Refugees vs Veterans: A Cost Analysis

Over 4 million veterans are on disability… They are eligible to receive ‘as much as’ $3000 per month for their disability and medical care – max $36,000 per year. Every year more than 8,000 veterans commit suicide.   They are injured, they are traumatized, and they are left to die in waiting rooms at VA Hospitals that are rife with corruption.

The average cost per household of Middle Eastern refugees is about $258,000 over five years, or $51,600 per year. More than 95% of refugees are on welfare receiving free housing, medical care, food, and a stipend after that five year period.  

Even more absurd. It costs the US 12 times in $$$$ what it would cost to provide the exact same services for the refugee were they to resettle in another Middle Eastern country. That means the cost could be reduced to $4300 per year for a household if we simply let them stay where they speak the same language, have the same customs, share in the same morality, ethics and belief system.

This ludicrous solution that we support is so far removed from logic and reality, no one wants to actually analyze the facts and figures.

A conservative estimate states that the US spends about $1 billion per year on refugees. If we continued to provide for all those refugees, albeit in their own region, we would save about $920million ‘per year’ which could be diverted to our Veterans and no one would notice. Except our veterans…of course.

What these numbers do not reflect are the subjective costs. For example, veterans would not be denied jobs that were allocated to refugees. Veterans would not be so reliant on disability if they could have a worthwhile job that was re-allocated to refugees. Crime costs to society.   Education costs?  The dollar savings amass!

And yet, and still, the press and the media continue to harp about the ‘poor refugees’ and the ‘bad veterans’.   Why?

Because the media has an alternate objective. A refugee portrayed as a victim of our military is more entertainment than a veteran who has given his very life and being. It’s like a shell game.   Find the truth under the shell… but not before we take all your money…

They prey on the innocence of youth. They prey on falsification of facts. They prey on the subversion of facts. And they have an outlet that can reach millions – with partial truths, half truths and even out-right lies.

Hollywood dives for these games because that’s what Hollywood does! They act for money! They pretend. They are driven by one and only one God – Money. And the only reason people buy it is because the actors have become that much more adept – at their craft – pretending!   For $$$$$.

The stage, the play, the act, wasn’t always quite so subversive. While their heritage is “The Court Jester”, a step above the poison testers and a step below the prostitutes, today they seem to have created an elitist persona for themselves elevating their prowess to realms of godlike proportions.

Personally, I still see the Court Jester and marvel how so many Hollywooders are self imposed experts in such industries that would normally require PhD status and decades of experience.   They provide ‘expert testimony’ for such scientific theories that are normally relegated to ‘scientists’, and have opinions about everything that apparently earn them prime time news coverage, prime placement in the media, and commentary sections that utilize their ‘expertise’ to defend an intellectual theory… even if their claim to education fame is a GED High School Diploma!

Sadly, to me, they still remain, The Court Jester.

What’s even more disconcerting is that these people – know they have no education – know they have no expertise – know they have no knowledge or wisdom – and still find great victory in – pretending…

 

 

Christian Expectations of God: In Politics

I was recently reading a Christian blog that vilified rump as a settling of morality, as a means to accomplish an end for the greater good, and it bothered me. Why? Because it centers a blame for the world’s ails on ‘a man’. And justifies doing so by making comparisons to Jesus. The blog was written by a young person, a person of ideology and that winsome hope that has yet to be bedraggled by reality, life and age.

No, Trump is not Jesus. He never aspired to be Jesus. Nor did he laud upon himself such a prideful arrogance. The world is not as it was two thousand years ago. The sun doesn’t set the same. The waters don’t rise the same. And mankind has – changed.

And still, young ideological, youthful, invigorating Christians believe that our President must represent Jesus, or else be considered a failure like every other failed President. But Jesus was not a politician. He was not a ruler of fleshly man.   He was/is the representation of divinity in perfection, something that no man can ever attain.

And so, when we judge our President based on a comparison of how he acts, looks, reacts, and analyzes within the context of – Jesus – no man can possibly succeed. It is a doomed failure.

And yet, our ideological youth have yet to mature to this theological, Biblical, and philosophical realization.

This isn’t to deny our youth the right to their ideology, I remember it quite well, I was an adamant believer in all things passive, good, peaceful, and loving… And then, life unfolded; my father was a soldier of war, my brother a victim of soldier hatred, my sister a victim of a bigamist, brothers that followed atheism, and me, a victim of stupidity…

Such is Real Life.

And so, when we target a solitary man, a Trump, a Putin, a Merkel, a Manafort, a Flynn… we have actually become the very hypocrite that we abhor. Jesus is not who we should compare any man to when judging or evaluating or analyzing. Jesus was beyond any and all of us and when we attempt to create a checklist, we have become the Pharisee’s he so decried as false.

And so Evan, take heart, don’t lose your innocence, continue your ideology, we love every ounce of it, but know that wisdom is an evolution of age, of heart, and of years of toil, trials, and pitted journeys that reap mountains of tears, caverns of grief, and amazing abundances of miracles of joy.

Trump isn’t a target. He should not be compared to Jesus, to His sandals, to His walk, to His Kings and rulers. Life is an evolution of time. We don’t walk in the sand. We don’t journey by camel or donkey. These are the things of children – of the things of the past. And sweet Evan, these are the things within the looking glass. Not to be forgotten. They are simply lessons, as are all the stories of the Bible. Lessons that will abide every aspect of life then and now.

And so when you desire to create a Jesus in our President, remember, he is a mere mortal man, like you, and it is the expectations of something supremely divine and Godlike that is the Pharisee.

Keep writing. Keep thinking. Keep growing. You have a beautiful mind.

Trump Jr., – Set Up By Soros?

BADA-BING! Back story on the Trump Jr. – Natalia Veselnitskaya – Denis Katsyv – Trump Dossier – Magnitsky hoopdela, aka ‘story’ is almost laughable! And it backs into – Soros via OCCRP, Romania, Ukraine, USAID, and a big anti-Putin vendetta.

There are quite a few players in the ‘story’ which actually begins coincidentally just before Obama is elected in 2009.   The company that is continually targeted as the big bad meany is Prevezon, a shell that was bought by Katsyv for $50,000 and amassed hundreds of millions.  He bought it from an active ‘player’ Baranovsky, an Israeli Russian who is currently serving time in a Russian prison for his mafia dealings. Shortly after he bought this ‘shell’ company, a scathing article was written by OCCRP, a Romanian/ Ukrainian/Latvian company implicating Katsyv in shady dealings that occurred under the tutelage of Dmitry Baranovsky.  So, Katsyv hired legal representation.

The entire investigation is related to organized crime, tax evasion, and fraud within Manhattan real estate holdings.  Veselnitskaya is an attorney specializing in real estate and taxation hired by said US law firm to help defend Katsyv.  Fusion GPS was also hired by the same law firm to perform research to counter the allegations brought by OCCRP, a Romanian organization partially funded by Soros.   And now, everyone is a Russian spy hired by Putin – in collaboration with Trump!!

If this were a James Bond movie it would be panned as being too convoluted and confusing…

There is absolutely no connection whatsoever to the allegations of Russia election meddling. That aspect of the ‘story’ was fabricated by the media and has no judicial or legal basis. Graham Stack, one of the journalists linked to OCCRP, has written numerous articles about the corruption in Ukraine, Latvia and Russia, perpetrated NOT by Putin, but by corrupt politicians, police and socialites taking advantage of the system within the oil and gas arena as well as real estate, aka mafia.  Ta – Da!

The largest oil and gas corruption scandal in Ukraine could be traced to Burisma Holding Company which was the Hunter Biden messy coup that took place just after the US began bombing Ukraine and instituted a new chocolate president, Poroshenko.

Of course, none of these messy coups and raping of assets are foreign to the Clintons who took over the gold mines in Haiti after the devastating earthquake. The only difference is that there was no judicial inquiry or investigation… And no media outcry.

A Russian lawyer, Magnitsky, claimed that Russian officials had stolen huge sums of money from the government. OCCRP claimed they had traced said money to Katsyv’s company, Prevezon, which had then laundered it by purchasing Manhattan property.

Magnitsky subsequently was arrested and died in prison after being beaten by prison officials who were said to be connected to the Russian mafia he was investigating.

OCCRP, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, which published said scathing article and refused to retract or clarify the data despite the insistence of the law firm Harrison and Wellington, is a rather bizarre source.

OCCRP is based in Romania with reporters in Ukraine, Latvia and Serbia. All countries aligned against Russia.

In 2016, Wikileaks took a screenshot of the OCCRP website in which it stated that its funding sources included:   USAID, United Nations Democracy Fund, Center For Public Integrity, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ICIJ, which is a Soros prefect. The United Nations Democracy Fund has player ties to Gershman who is a member of the Socialist Party of America.

Full circle:

The Gasp Big evidentiary matter against Katsyv is that he opened a Delaware company , Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation, which aims to open adoption between the US and Russia… The media claims it is a front. Without any evidence whatsoever. Simply a media statement.  And this is proof positive of his involvement in the Russian mafia and money laundering…  What???

Prevezon, the company in question per the media, is a real estate organization. They buy, sell and manage properties. Ms. Veselnitskaya, as an attorney, specializes in real estate transactions and acquisitions.  It is quite possible that Trump Jr., was speaking with her completely out of context from the Magnitsky case, and simply out of the Trump desire to expand their real estate acquisitions and holdings into Russia, which Trump had already alluded to given it is an untapped market.

The Magnitsky case. The Russian mafia corruption, fraud and money laundering apparently became a US judiciary concern given the Manhattan real estate. Thus, the real estate was confiscated and a case against Russian mafioso’s was instigated with Kasyv being the prime target.   The Putin – Trump – – election mess all came about as a side story that was linked by one word – Russia.

If every mafia scandal in the US was credited to the then sitting President, we probably wouldn’t have a clean official for decades.

What we do have is a Romanian organization making a claim against a Russian real estate magnate whose father once worked for the government. We have a dead Russian lawyer who was investigating the Russian mafia. And we have a Soros organization making assertions that all of this relates back to a Trump/Putin conspiracy. And we have Trump’s son speaking with a lawyer who represented Katsyv in clearing him of the mafia connection so as to preserve his company Prevezon and his assets from seizure.

Lastly, we have a media hyped, desperate and drooling to find some connection between Putin and Trump that would support the assertion that they worked together conspiratorially to subvert the US Presidential election, and oust Hillarygate.

And despite all their best efforts to create a connection, it is always based on absolutely no actual evidence. But they still hyper-ventilate a supposition/theory… with Soros at the helm.  He’ll die before he will let Trump win.

G-20 Summit – A National Enquirer Blitz!

The G-20 Summit is fast approaching and apparently the media is somewhat biased and polarized in their representation of what is and could be a major disruption…   German media seem to be focused on the fact that Trump refuses to play by their rules, and as such has decided to blackout and silence Commerce Secretary, Ross, as he made opening comments. I believe that’s called ‘censorship’. Instead, Germany’s government sponsored and Soros owned media outlets are rallying behind Merkel as the Goddess who knows all and all should bow.  Hail to the Queen!

However, other media outlets are reporting about a potentially different ‘disruption’. Massive protests have been called by left-wing anarchists determined to create chaos, damage, and mayhem requiring the deployment of over 20,000 German police equipped in riot gear.

Labeling themselves The Welcome to Hell March, their chosen name pretty much speaks to their agenda and dictum.

The protests are being headed mostly by immigrants demanding free and unhampered migration without consequence or possible ‘ejection’ throughout all of Europe. But apparently this sort of ‘disruption doesn’t even deserve a mention by Der Spiegel or DW as they instead choose to focus on the possibility that this very prestigious meeting is devolving into a fiasco… at the hands of Trump.

WOW! I guess Trump wields quite a bit of magical power given the massive abilities/blame that are/is routinely piled onto his shoulders.

The Problem? This so called, “prestigious” event, has been marred by violence and protests nearly every year since it’s initial formation with massive arrests, massive damage, and absolutely nothing noteworthy in accomplishments. In fact, if you look up G20 Summit you will find a list of members, invitees, member data, member leaders, member members… and that’s about it. It’s a Big Giant Party that does absolutely – nothing.

And those not invited are left at the curb. None too happy.

Der Spiegel advocates for Frau Merkel who sees the world as a globalized community all working together for the better good… except for those other 170 odd countries who aren’t invited… Whose better good? On the other side of Merkel they parlay the bad, bad Trump who doesn’t seem to have much common ground with the image of Merkel… and therefore is – a saboteur! Sounds like Inspector Clouseau! AHA!

Given that the G-20 really is just a good ole boys club, given that it accomplishes absolutely nothing, given that it is a qusi meeting with 17 country heads and 2 EU Commission heads, (why G-20?), given that it is a petrie dish for violent, extremists, and far-left anarchists, seems to me to be a rather largess miffy waste of time, energy and dollars.

What they do accomplish is the garnering of a lot of media attention and a lot of protestors. Otherwise, it’s pretty much a worthless ambition.

However, imagine being a business owner in the host city trying to fend off the fueled and firey protesters who simply want to torch your business because you happen to be located on the wrong street on the wrong day in the wrong city?   I don’t suppose they are none to enthused by the annual prospect.

The police even know the name of the ‘veteran anarchist’ who will lead the destruction and has every year, Andreas Blechschmidt. Despite his incitement and destructive anarchy he is allowed to vent his mind, his will, his mayhem – untethered.  Yet Germany will jail parents who attempt to homeschool their own children – treasonous!  That’s fair…

The police expect to catch and release upwards of 400 angry violent protestors, much like the catch and release scenario played at fishing lodges across the US. Stock a pond with fish, make fishermen pay thousands for the thrill of catching a stock fish and then set it free…

Sounds like the G-20 Summit frenzy to me. Because basically, that’s exactly what the German police intend to do.

Local residents are fleeing the city of Hamburg in anticipation of havoc. Businesses are told to buck up and just take their beating. And anyone stupid enough to leave their car on the street can expect it to be torched while police watch. Gee, sounds like a fun event! Makes sense to do it every single year…

Meanwhile, De Blasio thinks the Summit is an opportune time for him to don his hippie wig, and join the protesters in opposing Trump, Putin, Xi and Erdogan.  He’d like to actually crash the Summit, but then alas, he wasn’t invited.

And so, we are left with a Summit that is all about Trump bashing, protests, and cheers to globalist Socialist, Merkel. A fan club wherein actual economic issues are tabled for a National Enquirer style blitz.

American Recovery Act: A PONZI Scheme

IN 2009, as a part and parcel of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama allocated $14.7 billion to repair and modernize public housing as well as offer tax credits to builders for financing low income housing construction. Today, this portion of the Act is being hailed as a complete failure…

Of course, the failure is not being blamed on the Act or Obama, but on ‘White Contractors’ and racial prejudice.

It is another form of forcible equality in a world that is and always will be ‘unequal’. Knowing that even a newly constructed modern housing development will soon be left to squalor and decay because maintenance is a foreign concept, it is no wonder that neighborhoods clamor to object when their property values will tank in response.

New York is the perfect example of the throw away ideal in which HUD Housing was left to rot, rents were not collected, and buildings became rat infested homes for squatters.   De Blasio’s response was to shutter them and ask for more money to build new ones that would eventually evolve into the exact same state of deterioration. Why? Because maintenance costs money that De Blasio would rather spend on wealthier initiatives…

Of course the other more glaring hypocrisy of this debate is the fact that HUD housing is comprised mostly of whites in poverty as they make up the largest statistic… Oops.   Second are Hispanics, and third are blacks. This reality rather flushes the obtuse racial discrimination claim as an issue and puts it where it belongs – in the twalette. Trying to foment divide based on race is the number one promotion of Mainstream Media.   Obscuring facts, playing roulette with statistics, and downright lying seem to be the new normal. While they claim to represent The People, their journalistic philandering is rife with corruption.

Part of the problem in the forced housing debacle is the ethical concept of ‘earning what you have’ whereby you are actually rewarded for your efforts… A foreign concept any longer. Free income, free upscale housing, free food, free healthcare, free child care, free transportation… well, why bother to earn a living when you can have everything for free?

But the point is the fact that the class integration was just another failed measure of the American Recovery and Investment Act written before Obama took office by unknown drafters, and pushed through almost immediately in 2009. And like Obamacare, it is an abject failure.

Of the $831 billion dollar package, $155 billion was allocated to Healthcare including, building of VA hospitals…, Medicaid, IT , Research and VA Administration. Mired in cost overruns and mismanagement in the VA core, the $2.3 billion was a failed waste. Interestingly, while the VA got $1 billion for hospitals, NIH got $10 billion. With a $31 billion annual budget, NIH has been scrutinized for less than transparent reporting and vague accomplishments.

In 2009, with the additional $10 billion allocation, their one and only target research was, “how voltage ion channels interact with their surroundings”.   The ultimate impact? Research findings provide ‘perspective’ for a new direction of targeted therapeutic development…

Another challenging use of the $10 billion was to research a new method to measure abdominal pain… Because the pain scale that we all know “on a scale of 1 to 10”, wasn’t definitive enough…

Another $100 billion was allocated to Education with the primary use of the funds directed to “prevent layoffs and cutbacks”. Obviously that hasn’t worked very efficiently either given the latest report states that the US is facing a severe crisis due to a shortage of teachers…

So what exactly did this $831 billion accomplish?

$70 billion was allocated for a one year – 2009 – increase in the Alternative Minimum Tax floor… But the annual revenue raised by AMT per year only amounts to about $35 billion…   So, in other words, we spent $70 billion to reduce receipts by about $10 billion or less given it was only the floor that was altered, not a complete repeal of the tax!

Now that was definitely a worthwhile expense. So where did that money actually go?   We are missing an accounting of the use of these funds… Much of the “USES” were subjective, based on a perceived loss of IRS funds based on credits. So while the cost, the $831 billion, was actually charged to taxpayers, the USE was actually never accounted for or disclosed.

Tch, Tch. Nothing more than a covert Ponzi Scheme, only every single American Taxpayer was the victim. Madoff? Nothing by comparison.

NEXT!

HOPE For A Caste Sheep

I’ve been trying to write a really dazzling, intellectually stimulating blog about the economy, or the shadows, or the political mire, or corruption or whatever catches my attention… But nothing really does. It all seems like a rehash of the same story with a few edits, a paragraph shift, versed synonyms, and in the end, it’s all the same.

I’ve written countless starts and yet my mind continually returns to one story. The story of a Fall, a fall from grace, a fall so incredibly steep and perilous that it catches my breath because I just don’t understand.   It is a story where hope is dragged back to the heart only to be thrashed again. And still, and yet, this flicker of hope seems to never be fully extinguished.

The story is about the pervasiveness of man in inflicting pain – with intention, with justification, and even with – glee. How far into Hell does a soul fall where pure depravity becomes an obsession that consumes the last bit of life? Where Destruction is measured as the fruit? Where once there was a soul, somewhere, but where the cracks opened to crevices, and there was nothing left of the shredded mask?

Where a person once lived.

It’s not the terrorist. It’s not the murderer. It’s not the rapist or the child molester. It’s not the prostitute or sex trafficker or acid attacker. It’s simply the person standing next to you. A person you trusted. A person with whom you shared a life. And yet it isn’t a person at all. At least, not any longer. It is the worst form of deception imaginable.

And yet despite the terror inflicted, despite their absolute desire for total ruin, there lingers, unbelievably, hope. Hope that they will somehow be witness to their malicious will, and just – stop.

Days pass. Weeks and months. And still you can’t perceive of the depth of the evil that must consume every cell, every coding, that could cause a person to act in such a way.   Perhaps it is a form of insanity?   Or is that an excuse, a justification, an out, when in fact – sometimes there is no fortuitous end, there is no cure, and that person is beyond even – Hope?

What does one do with such a loss? What does one do when the slashings are unrelenting? When the desire is immortal death? God says that all souls are savable… but not all souls are saved.   And never will be.   And while that may be how it is, God also reminds us to never give up, for even the most vile, the most sinful, can repent, and their stores of death and bitterness can be filled with an abundance of love – visible in their countenance, their deeds, and in their heart.

Of course it is so much easier to observe when you are not the target of the knife, when it hasn’t pierced your flesh, when the slashings are perpetrated somewhere else, on someone else. Then we suddenly become experts on how to assess and analyze and suture the wounds.

Listlessly, we ask the question that forever remains – why? Why do you desire this? What happened to your soul? Maybe you never had one… The veil is lifted. The mask melted by the Son. And when the cracks begin to spread through and across the dead earth that is your flesh, there is nothing to hold your bones intact, your muscle entwined, and you simply spill away into a living death.

And the wasteland that is left, is set aflame.

In all this there is a caveat. If a person hasn’t God, then in whom does he place Hope? In one self? In a mortal being flawed and imperfect? In the government? Where do you find your Hope? Without God, Hope would be so small, so fragile, easily broken, tragically barren.

And so, despite the continued slashings, the depravity, the obsessive malice, I drag myself back up, I stand and stare into the golden sun and decry, I HAVE HOPE…still. Today, I still have hope that this person’s soul will be brought to repentance and humility and set me free, and I will bleed no more. I have Hope because God stands with me in His power, His mercy, His grace.

I have Hope because God is perfect and man is so very imperfect, but even in man’s imperfection miracles can be, as the Shepherd guides, tends, and rights the caste sheep.   And so I ask, I pray, that God would right the caste sheep that has fallen from grace, and mold once again a heart to set me free.

Macron’s First 47 Days… umm

While the media dissected Trump’s first ten days, first twenty days, etc… throughout, as though this performance would be an indicator, there is a rather hushed silence regarding the first 47 days of Emanuel Macron??

Taking office as France’s new President on May 14, 2017, 47 days ago, the only accomplishments that seem to be noted include a photo-shopped photo op, a Versailles speech, and rants about Trump… – and that would seem to be the sum total.  As in ‘Nada’.

The pretty boy with the pretty face is living up to his pretty expectations of doing – basically, nothing. Odd that no one finds this yawn performance unbearably gauche?

While Macron’s Cabinet is apparently attempting to create an Executive Order to ‘reform the labour market’, they are quick to qualify that this would in no way mimic the US or UK initiatives – except that they do. And when will these reforms take effect? Maybe September, maybe later, c’est la vie…

But when backed by the Rothschild family, it would be hard pressed to lose, by the blood, sweat and tears of his “Christ-like walking on water” visage as portrayed by The Economist, a Rothschild media baby.

So why would a man who does little but spend 47 days taking a picture of himself have any beef with Trump?   Because that’s the Driven Line by the left/liberals. Period. They can’t talk about what a great job they are doing, instead they deflect to a negative and join the proverbial Bandwagon of boring, lifeless snails.

Imagine if even half the effort that is displaced on denigrating Trump was redirected toward actually something positive and progressive…? Remember that word? That was Hillary’s new platform – except that she couldn’t define it because no one had bothered to tell her what it comprised.

Liberals tend to talk a lot about how bad other politicians are, while ignoring their own failed economy.

The French government has run a budget deficit every single year since the 1970’s. As of 2012, the debt level had reached 91% of GDP, despite the fact that according to the EU ‘rules’ that number should never exceed 60%. So much for ‘Rules”. Their credit rating was downgraded twice in the last four years, and according to economist, Paul Krugman, the reason the French labour output is so much less than the US is because the French work less. They have what is labeled a “chronic unemployment rate’ at 11%, and a stagnant economy, despite their former Economics Minister – Emanuel Macron.

So what will Macron do differently as President that he didn’t do while Economics Minister? Probably nothing.

Although photo shots and Parades, do make for nice headlines… And what is The Economist all a buzz about with the advent of their newly anointed King Macron? Why, nothing, nothing at all, because he has done – nothing, nothing at all.

But they are seriously attempting to continue their adamant derailment of Trump. Why? Because his actions make everyone else look – well – inactive.

Illinois DEBT – Death March

Everyone is gasping at the absolute bankruptcy facing Illinois – as though this was something new to report – but it’s been ongoing for years if not decades and Illinois ain’t the only one! Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are all casualties of over spending excesses requiring a per capita hand-out from the Feds of anywhere from $1318 to $1802, or $8.9 billion to $20.4 billion – per year.

Cha CHING!

In fact, Ohio and Indiana get over 33% of their revenue from the Feds in the form of our tax dollars – not well spent!

And where does all the money go in Illinois?  According to the infamous Budgetary Pie Chart titled, “Spending By Function” provided by Illinois, 43% is spent on “OTHER”, 26% on Medicaid, 14.6% on K-12, and 9.3% on transportation.   “Other” includes CHIP, which is actually a duplicate extension of Medicaid, Mental Health, Public Health, Employer Contributions to Pensions (reimbursements), Environmental, State Police, Parks and Recreation, Housing and General Aid to Local Governments.

Of course we all know that the rule in government subsidies is – spend more than you have or you’ll get less next year. So operating at a yearly loss/deficit is beneficial…  and nearly all the states do it.

The total state debt for Illinois is $321.3 billion! The total state debt for Ohio is – $321.3 billion… Huh.   Meaning every person in Illinois is on the take for about $24,900 and every person in Ohio is on the take for about $27,900… Oh wait – Ohio is actually worse off…  Where is the PRESS?

More numbers:   As a percentage of total revenues, Michigan gets almost 42% of it’s income from the Federal Government. If we were to eliminate Federal/Taxpayer subsidies to these states alone we would save $76 billion.  Pensions to all states?  Over $1 Trillion.

With somewhere over 10,000 line items in the Illinois budget under Education, I decided not to review each line… SURPRISE.  But I did note a few fast facts: $1.1+ billion spent on No Child Left Behind, (I thought that was defunct?) ,  $700+ million on Individuals with Disabilities Act, (That’s for the ACT, not for people with Disabilities?)  $850+ million on child nutrition, and then the ubiquitous – $4.8+ billion on General state aid… I had to add the + sign because each categorical account had their own budget request for the same thing, as in General Aid.

Illinois claims the number of children in extreme poverty to be 267,000, with the number living in poverty to be 591,500.

So where does MOST of the debt load come from? Pensions are numero uno. Medicaid and health care are making a rounding second place in state debt with those costs rising more rapidly.

But before we get our panties in a wad, there are only a handful of states that have a surplus! Those operating at an efficient level include, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Alaska.  Oil would appear to be a common denominator.

This is all part and parcel of the Swamp that has existed for decades as politicians are too fearful to actually tell the truth and tell Americans that their belts need to be tightened by 3 to 10 notches!   They can’t tell us this because then we wouldn’t re-elect them because they would be giving us bad news and making us act like adults instead of children.   The Swamp exists – because we elect it. We allow it.

Instead we play with the numbers and statistics and make comparisons that are not relevant, in order to convey a premise that makes people feel good while the Truth is left to die.

A ranking of the Best Run States in the US as of 2015 was as follows: 1. North Dakota 2. Wyoming   3. Iowa   4.   Nebraska 5.   Minnesota. The states ranking in the bottom tier?   New Mexico, Illinois, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and Alabama.

It should be noted that Party affiliation is NOT a factor in the rankings, republican Governors and Democrat Governors are split pretty equally.   North Dakota does spend considerably more of their income on education – 43%, including Higher Education which is minimal in Illinois.   The states with the lowest per capita debt are Tennessee, Georgia and Texas. But the rankings include numerous factors in addition to debt and spending.  Employment, education, the ability to raise the bar in the near future, credit, all are factored in when making a solid analysis.

This is why Illinois and Ohio are perilous with Michigan and Wisconsin on the precipice. They don’t have a future.  Michigan tanked with the auto industry and hasn’t recovered since.  Wisconsin is struggling from a dull manufacturing platform, as are Illinois and Ohio.  Having not diversified and shifted with worldwide trends and economic shifts, their failure is more a consequence of negligible forward thinking management.

Again this is nothing new, these states have been on a death march for quite some time under the tutelage of both Party Affiliations.

And frankly my Dear, the Swamp could really, Give a Damn.

 

 

Morality, Ethics, and A Dying Society

For years, there have been numerous explosive discussions about how numbed children are to violence as a result of video games, movies, and even sitcoms. Bombarded with images the sensory development of compassion and empathy are muted. Death and casualty invoke no emotion because its reality has been quashed.

But there is another perverse numbing that has taken hold of society, and it involves adultery, affairs, sexual hookups and pornography.  It is now so pervasive, it is estimated that over 50% of spouses engage in one or more venues.   And yet the consequence of their action, doesn’t seem to reach a value surface. Everyone does it. I deserve happiness. I am entitled.

Left in the wake of these behaviors are a pool of victims – not just the spouse – but children, neighbors, friends, colleagues, business associates and of course, entire families.   The incredible selfishness is waved, and the entitlement is embraced.

Of course the catastrophic snowball can include the possibility that both individuals partaking in this ‘relationship’ are leaving a wake behind them.  And the snowballing of tragedy grows.

Sometimes the affair is the extension of a friendship, sometimes, a vengeance ploy, and other times it is an addiction. Instead of nurturing a marriage, a spouse may be addicted to the high of the ‘honeymoon’.

The morality of society has evolved to accept adultery just as we have accepted violence. Neither have benefited our culture, and both may be our ultimate demise. The ramifications have been and continue to be the dissolution of ‘family’. The legacy that is taught is one of the all important “Me”.   The same “Me” generation that therapists encouraged.

And the consequences are a trail of destruction and a next generation of children immune to marriage and fidelity, wanting no part of the hurt it invokes. Why should I – my father/mother was a serial adulterer?

The same therapists who adamantly encourage selfishness, are now attempting to resolve non-commitment issues.   When in fact, this causal/consequence was actually perpetrated by the idea that society must ‘accept everything’, even those ethics and moralities that cross boundaries. Tolerance means that porn and adultery are commonplace and therefore a normal part of our culture.

Get over it! Don’t be such a Child!

The mantra of an addict.

But our ethics have devolved even more. Inciting assassination is now considered acceptable behavior, and to some, it is even funny. What happens to the upcoming generation that embraces this ideology as well? There are no boundaries. There is no morality. Law is tossed and chaos rules.

Everything created on this earth was created in ‘Order”, there are rules for everything from how a tree grows, to when a flower opens it’s blossom, to how every miniscule particle of our ecosystem is dependent on another. So it is also with humans. When we disrupt this ‘Order” and devolve into chaos, our ecosystem collapses and humanity collapses.

Our bodies are vast creations of “Order”, but they’ve been disrupted by man’s desire to change what is natural and recreate it in an unauthentic environment. As a result we sit numbly and watch as chaos slowly takes hold – an inch at a time.

These three societal collapses are probably our greatest terror threat. They are about disunity. They don’t come from any place of goodness or compassion, and typically leave a trail of death as they numb our senses, devour our heart, and create a new generation of even colder, more detached children.

And yet, we continue to focus on the few, instead of the many…

Hawking – Water – and Over Population

Stephen Hawking has issued another dire warning stating that world population will outpace resources within 100 years and apocalyptic trends are highly probable.

It isn’t the first time he has issued such catastrophic warnings. But his solution of moon settlement seems rather odd, to say the least. First the moon has no usable resources. Second the moon is highly fragile and upsetting its balance could actually ‘cause’ the earth to enter a cataclysmic stage.  And third, how many people could it support? The answer is none. Fleeing earth that has resources to settle on the moon that has NO resources seems rather ill-advised.

The other alternative being juggled by NASA and the science community is to colonize Mars. This too seems rather inane given that all scientific data theorize that while Mars ‘may have’ had water resources at one time, due to it’s death, those resources can not be harvested. So again, why would we leave an abundant planet for a death planet?

One of the greatest fears is earth’s population explosion. Over the last couple hundred years, Europe’s population has declined, the US has risen minimally, even Africa’s population growth rate is a graphic low. The abundance comes from one source – China. For thousands of years China’s population remained stagnant. Then in 1750 it took a sharp tick upward and by 2017 had risen from 140 million to 1.5 billion, representing 20% of the entire world population.

India’s population is a close second with 1.3 billion, and Africa clambering behind at 1.186 billion. As a region, Asia accounts for 60% of the world population.

Why is this important? Because altering demographics in Europe and North America are going to have little to no effect on the overall crisis of the earth having too many people to sustain.

China’s one child policy was introduced in 1979 when the population was 977.8 million. So despite a one child policy, China’s total population grew 54% matching the total growth rate of India!     Not exactly a success story.  During the same period the US growth was 43%. While China and India can’t boast immigration as a factor in their growth, Europe and the US can, so their rates are a bit skewed and most likely quite lower in actuality.

There are only two means of reducing growth – via birth or via death…

And there is only one way to mitigate lacking resources – attach someone elses.

The most important resource is water.

And while scientists are trying to determine how they can harvest water on the moon, earthlings continue to fail to capture the water already generated here! Wouldn’t it make more sense to preserve?   California is the most mundane example of a state whose usage of water is massive, and yet every seven years whines about drought conditions when they haven’t built a reservoir to capture the rainfall when it is abundant!    Instead it is left to drain into the ocean, unused, wasted.   These same Californians would have us spend trillions $$$$ to extract a couple gallons from the Moon…

Just to prove it exists.

Half of California’s water resources go to watering grass, 14% is lost due to leaky pipes, and 27% is used for toilets… The average water use per family in the US is roughly 552 gallons per day.  However, the largest user of our water resources is through thermoelectric power which consumes roughly 41.5% of all usage.

In other words, all those conservation electric power plants consume 41.5% of our water resources. The states with the largest water draws for thermoelectric power include California, Texas, New York and Michigan. Once again, the circle takes us back to California where consumption of our most valuable resource is the highest, and preservation is the lowest.

Preservation and solutions seem a better way to resolve our earthly problems rather than leaving a dead planet in order to colonize another dead planet… Of course, transporting 7 billion people to the moon isn’t exactly feasible either. It took thirty years to build the Space Shuttle and it can hold 7 people.

PLAN B!

Hawking?  Anyone?  Anyone?