Experts

On my first day of college, I learned something we should all learn in junior high, the true meaning of the word expert:

An expert is a person who knows a whole lot about very little.

Throughout my life, I have been reminded of that. Let’s take Dr. Fauci. To be sure, he is very knowledgeable, but I don’t think I would let him treat me for a bad cold. He is an expert. He knows a whole lot about very little. Even so, even within his field of expertise, he keeps getting it wrong.

  • He said we shouldn’t stop people from coming in from China. President Trump did; and he was clearly right. Even Fauci himself said so, after he got wrong.
  • He said that the China virus has little for us to fear. Over a half million in this country alone have died from it. It had destroyed the economy. It was almost as if China intended it that way. Maybe they did. No one can prove they didn’t,
  • He said we should not wear masks. Then in less than month, he said we should. Eventually, he said we should wear double masks. At the end of the day, the masks apparently had little or no effect. Even now he says we should continue to wear them.
  • He said it would take 4 to 5 years to develop a vaccine. It took about 10 months. Close anyway. Sometimes, experts get it wrong; but really?

It has reached a point that whatever the man says, we should do the opposite. I simply put no faith in the man. For that matter I put no faith in the CDC. They also have been getting it wrong regularly, almost 100% of the time. Moreover, it would appear that they are now being run by the teachers’ unions. Really, do the unions know more about the virus than the CDC? Of course at this point, I’m inclined to agree. Then again, what do the teacher unions know?

If it were up to me and I would be able to do anything about the CDC, the first thing I would do would be to cut their budget and payroll to about a tenth of what it is now. Then I’d be sure to move them to smaller digs. It might do them some good to suffer a blow to their ego.

By the way, Fauci and his cronies have had all kinds of help from the press and big tech. Every time someone said anything about a real possible cure, they got shut down. It is quite possible that thousands died because of that. It is also quite possible that the press will never answer for it.

It is exactly what Coolidge meant when speaking of people who make decisions and are responsible to know one. When they make a mistake, who gets fired. Who gets thrown into the lockup when people die as a result of their carelessness. When people ask who was responsible, all the experts that work there say, “Not me!”

I Love Unions! I Hate Unions!

There was a time in this nation when when big business was horrible. A child working on an assembly line would be hurt and he would be effectively tossed out the door and was quickly replaced by another. Ford Motor Company provided a good wage – for the day – but Ford expected far too much from his employees. So, his employees unionized.

The unions stopped the northern form of slavery. Oh, to be sure, no one was forced to work. However, if you wanted a salary, you better do what you were told and under horrible conditions. Many times, those on the assembly line were working under dangerous and unhealthy standards. Coal miners were dying early from black lung disease. Those who owned the mines would not provide proper ventilation and protection equipment so those who provided the rest of us the material to power our homes and industry breathed in the fatal black dust. So they unionized.

The reason I write on the subject today is that the employees of Amazon have voted and, apparently turned down the unions, which, from my point of view, is a good thing. As near as I can tell, they are being paid very well and they seem to be working under safe and good conditions.

I can’t speak from first hand experience, of course. I don’t work for Amazon. Maybe I would think differently if I did.

However, I do know this. When unions move in, so do the dishonest people who run them. I don’t know of any union that voted itself out of existence when it was no longer needed. Once a union gains control, it never gives up its power. You see, many people have a strong yen for power. Virtually every major union formed in this country have had questionable people running them at one time or the other. Instead of seeking the good of the rank and file, they seek their own fortune, fame and power. If the rank and file are not careful, the monster they create in the name of a union becomes almost as bad as the employers the dislike so much.

Moreover, the unions can create disincentives. My father was a carpenter. More than once, he was cautioned against working too fast. “You’re making the others look bad.” Today, it is the unions that control our schools. The school boards have little control over them. The parents are afraid of retribution should they complain. To be sure, they have good reason. Whoa to the person who suggests the idea of allowing school choice. You see that would be disaster for the teacher’s union. Every time 30 students go to a private school, it would mean one less member in the teacher’s union. I assure you, the teacher’s unions do not have our kids at heart. They don’t even have the teacher’s interest at heart.

All they care about is the power they can muster and how they can use it for their betterment. Those bribes they send to the state and federal government don’t help our students or our schools. Oh, it is called lobbying, but I call it for what it is, bribes. They pay our representatives for the sole purpose of controlling their vote. That’s a bribe.

And so it is, I love unions and I hate unions. It is something of a quandary. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them.

However, let me say just one more thing. They have driven our auto industry almost to extinction. In their effort to obtain their wealth and power, they have drained the life blood out of a once thriving industry. In this way, they are not much better than leaches. The union leaders have seen what they have done and yet they demand higher wages and more benefits, forcing GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy. They almost did the same to Ford. Worse yet, they turned out poor quality cars. It was only after the bankruptcy that they have improved their product. However, even now, the cars that come ashore from foreign manufactures are better quality. To be sure, even those cars built here are built with foreign parts.

In the union’s effort to squeeze the golden goose, they have about destroyed her. The employees they promise to protect are becoming a vanishing breed. The industry that helped save us during WWII, is fading into obscurity. What happens if again we need that industry? What happens if we can no longer use the foreign parts or steel? What happens to us then — and the unions?

Floaters vs Controllers

In one group of books that I have written, I pit “floaters” against “controllers.” The floaters are the good guys who have some fantasy abilities. The controllers are the bad guys and are passionately and ruthlessly seeking power. They let nothing get in the way, including each other.

In truth, there are no floaters. They are from my imagination. I dreamed them up all by myself. I got the idea from all the detective shows where the bodies are discovered floating in some body of water.

On the other hand, in a sense the controllers do exist. If I were asked to point one out, I’d have to say that Cuomo is close to the perfect example of what I had in mind, about ten years ago when I started the series. Unfortunately, I could not use him as as my typecast. At that time, I hardly heard of the man, let alone all the horrible things he has done.

I must say that he does have quite a few competitors for prime example. The democrat party is full of them. Control is far more important to them than the good of The United States of America and its citizens. For that matter, their plans for the world at large are awfully bad too. I guess I should add a number of rinos to the list as well. It is easy to spot them. They are the ones without a spine. They are the ones with their fingers in the air to see which way the wind blows. They want all the glory without paying any of the price for sticking their neck out a little.

It’s for the Kids?

I have heard the plea a thousand times. Okay. I exaggerate a tad. Just nine hundred. “It’s for the kids.” By the way, when you hear that, it’s time to grab hold your wallet. They are after your money, the end of which has little if anything to do with the kids.

In this case however, it is a little different. It really is for the sake of the kids. It is time for them to go back to school. Unfortunately, what they are saying this time is, ” Ignore the kids; it’s for the teachers. So the teachers and the kids stay home and, by the way, they are still paying the teachers. I can’t figure what side of it Biden is on, the side of the teacher unions. I don’t think that that press secretary of his can figure it out either.

Tell me how that benefits the kids.

Maybe we should close the education unions and open the schools.

Methods of Control, 1

I don’t know how many are aware of it, but during the days before the Civil War, teaching an African American how to read and write was against the law throughout the south.  When I was a young man, it was common knowledge.  The way they teach history these days, it might not be so well known.

The reason was quite simple.  If a man knows how to read and write, it is more difficult to control him.  To extend the concept, by controlling education they can control people.

It was also the way that the Catholic Church controlled most of the people of Europe.  From the time Rome fell until the invention of the printing press, those who ran the church claimed that it was wrong for the common man to read the Bible.  It was to be done only by the clergy and then they would teach the people.

After the printing press, common people started reading the Bible.  Almost immediately, the people discovered that there was no mention of purgatory in the Bible; it was made up.  Also, they realized it wasn’t the only lie of the Catholic leadership.

I could almost write a book on this subject, alone but that is not my purpose here.  The point is, those in the leadership of the church were intentionally leading the common people astray for power and gold.  Give us your money and we will pray your parents and grandparents out of purgatory.  It worked.  It didn’t help the relatives but it made the church rich.  If you doubt me, have a look at some of those cathedrals in Europe.

With this in mind, consider why the democrats refuse allow school choice.  It is their method limiting the education of the masses, especially the African-American populace.  The rich go to good schools while the rest make do with the public school system.

In spite of the fact that American schools are the most greatly financed, the students of those schools rate 20 in worldwide standings.

Let’s change things, especially for the Black populace.  Why not, for a few years anyway, pay to put 5% poor African-American students into private schools and look at the results.  Then again, maybe the democrats would not like to see the results.  It would expose the public schools for what they are, a method to maintain their control over the people, especially the African-Americans.

Who is Controlling our Schools

I suspect most people would say that the school board and superintendent are the primary people who set policy and what is taught in our schools.  If you agree with that, think again.

There are two unions that control the schools.  No one gets hired or fired without their permission.  Nothing gets taught unless it meets their criteria.

…and of course, who controls the unions.  I’ll give you two guesses and the first one doesn’t count.  I will give you a hint.  They very likely contribute to one and only one political party… not the republicans.

The Virus and the Schools

There is one point of confusion I have about the demand that the dummycrats have about the keeping the schools closed.  President Trump says he will withhold money from the school systems that stay closed and the dummycrats, especially the teacher’s unions complain.

To my way of thinking, why would the schools need money if they remain closed?

It seems to me that the only people who suffer economically from this epidemic are those who don’t receive their checks from the government.  Why should they be immune from all calamity.

During the downturn of 2008, I took a 10% cut in pay.  Then later, I took another 5% cut.  Then, later the company that I worked for, was no more.  During all this time, others lost jobs.  Others took cuts in pay.  Yet, I don’t think one federal employee took a loss in pay.  I don’t think one federal employee lost his job.  Very likely, it was the same for the state and county governments.  Indeed, I heard of many instances of teachers complaining of a lack in pay increases.

And now, they want money for closing schools?  Really.  Me thinks I smell something rotten.

If this be true in the K through 12 schools, I am sure it applies even more for the universities.  All through the worst of the economic woes, the colleges kept increasing their tuitions yearly.  It was as if, in some way, they decided they were privileged.  Something tells me that someone should clean those old halls of ivy, all the way from the deepest basement to the top of the highest spire.

Then again, you and I both know that won’t happen.  Only the colleges are immune to such things.  When is the last time you heard of anyone suing a college for malpractice?

Motivate Teachers

Please permit me to become just a little radical.  Allow me to propose a literacy test before voting.  To be sure, it would be restrictive.  Some people would not be allowed to vote simply because they can’t read or write.

In truth, I don’t really suggest such a thing.  It would be wrong to restrict an American from voting because they can’t read.  That, to be sure, is true no matter what color their skin is.

However, consider the following, if you will.  Probably within a decade, the literacy rate would approach 100%.  The dummycrats would not like the idea of any of their voters being kept from the voting booth.  I have a feeling, given the right prod, the dummycrats would suddenly find a way to encourage the teachers.  Suddenly, all those excuses that they give us for their failures would disappear.

It is no secret that the dummycrats rely heavily on the African-American vote.  Yet, they stand in the way of every attempt for the Republicans to improve the schools.  I have my suspicions for this,; but I’ll let you figure it out for yourself.

The point is this.  We have bad schools and bad teachers because there is a lack of motive to improve them.  If we provide the motive, then the schools will improve…likely overnight.

As I said, I don’t really suggest removing the right to vote for any rightful citizen.  However, wouldn’t it be nice if the people voting would at least be able to read and write at a sixth grade level.  Wouldn’t it be nice if they had at least a basic concept of The Constitution.  Do we really want people voting who have no idea what the constitution is, let alone have a basic idea of the three branches of government.  Wouldn’t it be a good idea if they knew and understood at least the first 10 amendments, also known as The Bill of Rights.

To be sure, there are other problems besides teachers.  However, the teachers have the kids for at least 6 hours a day.  Shouldn’t they be required to do more than babysit?

Many, perhaps most of the teachers have master’s degrees.  Yet they are abject failures.  I have only a high school diploma and, if I were given 30 kids 5 hours a week for nine months, I assure, I would at least have them reading on a 3rd grade level.  Double that time and I they would have a good understanding of The Constitution.  If I can do it, they, with their degrees ought to be able to do it at least as well.

 

One more quick word.  At the beginning of the 1900s, most of our teachers had only 12 years of education.  They actually did a pretty good job.  Some would say better than today’s teachers.  It is the type of thing that happens when the federal government gets involved.  In the old days, the schools were, for the most part, locally controlled financed and controlled.  The schools didn’t have as much money, but what they did have were teachers who taught and students who learned.

Rewards

My rule about rewards:

Reward people for working, they’ll work.

Reward people for doing nothing, they’ll do nothing.

Indeed, it is the foundation of the capitalists system.  When you reward people for doing nothing, it short-circuits the system.  Worse yet, you will frustrate those who work. It’s so simple that even the dummycrats should understand it.  Yet, they don’t.  I think it says something about their schools.

How to Become Rich

Some might not consider me an expert on the subject.  Yet, I am now 71.  I have seen a lot and I have seen a number of people who became rich, some somewhat quickly.  So, I write this for those unaware of these methods.  However, I suspect most will be disappointed.  Most people are already well aware of them.  To save some time, I will limit my methods to legal, though not necessarily honest ones.

  1. Inherit your fortune.  While this method has the highest chances of succeeding, most people don’t have a rich aunt or uncle.  This pretty much eliminates our chances.  Still, if you can make good friends with a multi-millionaire, you might still have success with this method.  On the other hand, some have succeeded in marrying the money.  Naturally, for this to work in a reasonable time, you would want to marry someone who is old.
  2. I do not recommend this method.  It is very rarely successful.  Oddly, in spite of the odds, people continue to try this method.  Carried to its end, it usually works for the house more often than the gambler.  Some like the idea of buying chances on lotteries.  Obviously, some people do win fortunes with this method.  The truth be known, you would be better off taking part in the old illegal numbers games.  As I said, though, I am going to steer free of the illegal methods.
  3. Come up with a really good idea. There is a long list of people who have made fortunes off of very simple things.  Many times, I have seen advertisements for things and I could kick myself for not thinking of the idea first.  Some are so obvious.  In some cases, the inventions don’t even need to be useful.  I think back over my past and I find some of the most successful things were the most useless.  (Would you believe pet rocks?  Yep!  It made someone into a millionaire.)
  4. Becoming a lawyer. This works in a number of ways.  Forget practicing law,  The tort laws have probably been the one thing that made millionaires out of more people than any other one thing.  One judgment can result in untold millions for just a few lawyers.  I hear the lawyers advertising that they want to help the victims.  The truth, however, is that they want to use it to make their fortunes.  Even if you can’t get involved in a good tort lawsuit, you can still get elected to public office.  Just look at the senators and representatives.  They go into office as paupers and come out with the money overflowing their pockets.  I can only guess how that happens but I would suspect that at least some of it is illegal.  So maybe I shouldn’t include it in my list.
  5. Oddly, it does work.  I heard on the news about a preacher that died and had a bank account of over a million dollars.  When they checked on him, they realized he was just very frugal.  To succeed at this, it does mean doing without some of the niceties in life, but it does work.  Moreover, when you have the money to pay cash for things, it saves a fortune on interest paid.  The truth be known, if you live like a pauper, you might become a millionaire.  If you live like a millionaire, you will likely become a pauper.
  6. Become injured. This one is borderline legal.  Yet, if you are truly injured by accident and you can show fault, you just might be able to become rich as the result of a judgment.  This might have a major disadvantage, though.  It might mean giving up an arm or leg, or possibly your health.  Another disadvantage of this is that your lawyer will likely benefit almost as much as you.  Most lawyers require a 40% contingency fee.
  7. Become a professional athlete. Most people would have better luck in a casino.
  8. Finally, you just might go out and earn it. I know most people don’t like this method.  It is the one that you will find most rewarding.  More important, it is impossible to ethically earn a fortune without being a help to others.  It is the primary advantage of the capitalist system.