Fruits of socialism.

I have been describing some of the plights of Venezuela in recent posts. The movement of Venezuela to socialism began less than 20 years ago with the rise of Hugo Chavez. He “promised” everything. Any of this sound familiar?

Now 30 million Venezuelans have descended into an apocalypse where food, medicine, water and electric power are critically scarce – this in a nation that was the richest Latin American nation just 35 years ago! Riots, looting, and general civil misconduct are widespread. Entire cities were blacked-out last week. Military troops had to be deployed. Despite holding the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela has had to appeal to its neighbors for humanitarian deliveries to prevent epidemics and hunger.

The term ‘socialist’ once was used as an epithet in American politics. Then along came the totally uninformed American voter. Who are they, ask you? They follow a donkey – a donkey that is about to kick America in the face – answer I.

We are witnessing a presidential primary year wherein Bernie Sanders unabashedly tells Americans that he is a ‘Democratic Socialist.’ He has won 18 Democrat state primaries. Even worse, a new survey finds that a healthy portion of Democratic primary voters are favorably inclined toward socialism. Nearly six-in-ten Democratic primary voters believe socialism has a ‘positive impact on society,’ according to polling conducted this month for the right-leaning issue advocacy group American Action Network (imagine what the numbers might have been if the polling group had been “left-leaning”).

Anyone who thinks that America can’t reach the same “tipping point” as Venezuela is a fool. People and nations are holding $19 trillion in US debt. Those people and nations actually think that is their money and not some bogus, counterfeit, spurious construct of the US Federal government and the Federal Reserve.

My dear Republican friends, please put aside your rightfully just animosities toward Trump, the “establishment,” or Cruz, as the case may be from your perspective, and support the final Republican candidate. We cannot allow the Democrat Party to hold the White House for another four years. We might just find out that our “tipping point” is less than 4 years away!

Roy Filly

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

You can tell that the Paris Climate Conference was a nail-biter!

These world leaders are poised at the edge of their seats taking in every word as the fate of Planet Earth is discussed in doomsday terms!

ATT00001

A little gauche – but funny! And thanks to JM for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Words of wisdom from the highest authority.

Of the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was at the heart of the concepts that govern our Republic. John Fitzgerald Kennedy once quipped at a White House dinner honoring US Nobel Laureates: “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

In a letter to Samuel Kercheval in 1816, Jefferson predicted the socialist state that progressive/statist/altruists have wrought.

“The true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their management… To preserve independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt…”

“We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.”

“This example reads to us the salutary lesson, that private fortunes are destroyed by public… extravagance. And this is the tendency of all human governments.

Amen, Brother Jefferson. We failed to heed your words of wisdom and have come to an election where the Party likely to take power will have a ticket headed by either a socialist or a socialist-lite.

And thanks to Golden Gate Minutemen for forwarding this to me.

Roy Filly

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Apropos of my last post – a joke to “lighten” the mood.

Perhaps the morning newspaper on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (the day following the 58th quadrennial presidential election) will carry the following obituaries.

IMG_0526

And thanks to BC for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Hard to believe a Republican wrote this!

George F. Will is a columnist and pundit that should be known to all who read my posts. Trump insulted him at one point during the campaign. He has since become unhinged.

He wrote this today:  Being a Republican “demands the prevention of a Trump presidency. Were he to be nominated, conservatives would have two tasks. One would be to help him lose 50 states.

The Republican Party has fallen apart – and not because of Trump. He is simply the manifestation of the problem. It wasn’t even the “establishment” – whatever that means. The problem is Barack Obama, the most divisive president ever. Republicans can’t stand him and are lashing out at the failure to control him. The only solution is for him to leave office and an AMERICAN get elected to the presidency – if you take my meaning.

The Rugged Individualist pledges to support whichever candidate wins the Republican nomination. That includes Donald Trump. I have warmed to him if for no other reason than that a bunch of pundits, foaming at the mouth, are afraid of him. Fear is our best weapon for what ails our nation. No one knows exactly what he will do as president. We know exactly what Hillary will do as president. The “system” needs to be shaken – not stirred!

And thanks (I think) to CAG for getting my bile up enough to write the above.

Roy Filly

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Another way to look at regulations.

My post on April 28th, entitled, “Entrepreneurism – America is fading!” can be looked at from a different perspective. What are the economic costs of the massive growth in regulations. Another graph will suffice.

EDIT3-regu-042616

 

Growth has been so anemic for so long, we’re now being told that this is the “new normal.” As the Bureau of Labor Statistics put it, “annual U.S. GDP growth exceeding 3% … is not expected to be attainable over the coming decade.” It lists everything as a cause, except for one thing: federal regulations.

What’s the cumulative impact of all these rules? A new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University tries to get an answer, and what it found is mind-boggling. The paper looked at regulations imposed since 1977 on 22 different industries, their actual growth, and what might have happened if all those regulations had not been imposed.

What it found is that if the regulatory state had remained frozen in place in 1980, the economy would have been $4 trillion — or 25% — bigger than it was in 2012. That’s equal to almost $13,000 per person in that one year alone.

OK. Time for a presidential primary Pop Quiz. Which presidential candidate will increase the burden of regulations the most?

a. Bernie Sanders

b. Hillary Clinton

c. John Kasich

d. Ted Cruz

e. Donald Trump

The correct answer is “a,” but 3/4th credit is given for “b.” Vote Republican! It is in everyone’s best interest.

And thanks to HP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

The Green Movement.

If I were to ask you, “What does the Green Movement mean to you?” Or alternatively, “Describe a member of the Green Party,” I suspect you would describe a person that drives a Volt, recycles, has anti-fracking bumper stickers on their car… and the list could go on interminably.

There are certainly enough “movements” and “parties” with the word “green” included (footnote). What do people in the GREEN Movements and the GREEN Parties want? Really? Do you need to think about it? THEY WANT A GREENER PLANET!

[Source: U.S. Falling Behind Rest Of World In Greening Of The Earth. Investors Business Daily Editorial Board]

A report says Earth is turning greener thanks to carbon dioxide emissions. But America isn’t doing its part. While other countries are pumping out more CO2, the U.S. has cut its output.

Carbon dioxide is the environmentalists’ bogey man. In their narrative, it is an evil gas that, when produced by man, heats the globe to intolerable levels. But CO2 is just part of nature — even when generated by human activities — and it is making the world greener.

According to the study “Greening of the Earth and its Drivers” that appeared in the journal Nature Climate Change, there is “a persistent and widespread increase of growing season integrated LAI (greening) over 25% to 50% of the global vegetated area.”

At the same time, less than 4% of the globe is browning. (Oh, the horror – RF.)

The authors, 32 of them from 24 institutions (they must not be among the 97% of climate scientists that state unequivocally that CO2 is the death knell of Planet Earth – RF), say that “factorial simulations with multiple global ecosystem models suggest that CO2 fertilization effects (man’s emissions) explain 70% of the observed greening trend…”

Despite the report about carbon dioxide emissions’ beneficial effects on our world, the study’s authors felt the need to adopt the environmentalists’ narrative (Oops! They are among the 97% of climate “scientists” that state unequivocally that CO2 is the death knell of Planet Earth – RF) Yes, Earth is greener thanks to CO2, they say in their news release. But they don’t want the global warming contrarians to use the greening to “argue against cuts in carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, similar to those agreed at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Paris last year under the U.N. Framework on Climate Change…”

Of  course not! Why would one use “evidence” instead of “religious conviction.” After all, the climate must be perfect at this moment in Earth history. I mean Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years. But aren’t we the lucky ones – April 29, 2016 is the day of perfection! We wouldn’t want any changes after today!

And thanks to HP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

List of Green Parties

Albania

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

Colombia

Czech Republic

Democratic Party of Greens (since 2009)

Denmark

Egypt

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Latvia

Luxembourg

Mexico

Mongolia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Papua New Guinea

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Slovakia

Serbia

South Africa

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Entrepreneurism. America is fading!

If you ask me what has kept the engine of American commerce the world leader, I would answer entrepreneurism. That word is fading in America and has been for quite some time. Why is that, ask you? The reason is simple enough, answer I. BIG GOVERNMENT!

The punitive tax structure and overzealous regulation have hurt the entrepreneurial spirit in our nation. Perhaps it has even dealt a death-blow! I have written about this previously. Look at the two graphs below.

4753_b

 

declining_business_dynamism_figure1Self employment rates give one an idea of how many Americans think they can open a small business. This should be easier in the era of the world-wide web. It appears that is not the case. As well, we now have more small businesses closing their doors than opening their doors.

Do we really need to have a study on why this is happening?

Big government is bad government. It’s axiomatic. Do you really think Hillary will change this trajectory? Please, my friends, I am begging you. Coalesce around the eventual Republican candidate. It’s our only hope!

Roy Filly

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Forgot one graph.

Below is graph showing the incarceration rates by country. Something is wrong here. Maybe you should read or reread, as the case may be, my posts on the War on Drugs – it’s a four-part series.

06a2f1bd-532a-41bf-80de-2190a87e1a41

And thanks to PK for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Hurray! It’s graph day!

You can learn a lot from graphs. For example, don’t move to Beijing if you want to lower your rent. I mean San Francisco (my neighborhood) is bad enough but how does one live in an apartment that costs 123% of your salary?

4743_b

Many, many voters believe that trade is anathema to jobs in the US. Bernie, Hillary, and Donald all decry what America calls “free trade.” I do agree with Donald that we could do a better job at negotiating trade pacts. But, I remain a “free trader.” The data that it costs jobs is simply false – see below. The “jobs” may be different than in 1976, but we have “jobs.” And don’t forget that the “jobs” in 1976 were very different from the “jobs” in 1876.

trade-unemploymentCB

 

Human population first hit 1 billion around the year 1800. The next billion took another 120 years, arriving in 1920. It took only 40 years to add a third billion, by 1960. From that point the growth curve turned higher, and now we’re approaching 7 billion. What next?

I keep harping on the fact that demographics will determine our future. However, the UN must be using the “97% of climate scientists that predict disaster from global warming” as their actuaries. The graph below would support any notion that one believes. The range of future human population varies by 8 billion (greater than the current Earth population) according to these different UN scenarios.

160426-01

While the United Nations may have its head up its … demographics are still paramount in our future. If you are a devout altruist and believe that you are your brothers keeper, you have a tough row to hoe in the near future. You need to “take care of all the old people” that will be around in the next 40 years. Ouch! Looks like about 123% of your salary will go to support social security instead of rent in Beijing!

160426-03

The alternate facet of the “aging” demographic is the “falling birthrate” demographic. The nations in shades of blue are all decreasing in population. The “beige nations” (including the USA) either will show no growth to minimal growth. And, as well, the nations that will show significant growth in their populations either can’t feed themselves now (altruists prepare to help) or are blowing each other up!

160426-02

It’s going to a lovely world, my friends. Protect yourself and vote Republican!

Roy Filly

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment