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A Talk to Intermountain Republican Women Federated

 Thank you ladies for inviting me to speak about my new book, Romancing The Voters, A Handbook on Republican Political Talking Points. You can depend on this brief Handbook when you need to be quickly conversant on issues you don’t have time to research and want to become more politically persuasive.

At such events,  I’m usually asked to tell some political jokes —-I can’t —- They’ve all been elected.

However, let me mention that  diapers and politicians must be changed often —-  and for the same reason.

My favorite political story is of President Lyndon Johnson taking a gaggle of reporters on a tour of his Texas Ranch. He stepped in a fresh Cow pie, looked down and exclaimed, “Oh my Gawd, I’m melting.”

With the recent Presidential election, some of us feel like the great American philosopher in the “Peanuts,” comic strip: Charlie Brown.

After losing his 99th consecutive game, Charlie Brown, hangs his head down low.
Lucy says: “Charlie, in these days of discouragement and despair don’t be depressed, one day you’ll win.”
“Really, do you really think so?” Charlie Brown asks.
Lucy says:  “Well, frankly no!”

It’s amazing how many “Charlie Browns” have called or emailed, discouraged and disheartened over President Barack Obama “fundamentally transforming America,” about the country being on the wrong track, not only in elections, but in Obamacare, Food stamps, and the coarseness of the culture.

 

DON’T BE A TURKEY

Democrats today are flying high, over confident. But  …..  they’d be wise to consider the turkey.

For 1,000 days it believes, it has the world by the tail.

Getting fatter every day, it believes people love it — taking care of it and its offspring.  Life is good!  Couldn’t be better! To use a liberal term, Life couldn’t be more “fair!”

Then, the day before Thanksgiving it suddenly and unexpectedly, get a “reality” check— everything it believes is wrong.

Let’s review the political cycle for a moment.

In 2004 Republicans had won the House, the Senate, 28 governorships, and of course, the White House.

Shortly after, two L.A. Times reporters wrote, “One Party Country,” asserting Republicans would dominate politics for the next 40 years and the Democrat Party would be consigned to the dustbin of history. Karl Rove changed the way politics are run forever, with a new methodology.

In 2008 Republicans lost Big Time!
Shortly after, Sam Tanenhaus wrote, “The Death of Conservatism” and
Time Magazine’s 2009 cover story, “Republicans, an Endangered Species.”

What a difference two elections cycles make. From “dominating politics for 40 years” to “Endangered.”

It reminds me of my fourth grade class.  The teacher tells my friend Johnny to write his name on chalkboard.  Johnny says, “Hey Teach, I ain’t got no chalk.”  Correcting him she says, “It’s I don’t have any chalk, he doesn’t have any chalk, she doesn’t have any chalk, they don’t have any chalk.  We don’t have any chalk.”  Little Johnny blurts out, “What the hell happened to all the chalk?”

And conservatives and Republicans wanted to know: “What the hell happened to the Republicans”?

Then in 2010, Republicans re-captured the House of Representatives, defeating Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In 2012, President Barack Obama won a 2nd term and is inheriting a worse economy from himself—— than from George W. Bush and Democrats have to overcome the famous Clinton saying: “It’s the economy, stupid!”  As the pendulum swings.

2013 October Time Cover: Majority Rule scratched out, a story of Republicans wearing suicide vests.

TEA Party conservatives, despite the media spin, however, are winning today.  You can tell by the hysterical over-the-top vitriolic rhetoric the liberals use whenever they are losing.

LOOK
AT THE BELL CURVE

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On the left, a few hundred articulate and persuasive intellectuals of Socialism.  People like John Kenneth Galbraith and Paul Krugman (in Blue), followed by many more low-information voters (in orange).

On the right, a few hundred articulate and persuasive intellectuals of free market Capitalism, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, and William Buckley, followed by many more in the choir. How good we get at “PERSUADING” the vast number in the green middle, mostly  non-political, voters that may be great engineers, great musicians, gardeners, church goers,  parents —  who determines the nation’s fate.
You may be thinking to yourselves, Fred, you are speaking to the choir.  But the choir is what counts in politics. It is critical that we spend time energizing the choir and providing it the intellectual ammunition to influence others to join our cause; to teach why limited government, private property, and free market capitalism based on voluntary exchange is the only moral economic system ever devised.  The purpose of teaching others the philosophy of freedom, is not to convert them into believing in freedom “from” government, but to find them. More precisely, help them find themselves in becoming passionate about individual liberty and to swell the ranks of the choir.  It is you in the choir, Isaiah’s Remnant, which carries civilization and freedom forward generation to generation.

                                            HEALTH CARE— DEMOCRAT’S ACHILLES’ HEEL
Having government design your health care plan is like having plumbers who install valves —– perform open heart surgery.

But, you say, the people voted for it, when they democratically voted for Barack Obama!

“Democracy,” simply means majority rule — for good or bad. The heart of politics is the art of Romancing The Voters (pretending with intent to deceive).

No U.S. President or Congress has ever represented the majority of the people in 100 years, and in fact, almost never more than a third of the Voter Eligible Population (VEP) or registered voters. President Obama is the first President to twice win over 51% of those voting in 50 years, but only 31% of those Registered to vote.  However, the rules of the game determine the outcome. For instance, no woman’s basketball team can beat the L.A. Lakers. But change just one rule and you’ll get a different outcome: make everyone play in high heels! In politics, the rules say only those who turn out to vote — determine who rules over us.

 

In Romancing The Voters, I cover a number of things.

“ALL POLITICAL POWER DERIVES FROM WHAT YOU CAN DO TO — OR — FOR SOMEONE”

 

A cardinal rule of politics is “Watch what they do, not what they say.”  And, remember, 96% of all Congressmen ………… give the other 4% a bad name.

Liberals and conservatives think differently, the words they use have different meanings.

Liberals are primarily concerned with “equality of results.” This is the only way to prove fairness, and justice — often stating, “They are socially liberal but fiscally conservative.”

Conservatives “believe” equal results are impossible without authoritarian rule and advocate “equality of opportunity” — often stating they simply want a “fair field without favor.”

Liberals frequently use the terms “fair” or “for the children” and opinions with which they disagree are dismissed as “simplistic,” or from “the best minds of the 19th century.”

When liberals refer to equality, they mean that the income of people more successful than they are should be re-distributed. They never suggest a re-distribution of their income for the benefit of 95 percent of the earth’s population whose income is lower than theirs is.

Mark Twain said, “If you don’t read newspapers, you’re uninformed. If you do read them, you’re mis-informed.”

I once told an L.A. Times Star Reporter his story did not tell the truth.  He told me, “Newspapers don’t print the truth they print what people say.” He asks my opinion and then finds someone to quote with the opposite opinion. Then prints it.  So there’s a good chance, regardless of what side you’re on, half of what you read in the newspapers is wrong.

In the book I quote, Walter Williams, distinguished economist at George Mason University, who wrote,   “The U.S. has the richest poor people in the world.”

Also, Dinesh D’Souza who speaks of a friend in India dying to move to the U.S. Why? “I want to move to a country where the poor people are fat.”

This month (October 2013) the U.S. Energy Information Agency reported the U.S is the world’s  # 1 producer of oil and gas.  Oil is a miracle of the free market: Just think, oil companies can go halfway around the world, punch a 3-mile deep hole in the ground, suck out the oil, ship it to Long Beach or Louisiana, transport it to a refinery, pipe the refined gasoline to your city, and deliver it to your neighborhood gas station for less money per pound than the U.S. government can deliver first class mail across the street.  And Congress wants to prosecute the oil companies, not the Post Office.  Just like the sun is finite but inexhaustible — Oil is finite and inexhaustible.  We are not running out of oil!

The price of gasoline as determined by the U.S. Energy Administration, in 1918 “adjusted for inflation”  was $3.84 per gallon; and in 2012, $3.55 or 29 cents less than in 1918.

OBSCURITY

“We have to pass it to know what’s in it,” was House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi’s response to the 2,700-page Obamacare Bill (with 20,000 pages of implementing rules).  James Madison in Federalist Paper 37 warned us against “the obscurity arising from complexity.”  Since many laws today, particularly in the tax code and health care are incomprehensible — who gets absolute power under their obscurity? The answer is whoever has the power to interpret them. Without transparency, it is the politicians, bureaucrats and poseurs on a daily basis who interpret them.
How can you prove we conservatives are winning?  Despite liberals dominating the media, universities, and Hollywood, for over 2 decades, about twice as many Americans self-proclaim to being conservatives as liberals, 46% to 20% in 2012 according to Gallup.   Liberals become conservative once they graduate, move out of their parents’ home, get a job, get married, buy a house and pay taxes.

GUNS

You said your Republican Women sponsor a gun club. We often hear of children being killed by guns. But seldom told it is due to gang-banger teenagers killing other gang-bangers or drug dealers.  Also, you are 11 times more likely to be shot accidentally by policeman than an armed citizen.
                                     MARTIN LUTHER KING – A REPUBLICAN
MLK knew the history of the Democrat Party and its terrorist arm the Ku Klux Klan which had lynched Blacks up until the 1964s. Former Democrat Rev. Wayne Perryman documents the racist history of the Democrat Party in Unfounded Loyalty.  No wonder MLK was a Republican, with 3,445 Blacks having been lynched since 1882 according to the Tuskegee Institute.  (Lynched primarily by Democrats).

In closing, we must never forget our legacy:  Eternal Vigilance – is the price of Liberty.

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Segregation and Separation

Bernie: Donald Trump is a rich idiot, but the rich have always been problematical in society, especially their children. Buddha, Che Guevara, Peggy Rockefeller,  Alida Rockefeller, The Weathermen, Mao Tse Tung, Lincoln Steffens, Felix Dzerzhinsky,  Abby Rockefeller, Silas Bissell, Karl Marx, Fredrich Engels, Reverend Jim Jones,  Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, Lenin, Trotsky, Jack London, Upton Sinclair, Lillian Hellman, Bernadine Dohrn, Oliver Stone, Woody Guthrie, Yoko Ono, Herbert  Marcuse, Vanessa Redgrave,  Ho Chi Minh, John Reed, Gaylord Wilshire (Wilshire Blvd.), Peggy Guggenheim, George Pillsbury, Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Obie (Mercedes) Benz, all came from rich or well-to-do families. But Trump a racist, no way.  The Democrat Party has the lock on racism it being the party of racism, segregation and separation for the first 200 years of its history. Most Democrats who accuse others of racism don’t know their own history.  See: former Democrat delegate, Rev. Wayne Perryman, Unfounded Loyalty.  Or, page 83, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/302807

Dan: “The upshot is that Democrats, who speak passionately about the hungry and homeless, personally fork over less money (30% to 50% less) to charity than Republicans — the ones who try to cut health insurance for children.”             http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/opinion/21kristof.html See Chapter 2, Romancing The Voters

Tom: “The government spends a trillion dollars more than it collects by borrowing. This is adding to our grandchildren’s credit cards, loans that will have been taken out by dead grandparents that must be paid by children not yet born. How much should we steal from these children’s future?  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/302807      FB 10/18/13

Matt: “Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other” – Ronald Reagan For more humor see:http://www.romancingthevoters.com

Carlos, thanks for reinforcing Bernie Palmatier on Wall Street Banks making billions. Why else would they overwhelmingly contribute to Democrat Campaigns? I looked up politics in the dictionary, and it a combination of two words: “Poli,” which means many, and “tics,” which means “bloodsuckers” Jay Leno Found at http://www.romancingthevoters.com/  For more humor see:http://www.romancingthevoters.com

Bernie: You make some excellent points. Especially about Wall Street. But why did you leave out that Wall Street primarily supports Democrats such Chuck Schumer and Jon Corzine. In the last 20 years Goldman Sachs gave $21 million to Democrats and only $12 million to Republicans. Defunct Lehman Brothers, incubated as Democrats, gave 72% of its political “donation” to Democrats, for 20 years, undoubtedly for all the reasons you identify. Thanks for clarifying the record for us. Opensecrets.org

Carlos Iraheta says, “Republicans are sinking in the polls faster then goose shit goes through a goose.”  A few facts for Dan and anyone paying attention: 60% of the nation’s governors are Republicans. Four of the five women governors are Republicans, 27 of the States legislatures are dominated by Republicans.  The states are closest to normal people.  Washington politicians are in a universe all their own.  There is an old joke that 96% of the members of Congress give the other 4% (TEA Party members) a bad name.  “There is no distinctly American criminal class – except Congress.” – Mark Twain For more humor see: http://www.romancingthevoters.com

Bob: Sounds like the famous Democrat “Optimist” story you are reliving: “the ‘so far, so good’ fallacy of the Democrat who has fallen from the 30th floor and passes the 20th floor saying ‘so far, so good’) and you do not seem to understand the implications of what has been done. Hopefully, Democrats won’t be too late when they exclaim ala Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on The River Kwai, “What have I done?”  http://www.romancingthevoters.com

Carlos: Close, but the moral of the story is Nicholson built the bridge when no one else could which was enormously detrimental to this own country’s well-being, and when he saw his countrymen undoing what he had tried so hard to build he came to his senses saying, “What have I done?’ Will Democrats do the same when they realize what they are doing to this country?  http://www.romancingthevoters.com

Linda, No surprise on the compromise. I predicted last July, “The Republicans nearly always cave in on budget deficits since government spending has “shrunk” only four times in 62 years: 1954, 1955, 1965 and 2010 when the Tea Party ascended. (These are not the same as balanced budget years). What are the chances the Republicans will lose the fight over any future “Budget Crisis?” Historically – based on the last 62 years – 16 to one. Page 61,  http://www.RomancingTheVoters.com/

Kirk: You are right. It doesn’t matter who you vote for — the government always wins.
If they don’t do it to their wives — they do it to the country –Mel Brooks  For more humor see:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/302807

Global Warming causes temperatures

Darrell, see this proves that Global Warming causes temperatures to rise, temperatures to fall and temperatures to stay the same.  Fred

11:50 AM | 2013 – a year with minimal extreme weather events in the US http://thesiweather.com/2013/10/18/1100-am-2013-a-year-with-minimal-extreme-weather-events-in-the-us/#respond

Discussion

There have been many forecasts in the news in recent years predicting more and more extreme weather-related events in the US, but for 2013 that prediction has been way off the mark. Whether you’re talking about tornadoes, wildfires, extreme heat or hurricanes, the good news is that weather-related disasters in the US are all way down this year compared to recent years and, in some cases, down to historically low levels.

Tornadoes To begin with, the number of tornadoes in the US this year is on pace to be the lowest total since 2000 and it may turn out to be the lowest total in several decades. The table below lists the number of tornadoes in the US for this year (through 10/17) and also for each year going back to 2000. (Source: NOAA, http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/online/monthly/newm.html)

Year         # of Tornadoes
2013                    771
2012                   1119
2011                   1894
2010                   1543
2009                   1305
2008                   1685
2007                   1102
2006                   1117
2005                   1262
2004                   1820
2003                   1374
2002                    938
2001                   1219
2000                   1072

Wildfires Second, the number of wildfires across the US so far this year is on pace to be the lowest it has been in the past ten years and the acreage involved is at the second lowest level in that same time period (table below). (Source: National Interagency Fire Center; http://www.nifc.gov/)

2013            Fires: 40,306           Acres: 4,152,390
2012            Fires: 67,774           Acres: 9,326,238
2011            Fires: 74,126           Acres: 8,711,367
2010            Fires: 62,471           Acres: 3,233,461
2009            Fires: 78,792           Acres: 5,921,786
2008            Fires: 80,094           Acres: 5,254,109
2007            Fires: 85,822           Acres: 9,321,326
2006            Fires: 96,358           Acres: 9,871,939
2005            Fires: 66,552           Acres: 8,686,753
2004            Fires: 63,608           Acres: 8,097,880
*2013 data through 10/16

Extreme Heat In addition to wildfires, extreme heat is also way down across the US this year. In fact, the number of 100 degree days across the country during 2013 is not only down for this year, but it is perhaps going to turn out to be the lowest in about 100 years of records (chart below).

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(Source: NOAA, USHCN reporting stations; through August)

The five summers with the highest number of 100 degree days across the US are as follows: 1936, 1934, 1954, 1980 and 1930. In addition to the vast reduction in 100 degree days across the US this year, the number of high temperature records (ie hi max and hi min records) is way down compared to a year ago with 22,965 records this year as compared with 56,885 at this same time last year. (Source: NOAA, http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/records/; through 10/17).

Hurricanes Finally, as far as hurricanes are concerned and keeping in mind that the season isn’t over yet, there have been only two hurricanes so far this year in the Atlantic Basin (Humberto and Ingrid) and they were both short-lived and weak category 1 storms. Also, the first forming hurricane this year occurred at the second latest date going back to the mid 1940’s when hurricane hunters began to fly. Overall, the tropical season in the Atlantic Basin has been generally characterized by short-lived and weak systems.

In addition, this suppressed tropical activity has not been confined to just the Atlantic Ocean. The eastern Pacific Ocean has had no major hurricanes this season meaning there has been no major hurricane in either the Atlantic or eastern Pacific which only occurred one other year in recorded history – 1968. This is actually quite extraordinary since the two basins are generally out of phase with each other i.e. when one is inactive the other is active.

One of the best ways to measure “total seasonal activity” in the tropics is through an index called the Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) which is a metric that accounts for both intensity and duration of named tropical storms. Indeed, the ACE for this tropical season so far in the Atlantic Basin is only 29% percent of normal (through 10/17) when compared to the climatological average from 1981-2010 and it is the 7th lowest since 1950. Elsewhere, the ACE across the northern hemisphere is only 58% of normal and global ACE is 62% of normal. (Source: Dr. Ryan Maue at Weather Bell Analytics; http://models.weatherbell.com/tropical.php)

Finally, another interesting stat with respect to hurricanes has to do with the fact that we are currently in the longest period since the Civil War Era without a major hurricane strike in the US (i.e., category 3, 4 or 5). The last major hurricane to strike the US was Hurricane Wilma during late October of that record-breaking year of 2005 – let’s hope this historic stretch continues. By the way, just as a point of comparison, in 1954 the US was hit by 3 major hurricanes in less than 10 weeks.

Filed under: DEN, LA, NYC, PHL, WMA

Let local government decide about housing needs?

“Let local government decide about housing needs.” Really! Let there be no mistake, 100% of the so-called housing crisis is due to government policies. People are asking for those who created the housing crisis to solve it.  That’s absurd. The idea that low-income people are entitled to live in brand new housing is absurd. Inclusionary zoning policies are absurd that make all housing more expensive, both brand new and existing if you think about it for a couple of seconds, in order to help a handful of voters. When government adds to the cost of brand new housing, after a lag time the added  cost is capitalized into the price of all housing which is why 50-year old homes in San Diego cost over $300,000 today.

http://www.RomancingTheVoters.com

Fred Schnaubelt

Why government will never be “the problem”

Amy Roost (Why government will never be “the problem”) speaks of reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House on the Prairie” to her children.  She might find it more edifying as they grow older to introduce them to Rose Wilder Lane’s (Laura’s daughter) “The Discovery of Freedom,” for a broader perspective on government. Reviewed at http://mises.org/document/3197 , and if she doesn’t want to spring for the cost of the book, this gem can be downloaded free at:

http://library.mises.org/books/Rose%20Wilder%20Lane/The%20Discovery%20of%20Freedom.pdf .

Please note: the original trustee for the Wilder (Little House on the Prairie), and Lane estate was Roger MacBride, 1976 Libertarian candidate for President of the United States, who campaigned in San Diego.

Fred Schnaubelt

http://www.RomancingTheVoters.com

The Life & Death of Labor Unions

The Life & Death of Labor Unions As Seen Here  http://romancingthevoters.net/?p=174

Fred

I think President Ronald Reagan led the way to busting the first union … FAA Pilots Daniel

You are right Daniel, but it was the Air Traffic Controllers, PATCO Union, not the pilots.  PATCO thought Reagan would never endanger the public without the air traffic controllers. He fired all who did not return to work and replaced them with military traffic controllers in 1981, with fewer air incidents I believe.   Boy did they miscalculate Regan’s resolve against an illegal strike, and he changed the power and influence of unions for at least the last 32 years.  Fred

Fred,

Thanks Mark,
Good question, I’ll try to find out if the Daily Transcript is a union shop.  I don’t think so but will try to find out.
I believe the Union-Tribune’s Newspaper Guild was decertified several years ago.  I think there was a court ruling the unions can’t dictate editorial and management policies.  Fred

Mark
Fred, I’m very old but did miss reading the Atlantic Monthly edition back in 1898! Another Great Essay! Am surprised the Daily Transcript will put in print. Isn’t the print staff at the Transcript unionized? Thanks for sending! Monte

This is a FABULOUS article!!
Keep shining the light!
Best regards,  Tom

Barbara
Barbara, you know the problem well.  There are similar stories at the City of San Diego unable to fire people who won’t work.
Fred

Barbara

Another aspect of the unions: teaching non whites how to file discrimination cases against white European males. My husband was accused of being a racist because he expected someone, who worked for him for only 13 days, (who was also lazy and couldn’t show up for work five days in a row) to do his job. The fact finding was done by a black woman and the report that was submitted had been edited and showed comments taken out of context that looked racist.
The irony of the situation, after being removed from his position so he couldn’t harm any one else, was being put in charge of all the new hires who were black or Mexican! Let’s hear it for City of San Diego water department who fulfill every requirement for equal opportunity with out any skills required!
Barbara

Thank you Larry,

Fred,

Another great article. Thanks for your efforts.  As I have seen what happens when 12-16 year olds do NOT work,  I realize that the labor union based rules keeping kids out has only helped create a drug culture and make kids less capable of competing in the work place.  Video games, drugs, sex, mischief …have all replaced working hard, gaining real work experience and learning responsibility.  Woodrow Wilson was creating racism…a primary goal of the Communist Manifesto to create disharmony in our society.  May God bless you my friend.
Larry