Times Have Changed



Exports are a COST, Imports are a BENEFIT

In this imperfect world of ours in which governments everywhere presume to superintended the commercial activities of their subjects, trade agreements are often the best available way to make trade freer, if not as free as it can and ought to be.

This reality exists because of the combination of two powerful forces:
(1) governments are prone to serve special-interest producer groups within their jurisdictions, and
(2) most citizens are ignorant of economics.

These forces combine to create the widespread mistaken impression that international-trade’s benefits come in the form of exports while imports are thought to be the ‘costs’ that must unfortunately be paid in order to enjoy these ‘benefits.’

I estimate that three-quarters of all the negative feedback that I receive when I make the case for free trade is rooted in this utterly backwards understanding of the benefits and costs of trade.

Were people to understand that IMPORTS are the BENEFITS that we get from trade while EXPORTS are the COSTS that we must pay in order to receive these benefits, everyone would, in turn, understand the absurdity (for Americans) of what Trump proposes to ‘negotiate’ for Americans on the trade front.

The man’s goal is to arrange for Americans to be able to export more and to import less – that is, to spend more and to get less in return. It’s as if Trump (as well as SK and others) are really  secret agents sent here by an enemy government to enrich non-Americans at Americans’ expense.

Trade War!!!

steelI have been quite busy as of late with building demolition and clean up.  This part should be done by the end of the week (I hope).  At that point, the new home will begin to get constructed.  Later down the road I hope to post a pictorial of the whole affair, from the beginning to the end.

As a youngster back in the 70’s, I remember the devastation of the steel mills closing one after the other in my hometown, literally devastating good hard working families.  Now known as the rust belt, that period of time will always be etched in my mind.  The reasons were simple, cheap foreign imports.  The government did nothing.  Finally, we actually have a President with some testicles who is doing something about it and I fully support his decision to impose a 25% tariff on imported steel.  Maybe our own factories can spring up and fire up, providing thousands of good paying jobs once again.  Time will tell.  For those who ask, I don’t mind paying a little more for American made, much like I use local lumber products and frequent local eateries.  Trade War!  Let’s just win it!


Deciphering Trump’s Strategy

billssissadIt’s very interesting watching Trump as he deals with some really tough issues, immigration and now the push for gun control.  He has pretty much turned Latino’s against the Democrats with his brilliant strategy on DACA.  He knew full well that when he offered a path to citizenship, it was DOA in Congress.  Now, going into 2020, he has a new base by which to work with, as the Dreamers will be left out to dry by the Crats.

On the gun issue, he is limited and he knows it.  He can appease many by saying things like “raise the age limit”,  “stronger background checks” etc, but the bottom line is that Congress has to pass something for him to sign.  That’s not likely to happen, but he has made even more friends for 2020.  As long as the economy stays the course, he may pull a Reaganesque type of route of anyone the Crats put out there.   They have no message.  Maybe they can run on reversing the tax breaks and add more regulations to stymy business.  In the end, Trump is playing a Centrist and that’s not all that bad.  He’s playing the media, just as he did during the election.


The Pathetic Media

1s5pazThe media, apparently having problems reporting real news, just simply repeats the same old junk, sometimes adding a new twist.  Last week, NBC had a breaking story about Russian hacking into voter rolls of several States.  The “breaking” story wasn’t so “breaking” as it turns out, because ABC had a similar story September 29, 2016 with all the same information.  In another non-story, rehashing the Stormy Daniels with a new twist seems to be making it’s way through the current news cycle.  The problem with this story is that few people actually care and the media seems to forget the Daniels herself has denied having any sexual contact with Trump.  I guess women should only be believed when it fits the narrative.  From the fawning over a Nork at the Olympics to regurgitated stories to outright fake news, the media has lost credibility.  Pathetic.


The Immigration Mess

th2TATYS5UNot long ago, the Government was shutdown because Senator Shumer wanted to protect the Dreamers, despite not offering one legitimate Bill up for a vote prior to the shutdown deadline.  There were numerous “claims” of great stuff discussed with Trump, which he laughed off as ridiculous.  He has made his stipulations clear and so far is sticking to his guns.  Those stipulations and offer for the Dreamers may still face an uphill battle in Congress, as a path to citizenship isn’t well liked in some circles of the Republican Party.  I think we all see this and realize where the immigration issue is likely going…..nowhere.

I don’t think the Democrats want to fix the Dreamers issue.  I think this because there would be repercussions from the black community, who has gained nothing from 8 years of a black President.  If they lose the black vote, they would become irrelevant and they know this.  Hence, the anti-white Left has arisen.  The new racism, anything anti-white, is now being promoted on the House floor by Nancy Pelosi.  The Democrats are the party of “Anti’s”, except it’s not antifascist, they’re just the opposite.


The Memo’s Importance

(From Friday’s comment, here’s Mathius.  My remarks are in bold)

4thI think we all knew that the government spied on people and likely did so illegally in many cases.
Yes.  A longstanding mutual gripe of ours and an (increasingly rare, these days) point of agreement.

It doesn’t make either right, but lessens the severity of the claims.

I want to comment on this one… but I want to make sure I really understand first what you’re saying. Can you elaborate?
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Release The Memo

th2VWG3FD2Sometime today it’s expected that this Memo outlining the abuse of FISA court warrants to spy on political opponents.  Nobody, I repeat nobody, should NOT want this to become public and those who acted this way dealt with according to our laws.  While I don’t know who will be named, if anyone, it is clear that the Democrats are totally against it’s release.  Generally, when a group acts in this nature, it’s because the information will show them in a poor light.  While I can understand the FIB and the DOJ not wanting it released, their actors need held accountable as well.  For too long, accountability has been missing in DC, the political weaponizing of the IRS, DOJ and FIB should never be acceptable to either side.  However, this highlights the Fake News media, who would rather protect the Democrats than get accurate information of wrong doing and report on it.


Watching the Demise

media2Slowly, ever so slowly, the corrupt Swamp creatures are being exposed.  Deputy Director of the FBI has been removed from his position, only months before his scheduled retirement.  This came  shortly after the Director of the FBI read the “Memo” concerning the FISA warrant abuses during the Obama regime.  This is just the tip of the iceberg, as it has also come out that McCabe also ordered FBI agents to change their 302 interview forms concerning the Clinton investigation.  I fully expect the DOJ Inspector General report will be a major unplugging of the Swamp drain.  For now, it’s fun to watch the ‘Crats come unglued trying to spin things and the Liberal lapdog media trying to do the same.  It won’t work this time.  Just for fun, I’m predicting the demise of the Liberal media, as ratings will collapse leading to the sale of some major outlets…..and a change in the narrative that will lead this country for decades to come.


California- Proof of Democrat Failure

cali11Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.
Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).



Chucky`s Shutdown

I`m a little busy after a home fire has caused some chaos, but back up and running at New digs.  Gonna be staying at neighbors hunting camp for a few months as we rebuild.  No injuries.  Later down the road I’ll do an article on the experience.  Till then, chat away.  I’ll be watching as normal.

They Don’t Want the Country to Win

TrumpgeniusThe Democrats and their lapdog media are in full scale attack mode so far this year, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering a study of last year showed the big three networks, ABC, CBS and NBC were at an average of 90% negative in coverage of Trump last year.  So this years antics by the Liberal media should be no surprise.  Look at last week for example, gone is author Wollfe and his tabloid book, in is the new claims of racism, based on a potential lie, from a known liar, on statements that never mentioned race in any way.  Once again, the Left’s claim of racist falls short of reality.

It may be just me, but I don’t think the name of the President is very important.  Put anyone of the other Republican’s in the seat and these antics would be exactly the same.  These are the actions of bully totalitarians, and their actions at all levels prove as much.  They will riot and burn their schools down to stop a conservative speaker, all the while crying that they are the victim.   In the end, the liberal media, the Democrat political elite and the far Left lunatics don’t want America to win.  Socialism requires failure.  Communism requires failure and Naziism requires failure.  All three are modern day Liberalism at it’s worst.  But that’s what they want.



Politically Weaponized

thDPSGP1SLIn 2012 we learned that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups in an effort to make it harder to gain tax exempt status.  It was pretty much proven true, Lois Lerner lost her job and it was covered over by the Obama administration and Liberal media.  The law was broken, yet no one paid a price.  This was the political weaponization of the IRS, a Federal Government agency, to harm the political enemies of the political party in power.  Let’s not just blame the party or Obama and his administration, these people had to be willing to act.  This was an early warning of a political mindset infecting government agencies.  This was just the beginning.

Reports are now surfacing that the FBI did, in fact, use an unverified, political opposition report, as cause for FISA warrants to spy on the Trump election team.  This report, in the end, was paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. This, along with several investigations being reopened because of the investigators actions, rather than new evidence, and we have a potential for much, much more to come to the surface.  This, if true, should be put people in jail.  Nothing will happen fast, as most would like to happen.  But at least it is happening.

thNQBZS3SSLooking at the actions by a number of people, politicians, media, professors, Hollywood elites, et al, It’s not hard to see what playbook these people are using……..it’s the Communist playbook and we have been warned, as early as 1967.  It’s here and it’s rolling.   What are we ALL going to do about it?



Busting myths to get your 2018 started right

thB5NFID3CIf we are to ever unbind ourselves from the chains of conventional wisdom, we must first come to understand that we are constantly under assault from government propaganda and government propagandists. Our indoctrination begins at an early age and reaches its peak as we glide through the government indoctrination camps deceptively called public education.

When we are born into a system and we live it for a period of time, we lose our imperative to inquire. We automatically and unconsciously assume that things that are have always been. The system is prescribed.

We accept it, and it becomes a part of us. We don’t feel animosity or hostility toward the authority that we are born under. We are all born into conventional wisdom. Every bit of information we get from the very beginning of our existence “sells” us on authority. This goes on through public (non)education and throughout life.
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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Merry Christmas !

The New Tax Changes

Here are some of the provisions the bill contains, according to a Republican summary:

The proposal would maintain seven individual income tax brackets at slightly different rates: 10 percent, 12 percent, 22 percent, 24 percent, 32 percent, 35 percent and 37 percent. The top rate would fall from the current 39.6 percent.

The House originally proposed collapsing the system to four brackets, saying it would simplify the filing process.  The changes would phase out after 2025.

The bill would scrap the personal exemption but increase the standard deduction to slightly less than double its current level. It would go to $12,000 for an individual or $24,000 for a family.
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No Real Winners

th0FLCB02LTonight we wait the results in the tumultuous Senate race in Alabama.  The Republican had a huge advantage just a month ago until a woman came out claiming that the Republican tried to get in her pants,  when she was 14.  Then, several others also joined in with some allegations.  The Democrat, as anyone would, took advantage and the polls changed.  But one has to ask a question about the results, whatever they may turn out to be, will there really be any winners.  If Alabama votes in the Republican, they are deciding that an alleged sexual predator is better than a Democrat, which puts Democrats pretty low in the eyes of Alabaman’s.  If the Democrat wins, then a new and potent political weapon has just been proven affective.  The chances are that this weapon will be used again and again.  Politics is a filthy game and tonight it get’s even dirtier.  No matter who is elected, there are no real winners.



Fake Moral Outrage

th4IHFROFRToday’s Democrats, who long defended Bill Clinton, an accused rapist, have come out recently and are asking Al Franken to resign, after his own perverted acts against women came to light.  But I’m not buying the feigned moral outrage, as this finally ramped up only after a poll from Quinnipiac University showed that 77 percent of Democrats thought Legislators should resign under sexual harassment allegations and only 45 percent of Democrats thought their party was handling the issue correctly.  So let’s not be fooled by more fakery by hypocrits who didn’t have a problem taking money for their own elections and campaigning with the Clintons in 2016.  This simply don’t buy them a free ride to the moral high ground, it makes them ultra hypocrits with no morals at all.

Al Franken is expected to announce his resignation today.  He was a shitty Senator anyway and equally annoying.  Beyond this, the Alabama election involving Roy Moore, who is also accused, is next week.  If Alabama elects Roy Moore over a Democrat, it’s pretty clear what Alabaman’s think of Democrats.  We’ll see next week.

Still Waiting


Economic Collapse?

bitcoinWhat would an economic collapse actually look like in the US?  How would mass bank failures, the Stock Market dropping 75% and the US dollar devaluing 50% at the same time do to this nation as a whole?  Just a few things to ponder, considering all the bitcoin stuff going around.  The US government can control the price of gold and silver, but not Bitcoin.  Many are saying that the recent rise of Bitcoin is a prelude to collapse.  This makes some sense, not because of Bitcoin, but because the deep state wants Trump to fail.  The sacrifices a collapse would cause wouldn’t mean squat to the Deep State Power Elite.  They lose nothing.  That should concern everyone.


Whoop’s, They Spoke Too Soon

th68NKDDKRIt never fails these days when the Liberal media, pundit’s and politicians scream bloody murder when a Right Winger is accused or caught in some form of wrongdoing, only to have a Left Winger accused/caught doing the same thing.  Watching this play out is entertaining and frustrating, as the hypocrisy exposes the feigned moral outrage that always accompanies these events.  Judge Roy Moore must step down from the election, Al Franken must….be investigated by a Senate committee, wrong wrongdoing accusations go to die.  If not for the victims, it would be comical.  Suddenly, the Liberal media is saying that sexual assault is not a political thing.  Really?  I wouldn’t have known this last week, at least until Ya’ll remembered Bill Clinton’s victims.  Now, maybe the Swamp will have the plug pulled and at least all the perverts will be forced out (I doubt this, but I can hope).


The Tax bills and all the nonsense surrounding it is all theater.  I would be shocked, shocked I tell you, if anything actually lands on Trump’s desk….ever.  One annoying subject for me is the State tax deduction argument.  The folks from Cali, New York, New Jersey etc are whining about losing this because they live in high tax States.  OK, I get it, but it’s not a National problem, it’s a State problem.  Why should people in Idaho help people in New York on this matter, when the people of Idaho do not benefit one wit from it.  Sorry, but I shouldn’t have tax breaks held up because your State is mismanaged.  Maybe you should elect less Democrats, then the problem would be solved.


No One Is Immune

th77YR4TNFOn a daily basis new allegations of sexual harassment/sexual assault are coming out.  From Hollywood actors to politicians to musicians to sports bloggers, no on is immune from these accusations.  I wonder how much of this activity is going on in the business world and on job sites.  But what is harassment these days?  Is simply looking and admiring a coworker harassment?  How about asking a coworker out for drinks or dinner?  It doesn’t matter anymore because just about everyone can be accused of some form of sexual harassment, intended or not, real or not, imagined or not.  I feel sorry for men of the future, the pussification of men is full steam ahead now.  Careful where your eyes wonder guys, just looking will get you accused these days.



What is Going Wrong With People

massIn the recent weeks, we as a nation has had numerous people going off the rails and committing mass murder at an alarming rate.  A country music concert, a Wal-mart and now a church, mental illness has exploded upon innocent people.  We all know how the politicians and political hacks will respond, blame the tool, rather than looking at the real cause, mental illness and what is causing these issues.  Maybe how the Pundit’s react is a clue that the power’s that be don’t want that discussion.  It’s time to wonder why.


Leak or Lie?

waitingRobert Muellers first major act as Special Counsel to investigate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia should be causing some concern.  It’s quite uncommon to hear of an indictment of someone, especially in such a high profile investigation, before the person or the person’s lawyer, much less a NAME.  But, Mueller’s first act was…..a leak, to a supposed news agency, CNN, who have been caught time and time again reporting fake and false news.  Is this a legit leak or a made up leak to increase ratings over the weekend and into Monday?  I guess we’ll find out Monday.


The Globalist Plans?

I thought I’d do something a little different with this article then the normal political stuff.   In the past a site called Deagel.com has been linked showing some interesting population predictions.  With what has been going on with North Korea as of late, I wondered what the updated predictions may be saying about them and us by the year 2025, just 7 short years from now.  Deagel.com has been called a CIA run site and also attributed to the Globalist Deep State.  Are they sending a warning?

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The U.S. predictions have worsened with the expected population down to 65 million.  That’s a loss of 254 million souls.  That would mean there would be a pretty bad series of events heading our way, or maybe not  🙂

As for North Korea, this is where things become a bit shocking:


Nearly wiped from the face of earth.  What event could possibly cause this?


Oppressed By Who?

I think the answer is easy.


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No Answer Without Motive

VegasThe title says it all.  Without knowing the motive of the Las Vegas shooter, there are no answer to WHY.  This was a very well planned out mass murder, one that gives one pause as to how a person would undertake such a thing.  Rumors and conspiracy theories are everywhere, but the answer is nowhere.  I have avoided posting the conspiracy theories and other nonsense and I won’t bother to sensationalize the Liberal medias feigned sorrow and politicizing this event for their pathetic political reasons.  In the end, when you have a nation that is so divided, this is what you get.  This could be the first of many events in the new Civil War.


The Social Justice Fraud

th6GQEW0I0If it can’t be any clearer, the whole social justice movement is nothing more than a fraud.  The players in the NFL are perfect examples.  How many big name players are fighting for lesser qualified players to take their spot and get equal playing time?  How many big name players are fighting to share the contract money equally with all 53 players on the team?  The answer is NONE, because social justice is a fraud and it is impossible to achieve in a healthy society.   No, it is quite clear that the social justice movement is nothing but a divisive play on emotions shoved down everyone throats by the Progressive Left to push their socialist agenda.  It’s a fraud and should be treated as such.


Pressing the Question

thT4RRHTV6As I asked in a post last week, why can’t the individual States pass term limits for it’s Congressional representatives?  It is clear that the Constitution does not cover this subject, short of the Presidential term limits.  For a long time, this has been a subject of discussion, but not much at the State level.  Obviously an Amendment would do this, but I don’t believe an Amendment is necessarily required.  Also, I’d like to hear some pro’s and con’s on the subject.  I’ll be in and out, depending on activity outdoors.  Right now our weather is awesome 🙂