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We all remember the scene in the movie, “Gone With the Wind,” where the carpet baggers from up north descended on the south and told the former slaves that we’re going to give you forty acres and a mule because we’re your friends.

I became of age during the period after the sixties’ civil rights legislation was passed. While I never went to grammar school, junior high school, or high school with blacks, I knew that I would be going to school with blacks when I entered the University of Alabama. And I was fine with that. I reached out to the black girls that lived on my hall in the dorm. We would eat in the dormitory cafeteria together, walk to class together, go shopping together, and laugh and giggle together. One of the black girls that lived next door to me during my sophomore year remained a friend of mine until we lost contact when we were in our late twenties. I treated my black friends just like I treated my white friends. We were silly, crazy kids. Of course, there were some white girls that were uncomfortable with fraternizing, but my friends and I didn’t care. And yes, I considered myself a Republican then.

After graduating from college, I continued to reach out and make friends with blacks. Did the blacks reach out to me? No, but I understood that and still do. We’re now into the second decade of the twenty-first century and, as a white woman, I still have to suggest to a black woman who I see as a potential friend, let’s have dinner some night, I’ll call you. Most black women won’t make the first move at friendship. And I’m okay with that. Maybe in another twenty-five years that will change.

I had an aunt, my Dad’s baby sister, who was a strong, and as we sometimes would say in Alabama, yellow dog Democrat. This aunt was one of the most racially prejudiced people that I’ve ever known. Yes, she was somewhat of a “civil rights activist” in Tuscaloosa and supported hand-outs and goodies for minorities. She really felt that blacks were inferior and needed our (white folks) help. After she retired, she was telling me that she needed help cleaning her one bedroom apartment for a dinner party that she was planning. She interviewed three cleaning ladies before she chose one. As she was telling me this, she told me what each one’s skin color was. I can’t remember if two of them were black or one of them was black. Now, did their skin color really matter as far as this story was concerned? NO! She hired one of them and I don’t remember what the skin color of the lady she hired was, nor did I care. It just didn’t matter. Again, the color of their skin didn’t matter to me, a Republican, but for some reason, my aunt, a devout Democrat, felt skin color was important.

Needless to say, she was appalled when I told her that I had black friends and we went out to dinner together, were guests in each other’s homes, and even went on weekend trips together. And I will continue to emphasize, I’m the Republican and she was the Democrat.

When the barriers were lifted, my attitude was let’s get together and it’ll be all right. Of course there’s going to be cultural differences, but so what! There are cultural differences between me and some of my friends that are from different parts of the country. In fact, there are cultural differences between folks that live in Alabama and folks that live in Mississippi. There are also cultural differences between those who root for Alabama and those that root for Auburn. Cultural differences are always going to be present. Deal with your cultural differences without getting all puffed up.

Some of us are geniuses while some of us are morons. Some of us are capable of becoming doctors while some of us will end up selling cars. Some of us will rise to the top, some of us will be bottom feeders. God blessed some of us with talents, but we won’t develop those talents. Some of us who have limited talents will be over-achievers.

I’m a Republican and I say, let’s go after the American dream together, we each have our talents and capabilities and each of us have our hurdles to clear. Some of us may come from a family where the parents can afford to send us to college without us having to get jobs. On the other hand, some of us may come from a less fortunate background and we have to work our way through college. Some of us may be able to whiz through college and graduate studies only barely having to crack a book, while some of us may have to burn the midnight oil to get a B/C grade average. The level playing field that liberals love to talk about doesn’t exist in our imperfect world and nothing that they can do will create a level playing field.

Liberals love to say that because of their background, blacks and other minorities are at a disadvantage and need our help. And while we all need a little help from our friends at times, I don’t consider blacks inferior to whites and I never have, I instead, evaluate individuals as individuals and I’m a Republican.

And what if you do have a bad time somewhere? Let’s say that you’re the only black person in a department of all whites. The white folks all go to lunch together and they never ask you to go with them. They go out to happy hour after work and never ask you to go with them. And, they refuse to help you with problems at work. In this day and age, I can’t imagine a situation such as the one I just described, but let’s say it exists. At lunch, eat a sandwich at your desk while continuing to work and learn. Instead of hitting the bars after work, stay late and do some extra work. Work hard to solve the problems others refuse to help you with. Then you should be ready to get a better job and leave that place behind. Twenty years later when you are staring out the window of you corner office with a great view of your city’s skyline, perhaps you should remember the days you were snubbed and say, that experience made me strong.

I’m old enough now that I look back on bad experiences that I have had and say, because of that experience I’m a stronger person and I’m a better person. Do the right thing and be true to yourself.

The liberals/Democrats are going to say to you, a black person, “poor, poor, pitiful thing.” You’ve been discriminated against, not treated right, and held back. We’re going to do everything we can to make life easy for you. With our hand-outs, you’ll probably never get that corner office with a view, but you’re probably not capable of achieving it anyway.

I, the conservative/Republican says to you, a black person or other minority, let’s go after what we can get. We may get that corner office, or we may not. Because the barriers for you have been lifted, we both have the opportunity to go after it. It’s not guaranteed for any of us, but because the barriers have been lifted, we can all go after it.

And need I say, that with Republican policies of lower taxes and less government interference, more corner offices with views will be created. We may all get one and we can wave to each other from our offices. Maybe none of us will get a corner office.
To date, I have never had a corner office with a view. I suppose I could have had one if I had made different decisions years ago. However, I’d rather be in a cubicle in Birmingham, Alabama than in a corner office in places like Chicago, New Jersey, Detroit, Philadelphia, etc. Right now, I’m in the third bedroom of my modest Birmingham area home. The room serves as my home office and the kitty’s dining room and bathroom.

Wednesday’s post emphasized that Democrats were not the champions of the middle class, and I had hopes that this post would be an extension of that post. However, it went in the direction of emphasizing to minorities that the Democrats are not your friends, either. After reading the above, you may say, well I don’t consider Republicans my friends And that’s certainly plausible. Who is going to lift you up and provide for your needs? There is someone who will and will never let you down. It’s no one here on earth, though. Get my drift?



I have liberal friends and we often get into political discussions, although, it’s hard sometimes to have discussions with them. They do get shrill and emotional, especially when it comes to government hand-outs and taxing the rich. “Oh, I couldn’t help but tear up when Obama signed ACA into law; all those poor people who never had health insurance or access to health care will now have it. What a wonderful thing!” I’ve also heard the following, “I have to spend my own money on my classroom and students, and there’s the rich, living the good life. Why can’t they pony up?” When you try to reason with them, they just get more emotional and accuse you of not caring about the poor and about educating our children. When it’s obvious that you’ve won the argument, they shrug and pout.

I’ve always said that to be a liberal, all you have to have is one functioning brain cell. To be a conservative, you definitely need two functioning brain cells and sometime you might need three.

Before ACA, about 85% of Americans had health insurance or some kind of access to health care. While the system certainly wasn’t perfect, most Americans who had health insurance were satisfied with what they had. I know I was. But now, after having my premiums rise by almost 50% and I’m getting less for that exorbitant amount, I’m not satisfied. I know one or two that are, but most are not. The Democrats, who claim they are champions for the middle class, screwed millions of American middle class citizens just so a small minority might be able to obtain health insurance. Why didn’t they concentrate on those who didn’t have health insurance and leave the rest of us alone? If they really cared about the middle class, they wouldn’t have hurt so many of us with this law.

Drilling for oil on private and state lands is at an all-time high. The private sector has implemented a new technology called hydraulic fracturing. As a result, the price of gas is now below $2.00 a gallon in a lot of areas, and the price continues to fall. This is putting additional money into everyone’s pockets and the middle class is getting some much needed relief.
The Democrats/liberals, however, want to get rid of fossil fuels completely. They claim it’s bad for the environment and will exacerbate what they say is the greatest long-term threat to our county, climate change. There are reports and studies that go both ways. Continuing to extract oil while pursuing green energy innovations is important to the well-being of the middle class. But the Democrats claim that we must get off fossil fuels and get off of them now. The current president has just issued a memorandum placing 9.8 million acres of Alaska’s offshore resources off limits indefinitely. Over the weekend, the administration announced it would pursue a wilderness designation for 12.28 million acres, barring drilling in most of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to Again, how is this helping the middle class? It’s not. If the current president and the Democrats are really interested in the prosperity of the middle class, they would take into consider all available reports and research and factor in the wellbeing of the middle class. But they are not doing it. They are not pro-middle class at all. I’ve also read that the caribou like the drilling sites and gather around them. Supposedly it’s warmer. I’ve also read that the caribou population has grown since drilling in Alaska began.

Dr. Thomas Sowell, a long time conservative and a black gentleman said the following: “The real motives of liberals have nothing to do with the welfare of other people. Instead, they have two related goals…to establish themselves as morally and intellectually superior to the rather distasteful population of common people, and to gather as much power as possible to tell those distasteful common people how they must live their lives.”

That’s such a great statement and so true. If you’re one of those who I often call “Obama Zombies,” and you think the current president loves and cares about you so much, you’re wrong. He doesn’t even care about the very poor in our society. He also wants to considerably weaken the United States of America, if not fully destroy it. The only thing that he cares about is getting more and more of you drinking from the government trough. Some of you are going to say, I’m wrong and that he cares so much about everyone and want to give us as much as he can possible give us. Just look at him. Why, he wants to give us two free years of community college education. He wants to give us cell phones. He wants to do all of this for us. He wants to make our lives perfect. Oh how can you put down such a wonderful man?

During his first campaign for President, the current president said that he wanted to fundamentally change America. When I heard this, my blood ran cold. But the Democrats/liberals were slobbering all over themselves. He continually harped on change throughout his campaign and, of course, a majority of the voters bought into his rhetoric, hook, line, and sinker. I, on the other hand, and a lot of conservatives were scared, really scared. Just what was this man going to change? He’s well into changing the very fabric that this nation was founded on. He’s going against the constitution, he’s anointed himself dictator, and he’s ignoring the will of the people, claiming that because so many voters stayed home and didn’t vote on November 4, 2014, that election somehow doesn’t matter.

The middle class is shrinking and enduring many hardships. The United States of America is more vulnerable to further attacks like the one on 9/11/2001. Obamacare is hurting so many more Americans than it has helped and so many Americans are losing their jobs due to high corporate taxes and burdensome regulations. And who do I blame for this, the Democrats, including the current president.



I happened upon an article posted on written by the very liberal Terrell Jermaine Starr. The name of the article was “Dear GOP: 10 Things You Should Never, Ever Say to Black People.” My first question was this, “Can Democrats then say these things to black people without fear of reprise.” If the answer is yes, then one of our basic freedoms has just been taken away from a substantial percentage of American citizens. Are we now going to have to wear some kind of symbol indicating our political persuasion so the “speech police” will know who to arrest? Needless to say, this article immediately went into my stupid liberal articles folder in my favorites.
Mr. Starr began his article with a fact that we all know, black voters have consistently cast their ballots for Democratic candidates at a rate of nearly 90% during each election cycle.
Back to the 10 things us Republicans should never say to Blacks. I’m going to list these things for you and refute everything that Mr. Starr says.

We’re not the party of government handouts; we believe in personal responsibility. Mr. Starr says that we’re suggesting that blacks are not hard workers. WRONG! We’re telling ALL LIKELY VOTERS that this country was founded based on its citizens being personably responsible for their lives. If you’re a capable hard worker, you’ll probably lead a prosperous life. All the Democrats can offer you are handouts because they’re the ones looking down their noses at you. They don’t think you’re capable and that you need handouts. We, the GOP, think that’s BS!
• We have black people in our party. Just look at Rep. Mia Love of Utah and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. Mr. Starr doesn’t think that Ms. Love and Mr. Scott talk enough about racism and social injustice, so he demands that that the GOP not use them as examples. Is racism and social injustice all you think blacks should talk about? It looks like you’re still stuck in the 1960s. This is the second decade in the twenty-first century. Things have changed and changed a lot since the sixties, Mr. Starr. OPEN YOUR EYES! It looks like you want to return to the sixties, so you can have something to gripe about. Talk about racism?
• We’re the party of Lincoln; we freed the slaves. Mr. Starr says that black people don’t care about the historical legacy of Abraham Lincoln. He tells the GOP to talk to blacks about the economy the way we would talk to white folks about the economy. WE DO! In my observations, it’s Democrats who talk to black folks differently. Again, I’ve witnessed firsthand Democrats conversing with blacks trying to put “soul” into their diction. Also, remember Hillary Clinton at a church in Selma, Alabama.
• Any quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Starr wants to put a moratorium on quoting the more popular speeches of Dr. King, claiming that Dr. King is more than his “I Have a Dream” speech. Again, I would like to ask Mr. Starr if only Democrats are allowed to quote Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech? Mr. Starr goes on to indicate that Dr. King was not the docile, white-people-loving black man most people learned about in school. Mr. Starr, it sounds like you want to denigrate Dr. King. Do you not believe that we should judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin? Of course you don’t, you’re a liberal!
• Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are race hustlers. Mr. Starr indicates that no one has anointed either one of them official status as go-to leaders for checking the pulse of black America. It’s quite obvious that our current president has unofficially designated Al Sharpton as his advisor on race. Race hustlers are exactly what Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are. It’s their business to stir the pot and they do. Starr goes on to say, “How would you like it if someone said, “Hey, white man, you need to check your leader, Rush Limbaugh, about his anti-blackness.” First of all, Rush Limbaugh is not a “white leader.” Starr’s quote makes no sense at all. Again, maybe I’m missing something. Remember, I’m a southern white conservative Christian, an unenlightened oaf.
• It’s time to end affirmative action. Affirmative action is a racist program that speaks to blacks and other minorities telling them that they are not good enough to make it in the white man’s world. So, we’re going to help you out because we’re your friends. BS. And remember, affirmative action is not the same as equal opportunity. Mr. Starr dictates to us Republicans that if we want to discuss ending affirmative action, follow that up with a detailed description of how you will work to end racism across the board. And please don’t say black people can bootstrap themselves out of racism. Affirmative action is not going to end racism because affirmative action is racist itself. Mr. Starr goes on to say that black people cannot bootstrap themselves out of racism. Again, I’m an unenlightened oaf and I’m not sure what “bootstrap out of racism” means, but it sure sounds like Mr. Starr thinks of blacks as inferior. RACIST, RACIST, RACIST!
• Whitesplaining racism at black institutions. Mr. Starr indicates that he is talking about Senator Rand Paul in a speech he made to Howard University Students. I’m not familiar with the visit or the speech, but apparently Senator Paul pointed out to the students that the NAACP was founded by Republicans and that the first elected black U.S. Senator was a Republican. There’s nothing wrong with pointing things out to people even though they may already know these things. How many times do our ministers, bosses, teachers, coaches, etc. remind us of thing we already know. However, the Senator apparently mispronounced Senator Brook’s name. I’d say that’s punishable with twenty lashes. What do you think?
• What about black on black crime? Mr. Starr indicates that black on black crime cannot be discussed without addressing social and economic policies that create job growth or historical racism that suppressed economic mobility. I know liberals don’t want to discuss black on black crime. They would rather destroy property and injure innocent people over an isolated white on black shooting. What can I say? It’s going to have to be discussed, but as long as liberals refuse to acknowledge it, nothing’s going to change.
• It’s time to take America back. This country is moving in the wrong direction to the extent that just about everything we’re doing now is diametrically opposite to the way our founding fathers intended. The Federal government is growing by leaps and bounds and intruding into our lives more and more each day. If we’re going to get back on track, we have to lower taxes and repeal the burdensome regulations that the Democrats have forced down our throats. Mr. Starr apparently sees this as some sort of racist comment. How can this be racist? Well, again, I’m just an unenlightened oaf.
• Insulting the Black Lives Matter Movement. I don’t know of anyone who is insulting that movement. Black lives do matter and no one is saying they don’t. Mr. Starr indicates that the reason so many people are on the streets protesting is that black people are disproportionately affected by police brutality. It has nothing to do with being anti-cop. I haven’t spent a lot of time gathering statistics on law enforcement actions against blacks, but right now I just don’t see it as a major problem. If you think it is, Mr. Starr, then someone or some group needs to research it and provide reasonable statistics and proof. Then we can sit down, discuss, and hopefully develop solutions to alleviate the problems. Rioting, looting, destroying property, and injuring people won’t solve the problem if there is one. But again, maybe you and your liberal cohorts don’t want the problem solved; you just want to exacerbate it so you can continue to write your stupid and uninformed garbage.

There you have it. Like Dr. Jaime Grant who I wrote about several posts ago, it sounds like Mr. Starr is indeed a racist and looks down his nose at blacks and perhaps other minorities. Journalists like Dr. Grant and Mr. Starr are not mainstream journalists. Are they trying to get into the mainstream by writing the type of articles that they currently write? I don’t know what’s inside their heads, but this sort of writing would only appeal to the lower echelon of liberals or does it?



By now we’ve heard a plethora of summaries and opinions about Monday’s State of the Union address by the current President of the United States. And here’s another one. While most of the following may be a re-hash of what you’ve already heard, I do have a few insights that are my own, or either I haven’t heard anyone else say these things.

As normal for any Democrat administration, increasing entitlements and government hand-outs is always proposed, with a tax increase for the rich in order to pay for these new “freebies.” New entitlements proposed in the speech include the following:

• First two years of community college tuition for free if the student meets certain      requirements.
• A $3,000 child care tax credit.
• Seven days of sick leave for all American workers.

While these proposals may sound good, bottom line, they are simply mechanisms by which to grow the government and increase the number of people feeding at the government trough. While I’m certainly a believer in safety nets, we just can’t keep giving stuff away. Somebody’s got to pay for it and that somebody is always “the rich.” Your typical liberal will always say, go after the wealthy, they can afford it. And the wealthy can, but can the middle class afford it? It’s ultimately going to be the middle class that gets hurt. When Mr. Rich Man or Ms. Rich Woman finds themselves having to pay more in taxes, that money is going to the government rather than into the private sector, particularly to small businesses. We’d be much better off with that money going into the private sector, growing the economy. When the private sector prospers, more money generally goes to the government, thereby increasing revenue. This is one of those issues that takes two brain cells to understand and liberals either don’t understand it or don’t want to understand it. I could discuss each of the three bulleted points in depth, but that will be left for another blog post.

The current president also touted the U.S. economy, indicating that its growing and creating jobs at the fastest rate since 1999. Yes, there is some optimism out there due to falling gas prices. More Americans have a little extra money in their pockets. However, when you dig deeper, you find a very sluggish economy. In 2009, there were 33 million people on food stamps, now; 46.5 million people are receiving food stamps. The number of people on some sort of government welfare program has doubled since the current president has taken office. Yes, the employment rate is down, but that doesn’t account for the millions of people who have dropped out of the work force entirely. Right now, there are approximately 92 million people not working.

Of course, the current president is going to boast about healthcare, stating that there are so many more Americans insured today than there were a year ago. However, insurance premiums have increased for most of us and the healthcare we’re getting is not as good as most of us had. When the extra money in the pockets of the middle class due to falling gas prices disappears due to the increase in health insurance premiums, how optimistic are folks going to be? Also, average income has dropped steadily since 2009.

The economy is still in dire straits and can only improve with a strong private sector, something this president and the liberals are fighting and will continue fighting tooth and nail.

Now for my favorite, falling energy prices. In his speech, the president took credit for falling gas prices. Once again, the falling gas prices are due to increased exploration on state and private lands and a little innovation called hydraulic fracturing or more commonly known as fracking. And you know something; liberals are against fracking and increased oil exploration. They hate it and want to further regulate it. In fact, the current administration is planning on implementing additional regulations for oil exploration on state and federal lands. Now what’s this going to result in? If you said gasoline prices increasing, you’re right. I suspect, though, that these regulations will be timed so that the effects will be felt sometime around the 2016 presidential election. If a Republican wins the Whitehouse, he or she and the rest of the Republicans will be blamed for increases in the price of gas. If a Democrat wins the Whitehouse, it will be business as usual. Democrats don’t care about anything except controlling as many aspects of our lives as possible. They’ll somehow blame everything on the Republicans with the mainstream media getting on board with them. Like I’ve said before, facts don’t matter to Democrats.

With respect to foreign policy, remember Baghdad Bob? He was the Iraqi official that kept telling his people that Iraq was winning the war with the allied forces, including the United States, while we were continually bombing them. He became somewhat of a comical character. While this president was discussing foreign policy in his State of the Union address, I couldn’t help think about Baghdad Bob. The world is a dangerous place. ISIS or ISIL is getting stronger and continues to conquer, torture, and kill anyone they don’t like. In fact, ISIL controls more territory in Syria than it did when U.S. airstrikes began six months ago. The threat that there will be another attack on U.S. soil is increasing every day. Four months ago, this president announced that the Arab country of Yemen was stable and served as a model for Middle Eastern states. However, the day of the State of the Union address, Shiite Houthi rebels overtook the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa, making what a government minister called, “the completion of a coup,” according to

Of course, we all know that the president did not mention the words, Al Qaeda, in his speech and refuses to use the phrase, “Islamic Terrorism.” The primary responsibility of the President of the United States is to keep this country and its people safe from our enemies around the globe. But this president doesn’t seem engaged at all in foreign policy. When the Paris terrorist attacks took place, this president was off touting his great economic policies and didn’t see the need to attend the “we stand with the French” rally that was attended by numerous heads of state from all over the planet, including our allies. Again, this president is not engaged in foreign policy and seems to dismiss the fact that the world is a dangerous place due to the aggressiveness of Islamic terrorism.

And if the above weren’t enough, the current administration is talking with Iran about Iran’s nuclear program in spite of a number of high level democrats who are against negotiations with Iran. Congressional leaders in both chambers are considering a proposal to increase sanctions while international negotiators try to reach an agreement. The president has indicated that he will veto any bill that comes to his desk to increase sanctions on Iran because he feels that such sanctions, which would go into effect June 30, if agreements are not reached, would derail any talks about Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

The most ridiculous statement made by the current president in the State of the Union is that climate change is the biggest threat to our future. I almost choked on that one. The president went on to state that records show 2014 was the warmest year on record. Fourteen of the fifteen warmest years on record have fallen during the first fifteen years of this century. According to James Delingpole, author of The Little Green Book of Eco-Facism, if you were to take the year 1850 as a starting point, we have experienced about 0.8 degrees Celsius of “global warming.” But if you used a 1,000 year time scale, you’d find that the world’s temperatures had been gently cooling since their high point in the Medieval Warming Period. So, Mr. Delingpole opines that global warming may be happening or it may not be happening. Either way, it doesn’t matter because nothing that climate has been doing in our lifetime is in any way more dramatic than anything it has been doing in the last 10,000 or so years. This says to me that climate change is not really significant and certainly not caused by industrial nations such as the United States.

While I could certainly write a lot more, I’m not because this post may be a little too long to keep your attention. It would be my hope that the above is one of the better analyses of the 2015 State of the Union address, one that you can refer to for reference.



According to, some of the largest retail chains in the U.S. have announced that they are closing dozens of stores and laying off thousands of employees. Two institutions with the most closures are Macy’s and J.C. Penny’s. Uhm! Thought the economy was getting better.

Chuck Tatelbaum, an expert on business bankruptcy’s, believes we are on the verge of a number of business failures of specialty retailers and national general retailers as well.

While we all thought the economy was turning the corner with falling gas prices due to a relatively new innovation called fracking, which, by the way, liberals are against, we may have just been teased. Mr. Tatelbaum goes on the state that reasons include the changing of purchasing habits by consumers and a continuing hesitancy to spend, and less than expected sales during the 2014 holiday season.

Actually, I’ve been expecting the closing of retail stores and thought there would be more closing earlier than now. Online shopping has been around since the turn of the century. I currently buy about 90% of my clothes online. I generally purchase accessories in stores, though. While there are a lot of folks out there who feel that online shopping is not secure and have to see how everything they purchase looks on them before they will purchase it, the trend is catching on. Now that the baby boomers are growing older and aren’t the vibrant selves that they used to be, many are going to online shopping.

Also, as Mr. Tatelbaum said, U.S. consumer buying habits have changed. Once again, the baby boomers are getting older and perhaps less vain. Those of us who, twenty years ago, wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same thing twice within a four-week period, now may not care anymore. Also, the number of home workers is increasing. You just don’t need as many clothes if you’re a home worker. Also, if you’re a woman, you’re not going to need as much makeup. If you’re plans are to work from home all day and not go out, why waste makeup when no one is going to see you except the dog or cat, the spouse, or the kids.
Guess you thought I was going to blame the current president and the Democrats for this? Am I? Well, the economy is still very sluggish and it’s definitely the result of the policies of the current administration that is doing everything it can to throw roadblocks up in front of our entrepreneurs and risk takers. But I think the reasons cited by Mr. Tatelbaum and online sales play a part also.

With the technological revolution, including the dotcom explosion, it looks like the chickens have finally come home to roost.