pay your Discover eventually you run out of other people’s money

We have been following the pipers on our way to bankruptcy like rats out of Hamelin.  The music sounded great, “♪ You can have it all for free ♫” but eventually you have to pay the piper.

President Trump’s first budget is a down payment on a debt too big to be paid.  It is a stretch to believe we could ever see twenty trillion dollars paid off in our lifetime but we can make a start.  We can begin to scratch our way out of the hole our out of control spending has dug.

Have you ever heard of the scratch test?  An old man, the descendant of a band of robbers from Italy once told me that in the Old Country they would throw new born babies into a marble pool and if the baby did not at least scratch at the side in an attempt to live they would let it drown.

Another old story is that if you find yourself stuck in a hole the first thing to do is stop digging.

Support the President’s Budget.  Ignore the Cartel and their fake news.  Let you senators and congress person know you want them to support the president.  In other words, “Trump the chumps, stay the course and make America great again.”

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Macroeconomics Should Be a Required Course March 17, 2017

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People avoid silence because they’re afraid of what they might hear.   Although we value our freedom of speech, polite conversation in America is subject to one crushing rule, “Don’t talk about religion or politics!”  Most of us were raised with this stifling warning in our ears.  The purpose was to avoid arguments at the dinner table but the result is a population unconcerned in the two subjects affecting life the most.  I can only talk about the weather for so long which displays the wisdom of memorizing sports stats and watching American Idol.  With the two biggest topics off the table we’re faced with either trivial pursuit or silence.  Bored with the weather and having neglected my memorization and viewing options I propose a topic to stimulate vigorous conversation without causing any bickering: economics.

Barry, Harry, and Nancy knew they had to take us through-the-looking-glass in four short years.  With no effective break on their power for the first two years, Congress moved so fast their yesterday became our tomorrow.  That tomorrow is now today.  The ruling party rammed their agenda through without one opposition vote.  Every revolution needs an emergency to justify radical surgery and the economy is the emergency available. Consequently, these descendants of FDR and LBJ shoved a raw deal down the throat of a great society.

We have now exited the fog of Progressive economic “thought” and the authoritarian central planning that it requires.  Hopefully we are now being led by someone who at least understands that you can’t spend more money that you make forever.  As Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Almost everyone is in agreement that the BHO’s stimulus failed.  According to MSNBC, “In January, Obama’s economic team predicted unemployment would rise no higher than 8 percent with the help of $787 billion in new government spending.”  However, according to the LA Times the unemployment rate in May reached a 25-year high of 9.4 percent.  The President might have seen glimmers of hope.  The administration which ran on the slogan, “The worst economy since the Great Depression” misread how bad the economy was.  How bad was it?  What’s worse than the Great Depression?  What’s their answer to this baddest of bad economies?  What was their Plan B?  Try Plan A again, and again, and again?

Just look at the money wasted on BHO’s green energy boondoggles:

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

  1. Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
  2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
  3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
  4. Beacon Power ($43 million)*
  5. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
  6. SunPower ($1.2 billion)
  7. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
  8. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
  9. EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
  10. Amonix ($5.9 million)
  11. Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
  12. Abound Solar ($400 million)*
  13. A123 Systems ($279 million)*
  14. Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
  15. Johnson Controls ($299 million)
  16. Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
  17. ECOtality ($126.2 million)
  18. Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
  19. Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
  20. Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
  21. Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
  22. Range Fuels ($80 million)*
  23. Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
  24. Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
  25. Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
  26. GreenVolts ($500,000)
  27. Vestas ($50 million)
  28. LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
  29. Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
  30. Navistar ($39 million)
  31. Satcon ($3 million)*
  32. Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
  33. Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

I think what our leaders needed as they drove the largest economy the world has ever known over the cliff was Economics 102, Macroeconomics or how an economy works.

Most people, including the best-government-money-can-buy, look at the economy as if it were controlled by magic having no idea where the rabbit goes or where the doves come from, and since I doubt I’ll convince any of our all-knowing leaders to enroll in freshman macroeconomics I want to offer a crash course in Economic Reality.

  1. Government regulations distort markets and inflate bubbles.
  2. Every generation experiences at least one bubble and at least one bust.
  3. Every bubble bursts.
  4. Every burst bubble is followed by a panic.
  5. Panics inspire economic regulations.
  6. Economic regulations reflect political ideologies not economic realities.
  7. Economic regulations always regulate the excesses of the last bubble.
  8. Economic regulations are always blind to the excesses of the next bubble.
  9. Since consumption is the purpose for production any economic regulation that ignores this fact always leads to the misapplication of resources and the misdirection of effort.
  10. Depressions are recessions with government help.
  11. It is impossible to spend yourself into prosperity.
  12. It is impossible to tax yourself into prosperity.
  13. Higher taxes lead to smaller revenue and black-markets.

The BHO’s New Economy was leading us straight to the Second World, from freedom to conformity from capitalism to the stagflation and malaise of Obamanomics.  Instead of a fair race with the rapidly transforming economies of Asia, America ran hobbled like a child in a three – legged race strapped to the stiff-legged ideas of collectivism.

Why did our leaders want us economically hobbled?  What would they gain if we fall into the swamp of poverty engulfing most of the world?  Wouldn’t they be right there with us?  Go to any Second or Third World country and you’ll see the rich and powerful behind walls in gated-communities where they live in the First World while everyone else sits in the dirt eating leaves.  Venezuela is a good current example.

In the old America, using capitalism to provide economic opportunity we avoided this fate with the growth of a massive middleclass.  Under BHO that middleclass was under assault from stagnant wages, rising prices, and disappearing jobs the middleclass was being outsourced.  How is this being accomplished?

Remember the mantra of the Clintons?  “It’s the economy stupid!” That’s still the Liberal’s strategy, riding like a flea on a rat cradle-to-grave with social engineering in the guise of economic policy.  The Progressives drive the economy into the ditch all the while saying it is someone else’s fault and shrieking that we need more of what is causing the problem: bloated government and runaway spending.  A lack of basic economic understanding was destroying the greatest economy ever forged.  A zero sum game causes divisions and arguments about who gets what when we used to all strive for the same thing: success.

Under the Trump Administration at least someone is making an effort to turn this around.  Look at the first budget proposal The Donald has put forth.  He is trying to return government to its essential purpose, defense and trade while leaving the social engineering of PBS and endowments for the arts to gain the private support which should be their bread and butter.

Look at his attempt to end the mass importation of possible terrorists whose presence provides the seedbed for a Trojan War.  How about the idea of eliminating two regulations to impose one?  How about cutting the US contributions to the UN?  Asking our allies to pay their fair share?  Standing up to the lying manipulative media?  These are all things We the People out here in fly-over country have been asking our government to enact for years.  This isn’t President Trump’s agenda.  This is ours.

Now the Progressives of both the supposed Left and the supposed Right are for once out in the open in their alliance to do nothing more than maintain their own power.  They seek to divide us.  Divide and conquer is their strategy.  We can’t let divisions divide us anymore.  We must unite and demand that the only sane policy for us is America First.

America is splintering as the melting pot becomes a smelting pot.  What is its cause?  The divisiveness of class-warfare encouraged by the only people who win through America’s split between red and blue, rich and poor, us and them.  Who are they?  If it isn’t us I guess it’s them.

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President Trump Follow Your Own Advice March 15, 2017

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Numerous times the President has said in his opinion the Republicans should let Obamacare alone for a year or two.  Let it implode (as it was designed to do) while the Democrats still own it.

When President Trump gave his well-received speech at CPAC he said that he has told Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership in Congress to simply “let it implode.” The law is simply “repealing itself,” Trump told the audience. “All we have to do is let it implode.”  He tweeted Jan. 4, “Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases……”

On another occasion the President said to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, “I’ve been telling you why don’t we wait, just let it implode and let’s not take the blame.”  After a recent listening session with the GOP in Congress the President elaborated further:

And I have to say this, just in closing, and then I want to hear some of your stories. And we’ll let the press stay for your stories, if you like, but the press is making Obamacare look so good all of a sudden. I’m watching the news. It looks so good. They’re showing these reports — now, this one gets so much and this one gets so much.

First of all, it covers very few people. And it’s imploding. And ’17 will be the worst year. And I said it once, I’ll say it again. Because Obama’s gone — you know, he — things are going to be very bad this year for the people with Obamacare. They’re gonna have tremendous increases. And the Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position — I tell this to Tom Price all the time — by repealing Obamacare. Because people aren’t going to see the truly devastating effects of Obamacare. They’re not gonna see the devastation in ’17 and ’18 and ’19. It’ll be gone by then. It’ll — whether we do it or not, it’ll be imploded off the map.

So, the press is making it look so wonderful so that if we end it, everyone’s going to say, “Oh, remember how great Obamacare used to be? Remember how wonderful it used to be? It was so great.

It’s a little bit like President Obama. When he left, people liked him. When he was here, people didn’t like him so much. That’s the way life goes. That’s human nature.

The fact is, Obamacare is a disaster. And by — and I say this to the Republicans all the time — by repealing it, by getting rid of it, by ending it, everyone’s gonna say, “Oh, it used to be so great.” But it wasn’t great.

And I tell Tom Price and I tell Paul Ryan, I tell everyone of ’em, I say the best thing you can do politically is wait a year because it’s gonna blow itself off the map. But that’s the wrong thing to do for the country. It’s the wrong thing to do for our citizens.

Mr. President follow your own advice.  Let this monstrosity implode and let the Democrats who shoved it down our throats take the blame.  Don’t sign on to Speaker Ryan’s halfhearted attempt to shove Obamacare Lite down our throats as a remedy.  If you fall into this trap you may well be sinking your presidency.  The ABCCBSNBCCNNMASNBCPBS Cartel will hang this around your neck.  They will drag out example after example of people who have lost insurance and/or died because you repealed what was meant to be a failure in the first place.

The Democrats passed Obamacare knowing it would implode so that Hillary could then say, “See halfway measures won’t work.  We need a one payer system.”  That was the plan all along as pointed out repeatedly in this column and by many other observers.  However you, this movement, and your upset victory became the fly in their snake oil ointment.  Don’t let them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by getting them off the hook while impaling yourself.

There is Medicaid for the truly indigent and SSI for millions who cannot help themselves.  We have a social safety net that is not enmeshed in the Obamacare nightmare.  Drop this grenade.  Dodge this bullet. Give us tax reform.  Give us regulatory reform.  Let the Democrats and their Obamacare die by a thousand cuts, and instead of rescuing them, make America great again by making America free again.

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Trump Makes His Move to Drain the Swamp March 13, 2017

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During his historic campaign for the presidency Donald Trump promised repeatedly that if elected he would seek to drain the swamp.  By this his many supporters believed he meant get rid of the armies of apparatchik bureaucrats who think they own the government.  The Deep State or as they call themselves the Permanent Government composed of mainly Democrat/Progressive/Socialists who make up a red tape spewing horde protected by civil service laws and the SEIU who seek to regulate every aspect of our lives.

Now he is seeking to do just that.  This can be seen in the budget proposal Mr. Trump is delivering to Congress this week.  It is as radical as anything seen in Washington in our life time.  Other presidents have promised to shrink the size of government yet none has actually delivered since Calvin Coolidge.  Of course the Democrats and their Progressive fellow travelers on the other side of the aisle are already squealing.  Look for the media megaphone of the ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel to begin repeating into their broadcast echo chambers how many grandmothers will be pushed over cliffs, children left to starve, rivers polluted and poisons released into our homes if even one bureaucrat is laid off.  Oh the sky is falling!  How could we possibly survive without Uncle Sugar to pay people not to work and Uncle Sam the Man to tell us how to live?

Don’t be deceived by the purveyors of fake news and political spin.  The President isn’t seeking to pollute the world or starve the indigent.  He is instead seeking to reign in runaway bureaucrats who think they are the guardians of the universe.  His budget will bring about a radical contraction in the federal work force.  It is almost impossible to fire the entrenched these commissars who call themselves civil servants however you can eliminate jobs, programs and agencies thus culling the chaff.

No administration has even proposed such massive cuts since the end of WW II.  The groundbreaking budget that President Trump is set to unveil on Thursday offers a clear vision of how he plans to fulfill his promise to drain the swamp. It speaks volumes about his idea about what should be the size and role of government.  The president sees the budget process producing a new Washington.  This will not be an imperial capital.  Instead it would return to its role as a working center for a reasonable central government in a federal republic.

This would be a government prioritizing the military and homeland security.  It would be one that slashes other areas it has intruded into such as housing, foreign aid, environmental control, and public broadcasting.  This would be a government much that is smaller and much less involved in regulating the everyday life of Americans.  It would also be a government where the States have a much bigger role as is fitting in a federal republic.

According to Robert Reischauer, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, “These are not the kind of cuts that you can accommodate by tightening the belt one notch, by shaving a little bit off of a program, or by downsizing a few staff here or there. These are cuts that would require a wholesale triage of a vast array of federal activities.”

This is what we voted for!  This is keeping your promises.  If only Schumer, McCain and the rest of the Progressives of the twin headed bird of prey that is the government party will get out of the way and let We the People get what we voted for.

It might be educational to remember that the last person elected who vowed to drain the swamp or as he called it bring about a New Federalism was Richard M. Nixon and we all know how that worked out.  Or do we?

Look back and ignore the deep throated spiel of the court historians and read The Silent Coup by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin and expose yourself to the only place that tells the other side of that story.  Let’s pray this does not happen again and even though the gators, snakes, and weasels may not like it we finally get to drain the swamp.

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Trump Protestors Professional Patsies March 10, 2017

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From the snowflake college students who need a safe space to protect them from anyone who might be cruel enough to disagree with their progressive programming to the America last crowd at the DNC what we are witnessing is an organized effort to over throw the government of the United States one protest, I mean demonstration, I mean riot at a time.

In the New Speak of our Soros-funded Alinsky-trained pink shirted fascists diversity means everyone agrees with them.  Freedom of speech means no one says anything they disagree with.  And the Constitution says whatever they need it to say to do whatever they want.

How Orwellian can you get?

Reality slips down the memory hole and those who railed against Trump for saying he might not accept the results of the election reject the results of the election.

The ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCPBS Cartel pretends that all of this manufactured furry is spontaneous, the eruption of the grass roots.  It is more like the reflection of a Jumbo Tron on AstroTurf.  This isn’t the people speaking truth to power this is the power using people as ventriloquist dummies to mouth slogans.

How many times do we have to listen to the Cartel broadcast their talking points, the same script from all locations only to find that low and behold by the next morning these very talking points are now the personal opinion of the sheeple who make up their mob?  How many of our friends, relatives, and acquaintances profess loyalty to and cast voted for perpetually re-elected demagogues who support everything these people oppose and oppose everything they support? How many must we see to realize the dumbing down and indoctrination of our fellow citizens is working?

The newspaper nightly news late-night comedy show devotees follow their leaders and believe that the resistance to the Trump Presidency is organic.  They even join the flash mobs and carry the mass made signs.  I wonder how many realize that the planners and provocateurs who organize these protests have a training manual for protesting Trump?

Paul Sperry of the New York Post reveals:

Organizing for Action, a group founded by former President Barack Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations and building a border wall.

The tactics promoted in the training manual were used in the highly reported protests at the recent Republican Town Hall Meetings.  Of course it was never mentioned that the Democrats were not holding any town hall meetings so that their followers would be available to harass Republicans.

The article by Sperry continues its revelations:

The manual, published with OFA partner “Indivisible,” advises protesters to go into halls quietly so as not to raise alarms, and “grab seats at the front of the room but do not all sit together.” Rather, spread out in pairs to make it seem like the whole room opposes the Republican host’s positions. “This will help reinforce the impression of broad consensus.” It also urges them to ask “hostile” questions — while keeping “a firm hold on the mic” — and loudly boo the GOP politician if he isn’t “giving you real answers.”

“Express your concern [to the event’s hosts] they are giving a platform to pro-Trump authoritarianism, racism, and corruption,” it says.

The goal is to make Republicans, even from safe districts, second-guess their support for the Trump agenda, and to prime “the ground for the 2018 midterms when Democrats retake power.”

“Even the safest [Republican] will be deeply alarmed by signs of organized opposition,” the document states, “because these actions create the impression that they’re not connected to their district and not listening to their constituents.”

After the event, protesters are advised to feed video footage to local and national media.

“Unfavorable exchanges caught on video can be devastating” for Republican lawmakers, it says, when “shared through social media and picked up by local and national media.” After protesters gave MSNBC, CNN and the networks footage of their dust-up with Chaffetz, for example, the outlets ran them continuously, forcing Chaffetz to issue statements defending himself.

The manual also advises protesters to flood “Trump-friendly” lawmakers’ Hill offices with angry phone calls and emails demanding the resignation of top White House adviser Steve Bannon.

A script advises callers to complain: “I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president.”

Does any of this sound familiar?  Isn’t this exactly what happened?  The whole thing was choreographed and executed just as written in the training manual.  Then it was reported as if it was spontaneous when any reporter who was even pretending to do his job could have discovered with one click of a mouse this was a put up job.

And the beat goes on:

OFA, which is run by ex-Obama officials and staffers, plans to stage 400 rallies across 42 states this year to attack Trump and Republicans over ObamaCare’s repeal.  OFA boasts more than 250 offices nationwide and more than 32,000 organizers, with another 25,000 actively under training. Since November, it’s beefed up staff and fundraising, though as a “social welfare” nonprofit, it does not have to reveal its donors.

These aren’t typical Black Lives Matter or Occupy Wall Street marchers, but rather professionally trained organizers who go through a six-week training program similar to the training — steeped in Alinsky agitation tactics — Obama received in Chicago when he was a community organizer.

Chicago socialist Saul Alinsky, known by the left as “the father of community organizing,” taught radicals to “rub raw the sores of discontent” and create the conditions for a “revolution.” He dedicated his book, “Rules for Radicals,” to “Lucifer.” Michelle Obama quoted from the book when she helped launch OFA in 2013.

Obama appears to be behind the anti-Trump protests. He praised recent demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban. And last year, after Trump’s upset victory, he personally rallied OFA troops to “protect” his legacy in a conference call. “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said. “So don’t mope” over the election results.

He promised OFA activists he would soon join them in the fray.

“Understand that I’m going to be constrained in what I do with all of you until I am again a private citizen, but that’s not so far off,” he said. “You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.”

Added the ex-president: “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it, but this isn’t the best time to share them.  Point is, I’m still fired up and ready to go, and I hope that all of you are, as well.”

The New York Post among other news organizations is doing the leg work.  The information is readily available for anyone who is interested.  These poor dupes who are out there screaming and marching have been pre-programmed by years of government education and decades of televised propaganda.  They honestly believe whatever the Cartel says is their personal opinion.  They aren’t evil they are merely following and supporting evil.  Lenin called them useful idiots.  That seems a bit harsh so maybe we could give them the benefit of the doubt and just call them professional patsies?

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Trump Will Triumph Over Traitors Too March 6, 2017

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Today We the People are faced with a situation that is unique in our 241 year history.

Never before has a former president plotted to undermine and depose his successor.  The evidence is pouring in.  His political handler Valerie Jarrett has moved into the ex-president’s palatial mansion in the posh Kalorama section of Washington into the war room for his bid to destroy the presidency of Donald Trump.  His goal is to either force The Donald to resign or see him impeached.  This is the center of the web, funded by the international monetary pirate George Soros to overturn the results of the recent election.

Professional agitators and bused in gangs have been running riot all over the country protesting the election results and attacking Trump supporters.  The Media propaganda machine is doing their best to make them look like a majority of the country.  Some state legislators are attempting to pass laws that would use criminal conspiracy and racketeering statutes to combat these counterfeit grass roots demonstrations and violence.

The bureaucratic nomenclature or as they call themselves, “The Permanent Government,” what Rush calls the Deep State or the Fusion Party, or as I call them the twin headed bird of prey is dedicated to negating the votes of millions and tossing the results of the recent election into the dust bin of History.  The media megaphone trumpets the need for a return to the status quo and this serves as the personal opinion of the Kool-Aide drinking fellow travelers.

We who voted to drain the swamp stand in watch as the ship of state runs aground on the reef of bureaucratic inertia.

We are witnessing an unprecedented assault on the Grand Old Republic.  Uncle Sam is attempting to drown Yankee Doodle in leaks, red tape, legislative slight-of-hand, and lies.  Ex-president Obama is orchestrating this so-called resistance. The hold overs from his administration are doing everything they can to throw monkey wrenches into the gears of government.  Now with his Consigliere ensconced in his own home to help coordinate the creeping nation-wide coup the pace is about to increase.  His ex-Attorney General, best remembered for meeting Bill Clinton on a runway while supposedly investigating his wife, is calling for marching, blood, and death in the streets.

All of this is nothing less than a criminal conspiracy, a combination of political hacks, crony capitalists, and their media minions plotting the overthrow of the government.  Nothing less than an attack on the very essence of everything America stands for.

Don’t despair.  Don’t let the constant drumbeat of the Media Megaphone and their fake news get you down.  Remember November 2016 should have proved to even the most doubtful, prayer works and this too shall pass.

Keep the Faith.  Keep the Peace.  We shall overcome.

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