Sunday, September 8, 2013

Omnipotent Outcomes

Omnipotent Outcomes

Our government talks of moving forward. That isn't happening. The multitude of collective experts within it try and they try–yet they fail and they fail again.

Operation Fast and Furious, one recent example,  was set up to create a certain outcome. That didn't work out. "Oops! Pay no attention to all those criminal cartels now using the weapons we provided them to slaughter foes... as we were hoping for an excuse to implement one of our favored outcomes– separating Americans from their guns."

Benghazi, few now doubt, was a secret, external interference operation gone bad... evidently meant to help tip the balance in the Middle East in some way "good," for someone. We still don't know the gruesome thinking behind their plans to empower "the meek" but we can certainly tell it missed some unexpressed outcome target by a considerable distance. Those involved said, "don't look at us!" But we know who to look at. Oops indeed, more brave Americans dead.

The list of similar actions is really exhaustive. The mindset crosses party lines. It covers like tentacles into every public and private enterprise. Our government has decided it is "Mr. Big Outcome".. to the rescue of everybody, all the time. But try as they might, they're really kind of like Mr. Clean in the reciprocal– where the mess doesn't ever get better, it just keeps getting messier. "More people ought to enjoy home ownership!" That little dip in the road caused a big stir last time...but no worries...they are going for that same outcome again– make it a continuous roller coaster ride for the future... since a few homeowners managed to survive this last man-caused storm. Maybe the outcome they want is just to see people puke?

Speaking of outcomes...don't look at Obamacare whatever you do!

Then there is Syria. A direct and imminent threat to Barack Obama's ego. That is no good. How dare anyone else decide an outcome! Let's go to war! Maybe even go really big over it... like World War big.

So, our government was meant to be one of a defensive nature... to serve the people best... against mostly external threats, but it tries to determine absolutely everything now. It was never designed to do that. Remember how we used to teach our children that in schools and at home before Mr. Big Outcome decided to set his own curriculum.

This is not saying people are incapable of obtaining the results they seek. Man has done incredible things with the intelligence granted to us. We do get good results with focus, time and experience using that brain power. It's just always "going big" and hoping for "big results" is rare when thousands of unknown variables happen, and in this world, they do. The collective brain is no match for the unknown variables. We need to solve all variables in order to accurately predict results. But our government is dumb this way. They want their big outcomes, they want them now!

We have reviewed the establishment's credo, so now let's briefly review what the people originally established for having the best necessary government possible. Our national government is supposed to serve our states, those states are supposed to serve their communities, those communities are supposed to serve the people, and the people are supposed to be free to take care of our own responsibilities, live a good life and serve our God.

God has the job to determine the really big outcomes. He is the constant for us.

Mr. Big Outcome, a.k.a., our government, is acting backwards alright... and it shows.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Election Day Prayer

Received as an email originating at Mississippi University for Women–

Dear Beloved God in Heaven,
Please give us a president that loves this country and everything it stands for.
Please give us a president who respects you as the one true God.
Please give us a president who will, with your help, restore this nation to its former glory, the way you created her.
Please help us to respect what you have given to us and not take anything for granted ever again.
Please God weaken the evil and strengthen the good both without and within.
May our eyes be opened.
In Jesus’ name,
God Bless America

Friday, October 26, 2012

Confidence and Credibility

H/T for below to William Been and Ray Hartland

I'm confused.  If Romney gets elected, will he have inherited the economic mess from Obama .......... or Bush?

One thing I am absolutely certain of, however:

This man did not spend his entire first term blaming Jimmy Carter.

Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.  Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.  Winston Churchill

Friday, June 8, 2012

Modleski–Our Path Forward

"It is time for accountability to be forced by we the people."

Matt Modleski Book

Cover picture above– U.S. Air Force Thunderbird pilot, Matt Modleski's book "The American Dream and What We Must Do to Secure Our Children's Dreams."

Matt recently wrote an article for ROC Newsletter outlining some thoughts about what we need to do as a country to move forward. We share it below.

Random Thoughts On Our Country and Our Path Forward

By Mathew Modleski

I asked [ROC editor} if I could share a few thoughts with all of you this week and he graciously said yes.  Many of these thoughts are related in some fashion and in my book I more fully explain some of that interconnectedness.  Thanks for the chance to contribute to the dialogue on ROC.

The $29 trillion dollar illusion

Unfortunately the illusion is our US standard of living as it has been propped up by credit for more than 40 years. I heard Mitt Romney say that if we cut spending by a trillion dollars in one year we would go back into a deep recession or perhaps a depression as the GDP would shrink by 5%.  Let’s turn that math around and look at it this way.  We are borrowing and spending $1.5 trillion this year to sustain the illusion and using Romney’s math, instead of our GPD growing at an anemic 1.8%, it is really shrinking at about 5%.  That means without the illusion of borrowing and spending we are actually in a steep recession or maybe a depression already, aren’t we?  Math is math, and no matter how it’s spun, it doesn’t lie (statistics can be manipulated to lie; basic math is not subject to that same problem).

Let me ask you this.  Let’s say you make $50,000.00 per year.  You have borrowed and spent $70,000.00 and pay interest on that amount in order to live a lifestyle that you’ve grown accustomed to.   Each month in order to “live that lifestyle,” you borrow 40% more than you make and you spend it?  Would your life appear better than it actually is in terms of sustainability? That’s what we’re doing in America.

It is time for accountability to be forced by we the people.  Please vote out of office anyone who serves you in government who has been there for more than 6 years, they have mismanaged our country so badly they don’t deserve the honor of continuing to serve (notice I wasn’t party specific).

Where are our Leaders?

Albert Einstein said, “Setting the example isn’t the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.”  When you look across our great nation, do you see anyone that you would want your children to emulate who is serving us?   If the answer is no, ask yourself why you can’t find a single leader in public service that you would have your children emulate? Then, please find men and women of character to send to Washington, D.C. this year, because when the illusion comes crashing down, we are going to need people of character to lead our nation.  We may have to wait for the crash to see these people stand tall and serve us.  More than likely they will not be a byproduct of establishment politics; if there is a crash the country will want something very different.

College and High School Graduates-Get Skilled, Not Simply Educated

For most of the last 20-30 years a college education meant opportunity for a good job in America.  Even as our reliance on borrowing and spending at both the household level and federal level spiraled out of control, there was always a job for college graduates.  Those times are over in terms of the “automatic” aspect of jobs for people with academic knowledge.   We will now have to have graduates who have learned how to “do something” with their knowledge or said more simply, they will have to be skilled.  Knowledge is wonderful, but you wouldn’t want your airline pilot to be chock full of knowledge and have no skill.  You would want them to have taken the knowledge they have accrued and then turn that knowledge into the skill of flying your airplane.  Our children have been lead to believe that six figures waits at the end of the party called a bachelor’s degree.  We’d better communicate that the party is over and skills are going to be required to succeed in the new America (the one that comes after the very hard landing that’s now inevitable).  Skills are learned through practice and repetition, there is no shortcut to becoming skilled.

There was an interesting article a year or so ago that made the point that Military Academy graduates go on to achieve more with their lives than Ivy League school graduates.  It seems pretty simple to me when trying to discern why.  Academy graduates must learn skills that they apply everyday to solve real problems where lives are at risk.  Ivy League graduates aren’t forced to learn skills that have those same consequences. Even M.D.’s errors result in someone else dying, not them or their surgical counterparts.   The same cannot be said of a combat leader who has to be skilled.  If they make mistakes, they pay with their lives or those of their friends.

Skills will be required in the new America; knowledge has been overpriced in our run-up of borrowing and spending in almost every aspect of our lives.  (Just as an aside, most of the people in the current administration are “academic experts”).

So What is the Plan?

One of my biggest knocks on the right is the unwillingness to put forth a plan based on the truth and then lead its implementation.  My knock on the left is simply they won’t do math in public, a simple yet basic tenet of problem solving. So, based on my lack of patience for those who won’t put a plan forward, here is one aspect of my plan to address the crisis we’re in now.

Let’s cut spending across the board for the next 5 years.  We’ll reduce it 8%, 7%, 6%, 5%, 4% for each of the next five years.  The first two reductions include Presidential and Congressional pay, it’s time DC felt some sort of sacrifice for the good of the nation.  For those who want to know how much money each of those reductions would result in, it’s roughly $288 billion, $264 billion, $250 billion, $230 billion and $200 billion.  At the end of those 5 years we would still be borrowing money each month, but a revision of the tax code will close that gap.  In 5 years we will have stopped digging the hole we’re in, and will have balanced the budget.  We can then begin to pay off our debt which by then will be more than $20 trillion dollars.  Once the budget is balanced we should index Medicare spending and Defense spending as a percentage of GDP so that both parties can take care of their constituents by focusing on one thing, a healthy US economy.

The time for apathy has long since passed; most of America simply hasn’t realized it yet.

God Bless,



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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Big Blame, Little Progress President

Obama's unfortunate, real inheritance continues to be his unprecedented "blame game" and lack of personal accountability as president–he is never to blame, quick to claim undeserved credit when something good happens, but it's never his fault and he "inherited problems" when things are going badly.

Friday, June 1, 2012

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Tea Party– Mike Parrish–"Live Free or Die"

I would like to share with you a video I created in the Tea Party theme. It is a music video called "Live Free or Die." Please feel free to post this video on your site or pass it on to those who you think might appreciate it. If you have any suggestions for me I would be most grateful. Thank you for your time. Below is the YouTube link to the video. (You can search YouTube for "Live Free or Die" by Mike Parrish.)

Thanks. Mike Parrish
Live Free or Die

Well have you had enough?
Have you had your fill?
Now’s the time to replace,
The folks on the hill?

They’ve gone way too far.
They don’t respect our rights.
We’ll take our country back.
Now rise up and fight.

Live free or die
Is our battle cry
Stand up now tell the feds
They can stick it where the sun don’t shine live free or die

Don’t tread on me
Let freedom ring
Let Old Glory fly
From sea to shining sea.

Too many bums and thugs.
Too many crooks and thieves.
Have put us all in debt.
Serving their own needs.

It’s time to make our stand.
And send them on their way.
We’ll keep our way of life.
They can keep the change.


released 28 May 2012



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