Sunday, September 7, 2014

Why Raising the Minimum Wage Will Help Retirees and Destroy the Underclass

A lot has been written about the impact of increasing the minimum wage on rising prices, with some apocalyptic predictions.

I'm not that concerned about rising prices with a $15 minimum wage.  Or even a $20 or $30 minimum wage.  We have a unique and seemingly miraculous economic system in this country called “capitalism”.  We know it is the greatest system ever invented, because it has resulted in the most prosperous and powerful nation in human history.  It is a system the Left so desperately wants to kill.

In any economy, problems arise.  Labor issues, cost of goods issues, availability issues, transportation issues, and technology issues all work against the system.  In a centrally-planned economy such as socialism, a government run by bureaucrats will “force” a solution to these problems based on the surface symptoms.  This usually results in unintended consequences that exacerbate the problems.  For instance, the government artificially raises wages, which result in out of control prices.  The government then institutes price controls, which result in the populace waiting in six hour lines for a roll of toilet paper.

Under capitalism, self-motivated problem solvers emerge, known as “entrepreneurs”.  When entrepreneurs succeed, they are richly rewarded.  If they fail, they get hurt personally.  They bear all of the responsibility and risks on themselves, as opposed to the unaccountability of government bureaucrats.  Thus, true solutions to problems are realized.

Rising prices due to artificially raised minimum wages is just another problem to be solved by entrepreneurs.  However, that does not mean there will be no consequences for this government-sponsored action.

When the minimum wage is raised, chains that employ most of the minimum wage workers will find much heavier competition with "mom & pop" shops, where the owners perform most of the labor.  For instance, I can now get a mediocre $5 quarter pounder from McDonald's, or I can go to my local independent burger joint where the owners do the cooking and serving and get a wonderful 1/3 pound Angus beef burger with bacon, jalapenos, onion straws and great fries or cole slaw for $5.  If the minimum wage is raised, more of these types of shops will emerge, and McD's will become a dinosaur.  That is, unless McDonald’s can employ enough automation into their process to keep them competitive.  

Either way, the people who will suffer are the young, unskilled workers.  Ironically, these are the people the Dems claim to be most concerned about and use as a justification for meddling with the economy.

Another consequence is that the young and unskilled will now compete for jobs with more mature, highly skilled and educated workers.  Once I retire permanently (and if no better options become available), I might want to supplement my income by working at an entry-level job if the price is right.  With my customer service background and strong work ethic, I should easily run circles around any Millennial with no work experience and take one of those jobs away from him or her.  I will also bet that there are hundreds of thousands of older folks like myself who can do the same thing, and will do it if they are paid $15/hr.

If the Dems are successful, they may actually provide a way for retirees with insufficient savings to have a comfortable retirement.  However, they will also increase the misery, unemployment, and income gap of the underclass.  But they have always been experts in that endeavor.

Andrew Thomas
As published in American Thinker

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hey Obama - Here's A Strategy For You

Obama has announced that his crackerjack administration does not have a strategy to address the ISIS terror organization.  Apparently, the only thing Obama is well-prepared to address sits on the top of a tee.  Well, I have some cogent thoughts on the matter.

Let's examine the political philosophy of ISIS.  It is a super-religious organization.  They are very intolerant of atheists and other cultures.  They hate Obama.  They despise gays, lesbians, transvestites, and basically anyone in the LBGT community.  They take pleasure in chopping the heads off of mainstream media folks.  Now we learn that they are against the legalization of marijuana!  On Thursday, they videoed themselves destroying a cannabis field in Syria.

Why, in the eyes of an average Huffington Post reader, these people could belong to the dreaded TEEEE PARTY!!  Obama's Homeland Security and the SPLC have already characterized the Tea Party as potential domestic terrorists.  We are not at war with ISIS according to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.  But the White House is at war with conservatives.

All that is needed is to airdrop Lois Lerner and an IRS special ops team into Syria to root out and destroy the "assholes", as she has characterized conservatives.  A second wave of teams from the DOJ, NEA, and EPA should then be deployed.  Finally, a mop-up operation consisting of Common Core advocates in the Department of Education should be initiated to provide re-education of ISIS terrorists to liberal political correctness.

In other words, Obama's strategy should be to marshal all of the government resources he has been using to crush conservatives, seniors, veterans, and the middle class, and redirect their malevolent energy toward ISIS.  I say we spare no one in this campaign and fight to the last government bureaucrat.

Angel

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Do You Think Last Winter Was Cold? Just Wait...

It appears that we are headed into a very much colder period over the next decade.  The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a bitterly colder upcoming Winter.  They predicted a bad Winter for the previous year, and they were correct, while NASA and NOAA got it wrong.  But the primary evidence is the solar activity that indicates a downturn in the Earth's temperature.  When will the Warmist ideologs finally give up?  Hopefully, before they destroy the country with their push to "fix" the climate by destroying capitalism and the American middle class.

Angel

Monday, August 11, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Gamechanger Salon" - 1000 Mainstream Media Journalists Secretly Meet To Coordinate Leftist Message

The vast leftwing conspiracy exists. After the "JournOlist" conspiracy was brought to light, the cockroaches fled to another dark site.  The Left has no moral compunctions.  It only seeks to destroy opposition to its hidden agenda.  The evil ends justify the insidious means.

Angel.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Illegals Are Now Granted Rights And Privileges Given To No American Citizen

Illegals can fly without an ID.  American citizens cannot.
Illegals can enter the country without a passport or ID.  American citizens cannot.
What is happening here?
Read the article in Flopping Aces.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Protesting Democrat Policy is Now a Hate Crime


First, the civil disobedience incident of an outhouse parade float in Nebraska labeled “Obama Presidential Library” is investigated by the US Department of Justice as a potential hate crime.  Now, we hear of a second presumably horrible hate crime, this time in the deep blue state of Maryland.  Per the Carroll County Times:

Maryland State Police have classified anti-immigration graffiti spray painted on the former Army Reserve Center in Westminster as a hate crime.

The graffiti was sprayed sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, according to Lt. Patrick McCrory, commander of the state police Westminster barracks.  The graffiti said “NO ILLEAGLES [sic] HERE  NO UNDOCUMENTED DEMOCRATS.”

[snip]

McCrory said the graffiti was being considered a hate crime because of its racial message.

“This is definitely a racial, religious, ethnic incident,” McCrory said.

Hate crimes are considered a misdemeanor crime, punishable by up to three years in a prison and a $5,000 fine, according to the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy.

I’m curious about where in the graffiti McCrory sees a “racial, religious, ethnic” hate crime.  Is it now illegal to say “illeagles”?  If I were the perpetrator’s defense attorney, I would claim he was protesting the housing of sick birds.

Perhaps the term “undocumented democrats” ruffled a few feathers in nearby DC.

George Orwell warned us that a ruthless, totalitarian government would use the prosecution of “thought crimes” as a weapon against its people to crush dissent in his book 1984.  Welcome to the “fundamentally transformed” America of 2014, where hate crimes are the new thought crimes, i.e. laws that can be used to imprison citizens for expressing ideas that are contrary to the current thinking of the regime in power.

Andrew Thomas
as published in American Thinker

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Parade Float Insults Obama, DOJ Initiates Investigation


The DOJ has determined that the greatest potential threat to the Constitution, our national security and personal freedoms is... a parade float that pokes fun at President Obama.  The threatening float consisted of an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library”.  Omaha.com reports:

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade.

The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue.

There are only a finite number of resources at Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, so there's no time or manpower available to look into trivial matters such as NSA spying on Americans, IRS targeting political enemies, or the Veterans Administration allegedly killing thousands of vets and covering it up.

What kind of paranoid, insecure presidential administration reacts to an insult to their honor with a federal investigation, particularly when there are so many urgent critical threats to Americans that they have refused to investigate?  Even Nixon wasn't this Nixonian.  This is Kim Jong-un territory.

Andrew Thomas
as published in American Thinker

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Did Thad Cochran Buy Black Votes To Win An Election?

Read the story at Breitbart.com and decide for yourself.

This could be a real game-changer.  Vote buying is a felony.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

George Will: "Religions Have Been Formed On Less"

Please join us in prayer for the lost e-mails at St Lois Church, Our Lady of the Seven Holy Hard Drives.  Amen.  The missing data is obviously a miracle, since the chances of these particular seven hard drives failing almost simultaneously and having the backup tapes wiped clean are about one in a trillion.

Angel

Saturday, June 21, 2014

DHS Knew of Impending Flood of Illegal Minors in January

There is incredible evidence that the US government had advance knowledge in January that there would be a flood of illegal minors across the Mexican border, which is now occurring.  Fedbizops.gov posted a solicitation for escort services for unaccompanied alien minors on January 29.  It specifically mentioned that "there will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total."  How did they know this specific number of minors would cross the border this year, when no more than 5,000 have crossed the border in previous years?  Additionally, how did these mostly Central American minors cross the southern border of Mexico to get here, when Mexico vigorously protects its southern border?

This is an intentional plot between Mexico and the US government to permanently change the social, economic, and political environment in the US.

Angel

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Global Warming Insanity Has Gone Beyond Satire


I am stupefied!  Fantasy and reality are warped and melded into insanity.  It is now obvious that the Warmist movement will go to any lengths to try to frighten and intimidate the public as their cause goes slowly down the drain.  I can scarcely believe what I have just read in the respected climate blog, climatecentral.org.

Last August, I wrote a satire article for AT, titled  “Global Warming Responsible for Epidemic of Rail Disasters?”.  Although the article was clearly labelled “Satire”, several left-leaning blogs reposted it as fact, including Time-Warner Cable (until they realized it was a joke).  My post was obviously an over-the-top analysis of rail disasters linked to global warming, making fun of the apocalyptic predictions of global warming alarmists:
The devastation that this will cause is incalculable.  Passenger deaths will rise to the millions.  Poisonous fumes from wrecked tank cars will pollute the atmosphere; noxious chemicals will be released into rivers and lakes, destroying the ecosystem.  Flammable liquids will be ignited, causing horrific, out-of-control wildfires.  Finally, critically-needed foodstuffs will not be delivered to their destinations, resulting in mass starvation on a global scale never previously experienced in human history.
To my absolute amazement, Climate Central has published an article almost identical to my satire, “Climate Change Could Warp Rails With ‘Sun Kinks”. 
When anything goes wrong on the rails, it’s big news even without the help of climate change. Whether it’s a Metro North Railroad passenger train going off the rails in New York City or tanker trains carrying volatile Bakken shale crude oil derailing and exploding, major railroad accidents kill people and destroy property.

Climate change could make moving all those passengers and freight more challenging if it throws a sun kink into the rails.
Actually, I believe my article was much more effectively researched and statistically sound than Climate Central’s.  Based on my synchronicity with the Warmist movement and the timeliness of my insights, I think I deserve to be recognized as a legitimate climate scientist in Al Gore’s army.

The $5 billion government grant I requested in my satire to solve this critical problem using millions of solar-powered fans to cool the tracks still stands.  Based on the current insanity run rampant in our country, if I actually submitted this proposal I think I might actually have a reasonable chance of getting it.  Anyone else willing to get in on the action?

Andrew Thomas     
as published in American Thinker

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

VA Scandal Proves Obama Administration is Running Amuck


The VA corruption scandal proves the fact that anything government controls without effective independent oversight inevitably becomes corrupt.  Since the legacy media and even the government Inspector Generals have been co-opted by Obama, there are no watchdogs over anything this administration gets its hands on.  Read the Ace of Spades article to become completely disgusted. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The True Lies of the Left on Climate Change


Warmists are not only anti-oil, they are anti-fracking, anti-natural gas, and anti-nuclear power.  No practical solutions are acceptable to the Whining Alarmist Leftist League Of Warmists (WALLOW) camp.  Why is that the case?  An article in Ricochet, "The Left Doesn't Really Believe In Climate Change" clarifies their true motives:
But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and reducing national sovereignty. Coincidentally, the same policies they would promote if their supposed environmental catastrophe was utter fiction. It is little wonder that voters are suspicious.
I've continually said that the destruction of capitalism and the middle class are the real objectives of the Left.

Angel

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Shape of Things to Come: VA Healthcare for Everyone

Just a matter of months ago, Democrats were pointing to the VHA as the poster child for government-run healthcare. Now it looks like the harbinger of a Single-Payer nightmare of healthcare rationing and death panels that Democrats still want to foist on America.  The Obama administration has now put through a regulation that will prop up Obamacare for another year or two by paying insurance companies under the table with taxpayer funds to keep premiums and deductables from rising.  Once the 2014 (and possibly 2016) elections are over, the rates will go through the roof and Obamacare will be fully entrenched and irreversible.  If the Republicans gain power in the meantime, Dems can blame all of the misery on them.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Global Warming is a Proven Lie


Warmists are now encouraged to lie and falsify data to promote their religion in a new peer-reviewed published research paper, titled  “Information Manipulation and Climate Agreements”.  Read the article in Climate Depot.

To review the evidence of data manipulation and falsification by NASA/NOAA, UN IPCC and others, go here.

To review the false narrative that a 97% "consensus" exists with climate scientists., go here and here.

To review the false and failed predictions of climate scientists, go here.

To understand why the Warmist politicians and dishonest scientists are doing this, read the Forbes articles here.

AGW = Hoax. Q.E.D.

Angel

Friday, April 4, 2014

Non-Partisan Think-Tank Predicts Global Cooling

President Obama declares that climate change science is “irrefutable”.  Secretary of State John Kerry accuses climate deniers of being guilty of “malpractice”.  Climate “experts” predict economic devastation, massive food shortages, and environmental destruction unless immediate action is taken.

“Immediate action” is defined as the discontinuation of fossil fuel usage, the redistribution of our wealth to leftist political action groups and third-world dictatorships (i.e., UN Agenda 21), and the regulation of cow farts.

Of course, we common citizens cannot refute these claims, since we do not breathe the rarified air of warmist climate scientists.  We are so ignorant that we do not realize that bullying and fear-mongering are integral parts of the scientific method.

Most of us are also ignorant of the fact that warmist climate science relies upon manipulated and falsified data to support their hypothesis.  This deception is pervasive in the climate change community, from NASA/NOAA to the IPCC. 

This is a perversion of the principles of science in order to promote a disreputable political agenda.  Climate change is “agenda science”.  That is why finding a truly unbiased, non-partisan expert to provide an interpretation of untainted data is so critical.

A Boston-based investment think-tank, Unit Economics, has released a study that not only refutes global warming, but predicts a cooling of the Earth’s climate.  They are not the first to recognize this trend, but they are perhaps the most credible. 

Ultimately, the ability to recognize trends is not in the realm of pure science, but rather the purview of the data analyst.   A prediction such as this is much more reliable than the alarmist predictions of “agenda scientists” in that the livelihood of an investment advisory company relies on the accuracy of its data and the integrity of its analysis.

Keith Schaefer is the publisher of Oil and Gas Investments Bulletin.  In the first of a three-part posting, he describes some of the basic data and conclusions of the Unit Economics study:

1.    Temps continued to fall from 1953 until the mid-1970s – despite rising CO2 levels.  This was during the single most industrializing time on earth—and temperatures fell while CO2 levels rose.
2.    Another point: if CO2 emissions cause global warming the layer of the atmosphere 5 to 10 km (3-6 miles) above the earth where CO2 interacts with sunlight should be warming more quickly than the earth’s surface. In fact, temperatures at these levels have been unchanged since accurate balloon measurements became available 50 years ago.
3.    There has been a large outcry about the decline of Arctic Ice. While Arctic sea ice extent is just above average levels, Arctic sea ice is near record thickness: the volume of ice in the Arctic last fall was 50% higher than 12 months prior, following a very cold summer in 2013 in which temps climbed above freezing only 45 days compared to an average of 90 days.
I bet you didn’t read about that.
4.    There’s a lot of ice at the other end of the globe too. In eight of the last ten years global sea ice extent has bested the 30-year average, aided by an Antarctic sheet that in October hit its highest extent since record keeping started in 1979.
5.    The Northern Hemisphere had its second, third, and fourth highest snow extents on modern record in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In the United States 2013 brought the largest year-over-year drop in temperature on record and the winter is on track to be labeled the third coldest in 200 years.
Evidence of this cooling is everywhere – even if politicians and the media try to pretend it isn’t.  Of course, the media has short memories. Only 40 years ago, in mid-1974 Time magazine ran a cover story entitled “Another Ice Age?” noting a 12% increase in New Hampshire snow cover in 30 years.
Conclusion: over the last 1,200 years the earth has been through several pretty extreme temperature swings. What gives?
The answer lies with the sun. Cold periods coincide with solar minimums, which generally happen every 150 to 200 years. Warm periods coincide with solar maxima, which happen every 700 years or so.
I cannot positively substantiate that Keith Schaefer and Unit Economics are completely independent and unbiased.  We do have ample proof, however, that warmist “agenda scientists” and their liberal political cohorts are misrepresenting the facts.


Andrew Thomas