William Thien

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If the stock market is having serious problems with Trump’s tariffs on Chinese made imports, that tells you something.

What does it tell you? It tells you that publicly traded US companies that rely solely for their profit margins on products made in China may be good for the investor but may not be so good for the country and the American worker.

I am one of those people who believe the internet bubble was brought on by big American tech, something they don’t want you to know. When the internet was becoming a massively driving economic force here in The US, what did the biggest tech companies do? They offshored to India for tech and customer support and to China for manufacturing to increase their profit margins. You remember having to call for tech support and somebody from India answering the phone? And you asked them, “where are you?” And they replied, “I am in India, sir.” You remember that?

All of those jobs immediately left the country in less than a year’s time and suddenly the internet bubble burst. Big tech caused it. Just like that! Pop! Big tech brought on the internet bubble through greed even though greed might be a good thing as many economists believe. In this case, though, they screwed the world’s largest market, The US. Duh!

The same thing is happening with the rest of the economy, now.

If the stock market is plummeting because of Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports, that tells you something, doesn’t it?

Should producers have the right to offshore? Probably. Is it the best plan in the long run? What do you think? Look at them now. They are right at the edge all bunched up next to each other trying not to be the first to go over the edge while the ground is giving way, giving way because of greed. Greed indeed might be a good thing as many economists believe. But misplaced, the consequences can be severe. Putting all your eggs in a Chinese made Easter basket (check that label, that basket was probably made in China. See, I told you so) doesn’t seem to have been the best bet, does it now?

Check the label.

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I believe I have a right to discuss this matter as it was my idea delivered to the Senate regarding the best reason for a bailout of the auto industry, something I lobbied for and have gained nothing from. I stated to the entire Senate through correspondence to include my Senator at the time, Senator Kohl (D-WI) that were America to become involved in another world war, America would need the industrial infrastructure of the big three automakers to ramp up production, something done during World War II to great effect. After Washington hemmed and hawed for days suddenly the bailout was approved. I have since applied for work at the big three and have heard nothing. I am justified in the following:

Some would have us think that the only inequalities in America regarding marijuana involve racial inequalities and I would agree that they are egregious. But there are many other inequalities you never hear about. Here are a few them with more to follow.

  1. The big three automakers can have their cars manufactured in Canada and Mexico where marijuana is legal or has been decriminalized and sell those cars here in America but marijuana is still illegal in America and the big three automakers will fight your right to use marijuana, too.
  2. Many in American industry are against legalization of marijuana because they believe it will effect production due to employees smoking marijuana while at work. But American industrialists have no problem utilizing parts and supplies made in Canada or Mexico where marijuana usage is legal and or decriminalized. Yet still the industrialist and the big three automakers will fight your right to use marijuana. NAFTA.
  3. The seat of America’s federal government resides in The District of Columbia where adult marijuana usage is legal but usage for regular Americans throughout the rest of the country is still not legal. Makes you wonder if that is why congress spends more time in Washington, now?
  4. American industry can have complete products or component parts made in countries where marijuana is legal and sell those products here in The United States and receive full favorable consideration regarding tax law from the federal government yet legitimate producers of medicinal and recreational marijuana where it is legal at the state level are subject to punitive tax laws at the federal level.

More to follow.

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As I listen to the local radio wench squawk with the local female candidate for an open congressional seat, as they chatter about why one health care system is better than the other and why the left’s system will bankrupt the country while the right’s system is better, it occurs to me that both parties are at fault for not properly regulating the health care industry. At one time, the health care industry was regulated. Providers were not allowed to advertise in certain ways and places (advertising costs are huge and passed on the to patient), insurance companies could not refuse due to pre-existing conditions, and health care in America was pretty good, certainly better than it is now.

Now, what we have are two major parties subject to lobbying from big pharma and a media hungry for health care advertising dollars, so much so that they don’t care about the patient, not one bit.

We don’t need to socialize health care, that’s the misdirection, the fear they are offering and both parties are complicit. We only need to regulate health care properly, like we once did.

It is time to return to a system of health care that is properly regulated, for the health of the nation.

Greed may be good, as some psychologists believe, but not when it comes to health care.

Health care in America is a system consumed by an unhealthy, unregulated level of greed and it is making America sick.

We don’t need to “socialize” medicine in America, that’s just the fear tactic both major parties are using to control your decisions about health care in America. Health care in America just needs to be properly regulated which is what big pharma and other health care special interests fear the most. Take their fear and use it against them.

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This Monday morning following the weekend attack in Pittsburgh The CBS Morning Show had a so-called “analyst” on who said that The FBI is restricted from monitoring social media for certain types of speech. Maybe, the implication was, the attack in Pittsburgh could have been stopped were The FBI or some other government body monitoring social media.

The woman , the “analyst,” dressed in a shape revealing, tight-fitting black shirt skirt that probably cost a lot of money who obviously had numerous plastic surgeries to her face and had spent thousands of dollars on her hair recently said that maybe it is time for the government to start monitoring social media, a blanket search warrant on us all, another one following the various iterations of The Patriot Act.

Naturally, the thought came to mind of the quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Let me elaborate on what Benjamin Franklin said. Franklin essentially said that CBS deserves neither liberty or security. That’s what that means.

CBS didn’t waste any time attempting to hack away at your liberties, no time at all. None. Started it off first thing Monday morning, shoving you back in to submission. Make no mistake, that’s what they are up to with that type of rhetoric.

Let’s stop letting the media determine policy.

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What an interesting week in the news, mail bombs, stock market machinations, you name it.

The President’s response is that there is no place for “political violence” in the country and that we all need to “unify.”

I like the guy, I have to admit, though it is unlikely that I will vote for him if he runs again for President since he and the rest of the elected classes in that party support selling our internet privacy to anyone and everyone who wants to see what we are doing on the internet, what the children are texting to each other, who we are calling. Doesn’t mean I will vote for a socialist democrat, but there are other parties out there that aren’t in such a hurry to sell you out. Sorry guy, but you lost me there at that betrayal of my privacy.

But getting back to the subject of this observation, why do we all need to unify? Nothing our government does leads us to any form of unity. The tax code divides us in to separate income brackets and wealth classes and rewards or punishes us all completely differently. Particular social groups receive massive aid from the government while others do not. Laws protect “special classes” of people who are then called “protected classes.”

Unity?

Think about it, guy. Try again.

If we are going to unify we need to unite against the government for what it does to us all.

Judging from the way the government treats us all differently, that is of course what the government is afraid of. Unity.

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I don’t know about you but I’m getting sick of hearing and seeing campaign ad after campaign ad suggest that if you vote for the other guy, you will practically end up dead, destitute, or homeless and out of work.

Your medical insurance will be canceled. Voting for the other guy is akin to getting cancer in some ads with a medical angle.

Mass murderers and thug rapist inmates will be freed from jail if you vote for the other guy in some ads.

You will all lose your jobs and then your houses.

People will practically die in the streets if you vote for the other guy.

Do our politicians have that much control over our fates? Because they should not. The media would have us all believe though that it is so with the amount of ads they are running and making a killing on themselves.

Ugh! Another campaign season. Another season of fear.

Makes you want to vote for the third party candidate. They don’t have any money to run such ads, yet.

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After the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the primary thing that is clear to me about sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations is that such allegations are used against men as a “weapon,” often in an offensive sense, to achieve or acquire something such as social promotion or an employment promotion, perhaps a lawsuit to acquire financial compensation, you name it. Obviously I’m stating the obvious here.

In the case of Judge Kavanaugh, sexual harassment allegations were brought as a means to prevent something, his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Otherwise, why wait so long to make such allegations?

Another thing about sexual harassment allegations is that they are a weapon really only available in the female arsenal. And because the onus is on the accused to defend himself and regain his innocence once the accusations are made, sexual harassment allegations not only have the power to wound the falsely accused, the allegations automatically disarm the accused and make it nearly impossible to defend himself because half of the population, women, want to believe the accusations almost automatically in the kangaroo court that is mass media fueled feminism.

Sexual harassment allegations seem almost to bypass the public court system in that regard.

I should add that men themselves do not generally make sexual harassment allegations because society and the pandering media do not view them in the same manner as allegations brought by women against men. So there is a cultural context to sexual harassment and assault claims when maybe there shouldn’t be.  We are all equal, right?

Yet, I have heard from many men that they have been harassed sexually, particularly in the work place. Does that mean that men are more civil in the work place? Or are female employees just that much more devious and disruptive to the work environment? Which raises the question: Are equal rights laws so open to such abuse as a plethora of false claims that the laws are totally undermining productivity and success in the American work place, crippling American industry in a contemporaneously global industrial environment where such laws are not commonplace elsewhere? Then, perhaps the threshold for what defines sexual harassment and assault is way too low.

Finally, after the media’s focus on the sexual harassment allegations brought against Judge Kavanaugh and the massive harangue from women in every town square about what clearly appear now to be nefarious claims by Kavanaugh’s accuser, you would think all women have been sexually harassed.

That causes me to reach only one conclusion as only one conclusion could be reached about sexual harassment claims. It is clear that the definitions of sexual harassment go too far and that they undermine the natural order between men and women when ultimately such definitions should restore harmony. But we don’t see that today. We see only discord. Just look at the masses of protesters everywhere.

The law, laws, the “system,” so to speak, is supposed to enhance order and harmony but as more and more laws are put in the books about such matters, and the definitions of what such matters involve supposedly evolve, more and more women claim to be harassed and assaulted. Perhaps there will come a time, as it would appear many would have it, when every interaction between the sexes will potentially be classified as sexual harassment or sexual assault and no man or boy will be safe from accusation. Masculinity will be forbidden in that time and only femininity, if you can call it that, will be legal.

The definitions of sexual harassment need to be re-evaluated to include behaviors by both participants in what appears often to be interaction between consenting individuals where one it appears quite plainly is simply using such allegations to get what they want when they could not any other way. Even if it is simply revenge.

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