September 26, 2009
I lived in Japan for about 25 years. One of the main things I have hated about living in Japan is the inability to participate in the political process. I had no voice in Japanese politics because I was not a Japanese citizen while I also had no voice in American politics because I lived overseas and was easily ignored. As a result, one of my major goals in returning to the United States was to become politically active in my new community then run for some local offices. After serving several terms locally I planned to make a run for something major, like congress or governor.
Then I met Jim Renacci at the Wayne County Fair. I hit him with precise questions about the issues that were important to me and received informed, real-world answers. The following week I went to the Ashland County Fair to show my support for Jim. While I was there I met Matt Miller who is also running for the same seat in the House of Representatives (the 16th District in Ohio). I hit Matt with the same questions I used on Jim and received vague, general answers that bespoke a level of naivete I was not comfortable with. As soon as Matt detected his answers were not acceptable he launched into an evangelical rant about how we need men of good conscience and pure heart in congress.
Now I'm a big believer in clear consciences and pure hearts. I've been active in evangelical Christianity for over thirty years. When I lived in Denver I worked among prostitutes, doing things like distributing Gideon Bibles and taking them to the hospital when their customers got violent as well as providing material needs like blankets, clothes, and hot soup. However, I have no desire to send an evangelist to represent my district in congress! If a congressional representative has a moral and ethical position I can agree with, then that is all I ask. Their job is to protect local interests against an intrusive government, not to win hearts and minds for Christ.
I know that this blog reaches people all over the world. As a result, most people have no personal interest in Ohio's 16th Congressional District. Nonetheless, this is a dangerous crisis point in American history and whether or not anyone wants to admit it, where America goes the world follows. Getting Jim Renacci into congress will be my way of nudging the entire world in the direction of greater freedom for business people, trades people, and everyone else who earns their way instead of relying on their government for handouts and charity.
September 15, 2009
Over at Examiner.com Bruce Maiman the "Populist" Examiner asks,
Sadly, yes, that is pretty much how I see modern America. I won't call it a conspiracy, because it is not that well organized. There is, however, a culture of elitism with powerful collectivist undertones that is seeking to transform the United States of America into a clone of the People's Republic of China. This misguided collection of academics, idealists, and utopian dreamers believes with a faith that would make a friar blush that the only way humanity can survive is for us to abandon our stubborn individuality and submerge our individual needs into a universal one-mind guided by they and their allies.
This is what I do NOT want to see.
So what kind of changes do I want to see in America? Only two:
1> An end to government intervention in daily life. An end to foolish laws that dictate the size of toilets, the type of lightbulbs, the chemical composition of automotive exhaust, the amount of salt in canned food, and so on. People NEED choices. They cannot have choices if regulations created by agencies that answer to no one but themselves dictate every detail of daily life.
2> An end to wasteful government spending. We can start by eliminating all those agencies with no oversight who create the myriad of regulations controlling our daily life. We can start with DHS, the IRS, the EPA, the BATFE, the FDC, and the FLRA. Federal laws that cannot be enforced through the FBI and U.S. Marshall's office are largely created by bureaucrats working independent of any oversight. If it is not violent criminal activity that endangers the lives and property of citizens outside the purview of state governments then the federal government should not be involved. Health, environment, labor, and industrial regulations need to created and controlled by local governments with an intimate and immediate presence in the locales where those regulations are enforced.
That's it! Two changes. Granted, these are sweeping changes that would reverse a century of "progress", but seriously, where has progress helped us? "Progress" has transformed us from a productive society of hardworking individuals dedicated to self-improvement into a self-indulgent nation dedicated to leisure and self-aggrandizement.
My brother-in-law works at a local factory. He is the lead service tech on the team responsible for maintaining the production line. The line cost $50 million to build. He has 3 workers on his service team and frequently works 60 hour weeks trying to keep up with the myriad problems created on a modern production line. On any given weekday he has a dozen or more managers and supervisors following his three-man team around (four if you include him) inspecting their work, making suggestions, writing evaluations, and so on.
A dozen managers overseeing a four-man maintenance team on a $50 million production line.
In Japan I did some business with Sony Semi-Conductor in Kyushu. They have a dozen production locations, each with at least one line dedicated to manufacturing a specialized processor model. Each line cost between $100 million and $150 million to build. Each line is maintained and repaired by four-man service teams who answer to a single supervisor. That supervisor reports directly to the plant manager who in turn reports directly to Sony Domestic Industries National Offices in Tokyo.
American industry is not failing because of overpaid union workers (although the case can be made that union-negotiated retirement packages are killing us, they are nothing compared to management severance packages!). The real problem is for every person doing the work there are a dozen managers and supervisors drawing much larger salaries, much better benefits, and receiving far grander severance packages when they retire or resign.
Bloated management bureaucracies with insane entitlement packages are the real poison killing American industry. Unionized labor is not helping, but it is more the straw that broke the camel's back than it is the genuine source of the problem.
September 12, 2009
Jim Renacci for Congress
Today I went to the Wayne County Fair. My main purpose in attending the fair was to make contact with local vendors, local agricultural co-ops, and local businesses. Country fairs are a perfect place to meet new neighbors, find out what grows well in your region, and make contact with the people who depend on the soil to earn their daily bread. In addition to the farmers, ranchers, 4-H members, and school science projects that I expected to see, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the local Republican Party had a booth in one of the buildings.
Call it fate, call it the grace of God, call it dumb luck, or call it whatever you like, either way, Jim Renacci (the man set to make a run for the Congressional seat that represents the area where my property is) was right there conducting a meet and greet. I let the campaign manager introduce me, then I hit him with both barrels, asking the hard questions necessary to find out just where he stands and how much he knows about politics in modern America.
I came away deeply impressed. Jim Renacci is a businessman and politician who has been through the school of hard knocks and graduated with flying colors. He understands both what it takes to succeed in business and what it takes to succeed in politics. In addition to being a partner in the dealership where I bought my car (Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet), he served as mayor of Wadsworth. While serving as mayor he not only brought the $80 million budget back into balance without raising taxes, he also managed to cut $2 million in city expenses!
One of the things that impressed me was that he knew the bills currently before Congress by both name and bill number. Not only had he read them, he was able to respond to my own well-read questions about their content. He also offered countless ideas of his own on how they could have been written better. He even had many ideas for newer, better bills that would address real problems and begin the steps necessary to put America back on track to greater liberty, lower taxes, and smaller government.
I am not dedicated to stopping the progressive agenda that is transforming our country into a carbon copy of the People's Republic of China. I am dedicated to reversing it by restoring liberty and putting America back on the road to being both the strongest industrial and most prosperous commercial nation in the world. After speaking with Jim Renacci today I am convinced I have met a politician with both the will and the knowledge to do what needs to be done to reverse the self-destructive behavior of our out-of-control federal government.
I signed up to join his campaign. I don't know what I can do, but I will do everything I can to get him into office and help him accomplish his goals.
2010 is going to be a very busy year!
September 11, 2009
Freedom Tower Renamed to One World Trade Center
This happened last March. I just learned about it today. The "Freedom Tower" will not reflect American freedom, liberty and justice for all. Instead, it will reflect the oppressive and sadistic desires of an elitist group of rich, powerful Chinese businessmen and politicians. Notice these two paragraphs brought together to more clearly show the connection between them:
The reason for the name swapping? One World Trade Center is more marketable, said Steve Sigmund, a spokesman for the Port Authority.
"We believe there's been a good response in the marketplace toward it," Sigmund said Thursday.
On Wednesday, the agency announced that the first commercial tenant, a Chinese real estate company, has signed a lease for space in the building. The Beijing Vantone Industrial Company has agreed to lease five floors - 64 through 69 - for nearly 21 years.
My God, people! Do you really not understand what this means? Have we become so blind, so introverted, and so disconnected from our government that we cannot see something so painfully obvious?
China controls most of our national debt. Chinese toy companies flood our market with lead-paint contaminated toys and we do nothing. A Chinese company rents floors in a tower and they are allowed to change the name. And now Pres. Obama wants a national health insurance program.
These things are NOT unrelated! We have been sold out! Our bankers, our richest people, and our government have sold us to the People's Republic of China.
We have become communist in all but name. Why are we not marching in the streets demanding our country back?
September 10, 2009
As always, Pres. Obama hits all the right talking points. However, in order for his vision to realized H.R. 3200 will have to be completely rewritten.
I am withholding final judgement until I see if they rewrite the bill. If they do, then maybe a real debate can start and maybe a working reform of the American health care industry can take place. However, if they shove this thing through without rewriting it, then we will know that their real intent has never been health care reform at all.
So what have they intended?
Our One-Party Democracy, by Thomas L. Friedman
One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power. China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar. Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down.
They want to transform the United States into China!
September 08, 2009
Update: Karl has an interesting response to Pres. Obama's address to our children:
An Address to Our Schoolchildren
"When in danger or in doubt, run in circles scream and shout!"
Propaganda is an odd phenomenon. Sometimes it shows up in the most unlikely places and then is either not recognized for what it is, or is accepted at face value even though everyone realizes they are being conned. Pick any major television news outlet other than Fox and you will see eager, educated men and women proclaiming the depression is over and we are on the road to recovery. Fox, for their part, has almost abandoned economic news entirely, choosing instead to focus on the political ravings of Glenn Beck and the off-hand insults of multiple partisan commentators and pundits.
Personally, I've been telling people for over thirty years that this is the generation of judgement. Here and now, before I die, the world as we know it will be transformed from the old, comfortable loyalties and assumptions of tradition into something else, probably something much worse than history has ever shown us.
"And what," you might ask, "could possibly be worse than the mass genocides of the 20th Century?"
An even greater genocide. A genocide not aimed at any one political or cultural group but at humanity as a whole.
Every historic instance of genocide has had a trigger of some kind. A precursor of misdirection and deception or a reinforcement of old prejudices is called upon to justify the elimination of the target group and rally society around a demagogue driven more by sadism than by any genuine ideology. The most common historic trigger is economic collapse.
The world economy is completely dependent on the American economy. This is why there has been such an insane amount of stimulus packages and other government skulduggery aimed at saving the American economy. Even Europe and Asia have gotten into the act with small-scale stimulus packages of their own as if by some miracle the minor efforts they put forth could counter the depth of destruction the American economy has suffered over the past two decades.
Greed, ambition, and delusion have driven the American elites into bed with the most corrupt and parasitic of the old world aristocrats. In their desire to be seen as kings and queens in their own right, American politicians and business leaders have embraced the most obscene and narcissistic practices of the Old World. The current generation of "leaders" has abandoned the hard-won lessons of their forefathers concerning integrity and honesty in business for the greed and deception of men like Madoff, Boesky, and Lay. This culture of corruption is modelled after the inbred, "self-determinism" of British, German, Dutch, Saudi, and Asian royalty. It is based on the assumption that if it serves the need of the narcissist who finds himself (or herself) controlling resources they neither earned nor deserve, then it serves the needs of everyone in the world.
This is elitism at its worst. This elitism is the parasite that brought down the mighty empires of Rome, Egypt, England, Portugal, Venice, and France. It was the very first example of an entrenched, elitist aristocracy that weakened and ultimately destroyed the very first empire humanity ever built, namely, the Sumerian. And, sadly, it is this same narcissism that has doomed the modern world to a painful, convulsive death sometime in the very near future.
Buying gold will not save you when you have no food. Having food will not save you when you have no water. Having water will not save you when everyone around you has been driven so insane by thirst they will kill anyone who gets between they and the first sight of water they have seen in days.
The time has come to hoard the basics: ammunition, long shelf-life food, and water. Stake out your corner of paradise and be prepared to defend it. Once the collapse begins, it will come hard and fast and will be unstoppable.
Once upon a time I was an optimist. That was a very long time ago.
September 04, 2009
...normally when this type of legislation is introduced in Congress the members of the House of Representatives or the Senate cite the provisions of the U.S. Constitution that authorize such legislation.
This has not been the case in any of the Health Care Bills proposed. This is not a simple oversight on the part of the Congress. They know they don’t have Constitutional authority to do this, but they simply don’t care. They intend to do it anyway.
I'm not a lawyer. Nor am I any kind of Constitutional specialist. However, I also read the bill (H.R. 3200 at OpenCongress.org). For three months now I have been telling people exactly the same thing highlighted above. The purpose of this bill is not to reform health care. The purpose of this build is to create an unassailable central government by providing it direct control over our daily life.
That's not freedom. It's tyranny.
Original post from September 4, 2009:
Well, this is not the kind of thing I usually post, but here goes.
I just discovered this new blog and here are two posts that I will be reading sometime soon, maybe even tomorrow:
The Truth About the Health Care Bills
More About the Health Care Bills
I've skimmed a summary of the first, and it looks very impressive. Next time I log on I'll offer my own response to Mr. Connelly's positions. I'd like to suggest others read them as well. His credentials are impeccable. Now let me go read his blog a bit and I'll let you know how I feel about his opinions.