70 year-old music legend, Edward Mahoney “Eddie Money,” revealed in a video released by his realty TV series “Real Money” that he has stage 4 esophageal cancer.
The episode airs on AXS TV on September 12 and discusses how he went in for a routine screen when he was diagnosed.
He recently underwent heart valve surgery and reports say he also battled pneumonia.
Despite the cancer having spread to his liver, lymph nodes and stomach, he appears optimistic saying cancer has come a long way since the 1950’s and 60’s and “everyday above ground is a good day.”
Esophageal cancer can occur anywhere along the gullet/food pipe. There are different types such as adenocarcinoma (lower portion near the stomach), more commonly seen in Caucasians, and squamous cell carcinoma (middle to upper esophagus) more commonly seen in African Americans. It’s the 6th common cause of cancer death worldwide and comprises 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the US.
According to the American Cancer Society, estimates for 2019 include:
Early esophageal cancer may not exhibit any signs. However if it progresses, symptoms may include any of the following:
Although esophageal cancer appears to afflict men more than women, risk factors include:
There are a variety of treatments for esophageal cancer including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
“The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.” –Maximilien Robespierre
I have to tell you friends that I am not here to win a popularity contest by telling Donald Trump worshippers, who are idolaters, what it is that they do not want to hear (Luke 3:19). Yet, I am ordained by God to be free of their blood by telling them what it is that they need to hear (Acts 20:26).
What is happening in America today does help us to understand the history of dictators, which is being repeated by those who have not learned from history and how it is that they get away with their crimes (Hosea 4:6). People somehow have in their minds that dictators will come forward attacking by force with two pointy ears, a long red tail and a pitch fork in his/her right hand. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” -2 Corinthians 11:14-15
History also teaches us that dictators of the past and present were and are loved by the masses and, in the end, to their own destruction (Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Tung etc.). They were also hated by those who knew the difference (Labeled by the dictators as the enemies of the state) who were attempting to awaken the masses (Ephesians 5:11).
In The Present
Is anyone paying attention to the fact that what big tech companies are illegally doing through censorship today (A clear violation of the 1st Amendment of the Bill of Rights), is the same thing that red flag laws will do to gun owners if passed? It will aim at disarming any opposition that stands in the way of their global initiative. Who is the greatest proponent of unconstitutional red flag laws? Why, it's President Donald Trump, of course. I thought what Americans were told is that they were under attack by everything anti-American? They are, and President Donald Trump is behind these unconstitutional measures. Although, you would think this would be coming from the likes of Kamala Harris or Joe Biden, and it is.
How does this work? The mainstream media reports:
“When Joe Biden (Sold to you as the bad guy) was questioned about a Biden administration coming from American guns, Biden says, 'bingo!'”
President Donald Trump sells himself that he is the one that will “Make America Great Again.” Yet, Donald is the one looking to pass this unconstitutional red flag laws. Who is coming for your guns? President Donald Trump is coming for them.
I have noticed that in every given scenario that this is how these agendas have gone forward with Donald Trump's administration.
Just today, and adding insult to injury, it was reported that President Donald Trump is now requesting reauthorization of NSA mass surveillance.
“The White House is calling for the reauthorization of a program that security agencies have used to spy on innocent people, violate their privacy, and chill free speech,” said Sandra Fulton. All of this while the American people are subject to an invasion of illegal’s spilling over into the American borders and are illegally searched in airports" (Violation of the 4th Amendment-Bill of Rights).
Who is calling for permanent surveillance? President Donald Trump is calling for it.
Same thing with Abortion
Is this how you make America great again? Advocating war with a just and Holy God (Exodus 15:13) in advancing a Hell on earth (Psalm 9:17)?
Again, this is all coming from the one that declares that he is making America great again. I wonder what he says to those that he hates? Maybe this explains why he has not fulfilled his promises by indicting political criminals within the swamp that he promised to drain (John 8:44).
If the communists, as you are taught to believe, are the treasonous enemies of this country, and they are, then what does this make Donald Trump and his administration?
I almost hate to say it but if Donald Trump's enemies would open their eyes (2 Corinthians 4:4), they would be praising and worshipping him the same way that those that claim to have their eyes open (Mark 8:18), namely the professed Christian-conservative-right, do. Hypocrites (1 John 2:4)!
Yet, if you are paying attention, it is the very fruit on the branches of Donald Trump's administration (Matthew 7:16). Like that of the mainstream media’s propaganda spin doctors and actors, they rely on your absolute ignorance to further wield more control over the ignorant populace on a daily basis.
I can hear someone say, "This sounds like a broken record, Bradlee!" However, what sounds like a broken record is the talking points which are being played out in real-time by a bunch of hypocrites (Matthew 23:3) who have been told the truth of the matter that they refuse to acknowledge (John 8:24), and yet, all the while, knowingly and continuously playing into the hands of those who are destroying their country.
How do you show mercy to people like that? You cannot (Jonah 2:4)!
I end by addressing the president: Mr. Trump, It has been said that you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time and God at no time (Proverbs 15:3).
Super Bowl Champion Quarterback and Bronco’s General Manager John Elway revealed to TODAY that he was diagnosed with a debilitating hand condition 15 years ago. After he retired in 1999 he developed contractures, or permanent bending of his fingers. It affected both his ring fingers such he couldn’t straighten them out and subsequently couldn’t hold a football.
In the interview he states,
“Viking’s Disease”, or Dupuytren’s Disease, is thought to have originated in the Viking population and spread throughout Northern Europe during the 9th and 10th Century. It wasn’t until French physician, Baron Guillaume Dupuytren, described the flexion of the fingers and hand contortion that it received its modern name of “Dupuytren’s Contracture.”
In Dupuytren’s disease, the fascia, or fibrous layer that surrounds the muscles and tendons underneath the skin in the hand becomes thickened and tents, or tightens around the local area. This can cause a contracture, or pulling of the finger to a position in which they can’t extend or straighten back out.
Risk factors for Dupuytren’s disease with resulting contractures include:
Treatments include conservative measures such as steroid injections, enzyme injections and therapy and in more severe cases surgical options are available.
John Elway states he chose to go the conservative route and forewent surgery. It was successful and he now has normal movement of his fingers but the condition can return. The football legend is currently a spokesperson for the Facts On Hand Campaign, raising awareness of this common condition.
I always hesitate to write about our two freshmen Muslim Congresswomen and Israel because the first reaction of those who will not agree with me is that I’m Jewish and I just don’t understand their attitudes.
You would be half right. I did grow up in a reform Jewish family, my parents were educators, I went to Sunday School every year from Kindergarten to 10th grade, was Bar Mitzvahed at age 13 and am pretty conversant in comparative religion. But I also understand Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, maybe better than they understand themselves.
How do people like these get elected to Congress?
The same way Donald Trump became President. By playing to their base.
Only their base is a group of people who simply don’t want to come to America and assimilate. They want to come here and make us into Somalia. Or, any number of other failed states in the Middle East. I know, I know…Tlaib was born in Detroit. Have you been to Detroit lately? It bears a strong resemblance to certain cities in the Middle East. So do a lot of cities run by Democrats these days.
Omar and Tlaib in their tender freshman term have a bad case of hubris.
Hubris is a noun which is defined as “excessive pride or self-confidence”—something many politicians are afflicted with but usually as they climb further up the ladder.
To repeat a story I’ve told many times, when we had a radio station in Tulsa, we had a regular caller named Jack Jackson. He used to say that when someone gets elected to the school board, the city council or the county commission, they get down to the school headquarters, city hall or the county courthouse, they see the receptionist and that 10 button phone, they take a whiff of that pink gas and they’re never the same.
You can imagine what happened to these women when they got elected to Congress.
They took that pink gas out of a mask hooked to a tank they had delivered to their offices.
They became the “us” in “us versus them”. And, of course, we—you and I—are the “them.”
It’s an occupational hazard for politicians of all stripes but it is especially contagious among those who are being egged on every day by the fake news media.
So what these two clowns have done is to take on Israel.
There was a bi-partisan House delegation which went to the Middle East and talked to all sides from August 5th to the 15th. These women could have easily been part of that group. But noooooo. That’s would not have shined a big enough spotlight on them, so they announced they would make a separate trip to Israel to talk with…wait for it…the Palestinians—whoever they actually are.
Israel did what any sovereign nation has the right to do. It said NO. Then, Tlaib said she wanted to see her Grandmother—who she had never met—living on the West Bank. Israel immediately said yes to that on humanitarian grounds.
Was that good enough for Ms. Tlaib?
Ummmm. No. “Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me,” she said of her grandmother. “It would kill a piece of me. I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in.”
Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri summed it up neatly. “Last night, she sent me a letter asking her to allow her to visit her 90-year-old grandmother ‘because this could be my last chance to meet her’. I approved it on humanitarian grounds, but it turns out that it was a provocation to embarrass Israel. Her hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”
Hubris is a tough taskmaster.
Worse are the American Jews who are—for almost inexplicable reasons—so hard core Democrats that they’ll overlook this and blame Israel.
But I have a suspicion that if the Omars and the Tlaibs become the face of today’s Democrat party, you may see what my friend Wayne Allyn Root calls a JEXIT.
We are almost 75 years away from the end of the Holocaust which made the need for a Jewish state apparent. It’s easy for people who have no connection to World War Two to have no passion for this never to happen again.
Perhaps it is necessary for everyone to study some history so that it can never repeat itself.
And maybe some Democrat elders should explain to Omar and Tlaib that—in the total scheme of things—they are not past grade school and their hubris may well stop them from getting to high school.
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful…” – George Orwell
Being in ministry and traveling as much as we do, we have the opportunity to see and meet a lot of people and in the process, we notice what it is that people feed upon. And let me tell you, this explains why this country is in the condition that it is in today.
When you are on an airplane, a bus or a train you see what people are feeding upon, they are feeding upon gossip magazines or maybe they are playing poker on their phones or perhaps viewing a filthy movie on the back of one of the airplane seats (Hosea 8:7). You can rest assured that a majority of them who are feeding on this garbage are them that continually complain about what’s wrong with their country rather than standing up and fighting for the country that they say they love (Matthew 15:8). And of course, everyone that we see or meet across the country is surely involved with politics in one way or another; for we all live politics. But I have to ask, who is it that you live unto (Matthew 6:24)?
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." -2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Many in America today justify their standing (1 Corinthians 10:12) as Christian-conservative patriots by holding to secularists such as Mark Levin, Laura Ingram, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh or Ben Shapiro, etc. This may explain why we as a country are in so much trouble. It's not because of these talking heads (The best that the Christian conservatives have to offer?) so much as it is the Americans that have forsaken the Word of God and the US Constitution.
“The Bible is the rock upon which our Republic rests” -President Andrew Jackson
These conservative talking heads (Yesterday's liberals) do not make reference to biblical and constitutional laws exposing the criminals in the Church and in politics to bring about much needed resolve through justice (Psalm 9:16; Isaiah 51:4).
As a matter of fact, it is these talking head conservative spin doctors that are the very ones fueling the narratives that secure the establishment of which Americans claim they are sick and tired of. Furthermore, they individually define out as to being the very controlled opposition (Keeping the conservatives in order) that is needed to keep pushing the agenda forward, for they are no threat to the establishment that they make claim to be exposing (Romans 3:20).
Let us start out with the dazed and confused Ben Shapiro, who not only denies the Christ but believed that Jesus was a Jew who led a revolt against the Romans and got killed just like a lot of Jews who were crucified for the same thing.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" -Jeremiah 17:9
Apparently, Ben knows more than the very God that he declares to believe in outside of the Savior that was and is sent on his behalf.
Oh, how it stands true when Jesus said, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11).
Wisdom will not long hold a seat in the head of that man who has yielded up his heart to folly.
What about Glenn Beck? In his confusion, he goes on the air with his panel of hand-picked guests that are calling out radical Muslim Ilhan Omar’s subversive crimes who, without a doubt, is playing a very dangerous game in attacking the American system of government merely to overthrow and to conquer. This no one can deny, not even Ilhan who is telling you through her actions (action speaks louder than words) what she is all about.
Yet, one panel member tells the listening and viewing audience that they need to temper down the rhetoric in dealing with her lawlessness (Revelation 3:16). Is this somehow a game? How does this make any sense? Maybe these spineless individuals on this panel, along with Beck, should take the time to understand that hundreds of thousands of Americans have fought, bled and died fighting against the very crimes that this panel member, in particular, is attempting to condition the American people to submit to, namely, the likes of radicals such as Ilhan Omar. How un-American!
In other words, this panel member is saying that freedom is free and that freedom will remain without a fight, not so. So then, I ask what is the difference between him and Ilhan Omar being enemies to this country? There isn’t one. He thinks that talk is going to get the job done when it will not, just ask Ilhan Omar.
What about Rush Limbaugh, a professing Christian, who has been married four times and divorced three times. Rush might want to read Matthew 5:32. "Adulterers have no inheritance into the kingdom of Heaven" (1Corinthians 6:9). At his last wedding, Rush hired sodomite (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13) Elton John to play for $1,000,000. You heard me right - one million dollars!
People must come to terms with the fact that these conservative talking heads are financially fed by staying loyal to their sponsors not the American people, and how do they do that, by staying on cue as to what it is that they can and cannot talk about. This is how they make their millions (James 4:4) and you will find that where their sponsors are, there are their golden calves (Exodus 32:1-23).
To prove the point, just last week, Rush reported that Michele Obama is the most admired woman in America. Who told him that? He's quoting the same media that 94% of the American people say they do not believe.
These conservative talking heads are nothing but mere "Enquiring minds need to know gossip" (Acts 17:18). They are simply conveying to their base the same message that the liberals are to their bases except by the personalities that people adhere to the most. No wonder Jesus told us to beware of the leaven of the Herodians (Mark 8:15). These are the blind leading the blind (Matthew 15:14) driving Americans into the ditch.
These talking heads say the right things to them that do not know the difference. I am not saying that they have not done good things, but I am saying that they are not the standard (John 14:6), but like lying and corrupt politicians, they are no different than those they complain about because they are securing their positions, as well as the corrupt politicians' positions, and in the end, solidifying the establishment that again, everyone is complaining about.
Yet, they live by continuously feeding the error of politicians and hypocrisies as nothing more than just talk. And why? It's because to go any further, would be condemning and judgmental, at least to them that refuse to correct themselves (John 3:19-21). In turn, it lowers the honor of the sacrifice given (John 3:16) which was paid for our liberty and our God-given rights to a mere sportsmanlike conduct on a field. Let me remind you that this is not a game.
These conservatives talking heads are nothing more than controlled opposition. They are not a threat to the establishment that they continue to feed into and promote. Yet, as they say, the show must go on, and so it does.
In last week’s column, I showed things really are much better now than in the past and said this week I’d provide some reasons for hope in the future.
Let’s start with: Our air and water are much cleaner now than 50 years ago. But we’ve not really observed the fundamental principal of regulation: We should implement such laws and regulations only if they are socially cost-effective and fair. That is, if the social benefits exceed the costs and minimize cross-subsidies. Fortunately, the Trump administration has stopped the rush to mindlessly promulgate ever more regulations and started to reconsider a few excessive ones now on the books. Maybe we can get policy right and all be better off.
Many children are indeed growing up in poor circumstances and face challenging futures. But that’s always been true, and some of them turn out surprisingly well anyway. Many other children are raised in very good circumstances, and some of them also do very well. Our daughter gives me much hope for the future. I hope your kids do so for you, too.
And some people are finally beginning to speak up about the need for two-parent families and the damage divorce and single parenting often do to children. We can’t reduce these problems until we openly acknowledge them.
Almost all significant dire things Al Gore predicted in his 2006 book An Inconvenient Truth have failed to materialize, especially the 20-foot rise in sea level. Good thing for him, too, because he bought an $8-million mansion on the coast. Probably even he didn’t believe that dreck.
Even though government excess and other basic trends have slowed economic growth, it seems to have settled at two percent annually in real terms, instead of slowing ever more. Economic growth is necessary to increase human wellbeing. Maybe we can turn our policies and other problems around and get back to long-term growth above three percent so each generation is about twice as well off on average as its parents.
A handful of high-tech companies have huge size and virtual monopolies in communications platforms. But just as IBM and others once ruled their sectors, only to be taken down by disruptive firms including the current leaders, so also will they eventually succumb to new technologies and business models, curing some of their current bad behavior.
A prominent futurist predicts artificial intelligence will blossom in the future, the way micro-electronics and the internet did before. And its benefits will exceed its risks. I think he’s right.
The rot of the Deep State is bringing it down fitfully and slowly. People are gaining consciousness of it and the problems it causes. All this likely will set off a round of reform that will benefit the public interest and ordinary folk.
Rumors of the death of the private auto are greatly exaggerated.
New technology has fostered a boom in creative arts and will continue to do so. You can make a video and post it to the world with your phone. Yes, most are forgettable, but not every play in Shakespeare’s time was a masterpiece, either. New tech gives us much new art and science.
Baseball is as much fun as ever to watch, especially the brilliant fielding plays. And the Dodgers are still the best team. Now, if only the Orioles could get back to their glory days …
If current film-makers won’t produce good movies (plot, character development, hope, inspiration, etc.) we can now watch classics on TCM, which we couldn’t decades ago. Thanks, Ted Turner.
There’s some hope biotech will help us live better, longer lives – and reduce the cost of medical care. No guarantees here, because health care and insurance costs continue to rise, but we can hope.
Technology and economic progress continue to improve our diets – quality, variety, nutrition, etc. Now we need to find ways to manage our intakes to fight obesity and promote overall wellness. A task for people, not governments.
We’ve been through crazy times like the present before and recovered. The Great Depression, the Sixties and various wars. We can do so again.
Thank you, President Trump, for considering the human lives lost before counter-attacking the evil empire of Iran.
Kind of has a ring to it, no?
Twenty-two people killed by a sicko in El Paso and the first thing out of Robert Francis O’Rourke’s pie hole is that it’s the fault of…wait for it…President Trump.
Little Bobby told ABC News that Trump “doesn’t just tolerate, he encourages the kind of open racism.”
We already know that Bobby is a moron, but, like my late father used to say, better that people should think you are a fool than you should open your mouth and prove it—something that little Bobby does anytime, anywhere on any subject.
Then, there is the rest of the field of Democrat mental midgets.
Pick one, any one, and they’ll say it’s the President’s fault or they’ll, wink, wink “allude” to his “racism.”
Let me put this in terms that even these dorks might understand. Sometimes, a nutcase is just a nutcase.
It happens that I owned radio stations all over Oklahoma on April 19, 1995. That was the day a nutburger named Tim McVeigh blew up a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 168. I can assure you that it not only was not Donald Trump’s fault, it also wasn’t even more conservative Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating’s fault. Or then President Bill Clinton's fault.
You look up the term white boy in the dictionary and McVeigh’s picture is next to it.
Bill Clinton’s Justice Department prosecuted McVeigh and George W. Bush was president when McVeigh was executed.
The left’s problem with that is McVeigh didn’t use a gun. It’s hard to raise money to stop people from buying fertilizer and renting Ryder trucks. (Editor’s note: The government does regulate Ammonium Nitrate, which was used by McVeigh in the 95 bombing. In 2011, the Ammonium Nitrate Security Program expanded upon a chemical anti-terrorism bill already in affect in order to "regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an ammonium nitrate facility ... to prevent the misappropriation or use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism." But then, in June of 2019, The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) (of Homeland Security) pushed forward an assessment report which will re-evaluate the program and is currently "taking comments" about said re-evaluation, through September. As of now it’s unclear what will and will not be changed (if anything) in the initial 2011 Program.)
Given today’s digital landscape together with 24/7 news outlets on radio and TV, there may not be more nutburgers out there but we all know about them as soon as the second shot is fired. Or the truck bomb blows up.
So, idiots like little Bobby O’Rourke issue politically self-serving statements blaming everyone but themselves.
Then, they call for gun control. And start raising money.
Now, think about this. If every law abiding citizen turned in his or her guns tomorrow then who would still have guns? And, law enforcement has told us that all of the guns used in the last three shootings, Gilroy, California, El Paso and Dayton, were purchased legally.
As far as “assault weapons” go, those are semi-automatic hunting rifles made to look like military rifles but would be just as powerful if they were called hunting rifles.
I happen to believe that this is the fault of parenting. It appears that the shooters involved in 26 of the last 27 mass shootings (defined as 8 or more killed) since 1966 came from fatherless households.
Also, 85% of youth who are currently in prison grew up in a fatherless home. (Texas Department of Corrections) and 7 out of every 10 youth that are housed in state-operated correctional facilities, including detention and residential treatment, come from a fatherless home (U.S. Department of Justice).
It would also appear that the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control are that 39.8% of American children were born out of wedlock in 2017, the last year for which we have data.
And these morons are worried about GUNS?
The start of the school year may be the most exciting time of the year (well maybe just for parents…) However going back to school can bring on a slew of health issues, so let’s look at how we can prevent them.
The most basic and easiest thing we can teach our children is to wash their hands whenever they touch something dirty, use the restroom or before they eat. True we need to be exposed to germs to increase our immunity, but some of these germs aren’t friendly and bring on colds, flu, rashes and intestinal bugs when we’re not expecting it.
If a child skips breakfast or eats primarily sugar and carbohydrates, they not only face immune system weaknesses but also poor attention, concentration and ability to do well in school. Make sure your kids eat a good breakfast with protein and Vitamin C-packed fruits before heading for the school bus.
If the kids were accustomed to staying up late and now have to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, they might spend much of their school day nodding off. Insufficient sleep has been linked to obesity as well as poor immunity so get them on a regular schedule of a bedtime that will allow 8-10 hours of sleep a night.
Chances are your child grew an inch this summer, so shoes and clothing may be a little tight. Use the finger tip rule for pants and shoes to make sure there is room to grow. And avoid accessories that your kids can chew on, swallow or can lose as they will concentrate more on the lost earring than what the teacher is saying.
Back to school can bring on anxiety in many children and make sure you have open conversations to allow them to share their fears. Bullies make themselves apparent the first few days of school, and your child may be getting wet willies, wedgies or their lunch stolen right under the teacher’s nose.
If joining the PTA doesn’t appeal to you, at least make buddies with parents of children in your kid’s class as they will be the first to notify you if lice, pink eye or sore throat is making the rounds before a school may.
If you child walks to or from school or a bus stop, educate them on how to avoid strangers and what to do if approached by one. Consider driving your child if you think they are at risk.
In 2006, a study published in BMC Public Health, found teachers to suffer more from ENT (ear, nose and throat) ailments, dermatitis, bladder infections, bronchitis, conjunctivitis and varicose veins than those who work in other professions. Teachers are on the front lines when it comes to cough and cold season as they come into contact with hundreds of children a day, many of whom are contagious prior to knowing they are symptomatic. Once the fever shows itself, parents may keep the child home but the student already exposed others earlier in the day.
Standing on one’s feet for extended hours does a number on the peripheral vascular system, manifesting in leg swelling and at times, varicose veins. And when breaks are infrequent, bladder infections brew since one can’t visit the bathroom when they need.
Long work hours during the week prevent many educators from seeing a health care provider and many health plans don’t have providers who work on the weekends. Teachers can very easily put their own health care needs on the back burner during a long school year.
Taking care of school business is paramount during the school year but parents, teachers and kids need to still put health and safety.
Many folks have had enough of the anger, condescension, dishonesty, hate, bitterness, aggression, etc. that are so plentiful these days. So, despite my inclination to answer so much of it (and it needs to be answered), I write today about some reasons to be grateful for the world we inhabit — and hopeful about the future.
Our family recently traveled back to the Midwest for the biennial coast-to-coast extended family reunion on my mother’s side. The fact that many folks can travel economically such long distances for brief stays is something to appreciate, because it wasn’t possible in the past and still isn’t in most parts of the world today.
Mom’s the oldest surviving member of the family, while our daughter Karyn’s the youngest of her generation of cousins. So Karyn has had a great opportunity to learn first-hand some real and important history others get only in passing in school.
Her grandmother, until she turned eight, was a barefoot, dust-bowl, depression era Kansas farm girl. My grandparents (Mom’s parents) did well as young farmers in the Kansas farm boom of the 1920s, but as the water table sank, their well went dry and they lost the farm.
Having been diligent and productive farmers and paid their loan to the end, the bank asked them to take over a farm that still had water but had been abandoned by folks who went to California. When the well at the second farm also went dry, the bank asked them to try once more.
When the third farm went dry too, as the water table continued downward, they gave up farming and moved into Wichita. From my grandfather’s funeral many years later, the salient thing I remember is he continued to deliver eggs to neighbors even when they couldn’t pay.
Mom vividly remembers that the only time she ever saw her parents cry was after they moved into town and the pastor came to tell them he had found Grandpa a job. They cried at the family table because they knew their seven (soon to be ten) children would not go hungry. Those were really hard times.
Karyn also has such a story on her mother’s side from the same period. Kathy’s dad’s family owned a restaurant (25-cent full meals!) and then a general store in Lily, South Dakota, population 33. As things went downhill for everyone, they had to accept barter from folks at the store because no one had cash.
Ultimately, they couldn’t make the last payment on the family car and lost it, while the store closed. They packed everything they could into their suitcases, including the family silverware, and boarded a train for the west coast. Eventually they landed in California, where Dad and his father worked in the Marin shipyards in World War II (and Dad caught asbestos fibers in his lung that killed him half a century later).
As I told Karyn when we watched Ken Burns’ documentary, The Dust Bowl, that was something of a family history for her. But both families worked hard and prospered after the war. Kathy and I have been more fortunate than most, and so today Karyn will be able to go to college wherever she can get in.
Not everyone has been so fortunate, but a very large percentage of the population lives much better today than their forebears.
For example, in the last century, the portion of the average family budget that goes for food has declined from 25 percent to less than 10 percent. And over half of today’s food dollar is spent eating out, with much greater selection than at home and no dish-washing. A couple of years ago Karyn ordered Australian lobster at an Elko restaurant in February – something completely unheard of when I was her age. (Yeah, I really said that.)
Clothes, furniture, tools and all kinds of material things are plentiful and inexpensive today. So, much of our spending now goes to services only the very wealthy could afford in previous decades.
Yes, economic growth has slowed, and we may not see such rapid progress going forward. But next time I’ll give some reasons to be hopeful and optimistic for the future.
Gee, the Chinese seem to want a trade war.
That should raise the blood pressure of the Chicago School of Economics students.
Why should you care?
The truth is that the Democrats want you to care only because they sense a vulnerability they might be able to exploit in the 2020 election. Of course, what they know about business you could stuff in a thimble and still have room for the 20 mental midgets who want a chance to get the losing party’s nomination. Elizabeth Warren indeed.
If you were to add the IQ of the 20 candidates for the Democrat nomination together, it would not equal one American steelworker—and it is not my intention to insult steelworkers.
The other reason one might care is that your really cheap flat screen TVs will have to be made in Korea or Viet Nam in the future.
Here’s the fact.
China has been ripping us off since President Nixon went to China. We’re the bank they have been robbing. If we catch a cold, they get pneumonia.
They tax the hell out of our manufacturers one way or another, they keep their markets essentially closed to us and they steal our intellectual property. And we’re supposed to allow them to continue? Their next step is to try and replace the dollar as a primary currency.
The truth is that a little pain—slightly more expensive cheap Chinese crap, as an example—probably won’t hurt us.
In case you haven’t seen past the Shepard Smiths and Rachel Maddows of the world, things are pretty good right now for the middle class. However, economic hucksters on cable tv would like you to think we’re headed to 2008 all over again. Remember, when the market drops 700 points in one day, they get more viewers.
Of course, in 2008, crooks on Wall Street and crooks on Main Street had been deliberately making crappy home loans, packaging them up as securities, selling those securities to each other and betting against them.
When it all blew up, they turned to us, the taxpayers, for a bailout and got it. That solved Wall Street’s problem.
But on Main Street, the credit markets seized and millions of people found themselves with mortgages worth more than their houses because the market values of those houses crashed. Those with incomes could power through. Those who got loans which nobody in their right minds would have made, got evicted. And it represented a great buying opportunity for those who got bailed out.
Fast forward to today.
We have a real businessman in the White House—not a community organizer.
If Goldman Sachs and their buddies came to Donald Trump for a bail-out, they might get it but the terms would be much more onerous than the days when Barack Obama was there. Think of our President as negotiating for US in such a situation. We’ve never been in such good hands.
Now is not a good time for Wall Street to come begging.
So, they won’t. They will keep things under control.
There will be no securitization of NINJA (no income, no job or assets) loans like lenders were encouraged to make before 2008.
When you see the amateur economists—like the people responsible for the last crash—predicting another economic crash, remember two things.
One is that we can develop new markets for our exports.
Second, Chinas’ biggest market is us.
As far as China goes, how can they replace us? Especially if we stick with the President in keeping the pressure on.