Monthly Archives: November 2014

THOUGHTS ON A DREARY MONDAY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

In a November 3 article on politicususa.com, Sarah Jones writes about the successes of the Obama administration because the stock market is up, the price of gas is down, and private sector job growth is up.

Regarding the stock market, in an article by Sean Hyman on moneynews.com dated March 11, 2013, Mr. Hyman indicates that economics is not always a reflection of what the market is doing. I know this article is old, but it is information that never changes. Here are three main reasons why:

  1. We’re buying companies, not economies. So if companies manage their debt, cash, resources, etc. better than the overall economy, then stocks can go up while the economy does not.
  2. Corporate earnings are stronger now than in times past, even though the U.S. economy is still weak.
  3. Most companies in the S & P and Dow Jones, etc. have very significant international operations that are affected by; those economies as well as our economy.

I haven’t gone in depth with these explanations; that’s for you to do if you have the time. I just wanted to point out that while a sluggish economy can certainly pull down the stock market, and has done it many times in the past, the stock market and the overall economy are not always in lockstep.

With the stock market up, most of our portfolios are a little fatter and our wealth has increased a little. But aren’t we the folks that the current president and the liberals hate? If we’re doing ever so slightly better, then something’s surely wrong. The president may just have to get out his re-distribution of wealth manual and do something.

Regarding the price of gas, we all know how it works. If a Democrat is in office and the price of gas falls, it’s all the doing of the Democrat president. If a Democrat is in office and the price of gas rises, the president has nothing to do with the price of gas. On the other hand, if a Republican is in office and the price of gas falls, the president has nothing to do with the price of gas But, on the other hand, if a Republican president is in office and the price of gas rises, it’s the Republican president’s fault.

Putting aside my “tongue in cheek” comments, Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, in an article on foxnews.com, states that in the last several years, America has become an energy-producing powerhouse. And it’s not the result of the current president’s attempts to ram his green energy down our throats.

Mr. Moore goes on to indicate that oil prices are falling because of changes in world supply and world demand. Demand has slowed because Europe is an economic wreck. But since 2008, the U.S. has increased our domestic supply by a gigantic 50 percent. This is a result of the astounding shale oil and gas revolution made possible by made-in-America technologies such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. From the beginning of 2008 through the end of 2013, the oil and gas extraction industry created more than 200,00 jobs while the overall job market shrank by 970,000.

So, liberals with their screaming of “No Fracking,” are doing as much as they can to see to it that you, in fact, pay more at the pump. Even the current president is an advocate of high gas prices because when the prices are high, we’ll use less gas and he and his henchmen can further promote their green agenda. After all, aren’t fossil fuels are evil and we should just let the oil stay in the ground doing absolutely nothing?

Who created this planet? Who put the oil in the ground? If you answered the one true God to both of these questions, you are correct. Now just why did God put that oil in the ground? Could it have been for mankind to discover and use to enhance our lives? But what about the Exxon Valdez and the BP Horizon oil rig? When these unfortunate incidents took place, people were quaking and shaking in their boots, “oh these areas are destroyed forever.” The northern Gulf coast will never be the same. It will never be safe to swim in the Gulf and eat the seafood that comes out of those waters. The Gulf coast is booming. In fact, I’m getting ready to go down there soon for some much needed R&R.

While there was certainly a lot of human intervention in the cleanups of these two disasters, the earth, itself, is an organic living thing. Microbes ate a lot of the oil. Yes, the microbes also depleted the oxygen levels in the waters, but the ecosystem is in balance. There is going to be some residual, but it wasn’t near the disaster that the liberals were hoping for. As Rahm Emanuel says, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

When God created the planet and put the oil in the ground for us to use, do you think he was that short-sighted that he didn’t for see that we humans were going to make mistakes and a lot of them whoppers. Surely he would create mechanisms for the planet to clean itself up. And, of course, he did.

Regarding the private sector job growth, the current president has claimed that his administration is responsible for creating more private sector jobs than any other administration, even President Regan’s administration. In researching this, I found a lot of information out there to the effect that more private sector jobs were created under the current administration than under previous administrations and the current president is very definitely touting this.

So many jobs were lost during the first part of this president’s administration and we may just now be catching up. There are a lot of lay-offs occurring in the Birmingham, Alabama area even as I write this. And I also have firsthand information to the effect that all of this administration’s burdensome regulations created on businesses have created a new job classification, “compliance.” It’s a whole new field. And we all know that millions of folks have dropped out of the labor force after having failed to find work.

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the United States of America and while this president has certainly fought the private sector, the private sector has continued to move ahead. President Reagan didn’t create all of those private sector jobs in the 1980s, it was the entrepreneurs who do what they do, no matter what. President Reagan, through his policies, did give them freedom to create these jobs.

Do I personally believe that the current president is responsible for the current growth in private sector jobs? I don’t, I really don’t. I believe that this country’s entrepreneurs have persevered even though this president has been vocally against them. They’ve found a way to do what they do, regardless of the environment they have found themselves in.  Just think what this country could become if only this administration would adopt the philosophies of the Reagan administration.

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LETTING OTHERS TELL YOU HOW TO VOTE

Right before the November 4 mid-term election, the current first lady of the United States told black voters that there was no need for them to think when deciding how to vote. Just vote straight Democrat, she advised them. Talk about condescending and racist!

For the most part, I’ve been lucky in the jobs and positions that I have held during my career in corporate America. I can only think of one time that one of my employers tried to influence the employees before election. I was working for an insurance company and tort reform was a hot topic. Naturally, the high level executives of any insurance company would prefer that employees vote for the pro tort reform candidates. And these candidates were Republicans.

I didn’t grow up in a political household and politics was rarely discussed. Daddy was a southern Democrat and Mama was a Republican. One thing that both Mama and Daddy emphasized was how I voted should be my decision and no one else’s. They also emphasized that voting was and should be a private matter and that I should never ask someone how they voted. When I joined the Greater Birmingham Young Republicans club, I told them, but didn’t talk much about the political activities in which I was involved. Mama and Daddy are now deceased and they would not be happy about this blog.

My Dad’s younger sister, who is also deceased, was a very political person and a strong liberal Democrat and I might add, one of the most prejudiced and bigoted people in the world. At one point were discussing how to meet men and one of the things that she suggested was that I get involved with Young Democrats. When I told her that I was a Republican, she was horrified and subsequently made a long distance call from her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to my parents’ home in Cullman, Alabama. For her to do this, she had to be very upset because Aunt Mary Ruth was also one of the cheapest folks to ever walk the face of this earth. When she called, Daddy answered the phone and she immediately yelled at Daddy, “Woodrow, how could you have possibly raised a Republican child?” Then Daddy told her that he thought that was my business. Aunt Mary Ruth then indicated that it was Mama that probably had an influence on me. Somehow before the conversation ended, Mama found out that Aunt Mary Ruth had said that. Well, Mama grabbed the receiver out of Daddy’s hand and let Aunt Mary Ruth know that any decisions that I had made regarding politics and how I voted, I made on my own. And Mama was right.

I really do think if people were left alone to make their own decisions regarding voting, there would be a lot more people casting their votes for Republicans. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a Republican admitting to voting Republican because their employer or any group encouraged them to.  On the other hand, it seems like every Democrat I know votes that way because some kind of advocacy group has told them to. Blacks vote Democrat, it seems, because the NAACP and other black advocacy groups have insisted that they do so. The same goes for educators where the teacher’s unions have told them they should vote Democrat.

It’s been determined that women lean Democrat because they care about education, healthcare, poverty, and other social issues. But if you care about education, healthcare, poverty, and other social issues, why in the world would you vote Democrat? The Democrats certainly don’t care about education. Their stance against school choice screams that. Same thing for healthcare. It’s the Democrats who are in the process of socializing it so that it costs more and is not as high quality as it was before socialization took place. As far as poverty goes, the poverty rate has gone up and up since the Democrats instituted government hand-outs and told us in the 1960s that for just a few dollars a week, we could totally wipe out poverty.

So, if you are a woman and really care about education, healthcare, poverty, and other social issues, WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU VOTING DEMOCRAT?

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OBAMACARE PANTSED

There’s so much going on in the political world at this point in history. There are so many things to write about and I could easily spend all of my time writing political blog posts, but I do have other priorities with respect to the next couple of weeks of my life. Since I write about what I want to write about, I’ve chosen to write about the latest developments in Obamacare.

According to the website, hotair.com, Obamacare architect, Jonathan Gruber, who has forcefully insisted that the basis of the upcoming Supreme Court case, King vs. Burwell, was based only on a typo in the Affordable Care Act, was captured on camera insisting that the language in the ACA denying federal subsidies to states that do not elect to set up their own exchanges was by design.

Also according to Hot Air, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor later admitted that the law (Obamacare) was designed in a deceptive manner in order to promote the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to score it in a manner conducive to passage. Gruber went on to say that the bill was written in a tortured way to make sure that the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If the CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill would die. Gruber went on to add that lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and can be quoted as saying, “Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass.

Of course, we’re now hearing that Gruber’s comments were at an academic conference where he claimed to be “speaking off the cuff.” He further said that he spoke inappropriately when he took credit for pulling the wool over the eyes of the American people in order to insure the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

So, Gruber is trying to do some damage control. Big Woo! When the American people were told if they liked their health insurance plan that they could keep their insurance plan, they were lied to. When the American people were told that if they liked their doctors, they could keep their doctors, they were lied to. When the American people were told that insurance premiums for the average family would go down approximately $2,500, they were lied to.

Obamacare was supposed to be great. All those pool souls who were never able to afford health insurance would now have access to quality healthcare. When ACA was signed into law, some bleeding heart liberals wept for joy. It was truly an emotional moment and a big turning point in our nation’s history. The uninsured would have insurance/access to healthcare, the American people would see their premiums drop, the deficit would be lowered, jobs would be created, and the economy would once again boom.

YEA RIGHT! A half decade later, many of us, including me are scared to death regarding the future of their healthcare. My investment portfolio has surely gone up with the rise in the stock market, but how much will my insurance premiums go up when I go off of my COBRA plan at the end of this year. Will it take the increase in my net worth just to provide myself with health insurance? I don’t know and I’m scared. And I’m sure that I’m not the only one. I’ve worked hard and I don’t feel that I should have to worry about health care. I don’t deserve any of this stress and neither do millions of Americans.

ACA was sold to us by a bunch of snake oil salesmen, also known as Democrats. We were told that this will make the quality of our lives better. This was implemented as a tool to enhance the lives of the American people. Of course, it’s none of the above.

The government is supposed to work for the American people, and as it says in the preamble of the United States constitution, promote the general welfare. The pieces legislation passed by Congress and signed into laws are supposed to make the lives of the majority of the American people better, aren’t they?

The fact that the implementers of ACA knew that they couldn’t get it passed except through secrecy, through lies, and through taking advantage of every legislative trick in the book should speak volumes to everyone that this law is poison, evil, and does not promote the general welfare of American citizens. But why would our elected officials who are supposed to be looking out for our best interests do something that’s going to hurt everyone and weaken the country as a whole? They’re supposed to be working for us, aren’t they?

The sole purpose of this law was not to enhance the lives of Americans, much less provide much needed access to healthcare for those uninsured; instead, its purpose is to further expand the federal government and increase the dependency of Americans on the federal government. With ACA, the federal government has snatched up one-sixth of the nation’s economy and nationalized it. It was never intended to enhance our lives or to provide for those poor souls who don’t have access to health care; it is about further government intrusion into our lives and taking control of as many aspects of our lives as possible.

Just like the rogue regimes of Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, China, Iran, and more; the government has intentionally harmed its citizens with the ACA and knows exactly what it’s doing. The United States of America has its own Axis of Evil, make no mistake about it. America’s Axis of Evil includes Barak Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. There; I’ve said it. It’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Nancy Pelosi’s power has been greatly diminished and Harry Reid’s power will soon go the way of Ms. Pelosi’s. We will have Barak Obama, though. As a result, the next two years are going to be very important ones and will surely determine whether we can reverse the trends of the past six years and take our country back or whether the United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave, be only a fading memory.

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REMEMBERING THOSE WHO NEVER FORGOT US

According to Wikipedia, Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

As I sit in my home office at my computer and write, I can’t help but think about all of those men and women who have sacrificed for all of us as we live our lives, day in and day out. Being able to put up a website such as Wing Nut Gal for all the world to see is the direct result of those who have served in our military.

It’s no secret that I don’t care for the current president of the United States and the policies that he has implemented since he’s been in office. But thanks to our veterans, I can say it publicly without fear of reprise. Yes, there have been way too many instances where our citizens were harmed because of their political opinions and views. That must stop. Once again, due to the sacrifices of our Veterans and those currently serving in our military, we live as a free people and maintain the ability to correct our wrongs.

So, happy Veterans Day to all those who have served our county. We love you. God Bless!

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IF YOU WANT WOMB TO TOMB

In some previous posts, I have reiterated that this country was founded on the principles of giving everyone freedom and therefore allowing them to provide for themselves and succeed at their desired rate. This means that if you want chauffer driven limousines and multiple extravagant homes, go for it. If you’re content to live in a modest three bedroom/two bath house and drive Chevys and Fords, that’s perfectly okay too. If living in a one room shack with an outhouse in back is your thing, again, that’s okay. You have the freedom to choose. Of course, it should be understood that being given the freedom to go after what we want doesn’t necessarily mean that we will get it. The more lofty your goals, the more risks you’re probably going to have to take. Things can happen and you might find yourself living in that shack with an outhouse in back. If your goal is to be a school teacher, you’re not going to have money to burn. Depending on the state where you teach, you will probably be entitled to some sort of pension. So, you should be able to adequately provide for your needs and more, but you won’t have multiple mansions and chauffer driven limousines. And this is not to say that if you’re an attractive young man in his twenties and you reject the advances of some little hot-to-trot sixteen year old and she screams to everyone that you sexually harassed her, you won’t have difficulties. Through no fault of your own, your career could be in the toilet. While this is most unfortunate, it can happen.

Having said the above, our founding fathers intended for government to be small and non-intrusive, giving individuals the opportunity to excel and provide for their own needs as they determine them. Government was to exist for the people. Fast forward to the second decade of the twenty-first century and we find that the federal government of the United States of America is bloated exponentially and our country has become for the most part a totalitarian/nanny state. Seven days after the 2014 mid-term elections, we have a president that appears to be totally discounting the election results and has indicated that he doesn’t care what the American people want, he intends to continue his dictatorial actions with his pen, doing what he wants. The president and his henchmen, the liberals/Democrats/progressives or whatever they want to call themselves, continue to tell you that they know what’s best for you and will make every effort to continue to take what few freedoms that we now enjoy away from you. They know better than you do when it comes to what you should eat, what you should drive, what setting your thermostat should be, what you should eat, how you should raise your children, etc. Vote Democrat and elect us and you won’t have to worry about anything for the rest of your life. In fact, you don’t even have to stay informed, just vote Democrat. That’s what Michelle Obama told African-Americans. Talk about a racist comment, but that will be fodder for another post.

Now if you want all of your needs from womb to tomb provided for by a government that is all knowledgeable and trustworthy according to that government, there are many places where you can relocate to. If you like warm weather all year round, there’s Cuba, and it’s not that far from the United States. If you decide you don’t like it down there, you can always set out in a small boat for the United States. If you’re lucky enough to dodge all of the sharks and make it to land, you can get back to the United States of America. Then there’s Venezuela that also has a warm climate. They even have elections in Venezuela and will tell you how to vote. The only catch is that you had better vote and vote for everyone on the ballot. Then it’s smooth sailing in a government run state. If you prefer a cooler climate, Norway, a parliamentary representative democratic constitutional monarchy, might be a good choice. In other words, Norway does provide womb to tomb coverage for practically all of your needs. And, of course, there are more choices. But if your are determined to move to a country where you don’t have to take responsibility for your actions and everything you need will be provided for you, you’ll need to take some additional responsibility and do some research while you’re still a citizen of this arrogant, selfish, racist nation.

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