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January 1, 2013
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what ever happened to Americanism? And the word, Ameri-can from the 1950’s?.. Do we really want to be known as European Socialists.. ?
Author Kevin D. Williamson

The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism
Stalin’s gulag, impoverished North Korea, collapsing Cuba…it’s hard to name a dogma that has failed as spectacularly as socialism. And yet leaders around the world continue to subject millions of people to this dysfunctional, violence-prone ideology.
In The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal flaw of socialism—that efficient, complex economies simply can’t be centrally planned. But even in America, that hasn’t stopped politicians and bureaucrats from planning, to various extents, the most vital sectors of our economy: public education, energy, and the most arrogant central–planning effort of them all, Obama’s healthcare plan.
In this provocative book, Williamson unfolds the grim history of socialism, showing how the ideology has spawned crushing poverty, devastating famines, and horrific wars. Lumbering from one crisis to the next, leaving a trail of economic devastation and environmental catastrophe, socialism has wreaked more havoc, caused more deaths, and impoverished more people than any other ideology in history—especially when you include the victims of fascism, which Williamson notes is simply a variant of socialism.

Williamson further demonstrates:

Why, contrary to popular belief, socialism in theory is no better than socialism in practice
Why socialism can’t exist without capitalism
How the energy powerhouse of Venezuela, under socialism, has become an economic basket case subject to rationing and blackouts
How socialism, not British colonialism, plunged the bountiful economy of India into stagnation and dysfunction—and how capitalism is rescuing it
Why socialism is inextricably linked to communism

If you thought socialism went into the dustbin of history with the collapse of the Soviet Union, think again. Socialism is alive and kicking, and it’s already spread further than you know.


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January 1, 2013
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Interesting concept…
Too many educated people, not enough jobs and won’t be! Getting a college education and expecting a job could now be like betting on a long shot at Santa Anita. Then there will be a change in the way people are educated, it will be a lot less expensive and basically not require a campus…. With high education costs, again necessity will be the mother of invention..
January 2013
Higher ed: an obituary
On the future of higher education in the Internet age.
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The fate of American higher education has been a central concern of The New Criterion from its very first issue in September 1982. About academia, as about other cultural institutions—the art museums, orchestras, media and entertainment industries, as well as the law and those social institutions through which the past perpetuates itself into the present—The New Criterion has cast a wary eye, celebrating the vital, where it can be found, but also criticizing the many signs of decadence and irresponsibility wherever they have been on display, which, alas, has been almost everywhere. When it came to the academic world, our chief complaints have revolved around the anti-Western politicization of intellectual life. We focused on the way ideology subjugated the life of the mind to the hermetic lucubrations of deconstruction, post-structuralism, and all the other increasingly quaint-sounding efforts to dismiss or subvert the main currents of what Matthew Arnold famously extolled as “the best that has been thought and said in the world.”
There has never been any shortage of material. Since the onslaughts of the 1960s, anyway, the world of academia has presented critical observers concerned with upholding that Arnoldian ideal with a pullulating embarrassment of, well, not riches, exactly: let’s just call it one large, dissectible embarrassment and leave it at that.
None of what we have anatomized these thirty-odd years has gone away. If anything, the politicization of the university is worse now than it was when The New Criterion first appeared on the scene. If “the closing of the American mind” or the careers of “tenured radicals” grab fewer headlines today, it is because the realities they name have lost the luster of novelty. They are now the common, institutionalized status quo that defines university life for most of twenty million plus souls who are now matriculated in what we still describe (and with a straight face) as “higher education.”
It is not surprising that many observers despair of achieving fundamental, recuperative change in the institutions of higher education. Decades of withering criticism haven’t done much to move the needle, not least because parents still look to the credential of a BA, especially a BA from a prestigious venue, as a card of entry to the good life of the American dream.
That assumption, we believe, is about to change—is already changing. There are several sources of pressure. One has to do with the changing nature of the American dream itself: Can our society, debt-ridden as it is, continue to offer widespread material rewards to millions of college graduates?
Two related but separate issues revolve around the inner metabolism of higher education, in particular its astronomical and still escalating costs and—an even bigger reality—the wave of technological innovation that is poised to break over the entire institution of higher education like a tsunami.
Elsewhere in this issue, James Bowman ruminates on the economist Herb Stein’s observation that whatever can’t go on forever, won’t, and he explores this idea’s applicability to politics. Mr. Bowman denominates that seeming tautology as “Stein’s Law.” It is said that tautologies, being necessary truths, can have no contingent, i.e., real-life consequences. “It is what it is,” “Que sera, sera”: such clichés add nothing to our stock of knowledge because their predicate is merely a repetition of their subject. But such statements can often seem earthshaking because we sometimes have failed to take on board the reality named in the first proposition. We do not quite believe, for example, that the escalating cost of higher education cannot go on as it has because, well, because it has gone on just fine until now.
It was the law professor (and prominent internet commentator) Glenn Reynolds who first popularized the phrase “higher education bubble.” Drawing on Stein’s Law, Reynolds argued that the market for higher education, like the housing market before it, is on an unsustainable, inflationary path. “Bubbles form when too many people expect values to go up forever,” he observes. “Bubbles burst when there are no longer enough excessively optimistic and ignorant folks to fuel them. And there are signs that this is beginning to happen already where education is concerned.”
Everywhere one turns, it seems, there are illustrations of Reynolds’s point. Item: last month The Wall Street Journal ran a piece under the title “Who Can Still Afford State U?” It used to be that state institutions were relative economic bargains, especially for in-state students. That’s increasingly not the case. The story begins by contrasting the cost of the University of Colorado Boulder in the 1980s—$4,000, $8,500 in today’s dollars—with the tab today: $30,000, a typical case. What’s happened, the story continues, is that state legislatures have trimmed their investment in higher education as other fiscal demands—notably, various welfare commitments, prisons, and public pension obligations—have won out in the competition for scarce dollars.
There is also the familiar story of administrative bloat and gold-plated amenities. A number of factors have helped to fuel the soaring cost of public colleges. Administrative costs have soared nationwide, and many administrators have secured big pay increases—including some at CU-Boulder, in 2011. Teaching loads have declined for tenured faculty at many schools, adding to costs. Between 2001 and 2011, according to the Department of Education, the number of managers at U.S. colleges and universities grew 50 percent faster than the number of instructors. What’s more, schools have spent liberally on fancier dorms, dining halls, and gyms to compete for students.
A similar situation prevails at private universities, only the numbers are even more dramatic. The total ticket per annum at many top-tier institutions now starts with a six, as in $60,000-plus. What can’t go on forever, won’t. The average student leaves college with $27,000 in debt. For many, the figure is $100,000 or more. That can’t go on. Ergo, it won’t go on. Wildly escalating costs (well above the cost-of-living index) in an age of stagnant growth and diminishing resources is simply unsustainable.
But the financial reality of higher education is merely the tip (albeit a painfully sharp tip) of the proverbial iceberg. An even larger engine of change is that extraordinary but common-as-dirt reality that we see all around us but whose power we underestimate because it has become part of the taken-for-granted furniture of our lives. We mean the Internet. Glenn Reynolds is right: the future of higher education belongs overwhelmingly not to dreaming spires and ivied halls but to online emporia and streaming, interactive video. Writing in the current issue of The American Interest, Nathan Harden puts it dramatically but not hyperbolically: “The End of the University As We Know It.” In the space of a few decades, Harden writes, “half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist.”

The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it. The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students. . . . The live lecture will be replaced by streaming video. The administration of exams and exchange of coursework over the Internet will become the norm. The push and pull of academic exchange will take place mainly in interactive online spaces, occupied by a new generation of tablet-toting, hyper-connected youth who already spend much of their lives online. Universities will extend their reach to students around the world, unbounded by geography or even by time zones. All of this will be on offer, too, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional college education.

Bold prognostications. What makes Nathan Harden think he is right? This basic economic reality: “If a faster, cheaper way of sharing information emerges, history shows us that it will quickly supplant what came before. People will not continue to pay tens of thousands of dollars for what technology allows them to get for free.”
Mr. Harden acknowledges that a liberal arts education is not simply a matter of imbibing information. Information is not synonymous with knowledge, let alone wisdom, which is the ultimate end of the Arnoldian view of education. Granted that important point, we nonetheless suspect that Nathan Harden is correct: The economic realities heralded by the technological revolution fueled by the Internet are irresistible.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? We do not profess to know. Time will tell. We suspect that the answer to both parts of the question will be “yes”—that is, there will be both gains and losses. But for now the chief reality to acknowledge is the fundamental change that is nigh. “The most important part of the college bubble story,” Harden argues, “concerns the impending financial collapse of numerous private colleges and universities and the likely shrinkage of many public ones. And when that bubble bursts, it will end a system of higher education that, for all of its history, has been steeped in a culture of exclusivity. Then we’ll see the birth of something entirely new as we accept one central and unavoidable fact: The college classroom is about to go virtual.”
In recent years, both Harvard and MIT have invested heavily in a free, on-line initiative dubbed “edX” which offers “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) to anyone with an Internet connection and the requisite curiosity. Such novelties are sprouting up everywhere, and Harden is probably correct that they are “are poised to forever change the way students learn and universities teach.”
There will be winners as well as losers when these changes take hold. Among the winners will be those colleges and universities that have effectively embraced the new technologies. Among the losers will be thousands of Harvard wannabes with boundless pretensions, heavy investment in the residential college experience, and a sweet tooth for all the latest “transgressive” politicized nonsense that has made so many college campuses contemptible intellectual and moral swamps.
Perhaps the biggest impediment to the changes on the horizon is the entrenched nature of the educational establishment: the college presidents with their $1 million plus salaries and bloated administrative staffs, the whole system of tenure which has turned out to be as much a recipe for intellectual conformity as it is a fiscal nightmare. Those who have diagnosed a “bubble” in higher education are right. Change is coming, coming fast, and it is not going to be easy for those indentured to this outmoded, unsustainable model. Doubtless there will be important losses. There is something deeply entrancing, if also financially extravagant, about the ideal residential college experience, even if the reality seldom lives up to the advertisement. Still, Harden has a point: “if our goal is educating as many students as possible, as well as possible, as affordably as possible, then the end of the university as we know it is nothing to fear. Indeed, it’s something to celebrate.”

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America, American’s, who are we?

December 10, 2012
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Will “America” just become a word in history books in the future? A future where some other form of government governs the whole world?
I love that phrase, “if it works, don’t fix it”! It had worked fairly well up until the 1960’s. Now all we have done for decades is try and fix it…
Now instead of worshiping at a church or synagogue of your choice with your friends and family and talking about American values, people will sit in the parks ‘smoking pot’ with friends and figuring out how to fix America better with European, World or socialistic values again, as they were when we formed this great country!
In 1789, newly inaugurated President George Washington gave a prophetic warning at Federal Hall in New York City. He declared that America’s prosperity and protection were dependent upon its adherence to God. Later, the political leaders of the young nation gathered at St. Paul’s Chapel to commit the nation’s future to God’s purposes. That chapel is located at Ground Zero and miraculously survived 9/11 virtually unscathed. Cahn, the pastor of the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N.J., says America is uncannily re-enacting ancient Israel’s behavior prior to its judgment and eventual fall. He found a sympathetic ear for his message in WND founder Joseph Farah, who produced “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” as a follow-up to “The Harbinger.”
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The Birthplace of American Government

Here on Wall Street, George Washington took the oath of office as our first President, and this site was home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices. The current structure, a Customs House, later served as part of the US Sub-Treasury. Now, the building serves as a museum and memorial to our first President and the beginnings of the United States of America.

Attendance at religious services

Washington purchased a family pew at several churches. Rev. Lee Massey, his pastor wrote, “I never knew so constant an attendant in church as Washington.”[10] However, Washington’s personal diaries[11] indicate that he did not regularly attend services while home at Mount Vernon, spending most Sundays writing letters, conducting business, fox-hunting, or doing other activities. Biographer Paul Leicester Ford wrote:
His daily “where and how my time is spent” enables us to know exactly how often he attended church, and in the year 1760 he went just sixteen times, and in 1768 he went fourteen, these years being fairly typical of the period 1760-1773.[12]
While he was at Mount Vernon, his first parish was Pohick Church, seven miles from Mt. Vernon and a round trip of three hours; his second parish in Alexandria was nine miles away.[13]
When Washington traveled, particularly on political business, he was more likely to attend church services. For example, in the seven Sundays during the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, he went to places of worship on three, attending Anglican, Quaker, and Catholic services.[14] During his tours of the nation in his two terms as President, he would attend religious services in each city, sometimes as frequently as three services in a day.[15]

George Washington

First Inaugural Address
In the City of New York

Thursday, April 30, 1789

The Nation’s first chief executive took his oath of office in April in New York City on the balcony of the Senate Chamber at Federal Hall on Wall Street. General Washington had been unanimously elected President by the first electoral college, and John Adams was elected Vice President because he received the second greatest number of votes. Under the rules, each elector cast two votes. The Chancellor of New York and fellow Freemason, Robert R. Livingston administered the oath of office. The Bible on which the oath was sworn belonged to New York’s St. John’s Masonic Lodge. The new President gave his inaugural address before a joint session of the two Houses of Congress assembled inside the Senate Chamber.

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and of the House of Representatives:AMONG the vicissitudes incident to life no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the 14th day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years—a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence one who (inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpracticed in the duties of civil administration) ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies. In this conflict of emotions all I dare aver is that it has been my faithful study to collect my duty from a just appreciation of every circumstance by which it might be affected. All I dare hope is that if, in executing this task, I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof of the confidence of my fellow-citizens, and have thence too little consulted my incapacity as well as disinclination for the weighty and untried cares before me, my error will be palliated by the motives which mislead me, and its consequences be judged by my country with some share of the partiality in which they originated.    1
  Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes, and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own, nor those of my fellow-citizens at large less than either. No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be suppressed. You will join with me, I trust, in thinking that there are none under the influence of which the proceedings of a new and free government can more auspiciously commence. 2
By the article establishing the executive department it is made the duty of the President “to recommend to your consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The circumstances under which I now meet you will acquit me from entering into that subject further than to refer to the great constitutional charter under which you are assembled, and which, in defining your powers, designates the objects to which your attention is to be given. It will be more consistent with those circumstances, and far more congenial with the feelings which actuate me, to substitute, in place of a recommendation of particular measures, the tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them. In these honorable qualifications I behold the surest pledges that as on one side no local prejudices or attachments, no separate views nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests, so, on another, that the foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality, and the preeminence of free government be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its citizens and command the respect of the world. I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my country can inspire, since there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained; and since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered, perhaps, as deeply, as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. 3
  Besides the ordinary objects submitted to your care, it will remain with your judgment to decide how far an exercise of the occasional power delegated by the fifth article of the Constitution is rendered expedient at the present juncture by the nature of objections which have been urged against the system, or by the degree of inquietude which has given birth to them. Instead of undertaking particular recommendations on this subject, in which I could be guided by no lights derived from official opportunities, I shall again give way to my entire confidence in your discernment and pursuit of the public good; for I assure myself that whilst you carefully avoid every alteration which might endanger the benefits of an united and effective government, or which ought to await the future lessons of experience, a reverence for the characteristic rights of freemen and a regard for the public harmony will sufficiently influence your deliberations on the question how far the former can be impregnably fortified or the latter be safely and advantageously promoted. 4
  To the foregoing observations I have one to add, which will be most properly addressed to the House of Representatives. It concerns myself, and will therefore be as brief as possible. When I was first honored with a call into the service of my country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation. From this resolution I have in no instance departed; and being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself any share in the personal emoluments which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the executive department, and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the station in which I am placed may during my continuance in it be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require. 5
  Having thus imparted to you my sentiments as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign Parent of the Human Race in humble supplication that, since He has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquillity, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of government for the security of their union and the advancement of their happiness, so His divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend. 6

God Bless America

Words and music by Irving BerlinUsed by Permission
“While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer. “God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

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November 9, 2012
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I want to know, does anybody ever question this? Why?

There is an old saying, “If it works, don’t fix it”.. but everyone is always trying to fix it and now look where we are! “FIAT MONEY’…

On June 5, 1933, the United States went off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold, when Congress enacted a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold. The United States had been on a gold standard since 1879, except for an embargo on gold exports during World War I, but bank failures during the Great Depression of the 1930s frightened the public into hoarding gold, making the policy untenable.

John Maynard Keynes, the famous economist, once wrote, in “The Economic Consequences of the Peace”:

“There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.”

Thomas Paine called for the strongest penalties for an official who might connive at going off the gold standard:

“As to the assumed authority of any assembly in making paper money, or paper of any kind, a legal tender, or in other language, a compulsive payment, it is a most presumptuous attempt at arbitrary power. There can be no such power in a republican government: the people have no freedom — and property no security — where this practice can be acted: and the committee who shall bring in a report for this purpose, or the member who moves for it, and he who seconds it merits impeachment, and sooner or later may expect it.”

Paine called for the strongest penalties for an official who might connive at going off the gold standard:

“As to the assumed authority of any assembly in making paper money, or paper of any kind, a legal tender, or in other language, a compulsive payment, it is a most presumptuous attempt at arbitrary power. There can be no such power in a republican government: the people have no freedom — and property no security — where this practice can be acted: and the committee who shall bring in a report for this purpose, or the member who moves for it, and he who seconds it merits impeachment, and sooner or later may expect it.”

The Bretton Woods system of monetary management established the rules for commercial and financial relations among the world’s major industrial states in the mid-20th century. The Bretton Woods system was the first example of a fully negotiated monetary order intended to govern monetary relations among independent nation-states.

Preparing to rebuild the international economic system as World War II was still raging, 730 delegates from all 44 Allied nations gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, United States, for the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference. The delegates deliberated during 1–22 July 1944, and signed the Agreement on its final day.

Setting up a system of rules, institutions, and procedures to regulate the international monetary system, the planners at Bretton Woods established the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), which today is part of the World Bank Group. These organizations became operational in 1945 after a sufficient number of countries had ratified the agreement.

The chief features of the Bretton Woods system were an obligation for each country to adopt a monetary policy that maintained the exchange rate by tying its currency to the U.S. dollar and the ability of the IMF to bridge temporary imbalances of payments.

On 15 August 1971, the United States unilaterally terminated convertibility of the US$ to gold. This brought the Bretton Woods system to an end and saw the dollar become fiat currency.[1] This action, referred to as the Nixon shock, created the situation in which the United States dollar became a reserve currency used by many states. At the same time, many fixed currencies (such as GBP, for example), also became free floating.

Cost of Living 1930

How Much things cost
The Yearly Inflation Percentage USA ? UK – 2.8%
Average Cost of new house $7,145.00
Average wages per year $1,970.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents
Average Cost for house rent $15.00 per month
A loaf of Bread 9 cents
A LB of Hamburger Meat 13 cents
Magic Chef Gas Cooker $195.00
Pontiac Big Six Car $745.00

Cost of Living

How Much things cost in 1940
Average Cost of new house $3,920.00
Average wages per year $1,725.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 11 cents
Average Cost for house rent $30.00 per month
Radio $16.95
Average Price for a new car $850.00
Battery for Torch 10 cents
Hoover $52.50

Money and Inflation 1950’s

To provide an estimate of inflation we have given a guide to the value of $100 US Dollars for the first year in the decade to the equivalent in today’s money
If you have $100 Converted from 1950 to 2005 it would be equivalent to $835.41 today

In 1950 a new house cost $8,450.00 and by 1959 was $12,400.00 More House Prices
In 1950 the average income per year was $3,210.00 and by 1959 was $5,010.00
In 1950 a gallon of gas was 18 cents and by 1959 was 25 cents
In 1950 the average cost of new car was $1,510.00 and by 1959 was $2,200.00 More Cars and Car Prices

omy 1960
President:  Dwight D. Eisenhower 
Vice President:  Richard M. Nixon 

Life expectancy:  69.7 years 

High:  685 
Low:  566 

Federal spending: 
$92.19 billion 
Federal debt:  $290.5 billion 
Inflation:  1.4% 
Consumer Price Index:  29.6 
Unemployment:  5.5% 
Cost of a new home:  $16,500.00 
Cost of a new car: 
Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.04 
Cost of a gallon of regular gas:  $0.31 
Cost of a dozen eggs:  $0.57 
Cost of a gallon of Milk:  $0.49 
President:  Richard M. Nixon 
Vice President:  Spiro T. Agnew 

Life expectancy:  70.8 years 

High:  842 
Low:  669 

Federal spending: 
$195.65 billion 
Federal debt:  $380.9 billion 
Inflation:  6.5% 
Consumer Price Index:  38.8 
Unemployment:  3.5% 
Cost of a new home:  $26,600.00 
Cost of a new car: 
Median Household Income:  $8,734.00 
Cost of a first-class stamp:  $0.06 
Cost of a gallon of regular gas:  $0.36 
Cost of a dozen eggs:  $0.62 
Cost of a gallon of Milk:  1.15 

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YWAM Mercy Works, volunteers needed for the East Coast!

November 7, 2012
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November 7, 2012Dear Lancing,

We have an opportunity to minister to people adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy. Today as I write, one million people are still without power.  Thousands more are now homeless and have lost all they had.MercyWorks is sending our first team to help to Atlantic City, New Jersey and we have room for you!  The team is scheduled to arrive in nearby Ocean City this weekend.  They will serve people in a number of ways: food and water distribution, general clean up, running errands for people, praying and encouraging people, etc.

If you would like to join the team, you can either meet us in Ocean City on Sunday or drive up with us from Texas leaving on Saturday.  If you would like to be a part of a team, click here.

If you are unable to join us this coming week, but would like to help with the efforts through your giving, we will gladly apply your gift towards meeting the needs of those who have lost everything. To make your gift to Hurricane Sandy relief, click here.

Lastly, please pray for those afflicted and pray for the ministry of Jesus to go forth from our teams and others as they go.

May God bless you and yours.

Because of His mercy,
Debbie D. Lascelles

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The times they are a changin’, but for the better?

November 7, 2012
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My, things have changed!

Legalized pot, legalized gay marriage, a lot of moral issues. Sad fact is though, that people still are unhappy. There is more drug addiction now, heroin addiction in California and Florida, Methamphetamine addiction in places like Salina Kansas. Marijuana addiction in de Nile! Divorce, single parent homes, more people on welfare, regulations intended to regulate the ‘porn industry’, gambling casino’s abound so that states can bring in money (instead of production “MADE IN AMERICA”  type jobs). Debt is overwhelming, public and private. Marriage is down, having children is down, abortion is up. There are more people now over 60 than there are people under 5, how’s that going to work later?

One thing for sure, there are going to be more jobs for Psychologists and Psychiatrists and Drug and Alcohol Counselors! That is if the ‘State’ can afford to pay for them? This blog is dedicated to my Grandfather White, him and Grandma White attended a Presbyterian church when they were alive. For all of you who think they have a calling to be a Pastor, I’m betting that there will be a lot of those needed these next few years also!

There used to be what we called, “Horse Sense” or “Common Sense”, now we have a lot of No or Non-Sense.

Take a look at the amount of regulations that were supposedly needed in 1960, then compare the regulations that are supposedly needed in 2012.


California 1960 ballot propositions


Eighteen statewide ballot propositions were on the 1960 ballot in California.

1960 was the first year that votes on California’s ballot propositions took place in the state’s June primary as well as during the November general election. In 2011, the practice of having ballot propositions on primary election ballots was eliminated when Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 202.[1]


On the ballot

June 7:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Proposition 1 Bonds $400 million bond for loans for homes for state veterans Approved
LRCA Proposition 2 Bonds $300 million for water projects Approved
LRCA Proposition 3 Bonds Bond issues can go on direct primary ballot if 2/3rds of state legislature so directs Approved

November 8:

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRSS Proposition 1 Bonds $1.75 billion for water projects Approved
LRCA Proposition 2 Elections Set length of terms of members of Assembly at four years Defeated
LRCA Proposition 3 Veterans Disabled veteran entitled to $5,000 exemption may transfer exemption to subsequently acquired home Approved
LRCA Proposition 4 Education Term not to exceed eight years for members of agencies overseeing the State College System of California Approved
LRCA Proposition 5 Salaries Compensation of state legislators Defeated
LRCA Proposition 6 Taxes How non-profit golf courses are assessed for purposes of taxation Approved
LRSS Proposition 7 Healthcare Various changes to the Chiropractic Initiative Act of 1922 Approved
LRCA Proposition 8 Elections Prohibit those convicted of felony from voting “during punishment therefor” Defeated
LRCA Proposition 9 Local governance Procedures governing claims against chartered counties, cities and counties, and cities Approved
LRCA Proposition 10 Judiciary Create Commission on Judicial Qualifications Approved
LRCA Proposition 11 Veterans Residency requirements to be eligible to obtain California’s tax benefits for veterans Approved
LRCA Proposition 12 Constitution Remove obsolete and superseded provisions from the California Constitution Approved
LRCA Proposition 13 Judiciary District Courts of Appeal to have appellate jurisdiction of municipal and justice court cases Approved
LRCA Proposition 14 Finance Street and highway funds may be used for local grade crossing bonds Defeated
CICA Proposition 15 Redistricting California State Senate reapportionment Defeated


See also: Colorado 1960 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Issue 3 Environment Creates wildlife management departments Defeated
CISS Issue 4 Admin. of gov’t. Establishing Daylight Savings Time Defeated
CICA Issue 6 Taxes Power to counties, cities and towns to impose a local tax Defeated
CICA Issue 7 Admin. of gov’t Authorizing the Governor and Senate to exclude certain administrative officers from civil service Defeated


See also: Maine 1960 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA Maine Continuity of Government When Under Enemy Attack Amendment (1960) War Provide for continuity of government in case of attack. Approved


See also: Nevada 1960 ballot measures

Type Title Subject Description Result
Legislative Session Measure State legislature Requires the state legislature to have a regular session once every two years, on odd-numbered years, instead of annually Approved


On the ballot

See also: 2012 ballot measures

June 5:

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 28 Term limits Limit of 8 years (senate)/6 years (assembly) replaced with 12-year limit on combined service Approved
CISS Proposition 29 Taxes Increase the tax on cigarettes to fund cancer research Defeated

November 6:

Type Title Subject Description Result
CICA Proposition 30 Taxes Jerry Brown’s Tax Increase (revenues for general fund and education) Approved
CICA/SS Proposition 31 State budget Two-Year Budget Cycle Defeated
CISS Proposition 32 Labor Ban on corporate and union contributions to state and local candidates Defeated
CISS Proposition 33 Insurance Car insurance rates can be based on a person’s history of insurance coverage (“persistency discounts”) Defeated
CISS Proposition 34 Death penalty “End the Death Penalty” Defeated
CISS Proposition 35 Law enforcement Increased Penalties for Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery Approved
CISS Proposition 36 Law enforcement Modification of the “Three Strikes” Law Approved
CISS Proposition 37 Regulations Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food Defeated
CISS Proposition 38 Taxes Molly Munger’s State Income Tax Increase for Education Defeated
CISS Proposition 39 Taxes Income Tax Increase for Multistate Businesses Approved
VR Proposition 40 Redistricting Referendum on the State Senate Redistricting Plan Approved


Note that initiative sponsors sometimes file multiple versions of what is essentially the same ballot initiative with the Attorney General of California. Each version is given its own summary date and circulation date. This means that while the circulation deadline may come and go on one version of the initiative without signatures being filed, the initiative itself may still be alive, if its sponsors are pinning their hopes on a later version of the initiative with a deadline farther in the future.

Type Identifying # Description
CISS #10-0004 Public fund investments prohibited in businesses that do business with Israel
CICA #10-0018 Parental notification required prior to minor’s abortion
CICA #10-0019 No divorces
CISS #10-0020 Public fund investments prohibited in businesses that do business with Israel
CISS #10-0021 Require mortgage lenders to reduce mortgage balances to current fair market value of property
CICA #10-0022 Speech based on “biblical authority” granted absolute first amendment speech protections
CISS #10-0023 Requires law enforcement personnel to investigate immigration status of possible illegal immigrants
CISS #10-0024 Electoral college votes determined by presidential vote in congressional districts
CISS #11-0001 “Election Day Holiday Act”
CISS #11-0003 “Article V Convention”
CICA #11-0005 “Save Our Secret Ballot in California Act”
CICA #11-0006 “California Deficit Prevention Act”
CICA #11-0007 “Public Employee Pension Reform Act”
CISS #11-0008 “The Nuclear Waste Act of 2011”
CICA #11-0009 “Best Practices Budget Accountability Act”
#11-0010 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0011 “Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act”
CISS #11-0012 No CalWORKS Benefits for Children of Undocumented Immigrants
#11-0013 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #11-0014 “Foreclosure Modification Amendment”
CICA #11-0015 Parental Notification Before Minor’s Abortion
CICA #11-0016 Parental Notification Before Minor’s Abortion
CICA #11-0018 Public Pension and Retirement Systems Required to Invest in California Businesses
VR #11-0019 The “Amazon Sales Tax” Referendum
CICA #11-0020 “End Public Sector Bargaining Act”
CICA #11-0021 “Tax Public Pensions Above $100,000 Per Year Act”
CICA #11-0022 “Raise Public Pension Retirement Ages Act”
VR #11-0023 Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Material, Repeal of SB 48
VR #11-0024 $150 Fire Prevention Fee
VR #11-0025 Redevelopment Agencies
CISS #11-0026 “Pension Solvency Act”
CISS #11-0027 Purchase of State and Local Materials
#11-0028 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0029 No Special Benefits for Incumbents, Officials or Candidates Initiative
CISS #11-0030 Incumbents, Officials and Candidates Not Allowed to Favor Large Donors
CISS #11-0031 Politicians Made Personally Liable for Unscrupulous Behavior
CISS #11-0032 Cap on Retirement Benefits for Government Officials and Advisors
CISS #11-0033 Tax on Oil
#11-0035 Qualified for the ballot
VR #11-0036 Referendum on the U.S. Congress Redistricting Plan
CICA #11-0037 Parental Notification Before Minor’s Abortion
CICA #11-0038 Parental Notification Before Minor’s Abortion
CISS #11-0039 Regulate Marijuana Like Wine
CISS #11-0040 Reduced Marijuana Penalties
CICA #11-0041 Define human personhood as beginning at moment of conception
CISS #11-0042 Rules governing disposal of nuclear waste
CICA/SS #11-0043 Eliminate Environmental Protection Laws and Agencies
CISS #11-0044 Tax on oil to fund education
CISS #11-0045 Tax on prescriptions of controlled substances
CISS #11-0046 “Repeal Cannabis Prohibition Act”
VR #11-0047 Referendum on SB 202
CICA #11-0048 Parental Notification Before Minor’s Abortion
CICA #11-0049 Parental Notification Before Minor’s Abortion
VR #11-0050 Referendum on AB 131, the Non-Resident Tuition Act
CICA #11-0051 Tax on California Oil and Gas
CISS #11-0052 “Repeal the Dills Act”
CISS #11-0053 Initiative to Require State Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
CICA #11-0054 Regulation of Corporations
VR #11-0055 Referendum on AB 1236, the Prohibition on Use of E-Verify Act
CISS #11-0056 Concealed Carry for Firearms
#11-0057 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #11-0058 Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry
#11-0059 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0060 Variety of Rules and Regulations on Health Insurers
CICA #11-0061 Guarantee of Sales Tax Allocations to Local Governments
CISS #11-0062 Online K-12 Education, College Preparatory Courses
CICA #11-0063, 64 Pension Reform
CISS #11-0065 State Police Required to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws
CICA #11-0066 No Benefits for Part-Time Local Officials
CICA #11-0067 Very Significant Expansion in Size of State Legislature
#11-0068 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #11-0069 State Legislature Must Be 50% Female
CISS #11-0070 Approval of Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes
#11-0072 Signatures submitted, but too late for the 2012 ballot
CISS #11-0073 Marijuana Legalization
CISS #11-0074 Repeal Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Instruction
CISS #11-0075 Permit Parents to Excuse Children from Instruction in Social Sciences and Family Life
CICA #11-0076, 77 Parental Notification Before Minor’s Abortion
CICA #11-0078 Pollution Producers To Pay for Pollution Mitigation
CICA #11-0079 Fees on Pollution Producers to Pay for Mitigation
#11-0080 Qualified for the ballot
CISS #11-0081 Charity Care Provided by Non-Profit Hospitals
CISS #11-0082 Limit on Prices Set by Private Hospitals
CISS #11-0083 Repeal of Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Instruction
CICA #11-0084 Elimination of California High Speed Rail Authority
CISS #11-0085 Repeals Non-Discrimination Requirements for School Instruction
CICA/SS #11-0086 Tuition & Fees at California Colleges Paid by Taxpayers, Not Students
CICA #11-0087 Tax Assessment Required of Most Commercial Property Every Three Years
CISS #11-0089 Payment of State Income Tax by Undocumented Workers
CICA #11-0090 Jerry Brown’s (First) Tax Increase Proposal
CISS #11-0091 “Millionaire’s Tax”
CICA #11-0092 Government Spending Limits
CISS #11-0093 “Children Learning Accurate Social Science”
CISS #11-0094 “Protection from Transnational Gangs” Initiative
CICA #11-0095 Part-Time Legislature/Two-Year Budget Cycle Initiative
CISS #11-0096 Tax on Oil; Revenues to Higher Education
CISS #11-0097 “Corporate Political Accountability” Initiative
CISS #11-0098 Regulation and Taxation of Medical Marijuana Industry
#11-0099 Qualified for the ballot
#11-0100 Qualified for the ballot
CICA #12-0001 Jerry Brown’s (First) Tax Increase Proposal
CICA #12-0002 Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Vets
CICA #12-0003 “Corporations Are Not People”
CISS #12-0004 “Stop the $100 Billion Bullet Train to Nowhere”
CISS #12-0005 Medical Marijuana Patient Access and Associations
CICA #12-0006 “Public Postsecondary Student Tuition and Fees”
CICA #12-0007 “Government Spending Limit” Initiative
#12-0009 Qualified for the ballot

Legislative referrals

This is a list of some proposals that members of the California State Legislature had introduced as potential statewide ballot propositions. However, none of these propositions ultimately qualified for the ballot.[5]

Type Title Subject Description
Advisory AB 78 Immigration Create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
LRCA SCA 5 Elections Reduce threshold required to pass parcel taxes from 2/3rds to 55%
LRCA ACA 6 I&R Ballot initiatives to spend money must identify where money would come from
LRCA SCA 7 Admin of gov’t Public bodies required to post agendas and disclose any actions taken in meetings

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China businesses hoard US dollars. What will be the consequences?

July 27, 2012
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I’m not sure exactly what this means.. I know that over the decades I have seen different cultures that have come to America, send money back to their country for friends and relatives.. People from Mexico, South America, Asian countries, even Pakistani’s, that included with all the foreign aid probably reduces the number of US dollars we have in our borders. I have watched it more and more the past few years. They way the government probably answers that is to ‘print’ more dollars via the Federal Reserve.. Printing dollars in the Federal Reserve causes inflation and hyper-inflation.. I am reminded of certain real estate people in the 1980’s that created something called, “Creative Financing” which probably got us into some of the trouble we are in ‘today’! I am wondering if the economists of the last 30 to 40 years have gotten us into this mess with monetary policy and their ‘creative financing’ with the Federal Reserve. Our money used to say on it things like ‘Silver Certificate’. Are we in for real trouble?
                                                                     Unknown, Lansing
Chinese Exporters Hoard US dollars.
Summary:When China’s largest shoe manufacturer gets paid, it’s often in dollars – and now, for the first time in years, it’s banking those payments without converting them into yuan.
By Hu Rongping, Wang Fang, Wu Weiting, Chen Huijing and Yang Yang (胡蓉萍, 王芳, 吴娓婷, 陈慧晶, 杨阳)
Issue 577, July 9, 2012
News, cover
Translated by Zhu Na
Original article: [Chinese]
When China’s largest shoe manufacturer gets paid, it’s often in dollars – and now, for the first time in years, it’s banking those payments in the U.S currency rather than converting them into yuan.
Like other businesses that witnessed the yuan’s seven-year ascent against the greenback, Aokang Shoes Co., Ltd (奥康鞋业股份有限公司), used to switch dollars into yuan on the day the cash came in, but this year’s economic uncertainty means that the yuan/dollar trade is no longer a be a one-way bet, and corporate treasurers are rethinking their policies.
“We’ve tried to keep every dollar payment that we get [in dollars],” said Aokang’s head of international trade Li Haijun (李海军), who oversees annual exports of 4 million pairs of shoes.
Another manager at the Zhejiang-based firm, Guo Yong (郭勇), says that he’s monitoring U.S. news for clues of movements in the yuan/dollar rate, while the company’s vice president, Xu Xiaojie (徐晓杰), tracks the rate with daily text messages.
At the end of March, the yuan closed at 6.2943 against the dollar. The Chinese currency was only 0.66 percent stronger than on Jan. 1, and it actually fell against the greenback in half of the 58 trading sessions during that three-month period.
Another company that’s changed its treasury policies in response to the changed prognosis for the yuan is Dongguan Kampin Metal Industrial Ltd (东莞金边金属实业有限公司).
“Two years ago when the yuan was appreciating, we would convert dollars, yen and euros as soon as we received them. But, recently we have started to keep them, and then later decided how much to convert depending on our day-to-day expenses,” said the company’s managing director Liu Dabang (刘达邦).
When the yuan was appreciating, Chinese importers tended to pay with borrowed dollars rather than swapping yuan to get the dollars. This way, they could keep their yuan on deposit and profit as the dollar’s depriciation reduced the effective cost of their debt.
Now, fewer and fewer Chinese companies are shorting the dollar and some companies are also choosing to keep their dollars overseas, as is clear from the lower settlement volumes in the offshore market.
Hong Kong’s yuan deposits in April declined to 552 billion yuan, down 0.4 percent from March, marking the fifth consecutive month of falls. In the same month, the volume of yuan remitted in cross-border trade settlement was 177.1 billion yuan, down from 227.3 billion yuan.
The change in policy at Aokang and Kampin actually began in the fourth quarter of 2011, when the yuan came under pressure as global investors piled into the dollar and other safe heaven assets.
In that period, the value of China’s foreign reserves fell for the first time since 1998, mainly due to the hot money leaving the country.
Since then, Kampin company has raised the proportion of payments that it keeps in dollars to 10 percent, 20 percent, and now 40 percent.
This mirrors the policies of other Chinese firms – according to the central bank’s fourth quarter policy report, foreign currency deposits late last year stood at $275.1 billion, a year-on-year increase of 19 percent. They grew by a further $66.8 billion in the first quarter of 2012.
The bank’s report suggested that businesses were responding to changes in the expected exchange rate. Subsequent interest rate cuts have strengthened the case for holding dollars and contributed to the yuan’s 0.48 percent depreciation against the dollar in the second quarter.
Chinese exporters’ reticence to convert dollar payments into yuan deposits may have harmed the economy by reducing the flow of these funds into the real economy.
The central bank, which last week cut interest rates for the second time since late 2008, has said that Chinese companies hoarding of dollars is a driver for its monetary policy.
When the bank cut reserve requirement in March, Governor Zhou Xiaochuan (周小川) cited Chinese businesses’ stashes of dollars.
The clearest impact of the central bank’s monetary loosening this year has been to reduce the spread between the yuan and the dollar depoists, making it more attractive to hold the American currency.

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MercyWorks to help Syrian Refugees

June 22, 2012
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June 15, 2012

Greetings Lancing!

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph 6: 12 NKJV

Reports from Syria lately illustrate the ongoing fighting not only within the nation, but also between the spiritual principalities and powers. Demonic forces seem to be running rampant as thousands die needlessly and thousands more seek refuge in Jordan and Turkey. Can this all be blamed on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his armies? Or is he a pawn, albeit a willing pawn, in this battle of spiritual forces?

Recently it was reported by the Associated Press that violence continues to spike in Syria, with “both sides ignoring an internationally brokered cease-fire.”

 A New York Times report describes how an 11-year old boy pretended to be dead to avoid being murdered.

“When the gunmen began to slaughter his family, 11-year-old Ali el-Sayed says he fell to the floor of his home, soaking his clothes with his brother’s blood to fool the killers into thinking he was already dead.

The Syrian boy tried to stop himself from trembling, even as the gunmen, with long beards and shaved heads, killed his parents and all four of his siblings, one by one.

The youngest to die was Ali’s brother, 6-year-old Nader. His small body bore two bullet holes — one in his head, another in his back.

“I put my brother’s blood all over me and acted like I was dead,” Ali told the Associated Press over Skype on Wednesday, his raspy voice steady and matter-of-fact, five days after the killing spree that left him both an orphan and an only child.

Ali is one of the few survivors of a massacre in Houla, a collection of poor farming villages and olive groves in Syria’s central Homs province.

More than 100 people were killed, many of them women and children who were shot or stabbed in their houses.”

Blame is cast on all sides, but while fear and confusion reign there is only one side that wins, and it is not the Syrian people. We need to pray for God to intervene in this appalling waste of human life and defeat the principalities and powers causing destruction in Syria.

MercyWorks has still not been able to send an assessment team to the area due to restrictions on which organizations are authorized to assis

t in the plight of the refugees. Meanwhile, the number of people fleeing into Turkey and Jordan continues to increase and our contacts have asked our MercyWorks team to remain on standby as they expect things to escalate.

The donations received from our last communication were used to assist families in Homs, the hardest hit area of Syria. Please pray about whether you are to join us in delivering further relief packages of food and medicine for these families. The cost to help one Syrian refugee family is $50. To make your gift of any amount to help these refugees, click here.

Because of His mercy,

Debbie D. Lascelles

Contact MercyWorks on 1-866-77-MERCY. (1-866-776-3729)

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CALWATCHDOG.COM The exodus of 4 million California residents in the last 20 years will continue to rise commensurately with higher taxes, until only state workers and welfare recipients are left.

May 15, 2012
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NEW: Jerry Brown twists out ‘pretzel palace’ budget

Monday, May 14, 2012 8:39 PM
He’s not kidding. I have lived here 60+ years and never seen anything like this. It has been going downhill for decades. People propped it up with fake property values, equity and credit. Instead of just living life enjoying the ocean, desert and mountains, most here had to live life like Robin Leeches “lifestyles of the rich and famous”. Well, even Nicholas Cage went bankrupt! Me? I’ll see you at The Wedge when the surf is up!
May 14, 2012
By Katy Grimes
SACRAMENTO–Setting the stage for the Legislature to pass another phony majority vote budget, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown presented a bleak picture of the state’s finances today during his May Budget Revision conference, and then challenged the press to come up with a better plan.
Despite his repeated claims that he was increasing austerity by calling for higher taxes, cuts to health and welfare programs, as well as a 5 percent furlough cut to state employees, Brown’s budget cuts will still not spare taxpayers.
The governor reported that California’s budget deficit has grown to nearly $16 billion, shockingly higher than the apparent guesstimates of $9 billion in January.
“The May Revision is based on the assumed passage of the Governor’s tax initiative,” the plan from the Department of Finance said. “The Governor’s proposal “temporarily increases tax rates on the highest income Californians, and temporarily increases the Sales and Use Tax rate by 0.25 percent,” resulting in the anticipated $8.5 billion in additional tax revenue to the state coffers.
And if you believe that the taxes are temporary, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

Tax the millionaires… I mean the ‘affluent’

“Please increase taxes on the most affluent,” Brown asked. “It’s reasonable and fair.” What is not fair or even reasonable is that the voters have not been participants to the historic spending by the state. The increased spending and budget deficits, according to Brown, has gone on since Earl Warren was governor (1943-1953). The deficit spending is largely spent on welfare programs, including education welfare give-aways, and on growing state employee pensions.
The revised budget includes a $91.4 billion general fund spending plan, a one-time infusion of funds from the multi-state mortgage abuse settlement with large banks, Brown’s November tax initiative and more cuts.
Total spending in the state budget is $4.6 billion more than Brown’s January budget proposal, leaving many to ask if Brown’s call for more taxes is just to be able to continue increasing state spending.
“The budget is a pretzel palace of complexity.” Brown said.
Brown posted a youtube video over the weekend and said that the budget he signed last year was an improvement in ending budget deficits. But it still was dramatically unbalanced by $4.6 billion. ”By the time I leave here, California’s budget will be balanced and the state will be back on road to prosperity,” Brown insisted. ”I am a buoyant optimist.”

The tail is wagging the dog

Last week, the Sacramento Bee reported that SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker said she had been in talks with Brown about the revised budget, and refused to agree to state worker furloughs.
Walker published a memo about the upcoming budget revise, as well as her demands for state workers. ”Under the previous governor, our input was not sought, in fact, it was dismissed. Under Gov. Brown, we have a seat at the table,” Walker’s memo stated. “We have offered our own proposals to deal with this crisis.”
Walker specifically recommended cutting private vendor contracts, eliminating the use of retired annuitants and, only if necessary, implementing a four-day, 40-hour work week.
Walker’s recommendations are coincidentally what Brown proposed in his May Revise budget. However, Brown said he will ask state employees to work four days a week, 9.5-hour shifts for a weekly total of 38 hours. This recommendation will undoubtedly be challenged by the state’s labor unions.

The dog is wagging the tail

The governor said that, if his tax initiative is not approved in November, K-12 schools and community colleges would be cut by $5.5 billion.
“Schools will suffer,” said Brown.
The University of California and California State University systems would split another $500 million cut–$50 million less than Brown proposed in his January budget.
The one positive cut in Brown’s revised budget is the proposed cuts to Cal Grants, which would result in the imposition of tighter high school graduation requirements and more stringent proof of family income.

Cuts to the Courts

California courts are already burdened with a crumbling infrastructure. Brown’s revised budget will make this worse. He proposed cutting $544 million from the state’s trial courts, $300 million from their reserves and $240 million by further delaying court construction.
This is bad news for the overburdened court system, which has already delayed the construction of several much-needed courthouses, as well as decades of deferred maintenance.
Brown also proposed increasing court employee retirement contributions from 5 percent to 8 percent.
And Brown is asking for another cut to In-Home Supportive Services, and further cuts to Medi-Cal hospitals and nursing homes.

Responses to the May Budget Revision

“Tax revenue is up two years in a row, but not enough to satisfy the spending demands of Sacramento Democrats,” retorted Assembly Republicans. “It will be interesting to see if the liberal majority in the Legislature accept the Governor’s cuts, or reject them as they did earlier this year when they blocked the Governor’s health and welfare reforms and grew spending by $1 billion,” wrote Assembly Minority leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia, and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Biggs.
However, there was no acknowledgment by the governor of the steady exodus from California over the last 20 years, resulting in the substantial loss of tax revenues. Four million taxpaying residents have left the state in search of less government intrusion, fewer regulations and lower taxes.
“Our government is not structured to quickly and effectively respond to an economic crisis of this magnitude,” said Sen. Pres. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
”We are so balkanized that the people don’t know who collects the taxes and who provides the services.”
Steinberg also admitted that “the share of corporate income tax paid in California has fallen by nearly half since 1981. Personal consumption in California has fallen by the largest percentage since 1980,” Steinberg said.
“Amazingly, a year and a half into Brown’s governorship and we still hear nothing of the unemployed,” said California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. “California will continue to face chronic budget deficits because so many people remain out of work; the conversation about revenues should always begin with how to restore jobs. So many people are wondering when Brown will offer plans to make California competitive, so that business will return to this state and bring jobs with them.”
Before the ink was even dry on the Governor’s speech, California Labor Federation leader Art Pulaski called for a review of corporate tax breaks. Calling for voters to approve Gov. Brown’s tax initiative in November, Pulaski said, “The state has to eliminate the maze of loopholes, carve-outs and tax-dodges that corporate lobbyists have written into law over the years…”
“It’s high time that our system reflects the interests of middle-class Californians, not the special interests of corporate CEOs and their lobbyists,” Pulaski said. But he said nothing about the special interests of union lobbyists, union attorneys and union politicians.
It is hard not to ask if Brown’s tax increases will force more to exit the state and further deplete California of tax revenues, especially whe California tax increases take hold, and federal tax cuts expire.
One Twitter follower asked, “Is this the perfect storm for financial ruin?”
The elephant in the room looms large: Is California hoping for a bailout? Are we too big to fail? Some say that $5 trillion in new debt under Brown’s turn as governor makes a bailout impossible, leaving only tax and fee increases.
The exodus of 4 million California residents in the last 20 years will continue to rise commensurately with higher taxes, until only state workers and welfare recipients are left.
Brown said the state and the nation has been living beyond its means. “There has to be a balance and a day of reckoning,” Brown said. “This is the day of reckoning…We have to take our medicine.”
“What government does is good,” Brown said. “I did my best.”

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A Great Son with great passion and desire gets answer he wanted!

May 14, 2012
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This blogsite is named for the newspaper my grandpa White owned in the 1920’s, “The Burbank Tribune”.

Today I am writing about my son Dustin. He was born in 1980 and has been through a lot of adversity, but also a lot of great things also. He has great passion for life, the things it offers and for people.

Dustin at work in Lee’s comic store, “Comic Quest” when young.

He has wanted to go to art and grapix schools for years and has been through the ups and downs of developing his skills, he is mostly self taught in art, painting, sketching and sculpting etc. and also the visual graphix programs like Maya and others too numerous to mention, he has studied them all on his own, I myself have watched the real “Agony and Ecstasy” in Dustin’s life.

Yesterday he told me that he had applied to the institute of which he has a great desire to attend, “Gnomon School of Visual Effects”.

He checked and arranged his Portfolio and sent it in and got an ‘acceptance’. My son’s comment was that they usually told people to do more classes and work on certain areas, but his was reviewed and deemed ready for acceptance. I am so proud of my son and his pursuit of his passions even in adverse situations!!portfolio|c9kd

The Writer/Director JJAbrams said of Gnomon:

“I only wished the Gnomon existed when I was a kid. I would have applied and had I gotten in, I would have attended. It’s that brilliant nexus of imagination and practical reality; a place where dreamers learn to realize, share and bring to life the visions in their heads. The latest and greatest technology is meaningless without inspired instruction. This is what Gnomon has in spades. There professors and founders are people who truly inspire. They just don’t teach the ‘how to’- they give  you context, understanding and expectations of ‘how to on the job’.  Theirs is a practical approach to actually working on film, video and gaming. It’s that amazing ideal, where art and making a living peacefully co-exist. You can certainly become a successful working artist without Gnomon, but with their pedigree placement stats, culture and track record, why take that chance?


CEO Bad Robot Productions

creator of: Cloverfield, Lost, Felicity, Alias, Fringe

Director of: Star Trek, Mission Impossible III

Dustin’s Resume:

Dustin White                                                                                                        909.709.6599                                                                                     


Mission Statement: Current goals are set on working for a professional and positive business environment that would be willing to give me the opportunity to further my skills and interests while continuing to advance in design knowledge and skills for myself and the advancement of the company.

Summary: A Hardworking dedicated and qualified graphic designer, with over 3 years of industry experience in print design, sign production, web and multimedia. 10 years of retail, sales, office and various other types of employment skills, including impeccable customer service and interpersonal skills which has always proven successful every place I have been employed at. A strong background in traditional and visual arts and communications, yet


First Press, Hollywood CA

Graphic Design Internship and Freelance Graphic Designer                                                                          2010 – 2011

  • Communicating & collaborating with clientele and various vendors to ensure satisfactory layouts for the content of the publications.
  • Layout and color correct/retouch photos for use in flyers, direct mail, leaflets and signage that promote client’s business capabilities.

Image 1 Design Works, Anaheim CA

Mid-Level Graphic Designer                                                                                                                                      2009 – 2010

  • Responsible for conceptualizing the overall look and design of business for special marketing and advertising events.
  • Implemented innovative ideas to company such as time sheet software to ensure accuracy and reduce errors with payroll records.
  • Employed new project procedures, including altering existing print layouts in order to save company resources and mediums.
  • Created and printed mass in-house store flyers alongside operating card cutting, multi-fold document and mass copier machines.

Flash Film Works, Hollywood CA

3 month Internship as Rotoscope Paint Artist                                                                                                           2008 – 2009

  • Compositing Training in Fusion including image stabilization and color correcting of film scenes.
  • Rotoscoping elements such as actors and objects in scenes requiring backgrounds or other elements to be removed and or replaced with separate live moving frames of action sequences.
  • Digital “dustbusting” which consisted of restoring and correcting by removing and retouching minor imperfections in film frames.
  • Digitally repainted and cleanup areas of film frames such as background elements including sky and undesired areas of the frame.

Blue Engravers, Long Beach CA

Graphic Designer                                                                                                                                          2007 – 2008

  • Operation of high tech plotters/vinyl cutters, industrial laminators & large engraving machines.
  • Attended conventions, press conferences and trade shows to network and promote business and update knowledge on newer print mediums and materials in the industry.

Xgraphix, Loma Linda CA

Junior Graphic Designer                                                                                                                               2005 – 2006

  • Designed color schemes and look of stationery, logos, business cards and identity for numerous clients.
  • Recreated existing logos from jpeg/bitmap to vector files.
  • Generated vehicle wrap layouts and decal lettering for mobile advertising.


Long Beach City College, Long Beach CA                                                                                                          2011 – Present

B.A. Computer Science Degree (pursuing though Online Courses)


Theory and working knowledge

Typography, Color Theory, Illustration, Storyboard design concept, Layout, Animation principles and techniques



Adobe Creative Suite, Pixologic Zbrush, Autodesk 3D design Software, MS Office

I am so proud that you are following your passions in life and breaking through all adversity,

Love from your Dad

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