Steve Bannon is out of The White House

It looks like Steve Bannon either resigned or was fired from his position as White House Chief Strategist and Counselor. Steve Bannon is a former Naval Officer, Banker, Filmmaker, Political Strategist, Executive Chairman at Breitbart News, and now former White House Official. Many on the left and even some on the right have painted him as a racist and a very hateful person. I don’t agree with this characterization. I agree with some of his views and I disagree with most but I think it was imperative for him to be removed from office for a couple of reasons. First lets have a little discussion about him and the people who align with his views.

He does not identify with actual conservatism, capitalism, or republicanism. He is supposedly a voice for “the workers and the middle class”, those are terms created and perpetuated by the sub-human scum that was known as Karl Marx and later Vladimir Lenin. There is no “middle-class”, there are just individuals and families that wade through all different kinds of economic situations throughout their life. No need to label and collectivize them, that is unless you wish to control them. Middle-class and working class were just ways to organize people into a fit of rage against the “evil capitalists”, it was just a collectivist technique to con the masses into joining the movement.

I do not care what the “middle class” in America thinks about economic matters, most are willfully ignorant and will pledge themselves to political moralizing and emotion rather than facts and logic. People can be conned into believing that there are political solutions to economic issues. I’ll take my neighbors opinions on tax rates and international trade with a grain of salt. This neighbor probably got all his information from watching a couple hours of MSNBC or Fox News every weeknight. I do not care for his opinion because he is not educated on economics and believes that the media is going to report unbiased news to him and educate him on the issues. Bannon represented these kinds of people and unfortunately a lot of these types of people voted for both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. They vote for these jokers out of emotion and don’t realize that there are better candidates out there. I would have much preferred President Ted Cruz, President Rand/Ron Paul, President Greg Abbott, or even President Mark Meadows. Why? They are politicians just like everybody else but at least they are practical for the most part and realize that economic issues cannot be solved by political grandstanding and that most things cannot be solved, but rather that tradeoffs can be made. Of course, this is not what the voter wants to hear. Voters want “answers” because they are too lazy to fix their own life and look to politicians for the answers. Many Trump voters thought this guy was going to come in and fix America. A single incompetent President cannot fix years of laziness and entitlement in our population, the enabling of politicians to do what they wish, the emasculation of young men, and the lack of basic education and common sense in our population. It frustrates me that people in our country, the best in the world are so ignorant and stupid. But, I think Steve Bannon understood these points very well because he is such an adroit political strategist and used these things to his advantage to lead Candidate Trump to astounding political victory.

 

I think he is wrong for the White House for the following reasons:

  • He has right-wing socialist economic views.
    • He wants to raise taxes on the so called rich. How is that different from any other commie-democrat plan?
    • He doesn’t want to eliminate the disgusting entitlement programs of social security, medicare, and medicaid that are ruining America’s fiscal health.
    • He thinks that the “evil banks” caused the financial crisis and not the government.
  • In a supposedly off the record interview with some New York magazine, he disparaged the idea of any military solution on the Korean peninsula. He did not ask the permission of the President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or anyone else with Military authority. He just televised that we may not take action to the enemy and the world. What if North Korea took that as a sign of weakness and conducted an attack?
  • He was not helpful at all in getting any Trump legislation through Congress.
  • He was openly contradicting and smearing fellow White House employees and Corporate executives who were trying to work with the President to improve the nation.
  • He was utilizing Breitbart to tarnish the reputation of the National Security Adviser, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. Even if McMaster didn’t have pro-Israel views and was perhaps soft on radical Islamic terrorism, you cannot disparage such a patriot. General McMaster is a patriot and a brilliant tank commander, he laid down his life for the nation, no one has the right to accuse him of being almost treasonous. Breitbart claims to be so pro-military, but as soon as they found someone who had different views than them, they start a smear campaign. How is that any different from the left?

 

These are just some of my views and I think that we may now see some actual political progress in Washington, but as we know the President is his own worst enemy. As he likes to say, “we’ll see what happens.”

America is the “mightiest Republic upon which the sun has ever shone” (Quote by Theodore Roosevelt), it is our duty as citizens of this great Republic to save it.

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off

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More thoughts on the possible Korean War

With the media flailing around as usual, it would seem as if war with North Korea was imminent. President Trump and North Korean Communist Dictator Kim-Jong Un are trading barbs at each other. Secretary of Defense James Mattis warns Kim-Jong Un that his country will be destroyed if he attacks the United States or its allies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson aims to get U.N. Sanctions enforced at the highest levels and calls for the world to isolate North Korea. It seems as if war may break out any minute. Lets break this down. While I believe risks are very high right now, I’ve got a contrarian view on things.

Just to clarify, I do not think we should’ve gone into Iraq or Vietnam, but I do think that the Korean war was justified and was worth it. Many members of the South Korean, U.S., Australian, and British Armed Forces lost their lives and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice a Democracy was saved, millions were saved from massacre, and a powerful nation emerged. South Korea is ahead of North Korea in almost every meaningful measure. They are a very wealthy nation, have a strong framework of laws and justice, have a very powerful and technologically sophisticated military, have a healthy and educated population, and are a major force for Asian and global economic growth. They are a strong trade and military ally of the United States and Japan. Our country really protected and nurtured something great. The South Korean people should be commended for how they rose out of the rubble of the Korean War to build an economic powerhouse that we now know as the Republic of Korea. After years of friction with the north since the armistice of 1953, war tensions are rising once again and it is possible that North Korea may attack U.S. territory such as Guam, its neighbor to the south, or Japan. Risks are particularly high because it is highly probable that the rogue regime to the North may have developed the technology to miniaturize nuclear material and develop their own arsenal of nuclear warheads. They have now directly threatened the U.S. territory of Guam which hosts a large U.S. Naval installation. They are rarely ever this specific and a North Korean military leader indicated that Kim-Jon Un has ordered a battle plan to strike Guam. President Trump, U.S. Defense Secretary General James Mattis, South Korean & Japanese Military Leaders, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have all warned the North Korean regime that it will be decimated if they attack the United States or its allies. There is no doubt in my mind that we can militarily defeat the North. South Korea has a formidable military capability and add Japan, Australia, and the United States which has the most powerful military on earth and beyond. We will burn their nation to the ground in war. Hell, China has said they will not help the North if they hit U.S. territory. Even if China were to intervene militarily, they would not be able to win and World War III would likely commence if the United States and China went into direct combat. China displayed strength during the last Korean War (1950-1953) but they would have been defeated and the whole Korean peninsula would have been taken by U.N. troops if not for President Harry Truman’s milquetoast behavior. He fired revered General Douglas MacArthur when he was planning to bomb the Chinese and North Korean troops and take all the land for a unified Korea. China will probably interfere indirectly like they did last time but may not escalate because it would hurt them economically and they will not be able to win. China has the largest standing military on earth at 2.5 million but they are still not as technologically advanced, battle ready, or experienced to win a direct war with the United States. The U.S. Navy’s force projection capability alone is what makes China not risk direct confrontation with the United States. They know that they can never win. No military in the world can defeat the United States in a conventional war such as World War II.

Now the U.S. is getting much smarter with guerrilla warfare and cyber warfare but the Washington elites have still not learnt from the foreign policy mistakes of the past. Invading Vietnam and Iraq were misguided and misinformed, we always demonstrate military superiority and then we get bogged down in the diplomacy and foreign relations part. If the U.S.’s only goal in Vietnam was conventional military victory and then leaving, we would’ve won. But by then there was too much political correctness, lack of public support for the war, inability to get the South Vietnamese organized, ready, and motivated to fight for their homeland, and a weak battle and diplomatic strategy. The United States should go to war only when it is absolutely unavoidable and when there is a very strong and credible diplomatic and political strategy after the military victory. We win wars all the time but our diplomatic and political strategy is weak. Look at the success of post-WWII Europe and South Korea, the reasons for that are those places where we won had a lot of strong human capital, our diplomatic and political strategy was well defined and executed to perfection. It took a while for South Korea to recover but now they have emerged as a powerhouse. Iraq and Afghanistan didn’t work out because of the lack of human capital, inability to admit truths after the military victory, and a misguided attempt to build these countries up like post-war Germany or Korea. Iraq and Afghanistan have very little valuable human capital and they are not equally developed as Germans or Koreans. They still live in a very tribal manner, hold unscientific prejudices and views which affects their economies, and believe in a generally extreme and backward way of life. Very few people are highly educated and productive so it is never going to be possible for them to make the countries successful and highly productive, the Bush Administration miscalculated here and it costed us a lot in blood and treasure. We should’ve just taken our military victories and left or we shouldn’t have invaded with a conventional force. North Korea poses a problem in multiple ways, we may not be able to strike them first due to the likelihood of a situation like Iraq emerging after the military victory. North Korea is filled brainwashed communist slaves who may not be able to reintegrate in a United Korea, China may try to stop a reunification effort, and many allied civilians and military personnel will die in the war. And the financial cost is frightening to imagine. Iraq and Afghanistan were relatively small wars compared to WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and even the Persian Gulf War. Just those wars are estimated to have costed anywhere from $3-6 Trillion. A war in Korea against a million plus North Korean soldiers plus possible Chinese interference and costs of rebuilding could cost all the allied parties involved trillions of dollars. The U.S. and Japan are heavily indebted nations and it will hit our nations particularly hard and you can count on liberal scum protesting on the streets all over the world against the war, even if Kim hits us first.

 

So what are we to do?

I’m not an academic or expert on foreign policy, international relations, or military strategy. I’m just a guy who reads a lot about these matters and have an opinion. My view is that Diplomacy first is important, we should continue the pressure campaign on China and other Asia-Pacific nations to isolate and starve Pyongyang and Comrade Kim. We should sanction all banks and businesses conducting commerce with the regime and we should covertly increase American military presence in the area. Adding more strike groups and 30-50,000 ground troops would be a good idea. Missile defense in the area should also be beefed up. The United States should keep the peace and be prepared for immediate military action. We shouldn’t strike unless Kim is preparing to or has launched another missile. For example if he tries to hit Guam, our military should shoot it out of the sky and start a bombing campaign to take out his heavy artillery pieces and nuclear sites and the allied force should invade the North. It would also be prudent to hack into and break down his technological infrastructure. The allied Naval force should hit his Navy and take out all his weapons. South Korea should lead the ground invasion and should take the fight to them with such overwhelming force as to completely shock them into weakness. Meanwhile, the State Department should warn Beijing and Moscow to back off and not intervene militarily other than to protect their own borders.

 

We should try our best to avoid military conflict but if the inevitable happens, we should expect nothing less than absolute and decisive victory. God bless the United States of America and her Armed Forces.

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off

Thoughts on the American Immigration System

Immigration is apparently a very controversial conversation to have nowadays, I don’t understand why. Its not really a controversial, people can have different opinions on the topic and still discuss it with civility. Here is my view and it is based on a mixture of economic facts and studies coupled with my personal experience.

 

First of all, it is absolute economic fact that immigration is a net good for any economy. However, the type of immigration is very important to consider. America has a very high number of illegal immigrants, more than 11 million. Some of these people pay taxes, many of them work, some of them are on welfare, and many of them are working in very low skilled occupations. This is a problem because it is a gross disrespect of American laws and immigration processes. It may also be suppressing wages in low skilled jobs and pushing lower skilled Americans out of the workforce. The left wishes to provide most or all of these individuals with a path to citizenship even though they broke the law, disrespected the American immigration process, and are using our national resources without being entitled to it. I’m guessing they want to legalize these people’s immigration status because they will have created a massive new block of reliable Democratic voters.

 

Main issues I see:

  • High number of illegal immigrants
  • Confusing immigration process that has too many different types of visas and systems
  • No clear goal on what kind of people we want immigrating to our country

 

America is the richest country in the world, the most powerful military power in the world, and is the global leader in personal freedom and innovation. Nobody is entitled to come here, just because some poor guy from Guatemala got to the border because he was being persecuted back home doesn’t mean he is entitled to be here, he should be sent back and the Guatemalan Government should pay for his transportation costs. I come from a family of immigrants and my family did immigration the right way and the legal way. My parents and uncles and aunts were highly skilled Doctors, Software Engineers, Management Consultants, Accountants, and Entrepreneurs who had fluent English communication abilities and were able to support themselves without any government assistance. This is the type of immigrant we should want coming to America. A merit based system would be far better than what we currently have. We’ve got a myriad of ridiculous programs that utilize lotteries and other nonsense such as the H1B, EAD, OPT, F1, Green Card, Diversity Visa, B1, etc. and it should be simplified and implemented in a fashion that will ensure we get the best people here. We should at least temporarily end all asylum and refugee programs because having people from Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Bangladesh, or El Salvador with little to no human capital or financial capital is going to create a burden on our country rather than a strength. Many of these folks cannot speak English, depend on the welfare system, are dangerously orthodox in their religious or social views, and do not fit in with the American culture or lifestyle. I will never understand why America allows refugees from countries we are either at war with or hostile with such as Iran or Somalia, it makes absolutely no sense. But when was common sense virtue in Washington?

 

This is the kind of immigration system I think we should aim for:

  • A 500,000-1,500,000 highly skilled immigrants every year.
    • They should be proficient in English communication, they should be tested on this.
    • They should have highly advanced skills, degrees, certifications, or professional abilities. Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Bankers, Executives, Athletes, Bankers, etc. would fit the bill.
    • They should take part in a cultural test or interview that would help to determine whether their beliefs are in line with American values. Of course they can be trained to lie on this but it wouldn’t be too difficult to spot a lie in a personal interview, especially if you are asking tough questions.
    • An in-depth security background check and multiple letters of recommendation from family members, friends, colleagues, teachers, and superiors.
    • A medical test to check for pretty much everything.
    • Proof of financial independence (i.e. they have enough money to initially support themselves once they get here and will not depend on welfare).
    • This work visa will allow them to bring their spouse and live here for 5 years, if their spouse is a skilled worker they will have to go through their own immigration process, if not they will not be allowed to work or study here but can live here. They can bring children under the age of 18 after a less intensive but tough background check.
    • During the 5 years: they pay their taxes every year, do not file for bankruptcy or default on their obligations, never fall into any legal trouble other than minor traffic related incidents, have no black-marks on their employment file, and go through another round of security and culture checks. Then they can get Permanent Residency which will allow them to live here for 10 years and not require a formal work sponsor, they can work where they choose, start a business, etc.
    • After another 5 years if they follow this process they may become eligible for U.S. Citizenship, fast tracked if they serve in the Military or Police Force.
    • Rules as a Permanent Resident: cannot sponsor siblings, parents, adult children, or extended family for work visas or permanent residency. Can bring up to 5 people on tourist visa for 6 months, no access to American social services.
    • Only allowed to sponsor a total of 5 people after gaining Citizenship, they must high-skilled workers or students, no free loaders.
  • Business Visas for immigrants who would like to come here and invest and/or start a business venture.
    • They will go through the same security check process and must prove they are going to start a credible business and are not a fly by the night operation.
  • Student Visas for immigrants who would like to come here and get an education.
    • Same security check process and will not get special treatment when applying for a work visa after they graduate here.
  • Temporary Guest Workers for low-skilled positions:
    • Same security check process and will be allowed to come in for 6 months to 1 year at a time to work on relatively low-skilled positions such as restaurants, construction, agriculture, auto repair, etc. This can be adjusted depending on economic need. No access to American social services.

 

Things to avoid:

  • There should be no diversity quota, we should aim for the strong type of immigrants listed above.
  • We should not allow people in from war torn or terror prone countries, it is a terrible idea that has not worked out in recent years.
  • No immigrant should have access to welfare, Medicaid, CHIP, etc.
  • Anyone considered a threat to the U.S. should be deported immediately.

 

I think ridding ourselves of illegal immigration should not be too difficult. If we build a large border wall and fix it up with advanced technology such as drones and sensors, we should be able to stem illegal immigration. It may also be prudent to have military snipers on guard tower portions of the wall at the high smuggling areas and threaten to shoot if the smugglers do not leave. We need to take border crossing very seriously, terrorists could start sneaking through the border and wreak havoc. We should make illegal immigration a criminal offense and allow shoot at sight on the border if human smugglers are not complying with demands to step away from the border. We must deport all current illegal immigrants both physically and with a new Federal ID system that assigns ID’s automatically to all U.S. Citizens and Legal aliens and is required in order to be hired for any job or the employer will be prosecuted. Most of the illegals will not be able to find work and will leave, we should allow them to slip across the border or get on planes to get the hell out. They should never be allowed to return due to their flagrant violation of our rules. Having a weak border will also exacerbate our problems if we are ever at war and someone tries to invade.

 

Our American immigration system is broken and maybe President Trump, Senator Tom Cotton (R, AR), and Senator David Perdue (R, GA) are onto something with their new RAISE Act, but unfortunately I doubt it will ever pass in the Senate which is filled with perpetual losers who are loyal to their lobbyists and campaign contributors, not to their country. The lazy citizens of America should probably take an interest and vote them out.

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off.

 

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The Pussification of the American Man

I believe that many of you along with myself have noticed that a large part of the American population has become, for lack of a better word pussies. Wusses, wimps, cowards, milquetoast, weakling, pansy, or whatever the hell you want to call it. Don’t get me wrong, America is still pretty tough as a nation, toughest in the world anyway. We’ve still got some gun toting, brawny, capitalist alpha males who get shit done. But our young men are at risk of not evolving into that kind of man. I worry deeply that this degeneration in young men will lead to the ruin of our country. Strong young men have lead every empire to greatness and their degeneration has lead to ruin which is what the liberals want. If there is World War, how many of our young men are ready to go to war and kill the enemy without mercy? Are they even physically fit? Can they handle a rifle? Can they scale a mountain with a 50 lb pack? Can they go hand to hand with the enemy and win? Can they protect their homeland? I’m starting to have serious doubts about these questions. Young men aren’t healthy enough to go through rapid training and go to the front, not with a 75% overweight/obesity rate in America. You can bet your ass that Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea (in NK even 5 year olds are reservists) have fit young men ready to die for their countries. Our young men our being indoctrinated in an educational system that teaches being masculine and warrior-like is wrong, that our country is evil, that capitalism is wrong, and that all war is immoral. They are growing up with these ridiculous opinions and neglecting to keep themselves ready for what life throws at them. Instead of learning useful skills, they protest for welfare. Do you see the negative pattern developing here? Instead of spending a 100 hours becoming proficient at Microsoft Excel for a job, these young “men” are protesting for a universal basic income. When did American boys become so weak as to expect money from the government for doing absolutely nothing? They eat pizza 5 days a week, play video games until 3 AM, barely get through their school or jobs, and don’t spend time improving themselves. They protest and whine because they aren’t ready for war. War doesn’t necessarily mean World War II or The American Revolution, I mean the war of life. Life is as tough and generally tougher as any actual war because life includes actual war, peace, death, pain, loss, financial difficulty, rejection, and all the hell anyone could ever imagine. If you are tough, disciplined, and continuously working on yourself you can mitigate this pain and rise to heights that no one including yourself could imagine.

 

Radical feminists and cultural marxists in our education system, media, and even irresponsible parents teach our boys from a young age that being a boy is wrong. What is a boy to do? I didn’t really experience this as a kid. I liked Batman, the color blue, and I thought being a billionaire crime fighter like Bruce Wayne with hot girlfriends was the coolest shit ever. That is what I aspired to be and still kind of do. Nowadays, boys are being taught that this is wrong and that they should play with barbies, not fight or curse, and be as feminine as possible. Femininity is good and masculinity is wrong. If I got into a heated argument with another kid as a 15 year old, I fought them and usually won. I didn’t use my friggin’ words and “I messages” because teenage boys are supposed to fight and you know what? The kid and I were friends and hanging out about 15 minutes later. That’s how boys are. It is in our nature to be rough and tough. We rarely spend a lot of time talking shit about each other behind other peoples backs and we don’t take things too seriously. We aren’t hypersensitive and we’re not women. And trying to make men women is highly dangerous because once you neuter men, there is no one to protect the homestead and the country. Men need to have that killer instinct because it is what enables us to survive. These young boys don’t have that. They go through their easy lives and whine and complain about nonexistent problems. The warriors of World War II would be ashamed to see their progeny turn into this. Boys need strong male role models in their lives to ensure their success and growth into a strong man, this will mostly be a father and/or brother, uncle, grandfather, etc. A lot of these boys are punks because of terrible parenting and their fathers should be blamed. I recently saw a video of a “progressive father” teaching his 4 year old son that he can be a boy or a girl and the kid is apparently transgender now. What the hell is this? The kid isn’t old enough to choose his bedtime or breakfast but he chooses his orientation. I’m going to be blunt, his father is wuss and a huge idiot. He is essentially pushing his son to be a girl and is intentionally emasculating him, he sure is politically correct but a poor father. He is using his son as a political too because it is now trendy to be non-gender or transgender or whatever the hell the liberals come up with next.

Men need to do the following in order to be ready for the war that is life:

  • Be physically healthy and fit. Cardiovascular endurance, strength training, and martial arts are key.
  • Be able to defend yourself, your family, and your property. Learn to fight (I recommend boxing or Jiu-Jitsu) and learn how to use a firearm proficiently.
  • Become resilient. Nobody can put you down expect yourself, get up and get to work!
  • Continuously improve yourself. Identify skills and abilities you want to have and work towards them. Read books, watch videos, listen audio lectures/podcasts, take courses, get extra formal education/certifications, do whatever is necessary to get better at your chosen craft and achieve your goals.
  • Do not whine or complain about “societal or institutional oppression”, especially if you live in America. That is a bullshit excuse and you know it, anyone can achieve anything in this country. This country has produced so many millionaires and billionaires that you wouldn’t even believe it, shut the hell up and get to work.
  • Be ready for a fight at all times. Whether it is a fight against an attacker, a fight with yourself to get better, or a fight against the myriad of difficulties that life will throw your way on your way to success.

 

These are real men:

 

These are questionable:

 

Do not be questionable, be men. Young men of America, stop being indoctrinated and embrace your true self. Grow a pair and be a man. To hell with feminism (women and men have equal legal rights), the protests, and all the bullshit. Work on yourself and grow up.

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off

The Republican Party has abandoned Capitalism

After a bit of analysis and review, I have concluded the majority of the Republican Party has abandoned the idea of capitalism, free markets, and limited government. This is a damn shame and the only to fix this situation is to either resurrect capitalism within the GOP or start a new political party that make into national elections.

 

Why I think the GOP has abandoned capitalism:

  • Many are unwilling to repeal Obamacare and let free markets handle healthcare services and insurance.
  • Members are supporting maintaining or increasing Medicaid spending even though it is a welfare program supported by taxpayer dollars.
  • They have not voted to eliminate all subsidies and government support of private businesses.
  • They have not focused on passing a flat tax or consumption tax reform system that would make taxes truly equitable and likely increase revenues.
  • Almost no one in the party has introduced bills and voted on cutting spending massively and privatizing government assets to pay off debt.
  • The GOP has not repealed job crushing regulation such as Dodd-Frank, the Clean Power Plan, and ObamaCare.
  • They haven’t eliminated ridiculous government departments like Education, Energy , HUD, Commerce, EPA, etc.
  • They have not been for eliminating almost all general regulations and legislation introduced without cost and benefits analysis.

The GOP is now the party of socially conservative, fiscally liberal politicians. Let that sink in for a moment. Something needs to be done, this is no longer the party of Reagan.

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off

Can President Trump lead?

This question has been going around my head for a while and I’m really starting to worry about it. Whatever he is, President Donald Trump is a preferable alternative to President Hillary Clinton. But can he be an effective leader as he claimed during the campaign and as many of his ardent supporters claimed? I have not seen any evidence to suggest that Donald Trump has been an effective leader or will become one in the future.

 

He contradicts members of his staff and cabinet publicly and embarrasses them, he makes vague and sometimes inaccurate statements, he makes claims that are ostensibly true but doesn’t provide evidence, and he blames everybody in the world but himself for his travails. Additionally, just like every other politician he has started to renege or loosen his campaign promises.

To my knowledge he has done, or rather not done the following:

  • Not yet moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
  • Has not confirmed that the full border wall he promised will actually get built or be paid for by Mexico
  • Repeal Dodd-Frank
  • “Tear up” the Iran Nuclear Agreement
  • Repeal Obamacare (this is the GOP Congresses fault but they should’ve received hands-on leadership from him)
  • Reform taxes for everyone by August (doubt this will get done by then)
  • Lean out the size of government by much
  • Cut a lot of spending as he suggested

 

He has been nothing but a storm of tweets. The left hates him and the right dislikes him, how is this guy supposed to get anything done? He did not lead his party to victory as Barack Obama did during the push for Obamacare. President Trump didn’t ensure victory for himself and the country. He is very light on policy details and is ready to sign anything without looking at the fine print first and he is not able to coerce or persuade members of his party to go along with his policies. This man leading by tweets strategy must go, he should tweet materially important things in an official tone rather than blasting out like an angry 15 year old every time he is frustrated. Donald Trump may be an important culture warrior in the fight against political correctness and the pussification of America but thus far he has been a useless political leader and may go down as one of the worst Presidents in history if he doesn’t get his act together. Hiring Marine General John Kelly as his White House Chief of Staff was probably a good idea to foster a professional and collegial operating environment and to put the White House on a path to order and success, but this is all contingent on President Trump heeding General Kelly’s advice and growing up. For the sake of the country, I hope he grows up and starts getting through some of his pro-growth campaign promises such reforming the tax code and eliminating Obamacare and Dodd-Frank.

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off

New White House Tax Policy?

In interviews with The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets President Trump has been insinuating that he is changing his views on personal tax policy. He is apparently looking at “cutting taxes on the middle class” and “raising taxes on the rich”. Is that Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, or Bernie Sanders talking? Nope, it is Donald Trump (“Republican”). Apparently his Chief Political Strategist Steve Bannon: former head honcho at Breitbart News seems to have similar ideas. They call this “economic nationalism”, I don’t agree with it and I think it is a joke. This is nothing but wealth redistribution under a Republican umbrella and it sounds horrible. It looks as if they want to raise the top tax rate to around 44% from the current 39.6% so that they can cut taxes for the “middle class”. You, me, or Donald Trump do not have the right to confiscate someone else’s money to satisfy constituents or compensate those who have not financially succeeded in life. A fantastic quote comes to mind “I have never understood why it is greed to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money. – Thomas Sowell” The financially successful people such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Ray Dalio, Walton Family, etc. are not greedy so much as they are successful financially. You do not have the right to take their money because you are a loser. Lets say you are “middle class” and are earning $150k and have a decent house a nice little nest egg. That is a lot of money for someone making $25k and living paycheck to paycheck, why don’t they vote for a policy that confiscates the majority of your income and takes away your accumulated wealth and everything you have built? Don’t like that idea much do you? That is not equality at play, that is theft. Taxation is another word for theft. But the hard truth is some form of government revenues are necessary to fund a strong military, emergency services, and enforce the rule of law and contracts. If Carl Icahn grew up as a poor boy in Queens and made it to the top with a net worth of $17B, you do not have a right to steal his income and redistribute to those who are too lazy or do not have the will to support themselves.

This tax policy is immoral as is the majority of all current policy and President Trump will hurt the nation economically if he continues on this path of politically popular trash. He should reform the tax code and cut taxes across the board for everyone. I am in favor of eliminating all income taxes and transitioning to a system of pure consumption taxes so the system is pretty much as equitable as it can be. But that is not likely to happen any time soon so the next best option is a flat income tax with no deductions and is a page or two long to fill out for taxpayers. All taxes are repealed on a federal, state, and local level. We would have something like a flat 17% income tax and it would be as simple as that. There are many studies that show this idea would work quite well and would be very pro economic growth.

Some further reading to check out:

 

This is Saint Reagan signing off.

The Republican Capitulation

I’ve talked a little bit in my posts about my political evolution. I generally consider myself a person with mixed political views that doesn’t fit into the standard left and right political spectrum, nor am I a centrist. I am out of the these chains with my own sets of ideas and views. If I had to use a label it might be Classically Liberal with a Hawkish Military view. Think of people like Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, Thomas Sowell, Ronald Reagan, etc. While, I greatly admire many Republicans, I dislike the state of the party and its members today.

The Republican party attempted to repeal the monstrosity that is the “Affordable Care” Act (Obamacare) and they failed due to betrayal from members of their own party. The majority of the betrayals came from those you would expect: the “moderates/centrists” of the GOP such as Senators John McCain (AZ), Susan Collins (ME), and Lisa Murkowksi (AK). This just proves that the Republicans are a joke of a party with feckless leadership and a mostly useless President. President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan cannot even lead their party to concrete legislative victory after 7 years of repeal promises and getting all the power they requested from voters. They asked for the House of Representatives, they got it in 2010. They asked for the Senate, they got it in 2014. They asked for the White House, they got it in 2016. This time people thought they would actually get something done, big mistake!

The Republican party is filled with members who are “moderate” and do not have the political will to do what is necessary and what is right for the country. They know that Obamacare was the first step on the process to the abomination of socialized/single-payer healthcare that will ruin America. Free markets and free enterprise work, which is why America is the richest and most powerful country in the world. We have the most billionaires because free enterprise without government involvement generates brilliant results and lower costs, higher quality, innovation, and enhanced services and goods for consumers. The government does not have an obligation to provide the American people with anything other than: military defense of the nation, its allies, and its interests, safety and security, the rule of law and contractual enforcement, and limiting government involvement in the economy and society so as to create a situation conducive to personal success. The government does not guarantee happiness, our constitutional rights give you the right to do what you need to do (within legal limits) in order to achieve your dreams. The Republicans at one point believed in these principles and ideas and now they claim to still believe in those ideas but refuse to take the political action that is necessary to prove it.

 

Republicans in Congress and President Trump promised the repeal of Obamacare and members of their own party refuse to support the bill due to worries about people losing “insurance”. The Congressional Budget Office or CBO scores legislation to predict the impact it will have on the economy, the federal budget, key metrics, etc. and they predicted that anywhere from 20-33 million Americans will lose their “insurance.” The reason I put insurance in quotations marks is that a large number of Americans who have “insurance” don’t actually have it. People on Medicaid are on welfare and they are sucking taxpayer money, that is not insurance. People who have private insurance that covers basically nothing with massive premiums and deductibles is not real insurance. Many people do not want comprehensive insurance and some people don’t want it at all, but Obamacare forces them to buy it or pay a fine if they don’t, which many people choose to do. If the individual mandate requirement of everyone being insured is repealed, many people will drop their insurance which they deem as unnecessary and many people on Medicaid who are able bodied will be taken off the welfare rolls. That is the actual effect if the CBO’s prediction is even close to correct which it rarely ever is. Republicans have constituents on Medicaid and receive lots of money from the Insurance industry which conspired with the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress to create a system which requires people buy insurance, AKA guaranteed insurance profits. It didn’t really work out for the insurance companies because people dropped their artificially expensive and mostly useless coverage and elected to just pay the fine. Medicaid is not insurance and it is immoral to suggest that people are entitled to other peoples money, ideas, or labor. Healthcare is a service not a right. Just like you aren’t guaranteed food, you will not be guaranteed healthcare. “Economics is the study of scarce resources with alternative uses” said the great Thomas Sowell. Government cannot solve problems, they can make trade offs just like any other economic decision in life. Healthcare services are scarce and cannot be just given to everyone, all other countries government run medical systems are abject failures. The U.K., Germany, and Australia are now jokes and sobering looks at nations that were once great.

 

Insurance is a mechanism to protect against a future, possible unknown event or risk. Going to the doctor for a regular check up for example, ensures that you are in good health and are taking the medications or medical decisions necessary to protect against a future event such as getting diabetes or cirrhosis of the liver. You do not deserve healthcare even though you already committed many health mistakes and ruined your body, you will have to pay the extra costs to deal with your health mistakes or general bad luck. It is not the obligation of someone else to pay for it.

 

If Republicans do not make good on their promise, they will likely lose their Congressional majorities and President Trump may not be reelected. The country is burning because politicians do not have the will to do what is right. This country is burning because the American people are lazy, soft, entitled, weak, and are not willing to do what is necessary to save their country. This Great American Republic, the last place on earth that is worth a damn is burning and it is falling. Contact your Representatives and Senators and work to get answers, many of you want Obamacare gone. Demand it.

Save our country, no one else will.

 

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Thoughts on becoming great

Some of us, if not all of us would like to become great. Right? Everyone generally wants to be successful, wealthy, and even famous. We may want to be like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beyonce, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie, Ronald Reagan, Oprah Winfrey or whoever we admire. You know what separates us and them?

 

Work ethic, mental attitude, and the most important thing which is their value system. Maybe you want to be the greatest quarterback of all time. You know what separates you and Peyton Manning? It is those 3 things I listed earlier. Let me elaborate on those things.

  1. Work ethic: You have a system in which you accomplish the things you need to get done on a regular basis. You don’t get distracted and waste valuable time on other non-productive activities and if you make a mistake you don’t waste days dwelling on it. You persevere and continue to get things done and improve everyday. You work hard and you work smart, every single day without fail. Hard work is painful especially at first because you aren’t used to it, but you have to fight through that with your efficient work ethic, mental attitude, and determination to succeed at all costs.
  2. Mental attitude: There are periods where all of us feel depressed, discouraged, lazy, and we just don’t want to go forward. But this is the time when we must inspire ourselves again and march forward to achieve our goals. We should always try to stay positive and optimistic, even in the most adverse situations. Having this kind of attitude will deter us from giving up and providing ourselves with excuses and justifications such as “it’s too hard”, “I’m not smart enough”, “I should’ve been born rich”, “I’ve already messed up too much”, and simply “I can’t” when it actually means “I won’t”.
  3. Value system: Everybody needs to have values to guide them in life, being a nihilist and person without a code of values and morals is not a realistic or healthy life option. You need to scour all the resources (books, articles, religious material, spiritual material, parents, relative, friends, etc.) you have at your disposal and determine what your values are and stick to those. If you develop strong values and stick to them no matter what, you will be successful. But you have to be uncompromising with yourself when it comes to complying with your values, if you make a mistake you must immediately get back on track or you risk dumping your whole system for success down the drain.

 

This is not about eliminating failure, this is about developing resilience. There are times where you may fail or not stick to your values. The point is to immediately get back on track without wasting time feeling guilty or just giving up the whole thing. Every single time you fail in life and get back up you are exercising your resilience and character.

 

For example: You are trying to lose a 100 lbs after years of neglect to your body. You may fail to stick to your diet and exercise requirements multiple times. Instead of wasting time and effort feeling guilty and weak or just giving up the whole thing, you immediately mark the failure and get back on track. You make note of the trigger that caused you to cheat and you keep that in mind next time you have a similar feeling.

 

You can succeed but you must know who you are and what you are. Who are you? What is your value system? What is your work ethic? What is your mental attitude, especially in the face of adversity? Once you figure out the answers to these questions and implement your ideas, you can start your march forward to personal success.

 

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An Imperative Skill: Public Speaking

In my last post I discussed the importance of developing interpersonal and communication skills. An important part of that is developing the skill to publicly speak. Public speaking is an absolutely imperative skill that is required for success in business and life. Many of us in this generation haven’t had that many opportunities to publicly speak and have depended on technological means of communication for the majority of their lives. Public speaking is the ability to spontaneously speak at any event on demand or deliver a well prepared speech to a large audience. You may have to make a toast after a social dinner, run a meeting at work, give a speech at a friends wedding, or give the keynote speech to introduce a new company product or service. The best way to improve these abilities is to learn about the best speaking techniques, watch and learn from great speakers, and practicing speeches in an environment where you can constantly get constructive criticism.

Some great books on speech and communication are:

  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
  2. The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking (Dale Carnegie)
  3. Public Speaking for Success: The Complete Program (Dale Carnegie)
  4. The Art of Public Speaking (Dale Carnegie)
  5. Cicero: On the Ideal Orator (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
  6. Rhetoric (Aristotle)
  7. On Speaking Well: How to Give a Speech With Style, Substance, and Clarity (Peggy Noonan)
  8. Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secret of History’s Greatest Speakers (James C. Humes)

 

Helpful videos (tips of public speaking and communication, great speeches):

 

The best way to practice speeches on a regular basis is to join a club or group of people working specifically to improve their speaking skills. One great option is joining your local Toastmasters International club. Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization that is in 142 countries and has over 345,000 members. The group is dedicated to improving public speaking and leadership skill among its members. They have a structured system to progressively improve the skills of their members.

 

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