Saturday, December 3, 2016

Trump and Carrier

This is a somewhat quick post without all the thought I'd like to place into it before publishing, replete with references.
On a personal note, I am, and have been, very busy for the last few months.
We are in the middle of a product launch at work, besides the regular stuff that demands my attention there day and night.

Trump became President-elect, of the United States.
On the campaign trail, he talked about arm-twisting companies to not abandon manufacturing in the United States.

Soon after the election, Ford chose NOT to move production of a Lincoln SUV to Mexico.
Trump took credit for this.
We never saw the mechanism for this.

Next, Carrier decides, after state tax incentives (not federal), to heep 1100 jobs in Indiana, and not move them to Mexico.
Trump took credit for this.
I've been saying that if anybody should get credit, it would be Mike Pence, as governor of Indiana, arranging the tax state incentive that kept Carrier their.
What did Trump do?
Now it seems Pence's hand is being seen in it, while he gives credit to Trump.

In a constitutional republic, what could President Trump do?
Propose legislation and promise to sign it.

What can President-elect Trump do? 
Threaten to propose legislation and promise to sign it.

One of Trumps promises was to lower corporate taxes (federal taxes) to attract and keep manufacturing in this country.
That's a noble effort.

When you start offering incentives to individual companies, you start to look like you are picking winners and losers.
Why should Carrier get a break that is not available to every other manufacturer in Indiana (or the U.S.)?

Sounds about right to me. Not the "help my campaign donors" Solyndra style of the Obama administration, or the National Socialism of Hitler's Germany that benefitted Siemens, et al, etc., but a picking of winners and losers nonetheless.

We've been doing tax incentives on a state level in this country for years.
Most often to keep a company from moving to another state, or to entice a company to move from another state.
It seemed like a good move by that state, willing to forego tax revenue to promote it's manufacturing base at the expense of another locale, but it should have caused the larger discussion of 
  1. Are taxes, in general, so high that they are driving away business?
  2. Is it fair to the mop manufacturer to pay higher taxes on his operation with 100 employees than the automotive manufacturer that employs thousands?
  3. Do we care what is fair or not?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

First off, a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Now a recap of history.

So you're some white people.
You've recently arrived on the shores of this land, not where you thought you would..You're not gonna make it without some help.
Over half of you have died already.
You pray to your God for help.
A Native American walks out of the woods and asks in clear King's English:
"Can I help?", and proceeds to show you how to farm, fish, hunt, survive and serves as an ambassador to the native people.

Yea, there's a God, and He had a hand in founding this country.

Happy Thanksgiving.

If you read about Bradford below, which I of course recommend, Understand that they almost died because of a socialist philosophy. Bradford put an end to that, and they all prospered.

(I am truly thankful today that I could rip this off from )

William Bradford and the First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving by Brownscombe
Copyright 2001 by Pilgrim Hall Museum
As was the custom in England, the Pilgrims celebrated their harvest with a festival. The 50 remaining colonists and roughly 90 Wampanoag tribesmen attended the "First Thanksgiving."
The major similarity between the first Jamestown settlers and the first Plymouth settlers was great human suffering.
November was too late to plant crops. Many settlers died of scurvy and malnutrition during that horrible first winter. Of the 102 original Mayflower passengers, only 44 survived. Again like in Jamestown, the kindness of the local Native Americans saved them from a frosty death.
The Pilgrims' remarkable courage was displayed the following spring. When the Mayflower returned to Europe, not a single Pilgrim deserted Plymouth.

Helping Hands

Massasoit's treaty with the Pilgrams
Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoag tribe, signed a treaty with the Pilgrams in 1621, that was never broken. As a result, the two groups enjoyed a peaceful coexistence.
By early 1621, the Pilgrims had built crude huts and a common house on the shores of Plymouth Bay. Soon neighboring Indians began to build relations with the Pilgrims. SQUANTO, a local Indian who had been kidnapped and taken to England nearly a decade before, served as an interpreter with the local tribes. Squanto taught the Pilgrims to fertilize the soil with dried fish remains to produce a stellar corn crop.
MASSASOIT, the chief of the nearby Wampanoags, signed a treaty of alliance with the Pilgrims in the summer. In exchange for assistance with defense against the feared Narragansett tribe, Massasoit supplemented the food supply of the Pilgrims for the first few years.

Governor Bradford

The modern conception of a Pilgrim might include a man in a black hat with a buckle, but not all of the original settlers of Plymouth County fit this description.
Successful colonies require successful leadership. The man to step forward in Plymouth colony was WILLIAM BRADFORD. After the first governor elected under the Mayflower Compact perished from the harsh winter, Bradford was elected governor for the next thirty years. In May of 1621, he performed the colony's first marriage ceremony.
Under Bradford's guidance, Plymouth suffered less hardship than their English compatriots in Virginia. Relations with the local natives remained relatively smooth in Plymouth and the food supply grew with each passing year.
By autumn of 1621, the Pilgrims had much for which to be thankful. After the harvest, Massasoit and about ninety other Indians joined the Pilgrims for the great English tradition of HARVEST FESTIVAL. The participants celebrated for several days, dining on venison, goose, duck, turkey, fish, and of course, cornbread, the result of a bountiful corn harvest. This tradition was repeated at harvest time in the following years.
It was President Lincoln who declared Thanksgiving a national celebration in 1863. The Plymouth Pilgrims simply celebrated survival, as well as the hopes of good fortune in the years that lay ahead.

Focus on the Family did a radio drama on it:
Squanto Story pt 1

Squanto Story pt 2

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Great Man Has Passed

I've posted almost every year, on Dec 7th, about my friend Nate.

This is a link to the last.

Nate would have been 100 this Dec 3rd and we had a party planned for him.
We had every reason to believe he'd be there.

He saw Pearl Harbor, Normandy, Bastogne and received the Bronze Star.
He married his beautiful bride Norma who he met during the war and they came to Michigan and started Weiser Iron and Metal.

Scherie went to work for him 30 years ago and introduced us.
Before I met Scherie, he took our son Scott under his wing, helping Scherie raise him.

Nate and I (and Norma) became good friends.
He was wise counsel to me. He used to joke that he had adopted me.
I told him I wouldn't contest the will.

He was a blessing to those who knew him and many more who didn't.
He served in the Rotary of Wayne, Michigan for most of his life, guiding projects that benefited many.
Norma and his family could use your prayers.
So could Scherie. This has hit her hard.

Nate and our son Scott

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Elections Have Consequences

I'm really hoping that one of Trump's first acts will be to dump all that ammo the Obama administration bought for The Department of Education, Health and Human Services, the IRS, the EPA, and virtually every other department in the federal government onto the "government surplus" market.

I don't know why THEY need it.

I have hungry mouths to feed.

I was pushing this on the radio this morning.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Electoral College.

I thought about this yesterday while I was on a talk show.

First off:

Now, look at this:

This is a map of the counties in the US and how their votes went.

Notice how few Blue spots there are?

Those Blue spot represent highly populous areas that voted Democrat.

In this country we have a mostly "winner take all" approach to the appointment of Electoral College votes.

A few states have gone "proportional". That means that the Electoral College votes they provide are based on the proportion of votes the parties won in that state's election.
I have long been suspicious of that idea.
I'm beginning to like it, but I wonder if there's something better . 

I live in Michigan. This is the first year we have given our votes to the Republican Party since 1988.

Remember Florida in 2000 with the "hanging chads"?
That election was turned on the results of a few votes.

What if every congressional district supplied it's Electoral College votes independently? Then the majority vote of the state supplied the other two?

There would have been no question as to who won the election.

On my post yesterday, Kid commented "If reps had to vote the way their district voted, we'd never have another democrat president again."

Absolutely true.

This election, we (conservatives) won even more state legislatures and governorships. 

We need to take advantage of this, and like congressional redistricting, done at the state level also, make sure our voices are heard.

I still live in an area that votes Dem. My vote would be lost in a sea of Dem votes, but my friends in Kalamazoo would have votes that count.

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Michigan would just be other states in a Federal Election and not the "battleground".

Does it make more sense to base the distribution on dostricts or state voter percentage?
Intuitively, I suspect district, even though districts are allocated to population . 

This is the second iteration of this post since I inadvertently erased it trying to insert that Prager University video.
I've rushed to rebuild it from memory in order to get to church on time.
I may come back and tweek it later.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pascal Fervor Provoked Me

"You were supposed to be seeing that America's children were getting a top education, but you indoctrinated them with socialist ideals and Common Core.
You're Fired!"

"You were responsible for protecting our borders and you let people invade this country,
You're Fired!"

"You were supposed to be protecting America's environment and you put Americans out of work.
You're Fired!"

"You were supposed to be fighting America's enemies and you restrained our soldiers from prosecuting the war.
You're Fired!"

"You were charged with collecting taxes and you persecuted conservatives. You're Fired!"

"You were charged with administering services to veterans and you bought artwork. You're Fired!"

"You're Fired!"

I love it.

Got any more?