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Another Obama-Undoing Great Idea: Plug the Obama-Era Holes In Our Patent Protections

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It’s been amusing – and more than a mite disturbing – to watch the Barack Obama Contingent spend the entirety of the Donald Trump Administration freaking the heck out.

A particularly interesting wrinkle – has been the Obama Contingent spending the first year-plus screeching (correctly) that Trump was (rightly) undoing everything Obama had done.

Ben Rhodes: Trump Reversing Obama Policies Just Because They Were Obama’s

Donald Trump’s Only Policy Agenda Seems to Be ‘Undo Obama Stuff’

Trump Methodically Undoing Obama Policies

How Trump Is Rolling Back Obama’s Legacy

How Trump Is Undoing the Obama Legacy

Trump Is Undoing Much More Than Obama’s Legacy

Undoing the awful Obama policies worked – utterly unsurprisingly – and we emerged from the awful Obama economy into the sunlight.

How Trump Has Set Economic Growth on Fire

Trump’s Economy Is Roaring

Boom, Baby: Trump’s Economy Just Keeps Getting Better And Better As Stock Market Sets New Record (Again)

Wages, Obama Economy’s Weakest Link, Now Surging Under Trump

Hispanic Unemployment at All-Time Low Under Trump

Black Unemployment Falls to Lowest Level on Record

The Obama Contingent then ridiculously tried to claim the newfound successes…were thanks to Obama.  Whose policies they had just got done whining about Trump thoroughly undoing.

Trump Claims Credit for the Economy. Not So Fast, Says Obama

Obama Swats Trump for Taking Credit for Economic Growth

Obama’s Trump Economy Credit Taking

Trump Fights to Wrest Credit for the Economy from Obama

Biden Tries to Take Full Credit for Trump’s Economic Accomplishments

Several 2020 Dems Have Tried to Credit Obama for Trump’s Economy

This is the Obama Contingent hoping we forget both what they said – and that there is an Internet that never does.

What nationally syndicated radio host (and full disclosure: a friend) Chris Plante calls Newsheimers.

But for anyone not steadfastly impervious to facts – the evidence is in.  Undoing Obama policy – is good policy.

One vitally important policy area that has not yet received the serious Obama undoing required – is Intellectual Property (IP).  And most shamefully, in this spate of awfulness – Obama had Congressional Republican help:

“In this the Digital Age and the Information Economy – Intellectual Property and its protections have only become even more important than that.

“So why did we spend the entirety of the Barack Obama Administration undermining it all?

“The Administration spent its eight years issuing all sorts of regulations and rulings – and filing all sorts of lawsuits – all designed to undermine IP.

“Republicans were hardly better.  In sickening pursuit of Silicon Valley political coin, they gleefully drafted and passed the very awful, very-awfully-misnamed America Invents Act.

“Which – like the Affordable Care Act – did the exact opposite of what the name suggests.  It strip mined IP protections from anyone inventing anything.

“And of course, the-most-anti-IP-President-ever Obama – gleefully signed it.

“The result?  When Obama entered the White House, the US was on the global innovation ranking list – consistently #1 or very close to it.

“By the time we were rid of Obama?

“Intellectual Property Crisis: U.S. Drops Out Of The Top Ten In Innovation Ranking.”

Almost inarguably the worst part of the misnamed America Invents Act?

PTAB: DCs Latest Unaccountable, Power Grabbing Government Board:

“‘The (United States Patent and Trademark Office) USPTO is no longer so friendly towards…patents. In fact, many such patents that have been granted are nowadays being invalidated.…The judges at (the Patent Trial and Advisory Board) PTAB…continue to nuke…patents.’

“Well that’s fantastic.

“DC has reverse-engineered the government entity responsible for issuing patents – to now destroy patents. Patents that government entity its own self had issued – are now destroyed by that same government entity.

“This is insane.

“This is the USPTO saying ‘Congratulations, you have a patent.’ And then saying ‘Psyche. We were just kidding.’…

“Far too frequently – at the behest of huge companies far larger than are you or I.

“Big Government and Big Business win.

“We the Little Guys – We the People – lose.

“As does our nation – and our nations economy.”

The ridiculous PTAB is a fundamental contributor to our precipitous drop off the global IP stage.

Congressional Republicans – have a chance to redeem themselves.

Rep. Massie Introduces New Legislation to Restore America’s Patent System:

“Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) (has) introduced the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6264). This legislation would reverse many of the harms that have been caused by recent changes to the patent laws from all three branches of government….

“The USPTO, through the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), has been systematically invalidating worthwhile patents based on flawed procedures that are easily abused….(T)hese changes have done substantial damage to our innovation economy.  This new bill will reverse many of these recent changes….

“Section 5 abolishes the PTAB. The PTAB is a terrible example of regulatory overreach….The legislation instead recreates the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, which existed prior to the AIA and handled the administrative appeals and trials that occurred under the prior system….”

Massie’s bill – rightly kills the PTAB.  And restores its precursor system.  You know, the system in place when we were #1 in the world in IP protection – and thus creation.

And Massie’s bill does a lot of other very good things.

Why is Massie’s bill so extraordinarily good?

Thomas Massie: America’s Inventor Congressman:

“Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) never intended to run for office or become a politician when he was majoring in electrical and mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). ‘I look forward to returning to my prior life of inventing and working on my farm,’ Massie (said)….

“Inventors and others who believe in the importance of patents to the U.S. economy no doubt hope that Congressman Massie, himself an inventor with two dozen U.S. patents to his credit, is in no great rush to return to his entrepreneurial life – running his own company built on the inventions he made….

“‘I can tell you, every day Congress is in session there are lobbyists here trying to weaken the patent system,” Massie explained.

“In Massie’s words, those companies that come to Capitol Hill and lobby to weaken the patent system want to get into new fields, but the problem is they didn’t invent in those fields, so they face problems. Patent problems.

“A lot of those companies want to become automobile manufacturers, or cell phone manufacturers, or they want to write software for operating systems, but they didn’t invent in those areas and they don’t own the patents that have historically been the touchstone of innovation ownership.

“‘They’d love to just come in and start playing in those fields and start using their size and scale as an advantage, and to them, patents look like a hindrance,’ Massie explained. ‘They are here in Congress looking to weaken patents and they are not just interested in weakening patents issued in the future, they are looking to weaken all patents.’”

It’s shameful so many Republicans listened to these anti-IP vested interests – and passed the awful America Invents Act.  (Massie wasn’t yet in Congress.)

Republicans can diminish said shame – by rallying behind Massie’s bill.

I’m quite sure President Trump will happily sign it.

Thereby undoing yet another awful piece of the anti-economy, awful Obama legacy.

Yes, please.

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With the Release of a New TOP GUN Movie Trailer Some Alterations of the Patriotic Film for the Chinese Are Found

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Nothing displays nationalism better than appeasement for a foreign marketplace.

The cultural detonation this past week has subsided, as the annual San Diego Comic Con just concluded. The 2019 affair was as expected with all manner of studio excess on display in the effort to pimp and promote their entertainment properties. One of the bigger news items was that Tom Cruise was on a panel to promote his film to be released in 2020, “Top Gun: Maverick”.

In one of the practiced methods of hype inducement Cruise “surprised” those in attendance to his panel by showing a new extended trailer for the film. It is a blend of new and arresting images to go along with numerous touchstone visuals from the original film.

There is a dose of curiosity that was spotted in one scene of this trailer. Mark MacKinnon, from the Globe And Mail noticed that there were some subtle alterations made to the iconic bomber jacket that the titular flying ace wears in both the original, and in this long-in-the-works sequel.

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This is both a very minor visual clue, but also a significant indicator of Hollywood making artistic changes for the sake of the Chinese marketplace. The original jacket worn was said to originate with Maverick’s father, himself a decorated war hero. But is this actually a dose of ret-conning taking place, altering the film’s history to appease the communist authorities who oversee the film industry in China?

This seems to be the case. One of the other nuances of working in the Chinese theatrical marketplace is that the Chi-Coms offer a smaller percentage of the box office returns to Hollywood studios than most international territories. A Hollywood-produced film will only garner a 25% return of the ticket sales (most other countries the take is around 40-45%). If the movie is a Chinese co-production however then the Hollywood studio get a larger percentage of the business generated.

“Top Gun: Maverick” will fall into the latter category, as this sequel to a film many called jingoistic, was co-produced by the Chinese studio Tencent Pictures. So a blatantly American message film is seeing itself needing to contort its content, to curry favor with the communist leadership.

If you know of any better examples of the fractured morals and artistic standards from that industry we would love to hear of them.

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Bernie Sanders Is Finally Guaranteeing His Workers $15/Hr Minimum Wage…By Cutting Hours

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Bernie Sanders is the only 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who is proudly running on an openly socialist platform.

As it turns out Sanders is going one step beyond simply running on socialism, he’s modeling it for the whole world to see.

Senator Sanders has been pushing for a federal $15/hour minimum wage, despite arguments and evidence that such a threshold actually cuts jobs and benefits and drives away business. He was even the first candidate to unionize his staff. However, that move has come back bite the Sanders campaign as workers began complaining that they were making less than the proposed federal minimal wage.

Campaign manager Faiz Shakir told Newsweek that the campaign has been in talks with United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 to secure a more acceptable pay rate but the union had refused their offer to bump up campaign salaries to $42,000 per year because…wait for it…

…it meant they would be making too much money to be eligible for full healthcare benefits.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

Shakir also told Newsweek that leadership at the campaign previously offered a pay increase for field organizers, but that the offer was rejected in a formal vote. According to the Post, Shakir offered organizer pay to be raised to $42,000 annually and extend the workweek to six days. The offer was reportedly rejected because it would have elevated staff to a pay level in which they’d be responsible to pay more of their own health care costs.

Discussions are still underway, but in the meantime Shakir says the campaign will guarantee a $15/hour by…wait for it…

…cutting the amount of hours staffers can work in a week.

“We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the integrity of these efforts before they were concluded,” Shakir said. “As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.”

What seems amazing to this writer is that even when faced with proof that a minimum wage hurts more employees than it helps its proponents still insist on it. They would rather fewer people work fewer jobs for more money than more people work more jobs for a base salary and the opportunity to promote through the ranks.

It is the opposite of the compassion they advocate for.

But Americans should be grateful for this small microcosm of socialism in the big pond of the presidential race.

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Communist Party USA Endorses the Democrat Sponsored Protecting the Right to Organize Act

Passage of the pro-union “PRO Act” would turn the “Green New Deal” into a “Blue-Green New Deal,” says Communist Party USA organizer.

Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff (and the man who recruited the then-28 year old bartender to run for Congress), Saikat Chakrabarti, unveiled the real underlying reason for the so-called Green New Deal, reported the Washington Post,

The underlying purpose of the Green New Deal was not to combat “climate change,” per se, but the ability to fundamentally transform the U.S. economy.

“The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” Chakrabarti stated, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all. Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

In June, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) passed a resolution endorsing the Green New Deal, stating (in part) “…the Green New Deal aligns with our values and presents an unprecedented opportunity to unite the fights for environmental, racial, and economic justice and make inclusive prosperity and economic security available to all of us by calling for a fundamental reshaping of our economy.”

Given that the so-called Green New Deal’s underlying premise is to fundamentally transform the economy of the United States, it should come as no surprise that the Communist Party USA—which has been growing in the last few years—sees a golden opportunity to use labor legislation currently in Congress to get the Green New Deal passed.

If the left succeeds in getting the labor legislation passed, so the logic goes, then the rest of their Marxist agenda will fall into place.

Writing in the Communist publication People’s World, Rich Nagin—a district organizer for the Communist Party USA—says that passage of the misleadingly-named Protecting the Right to Organize Act “would open the door for passage of bills to protect retirement security, immigrant rights, voting rights, and equality for women and the LBGTQ community.”

While there are several key components to the “PRO Act,” three core components are:

  1. The PRO Act would eliminate employees ability to vote on unionization through secret-ballot elections;
  2. The PRO Act would force employees and their employers into government-mandated union contracts after three months of becoming unionized; and
  3. The PRO Act would eliminate so-called Right-to-Work laws in all 50 states, thereby forcing millions of union members to pay union fees or be fired from their jobs.

A decade ago, when unions and their political allies were trying to pass a similar billed (the “Employee Free Choice Act), the actual motives were better concealed.

However, today, with the shift of the Democratic Party more towards the left, there is more transparency to their goals.

Passage of the PRO Act “would greatly increase the political power of organized labor, restore its declining membership, and put it in a position to play a decisive role in winning all kinds of progressive legislation, including worker protections in a GND,” according to Nagin. “It would turn the GND into a ‘Blue-Green New Deal.’”

  • Read more about the PRO Act here

[Emphasis added throughout.]

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We Are Surrounded by Intellectual Property – Until We Aren’t

Tom Cruise has made more than a little bit of money as an actor.

For which Cruise has to thank genetics, astronomical-odds-beating luck – and rigidly protective copyright laws.

These Intellectual Property (IP) statutes protect the movies in which Cruise appears.  Thereby ensuring said flicks are (mostly) commercially available in formats on which he and his cohorts make money.

And most rightly and righteously, when thieves (like Communist China) steal movies – joints like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) act.

The Cost of Movie Piracy

MPAA Names Top Online Sites Pirating Movies

MPAA Wins Movie Piracy Case in China After Failed Anti-Piracy Deal

The reason we mention Cruise specifically – is a scene from his 1988 flick Cocktail.  In which he and actress Elizabeth Shue – sit in glorious admiration of the IP all around them.  And, of course, the millions of dollars each IP item represents.

(Just millions?  Hey – it was the 1980s.  Don’t let inflation and economic growth throw you.  It’s now billions – and then some.)

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Behold:

Cruise: “You know – there’s a guy who makes these.  (He’s holding a drink umbrella.)

Shue: “One guy.  He must be exhausted.”

Cruise: “Yes, he is.  But still – he gets up in the morning, he kisses his wife and he goes to his drink umbrella factory.  And he whips out ten billion of these a year.  This guy’s a millionaire.”

Shue: “How about the guy who makes these?  (She picks up an ashtray.)”

Cruise: “What about that guy.  Not to mention the guy who makes these.  (He picks up a wrapped toothpick.)”

Shue: “And those little wrappers are made by another guy.”

Cruise: “What about these plastic things at the end of these (shoe) laces?”

Shue: “Hmmm.  It’s probably got one of those weird names too – like ‘Flugelbinders.’”

Cruise: “We sit here – and we are surrounded by millionaires.”

Indeed we are.  Only now it’s millionaires and billionaires.

And the foundation of all that wealth creation – is IP protection.

Each and every item Cruise and Shue highlight – are protected by patents.

In real life, someone had the very helpful idea – to wrap the ends of shoe laces in plastic.  Born was the flugelbinder.  (Actually, it’s called an aglet).

And that someone – then patented his idea.  Because that’s what you do when you have a good idea.  You look to lock it down with the IP protections expressly described in our Constitution:

“The Congress shall have Power To…promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries….”

You can not have a successful economy or country – without private property protections.  And by private property – we mean both physical and intellectual.

Looking for another bolsterer of IP – besides Cruise and Shue (and screenwriter Heywood Gould)?

Will Abraham Lincoln do?:

“(Lincoln) called the introduction of patent laws one of the three most important developments ‘in the world’s history,’ along with the discovery of America and the perfection of printing.”

Well that’s fairly important.

In this the Digital Age and the Information Economy – Intellectual Property and its protections have only become even more important than that.

So why did we spend the entirety of the Barack Obama Administration undermining it all?

The Administration spent its eight years issuing all sorts of regulations and rulings – and filing all sorts of lawsuits – all designed to undermine IP.

Republicans were hardly better.  In sickening pursuit of Silicon Valley political coin, they gleefully drafted and passed the very awful, very-awfully-misnamed America Invents Act.

Which – like the Affordable Care Act – did the exact opposite of what the name suggests.  It strip mined IP protections from anyone inventing anything.

And of course, the-most-anti-IP-President-ever Obama – gleefully signed it.

The result?  When Obama entered the White House, the US was on the global innovation ranking list – consistently #1 or very close to it.

By the time we were rid of Obama?

Intellectual Property Crisis: U.S. Drops Out Of The Top Ten In Innovation Ranking

President Donald Trump is on several fronts addressing the Obama anti-IP mess he inherited.

Congress should – amongst other things – as rapidly as possible pass Kentucky Republican Congressman Tom Massies actually-accurately-named Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act.

As Cruise and Shue noted, we are surrounded by IP.

Until one day we wake up to find the IP creators have left the US – and taken their IP with them.

Because we decided to do everything we could to be vociferously inhospitable to them.

Of course, their eventual departure is only understandable.  Because – human nature.

If I repeatedly beat you about the head and shoulders with a bat – I should at least have the decency to not act surprised when you get up and leave.

We absolutely must get back into the IP protection business.  Our economic and national security depends on it.

And each of us must work to ensure those in a position to clean up this mess – clean up this mess.

This means you.

Abe Lincoln will thank you.

And Tom Cruise will buy you a drink.

 

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An RBG-Themed Bra Exists

Do you ever shop for lingerie and find yourself thinking about Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

I don’t, either.

I guess the folks over at the bra company Harper Wilde think we do, though, and have created a bra to celebrate their bosom buddy RBG- Supreme Court justice and titular head of the women’s movement.

Here they are sharing the bra on Instagram with a little bit about the meaning behind it.

I would hope that Supreme Court justices would be chosen for their knowledge of and love for the Constitution rather than their body parts (also, somebody should tell RBG that gender isn’t a thing anymore, right?), skin color, sexual orientation, or any other irrelevant factor. It comes as no surprise at all that those on the left disagree. They don’t particularly like hanging with original intent.

Let’s talk about all the good this bra will do. 5% of proceeds will go to support She Should Run, an organization that helps women run for office (for comparison, they donated 50% of the proceeds from their abortion bra). The other 95%, presumably, will go to Harper Wilde. For the purposes of capitalism. Do they think we’re a bunch of uneducated boobs who won’t notice that?

Hopefully the bra is more supportive of women than they are.

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Poll: Most Democrats like socialism and … capitalism?

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I’m old enough to remember back when Bernie Sanders was running for the Democratic nomination (no… I mean last time) and people were taking to the fainting couches after learning he was a self-identified socialist. True, he said “Democratic socialist” but a rose by any other name, as the saying goes. There were plenty in his own party who were sort of edging sideways away from him. After all, you don’t want to have that tag hung on you even by association.

But here we are, not even four years later, and Bernie is struggling to set himself apart from the pack. These days, it seems as if you can’t go to a state Democratic convention or fundraiser and swing a dead cat without hitting at least a few proud socialists. From some of the freshmen in Congress to the rest of the pack of nomination hopefuls, Democrats are either declaring themselves socialists or at least openly embracing socialist values and platforms. But how about the Democratic voters around the country? Are they buying it? It seems they are. According to the most recent Pew Research survey, socialism is spreading in the Democratic Party like acne on a fourteen-year-old’s face.

Republicans express intensely negative views of “socialism” and highly positive views of “capitalism.”

By contrast, majorities of Democrats view both terms positively, though only modest shares have strong impressions of each term.

Overall, a much larger share of Americans have a positive impression of capitalism (65%) than socialism (42%), according to a new survey by Pew Research Center.

So here’s the breakdown across party lines. When it comes to socialism, 65% of Dems and Dem-leaners have a favorable view, with 14% holding a “very positive” view. As for Republicans and their leaners, 15% see it positively and 85% view it negatively, with 63% saying “very negative.”

On the flip side of the coin, capitalism does far better. 78% of Republicans view capitalism favorably and only 20% look down on it. Even among Democrats and their leaners, capitalism gets a thumbs up with a 55/44 split. (Insert record scratch sound effect here.)

Wait a minute. If 65% of Democrats have a positive view of socialism, how the heck can 55% have a positive view of capitalism. How does that work? Pew digs into it further and finds that nearly a quarter of respondents expressed a positive view of both capitalism and socialism. These were nearly all Democrats and primarily younger ones.

Does anyone want to tell them or would that ruin the comedic value? Socialism and capitalism are specifically antithetical to each other. Democracy requires capitalism to thrive. Likewise, capitalism only flourishes under democracy, except in very limited circumstances like the warped and brutal “capitalism” found in China.

Conversely, the fundamental tenets of socialism exist to thwart capitalism. Individual achievement and the accrual of wealth are not only frowned upon but punished in the interest of redistribution. Capitalism and democracy operate under the basic principle of equality of opportunity. Socialism demands equality of outcome and generally winds up enforcing that mandate at the end of a bayonet if the people get too uppity. (See Venezuela 2019 for examples.)

So we have a lot of Democrats tossing around “the S word” during this election cycle. Perhaps it’s just become trendy in the right social media neighborhoods. But based on the most recent data, a fair portion of them don’t seem to even know what the word means.

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We Shouldn’t Be Doing Business with Communist China

We didn’t win the (first) Cold War with Communist Russia – by handing them trillions of dollars.

Embargoes and Sanctions – Cold War Sanctions:

“In 1948, the United States began a campaign of economic sanctions against the Soviet Union that would last more than fifty years….

“For many years, the embargo on the Soviet Union was quite severe….

“(R)estrictions were tightened again after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. In 1983, Ronald Reagan approved the National Security Decision Directive 75, which set the policy of using economic pressure to limit the foreign policy and military options of the Soviets.”

In 1991, Communist Russia collapsed in an economically-ravaged heap.

And as important: Communist Russia spent the preceding half century limping around far less effectively – because we were denying them trillions of dollars of operating capital.

Contrast this – with how we’ve dealt with Communist China.

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President Nixon Aimed to Establish a New Strategic Framework Built on Peaceful Relations with Beijing

And “peaceful relations” – meant trade.

Which meant in the name of fake “free trade” – we would ignore all sorts of Communist China’s abuses of us and the global market.

We were suddenly quite happy to abuse Chinese prisoners – put to slave labor by the regime to make cheap stuff for us to buy.

Exposed: Slave Labor and Torture in Communist China

Human rights?  Forget about it – I’m saving twenty dollars on this TV.

American workers won’t work for one (small) bowl of rice a day – so Amercian companies have spent the last half century-plus becoming de facto Chinese companies.  To avail themselves of Communist China’s slave labor.  Thereby handing Communist China trillions of dollars to which they never otherwise would have had access.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

But that’s not all.  Communist China doesn’t just trade – Communist China steals and cheats.

China has spent the last five decades stealing trillions of dollars of our companies’ Intellectual Property (IP).   And in the name of fake “free trade” – our government has done nothing to defend our companies from this inconceivably huge heist.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

China cheats – by floating its currency:

‘Dirty Float’: How China Manages its Currency:

“(I)t is controlled through central bank’s buying and selling currencies in a bid to cap its appreciation….

“Market analysts widely suggest that the yuan is held at a substantially undervalued level to make its exports more globally competitive.”

Which means China’s slave labor exports – are artificially rendered even cheaper on the global market.  Which is, again, titanically unfair to American companies manufacturing in America.  Further driving them to leave America and become de facto Chinese companies.  Thereby handing Communist China trillions of dollars to which they never otherwise would have had access.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

But that’s not all.  To further rig the global market in their favor – Communist China subsidizes their slave labor exports.  Which artificially renders them even cheaper on the global market.  Which is, again, titanically unfair to American companies manufacturing in America.  Further driving them to leave America and become de facto Chinese Companies.  Thereby handing Communist China trillions of dollars to which they never otherwise would have had access.

This isn’t even remotely close to free trade.

And Communist China is doing all of this – not just to take from us trillions of dollars.  Communist China is doing this – to build up the ability to impose its Communist domination and will on the entirety of the planet.

Made in China 2025: The Industrial Plan that China Doesn’t Want Anyone Talking About

China’s Master Plan: A Global Military Threat

China Is a Geopolitical Threat

5G: China’s Dream to Dominate World Technology

Oh – remember Communist Russia political prisoner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?

China Is ‘Threat to World’ Says Dissident Writer

Of course China also wants to dominate the United States.

China’s Plan To Dominate The World & Crush The United States

China and the United States Fight for Global Dominance

China Increasingly Challenges American Dominance of Science

And China is worming its way directly into the US.

China Infiltrating U.S. Education System in Propaganda Coup:

“From kindergarten to college, Chinese government programs indoctrinate youth.”

Controversy Surrounds (China’s) Confucius Institutes at American Universities

But hey – at least the slave labor textbooks are cheap.

We shouldn’t be importing government manipulation from anyone.  We absolutely shouldn’t be doing so from Communist China.

And as with all things trade – this isn’t just about fake “free trade.”  This is also egregiously stupid national security policy.

China’s Bid to Control America’s Energy Resources:

“Beijing is deploying predatory trade practices to seize control of the means of production on a global scale….

“Now, China has set its sights on controlling America’s energy industry….

“Just as they dumped steel and aluminum, drywall and PC plastic pipe, the Chinese have been dumping drilling equipment in the U.S. at prices so low American manufacturers can’t compete….

“And it’s not just low-end pipe fixtures. Chinese imports now target the higher-end market for more specialized equipment.

“The supply chain crucial to American energy dominance is made up of scores of small, independent family-run businesses, and thousands of jobs. All of this is at risk.

“China circumvents…tariffs by transshipping their goods through India, South Korea and other countries. Imports of Indian and Korean couplings made from Chinese steel have increased threefold over the last two years….

“China is out to cripple our domestic oil drilling equipment industry the same way it has driven so many of our other industries to the brink of extinction.

“If it succeeds, China will have veto power over the energy essential to America’s economy and national security.”

We’re on the verge of wholly handing Communist China our domestic oil and gas infrastructure.

Which I’m sure China won’t shut down – or threaten to shut down – any time our government protests even slightly any of China’s very many anti-American-and-World actions.

But hey – I just saved four cents on a gallon of gas.

So it’s all good.

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Newly Elected Colorado Politician Calls for a Communist Revolution – ‘By Any Means Necessary’

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First of all, here are some of the stories you may have missed this weekend:

The UK On A Roll With Idiocy: Britain Bans Ads Containing ‘Harmful Gender Stereotypes’

Idiot Attempts A Home Invasion On An 11-Year-Old. The Kid Hits The Burglar In The Head – With A Machete. Game Over

Snopes ‘Fact-Checks’ My RedState Article, Spends Most Of Its Time Attacking Trump & Suggesting I’m A Jerk

Brazil Makes Homophobia & Transphobia Illegal Under Racism Law, Punishable By Prison Time

Check ’em out!

Moving on:

“By any means necessary.”

Those are words once uttered by the great Malcolm X.

Malcolm was a man with an open mind — who grew and changed with what he found to be true. His autobiography is excellent, his story inspiring.

Over the decades, his words have — like his name — been abused. His legacy has been called upon by people pushing for things which he would have — or did — oppose.

Here’s the latest usage: A newly-elected City Council member in Denver is out to accomplish her mission “by any means necessary.”

And what’s she shooting for? That’d be the implementation of communism.

As a reminder, that’s where government has all the power, and the citizenry has none — the opposite of capitalism in that regard.

When a leader praises communism, they’re shouting their desire to rule. The same goes for socialism.

America doesn’t need a ruling class.

But someone wanted it: Candi CdeBaca won in an upset runoff election in March.

Here’s what she had to say back during a candidate forum for the city’s District 9:

I don’t believe our current economic system actually works. Um, capitalism by design is extractive and in order to generate profit in a capitalist system, something has to be exploited, that’s land, labor or resources.

And I think that we’re in late phase capitalism and we know it doesn’t work and we have to move into something new. And I believe in community ownership of land, labor, resources, and distribution of those resources.

And so, whatever that morphs into I think is what will serve community the best and I’m excited to usher it in by any means necessary.



Allow me to correct her:

Socialism and communism are systems based on big business and monopoly.

The government is the ultimate big business. And the ultimate monopoly.

Communism and socialism are the ultimate class systems: They create two classes, pitting the rulers against the ruled.

Capitalism is about the little people. And lots of ’em. It’s about the small many rather than the large few.

Unfortunately, I believe we are indeed in a late phase in America, as Candi suggested: We are seeing the death throes of awareness. Of knowledge.

These days, people hear references to political concepts bandied about; subsequently, they put markers to posterboard and yell in the terms’ favor or against their tyranny. Yet, some of the biggest mouths fail to discover the meanings of the words (see here and here).

And as one phase ends, we’re looking into the face of an era of unprecedented ignorance.

So we end up with the video above.

Malcolm, before he was enlightened, was open to the necessity of violence. Is Candi? Watch the video, and you tell me.

-ALEX

 

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Chloe Westley: Pursuing happiness doesn’t guarantee finding it

Chloe Westley is the Campaign Manager of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.

How would you measure happiness? Epicurus would say you can measure happiness by the absence of pain. Aristotle would argue that happiness was more to do with flourishing as a human being should, by pursuing virtues and obtaining a good character. Other philosophers, such as Kant, argue that happiness is not necessarily something worth chasing at all, as we’re not really capable of knowing what will or won’t make us happy. For me, happiness is time spent with children, dogs, and people that I love. Maybe that’s your definition of happiness too.

But it’s difficult to find a full proof definition of what happiness consists of, or how we should measure it. I’ve been pondering this question since I heard that New Zealand will now be adopting a ‘well-being’ budget that will measure progress based on the happiness of citizens as opposed to Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Jacinda Ardern has pledged to make New Zealand a country where ‘“success is measured not only by the nation’s GDP but by better lives lived by its people.”

Well, yes, obviously. Nobody disagrees that the whole point of policy making – and indeed of politics – is to try and make people happy. (We’d be in serious trouble if monetary policy was driven by a desire to make things worse for people.) The prosperity of a population is always the consideration for policy makers. Labelling this a ‘well-being budget’ strikes me as simply a marketing gimmick to distract from the fact that, in New Zealand, Labour have failed on all of their major policy planks, and have ironically abandoned the previous Government’s social investment scheme, which was aimed at improving well being.

But the progressive world rejoiced, and hailed this as a step in the right direction. Many on the Left view economic growth as an overrated metric which distracts from the real problems that people face. The Prime Minister’s statement implies that there isn’t a connection between well being and economic prosperity, and that by focusing on economic growth instead of well being, people in New Zealand were suffering.

But far from making people miserable, economic growth is what lifts a country out of poverty and improves living standards. And whilst we do find it nearly impossible to find a universal definition of happiness, having your basic needs met as a human being is surely a prerequisite. I struggle to conceive of being as happy or fulfilled living in the Soviet Union and seeing family starve due to food shortages, or having to queue for hours to receive basic necessities in socialist Venezuela.

Whilst it’s true that ‘money can’t buy happiness’, it’s also the case that capitalism has radically improved our living standards and well being. In authoritarian countries in which the state has a monopoly on industry, progress comes to a halt. But when individuals are able to compete with each other for business, products and services are radically improved, as the greatest minds collaborate to invent even better ways of doing things.

Advancements driven by capitalism in healthcare and medicine have resulted in huge increases to life expectancy around the world. In the last 80 years, life expectancy has doubled in the United Kingdom, and child mortality rates are falling globally (sadly, Venezuela is an exception to this trend).

In less economically developed countries, child labour is more common, but in countries such as the UK, which have embraced capitalism, children are spending more time in education. If you’re looking for more evidence of how free markets and capitalism have improved our way of life, this article by my colleague Ben Ramanauskas goes into great detail.

Of course living longer is not necessarily an indicator of happiness. But if, like me, the thing that makes you happiest in this world is spending time with the people (and dogs!) you love, then living in a country with an advanced economy with longer life expectancy and better healthcare is of paramount importance, as well as the amount of leisure time you have available.

Technology has been both a blessing and a curse in that respect. Whilst automation has enabled us to spend less time on manual tasks, smart phones and email correspondence means that many of us are working more in our free time. I’d be interested to read a more detailed report on working habits as a result of recent technology. But looking at the general trends over the last 100 years, its estimated that the hours worked over the course of a lifetime in Britain have declined by an average of 41 per cent since 1856. Whilst this may differ across various professions, this means the average Brit has more time to spend with friends, family, and exploring non-work related interests.

It’s important to note that economic growth alone cannot provide the conditions for a flourishing society and happy population. For example, the rule of law, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and a respect for the rights of the individual have all contributed to the huge improvements to living standards in the Western world. But the reason we are living in relative paradise compared to other countries and to previous generations is because capitalism and trade have super-charged human progress and technology.

Whilst the Government is not solely responsible for your happiness, there is a role for policy makers to allow for the conditions which will best enable you to pursue your own happiness. If those who govern declare that economic growth is no longer a priority, and adopt an anti-growth, anti-business and interventionist agenda in the name of ‘promoting well-being’, then they may find they achieve the exact opposite of what they set out to do.

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