Thursday, June 20, 2019

A value proposition?





"There is an old saying - when you find yourself in the ditch, the worst thing you can do is keep driving in the same direction. That is what we are doing right now - driving in the same direction. And that direction is taking us to $2T in student debt." 


Here we go again. The Regents have once again been cowed by "spendy" Eric Kaler, so the tuition at the "U" is going up (again). Of course, Kaler will not take any ownership for his ever rising costs. No, it is the Republican's fault for not funding the University enough this last session. The truth be told, the "U" gets plenty of dough from the taxpayers, but now Kaler feels compelled to soak the local undergrad kids $60K just for a four year degree.

Here is the secret which is not told. Because our government high schools have become so dumbed down to keep the graduation rates up, 40% of the kids entering college need to take remedial classes. So what? Here is the "so what". The cost to take these classes (which do not count towards a degree), are the same as the classes taken which do count towards a degree. Bottom line? Less and less kids are able to graduate in four years. So that $60K for a four year degree might end up looking for like $75K. Meanwhile, the student debt clock just keeps ticking away.

My wife and I are both proud graduates of the University of Minnesota. We both graduated in the 1970's. We got married before we graduated. Still, (with no help from Mom and Dad), we were able to pay our tuition, rent, books, food and so forth. All we had for money was just with my GI Bill (which was not much), and part time jobs.

I was debt free when I graduated. My wife had $1K in student loans from her undergrad and grad degrees. That loan was paid off the first year after we graduated. No federal help needed there!

Well get ready folks. With $1.5T (and growing) in student loans, more and more of the socialists running for President, as well as the clown car in the House, thing we should own up to this debt, and bail out these little darlings. It is after all, not fair that they should be strapped with all this debt! 

But when you peel back the onion, you find some interesting facts. Many with the highest debt, did NOTHING to try and get their education cheaper. Part of this entitlement generation. Quick story - my oldest daughter went after every scholarship and grant she could. Even though her grads were not nearly as good in high school as they were in college, she was involved in a great many activities in high school. Bottom line - she scored two or three grants and/or scholarships. Between that and working part time, she was in good shape for her first year at St.Cloud. 

There are dozens of things a kid can do now to cut the cost of their education. Including (GASP!), working part time. But most just want to go to a nice school, often times private instead of public, and soak in the college life. It is all good until graduation, and the sticker shock hits. Some who have gone to private schools have student debts north of $100K. That is a value proposition?

Remember this folks - the only solution I have heard from anyone in Congress is for you and I to pick up this gigantic tab. Not fix education, both at the K-12 level and above. No sir. Just keep funding this broken system.

There is an old saying - when you find yourself in the ditch, the worst thing you can do is keep driving in the same direction. That is what we are doing right now - driving in the same direction. And that direction is taking us to $2T in student debt. 



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Please - listen to what they say





"The other guys in the clown car, are promising not only two chickens in every pot, and also two unicorns in every yard. And for free! Whether you love him or hate him, here is the simple truth. Donald Trump is the only adult in the room. Period. End of story."



Back on the campaign trail, when I was on Jeff Johnson's team, we had plenty of opportunity to listen to Tim Walz run off at the mouth about turning this state into a mid-country California. Most of us believed it was just a page out of the DFL playbook. Campaign to the Left, get elected and then govern from the center Left. Boy, was I wrong. This guy has proved to be more of a socialist than Dayton was! And that is hard!

My lesson learned was when a statist or socialist promises something on the campaign trail, batten down the hatches if that person gets elected. Like whom? Even our "center-ist" Senator from Minnesota came out with a strong promise yesterday. As President, she will not wait for Congress. She will undo everything that President Trump has done. All the good things to make us stronger, more secure, more economically strong - Amy will reverse. She will put us back in Obama Land -or worse.

Last night, I watched the President as he was throwing red meat to the crowd. EVERYTHING he said last night, I agree with. A true American would also. A Trotskyism devotee - maybe not. Everything he promised he did, even though the millstone of RINO Republicans and Socialist Democrats around his neck slowed him down.

By the way, has anyone heard anything from any socialist candidate which makes any sense? It is like reading a Harry Potter book, where you are the only muggle. The candidates are promising a bunch of hocus pocus, where everyone gets everything for doing nothing. Donald Trump on the other hand, is promising a barrier free road for people who want to live the American Dream. 

Listen carefully folks. Donald Trump kept as many of his promises as he could keep while trying to drain and endless swamp. The other guys in the clown car, are promising not only two chickens in every pot, and also two unicorns in every yard. And for free! Whether you love him or hate him, here is the simple truth. Donald Trump is the only adult in the room. Period. End of story.

Reparations?





"What I will offer to someone who is like a Alex Haley, who was a descendant of Kunta Kinte is simply this - I am sorry this happened to your family. I really am."



Today the socialists in the House start hearings on reparations. And why not? It is "Juneteenth". It is a day that symbolizes the freedom of slaves in America. I wonder if this is what is taught in school these days instead of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was signed by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863. That was after all, a Presidential order which freed all slaves then and for evermore in this country. But who cares about the facts. 

So if reparations becomes law, whereas descendants of slaves may get restitution from descendants of slave owners, how is that going to work? Don't come after me - my great grandparents came from Norway and Germany. And because I am mostly Norwegian, I have my own problems. What if the Brits decide to come after the descendants of Vikings for restitution for all the plundering which happened in England from 793 to 1066. Now that - could cost me a pretty penny. 

Okay - facts are stubborn things. For reparations, first go after the slave traders. Who where they? England and Portugal. To go into Africa and get the people to be enslaved, they also needed help from the war lords in Africa to gather the slaves. Many hands in this stew already. But what about us? Didn't we receive and mistreat the most slaves? No. Most of the slaves when to Brazil. Funny, we don't hear spit about that one. The United States on the other hand, is estimated to have received only 10% of the slave trade.

If I were asked to come up with a cogent argument to defend the practice of slavery, I could not. It was and is reprehensible - in this country, or any other. If I were asked to come up with a cogent argument to defend the practice of racism, I could not. It was and it reprehensible - in this country, or any other.

On the other hand, if I were asked to come up with a FAIR method of reparations, I could not. It is not possible. The only way to do reparations in this day of age, is reward some people who were not descendants of slaves, by taking money from other people, most of whom were not descendants of slave owners.

What I will offer to someone who is like a Alex Haley, who was a descendant of a slave named Kunta Kinte, is simply this - I am sorry this happened to your family. I really am. Of course, if Kunta Kinte had stayed in Africa, Alex Haley might never have been born. And without Alex Haley, we would have not had that great book and TV mini series called Roots

There you have it. My take on reparations. Another day in Congress wasted, as this will go nowhere. Who is responsible today is not knowable; who can be made to pay is not doable. It is as simple as that.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Worse than crack...





"Heads up Iran. You might have just kicked sand in the face of the wrong person."



Two of the baddest actors on the world stage today are North Korea and Iran. Hands down true. They are both brutal regimes, and the folks running those regimes will have a whole lot of explaining to do when they get to the Pearly Gates. Now to really stir the pot, both of these brutal regimes are trying to develop a nuke as well as a reliable delivery system. One already has one, and the other might be very close.

Today however, it is all eyes towards the Middle East. The pot has been stirred again by Iran, and this time the "Dogs of War" might even be let out for a while. They (Iran) are going to make good on their promise of returning to the enrichment of uranium. Or did they ever stop? Do you ever wonder why Donald Trump put a knife in the heart of the Iran deal? Was it just because Iran continued to fund proxies, including Hamas, who keep lobbing missiles into Israel? The reason for leaving the agreement, might go much deeper.

The AMAD Project. This is a nuclear project started by Iran in the late 1980's and continued until 2003. That is, is stopped according to the very semi-unreliable IAEA. According to Israeli intelligence, The AMAD Project did not really stop in 2003. It did not really stop in 2015, when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed to between Iran and a host of other countries. 

This JCPOA came under Donald Trump's radar right after it was agreed to by the Obama Administration. He correctly called it "the worst agreement ever made". We got suckered, big time. This agreement never had to go through Congress for ratification (which is good for John Kerry). We gave Iran $150B right after it was signed. That money was supposed to help Iran with infrastructure and domestic projects. Instead, it went to fund the proxies. Much to Hamas. And oh yes - the AMAD Project. Our intelligence agencies agreed with Israeli intelligence agencies. The cheaters in Tehran continued on their cheating ways. They never stopped.

Lindsey Graham was quoted the other day, saying what should be done to teach these guys a lesson. Like Ronald Reagan did in the 1980's, we should sink part of their navy. What they are doing in the Gulf of Hormuz right now should have been the straw which broke the camel's back (so to speak). Teach Iran a painful lesson, and then North Korea will also understand we don't go easy on cheaters. Or promise breakers. Not with this President. 

By the way, if push comes to shove with Iran, Israel is itching to join that fight. Bebe has been warning the world for years now, this cauldron is about to explode. Israel knows if Iran is left to its own devices, they will have a deliverable bomb in short order. Then, Iran could easily do what it has threatened to do. Wipe Israel off the face of the map. 

More troops are headed to the Middle East as I pen this. I would not be surprised to see another carrier task force become re-positioned closed to Iran. Or maybe another bomber wing re-positioned. 

Heads up Iran. You might have just kicked sand in the face of the wrong person. This is not Barack Obama. This is not John Kerry. This is a man who has had to back down many cheaters while in the business world. He will not be fooled. He will not be cowed. You have been warned.  


Monday, June 17, 2019

Looking for the Puppet Master(s)





"Any good news about he border today? Some. Tom Homan might be the new 'Border Czar', reporting directly to the President. I like this guy. Tough as bolts and smart of border issues.Should be an interesting summer, to say the least."


Paging! Paging! The man or men or woman or women who are behind the curtain! Please reveal yourself! It has been long suspected that our crisis on the southern border has some nefarious hands behind it. Maybe a few hands - or, maybe quite a few. In other words, we are looking to identify the puppet master(s). We want to know the who and the why. Now that we are getting scads of Africans also showing up at the border, this crisis has reached a new and maybe dangerous plateau. 

Here is the very interesting part. It seems these impoverished Africans, who are escaping countries with broken governments, as well as war lords, are somehow getting to to our southern border flush with cash. After getting across the Atlantic Ocean, landing in Central America, and traveling then all the way through Mexico, they hit our border looking like they just hit the lotto instead. As reported in the media this morning - they are flush with rolls of hundred dollar bills.

(Head scratching motion) - Hey! I have lived here all my life! I don't have rolls of hundred dollar bills! What up with that? And if they flew, how did they clear customs? And language? How did that work? Seems that this southern border has become the new gathering place for the world, 

I know this is a minor issue, but is it a concern that many of these Africans come out of a Ebola hot zone? I mean we already have disease de jour showing up at the border. Why not throw in a super deadly disease like Ebola also. By the way, there is a 21 day incubation period to see if someone is infected with Ebola. How is that working out? Or is it? 

So who is funding this ever expanding caravan? ISIS? Al Qaeda? Iran? Russia? China? Or the DNC? Plus - this border surge has Alinsky written all over it. Remember? Overwhelm and then collapse the system? All the ingredients are there, so who is the chef? Or should I say, the puppet master(s)?

Any good news about he border today? Some. Tom Homan might be the new "Border Czar", reporting directly to the President. I like this guy. Tough as bolts and smart of border issues.Should be an interesting summer, to say the least. 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The real face of war






"I will say this to Code Pink, WAMM, or any other peaceniks who constantly protest this country anytime there is a conflict which we were justified to enter - shut up! Until you also protest the killing of the world's babies, I don't want to hear a peep out of you."



War is a terrible thing. Soldiers die. Some are badly wounded. Civilians die. Some are badly wounded. Countries are destroyed. Some never recover. Even though we have tried to make war as sanitary and surgical as possible, there is still collateral damage. And the bottom line of war is still to do two things - kill people and break things. 

The human toll of war is nothing less than staggering. Here are some numbers of recent wars:

Conflict                                                                          Killed Worldwide

World War I                                                                   37,000,000

World War II                                                                  85,000,000

Korean War                                                                     5,000,000

Viet Nam War                                                                  2,000,000

Gulf Wars                                                                             22,000

Afghanistan War                                                                   31,000

TOTAL                                                                          129,053,000


Wow! Almost 130M humans killed by other humans just because of war! That is a big chunk of the world's population, just wasted due to man's inability to peacefully resolve conflicts. 

Now, let's also throw in all the people who die due to violence from guns worldwide. That is a huge number. Approximately 250,000 in 2016. Just for the sake of math, let's also assume that number has been the same for each year over the past 100 years. All of a sudden, that number becomes 22,500,000. Almost as many who died in World War I.

Why bring this up? What is the point of being reminded of all this carnage? Because one war is still waging. This war makes the other wars look like Sunday School picnics. I am talking about the war on the unborn. Even though I have addressed this issue before, this time I will use worldwide numbers instead of only domestic ones. Are you ready? Get buckled up for this one.

According to the US Abortion Clock.org, since 1980, over 1,500,000,000 innocent lives have been snuffed out. Aborted and gone, forever. That is over 20% of the world's population. That is worse than the most virulent pandemic in world history. And here is the saddest part. This is not history. It continues right now. As I am penning this article. 

I am not pro-war. In fact, I think the killing of any human by another human is obscene. In particular, I am highly offended by the killing of babies, born or unborn. I will say this to Code Pink, WAMM, or any other peaceniks who constantly protest this country anytime there is a conflict which we were justified to enter - shut up! Until you also protest the killing of the world's babies, I don't want to hear a peep out of you.

And one more thing. This is for the BLM crowd. Since all black lives matter, the 20,000,000 innocent black babies which have been aborted in this country since 1973, should matter also. 

Abortion is not the only face of war, but it is part of it. If you are not too squeamish, try watching the movie Unplanned. Especially, when they show a real abortion. Gruesome? Absolutely. It earned the move an "R" rating, just for that scene alone.

Want to stop war? Then let's start by stopping the killing at home. First and foremost, the killing of innocent unborn babies. Then the war zones some of our larger cities have turned into. How to do it? Step one, is a step most of us know. Return to God. Become a Godly nation once again. The rest will then fall into place. 


Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Untied States of America





"Me? I am looking for a state to move to which would allow sanctuary from paying taxes. I mean, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander. Right?" 



There was a time in this country, not too very long ago, that traveling from state to state was kind of fun. To see different sights, to taste different foods, to listen to different variations of the English language. We still have that, but we also have something else. What color the state is. In other words, is it a red state like Florida or Texas? Or is it bright blue like California or New York? Today, the color of the state drives so much of the culture of that state.

Let's look at two states who are polar opposites of each other, and continue to be so. This month, California passed a law (with budget muscle behind it), that all illegal immigrants will be supplied with free healthcare. Huh? California, who carries the largest state debt in the nation (just north of $150B), is now going to spend billions more on people who should not even be here. Why? Because Gavin Newsom is an idiot. He has made the entire state a sanctuary for law breakers.

Florida on the other hand, under their new Governor (Ron DeSantis), just signed a bill making it illegal for any city in Florida to be sanctuary. Gasp! This might be right up there with Georgia outlawing abortions! Get ready Florida - you might have just landed in Hollywood's sights. Shame, shame, shame!

The illegal alien question is just one way our great republic is becoming untied. No, that is not a typo. Untied, not united. The anti-sanctuary states we have right now are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Mostly bible belt states in the deep south.

One the other side of the equation, are the states which are pro-sanctuary. They are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Get the picture? Mostly coastal elites. 

The polarization of our country over these two issues, sanctuary and abortion, have become the great divide. There is no common ground, nor middle ground. They are black and white, binary issues. The question then becomes, how do you govern a nation this divided? This untied? Simple answer: after watching Washington, DC dissolve over the past ten to fifteen years - you don't. We have become ungovernable. 

The good news for the commies, socialists and statists, who live in the once great state of Minnesota - Taxing Timmy said on the campaign trail, he too, would like our state to also be sanctuary. That is, only for certain law breakers.

Me? I am looking for a state to move to which would allow sanctuary from paying taxes. Breaking the law is breaking the law. I mean, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander. Right?