The Reality of China Tariffs

The reality of the China tariffs to a lot of Americans might be very puzzling and pretty scary too. We know as consumers that many of the products on our store shelves are made in China. Many of the things that start up businesses have made are produced in China but not because they can’t be made here in the USA. It’s a matter of cost and the ability to mass produce. It really has been a god send for inventors of new products and specialty things that can’t be made here because the cost and profit margins are to high. These are the guys I feel sorry for but the big businesses that have bought into this idea that somehow China is going to let you come into their country and make vast amounts of money I don’t feel to bad for. First place China isn’t a democratic republic like us. Seconded they aren’t going to let massive amounts of money leave their country. They have one goal and that is to dominate this world militarily and economically. They think they have it figured out or at least they did until President Trump came on the scene. President Nixon in 1972 broke open relationship with China. Since then there has been a steady flow of progress in trade but mostly one way with the balance working in the Chinese favor. President Trump has tried to get them to even that field some with removal of some tariffs on goods that we have had less tariffs on than they did on ours. Probably what really pisses them off more is having President Trump calling them on there thief of trade secrets and technology.

The reality is exactly that though they don’t want to admit to that but to continue on the way it has been going with them inviting companies in taking their trade secrets and still not opening their markets to imports. They have a population of 1.4 billion people and the need to employ people is great. Yet that right there lights up the dollar signs in the eyes of foreign companies and governments. Only one thing these countries have forgotten China isn’t a open society were you can’t just buy something on a whim They also haven’t considered that China isn’t going to allow massive amounts of their money to leave China. The problem with the liberal thinkers in our society is they think that somehow China is playing fair. We all like cheap electronics and household products but at what cost are we willing to continue this game of uneven trade. How long do we watch rockets and jets streak into space and the skies with the technology stolen from us? How long do watch goods we have produce here, copied in China and sold back to us? To top that off not only do they copy the products but they put our people out of work.

President Trump isn’the first one to sound the alarm on this imbalance of trade or the thief of our technology. But he is probably the first to consider this a threat to our national security and a threat to the balance of power in the world. Plus he is the first world leader to recognize the motive behind China’s quest to dominate the world in trade and military power.

President Nixon perhaps opened Pandora’s box and now President Trump is trying to shove it back on a bit. Business in China are not like businesses here. The competition isn’t the same BECAUSE THERE IS NONE! Here if you over produce you cut back or lay off workers. In China you keep pumping out product. You have workers to keep busy. Our societies are different because we have a free one and they do not. You start to protest in China. You just aren’t heard about again. Here unless you cause property damage or personal injury life goes on. The reality is are they willing to negotiate on tariffs and stop the technology thief or just suffer the lost of our American buying power. How much of their pride are they willing to swallow? See other places in the world can make the things we get from China. We can survived without the China’s market. Before their market opened up we survived. There in is our ace in the hole and that is one thing President Trump should make sure that the Chinese leadership should understand. If your game is dominate us, steal our trade secrets and not play on a level field. Then we don’t need you as a trading partner. That should have been the beginning rules when they were allowed to come into our markets.

Will these tariffs change the direction China is taking with its picture of trade with America? Will there pride and the picture of other greedy Americans that don’t see President Trump’s vision make them try to wait out Trump’s terms in office? I believe we are about ready to find out. Between that and pressures from farm groups on the American side. For the farm trade has really been the bright side on the America side. We will see. Agree or disagree feel free.

Great American Mind Readers

There seems to be a very obvious thing that is happening in our society today. When you read almost any paper it isn’t news. It is guess work. Reading the tea leafs. Flat bogus writing to sell you a story. Let’s step back to 2016 or perhaps the day Donald J. Trump walked down the steps at Trump tower to announce his candidacy for the run for the President of the United States. There wasn’t a news media out there that gave him a chance. I thought he had a chance and I intended on voting for Ted Cruz in our caucus here in Iowa. Then I check Donald Trump on my voting slip. He came in second in Iowa. Even with that second place finish the media gave him a snow balls chance in hell of winning. He wins New Hampshire and still main media no chance. It didn’t matter how large the crowds were at his campaign stops or the amount of small donations his campaign was getting from the little guys. The Great American Mind Readers. The New York Times, Washington Post and about 90% of the other papers, radio and TV news programs never gave up their negative reporting or their hate for Donald J. Trump even during the convention hoping a miracle would come their way.

The Great American Mind Readers got into the full swing of telling their readers and listeners that Donald J. Trump couldn’t possibly win and Hillary Clinton was their choice. Only couple polls gave Donald J Trump a chance they wrote it off as bogus. Because they weren’t the New York Times or CNN. The Great America Mind Readers didn’t stop their readings right up too the 9:00 pm est. when Donald J. Trump started to blow their weak little minds with winning the 2016 Presidential election. They stalled beat around the bush, cried, complained and cussed to no avail.

You can run your clock forward to 2019. It’s been almost 3 years of constant hate President Donald J. Trump. The Great America Mind Readers have gambled every possible editorial, article and broadcast on Russian Collusion and The Mueller Report. Yet even after The Mueller Report showed no Collusion The Great American Mind Readers continue with their theory of President Trump’s Obstruction of Justice. Our nation proceeds into a count down to the 2020 Presidential Election with 24 Democrats battling it out for their nomination for the Democrat spot to run against President Trump in November 2020. The Great American Mind Readers are still hard at work supporting any kind and all kinds of hate and unproven things about President Trump or anyone associated with him and his supporters. Journalism has been completely been flushed down the toilet. They continue to trash anyone that supports the President in anyway. The 63,000,000 voters that voted for President Trump are the target of The Great American Mind Readers and their put downs continue with no regrets. President Trump could cure all the killer diseases in the world and they’d still hate him because he won’t kiss their hind end and do things their way. The Great America Mind Readers have been around for many years and it really hasn’t been as obvious to a lot of people who these Mind Readers are. Will The Great American Mind Readers convince the American people that President Trump is the biggest phooey in history, biggest liar, worst person created and all around bad guy?

The whole point to this is that The Great American Mind Readers aren’t only spewing this guess work as news but they are trying to Read the American peoples minds to figure out what will stick. The Great American Mind Readers think the American public are stupid and don’t know what’s good for them. Will the Great American Mind Readers be able to pull off this hoax off or will President Donald J. Trump be victorious on November 3, 2020. That is the $64,000.00 question ? You may disagree with this picture I’ve painted. Feel free to comment and take me to task.

Everyone’s Enemy

George at the house at 1315 Farnam St., Davenport, IA

There is a Enemy we all have in life and no one is without our common enemy. We are born it starts. It stops the day you die. I may have to correct that people who don’t believe in the after life believe their time ends at death. Yes, that Enemy is TIME. Time isn’t a bad thing of course and some of us receive more Time in life than others. The choice isn’t ours of course but you’ll find a few arguments on that. Some will say you can somehow add more Time to your life by your style of life. If you read the bible Proverbs will say you can live a longer life by your faith in God.

George in cowboy shirt – school pic

Let’s talk about Time after all we battle that ticking thing each day. Yea I’m going put few little pictures of myself as we travel through this blog. Some of us have been blessed and don’t seem to age that fast. I can only speak for myself ( I think people are pulling my chain when they say that to me.)

You see a lot of change from my first communion, boy scouts, Senior year, and US Navy years. That is life though. There are vast differences as we age. Some of us go a long with the crowd a little and some a lot. I don’t remember my dad ever pushing me to join the Boy Scouts and definitely he never push a bit on my enlistment in the Navy. Yet he once was a Eagle Scout himself. He left those decisions up to us as youngsters. That is the way I really think it should be, We push our kids into to many things that we want them to do and they really don’t want to do some of them. A little off subject of our common enemy. We learn a lot about time and the use of it as we grow older. I can say that but I know people who still live for the weekend and getting drunk. I’m not sure if there is any difference between last weekends hang over than the one before. The way we use time is a matter of choices though. We can live a life and believe in nothing or we can believe in something. We can believe in God or not. We can believe this whole thing came to be by atoms flying around and just coming together randomly.

We don’t know when our time is up or how much time we have left. We know people that ate all the fatty foods the so called experts said we shouldn’t but they live to 100 or more. I do know that the older you get the less things you desire to buy. Things become a less important and friendships and family take center stage. We reminisce and look back at our lives but you can’t change yesterday So what is done is done. You learn your mouth has been your worst enemy through life because once you say something you can’t take it back. It’s not that you can’t try but once you say something you can’t suck it back even if you never meant it. I believe that as you battle the enemy of time that you use it as wisely as you can. Recently listened to a Andy Stanley seminar and the main point was this. ” Direction not your intentions determine your destination in life. Direction always out trumps your intentions. ” Point is this keeping focused on your direction is the most important thing you can do. This is hard because life has so many distractions. I wish I’d heard Andy Stanley speak when I was 18 and not 72. That is life and it is never to late to learn or pass something on. I’ve tried to pass my faith a long in life but I know many people don’t have that same faith. One last thing to say about our enemy time. If you have hope of better things to come no matter your situation. You’re better off than someone with no hope. For no hope makes living no sense at all. Hope of a better tomorrow even if it is in the after life is better than living for nothing. Surly we don’t go through all this up and down in life to just evaporate to nothing. What a cruel thought and what would be the point to all this we’ve went through. Your opinions are welcome and yes I’d argue with any atheist out there who says God isn’t. Feel free to write.

Is there a Rattle in the Press

Recently I received my renewal for our newspaper subscription. I looked at it once and then twice just to make sure my eyes were seeing right. I’m not a old prude who isn’t use to seeing price increases. Yet from $69.00 to $112.00 is a pretty steep jump. I know they offer all those lovely ads on Sunday’s and the never ending Kohl’s ad through out the week. Plus they offer the people in this small city a local insert once a week. They bought our local paper and offer our city news. That is only for six months plus the digital version each day.

Most people who read our local paper will tell that its got a New York Times or CNN slant to its reporting and editorials. People are different in responding to this digital age. I prefer a Paper White and my wife the physical book or paper in her hands. Advertisers see the cost of printed ads going up and digital internet advertising reach more people. Advertiser aren’t stupid and they see reaching more customers as a wise decision. Just maybe the future for the news business is the digital kingdom. I’m not even sure they can be saved that way. They’ll probably still have their bias reporting and know it all attitudes. When will either papers or broadcast news learn all we want is the news accurately and straight forward. We aren’t from the boondocks of Australia and too stupid to form our own opinions.

The death rattle of printed news might just be in the offing because the majority of newspapers are subscribe to by people that are retired or about to retire. Unless you have some great pension fund your income does take a hit when you retire. Figuring out how to budget you expenses becomes a time consuming task. The digital paper won’t survive if their one sided reporting doesn’t change. Many people have quit just because of that one fact. I really don’t want to see the end of the news print business but we know a lot of the news it brings is a day late. Some very hard decisions are coming for many papers around this country and that is a fact not a dream. Buggy whips, tube television and phones on the walls are evidence of what progress has done and will continue to do. Adapt, modify, change something because the writing isn’t on paper to much anymore. Your opinions are appreciated as always.

What is Evil ?

How do I start to answer the question I pose? For you must understand that we have struggled with it since the Garden of Eden. Evil doesn’t have a bad face or even give you the indication that it is bad for you. The fact is it will appear to be good for you and society. It might even do just a little good or like the fruit in the Garden of Eden taste delicious, so why not share it. I’m not sure why God created the devil but I know that everything comes from God. Every human or thinking spirit has free will. So it isn’t hard to understand how the devil came to be. Maybe the devil came to be because God doesn’t make robots that cannot go against Him. We have a choice to love God or not. So do the spirits or angels that were created before we had a choice too. Some had that pumped up pride and choose self instead of God. I’m getting away from my own question but yet I’m no

I’m writing this and look around this world and I see blatant things that are evil and it isn’t no way hidden at all. But you’ll see the ones that perform these evil things claiming it is good or in the name of god. Now I can’t give my God credit for these evil acts, so no capital ” g ” for their god. Was 9/11/2011 a blatant act of evil? Is every bombing in cities throughout this world evil? Yes for sure but that is the end signs of evil. It is not the hidden evil that tries to suck innocent and weak people into its grasp to rip us apart from one another. It isn’t the evil that turns sister against sister and brother against brother. See or perhaps you won’t see. Evil makes something like a peace treaty with an evil empire look good and beneficial for all. Where in all you have done is give the evil empire a cloak to continue planning for your demise. Evil makes your yes a no and your no a yes. You’ll sometime hear a kid tell you that in a joking way. Yes is no and no is yes. But that is exactly what evil is. It flips bad for good and vice versa.

We deal in sight and the appearance and evil aren’t ugly but inviting and mesmerizing. Read the book of Genesis on the creation of this world. Read with a vision of the Garden of Eden where God put man. Was it dark or uninviting in any way? It wasn’t and everything in it was perfect and beautiful and even the tree which God told Adam not to touch or eat from looked good and harmless. Good is like dynamite which can be used to move mountains and save time in construction but also can be used to kill people and damage things. Evil is like a drug that cures a certain disease but has side effects that kill you if given wrongly.

Evil today even though still appearing to be good has been drawn into a panic mode. It isn’t as hidden as before. In fact, it is wide out in the open claiming to be the sole speaker for the majority of the human race. It points at those who stand for God’s unchanging ways and says God has changed and the Word’s He had our fore father’s write aren’t completely right. That somehow the hidden evils of old that weren’t talked about much aren’t really evil at all. That the ones that want a completely verifiable peace with the evil empire are wrong and it doesn’t need to be as long as there isn’t a war. Evil today is more visible than it has ever been. From the front pages of our newspapers, magazines, radios, and televisions. All claiming that evil is good and having people that will step forward to lie to say that it is so. We live in dangerous times where evil is in a panic mode because it has been called out on many fronts and sees it ultimately lost to a God of good and righteousness. So What is Evil? It is anything that appears to be good but in the long run, it is bad for God and mankind. Now is this plagiarist writing because I’m sure Evil has been written about many times before? I say no because this has come straight from my heart and what I see in our society and churches. It is an alarm that every good God loving man, woman and child should sound. Will this stop evil or change the war on evil? It isn’t supposed to but opens a few more eyes, ears and minds to the deceiving way evil continues to work but today in a much more open way than the past. Your comments are always welcome, in fact, I encourage them because we can only grow by communicating our beliefs and different views.

Thinking About God

Have you ever really sat down and thought about God? Most people would probably say no. Think of the billions of people on this planet and God knows the very next thought in each of our minds. He knows the next word you’ll say. The next thing you’ll do. He knows you better than you do. I realize that many people don’t believe in God and that is perfectly okay because they have a free will. Somehow this world and all we see and touch just magically came to be is fine with them. The awesomeness of God amazes me and why God would put up with such an ungrateful people is beyond my understanding. I say that but in a sense I do understand in my human mine why God keeps this world turning. It is a love beyond all love that man can’t possibly comprehend. See because to us someone who would spit in your face and say you are a piece of crap, you wouldn’t keep around. Yet everyday and day after day people don’t give God a first thought or second thought. God isn’t in their hundredth thought of the day. Yet God keeps them breathing, watered and feed, roofs over there heads and their world turning round and round. Jesus said the way to heaven is a narrow way and few will reach it. I read what I just wrote and I know exactly why.

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People will say I believe in God. I ask when! When a baby is born. When you get real sick. When your in a accident. When you get married. When you are on your death bed. There are a lot of whens there and what about the in between times. Isn’t there a time other than those that God crosses our minds and hearts. Don’t you look at the things in your life that God has brought you through when you thought you wasn’t going to make it. To those that don’t believe I know you did it all yourself and when you die that is it you die. Darn what a waste to go through life with nothing in the end to look forward too. That makes me sad better get off that subject.

Think of this for a minute if you will. If you was Bill Gates or any billionaire and gave it all away expecting you could get into heaven. You wouldn’t make it without faith in Jesus and excepting His death, resurrection and confessing your sins and asking forgiveness. Simple and clean but you have let go of your pride and humble yourself. That is why it is harder for some to get into heaven.

Sometime no matter who we are we take this all for granted. We get up in the morning don’t give our Creator a second thought or a thought through out the day. Now I’m guilty as charge God and no I’m not proud of it but I’m being honest. It isn’t because I don’t believe every single word I’ve written but because I’m in this human skin, and somehow I just take everyday for granted. Yet God is so Amazing, Awesome and loving God. He understands and Jesus blood has washed me clean even though I don’t deserve it. This isn’t where I intended to go but you can’t speak of God in my writing without mentioning Jesus or vice versa

Appreciation of Old Customers

Good morning once again. Thought I’d choose one of my pet peeves to write about today. It always gets to me how our American economy works. Customer appreciation is very strange. How we treat customer loyalty. In this modern day of competition for new customers. The one that has been your loyal customers seems to be the forgotten ones. I never thought I’d see the day that Sears and Roebucks would come within an eyelash of closing their doors. It could still happen and you can blame online shopping or more competition and any number of reasons. I think they like many others have forgotten their base customers and didn’t continue to build on it. Then you have to look at the modern shopper and adapt to the way they shop or you have lost them. Greed gets in the way some because you want those retail prices. I look at Sears and that is what I see greed trying to keep those retail dollars rolling in rather than adapting to the competitive nature of the business climate around them. Believe me, I get it but you see customers aren’t the dummies business people think we are. Pretty hard to beat a business that has no building to heat, rent to pay, sales taxes to charge, security to pay, etc., etc. Oh, there is a limited amount of that to pay if you operate an online business but people are willing to sit at home order a product and even pay the sales tax for convenience sake. But let’s get back to the subject of the day Customer Appreciation or the lack thereof.

Here you are sitting in your nice home or apartment and you are a loyal customer of Joe Blow Cable Service for 2o years. I use a generic name but you just pick one they all operate about the same. We sit here and watch them offer new customers the same service we have for a quarter of the price we pay for a month. Yes, we understand the need for new customers to use their services and we like the product they sell. Well for the most part. Okay then where does the Customer Appreciation come into the mix. That is the problem there is NONE. Unless you say that a 5% increase in your bill that comes around once a year like clockwork. Maybe it is the penalty you have to pay if you quit their service before your contract is up because their service is so GREAT. Maybe it is that phone call you get or letter that offers you those premium channels FREE for 2 months ( don’t forget to cancel or you pay $30 more a month after that). Oh, heck surly we appreciate your loyal use of our product so much ( will you please bend over and receive your reward.)

Sorry folks the day of Customer Appreciation is a pipe dream and these same people will be like Sears wondering where we went when the internet gobbles us up. There should be some really deep thinking in these large companies and I could name them but why bother. They know who they are and they know the problem. And the government isn’t going to save their butts either. Until these companies figure out Customer Appreciation we will continue to play switcheroo and change every few years to get a little price break that you can only get as a NEW Customer. Meanwhile wasting mailings to your current Customers and showing them what a great deal you’ll give a new customer to show them how much you appreciate there loyal use of your product. Dumb!!!!!!!!

I could write a lot more about what we pay for slow internet service here compared to customers in other countries, but why complain they know they are taking advantage of us. Don’t believe me ask some of your friends overseas how much they pay and how fast their internet is. Enough for today my opinions about burnt out for the day. I’d make a few suggestions but when you call their great Customer Service line and get the run around you to know how much they listen and care. Have a great day. I Appreciate your feedback.