Make America Great Again

Make America Great Again. That is the theme of Donald Trump’s campaign, which in my opinion is a great theme, one that everyone can relate to. But, what does it take to make America great? If One Hundred people were asked that question you would, no doubt, get 50-75 different answers, some would be the same just worded differently. However, if you asked those same One Hundred people what would their plan be to make America great again you no doubt would have a confused look on the faces of those same people. Donald Trump still hasn’t outlined a plan completely and thorough enough to where the average American could understand just how he plans to do that and how what he wants to do would be so different from what Hillary would do that would convince them to vote for him. With just Seventy-One days until the election and taking into account that early voting starts much earlier he needs to put his plan out so we can see what he intends to do to make America great again. Since he hasn’t made his plan public I will step in and offer my plan to him to freely use.

Right up front I want to make a disclaimer that I am not an economist nor do I have a degree in politics, mathematics, or economics. However, over the course of a typical work week, I come in contact with many people who hold Masters Degrees and some hold a double Masters Degree while a fair amount of people I know have Ph.D. degrees in various fields. I have made the statement to many people that while they hold high degrees in very important fields they have a GED equivalent in common sense. Me, personally, I would rather have a Ph.D. in common sense. Common Sense will keep me alive when a piece of paper with Ph.D. written on will only start a fire to keep me warm one time. With that said here is my plan to make America great again and bring back the pride of accomplishment to the workingman and woman that they haven’t felt in many years. If a man or woman can’t take pride in their efforts to provide for themselves or their families then they only exist in a job without self-worth. Once a person’s self-worth is depleted their future becomes dismal and fruitless.

As President, I would go before Congress, the IRS, the EPA etc. and tell them upfront what my plan is and I would also tell them that if they do not support me on this plan that I would personally take every opportunity to publically embarrass them not only in front of their local constituents but in front of the whole country. I would be relentless in my effort to ensure that they were not voted back into the office they have become so dependent on for their luxurious lifestyle and more than ample retirement. I would then set a designated time for all major media outlets, i.e., television and radio to set aside time for me to go on the national networks and give this plan. I would outline the plan in steps.

Step 1. I would encourage every American who is planning to buy a new car or truck to buy an American built car or truck, one that is built here within the boundaries of our American Shores. If they do this I would make available to them the writing off of half of their interest payment for the duration of their auto loan. This isn’t something unheard of; there was a time when anyone filling out their taxes could write off all of their interest amounts. Looking at the numbers of several different sites I can only make an estimate of the number of cars sold. The numbers I find run between Fifteen Million and Seventeen Million. That’s a 15 or a 17 with a lot of zero’s behind them. To the three major American auto manufacturers, I would provide major tax and profit incentives for them to bring their manufacturing plants back to America and employing legally verifiable American citizens and only legal immigrants who have followed the rules and obtained the proper paperwork to be here. Congress is going to balk at this saying that it will cost America too much tax income. My answer would be, but look at the millions upon millions of people who would be working who are going to be paying payroll taxes and other taxes, social security might even become solvent again, with that many people working and paying taxes we might be able to reduce the tax amounts allowing the working people to bring home more of their income. Right now we don’t have anyone working and therefore we are not receiving any tax income hence our ever-increasing debt. I would tell them to look beyond their greedy noses and see the many different industries that would be affected by this simple move, the paint industry, the upholstery industry, the electronic industry, the steel industry, the glass industry, the list grows all the way down to the salesman or saleswoman on the car lots. To all of these industries, I would also offer tax and profit incentives to bring their manufacturing back to America, which puts even more people to work. This simple plan could be carried over to any item bought, televisions, refrigerators, furniture, clothes etc. the list is endless. There was a time when any item bought in America was made in America. We can’t continue providing jobs for the rest of the world when we aren’t even providing jobs for our American citizens. We need to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and until we lessen the tax burden on the companies that we relied on for so many years to hold up and support the American worker we will never become Great Again. We cannot wait for China, Japan, Korea or any other foreign country to make us great again, they have no incentive to make us great, we have got to do it ourselves.

Step number two, well there is only one step, making America Great Again doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t have to be drawn up by a person with a Ph.D., it only takes a little common sense and the desire to do it. Here’s to making America Great Again. For Liberty and Freedom. Ernie.


Must We Go This Low To Become President

Are there no limits to the depths our Presidential candidates will go? Have we not yet reached the bottom of the gutter? Having had the opportunity to experience multiple elections going back to the 70’s and beyond I have come to realize the political atmosphere has changed and not for the good. It appears our presidential candidates are venturing deeper and deeper into the gutter of sleaze. There was the time when candidates pointed out their opponent’s lack of policy or lack of experience or even more important they spent their time promoting their own policies as they didn’t want to spend too much time talking about their opponent. As the years have passed our candidates on both sides have spread viciousness across the political platform but not to the harshness we are now experiencing. They are now talking about the size of a candidate’s appendage (I’m trying to keep this as family friendly as I can) and now are dragging the wives down into the muck. Without question, the person most responsible for this is Donald Trump. While Donald has slung more than his fair share of slanderous remarks he isn’t he only one guilty, but what bothers me most is that we Americans seem to not be bothered by this most undesirable trend in elections. Is that a reflection of our changing societal personality or is this an indication that we really don’t care anymore what a candidate does or says as long as it is our candidate that wins and wins be any means necessary. During the 2012 election, we experienced the destruction of Herman Cain’s bid for office due to the Democrat side bringing up two women who claimed there was sexual inappropriateness. When their story of these two women didn’t get the traction the democrat’s wanted they brought in more women discussing sexual advances between Mr. Cain and themselves and indicated there was phone text to back them up although nothing substantial was ever published or displayed. I found it strange that here was a man who had been CEO in several companies and having worked with hundreds of women and all they could find was about four or so. If a man in his capacity has a problem with unfaithfulness and infidelity he isn’t going to stop at four, the numbers would be in the high double digits, to say the least, look at Bill Cosby, the numbers were surprisingly high. Even more interesting is the fact that as soon as Herman stopped his campaign all allegations of adulterous behavior stopped. They accomplished what they set out to do, destroy a man’s run for President.

What has happened that we are accepting a candidate that only uses crude and rude remarks toward his opponents? All through the 2016 primary’s all Trump has done is trash the others. I do believe this was an attempt to ward off any questions regarding just “how was he going to make America great again. He still hasn’t given many real definitive answers. And, when the list narrowed he became more direct and vicious in his mockery. Marco Rubio became “Little Marco”; Ted Cruz has now become “Lying Ted.” Every time he mentions Ted He refers to him as Lying Ted. He is taking the Clintons and the Democrats approach that if you tell a lie enough people will believe it. Now it seems an anti-Trump Super Pac, Make America Awesome, which has no connection to the Cruz campaign and stated so in an ad, released a picture showing Melania Trump posing nude, which she did in 2000 for the British version of GQ. Cruz, nor his campaign, had any control over the release of this ad and Cruz has discredited the ad but that didn’t matter to Trump. Trump shot off a tweet saying “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. photo shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!” What beans? He went on with another tweet “Lyin’ Ted Cruz denied that he had anything to do with the G.Q. model photo post of Melania. That’s why we call him Lyin’ Ted!” Do we really want this man for president, a person who so far has only proven that he can hurl slanderous names and remarks at his opponents? Now, to muddle up the mess, even more, we have “The Nevada County Scooper” which probably refers to their using a cat box pooper-scooper in finding their stories, wrote a story saying that Donald Trump followed through on his threat and claimed that Heidi Cruz was a call girl, which isn’t true. The only people that read the Nevada County Scooper probably live their lives in the cat box but there will be those who believe the article. The only summation I can come to on this is that our society has, in fact, fell into the gutter of sleaze and we are enjoying wallowing around in all of the pig slop. For those who  don’t know anything about early pig farming slop was to feed the pigs. I believe society will only get worse. God help us.

For Liberty and Freedom, Ernie