Since Nov 30, 2004
Given all of the excitement for Governor Perry, I jotted down a few things last night. While people who oppose me will call them "taking points" they are no different than what his supporters use to defend him (which is what they have to do most of the time), and so it is fair game to bring up these topics. I'll be busy most of this weekend, but will try to respond when I get some free time. So here it goes:
Much as Mike Huckabee initially got lots of support when he threw his hat in, in 2008, Rick Perry is also getting lots of support now. Both candidates were considered successful governors of very conservative states and thus assumed to be trustworthy conservatives. However, as with Bush-43, both candidates have some serious baggage.
Huckabee, for example, was letting felons loose by the hundreds, one of which killed a bunch of cops minding their own business in a diner in Washington State (that alone may have sunk him this year, we'll never know). It was a horrible policy, with police chiefs, prosecutors, and others begging him to keep these guys locked up. But Huckabee figured he knew more than those people, so if he heard the right words from the criminal, all was forgiven. Huckabee also bought into the Global Warming charade, specifically buying into the liberal-religious view that God requires us to take care of the planet, so we have to do everything the liberals want, without question, and without requiring justification. Thankfully, Huckabee realized the jig was up for him in 2012 and he chose to sit it out.
Governor Rick Perry, on the other hand, as far as I can tell, does not carry the same baggage on crime or the environment. On both of those issues he has performed well here in Texas (meaning he's not soft on crime, and he's not an environmental nutcase). However, Governor Perry has a number of other issues that can legitimately lead one to question whether he's the best candidate. I shall list some of them here:
While Governor Perry has done a good job bringing up the problem of illegal immigration, and complaining that the federal government is not doing enough, he has done hardly anything at the state level, other than the mostly-symbolic deployment of the Texas Rangers to the border (it's symbolic because there are very few Rangers to begin with, so he could only deploy about 150 of them, total). He did sign a voter ID bill, but when it's passed veto-proof and more than half of the Democrats also want it, it's not too tough a call.
But when you get to taking steps that could make Texas unfriendly to Illegal Immigrants, that's where Governor Perry is quite similar to Bush-43. He seems to take the Catholic view that illegal immigrants should be treated with dignity, rather than as criminals, and while that view might be fine in an ideal world, Texas, with the rest of the country not far behind, is in danger of being demographically overwhelmed by minorities, and, just from a strategic Republican viewpoint, illegal immigration must be stopped. So there are a number of things that he has done and not done on the issue, all of which point to a governor that would just as well not get his hands dirty in what would be a nasty fight. That is his right, but do we want that as president? Here is a partial list.
a) Texas Dream Act. One of the first things he did in office was allow in-state Tuition for illegal residents - in fact, first in the country, I believe. As noted above, that acts a magnet for illegals trying to decide where to live. He has not done a thing to try to end it.
b) E-Verify Requirement. Not even a word in our vocabulary here. E-Verify threatens employers with penalties if they hire illegals. For example, in Arizona businesses are responsible for making sure their workers are legal through this system (or it may only apply to new workers there, not sure). This part of their immigration law was upheld by the Circuit Court. E-Verify is very simple to use, but a lot of big businesses (understandably) love illegals, and apparently they have the governor's ear more than the base. As big businesses proved in California, the long-term health of the state is simply not a matter of concern to them, only making money today (sorry, but that is just a fact, it doesn't mean I'm a left-winger...big business had deals with Nazi Germany in the 1940s...they are simply a-moral). The inability of California to get rid of its illegal problem has now wrecked the state, and they are rapidly descending into Third World status. Texas is next, probably within a decade, as the white voting percentage continues to get diminished. The rest of the country is 2 or 3 decades behind, but going the same way.
c) Sanctuary City Legislation. Governor Perry has been very slick on this one. He clearly does not want a bill hitting his desk...for then he has to take a stand on it. On the other hand, he knows how mad people are about the issue, as cops are being killed by illegals in Houston and Dallas who would have been deported long ago, had this law been passed. It's very simple for the police were allowed to challenge their legality - if they don't speak English, make them show papers, if they don't show papers, hand them to INS. So, twice in row this year, the governor has managed to keep this legislation bottled up in the state legislature...and has been able to blame those big, bad, Republicans that control 2/3s of the legislature* (more on this just below). The second go-around was amazing to watch, as it was a special session only requiring a simple majority to pass (Note, our legislature only meets from Jan to May in odd-numbered years; all other meetings are special sessions that have to be called by the governor, and he can call as many as he wishes. Also, all of the legislators have day jobs, as they get paid like crap when their in session, so they don't like special sessions and will eventually pass what the governor want - you'll see why I bring this up in a minute.). Basically, the legislature, during the special session, kept the Sanctuary City bill on the back burner until almost the very end. Then, when they did bring it up, they very conveniently needed a supermajority to get a vote on it (because it was so late)...and lo and behold...they couldn't find enough people. So rather than call a second special session, and maybe one after that (which would not be a first, as he called three special sessions to get his new business tax passed), Governor Perry said he was disappointed and that was it for Sanctuary City legislation this session. Well we were disappointed too...and not all that sure exactly how disappointed the governor was really was. The issue is off the table, and Illegals can still do their stuff without looking over their shoulders - just where we started this year.
*The question of just what could Governor Perry do, if the legislature will not pass the bill, often comes up. To me, it shows one of two things: Either he never had his heart in it (which is what I have to believe, given the lack of additional special sessions), or he is simply unable to get a legislature that is two-thirds Republican to pass a bill that the Republican base is dying for...meaning he is totally ineffective. You take your choice, but either way, I don't like it.
d) Border Fence. He basically doesn't like the idea, as it sends a bad message. I'll let the reader decide if they agree with that take.
So illegal immigration is probably his weakest point. But he does have others.
This was a new vaccine that had just gotten past its trials and was being pushed very hard by Merck. The intent of the drug is to prevent girls and women from contracting cervical cancer when they had sex. Governor Perry mandated this vaccine on pre-teen girls almost immediately after it hit the market. There is a lot of emotional debate on this, so I'll list off some arguments on this.
a) People could opt-out. Technically true, as anyone can opt out of the vaccine requirements. In raising my kid, of course, we were never told that and I doubt most people knew they could opt-out (and, in the vast majority of cases, they shouldn't opt out, or the vaccine would not be effective). In Texas, roughly 1,000 kids per year opt out of vaccinations. In order to opt out, one must swear that their religion prohibits vaccinations. Since most people don't want to commit felonies, most don't opt out. In the case of Gardasil, opting out may have become somewhat easier (not sure), but the vast majority of parents would probably not even have known their daughters were being given it, or at least what it was for. This leads to my next point...
b) In cities, where condoms have been handed out, girls often find themselves being pressured to have sex, since sex is now 'safe' and the schools have given it their implicit blessing. In the case of Gardasil, while the parents may have been oblivious to their daughters being inoculated, the boys at the middle and high schools certainly would not have been, and thus they would have even more ammo to pressure the girls. Like it or not, that's how things work in the real world for girls with their boyfriends...it's bad enough, already, for the ones that want to abstain, now they have society telling them, in effect, sex is fine, go have fun.
c) The effectiveness of the drug is very questionable, as it only prevents some forms of cervical cancer. Additionally, as was discovered elsewhere, the side effects, including some deaths from this drug, were very real.
d) The intent of inoculations is to prevent otherwise innocent people from contracting communicable diseases, where they have no control over their risk (like Measles). The only way to put Gardacil into this category is to say that it will help prevent cervical cancer in the case of forcible rape. Fortunately (unlike Scandinavia) forcible rape is very rare in this country, and no one has put forward this argument in support of Gardacil.
e) The idea that parents should be in charge of deciding whether their kids should be inoculated in this way, rather than the state, is a no brainer for conservatives, which makes the governor's push for it so difficult to explain away.
f) I've put forth the analogy that anyone who supports Gardasil being given to young girls should also support mandatory birth-control implants for these same girls. In both cases the idea is to lessen the risks involved in having underage sex and pregnancy is certainly a risk, and probably a much larger risk. Obviously this argument doesn't sit well with Perry supporters, but they have simply no retort to it.
The bottom-line is that issue cannot be explained away and it is already creating havoc between Perry and the conservative base, at least based on what I read on this site.
3) Trans-Texas Corridor
The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) was a grandiose plan for the state to build a huge network (many thousands of miles long) of car toll roads, truck toll roads, gas pipelines, power lines, train tracks, and who knows what else. The right of way required for this plan was on the order of 800 to 1000 feet. At this width, the crossings would be, at best 20 miles apart, along with the exits - meaning that communication between the sides of these corridors would be next to impossible. The plan, along with the necessary Constitutional Amendments was passed with almost no opposition, although that was likely because very few people knew about it - and it was a Republican governor proposing it to a Republican legislature, which is very dangerous for bad ideas (more on that later). Once passed opposition remained very scattered, as most people figured the plan was like a new NASA rocket, lots of studies and presentations, but never any hardware cut. Well that wasn't the case here and then the objections started pouring in.
a) First, the original plan never had public hearings. Hearings were called later, in order to determine the best alignment for the already-determined routes, but, like Gardasil, no hearings, or public input, was ever solicited for the original plan - it just appeared one day as a pronouncement from the governor. So it doesn't take much to figure out that once the public caught wind all hell was going to break loose. Specifically, the biggest opposition had to do with the fact that huge amounts of land was being taken away from its private owners and essentially handed to other private owners (i.e., the ones well-connected with the governor). Now technically, the land remained property of the state, but the right-of-ways were to be leased out to private companies to build and operate the toll roads (which were the first stages of this massive project). But the leases are on the order of 75 years, which, means that not only me, but my children, and even my future grandchildren would probably be outlived by these leases. So it certainly seems to people like myself that he was handing over this property to private enterprises. Which brings up the next point...
b) The private companies involved (really just one that keeps popping up, Cintra, a Spanish firm) are not idiots and are not going to invest billions on highways unless they can be certain of a captive audience. In other words, they don't want to build an East-West highway through Texas just to see a major upgrade on Interstate 10 (or Interstate 20), where people can still travel for free (at least for the time being). So, in order to assure their return on investment, they demand monopoly-type protections from the government, which were structured so that any time the government does anything to a parallel right of way that affects their traffic (such as expanding a parallel highway, building a new highway, or, arguably, even repaving an existing highway), the state has to pay the private company for the lost revenue. Now these private highways are very, very, expensive, on the order of 30 cents per mile to drive on (in Canada), so in many cases the state might decide to simply scuttle public highways, rather than try to maintain them (and have to pay the huge windfalls to Cintra)...thereby forcing people on to the toll road. Which then brings up the entire concept of regulation...discussed next.
(lots more, for those interested)
c) Conservatives like both deregulation and private enterprise, so what is there not to like about unregulated private highways? The answer is that for private enterprise to be in the public interest there must be competition - such as there was in airline deregulation. In many cases that is not practical, so you have monopolies, but they are always regulated (such as water, power, gas, etc.). For example, the power company could triple their prices tomorrow for electricity (if they were an unregulated monopoly) and there is virtually nothing you could do about it, except try to live without power. Yes, eventually, solar or wind might start to make sense, but needless to say, the power company would price just below that - and take in huge windfalls from their cheap fossil fuel and nuke plants. The bottom line, a few very rich power company owners, and millions of customers having to live in the stone age, without air conditioning and without Chevy Volts (LOL). Likewise on the highways. While not a total monopoly because people could always drive on side streets, allowing monopoly pricing will increase the cost of limited access roads (i.e., what were freeways) a huge amount. This happened in Canada, where Cintra bought an existing highway and now people find that driving is very, very, expensive when prices are pushed up to monopoly levels (roughly 30 cents per mile, which would be like paying an extra $7.50 per gallon for gas). Why? Because highways are generally very cheap, relatively speaking. The gas tax is roughly 2 or 3 cents per mile (both federal and state combined) and still covers all maintenance needed by all state and federal highways, and even has a bit of room left for expansion, paying the deficit (thanks a bunch, Mr. Clinton), and paying for public transportation, carpool lanes, and bike lanes. The highways that were going to be built in this TTC bypassed all of the cities, so land was very, very, cheap (especially with eminent domain helping out). Building highways, again, is very cheap, so there can be tons of money to be made here (same reason for such high gas prices in Europe...people will pay through the teeth to drive). The question became whether Cintra should pocket that money, or should the drivers pocket the money by not having to pay that price to drive. Governor Perry has taken Cintra's side and continues to cut these types of deals.
http://dcnonl.com/nw/23663/tt (note, the rates are in cents per kilometer; multiply by 1.6 to get cents per mile you can see Cintra means business when it comes to tolling)
d) The bottom line is that getting around Texas would have been crippled by these deals, in particular the non-compete clauses. Once the people figured this all out they revolted en-masse and the governor knew that his 2010 re-election was out of the question if he kept pushing forward with the TTC. So he officially put a spike through it, but unofficially kept working with the legislature to allow certain exceptions...some very big, that will still hurt us big-time. And yes, the legislature has given him these exceptions, in exchange for being able to say that they 'officially' killed it. And that leads to my next point about having a damaged governor (or president).
e) As Republicans (and Democrats, for that matter) have shown over the years, it is much easier to oppose something dumb when the person doing it is from the other party. I'm not sure why, but I suspect the fear of retribution is much lower. So we had to endure the TTC concept for the better part of a decade, and we still cannot completely get rid of it. We saw something similar at the federal level with Bush-43 on Amnesty - it nearly passed, twice. We were very lucky to stop it and it cost us control of Congress and a lot of bad blood with Hispanics. But once the Dems got power, Amnesty was not even attempted (except for the Dream Act) - even though they had enough votes to get it through on a party-line vote - it wound up that we were safer from Amnesty with a Democrat as president, than a Republican. During Bush-41's run, the same thing happened with environmental legislation...horrible legislation passed. Bush-41 called it "trophy legislation", probably figuring that the country would be on their knees in praise of him by 1992...and we know how that all turned out. The legislation was written by a hugely Democrat Congress that simply wanted to destroy his chance for re-election and he went along and signed it. In fact, Dan Quayle spent much of 1991 and most of 1992 trying to figure out how to get around the same legislation that his boss had just signed...as they knew the country's economy, which was getting decimated as businesses tried to adjust to all of the new rules (including 'civil rights' laws, and wheelchair laws), would take him down in 1992, if nothing was done. In the end, of course, not enough was done and Clinton handed him his head. And the Sierra Club and other organizations that worked with Bush were nowhere to be found by November of 1992. In fact, by then, Bush-41 was considered a right-wing extremist by much of the country. That is why it's critical to elect people who can be trusted on critical issues, rather than electing someone deemed "electable"...which leads to the next topic.
4) The Texas Economic Miracle
Here in Texas, we have created jobs faster than the rest of the country combined, and yes, Governor Perry has been at the helm. Does he deserve credit and what specifically has he done? In fact, the main reason that he's on everyone's A-list for governor is because of the condition of the state, but when you ask people what he's specifically done, you usually get blank stares. So I'll help a bit here, starting with what his biggest accomplishment is.
a) Doing Very Little. While this sounds rather cynical, doing nothing is almost always better than trying to use government to solve problems. For example, Bush-43 tried to use the federal government to 'solve' the education crisis...that was a joke. He also kept talking about the 'ownership society' in regards to home ownership. And he did improve things somewhat, from something like a 65% ownership rate to a 69% ownership rate...but that was done by giving loans to deadbeats. And we all know how that ended...and we are back down to 65%, at most. Other governors, particularly in California and the Northeast, try to solve the world's problems by things like draconian emissions controls. But Governor Perry has done very little to damage Texas, at least for the time that he's governor. The time bombs being planted by the remnants of the TTC will, of course, damage us big-time, but Perry will be long out of office by then (and possibly on the board of Cintra, given some of his administration's very questionable revolving door policies). So, yes, the governor has done great in not doing anything and again, that is very often a big accomplishment when you get to that level of power.
b) Illegals. Relating to not doing anything is keeping Texas a friendly place for Illegal Aliens. As anyone who hires people to cut their lawn, or work on a house knows, Illegals are cheap and usually do very good work. Economically, these people are absolutely critical to Texas, and by being sure that they stay welcomed here, our economy does just fine.
c) Our State Constitution. One provision in our constitution pretty-much single-handedly kept us out of the housing bubble. That provision prohibited home equity "extractions" beyond 80% of its value, which meant that if you wanted to refinance, you were not going to cash-out on it as you can in most other states. This greatly limited the debt levels that people carried, and thus some of the insane parts of the housing bubble, like Option ARM loans (where you pay so little, initially, that the principal actually increases) never made it here big-time. Lots of luck here for Texans, and thankfully people long ago understood the damage that debt could do.
d) The Oil Economy. Unlike other sectors of the economy, oil has done great while the governor has been in power. This has encouraged lots of drilling and much of that work is Texas-based - again Perry has done nothing to discourage that work, so he does deserve praise for that.
e) Legal. A legal system that makes frivolous lawsuits rare. One of the few things that Bush-43 did right in his political career was fixing our tort system.
There are probably more (like having an excellent infrastructure, at least when he came into power), but I cannot think of much.
Well Perry can be elected, while others running cannot be as they are damaged goods due to the media - or so goes the conventional wisdom. The first way to deal with this is to look at Sarah Plain in 2008 (and no, I'm not shilling for her...but her example is a good one). Prior to being selected for VP, no one knew anything about her, and no one cared. Just after being selected the conservatives were ecstatic, and McCain even pulled into a slight lead. Then the media got to work and she was damaged (like it or not). In other words the media will tear apart any Republican who runs. The fact that they haven's yet gone after Perry does not assure us of anything, and Perry has a lot more for the media to work with than Plain ever did. A second example is President Reagan. In 1980, which I remember like yesterday, people, including Conservatives were scared to death of Reagan, not because he was a nutcase or dangerous (as in World War 3) but because Reagan would be portrayed that way...and he certainly was. But two other things happened. First, you had a failed Democrat presidency, and second he brought out the base, without hesitation. That is something that Governor Perry cannot do...there are a lot of doubts about him with the base and they show up every day on this site, and they're mostly not from me. So who's more electable, Perry, or a conservative that doesn't have these quirks - and no, the media cannot stop a conservative from being elected. You decide.
So, overall, as you can tell, I'm not yet in the Perry camp. I've purposely stayed (mostly) away from the corruption-end, but there is some very nasty stuff out there, and I can promise you that the Democrats have it, and will use it (and it cannot be retorted). I've lived here for 20 years, and the stuff that he's done that gives conservatives double-takes, along with the stuff he hasn't done (mainly immigration), convinces me that he would be a lot of trouble to deal with as president...quite similar to Bush-43 in that regard.
The following was written by Bruce Price, author of: "THE EDUCATION ENIGMA--What Happened To American Education.". This was published on April 21, 2011 and can be viewed here:
It is an AMAZING summary of the major problems with public schools. Read, but try not to smash your computer to the ground. Also note that Kumon, Sylvan, and serious homeschoolers do NOTHING on the list. This is my only non-original work in my home page.
1) PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SELF-ESTEEM: Consider a seemingly harmless and even appealing method called Self-Esteem. When educators claim that this new approach will lead to greater self-esteem, the public says, go ahead, surely everyone needs more of that! In practice, teachers are expected to give praise even when students dont make an effort; students become complacent and less industrious. Even worse, you have a relentless pressure against making academic demands on children, because failure will damage their self-esteem. You see where this is going? Finally, the teacher says, Hello, class! Youre wonderful. That is all that can happen. The moment the teacher actually teaches, the self-esteem levels will drop, which cannot be tolerated. Self-Esteem, all by itself, can render a school null and void.
2) PUBLIC EDUCATION AND CONSTRUCTIVISM: Constructivisms basic claim is that children must invent their own new knowledge. A mountain of so-called research make this process sound as if it is wonderful, necessary, and inevitable. But we need to ask, how would children learn the names of the states or the important events of the American Revolution? Now you start to see the flaw: basic information can rarely be taught with Constructivism. A child might need hours or days to construct his way to a page of facts. The teacher must constantly nudge children toward their discovery of new knowledge, much as children are given hints to find Easter egg. In fact, these magical events wont usually happen at all. Constructivism is vastly popular now in the public schools, a good explanation for why kids know so little.
3: PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THE ART OF MEMORIZATION: The Education Establishment came up with two slogans that have been used relentlessly for more than 60 years: Rote memorization is bad and They can look it up. This gospel (which cuts across all subject and all grades) states that children shouldnt bother retaining information. Lets confront what the Education Establishment is actually saying here: students should have empty heads. (Testing is kept soft and subjective so that students are not often asked if they know or dont know something.) Since the time of John Dewey, there was always a hostility toward teaching foundational knowledge in the first place. But demonizing memory is the easiest way to make sure that, should anything be taught, nobody can recall what it was.
4) COOPERATIVE LEARNING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION TODAY: The whole point of Deweys collectivist theory is to create cooperative children. They work and play well together. The next step invariably was to put four or five children at little tables, to let them think of themselves as a group, not individuals. Work will be performed by the group. There was no individual achievement, only group achievement; no individual blame, only group blame. As a practical matter, children never learn how to think for themselves or act by themselves. They always have the shelter and comfort of being inside of a group. The better students carry the weaker students, and everybodys grades are muddled. But thats the point in the collectivist classroom.
5) PUBLIC EDUCATION AND NEW MATH / REFORM MATH / NATIONAL STANDARDS: There are many separate curricula under those three headings, and yet they all have one thing in common: they mix advanced, complicated math with elementary arithmetic. The sales pitch is that children will learn to appreciate math at a higher level. The actual result is that children dont learn to do basic arithmetic. The proper way to teach arithmetic is that children master the simple stuff (1+2=3), then move to the less simple, then to the intermediate, and so on. New Math and its intellectual descendants were failures, and were abusive to children. Learning long division is hard enough. Just imagine that the crazies at your school mix in base-eight, set theory, some Boolean algebra, geometry, and pre-trig. Result: almost nobody can do arithmetic in a confident, automatic way.
6) SIGHT-WORD READING IN THE PUBLIC EDUCATION AGENDA: Focus on the central fact that English is a phonetic language, like Latin and French. Its alphabet and word forms were designed to quickly communicate phonetic information, that is, you see a b, B, b, a script b, or B in any of hundreds of typefaces), and your brain immediately knows: buh-. English words are so similar; and every word comes in many different forms: bright, BRIGHT, etc. Its almost impossible for an ordinary human to memorize even 1,000 of these shifty little designs, never mind the 50,000+ word-shapes you need. But the Education Establishment pushed Whole Word relentlessly, claiming that children must memorize the English language one word at a time as graphic configurations. I would argue that Whole Word is prima facie impossible. Memorizing even a few hundred sight-words can take several years; so literacy happens very slowly. All the things that children used to learn in the first, second, third and fourth grades became impossible, not just reading but also geography, history, etc. Whole Word is, I believe, the official hoax of the Education Establishment. Its the paradigm of bad education. It cant work. It hurts children. And so the journey to hell begins for the United States:
I posted the following on Feb 27, 2011...
Actually, if we get out of this mess at even $300, Ill be happy.
The way I see it, the cut-off of Mid-East oil (which will hit mid-March) will drive the price up to $300, maybe a bit more...then it will sloooooooooly drop as demand and supply shift to compensate.
But also, even without a cut-off of supply, the crash of the dollar will have us paying $300 also (basically, the dollar will lose two-thirds of its value in the world market).
If the two are put together, then were looking at $900 oil, or about $25 per gallon. Hard to believe, but theyll have to add a digit to the pumps again (like when we broke the buck on gas).
Obviously at that price, big, big changes are in store for the United States and they will NOT be fun. But we will get to experience how the Third World lives...which has ALWAYS been the goal of Democrats and school teachers (I couldnt help adding that one).
How long we stay in that mess and what we look like long-term is anyones guess. We have the ability to be the freest country on the planet, but if we spend our time blaming Big Oil we will not get anywhere...and may not pull out.
So, stock up now, on EVERYTHING. Prepare to ride out a storm that is still unimaginable for 99.99% of the country. It will be quite a journey.
Now, for some older stuff:
“If I told you what it takes to reach the highest high you’d laugh and say nothing that simple, but you’ve been told many times before messiah’s point you to the door though no one’s got the guts to leave the temple.” The Who, 1969.
Actually, it is quite easy to get there. Just follow a few simple rules (for straight guys):
1) Marry someone NOT born in the USA. They will not have the feminist baggage, and, most likely, they will place a MUCH higher value on maintaining a marriage than cashing in on a divorce. Just for insurance, have them listen to, or read, some of Dr. Laura’s material - that will seal it.
2) NEVER go into debt, except, maybe, for a house - and even there, don’t overpay. If you live in an area with overpriced housing (and, yes, you will know that), then forget owning - it’s meaningless if you wind up being a slave to your house. Be SURE that the future misses knows and agrees to the plan. If you can remove the stress of debt, you have a HUGE head start.
3) Learn what you can do to take control of your life. If you’ve never worked on cars before, then sign up at a community college. When things break, figure out how to fix them - buy manuals, or use the Internet, it works great. Always buy the tools you need and don’t get discouraged if you make minor mistakes (like changing the wrong part) - you will still come out WAY ahead.
4) Same for a house, but even more so. If you can minimize the number of strangers coming in for any reason, you will greatly cut down on your chances of being robbed. Bad guys REALLY want to have an objective in the house (like jewelry), before they risk their lives to break in. Sure, John (who comes in to work for you) might be a fine guy, but how about Mike, the High School kid with him - and who does Mike know - perhaps some people interested in what you have? Bottom line, learn how to fix things yourself. Not fool-proof - even I have people come in once in a while, but greatly reduces your exposure.
5) Keep your costs down. If you are spending more than about 60% of your take-home pay on credit cards and essentials, you’re spending too much. Buy a house where you can maintain a low number - so that you can save for important things, like paying CASH for your next car.
6) Avoid scams - like timeshares, Mary Kay, etc. They are typically design to drain money from you. There’s NOTHING to gain from a timeshare - just pay for the hotel room once a year. Do the math - you can get a REALLY NICE room for the price of the timeshare - and forget about selling your timeshare...just won’t happen (see internet forums if you need more info). Also, operations like Mary Kay are designed to make you work your tail off, just to break even. If you do actually make a few dollars, figure out what your per-hour rate is and is it REALLY worth your wife ignoring the kids and spending all of her time on this. Yes, housewives want to feel like theyre contributing, but there are MUCH BETTER ways to do that (such as learning website design, for example).
7) Buy in bulk and figure out a way to store what you buy. If you try hard, even a relatively small apartment can be made to store LOTS OF STUFF. Forget about image and appearance, financial security is MUCH more important.
8) In that light, IGNORE what others think of you. If you are living a moral life then all is well...others DO NOT MATTER. If they judge you based on how much money you waste on CRAP, then they’re not worth having as friends. There are 300,000,000 Americans, not all of them think that way.
9) Take control of Junior’s education. Teach him reading YOURSELF. Unless the kid is retarded, he can learn reading by Age 4 long before the schools get to mess with him. There is NO REASON to rely on a bunch of strangers (who, if you knew their politics you would HATE) to perform this vital task for you. It’s easy and can be done VERY QUICKLY (as in a few months). Math is tougher, but again, NEVER expect strangers to do a decent job, you’re rolling the dice they have NO SKIN in the game. Buy Saxon Math books (the old hard cover...not the new crap), and make junior work EVERY problem...you’ll be shocked at the results.
10) On that note, make sure that Junior knows who’s boss, from DAY ONE. When Junior is young and misbehaves, treat him like a dog, don’t try to reason, just WHACK HIM...he’ll actually get the message much quicker that way and will appreciate you in the long run (provided that you make it clear why youre doing it and limit the extent to what is needed). Do it while they are very young (i.e., just old enough to cause trouble) and life will be VERY EASY later. Skip this critical step (that has been used for 5,000 years of recorded history, until the last generation), and you’ll wind up with a MONSTER that you will have to DRUG OUT.
11) Keep your personal and family life to YOURSELVES. No one needs to know how you feel about ANYTHING. If your anus is sore, that is YOUR PROBLEM, it does not need to be your coworker’s problem. Just hold it in and try to act normal.
12) Avoid badmouthing others at work - simply keep quiet, or better yet, say something good, even if the person is a TOTAL JERK. Talking bad about a coworker reflects as much on the talker as the coworker. NEVER complain to the boss about ANYTHING, unless there is a real need for them to take action. If a coworker is too loud, then try something, anything, but DO NOT COMPLAIN to the boss (i.e., maybe move). Again, it simply makes you look like a loser...even if you don’t think so. Complaining turns you into a “high maintenance” worker who bosses HATE and who bosses will get rid of as soon as possible - even if you are good at what you do.
and now on to other subjects
Here are my main concerns with italic suggests on how to deal with them:
1) The Chinese. Right now, the entire east coast of China is living at western standards (about 150 Million people). That part of China has caught up to us economically. The country as a whole is growing at around 9% per year, we grow at 3% per year (or less). China’s GNP is $6.5 Trillion, we’re at $11 Trillion (both numbers from the CIA website and World Almanac in 2006). If you do the math, the Chinese economy will surpass us in 2015. If you continue the math, they will double our size in about 2025. At that point, and considering that they have 350 million men of fighting age, they will be able to dictate terms to us (and outspend us military, if they so choose), rather than the other way around. What’s being done? Not much. Do people seem to care? No. Why not? Because it’s never happened before - therefore it will not happen in the future. That tends to be the thinking of the anointed. Here are some of my suggestions as to how to deal with them - they’re worth what you paid for them.
a) Accept Reality!! Many people, even on this website, have a prejudicial attitude towards China - they simply believe that China is inferior, and thus we have nothing to worry about. It is the same attitude that we had towards the Nazis and Japanese prior to World War 2, and the results of that policy are well documented. While it may be true that China will someday implode, do we want to base our surival on that hope? We certainly didn’t take that approach during the Cold War.
b) Keep our Nukes!! It will take China a long time to match our capability. They don’t need to be armed and ready to fire, but they do need to be at least readily retrievable. President Bush, to his credit, has been doing that. He’s moved most of our nukes out of service but kept them intact and easy to re-activate. A Democrat on the other hand would take any available excuse to permanently destroy our weapons (since they consider OUR weapons to be the biggest obstacle to peace in the world).
c) Identify the threat and the capability. One of President Reagan’s better moves during the Cold War was to commission an annual report on Soviet military capability. It was a full-color glossy report showing (to the extent of our capability) what they had. I bought one from the Government Printing Office in the early 80s, now, of course you just post it on the web.
d) Using the above report, determine what we need to stay ahead, and simply spend the necessary money. The Constitution requires it. What’s left over can be spent on government goodies. The basic point being that government spending needs to be prioritized with Constitutionally required spending being top priority (Military, Government functions, courts, border control, etc.), and all other items being financed with whatever is left. Right now we have it exactly backwards - Social Security and other entitlements have priority over military spending - they don’t even need to be authorized each year.
e) State flat-out that any politician or party that will not recognize this quickly emerging threat has no business in national politics. Obviously this means the Democrats as a whole, as well as some Republicans. National security should not be an issue traded off against school lunches or even Social Security. If this country loses a war, it’s unlikely that the aggressors will really care that much about Prescription Drug benefits. Anyone putting the two side-by-side has no business in national politics. They can do a lot of things at the state and lower levels, but they certainly do not belong in the White House or Congress (but, unfortunately we will always be stuck with some of them).
f) The overall goal is to stay strong enough to be safe until China either collapses or becomes a friendly country. Right now they feel that they’re entitled to their half of the planet and they are taking methodical steps to stake their claim. We will bump into them, maybe in the middle of the Pacific, and we need to make it clear to them that we will not be pushed around.
...on to Europe
The year was 1683. Isaac Newton was spending his time in England putting the finishing touches on a set of equations that would launch the Industrial Revolution. The colonies in the New World were getting firmly established. Galileo and his telescope were old hat, with the astronomer having died 41 years earlier. But over in Eastern Europe, things were ugly, and getting worse by the minute. The city was Vienna, Austria, and they under a vicious attack that was literally one day from wiping out Christian Europe. The Ottomans meant business, and by taking Vienna, the rest of Europe would be a cake-walk. The walls of the great city were under attack from newly invented gunpowder. The citizens had, at most, several days before they would be finished off.
But then, with parts of the walls already breached, came a gentleman by the name of Jan Sobieski, a Polish leader with 30,000 troops, and a cause. Mr. Sobieski decided that Europe was not yet ready to be Islamic, and he went on to totally decimate the 140,000 troops that the Ottoman leader, a Mr. Kara Mustapha Pasha had at his disposal. The Ottomans were through forever, and Europe would be free of the Muslim threat for the next 300 years.
And that brings us to today. Things are different, now. Europe is once again under attack by Muslims, but there are no guns (to speak of) being fired. No, this attack is much more insidious, and MUCH more threatening. It is a DEMOGRAPHIC ATTACK. The Muslims were invited in by the Europeans over the past 3 decades, for various reasons, and they have decided to not just stay, but to actively outpopulate the whites. Unfortunately, the whites are doing just about everything possible to help out. It is now rare to see any white families with more than one child - assuring a collapsing population. At the same time that the Muslims are launching a voracious, multi-front, demographic attack, the whites are committing demographic suicide.
So how will it end? There are several possible outcomes, and none of them are pretty. The whites could decide to yield, and allow the Muslims to take over. They would then be at their mercy. The whites could decide to clear out their countries of Muslims - but that would be very ugly. By my estimation, the whites have no more than about 10 years to make up their minds, and another 5 years or so to get to work (if they decide to fight). After that time, there will simply be too few fighting age whites - Europe will have plenty of old whites, but far too few able to fight.
And what if the European whites consider repopulating. Wish them luck - not only will they have an extreme shortage of fighting men, they will, of course, have an extreme shortage of women of childbearing age. In other words, their families will have to average something like 4 or 5 kids, unheard of today, and the mothers will have to start young.