America’s Blue States continue to accelerate toward self-destruction, in total denial of the ugly fate that awaits them. The Blue States (run by Democrats) are always broke and looking for bailouts from the Red States (run by Republicans).
Blue State costs explode as they continue to invite illegal immigrants and unemployed homeless people by offering them medical care, welfare, food, tents, hotel rooms, rent subsidies and other benefits. They promise pensions and health care to retired government employees far beyond what they can afford or have budgeted. They spend taxpayer funds on ill-conceived projects, inflated salaries, corruption, and general incompetence.
Meanwhile, Blue State revenues steadily decline as their bad decisions and over-regulation chase companies and families away, usually to Red States. They can’t increase taxes fast enough to make up for the exodus of taxpayers and the declining net incomes of those who foolishly stay. The quality of life erodes daily in Blue States.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a classic example of Blue State attempted suicide. Because they hate Trump and want to hang the virus around his neck, the Blue States insist on keeping their businesses shut down, their churches and schools closed, and their citizens locked up. The result: decreased revenue, increased costs, and frustrated folks. Meanwhile, the Red States open up their economies and turn their consumers loose. Blue State border dwellers feel like they are looking over the Berlin Wall, and run to nearby Red States to spend their money and enjoy some freedom.
The only satisfaction Blue Staters receive from their sheepism is they get to call the Red Staters selfish meanies, which is a crap sandwich at best.
A few years ago California put “suicide nets” on the Golden Gate Bridge to prevent desperate San Francisco citizens from taking their own lives in total despair. Who knew that the entire state of California, and many other Blue States, would one day be driven to suicide by Trump Derangement Syndrome?
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
They got a name for the winners in the world I want a name when I lose They call Alabama the Crimson Tide Call me Deacon Blues
Have you heard the phrase “working tirelessly” lately? I guarantee it came from a government official, referring to government employees.
Now let me start my rant by saying I don’t want to broad-brush any group of people. I know there are many hard-working, conscientious government employees who put themselves in harm’s way every day. They are patriotic, dedicated and responsible.
These are not the government employees I am referring to.
Too often (such as during our current COVID-19 crisis) we see government officials on camera, in front of the slobbering press and the ubiquitous deaf interpreters, literally breaking their arms patting themselves on the back taking credit for the government “saving us” from threats that they probably had a hand in creating.
They never give credit to the people – the truck drivers, waitresses, nurses aides, ranchers, line workers, managers, and yes, owners and executives – who really do work long, hard hours, especially when the chips are down, to pay the taxes that put these showboats in front of the cameras.
Truth be told, most government employees work fewer hours for higher pay and more benefits than their peers in the private sector. And they get paid and get raises and have eternal job security whether their department succeeds or not. They never have to meet a production quota on time or a budget or put their own money at risk. They don’t have to turn a profit for survival. In fact, many cities and states are broke because they have promised totally un-fundable retirement plans to their employees, and are now looking for bailouts.
Staying up all night and pulling calves in a blizzard – that’s working tirelessly. Taking enemy fire for days from all directions and dragging injured buddies from danger is working tirelessly. Climbing poles and repairing lines in the driving rain for days on end to restore electrical service destroyed by a tornado – that’s working tirelessly. Working two menial jobs and keeping a smile on for customers, just to earn a subsistence living. Burning the midnight oil to figure out how to operate well enough to keep good people employed and insured. Working tirelessly.
Bureaucrats who punch a computer in an air-conditioned office, making arbitrary decisions that as often as not make things worse instead of better, never working a 40-hour week or a weekend?
Not so much.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
I said hey, hey workin’ man, workin’ man like me I ain’t never been on welfare and that’s one place I won’t be I’ll be back workin’ – as long as my two hands are fit to use Drink a little beer in the tavern, and sing a little bit of these workin’ man blues
The price of oil futures fell to negative territory last week and remains anemic at around $17 per barrel today. We have such an oil glut that there is no place to put it any more.
Thanks to fracking, new oil exploration in other parts of the world, and OPEC’s erectile dysfunction, oil is no longer a scarce, expensive energy source. The world has enough oil to last for centuries.
Still, we have farmers planting, growing, and harvesting corn so we can add 10% ethanol to our gasoline. We turn our auto factories upside down and add thousands of dollars to the price of each car and truck to meet stricter EPA minimum gas mileage targets. We subsidize alternative “renewable” energy sources and devices despite having essentially solved carbon-based pollution.
Short-term, the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the demand for oil. But that is temporary and doesn’t address the bigger issue. Let’s face it, oil is and will continue to be the best energy solution on earth for a long time to come.
So how does it make any sense to suppress the production and use of oil as an energy source? Two answers, the same ones that can be applied to every seemingly irrational political and cultural issue: money, and power.
Our kids still come home from school (when it is actually open) in tears from dire predictions about their world being destroyed by evil, smoke-belching big businesses and mom’s gas-guzzling SUV. Never mind that those end-of-the-world predictions never seems to come true.
Leftist politicians just can’t let go of the “global warming” hoax and the power it gives them over a frightened populace. They know their bubble could burst at any second. They have no choice but to continue promoting subsidies for windmills, solar panels, electric cars and so many other technologies that will NEVER be comparable to the common-sense fuel that God designed and made plentiful for our use: oil.
Instead of letting the free market determine how our acres of productive land are used, such as growing the foods needed for people and livestock, we are actually considering paying farmers because they have to plant corn which is no longer needed in light of low demand for gasoline. What the hell kind of logic is that?
Let’s tell our leaders that it’s time to end the ethanol requirement, and subsidies that prop up dumb alternative energy industries and the corruption that inevitably goes with them.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ on the Right Side
Mobil station where I stand This old gas pump in my hand My boss don’t like me, got a face like a weasel Oil on my hands and the smell of diesel
I guess there are all kinds of reasons for him to stay in bed instead of being out on the road campaigning. His home state is under a COVID-19 “shelter-in-place” order. Delaware governor John Carney has declared that his state will remain locked down until “the public health threat is eliminated.” That sounds kind of permanent.
Still, Sleepy Joe could be doing media interviews from his home like other politicians do. Or he could go to Washington, DC where Congress is going to reconvene on Monday. Surely he could catch a reporter or a camera for a few minutes there.
And there are many states in various degrees of re-opening. All of them have residents who will vote in the November presidential election. Every state allows essential employees to go to work. Has anybody decided whether presidential candidates are “essential”?
Something is keeping Sleepy Joe from coming out of hibernation. Hmmm.
A quick Bing News search of Joe Biden shows that he has not been totally forgotten. Here are today’s top Sleepy Joe headlines:
Old Sleepy Joe doesn’t seem to have much to say about world affairs these days. Most headlines revolve around China. But Sleepy Joe avoids mentioning China – it reminds everybody of the $1.5 billion deal he steered to his son, Hunter from the Bank of China. C’mon, man.
Meanwhile, his adversary, Donald Trump, is not campaigning either. He doesn’t have to — he is on camera every day dealing with real presidential stuff, like the pandemic, the economy, national defense, etc.
And this week perennial loser Stacey Abrams is demanding that the Democrats make her Biden’s running mate. Like Sleepy Joe doesn’t have enough problems.
It’s okay, Sleepy Joe. Under the circumstances, you should probably just stay in bed. Have you tried a My Pillow?
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Why get up? Why get up? How can I get up? Why should I get up? This whole world’s gone crazy, Think I’ve seen enough. I’m gonna sleep forever, why get up?
Ten years from now, what will Wikipedia say about the Coronavirus Crisis of 2020, when many of the most successful nations and their citizens will have been reduced, at least for a while, to second- or third-world status?
What will our grandchildren think of us, knowing that we chose to destroy our own companies, industries, family savings, careers – not to mention burying the kids in debt – in exchange for the possibility that a few already-medically-compromised senior citizens might extend their lives by another year or so? Will there be a chart comparing the lives actually saved from the virus to the lives destroyed by the imposition of martial law?
Probably not, because facts and numbers don’t matter any more. There was a time when issues were won by the person (or group or nation) who possessed the facts, or made the best case from a logical, numbers-based examination including historical honesty, instead of feelings and “nice-ness”. Now, group-think and political correctness rule. We no longer have to analyze facts, because the winner is always the one who gets the most “likes” from his friends.
Is there anything good that can come from this? My hope is that after this self-forced error has run its course, we will have learned a few things.
Maybe we will learn to be independent thinkers again, not so quick to trust the “experts”, the career politicians and the news media. We might even question the motives of decision-makers when they don’t seem to make common sense.
Maybe we will understand that in its current form our government reacts to any threat by throwing our money at it in a childish panic. After all, the only thing a government official can do is spend our money – unlike the private sector, which can actually create things of value and solve problems. Maybe we will be moved to change our government structure to prevent these harmful knee-jerk mistakes. Maybe we will be more pro-active and prepared for threats.
Certainly some marginal businesses and industries will perish. Certainly other new business opportunities will appear. Certainly some unscrupulous, powerful people will get richer (somebody please check out George Soros’ net worth before and after the man-made “crisis” of 2020). The businesses that survive will be leaner, stronger, and quicker than they were before.
We might finally realize that our education system is a shambles. Through the lock-down we proved that we can home-school our children, and they actually come out of school smarter than when they went in. We also showed that on-line learning is a more efficient model than exotic campuses full of imperious, overpaid, Marxist instructors.
And it’s possible, just possible, that the “one world” agenda of open borders and happy, smiling faces moving unfettered and unvetted across the globe will be proved inferior to smaller, self-governed and self-contained nations who defend their values and identity. And that there are considerations other than short-term profit in foreign trade and immigration decisions. We might learn to trust, but verify, the intentions of other nations.
One thing is already clear. The world is made up of “blamers” and “solvers”. God grant us the strength and smarts to choose wisely so we never have to go through this again.
Tom Balek- Rockin’ on the Right Side
Seems this world has got you down Your feelin’ bad vibrations frown Well, open your eyes girl, look at me I’m gonna show you how it ought to be
We’re gonna’ have a good thing Such a good thing baby
We all use the phrase “one in a million”. It was thought to originate from an individual’s chance of being struck by lightning, which is actually one in 1,222,000. Highly unlikely.
Statistics are generally accepted as truth, and they should be. Math is math. 1 plus 1 will always be two, no matter how you spin it. But statistics can be manipulated for advantage.
The lightning example is based on the annual number of individuals struck by lightning (270) in the United States divided by the population (330 million). Of those victims, only 27 die, so your chance of being killed by lightning is only one in 12 million. And where you live has an impact too. You are 30 times more likely to be hit by lightning in Montana than in California.
The COVID-19 pandemic engages us all in a game of numbers that is unprecedented. The news/entertainment media and elite globalists worldwide would have us believe they care deeply about every human life on the planet, but close scrutiny reveals their self-serving ambition. And all sides of the argument about whether we should be afraid or not, whether we should shut down the entire world economy or not, are based on numbers.
Here are some numbers (as of the date of this writing) for your consideration and perspective:
Choose your own projection for COVID-19 deaths this year. The New York Times is guessing somewhere between 200,000 and 1.7 million. Of course, these are the people who guaranteed that Hillary Clinton would be elected president in 2016. And it doesn’t pass the test of reasonableness when viewed in the context of year-to-date COVID-19 deaths.
The question remains, is the cure worse than the disease? How many lives will be economically destroyed by a prolonged “shutdown” of virtually all commerce in the US and around the world? And how many deaths would result from that?
If there is bad intent behind the pandemic and government-induced economic disaster, who would benefit? All government leaders and their chosen workers would continue to be paid and gain authority and control. Hedge fund investors (can you say George Soros?) would make a killing as markets plunge.
Whenever government makes decisions for the masses, winners and losers are chosen. Which side would you land on?
Anybody who really wants to avoid death from lightning could move to the North Pole, where lightning never strikes. And if we really wanted to prevent deaths from COVID-19, we would identify who is the most vulnerable and put them in iron-clad quarantine, leaving the rest of us to live full lives, mindful of the many risks we face.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
It’s the end of the world as we know it It’s the end of the world as we know it It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine
During his first term President Trump survived defensive pressure that would make any quarterback less than Tom Brady wilt. It seemed that half of the time even his offensive line was working against him and his game plan.
Like Brady, Trump’s results are stellar. If you don’t believe it, listen to any Trump speech – he will make sure you know every detail. Unemployment down, economic growth up, energy independence, improved foreign policy, small businesses thriving in the sweet air of less government interference, and – perhaps best of all – a functioning judiciary that doesn’t appear to be on hallucinogenic drugs.
That’s what drives the “never-Trumpers” nuts. Yes, he enjoys winning. Yes, he brags about it. He has to, because Americans will never hear about Trump’s or our nation’s progress anywhere else. Imagine ESPN and Sports Illustrated reporting only Tom Brady’s incompletions and interceptions without mentioning his touchdowns. Or worse, making up crap that didn’t happen.
I got a note from a neighbor friend the other day. He didn’t get the Trump thing at first. Or at second. But defending the loony Democrats and their anti-American socialist nonsense just got to be too much after a while. He is now aboard the Trump train.
About the leftist news media, he says: “They perpetuate EVERYTHING I’m against. You never hear about strong family values on those garbage networks (CNN, MSNBC), just elements of division that ultimately destroy the construct of the traditional family. Which invariably leads to poverty and crime. I’m just sick of it, and sick of having to explain to my friends that this is all deliberate and that they are being used.”
All aboard the Trump train!
Tom Balek, Rockin’ On the Right Side
I’ve listened to preachers I’ve listened to fools I’ve watched all the dropouts Who make their own rules One person conditioned to rule and control The media sells it and you live the role
Nikki Haley entered the conference hall of the Gateway Center in Richburg, SC and immediately sucked all of the oxygen out of the huge room. The overflow crowd at Congressman Ralph Norman’s campaign kickoff Monday night could not contain their enthusiasm – no, it was love – for the petite powerhouse who has been out of the spotlight since she stepped down as President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Introducing Haley, Norman’s son, Warren, asked her, “How should I address you? Ambassador Haley? Governor Haley? Next President of the United States Haley?”
I have not seen a gathering so overpowered by a woman since I attended a Hillary Clinton event promoting HillaryCare back in the 1980s. But while I found the Hillary encounter completely frightening, Haley’s warm connection to her audience was a sharp contrast. She pointed out that she and her husband decided to stay in New York City to allow their son to graduate from his high school, but next year they will be moving back to South Carolina and he will attend Clemson, like his mom.
So what has Nikki Haley been doing lately? I mean, besides preparing to run for president in the 2024 election?
She wrote her second book, “With All Due Respect”, describing her experiences working in the Trump administration as ambassador to the United Nations. A sometimes-critic of Trump, Haley quit her governor post and accepted Trump’s invitation to the highly-visible ambassadorship, winning acclaim among conservatives for her fire-breathing speeches defending the USA and the Trump agenda before the UN delegates. During her tenure as ambassador there were latent questions about her loyalty to the president, but Monday night she made clear to Norman’s supporters that she joins the congressman in full support of Trump.
Last year Haley founded a conservative policy group “Stand for America” and cherry-picked Heritage Action president Tim Chapman for the lead role in that organization, an indication of her intention to run for president. Similarly, Marco Rubio snatched two Heritage Action top officials, Mike Needham and Dan Holler to anchor his 2024 campaign team.
As a South Carolina resident, I have followed Haley’s career with interest. I still see her as a very ambitious career politician and have lined up on the opposite side of her on some specific issues. Still, as a state representative and governor she was an outstanding administrator, a budget hawk, and her state government ran like a clock, famously answering every phone call with the chirpy greeting, “It’s a great day in South Carolina!”
My family band played for Norman’s Monday kickoff event, and we got to meet Haley for a brief visit backstage. I was surprised at how warm and down-to-earth she is. Especially after watching her bring a couple thousand very discerning conservatives to their knees. Nikki Haley is a force to be reckoned with in American politics. Maybe irresistible.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
She’s a craze you’d endorse, she’s a powerful force You’re obliged to conform when there’s no other cause She used to look good to me, but now I find her Simply irresistible
I just returned from a bucket-list trip to Australia, during the height of the bush fire season, and found the bush was not the only thing burning. The left-leaning news media’s hair is ablaze as well.
TV news channels covered the fires 24/7 with only an occasional break to promote President Trump’s impeachment or to bash Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison for vacationing during the fire crisis. Government officials jostled for position in front of the cameras day and night next to the ubiquitous deaf interpreters signing feverishly (why weren’t they obsoleted with the advent of closed-captioning?).
Coverage of the brave firefighters and neighbors who gave their lives trying to save towns, farms and homes from the vicious fires, was absolutely in order. There are many heroes and much destruction. But the elite leftist globalists just could not pass up the opportunity to blast the “climate change” siren over the top.
The state of Victoria on the southeast corner of Australia was particularly hard hit, as was part of New South Wales south of Sydney. We traveled extensively through NSW and Queensland, the adjacent state to the north. While we saw some evidence of burned rural areas, we did not run into any live fires, large burnouts, or damage to buildings. The fire damage we saw actually looked pretty minimal – relatively small areas of grass and undergrowth burned, but with new green grass filling in; a few trees destroyed, but most only lightly charred at the bottoms with indications that the trees remained alive and healthy. And we saw abundant wildlife and birds.
While there was damage to animals, exaggeration was the order of the day in the news, with reports that “up to a billion animals have died“, conjuring up images of stacks of smoldering koalas and kangaroos. That number must include insects. We learned about some “koala hospitals” where people bring in the cute little critters who have been injured, but they care for dozens of animals, not thousands.
Driving through the small towns in the bush and talking to the locals was illustrative. One retired small business owner said, “This is nothing new, we have had drought in this area all my life.” He blamed “the government and the greenies” for policy changes over the last decade that prohibit preventative burning and the clearing of dead brush for the buildup of fuel that, once lit, is very hard to stay ahead of.
For example, one law mandates that for each tree removed from a yard, even dead ones, nine new trees must be planted. If you have a small yard that won’t accommodate nine trees, or if you have a lot of dead trees, forget it.
Piers Akerman, a member of the NSW Rural Fire Service for six decades, wrote a scathing editorial in the Sydney Telegraph, saying the effect of “climate change” on bush fires is so small as to be immeasurable, blaming instead the government red tape that consumes much of the time and money that could be applied to managing fires. According to Akerman, “we’ve had at least 57 inquiries into bushfires since 1939 and each one has highlighted the need to reduce the amount of fuel that naturally accumulates in the bush. That’s a fact.”
Akerman continued, “We know that Aboriginals burned this country for a number of reasons. Farmers used to use fire to preserve their properties and livestock, too, until the bureaucrats and activists got in the way.”
I talked to another fire official from NSW who confirmed Akerman’s observations, and met an American fire official on our flight back to the USA who had been flown to Australia with a large group at taxpayer expense to “fight the fires”. She sure didn’t look or sound like she had been battling any deathly out-of-control blazes. My guess is she was ornamental at best.
The bush fires of 2019-2020 and the persistent drought conditions in Australia are not to be taken lightly. Lives and property have been lost to the frighteningly virulent fires.
Fortunately, it rained much of the time we were there, and the fire threat was greatly reduced. One small town in the Blue Mountains was very worried about the lake that is the source of their public water, but it healed from 9% capacity to 29% almost overnight, a two-year supply. Flooding replaced fires as the main concern in some areas, and we saw rivers and lakes looking pretty healthy. The worst of the extended drought appears to be over.
Closer to home, our own Bureau of Land Management has been following similar fire protocols, as California has learned. It is only a matter of time before the dead undergrowth in the beetle-killed forests of Montana explode into a deadly fire on a scale that could dwarf the Aussie bush fires.
Tom Balek, Rockin’ On the Right Side
I am the god of hell fire and I bring you: Fire, I’ll take you to burn. Fire, I’ll take you to learn. I’ll see you burn!