FT141: “Liberals are absolutely sure they’re right and you’re wrong even though they can’t explain why.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 26th, 2012

Fundamental Truth

Jobs are Everything in an Economy

In the movie Apollo 13 starring Tom Hanks it was a smart electrical engineer that saved the astronauts.  Who explained that nothing they did would save the astronauts unless they figured out how to make the limited remaining power last until reentry.  He said power was everything.  And if it ran out before reentry the astronauts wouldn’t make it back alive.  So heeding the advice of the smart electrical engineer they shut off all power to save what they had for reentry.  Which meant they had no heat.  And had to do some course corrections without the computer, requiring some complicated flying skills.  Because they listened to the smart electrical engineer they had just enough power left to make it to reentry.  And the astronauts made it back home alive.

An economy is similar in a way.  For it, too, has something that is everything.  And without it nothing else matters.  Jobs.  Jobs are everything in an economy.  For they are the only way we can afford things.  A house.  A car.  Food for our families.  The heating bill.  Fuel for our vehicles.  Electronic devices.  Our wireless/cable bills.  Coffee at Starbucks.  Clothing.  Shoes.  Pet food.  Etc.  None of these would be possible without a job.  And a paycheck.  Even our government benefits.  Paid for with taxes.  Deducted from our paychecks.  Without people working none of these things would be possible.  Because jobs are everything.

Money is not everything.  We use money to make it easier to trade our skills with others to get the things we want.  The more our skills are in demand by others the more we can trade them for other things.  Which is why doctors have more things than high school kids working an entry level job.  For there are a lot high school kids with entry-level job skills.  But not so many people with doctor skills.  So we pay doctors more.  And high school kids less.  Because doctors have more valuable skills than high school kids.  And therefore can trade those skills for a lot of other things.  So it’s not the money that matters.  It’s the skills that they can trade for money that matters.  Provided there is a job for them to fill.  Once again coming back to jobs.  Which are everything.

Birth Control and Abortion are the Pressing Social Issues that keep College Students Awake at Night with Worry

If the government printed money and paid everyone in the nation the equivalent of a doctor’s earnings it would not be the same thing.  Because if everyone was paid the same no matter their skill level no one would go through the costs and hard work to become a doctor.  Because working harder to acquire those skills wouldn’t provide them anything more than they can get for doing nothing.  Giving people money for skills they don’t have diminishes the values of those skills.  So people won’t work hard to get those skills.  With less skillful people in the workplace there will be fewer people to provide the goods and services we want to buy.  Leaving a lot of empty store shelves.  And high prices because the things you want will be very hard to find.

This is why high school kids go to college.  Take on a lot of student loan debt.  To get the skills that will let them get the kind of jobs that will let them earn a lot of money.  Granted, a lot of kids go to college for the fun.  First time away from home.  Binge drinking.  Casual sex.  Drugs.  But they’re also there for the big payday a college education is supposed to give you.  However, if the jobs aren’t there neither is that big paycheck.  But that student loan debt is.  Who’s to blame for the lack of jobs?  In part these college kids.  Who typically vote Democrat.  The party that favors social justice, access to birth control and abortion, gay marriage, the decriminalization of marijuana, and other pressing social issues that apparently keep college students awake at night with worry.  So the Democrats pursue these issues to get the youth vote.  Instead of making a favorable climate for business.  So they can grow and create the jobs these college students want and are going to college for.

The problem is that these kids don’t understand the fundamentals of economics.  They don’t understand business.  Or the affect of taxes and regulatory compliance costs on a business’ bottom line.  And they don’t seem to understand that they are not the only ones who want to make money.  So do business owners.  And if the tax burden and cost of regulatory compliance reduce the bottom line it makes it more difficult to meet payroll.  And pay their other bills.  So they will not grow their business.  They will not create jobs.  They will not offer pay raises and bonuses.  And may even lay off people.  When they do these things college kids call these business owners greedy.  While their desire for a high-paying job does not make them greedy.  Funny how subjective greed can be.

Liberals are Deep Critical Thinkers though they think about few things other than a Woman’s Reproductive Parts

In the current election cycle the Democrats don’t have a good record to run on.  The current economic recovery, if we can call it a recovery, is about the worst on record.  The biggest drag on the economy?  Jobs.  There are fewer of them today than when President Obama took office.  And his policies haven’t help.  Especially Obamacare.  Which has caused business owners to slam the brakes on hiring.  As they have no idea of the final total cost impact of Obamacare.  So having destroyed job creation, the Democrats have turned to other tactics.  Fear and loathing of Republican candidates.  Such as the so-called war on women.  Where the Democrats are warning women that if the Republicans win the upcoming 2012 election women will lose their birth control, their access to abortion, their cancer screening, their freedom.  Life for women under the Republicans, the Democrats say, will be little different than living under the Taliban.

Of course, this isn’t true.  For it didn’t happen under the 20 years of Republican rule of George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.  But it doesn’t stop the Democrats or their celebrity endorsers from warning about the horrible things that will happen to women should the Republicans win.  And they speak with such certain authority.  For they know everything.  At least, that’s what they think.  It would be interesting, though, to ask them a few questions.  So they can demonstrate their mastery of things economic.  By explaining the stages of production.  Why stimulus spending raises prices.  To explain the business cycle.  How recessions correct prices by wringing inflation out of them.  How keeping interest rates artificially low creates asset bubbles.  Like housing bubbles.  And how bubbles create recessions when they burst.  To explain what is Say’s Law.  To name an economic school besides the Keynesian school.  To explain the Keynesian school of economics.  The number of taxes a business must calculate and pay with every payroll.  How excessive government borrowing diverts investment capital from the job-creating private sector.  Or how the growth in government spending cannot increase greater than the population growth rate.

As they don’t teach any of this in today’s public schools and most universities they probably won’t be able to explain any of these things.  Yet liberals are absolutely sure they’re right and you’re wrong.  Even though they can’t explain why.  For they are smarter.  Brighter.  More progressive.  Enlightened.  And deep critical thinkers.  Though they think about few things other than a woman’s reproductive parts.  Even when the real unemployment rate (the U-6 number that counts everyone that can’t find a full-time job) currently stands at 14.7%.  Which is serious.  As jobs are everything.  And sometimes you can’t have everything you want.  Sometimes you must sacrifice.  And put in place policies that are business friendly.  Cutting back on the social spending.  At least until businesses start creating jobs again.  And the working tax base can once again support that social spending.

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FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH #69: “Democrats bank on the youth vote because they’ve lost the wise vote.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 7th, 2011

Republicans are Greedy, Stuffy Old Farts

The perception is that the Democrats are for the working man.  Or woman.  And the Republicans are for the rich.  Which isn’t exactly true.  For there are a lot of wealthy who vote Democrat.  And a lot of working men and women who vote Republican.  But in politics perception is key.  Like it is in real estate.  I’m sure you’ve heard the one about the small agent who people perceived as the biggest agent in town.  Of the few properties listed, the agent had one on the road into town.  And one on the road out of town.  The agent owned two signs.  Each property got one.  And everyone saw these signs as they drove in and out of that town.  And thought, “I see these signs everywhere.  That agent must be the biggest agent in town.”  The agent isn’t.  But people perceive this because of the signs.

And there is a perception in politics.  It starts out when we are young.  In school.  And see our favorite teachers go on strike.  We love them so much we want to help them.  So we stand in picket lines with them.  Hold signs.  Blissfully ignorant of the underlying issues.  But teachers are good.  They’re not rich corporate types.  Some even have to buy their own school supplies because the school is so impoverished.  They deserve better.  Even though they get the summer off.  And don’t pay a dime for their health care or retirement.  If your parents had the same deal when you were a kid, they would have given you a lot more presents on your birthday and at Christmas.  Gone to Disney World a few more times.  And bought you that bike you always wanted.  But kids don’t understand this.  And the perception is that people are greedy because they don’t want to pay more in taxes to help their favorite teachers.

As these kids grow people hammer this message into them again and again.  On television.  In the movies.  In books.  In college.  Republicans are greedy.  Democrats care for the little people.  They don’t explain how.  It is just an article of faith.  Which the kids accept.  Without question.  Especially when they start getting politically aware.  And they feel special when people start initiating them into the political process.  They don’t understand anything yet.  They’re still self-centered kids.  But they like the attention.  It makes them feel good.  And when they learn that the Democrats are for fun, why, that’s even better.  For it is the Republicans that are against fun.  They disapprove of sexual promiscuity.  Drugs.  Birth control.  Abortion.  The greedy, stuffy old farts that they are.

Democrats are Enlightened and Care about People

It’s all part of the generation gap.  The kids against their parents.  Who don’t know anything.  In the sitcom Happy Days, ‘enlightened’ high school kids campaign for the Democrat candidate Adlai Stevenson while the parents support Dwight Eisenhower.  In the sitcom All in the Family, the ‘enlightened’ Meathead supports George McGovern while the bigoted Archie Bunker supports Richard Nixon.  In the sitcom Family Ties, the parents are caring liberals while Alex Keaton is a greedy, unfeeling young Republican who worships money, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. 

Since the Seventies the message has been clear for kids watching television.  Bigoted, greedy, unfeeling, dishonest, out-of-touch people are Republicans.  Enlightened people who care about other people are Democrats.  That’s a powerful perception.  And it works.  The majority of young people typically vote Democrat.  Mostly for the social issues.  Which they believe are enlightened on the Democrat side.  Which is all they really care about at their age.  When their hormones are raging out of control.  They’re not thinking about economic or foreign policy.  They’re thinking about the weekend. 

I mean, let’s face it.  Kids aren’t that smart.  They’re young.  Have little experience.  Which is why they do a lot of stupid things.  Smoke.  Work on deep sun tans.  Drive recklessly.  Drink before they’re of legal age.  Do drugs.  Drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.  Have unprotected sex.  Catch a sexually transmitted disease.  Give a sexually transmitted disease.  Accidentally get pregnant.  And the list goes on.  Their concerns are not long term.  Their interests are not long term.  It’s all about having fun now.  So despite this poor judgment we need to get out the vote and get these kids into the voting booth.   Why?  Simply because they will vote Democrat.

The Problem with Young Voters is that they Grow Up

So who votes Democrat these days?  Besides ignorant kids?  Mostly people who benefit from a large and growing government.  The poor who want more welfare benefits.  The elderly who want more Social Security and Medicare benefits.  Unions who get favorable legislation restricting lower-cost competition.  Public sector unions who we pay directly with our taxes.  And the smattering of single-issue people.  Environmentalists.  The anti-nuke crowd.  Gays and lesbians (rejected by some religious groups).  Feminists.  The pro-choice people.  Etc.

It’s a lot of people.  But America is still a center-right country.  Which leans conservative.  Which makes the youth vote so critical.  That’s why they get them while they’re young.  It’s the whole point of public education.  To make good Democrat voters.  That’s why they focus on things like environmentalism.  The theory of evolution.  Multiculturalism.  Sex education.  Birth control.  Things that will drive wedges between kids and their parents.  Should their parents be Republicans.  So after graduation they understand some fundamental truths of life.  Republicans bad.  Democrats good.  Until they start working and raising a family of their own.  At which time they will start complaining about the school curriculum at their own kids’ school.

Again, this is why the youth vote is so important.  For the youth have one fatal flaw.  They grow up.  A large part of that center-right America was once far left.  Kids who voted Democrat.  For the social issues.  Who then grew.  And stopped being ignorant.  Stopped thinking about short term fun.  And started thinking about long term consequences.  About their kids.  And their kids’ future.  A lot of these people changed their views on the social issues.  And started paying attention to economic and foreign policy issues.  Even went back to church.  Because they wanted their kids to go to church.  And they didn’t do these things because they became a bunch of greedy, stuffy old farts.  It’s called being responsible.  Which is what happens when kids grow up.  And have kids of their own. 

Indoctrinating and Dumbing Down

Once they do grow up the Democrats have to replace them with the next batch of kids coming of age.  And they take this seriously.  First it was 12 years of public school.  Then they added kindergarten.  And now there’s been talk about state-paid pre-school.  So the state can get to these kids sooner to start driving that wedge between them and their parents.  And they’re virulently opposed to school vouchers.  The ability to use your school tax dollars on the school of your choice.  For a couple of reason.  It thins the classes at the public schools.  Worst, private and charter schools often make smarter kids.  Who may think for themselves instead of just becoming good Democrat voters.

This attacks the primary mission of public education.  Indoctrinating kids into the Democratic Party.  And dumbing them down.  Teaching them things like global warming and multiculturalism.  While the Chinese and Indians are teaching their kids science and engineering.  So is it any surprise that the Chinese may soon surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy?

This is another reason why America is a center-right country.  Jobs in the private sector are important.  And pay for all those state benefits people vote Democrat for.  The costs of these programs are huge.  Too huge.  And we can’t sustain this kind of government spending anymore.  Grownups with jobs understand this.  Kids don’t.  So they may lose more of the grownup vote if they cut these benefits.  Which makes the youth vote even more important.  Because they are losing more and more of the wise vote.  The responsible ones with jobs.

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