Thursday, September 20, 2018

The wants and the needs....





"This year, Tim Walz is playing Santa for the Democrats. He is very good at it. Lots and lots of stuff."



Many of us parents or grandparents have had this experience. A child will come up with some kind of beg - not request, a beg. "I want this (or that)". Many times the canned response is, "Do you want it, or do you really need it?" Generally the trap works, and the kid responds with "want". Now at that time, it can be a teachable moment to define the difference between a "want" and a "need". Or just a plain "no" will suffice. Anyhow, that is the way it works with kids. But what about our state?

I have said this many times. Democrats nationwide, especially in Minnesota, are great at playing Santa Clause. The Republicans suck at it. Always have, always will. For example, in Democrat lexicon, the words "want" and "need" have the same meaning. It is like a kid filling out a Christmas list before Christmas Eve. That list will have all the heart's desires on it. Santa of course, everybody's roly, poly friend, will grant all those "wants" and the "needs". He will grant them to everyone.

In real life however, the Democrats impersonation of Santa only goes half-way. Sure, the people will come up with a list of their "wants" and "needs". And the Democrats will promise everyone they will get all of them. In fact, Democrats usually go one better. Not only will they promise everything on the list the people have come up with, they will also promise things over and above the list. Wahoo! Of course, on Christmas morning (after the election) the stocking remains empty. Year after year, it is the same thing. Empty promises, empty stockings. But Democrats keep promising, and sheeple keep believing. At least with kids, they eventually grow up and know Santa is not real.

Republicans on the other hand, know the difference between a "want" and a "need". For example, the "needs" of society, the things needed for us to survive as a people, Republicans know how to take care of. The "wants" of the people on the other hand, are different. The only thing Republicans will do, is clear the road as much as possible. Then if people really "want" something, they can work to get it. In other words, Republicans are not Santa. All they promise is equal opportunity - not equal outcomes. 

Why is it easy to play Santa Clause like the Democrats do every election cycle? For starters, the Tax Policy Center now estimates that slightly over 45% of our population pays $0 in federal income tax. Many pay no state income tax either. Translation = no skin in the game. This is all upside for the non-payers. Whereas the people who are paying the freight must always to a cost/benefit analysis before an expenditure is made, for the non-payers have no need to. It's all good. No worries - just do it!

The problem is simply this. Our country was founded not on Santa Clause it was founded on the work ethic. It was that way for many years after our founding. But the likes of Roosevelt, LBJ, and today's crop of socialists, have split this country into the makers and the takers. Into the payers and the non-payers. 

This year, Tim Walz is playing Santa for the Democrats. He is very good at it. Lots and lots of stuff. When asked how we will pay for all these wants and needs, he mumbles something about "investments" and that is it. Who will really pay for it? The 55% who pay the freight. In particular, the top 10% of the income earners. And the laundry list of freebies this year is daunting. 

Jeff Johnson on the other hand, offers solutions to vexing problems and promises only one thing - more opportunities by getting a bloated and intrusive state government out of the way. That is it. No more, no less.

Not as sexy as all the freebies Walz is offering, but on Christmas morning, the Walz stocking will once again be empty. But the Jeff Johnson stocking will be brimming and full of promise and opportunity. The two vital things needed for a better Minnesota.   

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

All juiced up? Ready to go?







"And the trade in value on my current truck if I take excellent care of it? Zero. My old truck just might be obsolete by 2025. Total junk, and ready for the scrap yard. Yes, things are moving that fast."



I am a wee bit disgusted with myself this morning. Last night I was reading a very interesting article on cars. Not today's cars - tomorrow's cars. And when I say tomorrow - not a figure of speech. Literally tomorrow. In any event, I usually bookmark interesting articles I read, so I can use them as a foundation for a future article I would write. Light night I did not (it was getting late, and I was tired) - so I forgot the bookmark. This morning I can't find it, so I will have to go by memory.

I know - some of my fellow truck driving aficionados are pleading with me - BIRD! NO MORE ELECTRIC CAR TALK! Well guess what? Please bear with me, as you might find this one interesting. The article I read said there recently some organization conducted a poll (I have no idea if the poll was valid, but for the sake of this article, I will say it was), and the results were interesting. 30% of those polled said they would buy electric for their next car. That is a huge number! Fortunately for this 30%, the car manufacturers are ahead of this developing demand, and have many new models in the pipeline.

How soon is soon? The picture in this article is of a driver-less taxi. Is it just a model? Nope - built and ready to go. In fact, General Motors would like to roll out their driver-less taxis next year! Have them up and running in 2020. Electric and autonomous. That is what we will be seeing more and more of. In fact, this article went on to say that part of the now infamous "Stimulus Bill" (Obama's boondoggle) , many charging station platforms were built. Now they are done and ready to go - just waiting for electric cars to charge. And many more are being built - this year.

Every time I read an article like the one I read last night, I am floored how fast this electric revolution is coming. I have never seen anything like it. In fact, it is coming so fast, with so much inertia from customer demand, car companies who balk and ignore this change, will be looking for something else to do. They will be out of business. 

Next year, we will all be seeing charging stations popping up all over the place. Traditional charging stations and "Quick-charge" stations on highways and freeways. At gas stations - right next to the pumps. They will be at shopping malls. Parking lots. In private garages. They will not be free to use - but the cost to charge an electric car with the equivalent "go-miles" as a tank of gasoline, will cost less than half what gasoline costs. 

My truck is just under six years old. It looks and drives brand new. My goal was to have it last at least 10 - maybe 15 years. It is a great truck, and both my wife and I love it. But it sounds like it could be my last. At least, the last which will look, act, and drive like my current one. What will my next truck look like if I wait until 2025 to buy it? I have no clue, but not like I would buy today.

And the trade in value on my current truck in 2025 if I continue to take excellent care of it? Zero. My old truck just might be obsolete by 2025. Total junk, and ready for the scrap yard. Yes, things are moving that fast.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Logan Act of 1799






"In the court of public opinion, many think what Kerry is doing right now does nothing but show him to be a horse's butt. Least wise, that is my take. Arrogant to the last, this is oh, so Kerry. The only thing I am surprised about is that Hillary is not complacent in this mess."



There are a couple old sayings which might be appropriate for this article. The first could be, just because you can do something, does not mean that you should. Then there is the old standby - if something feels wrong, it usually is. What do those two adages have to do with anything? Simple - John Kerry. John Kerry, who has no status within the Trump Administration, is going behind the back of Mike Pompeo and meeting (maybe even negotiating) with the world's number one state sponsor of terror. That would be Iran.

Oh, if only the shoe was on the other foot right now! The Democrats would not only be howling about violating the ancient Logan Act, they would also be talking sedition and treason! Maybe our side should do that also. I trust Kerry about as far as he could throw his Viet Nam medals over the White House fence. 

The thing I find the most amusing about Kerry sticking his long face into our foreign affairs is this - he is trying to save one of the worst deals ever crafted. President Trump and Secretary Pompeo want to change the deal, so it looks more like a deal, instead of a give away. Kerry on the other hand, wants to maintain this deal. A deal which favors Iran at every turn, and puts the Untied States and Israel in more danger. Like nuclear danger. 

Some might ask, "What the heck is this Logan Act, anyhow?". It is an ancient law (circa 1799) which is very simple. It prohibits ordinary citizens (without authorization) from binding this country into agreements with a foreign country. It is as rare as it is old. Like hardly ever evoked. Why? Most people know better. However, the real irony is this - one of the people in this country who SHOULD know about the Logan Act is a former Secretary of State. Like John Kerry.

What do I think that President Trump and Secretary Pompeo should do? First off, cancel Kerry's passport. Then if he does still have a security clearance, yank it. Then, I would warn him. The next time he talks to the Iranians about anything more substantial than the weather forecast, Trump's DOJ will prosecute him. Plain and simple. He may think he is all that and a bag of chips, but very few other people share that view.

In the court of public opinion, many think what Kerry is doing right now does nothing but show him to be a horse's butt. Least wise, that is my take. Arrogant to the last, this is oh, so Kerry. The only thing I am surprised about, is that Hillary is not complacent in this mess.

One of the talking heads on a Blue Team cable station thought it was poor form for Pompeo to publicly call out Kerry on his misdeeds. Really? Just wait until Session calls him out - with cuffs in his hand. Then the caterwauling from the Left will really start.   

Monday, September 17, 2018

Was up with our youngins' today?






"What does this portend for the future? I don't know - but I am concerned. We have a growing number of nut balls now coming out of college thinking that socialism is cool and we should modify our Constitution to make it our norm."



I know I probably should not be doing this, but I am finding myself reading the pundit's polls as of late. Even though I know most of them are not worth the paper (or electronic media) they are written on, I am fascinated by some of the minute details. Why and how certain blocks of voters vote the way they do. What the trends are - and so forth.


I have already address the POC (people of color) issue. Why time after time, they vote as a monolithic block for Democrats. That has puzzled many of us. And why? Democrats don't do spit for POC. Na-da. Lots of promises - little delivery. President Trump managed to peel some POC away this past election by asking one simple question - what do you have to lose? Then what happened? The POC community has the lowest unemployment rate - ever.

The one demographic which has me the most confused is age. We are becoming a nation divided by age. It seems that 40 and below (especially 30 and below), have no interest in their parents values. They don't give a rip about capitalism. Many who live in the big cities have no interest in climbing the corporate ladder. In buying a house. Even buying a car. 

These young folks of ours are also into white guilt. Into fixing climate change. Into social justice. Into new gender identification(s). Gay marriage, legalizing drugs, abortion on demand, vertical living, mass transit - these are all the new norms for the youngins. And guess what else has become the new norm for them? Voting Blue Team. Regardless of income, race, where they were raised, education, occupation - more and more youth are siding with the Democrats. The social mores of yesteryear, of mom and dad, of grandpa and grandma, are no longer valid with them.

I know what the old saying is. If you are young and vote conservative, you have no heart. If you are older and vote progressive, you have no brain. Not too long ago, the "older" was about 30, when you were out of school, working, and paying taxes. Now - not so much. This is a entirely different generation which is as alien to us, as we are to them.

What does this portend for the future? I don't know - but I am concerned. We have a growing number of nut balls now coming out of college thinking that socialism is cool and we should modify our Constitution to make it our norm. Huh? This is what happens when they teach revisionist history in our high schools and colleges. The truth takes a back seat to PC madness.

I will say this maybe every day for the next 50 days. To turn this state red, we need 1.3M voters to come out and vote for the Red Team. The Blue Team keeps getting new recruits from the next generation, so we need to counter that threat. Spread the word, and keep spreading it. 1.3M to win this state.

  

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Ready for AI? Better be...


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"What is my point in all this blather? The future is much closer than many of us think. Our education system is all tied up in knots right now. Instead of teaching skills for this ever developing future, we are more concerned in how our kids feel. How many genders there are. How to re-write our history."



Last night, while channel surfing on YouTube, I came across the Elon Musk interview where he sounded the alarm bells about AI. How AI, combined with robotics, is going to be a grave threat to mankind. He is convinced the "genie could get out of the bottle". Basically the same thing Hawking said before he died. That instead of AI being a boon to mankind, it could end up being the grim reaper instead. So, what does all this mean for today?


Absolutely nothing. Na-da. Development is continuing at a rocket's pace. Why? Many companies in many industrial countries are not seeing gloom and doom - instead, they are seeing the Golden Fleece. In fact China is so bent on getting the science of AI more matured, the Ministry of Education has mandated more AI classes be offered and research conducted at its universities. China would like to see additional AI breakthroughs coming out of its higher education facilities by 2020. Plus, by 2030, China would like 1/5 of all its manufacturing be done by automation. For China, that is a huge number!

Back to an article I wrote not too long ago. That for kids just starting Kindergarten today, 85% of the jobs which will exist when they graduate from high school, do not exist right now. China is aware of that. So is Japan. Our education system - not so much. 

But what does that mean for folks who are working today? Who have maybe 20 years or more before retirement? Get ready for constant retraining folks. Chances are, you will be changing jobs and/or companies numerous times before you hang it up. Continuing education will also be part of the mix. Those who resist change will have problems. Those who embrace change, probably not so much. But in any event, the learning curve is going to be steep - change after change. 

Most of us will have a chance to look down this rabbit hole in the very near future. Like in seven years or so. World changes will start in earnest by 2025, and accelerate from there. Our brave new world is going require us to be braver and bolder than we could have ever imagined. Will our brave new world be dystopian like Huxley predicted, or Utopian like we all hope for? 

One interview I saw with an AI technologist was very interesting. When asked what the future will look like when AI becomes common in our everyday lives, he gave a surprising yet honest answer. He said he had no idea. Why? AI is a moving target. It might be part of everything, or part of just somethings. But have no doubt - it will have some part of our lives. Was he worried like Musk and Hawking that AI might end up being our master instead of our slave. Not too much. 

What is my point in all this blather? The future is much closer than many of us think. Our education system is all tied up in knots right now. Instead of teaching skills for this ever developing future, we are more concerned in how our kids feel. How many genders there are. How to re-write our history. Meanwhile, kids in China, Japan and even India are getting ready for 2025 and beyond. 

Meanwhile, I am excited about my Alexa. I recently read the developers are working on making the Alexa units conversational. That is a big jump in the AI technology. Why is that so important? If my wife gets mad at me, I will always have someone, or should I say something, to talk with. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Is "Rock and Cows" really that dense?





"Good luck on the trail Tim. Please keep spewing the nonsense which you have been. Right now, your platform is the best thing in the world for Jeff Johnson. You want to further tax the socks off of a state which is already one of the highest taxed states in the union?" 




Hello? Earth to Tim? What are you thinking brother? Who is advising you? Are you awake? Do you know what year it is? First off, nice play referring to your soon to be former district as being made up of nothing but "rocks and cows". I have traveled in southern Minnesota many times, and I love it. Different than up north, but still has a real beauty to it. And the people I have met down there are great. They only thing I have against them, is why in the world they kept re-electing you.

But let's move on. Gas tax. Really? For a guy who says he will be the "education Governor", you are not very educated on what is real and what is not. Do you ever read the paper Mr. Walz? Do you have any idea what Detroit, as well as many of the foreign car manufacturers, are cooking up for the next few years? Electric and hybrids. Lots and lots of them. Driving assisted as well as autonomous. Many locations are putting in charging stations for electric cars. And you think a gas tax will solve our highway woes? 

By the way, a gas tax was recently polled with the good citizens of Minnesota. Most give it a thumbs down. What are we going to do then about our decrepit roads? Here is a novel idea. How about funding them with existing funds? I know, I know. This is will drive the "greenies" nuts. The money, the obscene amount of money going for rail, and the bike trails - are losers. We need to use those funds for roads. We have plenty of money coming in for good roads in this state. We just need to use it for roads instead of nonsense.

I can't close this out without saying a word or two about how you want to make Minnesota a sanctuary state. ARE YOU FLIPPING NUTS???? I mean, look at the polling numbers on that loser. I know you don't have a high degree of regard for many of the people in this state, but we are law and order people. We don't want all kinds of law breakers living within our borders with total impunity. And by the way sir - did you know we have one hell of a drug problem in this state right now? And you want open borders and sanctuary status? You really are a progressive, aren't you.

Good luck on the trail Tim. Please keep spewing the nonsense which you have been. Right now, your platform is the best thing in the world for Jeff Johnson. You want to further tax the socks off of a state which is already one of the highest taxed states in the union? DUH! Well, the damage is done. Your positions are known. Whereas Jeff Johnson will break the tired old status quo, you will take us a few levels deeper. No thanks.

This election year, the difference in candidates could not be more clear. The differences in vision between the two parties could also not be more stark. For a better Minnesota, for ALL Minnesotans, all we need do is elect Jeff Johnson. We have seen what the other side has to offer. We have lived it. Now is our chance for something much different, much better. Like a breath of fresh air - after living in a stale room for eight years. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Getting away with it....







"This is just part of the corruption from the past administration. I want it cleaned up and investigated. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more easy going Paul Ryan. Time to drain the swamp. And we will start from the deepest part of the swamp - the Obama Administration."



I have to hand it to the Democrats. On one front, they sure outplayed us during the first part of the Trump Administration. Like what? Just to re-play, we have the House, we have the Senate, and we have the White House. And what are we investigating? The non-existent Russia/Trump collusion from the 2016 election. Hello? Does anyone in Washington not know what a dry hole is? In the oil business, when you hit a dry hole, you pull your stuff out and move on. Not in Washington however - this Trump/Russia dry hole keeps getting deeper and dryer all the time. 


Meanwhile, the Clinton's have gotten away with murder (figuratively and maybe even literally). In fact, when Ms. Clinton was our SOS and the Benghazi mess happened, both her and her boss (BHO), escaped without a scratch. How could that happen? In fact, Obama is now so brazen (due to the fact he and Hillary got away with it), this past week, he referred to the entire Benghazi event as a "GOP made up conspiracy".

Really Barry? Should we dive deep on what really happened on that 9/11 anniversary in Libya? How Obama's "good friend", Christopher Stevens, was literally abandoned and sacrificed? How innocent Americans were who were there to protect Ambassador Stevens were killed or wounded to cover up this colossal eff-up? No - there is a lot left to tell on this story. Many truths which have never been revealed. And remember - Susan Rice was only the puppet in this charade. We want the puppet master(s). Most of us have a pretty good idea who the puppet masters were, but we need Congressional hearings, under oath, with witnesses, and FACTS, to clear this up. 

Did I mention that Fast and Furious is also still an open sore? The soul of Brian Terry still cries out for justice. And where is Brian's justice? Not here. He was just collateral damage in the scheme that Barry and his AG, Holder hatched. The one which would show how "out of control" our guns were in Mexico. We have so many guns in America, they were leaking across the border to commit crimes. The problem is, Fast and Furious backfired, and Agent Terry paid the ultimate price for it. Now let's have the truth.

Then there was the Obama Administration weaponizing the IRS. We cannot forget Lois Lerner. Lois and her do nothing boss, Koskinen. They personified the "DEEP STATE", even before most of us knew what it was. Then - after that egregious misuse of power, what was the remedy? Not much. Lerner is "retired" now, drawing a huge salary. And Koskinen still heads up the IRS! I want this fixed!

What else do I want? I want an end to this Mueller bull crap, and a start to real investigations. When? When Congress starts to roll again. Before the midterms. There is much, much to do.

I have not even addressed the missing Clinton emails and the "pay for play" her husband was involved in while Hillary was SOS. Or the uranium issue, which 99% of the citizens do not understand. They don't understand why and how that sale (or give away) was okay. 

Finally, we cannot forget John Kerry. The architect of that phony Iran deal which cost us a mint. What exactly did Kerry and Obama agree to? Without having Congressional approval? Without even having the Iranians sign the deal? And where did those pallets of cash come from? Oh yes - we need hearings on this issue also. Big time.

This is just part of the corruption from the past administration. I want it exposed, investigated, and cleaned up. I want heads to roll. I want people doing the perp walk. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more easy going Paul Ryan. Time to drain the swamp. And we will start from the deepest part of the swamp - the Obama Administration.