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?
President Trump’s State of the Union speech included a lengthy “to-do” list: infrastructure improvements, workforce development, secure borders and immigration reform, strengthened military, and much more.
One of President Trump’s “to-do” items grabbed my attention, although I have not seen it mentioned anywhere in the press. Half-way through his epic speech, he said:
All Americans deserve accountability and respect — and that’s what we are giving them. So tonight I call on Congress to empower every cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers — and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American People.
I have long pressed for accountability from government employees. We all know that as the cost of government continues to spiral out of sight, resulting in a $21 trillion debt (and climbing), performance continues to decline. The federal government hires more and more employees, at ever high wages and benefits that far eclipse comparable jobs in the private sector, with no improvement in results. Any work done by the federal government will take much longer and cost much more than the same work done outside the Beltway.
The problem is clear, it is huge, and it is easy to solve: we must eliminate the destructive influence of federal government employee unions.
No business or private organization could survive in an environment where managers can not fire or discipline their employees. And what employer could afford hiring three people for every job just to get the base amount of work done due to minimum five-week vacations, 21+ days of paid sick leave whether used or not, 12 or more holidays, personal leave, six hour (or less) work days, long lunches, protesting time, travel to exotic locales for meetings, “she’s away from her desk” time, etc. Government employees are virtually guaranteed over-market salaries, regular raises, bonuses, Cadillac benefits and lifetime employment regardless of performance. And in many cases the service level to the taxpayers who pay the salaries is disgraceful – witness the abuse of Western landowners at the hands of federal agencies and veterans who die waiting for care at VA hospitals.
Worse yet, the cozy union/Democrat alliance is quid-pro-quo corruption at its worst. Unions collect gargantuan sums of money to be fed directly to the Democrat party, and federal workers vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, who repay the favor to their benefactors. It’s so easy to be generous with somebody else’s money.
Of course there are federal government employees who earn their keep, especially in the armed forces and security agencies. But there are also buildings all across the nation overstuffed with un- or under-productive federal employees and officials who won’t or can’t address the outrageous waste. Meanwhile, competent and cost-effective individuals and companies who could do the work of the people efficiently can’t break through the bureaucracy.
Now is the time to eliminate the federal government employee unions once and for all. I call on Congress and the President to relieve this festering sore on the behind of the taxpayers. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) gets it. He told me, “This could be part of federal right-to-work legislation.”
We are tired of being told that federal spending can’t be cut because it’s just too huge to even bother trying. We demand that our legislators do their jobs, which are setting and administering budgets, appropriating funds, and overseeing agency and department heads. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta must step up. The taxpayers will hold you all accountable as you must hold your federal bureaucrats accountable for efficacious results.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
I’m proud to a union man
I make those meetings when I can, yeah
I pay my dues ahead of time
When the benefits come I’m last in line, yeah.
[operator]: Good morning, Mr. President. I hope you will enjoy your first day in the Oval Office.
[Trump]: Thanks, Rosie. But just remember, one screw-up and You’re Fired! You’ll be back cleaning bathrooms at ‘The View’ with those other ugly broads in a New York minute!
[operator]: Of course, sir. I have made your first call – President Putin is on the line.
[Trump]: Hello, Vlad. Hey, I just wanted to let you know, no hard feelings about hacking the DNC. I don’t blame you, it’s a hell of a lot of fun tweaking that bunch of whiney snowflakes, isn’t it? I would have done it myself, but I can barely do Twitter. Anyway, what do you say we get together next week and make a plan to take out those ISIS bastards once and for all? Should be fun! Later, comrade.
[operator]: Mr. President, President Kim Jong-un of North Korea is ready to speak with you.
[Trump]: Is that you, King Kong? I have a message for you on my first day in office, you fat little f***, so listen up. If you test one more nuclear device, if you launch one more missile – if you so much as pee one drip outside your hole in the floor, my boys will turn your God-forsaken armpit of a country into a flamed-out marshmallow on a stick. You got that, Ping Pong? Fagettaboutit!
[operator]: President Trump, the president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto has been holding for you.
[Trump]: Hello? Hello? Now, Enrique, please stop crying. It’s . . . there, there, Enrique, it’s . . . now please . . . Look, I know it was Vicente Fox that said he wouldn’t pay for my f***ing wall, not you. Enrique? You need to get yourself together amigo, call me back when you can talk. Okay, Adios.
[operator]: Mr. President, I have reached Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada.
[Trump]: Well hello, there, neighbor! I called to invite you to join me later this week, eh? We need to work on our plan to make North America the energy powerhouse of the world. I am so ready to get everybody back to work and our economy flying, eh? Our low energy cost will attract the best manufacturers from all over the world. What a one-two punch, eh? Heck, if Mexico cleans up their act, maybe Enrique will want to join the party, too. He’s got a lot of good workers down there, eh? All right, my friend, let’s start Monday. Oh, and by the way – let’s talk about that “Liberal Party” of yours, eh? Okay, bye.
[operator]: Mr. President, our conference call with the leaders of Germany, France, Great Britain and Japan is ready for you.
[Trump]: Fellows, thanks for joining me on this call. Oh, and you too, Frau Merkel, sorry. I just wanted to let you know that I bought the UN building in New York City this morning. Yes, and I am evicting all of those whiney little despots so I can turn it into a first-class resort hotel. Right. Last I heard they are going to meet up in Kinshasa. I don’t know, it’s somewhere over there in Africa. But hey, I thought we could start our own little club, you know? We could watch each other’s backs and get some of these messes cleaned up, instead of paying for all those other little piss ants to cause trouble all the time. Then if some of these other countries want to stand up for democracy, and human rights, and free trade and forget about getting rich by global warming hoaxes and identity politics, maybe they can join the club later on. Right. I’ll see you guys at Mar Largo next month.
[Trump]: Rosie, hold my calls for a while, I have to straighten out the tax code, fix our immigration problem, and get a new health care system running. But I should be done in time for my 4:00 pm tee time!
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Listen kid, you paid for the call.
You ain’t bad but I’ve heard it all before.
Don’t call us, we’ll call you!
Don’t call us, we’ll call you !
Jerry Corbetta, founder and leader of the Denver band Sugarloaf, passed away a few months ago. Sugarloaf had some monster hits in the seventies and they are as crisp today as they were then. I feel a tiny connection to this band – I played in a band with a guy who played in a band with a guy who played for Sugarloaf. Probably every musician in the world has played with every other musician in the world, twice removed! Anyway, enjoy this classic – sorry, no live video of this song.
I have had some fun over the past several years at President Obama’s expense.
Those of you who have rocked with me for a while remember that several years ago I applied for, and received, an “Obama Phone” – a free cell phone, with 250 free minutes and unlimited texts. I only got my free phone to prove that anybody can get one, and to show how ridiculous and unmanaged the whole program is. My application, and my renewals, have been completely honest – no mis-stating income or anything. Now, I’m not going to lie to you. We live a pretty fine Southern lifestyle here on the lake. But I still qualified for a free phone, and I contend that anybody who asks for a taxpayer-subsidized ObamaPhone will receive one too.
President Obama didn’t actually start the free cell phone program. It debuted under President GW Bush and his Congress as a well-intended but soon-corrupted “LifeLine” benefit for us poor folks, funded by a tax on the cell phone bills of all you rich folks. During the free-stuff-for-everybody Obama years, the profiteering cell phone providers, led by Mexican kingpin Carlos Slim, really got with the program. Soon it was Party Central, and people were dancing and singing and selling free ObamaPhones all over the place.
Here’s a fun exercise: type “Obama Phone” into any search engine. Go ahead, try it! Up pops a whole bunch of “providers” who are more than happy to set you up for a free cell phone, courtesy of the taxpayers. The really cool one is ObamaPhone.com. Here’s part of their sales pitch:
Millions of Americans have been economically devastated by the economic meltdown, by the deep recession that followed it, and by the nation’s ongoing economic struggles. Many of those needy Americans have reached the point where they consider a telephone a luxury that they cannot afford.
The Obama Phone program (also known as Lifeline Assistance) can lift that burden. More than 20 million Americans have already received a free Obama Phone and get 250 free cell phone minutes every month.
I was so grateful for my free phone that I made my own little musical thank you message to my friend Barack. The phone was free, but even though I was a Tea Party guy, he still sent me an email asking me for five dollars every day.
Well, now that President Obama is about to retire, maybe it’s time for me to retire my ObamaPhone too.
Which raises the question: Will Trump and the Republican House and Senate finally put an end to this stupid-ass, corrupt entitlement program once and for all? Or will we all be carrying Trump-a-Phones for the next eight years?
If there is one slogan that really resonated with Americans in the election, it was this:
“Let’s make America great again.”
Donald Trump was elected because voters don’t feel the pride and confidence in our nation that we once did. Our economy is stagnant at best, our middle class is dwindling, and real wages haven’t improved in decades. Our political leaders in recent years seem to care more about the well-being of people in other nations than our own. We know we can do better, because we’ve done it before. But we can’t expect the President to wave a magic wand and restore our greatness on his own.
A couple of months ago my computer assumed room temperature – dead as a doornail, without so much as a blink or a beep. I am highly dependent on my computer, so I immediately got on Dell’s website, found the system I wanted on sale, and clicked on “add to cart”. The order errored out, igniting an ordeal that consumed the rest of the day on Dell chat screens and phones with a series of Indian customer service people who kept saying “It” won’t let them do this or that.
Finally, an Indian supervisor got my order placed and confirmed by email, to be shipped in seven to ten days.
I will spare you the sordid intermediate details, but after six weeks I got a phone call from another Indian Dell representative who spoke with such a heavy accent that I could barely understand him. He told me “It” says my order had been cancelled and I will have to reorder. “It” can’t tell him what happened. “It” doesn’t know when or whether a new order would be filled. No apology. No alternative. Just start over and hope for better results than last time.
I gave up and ordered a Lenovo with the same specifications. My computer arrived in two days in perfect order and cost about a hundred bucks less.
Because I had tried to buy a Dell computer, I have been receiving a dozen targeted Dell ads every day. Today I commented on a Facebook ad that readers should avoid buying a Dell computer for Christmas, citing the horrible experience I had been through. My post received an immediate response from an Indian Dell employee who wrote in broken English that Dell is so sorry, but they just can’t keep up with the crushing demand for their wonderful products. A flurry of back and forth posts followed. Dell didn’t give a rip about me when I was trying to get my order, but they sure were concerned about me when I posted my bad experience on social media.
There was a time when Dell was a proud, strong American innovator, manufacturer, employer, and retailer. Now it is an international company, manufacturing and selling its products all over the world. But most of its computers are still bought by American companies and consumers.
I’m not so naïve as to think that we can or should suppress global trade. I just hate to see what has happened to our American companies. American consumers are too often reduced to dealing with poorly-trained and inarticulate foreign employees who either work in offshore call-centers or were imported to the USA with H1B visas, whose authority is restricted to what “It” displays on their screens. Meanwhile our own American-born skilled customer service people work two part-time convenience store jobs for $8 an hour. Dell may be bigger than it was, but it is not better. It’s not a better corporate citizen, and it’s not a better sales organization. Dell was once a smart and proud group of high-achieving Americans. Now Dell is an “It”.
Not all American companies have sunk to this level of cold, multi-national mediocrity. In addition to Lenovo, I have received over-the-top customer service recently from the Carolina Panthers, Chamberlain Garage Door group, State Farm Insurance, and many others. But it seems for every Chick-Fil-A there is a Wells Fargo.
Our president-elect promises to protect domestic jobs by welcoming American companies back to our shores with lower corporate tax rates and free repatriation of profits from foreign operations. And he wants to take a fresh look at trade policies that have pushed investment and employment out of our country.
If we are going to “Make America Great Again” we can’t expect our president to do it alone. We citizens will have to step up our games. And our American companies need to get on board.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
So take these words and sing out loud
‘Cause everyone is forgiven now
‘Cause tonight’s the night the world begins again
BUH-BYE Sanctuary Cities.
BUH-BYE Political Correctness.
BUH-BYE Corrupt DOJ and Loretta Lynch.
BUH-BYE Gay takeover of the military.
BUH-BYE Radical Muslim immigrants.
BUH-BYE Planned Parenthood money from taxpayers.
BUH-BYE Iran nuclear program.
BUH-BYE Jay Z and Miley Cyrus.
BUH-BYE Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA.
BUH-BYE Black Lives Matter.
BUH-BYE Global Warming Scams.
BUH-BYE Export-Import Bank.
BUH-BYE Huma, Podesta, Brazile, Warren, Jarrett, Wasserman-Schultz.
BUH-BYE Steve Deace, Erick Erickson, Glenn Beck, Michael Medved.
BUH-BYE Fake endangered species scams.
BUH-BYE College Safe Rooms.
BUH-BYE Wall Street Cronies.
BUH-BYE Koskinen and IRS Abuse.
BUH-BYE Late-term abortions.
BUH-BYE Lying mainstream media.
BUH-BYE Ridiculous government spending and debt.
BUH-BYE Identity politics and race-baiting.
BUH-BYE United Nations stomping on our sovereignty.
BUH-BYE Welfare and food stamp abuse.
BUH-BYE Pampered athletes and entertainers who abuse our flag.
BUH-BYE Liberal judges.
HELLO Merry Christmas.
HELLO Regular Budget Process.
HELLO New small businesses.
HELLO Energy independence and industry.
HELLO GDP growth.
HELLO Border security.
HELLO Safe and appreciated Police.
HELLO Real business men and women who will straighten out the mess in DC.
HELLO Separate boys and girls bathrooms and locker rooms.
HELLO Inner cities that won’t look like a permanent war zone.
HELLO Soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen and women who can wear the uniform proudly again.
HELLO Educators who have been hiding in fear of politically-correct peers.
HELLO Respect from other nations and their leaders.
THANK YOU Original Tea Party founders and members who started the fire.
THANK YOU Union guys who finally said enough is enough.
THANK YOU Black and Hispanic voters who had the courage to break out.
THANK YOU Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
THANK YOU James O’Keefe.
THANK YOU Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Gen. Flynn, Newt Gingrich, Dr. Ben Carson.
THANK YOU Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mike Gallagher, Laura Ingraham, Larry Elder, Lou Dobbs.
THANK YOU Heritage Action, AFP, Tea Party Patriots, Freedom Works, and conservative groups.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right!
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right!
I was visiting with my young HVAC guy after he installed a new air conditioner in one of my rental houses. Actually, it was more like negotiating than visiting. He said he gave me a good deal, and I chuckled, “I know you did, but I have to go through the routine.” I was happy to write the check – he more than earned it.
Then he said something that gave me pause. “I know you guys can afford to pay me, but you know a lot of the people I work for can’t.”
We live in South Carolina. It’s hot. Air conditioning is not a luxury, it is a necessity of life. I know people lived in the South before air conditioning, but honest to God, I don’t know how. We moved here from Montana where we built a new log home and didn’t even consider putting in air conditioning. This is different. In South Carolina I would put air conditioning right up there with food and shelter.
He told me about a service call he made last month to repair an air conditioner for an African American grandmother with five kids in her house that belong to her daughter, who is a heroin addict. “She told me about her utility bills, and other bills, and taking care of the kids, and doing it all on $500 a month from the county plus food stamps. It was 96 degrees. I knew she couldn’t afford to pay me, so I just ‘ate’ the bill. ”
I have not felt very good about my country lately. There’s a lot of ugly stuff going on. But this young man did a lot to restore my confidence in our future.
“I usually don’t charge somebody like that,” he said. “I mean, you see what’s going on, and you just have to do what you can, you know? I don’t mind giving up my labor, I can always just work harder. But the cost of parts keeps going up and up. I have hundreds of dollars in parts in these repair jobs.”
My HVAC guy is your average American small business owner. He works long, hard hours. He invests most of his profits in tools, a truck, paying his help, and keeping up his education and certification. In the hot summer he works around the clock. If somebody needs help at 9:00 pm, he answers the phone. He didn’t go to college. He goes to church every Sunday, but half the time he is on a service call that afternoon. His kids don’t have fancy tennis shoes, and he can’t afford the time or cost of a Disney cruise. Yet he is one of the “Deplorables” Hillary Clinton looks down on. Even worse, he owns a business – which, to Democrats, makes him a greedy, selfish racist who got rich on the backs of the poor. He’s the guy Obama sneered at: “You didn’t build that business.”
The truth is, he DID build that business, and he cares a hell of a lot more for the poor, and minorities, than Hillary Clinton does, or Barack Obama, or anybody who votes for them and their Democrat friends.
And yes, he said, “I am going to vote for Donald Trump.” He told me he had not voted for years, but this time he has to. “The first thing I heard Trump say was, ‘I am paying for my own campaign, nobody bought me, and I can’t be bribed.’ That was all I needed to hear.” And that certifies his status as one of Hillary’s “Deplorables”.
The sad thing is, the grandmother whose air conditioning repair bill he ‘ate’, and the addicted mother, and most of their friends and relatives, and all of the liberals who pretend to care about them but never do anything about it, are going to vote for Hillary and the Democrats.
The Deplorables out there doing real acts of charity and love every day, and not asking for anything in return – they are the unsung heroes.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
While others long to steal the spotlight
You work your magic quietly
‘Cause your not in it for the glory
The love you give comes naturally
One more month until Decision Day, and as of this writing the 2016 presidential election is still a toss-up.
Speaking of tossing-up, I once heard a perfect description of a hard choice: It’s being up to your neck in crap and having a bucket of puke thrown at your face. (sorry)
There’s Hillary, the queen of arrogance, who lies in the face of a dead soldier’s mother without blinking, trades back-door deals with dictators and bankers for mountains of cash, and shamelessly turns everything she touches into molten corruption.
And there’s Donald, the narcissistic and boorish bull-in-the-china-shop who not only speaks with the vocabulary of a junior high kid, he acts like one whenever somebody pushes his buttons.
At an informal town hall meeting this week, Congressman Mick Mulvaney made a surprising prediction.
“Trump will win,” Mulvaney pronounced. “And he will struggle for six months, unable to put any of his policies in place, mostly because of the 60-vote rule in the Senate.” Then, according to Mulvaney, Trump will try the Obama “pen and phone” approach, taking matters into his own hands. “And we [Mulvaney and other conservative legislators] will be on the House floor stopping him. I’ll tell him, ‘I like what you are trying to do, but you can’t do it on your own’.”
Mulvaney says their principled stand will teach Trump to work with Congress, heal the Republican party, and restore the voters’ respect for government.
If the decision hinges on which candidate is less distasteful, it’s going to be a tough choice. But there is a much more compelling factor in this election that can’t be dismissed. Our next president will establish the makeup and tenor of the supreme court and lower courts for decades to come.
If judges and justices were all honorable and operated within the constraints of the Constitution, this would not matter. They aren’t, so it does.
The separation of powers built into our Constitution should prevent one branch from dominating the others, but despite a Republican majority in both houses our legislative branch has become impotent. President Obama’s administrative branch has steam-rolled Congress, as executive orders go unchecked, and agencies execute the President’s playbook with support from activist Democrat circuit and appellate judges. 70% of the appellate courts are now home to Democrat appointees, thanks to what Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund calls a “knee-jerk surrender” on nominees by Senate leader Mitch McConnell.
The next president will nominate several Supreme Court justices and countless other circuit and appellate judges. Donald Trump promises to select constitutionalists for judicial openings, and already has a list of prospects for the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton will install radical liberals if she is elected, which, combined with the fecklessness of Congress, will alter the balance of power, perhaps permanently.
When a liberal administration and courts have unfettered rule over the nation, our basic freedoms are at risk. Religious freedom, property rights, protections from overreaching regulation, and free speech are under assault even now.
If you vote for Hillary, stand back. Cause here come da judge(s).
Tom Balek, Rockin’ On the Right Side
I’d rather be lost
In the jungle of Brazil
Than to face the judge this morning
The way he feels
Here come da judge!
My fellow citizens, if you elect me, Donald Trump, to be your president, here are my domestic priorities for the first hundred days of my term:
Government Accountability and Reform
Government sector unions will be eliminated or restrictions imposed, such as: Unions would be prohibited from contributing to political candidates or having any involvement in political campaigns. Government employees would be employed “at will”, empowering managers to hire, fire, and discipline without union intervention. They would be subject to the same payroll and benefit laws as the private sector, including social security, 401k, and Medicaid coverage or private health insurance allowance. We can no longer tolerate a government where nobody is responsible for anything or ever gets fired.
Congress will establish biannual performance and zero-based budget requirements for every department and agency, and oversight committees will hold agency heads responsible for meeting goals, with the authority to discipline or discharge failing managers. Redundant and obsolete services and programs will be eliminated from agencies and departments. This is basic economics, understood by every American.
All elected officials will be subject to the same ethics standards and prosecution as private sector corporate officials, prohibiting insider trading, personal gain from transactions and decisions, nepotism, payoffs for campaign contributions, and any other breaches of trust. Why should elected officials get away with corruption that is not tolerated in private business?
Congressional term limits will be established. The power structure must be brought under control.
Congress will be required to produce timely budgets; continuing resolutions will be prohibited. The job of Congress is to budget and appropriate. If they don’t do that, we don’t need them.
Law and Order
My new IRS and FBI commissioners will investigate Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation for tax fraud and improper quid pro quo deals with foreign companies and governments. This kind of corruption must be brought to light and stopped once and for all.
Sanctuary cities will be denied federal funding. Existing immigration laws will be enforced at the borders and ports, and in all government offices and programs. Officials who fail or refuse to enforce any federal law will be disciplined or terminated. Without borders, we have no country. And without law enforcement, we have anarchy.
Federal involvement in local law enforcement will cease, including the use of consent decrees to impose federal control.
Health, Welfare, Housing and Education
The Affordable Health Care Act will be repealed and replaced by a congressionally approved plan which includes a provision for a federal assigned risk pool for pre-existing conditions.
Federal funding of all means-tested welfare and assistance programs and all educational programs will be limited to block grants to the states. Our Constitution intended the power of the people to reside in state governments, not federal. This is the United STATES of America.
Government funding of private health care providers specifically including Planned Parenthood will be prohibited.
The federal student loan program will be eliminated and restored to the private sector. Any program for relief from student loan debt will include provisions for clawback of public losses from the universities who received the student loan payments.
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other government subsidized home loan programs will be phased out, restoring the mortgage industry to the private sector.
Estate taxes will be permanently eliminated – it is double taxation. Corporate income tax will be significantly reduced to encourage repatriation of assets and domestic production. Personal income taxes will be simplified. Loopholes and carve-outs will be eliminated for businesses and individuals.
Businesses will receive tax incentives for providing modern technical training programs that meet their workforce needs and result in direct sustained employment of individuals, replacing unnecessary and unproductive college time and expense.
Legal immigration rates and eligibilities will be revisited by Congress with impact analysis on jobs, the economy, security, and infrastructure. Charity will not be a consideration, as it is not a function of government. Illegal immigration will be treated and enforced as a criminal act.
These action items have the strong support of a majority of Americans. If Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell fail to take action on these important tasks, I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to admonish and encourage and even embarrass them. And if they still refuse to respond to the will of their constituents, as they have over the last many years, I will find other ways to give the people what they want.
Please vote for me, your humble servant, Donald Trump.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Well, it’s about time for things to get better
We want the truth, the truth and no more lies
We want freedom, justice and equality
I want it for you and I want it for me
Give the people what they want!
The Sunday news show pundits all shook their heads about the difficult choice voters face in the upcoming election. They said most voters don’t really like either of the two presidential nominees. How on earth will voters decide?
If you, or your friend or relative, are unsure how to vote, there is a pretty simple solution. My wise wife, the primary decision-maker in our family, says, “Make a list!”
What do you really want? What is most important to you? When you have to make a choice, just list your priorities in order and it will point you to the right decision. Hillary, or Donald? (There is no other choice – one of them will win, so failure to vote for one is a vote for the other).
If your top priority is your job, income, and financial security, which candidate would be better for your pocketbook? Who would increase or decrease government spending, and your tax bill? Who is more likely to protect your job from being taken by a legal or illegal immigrant? Whose economic policies – government and court interference in business, fair trade practices with other nations, support for manufacturing and energy industries, etc. – would cause our economy (and your finances) to improve or decline? If you rely on government handouts for your income, you might prefer the candidate who would give you more money and free stuff. Keep in mind, though, your children, relatives and friends are paying your tab.
You might be more worried about the health and security of your family. Which candidate supports law and order and police departments? Who believes our national defense requires a strong and well-organized military and secure borders? Who would defend your right to own a gun for your own protection? Who has a better long-term solution for improving the quality and reducing the cost of health care?
Some voters’ top priority is one or more social issues. You might be upset by racial division, gender discrimination, global warming, abortion, freedom of or from religion, or the academic drift away from functional knowledge and toward “social enlightenment.” Which candidate is more likely to pit groups of Americans against each other, causing more friction, anger, and crime? Who has the right take on education? Who is more likely to “live and let live”, and not try to control our personal behavior?
A common complaint about both candidates is their apparent lack of “likeability”. If you think “niceness” is the most important job requirement for a president, put that at the top of your list. The same applies for trustworthiness. Both are pretty hard to quantify, but each candidate has a history that can be judged.
If you are already settled on the Hillary vs. Donald question, please pass this advice on to anyone in your circle of influence who is struggling with the decision, perhaps even to the extent that he or she is frozen and refuses to choose. Tell him or her: Make a list! Prioritize what you want from your president. Then decide, issue by issue, who is on your side. You might prefer either candidate on a given issue. That’s okay. Apply weight to the top part of your list, and ignore the bottom.
See? Decision-making is not so tough.
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
Make a wish baby, and I will make it come true
Make a list baby, of the things I’ll do for you
Ain’t no risk now, let my love rain down on you
We could wash away the past, so that we may start anew
God, I love live music! Please check out this fantastic amateur video of David Pack (Ambrosia) and smooth-jazz saxophone goddess Mindi Abair at a little winery, singing and playing their butts off for a small but appreciative audience. This is how it’s done!