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Consequences

F is for Farmers

by on Apr.07, 2016, under Consequences, Do the Math

As in “F You!”, courtesy of the State of California. I realize most people don’t believe that California is headed in the wrong direction, disastrously, but it’s true nonetheless. Just do the math. Here’s a good article on the devastating effects the recent minimum wage hike will have on California farming communities (on the heels of other stupid environmental and economic legislated pressures). And the overtime pay increase. Ready for the Neo Dustbowl?

Excerpts:

“You would think that such a valuable economic resource [farming] would be cherished, promoted and helped at every turn. After all, we are talking about producers of food – the most basic societal necessity along with water. Incredibly, that is not the case in California. Instead, the California farmer bears the brunt of many a legislative or regulatory bulldozer.”

“Keep in mind that the law [minimum wage hike] applies uniformly to the entire state. That is the very definition of irrational economics. Here is why: The law applies equally to San Francisco and Mendota.”

“The more something costs, the less of it is acquired. That basic law of economics applies to cars and jobs alike, and rakes its havoc on jobs and the minimally experienced after political laws are passed.”

“Why would the government union do that? That’s easy – according to the state’s Legislative Analyst Office, the minimum wage boost will result in $3.6 billion a year in increased wages for the public employee union workers – none of whom will lose their jobs because they are immune from market forces.” The government leviathan grows…

The article.

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It’s Up To You

by on Apr.06, 2016, under Character, Consequences, Truisms

No matter who wins this election (or any other), it’s still up to you to make your life. Each candidate may make it harder or easier than another, but it’s still up to you.

That may be the best lesson in life.

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Rates vs Revenue (Yes, It Matters)

by on Mar.31, 2016, under Consequences, Do the Math, History, Truisms

The RATE is the percentage at which each of us is taxed. For example, 15% of your income is what you might pay in taxes (depending on your bracket). The REVENUE is the total amount of dollars collected by the government from all the tax payers.

It’s a cold, hard fact. When you raise government tax RATES, tax REVENUE goes down. Conversely, when you lower government tax RATES, the REVENUE goes up. Higher tax RATES impede the economy. Lower tax RATES energize the economy. And when the economy is doing well, more people are paying more taxes and it adds up to more REVENUE to the government.

So, if you want the government to be able to hand out more free stuff, you should go with the candidates who propose lowering tax RATES.

Did you know that Bernie is proposing to raise EVERYONE’s tax rate? We will definitely feel the bern.

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Paying for Mistakes

by on Jan.26, 2016, under Consequences, Logic / Fallacies, Truisms

A Facebook post this morning said something <sarcasm>oh so meaningful</sarcasm> about how one should not have to pay for a mistake the rest of their life. A mistake just means we’re human.

So, assuming there is a cost associated with a mistake, who does get to pay for it until zeroed out? Parents? Siblings? Friends? Schools and/or Churches? Goverment? Society?

Sorry, Jack, you do get to pay for your mistakes. Whether accidental or intentional. Whether big or small. That’s why we (should) spend so much time raising children to learn what’s right and wrong and to appreciate the physics of careening downhill on two sticks of wood or carbon fiber. Consequences! The nasty bottom line is – even if you’re not to blame exactly, you get to pay for your own mistakes. Hopefully, folks learn their lessons early on in life when the costs are relatively cheap.

Well, maybe you can get someone else to pay. Ask a liberal. It won’t be me if I can help it.

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Wake Up, Youngins

by on Jul.28, 2015, under Consequences, Constitution

You’re being ripped off. That is, your future is being ripped off. Just 8 years ago you only owed about $10 trillion. That will double to about $20 trillion by the time Obama leaves office. Those of you just coming into your 20s and 30s – how long do you think that can go on before some consequences hit you between the eyes. Hell, I’m 60-something and I still may see the consequences!

That would be bad enough, but you’re also quickly losing freedoms such that it will be difficult to be productive enough to fund government as it stands let alone make a dent in that debt.

Good luck.

P.S. I tried my damndest to support Constitutionally limited government. There weren’t many folks out there to vote for in that regard. And I got snookered a couple times (so sue me, it’ll happen to you, too, if you don’t pay attention).

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Gotta Bottom Out First

by on Jul.22, 2015, under Consequences, Truisms

Much like with a drug addiction, our state and our nation will have to “bottom out” before people will wake up. And as you know, not everyone learns their lesson from “bottoming out.” Some never learn. In either case, it’s just a matter of how bad bottom is. I fear we have way too many people who think the socialistic government can continue without consequence.

Come to think it, has any country come back to freedom and individual accountability from a socialistic malaise?

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Some of you, my friends, just bought into something much bigger

by on Jul.14, 2015, under Consequences

So what if the economy gets messed up. So what if we lose a few freedoms, liberties, or rights. So what if some suffer a bit. No big deal. It’s for the better good, blah, blah, blah.

Well, the game just notched up.

The first time Iran uses nukes, the deaths are on those of you who have supported this administration whether by action or inaction. And some of you are my friends. Sad day.

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It’s really quite clear…

by on Jul.08, 2015, under Consequences, Do the Math, Logic / Fallacies

“A businessman cannot force you to buy his product; if he makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences; if he fails, he takes the loss. A bureaucrat forces you to obey his decisions, whether you agree with him or not—and the more advanced the stage of a country’s statism, the wider and more discretionary the powers wielded by a bureaucrat. If he makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences; if he fails, he passes the loss on to you, in the form of heavier taxes.”

Ayn Rand

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Population Bomb

by on Jul.01, 2015, under Consequences, Do the Math

Remember the population scare from the 60s/70s? Right.

It’s important to remember this crap so when you’re listening to the doom scenarios the left puts out if we don’t solve the problem the way they see it, your BS-meter will go off.

Like with climate change.

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Full-on Persecution is Near

by on Jun.29, 2015, under Consequences, Do the Math, Truisms

Full-on persecution of Christians in the U.S. is coming. Already “we” applaud Bruce Jenner for being himself, but can’t let Tim Tebow express himself. Gay marriage is in, and Christian opinion on the matter is marginalized. The First Amendment has been chipped; don’t expect it to take too long to bust it up entirely. Tax-exempt status for churches and other religious-based nonprofits is among the next targets. I don’t know about “the end of times”, but I can see the end of the American experiment from here. And it’s just sad.

You see, the government cannot abide the notion that there may be a “higher authority” for right and wrong. Who are you, or Who is Your God, to say what is right or wrong. Make no mistake, the government will tell you what’s right or wrong, and you will be made to care.

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