Surviving Disappointment – Let Down by Washington, Again

Sometimes it’s just all so depressing – the left, the right, the general public – sometimes all you can do is recognize it and commisserate. That’s an important first step, and helps us get to the point where we can make things better.

The Left had a complete meltdown over Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. Why? What the heck is wrong with them?

The DHS fight is over, the result is as expected – Obama and the Democrats got what they want. What do we do now? There isn’t a consensus, perhaps we’re still in the grieving period, anger, depression, etc – we’re not yet at the solutions stage.

We on the right hold some misconceptions about how low and middle wage families live and use money, If we want to be a more effective movement, with a larger base of support, we need to learn about this.

Hillary, Hillary, Hillary – first there was a foreign government funding scandal, that got tossed off the news pages because of the email scandal. Can’t the Democrats come up with a candidate that isn’t such a scandal magnet?

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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

 Transcript of Netanyahu’s Address to Congress – http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/03/full-text-netanyahus-address-to-congress/?tid=sm_tw

My Response to Betrayal – http://www.thepartyofchoice.com/articles1/my-response-to-betrayal-by-andy-peth

House passes DHS funding bill – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/03/03/sources-house-to-vote-on-homeland-security-bill-without-immigration-conditions/

5 Ways Hollywood Tricked You Into Hating Poor People – http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-hollywood-tricked-you-into-hating-poor-people/

7 Things the Middle Class Can’t Aford Anymore – http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/10/25/cheat-sheet-middle-class-cant-afford/17730223/

Hillary’s E-mail Problem – http://hotair.com/archives/2015/03/03/state-department-on-second-thought-we-didnt-vet-those-clinton-foundation-donations/

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Why Bother Understanding the Left?

Understand the Left, so that you can DEFEAT the Left. The committed leftist does not care about the economic effects of their policy. Don’t waste their time trying to get them to care. Your friends CARE that jobs are leaving CA and heading to TX. Your friends CARE that they will never be able to open that bakery they dream about. You can persuade your friend that the conservative view is better for them.

Dennis Prager points out in this great article the devastating economic facts about CA, and then points out that the left doesn’t care.

WHY THE LEFT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BAD ECONOMIC NEWS
Most conservatives, and just about all independents, have a huge misperception of the left. They think that the gulf between conservatism and leftism is primarily about means, not goals.
This perception is wrong. It is their goals that are irreconcilable. And until conservatives, independents and the Republican Party understand this, it will not be possible to defeat the left.

Many of you know this. Many of you may get angry about it. That’s fine, but are you using this information to your own benefit, to save you time, to improve your chance at success with online activism?

Or are you just expressing anger to your friends, gaining solidarity, and having fun? That’s perfectly fine, and a totally appropriate use of social media, just make sure that what you are doing is aligned with your goals.

Understand the Left, so that you can DEFEAT the Left

If you are on social media with some thought to helping the cause of conservatism, you need to make sure that your efforts are focused, efficient, and targeted effectively.

Stop wasting your time arguing with leftists and trying to convince them of anything. Leave that toe professional debaters, the people who get paid to argue on TV, the entertainers. They aren’t accomplishing much for the movement, but they are making themselves rich and famous. Hooray for them, and horray for you if you want to become one of them, just don’t be delusional about it. That is not where the battle can be won.

DO spend your time educating genuine independents, informing the non-political, shaping your message for those who are receptive to it.

Leftists really don’t care about economic results. They care about inequaltiy and carbon emissions.

You don’t have to memorize a pile of statistics, you don’t have to hold forth on a deeply detailed legislative analysis. If you find yourself arguing with someone about whether CA is a better business environment than TX – walk away. You are arguing with a committed leftist, no one else is paying attention, and you are wasting your time.

If, however, you have the chance to mention some company that your friend cares about having just decided to leave CA and move someplace else – talk about that. How sad it is for the people in CA who are losing their jobs, how sad it is for all of the supporting companies that will lose customers. How it’s great that there are other states competing to get THEIR business, just like that company competes to get yours.

These discussions are easy to have, and they express genuine  understanding, compassion, and caring for the very real people involved. THIS is the way to talk about the economic benefit of small government versus big government.

Your friends CARE that jobs are leaving CA and heading to TX. Your friends CARE that they will never be able to open that bakery they dream about. You can persuade your friend that the conservative view is better for them.

Learn about the other side. Recognize them, respect them enough to not try to change them.

The committed leftist does not care about the economic effects of their policy. Don’t waste their time trying to get them to care. Your detailed and intellectual argument persuades no one.

Find a better way. Don’t try to convert the left, they’ve already taken up arms against you. Work on recruiting the folks who are not on the battlefield yet.

History of the World part 1, Or How I Learned to Love Capitalism

The history of the economy from 1981 (Reagan) to present (Obama).

In 1981, Reagan inherited, what was a worse recession than what “Obama inherited” (we’ll get to that later) in 2009.  The unemployment rate was worse, the interest rates were worse, and the rate of government spending was worse.

Labor Participation Rate

At the end of his term in Office he slashed the progressive tax code to two rates, and got rid of almost all of the exemptions and loop holes.  He slashed the rate of government growth, and helped defeat the Soviet Union.

He also gave us the *highest* level of post WW2 employment participation of any President ever.  It was his policies that carried that rate through 2001.

So Bush I took office in a landslide, most people thought he would continue Reagan’s policies.

They were wrong.  Bush Sr didn’t believe in limited Government and the first chance he got, he increased taxation and spending.

Labor Participation

This caused the employment participation rate to stall out, and even drop down lower than it was at the end of Reagan’s term.  Because Bush I wasn’t a solid conservative he lost to Ross Perot and Clinton.  The first thing Clinton did was raise taxes and threaten to push Hillarycare.

Labor Participation

economic revival.  This helped push the employment participation rate back to where it was in the 80’s under Reagan.

 

Bush II won over Gore by a thread, and the natural cycle of Capitalism and terrorism took it’s toll on the economy.  Bush started out his policies as a progressive and trying direct stimulus payments.  He then tried tax cuts (but not as big as Reagan’s).  This helped stop the economy from sliding further, but did not grow it to Reagan’s 68% participation rate.

 

Labor Participation

That downward tail is where it gets fun.  That was another creative destruction bit of capitalism, and having too much money invested in housing.  This was completely a government driven bubble and a government driven collapse.

 

1) The Government under Carter and Clinton pushed the CRA forcing banks to give bad loans.

2) Groups like ACORN (that Obama worked for) sued large banks to make sure they were giving out bad loans.

3) The Federal Reserve entered the era of cheap money, lowering money supply why below it’s market value.  This made it quick money, which attracted people to bad loans.

4) Democrats increased volatility in the job market by threatening to repeal the Bush tax rate and raising the minimum wage.

 unemployment vs minimum wage

(http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2013/02/13/higher-minimum-wage-higher-unemployment/)

Even though the unemployment rate has finally fallen to 7.9% by the end of 2012, the total labor participation has fallen to 63% and has been stuck.

This is the end result of Obama’s economic policy.  From ObamaCare, to massive government spending, to increasing the tax burden of the job creators.
It all adds up to a labor participation rate, that we last saw in the 70’s.

Obama-Labor-Participation

Conclusion?

We need to go back to Reagan’s policies, and part of that policy shift is the repeal of ObamaCare.

Steps to recovery:

1) Cut spending to 18% of GDP.  Shift the way money is spent, to spend the taxes collected last year, not the taxes forecast for this year. REPEAL the Affordable Care Act!

2) Get rid of the corporate income tax, and get rid of the progressive income tax, shift to a flat sales tax of 10%.

3) Massively gut the Leviathan.  The EPA, the CPSC, the DEA, the ATF, Homeland Security, etc.  All of them need to be shut down, and every regulation they created must be repealed.

If we did these 3 things, we’d see businesses start moving back to America, you’d see workers wages INCREASE.

(all Labor Force Participation graphs from BLS.gov)