FT215: “Of course the Republicans are the party of ‘no’ because that’s what grownups say to children.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 28th, 2014

Fundamental Truth

Children only care about the Here and Now and Instant Gratification

“Mom, can I eat this whole birthday cake?”  “No.”  “Dad, can I stay up past my bed time?”  “No.”  “Mom, can I go out and play instead of cleaning my room?”  “No.”  “Dad, can I skip my homework and play football with the guys?”  “No.”  “Mom, can I go to the concert with Billy and his big brother?”  “No.”  “Dad, can I use your table saw?”  “No.”  “Mom, will you buy me this micro dress for the dance?”  “No.”  “Dad, can I borrow the car this Friday to drive to a party?”  “No.”  “Mom, can I have boys in my bedroom?”  “Hell no.”  “Dad, can I have $50?”  “For what?”  “Stuff?”  “What kind of stuff?”  “You know, stuff.”  “Oh, in that case, no.”

“No.”  It is the most important word in a parent’s vocabulary.  For kids want to do a lot of things that aren’t good for them.  Things that will get them into trouble.  Things that might hurt them.  Things that may leave them with unpleasant and/or long-lasting consequences.  Parents have to say ‘no’ because kids just don’t know any better.  They only think about the here and now.  Not about the future.  They want instant gratification.  They want to have fun.  They don’t want to wait.  They don’t want to work.  And the last thing they want to do is to delay gratification.

So parents have to keep saying ‘no’ for their children’s own good.  At least, responsible parents do.  Because parents are older and wiser than their children.  Contrary to popular belief children have about their parents.  Children like to say that their parents “don’t know anything.”  But they do.  In fact, they know a lot.  Because they were once impulsive children having the same arguments with their parents.  And now that they are parents they see the world differently than they did as children.  They see it as their parents saw it.  And realize that their parents were right all along.  Thanks to a lot more education, a lot more work experience and a lot more life experience.  The things that makes one wiser as one gets older.

Children who never Grow Up as Adults tend to Remain Liberal and Vote Democrat

Children that grow up into responsible adults tend to be more conservative.  They get jobs.  Straight out of high school.  Or after college.  And party less.  They cut back on reckless behavior.  Such as drinking and driving.  Because they realized they could get a DUI.  They could hurt themselves.  Or, worse, hurt someone else.  If they used drugs they cut back.  Some stop using them completely.  They stop having  casual sex with random people.  In part to avoid an STD.  In part because they want something more than just a good time.  So they, instead, get married.  And settle down.  Raise a family.  And it’s about this time that these one-time wild liberals start voting Republican.  As they see there is a lot more to life than partying with booze and drugs.  And having sex.  Especially when they become parents.

Becoming a parent changes a person.  Single coworkers may still want to go out and get a drink after work.  They may look forward to the weekend so they can drink themselves into a stupor.  But not a married person.  At least, not a married responsible grownup.  They want to go straight home to their wife.  Or husband.  They want to spend time with their kids.  And they don’t want to do anything that could harm their kids.  Like risking their job by coming in late hung over after a night of excessive drinking.  They’d rather get to work early.  Do their job.  And build a successful career.  That is both personally satisfying.  And takes care of their family.  Something sobriety helps.  And our days tend to be easier when they don’t start with a hangover.

Children who never grow up as adults, on the other hand, tend to remain liberal.  Focused on the here and now.  Without a thought about the future.  For them gratification is all that matters.  These people tend to keep the wild ways of their youth.  And those who go on to college take it up a notch.  Away from their parents incessant ‘no’s they can finally say ‘yes’ to everything.  And a lot of them do. They’ll get drunk and video things with their smartphones.  And upload them to the Internet.   The kind of things you once had to go to a pornography store to buy.  But they and their friends will post these videos for all the world to see.  And these things will still be floating around the Internet years later when they’re saying ‘no’ to their own children.  Or interviewing for a job.  Jessie Watters on The O’Reilly Factor has interviewed some of these young college students on spring break.   Asking them questions about history.  International events.  Current events at home.  And if they could identify members of the Federal government.  Few could.  Very few.  Because they have more pressing things in their lives apparently than getting an education.  At least based on what they’re doing with their smartphones.

Democrats only care about the Here and Now and Instant Gratification

Liberal Democrats love these kids.  For they know all they want is to have fun.  So they become the party of fun.  Free birth control.  Access to abortion.  Decriminalizing marijuana.  Anti-religion.  No moral absolutes.  Anything goes.  Even encouraging reckless behavior (they’re going to have sex anyway so we might as well make it easier for them).  Veritable anti-parents.  Who tell these kids that they (these kids) know what’s best for them.  Not their parents.  And if they want instant gratification that’s okay.  You don’t have to worry about the future because if you vote Democrat that’s something else we’ll do for you besides the birth control, abortion, marijuana and the lack of moral constraints.  If you vote Democrat we’ll take care of you from cradle to grave.  Just like that The Life of Julia slideshow promised.  With so little education, work experience and life experience these kids don’t know any better and say, “Okay.  Where do I vote.”

So the Democrats use these kids to stay in office.  They know little so it is easy to lie to them.  About the ‘evil Republicans’ that are as big a killjoy as their parents.  And about how much better the Democrats are going to make their lives.  If only they keep voting Democrat.  So they do.  Because the Democrats offer everything an irresponsible adult could want.  Which is a shame as a lot of what the Democrats offer is bad for the rest of us.  And the country.  Their Keynesian economics fails over and over yet they keep using these failed policies of the past.  Putting the country further into debt.  And further depreciating the dollar.  They lie to these kids about global warming.  Allowing the Democrats to remain in power and pass crippling regulations.  Threatening the coal industry.  As well as increasing our energy costs.  They want to raise the minimum wage for unskilled, entry-level jobs.  Reducing the number of entry level jobs available for those looking to enter the workforce.  And they want to take over our health care.  The best health care system in the world.  Replacing it with something not as good and more costly.

But these grand domestic plans require a lot of money.  Which they often get from gutting the defense budget.  Weakening our military (something they never liked to begin with) to free up money for buying votes (i.e., spending) elsewhere.  They help justify this with a horrible foreign policy.  Instead of peace through (costly) strength they choose a ‘please like us’ foreign policy.  Marginalizing American Exceptionalism.  Being kind to our enemies.  And leaving our allies doubting our commitments.  But if our enemies like us we won’t need a large military anymore.  Allowing them to use those defense dollars elsewhere.  And how has that been working out?  Not good.  Since the ‘please like us’ foreign policy juggernaut Egypt is in chaos.  Syria is in a bitter civil war.  Iran is developing a nuclear bomb.  Israel is feeling abandoned.  Al Qaeda is taking over Libya and Iraq.  The Taliban will return to Afghanistan once the U.S. leaves.    North Korea is test-firing ballistic missiles.  And Vladimir Putin is restoring the Soviet Union.  Because he can.  Thanks to America’s new ‘please like us’ foreign policy.  Instead of the peace through strength of previous presidents.  Like Ronald Reagan.  And JFK.

There’s something else children who never grow up do.  Go into politics.  Into the Democrat Party.  Not the Republican Party.  The party the Democrats derisively call the party of ‘no’.  They join the Democrat Party.  And do all of the things that give us the worst economic recovery since that following the Great Depression.  And a more dangerous world.   Despite this they still want to do more.  Without caring what their actions may do to our future.  Just like children.  All they care about is the here and now.  And instant gratification.  So of course the Republicans are the party of ‘no’ because that’s what grownups say to children.  ‘No’.

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Filmmakers don’t like the High Cost of Making Movies in California so they Film Elsewhere

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 22nd, 2012

Week in Review

California provides a good example of what not to do.  That’s because they are a very liberal/progressive state.  Who like to live in a fantasyland of what could be.  Passing active, interventionist policies to try and change the way people think and act.  Unleashing a wave of unintended consequences.  And chasing filmmakers out from the film capital of the world (see California lost $3 billion in film crew wages from 2004 to 2011, report says by Richard Verrier posted 9/18/2012 on the Los Angeles Times).

California lost $3 billion in wages from 2004 to 2011 because of film and TV production flocking to other states and countries, a new study concludes.

Burbank-based Entertainment Partners, the industry’s largest payroll service company, which specializes in advising companies on how they can take advantage of film tax credits around the world, says its own research has found that California lost 90,000 jobs and saw its share of overall production wages in the U.S. decline 10% during the period as film producers took their business elsewhere.

About half the lost wages went to New York, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina and other U.S. states that offer film tax credits and rebates — states that added 45,000 production jobs during the same period. The other half of the lost $3 billion went to Canada, Britain and other foreign countries, according to the report.

Wow.  They lost 90,000 jobs to states and countries that were more movie-making-friendly than California.  The movie-making capital of the world.  Which has cost the state of California taxes on $3 billion in wages.  No wonder California is going broke.  Their high taxes and high regulatory costs chase their own movie-making people out of their state.  So the very tax rates and regulatory policies that were supposed to increase tax revenue have decreased tax revenue.  Who’d a thunk it?  Well, pretty much everyone but a tax & spend, Keynesian, liberal Democrat.

They call these results unintended consequences despite having the best of intentions.  We simply call it causality.  If you implement anti-business policies you will get less business activity.  And filmmakers will go elsewhere to make their movies.

The findings were recently shared with representatives of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, the state’s finance department and the office of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is weighing whether to approve bills that would extend funding for California’s film program two more years. The state sets aside $100 million annually to qualified productions under a program that is due to expire next year.

Goldstein noted that his company’s research also shows the California tax credit has had some effect in slowing the job losses and migration of film work since it took effect in 2009 and that California would see an increase in employment if the credit was expanded.

“If California does not extend the credit, there will be more lost productions to other states and jurisdictions,” he said.

So some admit that California is not business-friendly.  That if they don’t offer special ways to avoid their punishing taxes and regulatory policies even more film business will leave the state.  Of course, if it’s happening in the film industry it’s happening in other businesses.  Which again explains why California is going bankrupt.  Their anti-business policies are chasing taxpayers (i.e., employees) out of the state.  By chasing business out of the state.

The MPAA, industry groups and labor unions have argued that tax credits should not be judged by short-term revenues alone, and that the state program is necessary to keep California competitive with at least 40 other states that offer incentives.

Vans Stevenson, senior vice president for state legislative affairs for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, said Entertainment Partners’ findings underscored the need for preserving California’s film incentive.

“Entertainment Partners’ data shows definitively that the production tax incentives have helped to stem the flow of jobs and wages out of California, and that the incentives are vital to California’s competitiveness,” he said.

Apparently it’s just not just the high taxes and high cost of regulatory policies chasing business out of the state.  It’s also the high cost of union labor.  For the unions are admitting that they make the state of California uncompetitive in the film industry.  And want tax credits to offset their high costs to bring the film business back.  That is, they want the taxpayers to subsidize that portion of their pay and benefits that chases business out of the state.  So they can keep their jobs.  They want taxpayers to take a pay cut (by paying higher taxes) so they don’t have to.  That’s fair, right?

California is a liberal state.  They like to run and regulate business the way they want to.  Not how business would like.  And when these policies chase business away they want higher taxes to subsidize the high cost of their anti-business policies.  To help business escape their punishing policies.  And bring that business back.  Which further raises taxes.  And chases more business away.  In effect killing the golden goose that pays for their generous public sector pay and benefits.  Which are currently bankrupting the state of California.

We need to learn from California even if California cannot learn from their own mistakes.  Anti-business policies are bad.  And will encourage businesses to leave the state.  Businesses hire people.  Who become taxpayers.  Taxpayers pay all the government’s bills.  Governments need to understand this connection between businesses and paying the bills.  For there is no other way to pay the bills without businesses and their private sector jobs.

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Opportunity Costs

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 4th, 2012

Economics 101

Those on the Left are all for Choice as long as you Choose what they want you to Choose

Choice.  It’s what life is.  Every day we make hundreds of choices in our life.  The communists called that a burden.  And that their way removed all that stress from our lives.  The stress of constantly having to choose.  They came up with a new freedom.  Freedom from choice.  To live under oppression.  Like a slave.  Where you no longer had the burden of making a choice every waking hour of your day.  You simply took what the government gave you.  And relaxed.  Truly free.

It turned out the people living under communism preferred having that burden of choice.  And took every opportunity to escape the communist ‘freedom’.  To a freedom where you were free to choose whatever you wanted.  Instead of taking what central planners gave you.  Those on the Left always had a soft spot in their hearts for communism.  And Soviet central planners.  For they never cared that much for free markets.  Laissez faire capitalism.  Freedom of choice.  Because people so often chose poorly in their opinion.  For they weren’t as educated and enlightened as they were on the Left.  And therefore chose the wrong kind of foods to eat.  The wrong kind of beverages to drink.  The wrong kind of cars to drive.  The wrong kind of power to generate.  And the wrong people to vote for.

No.  Those on the Left are no fans of choice.  Except, of course, when it comes to abortion.  When it comes to abortion then they are big fans of choice.  But not so much when it comes to us choosing what to eat, drink and drive.  Or how we generate our energy.  So when it comes to choice those on the Left are like the Soviet central planners.  They are all for choice.  As long as you choose what they want you to choose.

When making any Economic Decisions we make our Choice based on Opportunity Costs 

But we choose.  Because we can.  At least with most things.  But how do we choose?  Does price determine what we choose?  Sometimes.  Quality?  Sometimes.  Loyalty?  Sometimes.  Sometimes it’s one of these things.  Sometimes a combination of all of these things.  Sometimes it’s none of these things.  So what is it that makes up your mind when confronted with a choice?  Do you know?  You do.  For obviously you’re making the choice.  But the ‘why’ we may have to coax out of you.  For you will probably not be able to explain why.  At least not as well an economist can.

The study of economics is all about choice.  And trying to determine what influences people’s choices.  So economists can offer economic policies to maximize economic activity.  By maximizing that thing we ultimately trade for.  Which is what?  Happiness.  We choose to increase our happiness.  Or utility in the parlance of economics.  The things we choose are the things that will give us the greatest happiness.  Or the greatest utility.  But if you’re like me you never saw ‘utility’ or ‘happiness’ expressed as units on a price tag in a store.  Price tags show only price.  Which tells us little how happy something will make us.  So how do we choose the things that will maximize our happiness?  Especially if you’re looking at two different things that have the same price?

Easy.  We don’t make our decision by looking at what we’re buying.  We make our decision based on what we’re not buying.  What we are giving up by buying this thing or that service?  What might have been had it not been for this purchase?  What opportunity we’re passing on to make this purchase?  What cost are we paying in lost opportunity by committing to this purchase?  In other words, when making any economic decisions we make our choice based on opportunity costs.  On an amount of happiness we’re giving up to acquire some other amount of happiness.  And whatever the number of our choices the end result is the same.  What we choose gives us more happiness than all other possible alternatives.  Regardless of price, quality or loyalty.  Though they could influence us when there is a tie.

Liberals make us Buy not what Increases our Happiness but what Increases their Happiness

You can’t put a price on happiness.  That’s what they say.  And they are right.  Whoever they are.  For example, luxury cars are nice.  But they are expensive.  Subcompacts are not as nice as luxury cars.  But they are not as expensive either.  So if you were choosing between these two cars which one would you choose?  I can’t tell because I don’t know your income.  But I can guess at your decision process.  You’re going to compare opportunity costs.  Driving a luxury car gives you enormous amounts of happiness.  For the limited time you spend driving it.  Enormous happiness for a limited amount of time.  Okay.  But what are the opportunity costs?

Let’s say your daily commute to and from work is one hour.  But when you get home you enjoy 4 hours between surfing the Internet and watching cable television.  When you’re not at work or home you like to use social media on your smartphone interacting with your friends.  And using your smart phone apps to maximize your fun in the evenings and on the weekend.  You like to spend your Sunday mornings at the coffee shop with you tablet reading the online Sunday papers.  The hours of driving happiness come to 10 hours a week.  And the hours of online/watching cable happiness comes to 32 hours a week.  Now being that you spend more time online or watching cable than driving then it’s safe to say that driving brings you less happiness than those other activities.  Because luxury cars are expensive they come with a high monthly payment and a high insurance premium.  Which means you will have to cut back on other spending to afford the luxury car.  So to afford the luxury car you have to give up your cable and home Internet access.  And cut back on your minutes on your smartphone.

The opportunity cost of the luxury car is giving up cable TV and cutting back on Internet access and smartphone minutes.  The opportunity cost of keeping those things is getting a subcompact car instead of a luxury car.  This is the ultimate decision we make in all of our economic decisions.  Which will cost us more in sacrificed happiness in the long run?  Which makes those decisions easy.  In the above example you would probably have never given the luxury car any serious thought.  This is why free markets work so well.  Why laissez faire capitalism works so well.  Because the economy is full of individuals making these decisions quickly.  Far quicker than any Soviet state planner.  And with far more insight into our own wants and desires than any Soviet state planner.  And in the aggregate this drives economic activity.  Bringing the things we want to market.  The things that give us the greatest amount of happiness.  The things that have the lowest opportunity costs.  Unlike Soviet central planning.  Or American liberal Democrat central planning. 

No.  These people try to change our purchasing decisions.  Making us buy not what increases our happiness.  But what increases their happiness.  Which is why when liberal Democrats are in power there is a general economic decline.  Because they do alter our purchasing decisions.  By increasing the opportunity costs of the things that increase our happiness.  So that we buy fewer of them.  But we don’t buy more of the things they want us to buy.  Because those things don’t increase our happiness.  When they subsidize hybrid cars (paid for with higher taxes from us) to get us to buy them it doesn’t make the hybrid cars give us any more happiness.  It just leaves us with less money because of the higher taxes.  So we buy less of everything else.  And in the aggregate this lowers economic activity.  Leaving us all less happy.

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FT105: “Since when did objectifying women become synonymous with empowering women?” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - February 17th, 2012

Fundamental Truth

With this Sexual Revolution came an Explosion in Pornography and Strip Clubs

The feminist movement began with an assault over wedded bliss.  Housewives were imprisoned as objects simply to serve one man.  Their husband.  Either by cooking and cleaning for him.  Having disgusting sex with him.  Or birthing babies for him.  And staying home to raise those little snot-nosed rug-rats while the husband went out and lived life.  The feminists saved them from this wedded ‘bliss’.  Gave them a get-out-of-jail-free card.  Birth control.  And abortion.  So that they, too, could go out and enjoy life.

So women said goodbye to motherhood and marriage.  They started careers.  And had a lot of sex.  Using birth control and abortion to prevent the gestation of any little rug-rats within their wombs.  Finally, women were liberated.  Empowered.  Instead of having sex with only one man they could have sex with as many men as they desired.  Which pleased a lot of men.  It was a sexual revolution.  One that the men were totally on board with.  For instead of having sex with only one woman they could have sex with as many women as they desired.  Objectifying women like they never did before.

With this sexual revolution came an explosion in pornography and strip clubs.  Feeding a lot of women into prostitution.  For that’s often the career path for old porn stars and strippers.  This objectification of their bodies has led to eating disorders.  As women and girls try to be as thin and pleasing to the opposite sex as possible.  And there was also an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases.  Including cancers.  Even one linked to abortion.  Breast cancer.  By interrupting a pregnancy during the cell changes in the breasts that prepare them to produce milk.  Leaving mutated cells in the breast tissue.  Which can apparently become cancerous according to some studies.

Birth Control and Abortion encourage Women to become Objects of Men’s Desire

Young people enjoy having fun.  And exploring their sexuality is a big part of that fun.  When they give in to their desires.  Without thinking about any long-term consequences.  We offer birth control to high school students.  Which empowers girls.  By encouraging them to have sex at ever younger ages.  Which is fun.  They like it.  They must.  For they keep doing it.  (And there’s nothing we can do about it.  Kids are going to have sex.  According to those in the know.)  Especially when it’s consequence free.  So some party more and study less.  These girls focus on their empowering sexuality.  Trying to be as pretty and sexy as they can.  To please the boys.  Which the boys like.  For they have one thing on their mind.  Sex.  And they love it when their classmates shop at Victoria’s Secret.  To be even more sexy for them.  Which the girls love.  Seeing how crazy they can make the boys.  And the boys love having these living and breathing objects for fun.  Rather than just in their pornography.

Life is a party around the high school years.  And then pretty and sexy girls go to college.  To enjoy that partying life away from Mom and Dad.  Especially on spring break.  They have so much fun with their empowering sexuality that videos of them empowering themselves end up on the Internet.  Other girls go on to work at strip clubs.  Where they empower themselves by having many drunken men fondled them each night.  Many of these strippers are drunk themselves.  Because it’s the only way they can make it through their shift.  By dulling all that fondling.

Interestingly, it’s the liberal Democrat feminists that make this all possible.  The champion of women.  Empowering them to objectify themselves.  By championing reproductive rights.  By making birth control and abortion readily available to encourage women to become these objects of men’s desire.  Anything to escape the hell of wedded bliss.  Even though their actions have helped to objectify women more.  Which begs the question.  Why do liberal Democrat feminists do it?

Liberal Democrats encourage Young Women to Objectify themselves to get the Youth Vote 

According to liberal Democrats the world is rife with racism and discrimination.  Despite over 30 years of their trying to end racism and discrimination.  They have failed.  And whenever they discuss issues of racism and discrimination today it is an admission that they have failed.  You’d think blacks would be upset about that.  But they’re not.  For despite this record of abject failure the Democrats get a large percentage of the black vote.  Pretty impressive for being a failure.  Now imagine if you actually deliver.

Democrats deliver for women.  They give them birth control and abortion.  And women are terrified of losing them.  Why?  Because the liberal Democrats tell them that only they can protect these rights for women.  It is the Democrats who champion women.  Empower them to pursue careers.  By giving them choice.  Control over their reproductive rights.  And scare them to think about a world where there are no reproductive rights.  A world ran by Republicans.  Scaring them with images of back alley abortions.  Warning them that Republicans will turn back the hands of time.  And outlaw pornography, strip bars, contraception and abortion.  And enslave women everywhere in wedded bliss.

But why encourage young women and girls to objectify themselves?  Because young people make bad decisions.  There is a reason why there is a legal drinking age.  Because young people make bad decisions.  Like having fun without thinking about long-term consequences of that fun.  So if liberal Democrats help them make bad decisions that let them enjoy sex without thinking about the consequences of sex they hope they can help them make another bad decision.  Voting Democrat.  Without considering the consequences of their vote.  Which young people do.  The youth vote is overwhelmingly Democrat.  Because they’re too busy having fun.  Want to continue having fun.  And the best way to do that is to empower young women to objectify themselves to please men.

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FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH #74: “When negotiating it’s important to understand the ‘time value’ of promises. The longer out in time something is promised the less likely that promise will be kept.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 12th, 2011

A Swath of Broken Promises

Mothers aren’t stupid.  They won’t let their kids have dessert until they eat their peas.  They don’t fall for the old, “I promise to eat my peas after I eat my dessert” line because she knows it won’t happen.  For the same reason kids have to clean their rooms first before they go out and play.  Mothers are on to their kids.  These sneaky little bastards will say or promise anything to get what they want now with no intention of keeping that promise later.  Especially when that promise is due light years into the future.  Like an hour or more later.

For kids are a lot like men.  Who also have a singular focus.  They want only one thing while dating.  And will say and promise anything to get that one thing.  They’ll say, “I love you.”  They’ll promise that their love will be everlasting.  That he will never leave her.  That he’ll be true and faithful.  Never love another.  Never could love another.  For their love is special.  Unique.  And greater than all other loves.  Combined.  If only she will just give it up to prove her love to him.  Which she eventually does, unable to resist his charms.  Or maybe it was all that binge drinking.  Next thing she knows she’s pregnant.  She bumps into her best friend at the clinic where their doctors coincidentally diagnose them with the same venereal disease.  And spends the next 18 years as a single mother chasing down that deadbeat dad for child support.

Of course, not all romances turn out this way.  Some men and women marry and live happily ever after.  Despite leaving a swath of broken promises in their wake.  A promise to watch sports with him on Sunday afternoons.  And a promise to keep going out dancing after getting married.  Even promising to take ballroom dancing lessons.  A promise to have sex as often as he wants to.  And a promise that sex won’t be just the 10 minutes between Sports Center and sleep.  A promise that her mother wouldn’t spend much time in their house filling her head with new ways to criticize him.  And a promise to pee in the toilet.  Not around it.  And to always leave with the seat down.

The Time Value of Promises

A lot of us make these promises with no intentions to break them.  We just do.  Because we wanted something at the time of the promise.  And making the promise just proved expedient.  But sometimes we make promises we have no intention of keeping.  Or know full well that in time we forget a lot of promises.  Such as manufacturers using mail-in rebates to entice us to buy their products. 

Manufacturers could give you a coupon for the savings.  But everyone gets their discount at the register with a coupon.  Which means everyone buying because of that coupon will get those savings.  But a rebate requires a lot of work after the purchase.  Bar codes to cut off.  Envelopes to address.  Stamps to buy.  It takes time.  At a most inopportune time.  You just want to play with your new toy.  Not do paperwork.  So people procrastinate.  And a lot of them forget about that rebate.  As the promise of those savings get pushed out further in time more people will forget.  And not get those savings.  So only a small percentage of people who buy because of a rebate get their savings.  Unlike the coupon user.

Businesses understand the time value of promises.  A future promise (a rebate) is less costly than present promise (a coupon).  It’s similar for compensation.  During difficult economic times employers prefer bonuses over raises.  They’ll promise a raise later when things get better.  But things may not get better.  You may not get that raise.  And if you don’t get another bonus next year you’ll be taking a pay cut.  That’s why unions are dead set against merit pay or profit sharing in lieu of pay raises.  Pay raises are forever.  Profit sharing is not.  Especially if they do some creating accounting that limits their income taxes.  Which ‘inadvertently’ reduces your share of the profits.  Lots of things happen before money becomes profits.  A lot of bookkeeping.  And unless you’re a CPA you haven’t a clue what it all means.  With gross, though, it’s a different story.  What you see is what you get.  That’s why the big movie stars get a share of the gross.  There’s little time to devalue that promise.  If ticket sales are good the movie star’s pay is good.  Simple.

Broken Promises are just a Diplomacy Tool for the Dictator

And then there are those who promise only to buy time.  Or improve their position.  These people have no intention of keeping their promises.  Like dictators.  Hitler promised Chamberlain that the Sudetenland was his last territorial ambition.  So Chamberlain gave him part of Czechoslovakia.   To get “peace in our time.”  Hitler then took the rest.  To protect his right flank for a future territorial ambition.  East Prussia.  Across the Danzig corridor.  But before he attacked Poland he needed to make a deal to protect the back door.

There were few things Hitler hated as much as Jews.  Except, perhaps, Russians.  And Soviet Communism.  The NaziCommunist hatred went back years.  There were political rivals in Germany between the wars, each vying for power.  Hitler finally put an end to the rivalry when he torched the Reichstag and blamed it on the communists.  But before he attacked Poland he needed to make nice-nice with Joseph Stalin.  Which he did.  They made a non-aggression pact.  Agreed they would not attack each other.  Then they conquered Poland (the Nazis from the west and the Soviets from the east).  And partitioned it between them. 

That promise with the Soviets gave Hitler time to invade Denmark & Norway.  And France.  And after obtaining Atlantic ports for his U-boats, airbases within striking distance of the UK and securing his western border, he was ready to do what he always wanted to do.  Attack the Soviet Union.  Break that promise with Stalin.  For he no longer needed him.  And Stalin had something he wanted.  Lebensraum.  Living space.  With lots of grain.  And oil.  Everything an empire needs.  So through a series of broken promises he was going to expand Germany at the expense of the Soviet Union.  Using the time value of promises to his advantage.  Getting what he needed when he needed it.  And making his enemies wait a long time to get what they wanted.  Peace.  Which proved to be a promise not worth holding on to.

A lot of things happen between Tax Hikes and the Spending Cuts

Politicians make a lot of promises, too.  Most of which they break.  For they are professional liars.  But in a way they are worse than Hitler.  Hitler raped and pillaged other countries.  Politicians rape and pillage their own constituents.  They promise the moon to get their vote knowing full well they can deliver little of what they promised.   And then to add insult to injury, their policies just impoverish their constituents.  With higher taxes.  Or costly regulations that increase consumer costs.

But politician on politician lying is some of the worse lying out there.  And the king of all liars is the liberal Democrat.  Who want to tax and spend and change the way you live your life.  Things that don’t help you win elections.  So they lie during elections.  And lie during political debates.  Because being tax and spend liberals, they need high tax rates.  And fat benefits programs.  In fact, their favorite tactic is to deliver the benefits first and then try to find a way to pay for it.  Usually by browbeating Republicans to be ‘responsible’ and increase taxes.  When they resist the liberals belittle them and say they want to kill old people and starve children.  Of course, spending money they didn’t have in the first place is not really the model of responsibility.  But that’s different.  I don’t know how it is.  But in the liberal Democrat world it just is.

And then the negotiations begin.  Yes, everyone agrees the government needs to balance its books.  That they can’t spend money they don’t have.  The Democrats want to fix that problem by increasing taxes.  Whereas the Republicans want to cut spending.  Then the Democrats, being the devious little bastards they are, fall back on an old favorite.  They use the time value of promises to screw Republicans.  They offer spending cuts in exchange for tax hikes.  Often in 2-1 or a 3-1 ratio.  For every new dollar in taxes they’ll make $3 in spending cuts.  But these are a special kind of tax cuts.  They call them ‘future’ tax cuts.  And they happen at some mystical time far out in the future.  Where all responsible government apparently lies. 

Because they often make these deals during a crisis, they need to implement the tax hikes right away so the government can mail those Social Security checks.  And pay their soldiers.  But with the people suffering from the bad economy, they’ll ease the spending cuts in later to ease their pain.  Because they ‘care’ about the people.  That’s why they are always ‘future’ tax cuts.  Of course, a lot of things happen between those tax hikes and future spending cuts.  They write new budgets every year.  And there are Congressional elections every 2 years.  And a lot of the time the new Congress people just write those spending cuts out of the budget.  Especially if the Democrats pick up a lot of seats.  Which is why Democrats are quick to offer this deal.  Because they get what they want when they want.  And a lot of time to renege on those spending cuts promises.

It’s amazing how often the Republicans fall for this trick.  Then again, poor old Charlie Brown will forever try to kick that football.  Unwisely trusting Lucy, his devious sister.  Who no doubt will grow up one day to become a registered Democrat.

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Will Arizona Shooting Rampage, Giffords near Mortal Wound Save the Left’s Liberal Agenda?

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 9th, 2011

The Left is Giddy with the Possibilities of the Arizona Shooting Rampage

We haven’t buried any of the victims yet.  Giffords is still fighting for her life in the hospital.  The government hasn’t put a case together yet against the shooter, Jared Loughner.  But the Left has pointed the finger of blame.  J’accuse!  Tea Party.  J’accuse!  Second Amendment.  J’accuse!  Talk radio.  J’accuse!  Sarah Palin.  J’accuse!  Republicans.  J’accuse!  First Amendment.

All I can say is what a load of merde.

Will the actions of one lone nutcase change the political landscape?  Will it nullify the 2010 midterm election results?  The mandate for limited government?  And lower spending?  Perhaps.  And the Left is just giddy with the possibilities of the Arizona shooting rampage.

Did the Arizona Shooter Advance the Liberal Agenda?

Remember that other nutcase?  Timothy McVeigh?  Who blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City?  He was a guy that went a little cuckoo after Ruby Ridge.  And the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas (where he watched the buildings burn in person).  Yeah, he was nuts.  Probably wore aluminum foil in his hat (to shield himself from the government brainwashing waves) and feared those unmarked black helicopters.  He was another one of those consummate losers.  No girlfriend.  Bullied as a kid.  Suicidal.  And pissed off at the government.  Who was just another bully.  Nay, the biggest bully of them all.  Who was out to get him.  So he had two burning ambitions.  To get even with bullies.  And to die.

He was not a rank and file member of the Republican Party.  He was, what’s the word?  Yes.  Insane.

But the Left said he blew up the Murrah Building because of the vitriol on talk radio.  In particular, Rush Limbaugh.  Of course, Rush, being born some 17 years before McVeigh, there was no way that he could have bullied McVeigh in school and sent him down that road to the Murrah building.  But that didn’t matter.  The Left didn’t like Rush.  And they needed something.  And this was better than anything they could have ever hoped for.  So they politicized it.

And here we are.  With another lone nutcase who wasn’t loved enough in his childhood.  And now here they are.  Again.  The Left.  Ginning up fear of our fellow citizens (those in the Tea Party, that is).  And trying their best to make us ask them for more government.  It has even delayed the vote to repeal Obamacare.

What the hell?  Is the shooter a liberal Democrat?  Did he want the liberal agenda to advance?  Because that’s exactly what his actions have done.  Giving that failed agenda new traction.  If I was a conspiracy nutcase I’d say something.  But I’m not.  So I won’t.

The Left Parades out the Usual Suspects

It doesn’t come as any surprise.  It’s probably standard operating procedure whenever a nutcase does something stupid.  Whenever they can make a connection between a nutcase and conservatives.  No matter how tenuous the connection is.  And here are some of the usual suspects:  Tea Party, Talk radio, Religious Right, Guns, Sarah Palin, Republicans.

The Tea Party?  Those people upset with the government because they are constantly overstepping their constitutional authority?  Come on.  These are Rule of Law people.  They don’t break the law.  They obey the law.  With extreme prejudice.  And they just want everyone else to, too.

Talk radio?  Rush Limbaugh has some 20 million listeners tune in each week.  And have you ever listened to those who call in?  A lot of small business owners and heads of households.  They’re law abiding citizens concerned about their business and/or family’s future.  They, too, just want everyone to live within the Rule of Law.  Including their elected representatives.

The Religious Right?  Those people who want the Ten Commandments posted in our public buildings?  Come on.  These people don’t kill.  It’s one of their Commandments.  Thou shall not kill.  Their religion is a religion of peace.  Really.  Unlike that one that guy followed who went on a shooting spree on Fort Hood shouting “Allahu Akhbar!”  But he’s just a sick man.  While those in the Religious Right are people to be afraid of.

Gun control?  You know, you didn’t have these problems in the Wild West.  If some nutcase started shooting women and children, he wouldn’t have gotten too far.  Because other people with guns would have shot his ass.  To protect the women and children.  See?  People can use guns in two ways.  It all depends on the people with the guns.  Are they good people?  Or bad?  If you make them illegal, only the bad people will have them.  Which explains why the bad people are all for gun control.  Because it makes easier victims.

Sarah Palin?  Because she used words like ‘lock and load’ and put crosshairs on maps of districts to target for campaign challenges?  That’s bad?  But movies about how to assassinate George W. Bush are just art.  And protected by our First Amendment.  Go figure.  Come on.  Palin is a Tea Party gal.  And Tea Party people are all about the Rule of Law.

Republicans?  Those people who have for years cowered as the Left’s bitch?  Who for decades have asked the Left meekly to let them participate in Congress?  Please?  Which the Left replied, “Sure, we’ll listen to you.  Humor you.  But don’t get your hopes up.  Because elections have consequences.”  The people who capitulate so fast after gaining power because they don’t want to offend and be removed from the ‘invite’ list for all those Washington parties?  Give me a break.  Self neutering people just aren’t a threat.

Another Oklahoma City Bombing?

Yada, yada, yada, the Left hates conservatives.  And will use any crisis or incident to further their hate against conservatives.  Especially when the people have rejected them and their liberal agenda at the polls.

There are some who said what Obama needed was another Oklahoma City bombing to reinvigorate his liberal agenda.  And he got it.  Thanks to this pathetic loser nutcase who feared the government’s manipulation of grammar.  And the Left is running with it.  Shame on them for doing so.  Then again, it is hard for anyone to feel shame when they have no shame.  It’s like trying to punish a lion for killing a zebra.  It’s just who a lion is.

Let us just pray that the victims’ families can escape the politicizing of this terrible tragedy in their lives.  Let them mourn their losses with their families.  Alone.  And in peace.

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Delaware – Small State; Big Stakes

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 18th, 2010

If Charles Krauthammer told me I was spelling my name wrong, I’d change the way I was spelling it.  The guy’s smart.  Put him in a room full of people and he’ll always be the smartest one in there.  Karl Rove got George W. Bush elected twice.  Of course, you could argue he did that against two weak candidates.  Dick Morris did the impossible.  He got Bill Clinton reelected after a ‘vote of no confidence’ in the prior midterm election.

Delaware.  The Republican primary.  Tea Party (Christine O’Donnell) versus the Republican establishment (Mike Castle).  Ideology versus pragmatism.  Conservative versus moderate/liberal.  The prize?  Joe Biden’s senate seat. 

The conservative O’Donnell defeated the liberal Castle.  Now she will face off with the very liberal Chris Coons in the general election.  In liberal Delaware.  So, yes, there’s cause for concern.  If you’re a Republican.  The Obama administration is perhaps the most liberal ever.  And the nation is suffering.  Record unemployment.  And an abysmal economic outlook.  A liberal Republican versus a liberal Democrat would have been a slam-dunk.  A sure senate win for the Republicans.  Perhaps giving them that coveted 51st seat.  A majority.  To stop Obama.  And the far Left.  From further destroying our economy.  So what if we have to give a little on some social issues?  At least so goes the argument put forth by Krauthammer and Rove (and many others).  They see the O’Donnell win as a gift to the Democrats.  Because liberal Delaware will not vote conservative.

Dick Morris sees it differently (as do others).  If the economy was good, the social issues would take center stage.  But it’s not.  So the economy takes center stage.  And what fixes the economy?  Jobs.  And who creates jobs?  Businesses.  And which is the party of business?  That’s right.  Republicans.

Of course, general elections are not primary elections.  Turnout is a lot bigger.  Which means there are a lot more people to vote against you.  But they can also vote for you.  Ronald Reagan won over the Reagan Democrats.  Dick Morris got Clinton reelected by moving him to the center.  We elected Obama because he said he was going to govern from the center.  (Which he hasn’t.)  History has shown that running as a true liberal does not do well at the ballot box.  At the national level, at least.  And how will they chose in Delaware this fall?  Well, I guess that depends on the economy.  And their patience.  If the economy has recovered they’ll probably vote liberal.  If not, and they’ve tired of waiting for Obamanomics to kick in, they may opt for the tried and true.  And vote conservative.  They may not like it.  They may not have liked Reagan or Bush.  But they had jobs.  And, sometimes, having jobs is enough.

The Washington establishment needs to be disestablished.  But is this the time?  Guess we’ll find out in November.  And let us hope that – I never thought I would utter these words – Charles Krauthammer is wrong.

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