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Posts by nathanbedford

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  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/24/2014 10:50:47 AM PST · 78 of 79
    nathanbedford to discostu
    In two years the experts working for the networks will call the elections in the majority of races literally within minutes after the polls close. They do this based on their study of demographics.

    If you were paid to predict, or retroactively identify, the voting pattern of any individual whom you cannot see, whose name you do not know, and whose address you do not know but of whom you were allowed to ask only one question, that question would almost certainly be:

    What is your race?

    If he or she identifies himself to be black, you would be right 90 to 95% of the time with the obvious answer and you would pick up your paycheck.

    If he or she identifies himself to be Hispanic, you would be right 60 to 70% of the time.

    If he or she identifies herself as Jewish, you would be right about 70% of the time.

    If he or she identifies himself to be white, you would be right barely more than half the time.

    If he or she identifies himself as Polynesian, Eskimo, or American Indian you would be right about 90% of the time.

    Gender, class, income, education all important pieces of data but not one is as important as race. Demographics make electoral destiny and race above all determines demographic tendencies. The demographics of race are clear.

    I hope to talk to you again before two years.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/24/2014 10:11:07 AM PST · 76 of 79
    nathanbedford to discostu
    The Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six national elections; they have won the popular vote but once since 1988. This is the reality of history that cannot be cavalierly dismissed.

    In addition to the states named in my last post, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio and Virginia all went Democrat and all only a few years ago would have been firmly in the Republican column. Pennsylvania can hardly be described as a swing state, it is turning blue. The election in 2014 is a reaction to Obama's overreach and is an outlier. The electorate of given states has demonstrated that it will occasionally vote a Republican as governor but not as president, a phenomenon I alluded to in one of my posts.

    As to the wrongheadedness of forecasting permit majorities, consider the permanency of the Democrat hold on cities since the Irish immigration, consider the permanency of the Democrat hold on the Northeast, consider the permanency of the Democrat hold in California, Oregon and Washington, these states have simply been lost to the Republican cause, absent a set of circumstances which generates an outlier. That is why we have lost the last 5/6 popular votes. Consider the permanency of the hold of the Democrat party in the South from 1860 to 1968-a century is not permanent but it works for my time horizon.

    If I am wrong we win, if you are wrong we get clobbered.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/24/2014 12:22:39 AM PST · 71 of 79
    nathanbedford to Lazamataz
    I hate words.

    The first thing you know they multiply like bacteria and become sentences and then those pesky paragraphs. Sooner or later the population explodes and pages result!

    There is no end to the damage they can do. They start feuds, even wars, confuse the unwary and deceive the gullible. We all know that in the wrong hands, or rather the wrong mouths, they come out as hate speech and some people's feelings are actually hurt.

    The only solution is for all of us to transfer our posting to Twitter where we would be disciplined to 145 words, more than enough to piss off the average reader there.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/24/2014 12:10:02 AM PST · 70 of 79
    nathanbedford to discostu
    270 electoral college votes are needed to elect the president.

    California, which you discount as only one state, yields a guaranteed 20% of that sum, 55 votes, to the Democrat.

    Add New England which are conceded-32 votes-12%. The Democrat is almost 1/3 of the way home now.

    Let's return to the West Coast to add Washington and Oregon-19 votes-9%. 106 votes so far, 40% home.

    Add New York and New Jersey which you have conceded, 43 votes or another 16%-149 votes or more than halfway now at 55% of votes needed.

    We forgot the most Democrat state in the nation (and no surprise to me but contrary to your thesis, the most diverse state in the union), Hawaii, with four votes-153.

    We agreed on Maryland, another 10 votes-163 total means the Democrat is 60% home.

    At this point the Democrat needs 136 more votes. The Republican needs 270 votes.

    You speak of the swing states. I said the swing states are rapidly reducing in number. It used to be that we can count Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin as swing states. (Actually, California was the swing state and so was New Jersey not very long ago but no more. The trend is not our friend it is certainly not the friend of your argument.) If the states are swinging they are swinging toward the Democrats.

    If the Democrat sweeps these states he picks up another 76 votes, about half of what he needs leaving him short only 60 votes.

    At this point the numbers come down in practical terms to the Republicans running the table or facing defeat. Worse, the Republicans cannot afford to lose any one of Texas, Florida, Ohio and have any realistic chance of winning. I remind you of Florida's recent vote history and I note the correlation between that history and the growth of the Hispanic demographic. Republican strategist all lose sleep nights when they consider the Hispanic population in Texas and the danger that it poses if it conforms to the Hispanic voting in the rest of the nation. In that case, game over. As to Ohio, Obama carried Ohio twice.

    It used to be that Virginia was a solid Republican state but it is now become a blue state. There was a area in northern Virginia called "Mosby's Confederacy" centered around Loudoun County, horse country, Loudoun County has now gone Democrat for the last few elections. If the GOP cannot carry Mosby's Confederacy in the Old Dominion, it really is time secede. It is now questionable whether the GOP can carry North Carolina. North Carolina a swing state!

    The swing states have gone blue and blue states have gone swing. The demographic data is clear and devastating. The history, contrary to your assertions, is equally clear and devastating. The reality of the electoral college is devastating.

  • (Vanity) Population and Jobs

    11/23/2014 10:44:42 PM PST · 14 of 19
    nathanbedford to grey_whiskers
    You have articulated so well a question that has preoccupied me for some time: how can liberty and a decent society be preserved in the wake of technological revolution? You also confront us with the question whether in the era of globalization we should adopt a more mercantilist policy?

    The obvious historic parallel to our digital and technological revolution currently remaking our world is the advent of the Industrial Revolution which dislocated whole populations as it eliminated traditional ways of sustaining life. In the modern age Western societies, for good or for ill, demand the government intervene to cushion dislocations generated by technological change. You raise the question whether governments are capable of coping with the scope of dislocations which are bound to occur as we move into a society in which wealth is increasingly created by robots and software.

    Our social safety net society is peculiarly vulnerable to such change because so many of our social welfare programs rest on the foundation of employment. If workers are displaced for robots, what happens to the Social Security system? What happens to healthcare funded at the workplace? How can society be made to work if the social net is kept in place for those who do not work because robots are now doing their job? When a robot becomes obsolete with age does its employer pay a pension to the individual who lost his job to that robot? If not, what happens to our aged?

    Obama's solution only makes the problem worse and of course that is the solution being imposed on us tyrannically, to import millions of uneducated (you should excuse the expression, Congresswoman Bachmann), illiterate and unskilled alien workers to fund Social Security and the rest of the social safety net. I think that scheme was tried by a fellow named Ponzi and it came to grief. Both the solution and the process which brings us this solution are, I fear, a model for future solutions be pushed by the left.

    Elizabeth Warren tells us that we have no right to that wealth our robots might generate because " you didn't build that" and that song is going to become more and more popular as displaced people seize on it to rationalize government compelling wealth transfers to themselves.

    History tells us that the dislocations of Dickensian horrors of the early Industrial Revolution in England should not be allowed to happen to us. Certainly, the people will not permit the government to stand idly by without "fixing" the problem, making things more "fair" and in exchange a huge chunk personal liberty will be readily sacrificed. Government will be only too eager to "manage" these dislocations but it is up to conservatives to preserve liberty while they do so.

    I have no answer, I do not know how conservative values of liberty and preservation of property can be maintained in such an atmosphere. Clearly, the idea of basing the social net on employment will not survive. The idea of keeping wealth must somehow survive.

    As to globalization, the United States is taking a knife to a gunfight because our leaders, beginning with George Bush Senior and Junior and right on through to today were oriented not as trustees with a fiduciary duty to their nation state, but as pioneers of one world global market. Philosophically, they saw no harm in sacrificing national advantage for the greater long-term goal of globalization. In dealing with the Chinese, the United States has exhibited an astonishing level of naïveté. History will undoubtedly someday reveal that the United States trade posture with China is also the product of an enormous degree of corruption.

    The Chinese are making war by other means and we are making nice. Eventually this rubber band, like the rubber band holding the social safety net together in the face of technological change, will tear asunder.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 11:22:34 AM PST · 57 of 79
    nathanbedford to ckilmer
    Yours is an extremely interesting reply and a fascinating futuristic piece.

    I cannot judge from a technological point of view whether your predictions will prove out but certainly we agree that the changes brought about by technology, especially in the energy space but also in the digital world will be profound. I have pointed out the analogies to the sweeping changes imposed on the crofters, the tenant farmers of Ireland, the Luddites by the Industrial Revolution.

    Changes of some sort of another are coming and they are coming rapidly the question for conservatives is, how do we accommodate this change in liberty? If conservatives are not in the forefront of protecting liberty, the left will exploit the changes to impose tyranny. The model against which we must work is the global warming fraud which the left uses to reshape society entirely. They will try the same when real technological change comes. They are trying to control the Internet now, for example.

    I have more confidence in James Madison understanding the digital revolution and the energy revolution and their implications for liberty than I do every bureaucrat in Washington.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 11:07:51 AM PST · 55 of 79
    nathanbedford to discostu
    If one takes a state the size of California one can hardly be accused of cherry picking, certainly of one takes all of New England to add to California one can hardly be accused of cherry picking. Now add New Jersey. Finally, add New York.

    The problem from your point of view in talking about swing states is that there are ever fewer of them as more and more states move into the blue column because of demographics.

    As to the idea that there is a mushy middle, roughly 1/3, which decides elections and that this has ever been so and ever will be so deserves tight scrutiny. First, you refer to our history going back to the Civil War. I reply that the Irish got off the boats during the Civil War and turned the northern coastal cities Democrat and tended to keep them that way until the next demographic wave, Jews and Italians for the most part, confirmed the Democrat hold on cities. Finally, the demographic wave of African-Americans in World War I and especially in World War II and thereafter nailed the voting booth door shut to Republicans. The lock on those northern cities has occasionally been picked but the trend is indisputable and durable. There is no mushy middle in Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Maryland etc. These states will occasionally behave eccentrically as Maryland recently did but the pattern holds.

    The idea that there will always be a cyclical movement back and forth between Republicans and Democrats has some validity by the nature of our federal system. Where you have a winner take all situation, as you do in the American elections, third parties are discouraged as one of the two parties will move to absorb a burgeoning rival. So that has tended over the centuries to keep America a two-party system as opposed to the experience in Europe with parliamentary democracies. However, a two-party system simply breaks down if the demographics compel it as it has so many times in America. We are now seeing the winner take all election statewide in many American states dominated by the cities. This is purely a demographic result. It may change but there is nothing before us to suggest that it will.

    There is, however, plenty of serious data which I sent to you describing the change in the racial makeup of this country by 2050. That can be dismissed with conclusionary language, but I don't find that persuasive.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 10:32:00 AM PST · 51 of 79
    nathanbedford to discostu
    If California, which is notoriously leads the way for the whole country, is rejected by you as a model because it is just one state, how about all of New England? How about New Jersey?

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 10:20:24 AM PST · 47 of 79
    nathanbedford to GOPJ; khelus
    Have you seen reply # 43?

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 10:17:59 AM PST · 46 of 79
    nathanbedford to dalereed
    Technology has giving you a mouse and God has giving you the hand eye coordination to move it. You could simply have used your mouse to click past the article or you could use your keyboard, as you did, to bitch about it.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 10:07:31 AM PST · 40 of 79
    nathanbedford to discostu
    Just apply everything you said to the history of the Republican Party in California and I think you will recant.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 9:27:13 AM PST · 34 of 79
    nathanbedford to discostu

    U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050

    Executive Summary

    If current trends continue, the population of the United States will rise to 438 million in 2050, from 296 million in 2005, and 82% of the increase will be due to immigrants arriving from 2005 to 2050 and their U.S.-born descendants, according to new projections developed by the Pew Research Center.

    Of the 117 million people added to the population during this period due to the effect of new immigration, 67 million will be the immigrants themselves and 50 million will be their U.S.-born children or grandchildren.

    Among the other key population projections:

    Nearly one in five Americans (19%) will be an immigrant in 2050, compared with one in eight (12%) in 2005. By 2025, the immigrant, or foreign-born, share of the population will surpass the peak during the last great wave of immigration a century ago.
    The major role of immigration in national growth builds on the pattern of recent decades, during which immigrants and their U.S.-born children and grandchildren accounted for most population increase. Immigration’s importance increased as the average number of births to U.S.-born women dropped sharply before leveling off.
    The Latino population, already the nation’s largest minority group, will triple in size and will account for most of the nation’s population growth from 2005 through 2050. Hispanics will make up 29% of the U.S. population in 2050, compared with 14% in 2005.
    Births in the United States will play a growing role in Hispanic and Asian population growth; as a result, a smaller proportion of both groups will be foreign-born in 2050 than is the case now.
    The non-Hispanic white population will increase more slowly than other racial and ethnic groups; whites will become a minority (47%) by 2050.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 7:50:30 AM PST · 20 of 79
    nathanbedford to Rapscallion
    perhaps you missed the references to culture.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 7:49:16 AM PST · 18 of 79
    nathanbedford to Tax-chick

    I do not compare myself with Mozart but I do compare you with the Emperor. I do hope that the following excerpt of transcript from the movie, Amadeus, does not overtax you.

    From the movie “Amadeus”

    EMPEROR: Well, Herr Mozart! A good effort. Decidedly that. An excellent effort! You’ve shown us something quite new today.

    [Mozart bows frantically: he is over-excited.]

    MOZART: It is new, it is, isn’t it, Sire?

    EMPEROR: Yes, indeed.

    MOZART: So then you like it? You really like it, Your Majesty?

    EMPEROR: Of course I do. It’s very good. Of course now and then - just now and then - it gets a touch elaborate.

    MOZART: What do you mean, Sire?

    EMPEROR: Well, I mean occasionally it seems to have, how shall one say? [he stops in difficulty; turning to Orsini-Rosenberg] How shall one say, Director?

    ORSINI-ROSENBERG: Too many notes, Your Majesty?

    EMPEROR: Exactly. Very well put. Too many notes.

    MOZART: I don’t understand. There are just as many notes, Majesty, as are required. Neither more nor less.

    EMPEROR: My dear fellow, there are in fact only so many notes the ear can hear in the course of an evening. I think I’m right in saying that, aren’t I, Court Composer?

    SALIERI: Yes! yes! er, on the whole, yes, Majesty.

    MOZART: But this is absurd!

    EMPEROR: My dear, young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Cut a few and it will be perfect.

    MOZART: Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?

    EMPEROR: Well. There it is.

  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 7:18:20 AM PST · 2 of 79
    nathanbedford to Jacquerie; Jim Noble; Servant of the Cross
    a vanity for your amusement.
  • Soon, Within the Lives of Most of You, the American Dream Will Slip Away.

    11/23/2014 7:14:06 AM PST · 1 of 79
  • Republican Elders Warn Colleagues Against 'Stupid' Responses (McCain and Graham!)

    11/22/2014 6:59:31 AM PST · 26 of 53
    nathanbedford to bigbob

    I Am humbled that you could set me right.

  • Republican Elders Warn Colleagues Against 'Stupid' Responses (McCain and Graham!)

    11/22/2014 6:57:55 AM PST · 25 of 53
    nathanbedford to bigbob
    Big Bob, I'm bumbled that you could set me right.

  • Giving thanks to a brave congresswoman whose life is now in danger

    11/22/2014 6:51:06 AM PST · 5 of 14
    nathanbedford to rktman
    Michelle Bachmann was ever able to fend off her acknowledged enemies on the left. She won her elections in the teeth of vicious attacks and tidal waves of money. She did all this in a purple if not a blue state.

    But who had her back? The same Republican leaders who are presently selling us out? The same fatcats aligned with Karl Rove who are parceling out bags of money to discredit and defeat real conservatives in places like Mississippi? The Bushes? Hardly.

    The worst of this is that the object lesson for conservatives who aim to practice high principles in public service is that the conservative cause is a losing cause and its exponents can expect only martyrdom. So Michelle Bachmann exits the stage to join Sarah Palin who was also edged off the stage for the same reasons, by the same people, with the same tactics.

    The war on conservative women goes on. It is a pity that these two must fall victim

  • Republican Elders Warn Colleagues Against 'Stupid' Responses (McCain and Graham!)

    11/22/2014 6:40:39 AM PST · 21 of 53
    nathanbedford to TADSLOS
    Oh, how I would like to be wrong!

  • Republican Elders Warn Colleagues Against 'Stupid' Responses (McCain and Graham!)

    11/22/2014 6:33:51 AM PST · 18 of 53
    nathanbedford to cotton1706
    Unfortunately, the word has obviously come down from the top of Fox news to the talent to affirmatively discourage any attempts to withhold funding or to impeach. This is obvious from the discussions on The Five and from the remarks of Charles Krauthammer. It appears that Karl Rove is dominant both behind as well is in front of the cameras.

    Not a word has been uttered by any Republican leader that would educate the public about the gravity of this assault on the Constitution by Barack Obama. No effort to convince the country that their liberty is at stake. Beyond that, no evidence that the Republican leadership is endeavoring to connect 5 million immigrants with lost jobs, lower wages, flooded emergency rooms, over crowded schools, dangerous streets, higher taxes and bigger more bloated government. There is no attempt by the Republican leadership to tell the people why this is such a miscarriage of their liberty and a looting of their purse.

    In view of the participation of so many Republican senators in that traitorous bill to foment amnesty and the patently unenthusiastic efforts of Boehner to withhold the vote in the House, it is clear that a significant part of the Republican leadership wants amnesty. It is as clear as the reality that they do not want to actually repeal Obamacare.

    There is no campaign against amnesty, the campaign is against those who oppose amnesty. They don't want the country educated, they certainly don't want the country agitated, they want this to fade from consciousness.

  • Immigration hawks eye Enzi's move to take budget committee gavel

    11/21/2014 11:41:12 PM PST · 26 of 26
    nathanbedford to Impy
    I know of no one who challenges Senator Mike Espe's "right" to seek the chairmanship, I support his right to do so, we do however object to mealymouthed arguments which confuse his right with the undesirability and even the seemliness of his self-seeking effort.

    These objections stem from the now indisputable awareness that Mike Espe is a Rino who carries a C rating from Conservative Review and who just since the election has announced his determination to impose an Internet tax. Mike Espe has a history of being a Rino in Washington and a trustworthy conservative in Wyoming. There is every reason to suspect that Espe's challenge to Jeff Sessions originates with Mitch McConnell and at the very least carries his implicit blessing in an effort to deprive Jeff Sessions of a microphone and a power base which Sessions will undoubtedly exploit in an effort to stop Obama's immigration putsch, a campaign which McConnell clearly has no stomach for having been bought by Wall Street.

    I have heretofore to my knowledge not referred to Espe as a "despicable Rino" although I will do so now. He is not despicable for seeking to advance his personal power, that is his right as we both agree, what's despicable is that he undermines conservatism. Time after time we have seen in this primary season the Rino establishment defeating conservative efforts to discipline wayward senators from safe seats like Mississippi and Kansas. At the end of the day we have a Mitch McConnell Senate beholden not to the conservative base of the Republican Party but to K St. and Wall Street. Mike Espe is one more vote for Mitch McConnell and, if he gains the chairmanship, one more lost opportunity.

    The idea that Espe is a reliable conservative and Liz Cheney is a somehow far to Espe's left is hardly persuasive now. Even granting the allegation, so what? I say the Rinos in the Senate need to have the fear of God put into them and that will do far more good than any harm Liz Cheney might do to the left of Mike Espe.

    The point is not Ms. Cheney, the point is that the senators need to fear us. If Ms. Cheney is soft on queers, another person might say, in view of her sister's lesbianism, that she has strong family values. I don't say that but I do say that saving the Republic is a hell of a lot more important than the views of a senator who has absolutely no jurisdiction or power over gay marriage. That is being done in the courts and then you must ask yourself do we have a sufficient number of conservatives to turn down Obama appointees to the courts? The answer is no, of course we do not because they do not fear us.

    If you cannot start in Wyoming, one of the safest conservative seats in the nation, where can you start?

    I have one possible answer which I find that many people who support Mike Espe oppose: The Article V movement which understands that as long as states like Wyoming send us senators like Espe our salvation will never be found in Washington. It is telling that so many of the same people who support Rinos in Washington oppose Article V.

  • The GOP Reaction to Obama's Immigration Order Will Be Way More Damaging Than They Realize

    11/21/2014 1:32:24 PM PST · 24 of 47
    nathanbedford to House Atreides
    This article is so poorly written and so sold out to the meme that Republicans are racists that it it simply is not worth refuting.

    It is worth noting in passing, however, that the idea that the nation is substantively behind Obama's amnesty is belied by the recent election. Republicans will do very well on the substance if they keep talking jobs lost to illegal immigrants as well as "procedure." I simply do not believe the recent poll that says that more than 70% of Americans favor the elements of Obama's amnesty but 48% disapprove of the method. Americans are simply not that sophisticated, they don't think in those terms and they have never been enamored of procedure.

    I believe they just know their borders are being overrun their jobs, their schools, and their hospitals are being overrun and it must be stopped.

  • Anti-Semitism in Germany On the Rise, Survey Finds

    11/21/2014 1:07:54 PM PST · 22 of 24
    nathanbedford to FreedomPoster
    My strictly anecdotal impression is that anti-Semitism is on the rise here in Bavaria. But it is necessary, I think, to understand it is the sort that believes that Jewish money dominates America and would involve Germany in a war with Russia over Ukraine or make war over oil. It actually believes that the war industry has that much power.

    But understand this is not the same matrix by which conservatives would judge the world, not with respect to anti-Semitism, but respecting the power of the left to inveigle America into bad foreign policy through weakness. They simply do not understand the conservative view, are utterly ignorant of the left right axis in America, and have virtually no exposure to conservative opinion.

    So they are utterly ignorant of George Soros but fear the Rothschilds and Goldman Sachs.

    So the poster who observes that this is a throwback to the prewar years strikes a chord with what I have been hearing. But it must be understood that my exposure is very limited and entirely anecdotal.

    Just today I received this e-mail from a neighbor complaining about Wall Street:

    lis im Focus online heute nach:

    und auch die Kommentare. USA überspannt den Bogen. Jetzt heizen sie einen Konflikt mit Russland über die Ukraine an. Insbesondere Wir heir haben die Arschkarte.

    Selbst die Dummen in Deutschland kapieren langsam, dass wir keinbe Freunde der Wallstreet sind, sondern nur gut sind deren Ziele umzusetzen.


    11/21/2014 4:24:37 AM PST · 57 of 125
    nathanbedford to Theodore R.
    He is only a Rino when in Washington.

  • Japan's Demographic Nightmare Illustrated In An Exquisite GIF

    11/21/2014 4:22:37 AM PST · 22 of 33
    nathanbedford to rbg81
    You are right, chief executive officers are under extreme pressure to increase profits and indeed do so on a quarterly basis which only aggravates even as it accelerates the problem.

    You're also right that, ultimately, it comes down to a matter of expanding sales after expenses are rationalized. Fortunately, the world offers yet billions of potential customers for consumer goods many hundreds of millions of which are entering the middle-class at a very rapid rate thus opening up markets. The problem is, our tax policies and our trade policies have forfeited these markets, after having forfeited our own domestic market, to the Chinese and others.

    It seems that these corporate officers who are desperate to increase profits are concentrating on reducing expenses by sending everything that can be moved offshore to some third world country like India for IT work and China for manufacturing. I understand that IBM has hundreds of thousands of people sitting in front of computers India doing the IT work that could be done in America because the work comes out of America, albeit at a much greater cost.

    Countries like China, and India too, are consciously mercantilist, that is, they protect their markets while trying to exploit the American markets. Meanwhile, Barack Obama opens our borders, further driving down the employment opportunities and wage levels for American citizens. So long as our political system allocates Social Security, unemployment benefits, medical care, tax consequences of pensions and savings, and disability provisions on employment status to some degree or other we are in a vortex.

    I cannot believe that the solution to all of this is to open our borders and bring in masses of illiterate, uneducated, unskilled, aliens. Somehow, the solution must be found in technology, as it was after World War II for example, and the political system itself must be altered so that our corporations can function within it without beggaring thy neighbor and behaving as though the devil can take the hindmost.


    11/21/2014 1:43:16 AM PST · 41 of 125
    nathanbedford to Jim Robinson
    By all means, let us push Jeff Sessions aside in favor of Rino Mike Enzi.

    That we we will get no action on immigration or Obamacare but we will get an Internet tax.

  • Enzi Plans to Oust Sessions from Budget Chair

    11/21/2014 12:15:16 AM PST · 45 of 45
    nathanbedford to BillyBoy
    … can be documented

    Do it or stop your libels.

    I knew I would get neither documentation nor apology as predicted, rather you have instead doubled down making you doubly contemptible.

  • Enzi Plans to Oust Sessions from Budget Chair

    11/20/2014 11:42:57 PM PST · 43 of 45
    nathanbedford to BillyBoy
    You have really crossed the line.

    You conclude as follows:

    Jeff Sessions is a good, honest, principled man. It's a shame some people on this forum resort to such DESPICABLE TACTICS to advocate on his behalf. Hopefully he will win the post in spite of your ANTICS. (emphasis supplied)

    I suppose you mean by my "antics" your allegations which appear above that I have, (1) "continuing to flat-out lie" about Mike and his record in office; (2) falsely claiming he's a liberal; (3) portraying Jeff Sessions as the sitting budget Committee Chairman

    If you cannot document these charges you in decency should apologize.

    No doubt you will fail to get around to doing either so I will note for the record that Jeff Sessions is the ranking member of the committee with which is a relevant fact that you are left out when you excoriated me for "distorting reality":

    Nor is distorting the reality of the situation by portraying Sessions as the sitting Budget Committee Chairman and pretending that Enzi is trying to "strip" or "oust" Sessions from that job.

    Let the reader consider whether lies of omission distort reality.

    You are really contemptible.

  • Japan's Demographic Nightmare Illustrated In An Exquisite GIF

    11/20/2014 11:29:34 PM PST · 5 of 33
    nathanbedford to iowamark
    This is a reply from weeks ago:

    …it is the countries which burden themselves with unproductive populations that will be disadvantaged in the new technological era. The more technologically advanced we become the less we will need human labor and the more top-heavy becomes a governing scheme which depends on a broad base of wage earners to support the sick and the elderly. This is not just because it is chasing one's tail to try to compensate for people getting old by having babies or by bringing in unskilled immigrants. That is only to borrow trouble for the future.

    But the real problem is that wealth will not be created by the sweat of our brows or the strength of our backs but by robots and by artificial intelligence. So a system based on supporting the government through withholding or taxing wages is doomed to starve as the bulk of wealth is made by machines controlled by the savvy. Unwashed masses do not provide a solution but are in fact the problem.

    This article seeks to tell Americans that the solution is to open the borders. While this particular solution is offensive to most conservatives, most conservatives will reflexively maintain that we must increase our population for economic health. This plays into the hands of the leftists.

    The population of America has more than doubled in my lifetime and with every increase we lose liberty. Think about that the next time you are caught in a traffic jam, seek access to a national park, or run afoul of the zoning law or a conservation law. The reason you don't have the liberty to build on your property because there is a puddle on it is directly related to population density. Density is not a question of dividing all the acres in America by the number of people, is a question of dividing the desirable acres by the number of people, dividing the resources like water by the number of people (asks in California farmers) and watering down your vote.

    Once these truths are accepted, the conservative realizes that to hold fast to the Ponzi scheme which is Social Security is to condemn the Republic to bankruptcy and to open the gates wide for the leftists to come in and control every facet of our lives. Knowing this, the true conservative will try to find ways of preserving liberty while recognizing that the production of wealth is changing from one basis to another. We have seen this several times in history as civilization moves from hunter gatherers to agriculture and from agriculture to the Industrial Revolution and from the Industrial Revolution to the digital age. Ask the crofters of Scotland or the tenant farmers of Ireland about what happens to people when these monumental changes in technology occur. We either are going to have violent upheavals, think of the peasants' revolts opposed by Martin Luther, the Luddites and their suppression, or the Dickensian world of the early Industrial Revolution in Britain to understand that technology will have its way.

    We conservatives must find a way to harness that technology to liberty without engorging and the state in doing so.

  • Enzi Plans to Oust Sessions from Budget Chair

    11/20/2014 11:17:09 PM PST · 41 of 45
    nathanbedford to BillyBoy; Impy
    Serving as the Ranking minority member on the Budget Committee over the past few years, Sessions has effectively used budget point of orders to tactically block big spending bills and has fought terrible budget deals proposed by both Republicans and Democrats. He has served as a one-man think tank and stalwart against amnesty and in defense of our nation’s borders, sovereignty, workers, and taxpayers. Indeed, in an era when the budget process will be the last recourse against Obama’s lawlessness, there is nobody more qualified to serve as Budget chair than Sessions.

    That is what Jeff sessions has done, as explained by the lead of the article in question, what has Enzi done?

    even though Enzi has not served as ranking minority member on the Budget committee or led publicly on budgetary issues, his seniority would bump Sessions from the position.

    I will let the reader judge whether relitigating George Bush's vacations is relevant to this discussion. Perhaps we ought to consider the relative merits of Sessions vs. Enzi. But in your relentless effort to cover for Enzi you try to divert the discussion away from matters relevant.

  • Enzi Plans to Oust Sessions from Budget Chair

    11/20/2014 10:16:51 PM PST · 38 of 45
    nathanbedford to BillyBoy; Impy
    Each branch of government is to act as a check against the others and NOT SIT IDLY BY as one exercises authority it does not have… (emphasis supplied)

    Billy boy, you neglected to quote that portion of Senator Enzi's press release in which he states what he is going to do about Obama's tyrannical usurpation of power while he is not "sitting idly by."

    Well, of course, there is no such portion because Enzi will do nothing. Perhaps because he has been too busy since the election not sitting idly by but trying to strip Senator Jeff Sessions, a man who has been actually doing something, of his powers and trying to force everyone in the country to pay an Internet tax. Here we have a internal traitor who is also trying to increase our taxes.

    Busy man your Senator Enzi but I am afraid since election his rating has fallen from from C to F and should really go into the minus column as he moves from 0 for 2 to 3, 4…

    Not incidentally, rather than actually quote someone and identify the individual you quote, you slap quotation marks around statements as though they were attributed to me which is very misleading.

    Until you get it, until you begin to understand that it is the Senator Enzis within our own party who, because of their deviousness and hypocrisy are as much of a problem as any New York senator like Charles Schumer, you will never permit conservatism to perform its role in these parlous times for the Republic. Every day Enzi is in Washington he is selling us out and you are covering for him.

  • Enzi Plans to Oust Sessions from Budget Chair

    11/20/2014 6:48:24 AM PST · 35 of 45
    nathanbedford to Impy
    Let's just wait for his next depredation and see then if we can come to consensus

  • Enzi Plans to Oust Sessions from Budget Chair

    11/20/2014 5:46:07 AM PST · 33 of 45
    nathanbedford to Impy
    If they are still laughing, they're laughing the laugh of fools because they have been had by a C rated Rino parading as a conservative in one of the most conservative states in the union.

  • Don’t Mince Words: Gruber Tapes Show President Obama Is A Liar

    11/20/2014 3:52:40 AM PST · 14 of 37
    nathanbedford to Cincinatus' Wife
    I commend you for continually bringing David Horowitz's very credible explanation of the motivations of leftists to our attention. The essay is so good it should be read in its entirety.

    Indeed, one might even go so far as to say that it rivals Witness by Whittaker Chambers as an insider's explanation of what makes leftists what they are and what makes them behave the way they do. Both Chambers and Horowitz are insiders, recovering leftists, who have figuratively been reborn and their descriptions and explanations carry the weight of their own experiences. As such they are invaluable because they are credible.

  • How to Win Like Elizabeth Warren -- A field guide for the Democratic Party

    11/20/2014 3:45:10 AM PST · 15 of 35
    nathanbedford to Zakeet
    That's it?

    Bloat the bankrupt post office with even more bureaucracy and add functions to a 19th century model of 21st century digital banking already being done at the speed of light in the private sector?

    That is how Elizabeth Warren is going to take over the Republic?

  • GOP will turn ‘nuclear option’ to its advantage 2015 Senate plan to co-opt Obama strategy

    11/20/2014 3:24:57 AM PST · 20 of 43
    nathanbedford to Principled
    The Republic in the lame-duck is protected against the ravages of Obama, as it has been since the 2010 election, by the House of Representatives.

    During the lame-duck, as to nominations, Obama would be in position to stuff many obnoxious officeholders into the bureaucracy and various offices. Certainly the office of the Attorney General comes to mind.

    But after the new Senate comes in, the question is what can we as conservatives do to force the Rinos to do in opposition to Barack Obama. Impeachment, evidently, has been taken off the table without any effort whatsoever to educate the American people as to its necessity and value. McConnell and Boehner have explicitly said they will not shut down the government which is another way of saying they will not employ the power of the purse to stop Obama.

    Perhaps they will, in effect, pass a series of budget authorizations funding every department except homeland security which evidently enforces immigration law and when that matter comes up they will attach a rider prohibiting any funds to be used for amnesty. To believe that means we have to trust Boehner and McConnell.

    Meanwhile, we are left with Ted Cruz acting to stop all of Obama's nominees as a way of crippling the administration so long as Obama persists in his illegal diktat concerning amnesty. So long as Cruz might have to do that by filibuster because the establishment combines with the Democrats against him, the number of votes needed to quash a filibuster should be raised to two thirds or even three quarters.

  • GOP will turn ‘nuclear option’ to its advantage 2015 Senate plan to co-opt Obama strategy

    11/20/2014 2:51:17 AM PST · 8 of 43
    nathanbedford to Gorilla44
    I'm not so sure that this is to our advantage.

    As I understand it, the nuclear option applies only to ending filibusters against nominees, it does not apply to legislation in general. The Democrats are disciplined and united, probably because of oligarchical control of their monies, far more than are Republicans who are at this juncture in the midst of a civil war between the base and the elitists, between conservatives and Rinos.

    Republicans are prone, as history has shown respecting approving Democrat nominees, to divide against themselves and slavishly approved Democrat nominees. With the likes of Lindsay Graham, John McCain, the women from Maine, New Hampshire, and Alaska, there is a core of traitors.

    So the danger is that a Democrat president can cobble together enough Rino Republicans to join with his Democrat minority to get approval. But as Ted Cruz pursues his plan to stop all nondefense related nominees by Obama so long as Obama pushes his tyrannical amnesty plan, it would be in our interest as conservatives for his opposition, manifested if necessary as a filibuster, to be unbreakable.

    Legislation in general, however, is a different matter.

  • Michael Steele slaps his GOP team on immigration: 'Get a grip'

    11/20/2014 1:53:02 AM PST · 29 of 46
    nathanbedford to 2ndDivisionVet
    Nathan Bedford's first Maxim of American politics: All politics in America is not local but ultimately racial.

    Conservatives who seek to restore our electoral fortunes quadrennially damaged because we are on wrong side of that Maxim, should consider the career of former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. He was ineffectual in office and he is an ideological termite post office.

    We ought to consider the reflexive support given to the likes of Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Herman Cain and now Ben Cardin. These people are not wrong because of their skin color but it is wrong to fail to vet them because of their skin color. It is equally wrong to look for panaceas as the Democrats did with Barack Obama and Republicans did with Michael Steele and some of the other names listed above.

  • Enzi Plans to Oust Sessions from Budget Chair

    11/20/2014 12:34:32 AM PST · 30 of 45
    nathanbedford to Impy
    If I had better breeding I could resist bringing to the attention of FReepers who rushed to condemn candidate Cheney to support the incumbency of Mike Enzi in Wyoming, claiming that Enzi was a true conservative and Cheney a rank carpetbagger.

    I don't think Cheney would behave as badly as Enzi is now.

    This is what comes of mindlessly supporting a Rino in one of the deepest conservative states in the union. We did worse than waste a conservative seat, we stood by and left it to a Rino.

  • Is Hungary The Next Ukraine? Protests Show Country Ripe For Conflict Between Russia And Europe

    11/19/2014 3:42:45 AM PST · 11 of 16
    nathanbedford to samtheman
    A terrible blunder.

  • I Just Spent 7 Days Watching Only Russian News And Reading Pravda — Here's What I Learned

    11/19/2014 3:33:24 AM PST · 19 of 44
    nathanbedford to Mark17
    I live in a part of Bavaria which even but a few Germans know was a communist state for a brief time in 1919 after World War I. This is regarded, some academics say falsely, as the heartland of the Nazi movement between the wars.

    Regrettably, the communist legacy of Rosa Luxemburg did not drown with her in the Landwehr Canal in Berlin in 1919.

  • Glenn Beck: Obama instigating Ferguson to distract from Amnesty

    11/19/2014 1:57:44 AM PST · 20 of 25
    nathanbedford to Adam Taxin
    The final flagrant evidence of Obama's sheer incompetence: trying to foment a race riot in a cold snap.

  • I Just Spent 7 Days Watching Only Russian News And Reading Pravda — Here's What I Learned

    11/19/2014 1:53:43 AM PST · 3 of 44
    nathanbedford to Berlin_Freeper; wetphoenix
    If Putin is personally capable of a grand strategy it would be to add Germany to a Russo/Sino alliance which would break up NATO, break up the European Union, draw many Western European countries into his orbit through intimidation, and effectively isolate Great Britain and the United States.

    I am astonished at the number of my neighbors here in Germany who find tortured ways of defending Putin. The damage to American influence in Europe caused by the Iraq war seems to never end. That damage is compounded daily by the pathetic image of an ineffectual president bungling every international question to which his country is exposed. Obama has become a laughingstock in Germany, at least at the man on the street level.

    The Germans much like the Hungarians are severely constrained from breaking away from the American nuclear umbrella by the fact that they have no bomb of their own. The more Putin reveals himself to be a KGB thug, the less Germans will be likely to submit themselves to his tender mercies. This is not necessarily true of France which historically seeks ways to piss allies off and Great Britain which is always understandably sought to play a collection of states against the European superpower because both of these nations have the bomb.

    But make no mistake, Europe is full of leftists and there is always the Islam card, indeed a wildcard, which might make common cause with Putin and seek to deliver Europe to him.

    It is unlikely, but an alliance of Germany, Russia, China would be catastrophic.

  • Iowa Caucuses: 2016 opening odds

    11/19/2014 1:41:05 AM PST · 26 of 52
    nathanbedford to iowamark
    This analysis does not undertake to analyze organization or money, perhaps because it is too early but until we see how the characters are actually playing it will remain too early to judge.

    Based on what I see now, it looks like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker are the two front runners.

  • Is Hungary The Next Ukraine? Protests Show Country Ripe For Conflict Between Russia And Europe

    11/19/2014 1:26:30 AM PST · 7 of 16
    nathanbedford to wetphoenix
    If Putin is personally capable of a grand strategy it would be to add Germany to a Russo/Sino alliance which would break up NATO, break up the European Union, draw many Western European countries into his orbit through intimidation, and effectively isolate Great Britain and the United States.

    I am astonished at the number of my neighbors here in Germany who find tortured ways of defending Putin. The damage to American influence in Europe caused by the Iraq war seems to never end. That damage is compounded daily by the pathetic image of an ineffectual president bungling every international question to which his country is exposed. Obama has become a laughingstock in Germany, at least at the man on the street level.

    The Germans much like the Hungarians are severely constrained from breaking away from the American nuclear umbrella by the fact that they have no bomb of their own. The more Putin reveals himself to be a KGB thug, the less Germans will be likely to submit themselves to his tender mercies. This is not necessarily true of France which historically seeks ways to piss allies off and Great Britain which is always understandably sought to play a collection of states against the European superpower because both of these nations have the bomb.

    But make no mistake, Europe is full of leftists and there is always the Islam card, indeed a wildcard, which might make common cause with Putin and seek to deliver Europe to him.

    It is unlikely, but an alliance of Germany, Russia, China would be catastrophic.

  • Think Obamacare's Affordable? You're Stupid

    11/18/2014 1:22:26 PM PST · 17 of 28
    nathanbedford to Kaslin
    P.J. O'Rourke's line from years ago about Hillary Care is still one of the funniest:

    If you think health care is expensive now just wait until it's free.

  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 1:11:13 PM PST · 21 of 80
    nathanbedford to 2ndDivisionVet
    Cruz is going to look around and find that there are not going to be very many people with him."

    That is precisely who will be with Ted Cruz, the people.

  • The Depression of Obama

    11/18/2014 1:03:20 PM PST · 26 of 51
    nathanbedford to Kaslin
    In the wake of Obama's dismal performance in his first debate with Mitt Romney in October 2012, I wrote the following reply which takes the opposite tack from this author and speculates that Obama's wretched performance in the debate was a result of drugs.

    His subsequent recovery in the next two debates seem to put the matter to rest. Now we read a theory that his aberrant behavior is the result of depression. There is nothing that would prevent Obama from suffering from depression and over medicating himself with antidepressants which would amount to a mental state which could be quite subdued if not depressed.

    For what it's worth here is that reply:

    As a matter of speculation we ought to consider that a narcissistic personality is particularly vulnerable to drug abuse. Further, a drug abuser invariably exhibits symptoms of narcissism.

    I speculate that a narcissist is especially liable to latch onto a political philosophy and never deviate from it despite objective evidence that it leads to failure. Perhaps the most notorious example of this psychological characteristic in history is Adolf Hitler. One remembers Churchill's description of Hitler in The Gathering Storm:

    … into that void after a pause there strode a maniac of ferocious genius, the repository and expression of the most virulent hatreds that have corroded the human breast-Corporal Hitler.

    If Obama is a narcissist and he was fed Marxism with mother's milk, it would not be surprising that we see a president who simply cannot abandon his worldview even after the election debacle of 2010. We all laugh at Hitler as a carpet chewer but in the course of the war as the failures of his policies became more and more blatant, he persisted all the more in them to the destruction of the Reich. No one would deny that Bill Clinton has elements of narcissism about him, but even he was able to change course after his midterm election repudiation, perhaps because Bill Clinton never had a real commitment to any philosophy other than Bill Clinton.

    It is conceivable that we have as president of the United States a narcissist who is a drug addict and, as a result, is incapable of governing except as a Marxist. His performance during the debate presented a syndrome of symptoms consistent with drug abuse as has his inattention to his duties in the course of his administration. It is unnecessary here to support the argument that Obama is a Marxist. It is clear that he cannot deviate from his beliefs nor can he compromise with Congress. Is it because he makes calculated political decisions or because he is psychologically driven? Marxism and narcissism are dangerous combinations but when one adds a mind made chemically toxic by drug abuse (as was Hitler's in the end), we have a dangerous situation liable to go out of control. All this in a man with his finger but inches from the red button.

    Hitler was willing to sacrifice the entire nation to his narcissism, in fact, he invited the physical destruction of the country when its impending defeat proved unworthy of himself. If Obama needs an October Surprise to win this election and it involves making war who can believe that a man in such a beleaguered condition would hesitate to sacrifice lives or even risk the country for his selfish profit?

  • A Moral Primer [VDH]

    11/18/2014 5:04:44 AM PST · 7 of 19
    nathanbedford to The Ghost of FReepers Past; Servant of the Cross
    Do we detect in Doctor Hansen's well-founded indignation an example of a change in tone across the nation? Pundit after pundit have become more condemnatory of the once irreproachable president. Victor David Hanson himself, of course, has not been guilty of shading his opinions because of the color of Obama's skin but he is speaking now in conclusionary language as though the argument had already been litigated and won with no need to prove up his points.

    If that is his mindset, I think he is reading the American mind right. The last election demonstrates that America has finally broken free of the psychic lockbox which the media and Obama's skin color have bound us. The problem concerns the leaders of the Republican Party in Congress, the establishment, who continue to misread the American mind or, more likely, are themselves opposed to repealing Obamacare and stopping amnesty because they have sold out, literally, to big money.

    A split between the leadership and the base is a house divided against itself with results that are as easy to predict as they are ugly.