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For me, one of the scariest "pundits" on television (John Stossel of Fox Business)

John Stossel

On TV, my Fox colleague Bill O'Reilly says, "The recession was brought on largely by greedy Wall Street corporations."

Give me a break.

Bill's smart. If he believes such things, we who care about freedom have done a poor job communicating economics.

Blaming problems on "greed" is a mindless cliché.

Yes, Wall Street was greedy -- but that's nothing new. Greed is a constant. Did you ever turn down a raise? We need a free market because it restrains greed. Laws against theft and fraud help, but competition does more. With this election approaching, and statist, eager-to-regulate candidates in ascent, we need more Americans to understand this.

I'm repulsed by aspects of greed. But the truth is that greed, without government interference, makes us all better off. It grows the economic pie.

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/stossel/blog/2012/10/24/greed#ixzz2ATkQzCXQ

Clint Eastwood Revisited

Republican National Convention Night 3 Draws 21.9 Million Viewers, Down 15 Million From 2008

An estimated 21.9 million people tuned in to watch the third night of the 2012 Republican National Convention on Wednesday, August 29.

In 2008, over 37 million people tuned in to catch the comparable day 3 of the RNC— which was 41 percent higher than last night’s viewership. That day in 2008, however, made headlines when Sarah Palin made her much-anticipated debut into the national spotlight.

As expected, Super Bowl XLVI was the most-watched television event in American history.

111.3 million people tuned in to see the Giants beat the Patriots 21 to 17. It marked the seventh straight year in which more people watched the Super Bowl than the year before.

It was also the highest-rated Super Bowl in 26 years. The game produced a 47.0 rating, up a full point from a year ago. The first Giants-Patriots Super Bowl, in 2008, drew was 14 percent lower.

Please keep the preceding in mind when watching this again:

Clint sealed the deal with the Auto Industry comeback being widely accepted. We are talking about reaching people that believe man coexisted with dinosaurs, President Obama is a Communist, and the United Nations is attempting to take over our daily lives. In light of that, the comeback of Detroit has never been in question by the Neo Cons. Indeed, Mitt has tried to give credit to President Bush and he has given statements that conflict with his Op Ed "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt".

I contend that if not for Clint's Super Bowl advertisement, the GOP would have been able to mitigate this issue much more effectively. For example, the President's economic stimulus put millions of Americans to work, yet the GOP gains traction in mitigating the positive effect. Even when Paul Ryan's letters asking for a piece of the pie are disclosed.

Yes......you can thank Clint. You can thank Clint for talking to an empty chair in front of 22 million viewers. But you can especially thank Clint for selling our Presidents great economic achievement, in front of 111 million viewers, like no other could.

I wish to give a hearty Thank You to Clint Eastwood. One of the greatest contributers to the Obama campaign this political season.

Miracle of the Seagulls


The first pioneers entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake in the summer of 1847. Before winter came, more than 2,000 Saints were in the valley. That was many more than originally planned and probably more than the 1847–48 harvest could feed. The first winter was mild, and the pioneers hoped the harvest would be good, even though it would probably be small. More pioneers were coming, and they would need food.

In 1848, as the grain began to ripen, thousands of crickets came down from the foothills into the fields. For three weeks they ate the precious crops. The people tried to fight them off with brooms, shovels, ropes, water, and even fire, but there were just too many crickets.

President John Smith of the Salt Lake Stake called a special fast day, and the people all fasted and prayed and then continued to fight the crickets. They knew God would have to help them if they were to save the harvest. Their prayers were answered on a clear afternoon when seagulls began to appear in the sky. John R. Young described the event:

“There must have been thousands of them. Their coming was like a great cloud; and when they passed between us and the sun, a shadow covered the field. …

“At first we thought that they, also, were after the wheat and this thought added to our terror; but we soon discovered that they devoured only the crickets” (Memoirs of John R. Young, as quoted in William E. Berrett, The Restored Church [1961], 285; see also 283–84).

The seagulls came from their nesting areas at the Great Salt Lake. They would eat the crickets until they were full, fly to the nearest stream, take a few sips of water, spit out what they had eaten, and then come back to eat more. After about three weeks the crickets were all gone and the crops were safe.

In 1897, after Utah became a state, the people showed their thankfulness to the Lord for the “miracle of the seagulls” by making the seagull the state bird and building a monument to them. The Seagull Monument stands on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

In 1848, the year after the first Latter-day Saint pioneers entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake, it was hoped that the harvest would be good. The people who had arrived and the many more who would be coming would all need food. Unfortunately, crickets began eating the crops, and the pioneers could not stop them. The pioneers fasted and prayed that the harvest would be saved. Seagulls came from the Great Salt Lake, ate the crickets, spit them out in nearby streams, and returned for more. After about three weeks, the crickets were gone and the crops were saved.

The Seagull Monument


Time for a change to fundamental labor laws.

We can begin by marginalizing the legal difference between part time work and full time work. In my opinion, this is a seriously abused legal loophole. Instead of a 40 hour threshold, I propose a fairer, pro rated system based on hours worked in a week. A person working 38 hours a week should see the same relative benefit as a person working 40 hours a week. If a person is working at 95% of the hours of a full time employee, they should realize 95% of equivalent benefits.

Perhaps a person more knowledgeable can enlighten me more on this subject.

Any other suggestions?

I need a list of pragmatic ideas for another forum I visit.

So is Mitt a moderate now?

His economic position can be described as much closer to President Obama than that of his running mate.

Much closer.

Romney embraced Ryan's budget plan in the GOP primaries. Caught President Obama flat footed.

As soon as Romney chose Ryan as a running mate, all of us thought that the Ryan plan was Romney's plan.

Shortly there after, Romney distanced himself from the Ryan plan but gave no specifics of his own.

He left the "etch a sketch" moment open for future use.

Meanwhile, President Obama prepared his debate with the Ryan plan in mind.

Then.....the Romney 'flip flop" happened at the first Presidential debate. The ultimate "etch a sketch" moment.

Romney went 180 degrees from the Ryan plan.

Romney's vague plans were intentional from the beginning. Make the President appear "flat footed" for referencing the Ryan plan.

It was masterful. It was also a lie. It was either a lie to the GOP base in the primaries or a lie to the American people in the 1st Presidential debate. Either way, it was a lie.

One month before the election, Romney is selling himself as a moderate. Exactly what the Teabillies feared the most.

Remember two things:

1) In at least one of the debates, Romney told a flat out lie with respect to Ryan's budget.
2) Paul Ryan is one heart beat away from the Presidency if Romney wins.

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