As I See It
Publishers note: I am sorry to say this is the first time that I can remember Tony Powell not doing his column. Tony is a perpetual motion machine / Energizer Bunny. His column is enjoyed by many. He had to take time recharge. Hopefully he will be ready for next month’s column. I will put in something I think he would like to put in.
Let’s Talk Social Security Funds
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program.
1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary. No longer Voluntary
2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program. Now 7.62% on the first $128,400. + your employer’s contribution.
3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year. No longer tax deductible. Continue reading
Q-“What is Brexit?
Q-“Who cares anyway?”
The ‘UK’ (United Kingdom) wants to leave Europe. They have ‘Great Britain’, the ‘United Kingdom’, the ‘British Isles’, ‘Britain’, England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales. It’s one big mess over there.
Combine ‘Britain’ and ‘Exit’ and you get ‘BREXIT”. A while back it was Greece’ and ‘GREXIT’. England voted about 53%. Wales 52% to leave. But both Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay in.
The ruling British elite oppose Brexit and are behind all the controversy we see in the media. But ordinary people want to be free of European unelected dictators. It’s ‘States Rights’ European Style.
But previous ‘Exit’ votes across Europe have either been ignored or revised into total ineffectiveness. Fox News quoted, “It’s a long, dishonest tradition. They made the Danes vote again, they made the Irish vote twice, and the French and the Dutch they just ignored,” “Europe does not take no for an answer,” they said. Continue reading
January 1st 2019 – Happy New Year!
I’m not a big fan of lame-jokes, but why not start 2019 with a chuckle (or maybe a laugh?)
-Is your cup half-full or half-empty? – With a half-cup of hot toddy – Who cares?
-They say ‘Always start the New Year off on the right foot’. But I’m left-footed!
-Is it a ‘New Year’ if it’s just the same as the last one?
-It’s always dumb to lie to yourself – But New Year’s resolutions are the exception. Continue reading
by A.J.(Tony) Powell
Immigrants -vs- Invaders!
Univision, Judicial Watch and others report that many ‘Middle Easterners’ are in the caravan. In fact, the President of Guatemala claims to have arrested over 100 of them.
One source alleges that about 20% or approximately 44 million of the world’s international immigrants live in the United States.
Already, in the USA this year over a half million people have been detained for violating US borders in the South-Western States and that number continues to rise.
The vast majority are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Continue reading
by A.J.(Tony) Powell
Who said “Restricting immigration is offensive, and contrary to American values”? Most media outlets label anyone who disagrees with them a ‘xenophobic’.
So, just because I disagree with you, I have a ‘phobia?’
Fact is that the law says “An alien is inadmissible if they are “likely to become a public charge”.
Doesn’t that mean that it’s ‘legal’ to stop the current invasion of the United States? Of course the argument is not new. It was way back in 1790 that James Madison said something like, “Legal immigration is intended to ‘increase the population’, but only if they add to the strength and wealth of America”. He said, “America should welcome the immigrant who can assimilate, but exclude the immigrant who doesn’t ‘fit in”
The (Legal) population of the United States of America includes just about every color and culture found anywhere in the world. So any ‘legal’ immigrant can ‘fit in’ if they have the determination to become acceptably ‘Americanized’. Continue reading
By Tony Powell
Do we have a misunderstanding of the First Amendment which guarantees ‘free speech’?
A County Property Appraiser in Florida asked, “Show me a successful Moslem country?” He has been immediately denounced by the media and others as a ‘Xenophobic Racist’ (I didn’t know that ‘Moslem’ was a ‘race’).
(Definition of xenophobia. : “Fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign”).
A Georgia politician reports that she was being ‘attacked’ because she talked to Saudi prince who is ‘Anti-Israel’.
(In Europe, you go to jail for saying that the ‘holocaust’ never happened). Since when was stupidity illegal?) Continue reading
by A.J.(Tony) Powell
“One And Done?”
Will ‘The Donald’ get a second term as President?
Will the actions and decisions of President Donald Trump survive?
Polls show that the American people trust ‘The Donald’ more than any Democrats and most Republicans in Washington D.C.
One pundit said, “It seems that a lot of President Donald Trump’s policies, are likely to last longer than his critics”. Continue reading
By Tony Powell
Peace in Palestine will never happen!
The (Free) Irish have been fighting for their freedom from British occupation for a thousand years.
They don’t seem to understand Golden Rule which says “The guy with the gold rules!” and “Might Makes Right!”
Israel prefers the status quo. Seventy years of peace plans, international summits, secret negotiations, UN resolutions and state-building programs, have and will continue to fail.
The political leaders of Israel have openly stated for decades that they will never agree to a so-called “Two-State Solution”. Continue reading
By A.J.(Tony) Powell
Would you read a column about the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
Probably not. It is interesting that anyone and everyone has an ‘opinion’ about ‘Freedom of Religion’ and ‘Freedom of Speech’ but have never bothered to read up on it. So I thought I’d take a look.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Not that complicated – Is it?
–“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”. That seems simple enough. But, for whatever reason, the US Supreme Court claims it to mean that the government can OUTLAW religion.
This contradicts the next line “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Why then cannot our children pray in school? Why can’t our local Commission Meetings, or any group meeting, start with an invocation?
-Next line says, “or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press”. Doesn’t that mean that you can write or say what you want to, wherever you want to, whenever you want to?
-If an American Citizen wants to say a prayer here, there or anywhere, why is it any business of the government?
-Next line says, “or the right of the people peaceably to assemble.” Doesn’t that mean that the police should not attack an individual, a group or a crowd who are walking down the street with a bunch of dumb signs claiming their ‘rights’? Stupidity isn’t illegal. If it was, most of our Congress and Senate would be in jail!
–“and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”– That means only that American Citizens can legally ‘Petition-The-Government’ BUT, the government is not obligated to listen.
Their answer is, ‘next election’ But, that doesn’t work either, because the new candidates turn out to be as crooked as the ones just voted out.
Apparently, when the First Amendment was drafted, it applied only to the U.S. Congress and not State and Local Governments. Then, in 1940, the US Supreme Court used the Fourteenth Amendment, (The Free Exercise Clause) to override States Rights. Continue reading
By Tony Powell
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” — Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776.
“The Second Amendment is really about state militias being strong enough to resist any attempt by the Federal government to destroy us. Reading the debates and legal wranglings from the time of the Constitution’s drafting makes this very clear.
Last month (March 2018) we talked about ‘The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution’ which says.”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Seems simple enough, but, apparently, there are as many opinions as to its meaning as there are people who have read it. (And, of course plenty who have never read it, but they have an opinion anyway. Continue reading