Following the crisis in Venezuela (because it can happen in the U.S.A.)

Thanks to the Communist-Socialist ascendency in Venezuela, what was once the wealthiest Latin American country now has many of its people adjusting to shortages of food, water and life-giving energy needed to heat and light their homes and neighborhoods. Common prescriptions and life-saving medicines are almost impossible to obtain there. Widespread hopelessness has led to a spike in suicides. Can this happen in the United States? The answer is: Yes.

Venezuela should be a warning to all who are mesmerized by socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Socialism, and those who sell it will wreak havoc on our nest eggs and living standards. Look at the buying power of those who have worked hard and saved their money in Venezuela. Their life savings will hardly buy a loaf of bread due to hyperinflation. This is not opinion. Investigate for yourself.

In Venezuela there is nothing

This Venezuelan woman holds a sign that says, “In Venezuela there is nothing.”

Beware of politicians that promise “free” stuff like college tuition or healthcare or other shiny giveaways in return for votes. U. S. Senator Cory Booker has recently proposed that the government force taxpayers to award payments of $50,000 to poor people as a means of raising them out of poverty. Don’t be weak – don’t take that poisoned bait. If somebody gets something “free” it is because somebody else worked hard to pay for it, or will have to in the future. Think of it this way, you work hard year after year, but under socialism someone else in government decides that you are too successful and that some lazy ass shit is entitled (in the supposed causes of fairness, equality, and social justice) to what you have worked so hard to earn. (Of course, not all people in poverty are “lazy ass shits,” but there are many.) Or perhaps this or that politician and his supporters argue that needy refugees are entitled to the wealth you have worked so hard for and saved. A reason will always conveniently be found to argue why government planners are more qualified to control the assets of its citizens. Your wealth used to be your property, but under socialism, your property will be controlled and squandered by the state. Large scale redistributions of wealth lead to large-scale decreases in productivity – everyone in that society becomes poorer. This increases equality not in luxury, but rather equality in poverty.

To put it in simple terms, essentially socialists put their faith in government to solve societal problems which is done at the expense of freedom and individual and local decision-making. Opposite the socialists are those who want to place finite limits on the power of government. They do not put blind faith in politicians and bureaucrats because history teaches that rulers with too much power become tyrants and abusers of the people. These anti-socialists instead value individual liberty, and understand that the free association of individuals into charities etc. is a much more effective means of improving society.

Mountains of garbage in the capitol city of Caracas

One result of the socialist government’s mismanagement – mountains of garbage are accumulating in the streets of the capitol city of Caracas.

In 2013, when President Nicolás Maduro was elected, one of his campaign promises was that he would approve an increase in the minimum wage that would be between 38% and 45% by the end of the year. What Maduro and most of the people who have supported him do not understand is that wage increases without corresponding productivity increases will lead to inflation. In Venezuela it is even worse than that – the socialist government’s takeover of private industry and the gross mismanagement of it has led to a large-scale decrease in productivity. Under these self-inflicted circumstances wage increases will never keep up with monetary hyperinflation. Venezuelan money is practically worthless. This has destroyed the life savings of any and all Venezuelans who have worked hard and saved.

Below are excerpts translated from a Spanish-language website. Notice the obviously flawed rhetoric that focuses on the ethical and moral reasons for imposing socialism – the desire for greater equality. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Well it only took 14 years for Hugo Chavez and his socialists to ruin the lives on 32 million Venezuelans.


Bolivarian Socialist Project leaves hunger and misery in Venezuela
Thousands of Venezuelans migrate to Latin American countries in search of better living conditions

Since 1999, Venezuela has suffered from the deterioration of its productive system, as a result of the application of social, economic and political programs that, far from favoring the lives of its citizens, have left them submerged in conditions of critical poverty. This process of economic collapse, initiated by the ex-president Hugo Chávez has its continuation in the government plan of the current president Nicolás Maduro Moros, with its disastrous consequences for the 32 million Venezuelan inhabitants.

Little by little more Venezuelan citizens were added to the Chávez government, in view of the need to live in conditions of social equality … by a socialist model that would provide everyone conditions of social equality.

The focus of Chávez’s government program was based on the full realization of 21st century socialism… through the ethical and moral rebirth of the Venezuelan nation. This restructuring had at its roots the fusion of the values ​​and principles of the humanist currents of socialism. Its ultimate goal was the supreme social happiness for every Venezuelan. (Ahhhh…. dream on….)

In 2013, Venezuelans were overwhelmed by a deepening economic crisis, which has left them unemployed, victims of organized crime, facing the loss of the purchasing power of the monthly salary of families, extremely high inflation and no food supply and of medicines. Currently, a significant number of Venezuelans are unable to meet their primary needs and live in conditions of extreme poverty.

Here are some English-language stories that will help explain what has been going on with Venezuela.

When reading this keep in mind that Chavez came to power in 1999 – coincidence?:

Bernie Sanders: Defending Sarah Sanders’ (and our) “Rights.”

Bernie Sanders, July 27, 2018, MSNBC:

“Look, as I’ve said before, yeah, I think people have the right to go into a restaurant and have dinner,” he said.

I would like to ask Bernie and his true-believing followers: from where does the right to dine in a restaurant come? Is it a God-given right? If so, all humans prior to the invention of the development of the modern-day restaurant were denied that right. Cro-magnon man was deprived of his right. Hunter-gatherers were denied their right. Neanderthals were deprived of their right. Paleo-indians were discriminated against.

Vote-seeking politicians seem very ill-educated when it comes to rights. They toss the “right to” this and the “right to” to that out all the time. It sounds good to the unthinking person, and may garner attention, good feelings and hopefully votes at election time, but such ideas Bernie Sandershave no basis in reality.

But if the right to dine in a restaurant is not a right that can be found to be granted by God or Nature, then perhaps it is a secondary right guaranteed to some people by the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps it a right guaranteed by an obscure Amendment in the Bill of Rights. Alas, I cannot find it. Perhaps Mr. Sanders can point to it. Let’s go back further – was the right to dine in a restaurant debated in the Continental Congress? Was it a grievance the founding fathers brought to the attention of King George III? Is it a right asserted in the Declaration of Independence? I’m coming up empty. I find it nowhere.

Can it be found in Magna Carta?

Perhaps there is a more recent law guaranteeing the right to dine in a restaurant. That would be wonderful for all when hunger sets in each and every day. Everyone, including those who could not afford to pay for dinner out, could invoke this elusive statute and protect their right to free dining. Having no money would not cancel this right. On the other hand I would feel a tad sorry for the restaurant owner struggling to make ends meet while working 80 hours a week. Will the servers still be tipped on the value of the meal and their hard work? Knowing human nature, even some people who can afford to dine out might feign a reduced state of financial affairs. But the “right” that Mr. Sanders espouses must be upheld. The restaurant owner must respect the rights of others even if it means feeding those who cannot afford to pay for their meal. It may sound redundant, but after all, a right declared by Mr. Sanders is a right. Period. It must be respected.

People have other rights as well according to Mr. Sanders. They include free healthcare, and free higher education. And so I presume the Bernie supporters who work at hospitals and universities will be the first in line to willingly forego their salaries under this new order of utopia. If higher education is truly free then the administrators, professors, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, and janitors must all work for free for there will be no money to pay them.

Such utopian thoughts are invigorating and encourage the imagination. Many other undiscovered rights are still yet to be discovered for the benefit of mankind.

My point is that rights are not to be spoken of lightly. The language of many politicians is intended to confuse. People need to cut through the crap and use their brains. People need to think clearly about these things. I would suggest start by reading a classic book on political or economic philosophy. Email me for suggestions.

Minor point here:  I’ll venture an educated guess – behind his apparent defense of Trump’s Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders after the Red Hen incident in Lexington, Va. is Senator Sanders’ attempt to appear moderate in the face of an ever increasing radicalized (and violent) left-wing – a very real appendage of the Democrat party. It’s his calculated political move to appeal to independents and otherwise civil-minded Democrats who are being turned off by the radical tactics of the deranged Trump haters. This leads me to make an observation: Bernie Sanders is already running for President again.



Socialist Dream Crashes in Venezuela

empty shelves venezuela

Empty store shelves in Venezuela. The reality of the socialist dream. History tells us over and over again that government-imposed price controls lead to scarcity every time.

On Sunday, Venezuelans went to the polls and repudiated the socialist government led by Hugo Chavez’ successor, Nicolas Maduro. The BBC and Wall Street Journal are reporting that the opposition has won 99 seats in the National Assembly, the Socialists have won 46 seats and the votes for the remaining 22 seats are still being tallied.

Venezuelans, who are suffering enormously from the policies and corruption of Nicolas Maduro’s government have finally come to their senses and now reject the failed socialist revolution. If Venezuela is to be fixed, it will probably take decades to rebuild what was once the wealthiest nation in Latin America.

Maduro’s term as President is not over until 2019. It will be interesting to see if he can last that long. My guess is he will not.

maduro, chavez obama

Socialist gathering in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009. Left to right: Barack Obama, Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez.

Thanks to the Socialistas in Venezuela, free speech often lands you in jail, inflation is approaching 100% per year, stores shelves are bare, basic services and the healthcare are in shambles, essential medicines are nearly unobtainable, food is in short supply, etc. Viva la Revolution!

The lesson for The United States: Socialism is a disaster. Do not elect Hillary or Bernie or any other national Democrat, unless of course you think socialism is working in Venezuela and should be repeated here.

One of the objectives of the socialist revolution as stated on President Maduro’s website is to:

“Continue building (Bolivarian) socialism of the 21st century in Venezuela, as an alternative to wild capitalism model and thereby ensure the ‘greatest amount of social security, the greatest amount of political stability and the greatest happiness for our people.”

While private property, and economic and political freedom – capitalism will never lead to a perfect society, I’ll take those things over socialism and the inevitable social instability it causes any day.

Sarcastic condolences to American Chavezistas Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone. I hope the new National Assembly  bans them from Venezuelan soil for life.

Junius Lucius

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export…. Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea — in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders. ” ― Thomas Sowell

Alexis de Tocqueville on Socialism

Will Americans be foolish enough to elect a socialist to be the next President? Time will tell. A vote for Hillary, or Bernie or perhaps any national Democrat running for President will be a vote for more socialism. That is really what Hillary Clinton meant by her euphemism “It takes a village.” These people simply do not believe in the sanctity of the individual. To them, “the people” are just cogs in a gear that powers the machine of their personal ambition. Thus, they seek to place individuals in groups and conjure up grievances that do not exist or are highly exaggerated. These groups are told they are victims ( for instance the “War on Women”) and that Hillary or Bernie or Joe or Obama is needed to step in in order to right the wrongs of their victimhood. This is how the unscrupulous politician rises to his or her position of power. These propagandists pit Americans against one another and all the while America continues to decline, structurally, spiritually, morally and economically.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville was a believer in the sanctity of the individual and understood the corrosive effects of socialism on liberty, or freedom:

“Now, a third and final trait, one which, in my eyes, best describes socialists of all schools and shades, is a profound opposition to personal liberty and scorn for individual reason, a complete contempt for the individual. They unceasingly attempt to mutilate, to curtail, to obstruct personal freedom in any and all ways. They hold that the State must not only act as the director of society, but must further be master of each man, and not only master, but keeper and trainer.”

The whole speech can be read in it’s entirety here:

Click to access Tocqueville_Socialism1848.pdf

Socialist Dreams vs. Miserable Reality

Bernie for President! – Wait! Did I just say that?

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.” – Margaret Thatcher

Two main premises of modern socialism are:

1. Wealth redistribution is the best way to make the bottom 99% wealthier.

2. Society is much better off when decision-making powers are taken away from individuals and instead placed in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats. Thus, all human actions are subject to regulation by the government.

If enough people in a free society like ours can be convinced to accept these two false premises, then we lose everything. Most importantly we lose our freedom. When we lose our freedom, a loss of prosperity is sure to follow. This process has already begun in the United States.

“Socialism is a wonderful idea. It is only as a reality that it has been disastrous. Among people of every race, color, and creed, all around the world, socialism has led to hunger in countries that used to have surplus food to export…. Nevertheless, for many of those who deal primarily in ideas, socialism remains an attractive idea — in fact, seductive. Its every failure is explained away as due to the inadequacies of particular leaders. ”  –Thomas Sowell

To paraphrase Bastiat; socialism is the great fiction through which everyone attempts to live at the expense of everyone else. It is a belief system born of a flaw in human nature that tempts each new generation to take advantage of goods and services that they believe someone else is paying for. It may be characterized as politically instituted theft by one group of another. But in reality it makes all of us poorer. Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises correctly identified the illusion that many people find too hard to resist: “the illusion that socialism will make them richer.”

Reading between the lines of a typical Bernie Sanders speech, here is what I come away with: “The rich should not get to keep more than their fair share while the rest of us struggle. Therefore, if elected, I will give back to the people. I shall reward those without ambition, subsidize people on drugs, discourage people from saving, and encourage people not to work. Trust me. It will be awesome.”

Reading between the lines of a typical Bernie Sanders speech, here is what I come away with:
“The rich should not get to keep more than their fair share while the rest of us struggle. Therefore, if elected, I will give back to the people. I shall reward those without ambition, subsidize people on drugs, discourage people from saving, and encourage people not to work. Trust me. It will be awesome.”

This tendency in human nature is a godsend to politicians who seek and maintain power by promising “the people” something that is paid for by someone else. Hence, Hillary Clinton recently rolled out her “New College Compact” where she claims “costs won’t be a barrier” to higher education if she is elected. How will her plan make up the difference in college costs when the portion of total college tuition paid by students is lowered? The truth of the matter is that if Hillary’s administration convinces colleges to require less tuition from students, it is the taxpayers that will make up the difference. College administrators will not agree to a cut in salary – they are not dumb. The result will be a new bureaucracy that puts a dollar in the left pocket while pulling $1.50 out of the right. After all, as everyone knows, bureaucracy is expensive and must be paid for. In reality Hillary’s plan will not lower absolute costs; it will only place a higher burden on taxpayers, meaning all taxpayers will have less of their own money to save for college tuition. It will be a really raw deal for middle-income taxpayers without children. Hillary’s plan would certainly add to public debt, which at the federal level is already above $18 trillion and growing.

Chalk it up to greed or envy, but whatever the cause – politicians are aided in their tax grabs and debt spending by constituents who believe in the free-lunch fiction of modern politics. It’s a belief system that collectively makes all of us poorer. If the redistribution of wealth promoted by the political class proves too great for the electorate to resist, then the country will continue its current decline into economic mediocrity or worse.

For each new generation of Americans who become seduced by the false promises of socialism, which is essentially the platform of people like Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and the modern Democrat party – read on. (Note: Even establishment Republicans endorse socialism, if not by their words, certainly by their actions.)

The example of Venezuela:

American Hollywood producer Oliver Stone (right) with his late revolutionary hero, Hugo Chavez (left). Nicolas Maduro, the current socialist leader of Venezuela is shown in the right background.

American Hollywood producer Oliver Stone (right) with his late revolutionary hero, Hugo Chavez (left). Nicolas Maduro, the current socialist leader of Venezuela is shown in the right background.

Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone should be leading a humanitarian campaign using their own funds to help the Venezuelan people. Why? Because the Venezuelan people are literally dying due to the policies of the late Hugo Chavez (d. 2013) and his protégé Nicolas Maduro – socialist dictators that those Hollywood fools have publicly embraced in the past as champions of the people. Hollywood lefties, and their allies in government like Bernie Sanders who apparently do not understand the first thing about market economics, and who cannot comprehend the lessons of history are the last people anyone should be listening to for advice on public policy. The socialist policies that they have so publicly celebrated have destroyed what was once the wealthiest Latin American country. Socialism – price controls, government ownership of businesses, central planners who are not interested in a diversified economy, command regulation of the private sector – these are the reasons for the collapse of the Venezuelan economy. But the Venezuelans did it to themselves – they elected Hugo Chavez in the first place. It can happen here.

After notices appeared in empty supermarkets across Venezuela prohibiting picture taking, Venezuelans defied the prohibition and began a campaign on Twitter to highlight the shortage of basic goods in their country. Hashtag: #AnaquelesVaciosEnVenezuela Profit-seeking entrepreneurs in a free economy would never let store shelves go bare in Venezuela or anywhere else. Only socialist planners like Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro could let this happen. History tells us over and over again that government-imposed price controls lead to scarcity every time.

After notices appeared in empty supermarkets across Venezuela prohibiting picture taking, Venezuelans defied the prohibition and began a campaign on Twitter to highlight the shortage of basic goods in their country. Hashtag: #AnaquelesVaciosEnVenezuela
Profit-seeking entrepreneurs in a free economy would never let store shelves go bare in Venezuela or anywhere else. Only socialist planners like Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro could let this happen. History tells us over and over again that government-imposed price controls lead to scarcity every time.

Look at what the news outlets have recently reported on or written about the situation in Venezuela – the socialist government there has wrecked her economy while blaming others and it continues to bring misery and terror to her citizens.

Washington Post Editorial Board, Dec. 13, 2014:

“Since 2013 two other big newspapers and a television network have been sold by longtime owners to investors linked to the regime or to shell companies whose principals are unknown. The result has been the shutdown of critical coverage of the Maduro government even as it presides over an economic collapse and mounting political repression, including the arrest or prosecution of top opposition leaders.”

Washington Post Editorial Board, Dec. 26, 2014:

“Mr. Maduro’s regime is a de facto satellite of Havana: Thousands of Cuban operatives are seeded in its security services and, in a deal that has long propped up the Castro regime, Venezuela supplies Cuba with 100,000 barrels of oil a day in exchange for the services of a few thousand doctors.

(Now, many of those doctors have tried to escape their servitude by defecting and no longer serve Venezuelans.)

“Repression in Venezuela has steadily escalated this year: More than 40 people were killed when security forces cracked down against opposition street protests, and bogus criminal cases have been brought against senior opposition leaders. One, Leopoldo López, has been imprisoned since February.

“As Venezuela’s economic crisis — which led to severe shortages and high inflation even before the collapse in the price of oil — steadily escalates…

“Mr. Maduro should be required to restore freedom of the press — and stop blocking the provision of newsprint to opposition newspapers…”

National Public Radio May 5, 2015:

Stand-up Comedian Laureano Marquez “dwelled on the absurdities of life in this oil-rich nation, where gas is cheaper than water but it’s hard to find milk, toilet paper and many other everyday goods.

“Turning serious, Marquez tells the crowd that the socialist revolution, launched 16 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, is collapsing under the weight of bad policies and corrupt public officials. “That message doesn’t sit well with Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro. Besides jailing opposition leaders and cracking down on protesters, the Maduro government is now going after comics. “Marquez says that three of his recent shows were canceled after all three clubs that booked him were suddenly closed down for alleged tax evasion. He’s also been shut out of government-run theaters and hotels.”

According to the Reuter’s story in the New York Times shopping in Venezuela is hazardous to one’s health –

“Lines are increasingly filled with smugglers who buy subsidized goods and resell them at a profit on the black market or in neighboring Colombia, generating tension between resellers and those trying to stock their own kitchens.

“Josefa Bracho, a 70-year-old teacher in the central city of Barquisimeto, vows not to stand in any more supermarket lines. She was slashed in the thigh with a scalpel after a dispute in a line with women she believed were smugglers.

‘“We’d been in line for almost four hours when three women got in front of me,” said Bracho in a telephone interview.

‘“I said ‘What are you doing? Why are you cutting in line?” Later one came by and cut my leg … Standing in line means putting my life in danger.”’

Food line outside a supermarket in Venezuela, 2014. Long live the socialist revolution!

Food line outside a supermarket in Venezuela, 2014. Long live the socialist revolution!

New York Times Editorial Board, Aug. 7, 2015 – “On Monday, officials in Venezuela announced that a leading opposition politician, María Corina Machado, will be barred from running, along with a handful of other government critics. Another leading opposition leader, Leopoldo López, has been imprisoned since February 2014, facing spurious charges.

From Bloomberg News ( Aug 20, 2015:

“Venezuelan Inflation Could Average 86% This Year, Survey Shows by Anatoly Kurmanaev and Catarina Saraiva

“Venezuelan inflation will average 86 percent in 2015, up from 57 percent last year, according to a median estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

“The survey produced a wide variation of estimates after the government halted the regular publication of official statistics in December when the annual rate hit 69 percent. Morgan Stanley had the lowest forecast in the survey at 65 percent, while Caracas-based Ecoanalitica is expecting prices to rise 139 percent this year.

“The economy of South America’s largest oil exporter will see the deepest recession since 2009 this year with an expected contraction of 5.6 percent, according a survey of 15 analysts.

“The collapse of Venezuela’s oil revenue after prices fell more than 50 percent in the past year has slashed the country’s capacity to import basic products, leading to shortages and pushing up the price of goods available domestically. The country’s currency has collapsed 88 percent in black market trading in the past year.”

From August 26, 2015 (

Venezuela Is Adding More Zeroes to Its Currency to Deal with Hyperinflation by Noris Soto and Nathan Crooks

“Many Venezuelans have to carry wads of cash in bags instead of wallets as soaring inflation and a declining currency increase the number of bills needed for everyday purchases. The situation is set to get worse. Inflation, already the fastest in the world, could end the year at 150 percent, said the official.

“Some banks, meanwhile, have reduced daily withdrawal limits at ATMs because of shortages of the highest denominated notes.”

The lesson for Americans – reject the temptation of socialism – it will bring nothing but misery upon you, your children and future generations. Need another example. Look at Greece. If you vacation there, ask the Greek people you meet if their retirement plans are going according to the promises of their politicians.

Socialism necessarily leads to an increase of government power at the expense of individual freedom. It is a system where government dictates every aspect of our lives – who we may or may not associate with, what we may or may not eat, who we may or may not hire, what we must pay our workers, it dictates nearly all aspects of the employer/employee relationship, how we save for retirement, what speech is acceptable or not. According to socialists the list of human actions that must be regulated is infinite.

Don’t think it can happen here? It’s already begun. America’s flirtation with socialism has certainly gained steam on President Obama’s watch. It’s time to reverse the tide before we reach the point of no return like Venezuela has.

Finally, I would like to nominate Bernie Sanders for President – of Venezuela. Oliver Stone can be his Vice President in charge of keeping supermarket shelves stocked, Sean Penn his Secretary of Socialist Indoctrination and Education and Michael Moore Director of the Peoples’ Propaganda.

Frotho Canutus

“No government of the left has done as much for the poor as capitalism has. Even when it comes to the redistribution of income, the left talks the talk but the free market walks the walk. What do the poor most need? They need to stop being poor. And how can that be done, on a mass scale, except by an economy that creates vastly more wealth? Yet the political left has long had a remarkable lack of interest in how wealth is created. As far as they are concerned, wealth exists somehow and the only interesting question is how to redistribute it.” ― Thomas Sowell, Controversial Essays

“As socialists put in place programs that increase the dependency class, our country will find itself deeper and deeper in debt as fewer people have the incentive to work and pay the taxes that fund the social services they have become addicted to. Eventually, this arrangement will collapse under its own weight and the financial crisis of 2008 will appear like small peanuts in comparison.” This is exactly what has happened in Greece, but it will be 10 times worse when in happens in the United States because we will not have a European Union to bail us out.” –James Bryan

“Progressive socialists like President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaign against people in business who have been successful and amassed greater than average wealth. They put forth the silly notion that by confiscating the wealth of others through taxes and spreading that wealth through government programs that all of us will be better off. It’s a nice show and to some who don’t look below the surface, this seems like a good idea. But the dirty little not-so- secret is that behind the scenes, when the microphones are turned off, these politicians, who have been given so much regulatory power over all economic activity, often bestow protections, even advantages on their financial backers. This is what’s known as “pay to play” or political cronyism. The Clintons have perfected this brand of cronyism by setting up the Clinton foundation and hitting the speech circuit. This has made them very wealthy indeed. As long as the American people continue to forfeit their freedoms to the political class, political cronyism will grow like a cancer. If you want to see what corrupt cronyism does to a society when left unchecked just look at what has happened to Venezuela – the people starve while their socialist leaders and their friends drive around in fancy cars and purchase new homes.” — James Bryan

Fart Control: Boycott Ben & Jerry’s – Save the Planet

It comes as no surprise to some of us that Ben & Jerry’s spreads false propaganda about the environment. For instance, they have a fun “fact” sheet that claims there will be 40% more Category 4 and 5 hurricanes in the future due to climate change. I would like some genius at B&J’s to explain why there has been an unusual absence of Atlantic hurricanes (meteorologists call it a hurricane drought) in the past few years and why a Category 3 or higher has not hit the US since 2005 (Wilma) – the longest period since records have been kept. These are facts that contradict the doomsday predictions despite an increase in atmospheric CO2 since 2005. Tornadoes counts have also been running below “normal” the past couple of years, opposite global warming claims. The scary predictions have so far been wrong.

Lost in translation!

Lost in translation!

The climate models, which are used as the basis for the push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, are far from good predictors. They have diverged so far from actual climate data (models have predicted far more warming than actual historical measurements show) that Dr. John Christy of the University of Alabama (who pioneered the measurement of Earth temperatures from satellites) had this to say:  “We might forgive these modelers if their forecasts had not been so consistently and spectacularly wrong. From the beginning of climate modeling in the 1980s, these forecasts have, on average, always overstated the degree to which the Earth is warming compared with what we see in the real climate.”

Bernie Sanders for President! Support Fart Control - Boycott Ben & Jerry's

Bernie Sanders for President! Support Fart Control – Boycott Ben & Jerry’s

The folks at Ben and Jerry’s have been very vocal about the need for Congress to enact laws that place caps on greenhouse gas emissions. This has given me an idea that I am sure Ben & Jerry’s will be in favor of. It is well known that milk cows emit enormous amounts of methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas. Therefore, I have asked Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (where B&J’s is headquartered), to introduce a bill into Congress that would place a cap on ice cream production and consumption. In the meantime committed environmentalists should all do their part to save the Earth by cutting back on their ice cream consumption.


You might also want to contact Ben and Jerry’s and ask them what they are doing to keep cow methane from polluting the environment. Perhaps President Obama and Pope Francis should join forces with Bernie Sanders in this important cause. I will contact them now. You should too. Frotho Canutus

Senator Snowball Fights Global Warming

Bernie SandersI sent the following letter to the self-avowed socialist, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, when I noticed the irony of a picture posted on his official website. The picture showed some happy revelers in Washington DC having a rare snowball fight in front of the Capitol building during a snowstorm. It may have been an old photo, but of course DC has had snow this year and temperatures well below average as have much of the rest of the country. Bernie Sanders is one of the leading voices in the crusade to end humanity’s use of fossil fuels to prevent global warming. (I don’t know what he thinks will replace fossil fuels anytime soon since “green” energies like wind and solar still only supply less than 5% of all U.S. Energy).

Funny thing is – a few minutes after I emailed my letter to Senator Snowball I could no longer find the photo on his website. Coincidence?

The letter:

Dear Senator Sanders:

I love the photo posted on your website of the snowball fight in front of the Capitol. It’s proof of catastrophic man-made global warming! Quick – we need to legislate more taxes and regulations on coal, propane, oil and natural gas so that we make it more expensive for people to heat their homes or do anything for that matter since everything we do and buy or consume requires energy.

Of course, I’m being sarcastic, because the Earth has not had any statistically significant warming now for about 17 years despite the run up of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. The climate scientists’ assumption that CO2 raises temps X amount in a complex climate system are wrong. We know this to be true because the results have been coming in and the climate model predictions do not match actual temperature data as the graph here shows. (Shown below.)

Please do not allow President Obama to squander taxpayer $$ on climate schemes that will do little to prevent global warming or cooling. The climate has always warmed and cooled in the past. It’s better to spend our $$ adapting to climate change regardless of what drives the change. We have to be smarter about where we build. The oceans have been rising for thousands of years – duh!

I have heard that China is building a Thorium nuclear reactor, which may be safer and produces little nuclear waste. The only reason the US used plutonium and uranium reactors was because we used those same materials to build bombs. Perhaps Thorium reactors could solve some of our energy problems. Will you look into it? That could be real progress.

Spencer's graph models vs. realityThis graph was created last year by Dr. Roy Spencer, a climate scientist at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. It shows IPCC climate model predictions vs. actual temperature data. The thick black line is the average of the climate model predictions. The divergence between the models and reality is growing, because the models are flawed and are predicting too much warming. No catastrophic global warming in the real world! In fact global temps have been flat for about 17 years now.