Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Blue Tsunami

So it's been a while since the last blog.  I've been busy writing but this time I needed complete sentences, correct word usage and punctuation that matched the words I was writing. Not the gibberish I normally hack out in the mornings.

All will be clear soon. 


Last night golfing in league it was 55 degrees . . . . and the best night yet. When is 15 degrees below normal a good thing.  2 weeks ago rain for 9 holes, last week 25 mph winds and last night a balmy 55.   NO COMPLAINTS, hit a 47 even with a couple of 7s from having to rescue a few balls under pine trees, I hate chipping sideways. 

But the weather will get better for the next days. Getting sunny this afternoon, a little rain tomorrow but Saturday and Sunday will be really nice.  

It will be nice for Door Creek to dry out a little. 


The Blue Tsunami - Republicans are increasingly worried. A couple of special elections this week has shown that Trump is a sinking ship and Republicans are not jumping off fast enough.

New Hampshire: state House’s 6th Carroll District.  Trump beat Clinton 51-44 in the election but Tuesday Democrat Edie DesMarais defeated Republican Mathew Plache 52 – 48.  But here is the kicker - the last time a Democrat won that district was 103 year ago, 1913.

In New York: 9th Assembly District - Trump defeated Clinton in this district 60 – 37. Tuesday Democrat Christine Pellegrino defeated Republican Thomas Garguilo 58 – 42 - the kicker? Democrat's have NEVER won in that district.    EVER!

Today in Montana it's going to be close but GOP gazillionair Greg Gianforte decided it was the perfect time to play WWF and took down a reporter breakign his glasses.  He is now facing charges and newspapers in Montana are pulling their support.  Even a FOX reporter in the room said  Greg Gianforte had zero reason to take down the reporter.

Remember - 100% of the time the party that is in the White House immediately starts to lose power, sometimes it's a slow decline and sometimes fast but it always happens.

Trump is a cancer for the GOP.

I remember saying Trump was the death of the GOP, then he won and Clinton was the death of the DNC. Well, I think Trump is back to being the death of the GOP.


Don't get me started on the US fantasy budget proposal which is riddled with accounting "errors" with some numbers being used multiple times.

The main thing is the use of trickle down economics (a proven loser) and thinking that the economy will be hitting 3 and 4% which will pay for everything.    

It's like taking out huge loans because you are looking for a job and you are sure you can get one in the future. There is no way the US can get 3 or 4% growth.  It will never happen for a number of reason.

Oh sure we have had that growth in the 1990s at 5% but we also had a rapidly growing workforce and a rapid gains in productivity.  It's like counting cards in BlackJack. The big gains come during the time when the bad cards leaving the deck. Not when all the bad cards our out of the deck. Same with the economy, the big gains are during these years of massive growth.

NOW - the labor force is slowing as baby boomers retire and productivity which his still strong but not really getting stronger. Plus it's really time for a recession and any small economic downturn will totally blow 3-4% out of the water.  The GOP has to have 10 wonderful years in a row with a massively growing workforce AND a bloom in an already productive productivity.  Ya gotta roll 7s for 10 years in a row.

Not going to happen.

OH - all that money gained to pay for everything the fantasy 3-4% growth will bring?  That same money was used twice in the budget.  So you go shopping with your wife to Pic-N-Save with $50. You both have your own cart with $50 of goods and can't figure out why you can't pay for BOTH carts with your $50.

The $2 TRILLION saved in the budget will pay for the $2 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy AND that same $2 trillion will also pay to balance the budget.

That is what the GOP is trying to do. Is it just being inapt?  Or are they just trying to pull the wool over Americans heads yet again.


Nashville - The three professional teams making a home in Nashville have won a total of ZERO championships in a combined 52 years.  Have fun in Nashville balderdash - go see a sports team.


While being a meteorologist was my first choice for a professions being a truck driver was my 2nd (well, to be honest my FIRST choice was to be a fire truck but that had some issues I was not aware of when I was a wee lad).  Being a weather man never happened - I needed two BS degrees and knowing my study habits that was never going to happen but I do love driving.  Driving from North Carolina to Columbus in one day was not a problem last month.

WELL - the annual turnover for long-haul truck drivers is 80%.  EIGHTY PERCENT!  Not the best profession to be in.

Congressional Budget Office came out with their numbers on Trumpcare.  23,000,000 Americans would lose health care coverage in the next 10 years.  Medicaid would be cut by 838 million and people with a lot of money will pay lower taxes.

OH - the healthy will pay lower insurance but the people with pre-existing issues will pay for the healthy to have lower rates so it all evens out.


Speaking of Columbus - that barbershop moved to next to the comic book shop.  Better location I think. WOW a business actually moving closer to the center of town!!

Lots and lots of good things happening in Columbus under the radar behind the curtains. I'm totally optimistic about Columbus with good, slow, sustained organic growth.  We don't want to be like Sun Prairie that grows so fast the infrastructure AND TAXES can't keep up.


Survivor crowned it's winner last night.  Great season.  But get this - the winner said he or she (no spoilers) was 90% sure of winning.  Think about holding a secret that you won $1 million from family and friends FOR 9 MONTHS!!  OMG - that would be a nightmare.   You tell anyone and you lose.


Have a great day and root for the sun - it's coming!!