Marco Rubio has a CR rating of 79% - That means seventy-nine percent of the time
he votes the way Conservative Review wants him to. Tim Scott, arguably one of the most loyal conservatives
there are, only has an 88%. Trey Gowdy has a CR of 86%.
There is, I believe, a good reason for their ratings not being in the 90's. They are first
and foremost Constitutionalists. They are conservatives second. I believe that if you stood them all up together
on a stage, they would tell you that if you want them to be more conservative - by today's standards - then
the Constitution should be more conservative. The two terms are not equal, and they most certainly are not
congruent - what about the Federal right to mesne conveyance? or the vague "just compensation" clause which
governs appropriated private property?
Conservatism is for law AND order. A Constitutionalist must be for the 2nd amendment
which is contradictory of any definition of "order." In fact, it invites Americans to struggle against any "order"
which infringes their Constitutional rights.
What I'm trying to get at, rather ineloquently, here, is that Marco Rubio is looking for
a Constitutional answer to the Elitist desire to import cheap labor, while trying to be fair in a conservative
way. Some of his foes pretend that he was acting in a vacuum these past few years, when the House had
the only Republican majority or that the Senate didn't have the 2/3rds majority it needed.
As I have said, repeatedly, my candidate is Dr. Ben Carson. But if Something happens
to Ben, then I wouldn't mind voting for Rubio at all. I DO, however have a problem with HRH BUSH III
Governor Bubble-Butt (that's why he knows so much about bubbles). Of course, the "TV Evangelist" (Robin Williams
playing Ernest Angley) or "The Noo Yawkah" would do a better job than any Democrat - including Vice President
The Home of every failed social idea you can think of - Washington D.C. - is actually
considering PAYING people to NOT COMMIT CRIMES! This is NUTS. Rather than making
people work for a living and paying for themselves, criminals rob innocent hard-working people. Are the Democrats
in DC jealous that they are not getting their cut? Let's get serious, here. The DC loons are actually proposing to
rob taxpayers to keep them from being robbed.
President Doofus in His Element - Obama was not dissuaded from attending THE
BIGGEST SUPPORTER of ISIS in America. The Mosque he attended has supported, with money and people,
both al-Qaeda and ISIS. They openly preach sedition. You have to ask yourself if those people who question
his religious allegiance are crazy, after all.
Are Ya Feelin' Lucky? Well, are ya, punk..? - If I were a Democrat in South Carolina,
I'd be doing one of two things - Booking my psychologist for a year's worth of sessions or Running away from
Hillary Clinton as fast as I could run. It's not going to pretty, no matter what happens to the Clintonian House
of Cards as it trembles and wobbles.
If they found the gun - that was used to kill Vince Foster ON Hillary Clinton, her
apologists would say she didn't know she had it on her. We already know that Obama KNEW about her
misusing private servers - hell, he wrote her 18 times (and lied about that, too - the man is batting a 1,000.)
Can anybody say "Justice Department?" No? Right.
And if you think there are seven Democrats (Lindsey won't vote to convict-it's a bad habit of his) who even
KNOW what a Constituion is, much less help with impeachment, you can bet the Dems'll cover Obama's butt
until Jan of next year..
Come Monday evening - We Sooth Caroleenians will NOT be rid of all the odious
anti-everybody-else-but-Bush ads on TV. The GOP primary isn't until Feb 20. The Donkeys will vote for their
unicorn a week later. But I'm betting on the popcorn vendors. They're gonna make a fortune!
One thing is sure - Trump's not showing up on FNC's GOP Debate will not hurt him at all
with his base.. NOW. But AFTER his missing the debate, things may be different. I'm not exactly sure how
that will happen, but I have a bad feeling about that. (I've been right on this, so far)
Did you buy stock, today? Well, you bought it from a rich big bank trying to get out of
the market and into cash. Oh, sure, they said it was all caused by oil rumors. That's crap. Today's poor volume
on an enormous upswing is the true sign of pure unicorn feed. (same here - double the stuffing)
I'm still holding out for Ben Carson. His only problem is that the MEDIA is not reporting
on him. Believe me, he is a man who knows what it's like to get that two AM call to fix terrible problems. He's
hanging in there despite the "push-polls" which have other candidates atop the ladder. And if he were covered,
people would hear how much he knows about foreign policy and economics. But if Carson does withdraw, and
I pray he does not, I really don't know where his voters would go.. (Waiting for Iowa Monday)
TWITTER? .... NOT REALLY.
Dumbest thing happened today. I went on Twitter to send a message to Charles Payne of
FBN fame. I wrote him that I thought the indictment of two journalists who took the damning video of
the Planned Parenthood creepy people was "Prosecutorial Malfeasance." Twitter printed my remark, but then
added that it couldn't be translated from ROMANIAN! It's no wonder Twitter.com's stock is tanking.
Speaking of "tanking," I warned you about buying back in to the stock market too early. Now,
if you have a computer whizz-kid helping you market your trades, fine, but us little guys haven't been able to
get into the market at all without losing our shirts on a day trade. I'll see you when the DJIA reaches
8,000. THAT would be worth investing.. if we could get in ahead of the computer "biggies."
In the "old days," when you let GITMO prisoners out, only a THIRD of them went back to
merciless terrorism, murdering hundreds of people. In the past two years, the actual ratio is closer to 67% who
go back to merciless terrorism, murdering hundreds of people. That's because the people still in GITMO are
the worst of the worst. Those were the kind of people who were released by Our Beloved President last week.
Look at the picture on the left. These men and their tribe are clearing approx. $150+ Billion in cleared
debt and cash. They can buy more arms for the terrorists who were released from GITMO. Look at the people
on the right. People just like them will be killed by the Islamicists who'll work for the terrorists who were released
These terrorists were traded for America hostages. The Iranians are lying - they had no
moral or ethical reason to imprison our people, regardless of their kangaroo courts and fetid moral statements..
There's a problem here - America Doesn't Negotiate for Hostages. Period. The
frozen-muppet-faced John Kerry and his master, Our Beloved President, have given away, not just the store, but
the building, the grounds, and the right-of-way: $72B in cash and another $85B to pay off Iran's international
But even more important that that, they have negotiated and traded for live citizens today
with the lives of dead Americans tomorrow. That is the great sorrow of the stupidity of the Left. THAT is
what we will get more of with Clinton or Bernie Grumpypants. No, seriously..
ONE OTHER THING: Of course the CIA is saying
the Movie, 13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, is "filled with falsehoods." If they don't say that, they'll
lose their jobs.. Not now, but eventually, when nobody's paying attention. Remember that there are TWO C.I.A.s -
a Democrat one and a Republican one. Been that way since 1952..
AND: Whom do you believe - a woman who has
repeatedly been proven to be a serial liar, or the soldiers who were there and parents of soldiers who were
told by Hillary it was a movie that caused it all? Go see the movie. Your soul needs to see it.
ADVENTURES IN ENDORSEMENTLAND
Do you ever get the feeling that the national news media (MSM) really doesn't have a clue about
ANYTHING having to do with South Carolina? We all got an interesting heads-up, when the MSM covered the
massive, state-wide rebuke of the swiss-cheese-brained white trash that murdered the Mother Emanuel Nine.
When we took down the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia from in front of our South Carolina
Legislature and Governor's Hut, the MSM acted as if it was easy to do, and we could have done it a lot sooner.
Well, they've done it again. Only this time, they have absolutely no clue how far away Lindsey
Graham is from the average citizen in this state. Even Fox News Channel - who ought to know better - think
his endorsement of Jeb Bush stirred anyone to vote for him. Well, maybe his sister.. ok, but since most
conservatives, who have been told to shut up more than once in the past five years, don't want to be in the same
room with the Senior senator, the whole endorsement thing lives large in the world of Faeries and Unicorns.
It's no wonder that Graham helped pass so many Obama-generated bills!
Even though it's evident Lindsey wants the Veep nod, I still think he'd make an excellent State
Supreme Court jurist for our Oligarchs, here in the Palmetto State. He has a crackerjack mind. But, I DO care
that he wants America to have a Dynastic ruler. Let's keep it local, ok? (This is an example of sarcasm, not
And, I DO wish Bush's Carl Rove-run-dirt-slinging-douchebaggish political dustbin would stop the
phony political ads, pretending to be a separate entity. You know it's ALL funded by Bush's friends' money, anyway.
"Right to Rise" my left foot!
TH' GRET DEBAYUHT
I thought about writing this editorial in Gullah, but people in Columbia and the Upstate might
not understand. So here it is, in plain old South Carolinian. To me and our debate watching group, the winner
of Thursday night's Republican debate was Marco Rubio, followed closely by Donald Trump and then, Ted Cruz.
Now, I will say that each of the contestants did much better this time than at any other
debate so far. We all felt that Trump was much stronger, and though strong, Cruz seemed a little fussy. Rubio
was the only one who realized that Maria Barteromo - who is every bit as good as her salary at Fox Business
Channel - was throwing raw meat into the debate and declined to take shots.. for the most part.
Jeb , who, I swear, looks just like his mom, was more pugilistic, but it's probably too late
for Jeb in any place, but a state which doesn't know who his brother is. My favorite, Ben Carson, who has done his
homework and is now up to speed on foreign policy, had a good night as well, but Maria and the learned and
chunky Neal Cavuto, didn't seem interested in him, except to be polite, which they were. To his credit, he did
mention the real threat of EMPs which nobody seems to know about. We could, literally, lose our world as
we know it - not just from a terrorist dirty bomb, but from the sun, as happens every 100-150 years - we're due,
by the way.
John Kasich and Chris Christy also came on strong as well. No "howevers" here, they did well -
just not well enough.
The person who did the poorest was the ghost of Barack Obama, whose dilettantish presidency
has brought this country to the financial and foreign policy lowest points since the entire 20th Century.
What did you think?
ARE EL & AL THE SAME GUY?
Read this argument by Alice C. Linsley. In America we must let anybody with a crazy idea say
whatever they like, except something that is libelous. In that spirit, we must honor the constitution and let
Muslims believe what they will. I cannot, however, find a clearer, more cogent idea of the difference between
the god of Islam and the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Isaiah, Jesus, and C. S. Lewis.
Alice C. Linsley
Special to VIRTUEONLINE.ORG
With the rise of Islamic aggression, many question whether the God of Islam is the God of the Bible and the One revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. To adequately address this question, separate issues must be addressed. They are (1) the linguistic development of ancient names for God found in the Qur'an and the Bible, and (2) the theological distinctions between Islam's understanding of God and the Christian understanding of God.
The oldest known name for the Creator in the Bible is El (?el) which corresponds to the Proto-Semitic ?-L. The L likely was a symbol of a throne or chief's seat and indicated power and authority. The Northwest Semitic ?el is cognate to the Proto-Arabic ?Ilah and the Akkadian ilum. Akkadian was the language of Nimrod's kingdom in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley. Nimrod was a Kushite kingdom builder according to Genesis 10:8: "Kush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth."
In Nigeria, the Hausa translation of the Bible uses Allah (Arabic: ????) to designate the Creator and the God and Father of Jesus Christ. Allah is also used in Syrian Bibles. As a designation for God, Allah corresponds to the archaic El in the Hebrew Bible, as Dios in Spanish corresponds to Dieu in French. The name was used among Arabian and Syrian peoples long before the time of Mohammad. Allah is the compressed expression of al-ilah, meaning THE God.
Among Abraham's ancestors there were many names for the Creator. These included YHWH, Yah, El and Ilum. Another ancient name for God as Father is Ausa, sometimes spelled Asa. The Asante tribe bears this name. Asa-nte means "the people of Asa." The Egyptian word Asa refers to God as father. The word "Hausa" probably has a similar meaning: ha-Ausa, meaning the people of God.
The older names for God can be identified by their simple roots, such as L, or by their bi-consonantal forms, such as YH or LM. The more recent Arabic and Hebrew words can be identified by a shift to bi-consonantal forms (called bilaterals) and triliterals. There are also a small number of quadriliterals in Hebrew and Arabic.
Old Arabic, also known as Dedanite, is closer to the archaic stratum of the Semitic roots due to its relative isolation in the Arabian Peninsula. Most Bible commentaries explain that the terms Dedan and Dedanite are from ded'-a-nim/dedhan/dedhanim, meaning "low." This is an odd interpretation since the Dedanites were known to dwell in elevated rock shelters. Genesis 10:7 provides the more accurate explanation that the Afro-Arabian Dedanites are related to the Kushite ruler Dedan. The original context is Kushite. In this context the word Dedan refers to the color red and is cognate to the Egyptian didi (red fruit) and the Yoruba diden (red). The Dedanites, along with the ancient Edomites, were known to have a distinctive red skin tone, like Esau and David.
It has been noted that the prayer alignments of the oldest mosques in Iraq and Cairo originally pointed to the region of Dedan, not to Mecca. The prayer orientation of Mohammad's original mosque in Medina was said to be toward Jerusalem, but could just as easily have been this same point in Dedan.
Dedan is where the largest collection of the oldest Arabic texts have been found at the oases of Teman and Dedan, present day Al-`Ula in Saudi Arabia. Jeremiah 49 links the Dedanites with the people of Teman. Eliphaz, the son of Esau and Adah (Genesis 36), is called a "Temanite" in Job 4:1. Eliphaz married a daughter of Seir, the Horite ruler of Edom.
The Dedanite alphabet consisted of 28 letters and resembled other scripts used in the Arabian Peninsula and in Syria, though Dedanite was distinctive in its use of the definite article h- or O (a sun symbol) whereas Southern Arabic and the Arabic spoken today uses the definite article al-. Not surprisingly, Dedanite and Hebrew have many common features, including the use of h- as the definite article "the" and use of matres lectionis to mark long vowels.
Islam's God has definite characteristics. Some correspond to the revelation of the Bible. Allah is uncreated, merciful, just, omnipotent, and majestic. However, Allah is not triune in essence. Islam regards the events of Jesus' baptism, in which the Trinity was made manifest, to be a blasphemous narrative.
Allah has no son who overcomes death and leads his people to immortality. Al-Masih -- the Messiah -- is not born to crush the serpent's head (Genesis 3:15) and overcome death. He is not the Righteous Ruler to whom the Heavenly Father delivers the eternal kingdom. Instead, Messiah is the champion of Armageddon, the Mahdi, who leads Allah's forces in the final conquest over infidels. The Mahdi is NOT Jesus. Jesus is called al-Masih ad-Dajjal, which means "the false Messiah" in Arabic.
Islam's God justifies bloodshed for the globalization of Islam. The Old Testament grants divine approval of limited aggression against fortifications that once belonged to Israel's ruler-priest ancestors. The Bible does not advocate holy war to advance Judaism or Christianity. The violence prescribed in the Old Testament was for a particular time and limited to particular strongholds such as Jericho and Ai, both in Judea. No precedent was set for prolonged violent struggle beyond Judea. In contrast, the Qur'an prescribes military jihad to promote Islam worldwide. Consider these words of the Islamic theologian Syed Abul A'ala Maududi:
Islam wishes to destroy all states and government anywhere on the face of the earth which are opposed to the ideology and program of Islam regardless of the country or the nation which rules it. The purpose of Islam is to set up a state on the basis of its own ideology and program.
Islam's God does not offer forgiveness and redemption to the lost world. Salvation from hell is offered to Muslims alone. Consider this from the Qur'an:
O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Submission [that is as a Muslim]. And hold fast all together, by the rope which Allah stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves; remember with gratitude Allah's favor upon you: For ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace ye became brethren, and ye were on the brink of the Pit of Fire and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: That ye may be guided. - (Surah Ali 'Imran 3:102-103)
For Christ Jesus, the Son of God, to be glorified in the sight of Muslims, the love of Christians for one another must surpass that of Muslims. We [Christians] must heed His words: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34, 35)
"We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death." (1 John 3:14)
The God of Islam requires that all creatures worship Him. "And I have not created the jinn and the men except that they should worship me." (Quran 51:56) The God of the Bible grants humans the freedom to not worship the Creator. The Bible even acknowledges those who say in their heart that there is no God (Psalm 14:1)
Islam requires that all who would serve Allah adhere to the religion of Islam. "...This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion..." (Quran 5:3)
The Bible defines true religion as this: "If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." (James 1:26, 27)
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
The God of Islam requires that all people serve Him. The God of the Bible self-reveals in Jesus Christ as one who came to serve. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)
The Qur'an teaches that Jesus did not die on the Cross. For Muslims, this is a scandal. "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Alice Linsley is a Christian Apologist. She has been pioneering the field of Biblical Anthropology for over 30 years. She teaches Philosophy and Ethics and is a member of the American Scientific Affiliation. She is a contributor to Virtueonline. She will be the first to say that Muslims have every right to believe
whatever they want to, and practice anything that isn't against the Constitution and the laws of whatever state they live in. We believe in that freedom, too. But it's also every American's right to say that his or her religion is the best. With impunity.
BAD GUESSES OR BAD GUESSERS?
The US Stock Market is not healthy. It hasn't been since Obama bullied his big bank buds (BBBs)
into forcing the market up to make the GDP look an enormously dangerous amount larger than it actually is. In three
days, every cent you thought you made last year has gone away. As I pointed out before several times now, if you
removed the US Stock Market from the GDP, it would show we have been in a recession since mid 2008. Conversely,
if you use the Gross NATIONAL Product (GNP), it would also show a recession, or at very least, no growth.
The reason this is so important is that four days ago, believing this fantasy at the beginning of
the Market Year, our friends on the South Carolina Retirement Commission Investment Commission (yes, there is one) spent
half of its sidelined cash for stocks, which have now lost 10-20% of their market value. Anybody can make a dumb
guess. So the only real question is, WHO TOLD THEM TO BUY INTO AN UNTESTED, EARLY-YEAR MARKET?
Not much has changed, nationally, since South Park aired their episode on the bank-brokerage scandals that caused
the recession. (Oddly, their answer was uncannily the same answer the President came up with, which shows the
difference between reality and art. In art, even in great art, there are no rules.)
If you go to the RSIC website, the
people in charge of state retirement look reasonable enough. The only ones I'd question would be the Ph.D.s, who
are Keynesians. The rest look relatively honest, even though there is a former stock broker. There's also a guy who
used to work for one of the banks which caused the recession - a couple of CPAs and watchdogs appointed by the
Legislature and the Governor round out the group.
So, WHO made the choice to invest NOW? Tens of millions of dollars have been lost in just four
days. Oh, there'll be a "dead cat bounce" or two, on the way down, but the market is on the
way down. After all, there were no real signs of progress in the economy, unless you bought the bullesgeschichte of the
administration. So, did they believe it? If so, why?
I don't know the answer, but I hope they're just dumb, and not the other thing. But, if they
are just dumb, why are they there? Further - do we even need unlucky people on the investment commission?
I'll make this short. Europe is paying for being stupid. Ultra Leftist PC culture has destroyed common sense
to the point that they are trading 3,000 years of culture and history for a warm feeling about possible terrorists
in their midst who are groping German women, while their politicians tell the women to just move away from
the Muslim men. No kidding! It's their choice, but if I were German, I would give a LOT of consideration to changing my
politicians. Wouldn't You?
12th NIGHT FANTASY
In Shakespeare's wonderful fantasy play, Midsummer Night's Dream, possibly written in 1694 and, eventually, played as a 12th night
performance before HRH Elizabeth of England, some time before her demise in 1603, there is a lot of broad
comedy and subtle laughs, as the jackass marries the Faery Queen in a "merrye complainte of ye wonder of suche speciale
A fantasy for 12th Night - A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Faery Queen Marries the Player turned Jackass -
Painting by Sir Edward Landseer
As we all know, 12th Night is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which arrives every year on the 5th
of January - the sixth being the Feast of the Epiphany. Historically, the last day of Old English Yole, one of
the last remnants of the Roman Saturnalia, was an evening celebrated by ALL of the spiritual beings of what,
today, we might call the Bright Side of the Force - not a night for evil, but the teasers, the elves, the daemons of
light magical lore. It was a night for light-hearted trickery for the good, but a short, painful reminder to those who
A fantasy for 12th Night - A President tearing for the cameras - in this scene the Democrats (Jackasses) are
Married to the Playa..
Now comes our beloved President, weeping like a classic tragedian - a tear in the eye, a trembling
lip, a halting voice - because he cannot understand why people don't want to be targets. Of course it's trickery.
It's the stuff of 12th Night. Given his proclivities, the President would make us all slaves - black, white, yellow,
brown - ALL. But he doesn't have enough time, and THAT makes him a minor demon, if not a daemon.
Cowardice has many faces - especially the "caring" ones.
A THOUGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR
There is an old canard that the more money you have, the more votes you can get, but unless
you're directly buying votes, like they do in Charleston, you really can't depend on that duck being true. If we have
learned anything in the past seven years, it's that social media (the internet) and dedicated workers are what drive
the new election world. They don't cost nearly as much as, say, TV ads.
Nevertheless, whoever is advising Jeb! forgot to remind him that audience patience with
repeating commercials has grown very thin in the past 4 years, especially when the subject has been proven to be false. Even clever,
funny commercials get tiresome when they are repeated over and over again.
But the most amazing thing to me was what an acquaintance of mine said to me yesterday. The
middle of the road Republican Medical Doctor said that if he heard another Jeb Bush ad, he was going to
shoot his television. I responded that I thought he was a big Jeb! supporter, to which he retorted that we should
talk more often.
"Whyever would that be?" says I.
"Because you would know why! When Bush started twisting the truth about Marco Rubio and,
PLEASE, those god-awful commercials, time, after time!" he replied. He looked as if he was going to burst
Obviously, the middle-aged physician was furious about the number of Bush's ads. "Too damn
many!" he scolded.
"But don't you want Bush to win?"
"Not THAT way! I may stay away from the polls, I'm so miffed." He didn't say "miffed."
"So," I said, "it's not the feeding of negative stories about the other candidates to the press
that makes you angry, or the assumption of victory, or the feckless sarcasm?"
"No!" That last almost sounded like one of those Nixonian expletives.
Now, this is only one guy, but there are a lot of well-educated conservatives in this State who
are, apparently, just like him. And, Trump, Cruz, and Carson are way ahead of his once-upon-a-time favorite,
in South Carolina.
IT'S GOOD TO LAUGH AT EVIL
Wouldn't it be great if we could all cartoon - say the things we always wanted to say - or
somehow get our favorite cartoonist to do an idea we thought up? If I could, I'd get the brilliant Mike
Ramirez to do a cartoon which looked like a very similar one he did - with a different caption - like this:
WHY NOT JEB
There is a myth circulating around Democrat and Elite Republican circles which goes something
like this: "The outsiders are a clown circus and eventually, the voters will see it and more moderates will prevail."
I see something different. I see the GOP base personifying the real betrayal of the rank
and file voter in the person of Jeb Bush and the other moderate candidates like him.
The GOP base is rebelling. They're doing it because they see those that they elected (with
a few important exceptions) not even caring to make a symbolic stand against the moronic policies of the Democrats
and the President in particular. The the average American is tired of the media treating the liars in each party as
if their statements are pure as the driven snow, pretending to let them squawk on their side and saying it's fair
The President has lied more times than there are days in his seven plus years in office.
Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Neutered House Democrats, lied when she was in power and continues, now that she
is out of power. The same with Harry Reid in the Senate, but Reid's power has also hypnotized many of the Republican
Senators. But when a Republican "Commoner" calls them what they are, they are accused by their OWN LEADERS
as being vitriolic. You will hear the word "Vitriol" repeated daily for a while by Democrats.
The reason "GOP Commoners" are angry, rather than being vitriolic, is because everybody in
Washington that counts, only know how to betray THEM.
If I may..
The Base doesn't want Jeb. It doesn't want ANY moderate. It wants a candidate who speaks
in plain terms, has the courage to call a thing a thing, has a history of successful actions, isn't afraid to
stand up to the bravura of tyrants and tyrannical ideals, isn't a snob, isn't afraid of the global warming fraud,
and knows how to defeat, decisively, the powers of socialist, anarchistic, Radical Islamic evil. Jeb isn't that.
How do I know these things? Because I mingle with all levels of ages and incomes in the State
of our Ancestors. As I travel, I hear one thing - "NO MORE KINGS!" That, alone should scare the hell out of the
Elite in both parties. And, in fact, I think it already has - thus the attacks of lies against Trump, Carson, Cruz,
Fiorina, and, possibly, Christie, and honestly, even Bernie Sanders.
HERE WE GO AGAIN
The situation is dire. The costs are breathtaking. The planning is unforgivably amateurish. The
citizenry is completely oblivious. Sound familiar? Well, this isn't the United States Senate under Harry Reid -
although it could very well be - no, this is the South Carolina Legislature.
Once again, our beloved State comedians have brought the state to the edge of bankruptcy by
their favoritism, profligacy, and ignorance. The last time we were this close was when many of the same people were
in the legislature as Democrats. What am I talking about? -
the $49+ Billion unfunded liability in the State retirement fund.
Mel Brooks' genius movie, Blazing Saddles - the "Harrumph Scene".. L to R - Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks,
& Robyn Hilton.
If you're going to blame the people who contributed, loyally, to the retirement fund, shame on
you! That was real money those teachers and lower level civil servants piled into the State Fund, rather than
into a private fund or retirement plan. The return was piteously small, but constant - 4% per annum was promised.
Out came the money from the paychecks of thousands - Into the State's coffers with a matching amount to
equal the small 4% return. Or so we were told.
Instead what really happened was that the money was chunked into the State's General Fund,
and then.. wait for it.. SPENT!. Also, the people in charge of overseeing the retirement fund have
had so poor a success record, that they would have been drawn and quartered, in any other country.
Now, everyone is up in arms, with State Legislators & Senators acting as if they are performing
the "harrumphing scene" from Blazing Saddles. "We have to do something! We have to protect our phony baloney
jobs!" "You give the Governor a harrumph!" "Harrumph!"
And now, because they thought government could cure every human ill, we are faced with two
very bad choices: cut expenditures to some, or increase taxes on some. In case you didn't already know, the
amount of money withheld from State workers' paychecks has increased by 30% over the past 7 years, with
only pitiful increases in salary causing budgetary stress to the employees, due to the horrendous inflation which
no one seems to know about. The only benefit to the State system is that it is consistent - which is also a negative
in times of inflation. Not every year has a COLA. Like it or not, State employees are contributing 8½% of
their salary to garner a 4% return on their investment, but still won't get but $75 for every $100 they put in when
The REAL trouble, oddly, is not the retirement system, itself, but the clowns overseeing the
system - cronies of Legislators or the Legislators themselves.
Oklahoma has an elected position of auditor inspector, answerable only to the people. We sure as
hell could use one of those. Barring that, we need people who are not ignorant of the system they oversee.