Monthly Archives: December 2015

Helping Big Business and Marginalizing Small Competitors and Unskilled Labor

Have you ever noticed that those with “good” ideas to address economic problems like unemployment and “income inequality” usually involve some sort of government subsidy or “special” tax breaks to a select few. A case in point is our Governor’s Startup New York initiative that provides long term tax exemptions to a select few businesses that locate themselves in one of the areas designated as a startup zone. However, a tax exemption to a selected few means increased taxes to both you and the rest of the people and businesses in the state who are not among the “selected” few. Of course, the selected few will be encouraged to show their gratitude to the Governor in the future.

Income inequality is largely a result of a lack of employment opportunities directed toward the lower level of skills that the unemployed possess. While the recipients of these tax breaks may promise to create jobs at 80 to 100 at a time, these are not necessarily the jobs that are going to provide employment to the currently unemployed. For these people to once again become employed it is necessary to have an economic recovery that applies across the board, one that frees small business from the overregulation and fees that prevent them from growing or getting started. While small business may only create jobs a 5 to 10 jobs at a time, the cumulative effect is far greater. Good ideas do not need government support, good ideas sell themselves, good ideas attract private investments, or so they would if government overregulation didn’t create a layer of fixed costs that discourages the small business startups.

Forcing businesses to provide wages above the skills of their workers, health benefits, retirement and unemployment insurance as well as pay for time not worked, as well as overregulation, licensing fees, a tax free ride for a select few, all have the effect of marginalizing struggling business enterprises, unskilled job applicants and the entire community in which they live. Isn’t it enough that they provide the jobs.

While the corporate giants that can afford these additional mandates might fight them at the start, they are well aware that they can absorb these additional costs which their small competitors cannot.

Radicalizing Americans

HOW MANY CONSERVATIVES HAS DONALD TRUMP RADICALIZED TODAY?

(December 2015 Article Revisited

Presidential Candidate and Entertainer Donald Trump has proposed a complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States “until our country’s leaders can figure out what is going on.”

(President Trump has attempted to do this in a way that established that he clearly does not know anything about the numerous types of visas that are issued nor the many types of vetting that currently takes place.  Not did he make any attempt to educate himself by consulting with those that administer these programs.  He clearly was not interested in knowing how the system worked, which was too complicated for him to figure out what was going on.)
The suggestion makes as much sense as would disarming all the police forces within our country until we can figure out what to do with rogue and trigger happy cops.
It makes as much sense as locking oneself in one’s home until we can solve the problem of suicide prone psychopaths who lack the courage to take their own life until they have gunned down a number of innocent people.
Leadership requires more than entertaining the masses and believing that the resulting poll numbers bestows upon him, Donald Trump, leadership capabilities. He must believe that because he was in New Jersey and saw on the television that some people were cheering when the World Trade Center came down, that those people must have been in New Jersey too.
Our nation faces some serious problems exacerbated by the divisiveness not only of Donald Trump but other Republicans attempting to ride a wave of fear that they themselves have stoked.

(The campaign and election of Donald Trump has unleashed latent prejudices leading to a wave of attacks upon persons perceived to be Muslin and other minorities including threats to Jewish institutions and cemeteries.  Words have consequences and Donald Trump has proved himself to be reckless in both his tone and his words.)

Suggestions that pressure needs to be put upon the Muslim community to clean their own house of extremists within their ranks likewise applies to the many decent police officers who need to break with the “blue wall of silence” that allows prejudiced and mentally unstable officers to stay on the force. This is a phenomenon that applies to all social units, from the family on up and cannot and will not be fixed overnight if ever.
Donald Trump, a man who apparently believes being President is to “reign;” a term he has used is speaking of past administrations. I dare say that the danger that Trump poses to the liberty of every man, woman, and child, citizen and non-citizen alike, Christian, Jew, Muslims and all is far greater than the threat posed by a few jihadists whose numbers pale in comparison to the killings that take place every day within our neighborhoods and which are also in need of some serious discussion and action.

(The following paragraph is perhaps the most prescient. Among the many explanations for the chaotic first weeks of his administration are judges, bias media, doctored crowd photographs, fake news, misinformation about electoral counts, bad generals, the FBI, justice department, and President Obama’s wiretapping of the Trump Tower.)
Like demagogues before him who managed to get elected and governed without a clue, Mr. Trump would become the type of leader who, when his policies failed, would find another group of people to scapegoat and marginalize. Believing himself to be infallible and a good business man, when things go wrong, someone’s job or some group’s liberty must, of necessity, be “shutdown.”