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Market high…

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The Left has been saying for three years that the economy is about to sink into recession.  The democratic presidential candidates all say some version of “Orange Man bad…economy bad…not helping anyone but the rich.”   Yes,  we do have a bad case of overspending,  and too many government employees,  and there are still loads of regulations and rules Trump can dispose of.   But the stock market  just reached  a  record high,  which is proof that many,  many people don’t believe the doom and gloom.   That may be because a large swathe of the public see the impeachment inquiry as a purely political ploy without basis,  and they calculate Trump is tough enough to keep doing what he promised to do and that his continued success will stiffen the backbones of Republicans and cast the Deep State into despondency.   Drive on,  Mr. President!

If you want to know why so many of the available jobs are rather low-paying  service sector  jobs,  thank the government.  But what do you expect when manufacturing is sent overseas,  and you have a president who spent eight years trying to destroy the carbon-based energy sector?

The ugly truth is that too  few Americans  are well-educated enough to perform the high-tech jobs.   We barely speak English and we are lousy at even simple math,  much less rudimentary problem-solving skills.  I am sick of hearing people proclaim how smart and aware young people are today.   They  are not.  Add to that the protests of the activists demanding $15 an hour minimum wage,  and you have many industries looking to automate to avoid being burdened with employees who can’t produce enough to be worth their salaries and benefits. No one ever suspected that cotton production would be fully mechanized,  even after mechanical planters and pickers arrived,  because there was no way to get rid of weeds other than by hand-pulling and hoeing.   But in the late 1930’s a retired Air Corps Colonel,  Price C. McLemore,  devised a method of flame cultivation which used burning fuel to kill weeds without damaging cotton.   The Alabama farmer had  done the  impossible,  and was awarded the Edward Longstreth Medal by the Franklin Institute for his invention.

Machines must be maintained,  and sometimes need repair,  but they don’t stage strikes,  or demand days off or extra breaks.   Companies exist to earn money for owners and shareholders by providing goods or services to consumers.  Most people work because they desire the wherewithal to purchase those goods or services.  Progressives believe companies exist to provide workers with jobs, and by extension, the USA exists to employ anyone and everyone who wishes to come here.   One of the problems is that many of those who come here wish only to latch onto the government teat,  and we are far too generous both in welfare assistance and immigration regulations,  few of which we’re currently allowed to enforce.  Wake up,  people!!

Written by timeforthorns

November 17, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Larceny and lying…

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Those are the two things  these parents  are teaching their offspring.  They have probably also taught them that whining and victimhood bring rewards and fewer criticisms.  On the other hand my kith and kin are equipped to make their own way in life.  Some earn a college degree,  some find trade school more to their liking.  They don’t expect the government or the taxpayers to fund their career choices or their lives.   My independent darlings will compete with these poor kids and they will mop the floor with them.

The more of them go to top colleges and take up space,  the more damage they will do to those establishments and the less a college degree will mean in anything except hard sciences.    I worked for an assortment of companies with top management people holding business degrees from three different Ivy League schools.  I knew more about corporate governance than all three of them put together.

 

 

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August 3, 2019 at 3:16 pm

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Panhandler put-down…

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God bless the guts of this car dealership near Detroit for taking on a panhandler  who often runs his con nearby.

 

 

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June 16, 2017 at 7:29 pm

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Socialist food fails…

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What a surprise it is that a restaurant supposed to run on socialist,  collective principles is now  going out  of business,  even though it didn’t run on the principles it espoused and even though it apparently had interesting food.   Of course,  the owner  is nattering on about the principles nothaving been followed faithfully.   You’d think he would know better, being the owners of other businesses,  which presumably are for-profit.

 

 

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December 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

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LoweBot…

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If you’re near the Bay Area,  go into a Lowe’s and meet LoweBot,  the store’s roaming  helper robot.   Based on the video,  it seems to be a rather cute little machine,  friendly and actually able to assist customers much of the time.   Lowe’s insists the robots won’t replace any workers,  but all of you shrieking for a $15 an hour minimum wage take note.   If you don’t produce more value than you cost the company,  you will eventually lose your job  —  unless,  of course, you work with a labor union or any level of government.

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November 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm

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Walmart drones…

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Walmart is planning to  use drones  in its distribution centers,  with a goal of cutting inventory checks from one month to one day.   And lest you anti-Walmart folks get your panties in a wad,  the corporation will provide new job opportunities for displaced employees.

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June 4, 2016 at 10:10 am

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Obama makes us #3…

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The USA just dropped to  third place  in the global competitiveness ranking.   We used to be in first place,  but now Hong Kong and Switzerland are ahead of us,  thanks to the anti-business and high-tax,  big regulation regime of Barack Obama.   If you think this is a good thing,  vote for Hillary,  so she and her fellow Democrats can take us down another dozen notches.

 

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June 2, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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