(This is a multi-part commentary covering a variety of issues.)
First, look at this from Fox News:
Massachusetts state lottery officials named Mavis L. Wanczyk of Chicopee as the winner of the $758.7 million Powerball Thursday in a press conference. …Wanczyk chose to take a lump sum payment of $480 million or $336 million after taxes, lottery officials said.
OK, so this lady wins $758.7 million in a government lottery and ends up with $336 million, or 44% of what the state advertised. That is called “government math”.
Now imagine that you paid for 100 gallons of heating oil and you only got 44 gallons delivered to your home. That heating oil dealer would be thrown in jail under laws passed by the same state politicians who give you 44% of your lottery winnings.
This is yet another example of why honest, decent and hard-working people should never trust the government.
Mega-Rich Hollywood Strikes Again
Now look at this from The Daily Mail (the British newspaper/website):
It will be the most expensive mansion on the market in America and cost the potential buyer a staggering $500 million.
DailyMail.com’s exclusive aerial photos show off the half-built ‘gigamansion’ in Bel Air, Los Angeles, which has been under construction for the last three years and will break all real estate records when it is finally finished.
The asking price is nearly four times what Beyoncé and Jay-Z are rumored to have recently paid for a $130 million luxury pad in the same celebrity-packed neighborhood. But this mansion blows all other extravagant homes out of the water.
With five pools, a casino and a nightclub with its own VIP access, Hollywood producer-turned-real estate developer Nile Niami has vowed that it will be one of the most exclusive houses ever. It’s being designed by architect Paul McClean, an expert in ‘megamansion design’, who created Calvin Klein’s Bel Air property.
‘We have a very specific client in mind,’ Niami told Details Magazine. ‘Someone who already has a $100 million yacht and seven houses all over the world, in London and Dubai and whatever. To be able to say that the biggest, most expensive house in the world is here, that will really be good for LA.’
… As can be seen in the photos, Niami’s 100,000 sq ft property outshines all the houses around it including neighbor Jennifer Aniston, who has just finished four years of renovations on her $21 million home.
Other nearby neighbors include Sandra Bullock and Space X CEO Elon Musk.
Question: Who are these people with these mega-mansions?
Answer: They live in Hollywood and they are 95% liberals, like Obama cronies Beyonce and Jay-Z, or Elon Musk, or shlock TV star Jennifer Aniston, or all of the other high rollers out there in La La Land who hate Trump.
And this, friends, is why Hollywood is so left-wing; it is because the people out there live in a mega-rich bubble. They think that everything is great after Obama. They have no idea how much tens of millions of Americans are suffering or why Trump was elected.
This is classic socialism. Under socialism and communism, there is always a privileged elite, while most of the people live with severe material deprivation, where food is scarce and simple consumer goods are hard to find. In North Korea there is not even any electricity outside of the capital city, while the people who are loyal to the government get everything they want.
Then those same people control the flow of information, like through the media and Hollywood in the US. And they convince Americans that socialism is the best system, that they would be much worse off under Trump or under a more open capitalist system, that their misery is something that they should accept because it can only get worse.
Yet the opposite is true. Every time socialists and communists take over, conditions always get worse for the vast majority of people. Just look at Venezuela which has the world’s fourth largest oil reserves but has energy shortages and widespread starvation under its communist government.
This propaganda stream is intended to protect these elites’ own wealth and power while denying opportunity to tens of millions who are suffering. Or to anyone who might challenge the elites.
Consider Elon Musk, whose fortune is now estimated at $20 billion. His electric car company, Tesla Motors, and his solar energy company Solar City and his space rocket company Space X all survive on taxpayer subsidies. Reports the Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space.
And he’s built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies.
Tesla Motors Inc., SolarCity Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, together have benefited from an estimated $4.9 billion in government support, according to data compiled by The Times. The figure underscores a common theme running through his emerging empire: a public-private financing model underpinning long-shot start-ups.
… New York state is spending $750 million to build a solar panel factory in Buffalo for SolarCity (which) will lease the plant for $1 a year. It will not pay property taxes for a decade, which would otherwise total an estimated $260 million.
Nevada has agreed to provide Tesla with $1.3 billion in incentives to help build a massive battery factory near Reno.
Yet Musk’s Tesla electric car business and solar installation business have been around for 10 years and still are losing money. They should be cut off immediately from the taxpayer.
Naturally Musk is a liberal and if someone like president Trump suggests that taxpayers should not subsidize him, then Musk is going to do everything possible to convince us that Trump is bad.
Or look at Garrison Keillor, who accumulated a $10 million fortune through his vaudeville radio program called A Prairie Home Companion. Yet he built that franchise entirely on taxpayer-funded National Public Radio. Naturally Keillor is a big-time liberal. As expected.
Now here is a third commentary.
Look at this from The Daily Caller:
A sanctuary city in California reportedly didn’t cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, giving the federal agency no time to pick up an illegal alien they released from custody, who then allegedly murdered his girlfriend two weeks later.
Santa Rosa police arrested 38-year-old Nery Israel Estrada-Margos on August 18 after he turned himself in for allegedly beating his girlfriend — 42-year-old Veronica Cabrera Ramirez — to death, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported.
Estrada-Margos was in police custody before the murder on August 2 for felony domestic battery charges after he allegedly beat Ramirez following a heated argument.
Police released Estrada-Margos from custody on August 3 – despite a detainer request lodged against him by ICE officials – after he posted the required $30,000 bail.
So once again, we have clear evidence what the flood of illegal immigration is really doing to our nation. And this story is not isolated. This is happening all over the country including crimes like rape, assault, drug dealing, drunken driving that kills other people, etc. The liberal media simply are refusing to report on it. But if this were white supremacists or neo-nazis committing these crimes it would be in the headlines every day.
Yet somehow Democrats characterize all of these illegals as “hard working” people who are innocently “yearning for a better life”.
This is utterly false. Millions of bad people have waltzed over the border without scrutiny to prey on people, collect welfare and live an easy life. They are barbarians, as we are seeing all over Europe with an epidemic of terrorism, rape, assault and dependency among the muslim migrants from the Middle East.
Here is another article from The Daily Caller about the United States, to back up this narrative:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) doesn’t require federally-subsidized landlords to evict and report fugitives, and a law enforcement initiative specifically hunting such criminals quietly ended approximately five years ago, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
A 1996 federal law allows landlords to evict tenants wanted for felonies immediately… The department funds 3,300 public housing authorities with 1.2 million units and has an annual budget of nearly $49 billion.
Officials with HUD estimated in 2004 that around 38,000 fugitives lived in federally-subsidized homes and predicted that figure could increase by 5,000 each month and cost taxpayers more than $33 million a year in current dollars.
This is what president Trump is fighting against, and what we conservatives oppose. This is yet another case of evil people getting kid-glove treatment from the Democrat left.
Notice the sentence “and a law enforcement initiative specifically hunting such criminals quietly ended approximately five years ago”.
Yes, five years ago, when Obama was president. No surprise there. It should therefore be clear to all Americans that Obama was working against America at all times. He routinely criticized America, our military, Christians, law-abiding Americans, gun owners, etc. but he seemed to be very accommodating to fugitives, illegal aliens, criminals, military deserters, traitors and terrorists.
This is why the Democrat party is far out of power. It has gone to the extreme left under Obama and Americans don’t like it. Now here is another commentary:
Government Pushes up Cost of Living
Have you noticed how much a cup of coffee costs these days? One place I visited was $2.50. Other places like Starbucks go up to $4 and more. That is why I almost never go out for coffee anymore.
How about food? I very rarely dine out but I recently had a simple lunch for two for a special occasion with a friend. It was $41 without any dessert, appetizer or coffee, and the food was mediocre. The tip alone was $6 more.
But if you think about it you understand why: Taxes and other government-imposed costs of doing business are pushing up prices all over the nation. That is why Europe is so expensive. High taxes force up the cost of all products, and so the consumer is really paying those higher taxes through higher costs.
If a restaurant has to pay $100,000 in taxes, then that is factored into the restaurant’s prices. If the tax bill goes up to $300,000, then prices go up much more.
It is the same with increasing minimum wages. In Seattle, where the minimum will be $15 an hour for all companies by 2021, the bad effects are manifesting themselves every day. Some businesses can’t pay the $15 minimum so they are cutting back staff and reducing employee hours, or even closing. Or raising prices, which is hurting business. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are being lost nationwide as the minimum wage goes up, and this is only the beginning.
Thus a worker is better off employed at $10 an hour than unemployed at $13 or $15. After all, a job is more than a paycheck. People need something to do. Jobless boredom can destroy you.
The Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman once said, “A minimum wage law is, in reality, a law that makes it illegal for an employer to hire a person with limited skills.”
In other words, an employer is not going to pay $15 an hour for someone to do an unskilled job like mop the floor. Either the floor won’t get mopped every day, or the owner will do it, or another employee will do it in addition to his/her other job, but more quickly than he might have. Thus dirtier floors are just one result of the higher minimum wage. Or worse service with fewer employees.
Here is the Nikitas3.com solution for paying the minimum wage – Let employers pay whatever they wish, and here is how:
If a dishwasher in a small town earns $9 an hour and demands a raise and the employer does not think that the job or the employee is worth more, then the employer should advertise the job. If a suitable applicant is found willing to work at $9 an hour then that applicant should get the job.
Because the economy – the private labor market – is providing a supply of willing workers at $9 an hour and thus there is no natural pressure for higher wages. And under Obama tens of millions of people became desperate for any type of work at any wage. Thus the Obama Depression, and not stingy employers, was holding wages down.
Under an improving Trump economy, wages will rise naturally.
Here is the New York Times reporting on a minimum wage impact study:
The University of Washington authors held one significant advantage over other economists studying the issue: detailed data on hours and earnings for workers affected by the increase.
This data allowed the researchers to measure the effects of the minimum wage on workers in all industries rather than relying on restaurants as a stand-in, a common technique. It also allowed them to measure a change in hours worked, a potentially more complete indication of the effect of a minimum-wage increase than the employee head count that many studies use.
The University of Washington researchers found that the minimum-wage increase resulted in higher wages, but also a significant reduction in the working hours of low-wage earners. This was especially true of the more recent minimum-wage increase, from as high as $11 an hour to up to $13 an hour in 2016. In that case, wages rose about 3 percent, but the number of hours worked by those in low-wage jobs dropped about 9 percent — a sizable amount that led to a net loss of earnings on average.
Nikitas3.com also has another solution when laws push the minimum wage up too far: Employees could volunteer to their employer to rebate some of their paycheck back to the employer in order to keep their job. This would be a private and voluntary transaction between employer and employee.
There is another significant socialist innovation that has led to a “net loss of earnings on average” – Obamacare.
The law under Obamacare says that any worker employed 30 or more hours per week must get health insurance with the job. And thus employers who cannot afford insurance have cut back many millions of employees to 29 hours a week. At $10 an hour, this means a $5,500 reduction in income per year for each worker. At $13 an hour, it is loss of $7,150 per year! Wow.
This is how socialism hurts people as it claims that it is helping them.
And here is one final word on the subject of homelessness from the Los Angeles Daily News:
Amid rising homelessness and mounting outcry from residents and business owners, a Los Angeles city councilman said Wednesday he wants to take a hard look at the way the city responds to the increasing presence of encampments and recreational vehicles.
“What we have isn’t working,” Councilman Mitchell Englander said.
In recent months, the issue of homelessness has become inescapable, with residents encountering more homelessness in their neighborhoods, according to the councilman, who represents the northwest San Fernando Valley.
“There’s not a conversation I have — whether it’s fixing a street, trimming a tree, walking to school or going to a grocery store — where we don’t talk about homelessness,” he said.
OK, so who was president for 8 years that this problem should be festering like this?
Obama was. And who is now making slow but steady strides to improve the economy?
Trump is. But it takes time, and if he can get his economic plan passed – which Democrats will fight tooth and nail – millions more jobs will be created to help address the problem of homelessness nationwide.
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