Friday, June 16, 2017

Things I hate about being a Conservative

There are times that I hate being a Conservative. Good news!! I have learned to deal with it.

The most common side effect of people finding out that you are a conservative is that they ask you, "Do you watch Fox News?" Let me set the record straight on this. I find that I despise Fox at about the same rate that I despise other "news" networks, excepting MSNBC.  I think that TASS has a higher standard for honest, integrity, and balance than MSNBC.  WAIT! As long as I am taking cheap shots, CNN rivals the Cartoon Network in their news reporting skills. So, the answer is that I don't watch Fox news.

The most comment used to be, "So you listen to Rush?" Once again the answer is "negative". I listened to Limbaugh sometimes in the 1990's for a year or so. Listening to Limbaugh is kind of like fishing, I caught my limit early. Limbaugh is an entertainer. He tells you what you want to hear because that's how he makes his living. I tell you what I think because that's what I believe. I don't give a rat's behind if you agree or not. There's no money in it for me. Limbaugh  is such an arrogant, pompous, egotistical blowhard that he makes me look quiet and meek. Thanks, Rush.  Last, but certainly not least, his drug abuse issues bothered me.   In short, "Do I listen to Rush?" I have never listened to the band, wish I had never listened to Limbaugh.

"What do you read?" I haven't read the National Review since Bill Buckley died. The New York Times and The USA Today are not fit to use as house training paper for puppies, much less reading material. The Mr. Wall Street Journal has an occasional flash of brilliance,  but costs way too much. Incredibly enough, the other day someone asked if I read the "Weakly Standard". I had to Google it to find out that it is still being published. How bad is the Standard? I would rather be seen reading the National Enquirer in line at the Wal-Mart than be seen reading the "Weakly Standard". I used to read a few issues a year of the American Spectator, but I didn't like it enough to subscribe. I would pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble sometimes, but I don't get to B&N much anymore.

That wraps it up. If you are a conservative and get these same questions, don't feel alone or special!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dear Senator Burr

I dispatched this e-mail to Senator Richard Burr this morning.

Senator Burr,
I have voted for you in every general election in which you have been a candidate. I also voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
I watched the Senate hearings with Jeff Sessions yesterday ands I am appalled.
First, the same Democrats who were calling for Comey's head in October are now acting like he was the last virgin out of Pompeii. They lost the election, tell them to get over it. Second, people are saying that Comey's performance as head of the FBI did not merit termination because Comey said that he was doing a good job. I have fired hundreds of people and have never had a single one say, "You're right, my performance sucked."  Your performance as a leader is evaluated by others, not by yourself.  Evidently, Senators don't grasp that concept?? Lastly, Comey's "testimony" was that of a disgruntled former employee. We did find out that he leaked information, that the former Attorney General told him to lie to the world about the investigation of Hillary Clinton, and that he doesn't like Donald Trump. There's some breathtaking info!!
Second, Everyone acts like it is a crime to speak to a Russian. Who really cares if Jeff Sessions spoke to a Russian in a reception line at the Mayflower Hotel? Do you remember every person that you meet? If you do, then surely you remember meeting me in your office.
Third, politicians all keep telling us that they are absolutely certain that Russia meddled in our election. Given the history of the United States in foreign governments, we should be reluctant to bring this up. In 1918, Woodrow Wilson sent thousands of American troops to Russia to try and affect the outcome of the civil war there. It didn't work. CIA involvement in foreign governments is the stuff of legends. In 1953, we brought the Shah back to Iran to replace the elected leader. How did that work out for us? How about the governments of South Vietnam and South Korea? How about the invasion of Panama to remove Noriega? The US government is a long time meddler in other governments and is now attacking the Russians for doing the same thing. Does this make sense to you?
Fourth, "intelligence" is not always accurate. Does "weapons of mass destruction" ring a bell? Or was it just another excuse to change a foreign government? World class meddling in that case. In my ninth grade journalism class more than fifty years ago we learned that every good news story answers these questions. What? When? Where? Who? Why? How?  Yet, politicians and the media keep bombarding us with the news that Russia meddled in the election. The truth is not in the volume of sound of the claim, it is not the repetition of the claim, it is not in how many believe the claim. The truth is in the facts. Don't waste your breath telling me that this is secret. Here's a message for the media and government officials, give us the facts or shut the hell up!!
Last, but certainly not least, in November Americans voted for a change. We wanted new ideas, but most of all we wanted action. We want a healthcare bill that addresses the cost of medical care not the cost of insurance. If you address the cost of medical care including tort reform, the insurance cost thing will be taken care of anyway. We want a budget where we live within our means. We want our borders secured. We want a sensible tax code. But instead, we are witnessing a national temper tantrum by the side that lost the election. The Congress is paralyzed while they search for such "critical" data as who Jeff Sessions spoke to in a reception line.
It is time for Republican leaders to lead. If not, there are more changes coming in future elections.
Thank You,
Gilbert Jones

Friday, June 09, 2017

Sweetless in Seattle?

From the People's Republic of Seattle comes word that the City Council has passed a tax on sweetened beverages. The tax of $.0175 per ounce will add 21 cents to the cost of a 12 ounce canned soft drink.
The goal of the tax is to raise $15 million a year for a city food stamps program to help poor people buy fruits and vegetables.
As a capitalist, I want to thank the city of Seattle for creating some business opportunities. The black market in soft drinks will grow at an explosive rate. Look for a circle of beverage centers positioned on every major street just outside the city limits. People will be smuggling drinks into the "Emerald City". It will cost Seattle more than $15 million a year to enforce and collect this tax.
Hey Seattle!! If someone buys a cup of coffee and then puts sugar into it, do they owe the tax??
As usual, government "leaders" have demonstrated that they know absolutely nothing about the world of business. In the restaurant industry, the sale of drinks and the higher profit margin on them, enables the restaurant to price the food lower and still make a profit. When sales of "sweetened" drinks drop in restaurants and they will, the cost of food items will increase. Within 6 months, you will have to pay for a cup of water in a Seattle restaurant.
Write this down!!
Jones' Law of Government says "No aspect of your life is so small that the government does not want to control it."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

President sends troops to Russia!!!

President sends troops to Russia!!

That's not today's headline, that was 99 years ago in 1918. One of the three reasons that President Woodrow Wilson, a DEMOCRAT, sent troops to Russia was to help the Russians organize a new government. The reasons are detailed in Wilson's "Aide-Memoire".

In August and September of 1918, about 13,000 United States troops arrived in Russia. They remained there until December of 1919. We lost 137 killed in action and 216 dead from accidents and... disease. They accomplished almost nothing of value. Wait, they did bring home about 80 Russian brides!!

Those Democrats and Republicans in Congress expressing their outrage that the Russian would try to interfere with our elections and our government should pick up a history book and realize that we did it first.

Remember, "those who do not learn from history are condemned to serve as our elected officials."

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Democracy Dies in Darkness"???

In a column from the Washington Post, that was posted a few hours ago, comes this quote from New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu, "The thing that makes New Orleans really wonderful and beautiful that everybody experiences when you get here … is our diversity,” he said. “That’s the gift that New Orleans has given to the rest of the country, and these statues are an aberration.” This is unless you are a white Southern guy or think that we should stop trying to rewrite history.

Landrieu was quoted in a column about the removal of Confederate markers the other night and the Confederate statues soon to be removed. Statues to be removed are of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard, a Louisiana native.

Here's my personal opinion on this issue. If you want to celebrate your heroes, you need to let other people celebrate their heroes. If you want to celebrate MLK Day with a federal holiday, you should not be removing statues of Robert E. Lee. The reverse is also true. If you have a statue of Lee, you should not complain about MLK Day.

The irony in The Washington Post publishing this viewpoint about the removal of markers in the dark of night by masked men is clearly obvious. Below "The Washington Post" on the masthead appears their new motto, "Democracy Dies in Darkness". Think about it!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

How about some real health care reform??

As the Republicans in Congress try to cram this half-assed "reform" to Obamacare down our throats, these thoughts.

First, they need to go back and study the 2016 election results. They and the President were elected by people who wanted Obamacare repealed. We didn't want adjustments, we didn't want it tweaked, we didn't want it fine tuned, we wanted it gone!!! If you don't fix it now, the next election will be a bloodbath in Congress.

Second, some members of Congress are claiming that the operating rules of Congress prevent the repeal of Obamacare. Here's the solution to that, change the rules. Those rules were set up because the Congress is in reality, a one team game. The majority of you are all the same. You pretend to be on opposite sides but you stick together to keep getting elected. A good example is the Senate filibuster rule. This rule has been used by both parties to prevent almost anything from taking place. All of this despite the fact that in 1892, the Supreme Court ruled that Senate rules can be changed by a simple majority vote.

Third, the reason for the complete failure of Obamacare is that a "health care" care bill was written by a Congress of lawyers. How about a little tort reform, boys?? All you have to know about high insurance costs is on TV every minute of the day. Call 1-800-bad drug, etc. Class What Americans need to realize is that not every surgery, procedure, drug, or treatment is going to work the same as we are all a little different. There is an assumption of risk if you want to live longer, get healthy, lose weight, or have huge breasts. Let's put some lawyers out of work and eliminate professional victims.

Fourth and most important, Congress has been asking the wrong question. They need to read Roger Van Oech's works They are getting the wrong answer because they are asking the wrong question. Congress is asking, "How can every one get health insurance?"  What they should be asking is, "Why is the cost of health care spiraling out of control?" Instead of worrying about the cost of insurance, they should be working to reduce the cost of medical care.  By the way, most states require auto insurance for all drivers. How's that working for keeping costs down?? I  will tell you how it is working, We are running  out of billboard space for ambulance chasers. In many places, a lawyer can get to the accident scene before the police.

Fifth and finally, Zig Ziglar always talked about the "wisdom of the ages". I will give you the Reader's Digest version, "there ain't no free lunch". Obama bragged about Obamacare by saying that it provided "free mammograms" and other "free" stuff. It ended the "pre-existing condition issue". It allows your children to stay on your policy until they are 26. But what he didn't understand, because he had never operated a business, was that the cost of all those things is in the premiums.

Why don't you guys in Congress actually look at health  care costs and answer the right questions??

Friday, February 03, 2017

Immigration Ban??

Buried at the bottom of a Yahoo story about the judge's ruling in the travel ban issue today was the truth about the whole issue.
"Washington-based businesses Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft support the state's efforts to stop the order. They say it's hurting their operations, too."

They need immigrants to come here and work for less than American citizens. Either that or there are not enough American citizens with the education level to do some jobs.

The failure of American education is the stuff of which legends are made. Public schools are run by administrators who cater to the teachers unions. If the schools try to discipline students, parents sue. Schools try to protect students with laws prohibiting violence. Unfortunately, criminals, by definition, do not obey laws. We schedule school years based on routines that date from a time when we had an agrarian economy. The list goes on. I will give you a break and not go into the NCAA, the fraud of big time college sports, the billions of dollars involved, and the insanity or the stupidity of the Federal government in education.

Betsy DeVos is being ripped by Senators in her confirmation hearings because she thinks the system is broken and needs to be changed. Many Senators are more concerned about appeasing the people who have destroyed the educational system rather than trying to improve it. Apparently, the Senate believes that votes are more important than whether the voters can read.

Why not institute a special tax on companies for hiring foreign workers?? That will probably clear up that demand for those H1-B visas.  Democrats will consider that discriminatory, but let's take that chance.

We need doctors and computer programmers. Colleges are cranking out lawyers, athletes, and women's studies grads. It reminds me of the early 1970's. Colleges were cranking out 50,000 marine biologists with a market for 500. It's great to learn. It's even better to learn something that you can use in life.

In closing, several years ago I had a conversation with the local school superintendent. I told him that I sent my children to a private school. He went into great detail about some of the "fabulous" programs they had in the local schools. When he finished, I told him that all businesses are judged by the quality of their product. I explained that I had several students who were current students and many who were graduates of his system. I finished by telling him, "The quality of your product is not good."

We need to stop bringing in hordes of immigrants while Americans go unemployed. Businesses that cannot deal with this need to be encouraged to move to other nations.
We need to change our educational system to produce graduates who have useful knowledge.
The system is broken. It is time to fix it.