Monday, October 31, 2016

Historical Perspective

If you look at our US history and the changes in our economic activity, you can get a sense of how our economy has evolved. 

Going back to our beginnings in 1620, colonists were working to farm the land and raise livestock to have a food supply.  All of this was done manually and required physical effort and skill. In addition, colonists built homes, requiring work to harvest trees, process lumber and construct these homes.  Hunting wild game supplemented their diets.  These agricultural communities required blacksmiths, leather work, lumber jacks, medical and dental skills to support their farming work.

The Industrial Revolution (1850-1920) gave the US new inventions that produced a new standard of living.  Labor saving devices were developed that would allow us to produce more with less effort.  The development of the portable engine evolved from the steam engine to the gasoline engine.  Steel production was refined.  The gas light was replaced by electric lights.  Hydro-electric plants were built and coal fired electric plants were built.  Electricity allowed for the development of electrically powered tools and appliances.  Ice boxes were replaced by electrically powered refrigerators.  Wash boards were replaced by clothes washers.  Clothes lines were replaced by clothes dryers.  Dish washers were developed. The automobile replaced the horse and buggy.  Railroads replaced the covered wagon.  The telegraph and telephone replaced the Pony Express.  The stage coach was replaced by the railroad car, automobile, bus and airplane.

The Post-Industrial Revolution (1920-Present) continued to improve and refine our industrial development and public health.  Sewer sanitation systems replaced open sewers.  Clean water replaced dirty water; chlorination killed the bacteria.  Penicillin replaced death caused by inflammation in 1945.   Polio was cured in the 1950s. DNA was discovered in the 1960s. Advances in radio frequency technology created radar. Vacuum tubes were replaced by transistors, Computers were developed.  Motion pictures, radio, recording devices and television were developed.  Air conditioners were developed.  Gas furnaces replaced coal furnaces. Composite materials replaced wood, Telephones advanced to wireless. Computers replaced typewriters and drafting tables. Digital storage replaced paper documents.  Computer programming and robotics advanced. Credit cards replaced checks and cash.  Space travel was achieved.  Highways were developed and nuclear power plants joined coal and hydroelectric plants in the 1950s.

Our current economy is in bad shape, due to governmental overreach, unnecessary regulations, excessive government spending and socialist programs.  Reducing government’s footprint is needed to reignite the private sector. 

Reestablishing the US Constitution (as written) and our national sovereignty are necessary to reestablish the free market economy.

Going forward, we need to pay down national debt and allow the market to set interest rates.  We need to have the free market reestablish prices in healthcare and education.  This will require planned decreases in federal subsidies.  We need to abandon all defined benefit pension schemes and replace them with defined contribution plans.  We need to reduce government control of our economy. 

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Social Security

The Social Security Retirement Plan is a “defined benefit plan” like a Pension plan.  The benefit is based somewhat on the amount of money we “contribute”, tut once contributed”, it is no longer our money.  It was enacted in the 1930s as an “old age retirement plan”.  Benefits were not payable until age 65 and the average life expectancy in the 1930s was age 65.  Later, recipients were allowed to claim a smaller benefit at age 62 or a larger benefit at age 70.  Companies set their own retirement dates at age 65. 

Social Security Retirement could have been designed as an owned account, so that families could receive the balance of the undistributed contributions upon the death of their parent, but is wasn’t.  Congress preferred to keep the money they had already spent.   Likewise, inheritance taxes could have been rejected to allow families to receive all of their parents’ property without giving half to the government.

Social Security Retirement allows the surviving spouse to receive half of the deceased spouses’ benefit and there is a small burial payment nobody takes the time to collect.

The number of people who die before age 65 is still high enough to keep this Ponzi scheme going.  US Workers have contributed 15% of their earnings to their Social Security accounts. Those who averaged $50,000 a year for 40 years contributed $300,000 to their accounts.  If they had been allowed to own these accounts and had invested them in stocks and CDs, they would have an account balance of $1 million. This account balance would have belonged to the participant and eventually to the participant’s family.

Recipients view their Social Security Retirement payments as a loan to the government that needs to be repaid.  We believe that the government needs to leave this plan alone until they can convert it into a plan that allows participant ownership and investment in something that offers earnings based on the free market.

The US government needs to drastically reduce government spending, reduce government debt and allow the free market to restore proper pricing in education and healthcare and allow the private sector to move our economy out of debt.

Corporations who want continued excess spending should not be allowed to continue to influence public policy.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Media Perspective

The media has reached a low point in hosting Presidential debates. To see this for yourself, you have to google past debates.

I watched the 1960 Kennedy / Nixon debates televised by NBC, ABC and CBS  The debates in 1960 were more substantive and less trivial.  The media asked more policy questions.  The answers given by the candidates were direct.  Voters could listen to this debate and know exactly how each of these candidates would approach their policy decisions and why. Also, the lobbying to involve the federal government in education and healthcare was evident. 

In 1960, the US was at the top of the lists that measured economic freedom and education. 

In 2016, the US Economic Freedom Index ranking for the US is 11.  In Education, the US ranks 17.

Now watch the 2016 Presidential debates to see how trivial they’ve become.  The questions asked by the media are trivial and distract from the policy proposals voters need to understand.   

Presidential debates now more nearly resemble the Jerry Springer Show. Voters are purposely being distracted from the real issues.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

The Bias of Liberal Media Polling

When you turn on the television, most news organizations and liberal-run media will have you believe Hillary has all but won the White House. But can you really believe any of the information they put in front of you?

After all, every single news organization out there has proven it wants Hillary to win, it covers up the news to make sure nothing bad about her gets out, and say just about anything to promote her. However, if you know where to look, you can uncover the real truth.

As Donald Trump recently stated at a campaign rally in Tampa Bay, the most accurate poll used over the last three presidential elections has Donald Trump at a 2 percent advantage throughout the entire United States. This is rather telling as the most accurate poll in the U.S. has Donald besting Hillary, but nobody else is reporting on this.

It shows just how badly the liberal run media not only wants Hillary to win, but it wants people to stay home, away from voting. If Republicans think Hillary is going to win, they may be less likely to vote. But do not fall for this kind of a trap. Make sure to get out and vote and do what you can to prevent Hillary from reaching the office.

You can get a sneak preview of how Donald Trump is doing in the early polls in critical swing states like Florida by watching the video below.

Refugee Family Reunification Disaster

Coming by 2019! Sweden will sink under this load as family reunification ramps up Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 31, 2016

Invasion of Europe news….Sweden is my guess for the first European country to completely implode with the burden of needy Middle Eastern and African refugees (it has been my choice for years).  Although, I admit, Germany (larger and wealthier) is working hard to catch up with Sweden.

Pay attention to this ‘family reunification’ issue because it is going to impact your American town—you will see it in a year or two in the newly selected resettlement sites.

Just as your town realizes you can’t handle the numbers coming, you will be called mean-spirited and worse if you try to deny the ‘family’ members the ‘right’ to join those who arrived in the first wave.

Here is the story this morning at Speisa (New Gigantic Migration Shock):

SWEDEN — “It’s a level we’ve never seen before,” said the Moderates’ migration policy spokesperson Johan Forssell when he told Aftonbladet that over 300,000 cases of family reunifications are expected by 2019. The record figures come from the Migration Board’s forecast, according to Aftonbladet.

The huge migration wave last year could be repeated and almost doubled when over 300,000 family members are expected to arrive up to the year 2019.

When Aftonbladet talks with Johan Forssell, he says it is a large volume to handle. It’s a level we’ve never seen before. Until 2019, it is about 317,000 cases. This will have a major impact on the issues of housing, jobs, schools, health care. It underlines that we need to have long-term and sustainable immigration policies, says Forsell. More here. For more on the ‘Invasion of Europe’ click here.  And, for my huge archive on Sweden, go here.

These are the locations we have identified so far that have been targeted by the US Dept. of State as new resettlement sites.  We hear there are 47 of them (the remainder are still secret).

This is the largest number in one year perhaps since the program began in 1980. They must get these offices open because a) Obama has proposed astronomical numbers for FY17, b) because once opened, offices are hard to close, and c) they want to get as many open and running before a possible Donald Trump Administration takes office in January.

Once the first batches are resettled the contractors go to work bringing in the family members. They will vilify you if you try to stop the “reunification.”
Asheville, NC
Rutland, VT
Reno, NV
Ithaca, NY
Missoula, MT
Aberdeen, SD (may have been thwarted!)
Charleston, WV
Fayetteville, AR
Blacksburg, VA
Pittsfield, MA
Northhampton, MA
Flint, MI
Bloomington, IN
Traverse City, MI
Poughkeepsie, NY
Wilmington, DE
Watertown, NY (maybe)
Youngstown, OH (maybe)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Michigan Grandmother writes Trump

From Michigan: An open letter to Donald Trump, by Ann Corcoran on October 30, 2016

This is a letter penned today by one of our faithful readers on the eve of a scheduled visit tomorrow by Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Please, Donald Trump, help Michigan!

Dear Mr. Trump:
I am so happy to hear you will be coming to Michigan at least one more time before the election. I doubt I will have a chance to speak to you in a throng of thousands of supporters, but if I could this would be my message.

Michigan represents the United States on the cusp of collapse if Hillary Clinton and the globalists backing her prevail on November 8th. Michigan has been so damaged by job loss and permanent unemployment from companies moving elsewhere that it has caused the social fabric to change. Like many of my friends I am a grandmother with grandchildren elsewhere. When our children graduated from college they all had to move to other states for jobs. There was no future for them in Michigan.

So now the central planners on the left are flooding our state with refugees from war torn and third world countries to provide a pool of very low wage workers who will be reliable Democrat voters to help keep the sinking ship of state afloat. Per capita Michigan has been receiving the most refugees in recent years and now we are receiving the most Syrian refugees. While the Refugee Resettlement program operates under the radar as much as possible, the presence of a large concentration of refugees is being noticed because some parts of Michigan are being transformed almost overnight.

People are concerned. Why are we bringing in unvettable potential terrorists into our midst? Most of these newcomers are Muslim and many of them are Sharia compliant. Sharia is not compatible with the US Constitution. Now we are discovering that a number of these refugees are harboring TB and in at least one case the drug resistant variety. This seems to be nothing short of insanity. A few informed citizens have sounded the alarm, but it is difficult to find leaders who are willing to buck the unfair charges of bigotry and discrimination.

Mr. Trump, this is why we are so enthusiastic about you. We salute your leadership on protecting our borders and our citizens. It is not unreasonable to call a halt on bringing in more refugees until they can be properly vetted, not just for terrorist ties, but also their adherence to an ideology that makes it impossible for them and their children to be Constitution abiding US citizens.

We call on you to shine the spotlight on the Michigan situation, which will soon be the norm all over the country if we can’t put the brakes on this mad dash to bring in more and more refugees. We call on you to support our bold leaders like Oakland County Executive, Brooks Patterson, and the entire town council in Waterford, Michigan who stepped up to protecting their citizens, the job of all our elected representatives.

There is much to learn from the Michigan experience and a course correction is in order to hold the line in Michigan and protect the rest of the country. Please continue your bold leadership and you will have a winning issue that crosses all demographic and party lines. I really believe you when you say you will MAGA. Keep up the good work!
A Concerned Michigander

For more on Michigan see our recent post by clicking here.  Watch our 6-minute video ‘Hillary’s Michigan, America’s Worst Nightmare:’ And, don’t miss Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily here.
For our hour long video on reaching ‘undecided’ voters, click here.

FBI Protest Resignations

Resignation letters piling up at FBI, James Comey's wife urged director to take powerful action, by Joe Kovacs, 10/30/16, WND

The decision by FBI Director James Comey to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server and her mishandling of classified material came after he could no longer resist mounting pressure by FBI agents described as “mutinous.”

In an article for Britain’s Daily Mail, bestselling author Ed Klein reports some of Comey’s top deputies were in on the mutiny, according to a source close to the director.

“The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn’t recommend an indictment against Hillary,” said the source, who Klein says has known Comey for nearly 20 years, goes to Catholic mass with him each week, and spends family outings together.

“Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,” said the source. “They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.”

The source says Comey agonized over the issue for months and even talked about it with his wife, Patrice.

Comey told Patrice the stack of resignation letters from livid agents was making him depressed, as they reminded him that morale at the bureau had hit rock bottom.
“He’s been ignoring the resignation letters in the hope that he could find a way of remedying the situation,'” said the source, according to Klein.

“When new emails that appeared to be related to Hillary’s personal email server turned up in a computer used by [her close aide] Huma Abedin and [Abedin’s disgraced husband,] Anthony Weiner, Comey jumped at the excuse to reopen the investigation.

“The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him. And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state.”

“He talks about the damage that he’s done to himself and the institution [of the FBI], and how he’s been shunned by the men and women who he admires and work for him. It’s taken a tremendous toll on him. It shattered his ego. He looks like he’s aged 10 years in the past four months.”

Klein says Comey’s decision to reopen the case “was more than an effort to heal the wound he inflicted on the FBI.” He was also worried that after the presidential election, Republicans in Congress would mount a probe of how he had granted Hillary political favoritism,” Klein wrote.

The new look at Hillary’s emails, coming just 11 days before Election Day, is said to have shocked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and prosecutors at the Justice Department.
“Jim told me that Lynch and Obama are furious with him,” the source said.

Klein notes that President Obama indicated his choice of Comey as FBI director was “my worst mistake as president.” “Lynch and Obama haven’t contacted Jim directly,” said the source, “but they’ve made it crystal clear through third parties that they disapprove of his effort to save face.”

Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Gut Social Security

For what seems like time immemorial, candidates running for president of the United States could debate almost any issue, except for what were termed “unmentionable topics” — Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Unmentionable, because to bring them up for questioning meant stepping into voters’ crosshairs on an ultra-sensitive topic.

To raise the prospect of reducing any of these benefits in the past while running for office has been tantamount to committing political suicide, and yet, within the government’s budget, these programs account for the bulk of government spending.

Social Security accounts for 24 percent of the federal budget for 2014 and Medicare and Medicaid an additional 24 percent. Programs such as food stamps and unemployment accounted for another 12 percent while defense spending was just 17 percent of the budget.

Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Disability Insurance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), State Children’s Health Insurance (SCHIP) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) all are administered by the same government department, the Social Security Administration. In 2013, the various Social Security funds that pay the benefits for all of these programs (except for retirement Social Security) began paying out more than they took in.

As members of the Baby Boomer generation continue to retire, retirement Social Security will also flip and like the other funds, begin to draw on the emergency trust reserves set up for it. Under current calculations, the Disability Insurance trust fund will be fully exhausted by 2018 — in just two years. The Medicare trust fund is projected to be exhausted by 2023. And the retirement Social Security trust fund will be fully depleted by 2033 by some estimates. Clearly, this is a crisis, and it has been building for some time.

Because even debating these issues can be considered politically “radioactive,” candidates for president have been loath to talk about them, thus ignoring what is effectively an “elephant in the room.” The causes of the shortfall are debatable, but the solutions are few.

Either benefits will have to be cut (politically the least attractive choice), fraud must be minimized (this would only result in “kicking the can down the road” for a few years), or taxes must be increased (also political suicide).

Both Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have pledged not to touch Social Security — knowing this is a “third rail” issue for voters, but at the same time, something needs to be done.

Trump is hoping to rev up the economy by lowering taxes on the middle class and for businesses. The idea is this will stimulate spending and get our economy growing again at a clip seen prior to President Obama’s term in office. A growing economy will, in turn, produce more tax revenue (even at lower tax rates) and help make up the shortfall that these programs will experience soon.

Hillary Clinton’s plans are to raise taxes on high-income earners only — but knowing how many of those citizens (many of whom are her largest donors) take all possible steps to avoid paying taxes, it seems unrealistic that Clinton won’t have to raise taxes on the middle-class as well eventually.

Raising taxes means that middle-class earners, who are already getting squeezed economically, will spend even less, creating a downward spiral in the economy as less tax revenue comes in and taxes must be raised higher still.

Perhaps recognizing this, Clinton’s odds-on favorite to become the Secretary of the Treasury in her administration, Blackstone hedge fund CEO Tony James, wrote to Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta in an email exposed by WikiLeaks, saying, “We do not believe the problem can be solved by making Social Security better funded and/or adding a higher minimum benefits for several reasons. Social Security was designed as a safety net for those facing poverty in old age. It was never meant to be a vehicle to guarantee a middle-class retirement.”

James thus has a different view of the program than that of the Social Security Administration, which says on its website that Social Security was created to “assure workers that their years of employment entitled them to a life income.”

James further detailed a plan whereby Social Security would be entirely restructured and managed through “mandatory savings accounts” administered by Wall Street companies like his own. This would represent a massive windfall for Wall Street banks and financial companies and a huge new risk for workers who are used to zero-risk accounts that the government holds.

Specifically, the Wall Street accounts would be invested in hedge funds, private equities and other risky vehicles that create the potential for losses in the accounts. There would also be significant management fees for the banks and financial institutions to manage the money.

Could this be one of the reasons why Wall Street has donated so heavily to the Clinton campaign thus far and paid Hillary Clinton so much to speak?

James was so excited by the possibility of the restructuring that he crowed to Bloomberg Businessweek, “If this gets enacted, there are going to be thousands and thousands and thousands of asset managers that will benefit… because more savings and more investment benefits all asset managers of every stripe.”

Compared with George W. Bush’s plan in 2005 for Americans to have “voluntary savings accounts” that would be essentially the same thing, this plan is not voluntary — it would be mandated by the government. Bush’s plan died a quick political death shortly after it was announced, and since that time, the issue of Social Security reform has not been discussed seriously by any presidential candidate.

Congress has tried to tackle the issue, and in 2010, it formed the Simpson-Bowles commission, which put together a plan (endorsed by President Obama) that would substantially cut $1.4 trillion in benefits from Social Security. In a paid private speech to investment bank Morgan Stanley, Hillary Clinton endorsed the Simpson-Bowles plan, saying it “put forth the right framework.”

In 2013, in another paid private speech — this time to the National Multi-Housing Council — Clinton referred to Social Security as an “entitlement program,” indicating that she clearly has a different view of Social Security than those middle-class Americans who need the funds to get them through their retirement.

In yet another paid speech, Clinton said, “Do we have to do something about entitlements? Yes. Do we have to figure out what we want to be as a nation and then pay for it? Yes. Do we have to restrain spending so that we don’t bankrupt ourselves and undermine our position at home and abroad? Yes.”

Even though Clinton has made public pledges not to touch Social Security, her statement to investment bank Goldman Sachs that it’s OK to have one position in public and another in private should strike fear into the hearts of anyone who wants to see their Social Security untouched. For many voters, this is the number one reason not to trust Hillary Clinton and not to vote for her.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research says that a primary reason for the Social Security fund shortfalls is upward redistribution of the country’s wealth — a trend that’s only accelerated in recent decades as more of the nation’s income goes to the top 1 percent of earners.

Given that Hillary Clinton is supported and funded by most of those people (and is most definitely one of them), it should make sense to the average voter that those people’s interests do not coincide with those of middle-class Americans. This is one of the most important issues of this presidential race.

Lynch pleads the Fifth

Shock News: Attorney General Loretta Lynch “Pleads the Fifth” on Iran Payoff!

“Pleading the Fifth” has become a kind of pop-culture reference with the rise in popularity of TV cop dramas.

We hear the phrase often in our popular media and we’ve come to believe it’s just something one says when facing down the authorities. However, it really isn’t that common of an event, and it can still be quite surprising when someone uses the phrase in a government hearing…Especially when that someone is the Attorney General of the United States.

Congress has been looking into the highly questionable, and seemingly illegal payment that the Obama administration recently made to our enemies in Iran. As part of their investigation they’ve called the Attorney General to testify before them about the administration’s attempts to secretly send $1.7 BILLION to Iran. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) sent Lynch a letter with a series of questions about the how the payment was first approved and then delivered. However, in response to their inquiry the Attorney General sent one of her assistants to Congress to relay her message that she would not be saying anything else about the Iran payout.

Video: U.S. Senate rejects Obama veto of Saudi Sept. 11 bill
Rubio and Pompeo responded almost immediately, calling the AG’s reticence to answer to the American people, “unacceptable.”

“It is frankly unacceptable that your department refuses to answer straightforward questions from the people’s elected representatives in Congress about an important national security issue. Your staff failed to address any of our questions, and instead provided a copy of public testimony and a lecture about the sensitivity of information associated with this issue.

As the United States’ chief law enforcement officer, it is outrageous that you would essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries. The actions of your department come at time when Iran continues to hold Americans hostage and unjustly sentence them to prison.”
The Washington Free Beacon reached out to Rep. Pompeo, who was happy to express his disgust with the AG’s decision to stonewall Congress and cover for Obama.

Who knew that simple questions regarding Attorney General Lynch’s approval of billions of dollars in payments to Iran could be so controversial that she would refuse to answer them? This has become the Obama administration’s coping mechanism for anything related to the Islamic Republic of Iran—hide information, obfuscate details, and deny answers to Congress and the American people… They know this isn’t a sustainable strategy, however, and I trust they will start to take their professional, and moral, obligations seriously.”

However, another Congressional source told the Free Beacon that the Obama administration would likely continue the stonewalling process for as long as possible because there really was no other alternative. The reality behind what happened between the Obama team and Iran is so disgusting that they cannot allow the public to hear the truth before the election.

“Every Obama administration official and department involved in the Iran Deal appear to be running for cover,” the source told the WFB.Like we feared, the [Iran deal] is turning out to be a disaster and Iran is emboldened in its aggression. Evidently Attorney General Lynch and the Department of Justice have decided ‘refusal to cooperate’ is their best strategy. But this is dangerous and ultimately won’t protect them from anything.”

Just to recap, the Obama administration is mired in a situation that could end up proving to have been completely illegal (paying ransom to a terrorist supporting state in an effort to free captives, among other problems), and when Congress does their job and investigates… the chief law enforcement officer in the country, the Attorney General, takes measures to protect the culprits. Loretta Lynch is supposed to be rooting out criminal behavior and ensuring that our justice system does its job, instead she’s defending the lawbreakers and ensuring that our legal system cannot operate properly. Sadly, such is life in the Obama era.

Saudis & Qatar fund ISIS


Ever since Trump made the statement about Hillary and Obama “founding” ISIS, he has been getting torn up by the mainstream media. 

Well this email that came out in the latest WikiLeaks dump proves Trump was more correct than even HE realized.  The 2014 email that leaked is one from Hillary to her campaign chairman John Podesta, who was counselor to President Obama at the time. 

In this email Hillary casually ACKNOWLEDGED that our ALLIES, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are FUNDING ISIS!!! the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL…” Clinton wrote

This has never been reported or acknowledged in the media. …You want to know why?  Because Saudi Arabia and Qatar are also the primary donors of THE CLINTON FOUNDATION! NO WONDER HILLARY NEVER MADE A REAL EFFORT TO FIGHT ISIS!

The Clinton Foundation is literally funded by the same people who fund ISIS and Hillary Clinton acknowledged that in this leaked email. 

SHARE this on Facebook because the mainstream media will ignore this. We have to spread this like wildfire!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hunger Games

The US News Media has proven itself to be not the “free press” but rather the Empire’s Entertainment Ministry.  Like Rollerball, our masters have decided that we, the great unwashed, need to be entertained, held in suspense in dramas that cry for fans on both sides of a bloodthirsty game.  Our appetite for the level of fan mania can now only be seen overseas at the end of soccer games or in the US Presidential contest.  The blow-by-blow coverage was careful not to disclose much about the policies our two contestants would impose if they lived long enough to be elected. 

Like Hunger Games, the purpose of the President Game is to outlive your opponent.  Our media commentators don’t much care about the policies these candidates would enact, but rather how well they averted attacks launched by their opponents and the media.  Megan Kelly kicked off the Games with the question to Trump about calling women pigs and she did it will all the glee of an evil little girl who likes to pull the legs off spiders.  

According to “the rules”, the Ministry of Entertainment cannot spend much time comparing the policies of Presidential contenders.  They know that the few serious voters will look up these policies on the candidates’ websites.  They also know that the vast majority of uninformed voters will not do this.  They delight in seeing the uninformed voters being manipulated and they really don’t care who wins the election. There may be a few talking heads that care, but there are not many.

There are informed voters who are rooting for Hillary, but their careers depend on the continuation of the rigged economy we are suffering from. They are the corporations whose wealth is funding the Ministry of Entertainment and all but a few of our politicians.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader


When I graduated from college in 1965, I left college believing that I had received a great education and developed good judgement about what worked and what didn’t work.  I knew I wanted to be a Personnel Director in manufacturing since I was 10 years old.  I was able to take graduate psych seminars and enough math and science to understand equipment and design and minored in English, Philosophy and Theology. I needed to understand people and I picked and chose what would be helpful.  I liked Art Miller’s System for Identifying Motivated Abilities, who recommended that people should do what they love. I liked Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with self-actualization at the top. 

I had work experience as a musician in night clubs, a steel worker and therapist in summer jobs, but I felt like I didn’t know enough about how things worked and couldn’t wait to find out.   

I was like the kid who visited his grandfather’s farm and was tasked with shoveling horse manure out of the barn.  The kid took to the task and worked as fast as he could.  His grandpa noticed his enthusiasm and asked him why he worked so hard.  The kid looked up and said: “With this much horse shit, there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere”. 

I did discover a lot of bull shit in my coursework, but I did find some ponies. I developed a love for my work and it never seemed like work; it was play and it still is.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader