Sunday, April 23, 2017

The myth that technology steals jobs…

There is a myth among those suspicious of technology that technology steals jobs.  On top of that, they believe that businesses that desire to survive government-mandated higher wages by creatively applying technology and automation are evil enterprises.

Those who express these concerns were absent during Economics 101, took the course from a rabidly socialist professor,  or weren’t paying attention.

First of all, government-forced wages, no matter how noble they may appear, grossly distort the labor market.  This is little different than price controls on goods or services or housing.  Such futile exercises also distort the market, reduce supplies, bring about shortages, and ultimately end poorly with a result opposite the desired outcome.Image result for workers replaced by technology

A business is in business to survive and make a living for the owners, stockholders and employees of that business.   When the cost of labor is forced to increase by government dictate, the business is obligated to look at alternatives to the unsustainable labor costs. 

Labor costs may increase so much that one of two things will occur:

1)  There will be less demand for the higher priced product which reduces the customer base and the amount of product or service purchased.  This in turn damages the economy of scale and the optimal level of production of the company.  One might suggest that all restaurants will be impacted the same, so it all evens out.  Wrong.  Consumers will be forced to consider between eating out and eating at home.  Grocery stores are not part of the restaurant labor equation unless an “all-knowing” socialist government inserts itself in dozens of other business that are affected by restaurant-worker minimum wages.  So what’s the next step?  Government dictating the price differences farmer get for product sold to restaurants versus products sold to grocery stores?  Or taxing food at grocery stores more?  This is a slippery slope.

2) The company will seek ways to maintain the competitive price of his product.  If the cost of human labor becomes excessive due to government-dictated wages, the prudent business will find more economical ways of performing the services performed by humans.  Technology and automation is an obvious alternative.  This is prudent and wise.

Technology and automation have advanced the level of production and standard of living throughout the last two centuries.  Farming is one example.  Production per acre has multiplied many-fold due to technology and automation of farm labor.  The automobile industry, in fact all manufacturing businesses, have substantially increased productivity through automation and technology.

Instead of lamenting the loss of jobs worth $8.00 an hour for which the government mandates an unsustainable $15.00 and hour, how about looking at more positive potentials?

Every piece of automated equipment that allegedly takes away jobs  requires several interactions of additional workers at wages higher than that of the jobs they replaced.

Technology and automation require systems experts to help designers and engineers to create the appropriate technology and automation for the appropriate tasks.  Then there are the additional manufacturing jobs required to build the automation equipment.  On top of that are the installers.  And then the ongoing work of maintaining, servicing and repairing the equipment.  And finally is required personnel to train others in the use and operation of the equipment.

All of these jobs are higher paying than the jobs the technology and automation replaced.  Costs to the business will be held in check, at least below the cost mandated by the arbitrary minimum wage that bore no relationship to the supply, demand, and productivity of the labor market.

Yes, technology and automation take away the lowest paying jobs that can be accomplished more efficiently and for less cost than human labor.  The benefit is not only higher productivity but the creation of more jobs that are higher paying for more workers.

The answer to the alleged problem of technology and automation is re-training, technical education, and developing a worker mindset that rewords change, challenge and adaption to changing work conditions and requirements.

Businesses must adapt to the needs of their customers more than feeling obliged to passively suck up and endure government meddling in unrealistic wages they must pay while they go broke.  The most successful employees, even low wage employees, are the ones who understand and buy into serving the business’s customer more than serving themselves.  That is, unless one believes it should be the role of government to dictate wages across all types of businesses and industry.  That, folks, is socialism verging on communism.

The inadvertent good that may come of inappropriate government meddling with minimum wage requirements my very well be the automation of tasks currently performed by overpaid and less efficient minimum-wage workers.

The anti-technology attitude of some reminds me of the demise of the Swiss watch industry several decades ago.  The special interests of the Swiss watch makers influenced their government to subsidize their mechanical watch industry in the face of the burgeoning electronic watch technology coming out of Asian nations.  Instead of adapting, the mechanical Swiss watch industry all but died.  Should the world be angry at the technologically savvy businesses that took away the watch business from the Swiss? 

Hardly.  Virtually all business and economic texts fault the Swiss for their failure to adapt to changing technology – a literal textbook example.

Today’s restaurant workers, and other low-wage employees and related businesses need to likewise remain vigilant to similar changes in their industries or else the same demise may befall them.

Bemoaning technology and automation is not the answer.  Keeping government out of wage controls is my first choice.  And if that won’t happen, then the next best alternative is businesses adaption to automation to optimize their productivity so they can at least exist as places that more productive people can work.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Repeal first…and other issues to avoid becoming even more socialist…

Obamacare is on the verge of becoming RINOcare, a legacy Trump did not propose and likely does not want.

The platform was repeal and replace.  Repeal first.  Replace second.  They need to be separate bills.  It is human nature to build on the work of others such as keeping much of Obamacare and just tweaking it.  That is NOT what was promised the American voter.  But that is what will happen if Obamacare is not repealed in its entirety first.

Hey, Republicans!  Stick to the plan:  Include pre-existing conditions; allow plans to cross state borders; allow choice of plans;  allow people who don’t want insurance to opt out without penalty but pay a hefty surcharge if they decide to come in later when they’re sick.  Don’t penalize so-called “Cadillac” plans with taxes.  Let the market determine fair costs.

We are reminded that this healthcare bill is likely to be the largest government funded entitlement program in the nation’s history, exceeding the cost of the Social Security program.  Do Republicans want that legacy?  Many do.  The RINOs do.

Trump’s budget proposes substantial cuts in federal expenditures.  Large cuts are proposed in funding to the “finance your enemies organization”, aka the United Nations (long overdue), pay for no work programs, aka social welfare, the one-world advocacy group, aka the State Department and hopefully planned killers united, aka Planned Parenthood, the national endowment for porn, aka National Endowment for the Arts, and national public propaganda, aka National Public Radio.

These cuts will be just the beginning, a small fraction of what needs to be done to pare back the huge excess of government spending.

These actions, along with privatizing healthcare, cutting regulations and reducing taxes will go a long way to steer us away from socialism that 8 years of Obama and decades of his predecessors have led us toward.

Monday, February 06, 2017

The difference between bleeding-heartism and prudence…

Do you really think liberals like Chuck Schumer are taking the moral high road on immigration?  Do you really believe the engraved adage “give me your tired, your poor your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” applies to virtually every situation this nation  ever will encountered?

Emma Lazarus penned those words in 1883.  These words are now used as if they have universal, perpetual, and infinite applicability.  The reality is they don’t.  Accepting immigrants back then meant accepting those from nations and civilizations who shared the values of this nation, who look forward to the promises of the freedoms this new land offered.

While Emma Lazarus was the liberal Chuck Schumer of her day she made sense – back then.

Today, she would be Chuck Schumer, a man who argues for a national policy that is both out of touch and dangerous given the nature of the ideology, culture and behaviors of the immigrants who pose a great risk to our nation.

Schumer and the other tear-jerk liberals would be more up front with the rest of us if they changed Emma’s poem to this:

Give me your crime, your malcontents,

your befuddled Muslims, yearning for Sharia,

The Islamic jihadi who hopes to vent.

Send these, who will make our land as tempest-tossed as theirs is:

I lift my blind eye to the ones who evil sent. 

No, Chuckie, these are not the same innocent, tempest-tossed folk of the 1800’s yearning to breathe free.

Those who our much more prudent government intend to keep out are nothing like the immigrants who shared our values.  Those from Muslim nations do not.  Quite the opposite.   The great majority want nothing to do with our values except the freebies that enable them to impose their own sick, perverse version of civilization on the rest of us.

As a reminder for those who haven’t been paying attention:  The so-called Islamic “religion” is much more a political and military ideology intending to subvert all those of other belief systems to their own or face the consequences that are clearly spelled out in their holy books, traditions, and interpretations by the great majority of their Muslim leaders.  There is no “yearning to breathe free” except using our freedoms to impose Islamic Sharia which bears no relationship to “freedom.”

The Trump administration is doing absolutely the right thing.  We must defend against those who have a clear record of doing us harm.  The evidence is in their culture, their beliefs, and their actions.  It is insanity, Chuckie, to do otherwise.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Beware of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a great name.  Any organization that has the words “Southern”, “Poverty”, and “Law” in its name must be trustworthy and truthful, right?  WRONG!

In the case of the SPLC, it is a deceitful, distorting, slandering far left organization.  It takes every individual and organization that we see promoting common sense, truth, logic, and American values and condemns it as hateful, bigoted and phobic.

A recent noted case in point is SPLC’s characterization of John Guandolo who is at the forefront of informing our nation of the real threat of Islam.  Here is some of his background from his website, “Understanding the Threat”:

Mr. Guandolo is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who took a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an FBI “Advanced Capability Medic.” His career included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

After his FBI career, Mr. Guandolo conducted Strategic Analysis on the Global Islamic Movement for the Department of Defense. Currently, Mr. Guandolo advises governments - U.S. and others - on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively briefs and teaches members of Congress, senior military officials, law enforcement, the intelligence community, key community leaders, and others. Mr. Guandolo served as an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and instructed at the U.S. Army War College.

Here, also is a recent interview with Guandolo by Breitbart.  You compare your understanding of reality with what Guandolo is saying here:

Guandolo:  “Yes, we are at war with Islam”

What does the SPLC make of individuals who dare warn us about the Islamic threat?  Well, of course they slander, lie, demean, and marginalize.  Here is SPLC’s latest slander piece about Mr. Guandolo:

DISGRACED FORMER FBI AGENT JOHN GUANDOLO PROVIDING ANTI-MUSLIM LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING THIS WEEK IN COLORADO

Why does the anti-American SPLC make this claim?  Several reasons:

  1. Guandolo identifies Islamic doctrine that motivates violence by Muslims.
  2. Guandolo connects the obvious relationship between jihad, violence, supremacism, and terror committed by Muslim in the name of Islam with long-standing Islamic doctrine
  3. Guandolo associates and agrees with the likes of Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, ACT for America, Frank Gaffney and Tom Trento.  These are several of the individuals and groups that make the most rational sense about the reality of the threat of Islam that is behind 99% of the terrorism occurring today. 

The SPLC ignores reality and attempts to destroy anyone who is truthful about what we observe happening “in the name of Islam” that matches Islamic doctrine to a “T”.  They call truth tellers “haters.”

Here is what the SPLC is:

    • Pro-Islam, pro-jihad
    • Anti-American
    • Far left
    • Communist-sympathizing
    • Slandering
    • Dissimulating
    • Blind, ignorant, or highly disingenuous
    • A danger to historic American values

Here is a partial list of the individuals and organizations on SPLC’s “hater” list:

    • David Horowitz (Front Page)
    • Frank Gaffney
    • Joseph Farah (World Net Daily)
    • Lt. General Boykin
    • Pamela Geller
    • Robert Spencer
    • Tony Perkins (Family Research Council)
    • ACT for America
    • American Family Association
    • Family Research Council
    • Jewish Defense League
    • National Coalition for Immigration Reform
    • Oathkeepers
    • World Net Daily

Unfortunately, most media, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and major newspapers, often quote distortions and slander produced by the SPLC as if they have some special lock on the truth.  Far far from it.  SPLC has a lock only on disinformation and slander.  Their agenda is “see, hear and speak no evil of evil.”  The SPLC is the epicenter of the “hater”, anti-truth, anti-free speech movement.

Friday, December 16, 2016

My take on “Aleppo”, Russian and US Policy…

Ok, I admit upfront that my knowledge and understanding of Aleppo is only marginally beyond the “what is a “leppo” stage.

But I do know several things that convince me that Russia’s actions there are far superior and more effective than those of the United States.  Here is the basis for my observations:

  • US policy in the Middle East has been a failure.  Why? We have made alliances with poorly understood groups with poorly understood motives who are worse than the governments they fought and are fighting.
  • US leaders have failed and continue to fail to understand the depth, influence and significance of Islamic doctrine and culture.  They continue to deny the relationship between the dozens of Islamic terror organization and hundreds of Muslim leaders WITH ISLAM.
  • US leaders fail to admit to the historic and continuing doctrine of mainstream Islam that encourages conquest, jihad, intolerance and supremacism toward non-Muslims and those Muslims who are less “devout” than Muhammad and Islamic texts and leaders demand.
  • Failing these understandings, we have applied half ass’d and failed measures in dealing with Middle East Muslims who we label as “radicals”, “rebels”, and  “freedom fighters” .  We treat them as though they have the same belief system, moral system, sense of respect for life and fairness as most in the West have.  They do not.

Russia, who for  centuries has been closer neighbors with the Muslim hoards of the Middle East than we have been, understands these people better than we do.  They understand what it takes to deal with their leaders.  We consider what Russia is doing in Aleppo, for example, as butchery, heavy-handedness, and atrocity.  Russia more wisely considers their actions to be appropriate, necessary and effective; doing exactly what is required to put a lid on the violence, killing and instability perpetuated by the 1,400 year old Islam-inspired culture.

The US has encouraged and continues to encourage the killing off of leaders and governments that have maintained stability and order in a number of Middle East nations.  We have created a vacuum that enabled the Muslim purists, the devout, to impose conditions much worse than formerly existed.

Russia is drawing the line on that foolishness in Syria. Image result for shrieking little girl They do not want one more nation to fall to instability and chaos.  Syria is their “red line” and they will not let Assad forces fall to even worse, intolerant, unstable Islamic doctrine-led governance.  They realize strength,  force, and in some instances, matching brutality with brutality is required.  Imagine a little girl screaming at her father for beating up the child molester. That is the West.   The West shrieks like a little girl in horror at what Russia and Assad are doing to the “poor” rebels in Syria.  

We need to get over our Pollyannaism and face the reality of the situation there.  Russia has, long ago.

HERE is Pat Buchannan’s column on the same topic.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Finally! A federal government understanding the reality of Islamic doctrine and practice…

It is about time.  And Trump is going to get an earful from the Islamic-pandering and Islamo-ignorant media and other Muslim apologists who defend the indefensible.

General Michael Flynn was appointed to the position of National Security Advisor.  He is the replacement for Susan Rice.  Rice and James Clapper (synonymous with the Johnny Carson/Jack Webb “Copper Clapper Caper” routine) the now resigned Director of National Intelligence, both made a mockery of the relationship between Islamic Jihad, ISIS and Islam claiming that neither Jihad nor ISIS have anything to do with Islam.  Ha ha ha ha ha – LOL, ROTFLOL.

While never a copper, Clapper foisted his pro-Islamic caper on the American people for way too long. Susan Rice was no better.  Thank goodness clueless Clapper called it quits.  And thank goodness we now have someone knowledgeable of and not beholden to Islam.

In fact, General Flynn is such a great appointment (happy days are here again!!!) that he is getting slandered by the ignorant, Muslim-pandering press. 

Here are the contents of a page full of Google searches of “Michael Flynn on Islam”:

 

“I am pleased that Lieutenant General Michael Flynn will be by my side as we work to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, navigate geopolitical ...

Trump Picks Michael Flynn, Harsh Critic of Islam ... - New York Magazine

nymag.com/daily/.../11/trump-picks-michael-flynn-for-national-security-adviser.html
16 hours ago - Donald Trump has offered the position of national security adviser to retired Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, according to multiple news ...

Michael Flynn & Islam: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

heavy.com/.../michael-flynn-racism-accusations-donald-trump-controversy-who-is-na...
4 hours ago - Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's National Security Adviser, has extreme views on Muslims and Islam. Here's a look at what Flynn has said in the ...

Michael Flynn, Anti-Islamist Ex-General, Offered Security Post, Trump ...

www.nytimes.com/2016/.../michael-flynn-national-security-adviser-donald-trump.html
18 hours ago - Michael T. Flynn, potentially putting a retired intelligence officer who ... facts: General Flynn, for instance, has said that Shariah, or Islamic law, ...

Trump names Michael Flynn, who has called Islam "a cancer," national ...

https://mic.com/.../trump-names-michael-flynn-who-has-called-islam-a-cancer-nationa...
9 hours ago - Michael T. Flynn — a man who has previously called Islam "a cancer" and declared that he is "at war" with the religion. The appointment was ...

Trump's national security adviser Michael Flynn is anti-Islam, open to ...

qz.com/.../trumps-national-security-adviser-michael-flynn-is-anti-islam-open-to-tortur...
5 hours ago - Three-star US Army general Michael Flynn has ruffled a lot of feathers since he was fired as head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency in ...

Anti-Islam, Black-Ops Master Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to Likely Head ...

www.commondreams.org/.../anti-islam-black-ops-master-lt-gen-michael-flynn-likely-...
1 day ago - Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is the "leading contender" to become Trump's national security advisor, one of the top posts in the White ...

5 Points On Trump's Anti-Muslim National Security Adviser Michael ...

talkingpointsmemo.com/.../michael-flynn-trump-national-security-adviser-what-you-...
5 hours ago - President-elect Donald Trump's selection of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser is the latest indication that he intends to ...

Likely Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Calls Islam A

www.rightwingwatch.org/.../video-likely-trump-national-security-adviser-michael-fly...
6 hours ago - News outlets are reporting that President-elect Donald Trump has offered the position of national security adviser to retired Lt. Gen. Michael ...

Trump Picks Anti-Muslim Extremist Michael Flynn To Be National ...

www.politicususa.com/.../donald-trump-chooses-anti-muslim-extremist-national-secur...
19 hours ago - Trump's choice of Flynn is unsurprising given the anti-Muslim aura that surrounded the president-elect during his campaign.

 All these media smears of Flynn are good news.  It means Trump’s appointment for National Security Advisor “gets it” about Islam.

But  just like the left’s slander of Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon, the media see fit to smear Flynn with labels of “extreme anti-Muslim”, “anti-Islam extremist” and related derogatory terms.  This is almost enough to cause one to believe that either the media has been infiltrated by a bunch of Muslims, or by a tribe of ‘60’s drug-addled journalists trained by liberal professors who have themselves been brainwashed by Saudi-controlled Middle East Studies programs that whitewash Islam.

By the way, there is nothing “harsh” about telling the truth about Islam and then wanting to do something about it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

News sites without a “Comments” section…

…are like condescending professorial demigods

Bloomberg, the Washington Post, New York Times, and a number of other mostly liberal establishment news sites do not provide an opportunity for reader comments.  I find this both frustrating and elitist – it is very paternal of them. Image result for gag

This one-way communication may be an old news reporting tradition, but it is outmoded and in many ways disingenuous.  It presumes the reporter, the editor or the owner of the publication is totally unbiased which they most definitely are NOT.

A case in point, Bloomberg explaining the rise of “populism” in their leftist, biased way…

But it’s [populism] also played a starring role in the rise of demagogues and therefore some of the ugliest episodes in human history.

Republican Donald Trump’s electoral-college victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last week was an unprecedented triumph of populism in the U.S.—one that leveraged feelings of victimization by a shrinking white majority who blame lost opportunity on U.S. President Barack Obama, the political establishment, wealthier urbanites, and immigration.

Notice the juxtaposition between “…ugliest episodes in human history…” and the following paragraph about Trump’s election.  Notice use of the words “victimization by a shrinking white majority” and the innuendo of “racism.”

This all deserves comment and rebuttal because those statement are loaded with bull crap.   But no.  Bloomberg doesn’t allow reader comment because they want to be a little demigod, the “all knowing wise college professor.”  How dare we comment on their “final word.”

I find myself increasingly ignoring even reading news articles, which are mostly biased propaganda pieces anyway, from news sites that do not provide for reader comments. 

Isn’t it a coincidence that the great majority of these news sites are “mainstream media” sites, also known as liberal, elitist, establishment and old school.

My greatest wish for these sites is that they wither and die.  I’ll help where I can.

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All knowing mainstream media

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Government leeches in big cities and communist intellectuals in college towns give Clinton early lead…

8:00 pm election night:

This is depressing.

Mainstream America, where most of us are productive, hard working, honest, independent, and conservative occupy 90% of the land mass of the nation.

Look at the county electoral maps across the nation.  It is dotted with blue spots comprised of liberal college towns and dense urban centers dominated by those who suck off the government whether by welfare recipients or by big business insiders.

That is what Donald Trump was up against and what gives Hillary Clinton the green light to destroy the rest of this nation.

God help us.

 

How counties across the nation voted.  Red = Trump

 

8:30 pm:  Florida is looking good with 2 Florida Trump counties left to report.

8:45 pm election night:   Wow!  Trump might win Ohio.

8:55:  But NYT predicts Clinton wins the election.

9:15:  NYT projects 279 to 259 electoral votes in favor of Clinton

9:30:  NYT flipped to favor Trump to win the election; so volatile!

9:40:  Trump “very likely” to win Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.  Nationwide, NYT flips back and forth between Clinton and Trump.

9:45:  Wow.  Trump may take Michigan.

10:00:  NYT claims Trump edges Clinton

3:00am:  My brother calls me at 3am to announce Trump’s victory speech!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Comey does it again! We should now be absolutely convinced the system is rigged…

If we had our doubts whether or not FBI Director Comey was in the bag last July when he first absolved Hillary of all wrong doing, there should be absolutely no doubt remaining now.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3911032/FBI-announces-not-change-decision-regarding-Hillary-Clinton-s-emails.html

After a five day review of 650,000 Hillary emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop, and new evidence that at least 5 foreign nations hacked into Hillary’s ill-conceived attempt to maintain separate servers, Comey and the FBI once again gives her a pass.

I now feel free to go 120 mph in a school zone without any repercussions whatsoever.  Thank you FBI Director Comey for my new found freedom to do anything I damn well please.  And I’m sure you have also given the green light to a few million more formerly law abiding folks to flaunt the law in ways yet unimaginable.  In fact, there is a million times the danger to our national security and public safety with what Clinton did compared to speeding in school zones.

And no, Comey, I do not buy into your newly sanctioned “Two-Tier Legal System.”

Friday, November 04, 2016

Those who vote for Hillary…

People who persist in their vote for Hillary…

  • Don’t believe or don’t care that she is a perpetual liar
  • Don’t believe or don’t care that she was a key factor in the death of dedicated US officials in Benghazi
  • Don’t believe or don’t care that she is a key official in the Clinton Foundation’s influence peddling for profit schemes at the expense of US foreign policy and national security.
  • Don’t believe or don’t care that her closest confidant and advisor, Huma Abedin, has close ties with Islamist individuals and organizations working to impose Islam in the US and worldwide.
  • Don’t believe or don’t care that she is a 30-year career politician who is good at fuzzy platitudes and bad at implementing anything.
  • Don’t care or prefers the success and prosperity of foreign nations, cultures, and ideologies are prioritized over US interests, workers and prosperity.
  • Don’t believe or don’t care that she irresponsibly handles classified documents so carelessly that anyone else would be denied a security clearance – and then lies about it.

Do these people hate this country, its history, its capitalism, its traditional values SO MUCH that they are willing to vote for someone like this?

I guess the answer is “yes.”  That being the case, our country will be in perpetual decline and conflict until we experience a true, full-blown 2nd revolutionary war.  A nation divided against itself cannot stand.  We have half of our population “divided against itself.”  I don’t know if this is due to indifference, ignorance, selfish desire for government to do things for them that they should be doing for themselves, or complicities in a corrupt system for their own profit and power.  Perhaps all of the above.

Time will tell, and probably not much time will be required.