New York Getting Bluer

More and more, New York is getting more socialist

More and more, conservatives are leaving the state.

More and more, New York is getting bluer,

Which in turn makes it more socialist.

I figure, in a decade or two there won’t be a conservative in the whole state.  Then we get to see what happens when socialists run things.

Then again, we are getting something of a preview already.  A good look at California will give us a good hint.  Then of course, a good look at almost every major city will give us a clue.  Every time those characters in Memphis think about raising taxes, it drives my property value up a dollar or three.  When people start looking for property just outside Memphis, it makes my little house worth just a little more, and the property they left behind a little less.

Those libs running Chicago have demonstrated how quickly they can take a bad situation and make it worse.

I simply do not understand how the African-Americans can look at what all the dems have not accomplished for them and yet they stand steadfast behind them at every election.

Let me state this as clearly as I can.  Socialists are not for the poor.  Their methods insure the poor remain poor.  America is the only nation where a poor man can become a multi-billionaire, if he puts his mind to it.  The reason is because of the capitalist system and the freedom to do what you want.  The socialists do not tax the rich, only those who are trying to get rich.

Consider, if I have ten million dollars, I can lock it up and take a few dollars out every now and then.  I’d not pay a dollar on income taxes.  On the other hand, if I make a million dollars a year and it is taxed at 60%, It will likely take me thirty years to save the ten million.  Hence, it is the man who works the hardest who is penalized by paying the higher taxes.  On the other hand, if I don’t work at all and rely on the welfare state, I neither work nor pay taxes.

Therefore, the only people penalized are the ones who work.  It is why every time New York raises their taxes, their revenues go down.  It is also why the rich leave town.  …and, it stands to reason, if the only people paying taxes are poor or indigent, the tax revenues will be greatly be reduced eventually to practically nothing.

I don’t know why I should have to explain this.  It has been demonstrated time and again.  Yet, when those socialists start talking free this and free that, it seems all past memories are instantly destroyed.  Everyone likes those handouts.

Just remember.  If you want to see what a future socialist US will look like, look to New York and California.  You don’t need a crystal ball to see our future.

The Problems with Tyrants

“From each according to his ability, to each according to each according to his need.”  Many attribute the above quote to the Bible.  It shows how little they know about the Bible.  It also shows that they don’t have much knowledge of history.  The quote is from Karl Marx in 1875.  It is part of his concept of communism.  It was part of his plan for world wide paradise.

Since then, it has been tried many times without success.  In the USSR it was tried, failed and then modified. The government that the Soviet Union lived under was not communism.  Quickly, they realized that true communism won’t work.

To fix the problem, they came up with a leader, a tyrant.  Then China tried communism and, again, they modified it.  They appointed a leader who was, believe it or not, a tyrant.  Cuba tried communism.  Again, their leader was a tyrant.

Have you noticed the pattern?  To make communism work, it takes a leader.  Invariably, the leader must be a tyrant.  Even then, it doesn’t work.  Central government doesn’t work.  It is horribly inefficient.  People make decisions who are inept.  (as an example, people in one location is oversupplied [resulting in spoiled food] while in other locations people starve.)  People who are lazy don’t work without taskmasters.  Why should they?  They don’t receive any reward for their efforts.  If they do nothing, they still get their share.  Finally, the tyrants ride in limos and private jets while the rest of the population walk or ride in horse carts.  The tyrants eat caviar while the public has a meager diet of beans and, if they are lucky, a little bread.

It is exactly what the dems complain about in the US. Yet most of us have healthy diets, a roof over our heads and even air-conditioning.  Then again, I guess there isn’t much need for air-conditioning in Moscow.

I guess that the communism might stand halfway succeed as capitalism if the leader were a good person.  The problem is that tyrants are tyrants.  The only people they think about are themselves and a small circle of those around them.  If you have any doubts about what I am writing about, ask those in North Korea.

Oh.  Yest that’s right.  You can’t.  The tyrant running the country won’t let you.

If someone tells you how wonderful socialism works, you might want to consider the above.  You might want to think about how well it is working in Venezuela (also ruled by a tyrant).  You might want to ask them to name one country where socialism works.

You might also think about how well Obama Care has worked here.  I’m not sure this country will ever recover from that one.  I know I won’t.

Words of Deception

Over the years, I have noticed there are a few terms that are frequently used in deceptions.  I figured that I might include them below for you.

The children.  Usually, when a politician uses this term, the children benefit the least.  If money is involved, it usually goes to some other purpose and often into someone’s pocket.

Comprehensive.  The first time I heard this word was “Comprehensive immigration bill.”  It was supposed to solve all the woes of immigration.  However, after studying the bill, it became obvious that it solved everything but illegal immigration.  Actually, it encouraged it.  Then they were upset because the people all got in an uproar and made them vote it down.  Ever since then, they complain about it.  Now and then, they bring it up again, in hopes that maybe they will catch us napping, or maybe we’ll tire of fighting it.  Needless to say, comprehensive or a similar term is used from time to make other expressions:  Healthcare, crime bill, education, mass transit, etc.  Unless you don’t mind getting deceived, keep your eyes open.

Environment.  It is the new home for the communists.  Those  that like to use the word want to make sure we all ride around on bicycles while they go around in limos and jets.  it is the same concept the communists have.  A few people in control telling the rest of us what to do, where to go, and of course, what to think.

Prejudice.  This word and a few synonyms are used whenever a person with common sense gets in the way of the powers to be.  Naturally, it is a term that has been used frequently to disparage President Trump.  It has caused the the controllers no end of grief that it hasn’t worked.  Maybe one reason it fails to work on him is that the term has been abused and overused so much that the public has become immune to it.  In a sense, we have been inoculated to it.  The bad thing is that the people who truly suffer prejudice are ignored.  I heard a story about that one time.  Let me see.  Oh yes.  It’s the story about the boy who called wolf.  Most of us know the disaster the befell the boy that made that mistake.

Lobbying.  Also known as bribery.  The problem with a government or its representatives accepting bribes is that it usually benefits the one doing the bribing.  To be sure, bribes are illegal in federal, state and local governments.  However they are still common place.  More than that, lobbyists bribe representatives all the time and it is legal, as long as the money goes to a campaign.  However, offers in kind are often collected after the politician retires and goes back into private life.  It makes it next to impossible to enforce.  Besides, its an acceptable practice.  Its a retirement plan.  Certainly, much of the bribery comes in from unions, especially the National Education Association (NEA).  (The National Endowment for the Arts (also NEA) also makes bribes, though they are greatly financed by the federal government.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds improper.  They are using government money to bribe government officials.)  I don’t know anything that can be done about lobbyists.  Corporations and unions do have an ethical right to representation.  However, I do believe all such money should be published.  Nowadays, with the Internet, that shouldn’t be a problem.  The government official and the those lobbying the officials should post the financial info on web pages and kept there for a reasonable time.  That way, when I get ready to vote for someone, I will know where they get most of their contributions.  Also, it will let me keep an eye on those doing the lobbying.  As for the art outfit: that’s just wrong.  It ought to be illegal, though I don’t think that will happen.  Those receiving the funds are not likely going to vote against it.  It’s sort of like expecting our representatives to vote for term limits.  It’s just not going to happen.

I’m sure there are many words I’ve left out that you can think of.  If you like, I welcome your suggestions.  Let’s just keep it clean and reasonable.  Invariably, the terms are easy to see, provided you take a minute to think about it.  Mostly it is a matter of making sure you understand any law involved and determine who would benefit the most.  This is usually the person who uses the euphemism.

Listen! Please!

Recently, I went into a Burger King.  The woman behind the counter asked me what I wanted.  I told her a Whopper… then, before I could get another word out of my mouth she asked if I wanted the meal.

The woman had asked me a question and then didn’t let me finish my answer.  That is impolite, not to mention, not very efficient.  Nonetheless, I know it is part of their training to push the meals, so I ignored her interruption and told her, loudly I might add, “A large onion ring and a large drink.”

Then, when I received my order, guess what, there was a fry.  If I had looked, it was on my receipt.  I ask you, how did she hear fry when I said onion ring?  Did I make a mistake?  Highly unlikely, being as I made it a point to say onion ring.

I have heard it said, if you really want to be a success in life, learn to listen.  In this case, the woman didn’t listen.  She was so disposed to give me a meal that she thought I said fry.  I suppose, to some degree, it was my fault.  It is not the first time it has happened.  Most of the time I correct it before I pay for it.  In this case, it was a real problem.  I don’t like Burger King French fries.

Well, maybe it is just as well.  On this particular day, I cut down on my fried food intake a little.  However, it is frustrating.  In this case, I didn’t get my onion rings.  On the other hand, in industry, or in the military, not listening can be costly or even tragic.  It can cost lives.

I know it is a little matter, but maybe those who run Burger King, or any fast food outfit for that matter, should teach their employees to listen.  It might save more than a customer’s anger.

I might add, sometimes customers don’t complain.  They just go away, and the manager or owner never knows why.  By the way, it wouldn’t hurt for our representatives to listen now and then too.  For over a decade, most of us have been saying, build a wall.  The only one who seems to have listened is President Trump.  The rest ignore him and us.  Same for Obama Care, but more so.

Fear

Fear can be a good thing, or not so good.  It can keep us from doing stupid things and it can cause us to do stupid things.  Sometimes when we face fear, we become heroes, sometimes cowards.

I don’t mind telling you, I faced my times of fear.  In 1968, I got off a bus in San Diego and put my feet on some yellow foot prints painted on the asphalt.  …and I was afraid.  I spent a year in Vietnam.  While there, I had my moments in fear, even before the plane landed in Da Nang.  I don’t guess I need to tell you, I was not alone in my fear.

Recently, we all saw what happens when two parents fear for the life of their child and a government fears for a revelation of a substandard health care.  It would appear to me that the English government had but one reason for not allowing a child to go outside the islands for possible care; Italy’s doctors might have succeeded where British doctors didn’t.  They feared that it would uncover that they might have done something wrong.

…and so it was that an innocent three-year-old child died at the hands of substandard health system that is being run by a substandard government.  Though the Prime Minister had nothing to do with the death, she must share the guilt.  There is no doubt in my mind that she could have done something, but, instead she ignored the situation, as if she never read or heard about it.

My guess is that she was acting, or perhaps more accurately, not acting out of fear.  After all, she might lose votes in Parliament if her government were to be exposed for their fear.  Certainly, the last thing Parliament wants is to have the world find out that their wonderful health care system isn’t all it is supposed to be.

I don’t know if anything could have been done for the child.  I do know that it shows a pattern.  It is not the first time it has happened and I am sure it won’t be the last.  To me, it sounds like a good reason to avoid going to London on holiday, especially if you have children.  If your 2 year-old gets sick while there, you just might not be able to get him out of the country.

More-than-that, we will never know what was wrong with the last child.  No one outside of the country will be able to look at the body.  No one will be able to tell the world that some mistake was made during his diagnosis or his treatment.

It is but one small reason that a nation’s government should never manage healthcare.  Just think, if we had national healthcare, that poor child might be yours one day.  He will lie at death’s door.  Even if you know a way to bring him back to good health, even if you know a doctor who can heal your child, there will not be one thing you will be able to do.  The healthcare system will be afraid that you just might prove them wrong and they can’t afford something like that.

If your child does die because of some blunder by a state doctor, who is there to find out?  Certainly not the state.  They have too much to fear to do something like that.

I once heard someone say, “If you think healthcare is bad now, just wait until it is free.”  It is one one of my greatest fears.  You see, I lived under single provider healthcare while I was in the Corps.  My oldest son almost died of tonsillitis though he was treated by Navy doctors for a week.

Finally, I went to a civilian doctor who said he was barely able to breath because his tonsils were so swollen.  I really hate to think of what might have happened if I didn’t have that option.  Just remembering how close I was to losing him makes me more afraid than I ever was in Vietnam.

 

Why I Write

It just might be a little bit of irony that I don’t enjoy reading that much.  Although I have never been diagnosed as dyslexic, I have many of the symptoms, and then some.  I read slowly and it is mildly difficult for me.  My spelling is horrible.

When I write, I have a tendency to use 10 words where 6 will work better.  Moreover, I frequently repeat phrases.  One mistake I have to watch for is redundancy.  That is to say, I might use “also” at the beginning of a sentence and “too” at the end.

While proof reading, I once found a sentence that was worded so badly that I couldn’t understand it.  It took me an hour to patch around it.  To this day, I can’t remember what I wanted to say, just that it was important.

I have no idea why but I have a tendency to use “there” when I mean “their.”  I really do know the difference.  Homonyms really cause me no end of grief.  I think I am getting worse.  I never used to have problems with gender, but the last few years, would you believe.  I was proof reading “The Coincidence Theory,” again.  I was sure it was perfect.  After all, I had proof read it 7 or 8 times before.

Then, to my embarrassment, there it was.  Just after the second chapter.  I am sure it would cause confusion to the most liberal reader.  Well, that has just been added to my things to do.  I will correct the mistake.  What concerns me, is how many more mistakes elude me.

 

Because I read so slowly, I generally prefer to watch a good movie or TV show.  Nowadays, both have gotten rare.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone to a theater.  I used to go at least once a month.  My TV stays on the news most of the time.  About the only station turning out good movies are the Hallmark channels.

The so-called comedy channels make fun of those things that I hold precious to me, such as family life, parenthood, and Christianity.  You know, it’s all the things that made this nation different and great.

It would seem that they have done wonders in the technical aspects of productions and dove into the gutter in matters of subject and language.  Oddly, most in the industry consider these great advances.  The shock factor is the substitute for quality.  I do have one question.  If it is all so much better, why is everyone staying home and finding other things to do?

 

When I first left the Marines, we didn’t have a TV.  We also had two boys, 6 and 2.  It seemed a small disaster.  We bought second hand books and lay on the floor as we read.  (No furniture)  I generally read about three books every two days.  In my first eight months as a civilian, I read more books than all the years before or since.

As with reading, I have found it difficult to write.  As mentioned, I am prone to errors.  Without a good word processor, it would be unthinkable.  (Some might think it unthinkable anyway.)  At any rate, in spite of the difficulty, I found out I enjoy writing.  In spite of the hours of proof reading required, I still have a feeling of accomplishment.  Though I don’t have any million sellers, I do appreciate every person who has taken the time to read my stories.

I know that there are those who dislike the stories.  However, there are those who enjoy them.  Even a couple of doctors have read and like them.  I guess those with English majors won’t like them.  I don’t know.  So far I don’t know any that have read them.

 

One of my endeavors is to provide a few books for people to read that are not filled with filthy language.  When I bought my Kindle, one thing I noticed is that the vast majority of books available are horrible because of the language.  When I was in the Marines, I had to put up with that stuff.  Not now.  Generally, when I decide to buy a book, I will go through dozens before I find one worth reading.  If you don’t like books without any of that, I can guarantee you won’t like any of mine.

As I said, my books are not million sellers, but you can assume that there is no vulgar or even questionable language in any of my books.  Moreover, what little violence is in my stories is essential to the plot.  Moreover, my books encourage good moral behavior.  Indeed, a few encourage Christian beliefs.

 

…and so I write.  No longer for the masses, but for myself.  If a few join me in my imaginary journeys, all the better.  If I can encourage one or two to make the right decisions, far better yet.

If any find mistakes in my books, feel free to write me at Kaay@att.net.  All I ask is that you remain relatively civil and keep the language clean.  If you don’t remain within these broad requirements, you will waste your time to write.  I will delete your message unread.

Your words of corrections are very valuable to me.  I have found that editing a book can cost over eight-thousand dollars.  I did that once.  I can’t afford to do that with 35 books.  In fact, I can’t afford to do that even one more time.  I am retired and I live on Social Security.  …and thanks to Obama, half of that goes to my wife’s health insurance.

My Name is Ben Rhodes

My Name is Ben Rhodes (Benjamin F Rhodes).  The name has been mine for seventy years.  Before me, it was my grandfather’s name.  Please do not confuse me with Benjamin J Rhodes, who was a former member of Obama’s staff.

When I started seeing the Obama staffer drag my name through the swamps of DC, I considered altering the way I sign my name.  I considered my cousin’s approach.  Though he had the same name as me, Benjamin Franklin Rhodes, he went by Frankie.  I didn’t even know we shared names until I was in my forties.

I also considered simply adding my middle initial.  (Ben F Rhodes)  That would differentiate me from the man, but the way I figure it, it was my name first.  If anyone should have to make any changes, he should.  Indeed, I believe he owes me an apology, ruining my name as he has.

Sometimes, I wonder if people attribute my books to him when they see my name on my books.  By the way, I started writing books back in 1990 or there abouts.  I don’t think he was writing almost thirty years ago.

I will admit that he has had a little more success than I have, but that doesn’t mean his books are any better.  I must admit, I have not read any of his books, but given his political views, how can they be anywhere near as good as mine?  He just has the inside track with his liberal friends.

If I were to write the man and register my complaint, I doubt he would read it.  If he did, he’d likely do more than laugh, if that.  So I guess I’m just stuck.  But I assure you, I’ll not change my name I put on my books.  However, I just might start putting some kind of disclaimer (if that’s what it is called) to let the reader know that I am not that left winger who has no idea of reality.

By the way, lest we forget, the communists are responsible for far more deaths than the Nazis and WWII Japanese.

  1.  The Vietnamese communists alone, in spite of the small size of the country, murdered over a million of their own citizens.  Had it not been for those that escaped, the number would have likely been close to twice that.
  2. The North Korean’s, even now, are trying to hold the world at hostage.  Might I add, with the help of the Chinese and Russians.
  3. The Red Chinese murdered, likely, as many or more than Hitler.
  4. There is no telling how many the Russian communists slayed, not to mention the vast number of those improperly imprisoned or driven from the country.

Do I mean to imply that Ben J Rhodes is a communist?  I don’t know the man’s mind, only what he does and his friends. From that, I must conclude that his ideas are very close to Carl Marx, who, by the way, was the first communist.

By the way, at least I have the only website, BenRhodes.blog.  I got it first and Ben J. Rhodes can’t have it, even if he is better known.