Thursday, 26 January 2017

Score cards, commentary, for what it is worth. Trump, Mexico, and the Anarchists


 (I)    The fact is, we try to avoid talking about political, or even cultural matters, primarily because we want to maintain a fair and clear mind while analyzing events and their repercussions.   Believe it or not.   Why?  Because, out in the real world where people are working, milling around, trying to find a missing part for the whangdoodle machine, etc. there are other things going on.  That applies both to the great, un-washed masses of which I am a member, and to the majority of folks we encounter who can only speak in vacuous platitudes and focus group phrases.

     To begin, government intervention into the economic realm always...always...produces imbalances that are injurious to the interests of both producer and "consumer".

     Lies and dysfunction must necessarily accompany any and all manouevres that attempt to regulate the movement of money between the citizenry.  Quite readily, one can point to the notion that there is a need for poor people to be exempt from central government taxation.   It is also accepted that the well-to-do must pay a higher percentage of their income than people of more moderate means.  Mr. Trump, the "Great Tax Reformer" proposes a 0 - 12 - 25 - 35 percent bracketing of taxation.
     Such a system, we are told, ensures that the rapacious rich have to be forced to pay "their fair share".   The "zero tax group" is too poor to pay anything, so taxing them would be mean and unfair.   The ones in the middle are dolts and proles and they will pay up, no matter what, in order to avoid going to jail or paying fines.

     This package of rates immediately put disincentives into play.  For the "poor" it takes them off of the Board of Directors of USA and Company.  They have no skin in the game, save for the food, free accommodation, free medical, and a myriad of other programmes that "help the poor".  The programmes also enslave many into a multigenerational culture of poverty that creates hell-holes of crime and indolence and hatred for the "donor class".
     The myth of the Spanish Conquistatoders.   The truly wealthy have accountants that work around the labyrinthine tax code.   The dolts in the middle area stumble through with the express form or with piles of receipts and notes in an effort to "itemize" their tax statements.  Either way....for the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy...the ones who are paying and who must render up answers to invasive questions for which there is no reasonable justification....are the ones who pay 100 % of all income tax.
   The "poor" and any slob who is not paying taxes for whatever reason belongs to the noncontributing 50%.  The ones who are paying are the 50,000 USD annual income people, and up from there, pay 100% of the central government's operational expenses....except for that last batch of deficit spending that just slipped by a 03:00 in the morning.....somehow.....

    There is certainly no justification for the central government to inquire into the otherwise presumed  innocent citizen's economic activity.  The whole system has been the classic "camel's nose in the Arab's tent".   Wilson's and the Progressive's assurances that the tax would never exceed 1% and so forth was long since thrown out with the bathwater, with the Progressives snickering with every splash.

     We remain committed to the establishment of a national sales tax, for the support of the War Department and the Postal Service as dictated by the Constitution.  All other central government operations should be discontinued in an orderly, ten-year stand-down.   The maintenance of a Department of Judicial Constabulary and Courts could possibly be considered.

(II)    Border Wall

(David Christian Newton authored this observation, 26 January 2017 -his mother's birthday, born in Winchester, Tennessee in 1915)

      The building of a physical wall is an improbable venture just based upon the geography concerned. There is another problem, for instance simply due to Indian Reservation lands in certain areas. There is another problem in delta areas such as the Lower Rio Grande "Valley" (it is a delta, not a valley).
      There is another problem with the Nature Conservancy and other plant species and wildlife which bring on both reasonable and irrational considerations.
      The expense and maintenance is much more complicated than is being considered. Also, any stolen Cessna 172 that can fly, will cross over, lights out, and land in very short spaces....or rural highways...which abound in the Texas outback....especially at night. If not a Cessna, then it would be a Citabria one seater, or certain larger remote-controlled drones.
       A combination of pedestrian scouts, a mounted infantry or horse cavalry of sorts would be well employed in about 30 - 40% of the area concerned.   My father rode in the Mounted Cavalry, Ist Division, 12th Regiment in the late 1920s through 1933.   Their work was very effective in catching anarchists, Mexican and American counterfeit and real silver coinage and paper currency,  and in those days, illegal introduction of alcohol in the form of mescal, tequila, and European and Canadian liquors.
      Standard motor patrol with electronic and cyber tech equipment is indispensable, both for close patrol and combat support and for "showing the flag and willingness to enforce", along with, frankly saving those who foolishly try to trek over EXTREMELY challenging stretches of thorny, sandy, very hot, very cold, unforgiving territory.
     Open co-ordination with the Mexican Army and Naval Infantry is obviously a solution with an abundance of positive effect. There are even elements of certain Mexican Civilian Police now with whom we could co-ordinate that have evolved to required professional levels during the past four or five years.   The writer lives in, within, among, and surrounded by the Mexican Reality at his and his boss's mud hut in Nowhere, Mexico.  He knows, understands, trusts and distrusts on a reasonable basis...whether in Mexico or America or the Republic of Texas.
     The manpower and ground forces are going to be required in this situation in any case. The electronic and cyber accoutrements are going to be required with or without The Wall. So El Gringo Viejo declares himself opposed to about 90% of The Wall.
   He would prefer to make this an up-close and personal armed encounter with scum who are kidnapping, extorting, trading in 12 - 14 year old girls as sex-slaves, and the extreme abuse of illegal aliens with whom the coyote-transporting-scum are minimally complying with their agreed contract of delivery of people to desired destinations.

     (disclaimer:   The author is a multigenerational Texian.  His granddaughters are 7th generation Texians by him, and 15th generation by his wife.   He and his wife are arch-conservative Republicans essentially from birth.  His opinions are derived from the basis and point of view of a conservative sociologist, aimed at the benefits that are derived from the employment of conservative values.  His wife's opinions are derived from the processes of an overwhelmingly intelligent person whose people have been here since the 1580s, and whose parents and more recent ancestry are known and proved to be compliant, producers, and pillars of an improving society and new, traditionally-based culture.  Many of their present generations(the last of which also pertain to the genetic background of your humble servant) are highly placed, highly decorated police and military and / or proprietor / professionals.   Neither her family nor mine have ever participated in public assistance.)

(III)     Finally, if President Trump would shut up and think, if he would just think strategically instead of twitter-silly, then he could think....'The Mexican "Credential Electoral Federal" is required of all electors in the Republic of Mexico who desires to vote.  It has about 13 vital marks and computerised tricks and blocks that detail the elector in a much, much, much more complex and foolproof manner than what we have in Texas and elsewhere in the United States of America.

     It is accepted as the best identifier of a Mexican person to the extent that when asked for ID a Mexican is more likely to show his CEF than his / her official Secretaria de Gobernacion Mexican Passport.  (!!!!!!)
     It leads to appearing on Election Day....(no absentee)...where the poll workers have a catalogue of all registered people in the polling station, including a recent photograph of the potential elector.
    The ballots are counted by at least one member of each political party that has a candidate in any of the various races under consideration."

   Mayhaps (Trump could think) we should talk to the Mexicans about how they changed the their crummy, corrupt elections into a process that is one of the best on planet Earth at this time.....especially when Trump is correct (by accident?) in assuming that several hundred thousand....probably many more....illegal ballots were casted in the last general election.   Each of the 50 sovereign States of the American Union could probably do well to use some close variation of the Mexican voter registration and voting procedure.
     That way, Trump could "buy" a bit of good will and then engage on the Guatemalan-to-Belize Wall....and the co-ordination with the American Coast Guard and the Mexican Gulf Flotilla and Pacific Flotilla......(SHEEEEESH..... if I can figure it out.....the question is "What kind of dildot do we have sitting in the oval office? It's almost as if he just hates Mexico by knee-jerk reaction.)

     We leave this field of battle.  One last note:  Over 1,200,000 Americans and Canadians presently spend a majority of the year or more as legal Mexican Residents.   So long as we do not push or blatantly violate the agreements we made with the Secretaria de Gobernacion, we are treated very well, by civilian and military both.   I shall never turn my back nor raise my sabre against the Mexicans, unless Raul Castro, Eric Holder,  sub-Commandante Marcos or similar, has taken that country.   Vigorous enforcement by the Americans of serious illegal alien offenders should be done, without apology.....but Trump does not know how to deal with Latins such as the largest Spanish-speaking Nation on Planet Earth, with the largest GNP, who also a good Long Term partner on the North American Continent, and who has been good to excellent participant with the Texas in terms of the Tratado de Libre Commericio (NAFTA).  
More later,
El Gringo Viejo