Category Archives: Politics & Economics

“I Work In Retail”

Some years ago I had a ham radio acquaintance who lived in West Virginia and worked in a Radio Shack. Anytime someone asked him what he did he very proudly said, “I work in retail.”

I never really understood how someone who sold capacitors and 7-transistor portable radios could swell up with such pride as he displayed. Maybe jobs that didn’t require working underground and breathing bad air were just that rare in the Mountain State.

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It’s Still The Economy and You May Still Be Stupid!

Over the holidays I watched the Netflix documentary, The American Factory. It’s about the closure of a GM factory in Dayton and its subsequent purchase by a Chines billionaire. His company invested lots of money, got lots of tax abatements, and created hundreds of jobs. They brought in an army of Chinese managers and tried to convince American workers they should succumb to Chinese work ethics and blind loyalty to the company.

It wasn’t long before an attempt to organize arose and not much longer before that attempt was crushed and those responsible were shown the door. When it was a GM plant the wage was $29 an hour plus benefits. After a couple of years, the starting wage under the Chinese was still only $14 an hour with far fewer benefits. The workers are mostly overworked, under-paid, underrepresented, and safety-wise, under-protected.

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The Things Presidents Say

Here’s a quiz. Which president said the following:

  • “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
  • “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
  • “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
  • “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
  • “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

POSSIBLE ANSWERS: Nixon, Kennedy, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt,  Johnson, Ford

The above is, more or less, very famous quotes from some of our most popular presidents. Those who are favorably mentioned in the history books. They are things that made such an impact or had such an import, that they have found a permanents place in the common lexicon of Americans.

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The Iran Question

Here’s where having Donald Trump in the White House gets really damned scary. Everyone admits that the main Iranian military leader, and possibly the second most powerful person in that nation, was killed by an American missile strike. The US openly admits that we did it, that we targeted the guy, an that the order came from Trump.

The questions now include, why did we do it, was there a genuine threat to America, was it thoroughly thought through, were the consequences seriously considered before the trigger was pulled. and most importantly, can we trust the word of our government; a government led by a man who has twisted the truth (lied) over 16,000 times just since taking office just three years ago?

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The realities that we refuse to acknowledge & change

I saw this map online and it makes clear how much Highland County (one of the red counties), and many of its neighbors, have been overlooked by both government, industry, and business. We are among the poorest counties in the state and we are among the most solidly conservative and Republican. We desperately need change but we refuse to accept change. We are the victims of poor and expensive health care, we are the victims of poor jobs, low wages, and few fringe benefits. We have little to no systems for

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An alphabetical summation of Donald Trump

This appeared on my Facebook feed last week and I think it pretty much says all that can honestly (HONESTLY) be said about Trump.

“A person asked the question, “Why are people so hostile towards President Donald Trump?”

Chris O’Leary:

Before you pass my answer off as “Another Liberal Snowflake” consider that
1.) I’m an independent centrist who has voted Republican way more often in my life than Democrat, and
2.) If you want to call someone who spent the entire decade of his 20’s serving in the Marine Corps a snowflake, I’d be ready to answer the question what did you do with your 20’s?

Why Liberals (And not-so liberals) are against President Trump.

A.) He lies. A LOT. Politifact rates 69% of the words he speaks as “Mostly False or worse” Only 17% of the things he says get a “Mostly True” or better rating. That is an absolutely unbelievable number. How he doesn’t speak more truth by mistake is beyond me. To put it in context, Obama’s rating was 26% mostly false or worse, and I had a problem with that. Many of Trump’s former business associates report that he has always been a compulsive liar, but now he’s the President of the United States, and that’s a problem. And this is a man who expects you to believe him when he points at other people and says “They’re lying”

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AMY McGRATH v MOSCOW MITCH

Who do you consider the greater threat to American democracy, Mitch McConnell or Donald Trump? I was just asked that question and replied that it was probably a toss-up but it could be argued that Moscow Mitch could be the greater threat. After all, it would be far more difficult for Bone Spur to be Bone Spur without the unbending support of Moscow’s iron grip on the US Senate.

Mitch is up for reelection in Kentucky next year and his retaining his seat is not a certainty. There’s a very capable woman clawing at his backsides and with just a little financial help from a lot of us who care about the future of America, Amy McGrath may just unseat another of Putin’s, “useful idiots.”

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Establishment vs Anti-Establishment

I don’t always agree with Robert Reich but I do always enjoy listening to his points of view. Simply put, he makes me think and that’s what so many Americans need, to be forced to think.

While I don’t have a clue as to who I’ll vote for in Ohio’s Democratic Primary it does help to hear all the sides. Spending six-minutes listening to an informed and experienced voice like Riech’s will help me when decision time comes.

There’s good news tonight; more ohio jobs

As the old radio news reporter, Gabriel Heatter used to say, “There’s good news tonight.” Just as fast as things went bad for Lordstown, OH, things suddenly got brighter. General Motors has announced it is joining with the Sout Korean company LG to build a new lithium battery factory in Lordstown to pave the way for the companies near future plans for Electric Vehicles (EVs).

While it will take a while the joint effort plans to hire 1,100 new workers but GM refused to address whether any of these would be rehired from the 1,600 laid-off workers from the closure of their auto manufacturing plant in that city.

 

 

And this wall will cost how much?

That wall the Mexicans were going to pay for hasn’t, except for but a few miles, been built yet. It was supposed to be failsafe or bulletproof but as this video shows, whatever wall man builds, other men can climb over.

If Trump were to get funding for his total wall, or Mexico finally saw things our way, it could cost $25 billion or more. I think this short video provides proof that we could find better things to spend that money on. How about feeding hungry kids or improving the health care system for people.

It’s Good To Be A Billionaire Politician

Here’s just a part of the advantage a candidate has if they are a billionaire. According to the website, FiveThirtyEight

“Maybe you bought some cool electronics or a new kitchen appliance during all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales that helped set new records for e-commerce in the U.S. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on his own spending spree from Saturday, November 23 until Sunday, December 1, purchasing two television advertisements that aired 19,006 times. The estimated cost of all that screen time was $23.7 million, which is more than three times the amount spent by all the other Democratic presidential candidates’ ads during the same time period combined.

Women Truckers & Trucking As An Economic Indicator

According to the Wall Street Journal, there are now over 234,000 women truck drivers in America and the number is growing. While women few than 10 percent of truckers are women there doesn’t seem to exist any disparity of pay between men and women drivers.

It might be noted, however, that the trucking industry is currently witnessing a growing number of layoffs. Long ago the industry became a prime indicator of economic health. Full employment in the trucking industry indicates that people are spending their money, factories are operating at capacity, and the cash registers at retail shops are ka-chinging!

Help Oust Moscow Mitch!

Do you want someone different leading the US Senate? Well, how about making a small donation to Amy McGrath who is running against Moscow Mitch for his US Senate seat. We just did and hopefully, our small investment will pay dividends for all of America.

Click to donate to Amy McGrath.

 

What I Will & Won’t Do About Guns – REVISED!

In February of 2018, I wrote a blog about my views regarding guns in America. I just reread the piece and found that nothing has changed except for my feelings about semi-automatic weapons. As I originally stated assault-style weapons are nothing different than the .22 semi-automatic rifle I plinked with as a kid. What has changed is the rate of fire and the killing power of the ammunition being used today.

So, here’s what I’d do. First, I’d outlaw the manufacture, sale, and possession of all civilian-marketed semi-automatic weapons both long guns and pistols that utilized an external clip or magazines. Storage of ammunition would have to be internal and fixed by both law and design. Just like my uncle’s old Winchester pump shotgun would only hold five shells and my Smith & Wesson .357 revolver will only hold six bullets, such would be the requirement or limit for all guns.

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The Waltons. No, Not John Boy, The Other Waltons!

Do you ever wonder when wealth becomes, obscene wealth? Well, consider this.

“$70,000 per minute. According to Bloomberg, that’s how much money the Walmart-owning Walton family has made in the year since Bloomberg’s previous list of the world’s richest families. The Waltons top that list this year, with wealth of $190.5 billion. The Mars, Koch, Al Saud, and Wertheimer (of the Chanel fashion house) families round out a top five. The 25 richest families in the world

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