Sunday, September 16, 2018

The lefts flight to be the rudest

In today’s society, people can become upset by just about anything and everything. This can be from differences in political beliefs, religion, and even the hats we wear on our heads. An opinion was written concerning a local cartoon found in the Williamsburg Gazette. The cartoon, coming from a conservative point of view was attacked and, the writer asked the local paper to stop printing the cartoon as it did not fit his agenda. I offered a discourse opinion, which was published. I wrote in part, "I blame Trump derangement syndrome as the cause for the writer's opinion and, I offered to help him find a doctor for his affliction."

In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to set aside a decision held by a Colorado Court against a baker who refused to serve a customer. The Supreme Court did not set aside the decision based on the refusal to provide a service based on religious beliefs, but rather on an anti-religious bias from local politicians and councils. 

In Asheville, North Carolina, a tow truck driver refused to tow a stranded car covered with “Bernie Sanders stuff,” and left a woman stranded on the highway.  From this, a progressive leftist family member took to the internet to call the tow truck driver a bigot. Attorneys for the tow truck driver stated he did not break any laws because political affiliation is not a protected right under the constitution.

A New York City judge ruled it legal to throw a person out of a bar if, they are wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

Secretary of Homeland Security, Helen Rosner, left a business meal early, not because the restaurant asked her to leave, but for being harassed by Democratic Socialists trying to entice a fight.

Sarah Huckabee is asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because she works for the POTUS.

Congressman Steve Scalise et al are shot and wounded by a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter while practicing for a baseball game.

Maxine Waters has decided it is ok to send her constituents into the streets to harass politicians and Trump supporters. (I am just waiting for someone to do that to me. I am prepared to defend myself and at all times.)

Now we have another democrat Diane Feinstein, holding a secret letter given to her in July and sent to the FBI in September. I have to ask, if the letter was that important then why did the letter not make it to the FBI sooner? This same letter has secret information, from a secret person, now known as Christine Ford. Ford a democrat and from, you guest it California, has come forward 35 years later, concerning Brett Kavanaugh's high school days. I have to ask, Are democrats so low, they have to go all the way back to high school? 

We have John Kerry holding secret meetings with Iran to undermine the present administration. Keep in mind folks, Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism but, I guess that is ok with Obama. As for Obama, he has crushed the long-held tradition of not campaigning after his time in office. Maybe Obama should not have mocked and made fun of DJT  years ago after all, huh.....

Don’t even get me started on how the media and opinion writers like Leonard Pitts and Eugene Robinson have treated the POTUS. It is not a wonder the POTUS has counter punched vile reports and opinions at every turn.

Going forward we have to ask ourselves, where does the leftist race to be the ill-behaved end? Will a school-age student be denied a chance to play sports based on the parent’s political beliefs or the beliefs of the child? What if I work for a private power co-op utility or water utility?  Can a company make a rule to turn the power back on in Democrat-dominated districts first? Can a private water utility deny service to a Republican who may have a “Make America Great Again” sign in his yard? Do I provide the service of catching a baby, dropped from a second-story burning house because there is a Bernie Sanders sign in the yard?

In conclusion, I believe the Democratic Party has played a role in the denying of services by spewing hatred and calls for resistance all across America. Verbal and physical attacks made by progressive liberals at political rallies and in public, combined with their rude behavior on Capitol Hill, should be identified as Trump derangement syndrome. If you need a doctor for your affliction, there are plenty of psychiatrist in the yellow pages. If you cannot seek help or deny your disease perhaps, we need "political-affiliation" to be protected by the constitution from said deranged progressives.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Part one: The Northern aggression during the Jim Crow era and what it means today to Mexico's new agreement with the US

The Northern aggression during the Jim Crow era and what it means today to Mexico's new agreement with the US.

Part one: History of the Beacon Davis Act
Part two takes us to the present Mexico -US NAFTA proposed agreement
Part three is a diagram explaining Union - Democrat poverty cycle

In 1931 a bill was passed as law. This bill was racist as Jim Crow laws of the same period. The Davis Beacon Act was passed to keep minorities in the south from migrating north and taking white laborer jobs. Before 1931 more than eighty percent of all un-skilled construction workers found in 6 southern cities were black. Union labor excluded blacks in the North from training and licensing for the pure fact of racism, protectionism and purposely made it impossible to join.

A Veterans Bureau Hospital built prior to 1931 was awarded to an Alabama contractor who brought unskilled, low-wage laborers to New York to fully fill a contract to build. James Davis, a Senator from Pennsylvania, and Robert Beacon of Long Island NY created this bill to thwart blacks' progress in America and keep local jobs for their constituents that were paid for with pork barrel funds from the federal government coffers. 

The Davis Beacon Act sought prevailing wages to be paid to all labor, and the wages were to reflect the local market wage. So, I am trying to tell you that a black person from Alabama making 1.00 an hour would have to be paid the same as the white worker in another locality making 2.00 an hour. One might say that is a good thing, black people making the same money as white people, but wait, there is more to think about. As a contractor, if you have to pay someone the same wage for the same work, are you going to choose the person (sometimes a neighbor) who lives in the locality or pay someone you don't know from out of state? Remember, these workers from the south also had to be fed and housed by the employer, and all the local workers had to do was go home. You decide who you would hire.

After the passage of this bill, the impact on the black community was not what one would have expected. Un-skilled black workers banned from joining unions to receive the training needed for the requirement of skilled labor and increased wages was devastating. The use of a prevailing wage kept government projects in the hands of unions and white skilled labor in the North.

The cost of the Beacon Davis Act today is an extra one-billion-plus dollars according to what I could find on the subject and, if repealed, could add tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry. Free trade and labor markets help un-skilled people get the "on-the-job training" they need to build a life for themselves and their families without the need for government assistance.

Walter Williams Race and Economics: How much can be blamed on discrimination.

Part two: The Northern aggression during the Jim Crow era and what it means today to Mexico's new agreement with the US: Part two

Part two: The Northern aggression during the Jim Crow era and what it means today to Mexico’s new agreement with the US. 

US - Mexico NAFTA agreement:
There is a discussion of raising auto worker wages in Mexico as part of the NAFTA agreement. On average, in Mexico, assembly workers make $8-$10 an hour and parts plants workers make $4-$6 dollars an hour including benefits.

 If the agreement holds, the same effect of the 1930’s Davis Beacon Act could eventually affect Mexico if we can keep competitive wages near the same in America.  Jobs will be more inclined to return to America, and if they do, it will be to our southern states and not Detroit, is my guess. 

The average labor cost between the big three in Detroit is around $55.00 (including benefits) an hour. A non-union plant in Alabama making Hyundai vehicles earn about 42.00 an hour plus benefits. A two-tier pay system developed to help companies compete during the recession has ended with new agreements to increase wages over the next 6-8-years in union shops. While this will create high paying jobs again in America, the North will still have to compete with lower pay jobs in Mexico and non-union southern shops.

 I guess the question becomes, can autos be made in Mexico with an average pay of $16.00 an hour plus benefits and ship autos to the US tariff-free and, still be cheaper than making these vehicles right here in the US? The answer may be yes, it will still be cheaper to make autos in Mexico. As long as the Unions pressure automakers to increase wages to feed Democrats to get elected. Democrats, in turn, will protect Unions with favorable legislation and no benefit will be realized. It is as if no one has learned a thing over the past 40 years when we started this NAFTA agreement in 1979, to begin with.

In my opinion, the United Auto Workers (UAW) Union and Democrats have contributed to the fall of manufacturing in America for decades. Unions have throughout history created scenarios where overseas labor has been sought after to satisfy publically traded shareholders. The UAW consistently puts pressure on non-union manufacturing plants in the south to join the union. Manufacturers threaten to not build and leave if unions succeed. The Democrats have long held hands with powerful Unions creating an environment of reason, to move to manufacture out of the US. Thus, creating a poverty-stricken, semi-skilled population who will blindly vote for the Democrats promising union jobs and “we will take care of you.”. The cycle will never end it seems.

To think, since 1931 and with the enactment of a racist bill to being with, The Davis Beacon Act, promoting prevailing wage still has an impact in today’s market. Semi-skilled workers still cling to their politicians and UAW promises, only to experience a fleeting utopia followed by poverty. This has happened in many trades such as manufacturing and construction, again and, again and, again.  Free trade is the only way forward if we are to compete globally and, the “right to work state” must prevail and not allow Democrats to unionize the country.

Walter Williams Race and Economics: How much can be blamed on discrimination.

Democracy is explained, the Constitution evaluated, and the writer leaves out the 2nd amendment.

Joesph Filco has taught economics and American government. Joseph writes commentary for the Williamsburg Gazette. The gentleman is relativel...