Meanderings

My last two blogs were not my best. One was on two men of the cloth, John Eliot and Theodore Edson, both Episcopalians. The other was on what I called “The Conservative Anathema.” It was choppy and difficult for even me to read. The point behind it was that we are leading ourselves down the pathway of Conservatism, and we need to check our direction and progress. I quoted Jack Kemp, someone many of you never remember, and I compared his views on transportation to Paul Tsongas’ views. I had to write it, it just did not come out as well as I hoped that it would. There is a very relevant point about Keynesian Economics, which is when your government does not “pay as you go,” but instead rolls up a huge debt. Neither party seems to have an answer to the question, “what do we do from here?”

Well, we pay the bill. We are 17 trillion dollars in debt, it has to be paid off. We do not want to end up like Greece. One way of paying it down is to raise the tariff on articles from suppliers who are overseas. That woul

d allow us to raise prices on some of our goods from China, largely. China would have to raise their prices, and there would be an effort that is stymied by our current political morass. China would raise her tariffs on American goods, but I personally believe that there is such an unbalanced “Balance of Trade,” that we could safely get away with it. And, it would force the United States back into manufacturing its own goods. I think it is a win-win situation.

Keynesian economics does not say that we can continue to pass our debt onto the next generation. There will be higher taxes to get the debt down. We could not regularly, which is what it has become, raise the “debt ceiling” in Congress. We would have to pay in cash,
which is the way it should be anyway. Governments are not people, they are comprised of people, but they have different responsibilities, and we have differing expectations of our government. If we always seem to have the money to go to war, why don’t we have money to put against our debt? We expect higher tax rates to pay for a war, we should expect higher tax rates to clear the accounts, get rid of the debt.

I grew up learning that Republicans were the party of money, while Democrats were the party of the people. It is oversimplification, because you need money to take care of the people and you need people to take care of the money. We both have to work together and stop the naysaying. No more negatives, we are in trouble because we voted against fiscal responsiblity in the past. Saying we do not need the money, or we do not need the personnel, is just a complete lie. A friend of mine told me that there were two real parties in American politics, and those were the Incumbent and Non-Incumbent Parties. People who get elected spend so much time trying to get re-elected that they forget why they won the seat in the first place. They forget that they were doing it for honor. But, ask them when the next election is and they know it immediately.

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump just made history. Neither are young men, and one, Donald Trump, has no experience in the military, while the other is the oldest man to put on such a tremendous win. Right now, Bernie Sanders is the Democratic front-runner for the Presidency of the United States. That is quite an acheivement. Donald Trump would never have been taken as a serious candidate in yesteryear. He has too many ex-wives, too little experience, and does not set forth a plan or a list of his beliefs in the America we all love. Without such a list we cannot keep a scorecard on him. He has never even been the Mayor of New York City or even a City Councilor.

Hilary Clinton remains the favorite for the nod at the Convention because she worked to get the Super Delegates on her side quickly. She will be hard to beat, but maybe not, if she picks up her support the way she did in New Hampshire. She has to do much better. Losing by over 20 points is abysmal. The Republicans left are going to move towards Jeb Bush, who is not, in my opinion, Presidential Timber. I think that, as the stage is cleared a bit, Bush will be looked at as the most likely winner. Super Tuesday will tell us that.

Those are my meanderings of the day. I believe that Obama will go down as a fair President, not a good or great one. Like Grover Cleveland, who worked hard to be a good President but just missed it continually. Most people know nothing about Cleveland, and Obama might be remembered largely for his history-making election. He did do what he said he would do, he killed, or had killed, Osama Bin Laden. He left Afghanistan for the large part. But, he could not figure out how to deal with immigration, which I have written about, nor has he dealt with the moods of the people. He gives the impression that he is above that fray.

Well, it is late and I have to write some Press Releases, a chapter in a book, and some more writing to do. Have a good day.

15 thoughts on “Meanderings

  1. C R Krieger

    I believe the point about Keynian Economics is a good one.  John Maynard Keynes meant it to be about “pump priming”, but not about delivering the water.  I have never had to prime a pump, but I get the idea.  Without priming you get no water.

    I am not sure we have to pay off the debt, but I am very sure we will find the debt servicing, the interest on the debt, ten years out, to be the biggest thing in the Federal Budget.  It will squeeze out Defense and Social Welfare.

    I liked Jack Kemp.

    Regarding immigration, I believe the Administration has done a poor job explaining what is going on, probably from fear of what the Public might say.  The fact is, we need immigrants, first because we aren’t turning out the needed college graduates and second because we need folks to harvest our food and third because we are not conceiving and giving birth to enough children to keep things going.  I think replacement rate is 2.1.  Not everyone wants or needs to have 3 kids, but when the average falls below 2.1 we need to make adjust,nets.  Demography is destiny.

    But, Immigration needs to be about people wanting to be Americans—Assimilation.

    Regards  —  Cliff

    1. jimpeters1954@gmail.com Post author

      I am a conservative Democrat, alot like my brother-in-law. I am not a Niki Tsongas Democrat. I do not believe in abortion, I do believe that a child whose father is known has a right to life with the father, if the mother wants to abort. No one believes me on that one. I do believe in paying off the debt so that we don’t get hit with interest rates that fall off the charts. I believe in immigration, but do not want illegals in the country if they have no children here. Hopefully, some of what I believe makes some sense.
      Jim

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