Replace Cars with Real Horsepower? Communist Covid

Did the Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, actually suggest we could get out of gas-powered cars and trucks AND electric vehicles? I heard him highlight other methods of individual transportation including bicycles, scooters and even wheelchairs.

But I did not hear him mention another option for individual transportation, one that was quite popular, especially out West, before Henry Ford invented the Model T.  Maybe Sec. Buttigieg and the entire Biden Administration will buy into my idea because it can help eliminate our use of oil with the added bonus of millions of new jobs, many of them union jobs.

So, what is my great addition to the Secretary’s list? Horses. Yes, horses.

Now, I love horses. Back in 1924 I wrote, “A man that don’t love a horse, there’s something the matter with him.” I think Sec. Buttigieg might get behind this idea because horses thrive on oats, grass and hay. All horse feed is fueled with solar energy. Not a drop of oil in a horse diet. Why, this might even propel him to the Democratic nomination for President in 2024.

Switching to horses would eliminate the problem of farmers producing too much grain which has to be exported. No, millions of acres of corn, soybeans and wheat would be converted to raising feed for horses. Instead of expensive solar collectors sprawling across farmland to fuel electric vehicles, our pastures, meadows and vast fields of oats would convert sunlight into fuel for horses.

Just imagine, with millions of horses traveling our roads and streets every day, all the jobs that would be created for workers in… sanitation. Yes, our 7,000,000 unemployed are hankering for a job shoveling, sweeping, and loading the “by-product” into horse-drawn wagons. The guys and gals driving those wagons would, of course, be members of the Teamsters Union.

Here’s another benefit. While these horses are in town, they’ve got to eat. That would solve another major problem for the climate: gas-guzzling lawn mowers. While you’re working 9 to 5, your horse can be turned loose in a city park to graze. Or a homeowner who lives near your office building might pay for your horse to graze their yard. Not just graze, but fertilize. Instead of the cost of parking, you get paid for lawn service.

Of course, this is silly. We’re not regressing 150 years.  Horses today are mainly for pleasure riding. Rodeos, horse races, and horse shows entertain millions who have no desire to ride one a few miles to work every day. Mr. Buttigieg prefers to ride a bicycle to work, at least the last mile of his daily commute.

Meanwhile in the news, Covid-19 keeps running into new variants. Just as we seem to be getting past the one from India, we’re hit with one from Africa. I don’t think it’s fair to blame these countries or a whole continent, even substituting Greek names for ‘em.  No matter how many variations of this deadly disease show up, they all started two years ago in China.

We’re not blaming the Chinese people, no sir and no ma’am. Even if we contributed to the “gain-of-function” that created the virus, the blame for the spread rests on the Communist Party leaders of China. They are the ones who let this disease spread from their Wuhan Lab. Not only let it spread, but encouraged it.  Encouraged the spread everywhere except to the rest of China. So, from now on, we need to stick with one name: Communist Chinese Covid. And the one Communist in charge of all this misery and destruction is named Xi Jinping. Now, he probably has a few good traits. Probably kind to his wife, children and grandchildren. After all, he didn’t let THEM die from Covid.

But Xi Jinping runs the country and deserves the blame for killing over 5,000,000 in 200 countries around the world. I realize killing 5,000,000 innocent people is not unusual for Communist rulers. (They’ve killed about 100,000,000.) We have battled against this slaughter by Communists for a hundred years, and it’s time for the slaughter to STOP. Xi needs to be X-ed out.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“Horses raise what the farmer eats, and eat what the farmer raises.” DT #1967, Nov. 23, 1932

“The country has gone sane and got back to horses.” DT #2112, May 11, 1933

“If everybody [traded their car for a horse], they would be out of debt in a couple of years. Just think, no gas, no tires, no roads to pay for.” DT #2043, Feb. 20, 1933

“Where is your old automobile? There will never be a time when the old horse is not superior to any auto ever made… They used to take your horse and if they was caught they got hung for it, now they take your car and if they are caught it’s a miracle.” WA #507, Sept. 11, 1932

“It seems the whole idea of Communism is based on propaganda and blood.”  There’s Not a Bathing Suit in Russia, 1926

 

Self-Defense, Biden Math, and Thanksgiving

The murder trial ended in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse (now 18) was found not guilty of shooting 3 white men because of self-defense during rioting 3 nights after police shot a black man armed with a knife. Actually, videotapes and a witness proved he was innocent and should never have been put on trial. But you would never know it by listening to many of the news commentators or even President Biden.

So, a white person shoots 3 white men in self-defense, is found not guilty by a jury, and the verdict is blamed by many in the media on White Supremacy and racism. The jury decision in Wisconsin, resulted in protest marches and looting… in Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Brooklyn.

President Biden stuck to his opinion as stated in August 2020 that Kyle Rittenhouse is a White Supremacist. The 3 “victims” had criminal records and were WHITE.

Now President Biden is in a bind. Should he admit he was wrong to call Rittenhouse a White Supremacist for political purposes in 2020 or should he satisfy Democrats who still want to use race with regard to the trial outcome?

Instead of waffling about the jury decision, Biden should have immediately gone on TV telling people to NOT PROTEST. After all, he lambasted the previous president for not stopping a protest.

Will our elected officials finally agree that bringing in extra police (including the National Guard) is a good way to prevent rioting, looting, burning buildings and injuring people? If these hoodlums feared getting shot or locked up it might prevent millions of dollars in damage.

I heard last week that a prominent university is updating the list of general education classes. Those are classes that ALL students, regardless of major, must choose from for a well-rounded education. One set of proposed classes was rejected because they had “too much math and science.” Yep, that’s what we need: more college graduates, voters and politicians who don’t know a lick about math or science.

Somewhat related, the House of Representatives passed a huge social spending bill last week. Listed at $1,750,000,000,000.00, it will cost more than $4,000,000,000,000.00 despite claims it will cost us $0.00 because corporations and billionaires will “pay their fair share.” What about inflation? Today an economic advisor to the President insisted that instead of causing more inflation, the bill will eliminate the 6 percent recent increase. Must be Biden Math.

If one or two Democratic Senators oppose this massive bill it would save hiring 87,000 new IRS agents. What this country needs is more truck drivers, not more tax collectors.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

          “Congress, with an eye, not on the budget, but on November, put a tax as high as 72 percent on some incomes.… The crime of taxation is not in the taking it, it’s in the way that it’s spent.” DT #1764, March 20, 1932

In the beginning days of Thanksgiving, its founders were willing to give thanks for mighty little. Because mighty little was all they expected. But now neither government or nature can give enough but what we think it’s too little. Those old boys in the Fall of the year, if they could gather in a few pumpkins, potatoes and some corn for the winter, they were in a thanking mood. But if we can’t gather in a new Buick, a new radio, a tuxedo and some government relief, why we feel like the world is agin’ us.” DT #2594, Nov. 28, 1934

Apologies for Steele Dossier Scandal; Kenosha Trial; Inflation; and Wind Power.

Have you seen all the apologies from major newspapers (the NY Times and Washington Post received Pulitzer Prizes in 2018) and TV networks for headlining the Clinton-funded Steele Russian-Trump Collusion story? Did you hear that James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan, James Clapper, Jake Sullivan, and Congressman Adam Schiff called former President Trump to beg forgiveness?

No, we haven’t seen or heard any of that although the investigation by special counsel, John Durham, implies they should retract the stories and apologize.

According to the Durham ongoing investigation (which should have been completed two years ago), the entire ‘Steele Dossier’ that conclusively tied the Trump campaign in 2016 to Russia was an elaborate $10,000,000 scheme funded by Hillary Clinton with full cooperation from FBI leaders and the CIA director.

This isn’t the first time political shenanigans have swayed an election. “I give you the real inside dope on our hired help in Washington. I know more scandal than a White House cook.” (Oct. 4, 1925)  Even though these shenanigans failed to get Clinton elected in 2016 (barely), with the ensuing Impeachment trials and continuing accusations about Russia, China and Ukraine, Trump was defeated in 2020.

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, where the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse is about to conclude, 500 National Guard troops have been activated to protect the city from a potential riot. Oddly, the accused and the victims are white. If he is found not guilty, who will be rioting? And why?  Let’s give the Governor credit for being prepared this time. If he had called in National Guard and police reinforcements immediately to stop the original riot in August 2020, the city would not have suffered $50,000,000 in damages. And no one would have been shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.

Prices increased 6 percent in October for goods and services. Is that any surprise? We have 3 million fewer people working (including truckers, pilots, and workers in factories and the oil and gas business) and trillions of dollars given to people to spend because of Covid. Don’t you agree that more dollars chasing fewer goods causes prices to increase? (see second quote below)

The Climate Summit ended in Scotland without any major changes from China or India. Everybody flew home except for Greta Thunberg who is probably sailing back to Sweden. President Biden personally demonstrated his commitment to “wind power” to Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla. He never mentioned the human contribution to the level of methane in the atmosphere.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“Honor in politics is just as much lost as John W. Davis’s platform of ‘honesty’ was in 1924… In politics practically everything you hear is scandal, so a thing has got to be mighty scandalous to be worth repeating.” Life magazine, Oct. 12, 1928

“What this country needs is more working men and fewer politicians.” WA#95, Oct. 5, 1924

(I attempt to write with Will Rogers’ style and philosophy, poking fun at issues and political decisions. As an agricultural engineer I also try to offer solutions and apply common sense.)

 

Is the $450,000 Lawsuit Real or Fake News?

By now you’ve probably heard about a Billion-dollar lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of illegal immigrants separated from their children when they got arrested for entering illegally.

See, instead of throwing the entire family into a jail cell, our Border officials figured it would be better to only jail the adult illegal immigrants. After all, if your local sheriff arrests a man and woman for selling drugs out of their house or apartment, they don’t put their kids in the cell with ‘em.

But some shyster lawyers came up with a plan to “get rich quick” by suing the government for putting these innocent children some place other than prison with their mom or dad. And to make it worthwhile these lawyers decided their share for each separated kid should be $150,000. They rake off a third which explains why they are demanding $450,000. That’s $450,000 for EVERY child. I bet any that got separated before January 20, 2017 aren’t eligible, and any child separated since January 20, 2021 ain’t either.

Was this fake news? Did they accidentally add three zeros when they meant $450? Today is a time for Halloween pranks, but this is more like an April Fool’s joke.

But the lawyers in the Biden Administration are taking the lawsuit serious! Now that’s scary. We never give any amount like this to children of murdered police officers, firefighters who die, or health care workers who died of Covid.

In July 1935, the American Bar Association invited “me” to speak at their convention in Los Angeles. They proudly said they were gathered ‘To save the Constitution and preserve State’s rights.’ But I told those 3500 lawyers, “What they ought to be here for is to kick the crooks out of their profession… They seemed to kinder doubt just who would have to leave. Pretty serious, some of ’em. But the big percentage are regular guys.”

I hope the Bar Association will track down these shysters who filed the lawsuit and disbar them. That is if they are American citizens. If any of them are here illegally, kick ‘em out of the country.

Now, you and I both know there are more important problems facing this country than trying to please a gaggle of lawyers. That’s why I’m still suspicious of this news story. Could it have been leaked so we wouldn’t notice how many Trillions of dollars our President will promise countries at the Climate Summit this week to deal with rising sea levels and warmer temperatures? Or maybe the rising cost to heat our homes this winter? Do they want us to forget about the hundreds of Americans being held by Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan?

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“American Bar Association yesterday come out very strong against unethical and shyster lawyers. Looks like I been vindicated.” DT #2793, July 18, 1935

“Say, did you read about 300,000 grown folks in Chicago [on] Halloween? They tore down a [World’s] fair that it took ’em two years to erect… It’s just the old kittenish Chicago spirit. They just love pranks, shooting each other or something, then too, modern plumbing has about done away with Halloween fun anyhow.” DT #2570, Nov. 1, 1934 [in the old days outhouses were often overturned for “fun”]

(I attempt to write with Will Rogers’ style and philosophy, poking fun at issues and political decisions. As an engineer I also try to offer solutions and common sense.)

Climate Change, Taxing Billionaires, and the Biden 2020 Discount Card

President Biden is insisting that Congress pass the multi-trillion-dollar bill, including all the “Green Energy” guarantees, before he heads to the Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, Scotland. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia is standing in his way. (He knows his constituents better than Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders does.)

Actually, President Biden does not need this bill to show our progress on climate. When he is called on to speak at the Summit, with the other two hundred nations eagerly waiting to see how many trillions of dollars we will provide them to cut emissions, he should simply utter two sentences, “Since 2005, we cut our carbon emissions by 15 percent. When you other countries, especially China, India and Russia, cut your carbon emissions by 15 percent, we’ll talk.”

Biden must then walk out the door, taking his 13 Cabinet Secretaries with him, and fly home. By leaving Scotland a week early, Biden (and several of those 13 Cabinet members) will have time, finally, to visit our border with Mexico.

President Biden reminded us he HAS been to the border. In 2008, he landed in El Paso and headed north into New Mexico. Maybe he is afraid to return to “El Paso” because, like the Marty Robbins song in 1957, “Off to my right, I see five mounted cowboys, off to my left ride a dozen or more. Shouting and shooting, I can’t let them catch me.” For Biden, those “mounted cowboys” are Republicans and disgruntled Democrats and Independents.

President Biden continues to promise that if his $3,500,000,000,000.00 proposal passes, no one with family income under $400,000 will pay more. Considering recent inflation price increases, this will be tricky. For this plan to work everyone in that “Under $400,000” income group would be given a special “Biden 2020 Discount Card” similar to your Covid vaccination card with a personal barcode.

Here’s how it would work. For example, buying gasoline at the pump, scan your barcode and the price will instantly drop to what it was at the end of 2020. Instead of paying, say $3.49 a gallon, the price will drop to $2.33. At the grocery store, you’ll pay only $5.00 a pound for bacon, not the list price $8.00. Buying a new vehicle, you’ll automatically get a $6000 discount without having to buy electric.

Of course, this is ridiculous. We’re all going to pay.

So, according to President Biden, who will pay the $3,500,000,000,000.00? The latest strategy is to tax the accumulated wealth of billionaires without waiting for ‘em to die. According to Forbes magazine, we have 753 billionaires in America. If the IRS took every dollar these folks have accumulated it would not cover the cost of this “human infrastructure” bill over the next decade.

Former President Donald Trump is one of those 753 billionaires. In 2017 he was worth $3.5 Billion. How much is he worth today? I recall asking in a “Weekly Comments” if readers thought he would have more wealth, the same, or less wealth when he left the Presidency. Many figured he wanted to be President so he could build his empire. Do you remember the new Trump International Hotel in DC where visiting dignitaries and lobbyists were staying? And the many government-sponsored conferences at various Trump properties around the world?

Well, Forbes has the answer. Trump’s wealth did not stay the same. During his four years in office, the Trump family lost $1 Billion. Yes, he still has $2.5 Billion. And he lives at a south Florida resort protected by a wall built at taxpayer expense.

Just for fun, you might plan to check on President Biden’s wealth (and Hunter’s) when he leaves office in 2025 compared to when he became Vice-President in 2009.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“An inheritance tax… on an estate of say $10 million, why the government will take about 90 percent of it, and then giving the off-spring 10.  And then on estates of a 100 million, 200 million, a billion, and like that, well, the government just takes all of that and notifies the heirs, ‘Your father died a pauper here today.’” Radio, Apr. 28, 1935

“The whole trouble with the Republicans is their fear of an increase in income tax, especially on higher incomes. They speak of it almost like a national calamity.” DT #1435, Feb. 27, 1931

“The crime of taxation is not in the taking it, it’s in the way that it’s spent.” DT #1764, March 20, 1932

High Prices, Empty Shelves, Backlogged Ports and Scarce Fuel 

Higher fuel prices and empty shelves in stores have let all of us know we have a problem. An economist wrote last week, “Don’t blame solar and wind energy.” Right. So, who (or what) is to blame?

President Biden came out against our fossil fuel production on his first day in office. He cancelled the Keystone XL pipeline and placed restrictions on new drilling. As a result, our oil production has gone down and gasoline and diesel prices increased at least a dollar a gallon. Natural gas prices are predicted to cost 30 percent more this winter. Instead of exporting oil and gas, we depend on Saudi Arabia and others for imports (the same OPEC countries that started the 6-month oil embargo on this date in 1973).

Unbelievably, after forcing a scarcity in American oil and gas, the President asked the producers to cut prices. Senate Leader Chuck Schumer agrees with the President and claims that higher prices this winter will force poor and middle-class people to decide whether to feed their families or keep warm.

On the supply chain issue, the person most directly responsible for working on it is the Secretary of the Transportation Department, Pete Buttigieg. You might be surprised to learn he has been on a 12-week paternity leave (on full salary) because he and his husband decided to become “birthing persons” through adoption. Now, I’ve got no objection to the adoption. But how can the person in charge of Transportation, reporting directly to the President, take off 3 months while the country faces the worst supply chain crisis in our history.

The ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles seem to be the epicenter of the crisis because 40 percent of all container ships arrive and depart there. The lack of trucks to transport containers has been blamed. Well, the brilliant minds in charge of California state government ruled that only trucks built in the last 10 years are legal. And the state prohibits non-union drivers. How can vehicles (and drivers) that are legal throughout the country be prohibited in California? Instead of attacking this problem head on by telling Governor Newsom to relax their rules, President Biden simply asked that ports unload container ships around the clock, 7 days a week.

Here’s another self-inflicted problem for California. They are banning lawn mowers, chain saws, and any other machine powered by a small gasoline or diesel engine because they don’t have expensive emission controls like cars and trucks. (Actually, they would prefer to ban all lawns; they have almost banned tree cutting and brush clearing.) All such devices will have to use electric power in the future even though the state is tight on electric availability and residents must deal with frequent rolling blackouts.

The weirdest item on the list of banned gasoline engines is a portable generator. Let that sink in. From now on, only generators powered by electricity will be available for emergencies when the electricity goes off. They’ll have to run an extension cord to Nevada.

I started with a question about blame. Well, instead of placing blame, let’s use logical thinking and common horse sense to find solutions.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“You all know we struck oil here in southern California. But did you let anybody else know? No, you didn’t say a word about it…  you are so darn modest you won’t let the world know what we have.” WA #47, Nov. 4, 1923

“John D. Rockefeller says: ‘Love is the greatest thing in the world.’ You take a few words of affection and try and trade them to him for few gallons of oil, and you will discover just how great love is.” WA #59, Jan. 27, 1924

Congress Investigates Facebook and President Trump. Attacking Senators Manchin and Sinema.  

Facebook is getting grilled. A Whistleblower reported that Facebook knew young girls were suffering mentally from viewing pencil-thin peers on Instagram (owned by Facebook). Since the Whistleblower testified to Congress, complaints have broadened out to include political postings, either because they are, or are not, allowed on Facebook. Two examples: they squash news about Hunter Biden, and promote climate change warnings.

Another complaint is the bombardment of ads that follow any random product search. Here’s an example. Last year, I wanted to embellish a 1923 Will Rogers story about corsets. To find a modern-day version I went on Spanx.com. I perused the site (professionally of course) for a few minutes. I found some good material to embellish my story, including this ‘product review’ from a customer: “I give this product a thumbs up, but initially I couldn’t get the damn thing on.” Then, for months, ads for ladies’ underwear showed up on my Will Rogers Facebook page!

Meanwhile in Texas… Who’s in charge of our border with Mexico? If you said “Kamala Harris,” you are mistaken. The Mexican Cartels rule the border. For a fee of at least $5000 each they transport immigrants across the Rio Grande and turn them loose. At a rate of 1000 immigrants a day, that adds up to real money. And it’s easy money since they aren’t confronted by Border Agents on horseback.  And the best part for the Cartels is that while our Border Patrol is tied up managing these immigrants, the Cartel slips millions of dollars’ worth of drugs across unprotected areas. Along the border, Texans are shouting, Let’s Go Brandon!

Last week the Cartel fired shots at National Guard troops on our side of the river. They are causing more chaos than anyone from Mexico since Pancho Villa a hundred years ago. Back then, when President Wilson got word of Villa’s raids across the border into New Mexico he ordered the Army, led by General Pershing, to stop the attacks. Why doesn’t President Biden follow Wilson’s example?

Also last week, I watched CNN more than usual. For a while it seemed Trump was still President. I learned that Congress has subpoenaed him, hoping he will admit he ordered and funded the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Democrats in Congress are determined to find out from Trump’s staff if they provided rifles to the insurrectionists. (The answer is no).

President Trump definitely deserves blame for not stopping his supporters when he learned what the worst of them were doing in the Capitol. I hope he testifies. I hope they release the videos of people peacefully wandering through the Capitol Rotunda. Do you think Speaker Pelosi will testify about the lack of preparation in the days before January 6 when officials knew trouble was brewing?

Erin Burnett, on her CNN show, interviewed Treasury Secretary Yellen. Erin stated that the top 1% of income earners pay 40% of taxes and the top 20% pay 80%. She then asked Secretary Yellen how much those groups should pay. Instead of honestly answering the question, she rambled on, saying big corporations should pay more and 140 other nations agree with her, that stepped-up basis for inheritances should be eliminated, the Trump tax-rate reductions should be eliminated, and the top tax rate should be 39.6%. Secretary Yellen never came close to answering that direct question. She could have said, with a straight face, “The wealthiest 1% should pay at least half of all income taxes and the top 20% should pay about 90%.” That’s the goal, although no one in the Biden Administration will admit it.

Concerning another Biden goal, Senator Joe Manchin has been taking most of the flak for opposing the $3,500,000,000,000.00 bill. Now Senator Krysten Sinema of Arizona is getting attacked for the same position. Protesters chased her into a Women’s restroom and yelled at her in her stall. The Senator is fortunate it wasn’t an old-fashioned outhouse of years ago. The protesters would have pushed it over with her in it. After she escaped from the toilet on the Arizona State University campus and got seated on a plane to Washington, Sinema was harassed again, by two illegal immigrants. No relief for Sinema, in or out of a stall. Now, if protesters ever tried to attack and film Sen. Manchin in a restroom stall… Well, you can probably guess where they would end up. And their expensive smartphone.

Tomorrow is Columbus Day, also currently known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I think my Cherokee friends approve.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers: (on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct 11)

“Being an Indian I don’t mind telling you that personally I am sorry he ever found it [America]. The discovery has been of no material benefit to us, outside of losing all the land. And I am proud to say that I have never yet seen a statue [of Columbus] in Oklahoma.” WA #190, Aug. 1, 1926

“The Columbus celebration has an added significance to Los Angeles, as they want to celebrate the good fortune of his landing on the Atlantic instead of the Pacific side, because if he had landed out here, he never would have gone back to tell the Queen.  He would have stayed right here and nobody would have ever known about America but him.” WA #29, July 1, 1923

Congress Debating a $3,500,000,000,000.00 Bill. Also, Del Rio Expecting More Haitians

Last week the headline was “Don’t Blame a Horse in Texas.” This week it could be “Don’t Blame a Democrat Senator from West Virginia.”

The $3,500,000,000,000.00 bill is still up in the air. Sen. Manchin of West Virginia has opposed it all along, reminding the liberal members of his party that Congress already spent more than $5,000,000,000,000.00 since March 2020 on Covid relief. This week he said he could possibly support $1,500,000,000,000.00 but what he really wanted was $0.00. Ironically, $0.00 is exactly what President Biden and Speaker Pelosi said the $3,500,000,000,000.00 bill would cost us. See, in the version of math and economics practiced in this White House and Washington, (abbreviated as “WhiteWash” math), $3,500,000,000,000.00 = $0.00. And they whitewashed details of what all is stuck into the bill, too.

The House Democrats, led by AOC, and the Senate Democrats, led by Bernie Sanders, decry any reduction at all. Actually Sen. Sanders insists it ought to be $6,000,000,000,000.00 in new spending, which he would claim costs $0.00.

I did not abbreviate “$3.5T” or “$3.5 trillion.” I wrote it out: $3,500,000,000,000.00. If every newspaper report and TV message at the bottom of the screen wrote it as $3,500,000,000,000.00, the public would be outraged.

A few of my regular readers have pointed out that “Weekly Comments” often leans more to the conservative side than Will Rogers did in the early 1930s. Will Rogers was a Democrat, even though he joked, “I don’t belong to any organized political party… I’m a Democrat.” Will supported Franklin Roosevelt in 1932 and liked his decisions in the first year or two. However, Will decided FDR was going too far, making it too easy for people to get government handouts.

I bet you are shocked to learn the Federal government collected a record amount of money last year. (Didn’t Trump cut tax rates?) With extra cash you might expect them to pay off some debt.

But the federal government does not operate like you. Suppose you had a productive year and received a $20,000 bonus. If you had $100,000 credit card debt you would wisely use it to reduce that debt. You would not foolishly buy a $40,000 vehicle, adding $20,000 to your credit card. Of course, you are not Bernie Sanders. He would buy a $60,000 vehicle and put it all on the credit card. With $20,000 cash in his pocket, he would complain to his boss about his low wages.

Two weeks ago, I asked for your opinion on the amount of income taxes that should be paid by three different income levels. Here are the current amounts: The Top 1% pay 40% of federal income taxes. The Top 10% pay about 65%. The Bottom 50% pay 0 to 3% depending on who you ask. Consider these percentages when you hear President Biden say the top income levels don’t pay “their fair share” (which he copied from FDR, below) You will notice he refuses to say what percent they should pay. He knows it would sound foolish to claim, for example, the Top 1% should pay 50% or 60% of total income taxes collected. But that’s his goal.

Meanwhile at the Texas border, where the horses have been put out to pasture, the “campground” at Del Rio emptied out quickly (12,000 released freely into the U.S.). Bulldozers and dump trucks arrived to clear out the trash because VP Harris wants it to look inviting and pastoral. The next bunch of 100,000 immigrants, mostly Haitians, recently crossed the Panama Canal ready to go 2000 miles more to Del Rio. These Haitians deserve credit; they heard President Biden tell ‘em the border is open and illegal immigration is not illegal anymore. They are determined and creative people who will rebuild that “tent city” within 24 hours.

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“The crime of taxation is not in the taking it, it’s in the way that it’s spent.” DT #1764, March 20, 1932

It costs ten times more to govern us than it used to, and we are not governed one‑tenth as good.” DT #1770, March 27, 1932

 “Here is rather an amazing statement. It was made by the President (Roosevelt), who has access to the records and must know: “Fifty-eight of the richest people in the U. S. paid no Federal tax on 37 per cent of their incomes.”  This soaking the rich has got two sides to it. Roosevelt gets him a pack of humorously called ‘brain trusters’ to help him devise ways and means of trying to get at this extra 37 per cent and the rich get them some lawyers that are just as smart as Roosevelt’s tribe, and their job is to cook up an antidote.” DT #2805, Aug. 1, 1935

Don’t Blame a Horse in Texas

We have a mess at the border. And “mess” is too mild a word for the recent catastrophe at Del Rio, Texas.

You’ve heard elected officials use terms including “outraged,” “horrific images,” and “these people will pay.” And you know those quotes make sense if you’ve seen photos of 15,000 living in a hot, smelly, unsanitary, Covid-spreading campground along the Rio Grande.

But wait. Those comments were not about a photo of the disgusting conditions under and beside the bridge. No, those chaotic conditions had been ignored by officials and the media for two weeks. The photo that drew the harsh criticism was of a horse; a well-trained horse ridden by a skillful Border Patrol employee tugging at the shirtsleeve of an immigrant to keep him from exiting the river. In other words, doing their job of protecting our border.

Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas, who is in charge of the Border Patrol, was shocked by the “horrific image” even though both horse and rider were working exactly in accordance with their training manual. They were also rescuing immigrants from drowning.

Vice-President Kamala Harris, who is supposed to be in charge of the border, said she was “outraged” and it reminded her of the treatment of Native Americans and slaves. As soon as she learned about this embarrassment at the border, she rushed out of her Washington office, got on Air Force 2, and flew to… New York City. So, instead of standing beside her Border Patrol agents she preferred to sit beside the women on “The View.”

President Biden was asked about the mess at the border at a news conference. Instead of answering about the 15,000 in squalid conditions he angrily zeroed in on the mounted Border Agents saying, “those people will pay!” Fortunately, he did not take out his wrath on the horses or they would end up as equine filet on a Paris menu.

Will Rogers would be boiling mad at critics of the horses and experienced riders. Will said, “A man that don’t love a horse, there is something the matter with him. And if he has no sympathy for the man that does love horses then there is something worse the matter with him.” (WA #88, Aug. 17, 1924)

The only connection with horses most of these critics ever had was on a Merry-Go-Round. It is common sense that a person on a well-trained horse has an advantage over a person on foot. That’s why mounted officers are used to control crowds in New Orleans, Chicago, New York City and along our border.

Here’s a solution. Let the critics take the place of the Border Patrol and their horses. Let them stand there on the river bank and fend off the attackers with… well I don’t know what with. Maybe “diplomatic terminology.” Maybe have Congresswoman AOC in a white gown with “Tax the Immigrants” painted across the back. Even scarier, get Sen. Bernie Sanders to sit in a chair with his oversized mittens and yell at them, along with a masked Speaker Pelosi waving her arms.

However instead of scaring them away, they would hand them a “Welcome to the USA” bag of goodies and help them complete voter registration forms.

Of course, the real problem is that President Biden opened the border on January 20. But he says the border is NOT open. Well, no matter what our President and the Secretary of Homeland (In)security say in English, when it’s translated, the message is “Come on in, welcome to America!” And by golly, they have come! Over 200,000 a month and the rate is increasing.

You have heard the border chaos is because the Biden Administration is incompetent. But it’s not incompetence. It’s intentional. And Biden (and many Democrats in Washington) have disdain for anyone who tries to slow down or stop people from illegally entering our country. Remember, we welcome about a million immigrants, legally, every year. Apply for asylum in your home country and if you qualify, we’re glad to have you here.

In other news that you may have missed:

  • Russians conducted cyberattacks against agricultural co-ops, demanding millions of dollars ransom. Yes, agricultural businesses are included in the 16 that Biden told Putin were “off limits.”
  • Hunter Biden’s laptop computer included a vast amount of information and messages that tied his dad to lucrative deals with China. Now, YOU probably knew that last October (before the election), but 99% of our media, including Facebook, squashed that “News” claiming it was a Russian hoax.
  • Hundreds of our top female Olympic gymnasts were sexually abused by a team doctor at Michigan State University. Many reported the abuse to the FBI in 2015, but the agents ignored their claims. Finally, these young women got to report the abuse to a Congressional committee.
  • Hundreds of Americans are still held hostage by the Taliban. Thousands of Afghan citizens who helped us in the war are likely to be tortured and eventually executed.
  • Hours of previously hidden videotapes of the January 6th Capitol “invasion” show that the vast majority of people in the building acted more like tourists than insurrectionists. We’ve seen plenty of video of the bad actors previously.
  • China’s Communist Party is taking dead aim at Taiwan.
  • President Biden has had his wrist watch taken away. (Not really, but that would keep him from looking at it during solemn ceremonies.)

Historic quote by Will Rogers:

“Now there has been more said and written about Russia than there has been about Honesty in Politics and Farmers’ Relief, and there has been just as little done about it as about either of those two.” Letters of a Self-Made Diplomat to His President, Nov. 6, 1926

What Went Wrong? What’s the Fair Share?

We got past September 11. So, what’s happening in the news now?

In a nutshell,

  • Our military fired a missile in Afghanistan intended for an ISIS bomber. Turns out it blew up a family of 10 going on a picnic;
  • Hundreds of Americans are stuck in Afghanistan, praying that Secretary Blinken and the Taliban will agree on a $10 Billion ransom;
  • Speaker Pelosi is pushing a bloated $3.5 Trillion tax bill masquerading as Infrastructure;
  • President Biden signed a deal for a new submarine with Boris Johnson of Britain and what’s-his-name of Australia. The guy in France complained;
  • Unvaccinated Covid patients are filling hospitals while millions still refuse the vaccine;
  • Millions who got the vaccine so they could live “normal” lives are asked to wear a mask and avoid crowds;
  • President Biden ordered 400 million Pfizer booster shots, but the FDA says only old folks and a few others are eligible to receive it;
  • Millions followed news about the disappearance of the beautiful blond Gabriel Petito. Her body was found today in Wyoming. Did anybody see news about how many were murdered this weekend in Chicago;
  • 15,000 “immigrants” piled up at Del Rio, Texas, with no vaccines, no masks, no TV drones allowed, and no VP Kamala Harris either.

President Biden was so concerned about these disastrous news stories he spent a long weekend relaxing at his Delaware beach house. He was determined to focus on only the most important issue: how to get rich folks to share the wealth.

Did you see the Congresswoman who attended a $35,000 dinner wearing a $10,000 white gown with a message painted in red on the back, “Tax the Rich!” She also wore expensive jewelry and carried a red purse with the same “Tax the Rich” message. That was in case you missed seeing it on her backside. Asked about the cost, she bragged, “I’m a socialist leader. All my expenses are paid for by the peasants.”  She didn’t say that, but I know that’s what you were thinking.

As I said, President Biden is pushing his own plan to tax the rich. It’s based on Huey Long’s plan from the 1930s to “Share the Wealth.” Biden calls his plan, “Pay Your Fair Share.” For those in the top 1% or top 10%, he says your “fair share” is way more than you are paying now.

Let’s do a poll to help our President.

Question 1. What percent of total federal income taxes should the Top 1% pay? 10%; 25%; 40%; or 50%.
Q 2. What percent should the Top 10% pay? 25%; 40%; 65%; or 85%.
Q 3. What percent of the total should the Bottom 50% pay? 0%; 3%; 5% or 10%.

Ask your representatives in Congress these 3 questions. I doubt that any will give a straight answer, especially a Democrat. (Note that President Biden is talking “fair share” of income taxes. In general, workers contribute to Social Security and pay federal taxes on a few products including gasoline.)

Historic quotes by Will Rogers:

“Our foreign dealings [by diplomats] are an open book, generally a check book.” (repeated)

“What a difference in diplomatic relations an army and navy make!” DT #196, March 13, 1927

“[Sen. Huey Long’s] plan to ‘share the wealth,’ it’s a marvelous idea.  And our own downright conscience tells us that there’s no reason why, well, anybody should have more than you.  There ain’t nothing wrong with the plan, only this one little defect: Nobody ain’t going to share it with you, that’s all. I know a lot of tremendously rich people that should share their wealth with me, but they just don’t see it that way.  And I know folks that ain’t got as much as I have that think I ought to share it with them.  Well, I just can’t hardly see it their way either. That is, even if I can see it that way, I’m not doing it.” Radio, Apr. 21, 1935

“It costs ten times more to govern us than it used to, and we are not governed one‑tenth as good.” DT #1770, March 27, 1932