Infrastructure: “Everyone” wants it, so what’s the problem?

The I-word keeps popping up in Washington D.C.: infrastructure. It is quite possibly the single issue on which President Trump and Democrats in Congress agree.

“It really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation,” said the President. “We have a lot of things in common on infrastructure.”

Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio said to the press, “Look, this guy’s a builder. He gets it.” The Oregon Democrat (Oregon, practically a communist state) is the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “It sounds like the president is sincere and wants to deliver.”

So, ask you, why is it so difficult to get something done that EVERYONE AGREES NEEDS TO BE DONE (and is politically beneficial to both sides)? The answer lies below and the statistics will appall you.

And thanks to JM for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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Fatherless households.

The statistics on what happens to children raised without a father in the home are dramatic. The welfare system promotes this. This 2-minute video is very revealing.

And thanks to HKG for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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Best economic news I’ve heard amidst lots of good economic news.

The Census Bureau released its latest report on poverty in the USA for 2018.

Which group of Americans is typically the most likely to be impoverished? If you answered single mothers give yourself an “A.” If, in addition, you realize that black and Hispanic single mothers have it the worst, then raise your grade to an “A plus.”

[Source: Welfare Reform’s Payoff, by Kay S. Hymowitz]

New data from the Census Bureau shows that female-headed households are lifting themselves out of poverty through work. Poverty among single-mother households just sank to its lowest rate . . . EVER. Even more dramatic is the fact that the decline took place entirely among black and Hispanic single-mother families. The poverty rates for female-led black households dropped 2.7 percent. More dramatic still, the rate for Hispanic families plunged 4 percent. This was accompanied by a 2.5 percentage points decline in child poverty (649,000 fewer poor American children). The percentage of Hispanic kids living in poverty dropped 7.1 points in one year.

Median income for households headed by women increased by a robust 5.8 percent. More black and Hispanic single mothers have jobs and are working more hours. “The rise in full-time, year-round work led to the increase in incomes and earnings at the household level,” the Census Bureau found.

When President Trump brags about the economy… well, seems appropriate to me.

And thanks to HP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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Oh Boy! Government run health care.

If the Democrats take over in 2020 we may get some “free” health care like they have in Ireland. Lucky us!

[Source: When Government Runs Health Care, by Cal Thomas]

As a physician who practiced for nearly 50 years, I can assure that it is possible to reduce health care spending. There are a variety of capitalist, free-market solutions, but those don’t appear to be in our future. But one way that is used by virtually every country with a nationalized health care system is to simply deny treatment by postponement. Ireland is the latest example of this technique.

The median waiting time for a knee replacement after the operation had been planned is three weeks in the United States.

This is a recent headline in the Irish Independent newspaper: “Surgery delays are ‘cheating elderly out of precious time.’” The head of the Irish Medical Organization, Dr. Padraig McGarry, stated that older people are waiting well over two years just to see a specialist before being consigned to another waiting list for surgery.

It should be obvious to anyone that over the course of years, these patients will deteriorate and their mobility and quality of life will be significantly diminished. But we have, in this instance, the opinion of the man who actually is in charge of the Irish system. McGarry says he sees these patients deteriorate while waiting for surgery and when they return to their general practitioner they are simply given “medication which can affect their health in other ways…”

Importantly, Ireland isn’t part of Britain’s National Health Service. The Brits have plenty of problems of their own. Patients in their public system are also consigned to queues – massively large queues. The most recent figures examined found 564,829 patients in the queue to see a specialist and 68,807 patients waiting to have surgery.

When one considers that Great Britain’s population is 67 million while our population is greater than 329 million, then you can do the math progression yourself. (And, by the by, Ireland’s population is fewer than 5 million.) If these smaller nations can’t make it work, what makes so many of our politicians think it will work in the U.S.?

Roy Filly

 

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How’s that Arctic sea ice doing (and, by comparison, Al Gore’s predictions)?

Former Vice President Al Gore’s famous movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” won an Academy Award (the film won Best Documentary in 2007). It also netted a Nobel Peace Prize for Gore.

A “documentary” is supposed to provide “documentation” – material that provides official information or evidence or that serves as a record. It is rare that global warming alarmist claims are adjudicated in a court of law. But this film was actually adjudicated in the High Court of London and found to be wanting.

Yes, that is correct, the High Court of London ruled that the movie was b*llsh*t! Of course, a British jurist would never use such crude language. The ruling listed 35 factual errors. The actual errors are interesting, but I will make one point only. All of the errors pointed in one direction, toward overestimating the increase in global warming and its significance to Earth’s environment. That is a statistical impossibility. Only one possible conclusion can be drawn from this fact: this is not science but environmental activism.

So, here we are in 2019. Gore predicted that Arctic sea ice would completely melt by 2014. The image below is a NASA photograph from their most recent assessment. As you can see there is lots of sea ice.

What is more dramatic is to compare the amount of sea ice measured by NASA in 2007 (gray line), the year that Gore terrified the world with his prediction, and today (green line). NASA was nice enough to even provide a vertical line and the date 9/7/2019. Did you notice that the two lines TOUCH? That means there is exactly the same amount of sea ice in the arctic as there was in 2007. 

But what about the other great mass of ice, Antarctica, ask you? Good question, answer I. Let’s also look at the ice extent in the Antarctic. There is as much ice today (or more accurately on 9/7/2019) as there was in 1979.

And let’s not forget the iconic and pitiful photo of a polar bear and her cub clinging to the last vestige of ice in the Arctic Ocean.

Gore assured us that their days were numbered. He told us that because the ice is getting thinner, they can’t reproduce. Of course, this is hot air too. There are more polar bears now than when Al Gore was born.

And the latest prediction by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is even direr. Get ready for the planet to die in 12 years. I’m not going to panic. I have a prediction also. I predict she is the new Al Gore.

And thanks to HP for getting me started on this.

Roy Filly

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The latest nonsense from a liberal college.

The nonsensical and, frankly, anti-American shenanigans at US colleges are too long to list. Safe spaces, trigger words, etc. are becoming part of the fabric of higher education (although not everywhere – footnote).

You may have thought that the leftists who dominate higher education had finally run their list of loony ideas to its maximum length. Au contraire, mon ami.

[Source: The Latest College Lunacy: Correct English Grammar Is ‘Racist.’ By Walter E. Williams]

Apparently, it is no longer enough to attack caucasions as the source of all evil in the world (interestingly the source of the attacks is almost invariably caucasions). Now they must attack the English language itself.

A professor, Asao B. Inoue, has been hired to teach at American University. He is also the director of the university’s writing center. He was previously a professor at the University of Washington in Tacoma in interdisciplinary arts and sciences.

Inoue is peddling the following:

  • He believes that a person’s writing ability should not be assessed, in order to promote “anti-racist” objectives.
  • Students should be graded on their “labor” rather than their writing ability.
  • He states that the University’s previous practices of grading writing promoted white language supremacy.
  • Students should be graded on the effort they put into a project (rather than their writing proficiency).

The parents of these “students” can only hope that their children will be able to find employment when they can no longer write a coherent sentence on a job application form (and after they paid out $48,459 a year in tuition charges). Of course, their child can add an addendum to the application that they put in as much “labor” as their competitor who is able to write coherently.

Roy Filly

Footnote: At least in 2016, the University of Chicago warned incoming freshman that they did not condone “safe spaces.” The letter to the new freshman affirms a “commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression” where “members of the community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge and learn, without fear of censorship.” To that end, the letter says, the school does not support “‘so-called’ trigger warnings” or “condone the creation of intellectual safe spaces,” two polarizing concepts taking foot in some schools nationwide. Nor does the school cancel invited guests “because their topics might prove controversial.”

 

 

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The media hoped that the Mattis book would trash Trump – NOT.

As the media poured over the new book by General and former Defense Secretary James Mattis (Call Sign Chaos: Learning To Lead), they were hoping for “the dirt” on President Trump. After all, he left the Trump administration following a dispute over troop withdrawals.

They were disappointed to find that President Trump was barely mentioned. However, his predecessor wasn’t. The General’s take on President Obama is nicely summed up by a single entry in the book’s index: “Obama, Barack, strategic thinking lacking.” Ouch!

[Source: Mattis Says Obama Refused To Respond To Iran’s ‘Act Of War’ Because Of Nuclear Deal, by Ashe Schow]

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis laid it on thick for Obama’s weak response to Iranian regime treats. In the biggest bombshell, Mattis decried Obama’s weak response to what Mattis considered an “act of war” by Iran – the planned bombing of a café in Washington, D.C.

Mattis’ served as the leader of U.S. Central Command during the Obama administration. During his tenure, he repeatedly warned about Iran and Sunni Islamist terrorists. He opined that Iran posed the “more deadly of the two threats.”

Indeed, Mattis bluntly states that Obama fired him because of these warnings. Further, and more damning, Obama’s minions didn’t even tell him about the Iranian plot to bomb the café. He learned about it from a press conference announcing the arrest of two Iranians who had planned the attack on Café Milano.

As Mattis writes, during the press conference, “Attorney General Eric Holder said the bombing plot was ‘directed and approved by elements of the Iranian government and, specifically, senior members of the Qods Force.’ The Qods were the Special Operations Force of the Revolutionary Guards, reporting to the top of the Iranian government.” Mattis states that he was privy to intelligence confirming: “we had recorded Tehran’s approval of the operation.

This would have been the worst attack since 9/11 and many Americans would have been killed (literally ripped apart by the blast). Mattis writes that he wanted to “respond forcefully,” but Obama refused to inform the public about just how dangerous the plot truly was.

Mattis goes on to write: “We treated an act of war as a law enforcement violation, jailing the low-level couriers,” while he “wanted calculated actions, to restrain the regime so it couldn’t thrust us into a war.”

And why would Obama demand this course of action, ask you? Because, answer I, he didn’t want to ruffle Iranian feathers as he tried to gain the “singular” foreign policy “win” of his presidency – the crappy “Iran Nuclear Deal.” Wow! The worst president in the history of the Republic.

And thanks to HP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

 

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Perhaps African Americans are learning on which side their bread is buttered.

When one considers the state of disrepair of inner cities and the abysmal public schools therein (all places run by Democrats), one must wonder why African Americans continue to support the Democrat Party. Perhaps that reality is about to change.

[Source: Black unemployment hits record low, Black-White gap shrinks to lowest ever. By John Carney]

Unemployment among African-Americans is at the lowest level ever recorded. It currently stands at 5.5 percent. That is still higher than white unemployment. However, the persistent gap between white and black unemployment also narrowed to its smallest on record.

Here is the current status:

  • The unemployment ratio has averaged around 2 to 1 or so for decades.
  • One year ago black unemployment was 185 percent of white unemployment.
  • Last month black unemployment was less than 162 percent of white unemployment… still not great, but it is the smallest gap ever in records going back to January 1972.

African American youth have chronically suffered the worst unemployment. Here’s more good news. Black youth unemployment is also the lowest ever recorded.

One must see these results in light of our current overall low unemployment (lowest in nearly 50 years). The last time the gap fell below 170 percent was in August of 2009. At that time African American unemployment was a hefty 14.8 percent (white unemployment was 8.9 percent). Under these circumstances, the gap declines because white unemployment increases at a faster clip than the already sky-high black unemployment. We can pretty much state without fear of criticism that the decline in employment inequality now is undeniably the best on record.

Additionally, workers at the low end of pay-scale are outperforming higher-paid employees. That is not to say that African Americans are all in the lower pay-scale group. African Americans are recently moving up.

Only 8% of African American voters pulled the lever for Trump in 2016. When President Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, the black unemployment rate was at 7.8 percent. If the 2.3 percent of African Americans who got jobs because of Trump’s policies switch sides that would be a 29% jump in African American support.

Roy Filly

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Fake news is no longer drawing viewers.

Fake news, mass shootings, and a huge hurricane couldn’t save MSNBC or CNN from their plummeting viewership.

[Source: Hurricane Dorian Can’t Save CNN, MSNBC from Losing over Fifth of Audience, by John Nolte]

I guess fake news isn’t what it used to be. After the fiasco of “Trump is a Russian agent” near-constant reporting by these two… well, let’s be kind and call them news agencies, the public has grown bored.

Here are the data:

  • CNN lost 21% of its viewership last week (already a pitifully low number).
  • MSNBC lost 24% of its viewership last week.
  • Fox News maintained the number one position for the 34th consecutive week.
  • CNN was a dismal 6th place.

If one looks at primetime viewership, CNN and MSNBC are in even more serious straights:

  • Fox News grow its already first-place audience by three percent (2.43 million primetime viewers)
  • MSNBC lost 15 percent of its primetime audience (1.57 million primetime viewers).
  • CNN lost 16 percent (897,000 average primetime viewers)

CNN tried to throw a Hail Mary with a seven-hour town hall on “climate change.” Once again CNN came in far-last place with only 1.1 million average viewers compared to the 2.5 million and 1.7 million for Fox and MSNBC during the same 7 hours.

The only really “big” thing that happened during the supremely boring 7 hours (other than providing President Trump with loads of political commercials) was Joe Biden developing a subconjunctival hemorrhage (usually not dangerous) during the show. Yikes!

Roy Filly

 

 

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You can learn a lot from graphs.

Kamala says STOP EATING RED MEAT! I think she lost a few votes with that statement!

We have all experienced inflation. It seems to be part of the fabric of our economy. But when viewed in the graph below it clearly was not always the case. So what happened after World War I, ask you? I don’t have “the answer” but I did calculate that Democrats controlled Congress 29 times while Republicans controlled Congress 11 times. Perhaps there is a correlation there. And isn’t the raison d’être of the Federal Reserve to curb inflation (check the red line on the graph below and the footnote)?

Just FYI.

I’m not sure I like that President Trump is arguing with the Federal Reserve Chairman. While not a fan of “The Fed,” I do believe that it should, at least, be independent. However, when the President says there appears to be a disconnect between other major competitors and the USA when it comes to interest rates, it is hard to argue against that (see below).

Ya’ think that maybe we have a drug problem?

As I have said many times in my posts, I strongly favor LEGAL immigration and am UNALTERABLY OPPOSED to ILLEGAL immigration. Perhaps I am not alone!

Again, just FYI.

The US beats them all at 185 drug deaths per million. Portugal has 46-times fewer drug deaths per million inhabitants. I have written about drug laws in Portugal on a few occasions. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned.

What’s up with antidepressant consumption in those stress-free Democratic Socialist countries?

I was not only surprised to see IBM at that top of the list, I was very surprised to see it outpaced Apple more than 4 to 1.

Roy Filly

Footnote: The Federal Open Market Committee sets U.S. monetary policy in accordance with its mandate from Congress: to promote maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates in the U.S. economy.

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