A $50 Political Lesson

 

Recently, while I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up. She said she wanted to be President someday.
Both of her parents, Democratic Party members, were standing there so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?” She replied… “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.”
Her parents beamed with pride! “Wow…what a worthy goal!”
I said…”But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that!” “What do you mean?” she replied. So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds,
and trim my hedge and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.” She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?” I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.” Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore. Well worth the lesson however.

Wise Quotations

“Mediocrity know nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.”

—Arthur Conan Doyle

Leisure and solitude are the best effect of riches, because [they are] the mother of thought. Both are avoided by most rich men who seek company and business, which are signs of being weary of themselves. —Sir William Temple.

The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of all pleasures. —Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues

It is only by labor that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labor can be made happy; and the two cannot be separated with impunity. —John Ruski

The love of retirement has in all ages adhered closely to those minds which have been most enlarged by knowledge, or elevated by genius. Those who enjoyed everything generally supposed to confer happiness have been forced to seek it in the shades of privacy.

—Samuel Johnson

If you divorce capital from labor, capital is hoarded, and labor starves. —Daniel Webster

We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right, he shall himself be given a square deal. —Theodore Roosevelt (Democrat)

What men want is not talent, it is purpose; in other words, not the power to achieve, but will to labor. I believe labored judiciously and continually applied become genius. —Edward Bulwer-Lytton

August 16th Update

Hi There,

There is a lot of news out and about.

  1. The Dow 30 hit an all time high. It’s still up there, though it’s backed off a little. This has caused many option premiums to diminish in price. Stocks climb a wall of worry. I’m going to post here some of the non-trade commentary that I’ve put on WIN. Watch for it.
  2. There are 60.6 million people between the ages of 18 and 34 who are still living at home—with parents or grandparents. It seems to be their new way of life. This means a serious curtailment in the expansion of the economy—housing, repairs, even car purchases.
  3. Will the psyche change? Yes, when we get a more pro-growth president, and the economy sets to right itself. We don’t need a politician to say he’ll make the country great again. We need politicians to say to the country: “We’ll get the government out of the way, and let Americans make America great again.
  4. This Obama economy has not even reached 3% growth a year. It’s around 1.5% to 2%. Last quarter it was 1.20% and they even just revised that number down.
  5. The difference between 2% and 3% is about One Million job a year.
  6. With the top producers paying all taxes nearing 50%, the incentive to excel is seriously diminished. We’re leading from behind—to quote the military strategy of this administration.
  7. We’re just coming out of earnings season. I still see too many short-term fixes to make the quarterly numbers look good.
  8. The funny fact is that so many other economies around the world are worse than ours, and the money is still reluctantly coming here. Capital is cowardly and will seek the safest place.
  9. Your quote for the day is from Keith Fitz-Gerald on Fox Business News. “At the end of the day, profits make you wealthy.” I like it. It’s a powerful variation on the theme: “Follow Earnings, Follow Earnings, Follow Earnings.”

Keep checking in.

Our Creator

“God is our Creator. We are children of God. A painting cannot become a painter. An invention cannot become like the inventor. But we can become like our Creator. Why would we diminish our destiny by thinking anything less?” —LeAnn Mills

Why Hillary?

Within my mental capacity, I come up short in finding the reasoning behind anyone supporting or voting for Hillary. Can anyone who supports her help me out? What good has she done? Please just name one thing, one stance, one accomplishment that qualifies her to be president.

I think I’m going to have to take more mental supplements to increase my thinking acuity.

My current take on Hillary is that we should not be surprised at all of the lies and corruption. She lives in the land of legerdemain. Sleazy people do sleazy things.

 

Hillary and Machiavelli

Quite often lately I’ve heard Hillary (Democrats) described as Machiavellian.

Here’s a definition:
1. being or acting in accordance with the principles of government analyzed in Machiavelli’s The Prince, in which political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler is described.
2. characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty:

Swiss Army Man

Maybe Harry Potter has gotten too mainstream. It seems that way when you see Daniel Radcliff perform in Swiss Army Man—a most thoroughly disgusting movie.

The movie was just horrible. It has no redeeming factors at all. The acting? Okay, it was okay, but it’s easy to play crazy people.

In short, it was painfully bad. Don’t waste your money. In the theme of the movie, it would be better to take your money, wad it up and poke your eye out with it. Or, if you use credit cards to go to the movie, do the same with it. Either way, it will be more pleasant than sitting through this garbage.

Star Trek: Beyond

If you are a fan of Star Trek, you won’t be disappointed with this movie.

It starts hard and fast and keeps up the pace to the end. Don’t drink too much before it starts, as you won’t want to leave.

The characters are coming into their own. What I’m always most interested in is the plot. Does it move along, and does it move me? Is it tight—no waste? Are the good guys and bad guys clearly discernable?—unless they are suppose to be hidden.

In short, I want to leave feeling satisfied, like a well thought out meal. I was.

I would put this movie into the “great” column. It was that good.