I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
Just a quick update to my column last week about our California trip and what we encountered: The last night we were there, we went to a local park to play tennis. A ball was hit over the fence, the opposite end from the gate. A man was standing about 10’ away from the ball so my partner asked if he would mind getting it. “Is it in the weeds?” he asked. No, it’s right there in front of you. Mind you there were not any weeds, just a few bushes around the outside of the fence, this was Palm Desert after all, they don’t tolerate weeds. “Oh, it’s in the dirt, I don’t like to go into the dirt.” He did not have to go into the “dirt” as he called it; it was that colored shale that packs down tightly, which he didn’t have to walk on, he could have stayed on his sidewalk, bent over, picked it up and tossed it over the fence. Instead he decided to walk away, right after his dog made a deposit on the sidewalk, which he left, no doubt believing one of the illegal aliens maintaining the park would clean up after him.
We've been vacationing in the People's Republic for the last several days and some observations are in order. I know some of these can apply to other states or cities but we just happen to be in California, so...
I have spent time in a lot of big cities, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Phoenix, Detroit to name a few, but I can say without any hesitation that people in the Palm Springs area are the most self-centered, conceited, self-important jerks that I have ever had the displeasure of being around. I have watched more people demean others that are working the 'menial' jobs than I could have imagined possible. It's really sad how so many people are condescending to those that work hard for a living.
Many of you know about some of the higher profile bills the Democrats have been pushing through our state legislature; legalizing late term abortions; largest tax increase in history; anti-mining bills; anti-2nd amendment bills. But the liberals in the Democrat party are pushing even more rights infringing or self-enriching legislation this session.
Donald Trump might be the worst racist ever. We heard multiple Democrat representatives talk about Trump being a racist and misogynist during the Cohen testimony this past week. Let’s look at the racist, sexist bigot that Trump is: 70% of the people employed by Trump at the VP level or above are women and minorities. Signed a decree that made MLK’s birthplace a national historic landmark; created economic policies that have led to the lowest unemployment rates in the black and Latino communities ever recorded; Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his patriotism, tolerance, support of diversity, and brotherhood, specifically mentioning his programs aimed at helping black youths; Muhammed Ali Entrepreneur Award for his development of black neighborhoods and support of black-owned businesses; he sued the city of Palm Beach for excluding blacks and Jews from various clubs and organizations; he opened the first club to admit black members in Palm Beach; has received multiple awards from Jewish organizations for his support of various Jewish groups, causes, and Israel; established the Opportunity and Revitalization Council to rehabilitate black neighborhoods. There is more, but many of you won’t believe it or will shrug it off as some kind of PR cover up.
The opinion piece posted by a more progressive member of our local community highlights once again their inability to connect reality with their pipe dreams and/or a significant lack of understanding of business. I have a view and observations and thoughts about the opinion that Freeport has plenty of cash and doesn't need to transfer responsibility for reclamation to anyone else.
Yes, at the moment FMI has lots of cash. History tells us that any company but especially mining companies can deplete cash reserves quickly. A downturn in the market, an adverse civil court ruling, so many things can lead to the loss of those cash reserves.
Mining companies can go out of business quickly, especially if assets are depleted. No matter the legal responsibility, if the company has little or no assets, they can't pay for reclamation. Purchasing a security bond guarantees that money will be available to finance the reclamation.
What do people think is going to happen? That’s one of the biggest questions that remains unanswered. What is going to happen when the progressive agenda is enacted? History means nothing to these people because there are numerous examples of failed progressive agendas that never even came close to accomplishing the stated goals; in fact, these programs make the situation much worse than it was before. The excuse is always that we can do it better or the completely inane, they didn’t have enough money. No kidding. No one has enough money.
The simple answer to the question is that purveyors of universal healthcare, increased minimum wage, green agendas never really think about the consequences of their actions. They believe that magically everything will work out in the end. Who cares about details?
If you are being intellectually honest, I don't think anyone can disagree the President Trump's SOTU address highlighted perfectly the differences between the liberals and the conservatives (really everyone else, not just conservatives).
It has also highlighted the lengths to which his opponents in the media will go in trying to tell you that what you saw didn't happen. Pundit after pundit and politician after politician told us that Trump did not connect with the American people. 76% of respondents to the CBS poll and 75% in the CNN poll think otherwise. How can you say with a straight face that no one liked the speech when that many people said they had a positive impression of the speech? Oh, that's right, ignorant people will believe anything.
There has been a lot of discussion about the abortion bill passed by the NY legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo. There is no shortage of emotional diatribe from either side of the issue, so let's try to take a less emotional look at not only what this bill does, but let's also go down the path where its supporters want to take us.
Basically the bill allows the baby to be aborted up to the time of delivery. If the attempts at aborting the baby prior to birth are not successful, the baby's life can be terminated outside of the womb, as long as it was the mother's intent to abort the baby prior to birth.
An interesting side note; most supporters of aborting human babies even after they are clearly viable human beings will ask that you be strung up and quartered if you harm the eggs of a sea turtle. Interesting juxtaposition, don't you think?
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