I’m Rubber and You’re Glue: Quite Possibly Very Racist & Hateful Glue

The older I get the more apparent it becomes that you can tell exactly who people are by listening to how they condemn other people.

A relative who grew up in the North East would “tease” me about being racist because I was from the South.  Then, he got a little alcohol in him and, to my horror, started using the “n” word.

A coworker constantly bashed certain Christian denominations for not treating women equally.  Then, he was caught running a website that’s sole purpose was to degrade women publicly.

These are just a couple of glaring examples from my experience.  So, over the last few years, when I hear Democrats either insinuate or flat out call Americans who don’t agree with them, “racists,”  I have to wonder…

Then I look at the black economic numbers over the last eight years and wonder even more.

SBA Loans to Black Owned Businesses: 

In 2009, 9% of the loans given by the SBA were to black owned businesses.  By 2010, that rate plummeted  to 2%, where it remains six years later.

Loans to black owned businesses under Bush averaged 8%.

Black Unemployment Rate 

The Black unemployment rate under Obama to date averages 12.6%.  The average under Bush was 9.7%.

The highest rate for Bush was 12.1% in Dec 2008.  The highest for Obama was 16.5% in April 2011, almost 2.5 years after the “Great Recession” started.

The overall unemployment right now is at it’s low, 5%.  It averaged 3.8% under Bush.

Interesting Graph:  blackunemploymenthistory

You can blame what they call the “Great Recession,” but in doing so you also have to admit that early in Bush’s tenure we had the tech burst and the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in history, both greatly affecting the U.S. economy and jobs.  And, you also have to admit that Bush approached the financial crisis differently and didn’t blame his predecessor…incessantly.  And, I’m not a GW fan, economically speaking.

Black Food Stamp (Snap) Usage:

From a National Review Article 3-24-16: “Blacks Mainly Backslide Under Obama”

The number of black food-stamp participants exploded across that time frame from 7,393,000 to 11,699,000, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports — up 58.2 percent.

Great broad article on Food Stamps with lots of good graphs!

When I couple the above facts (which don’t include lack luster job participation rates, median income levels, etc) with the fact that the administration responsible for these horrible numbers insists on calling anyone who opposes them, “racist,” hmmmm…I don’t know.  Seems like they may be telling us exactly who THEY really are.

Now, Hillary is carrying the same stale racist calling water and wants to continue the same policies.  Add to this her alleged propensity for squirreling away unethically sought after cash and now you’re talking about even more tax dollars going to line the pockets of our government instead of staying in our economy to help our communities, especially our black communities who, by the looks of it, need the most help.

I’m just sayin’….

Why the Press Might be Most “Deplorable”

Hillary has just relegated a very large portion of the American people into the basket of deplore.

As Jeff Foxworthy might say, “Heeeerrre’s yewr basket.”

Although, while the racist, xenophobic, bigoted, yada yada portion might not have gone over as well in a Foxworthy act, it killed in Clinton’s little comedy routine.  That crowd…well…rather deplorable.  They might be charitable, but from the sounds of the laughter they’re obviously a group of arrogant dick-heads.  Maybe it was just nervous laughing and cheering.  Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

Anyhoo, as frustrating as this tired “you’re a racist and I’m not” act has become, I still can’t help but to reflect on how we got here.  Hmmm…how did we get to the point that it is Ok for the most powerful people in the world to call those with no power the most horrible names imaginable?  And, for the other half of the powerless, ya know, the Americans who have not (yet) been called names, to also feel entitled to join in the name calling instead of standing up for their fellow citizens?

Makes me think that if I were to create my own basket of deplorables, the first group I would throw in…

The press.

I have a degree in journalism.  If I learned anything in my five years of media/alcohol tolerance training,  I learned that the press is a critical part of our democracy, “the 4th estate” as it is sometimes referred.  This means that our press is intended to be the watch dog for the American people, specifically when it comes to protecting us from our government.

Over the last eight years, while our government “leaders” have either insinuated or flat-out called conservatives, police officers and in some cases, all Americans: racists, biggots, tea baggers, terrorists, Islamophobes and xenophobes…

The press sat silent.

And while this administration, specifically Hillary Clinton, wrongly but intentionally blamed a U.S. citizen’s work published on YouTube for the terrorist attack in Benghazi on 9/11/12 (video here)

The press sat silent.

Have you made a YouTube video?  Or know people who have?   While I can’t promise you that a piece of work you’ve published online won’t be publicly blamed for a terrorist act the way that they blamed this poor guy, I can promise you that if you do find yourself in the same situation…

The press will sit silent.

That YouTube video creator was nothing but collateral damage to this administration desperate to win the election.  As someone with a journalist’s heart….HOLY SHIT!!!!  What an angle!!!  Are you kidding me??  This is the kind of story that makes a reporter.  An administration who appears to have  intentionally chosen an American citizen to target, blatantly violating his First Amendment Rights, all to save their ass from looking bad with a terrorist attack on 9/11, killing an ambassador (that’s huge) less than two months from re-election.  This is WAY WAY bigger than Woodward/Bernstein.  So, why was that angle not covered?  Why were Americans not in the street standing up for this American?  Maybe because…

The press sat silent.

Americans knew that they didn’t have back-up.  They knew that they too would be demonized because they don’t have the bully bull-horn that our government does.  The press is supposed to be the “people’s bullhorn,” but that bullhorn’s in a broom closet somewhere, with the GSM’s flask.  I know it scared the shit out of me.  In fact, it’s important to note here that I am in perfect health, a very cautious pedestrian/driver/subway rider, not at all suicidal and have absolutely no reason to be audited.  K?

The press failed us.  And, they continue to fail us.

Over the last eight years, there are numerous incidents of  the most powerful people in the world demonizing every day American citizens who have absolutely no power or protection except the press.

And, the press has sat silent.

The big story here is fear.

It’s the fear that at least half of American citizens now have of their government.  The same fear that now makes standing up against government feel like a risk.

That’s the real story.

Take it from me, an anonymous blogger.

Media??

Silence…

 

In other random blogs:

Remember that old phrase, “When you point one finger at me, there are three pointing back at you?”  Still rings true today, I say!  And, I wrote about it here:  You’re Rubber and I’m Glue: Possibly a Very Racist and Hateful Glue

Minimum Wage = Maximum Wage

16016747503_33ed8c3bce_bOne point I’ve never heard made in the minimum wage debate is one that I learned first-hand as a business owner:

When you set a minimum wage, you are actually setting a maximum wage.

To me, the two hardest parts of planning a business are pricing and wages.  When I first started my business I sat down with every employee or vendor position that I needed and worked up a basic hourly wage for each.

A minimum wage was so far back in my rear-view mirror, I had actually forgotten that there even was a minimum wage (insert hoity toity laugh here).  I’m really not that old, I just have a bad memory.  I have to blame it on hard living in my youth – or good living, in my opinion.

I had set my entry level positions at $20/hour.  I knew this hourly rate was somewhat high for the position but I didn’t realize how high until I was informed by my business adviser.

“You’re not going to even be able to get off the ground with these kind of salaries,” he balked.  “I advise three businesses in your same field and they pay their entry level employees just above minimum wage.”

I’m a woman and therefore not used to taking ‘no’ for an answer, “I know, but I want to attract the best candidates possible to work with us so I insist on $20/hour.” I refuted, “Plus, that work is crappy and mundane.  No one wants to do that.  They should be payed well.”

“You don’t want to do that kind of work,” he replied.  “But, there are people who do want that kind of work primarily because it is easy and mundane which is why your competitors pay $8/hour and will out-price you every single time.”

He also informed me that if I set the entry level wage at $20/hour, I would have no where to go from there in regard to raises.  I would be pricing myself out of business.

He was right.

The wage had already been set, the minimum wage.  Which was really a wage set by our government.  But, imagine if it hadn’t been.  Perhaps the first guy would have had the same perception that I had and set that particular wage at $15/hour.  Then, the free-market would have determined the wage and set pricing around that wage.

The wage set by the government becomes the anchor, even $10/hour is a lot because it’s $2 over minimum wage.  In reality, we would be better off, in my opinion, if we had no such anchor.

This is where big government types infuriate me.  They set the laws then complain about the laws and squawk that they must be elected to fix the very laws that they set.  Yikes!  They even complain about and demonize the employers who are just abiding by the laws they set.

I argue that had they stayed out of wages to begin with, our entry level wages would be much higher.
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