Lakota Alums Complain about EdChoice: School superintendents show they aren’t anything like CEOs, they just don’t have the skills

“I’m OK with choice and options for your kids. I’m not okay with public tax dollars going to the private schools,” said Matt Miller, the superintendent of Lakota Schools in reaction to this year’s expansion of Ohio’s EdChoice program. And across town at Hamilton City School’s Mike Holbrook the former Lakota principal and complainer-in-chief who is now the superintendent there, he’s back to complaining about money because this EdChoice challenges his district which has a report card of a “C” into making better decisions instead of just continuing to ask for more and more budget to fund failure. These Lakota school alums have spent some time lately complaining that the Ohio voucher program is getting more aggressive, which I have always said that it would, and its forcing them to control their budgets better, and they just don’t like it. I find their statements amazing because after all these years, we have been told that a school superintendent is like a CEO at a public school. Yet all they really have done is lobby for more money. Anybody can do anything with infinite amounts of money to work with, but only in public schools is it assumed that more money gets better results. Yet in Hamilton City and at Lakota Schools, that clearly is not the case. Those districts are not getting A+ grades and we pay them fortunes. So why not attach the state funding to children and allow competition to make everyone better? A CEO would certainly understand that, and these guys show in their statements on this EdChoice debate that they are clearly not up to the task.

This is what happens to a governing body when they are allowed to inflate their budgets with union contracts and overpay their staff without a funding model that lives within the scope of their resources. I have written about Mike Holbrook before when he was just a Lakota principal, you can see his comments after a levy defeat by clicking here. He has a long history of complaining about money, which public schools have allowed to be the role of superintendents. These guys want respect and to be treated as top managers, but they don’t want to do the work. They coddle the teacher’s union during contract negotiations and drive up their costs then expect taxpayers to bail out their failure. Hamilton certainly isn’t anything to be proud of with their “C” grade report card. But Lakota isn’t much better, and we did pass a levy in 2013 after a lot of debate, and guess what. They did just what I said they would, they gave the money to the teachers in the form of raises and performance went down. The school’s performance worsened. Paying top dollar for the so-called best teachers did not promise Lakota an A+ report card, and it should have.

The best way to secure the best scores is with vouchers, where tax money is attached to the kids. If parents don’t like the school, they should be able to take their tax money and pick another school. And if the schools want to be in business, they need to do a better job. That is the job of a CEO, to make sure that parents want to send their kids to their schools, and to make themselves that choice. They need to work at it, and if you have a six-figure income, that is your job to figure out guys. These token superintendent jobs were never intended to be levy cheerleading positions where you just spend and spend and spend and have guaranteed security due to the kinds of people living in your district. You should want to work for better kids, better parents, and better results. Not some state definition of success, but one that is market driven

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Senator Bill Coley, whom I’ve known for a long time and who cares about this voucher issue a great deal, tried to explain it to these superintendents in ways they might understand. The school district still has tax money coming in from every home and business and those values are continuing to appreciate, the revenue continues to increase every year in an area like Butler County. What’s the problem? Well, the problem is they have gotten used to not having to manage the money. That’s the issue. They are used to it always being there and most of the problems have been solved with coffee talks. Schools like Lakota took away busing to save money. Parents have gotten used to driving their kids to school. So why wouldn’t they just drive their kid to school somewhere else if they had a choice? And why should Lakota get all their money just because that student lives in the district? If the money is for education why shouldn’t that money follow the student, and the performance that the customer expects?

Of course, we all know the answer, public schools and their labor unions depend on these fixed numbers to manage their collective bargaining agreements. But wouldn’t the unions get what they want with this EdChoice? Teachers would get smaller class sizes due to declining enrollment in failing schools, those only getting “Bs” and “Cs” are failing based on marketplace analytics. If parents want the best for their students, that would be an A+ on the report card. If a district can’t get that, get rid of the teachers and get better. Oh, you can’t do that because the union contract won’t allow it. Well, there is your problem and so long as the tax money is locked to the school, not the student, we will continue to fund failure.

Only by having such a competitive element, such as EdChoice will school superintendents be forced to do the job they were hired to do in the way that schools need to do it. The word “public” assumes that there is some community right to money and the education of kids. We have seen over the last century that public education is not the best way to teach a kid, and parents who understand that private schools are clearly better for children are already paying for that improvement. Why should their tax money go to appeasing failure? But as Senator Coley has said, Lakota will still get their money, so will Hamilton. They’ll lose a little but they’ll also lose some class size. Everyone should be happy. Property values continue to go up in this Trump economy. A CEO would understand how to make those elements work, but apparently all the Lakota alums want to do is complain that they don’t have enough.

Any real CEO of an organization would love to have the problems of these public schools, they have guaranteed income, they have nice new buildings, and they have sports programs to distract the base and keep team building exercises active in the community. It’s a dream job for anybody with half a brain so it is extremely disappointing to see these guys crying like babies. Manage your contracts, let the complainers leave with their poison to other districts because it hasn’t helped your report card anyway and pull up your bootstraps. Don’t ask for more money with levies because that’s lazy, work with what you have. And work to be better and to make yourself an EdChoice destination instead of a repellant. And if you can’t, cut your losses and be happy being a “B” or “C” player in the world. That’s life. The trend is in choice, choice in entertainment, choice in food, choice in government, and especially choice in education.

Property values unlike what people may have thought ten years ago are not so intricately linked to the public school in their districts. They are linked to choice, the kinds of jobs there are, the entertainment options, the overall quality of life. Most people in Lakota don’t even know that there are football games on Friday nights. They could care less; Netflix has all the options they need and the carryout down the road has dinner. I would suggest to these superintendents that they start acting more like the CEOs they want to believe they are instead of union stooges padding the way for continuous contract increases to their labor rates. Choice in performance will demand them to get with the program, EdChoice is just the beginning.

Rich Hoffman

The Virginia Anti-Gun Law Politicians: Don’t shoot them, embarass them

Of course, there is this Second Amendment rally in Richmond on Monday in direct reaction to Governor Northam’s aggressive attack on gun rights. Now that Democrats have taken the majorities of both the House and Senate there they are taking their campaign donations from radical leftists such as Michael Bloomberg and are enacting what they think will result into laws that will move toward a gunless society. They have bills nearly ready to be signed that contain a very aggressive assault weapons ban worded in ways to mean just about everything but a BB gun. They are attacking even the ability to train with guns on anything other than government property. And they have thought of everything, these Democrats, they are even attacking compliance among their police officers by dangling out there penalties on law enforcement who refuse to enforce their new gun laws by attacking their pensions. For those interested in just how aggressive the gun laws are I have placed good videos here that explain the details. For the concerns of this article, understand that Ralphie and his minions are out for blood and are baiting people to do something wrong. It was good that already the leader of the Republicans in the House, Todd Gilbert has distanced themselves from Neo-Nazi groups and any other radicals who are approaching this situation with a “cold dead hands strategy.” That is not the way to deal with this. Rather, hit them where it really hurts, and remove them from office in the next several elections. Take this newfound power away from them, because that’s the only thing they really fear. So give it to them in large doses.

I was reading some of the NRA material on this matter and it’s the same argument. Without question the rally will be more of that type of thing. Now, without question, the NRA knows their business and without them, gun laws would have been taken away years ago by these menacing politicians. You can’t have a logical argument with them. They don’t care about crime statistics. They don’t care about safety—even though that’s why they say they are doing all this. We all know social breakdowns and bad reactions to marijuana are larger contributors to gun violence than anything else, but Democrats do not care. While we are trying to have a reasonable argument with them, they are making plans to smear gun owners at every turn, and they play very dirty. So before we talk about taking out guns to the capital and running them out of office, lets use the tools for that are applicable to a stable society, such as elections to change the hands of power for long term fixes, and for the short run, play dirtier than they do.

I would say, take the fight to them, bury them with ink on forums, blogs, podcasts, radio, everywhere. Expose everything they do and make it personal. Every time they even wink at a waitress at the local café, publish it somewhere. Take the fight into their personal lives and embarrass them to the ends of the earth. They are willing to do that to us, so give it back to them ten times harder. Don’t sit on your heels and grab your guns. Get pictures of their ugly naked bodies and put them out for all to see. Pick them apart in every aspect of their lives and embarrass them completely. That is what Democrats care about, and that is how you get their attention. Don’t let them hide in the shadows or behind a judge’s gavel. They have rigged all those engagements with layers of case law. Instead, hit them where they care the most, their social butterfly status and be ruthless about it.

To answer the show of force that has certainly got their attention, no, we don’t trust the democratic process. They still think this is a majority rule society and that their strategy of flooding red states with purple people eaters is the way to win elections, which they were successful in Virginia after the 2019 election. But don’t forget, there is another election in 2020 and really every year after that. Bloomberg has helped a lot of candidates so understand how the game is played and play it harder than they have. Put your efforts at winning elections before you start shooting up enforcers who come to your homes to take your guns because you let them push you into saying something stupid giving them the justification. They will certainly try to do that to the leadership of this gun rally. So, don’t give them the chance. Instead, put them on their heels and looking over their shoulders.

The message should be clear, and President Trump was quick to point it out over this issue, don’t elect Democrats because they will try to do these kinds of things. Look what they have done at the federal level once they gained the House, they went to impeach the President. They don’t care about any logical arguments; they just want to smear him to the point where he might have trouble getting elected. So, take a page out of their own playbook and give them Hell and then some. While the NRA is trying to get them to pay attention to crime statistics, they are making reservations for the next wine tasting where they can brag to their liberal friends that they are changing America to the utopia they have always envisioned. Instead of them having that conversation, make them have the one defending the naked pictures that were released about them, or the prostitutes they have slept with. Make it personal and take away their anonymity.

Look at the Megixt situation in England where Harry and Megan the actress went to the Queen begging to be relieved of their palace duties. They just want to get out of the spotlight and live their lives. They don’t like the constant pressure of being in the public eye. Make every Democrat in Virginia feel the same. All liberal people have a weakness for craving public approval. Take that away from them to the point where they can’t even go outside. Do worse than get in their faces at restaurants—like they have done to us, get in their faces everywhere, and publish everything. Give them no air until they choke, and then some. Don’t let up, don’t join with them in compassion. Don’t make friends with them. Destroy them not with guns, but with the First Amendment to protect the Second.

Personalize the fight, don’t allow it to be conducted on their terms, with legal processes they control, with government resources that they manage with our money. Don’t allow yourselves to be a victim. Get to know the politicians who wrote and voted on these anti-gun bills and learn everything you can about them, and get that out to the public. Embarrass them to the point where they are retiring from office just to get their life back. Make it so they can’t even go to a wine tasting without having everyone there with some knowledge of a cross town tryst with a banana or some shoe fetish that only the most deranged lunatic would understand. Get it all out there and take the fight to them instead of trying to defend yourselves from the latest law. Fight dirty, its better than bullets, and much more effective than death. That is how we win these fights, not on terms they decide, but on the ones they care about most—their connections to people. Don’t just attack them at the ballot box, make it so that they want to retire before the election even happens, then replace their seats with a Republican one. That is how you win fights like these.

Rich Hoffman

Dear Lisa Page: Where did you go?

The common attack from guilty people is always to attempt to divert attention away from their crime onto someone else, and that is very much a part of the Nancy Pelosi attempt at impeachment of President Trump. Normal people only have so much bandwidth and they know that. So, it is in their best interest to keep the news cycles so busy with anything but their guilt so that they might escape unnoticed into the pages of history. But we’re not going to allow that to happen. Every magician in the world understands this game of diversion because that’s how they pull the rabbit out of the hat or saw a woman in two on stage and trick you into believing in the illusions is that they give you information they want you to look at while they do something else. And in American politics if impeachment is the trick you are supposed to see, what is really going on behind the stage, where is Lisa Page?

Remember when Lisa Page came out in December declaring that she was “coming out” swinging, or something like that? She went on that one cable show which was covered by nobody, for that one dude on MSNBC and acted as if she were about to do a tell all. She even activated a Twitter account to speak directly to the public. Well, that whole thing died on the vine immediately and fell off the front pages before the paper was even purchased for a printer. A quick look at her Twitter comments reveals how quickly the wind has gone out of her sails. The Twitter thing is hard for a girl like her, you must actually have thoughts to say, and it takes work—neither of which she seems to have time for. Her story was killed, and quite on purpose, and she seems confused by it.

On her Twitter page she talks on January 3rd about how smart Iran is and how they are everywhere, all over the world, and that they are proud of their 5000 year old culture and that she was afraid they were going to hit back at the United States for aggressions against them. Out of all the things she talks about on her new Twitter page, this one says the most about who Lisa Page truly was and why she was so easily seduced by fellow FBI agent Peter Strzok. Her knowledge of history sounds like it came from the bar of the wine club at a Cooper’s Hawk on a Friday night. “Oh yes, darling, Iran is so dangerous. Let’s sip some wine and talk about it some more. Does your wine pair correctly with your bread?” Everything is scary to people who call themselves wine connoisseurs and society types who talk at each other instead of to people. As I have said many times as a student of history that goes way back before the times of Zoroastrianism in that Iran region, that country and their attempts at communism have left them a dust pit of Islamic extremism with no money in the bank and a lot of people unhappy with their government, and the place is ripe for an overthrow. You’d expect an FBI lawyer screwing one of the top agents in the business working all the big cases, the investigation into Russian collusion against Trump, the Hillary Clinton investigation, and even the laptop of Huma Abedin with all of her congressman husband’s porn on it, you’d expect her to be just a little bit smarter. But she isn’t.

As a matter of fact it was the guys in these cases, Peter Strzok the FBI agent and Anthony Weiner who both showed excessive bad judgment as both had very high positions in government who fell quickly head over heels in love with targets of their adultery, essentially putting our country at risk with their access to classified material while they pursued sexual liaisons. And the women of their lives, Lisa Page for Peter the FBI agent, and Huma for her husband Weiner created an environment of validation for these liberal men to allow them to believe that this behavior was normal, because to their dense understanding of the world, everyone does these things.

And to that effect Peter Strzok was found to have seriously brought to question the trust that the public has in the FBI because he was so in love with Lisa Page that he deliberately let Huma and Anthony off the hook by not taking seriously the Clinton emails that were likely on that laptop with all that Weiner porn, and was the key evidence to the Hillary Clinton case that the FBI was investigating, and trying to destroy so that she could run for president. That part of the insurance policy that Peter promised to his lover Lisa was in those very bits of evidence for which he helped destroy to keep Clinton from being indicted by the Department of Justice which extended straight into the Obama White House. Nothing to see here—move along.

Yet we’re supposed to believe that over Trump’s simple phone call looking into corruption by Joe Biden and his son, that we are supposed to accept impeachment. While the real crimes were covered up by the FBI and the DOJ by a former administration assisted by the media, and this poor girl Lisa Page was taken advantage of and she wanted to fight back. Only the magicians in the media don’t want her talking. They want to maintain the illusion that Trump did something so that nobody sees all the chopped-up bodies behind the curtain from the magic tricks gone wrong and have been hidden from the audience. And for people too stupid to understand the real threat of Iran, or the true nature of government corruption, or that it really doesn’t matter what wine you drink with a hamburger, the real threat to us all are all the things that we aren’t talking about.

I’m sure Lisa Page is a nice young lady. What our modern education system put into her head and the world she believes in isn’t completely her fault. She is just getting along to go along. She like so many like her are social butterflies who sleep with these sleezy Democrat men who have all kinds of emotional problems, even the best of them at the top jobs, and they have validated completely why we can’t put all our trust into any government. They are not capable of doing the job without resisting the temptations of corruption and we must always keep our eyes on them. Someone needs to do the job, but we must always be cautious. That is the real story here, and the reason that Lisa Page’s coming out party died before it opened. Nobody wants to talk about that, yet they want to get rid of the guy we sent to Washington to clean them up, which is why there is an impeachment attempt in the first place. Its not to seek justice, its to hide many massive crimes that threaten the entire world of people like Lisa Page, for which she is but a snowflake in the snowstorm that we know as the Beltway. And that is a truth we still all must deal with.

Rich Hoffman

Jeffrey Epstein and Democrats are all the Same: The evil of ‘Sex Island’ and Pelosi’s attempts at impeachment

In so many ways what we are learning about the Jeffrey Epstein sex island in the wake of his death, is that the Democrat Party, which was participating wildly in the orgies hosted by the New York billionaire on that island, for which many secrets are desperately being secured from the investigation, are all a lot alike. The modes of sex trafficking, which could be said to be the case everywhere in the world is psychologically very close to the way that Democrats recruit new members and attempt to hang on to their old ones. The abuse is simply more mental than physical. Of course, I have been talking about losers like Jeffrey Epstein for years, while the rest of the world is just now catching on. Better late than never I suppose. So, take it to heart that what I am saying about the way Democrats behaved during their attempted election of 2020 sabotage against President Trump was out of the same playbook as Jeffrey Epstein. Mitch McConnell did a good job on the Senate floor not in making such a comparison as I am about to, but in discovering the bad, and bizarre behavior of the Democrats after they signed the impeachment documents and attempted to apply some logic, for which there wasn’t any.

It really does sum up as attempted abuse, the entire impeachment push, from the media to the local politicians espousing the same. And none of it is any different from what Jeffrey Epstein attempted and in many cases did to young girls as young as 12 years old, as we are now discovering from the evidence retrieved from that vile island of abusive sex and partying by the powerful elite who manipulated those circumstances for their pure pleasure. The reason we consider rape and sexual abuse such a vile crime ultimately is that it robs a woman of her choices and that is what went on at those sex orgies. Epstein took away the choices of the girls, took their cell phones, took their passports, took everything until all they had left was drugs and sex to drown out the pain of it all. They were lured there with opportunities for modeling jobs and other lures of wealth, but gradually, Epstein and his officers on the isolated islands stripped the girls of all hope until they were willing participates in their own misery. Aren’t the parallels obvious?

Democrats, especially Nancy Pelosi have in the promised this, then that, especially with healthcare’s “we have to sign the bill to find out what’s in it” she has lied, we have watched it openly and studied her shaky hands attempt to manipulate us all in the same way that slime balls like Jeffrey Epstein lured young girls to his island with promises of great days ahead. Only when they get there, they discover that gradually all their freedoms are taken from them until all they have left as options are compliance to a higher authority. That is the Democrat playbook so it shouldn’t be surprising that they hung out with Epstein and enjoyed his orgies because its not just a job for them, it’s a lifestyle. They think in this abusive fashion in every aspect of their lives. The only difference in the abuse approach is that one is sex with underage girls, the other is mass abuse on a voter scale that is so massive that nobody can believe that anybody is that evil, and sinister.

I’m sure Nancey Pelosi doesn’t look in the mirror every day and think of herself as the political equivalent of Jeffrey Epstein. But I doubt that Epstein thought he was doing anything bad either. He probably convinced himself that he was giving the girls opportunities they’d never have otherwise and that they should thank him for the experience. This is typical of deranged people who lose touch with reality. Yet, what makes them all vile, evil people is that in order to function in the world, they must limit the choices of others to sustain their mental depravity. Anywhere where choices are eliminated in people, for whatever reason, we can say that the efforts involved are evil, whether or not we openly admit to the breaking of laws, or whether the evil is so vast that it defies legal parameters of understanding. To stand in front of the public and say that congress takes impeachment very seriously and to be a somber occasion, then to deliver pens from the signing on a literal silver platter and to pass them out in celebration is to celebrate an evil. They were happy to limit a choice election with some profundity that they made up to give their side an advantage. That is no different than Epstein drugging girls for sex or cutting them off from their families so he can destroy them in seclusion for the joy of his guests. Its all evil because it all celebrates limiting the choices of people in some way or fashion.

Most people struggled to find the words of why they were angry at this attempt against Trump and to watch Democrats actually celebrate the occasion with such audacity. That’s because most people aren’t evil. And most people couldn’t go to a sex island owned by Jeffrey Epstein and have sex with underaged girls who see no other way out of their situation except to cooperate. Because all their other options for hope had been taken from them. Most of us aren’t evil in these ways and we just don’t have the vocabulary to understand why our emotions find these things so repulsive. So, I’ve made the situation easy for you dear reader, I’ve named the beast. Now you can work with it now that we’ve said it. It’s the lack of choice that we find so repulsive, and how it works at many levels to add up to mass abuse. Most of us can agree that sex with minor girls is abusive and should be against the law, but we often don’t consider that the reason we find it so despicable is that the girls involved are stripped of their individual rights and robbed of choice until there is nothing left but to cooperate. And that was exactly what Nancy and the gang of congressional thugs were celebrating with their impeachment attempt, taking away choice in the upcoming election—they hope.

The behavior in both cases, with Epstein’s sex island and with Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats—they think its funny and joyous to limit choices to the point where people must turn to their captors and beg for elements of freedom. Nancy did it before with Obamacare, and many other congressional proposals. That is why all those people are against guns in society, because they don’t want people to defend themselves. That’s why Jeffrey Epstein took away the cell phones of the sex slaves on his island if they didn’t behave, because he couldn’t have them calling their parents for help, or friends back in the states. He had to isolate them, drug them with mind impairments so they would have bad judgment, then force them to look to only him as a way out of their circumstances. That is abuse in the worst way, but in all reality, it’s no different than what the modern Democrats as a whole are proposing. Its all abusive, except one is so evil that we can’t even comprehend its audacity. And that one isn’t the one involving sex.

Rich Hoffman

Democrats Hate You: What is really behind the attempt at impeachment of President Trump

That’s the only conclusion that you could make watching the Democrats from the House of Representatives walk down to the Senate their articles of impeachment—was that they hated the Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump. Even in an election year where voters could choose to elect a new president, the Democrats could see the writing on the wall and figured they had no other choice but to try to mark the most successful President in American history with some taint that might convince voters to turn away from the Republican Party all together. Their hatred isn’t in the Republicans or even in Trump really, it is in the trend of the country to move toward self-empowerment as opposed to the Democrat Party platform of perpetual victimization. They hate us because we don’t want to be part of a dependent class any longer and voted for a choice in Trump. This attempt at impeachment is simple, it’s an attempt to take choice away from us so that we might still be stuck with their terrible leadership for some time into the future. That was why they were giving out celebratory pens at the signing because in their world, they think the rules of government favor them. What they don’t seem to understand is that the trend toward freedom and personal choice is not going away, and once the trial in the Senate is over, that problem will remain for them for which they have no answer on any horizon.

What was very interesting was in watching Democrats attempt to initiate articles of impeachment for Trump without involving the Bidens in the matter, the boy Hunter protected by his father the Vice President of the United States at the time, Joe. We are supposed to believe that Joe Biden is a Democrat front-runner who is leading in all the polling in every state and that in head to head match ups, he is poised to beat President Trump. And that Trump looking to eliminate a rival cooked up some conspiracy with Ukraine to get dirt for the upcoming election. Only it was the Democrats who were guilty of all those things, all Trump did was ask a legitimate question. Just because someone is running for President it doesn’t make them immune to questions of impropriety. The quid pro quo deals were made by the Biden family. In fact, it looks like most of Washington D.C. culture was in on the corruption of Ukraine in some form or another. There were many pigs at the trough and many of them are using this impeachment attempt to hide their own crimes, which is why the Democrats were so proud of their ceremony. Only they were blind to why they were out of power in the first place.

To think that Democrats won the House of Representative majority off the backs of several Republicans who retired leaving open seats, and after a campaign of continuous smearing that the media did on Trump trying to split the Republican Party to cause such a seat change losing the majority, that all Democrats have managed to do, or seem to want to do is to use that majority to impeach Trump from office because they have no other angle is pretty pathetic. But when you consider that for them there is a lot at stake, if the country moves away from a victimized electorate, would anybody ever vote for them again? And if they can’t win elections, how can they control the laws they have broken in many corruption cases to enrich themselves while in office. Both parties have their guilty characters in this type of scandal. But Democrats under both Bush and Obama have had quite a time running around the world getting rich off corrupt governments like the one in Ukraine. Biden is just one of the participates. There are many more, and those are the ones behind this impeachment push, giving out the gold pens, providing speeches trying to indict Trump on crimes they have committed themselves. They are happy because they think they can use the law to destroy evidence and control the narrative, and to put the free minds who elected Trump, back in the chains of limited options.

Yes, they hate us, those who voted in Trump for choice. They had the system rigged in their favor, what we call the “swamp” and they were getting rich off that system. It took a while but many of us started looking for choices decades ago. I was certainly one of them. Lately I have been telling many colorful stories of my antics on the Perot campaign in 1992 which took me on many interesting adventures. I learned a lot that year about politics because I was fighting for a choice between the two-party system. I was able to meet Ross Perot and members of his family, particularly his daughters and I came to respect them quite a lot. I’ve been looking for a choice in politics for my entire life. As a sixth grader in school I campaigned for Ronald Reagan and was active in giving presentations on why his strategy on expanding the military would expand the American economy. When Donald Trump came along, I was with him from the very first instant, because he was a choice. Without choice, corruption flourishes, with choice good behavior is forced, and that is what the Democrats hate about choices. They want us to have fewer options and to remain dependent on them like some third world country, which is exactly what we see in American cities these days where Democrats run things. Go to Chicago, just outside the city to the south and to the west, all the way over to O’Hara. You’ll see what I mean. No choice for those people and socialism was the governing philosophy and it shows. Rows and rows of streets that tell the story of limited choice. That is what Democrats want and why they hate those of us who want otherwise.

I’ve watched this history for a long time and Trump is a kind of breakthrough. There is no going back. Even with the media participating in the lack of choice because the networks are essentially fighting the same problem. All these new streaming services, the internet in general, blogs like this one, YouTube, there are so many options to consumers these days the established media is hoping that if they buddy up with Democrats that they can join to limit choices for people and get back to the good ol’ days for them. So they try to make Joe Biden look better than he is, and protect him from his past of corruption hoping with all their dreams that he might beat Trump in the upcoming election and that this impeachment charge might give Crazy Uncle Joe the edge. But the truth is that while people wait for days to even be near President Trump anywhere in the country, Quid Pro Joe can’t fill a bathroom of supporters leaving Democrats for a change without hope. Their games aren’t working, including this impeachment attempt which is a magnificent abuse of power on their part. And all it tells us about them is that they hate us so bad that they don’t care anymore. And for that, we must make them pay.

Rich Hoffman

Trump Was Right About Iran: How political consultants have caused war and are to blame for the deaths in the Middle East

It was always disingenuous to suggest that President Trump did not have a strategy when he ordered the end of Iran’s top terrorist general. The constant suggestion of recklessness about that decision and the media emphasis that it would cause World War III was dubious at best from the outset. Wiser minds knew better. Iran is a third world country ran by small minded people who for a period of time had first world money due to their oil. They are not capable of conducting a war with the United States and everyone smart knew it. Yet there is an advisor class who make a lot of money off politicians in Washington and within the media culture who inject themselves into the situation with their take essentially to make money off of chaos. And for them to continue making money off the Iranian instability in the Middle East, they need the world to believe that Iran is more than it truly is, a real threat globally that can only be dealt with by some fictional academic elite forged from our liberal universities and who think in groups, instead of individual leadership.

In reality, Iran has barely been hanging on politically for a long time and their people are ready for another revolution. The communist one of 1979 has not worked out for them and now this new generation is thinking of better things, western influenced. Trump being one of us—people who live in the world by the merits of our own decisions—understood that by removing a person that Iran counted on with competency to inflict harm to the world, that the incompetency of the Iranian culture stagnated due to their totalitarian view of the world, would be at a loss. It is shameful to see that Iran did shoot down an airliner headed for Ukraine carrying many innocent lives out of Tehran shortly after sending a missile barrage at U.S. airbases—but not surprising. Incompetent people make mistakes when their leadership is absent. It happens in businesses, and it happens in countries—it happens everywhere that organizations suffer by a loss of leadership and they do not have a culture that inspires the next generation of leadership. So when a senior leader is removed, and there is nobody to replace them because totalitarian leaders often are getting rid of their future competition, not nurturing them, then a leadership vacuum always follows. So yes, President Trump knew exactly what he was doing, and he had a strategy. It just wasn’t a strategy that the boot lickers of our society wanted to see, because they can’t make money off Trump’s way. Its as simple as that.

Innocent people should never lose their lives due to the incompetency of their governments. However, for the lives lost due to Iran shooting down that airliner killing all onboard, the Iranian people were granted a rare admission of guilt from their government, which had no choice due to the hard position Trump had put them in, forcing their own incompetency to be revealed to the world on live television. They were provoked to attack America to save face from their embarrassments, and they overacted to the civilian airliner headed for destinations of innocence because they expected attacks from America in response. Instead, Trump played it cool, sent out a tweet saying all was well, leaving Iran to face itself with honesty for perhaps the first time in decades. The Iranian government failed to poise themselves as the grand threat on the world stage and revealed themselves to be simply a terrified regional gang. And now their people want a change.

Trump’s plan never included more troops to the region the way the boot lickers who act as consultants suggested. Killing Iran’s top general was never going to be the start of a new war. It had a plan, it just wasn’t a plan that the consultant class understood, because it didn’t mean any new work for them. Of course, they hate Trump, he doesn’t need them to consult him. He can make decisions on his own, like any great business executive can. People like Trump have real life experience that easily beats political hacks around the world and those too dependent on consultants to tell them how to proceed next. The plan was, and continues to be, to act decisively based on Trump’s experience which turns out to be superior to the consultant class. The criticism is meant to tell the opposite story, that only they have the answer which is critical to them because that’s how they make a living.

However, in many ways the lives of those poor people on that destroyed airliner shot down in Iran is the fault of that same group of people, the consultants who artificially propped up Iran to look like a first world superpower. Giving Iran false power has endangered so many people over the years, and countless people have died as a direct result. True, they are sad that Trump has solved the problem in Iran setting force a new revolution that the Iranian people will conduct on their own, without American troops to help. Any recklessness that has transpired had already occurred before Trump was even in office by the political consultants who have for so many decades made Iran feel tough, and embolden to be terrors across the world, leaving many innocent people to die needlessly. That is the real crime. Trump ended that threat with a simple decision on one guy. That has left Iran exposed for what it always was, and now lots of people are upset, and they deserve to be. Because they were cheering for the wrong side all along, for all the wrong reasons.

Unlike the show that consultants wanted to occur where proper strategy only gave them more to do, more work to whisper in the ears of their paying clients, Trump’s strategy was to solve the problem. And that’s what he has done and why Iran is now poised to stop being a threat to the entire world. Any leverage of terror they had before they shot down that airliner is now gone and forever, they will be known as a lying regime to their own people. Many of us on the outside already knew that, but the people of Iran weren’t so sure. Now they know. And so does the world. And Trump exposed them just by pressing his position and forcing Iran to act in ways they weren’t competent to respond. The pressure got to them and they made a huge international mistake that they had to admit to, since the evidence was so overwhelming. Yes, Trump had a strategy and it worked. He didn’t need a bunch of people to tell him how to do it, he already knew from hundreds if not thousands of business deals in the past. Dealing with Iran isn’t any more complicated. It may have higher stakes, but the skills in understanding the strategy are the same. That is why the world is a lot safer now than it was before Iran’s top general was killed by an American drone strike, ordered by President Trump. That is always why the world is starting to feel empowered to challenge their authoritarian governments. The results are far better than leaving billions of dollars on a runway for terror to thrive. Trump’s strategy made people much safer, and gave more people hope than ever before. Which is why he’s a great president. We are lucky to have him.

Rich Hoffman

Who Cares About Michael Bloomberg’s Billion Dollars: It won’t help him win 1 percentage point

There seems to be a lot of concern about Michael Bloomberg’s commitment to spending a billion dollars to defeat President Trump in the next election. Some of that money was constantly seen during the NFL playoffs trying to prop up the New York socialist with favorable light. Then the Sunday political shows were deeply concerned because as many of them said, it was Bloomberg money that converted the House from a Republican majority to a Democrat majority for which many current problems have spawned forward. So for clarity here, let’s put some sanity into the equation, no, Bloomberg did not cost Republicans the House, it was the Never Trumper Republicans who retired leaving Democrats to fill those voids since many in those districts were still moderates at the time. A few years later with such a great economy being what it is, those demographics have changed for the better. And considering Michael Bloomberg’s billion dollars, you can polish up a turd to look like some nice piece of gold, but its still crap. People see what’s going on. I would say that Bloomberg at this point could spend 2, or 3 billion dollars but he would be unable to move numbers against Trump one percentage point and for him and the rest of the Democrats, that has to be very frustrating and they are fixing to learn some very hard lessons in 2020.

Democrats still haven’t learned their lessons, and Bloomberg is the same guy who thought that big government had a right to regulate the size of a soft drink that we could all have. They just don’t understand what I have been saying about the great psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmiahalyi’s important work on “Flow” that came out of the University of Chicago. It really pains me to see the state of modern day academia allowing themselves to be a propaganda arm of socialist politics because I personally enjoy the great works of very profound thinkers from academia quite a lot, people such as Mihaly Csikszentmiahalyi who see emerging trends in human consciousness well before pop culture and politics recognize them. Trump isn’t just a person, but it’s a global trend. You can see it in Brexit, we can see it in Iran, Hong Kong, even in the Star Wars movies for which Disney’s pop culture is draped off of. When people roll their eyes when I’m talking about the new Rise of the Resistance ride at Disney World even that is built of the same stuff from Mihaly Csikszentmiahalyi’s concepts about psychological Flow. We live in a world where personal decisions crave to be freer not more restricted. People want less rules and much more creativity about their private lives, not more restriction.

Democrats and their commitment to socialism whether it is openly stated or just supported in policy by a different name is all about less options, not more. They are all about less creativity personally in all our lives, not more. Their definitions of freedom are constructed in old 60s communist propaganda uttered in Beatles songs, not in the realities of our day with the freedom that smart phones give us and the infinite shopping options of Amazon.com. We live in an age where commercial space travel is becoming a reality, and here is Michael Bloomberg suggesting that we need more rules on soft drinks, and the Democrats want to do for health care what they have done to public education, turn it into a dirty uncared for bathroom at a public park managed by government for the utilization of government, without private enterprise there to keep quality on the up and up. Even in the realm of health care we are looking at cures for cancer and the complete biological restructuring of a body in a few years to cure illnesses, where standard doctor’s visits won’t even be a thing, it will likely happen by computer and from the comfort of our homes.

That is the trend that President Trump represents in the world, freedom and personal choice. That is what the Republican Party as a whole now represents and there is nothing that the Democrats can do to repair that image. No amount of money can change that message now that Democrats are committed to that branding. And that will be the lesson of all the Bloomberg money he is spending and plans to. His message and the one in general for the Democrat Party is one that people are rejecting at every level of their lives. No matter how many times they hear from Bloomberg during the playoffs and world series, audiences will tune him out while they go to the kitchen to get more nachos, and it certainly won’t change how they vote. In many ways that is why nothing they have thrown at Trump has stopped support of him up to this point, because its not the man himself that people are voting for, but it’s the idea behind him, that personal freedom and wealth can be increased. Only now, after three years in office, people are seeing bigger paychecks and more jobs, and that will ultimately decide the election, no matter how much money is spent.

The lesson here is that messaging does not control behavior, it simply reflects it. That is why President Trump was able to be elected even though Hillary Clinton outspent him by quite a large amount. It was the message President Trump provided that resonated with voters, and specifically the right kind of voters. He didn’t need to cheat with the illegal California immigration vote either, he was able to get those votes outside the measurements of standard polling and to overcome celebrity endorsements for Hillary, the Deep State manipulations at the Department of Justice and a lot of money from the consultant class working against him at every turn. In the end it didn’t matter because Trump promised to give people “Flow” back to their lives, or to a larger degree than they had ever experienced before. He did it with a great economy that provides opportunities for people who want them. He has done it through deregulation giving more people more creative options for business than in worrying so much about compliance—which soaks up intellectual bandwidth to an even higher degree than high taxes. Personal freedom and more options are what this next election are all about, not paid for messaging. When the rubber hits the road, freedom and personal options are what give traction to political forces, and really, nothing else. To understand all the reasons, I simply must refer the curious reader to the great work of Mihaly Csikszentmiahalyi.

The arrogance of Michael Bloomberg, Nancy Pelosi, even to the degree that Joe Biden refuses to understand just how out of step he truly is in the world with his constant rantings about controlling the amount of ammunition guns can hold, as if that was an important issue to anybody except the most crazy socialists and gun grabbing communists cheering for Iran to beat Trump in some way to hurt the president during an election year, is that they insist on a mode of political theater that the public has long ago rejected, and has been trending in that direction for decades now. Instead of looking at the true science of the moment they are instead insisting that reality is not what it is, and that people are so stupid that their thoughts can be purchased. They can’t be. People will vote for those who give them more freedom, and more resources, and Trump is the only one with a track record showing anything close to that need. Money can’t buy freedom, and that is the lesson Bloomberg will learn very soon, and all those who still have not received the memo because they refuse to take hold of it. A billion dollars or more isn’t close to enough to change minds, because those minds are already made up—and nothing will change that at this point.

Rich Hoffman

Marriage Story: An important lesson on the birds and the bees and the nature of relationships

It was far better than the old tent pole movie Kramer vs. Kramer which splashed into our culture about divorce in modern America many years ago. Marriage Story, which is on Netflix and can be watched by everyone without an excuse is a fantastic film about the creation of families and how they can disintegrate over little issues. Its one of the best that I can think of and should be a must watch for anybody over ten years old. If you can watch the movie, it may be the best thing you could do for yourself today. The movie directed and produced by Noah Baumbach is a labor of love that tackles divorce in a startling way with humor, hope and tragedy rolled all up into one well done package that is more beneficial than just another offering for entertainment.

Even more stunning was that these big name actors, like Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern and Alan Alda set loose a story that really shows in this day and age what happens when a mother puts a career in front of her family and expects everything to work out. Without question Adam Driver’s character of Charlie was the victim. He hadn’t done much to provoke the divorce, it was mostly Scarlett Johansson’s character who was seeking her own identity after doing what happens to most couples, finding a guy she liked, landing him, then trying to change him. When he continued to eclipse her socially, she wanted out of the marriage which a lot of women in this #metoo age feel pressured to do. The results are often divorces like the one shown in Marriage Story.

Rather than give a regular review for a film like this, other than to say, SEE IT, I’ll instead give a much needed lesson on the birds and the bees because so many people just don’t understand, including poor Charlie in this movie. He had sex with his girlfriend who became his wife. She got pregnant and he worked hard to be a good dad. So what in the world went wrong? A lot of people are asking those questions these days and our society does very little to explain it to them. That’s why movies like this can be so important, and why everyone should see this movie.

Forget about political correctness for the duration of this article, the nature of all human beings at a very biological level is to eat and reproduce. Young girls are pretty as humans define them because they are like flowers just blooming. The pretty ones attract the best DNA in male bees seeking to pollinate the most attractive females so that those DNA matchups are optimal and good children are produced. That is the divine way of the universe, we are all programmed to think in such a way. As women start to wilt beyond age 25 they come to understand that their value as females is going away. They had been taught that sex was their power since puberty, and they are about to lose that power so they enter a phase of crisis which in the modern sense of things is to replace their sexuality with a career.

Men are programmed to be ready anytime a woman is ready to be pollinated, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Often men get married so that they don’t have to waste time looking for sex, so they can do other things with their life like develop hobbies, and spend time with friends. Even after thousands of years of evolution they have not learned that you don’t get married to have sex. You get married to be a stabile biological contributor to a woman’s offspring and once she is pollinated, and wilting rapidly thereafter, sex is the last thing she cares about. She wants to raise her children and she wants resources. Men go from being showered with attention while the woman wants to be pollinated, to being a very low priority in the scheme of the family and they never seem to understand why. Charlie in the Marriage Story didn’t, and he had a really wonderful breakdown toward the end of the movie that was honest in ways I’ve never seen before, yet most of us go through it in some form during our lives. Because it is the story of all marriages. The only differences are that some learn to deal with it while most never do.

We’ve tried to turn marriage into some Disney fairy tale where people live happily ever after and that just isn’t an intellectual argument that belongs outside of the mind of a 7-year-old. Marriage is only about making a family. Happy couples who stay married learn to do things together that they both enjoy. But couples working in different directions don’t stay married because it just doesn’t work for the human mind. People are drawn together by common goals. If a couple does not have common goals, marriage is all but impossible. For most marriages obviously the production of children is enough to keep people working at a marriage to construct a family. Many people struggle to stay married once there are no longer children as the common goal, but in the case of the Marriage Story, it was the mom who needed something of her own identity as she could feel herself wilting as a flower and she wanted to replace that sinking feeling with a career. That was certainly the case of her friend and attorney, Laura Dern’s character who played a wonderfully accurate busy body modern day feminist who was a disaster of a personality. There are so many people like her functioning in the world its no wonder so many families break up and why so many kids are growing up messes of people.

The way its supposed to work is that a woman marries a man while she is still a nice-looking flower to pollinate. The man seeks to protect that image for the rest of his life even if he has to dehydrate the flower to preserve it in a book or something. It may look gross to outsiders, but the man remembers the flower he pollinated and the children that came from the experience and he tries to protect it for the rest of his life. But when we add complex social experiments to the nature of biology and psychology then we get variations of success in the experience of a happy life, leaving most people miserable. That’s when people start cheating on each other or seek to divorce so they can get that pollination feeling again, because they didn’t take the time the first time around to enjoy the experience. But its never the same the second time, or the third, fourth, or fifth.  Humans just aren’t built to have that many complex relationships in their lives, it destroys them at a core level every time they do it because the goal of the entire experience is to produce children. Not to have the fulfilment of an individual experience.

Couples who learn to play together at life, do things together are the ones who are happiest. By design, after 20 years of raising kids, there should be enough there to have a decent marriage. But men who leave their wives for younger women are doing so because they failed to launch past their biological necessities as the pollinators of young flowers. Maybe when they were young the attractive flowers wouldn’t give them the time of day and now that they are older with more money, they can get the attention of the flowers in full bloom with all their nice colors and thin stims. But it doesn’t last long, and the male soon finds themselves in the same cycle. Sex is used to secure the relationship and if kids aren’t produced there is no reason for the initial union, and the relationship dissolves.

We’re not supposed to talk about these things because we are supposed to have gay marriages legalized, and men and women are supposed to have their own careers and leave their kids to the state to raise in public schools, and its all supposed to work out. But that’s all hog wash. I’ve been married over 30 years and I know lots of people who have been married for 50 or more years. Take a little advice, watch a Marriage Story and learn from it. Avoid the mistakes because you’ll wish later that you listened and learned what the true nature of marriage was, and to build your life appropriately around it. If you want sex, don’t get married, rent a whore, find a knothole in the fence somewhere, or stay in your mom’s house and go to skank shacks at night picking up wilted flowers that spray-paint themselves up to look fresh under dim lights that are dying fast. But if you want to raise a family, which everyone should strive for in my opinion, take a number, be very patient and learn that nothing you do in a marriage is about you—its mostly for what you can build with someone else after the sex of youth has long gone, and what lasts in the realm of immortality, the things you do while you are alive that people remember.

Watch Marriage Story, its simply fantastic!

Rich Hoffman

Rise of Skywalker hits the Billion Dollar Club: Star Wars in the age of Trump

The final verdict for me on the new Star Wars movie the Rise of Skywalker is that I’m happy it crossed over the billion-dollar mark for the weekend. Disney needed that number to justify everything they had put into the effort, and that means more for the future, which is a good thing. I could rip the movie apart technically, and continue to be upset that Lucasfilm under Disney’s guidance veered away from the source material that was there for them for the plunder. We will never get the Jaina Solo that the series deserved and who lived dear to many people’s hearts before The Force Awakens ever appeared. But with all the mistakes made, I felt Disney turned the corner with Solo: A Star Wars Story and reached out to the fans who didn’t reach back. So Disney redoubled their efforts to win back fans with this latest movie with obvious hat in hand. That was enough for me. The most important thing to come out of this latest film is that it is one of the most positive movies I’ve seen in a very long time, everything is above the line and positive, which ultimately is what Star Wars is always about. And why people love to see the movies. We all understand reality and the nature of it. What we want to see in movies is hope, and optimism, and that is what Rise of Skywalker is all about.

The critical reception of the film I have said, and continue to, is solidified in the politics of our times and can be seen in the election of Donald Trump. For all the reasons that some people hate Trump they hate Star Wars. Some people don’t like optimism, they want artistic interpretations for the problems of their lives, not a “can do” spirit to take on anything and to win with perseverance. I think demographically, many fans of Star Wars are also Trump supporters even though Vanity Fair wants to believe that these movies are all about the resistance to Trump. The comparisons to modern politics and the way people vote with their money at the box office is synonymous. Where the rubber hits the road people pay to see hope and to walk away from a movie theater feeling good. And that is what Disney gave audiences finally after messing with the formula with experimental film makers several times in previous attempts. If Disney had just listened to George Lucas at the start of this journey, they’d be a lot better off, but at least they were able to make a recovery with these latest two films, Solo and Rise of Skywalker. Thankfully for them and the rest of us, they weren’t pig headed about it.

Even more importantly, the new ride at Disney World, The Rise of the Resistance continues to show enthusiastic support from a hungry audience. After going to Disney World the week after the ride opened at Hollywood Studios to ride it, my concern was that the movie would come out and people wouldn’t like it making the billion dollar investment that Disney made in the new Star Wars land not worth the effort. I was concerned that it was too little too late and that the brand damage to the property was too far gone. But still, well past the holidays people are showing up in the mornings to ride the most technical ride in the world and its selling out within an hour of the park opening still, meaning that the enthusiasm for Star Wars is still very high.

The most important part of the movie, Rise of Skywalker I think is at the end when Rey goes to the old farm of Luke to bury the lightsabers there for future generations. When Rey rides down the little sand dune as she did in the first movie it showed that J.J. Abrams and other writers for this latest movie understand that Star Wars isn’t about change, its about surviving and living to have a better day tomorrow. With all the events of the films in this recent trilogy Rey had shown that she was still that hopeful girl from the first movie unchanged by the tragedies she had endured. Even though Rey should have been Jaina Solo, and The Force Awakens shouldn’t have ruined the main characters from the original by dumbing them down into stumbling fathers or failed Jedi masters, or women who put their careers before their families only to breed the next generation of galaxy killers, acts like the one with Rey at the end are what Star Wars has always been about, and its great to see it get back on course.

My interest in all this is of course cultural. I don’t get much from a movie like Star Wars that inspires new thoughts in my mind. The movies are meant for children. I want the movies to do well for kids to have something to grab on to for a future where expansion into space and taking values with them for goodness late into their lives is key to establishing a wonderful future. Star Wars is key to that future, so I am very interested in how Disney uses the brand to shape goodness, and optimism in our society. But after The Last Jedi, which I liked because it had some interesting things in it, I wasn’t sure Disney would ever figure out what to do with the George Lucas creation.

But after visiting Galaxy’s Edge in Disney World and seeing The Rise of Skywalker several times at the movie theater, I can say that I am happy with the results and the mythic imprint it has on our society. There are a lot of very positive messages that are spawning off these efforts that will shape the intent of this next century so its all very exciting. It would have been a very sad story to see the brand disintegrate due to all the progressive political experimentation that has been going on, all the #METOO gestures in an attempt to win over the girls away from the boys in the audience. Star Wars is still a movie for boys ages 8 to 13. Girls can come, but its made for boy problems and no matter how much Disney wanted to change that, it was never meant to be. So at least The Rise of Skywalker returned to those roots as best they could, and the box office rewarded them with another billion-dollar money maker which they needed desperately.

Corporate filmmaking is a very different thing from a young George Lucas going to the bank to get the money to make Empire Strikes Back with all his hopes and dreams on the line, which showed in the final cut of the film. We may never see ambitions like that again in Star Wars due to the need of the films to make so much money to cover the corporate expenses. But there was a lot at stake with Rise of Skywalker even though Disney certainly has plenty of money to work with on a budget and advertising. It was good to see that a big company like Disney can gamble in a big way and come up winners when so many people need the win. Disney continues to show they don’t always understand what a winner looks like, as most big companies don’t, but they are always on the lookout for them, and they win more than they lose. And this time, its good that they won, because Star Wars will have new life, which I think is great for our future in many ways that are still undefined mythologically.

Rich Hoffman

Sushi and Kroger’s New Marketplace: Works of art often come from modifying nature

It’s true, I have a thing for sushi. I appreciate the warrior’s way that food can be created in a raw form to defy necessity and turn the experience into art. The way the food is prepared with the fine work of a knife and is placed into a composition of edible delight is something I never get tired of eating or observing. And so it has been often at my house, a nice football game has been on through the Holidays and I have wanted sushi, only the Kroger Marketplace that was supposed to be built at the end of my street has been stalled out for a few years leaving me without a proper outlet. Much to my relief, a good friend of mine sent me the article after a lot of asking on my part, letting me know that construction had resumed, and that the wonderful 133,868 square foot store was moving along once again. The reason that is such important news is that Kroger Marketplaces always have great sushi outlets. I use the one in West Chester several times a week for a sushi run. But that is a little far for me for those spur of the moment trips, so this news has been great.

I understand some of my neighbors are not crazy about the idea of the new Kroger. They have had views along RT 4 for many decades of empty farm fields in that location that look out for many miles in every direction. The Kroger location is a fine piece of land and my wife wasn’t crazy about the idea of a new Kroger being built there. After all, just down the road just over one mile was a 57,000 square foot facility that supplied everything you could want. Only for me, for decades, it was just too small of a store. I avoid going there because its just too cramped, I need some elbow room when I want to get some sushi. So learning that a new Kroger Marketplace was going to be built even closer to me and that I could run there to get sushi during a halftime intermission without missing any of a game was an absolute delight to learn.

I love nature and obviously Japanese culture is very heavily steeped in it, which sushi reflects. But I do like how the Japanese look to incorporate nature into their everyday life. That is evident when you visit their country, they are very creative people and have found ways to join nature to construction in ways that are very satisfying to their society. For them its not an “either or” scenario, its just a necessity. They don’t view preserving nature as a defiance to capitalism, quite the opposite. But we have allowed ourselves in America to have the definition of preservation established as a resistance to construction. The suggestion that an empty field has more value to nature than a booming metropolis of 133,000 square feet of food options of all kinds has been the established norm, which is a notion I reject.

Also near my home just a bit to the west of the wonderful Elk Run Golf Course is a new Kentucky Friend Chicken that I also welcomed, along with a brand new Burger King. I see all such places built as acts of creation and I love them every time they open. I love wide open spaces too, and nature. I live where I do because I get both in a kind of sushi like existence. There are great parks, great open vistas, and there are great capitalist enterprises everywhere. I can literally get a bucket of chicken to eat, any hardware I need to repair my house, and even get a new heavy-duty hitch for a truck within a half a mile of each other. Then spend a day playing golf across the street. I often said before President Trump was elected that we would know the strength of the national economy by whether or not Kentucky Fried Chicken would build a free-standing outlet near my home, because its sort of in between other locations. Obviously with the Dow hitting 29,000 in just three years of the Trump presidency the Kentucky Fried Chicken opened just before the New Year and it was right on target. A good economy is an opportunity for many creative people to do things and that is what I see every time a new enterprise is erected, and I never get tired of watching new businesses open. I like the entertainment options, but more than that, I like seeing an economy come alive as a new living thing.

The centerpiece of a great economy is the luxury of having so many options, such as being able to get fresh sushi cut nearly in front of you while a football halftime show is commencing. Only the vast resources of a Kroger Marketplace can cut through the opposition of nature to tame it to the degree that such a thing is even possible. And that is why I am excited for this new retail development. Developers are not blights on the surface of the earth, rather like the Japanese who compose nature into a beautiful symphony of food with sushi, every new enterprise built by some mind using capitalism to advance their cause is taking raw material and making a work of art out of it that expands our economy and that is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

Its true, a wide-open field is beautiful too, to see food being grown on it from a fresh spring planting is wonderful. But it’s not an either-or thing for me. I typically wouldn’t eat a fresh fish right out of a lake caught that morning, but when it is put together with the context of sushi, then I will. There are many states of nature and to me building something new is one of them. Taking something like land in its raw form and turning it into a place that has multiple beers, chips, meats and of course sushi is an amazing achievement. And to give shoppers the kind of elbow room that makes them comfortable while they are there is even better. I personally can’t wait for the opening of this new Kroger Marketplace. I will go there a lot.

While some of the neighbors in the area are still sore that they are losing their view of an empty field from their windows to be replaced by a parking lot full of cars, I think they are only seeing part of the story and need to open their eyes to the nature of the achievement. The nature is still there but like sushi, humans have taken it and carved it into what they truly desire. Construction is a work of art and creation, not a blight on nature. Its an extension of it. A parking lot is still that open field, only now people have something to do except just look at it and think of the worms, ground hogs and mosquitos that otherwise would inhabit it in a raw form. They are still there, but now there is sushi and people who are good at making it. And that is a miracle of human achievement all by itself.

Rich Hoffman