Monday, May 30, 2016

The Logic Of The NRA

If the second amendment guarantees the right of any U. S. resident to bear arms no matter where, why not on airplanes? After all, shooting a hole in a pressurized aircraft cabin would certainly stop a bad guy.

Paul Hunter

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NRA Be Proud

The only way to stop an innocent child with a gun is to prevent a stupid man from being allowed to have a hand gun.


Paul Hunter

Friday, May 20, 2016

Work To Consume Model Fading

Another break from the “work to consume” economic model
Wendy’s To Switch To Self Ordering And Automation To Avoid $15/hr Wage hike.
Question: How many burgers will those machines purchase per year?

Paul Hunter  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Who Will Pay For Wilmington's Streets

Argument for a five year 3 mill dedicated property tax levy.
Fixed revenue per year $654,000 Revenue five year total $3,270,000
Use: replace the general fund transfer of $562,000 to the M&R fund plus $100,000 for street repair. This results in making the general fund money available for other uses.
Cost the home owners with a $100,000 valuation.
Non seniors: $105 per year
Most seniors: $79 per year
These costs will decline as property values increase over the five yearperiod.
Result: all residents share the responsibility for maintaining infrastructure.

Argument against a .5% earning tax increase levy.
Revenue per year: $2,000,000 or more per year. Revenue five year total $10,000,000 or more.
Use: undetermined
Cost: Earner families with a $60,000 taxable household income: $300 per year.
Result: the cost of maintaining infrastructure will fall on working families and a significant portion of the residents will escape that responsibility.
The suggestion that we can stick it to non resident earners is a violation of the original Tea Party motto of taxation without representation and is an anti growth concept.

The ultimate question is which levy is most likely to be approved by the voters.
Call or email city hall with your comments. 382-5458 or

Paul Hunter

Sunday, May 8, 2016

And The Beat Goes On-And On

In my truly humble opinion, this country and probably the so called developed world, are in a dialectic -antithesis mode. The dialectics of Marx didn't end with the communist vs social democracy contest.
As a result of globalization and automation, social democracy is entering a contest with populism and the synthesis of those forces is a story in progress with the end being uncertain.

Paul Hunter

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Question of Empathy

Question: Does reading good fiction encourage empathy or do empathetic people read good fiction?
For our President's view read below of this conundrum read below:

From The Atlantic
Listen as he [Obama] turned the conversation to Robinson’s occupation [as novelist]:
Are you somebody who worries about people not reading novels anymore? And do you think that has an impact on the culture? When I think about how I understand my role as citizen, setting aside being president, and the most important set of understandings that I bring to that position of citizen, the most important stuff I’ve learned I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of grays, but there’s still truth there to be found, and that you have to strive for that and work for that. And the notion that it’s possible to connect with some[one] else even though they’re very different from you.

Posted by Paul Hunter