The Liberalized Coronavirus: Its all about state budgets and election year politics

Then there is the day after this virus outbreak is over, and it’s quite clear that the nation’s governors, both Republican and Democrat do not want that day to come soon. They are enjoying the attention, the daily press conferences, the chance to go on television and talk. To be a hero every day and talk like they are perpetually campaigning. However, the bills in their states are not getting paid, but the demands have not gone away. The size of government is going to be a real problem for them once this all ends, which it should have already. While I’m not going to be shy about calling bullshit on this viral attack and the purpose of it, I will also say that the threat of me being wrong went away about two weeks ago when the CDC had to start walking back the death toll.

There was a slow transition from that story to the number of sheer cases that would overflow the hospitals, which is a thinly veiled promotion of a need of government healthcare. But even that is thinning out. Instead its becoming more and more obvious that the state governors are sticking to the flattening the curve story because once people realize that is a bunch of bullshit too, someone is going to have to pay for all this, and the states have not been collecting money, because nobody is working and spending money. That is a big problem for their state budgets. While the federal government can print all the money it wants, states must balance their budgets and this whole Coronavirus thing has blown that requirement up.

Some of the most psycho states that have over-reacted to the Covid-19 virus particularly Illinois and California are obviously poising their post virus world for a government handout using this virus to cover the fact that their states were headed to bankruptcy. Even cities like Cincinnati are poised to use this virus as the excuse for their financial failures which were well in place before the news media started making Covid-19 the poster child for zero emissions forcing everyone off the roads and to hide in their homes to get close to it and save the earth from mankind—in their distorted view of reality. Covid-19 for them was like a snow day for the college kids who partied all weekend then on Sunday night tried to cram for a test only to learn on Monday that the college was on lockdown and nobody knew when it might open again. Most of the radical states and cities who were underwater in their budgets couldn’t pay their bills had nothing to lose in following the orders of the state governors and the president, even going further than necessary to put on a good show, because it was their ticket to a federal bailout that might wipe their slate clean. But that doesn’t erase the problem, the federal government can’t bail out everyone. The amount of money they will be looking for will far exceed the $2 trillion package that was just passed, but its their only shot at solving their original problem. They plan to overdramatize this virus outbreak to hide their own fiscal irresponsibility. Mayor Cranley in Cincinnati is already announcing layoffs to drive the point home forcing the state to bail out all the government workers left hanging on the vine and once that happens, the mayors and governors will be able to say, “I was only following the orders of my president.”

Most of the liberal governors already were ready to do extreme things for climate change, the dog whistle was already coming from Bill Gates and other radical leftists for years, so stopping all economic activity was a chance to cheer for the activists who want to destroy the means of mankind and walk everyone back to a primitive state in order to save their cherished mother earth with the zero emission push. Of course, those radical groups used this virus to sell that concept. We all know it takes around 21 days to change a behavior, so an international lockdown of about that period of time will hopefully make people less addicted to using their cars to go out to dinner every day, and it introduces the concept to lots of young people the idea of a universal wage, giving out government checks that are larger for a few weeks than the wages their employers would give them—which hurts companies that are part of that carbon footprint on Bill Gates’ graph challenging the goal of a zero emission society. Then of course promoting healthcare workers in the way they are and crying for hospital beds and ventilators are the way to plant the seeds for socialized medicine. This whole Coronavirus outbreak has not been about the danger of actual deaths, but in changing human behavior toward liberal causes. And by default, it has tied all of us to the end result of desiring to get everything running again, together. It is at that time that we might agree to tax increases to pay for the bailouts of all the bankrupt states that can’t pay their police, their teachers, their BMV workers—everyone. They plan to slow down all government activity with a lack of workers to frustrate everyone into giving them whatever amount of money they can get their hands on and they’ll blame this virus for the need. Of course, higher taxes are the biggest thing that liberals want out of the Coronavirus. The money will have to come from somewhere and that is going to be their next move.

You must learn dear reader that these types of people do not function in the same reality as everyone else. They will at every opportunity seek to take advantage of the good nature of people in general to advance a political agenda, and as you can see, there are a lot of them attached to this Covid-19 outbreak. Of course, they put Trump in a position they controlled when they said to him that millions of people were going to die in America. He had to act. He’s trying to walk it back now in an election year where fake news is trying to say through polling that Joe Biden is actually ahead of him for the presidential election. We’re talking about a world where the liberal minded now run Fox News and will fire Trish Regan for essentially saying on television what I’ve been saying, but they’ll promote Donna Brazile. The war has been going on for a long time and the budgets were threatening to destroy all the liberal governors, and now all those issues have been put on the back burner to make way for this Coronavirus which has touched the behavior of almost every American in a very intimate way. They have been all trying to set up Trump in the election year any way they can. And they are planning to use this Coronavirus to blame all their massive layoffs on him until they get a bailout of their state and that is the next battle to come, which will take up every bit the same amount of news cycle time during the election as Coronavirus has. People often can’t see all these elements because they don’t look at the picture as big as they need to, but the liberal engine of radical advancement of many ideas was hatched under a desire to promote zero emissions blaming it on a viral outbreak, but the budget demands of bankruptcy gave an added benefit which is what the current story on the days after are all going to be about. For the political left, this Covid-19 is their grand fortissimo of the Kavanaugh hearings, the impeachment trial, Stormy Daniels, the Russian Dossier, and the mass FBI cover-up with the DOJ all wrapped up into one epic story of collapsed state budgets because the President was trying to contain a virus that was never really a threat. And they hope this one knocks him out of office where the other things didn’t.  April 30th is a long way off, too long, and the political players know it.

Rich Hoffman

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The Misery Index: When will the governors give back their emergency power?

It’s a tough act to walk back, but now that they’ve had a taste of the emergency powers granted to them, all these governors and mayors are going to be very reluctant to give it back to the way things are supposed to be. Emergency powers need a time limit, yet none of them can give us one, nor do they want to which at this point is why this “flatten the curve” nonsense keeps getting pushed out into April and May. In the case of Mike DeWine, I don’t think the power has gone to his head as much as he knows that there are going to be serious ramifications coming his way in the wake of this mess in Ohio, where every day businesses are closing forever, people are committing suicide, divorces are happening at an increased rate and the state budget is getting decimated. So his abuse of the power is more out of self-preservation than anything else as he has allowed Amy Acton to dig everyone deeper and deeper into a hole of financial depression by staying closed much longer than was ever deemed necessary for a virus that in the end will turn out to be a pretty standard seasonal thing. They’ve painted themselves into a corner and there’s no way out without tracking through that paint and being accused of many bad things that nobody will forget.

The Covid-19 virus will spike in the coming days, but to date we only have under 20 deaths that are attributed to the virus. Many say that’s too many but if we look at every single life with a misery meter and judge them all the way we have tracked this virus where every person who gets it has their face plastered on television and the department of health steps in to force mass quarantines and further testing of targeted audiences, the numbers are always going to be skewed toward the state’s case for more emergency powers which then allows a governor to behave like a king and sidestep the legislature as long as they can deem the need for an emergency. If every person in Ohio were measured in the same way there would be more than 20 deaths caused by the state shutdown, the fights that wouldn’t have occurred otherwise, the suicides over financial ruin, the misery of weakened immune systems that wouldn’t have otherwise been sick if they had not been forced to hide in their homes and not indulge in the things they enjoy, which then made them sick of other things. Yeah, there is a mess in every state, Ohio is not the only one, and it will be Hell for all state governments for the foreseeable future that they overblew the statistics for Covid-19 to harness the power of emergency powers for their own varied needs. But in the wake of that, they caused a lot more misery and destruction than what the virus would have if they had just trusted the free market to handle the surge in need the way we always have in the past with other viral outbreaks.

What was different with this one is that we allowed ourselves to be dominated by many foreign powers, this time coming at us in the uniform of a scientist building models that overly stated death counts and functioning from all kinds of emotional needs at the World Health Organization. We trusted these people in our government to know better and they screwed up in a massive way and now that we all know it, they are buying time hoping to push off the inevitable. We’ve handled mass virus outbreaks just as bad as Covid-19 in the past, people got sick, they stayed home and when they got better they went back to work. We certainly didn’t try to ruin everyone’s lives over a fear of hospital capacity. And we certainly have not seen where so many places around the United States have used such a minor viral outbreak to acquire so much power for the state and its government in a king-like manner without knowing when they were going to give those powers back. That anxiety is costing even more lives and money by the hour. For instance, there are people who really love baseball season. There are companies who invest lots of money in seasonal tickets and some people get great joy in going to the park on a spring day to eat a hot dog and to watch a baseball game. There are sports teams like the Reds who have spent massive amounts of salary to have a good season for the city they represent, and all that investment and momentum is on hold over the fear of massive deaths that will never come. And those people have no visibility as to when all this might end, and they can plan their lives once again.

One of the themes of this reaction to the viral outbreak shut down plan has been lives matter more than money as if those were separate elements of life. But think of the thousands and thousands of small business restaurant owners who have lost their entire inventory of food because it’s shelf life has expired and they have no idea when they can start to place more orders because they don’t know when they can open. Think of Kings Island and Cedar Point, the big amusement parks in Ohio who have no idea when they can open, hire staff, or even purchase food for their concessions. The government know nothings advocating this shutdown might say, well, those are wealthy companies and they can figure it out. Well, they shouldn’t have to, government should never make itself an impediment to anybody’s success, and if the misery index were to follow each and every person the way they have tracked the Covid-19 virus government would see just how many lives they have ruined with these “safety” actions and that they made everything much, much worse than if they had just stayed out of it.

President Trump and the Senate are certainly guilty too. Taking over General Motors to make health equipment is not acceptable, nor is a 2 trillion-dollar bailout. I get Trump’s strategy and understand the necessity of the moves, but we should never have stuck ourselves into that situation to begin with. Future presidents will abuse their power many times worse because of the precedents set forth by Trump. We have set new standards on encroaching government into everyone’s lives over the overstated concerns of a normal, everyday, virus. For all of us, there are many major decisions that will have to be made as our reaction to this whole event will be scrutinized until the end of time, but at the heart of that is the massive amount of power that was abused during it without any forecast as to when governors, presidents and mayors would give that power back. They’ll show you all these charts showing peak viral infections as if that justifies all that they’ve been doing, but they can’t tell you when they will give that power back to the House and Senate of their states to stop the madness. They are all humans with fallacies, but that is the problem we should all have learned by now from history, we can’t give any one person ever this much power, especially for such an undetermined length of time.

I really think Mike DeWine means well. I think Amy Acton, from her point of view means well. Jon Husted the Lieutenant governor in Ohio I know means well—I’m sure of it. These are not bad people. But through their well-meaning actions they have screwed up just like any CEO might ruin the lives of the people working for their company if they make bad decisions. When people make mistakes, we have to limit the damage and in the wake of this crises, that was entirely a manufactured reality based on bad math and panicky people, many, many more lives have been lost and ruined than this Covid-19 virus will ever take. The amount of cases is not important because the state is seeking to use as much testing as possible to skew the numbers in their favor, but the death toll just isn’t going to be there to justify all the panic. The power grabs from the CDC and WHO cannot continue to use uncertainty to drag out this panic into seasonal awareness that continues to shut down everyone’s lives every couple of months for every little sniffle that we might get. What has been done already far exceeds what might be acceptable, and what is certain at this point is that we can never do it again.

Rich Hoffman

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Ohio: A Quiet Place–The list of things that can kill you more than Coronavirus

I have figured it out, Amy Acton from the Governor of Ohio’s Health Department developed her strategy for dealing with Covid-19 by watching the movie, A Quiet Place. Traveling down the roads of Ohio and through towns devoid of people I have an answer to a question I had after watching that movie, why would people just disappear and leave everything in an advanced society vacant and docile? Amy seems to be very influenced by this movie because the order to put everyone on essential house arrest to deal with this virial outbreak is precisely duplicating the actions taken in that modern horror movie. While watching that movie, and also, how people are dealing with this whole Coronavirus outbreak, I have the same question—why would people surrender their freedom and liberty for some alien invader? The monsters in A Quiet Place were scary, but there is no way they take over the world as they did in that film where everyone had to be “quiet” in order to live. People would have killed them, hunted them down and slaughtered them. The drama was a useless exercise, people wouldn’t behave that way in a crisis, or so I thought. Yet driving around Ohio its obvious that most people would behave just as the family in A Quiet Place did under threat of invasion, because they were doing just that.

Some facts about Covid-19 to keep in mind as we explore this fascinating topic of reaction to an alien invader, Covid-19 who is more deadly in perception than in actuality, just as in that movie, A Quiet Place. At the moment Ohio (as of 3-25-20) there are 704 confirmed cases of the virus and 10 confirmed fatalities. There is a strong belief that the number could be 5 times higher due to testing needs and people walking around with it who don’t know that they have it. With all that in mind that puts us at 3,520 cases in Ohio with 50 potential deaths from that population, out of just over 11 million people, statistically speaking. The death rate with some of that extra math taken into consideration is around .2%. That same dynamic could be said to be equal to the national numbers of 50,000 cases and 600 deaths. Of course when you are talking about measuring every life with a chart examining every single case it looks like a big number, but at those numbers its trending about at the same place as the common flu in creating fatalities. Even as Amy Acton spoke from her Quiet Place in the state capital of Ohio with 6 feet between her and everyone else using social distancing in this case to be quiet as in the film, to avoid the aggression of the virus, she has stated that out of all patients with Coronavirus, 11% will need to be in the ICU. Out of those with Coronavirus, 16% are healthcare workers getting it while treating those who have it. 25.7 percent of that infected population need to be hospitalized as 75-80% will be fine as out-patients. There is something very wrong here that a logical mind is missing, the danger of the virus has been elevated in some artificial way for some reason……hmmmm, what could it be?

Meanwhile, people are still dying of all the other things that they always have died over. Here is an interesting list of things that kill people every day and by year in the United States that are every bit as dangerous as this Covid-19 virus, but we have never shut down the country over them. The answer to why will make you very angry, but before getting to that, let’s have a look at the list:

115 persons die each day in motor vehicle crashes in the United States (30,000 per year)

 Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 76 million people in the United States become ill from the food they eat, and about 5,000 of them die every year

Of the 5,051 people who died from choking in 2015, 2,848 were older than 74.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

Around 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, resulting in the hospitalization of 6,000 to 13,000 people each year in the United States

Over 1,000 people get struck by lightning every year in the United States, and over 100 of them die as a result of the strike

In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States

An estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States

500 children go to the hospital every year from choking or other injuries.

Furthermore, every year 80,000 people go to the hospital to get treatment for injuries from lawn mowers.

Every year 15,500 people go to the hospital in the United States to treat injuries caused by falling off a ladder. While 113 ladder falls every year prove to be deadly.

Every year there are 43,200 hospital visits for injuries caused by furniture tipping over onto someone. Of those people, 26 are crushed to death. While another 1.8 million people go to the hospital after falling out of bed. 450 of those people die from the fall. While coffee tables cause 143,070 children under the age of 5 to visit the emergency room every year. Also 237 people go to the hospital every year from burning themselves on lightbulbs.

Every year, 6,000 people go to the hospital for pencil related injuries. Many times the injuries are the result of a pencil being stuck in someone’s eye. While other times, sharp pencils stab and cut the skin. Of these 6,000 injuries, 100 more prove to be fatal. Pens also injure and kill people. On average, 100 people a year die from chewing on a pen

Space heaters cause 40% of all household fires. They also cause an average of 1,490 injuries and 470 deaths every single year.

The United States alone has 300 toaster-related deaths. Most of the deaths are the result of electrical shock from sticking a knife into the slots to remove jammed toast.

Every year 9000 people end up in the hospital from choking on toothpicks. Most toothpick victims are children between the ages of 5 and 14. Furthermore, an average of 3 people die every year from accidentally swallowing toothpicks, puncturing their internal organs.

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications in 2018.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2017 personal exercise, with or without exercise equipment, accounted for some 526,000 injuries the most of any category of sports and recreation. Basketball followed with about 500,000 injuries, while bicycling, with 457,000 injuries, and football, with 341,000 injuries, ranked third and fourth.

In the US, around 4,000 to 5,500 people die from gang violence each year. Among all gun homicide cases, 80% of them are gang related.

So as Amy Acton and Doctor Doom from the CDC have been saying, its all about bringing down the curve, the amount of sick and in need of hospital beds matched against the supply. So the need in America is to string out the cases, slow down the virus so that the hospitals won’t be overrun by the sick. But if that were the concern the World Health Organization wouldn’t be stating that America will be the next epicenter of the virus scaring everyone to death even as the CDC has ads on Fox News keeping on the front of everyone’s minds day and night so there is no room to think about anything else. The health people are talking out of both sides of their mouth for a reason—because this was never about a virus outbreak that once it is all said and done will be nothing more than just another flu. It was about scaring people into paralysis to have an influence on the dialogue for the day after, for more socialized medicine ran by the government, more funding for the CDC, and behavioral change in America in general. Hardly before anybody knew anything about this virus people were saying that life in America would never be the same.

Yet as Amy Acton spoke about the danger of the curb increasing and how terrible this week would be with sheer deaths, the 1,300 hospital beds that are available in Ohio are only 70% occupied. Based on models she has been looking at with global “scientists” all from liberalized colleges who certainly have a political stake in the outcomes of these models, she thinks Ohio will need 50% more hospital capacity before its all said and done. That however doesn’t makes sense since as we said giving generous estimates to the amount of people who actually have it, based on those who have actually been tested, there is nothing to justify that extra demand based on the rate that people are healing from the virus and being discharged to return home.

To date across the world around 100,000 people have recovered from the virus, it is not a death sentence as it has been made out to appear. It is simply another money grab for funding for the medical industry that has been artificially constrained due to socialized medicine tampering with the American supply which is precisely why Amy Acton is concerned. The limit is their own fault, and to hide it, they have sought to make it all of our problem by playing into some primal fear we all might have of an alien invasion and the behavior that might push us hiding in our homes during the days of Armageddon, which government sought to create to hide their intentions all along. And because of all that they have taken a virus, that certainly has its risk factors, but is nothing outside of the dangers we have in every day life, and blown them out of proportion to drive a day after response to socialized medicine, New Green Deal concerns, and to harm the American economy to equalize with the rest of the world in a very political way. And to do it, they tapped into our greatest fears, likely by watching some movie like A Quiet Place and trying to make laws that brought that reality to our daily lives by taking fiction and turning it into perceptual fact.

Rich Hoffman

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Jon Husted, Mike DeWine and Amy Acton, Don’t Lecture Us: Government tampering in a free market is the cause of all the misery

Friday was a stunning day, the whole week has been for all of us of course, but I know something about Jon Husted, the Lieutenant Governor in Ohio to Mike DeWine and he shocked me with a lecture about behavior in the press conference he did with the governor and the health freak Amy Acton hinting that Ohio might be next to submit to martial law if businesses didn’t behave themselves. I’ve met Jon on several occasions and have thought of him as a Tea Party conservative, and he was part of the way that the Republican Party sweetened the deal of getting behind the rino-at-best, Mike DeWine in the last election. But Jon sounded like some communist leader of some third world country right from the capital of Ohio and it was shameful. Despicable from a person who should know better. Where is the Jon Husted that we all know and love? Listen dude, we don’t need a lecture on proper behavior by some government official. Most of the reason people are suffering is due to the inaction of our leadership in the state and that isn’t something that you get to pawn off and lecture to us about how we should behave or when. It was Ohio government led by Amy Acton that has overreacted to this Covid-19 crises and put everyone at each other’s throats. It was mismanagement of the governor’s office that started this chain reaction all across the country and you have only yourselves to blame. President Trump promoted social distancing, you idiots took it 20 steps further and now the nation is in a competition not to get back to work, but to how close to martial law they can push it until people break and start fighting back against the government. The press conference was a disaster to say the least.

Here’s the problem, the whole driver of this extreme social distancing measure is to slow the spread of the virus Covid-19, because there is a fear, (not a fact) that hospital beds will be in short supply and government wants to manage the panic. But in so doing, you have created massive panic, really bad panic. So bad that I had to waste my time going to Wal-Mart with my wife last night to get food for the weekend because she was too scared to go by herself during the day while I was working—working to undo a lot of the mistakes this state government has placed on top of us economically. Supply chains all across the country are closing down because their states have declared stay home orders and its wrecking everything. The last thing I want to do on a Friday night is go to Wal-Mart because my wife was in such a panic that she was worried about being attacked over bread. And as I walked the empty aisles, caused by our Ohio government, the other people were also just as terrified—afraid to talk to each other, walking around with masks and afraid to make eye contact—and here we get a lecture about being civil from the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio on proper conduct. Are you kidding me? Wal-Mart closed at 8:30 PM on a Friday night, it felt a lot like we were living in a communist country, limited options, short supplies, dead spirited people—empty ambitions—all in just one week of activist Ohio government sticking its nose in business it didn’t belong in.

The hospital shortage of any kind is due to government interference. With every regulation is a barrier to capitalist response to any crises. The reason more people are not in the health care business to provide for surge protection from some virus outbreak is because government is too far involved. Medicaid expansion from the last liberal governor John Kasich is one of those bad decisions, where providing services has a cost that many potential doctors don’t want to deal with. Medicine should be as common as food. Government doesn’t decide how many fast food places are put on the corner of a highway exit, and it shouldn’t be tampering with the market of healthcare in any way. Because it does through much regulation, and the unions attached to the medical industry, it is slow to react to the needs of the public and the lack of innovation has provided an artificial constraint. That constraint is why we must worry about not having enough hospital beds for a virus surge. If the free market were more allowed to function in the field of medicine, we’d have a lot more options and wouldn’t have to shut down our state economy because of a shortage of hospital beds.

But who says we have a shortage of hospital beds? Amy Acton? She’s the person getting her information around the world from all these climate radicals who are using computer models to tell the story of an outbreak that they want to see happen, for their own political reasons. Why in the hell are you guys listening to her—because she’s a “professional?” Get fu**ing serious! Have you guys lost your minds? Just about everything the governor’s office has said this entire past week has been wrong from a supposed Republican free market capitalist point of view. This big brother government “knows best” position has been embarrassing. You might expect such nonsense by a liberal governor and their office, but not a solid Republican state like Ohio. Then to end a week of misery once many more have suffered the down effects of DeWine’s decision to lock down almost all economic activity with a lecture of how to behave and how we want to be remembered after this crises is over—if its ever over at all—was reprehensible. And yes, when will the crises ever be over? Are we going to track every virus that emerges for the rest of our lives? You can bet the news will try to provoke such a panic, look how successful they were with you guys in Ohio government.

Oh, I can hear your thoughts, you know more than we do, you’ve seen the models, you’ve heard the concerns, you’ve suffered losses from friends who are losing people to this terrible Covid-19 virus. Wrong, you have your face against the glass and you have let liberal activists push it so hard that your nose is breaking. You can’t see the forest for the trees because your looking in the wrong, panic driven direction. And its OK to make mistakes, which our Ohio government has, but its not OK to try to justify it with caretaking for the innocent. There are many more people suffering over a lack of food, jobs, and fear of an unknown that you guys have created than anybody suffering a respiratory problem who is in their 80s and may actually need a hospital bed due to Covid-19 to help with their breathing. Because the DeWine administration was suckered into this over-reaction, many more people are suffering needlessly, and yes, we expect you to know better than to bite on the hook that was placed in the water.

We don’t need a lecture from government on how to behave. The problems of this entire Covid-19 virus outbreak was caused by government standing in the way of capitalist enterprise and to hide that fact, government has shut down almost all economic activity. People are mad, they are getting angrier by the hour and that fault is on Ohio state government for mismanaging the Covid-19 outbreak. You took some direction from the Trump administration which is fighting its own battles with Doctor Doom at the CDC, and you guys went several steps too far and now you can’t easily put it back in the bottle. And instead of apologizing, you gave us a lecture.

Rich Hoffman

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Bernie Sanders is the Democrat Frontrunner: Socialism, communism and the ‘Call of the Wild’

It is ironic that as Bernie Sanders won the Las Vegas caucus over the weekend that critics of Donald Trump—largely Democrats are trying to start the rumor that the Russians are helping to get the president re-elected. Now logically, why would the Russians ever want Donald Trump re-elected, he has not been good for them, that’s for sure. But Bernie Sanders is one of their own, a devout communist who chose out of all destinations in the world the Soviet Union to vacation on his honeymoon because he was so love with communism and obviously still is. There is no evidence to even support the accusation yet there it is, the Democrats have stated it because they see where the road is going and they have no control of their car going over the cliff. It is as I have said from the beginning, Democrats as a party affiliate with socialism and communism. When we spoke about Barack Obama being a socialist and that was so scandalous, just a few years later the Democrats are forced to reveal it about themselves, and now Bernie Sanders is well on his way to the nomination from the Democrats to be the person to run against Trump for the White House.

I was in the green room at WLW a long time ago, not that long ago it seems, but its been a few years and I was talking to some of the talent there and their producers about my opinions on public education being a gateway drug for socialism. As I said to them, which they were clearly uncomfortable with, was that government schools, and our government in general had quite a love for socialism and that was what they wanted to see implemented in the United States. And that my writing about it took away the fine points of my funding arguments about public schools because it was too far outside the mainstream. I of course replied that what I was saying was the truth and that people just weren’t ready to admit it to themselves—so we agreed to disagree and stay off that topic while on air at WLW. They of course love the high school sports programming, especially in the fall when they read the football scores and talk about the various games around the city late into Friday nights of broadcasting.

Actually, I took grief from just about everybody for my position on schools. There were some really violent discussions when my children were getting ready to be college age from family members who thought my opinions on our education system in general was going to destroy their lives. My kids are in almost in their 30s now and we always had a close relationship and they are glad they listened to dad on the warnings. Everyone they know who has gone through the meat grinder of public education and the liberalized college experience we provide are lost and confused as young people. Granted, all those kids had parents feeding them literally into the system like trees into a woodchipper grinding them into dust completely and leaving nothing behind. It wasn’t easy to go against the trends of the time, but without question I was the most voracious reader of anybody, and I did know better. The truth is that I have always loved education, just not the kind that government schools were offering. Its not just teaching that matters, its what is being taught, and I will argue all day long that its better not to teach things if the only option is a bunch of communist and socialist garbage.

What brings this position to mind is the new movie Call of the Wild that I remember well was required reading in school and looking at the way that climate change is being paraded around now the communist activism of government schools couldn’t be clearer. Even way back then, several decades ago public schools were pushing climate change in mandatory reading like Call of the Wild which effectively puts the reader in the mind of the dog as he realizes how small he really is in the scheme of things and surrenders himself to the “Call of the Wild.” We are all disposable after all yet the earth continues on long after we are gone just as is was before we ever came to be. Its kind of a hopeless view of the world that is designed to put the people receiving the education into the mindset that all is hopeless, and all thought is perishable, so why bother. The state is there to protect the environment and of course the people are there to protect their government—first by surrendering their identities to the Call of the Wild. Listen to that call and become one with nature. Isn’t that the message of the Woodstock Festival, or any rock concert?

I always had those thoughts about rock concerts, and nigh clubs in general. When I was a late teenager I had been reading a lot of Joseph Campbell and was very interested in tribal rights, where individuals sacrifice their integrity to the needs of the group. Every rock concert was a kind of mass sacrifice where people surrendered their values to the band on stage and danced to their impulses, not to their own thoughts. It was a kind of Call of the Wild to listen to the pulsations of the rock group KISS talk about sex on stage and cause very nice girls to lift up their shirts and show their breasts to 20,000 people. I was often the guy who drove to these things because I didn’t like to drink much and was always the one with the best car. Some of the girls who would go with us to rock concerts were so nice and respectable daddy’s girls. They would give no sign of being loose sexually and kept their short skirts pushed down when you looked into the back seat to check on their comfort. But once in the rock concert dancing to their favorite songs, those panties came off and were being thrown up to the stage where the performers were. And their breasts were unleashed to the world. Afterwards, they would blame it on the alcohol, on losing their minds to drugs and the pulsations of the environment as if that would explain it all. I knew different, it was a mindset that was given to them in public school when leftists teachers made them read Call of the Wild and to write a report on its merits. So when given decisions in life as adults for the first time, they ripped off their clothes and shamed themselves for all their future families by getting into a mosh pit and surrendering their individual selves to the chaos of mass ownership.

So why is anybody surprised that the guy who calls himself a socialist, and has even supported openly Soviet style communism is leading the Democrat primary? Why did WLW not want to talk about the role that public schools play in programming young people to vote for such people? And why do nice young ladies go to night clubs and rock concerts and do things in public that they would never do while on a date with a nice young man? Its because of the belief patterns that create socialism and how it is taught, not realized through natural selection. Most people when given a choice once more wisdom comes to them later in life turn toward Republican ideas. But by then most people are so compromised with embarrassment that they spend the rest of their lives trying to continue their scandal with some form of consensus building. The Friday night football scores are always a welcome distraction, not just because sports is fun and interesting, but it reminds the consumer of the information that they weren’t the only ones who embarrassed themselves, so the actions don’t seem so bad. As adults, they don’t feel they have the authority to tell their kids that Bernie as a socialist is bad for their lives, so they keep their mouths shut. But for the next generation in the dance clubs and at rock concerts, those disgraces are happening almost every day, and to cover their behavior, they are voting for Bernie Sanders when given a choice. And that is who the Democrats are.

Rich Hoffman

The Criteria for State Funding of Education in Ohio: A future state free of Parkinson’s Law

Just as a preview to the upcoming debate at Lakota schools, and the post Trump election of 2020 where Betsy DeVos will unleash her education reforms I think its only fair to give a sneak peak into my position model for state funding problems in Ohio. One thing that became very clear to me while fighting the Lakota levies during the early part of the last decade was that everything pointed to problems with state funding, where the state was having a terrible time of constitutionally providing money to schools due to two major character flaws in the foundation assumptions of the public education debate. First the cost for schools were filled with what I call in this case Parkinson’s Law, which is a business term to describe typical problems in schedules, where allotted time fills to whatever dates are provided, the work fills the time provided, and secondly, the attachment of money to real estate instead of the students provided by the tax payers. Those two elements have made it impossible to come up with a proper funding model and must be solved before the state can do anything, so to answer the questions from the past, how can the pro levy people and the anti-levy people get together to focus their efforts in Columbus toward real education funding change, those two questions must first be solved. Anything that does not deal with those two issues, is off track and a useless gesture, and that will be my position on the upcoming levy fights no matter what frontier we find ourselves fighting them.

Parkinson’s Law occurs when building things like Gantt charts in business where all the parties of a process are allowed to give their perceived dates for the completion of their given task. When looking at a total project and the critical path needed for its completion, it will be quick to note that all the participants in a schedule will give themselves a comfortable amount of safety in case they have runovers and problems in their task. Taken as a whole, this takes the completion date for a project well past the usual funding requirements and must be worked out by taking away all the fluff that finds itself into the assumptions. In public schools where collective bargaining agreements take up 80 to 90% of a $200 million budget at a school like Lakota, the desire to have tax increases is only to fund this out of control filling of a budget with Parkinson’s Law where the money in the budget always fills to satisfy the supply. It has nothing at all to do with the quality of education, but everything to do in order to satisfy the comfort level of the government school in recruiting, and labor management among a hostile organization that is bound to socialist desires, the government labor unions that are embedded and cannot be removed without destroying education as we know it and the free babysitting service that it has become for so many busy, working parents.

Knowing all that, the per pupil cost of education is excessively high and no state law maker can hope to sign their name next to such an inflated figure until the schools themselves work out the true need of their paid staffs, and are getting the most out of those they do have. If a school wants to pay a teacher six figures to do a job, that’s fine. But the teacher better be worth it. However, through collective bargaining, some teachers may be worth it, some may not, but all get it because of the nature of the union agreement which goes well above and beyond what taxpayers should be funding with their property taxes. It’s the same rule that applies to private businesses, if a company has a unionized workforce, that’s fine if they can operate with it. But don’t ask the customer to pay more for those services because the union is present. That is not the fault of the customer, it’s a non-value-added experience for the taxpayer to fund on the top end for mismanaged services passed down to them through the government school looking to appease the radical elements of their labor force. To keep the labor happy and justify all the advanced degrees and other elements, Parkinson’s Law says that the budget will grow to satisfy the demands placed on it by the comfort level of the participants.

How many teachers does it take to teach a classroom in this fast moving world where video games have more influence over students than a stagnant employee teaching things in the front of the room that are already two or three years too old by the time they are trained to teach it, and how much is that teacher worth for 7 or 8 hours of their day, 5 days a week and summers off? Is it worth $70K per year, or $100k, because a lot of teachers at Lakota are making averages of that amount of money and the report cards for the school show that it hasn’t helped them get “A”s on their state report cards. Questions like that have to be asked before state funding can be acquired because those are contributors to the Parkinson’s Law I am proposing must be answered before any model can be created legally. In this day and age couldn’t a government school operate with a lot less teachers and more interactive media, even larger classrooms? Given the state of the results of our current way of doing things, its clear our education system is not doing a very good job as compared to other countries, so why would we stick with the same old same old, its too expensive and its not very effective. Education needs to be faster, and more engaging, and up to date, with the rate that computer processers increase in memory and efficiency. Things kids learn today are almost outdated before they even leave high school, so we need better ways that are much less bureaucratic to keep up. All these considerations are part of the state funding crises that must be solved before anything happens. Just lobbying the state government for more money isn’t going to solve a thing because we haven’t dealt with how that money would be spent.

Of course the answer nobody wants to talk about that thinks of public education as a crowning experience for youth, where football games and dances are centerpieces of culture young people depend on, and parents who need someone to watch their kids while they are busy at work. But the future of public education is to get government out of it, out of the regulations, out of the report cards, out of the business as much as possible and to turn over that effort to private enterprise, which the labor unions are completely against because it would take away all their emotional leverage. But that is where education is headed whether it takes 10 years to get their or 100. The inevitability is fast approaching and it won’t take long for everyone to see it. The need for more personal freedom and faster rates of learning that are not so top heavy in costs demand such a thought and that is ultimately where the state funding will reside. Any discussion besides these things is a useless one.

The assumption among education activists is to lobby for money to feed the old broken system that has not been effective, as is evidence in our present society. The current system is too expensive and does not teach the right things at the rate that kids need the information. I would offer that the cost of an average teacher should be about half what it is now and that many of them should not just do teaching as a career, but as one thing in their lives. The structure of teaching should not need a stagnant employee present to hold down the speed of learning, but should only be present to provide an interface to knowledge. That is a part time job at best in the schools of tomorrow. Certainly not worth 80K per year for hundreds and hundreds of employees only working a fraction of the day in a fraction of the year. I measure a day in 24-hour intervals, so if a job only requires 8 to 9 hours of dedication from an employee asset, it’s a part time job to my eyes. And that is how things will look as we get into the future state of government school funding models. To me, they are already extinct. Its taking other people too long to realize it, because that’s the way we’ve always done it, but once Trump is elected for his second term and his sons or even Candice Owens takes over the future of the White House going into 2030, the word “government” is coming out from in front of schools which must be privately managed. Just like health care is headed, and just about every other utility of economic expenditure. That is the wave of a fast-moving future and government schools are way behind in recognizing it. But soon, they won’t have a choice. Their entire reality will be taken away with the Parkinson’s Law that has built their budgets with so much fluff over the years that people are tired of it. And will vote accordingly.

Rich Hoffman

Bill Kristol was Always a Democrat: Understanding the political spectrum that doesn’t change, only the relativity of a person within it

It came up a bunch this past week, and why recently I have been talking about the political spectrum more than the label of Republican or Democrat. For review, it has been my offering that the more intelligent and worldly a person is, the further along that political spectrum to the right that they are. For instance, I have known a lot of Democrats and went to many, many social events where there were lots of Democrats, and “arty” people and they think of themselves as smart academics. They can tell you all about the names of wines and what they should be paired with, they will talk about sail boats in Nantucket and tell you all about their second homes in Florida, but they aren’t very wise in matters of life. The more they learn however, the further to the right they might be said to be. And that is why there is all this business of some people swapping back and forth between Republican and Democrats, such as Bill Kristol going from the bastion of conservatives with his now bankrupt magazine to looking like a clone of Karl Marx as an anti-Trumper, anti-capitalist. Kristol never moved ideologically, but the party of Republicans under Trump’s White House leadership has moved further to the right leaving Kristol behind.

I haven’t listened much to WLW for many years as I lost respect for the audience they are trying to attract. I’m much, much more of a 55 KRC guy than someone who likes to hear hours and hours of sports broadcasting and middle of the road political commentary. But in my office, professionally, which is surrounded by lots of very intense machinery only WLW comes in on my radio. I don’t live stream it on the internet, I still use a broadcast radio that I’ve had for thirty years more for sentiment than practicality, but I like having it since its not dependent on a computer system, it only needs electric to receive a signal, so I let it play all hours of the day 7 days a week and is always there to give me news at the top and bottom of every hour. So I put up with WLW’s soft side because I want the news. It’s the same arrangement at my home, in my workshop/shooting range I have WLW on for the same time slot depending on where I am, I still get the news at the top and bottom of every hour and can track stories as they develop. So it didn’t go without my notice that they have a new slogan, “explained not shouted” which is meant to aim their programming at those further down the political spectrum where the not so smart people are, the Democrats. Because they think that is their future.

I’d say it’s a miscalculation on their part. The future is further to the right not the left of our political spectrum. Even though our public schools and colleges are clearly teaching socialism and have been for quite a long time, life experiences push people to the right. I was thinking of this very issue as I was speaking to Kathy Wyenandt at a recent event. She is listed as a Democrat currently because she lives near me in Liberty Township, Ohio and all the Republican seats are taken pretty much. She can easily dominate on the Democrat side because she is very smart and talented. As she was talking to me I kept thinking, its too bad the Republicans didn’t have her running against Sherrod Brown during the last election for the Senator from Ohio. Or why she wasn’t on the Cincinnati City Council running for Mayor of the City, because she could beat those people like a killer whale having a snack on a beach of baby seals, as a Republican. If she lived Hamilton County she could have her way with anybody because as a person she is pretty far down the political spectrum and would fit a nice spot somewhere prominent in the Trump administration’s Republican Party which is the trend of the country now that the news is fun and people are learning more about how things work. They aren’t moving to the left, they are going to the right and the center of the political spectrum is not where Bill Kristol always was, or Mitt Romney for that matter, or the current Bill Cunningham of WLW radio, its much further to the right.

If you’ve ever wondered how people who are Democrats and Republicans can hug and go out to dinner together its because in all honesty, they are most of the time at the same place on the political spectrum. They may call themselves by the “D” if they are in Hamilton County or an “R” if they are in Butler County depending on where that area’s political spectrum of educated voters are, but by personal belief, they are pretty close to agreeing on most things until someone like a Trump comes along and moves the bar in a particular direction that makes everyone feel uncomfortable. When I’m in those kinds of meetings I never meet anybody to the right of myself, everyone is always to the left, so I get used to being alone in that discussion. But that doesn’t make me a radical right winger, rather something that is often misplaced, I would say that the more that someone knows about the ways of the world, the further to the right that they will be on that spectrum. Some people are born into that by regional influence, but in general, the more educated you are as a person, the more life experience we can draw wisdom from, the more conservative you become.

A couple of people I admire a lot is Thomas Edison and his friend Teddy Roosevelt. Both men were conservatives who found themselves experimenting with progressivism around the 1912 period and its easy to see why they allowed themselves to get caught up in all the robber baron syndrome that appealed to the public at that time as Marxism was rushing into our country from Europe to influence all of civilized society. It was the equivalent to WLW announcing that they are “explaining, not shouting” the news, early American progressivism was rocking the Republican Party to its very core, and both Edison and Roosevelt were brilliant people who were not very good with money, so their value systems put them on the edge of the political spectrum at the time that leaned to the left on issues, but left them to the right on many others. However, if in their lifetimes they had mastered elements of personal wealth, they would likely not found themselves consumed with the temptations of progressivism, and would always had been committed to the Republican Party as it was defined by Abraham Lincoln.

The point of the matter is that while I say that Democrats are garbage and should be defeated everywhere that they reside, that is the old talk radio side of me who understands that points need to be made quickly so that people don’t change the dial over to some other program. And while I do believe that, the real answer is much deeper than just making that statement. I don’t like Democrats because I like intelligence and the beauty of wisdom that people further down the political spectrum exhibit, and I want that for the world honestly. But I am not one to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I understand many people have their own journey to make and that not all of them are as far along the political spectrum as I am. I have worked hard over the years reading one to two books every week for all of my adult life and learning everything I can along the way in a multitude of professional opportunities. I don’t have the problems of Roosevelt and Edison in having weak points in my own thoughts that keep me bound to a centrist position on that political spectrum. But most people I know are nowhere near as ambitious toward true wisdom as I might be. They enjoy primetime television shows, they like sports, and they are still learning about the ways of the universe, and they might still call themselves Democrats even though I can clearly see the budding flower of a grand Republican. Things are never quite what they appear, but what is clear if you know what to look for, is what they might become.

Rich Hoffman