Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hand Out Or Hand Up?

Don’t tread on MY welfare checks.
Get the #@* government off my back!
[Farm] Commodity subsidies in Clinton County, Ohio totaled $121 million from 1995-2014.
1. DMG Farms – Sabina - $1,331,087
2. Richard T Thompson – Wilmington - $1,163,124
3. W Merle Henry – New Vienna - $1,104,481
4. Stephen D. Pidgeon – Wilmington - $1,079,707
For extended list go to:

Paul Hunter

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Leak Away

If the only source of important information that does not harm the innocent is non-sourced leaks, so be it.
Scalawags resent leaks that expose them to ridicule. (see deep throat). How would the history of the Presidency have changed if Woodward and Bernstein had not prevailed?

Paul Hunter

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kill those regulations

Trump wants to put those miners back to work in the worst way.
Those pesky, job killing rules and regulations that Trump so deplores have met their match with his new Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross. Ross has an up close and personal experience with those profit sucking big government dictates.
In 2004, Ross, the owner of the now closed Sago coal mine was presented with a list of 140 violations by the U.S. Mine Safety inspectors. In 2005 another 96 serious faults were found.
In 2006 the Sago mine blast killed 12 miners. The exact cause of the explosion was not determined.
Paul Hunter

The Architect Of our Future

Trump's closest adviser and political guru, Steve Bannon, offers this insight into the administration master plan.

Bannon quote: “the deconstruction of the administrative state.”
Unsaid: The construction of the amateur family and billionaire operated state.

Bannon emphasized, quote: economic nationalism”
Unsaid: We will bring good paying robot servicing jobs back to the U. S. and the consumer will pay the tab. In the mean time the boss will continue to maintain business deals in 25 foreign countries.

Bannon emphasized, quote: “national sovereignty”
Unsaid: We will reduce cooperative military and trade agreements that have kept multiple world wars from our shores. We will build more nukes and hide behind the no longer viable Atlantic and Pacific walls.

An opinion, posted by Paul Hunter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Salute and Say Yes Sir

How does one obtain promotion in a military career? By publicly or privately criticizing the commander's decisions? By undermining the commander's strategic and tactical plans? Just ask four star general “light at end of the tunnel Westmoreland”. Or retired four star general, the otherwise admirable gentleman, Colin Powell, misrepresenting Iraqi WMD at the U.N.
Salute and say “yes sir” is the winning modus.
Scenario: Without a CIA finding and on the advice of NSA head, General McMaster, Trump declares a national security issue on the Mexican border. Trump then orders Secretary of defense General Mattis to order his generals to deploy a brigade to the suspect area with orders to shoot on sight any person caught illegally crossing into U. S. territory.

The hastily convened and selected rally crowd roars its approval. No one risks promotion by saying “hell no”.

Paul Hunter

Sunday, February 19, 2017

What Say You Mr. Speaker?

Early in his career in Columbus, our representative, Cliff Rosenberger, indicated that he would support increased funding for the Wilmington school district. His proper justification was the harsh economic results of the DHL fiasco. However, before the state budget vote he deleted his support for the increase and promised to take up the issue up at a later date. That later date never came.
How will he react from his position of increaed political power when he has another shot at fulfilling that long ago promise when the new budget (see below) comes to a vote? After all his district is one of the most real estate poor in Ohio.
From the Dispatch: “This local government funding formula in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget is similar to Kasich’s school funding plan: It awards money from part of the fund based on capacity, a community’s ability to raise revenue from its residents.”

Paul Hunter, Wilmington

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Manufacturing Twilight Zone

Imagine If You Will
You are CEO of an automobile manufacturing company with several plants in low labor cost Mexico.
Political pressure is being applied to encourage, if not force you to close those plants and open new ones in the high labor cost United States.
A 35 % tariff and other disincentives make the move financially mandatory if your company is to survive, if it survives.
Now you have to choose from a menu of difficult choices:
a. Not move and add the35% to your selling price and lose market share. Nah!
b. Move and pay the significant wage and benefit labor cost increases then pass that cost on to the consumer and/or the investors. Maybe?
c. Return to the pre-globalization model and negotiate with labor. Build a new factory with all the human needs accounted for. See b
d. Build a inexpensive windowless, toilet-less, cafeteria-less factory with no parking lot. Install an automation system and reduce labor to a few dozen operators and a few low payed robot polishers.
Fire the HR directorate. Yes that's the ticket!

Paul Hunter

Friday, February 17, 2017

To Regulate Or Not To Regulate?

That is the question.
Most people realize that some local, state and federal regulations have continued past their used by dates and should be eliminated. However, just because a regulation increases costs for producers of goods and services is an insufficient cause to repeal a rule.
Good governance practice is to find the balance, not based on special interests but on risk-benefit analysis that affects the most citizens not, just a few.
1. Slightly tainted meat and meat products will sicken very few people, is undetectable by the consumer. Elimination of the controlling inspection regulations would increase the profits for the producers and increase the costs for healthcare.
2. Removing regulations relating to food and drug quality would save big drug companies billions for the already highly profitable industry.
3. Eliminating mandatory seat belt and air bag installation on cars would reduce costs for manufacturers and increase the earnings of funeral parlors.
4. Repealing the The Dodd-Frank Act would allow the investment banks and consumer services institutions to revert to the pre-2008 practices that came close to creating a depression with an unemployment rate of 10%.
5. Doing away with a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams won't do much for folks living down stream but it will certainly help the mine investor upstream. [too late, already revered]

Paul Hunter

1984 in 2017

Three score and three years later than predicted Orwell's newspeak is descending upon us

"By 2050, earlier, probably – all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron – they'll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be.

Even the slogans will change. How could you have a slogan like ‘freedom is slavery’ when the concept of freedom has been abolished?”

The Party, in controlling and manipulating language, seeks to ultimately make thinking innately pure – void of rebellious concepts.”

The latest Commander and Chief of newspeak” “ I see stories of Chaos. Yet it is the exact opposite. This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.”

This presidency as he wishes it to be: “an Electoral College victory so massive it was historic”

The Chief's hand puppet, when defending front man for the new language said that “Spicer had provided “alternative facts,” as opposed to just plain facts.”

Paul Hunter

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trust Me

A pathological liar is defined as a person who tells lies frequently with no rational motive for doing so.
Most people, including politicians, sometimes stretch the facts or shade the truth for various reasons but seldom as an indication of a flawed pathology.
Clinton: “I did not have sex with that woman”
Obama: “You can keep your current health insurance plan and your Doctor.”
Trump: “Obama is not a United States citizen”.
Trump after wining the election: Between three and five million popular votes were cast illegally.”
Trump: "The murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years."
Trump: "In terms of a total audience including television and everything else that you have we had supposedly the biggest crowd in history."

Considering the record it's difficult for me to believe him when he says that he will protect Social Security and Medicare.

Added content: Liars surrounded by enablers. Kelly Ann, alternative facts, Conway added to her list by stating on the same day as Gen. Flyn's forced resignation that, “that Flynn continued to have the "full confidence" of the president”. As it turns out Flyn's veracity is questionable. Will we ever know what
other information was shared with the Russian thugs that was not intercepted.

Paul Hunter

Monday, February 6, 2017

Snake Oil

The working men and women that put their trust in a Trump Presidency have another Wall St. stealth attack on pension fund investments to deal with. If we recall from the not too distant past, the rating companies like Moody's and S&P assured the quality of commercial bonds and other investment vehicles that were near worthless. They lied through their teeth for under the table cash payments and intentionally over rated worthless mortgage bundles. The rating debacle was a major contributor to the financial meltdown. The Dod-Frank law put some controls on those miscreants and now the administration and their stooges in congress are hell bent to undo Dodd Frank.

In almost all cases the claims of snake oil salesmen that their product will cure everything actually cure nothing.   

Sunday, February 5, 2017

What's Wrong With This Picture

Ohio's Governor Kasich proposes to obtain economic growth by increasing taxes on the job creators, AKA consumers, while at the same time, lowering taxes on the 10 percent investor class.
Paul Hunter

Hey Cliff Rosenberger!

Where are you headed Cliff Rosenberger?
Ohio Governor - U. S. Senate
Representative of which district? Whom is he working for?
From the Dispatch: "The gig of Republican Ryan Smith of Bidwell at Downtown's Capitol Club on Jan. 24 cost a minimum of $500 a head and up to $2,500 for a "host."
That wasn't as pricey as House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's "Winter Warmer" on Saturday night at a luxury golf and country club in Bonita Springs, Florida, near Naples, The Associated Press reported. Dinner cost $1,000 apiece; contributions up to $12,500 were requested from those wanting brunch or golf.
Paul Hunter

Saturday, February 4, 2017


Here's a Trumpet blare for the working men and women that voted for the Donald.
He is going to allow Wall Street banks to stick it to Main Street – again.
a. A big bank makes a risky investment and loses big money. You will bail them out just like in the bad old pre 2008 days.
b. Your parent's financial adviser can take money from the same companies that he advises folks, that also pay him, for investmentments. Can you say conflict of interest?
Wake Up America and pay attention to that man behind the curtain!

Paul Hunter  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Just Sayin

Amazon chooses Cincinnati Airport over Wilmington Airport for a major package sort and distribution center
The Cincinnati City Council voted 6-2 Wednesday night to declare itself a “sanctuary city” for immigrants.
The move comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an order limiting immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.
The resolution says Cincinnati will be a welcoming and inclusive city for all immigrants to live, work or visit.”
According to WCPO TV, City Council member Wendell Young introduced the resolution, noting Cincinnati's history as an “immigrant-friendly” city.
Hamilton County-Cincinnati Trump 169,972 Clinton 207587
Clinton County-Wilmington Trump 14,257 Clinton 4,270
According to the Atlantic: First and foremost, Amazon's owner, Jeff Bezos, is a major backer of gay marriage. He and his wife MacKenzie pledged $2.5 million to support a referendum on gay marriage last year in Washington state, where he lives. Bezos has also given to several candidates for office, predominantly Democrats.
2016 election results:Hamilton County-Cincinnati Trump 169,972 Clinton 207,587
Clinton County-Wilmington Trump 14,257 Clinton 4,270
Draw your own conclusions.

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