Showing posts from March 7, 2021

How I Became a Conservative

 Like many of you, I spent most of my life busy making a living or raising a family. I didn't really care about politics. Politics never effected me directly, not in any adverse way. Nobody was trying to steal my gun rights or health care.  I grew up in the most democratic town in America. The birthing place of unions. Butte, Montana. It was there that I learned to hate evil corporations, greedy robber barons, and people willing to destroy the earth to such an extent- that Butte, Montana is still the number one Superfund cleanup scene in America. Butte owns the Berkeley Pit. A mile deep open pit mine filled with the most acidic water on the planet. It's pretty easy to be a democrat in Butte. I once saw a picture of a very small vacant room with a table and four chairs where the caption read, "Butte's GOP Headquarters."  They practically baptize you democrat in Butte. That's the way it was back then. My friends were the sons of miners. So I understand my democr

Deficits for Dummies

  Each year the Federal Government spends far more money than it takes in through individual and corporate taxes. We call that a yearly deficit. That deficit then gets added to the existing debt or deficits from previous years. With the passage of the Biden "stimulus" plan (which is essentially just another pork barrel bill providing tax largesse to corporations and other countries) I thought I'd try to explain the level of indebtedness we are in and try to keep it simple and understandable. Our current federal tax receipts for 2019 are 3.46 trillion. Tax receipts are normally estimated higher for each forthcoming year- unless of course you have a covid pandemic where 1/2 of the country shuts down. So the projections on this table, the one I used for this piece, simply aren't going to happen. Thus I am using 3.46 trillion as the amount of Federal tax taken in  2019. We will add the 1.9 tril