Archive for the ‘economics’ Category
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2015/12/11
We on the Right have discussed all the Democrat actions and their negative economic effects for years now. The First Street Journal has many such articles. We know that raising taxes causes products to be more expensive and thus, less affordable. We know that raising the minimum wage causes products to be more expensive and thus, less affordable. That causes businesses to increase their prices and down-size. But the Left never understands that.
But Portland, Oregon, is a blind squirrel and has found a nut. In an effort to make people want to give up their parking spaces so other people can park there, Portland has decided to increase the cost of parking meters 25 percent. Instead of paying a buck sixty per hour to park at the meter, it will now cost 2 dollars. And the businesses and customers are in agreement. The increase will cause people to not want to park in that spot all day, thus opening the spot for customers to park and make purchases.
By making multiple-hour parking less affordable, the city hopes to have fewer people doing the multiple-hour parking. This goes with economic common sense. It’s a fill-in-the-blank piece of economic common sense. “By making _______________ less affordable, fewer people will do __________.” By making widgets less affordable, people will buy fewer widgets. See how that works? The Left doesn’t see that. But Portland, Oregon, has stumbled onto that concept in its efforts to make their limited number of parking spaces more available to more people.
Posted in economics | Tagged: Economics 101, Law of supply and demand, Portland Oregon | 2 Comments »
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/11/22
And it took traveling to the Philippines to do it. I met Climate Destruction DENIER from Twitchy here in the Philippines. He, his wife, and his Philippine family were very gracious hosts, providing far more food than could be eaten in 3 sittings. And that was only the lunch. We also went sight-seeing so I could better understand circumstances as they relate to my own business ideas for the Philippines. Climate Destruction DENIER likes my ideas, and has started the process of information gathering in an effort to implement my ideas — with his alterations — here on Luzon.
But the important thing is I have found a family in Luzon that I can really talk business plans and culture differences with. I hesitate to call him an ex-pat because there are negative connotations with that term among some people. He’s a US citizen with a lovely Pinay wife, living on Luzon.
I hope to learn a lot more from him, and to further develop our acquaintance relationship into a solid friendship. He’s very clearly good people, despite some of our disagreements. Actually… I like the fact we have disagreements. Two of me in the same room for any length of time would result in one of me in that room.
I definitely have business plans aiming more than one direction for the Philippines. I also have business plans, aiming basically only one direction in the US, and I am actively working to make the US plans work, despite some setbacks. The destruction of my credit history, which started in November 2008, is a major stumbling block, at least for my US LLC. If I can get these multiple plans working, I can be officially retired at a younger age than most Americans, while continuing to do some heavy work while retired.
It is much less expensive to live in the Philippines, and the people, for the most part, are much friendlier than what you’ll find in the US. And now that I’ve met Climate Destruction DENIER and his family in person, I also have an anchor of sorts in the Philippines. Things are looking up, with multiple hurdles to … hurdle, but looking up, nonetheless.
Posted in Blogging Matters, Culture, economics, Personal Responsibility, Real Life, society | Tagged: business, friendship, Luzon, Philippine culture, Philippines | 3 Comments »
Posted by DNW on 2014/11/18
A reminder that big business and the free market are not the same thing, as we see the Lords of Crony Capitalism collaborate with Welfare State Diktat, and declare it “Good”.
“Insurers and the government have developed a symbiotic relationship, nurtured by tens of billions of dollars that flow from the federal Treasury to insurers each year,” said Michael F. Cannon, director of health policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute.
So much so, in fact, that insurers may soon be on a collision course with the Republican majority in the new Congress. Insurers, often aligned with Republicans in the past, have built their business plans around the law and will strenuously resist Republican efforts to dismantle it. Since Mr. Obama signed the law, share prices for four of the major insurance companies — Aetna, Cigna, Humana and UnitedHealth — have more than doubled, while the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has increased about 70 percent.”
Posted in Constitution Shredded, economics, Health Care, Law, politics, society | 1 Comment »
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/11/16
Back when we had control of the northern half of it, we should’ve annexed it then. But we didn’t, and we’ve been suffering for it since. And what is “it”, you ask? “It” is this.
And I know certain empty heads will esplode because I wrote this.
Posted in ABJECT FAILURE, crime, Culture, economics, Humor - For Some, Law, Politically Incorrect, politics, society | Tagged: corruption, drug lords, Government corruption, Mexico | Comments Off on We Could Annex The Northern Half Of It
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/10/28
Surely they have been called Uncle Toms, Race Traitors, Oreos, House Ni**ers, Tokens, etc by the Left already.
Posted in ABJECT FAILURE, Character, crime, Culture, economics, Elections, history, Insanity, Liberal, Obama, Personal Responsibility, Philosophy, politically correct, Politically Incorrect, politics, race, society | Comments Off on Taking Their Chains Off
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/09/07
From Facebook comes this gem. See how many squish Republicans are there. I saw a couple of very noteworthy Republicans in that list. And people wonder why the grass-roots are up in arms against Republicans, too.
The DEMOCRAT John McCain is on that list, as is the other Flake from Arizona and the sore loser from Alaska who needed K-Street to win as a write-in against the Republican in the race, as the Democrats jumped ship from their loser candidate to vote for her over the grass-roots Republican (who went on to snub the one person who had the king-maker mantel who could help him win). And of course, there’s Orrin Hatch, who got all wee-weed up that the grass-roots didn’t like him. Ever wonder why the grass-roots didn’t like you, lifer Orrin? (Even though I post your very worthy Hanukkah song every year.)
Posted in Character, Conservative, Constitution, Culture, economics, Elections, Law, Liberal, Personal Responsibility, Philosophy, politically correct, politics, society, war | Tagged: Jeff Flake, John McCain, Lamar Alexander, Orrin Hatch, Republicans out of touch, RINO, Senator Murkowski, Veteran Pensions Cut | 1 Comment »
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/09/01
FOX News is about to report on “three Atlantic City Casinos closing for good.” Good. Would that all casinos closed for good. On one side, you have immoral people preying on immoral lemmings. On the other side, you have immoral lemmings having less money than they used to. And the outcome is, they both lose. What’s not to like?
What do casinos produce? Nothing. They offer the most expensive places in the world to sit down. I suppose the entertainment value of pulling a lever and watching wheels spin can be attractive to some fools. But seriously, what uplifting value do casinos have? What societal benefit do they provide? They produce nothing. They add nothing to the growth of a community. They only take what that community provides. But the Obama Recovery (which would be a long-term recession or even depression in any other administration) means Society doesn’t have enough for the casinos to siphon.
So, the blood-suckers are dying off because there isn’t enough blood for them to suck. The tapeworms are dying because their hosts are emaciated. The Crimea River is in Atlantic City, NJ.
Posted in Culture, economics, Entertainment, Humor - For Some, media, Personal Responsibility, Philosophy, society | Tagged: Atlantic City, casinos, FOX News, immorality, recession | Comments Off on Immoral Businesses Shutting Down
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/20
The good news is for TBD’s readers. The bad news is for me.
The good news is I’ve been able to write more involved articles to the benefit of the readers here. It’s something that I actually desire to do and enjoy doing, but it’s because of the bad news that this good news has occurred.
The past Thursday, Friday, Saturday, I was in Salt Lake City, spending over 3000 dollars fixing and maintaining my truck. When I only had a 2100 dollar maintenance account (fed continually from revenue from each of my trips).
Then my student and I went to Idaho to pick up a load, travelled to a suburban area of Chicago, then off toward the Los Angeles megaplex. But on the way there, the truck died in Frisco, CO. Coolant decided to go into a white steam-smoke and also into the oil. The cost of that? Besides spending Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday morning in a hotel in Denver, where hotels are booked (vacation plus legal marijuana) at about 100 dollars a night, there’s the 8000 dollar repair bill. While my maintenance account is completely depleted.
I suspect it will take about 6 months to recover. It would be faster, but from 15 August to 10 September, I’ll be vacationing overseas (travel and lodging already paid for), so my revenue will be seriously affected.
Again, good news in that my readers get more than the “reblog” type articles. Bad news in that in a period of 1 week, I have incurred over 11,000 dollars in maintenance costs plus lodging costs, with next to no revenue to show for it. And if my truck sits still for 1 week, I still have 800 dollars in expenses.
Posted in Blogging Matters, economics, Real Life | Tagged: maintenance account, Small Business Costs | 7 Comments »
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/05/13
I want you to go to work 9 hours each day, 6 days each week, for 10 months. In this 10-month experience, you will pay no taxes, no rent, no utilities, no insurance; you will buy no food, no gasoline, no bus fare, no clothing, no toiletries, no nothing. You will instead save every penny you earned working those 43 54-hour weeks, at the end of which, you will take all the money -every last cent- to the electronics store and buy a middle of the road laptop computer with Linux installed (not Mac or Windows) and a decent printer. You will pay the cashier every penny you have, and leave none in reserve. After which, ladies, you will spend the next 9 9-hour workdays saving every last penny you earn so you can purchase a black one-piece swimsuit.
Because that’s what those three items cost a particular working woman in the Philippines. 9 hours a day for 198 Philippine Pesos. 22 PHP per hour. 50 US cents per hour. 54 hours a week. And she’s not running around looking for handouts. She’s looking to work to get ahead, by her own merits.
The vast majority of America’s “poor” just flat-out aren’t.
Posted in Character, Culture, economics, Personal Responsibility, Philosophy, Real Life, society, truth | Tagged: American poverty, Philippine working class, purchasing power in terms of hours worked | 1 Comment »
Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/04/28
That is a question someone used in a web search to find an article I wrote some time back: Moving From California To Texas? The person doing the search is likely a Toyota employee. The First Street Journal covered this breaking news quite well, and included multiple links to multiple articles written concerning the ongoing fiscal insanity that is everpresent and effervescent in Leftist state governments, contrasting with the growth-minded nature of Texas.
Other material that can be found on Truth Before Dishonor include:
Dying California Cannibalizes Itself
Maryland Follows California And Illinois Down The Toilet
Flee California Now!
California’s Green Energy Mandate
California Introduces New Internet Sales Tax Law
California And The Great Egress
There is more information to be had on this subject matter on this site, if one looks through all the economics-related articles. But to answer the question the internet searcher asked:
If you’re a Leftist voter, loving yourself some Leftism, stay in that shithole state you helped create. Don’t move to Texas, because you’ll only work to turn a successful state into the shithole state you fled. If you’re a Conservative voter, by all means, move to Texas and flee that shithole state the Leftist parasites created.
70,000 a year income will let you live a better life than 100,000 a year in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia. Texas’ Castle Doctrine will keep you safer. Jobs are more plentiful. But be ready for culture shock. Texans don’t like Big Brother/Nanny State.
Posted in Conservative, Culture, economics, Liberal, Over-regulation, Personal Responsibility, Philosophy, politics, society, Tax | Tagged: fiscal failure, moving from California to Texas, we told you so | 1 Comment »