Promising Medicare for All is Intellectually Dishonest

One of the reasons that I am running for president is to push back against the intellectual dishonesty of a good many of the Democratic presidential candidates. And there is no better example of that their promises of Medicare for All. Promising Medicare for All is deceitful. Yes, I said it, deceitful

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Yes, I’m running for President on the Libertarian Ticker

Yes, I’m running for President on the Libertarian Ticket. Because SOMEBODY needs to stand up for Democratic Capitalism. Not Democratic Socialism, or Social Democracy, or unregulated Capitalism. Good Old Fashioned American Democratic Capitalism.

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Will the DOJ live up to its agreement with Ferguson?

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Since March 2016, the city of Ferguson has been operating under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, entered into after the death of Michael Brown. The quarterly court hearing on Ferguson’s progress occurred July 2.

The consent decree monitor noted that Ferguson had completed its court reforms and that the Missouri Supreme Court was now fulfilling its oversight responsibilities. The monitor complimented Ferguson on updating police policies but noted that Ferguson had failed to achieve its goals in police training and community policing. The monitor noted that there wasn’t much more she could do until the city made more progress.

Left unsaid was why Ferguson is behind: It doesn’t have enough police officers. CONTINUE READING ON STLTODAY.COM

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Replace Employer Social Security with a National Revenue Tax

The Proposal:  End the Employer’s contribution to FICA and Medicare.  Replace the $540 billion in revenue with a Revenue Tax, payable by all companies based on their U.S. revenue. 

The Benefit: 

  • Reduces the cost of employing American workers
    • By 7.65%, almost $4,000 a year on average
  • Ends a hidden subsidy for foreign manufacturers
  • Makes domestic manufacturing more competitive
  • Reduces the pressure to shift from employees to contractors
  • Reduces the pressure to shift to automation
  • Makes our tax code fairer
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Capitalism – The Ask

Everything in our country is already owned by someone. To get what they want, capitalists get used to asking for things, and even practice asking for things. The Ask is an art but also a process, a series of steps pretty much every person asking has to go through. Our most recent High School Capitalism class focused on the six steps of the Ask, of how to present yourself and your idea to get someone to meet with you. It’s not rocket science, it’s just a process, and the more we can get kids comfortable with the process the better chance they have of succeeding in our capitalist economy. Click HERE for the handout.

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Capitalism – Protect What You Get

It’s hard to make money in our capitalist economy, and easy to lose it. Capitalists spend almost as much time thinking about keeping what they have as getting more. It’s people that help you get it, and people that help you lose it. Our most recent High School Capitalism class focused on keeping what you have, and how to say No to people. We discussed how emotions can be used to pressure you even after you are successful, and strategies good capitalists use to keep from making bad decisions in the heat of the moment. Here is the handout.

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Ferguson has a chance to be a Ring Community

We finally have a video solution for community digital crime watch. A company called Ring makes a line of video security products, including the Ring Doorbell camera (you might have seen their ads on TV): https://shop.ring.com/collections/video-doorbells

One of the senior executives at Ring visited Ferguson several months ago to give a presentation to area law enforcement about the use of Ring products to support police efforts, a meeting set up by ex Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss. Ring has a pilot program offering discounts to housing and neighborhood associations and would like to offer the program to these types of groups in Ferguson. Residents would receive a limited-time discount of $40 that can be applied to the purchase of Video Doorbell 2, Video Doorbell Pro, Video Doorbell Elite, Spotlight Cam, Floodlight Cam, Stick Up Cam Wired and Alarm Security Kit.

The discounts are offered through the neighborhood associations. If you are interested, contact your neighborhood association representation, AND YOUR NEIGHBORS. The more people that have cameras on their front doors, the better. More details are on the downloadable PDF’s below:

Ring Community Flier Frequently Asked Questions

Ring also has a great free app called Neighbors, a digital neighborhood crime watch. It’s worth checking out: Ring Neighbors

Neighbors allows you to define an area of interest and receive real-time updates on suspicious activities/crimes in the defined area. The app makes it easy to upload video from Ring or other security cameras. For example, you might circulate a picture of a car that is driving around the neighborhood suspiciously. If you already have a video system in place, you should be able to start uploading clips as soon as you sign up.

Thanks everybody. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact your neighborhood association representative.

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Class 4 – Capitalism and White Supremacy

Attached is Class 4 of the program that teaches capitalism to Urban Youth, Capitalism and White Supremacy.  Students learn how racism and White Supremacy historically tried to keep African Americans from participating in our capitalist system, from accumulating economic power. We talk about this history not to make the students angry, but to help them understand its possible impact on their thoughts and actions. Racism can hold a person back in two ways – it can keep them from being offered opportunities, and it can keep them from acting upon opportunities. We want the students to understand how the legacy of racism could have crept into their minds, and made them doubt their ability to succeed in mental pursuits – make them doubt their ability to succeed in our capitalist. We want them to understand the internal and external pressures that tell them they can’t and learn to move beyond the pressures to choose the direction of their lives.  4 Capitalism and White Supremacy

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Class 3 – Profit and Loss

Attached is Class 3 of the program to teach capitalism to Urban Youth, the Profit and Loss Statement. This is the class about the numbers, the tools a Capitalist uses to decide whether or not to do something. For many of us, calculating costs and benefits is second nature – we do a mini profit and loss statement in our minds without thinking about it.  But like anything else, it is a learned habit – somewhere in our past we listened as a parent or mentor went through the financial calculations to evaluate different options.  We did our own first calculations, and remember the sense of satisfaction of figuring out the right answer.  Some kids growing up in an economically challenged neighborhoods lack the role models to teach them this skill. They don’t get exposed to profit and loss statements or the mini-calculations that a lot of us take for granted.  Class 3 Profit and Loss

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Ford, Kavanaugh and the Past

My best friend in High School was one of the smartest kids in school. I always wondered why his intellectual ambition didn’t match up with his intellectual ability. A few years later he mentioned that he had always been interested in science, and very good at it when he was a child. Then his older brother, in passing, made fun of kids that were good at science. My friend, very self-conscious and the quietest of a large family, stopped being good at science. Continue reading

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