Monday, June 17, 2019

US Federal Government Beginnings


In 1802 the US federal government employed 3,905 people. By 1826 it grew to 10,415 federal employees.
They were geographically distributed but administratively decentralized. For example, as late as 1824 the State Department extended across the United States and around the world, but employed only thirteen men in its central office in Washington. The headquarters of the War and Navy Departments employed 32 and 21 people, respectively. The Treasury Department, which always employed the largest central office, had 152 personnel.

On July 31, 1789, the Fifth Act of the First Congress created a field organization of collectors "to regulate the Collection of the Duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares and merchandises imported into the United States." Fifty-nine customs districts were established in eleven states, each with a collector appointed by the president. Custom houses were usually the earliest federal buildings constructed in cities outside of the nation’s capital. 
 The Judiciary Act of 1789 created thirteen district courts, each with one judge, in major cities, and three regional circuit courts. The Supreme Court, with one chief justice and five associate justices, sat above the inferior courts as the only court of appeals. The act also created the office of Attorney General.
The Residence Act of 1790 designated a site on the Potomac River as the permanent capital of the United States. Philadelphia was named the temporary capital, and assumed this role until the federal government relocated to the District of Columbia in 1800. 

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Democrat Socialist Scams


Democrats: The 'Post-Truth' Party, by Trevor Thomas, 6/14/19, American Thinker.

In September of 2008, U.S. senator, vice presidential candidate, and Democrat Joe Biden was asked his thoughts "as a Roman Catholic" on when life begins.  Demonstrating a vast ignorance of science, along with an unflattering display of faith, he told NBC's Tom Brokaw, "Look, I know when it begins for me."  A decade later, using the same "post-truth" relativism, New York mayor, presidential candidate, and Democrat Bill de Blasio, after signing a law that allows New Yorkers to declare their chosen sex on their birth certificates, told a cheering crowd, "You be you.  Live your truth.  And know that New York City will have your back."

Likewise, biology-denying Joe Biden, more than oncehas recently called "transgender equality" the "civil rights issue of our time."  Recall that because of his efforts and the efforts of other post-truthers in the Obama administration, among other perverse, "creepy," and ignorant things, boys started using girls' restrooms and locker rooms, and military women were declared "at least as strong as men" and officially marked for combat.  Soon afterward, boys started and continue to take trophies from girls, and military physical standards were lowered.

Also recall that Joe Biden beat his buddy Barack Obama to the punch when it came time for Democrats legally to redefine the oldest institution in the history of humanity.  I don't mean to pick mostly on "Uncle Joe," but since he is the current frontrunner in the Democrats' race to see who can deny the most truth the fastest and become the presidential nominee for the post-truth party I thought it fitting to highlight his post-truth accomplishments. Biden is far from alone in such thinking.  Virtually every Democrat in America shares Biden's post-truth views on life, marriage, sex, biology, the climate, and so on.

Thus, no one should be surprised that Joe Biden has now flip-flopped on the Hyde Amendment.  In addition to subsidizing abortion through the federal funding of Planned Parenthood, this new position by Biden would force further taxpayer investment in the killing of unborn human beings.  This is where the Democratic Party now is in 2019, because moral capitulation is where post-truth thinkingalways leads.

Post-truth thinking is why Barack Obama flip-flopped on marriage.  Post-truth thinking is why Obama along with several other modern Democrats argued for infanticide.  
Post-truth thinking is why a quarter of a century ago (in Planned Parenthood v. Casey), Justice Anthony Kennedy declared, "At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life."  No one should've been surprised by Kennedy's post-truth-informed vote on marriage.

Post-truth thinking is why the perpetually pale-faced Elizabeth Warren for decades falsely claimed she was of American Indian descent.  Post-truth thinking is also why she got away with it for decades.  Most anyone grounded in the truth would've seen through Fauxcahontas's fraud and would've called her on it.  This says much about the post-truth worldview that dominates the academic and media institutions who've enabled Warren's career.

Post-truth thinking is why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk can claim that because of the man-made climate change myth a result of the "greatest scandal in the history of science," which has led to "the greatest scientific fraud of all time" the Earth is soon doomed unless we adopt a socialist green agenda.  Post-truth thinking gave us the Green New Deal, which, though Democrats presented it as realistic public policy, as John Zmirak correctly notes, is nothing more than "a delusional wish list, a ransom note pasted together with clipped out words from storybooks and glued in place with bubblegum."

Post-truth thinking is why Bernie Sanders can claim that his version of socialism will work when all others have failed.  Only in a post-truth world can the failures of socialism play out right before our eyes, while the American Left claims, "Venezuela didn't collapse because of socialism.  It's a story about epic mismanagement."  In the 20th century alone, with no exceptions, dozens of socialist nations "mismanaged" their way into enslaving and murdering millions.  Only a post-truth mindset would fail to learn from such.

Only academic campuses dominated by Democrats and corrupted by post-truth thinking would censor speakers and opinions rooted in a conservative or biblical worldview.  
Truth-telling professors as well as truth-telling campus guests are paying the price for contradicting the dominant post-truth worldview present at virtually every college and university in the U.S.  This "college apocalypse," as Steven Hayward has called it, has turned educational institutions into little more than day care centers.

It was a post-truth mindset that fueled the vile attempt to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.  Aided and abetted by the like-minded media, with a mountain of lies, Senate Democrats engaged in one of the worst episodes in American political history.  Only post-truthers clinging to an evil post-truth agenda would take decades-old uncorroborated accusations and treat them seriously in something as grave as a Supreme Court nomination.

Lastly, only a political party corrupted by a post-truth worldview would attempt to reverse a presidential election by inventing a Trump-Russia-collusion conspiracy and then invent the crimes to attempt to justify their failed coup.  Only post-truthers would spend two-plus years and millions of dollars investigating an incident they know did not occur — all in the name of undoing an election result they didn't like.  Only a post-truth media would devote millions of words and thousands of TV hours to such a farce.

Today's Democrats certainly don't hold a monopoly on post-truth politics and thought, but clearly they are corrupted by it to a greater extent than almost any other collection of individuals one could find.  As noted apologist William Lane Craig put it when writing about the Christian perspective on homosexuality, "today so many people think of right and wrong, not as matters of fact, but as matters of taste."  In a post-truth world, taste determines truth.  If taste determines truth, then we're all at the mercy of whoever's in charge.  That's why today's Democrats as they are currently constituted should not be in charge of anything.

Trevor Grant Thomas: At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason. www.trevorgrantthomas.com
Trevor is the author of the The Miracle and Magnificence of America. tthomas@trevorgrantthomas.com



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Florida Bans Sanctuary Cities



What this means is that no city or county can set themselves up to protect illegal aliens and any city or county official that tries to establish such on their own can be removed from office by the governor and can be subject to criminal penalties.

I would think that should they release anyone with an ICE detainer against them and they go on to commit, say, a murder, that official could be charged as an accessory before the fact.

From The Blaze: According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are currently no sanctuary cities in the state of Florida, but Alachua County has declared itself to be a sanctuary county.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said in a February 2017 blogpost that he would “have no hesitation in declaring St. Petersburg a sanctuary from harmful federal immigration laws,” but a spokesman clarified a few days later that Kriseman had meant only that it was a sanctuary “in spirit.”

The sheriff of Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg, added that the county was not “and will not be a ‘sanctuary county’ for people who commit crimes. Regardless of statements made for political purposes.”

On Friday, DeSantis signed a bill that would require “state entities, local government entities, and law enforcement agencies to use best efforts to support the enforcement of federal immigration law.” It also specifically calls out “unlawful sanctuary policies.”

DeSantis said that the law was in the interest of “public safety.” He added that without the bill, illegal immigrants could commit crimes “and then just walk out the door and continue to do it.” This law was something that DeSantis had promised during his campaign.


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Sunday, June 16, 2019

US Economic History


Our economic history needs to be studied in order to understand where we are now and why. Actions taken and not taken have consequences.

The meteoric rise in the cost of government in the last 100 years is due to wars, bad ideas, scams, inflation, power grabs, corruption and bloated bureaucracies.

War is being replaced by Trade and Sanctions. This should allow governments to cut spending and taxes.

Household incomes should be increased to exceed living costs, so that mortgages can be paid off early. The only good debt is a single family house for the family that will appreciate in value. It should be paid off as soon as possible.

Inflation in the Price of goods is created when demand exceeds supply. This applies to food, commodities and property. Labor is a commodity and wage increases require productivity increases or they create inflation. Inflation due to money printing lowers the value of the currency.

Debt must be limited to save interest expense. Government should not fund projects with Bonds that require interest costs. Credit Cards should be paid off monthly and no balances should be carried. Student loans need to be avoided. Cars last longer, but insurance is higher. Limiting overall expense is important.

The cost of government needs to be reduced through process improvements and automation. Government needs to publish its priorities and reduce spending on nonessential and unconstitutional activities and projects.

The federal government needs to reprivatize industries and sell its lending companies like Freddie, Fannie and Sallie and transition its unconstitutional responsibilities back to the States.

Education and Healthcare are overpriced and under-performing. These need to be returned to the “free market”, so consumers can control the costs. Government subsidies have ruined these industries.

Federal Lands need to be returned to the States and federal grants to States need to be reduced and eliminated.  States and Municipalities need to take over transportation maintenance and expansion. States need to build more hydroelectric plants to lower electric and water bills and increase water reserves to keep agriculture going during droughts. Students should be responsible for their own education.

The Federal government needs to pay down the National Debt back to $5 trillion. To do that, congress needs to cut spending in half. Non-citizens should not be eligible for government subsidized welfare, healthcare or education.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Incompatible Islam


On the Moral and Legal Status of Islam in the United States, By Jason D. Hill, 6/14/19, American Thinker.
 
Last week, Hungarian leader Viktor Orban and Canada’s leading intellectual, Jordan Peterson, met to lambast illegal immigration and political correctness which they believe make sensible public discussions impossible. Peterson also made a noteworthy claim worth thinking about. He said that Islam is not compatible with democracy and that this issue has been barred from public discussion.

I believe Peterson is correct. Islam is not only incompatible with democracy. It is inimical to America’s fundamental values and principles. More important, it is in violation of the United States Constitution. It is time for the United States to take a pre-emptive strike against a moral and political ideology whose stated goal is the abolition of our political system.

When we examine the application of Sharia law in the West, most particularly in Europe where it is gaining ascendancy, people will come to see a few fundamental tenets about Islam. Its foundation and governing principle is that Sharia law regulates the personal and public behavior of all Muslims and non-Muslims under its governance.  When we think of Islam mainly as a religion, we cannot disambiguate it from Sharia law which, when examined, allows us to see that the legal, cultural and political aspects of the religion supersede the purely private religious aspects of it. World Islam, above all, has become a political ideology.

Sharia law is a weaponized political tool supervening the public sphere that violates every sacred tenet of American life.

The institution of slavery remains lawful under Sharia law. Those who repudiate their faith in Islam directly or indirectly are guilty of capital offenses punishable by death. It, therefore, conflicts with our constitutional human right of freedom of conscience and religion. The Sharia law of apostasy restricts other human rights, such as freedom of expression and association. Sharia law does not guarantee equal rights for men and women.

This past April, the nation of Brunei, in a four-page 
document addressed to the European Parliament, defended its new Sharia law implementation by insisting that stoning to death for adultery, extra-marital sex, or amputation for offenses such as sodomy and theft and the death penalty for homosexuality be regarded as permissible because it comes from Allah.

In 2011, a Muslim group in Denmark in a “Call to Islam” campaigned vigorously to make parts of Copenhagen and other Danish cities into “Sharia Law Zones” that would function as autonomous “enclaves” ruled by Islamic law.

Salafism, a sect within Islam, calls for the destruction of Western democracy, and demands that it be replaced by a Universal Islamic Caliphate, and world-wide Islamic theocracy ruled by Islamic law. So does the charter of Hamas. The statement referred to man-made laws and rules as obstacles to be destroyed by all Muslims and to rid the world of the great evil of democracy.

Islamic courts are also operating in many of Germany’s big cities. In Britain a Muslim group called “Muslims Against the Crusades” has called for the application of Sharia and championed turning twelve cities including a renamed London called “Londonistan” into Independent Islamic states. Ruled by Sharia law, the states within Britain would operate completely outside of British Jurisprudence.

The “parallel justice system” is not only compromising secular law in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and France where Islamic law is displacing French law in parts of suburban Paris, but also right here in the United States of America.

Let us never forget the 2008 case of a Moroccan man and his 17-year-old wife who immigrated to America. A short while after migrating to the United States, she filed a restraining order claiming that her husband was repeatedly raping her. The husband did not deny that the were non-consensual; he simply told the Judge that in his religion the wife was required to submit to and obey all his desires. The New Jersey judge stated that, given his understanding of Islam, the man did not intend to commit a crime and was therefore innocent. The judge denied the restraining order. It was, fortunately overturned by a higher court.

There have been other cases in the United States where judges allowing Islamic law and customs to supersede inalienable constitutional rights have simply been seen as nothing more than being guilty of committing a legal error.

Just as problematic is the extent to which a number of American financial institutions have started taking steps to become Sharia compliant. This is in order to both attract and manage Muslim wealth.

In 2017 the Quran was used for the first time to swear in a new US Congressman, Keith Ellison. He was a former spokesperson for the Nation of Islam and became the second highest leader of the Democratic National Committee. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) followed in January of 2019 by wearing a traditional Palestinian robe and took the oath on Thomas Jefferson’s translated version of the Quran.

A number of US public schools are commemorating Muslim holidays and holding Islamic prayers towards Mecca.  Rocky Mountain High school in Colorado in 2011 became the first school in the United States to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, replacing “One Nation Under God” with “One Nation Under Allah”. Revolutions of the deepest kinds always begin with our children.

It was, indeed, our late great President, Abraham Lincoln who declared: “The philosophy of the classroom today will be the philosophy of the government of tomorrow.”
That government is arriving soon, armed with a philosophy few of us as American will survive.

Jason D. Hill is professor of philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. His areas of specialization include ethics, social and political philosophy, American foreign policy, cosmopolitanism and race theory. He is the author of several books, including “We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People” (Bombardier Books/Post Hill Press). Follow him on Twitter @JasonDhill6..

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Trade Deficits and Tariffs


Trump believes that countries should produce what their economies consume. The US Trade Deficit for 2018 was $891.3 billion. The US needs to reduce its Trade Deficit, restore its manufacturing base and increase its energy production.

The US economic recovery requires the return of middle class jobs to US citizens by eliminating illegal immigration and returning to immigration by need and merit to reduce the welfare migrant population in the US. It also required lowering the corporate taxes by $1.5 trillion over 10 years and eliminating unnecessary regulations. The use of Tariffs on imports reinforces our resolve to return to producing what we consume.

The US is on track to reduce its $891.3 billion annual Trade Deficit by decreasing its imports of manufactured goods and increasing exports of oil and natural gas. Trump warned that this was the plan in his 2016 campaign.

China, Mexico and EU countries are on notice and China Tariffs have been imposed on $260 billion of its exports to the US.

Mexico needs to stop the flow of welfare migrants.
In 2018, the US exported $266 billion to Mexico and Mexico exported $346 billion to the US. The US Trade Deficit with Mexico was $81.5 billion. Applying a 25% Tariff on Mexican exports of $346 billion to the US results in an annual $86.5 billion increase in US revenue.

EU needs to establish more manufacturing plants in the US.
In 2018, the US exported $318.4 billion to EU countries and EU countries exported $487 billion to the US. The US Trade Deficit with EU countries was $169 billion. Applying a 25% Tariff on EU country exports of $487 billion to the US results in an annual $121.75 billion increase in US revenue.

China needs to end intellectual property theft, end their military build-up in Asia and reduce manufacturing for the US market.
In 2018, the US exported $120 billion to China and China exported $540 billion to the US.  The US Trade Deficit with China was $420 billion. Applying a 25% Tariff on Chinese exports of $420 billion to the US results in an annual $105 billion increase in US revenue.

The US is already receiving $65 billion in Tariff Revenue from China. If 25% Tariffs were imposed on all imports from China, Mexico and the EU, the Tariff Revenue would be $313 billion.
 
US Tariff Revenue        US Deficit Reduction
China   $105 billion       $540 billion
Mexico $86.5 billion      $346 billion
EU        $121.75 billion  $487 billion
Total     $ 313.25           $1.373 trillion

US companies can absorb the $313.25 billion in Tariff costs from the $1.5 trillion tax cuts they got in 2018.

US Import Revenue
China    $120 billion
Mexico  $266 billion
EU         $318 billion
Total      $704 billion

China has no interest in buying US goods. They have tricked our technology companies into giving away their intellectual property.
Mexico has not developed enough of an economy to buy more US goods.
The EU already overtaxes US imports with 20% VAT taxes, so a 20% Tariff on EU cars and other goods just evens out the difference.

There is more than enough trade with China, Mexico and the EU to eliminate the $891.3 billion US Trade Deficit.

Japan will likely add more car plants to the US and buy their oil and natural gas from the US.
In 2018 the US exported $75.2 billion to Japan and Japan exported $142.4 billion to the US. The US Trade Deficit with Japan was $67.2 billion.

South Korea will add car production to the US and likely buy their oil and natural gas from the US
In 2018 the US exported $56.5 billion to South Korea and South Korea exported $74.3 billion to the US. The US Trade Deficit with South Korea was $17.8 billion

Canada will continue to export oil to the US until the US expands its oil production to meet our 20 million bbd consumption. Canada will continue to sell timber to the US until the US stops its annual forest fire festival.
In 2018 the US exported $300 billion to Canada and Canada exported $319 billion to the US.  The US Trade Deficit with Canada was $19 billion.

UK will expand trade with the US if they leave the EU.
In 2018 the US exported $66 billion to the UK and the UK exported $60 billion to the US.  The US Trade Surplus with the UK was $6 billion.

Germany exports cars to the US and will need to build more auto plants in the US.
In 2018 the US exported $57.8 billion to Germany and Germany exported $126 billion to the US. The US Trade Deficit with Germany was $68 billion.

Companies who currently export to the US will need to move their production of these goods to the US, so that US citizens can produce what they consume.

US security depends on peace through strength and requires the US to control its borders and restore industries that include steel, aluminum, minerals, technology development, electronics, software development and robotics.

Restoring US manufacturing should increase middle class jobs in rural cities and counties. It should take a few years for most companies to add their manufacturing jobs back to the US.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader


Saturday, June 15, 2019

US Off-shored 10 Million Jobs


From 1997 to 2007, the US lost 10 million jobs to off-shoring. Before 1997 the US offshored shoes, textiles, clothing, steel, aluminum, chemicals and autos.

From 1997 to 2007, the US off-shored critical manufacturing industries. At the top of the list, the electronics industry off-shored 370.3%. After 2007, the US continued to off-shore more electronics and the rest of our manufacturing industries. This resulted in a US Trade Deficit of $891 billion a year in 2018.

Our best option is to impose Tariffs on imports to force companies to return manufacturing jobs to the US. We already know how to automate these manufacturing plants to allow them to increase throughput beyond what they can do in foreign plants.

Top 25 Products with Largest IPRs in 2007
Description - 2007 - 1997 - % Change 1997-2007
Electric computers 65.5 13.9 370.3%
Household furnishings 93.5 23.2 303.3%
Radio and TV broadcasting and wireless equipment 63.0 16.1 291.0%
Turbines and turbine generator sets 71.1 25.4 179.8%
Industrial valve manufacturing 78.2 34.4 127.3%
Telephone switch apparatus 64.5 17.7 265.3%
Relays and industrial controls 56.3 24.1 134.1%
Pulp mill products 92.7 45.2 105.0%
Motors and generators 56.7 28.4 99.9%
Speed changers, high-speed drives and gears 70.7 38.5 83.6%
Plastics and rubber industrial machinery 77.3 43.4 78.2%
Medicinals and botanicals 85.8 49.5 73.3%
Newsprint mill products 90.6 54.3 66.8%
Magnetic and optical recording media 57.1 38.6 47.8%
Motor vehicle parts 53.7 38.3 40.3%
Metal-cutting machine tools 76.9 58.6 31.3%
Aircraft engine and engine parts manufacturing 52.4 40.0 31.0%
Electronic resister manufacturing 61.8 47.5 30.0%
Industrial process control instruments 58.1 45.7 27.1%
Metal-forming machine tools 76.6 62.7 22.1%
Autos 56.0 50.4 11.0%
Other electric components 58.2 56.9 2.2%

Computer storage devices 64.9 66.7 -2.7%
Electric capacitors and parts 62.1 69.1 -10.0%
Heavy-duty trucks and chassis 55.8 62.5 -10.8%

Average Top 25 IPRs 68.0 42.0 61.7%

The average loss was 61.7%. The US needs to move electronics and machining back to the US.


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