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Climate Change VS Man-Made Global Warming. Another view!

My great friend and often guest writer on my blog has compiled some factual information related to the Global Warming fiasco here in the United States. Why this issue has so many people stirred up is beyond me. I doubt that one in ten thousand of the demonstrators I watched on the news today, May Day, have any idea of why they make fools of themselves in the senseless displays of ignorance. I believe that we have created a class of people who learned nothing in their education cycle but how to protest from the lunatic professors we have allowed to run wild in a race to Socialize America. Our government should stop grants, senseless projects and giving one dime to these socialized institutions until they replace these misguided loons who have tenure to spread their nonsense. No one should have tenure including Federal Judges as after they are protected from dismissal they go stark raving mad. Thanks Ron for sharing your work with my readers. C Brewer    

Confusion reigns between the hot-button issues of World-Wide Climate Change VS Man-Made Global Warming; despite their being separate and distinctly different issues.  Very few scientists or informed citizens would dispute the existence of cyclical changes in the earth’s climate; which are naturally occurring phenomena with multiple causes. Understandable confusion begins when activists and journalists, conflate the term “man-made global warming” and make no distinction between it and climate changes that have not been impacted by human activity.     

Generally accepted scientific data strongly suggests that the world is in a slow warming trend, which by definition is a change in the earth’s climate.  An observable consequence, pointed to by proponents of the adverse influence of humans on the global climate, are the melting of snow and ice concentrations around the world, and, the subsequent rise in the levels of seas and oceans. Those same proponents attribute the cause of that rise, to the impact of mankind on the earth’s environment, while others demand that a myriad of natural causes, receive equal or greater blame, such as the impact of the earth’s position in the solar system, relative to the sun. The impact of worldwide volcanic activity, both undersea and surface eruptions, cannot be ignored.  Nor can the contribution from millions of tonnes of animal excretions, to mention just a few additional causes for our current warming trend.  

To be clear, the earth’s climate is on a cyclical upswing. These historical trends have alternated for thousands of years and will continue, irrespective of any human intervention. Any attempt to attribute man’s influence to the exclusion of any others is both manic and myopic. It has to be included, but must not be given all the blame. Unfortunately, the motives for the emphasis on mankind’s culpability may be a desire, on the part of numerous researchers, to preserve the allocation of funds from a variety of governmental agencies.

The proponents of Man-Made Climate change also believe that a collective effort is needed to control and reduce a myriad of human activities that have had a cumulative, negative influence on the earth’s environment. And, that those changes would be instrumental in slowing or reversing Global Climate changes. Unfortunately, the United States is virtually alone, in terms of enacting national policies and restrictions, on activities affecting all manner of environmental pollution.  Part of our governmental action should be increased efforts to influence those other big polluters, like Russia’s former Soviet Union partners and China. They are gaining a competitive advantage in the pricing of goods and services by not enacting anti-pollution regulations. The US should not be expected to bear this burden alone.

The bottom line is that the earth has been in a continual, cyclic trend, alternating between warming and cooling for thousands of years. Therefore, it is difficult to attribute the relatively recent presence of mankind as the principal cause of Global Warming. Just because human activity may not be the biggest cause, we should not cease our anti-pollution activities. The world is currently warming and human-kind is a contributor but not the sole and possibly not even the greatest cause.    

Ron Jenkins

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REPUBLICANS WON–CAN THEY LEAD?

Words can’t possibly express my happiness that a majority of Americans believe our government is too big. Watching the Liberal-Democrats race to destroy our Republic form of government the past six years has been the saddest part of my 84 years. Any free thinking American who lives long enough will understand that freedoms are the greatest rights possible.

In my travels that took me to 32 countries the saddest event to watch was people who had never been free and never would be. The event that had the biggest impact on me was a visit to Hong Kong in 1990. We had the same driver for the four day visit who was distressed that the impending transfer of his country from British rule to China would remove his freedoms. This experience had a lasting impact on my wife and me and cemented my conservative beliefs.

Now can the Republicans wake up and quickly agree on one individual who they can all support as a leader. Watching the Republicans implode in 2012 by attacking each other during the senseless debates was like watching a rerun of a Three Stogie’s comedy. While they amused the people by slaughtering each other the Democrats closed ranks, and let them squander a golden opportunity to win the Presidency.

I watched several of the interviews last night and sure enough the battle for power we will see unfold is headed for a repeat performance. My Senator, Ted Cruz, when asked if he would support McConnell for Senate leader was quite evasive and non-committed. It appears we have another field of Republicans lining up to have a donkey BBQ and end up shooting the elephant in the foot again.

If they ever wake up and decide to lead America back on the freedom path, they can improve our lives like we saw Reagan do. Uniting themselves before they even try to re-unite Americans seems to be a common sense plan. In my opinion the massive egos of the younger Republicans will again create the same conflict we watched in 2012. They are not capable of compromise and our Congress is still as divided as it has been in my lifetime.

The real reason our country is so divided was not caused by politicians that most people would blame it on. What has fostered the hatred and the division of the people is our universities and colleges. The majority of the states are now being managed by Republican Governors and Legislatures. If these people are real leaders they will clean out the radical Progressive professors who have created our civil unrest. They created the ACLU and individual despots that are hell-bent on destroying all freedoms.

It amazes me that the media just ignores the core reason we hate each other and just watch the tenured crackpots poison the minds of our youth. If anyone over 40 were to monitor an actual classroom in most of these institutions they would throw up. I finished my Masters at 47 and had a chance to see this first hand.

I am proud to say I am a conservative American who appreciates the education and life I have enjoyed as a free man. It hurts me deeply that some of my own grandchildren were brainwashed by these tenured professors at some of Texas finest universities. Now they are twisting and impacting the minds of my great grandchildren to further divide our country.

What do you think will happen?

C Brewer

OUR ELECTED LEADERS AT WORK

 

Watching our Congress and President revealing their leadership capability these past few days will hopefully encourage voters to do their duty. If you randomly selected an average group of high school seniors to debate the debt issues they would stop government spending immediately. I selected this student level because if you selected a college level group they would have been contaminated by the socialist tenured professors who are hoping to destroy our “Republic”. The perfect reason to worry is that our current government is being led by those who were educated by our radical progressive colleges and universities.

Progressive socialist have not only taken over our higher education, but along with Congress and Obama, they were close to making America a Socialist Democracy. The last election installed a speed bump when enough people with sanity decided to end their majority rule in the House of Representatives. The House has tried hard to stop the spending. Without any help from the Senate and a Communist President, the task to introduce sanity in our government was impossible.

Every voter should understand that our politicians and government employees are people who can’t make a living as business leaders. I doubt the majority could even manage a lemonade stand. They do not have to live within budgets or make a profit. Can you imagine the operating head of a business, even a non-profit one or a church, telling the Board of Directors, that they can’t agree on a budget for over 800 days. That is what our progressive democratic Senate has told the President, and all of the voters. Can you imagine the same scenario if the Operating Officer reported a $14 trillion loss and the high school group was told they have to pay for the idiotic mess when they go to work? Place yourself in the senior’s position and admit most of our elected representatives are buffoons.

Next we will endure the agony of watching the progressives continue to push the conservatives to slice and dice Medicare and Social Security. They have already publically taken that stance. When will the conservatives wake up and force the cutting on illegal aliens, welfare, Medicade, and eliminate useless government agencies. These are the people who keep the progressives in power. The democrats are smarter, as they always have been, in manipulating the population. They know that when they cut Medicare and Social Security seniors will vote for the ones who stood up for them or not vote at all. History will prove this will happen but the extreme right will not wake up. You don’t gain the support of vegetarians by demanding they eat red meat. Show the average American how much the prices have risen under progressive rule. Do not go back too far as Bush who was just as bad in managing the economy as Obama.

 

Current news reports have announced that huge cuts to the Defense Department will be made to meet negotiated goals. Cutting the defense of our country while we waste billions with unnecessary agencies, like the Departments of Education (DOE) and Energy that Carter promoted, is insane. Maybe the DOE can educate us on how to survive with lower rated credit and why our retirement saving disappeared?  

Leadership demands common sense that most American voters understand. Those on welfare, illegal aliens, and the ones in government service know who butters their bread and will never support a conservative.

Remember my warnings that if the conservatives in Congress mess with the old folk’s period, it’s four more years of Obama with an all progressive Congress.

Clyde Brewer

EDUCATION UNIONS-OKLAHOMA

 

Teachers unions in Oklahoma promoted a ballot proposal last year that would have forced the state to the average of all surrounding states spend on public education. Wisely the voters shot it down.

A typical Oklahoma school district spends about 80% of its total budget on labor costs. This includes many unnecessary “perks” spelled out in union collective bargaining agreements. Oklahoma also spends millions on automatic annual salary increases and more than generous paid sick and personal days. Teachers are reimbursed for unused sick and personal days, plus pay for “extra duty”. They also receive pay to attend professional conferences, health insurance and many other things.

The problem is not the amount of money that schools receive, but the constraints give the districts no flexibility on how they actually spend it. The unions control the spending of 90% of the budget. It appears the districts do get to buy and sharpen pencils.

The “Education Action Group” has been studying the situation and started with the “Jinks Public Schools” Below is a snapshot of what they found.

Out of a total budget for 2009-10 of $63,947,342.00, labor costs were $58,264,152.00 or 91% of the total. $749,000.00 of labor costs was automatic salary increases over the prior year. 

Jinks district has 678 teachers who took a total of 3412 sick days and 1,049 personal leave days in 2009-10. Their records do not capture the salary and benefits paid for sick and personal days. The records do show that the district paid out $481,632.00 for substitute teachers. The salary and benefits for the regular teachers is several times the cost of substitutes.

Teachers also receive “Extra Duty” pay for coaching, advising clubs, chairing academic departments, school bands and breakfast and lunch supervision. In the 2009-10 year this costs was $983,063.00.

The district also pays $300.00 annually to the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System for each teacher. This totaled $203,000.00 in 2009-10.

The Education Action Group recommended that sick days be cut to 5 and 2 paid personal time days which are more generous than most private companies today. The only figure that could be reduced, with any accuracy, would be the costs for substitutes that should be 50% less, a savings of $240,816. These must be really nice people as my recommendation would no paid personal time.

The Group also recommended that the teachers pay 50% of the $300.00 to the retirement system. Using the 2009-10 figures this would save $101,700.00 this year. Based on a business evaluation of these facts, I would require that the teachers pay the entire $300.00 themselves. This would obviously save the entire $203,400.00. Just think these cuts could be made without decreasing teacher’s base pay.  

The bottom line is that all of our education systems are in bad need of independent professional operational audits. Do they meet their stated mission objectives and where is the waste hidden?

I would come out of retirement and audit any school district for 10% of the real audited savings. On second thought, I could hire this done, make some money and keep fishing and playing golf. When I think about the U.S. government using the same, no cost, independent operational audits to find just the waste alone in healthcare, I get dizzy. When you audit yourself you will never have the power to change anything.

The deeper I get into the public sector unions, more facts surface. If we had a real Department of Education our success ratios would be well above current levels. Wait until you see how much money has been given to Wisconsin since Obama was elected. What will really make you want to throw up is what they did with it before the last election to cover up the past.

C Brewer

PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS & DEMOCRATS

 

I created this blog for people who rely upon the main stream media for news on current events. The lack of honest reporting by the media is a shame because an afflicted moron understands you can’t keep printing more money to fund programs that are disasters. Sharing facts and history will hopefully wake up enough voters to stop the runaway train wreck.   

Wisconsin’s looming $3.6 billion 2012/13 budget deficit has thankfully generated nationwide concerns for why we have unionized tax paid employees. It is a fact that private sector taxpayers who fund these unions are demanding that Washington operate with a “balanced Budget”, just like the States have to do by law. 

Wisconsin appears close to imposing economic common sense on the state’s public employee unions by capping their wages, increasing contributions to healthcare/pension plans and eliminating collective bargaining.

Most vocal among Wisconsin’s 300,000 public employee union members are protesters from the 98,000-member teacher’s union. They are now paid, on average, more than $75,000 in wages and benefits. Wisconsin parents should be protesting against these teachers, who are motivated more by tenured job security, than improving student performance.

The latest federal education data reveals less than 40 percent of 8th grade students in the state’s government schools meet basic requirements for math and reading performance. The fact is the state spends more per student ($10,791) than any other Midwest state. In Milwaukee, the average teacher compensation package exceeds $100,000, the graduation rate is under 50 percent and for black children it is below 35 percent. I can’t find a plan to improve this dismal performance to evaluate.

Please read the next sentence slowly.” Government unions face no competition, so there is no impetus to produce or perform at a higher level. To call government union negotiations “bargaining” is insane! 

[Public-sector] unions are government organized as an interest group to lobby itself to grow. Unions use dues extracted from members to elect politicians who favor the unions. Governments are not expected to make a profit, but they need to understand the process. Government sits on both sides of the table in cozy ‘negotiations’ with unions. I assume that you are aware that the politicians I refer to are 99% democrats.

During the 2010 election cycle, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spent $87.5 million in union dues for the sole purpose of electing Democrats. More millions more went to “advocacy campaigns” that skirt the law to promote Leftist candidates. I don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling this helped the taxpayer.

Our business genius, Barack Hussein Obama, whose most vociferous support comes from unions, offered this predictable partisanship: “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where they are just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain, generally, seems like more of an assault on unions.” The federal prisons are full of individuals convicted of fraud but Congress, over the years, has legalized graft for themselves and the union supporters.

The government union game hasn’t always been rigged. Government unions didn’t even exist until 1959, when the state of Wisconsin granted public employees “collective bargaining rights.”  Even Franklin Roosevelt understood that permitting government employees to establish unions constituted a corruption of public trust.

Since 1960 the Democrat Party has supported government unions with even more vigor than its support for non-government unions, and consequently, ignored the best interest of the people with their own self-interests. Today 24 states grant “collective bargaining rights” to government employee unions, and the resulting breach of public trust is evident in each of those states, particularly in education. My state, Texas, is a “Right to Work” state where union membership is not mandated. A future blog will explain how Texas teachers contribute to and run their own retirement system. 

In 1979, Jimmy Carter re-established the U.S. Department of Education. The department’s mission was, ostensibly, to promote student achievement in preparation for global competitiveness. Yet, since its formation 32 years ago, student achievement compared to other nations has declined.  In fact, the Department of Education reported that American students when rated with the 32 largest industrial nations ranked 17th in math, 21st in science and 32nd in reading. Wow, what an improvement.

Unions understand the strategic impact of the battle now underway in Wisconsin. “If we lose in Wisconsin, it’s going to be a domino effect,” proclaimed Teamster John Hennelly. “This is just the opening salvo in a war.” Democrats also know this battle is critical to the perpetuation of political dynasties.

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), who decried our nation’s heated political rhetoric in the wake of the Tucson shootings, had this advice for the union protesters, “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.” I guess Obama’s plea for civility was only directed to the tea party?

Hopefully the new House majority in Washington and all 24 States without right-to-work laws will take a cue from happenings in Wisconsin and stop the flow of money to maintain government employee union benefit programs.

Everyone take a deep look at who actually benefits from Obama/Reid/Polosi “shovel ready” projects.

UNION DISASTERS

 

 Before the Wisconsin debacle that has dominated the recent news, my interest and knowledge about “Unions” was limited to the private business sector. I am fully aware that “Unions” have created the loss of manufacturing jobs that plague the country and why we have to import most of the consumer product we buy today. When you couple “Union” pressured trade barriers with the regulatory pressure of the “Tree huggers”, we have made conducting business in America nearly impossible. I have created businesses in Canada and the United States and without a doubt the Canadian government is far more business friendly. They actually help you get started and survive.

The “Wisconsin Disaster” unveiled another “Union” situation that has been off the radar since Reagan fired the air traffic controllers a long time ago. Unionization of government employees is one of the dumbest things I have seen evolve in my 80 years as an American. Can you just imagine that as this practice expands, we could see the “Unionization” of Congress, the Judicial and Executive branches of American government?

 We have some union type demands already in place like the lifetime terms for Federal Judges and the Supreme Court (tenure). There are no measurements of performance and they can’t be terminated. Congress uses seniority (tenure) as the basis for power and committee appointments. Thank God they can be terminated as we witnessed last November.

 With Obama’s passion for European style Socialism, visualize the potential of “Unionizing” the Executive branch of government. The President and his army of czars could go on strike for better pay and fringe benefits. Who could stop them? What would happen if the Supreme Court decided to strike? If Congress went on strike and refused to function, who could stop them? I could drive you insane with the possibilities of what an uncontrolled government could do. If you wish to see what idiots who mesmerize the populace can do, read what Chavez has done in Venezuela. See how he used the unions to get elected and gain dictatorial powers. Why can’t this happen here? 

Before you accuse me of insanity, look at what is happening in the real world today. All democratic State Senators in Wisconsin left the State to avoid doing state business. The Governor has not been able to get them to return. The media legal eagles have stated that there is no law being broken and no one has the power to arrest them for anything.  

I would like to say that if a quorum of Congress were to do the same thing, it would be tragic. Unfortunately it could probably be an improvement over the idiotic regulations and Obamacare they raced to impose before the last election. Congress has allowed the Executive branch to run wild for over two years. If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alone is not abolished soon, we just think energy prices are high today. Locally the price for gasoline has jumped about 9% in the last week. Coupled with out of control spending, we are watching America destroyed from within. Our current government in action at all levels is like watching cartoons. 

I am now compiling data and facts of what “Unionization” of the teachers in Wisconsin has cost the citizens. The questionable legality of how they are provided insurance alone will amaze you. The teachers own the insurance company and collective bargaining is how they have screwed the taxpayer. Stay tuned for a series on public service unions nation-wide.

C Brewer

 

 

 

Important News to Share

  

The following article was published on Townhall.com yesterday and is suggested reading if the education situation interest you. Our US Department of Education (DOE) in concert with the unions are destroying our education system that must be stopped. We must put the pressure on Congress to de-fund and eventually eliminate the DOE immediately. I am currently reviewing some excellent work by Kyle Olson on some things that will amaze you about some actual facts of abuses tolerated by the teacher unions.  C Brewer

By Wendell Cox

Much has been said and written lately about “for-profit higher education” – in large part because the U.S. Department of Education is expected to soon publish so-called “Gainful Employment” rules that would place de facto mandates on who these schools can teach and what they can be taught. Coupled with heated hearings on Capitol Hill led by Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, and a slew of largely unbalanced media coverage, the sector has taken an enormous hit of late.

To be fair, the sector has acknowledged past abuses in recruiting and financial-aid counseling practices. But to be more fair, perhaps it’s time to think about what function these institutions serve, and what higher education would look like if they were to disappear—as the recent barrage suggests many would like.

First, let’s think about the typical student enrolled in for-profit schools today: it’s not the fresh-out-of high school 18-year old whose parents finance them on to full-time college. Far and away, it’s the so-called “non-traditional” student—older, working adults, often minorities, who typically support a family. Just a decade ago, a higher education simply wasn’t in the cards for this large and rapidly growing segment of the U.S. population; today they are there by the many thousands.

Understandably, these are not students in school for a liberal arts grounding, intramural athletics and weekend partying, but for highly focused programs that help them advance in a current career or begin a new one. These are programs shaped by the real-life needs of employers who face workforce shortages – programs that tie learning to long-term, sustaining, new American jobs in criminal justice, IT, health care and other professions. Moreover, they are delivered in an environment sensitive to these students’ real-life needs: one that allows them to learn late at night or before dawn, at their own pace, with flexible course offerings, remote learning and faculty who are often practitioners in their respective fields and real-life role models. They offer a student-focused approach that is arguably harder to find in crowded classrooms.

Another reality is that all the qualities that distinguish non-traditional students from their traditional peers, also make them more apt to drop out of school. The Department of Education classifies these traits as “risk factors” that heavily impact graduation rates. Yet, when students with similar risk factors are compared, those that attend for-profit institutions typically have a greater likelihood of graduating than their peers at other schools. When graduation rates at two-year for-profit programs are compared to two-year public programs (community colleges), the disparity is even greater—60% vs. 26%.

To be sure, not every student is right for the for-profit system; each needs and deserves an opportunity to assess whether a program is the right fit before getting locked into a financial obligation. The schools are responding: Kaplan, for instance, has a program that gives students the chance to take classes for over a month that frees them from any financial obligation if they decide to leave. What’s more, this grace period gives instructors the ability to help a student gauge whether he or she is likely to succeed in that particular program.

So the fair question to ask is, “Where would these students go if the for-profit sector didn’t exist?” Many suggest community colleges—but for all the reasons above, complicated by the huge state budget deficits and overcrowded classrooms confronting many community colleges today—it’s not a perfect substitute.

As President Obama made bluntly clear is his State of the Union address last week, having no degree is really no longer much of an option:

Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn’t always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you’d have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe you’d even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company. That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. I’ve seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. I’ve heard it in the frustrations of Americans who’ve seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear – proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

The rules of the game have changed. The for-profit sector has grown to reflect the new reality that access to a higher education is no longer the province of the privileged few, but a prerequisite to “owning our future” as a country and as individuals.

The need for more options in higher education is greater today than ever before. And judging by demographics and a changing economy alone, it’s a need that will only grow.

Wendell Cox

Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia, a St. Louis based international consulting firm.

A Common Sense Education Recommendation.

The following article was published on Big Government.com, Sunday 1-23-11. I have read this over and over and someone should give Kyle Olson a Nobel Prize for this work. I have replaced the Teachers with Congress, every union and every branch of the US and State government and agencies, except the Military and get the same results. They are all idiots, but they are smarter than the idiots that elect them, us, you and me.

Can you imagine that our military would promote the ranks based on seniority, rather than skill and results. We have survived over 200 years with the best military ever assembled. Had they used seniority as the basis for promotion we would likely still be part of England. It could be worse, just try to imagine if the military not ignored the rule of seniority we would likely be speaking German after WW1. The progressive movement started the hard right turn with T. Roosevelt. Woodrow Wilson then started the big left turns after WW1. There was a period of a few years that sanity returned then we got F Roosevelt and the race for Socialism reached overdrive again. Still our military stayed with results instead of tenure, thank God.  After WW11 the dramatic swing toward seniority as a business model took large left turns and empowered the unionization of government workers that removed all common sense from our government.

The only eight years of reality returned with Reagan. He at least had the courage to fire the Air Traffic Controllers, who were shutting down air travel. The skew to the left was revived after Reagan, with Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2 and went nuts when Obama was elected.

If all businesses were to use tenure/seniority as the tool to advance people, do you honestly believe we would survive? Results drive people to be better, if the rewards are for achievement. If tenure is the accepted measure of advancement, why would anyone desire to improve themselves or anything?

Folks, the reason is it doesn’t work and someday Washington will wake up, I pray.  CB

The article follows:

Add NFL Team With Tenure, Seniority

by Kyle Olson

American Federation of Teachers’ President Randi Weingarten has been doing her best to make sure Big Labor has a say in education reform.  She wants to drive the train.  The National Education Association, on the other hand, is taking the tact of putting dynamite under the tracks.

While Weingarten says all the right things and uses all the necessary poll-tested phrases, she really wants to maintain the status quo.  No tenure reform.  No need to judge teachers by any measure other than seniority.

But in an interview with Newsweek, she made this curious statement, in response to Bill Gates saying, “We need to measure what they do, and then have incentives for the other teachers to learn those things:”

“Football teams do this all the time,” Weingarten responded. “They look at the tape after every game. Sometimes they do it during the game. They’re constantly deconstructing what is working and what isn’t working. And they’re jettisoning what isn’t working and building up on what is working, and doing it in a team-like approach.”

That’s correct – they do. It’s too bad that public education does not operate more like the NFL.

Here’s an idea. Let’s have the NEA and AFT become the owners of a new NFL franchise. For a lack of a better name, we’ll call the new team the Thugs.

Players on the Thugs’ roster would receive tenure after two years, like they do in New York City Public Schools.

They can play on the Thugs as long as they’d like, regardless of their skill level.  And players would be judged not for their ability to score touchdowns or sack quarterbacks, but the number of years they’ve been in the NFL.

Over time, the Thugs’ roster would be filled with 50- and 60-year old players, raking in the big bucks while losing game after game.

Does anyone believe that the hypothetical Thugs, with their incredible job security, would be competitive with the teams that compensate players based on their performance and frequently alter their rosters to maintain an edge?

It would be wonderful if public education would operate more like the NFL, where you get paid for results and released for incompetence. Maybe then American K-12 students would receive the instruction they truly deserve.

SEE IF YOU FEEL STIMULATED WITH THESE FACTS?

Who Got Stimulated? (A review of this weeks activities by our Chief Executive)

Barack Hussein Obama, is intent on increasing the federal  taxes, of everyone who actually pay them, (about 47 percent of the population) in January, by way of letting the Bush-era tax reductions expire. 

His administration has announced several “band-aid’s” to help reduce our growing debt.

First, President Obama ordered a freeze on bonuses for some 3,000 of his high-paid political appointees. Then he announced a freeze on the wages of all federal workers for the next two years.

One Social Security administrator summed up the reaction of her fellow federal union workers: “That’s why Obama’s ratings are below Bush’s, and that’s hard to be unless you’re Osama bin Laden. I can’t wait until I retire.”

Well, given the fact that federal bureaucrats are now endowed with grossly disproportionate wages and benefits, one can understand why retirement remains attractive for them. On the other hand, millions of private sector citizens will be working well beyond retirement age in order to make ends meet, especially given the increased tax burdens they’ll likely incur in the future to pay off Obama’s deficit.

Let’s review the most recent comparison’s of statistical data: 

Compared to more productive private sector employees, whose income is confiscated to pay government wages and benefits, hourly government workers are paid 57 percent more than those in the private sector for comparable jobs ($28.64/hour vs. $18.27/hour).

Salaried bureaucrats enjoy average annual wages of $78,901, while those in the private sector average $50,111, and the number of bureaucrats collecting more than $150,000 a year has doubled since Obama took office.  (That’s you my son.)

When benefits such as taxpayer-funded contributions to pensions are included, government bureaucrats end up with 85 percent more compensation than their private sector comparables.

On top of that disparity, bureaucrat jobs are virtually tenured, both recession proof and unaffected by a dearth of productivity. Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Today, however, you can add government jobs to the short list of guarantees.

Notably, Obama did not order a freeze on government hiring, and I can assure you that the number of exemptions for government agency wage freezes will eventually equal the number of government agencies. Additionally, Obama didn’t freeze promotions, meaning that any federal worker can receive a de facto pay raise by “promotion” into the next incremental GSA scale.

Since the beginning of the current recession, private sector employment is down 6.8 percent. On the other hand, Obama has used taxpayer funds and debt on future generations, his so-called “recovery program,” to grow the ranks of central government bureaucrats by more than 10 percent in the same time period.

Of course, Obama’s wage-freeze fails to put any noticeable dent into his accumulating $1,000,000,000,000-plus deficits. Taxes, he says, must be increased to do that.

Once again, let’s review.

Like any devoted Socialist, Obama’s objective is to break the back of free enterprise, in this case, with unbearable deficits. When challenged about his motives, Obama invariably claims that he “inherited this mess” from the Bush administration.

However, the Executive Branch does not set the budget. Congress does. And from the ’09 budget forward, budget deficits have increased greatly. 

I realize this is not new information but it bears repeating.  

 Democrats have controlled Congress since January 2007, about the time the housing market collapse began. Thus, Democrats controlled the budgets for FY2008 and FY2009 as they did with FY2010 and FY2011.

Obama Deficits Chart

For FY2008 Democrats compromised with President Bush on spending. However, for FY2009, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed the Bush administration by way of continuing resolutions until Barack Obama took office.

Again, for the record, Obama was a member of the Senate majority in 2007 and 2008, and he voted for those spending bills.

The last budget deficit that Democrats “inherited” was FY 2007, the last of the Republican congressional budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and it was the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. Thus, the only deficit Obama has inherited is that which he and his Democrat majorities generated.

Those pesky facts notwithstanding, a Republican majority is about to take over the House, and Republicans in the Senate seem to have found a spine,as indicated by Sen McConnel’s letter to Harry Reid regarding action on any legislation that doesn’t deal with the budget and the expiring taxation rates. 

If Republicans are serious about budget and deficit control, they should start by cutting their own bloated salaries and budgets. There is no greater sweetheart deal than being elected to our national legislature, where members of Congress are paid exorbitantly, and are eligible for lifetime benefits after “serving” for just five years — one term for Senators. If they are perpetually elected, as is the case with many members, they are eligible for almost 80 percent of their salary as a guaranteed annual pension.

Membership certainly has its privileges and term limit’s are sorely needed to remove those Un-professional politicians. 

If members of Congress don’t like the pay cuts, perhaps we can cut their time accordingly. Send them home more often, and see if a little of the reality outside the Beltway sinks in.

As Cal Thomas opined this week, “The Founders were keenly aware of the danger of a Congress divorced from the realities of the rest of the country. During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Roger Sherman of Connecticut wrote, ‘Representatives ought to return home and mix with the people. By remaining at the seat of government, they would acquire the habits of the place, which might differ from those of their constituents.'”

If Republicans are really serious about the constitutional role of government, they should identify any and all taxes and expenditures not expressly authorized by our Constitution, and schedule them for termination. While they are at it, they should revoke congressional exemptions, and make themselves subject to the same laws and regulations they impose upon the rest of us. (Oh, and Mr. Speaker-to-be, sell Pelosi’s opulent Boeing 757, and refund the treasury.)

For his part, President  Obama lamented this week that he might have to delay his “holiday vacation” to Hawaii in order to get his tax-and-spend agenda through Congress. (How many golf outings and exotic vacations must this man take?)

Perhaps the President should take a tax lesson from John Kennedy, the father of the modern Democrat party: “A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget…. As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance.”

Indeed, tax reductions in each of the last five administrations have resulted in tax revenue increases to the fed’s coffers.

It’s past time to put Keynesain economic’s out to pasture and clean thr Donkey do off our boots.

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This was forwarded by a friend, Ron, this morning and I felt obligated to put it on the blog ASAP. I do not know who wrote this but hopefully it wakes up more people to demand that Washington be cleaned out before we have to borrow from Chavez.  CWB

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