The OLD “New Green Deal” again.

Progressives are once again trying to buy the population with freebies for everyone with no regard for expense both economic and human. These ideas are not new. They are rethreaded old progressive ideas using the hot topics of the day to destroy America in the outlandish hope that they can create a county better than our forefathers. Instead of country where individuals have inalienable rights, they will create a country where the rights and maybe even rights to live are doled out by the politic.

This brings to mind an article in the New American, 10-6-2000: “A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” If we foolishly follow folks who have no interest in preserving the Republic, it will fail. But, the insidious part of the grand scheme is that they have ideas that sound good on the surface mixed in the suicidal scheme. Before we throw out the entire constitution, let’s see if we can logically arrive at the “utopian” state that the so called “New Green Deal” promises.

I was looking for a website synopsis the “new green deal” it appears the deal is already a bust. The links to the “deal” were removed from the sponsoring representative’s site after massive ridicule. However the “deal” is not dead. I’m sure after they get a grown up to write it using marketing language, it will rear it’s empty head yet again.

However, I did find a summary at www.thebalance.com and a full version of the proposed legislation at www.NPR.com For brevity, let’s go with summary.

It includes seven goals previously introduced by Ocasio-Cortez:

  1. Shift 100 percent of national power generation to renewable sources. Now on the face, this sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t want clean renewable energy? However, how do you get from 2% wind and solar energy to 100% without a full government takeover of the industry? Over the past few years solar and wind prices have dropped dramatically where they are poised to be competitive in the energy markets. The capitalist markets are working as they should, moving as if being driven by an invisible hand. I predict that in 50 years or less all energy be renewable. The market will drive it along with a standard of living that will allow for the costs. It will include solar, wind, biofuels, fossil fuels and hopefully a new technology yet to be discovered. And, we won’t have to give up our freedom and hyper efficient self driving cars, trucks and SUVs to do it.
  2. Build a national energy-efficient “smart” grid. This is the only good idea of the bunch except they would want to nationalize the utility companies. An upgrade on the national grid is overdue and should be a priority. It should be a robust grid able to take solar flares and EMPs. However, it should be paid for by the utility companies. National standards based on efficiency, quality, costs and science not on politics should determine how this is implemented.
  3. Upgrade all buildings to become energy efficient. This is absolute stupidity from a cost stand point. It would mean that the government would have own every single building in order to force them to be efficient. Not all buildings especially the historic buildings will be able to be efficient. The politics will determine the definition of acceptable efficiency. If carbon dioxide emissions are not taken into consideration I could come up with a very energy efficient from a cost stand point solution. I anticipate that would not go over well. Again, this is an attempt to take property and freedom from citizens.
  4. Decarbonize manufacturing and agricultural industries. Again, the cost of this would be tremendous if doing it wasn’t technologically impossible. Technically any manufacturing that has human and animals will have carbon emissions. Most heat processes to make metals and plastics create emissions. It would kill our steel and petroleum industries. Yes, the very materials used to make solar cells and wind mills will create carbon emissions when manufactured. So we couldn’t even make those.
  5. Decarbonize, repair, and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure, especially transportation. This would kill the airline, auto and trucking industry. It would also kill the overnight shipping industry as well. So think of every airline, rental car company, airplane maker, airplane part supplier, missile manufacturer, tank manufacturer, ship manufacturer, part supplier, electronics maker, wire maker, Fed-Ex, UPS, USPS, Amazon, Walmart and other industries going under. This is the most dangerous of the “deal” suggestions. This would gut the American economy and industry driving our government as well as many citizens to bankruptcy due to lack of revenue. And, if the US somehow survived this, we would be so weak as a country militarily that current Mexico maybe even Cuba could conquer the United States.
  6. Fund massive investment in the drawdown and capture of greenhouse gases. The amount of money needed is staggering. We would be better off buying the Amazon rainforest and making it off limits to deforesting. Again, after items 3, 4 and 5, there won’t be any money to do it.
  7. Adopting these goals would make “green” technology, industry, expertise, products, and services a major U.S. export. As a result, America could become the international leader in helping other countries transition to completely carbon-neutral economies.
    Realizing the goals would be suicidal to the US. Again, see 3,4 and 5. The US just became a net exporter of energy. The energy is in the form of fossil fuels. Best case, America would be conquered and taken over. This would be followed by the folks who conquered America using our fossil fuel resources. They probably wouldn’t be as careful as we are currently.

This is another attempt at a power grab by the progressives. First they tried to used universal healthcare as a vehicle to control everyone’s lives. Now, the try to use energy to control everyone’s lives. They don’t trust the people to do the right thing. But they trust government that is inept at almost everything except taking our money to do it? Capitalism has been the greatest force for raising the standard of living of people in history. Socialism has not worked to date. It is a shame that we must breakdown and argue against these infantile suggestions because our broken politically correct education system has possibly left a generation willing idiots.

A final warning, the type of thinking of the “New Green Deal” leads to one conclusion, “There’s too many humans.” Who will decide who lives and who dies. They have already started trying to increase the abortion rate, through late term abortion, to where almost 1 in 5 of every pregnancy ends to abortion in the US on average. Our Declaration of Independence states that God grants us the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. If we should we give up our liberty in the pursuit of comfort, due to apathy or even worse, a laziness that thinks government can do it all for the people, then Americans may have no Life and therefore lose the ability to Pursue Happiness.

It’s an Invasion not a Caravan!

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/01/27/caravan-20-the-numbers-are-massive-even-by-mexicos-count-n2540320

When we hear the word “caravan,” we think of a group of folks on a joint trip like a pilgrimage. It brings images of the carnival or circus coming to town . Invasion is more like it.

The hordes invading through Mexico are anything but cuddly. Although some are desperate families they include others that are not so well meaning. All will break the immigration laws of the US as they force/sneak their way across the southern border. In other words, it’s an invasion.

There are legal mechanisms to apply for asylum. These folks just choose to ignore them. Some take advantage of the desperate folks by trafficking drugs, humans, and molesting women and children. This is nothing short of an invasion by the small but evil, deadly percentage of criminals along with the horde. For that reason, This Conservative Vato says

“BUILD THE WALL” and call the horde what it is an ” INVASION.”

Creating your reality. Persuading ourselves.

Persuading ourselves that we are happy.

Persuade yourself to greatness.

Creating your own reality.

 

Sometime ago, I promised a professor, Dr. Carignan, that I would recreate this old slide from his presentation a put it on the web. He taught a capstone to my MBA on learning organizations, and I was intrigue by the premise of the slide. Basically “what you think and even the words you choose to describe your reality shape and either reinforce or diminish the reality you perceive.”  We call this persuading and cognitive bias.

Now, before the hate mail starts this does not negate basic laws of the universe but how we look at them can lead to changes in the way we understand it. { Note: As we look at the world of quantum physics, we have theories that the universe at the quantum level acts in ways that would boggle and even seem like “magic” to most us. } Persuading is a hot topic

Marketers and politicians know that perception creates many realities. The limitations that we place upon ourselves create barriers that may not be truly there.

I had a great example yesterday. My son and I play golf and his next tee shot was over a hazard with a carry of 240 yards. He can clear this distance regularly without a problem. Ninety percent of his drives go farther. That is not within my range. I took the safe layup shot that guarantee the extra stroke on the hole.

He looked at me and said he would do the same. I held him up and asked him how far he drove regularly. He answered 275 yards. I asked him how often he thought he could drive 275 yards in ten attempts. He said about 8 out 10. I asked him, how about 250? He said almost 10 times out of 10 because his three wood goes about 240. At that point, I asked if he would like to reconsider his strategy.

He set up and attacked the flag that was 367 yards away. He drove directly over the hazard about 285 yards for a pitch and tw0-put which gave him his par. I was one over for the hole.

Whether it is fear, bias, prejudice or lack of attention, how we speak, feel and react is something we can control. If choose to exert this control, we can affect the reality we perceive and improve our organizations, teams, families and ourselves. We are creating our own reality.

Originally Published February 29, 2016 on LinkedIn.  Updated 11/25/2017.

Global Warming equals Global Fleecing

When scientists on the government grants are caught rigging the numbers that skew the data to what the governments want to see, then you can ‘t really count on the science as “settled” or even as science.  The issue here is two fold: 1) Is global warming a man made phenomena?  2) Is there anything man can do to prevent it?

Because there has been confirmed and admitted tampering and “adjustments” of past temperature data, decisions made based on that data would be dubious.  Addtionally, the last projections from those same scientists indicate that spending trillions on CO2 reductions and retooling the industrial economic models of the world wouldn’t significantly affect future temperatures.

But, it will make many global orgnaizations richer with a major redirection of resources and industry.  This is a just another way for governments to shuffle money and reach into the pockets of tax payers and consumers for the enrighment of politicians and their cronies.

Follow the money.  Someone is getting rich off of global warming and it isn’t the middle class or lower class.

Consumers will pay more for electricity and food.  Even more importantly, the weak economy will continue to be stressed.

Electing Republicans to the House and Senate yielded no significant difference in results. From 8-6-15.

I am having a lot of trouble with Republican Congressmen whose lack of moxie is allowing for results no different than if the congress and senate were democrat controlled.

They are afraid to use the constitutional powers to stop or slow down Obama. The Republicans have ceded power in effect letting Democrats do what they want.  We might as well have Harry Reid and Pelosi running things because there has been no significant difference.

That’s not what they were elected to do.  Having “show” votes is meaningless if nothing happens.  The Republicans that ran on stopping Obamacare, illegal immigration, lowering taxes have not been able to move the needle.  They attacked Ted Cruz when he tried to do something.

There are apologist that say that the Republicans in the Senate don’t have 60 votes.  Well, the Dems had less than 60 votes and figured out how to ram the most influential piece of legislation in decades down the throats of the American people.

The GOP should know that they are being put on notice.  It might be time for a new party if there is no difference between the two in Washington. Ted Cruz might be right about the Washington Cartel.

There’s seems to be only one party of money and power in Washington.  Right now they think being more progressive might be good for business.  But when the economy tanks and the government runs out of money those same power brokers will lead the charge back to more conservative thinking.

They will be making money at the expense of all Americans especially the poor all along the way.

Update 11-23-17

Today will Trump in the White house the only significant thing achieved is a conservative Supreme Court justice.

How did President Obama fail as a President ? Let me count the ways. From 10-1-2014 updated 11-23-2017

How did President Obama fail as a President ? Let me count the ways.

1) Fast and Furious

2) Stimulus-Shovel ready jobs!

3) IRS targeting conservatives. “not a smidgen of corruption”

4) Failing to call terrorism , Terrorism.

4a) Fort Hood

4b) Boston Marathon

4c) Oklahoma beheading

5) Letting Iraq fall back to chaos.

6) Benghazi- (With Secretary Clinton)Heros died Obama lied!

7) Quantative easing

8) Deficits and debt

9) Solindra

9) Keystone pipelines

10) Coal regulation

11) No strategic energy policy

12) Allowing Russia to invade Ukraine

13) Obamacare-  Savings of $2500? try an increase of $7500 per family.  Although I do know a few upper income people that actually saved money.

14) Influx of undocumented immigrants

15)Bombing Syria without Congressional approval.  Even George Bush got that.  And even Hillary Clinton voted to give him authority.

16)Stealing money from Medicare to pay for Obamacare

17) Unemployment/Under employment/ Employment participation- We recovered faster from the Great Depression than from the depression we avoided.

18) More people on welfare.   No job searching required.

19) Higher percentage of minorities unemployed

20) ISIS ( ISIL, if you want them to have the entire Middle East)

21)Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood)

22) Nuclear Iran Deal

23) The Economy

24) Secret Service

25) Immigration Reform- promised in first term

26) Uranium One – Updated 11-20-2017

Wow, that is quite a legacy.