Baby seals on the rocks

I’ve written some columns on the mainstream media and their obvious bias toward the left. I made the point that we as ordinary citizens are helpless in dealing with the media getting them to asked questions that matter to us. I watched as a Republican congressmen in an interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC and MSNBC asked in frustration why she and the rest of the media didn’t asked about the fairness of having the congress required to use the ACA the same way the average citizen is required to do so. Andrea’s response was that “the issue was not open for negotiation” which of course was the administrations position, don’t ask about that issue because we [administration does not want to answer that question.]

This morning MSNBC’s Morning Joe show had Jeb Bush on and the anchors, particularly Mika railing on the alleged demise of the Republican Party and in frustration Jeb said “I watch your show every morning and all you do is hit on the Republican’s policy’s like hitting baby seals on the rocks.” Joe quickly responded with; why do you watch us if we are “hitting baby seals on the rocks?” Jeb was embarrassed and Joe was angry because the accusation of beating up on Republican and conservative ideas are beaten to death by the liberal media every day and liberal or Democrat party positions are repeated daily. A good example of a liberal bias by the media is the issue of the ACA. The question asked by the Republican representatives concerned why the ACA couldn’t be altered to give an additional year ‘s grace for the average citizen when the administration has given a year by pass for large corporations. Every liberal media reported would response like they were Jay Carney saying; the ACA was passed by both houses of congress, signed into law by the President and confirmed by the Supreme Court is not open for debate. Can you imagine the liberal press prefacing a question asked by a Democrat with as Republican positioning statement like “with 17 Trillion dollars in debt how can you justify adding new expenses in entitlement programs like ACA? Of course they would never do that because it poisons the interview for the Democrat who had to respond to that opening of the question.

What I have suggested to my Republican friends is that they address the media via e-mail, twitter, Facebook and all other social media with “to the reporters who beat baby seals on the rocks I have the following question. The media will not respond but they will not forget that more and more people see their blatant bias and maybe they might try to be a little less biased in their so-called reporting.

Do you remember?

I remember reading a cartoon in the paper with two boxes. In the first box was a man giving instructions to his dog on a behavioral problem and the dog was appearing to listen intensely. In the second box the little cloud above the dog reflected what he heard and that was “blah, blah, blah, blah.”

I feel like for the last three weeks in particular I’ve been listening to that blah, blah, blah with coverage of the story on budget and debt limits debate by “everyone.”

The vast majority of the people reporting on TV, Radio and Print tell us the Republican Party and the conservative movement have lost the political battle and lost it badly. Many of the reports state that this political loss by the Republican Party is the death of that party. I don’t think it is quite that bad. In fact I believe the Democrat Party would be truly distressed if the Republican Party did fold because they would have no one else to blame if their programs run into problems. For example I believe that if the ACA program proves to have more than just [as the press calls it] a few glitches the Democrats will need the opposition party to blame for a lack of funds to support the ACA. They will content that with a few more billions of dollars they can hire the necessary people or companies from the private sector to fix the ACA implementation problems.

There is another reason I believe the Republican Party isn’t dieing or dead and that is the basics they represent strike a responsive cord with the voters on three issues, a 17 trillion dollar debt, a suspicion that the ACA won’t work because the government has a clear track record of failure on program implementations and a concern that the motivations for new and needed immigration laws are flawed. I believe there is a conservative move across all party lines that will want to address the big three items on the Republican agenda, a move that transcends party affiliations and the more and more popular category of independents. I can only give one concrete example of this contention that there is a conservative movement and that is that 30 states have elected Republican governors regardless of the party voting patterns in any given state and by the way gerrymandering has nothing to do with elections for governors. The obvious one I can refer to is the Christie Governorship in New Jersey where the party registration is solidly Democrat and yet they elected a Republican Governor. Times that by 29 and you have a real, conservative, let’s get things done approach at the state and local level. I believe it is a matter of time before that conservative movement shows itself on the national scene.

My point is it may be premature to bury the Republican Party if the American public does care about a 17 trillion dollar debt, implementation of the ACA and fair and honest immigration laws.

Liberal Progressives

Yesterday I listened as a Republican senator in an interview with NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell asked Andrea why the media did not ask a particular question regarding the budget and debt issue and Andrea responded saying; that issue was not open for debate by the administration there by dismissing the Senator’s question. The Senator responded in frustration saying; isn’t it the job of the press to ask the tough questions? Andrea went silent. This is just one small example of the press imposing their philosophy on a political issue. The term “lame stream Media” was attributed to Sarah Palin but I don’t know if that is where it originated or not but it did hurt the media’s collective feelings. Some one asked me why the term didn’t stick and of course the answer is simple enough the media is not going to label itself with a clearly derogatory title thereby impugning their points of view on key issues related to the actions of the government. They will however parrot liberal leaders and in some cases enhance the statement. When the tea party first appeared the press labeled it a group of extreme conservatives, possibly militant in nature. Liberal politicians capitalized on these descriptions with phrases like “right wing nut cases” and within weeks the name “tea party” became an extremist group to the public thanks in to the media.

On the other side of the ledger the hard core liberals were and still are described by the main stream press as “liberal progressives” This term as presented to the public by the media means people who are looking progressively at the future of this country with a bent toward a higher level of intellectual thinking. So there you have two examples of the main stream media influencing every story they do by starting with the premise that tea party advocates are nut cases and extreme left wing politicians are intellectuals with a higher purpose. If you are John Q citizen and had these terms incorporated into virtually every store you read, heard or watched it is going to make an impact.

Several months ago I wrote a piece in which I pointed out that while Sarah and I loved the term “lame stream media” it was in fact a misnomer and the media was anything but lame, using their collective powers to agitate the public to support one political philosophy over another. A friend recently ask me the question why is it that the vast majority of the media leans liberal? Well I actually think I know the reason why. First let me get a couple of incorrect theories out of the way; it is not a genetic trait handed down nor is there something in the water that causes reporters to become left wing ideologist. It is also not because these reporters are intellectual giants with higher IQ’s than the average citizen. It is because of our education system.

Historically our school system has been ridged in its curriculum and behavior in the early years. Innovation is rare and frowned upon in high school and non-existent in grade and middle schools. There are of course exceptions. I remember a teacher I had in high school, Mr. Egram, would give me the keys to his Plymouth convertible and allow me to sit in his car and listen to the radio if I did something very good in his class like complete tests in record time with all questions correctly answered. Note I wasn’t allowed to drive the car, I didn’t even have a license at that time but it was an extraordinary recognition of something I had accomplished. I’m certain the principal of the school would have hauled Mr. Egram on the carpet if he or she had known that he was offering this kind of on incentive. On the other hand when I was in college I had a professor who insisted on wearing a winter robe over a muscle t shirt, gray slacks [and I think the same slacks every day] topped off by house slippers as dirty as they could get from being worn day in and day out. I could attribute this defiance of what he thought was convention by “tenure” that great protector of rebellious thinking in colleges and universities or just the socialist administration of our young people’s education.

When young people enter college they are usually overwhelmed by their freedom. Get registered in class, drop your clothes in your dorm room and you are free to do just about anything you want to do. Enter more senior students anxious to “educate” the newbie’s to the good life. Of course with this freedom and responsibility of managing one’s own life comes the potential of failure, hence the high drop out rate in the first year or termination by the college [often with an option to try again next semester.] The key of course is the professor’s that will mold minds for the rest of their lives.

Professors are often the victims of what they create. Protected on many cases by tenure or the hope of tenure they create a socialist society free of decision-making about income, health services, retirement issues and most of the responsibility for what they teach. However it stands to reason that if the Profs are living this socialist lifestyle they will “sell” it to their students. These instructors are free of any responsibilities for whatever twist they put on how society should be run. I’m sure you’ve heard the line “those who can do, those who can’t teach.” So it is only logical that college students are subject to liberal leanings in their thought process and when they get that coveted job in print or broadcast media it is only logical that they would apply their politically liberal thinking to their reporting. I know that my liberal friends will point out George Wills or Charles Krauthammer are conservative college grads but generally speaking the majority of the reporters/commentators are liberal leaning based on the “perfect” socialist society they were educated in.

So the cause of the media bias is clearly how they were educated and that special feeling that comes from snubbing your nose at the establishment, something all of us like to do on occasion. Of course media bosses came from the same background that their reporters do and so they are comfortable perpetuating the same philosophy of liberal basis.

I will forever remember that peace corp. graduate, Carter White House team member, Tip O’Neill assistant and today prime time commenter on MSNBC Chris Matthews “feeling the tingle” in his leg as he realized Obama had won. Chris saw the opportunity to perpetuate a democratic Camelot, a liberally driven government over coming concerns about debt and personal liberty and providing a hammock of life services provided by our taxes and the liberals infallible knowledge of what is good for the U.S. Citizens.
Oct 11,2013

Solar Power

I think most people would agree that solar power has the potential to be a positive energy source for our country. There are technical issues to be resolved and of course transportation of the power to parts of our country that don’t have the same potential for sun power on a daily basis. The government as it should offered tax breaks and other incentives to encourage development of this power source. Another incentive for the use of solar power on an individual basis is the opportunity to sell that energy back to the power companies in a consumers area.

We should remember that solar power is still in a development stage. The government subsides are crucial to the power source until the technical developments allow the business to generate and deliver this source based on a good economic plan. This premise sounds reasonable doesn’t it?

Wait, I have a concern. As most of us know the European governments and market place have embraced green energy in general and solar in particular. The European governments have provided funding, tax breaks and tax incentives to aggressively develop these energy sources. Now all of the European countries with the exception of Germany have faced a declining economy and huge debt build up so inevitably the green energy businesses would have to start to operate on a sound economic basis. However there is no sound economic basis for any of the renewable energy sources currently being used in Europe.

Enter Spain. Like other countries in Europe Spain has subsidized renewable energy sources and in particular solar sources. They offered the opportunity for new solar businesses to start up, gave them big tax breaks and low interest funding. Of course at the same time they were suffering from a bad economy, low employment rates and big debts. This week Spain announced that its senate is about to eliminate subsides for solar power, no longer allowing individuals to sell their personally developed solar power to the local power company, requiring those who have developed personal solar power sources to connect to the state controlled grid and of course not receive any compensation. Finally to add salt to the wound the government is imposing a tax on all solar power used. You might ask why would Spain take such drastic measures with an energy source with such potential. The answer is 28 billion dollars in debt all spent on green energy sources. The impact on businesses and individuals is devastating. Literally whole solar companies will have to shutdown and on the individual basis people who invested in solar power with the purpose of selling off some of that power to help balance the family finances are out of luck and must turn over their personal solar power sources to the government.

Here is my concern, we are following the same course that Spain did with solar power. We are subsidizing companies and individuals. We are in a debt crisis; our solar energy companies and individuals are not operating on sound economic premise. We need to recognize that we could easily spend 28 billion dollars to prop up solar power and then default on our debt ceiling and change policies on solar energy, withdrawing subsidies, capturing solar power at the company and individual level and imposing new taxes to cover a short fall just like Spain is about to do this week. Let’s walks back subsides on solar power and in fact all green energy projects and rely on the energy industry to develop new methods of using solar power and transporting that power.

I think most people would agree that solar power has the potential to be a positive energy source for our country. There are technical issues to be resolved and of course transportation of the power to parts of our country that don’t have the same potential for sun power on a daily basis. The government as it should offered tax breaks and other incentives to encourage development of this power source. Another incentive for the use of solar power on an individual basis is the opportunity to sell that energy back to the power companies in a consumers area.

We should remember that solar power is still in a development stage. The government subsides are crucial to the power source until the technical developments allow the business to generate and deliver this source based on a good economic plan. This premise sounds reasonable doesn’t it?

Wait, I have a concern. As most of us know the European governments and market place have embraced green energy in general and solar in particular. The European governments have provided funding, tax breaks and tax incentives to aggressively develop these energy sources. Now all of the European countries with the exception of Germany have faced a declining economy and huge debt build up so inevitably the green energy businesses would have to start to operate on a sound economic basis. However there is no sound economic basis for any of the renewable energy sources currently being used in Europe.

Enter Spain. Like other countries in Europe Spain has subsidized renewable energy sources and in particular solar sources. They offered the opportunity for new solar businesses to start up, gave them big tax breaks and low interest funding. Of course at the same time they were suffering from a bad economy, low employment rates and big debts. This week Spain announced that its senate is about to eliminate subsides for solar power, no longer allowing individuals to sell their personally developed solar power to the local power company, requiring those who have developed personal solar power sources to connect to the state controlled grid and of course not receive any compensation. Finally to add salt to the wound the government is imposing a tax on all solar power used. You might ask why would Spain take such drastic measures with an energy source with such potential. The answer is 28 billion dollars in debt all spent on green energy sources. The impact on businesses and individuals is devastating. Literally whole solar companies will have to shutdown and on the individual basis people who invested in solar power with the purpose of selling off some of that power to help balance the family finances are out of luck and must turn over their personal solar power sources to the government.

Here is my concern, we are following the same course that Spain did with solar power. We are subsidizing companies and individuals. We are in a debt crisis; our solar energy companies and individuals are not operating on sound economic premise. We need to recognize that we could easily spend 28 billion dollars to prop up solar power and then default on our debt ceiling and change policies on solar energy, withdrawing subsidies, capturing solar power at the company and individual level and imposing new taxes to cover a short fall just like Spain is about to do this week. Let’s walks back subsides on solar power and in fact all green energy projects and rely on the energy industry to develop new methods of using solar power and transporting that power.

I think most people would agree that solar power has the potential to be a positive energy source for our country. There are technical issues to be resolved and of course transportation of the power to parts of our country that don’t have the same potential for sun power on a daily basis. The government as it should offered tax breaks and other incentives to encourage development of this power source. Another incentive for the use of solar power on an individual basis is the opportunity to sell that energy back to the power companies in a consumers area.

We should remember that solar power is still in a development stage. The government subsides are crucial to the power source until the technical developments allow the business to generate and deliver this source based on a good economic plan. This premise sounds reasonable doesn’t it?

Wait, I have a concern. As most of us know the European governments and market place have embraced green energy in general and solar in particular. The European governments have provided funding, tax breaks and tax incentives to aggressively develop these energy sources. Now all of the European countries with the exception of Germany have faced a declining economy and huge debt build up so inevitably the green energy businesses would have to start to operate on a sound economic basis. However there is no sound economic basis for any of the renewable energy sources currently being used in Europe.

Enter Spain. Like other countries in Europe Spain has subsidized renewable energy sources and in particular solar sources. They offered the opportunity for new solar businesses to start up, gave them big tax breaks and low interest funding. Of course at the same time they were suffering from a bad economy, low employment rates and big debts. This week Spain announced that its senate is about to eliminate subsides for solar power, no longer allowing individuals to sell their personally developed solar power to the local power company, requiring those who have developed personal solar power sources to connect to the state controlled grid and of course not receive any compensation. Finally to add salt to the wound the government is imposing a tax on all solar power used. You might ask why would Spain take such drastic measures with an energy source with such potential. The answer is 28 billion dollars in debt all spent on green energy sources. The impact on businesses and individuals is devastating. Literally whole solar companies will have to shutdown and on the individual basis people who invested in solar power with the purpose of selling off some of that power to help balance the family finances are out of luck and must turn over their personal solar power sources to the government.

Here is my concern, we are following the same course that Spain did with solar power. We are subsidizing companies and individuals. We are in a debt crisis; our solar energy companies and individuals are not operating on sound economic premise. We need to recognize that we could easily spend 28 billion dollars to prop up solar power and then default on our debt ceiling and change policies on solar energy, withdrawing subsidies, capturing solar power at the company and individual level and imposing new taxes to cover a short fall just like Spain is about to do this week. Let’s walks back subsides on solar power and in fact all green energy projects and rely on the energy industry to develop new methods of using solar power and transporting that power.

Caught in the turmoil of Political News

It was in all the papers but you might have missed it as you tried to follow the blame game about the budget shutdown. The news was that thanks to Snowden’s release of NSA documents it has now been confirmed that NSA is tracking AMERICAN CITIZENS social media activity to establish who we associating with, our travel plans and who we travel with. Note this has nothing to do with foreign citizens activity in their native countries or in the USA.

During a press interview with Jay Carney an interview primarily about the budget battle Chuck Todd political analysis for NBC and resident kiss up to the Obama administration asked Jay a question about the most recent Snowden release. Jay refused to answer the questions as they were put to him. He quoted the standard line from the White House about international security. Finally Chuck said; why won’t you tell us why the NSA is engaged in tracking U.S. citizens social media activity when just a couple of weeks ago you told us that the NSA was not doing that. Jay responded with; I’m not going to discuss our intelligence activities on foreign citizens and Chuck just about blew a gasket saying; you mean you are going to give us the same old saw that the NSA doesn’t do the things we are told they do until there is another release from Snowden proving the government is doing just that. Jay repeated the White House mantra on policy that of course flies in the face of continuing Snowden’s releases. I think Chuck was angry because at least he realizes that this invasion on our citizen’s privacy may only be the tip of the iceberg. Eventually it may reach epic levels of invasion of privacy that might give the IRS, Homeland Security and other government agencies access to U.S. citizens for the purpose of criminal investigation, tax evasion, association with potential enemies of the state and other unknown intrusions into the average citizens life. Let’s do something about it, make some noise, write your congressman/woman, tweet the networks and other government agencies and tell them of your concern, email friends and family and make them aware of your concern. Ask them in turn to let their congressional representatives know of their desire to stop this invasion by the government of our privacy.

Ping Pong

I’m certain my liberal friends are expecting a rant from me on the budget or national debt issue but to me that is not as urgent as this first day of the ACA.

While it is true that only nine states have insurance exchanges in place and The United Way which accepted an almost six million dollar contract from the ACA to implement the ACA in North Texas has decided not to honor that contract. True we receive daily reports from individuals about increased costs even though the mainstream media is doing its darnedest to sugar coat the “glitches” showing up in ACA I don’t think it is a time to panic.

Actually the time to panic should have been about three years ago when the law was passed. It seems that the American citizen is lethargic at best and grossly ignorant at worst about the impact of this major change in our government policies. These are policies that will affect the lives of our children and children’s children.

However let us sit back and watch the ACA in action and let’s give them the six months to be vested even if not fully vested before we make any judgment. Of course it will be hard to find out the truth with major mainstream media outlets like NBC announcing they will help “the government sell the ACA to young people. Still we should be able to discern the success or failure of the ACA in March 2014.