The Brodhead Homestead as an “Old Soldiers Home”

At  Valley Forge, Col. Daniel Brodhead was among the first Continental soldiers to talk about VA benefits for the off spring of veterans that were killed in the line of duty.  Senator Richard H. Brodhead would go on to provide land grants for soldiers.

Today with an aging population, there will be copious folks that will require assisted living. There will be countless older veterans that will need to be taken care of. While a museum is admirable, there are grants and funds available for projects that support veterans. Converting the Brodhead Homestead into a veterans home would be feasible and  honor our lineage.

Diane and I are interested in building a senior living establishment as part as our legacy.

There could be walking paths, and RV hook ups etc. All for veterans  and family members that have served selflessly.  It is not about money, but giving back to society. It is juts a matter of getting a grant.

 

Colonel Daniel Brodhead to Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman, 30 December 1777

Colonel Daniel Brodhead to Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman

Quarters [Valley Forge] Decr 30th 1777

At the Request of his Excellency the Commander in chief I take the Liberty of addressing you with a few Remarks, which have occured to me, relative to the Minutiæ of our Army: and some which in my Opinion may, by able Hands be improved, into Usefull Regulations.

I have had the Mortification to see that the different Staff Departments, have been for the greater part filled, with Men of low Ideas & indifferent Characters, owing perhaps to a Resolve of Congress which Declares, that, no Person in our Army should hold two Commissions1—This Resolve, altho I do not understand that, a Staff Officer at present holds a Commission, seems to have prevented Commissioned Officers being appointed into the Staff Department; which I conceive to be injurious to the Service; For were those Departments filled with Officers from the Line, they would not suffer themselves to be insulted in doing their Duty, as too many of the Officers in those Departments at present do, and their Honour would urge them to every exertion, in the way of their Duty: And upon this Plan, I am clear, that one half the Officers now employed in the Staff Departments, wou<ld> be quite sufficient, for the Duty required of them. At present it is too obvious to escape the attention of a discerning Eye, that too many being employed for nearly the same Duty, their reliance on each other, and not being made of sufficient Consequence, occasions the greatest Supineness, Negligence & disorder.

I think it was also Resolved in Congress, that where Rations of Forage were not drawn for Horses, no back Rations should be paid for2—This appears to me very unreasonable, with equal Justice might they refuse Paying back Rations for Men, when their Commissaries neglected to Furnish them—This Resolve has in my opinion been Productive of very great Evil in our Army, I will not undertake to say that the Commissaries of Forage have been the more negligent on this Acct. But whether they have or not I believe it will not be denyed that the Inhabitants have been great suffere<rs> in having Forage taken from them, without receiving the least satisfaction for it—I am persuaded this wa<s> the case for this Reason. Officers could not, out of their Pay, afford to pay the Prices demanded for Forage, unless some equivalent was allowed for the unsupplied Rations; and yet their Horses must be fed or rendered unfit for Service; besides this the Rations allowed for Horses are by no means sufficient at this season of the Year unless the Horses are well Sheltered from the inclemency of the Weather.

I am informed that great waste is suffered of that valuable Article Hides, but as I am not well informed, shall say nothing more than that it might not be amiss for the Commissary of Hides, to be ordered to settle with the Commissary Genl of Purchases and see whether he has done his Duty.

I conceive that if proper Persons were appointed to gather the dirty Tallow of the Beef Cattle slaughtered for our Army, which at present is carelessly thrown away, & of the Ashes which might be collected from the Hutts, and furnished with large Kettles for Boiling Soft Soap, that the noncommissioned Officers & Privates of the whole Army might, soon be supplied with a sufficient Quantity to wash their Linnen, and a great quantity of Salt which must be used, for making Hard Soap saved to the United States. And if proper persons were appointed to Boil out the oil which the feet of the Cattle would produce, that a sufficient Quantity might be procured for Oiling the Arms, Accoutrements & Harness belonging to this Army.3

No Cause being greater or better than the Cause of America, her Officers ought to be put on as respectable a footing as any in the World—A Value ought to be set on their Commissions and their Commissions made transferable, the only mode to retain Gentlemen in the Army, and induce others to enter the Service—All Officers ought to receive half Pay during Life and be liable to be called into Actual Service when required. And where an Officer falls in the Service, his widow if he leaves one, ought to receive half pay during the Term of her Natural Life, And the Male Children of the Officers, ought to be Educated & brought up, at the Expence of the United States, according to the Rank & Merit of their Fathers, and they should be subject to be called into the Service in a suitable manner, as soon as they arrived to a proper Age.4

Noncommissioned Officers have not Sufficient respect shewn them, and their Authority over the Privates is not supported as it ought to be—Their Cloathing ought to be far Superiour in Quality to the Privates, and should have sufficient to enable them always, to appear clean before the Men. And as they are the active Officers, they ought, (especially the deserving among them) to be Carest. All Officers sent on Publick Business, ought to be allowed Forage for their Horses, & reasonable Expences.

It ought to be at the option of the Officers, either to draw Money for their retained Rations, or draw them in Bulk.

A Grand Sutler ought in my opinion to be appointed to each Division of the Army, & furnished with Liquor for the Officers at a reasonable rate, and the Officers to be allowed to draw, as many Jills of Spirits as they are entitled to Rations, but the Returns for Spirits ought to be made for all the Officers of the Regt at one Time, & signed by the Commanding officer of the Regt, & divided between the Messes by the Qr Master Sergeant, This Sutler should not be allowed to take any Profit on the Liquor, but be allowed Wages for his Trouble.

The Cloathing of the Army being generally too small, I apprehend it would be best to have the Patterns cut larger, and leave it to the Regimental Taylors (of whom there is commonly a sufficient number) to fit the Cloathing to the Men.

Colonels of Regiments, ought to be permitted to employ Agents, at such Towns or Places as they might Judge Proper, to Provide Cloathing for their own Regiments, especially as it appears that the Cloathier Genl & his Deputies fall greatly Short of Supplying the Army: and that Department, on the present Plan, has too great a Monopoly of Publick Contract for a few individuals, daily complained of, to Retain.

Regimental Paymasters paying individually the Privates of their Regts, I apprehend to be wrong. For at the same time that it saves the Captain’s some Trouble, it renders the Soldier too independent of his Officer, and puts it out of the Officers Power, without risk, to assist their Men with Money; altho they may be distrest for want of a small Sum, which is often the case in the Absence of the Regimental Paymasters; whereas if the Pay of the Companies was put into the Captns Hands, they being the best Judges of the immediate Wants of their Men, could have the Monies laid out by the Consent of the Men, to their Advantage. And all the Casualty Monies remaining in the Captains Hands, after Paying their Companies, should be put into the Colonels Hands as a purse for the contingent Expences of the Regt, for the due expenditure of which, the Coll should render a fair account to his Brigadier, every six Months.

The sick in Regiments are by no means Provided for, as they ought to be; and the Trifle of small Comforts provided for the Men, it is said, are commonly used by the Surgeons, to the great injury of the Sick: Each Regt ought to be furnished with a Hutt in Winter, and a large Hospital Tent in Summer, and no more of the Sick sent to Hospitals than cannot be avoided, as their Distance from the Regiments, affords great oppertunity for unnecessary absence from Camp, & finally Desertion.

The Division or Brigade Quarter Masters ought, to take great care, that the Horses assigned their Divisions or Brigades, have proper care taken of them, by the Waggon Masters & Drivers; they being most essential to the necessary movement(s) of an Army, and at Present so much neglected & Abused, even when Forage is provided by the Forage Master, that I will venture to say, it is not now in our Power, to advance or retreat with our Baggage & artillery.

Notwithstanding the Genl Orders issued again<st> Officers keeping Horses, in or near the Camp, who are not entitled to Forage, too little regard has been paid to those Orders, by many Corps, and much of the Officers attention is taken up in providing for them, besides which it affords means for many to be absent from Camp, to the great neglect of Duty.5

I conceive that the different Articles proper to be brought to Market at Camp, ought to have stated Prices, and such of the Farmers as should refuse complying with the Terms, ought to be treated as Enemies—Nothing should be taken from the Farmer, but what considering his Circumstances, he could Spare without distressing him, except in Cases of the most Absolute necessity—All marauding should be severely Punisht, and where officers who have gone through the Country with their Horses, & under pretence of paying the Inhabitants for the Forage fed their Horses, have procured such Forage, and afterwards refused pay and given recipts, unless they are well entitled so to do, they ought to be made examples of.

As to the filling the Regiments, it appears to me, that no mode can be adapted, that will so speedily & effectually do it, as the drafting the Militia in the different States, and the sooner this can be done, the better, as it will require some time to discipline them, And if it was recommended by Congress, to the different States, that the Legislature of each state, pass a Law for that purpose: I have not the least doubt but it would be readily complied with, and I am further <of> Opinion, that all singlemen should be first drafted And that Non associators should also be enrolled & drafted for Waggoners, Artificers, Hospital waiters, Pioneers, Butchers, &c. instead of Soldiers, which would add greatly to the Number of our Fighting Men.

I have wrote to Genl Green my Sentiments, on sundry Matters relative to our Army: I wrote to him because I understood he was to collect the Sentiments of the Genl Officers, & officers commanding Brigades, relative to Rank, Arrangement, Regulations, &c. which I doubt not his Excelly has seen.

I shall be happy if any thing I have offered may be of Service to my Country, as it is that I wish to serve, with the greatest disinterestedness. Sir I have the Honour to be, with Sentiments of Regard & Esteem, your obedt Humble Servt

Daniel Brodhead

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Progress update on Brodhead Homestead painting

My wife and I have become very adept at painting residential properties. She and I have been investing in real estate for 25 years. During this time, I have remodeled  a dozen properties.  I also built my commercial building from scratch to include drawings, electrical, and plumbing. Three of our rentals were built between 1870 and 1886. Each took a massive amount of work from replacing beams and mud plates, to jacking, and leveling. After painting rentals for 25 years, we know how to lay down a good paint job and not damage siding. Should I have the opportunity to paint the Brodhead Homestead, when I am done, it will look like a million bucks.

The cost of paint will be close to $2000. I can supply all the brushes, sprayers and ladders, but will need help renting a bucket lift. Hopefully the Delaware Water Gap has a Lift bucket truck I can use.  I plan on selling some old cars on CL, so I can finance all the fuel and Paint that will be required. I work at my own pace, but do as good of a job as possible. Germans always do their best in any endeavor. It is crucial that the property is prepped well. The flaking seems to be small stuff, so it should prep well. There are primers on the market that will cover transitions etc.

Complete removal of all the would paint would cost $15 an SQF.  Given time constraints and funds, this would not be practical. Once the house is washed, primed and painted, one could always detail the siding via siding, re-prime and re-paint. The lead based paint would be encapsulated, there fore, sanding , detailing and re-painting visually unsatisfactory areas would not be hazardous.

The point is to get primer to stick and paint on the house to preclude wood damage via the elements.

I have received volunteer forms from Jennifer, and have printed them out.

I will fill these documents out and provide my resume also.

There will need to be dialogue and consensus building as to the course of action.  But realize, that the first course of action is protecting wood from the elements as cost effectively as possible. Should it not look good in the end, it would be better and more cost effective to strip the siding off and replace it in lieu of removing all the lead based exterior paint.

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Kavanaugh, Jennifer

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Mr. Brodhead,
Thanks for your interest in volunteering at the park.  Attached are the volunteer forms I need read, filled out and returned.
The appropriate guidance and specifications for paint specs and EPA requirements for exterior pressure washing as well as other safety concerns at will be sent to you by the appropriate division for you to review.

Jennifer A. Kavanaugh  
 
The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.” —Walt Disney
 
Partnership & Volunteer Programs Coordinator
National Park Service                    
Delaware Water Gap NRA
1978 River Rd
Bushkill, PA 18324
 

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Update on Solar generator for Sprinter cruiser van

When my Power Brite 2300 watt modified sign wave invert-er  quit working I sent it out for repair and purchased another invert-er . This time I bought a Xantrex  Pro Watt SW2000 true sine wave inverter. The MSW would run a 1500 watt microwave on two 6 volt golf cart batteries. The microwave was quite noisy and took much longer to heat water.

I hooked up the Xantrex and it would not work properly on two 235 amp hour golf cart batteries. It seemed that the true sine wave invert-er will suck batteries down way more than a modified sine wave. I used jumper cables and added an additional 12 volt battery to the mix. Then the Xantrex would run the 1500 watt microwave with ease. There was no vibrating noise and the appliance operated like it was on a residential 110 volt outlet.

So, I purchased two more 6 volt golf cart batteries and connected them in series parallel for a total of 12.6 volts and 450 amp hours. I then install an additional 100 watt solar panel netting 200 watts total.

I discarded the really inefficient 900 watt Walmart Westbend microwave. Amazon had a great deal on a Westinghouse 600 watt microwave with an operating wattage of 900 watts. So, instead of loading the power invert-er at 140 amps and over 1550 watts,  I backed off to 75  amps and 900 watts during microwave operation. Always look at consumption watts and not advertised watts when purchasing a microwave for an RV.

Make certain to use minimum 2 AWG cable. I used 2 AWG for battery connections and 2/0 welders cable from batteries to invert-er.

The only thing left is to assess the performance of the PWM controller and how it will charge the batteries. Presently, I am investigating the best controller for the money. Because I do not stay off grid for weeks at a time, a good PWM automatic controller may work just fine. Expect to pay $125 for an MPPT controller.

This would be considered a solid entry level RV power invert-er system. This combination will allow operation of a microwave several times a day without running the batteries low.

Here is the price break down:

Xantrex  PW2000 sine wave invert-er       $350.00  Amazon

Huge cables                                                      $50.00   Ebay

4 golf cart batteries                                        $ 400.00 Costco

2 solar panels with charger                          $ 299.00 Ebay

Pine rack                                                           $40.00    Ikea

total $1150

 

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Pennsylvania Founding Father’s homestead in disrepair.

Brodheads can be considered many things. As second in command of the Nichols Expedition that captured New Amsterdam and called it New York, Brodheads could be considered “Founding fathers” of English speaking rule in the New World.

We could be considered  “Founding fathers”  of  the United States of America.

We could be considered among the earliest founders of Pennsylvania. It was Brodheads that first bought the land that Bethlehem steel was   built on. This same steel would end up on the transcontinental railroad and populate our “Manifest Destiny”.

Pennsylvania Senator Richard H. Brodhead would sponsor the bill that led to the creation of the transcontinental railroad. Daniel Brodhead  IV would be one of Washington’s generals and commanding of Fort Pitt.  Daniel Brodhead I would lead the troops that took New Amsterdam and called it New York.

Brodheads would also sponsor bills that gave land grants to revolutionary war soldiers.  One of these properties went to Garrett Brodhead,  my Great plus grand father. Now the Brodhead Homestead is part of the National Park Service and is in disrepair.  I have contacted the NPS to see if I can  volunteer and paint the home of one of the original founding fathers. We will see what happens.

Pennsylvania rose up against British tyranny before George Washington even got out of bed.

http://www.bchistory.org/beavercounty/BeaverCountyTopical/ColonialandEarlySettlers/DanielBraodheadMSU92/DBroadheadMSU92.html

 

 

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Obama seeking to get pay back for his inept monetary policy

The Obama economy has been on life support since he took office in 2009.

Americans remember how the tech bubble, Y2k and irrational exuberance led to the collapse of the Nasdaq. This would also lead to the Dow plummeting and reducing America’s retirement 401ks. In fact, $6 trillion in wealth was taken from American retirement funds. The wealth effect was pretty much exorcised from the American psyche.

As a small business owner, I remember the devastating affect of dangling chads, and 911. Americans watched as the Dow collapsed to 1250.  Some lost every dime of their personal retirement savings. Irrational exuberance was then replaced by a housing bubble related to  Bush’s Eisenhower Era  style interest rates. People, it seemed, wanted desperately to regain lost 401K savings by engaging in real estate speculation. The housing market would collapse. To top that off, people with good credit began buying new foreclosures at pennies on the dollar and low interest rates only to dump their old over leveraged properties.

In reponse to the housing collapse and the Federal government losing 25% of hard federal revenue, The FED began engaging in Open-ended quantitative easing, toxic asset repurchase,  debt monetizing, bond repurchase,and lowering the prime  rate so mortgage interest rates were 3%.  The result was a defacto artificial stock market subsidies program that has propelled the Dow past 17,000 with PR ratio at 30 and earnings dismal. Now, any hint of raising the prime results in 300 to 500 Dow point drops. Economists agree that raising the prime to the days of Bush and Clinton would collapse the Dow and Nasdaq.

Obama was able to grow federal revenue by raising capital gains on residential rental  property from 15 to 24% and now wants 28%. In addition, he now wants companies like Google and Apple that have made trillions in offshore profits to pay 14%  to the Federal government. Obama wants his 14% cut before interest rates are raised.  Then he wants American companies to pay 19% a year after that. So, instead of reducing the size and scope of the federal government, he wants to tax citizens , corporations and massively tax our children’s inheritance.

In lieu of penalizing companies with offshore profits, how about no penalties if they repatriate the 19% here at home? Instead of raising capital gains on residential rental property, how about lowering it back to 15%. Instead of double taxing our children inheritance, how about leaving it alone.

It is clear that Obama wants a bite of the Apple that his monetary policies have created. He wants his 14% cut before the FED raises interest rates. Of course, the American people will see their cost of living go up and then be on the hook for a $4 trillion Federal budget. Obama wants his 14% before raising interest rates  and collapsing an artificially inflated stock market. Obama wants his $250 billion  chomp of the Apple  and the 401Ks  of America before his monetary policies shit the bed. Obama thinks we are all just stupid cattle. taking 14% from Apple and Google will affect their stock values. Smart investors would dump the stock before Obama’s tax policy would go into affect. This would cause a run on their stock also. You live by the sword you die by the sword.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-04/republicans-usually-opposed-to-obama-see-promise-in-his-tax-plan

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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: a tale of two leaders

As a child, my father taught me many things. He taught me how to  ride a bicycle. He taught me how to hunt , fish and field dress a mule deer. He taught me how to build things, and fix old cars. He also made me understand that our pillars of society deserve respect and support. Teachers, Mr. Policeman and the soldier deserve our respect. Those that dedicate themselves to excellence and make our society better deserve our respect and in many cases our allegiance. Solid role models must be elevated while bullshitters must be censured.

Nothing society can offer replaces the role of a father and a mother. This is why conservatives feel that strong families and strong family values are the foundation of America. Parents provide mentor-ship at a level that only  family blood can provide. The next level of mentor-ship for our children are teachers , coaches, and role models.

Growing up in Nevada, we learned to tell it like it is. We do not pull punches, enable others, or placate to the undeserved whims of the grandiose. In some cases our congeniality is lacking, but we always want to do the right thing. We acknowledge those that work hard and do society’s good work. We reward those that are meticulous and engage in thorough investigation .  We encourage vision, planning, and diligent execution. We like people who complete the task.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is a rare leader. Unlike Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Brian graduated from college and went on to achieve many positions of status. He was not rewarded status for lackadaisical behavior or dropping out. He was rewarded for hard work, tenacity, execution, personality and the ability to be competent in every job he was elevated to. His political and public service credentials include: State legislator, Federal judge, Gaming commissioner,  and State governor. This has provided him with demonstrative experience at the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. His legislative positions have given him experience on how to represent the public. His duties as a Federal judge demanded and cultivated excellent logic and critical thinking skills relating to law and the legal system. His current position as Governor of Nevada could be considered prep school for the presidency of the United States. The “Peter Principal” has not been one of his weaknesses. In fact, he has discharged every duty he has been commissioned with competence and tenacity. He was re-elected with 72% of the vote. Twenty percentage points higher than Scott Walker.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stripped his state’s education system of close to $900 billion.  Then he put several hundred million into a baseball stadium.  He also supports poverty level wages. So, not only does Scott Walker not support education for the children of his state, he feels that people should work for $7 an hour. At his core, he does not believe in empowering the individual through education , but exploitation people via poverty level wage structure policies. It is only a matter of time before his Chinese labor camp wage positions are picked up by the media.

Scott Walker is probably the most partisan Governor in the 50 states. Political associates either love him or hate him. If past is prologue, Scott Walker’s label would not work well in a gridlocked Washington DC. In fact, he will be labeled an extremist well before the primary season. He has already signaled that he believes that American soldiers should be boots on the ground in Iraq, Syria and everywhere else.. Americans understand that Scott Walker is anti education and pro unnecessary war. He seems to be  a John Boehner wet dream for president. Lastly, instead of answering questions directly, he skirts questions with absurd generalities. Scott Walker says Americans want “Boldness,” but he is not bold enough to answer any of the questions ask of him.

Meanwhile, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has boldly facilitated the relocation of countless alternative energy and new technology companies to Nevada. Under his leadership, Nevada’s unemployment has gone from 11% to 6.7%. Now Brian Sandoval is trying to bring Nevada’s 49th rated education system into functional respectability.  His bold vision is to arm Nevada’s children with  a solid K12 education, so they have a fighting chance for the American dream. He understands that Nevada’s future and economy depend on the children of Nevada.  Unlike Scott walker who cut education funding and then built a stadium, Sandoval wants to strengthen education and  build a University Medical center.  Unlike Scott walker who wants to exhaust more soldiers lives in a Sunni Shia civil war, Sandoval is supporting jobs for veterans in Nevada.

Sandoval is willing to reach across the aisle and synthesize the best policies of both parties.

Scott walker has already signaled that he supports the stagnate  foreign relation policies of Bush, Cheney and Obama. His vision is the same vision Bush shoved down our throats. He will boldly go where Bush has gone before. back to the Bush future. Nothing new here except  dogma gibberish and generalities..

Scott Walker says not to bet against him. Well, I would have to take that bet.  Nevadans know when a person is holding a bullshit hand. It is a certainty that Americans will find Scott Walker to be a self absorbed, college drop out ideologue that does not deserve further consideration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfh918r4bCE

 

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates a breath of fresh air

Robert Gates transitioned America from the  “Shock and Awe shit ”  theatrical lunacy of Rumsfeld to the  DC insider ineptitude of Leon Panetta.

Gates told it like it is. During Gate’s tenure, there were no marital affairs, emails, or ineptly caused killings in Benghazi. All Americans received from Robert Gates was a steady hand and  a common sense approach. And, unlike  go along to get along incontinent DC insider old guard democrat bureaucrats like Leon Pannetta, we got honesty from Robert Gates.

To the soldier in the field with his or her life on the line, this demands respect.

President Barack Obama’s goal to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is “unrealistic“ and “unattainable,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/robert-gates-islamic-state-isil-syria-iraq-114804.html#ixzz3QcxnqjxK

Our objective should be to contain ISIS and allow the Sunni citizenry to come to their own consensus. This is their civil war.

In the scheme of things, Robert Gates deserves to wear the Flyers A1 jacket with honor.

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Scott Walker and Lindsey Graham top contenders for Joseph McCarthy award

Wisconsin is known for several good things. Anyone that has ridden Highway 2 across Wisconsin is astonished by the beauty of the state. While I was stationed at KI Sawyer AFB in upper Michigan,  and serving in the Strategic Air Command, Green bay was considered an escape for cheap beer and good looking women. Several of us GIs would cram into a beat up rusted out old car and head for Wisconsin to party on the weekends. Strohs beer on tap was 40 cents. Then it was off to Appleton to hit every bar. When we returned to our 14 by 14 lead painted barracks rooms , we were broke for the next two weeks.  We had spent our $188 every two week military allowance.  That was 1978. Now, First term airman  with GEDs clear over $1000 a week and drive BMWs.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the college drop out that has never ran a small business or served in the military, believes that Wisconsin workers are worth about a 1/2 pound of cheese per hour with no benefits. Make that 2/5ths and forget the Strohs.. Walker supports a meager $7 something an hour minimum wage. So, when the kids are off to kindergarten, mom can look forward to $290 a week before taxes. The average cost of a one bedroom apartment in Milwaukee is between $800 and $900 a month. So, at approximately $1000 a month bring home pay, mom can afford a one bedroom apartment, but forget food, utilities, clothes for the kids and everything else. Oh, and forget health care too. The alternative living situation is a luxury cardboard box and trips to McDonald’s for the $1 dollar menu. Scott Walker stripped K thru 12 of close to a $billion dollars and then builds a stadium to put the drop outs in? Not only does he fell that children should live in squalor, they should not be afforded a sound education.

Wisconsin is also known for Joseph McCarthy. This fella was fixated on playing the communist boogie man card. He and a lemming like Congress attacked innocent Americans and called them “Communists” at the drop of a hat. Countless people from Hollywood to the military were labeled communists and their careers ruined. That is until he finally pissed off the press. Scott Walker labels people socialists for wanting a livable wage that pays the light bill and feeds the children.

Today, folks like Scott Walker and Lindsey Graham are actively playing the ISIS boogieman card. The second Iraq war was supposed to cost a few billion dollars. This figure was “mission creep-ed” to over $20 billion a month and a decade and a half in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, Bush was able to create, fund and mobilize a massive skunk works style domestic surveillance apparatus behind our backs and counter to our 4th Amendment rights. Only in America do we raise taxes in order wiretap every single  tax paying legal citizen, while illegals walk across the border and are welcomed for the Clinton vote.  Only in America do Republicans refuse to pay a livable wage while providing “Marshal Plans for Muslims” 10,000 miles away.

Joesph McCarthy would have loved our current NSA. From the safety of Bluffdale, Utah,  McCarthy  would have gone after judges, principals, teachers, politicians, police officers, public officials, corporations, movie stars, the press, and anyone that did not agree with the Federal bureaucracy. Anything one says or does is subject to surveillance and leakage to the press or government authorities. Getting a security clearance will now entail surveillance of the individual without court order. This means that only the rich and well connected that control every aspect of their electronic communication will get military college and officer appointments. Security clearances will become “invitation only” which will have the effect of consolidating  more power for the US government class.  America is becoming more and more like the Stalin Era. It will only take the streets of Munich 1933 to realize what Americans have allowed the Bush family to do to our 4th Amendment rights. Even the press are subject to surveillance for exercising the 1st Amendment rights of free speech and free press. Just ask Holder and Obama.

They who control information  and the media control society.

Lindsey Graham wants 10,000 troops in Syria? At $1 million per troop to deploy, the deployment would cost $10 billion. Fool me once shame on you comes to mind. Scott Walker will not support a minimum wage, but will serenade special interest and then seek to spend $10 billion on “Marshal plans for Muslims” 10,000 miles away? Scott Walker has zero foreign relations experience and has assimilated Lindsey Grahams twisted  Borg view of the world. This is dangerous idiocy from a man that leads the state of Wisconsin!

Yup, Lindsey Graham is the biggest military industrial complex ass kisser on Capitol hill. One can almost envision Lindsey Graham dropping to his knees while grabbing the belt lines of special interest donors. In fact, He seems like a back alley  K street military industrial complex  whore. Like the whores  in whisper alley close to Osan Air Base,  South Korea. Psssst, GI, “me love you long time!” Go figure!!!

Brodheads did not fight the Revolution, serve at Valley Forge and wipe asses ridden with  dysentery just to have the Bush family and Lindsey Graham steal our rights and engage is special interest perpetual war.

I believe the McCarthy award goes to Lindsey Graham.

 

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Is China destroying the New Deal and Great Society?

When the Social Security system was set up, the ratio of workers to Social Security recipients was 28 to 1. The Federal governments budget in 1933  was approximately $4.5 Billion and the GDP was approximately $57 billion.  The Federal budget as a ratio GDP was 7.89%. Social Security was passed in 1935 and the first checks distributed in 1938. The Social Security budget as a percentage of both GDP and the Federal budget was inconsequential. It would grow by leaps and bounds over the next 77 years.

Now the ratio between workers and recipients is approximately 2.5 to 1.

Barack Hussein Obama is supporting a  2016 Federal Budget of $4 trillion. The current US GDP is forecast at $18.9 trillion.  This is 21% of GDP. Social Security spending is approximately $900 billion.  health, Medicare and Social Security outlays are well over $2 trillion or 10% of GDP.  As 300,00 baby boomers retire every month for the next 20 years, this percentage will grow significantly.

Meanwhile, the middle class is being destroyed by globalization and cannot afford to pay for food, shelter and energy, let alone more bloated Federal government.

The social contract between workers and recipients was based on a vibrant American economy. This Social contract has been shipped over seas. The loss of revenue that sustains these programs are lost to devalued currency and corporate off shoring. China’s artificial currency devaluation is wiping domestically made products off the shelves of every G20 nation.

Wages in America have stagnated since the mid 1980s. The mean income of American families is $50,000. Americans do feel that they have more money because of imported products from devalued currency, but the long term affect may be continued stagnating wages. This will have devastating affect on the New Deal and Great Society programs.

So, what is the answer?

(Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama will propose that U.S.-based companies pay a minimum 19 percent tax on their future foreign earnings, capturing profits that are now often beyond the government’s reach.

Obama will also seek a 14 percent mandatory tax on about $2 trillion in stockpiled offshore profits, said two people familiar with his budget proposals, declining to be named because the document won’t be made public until Feb. 2. Companies would pay that tax regardless of whether they bring the money back to the U.S., the two said, creating a revenue stream the president would use to pay for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.

Wouldn’t it be smarter to provide incentives for  profit repatriation  rather than taking it for bloated federal revenue?  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohU_bWPcGGA

 

 

 

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