From Fixing People to Fixing Politics: Can Ben Carson Do It?

THE BELOW ARTICLE IS GREAT, BUT LEAVES OUT THE ABILITY OF DR CARSON TO REMOVE THE SCHISM, CREATED BY BARRY OBAMA, BETWEEN THE RACES !  BEGINNING WITH OBAMA’S CLAIM THE CAMBRIDGE POLICE WERE STUPID, THROUGH HIS SUPPORT FOR THE GANGSTER MICHAEL BROWN IN FERGUSON. OBAMA HAS CREATED THE WORST ENVIRONMENT FOR RACE RELATIONS SINCE HIS PARTY CONTROLLED THE SOUTHERN STATES AND WATER-HOSED AND BEAT BLACK AMERICANS!

HERE IS THE ARTICLE EXPRESSING MY ENTHUSIASM FOR DR CARSON:

Although Ben Carson is a newcomer to politics, he’s done a relatively good job of sticking close to GOP pack leaders, even overtaking Donald Trump’s impressive lead for a short time. His political inexperience, however, leaves many wondering “can he do it?” Can Ben Carson lead the United States, help restore economic prosperity, protect us from terrorism, and calm racial and political tensions at home that threaten to destroy us? Can the fixer of people fix American politics? Here are some reasons why he just might…

He’s a catalyst for change.

Ben Carson will disrupt the status quo. Unlike many of the other candidates, Dem or GOP, he isn’t bound by DC political ties. He’s fresh off the political boat, as it were, and can bring a new perspective to Washington and the White House. He is willing to state what he believes, even if it isn’t popular, but he does it in a way that demands respect instead of ridicule.

He may be new to politics, but he isn’t new to leadership.

Carson doesn’t have much political experience, but he has a resume chock-full of leadership roles. He was director of pediatric neurology at John Hopkins, and if you don’t think that position entails tough calls and decisions that will affect vulnerable children and parents, then you have another thing coming. He’s also served on the boards of corporations like Kellogg Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp as well as founding and heading his own non-profit.

He’s the smartest in the pack of candidates.

Leading the United States of America isn’t brain surgery, but I would guess it’s pretty darn close. Ben Carson would bring not only his intellectual prowess to the Oval Office, but also his plain old common sense. While the intelligence of many of the candidates can be doubted, no one could ever doubt Ben Carson’s genius stature. Even though he’s new to politics, he has the ability to learn the skills he needs to be able to lead the country well.

He understands healthcare.

One of the biggest issues facing Americans in this presidential election is healthcare: the Affordable Care Act isn’t working, but no one seems to have a good plan to fix it. Because Ben Carson has worked in healthcare for most of his life, he understands the unique pressures doctors face and he understands that patients need exceptional but affordable healthcare. If anyone can fix our healthcare crisis, Dr. Carson can.

He’s civil.

A characteristic that has been lost in American politics is civility. Recent elections feature mudslinging and name calling and ad homonym attacks but little in the way of truth mixed with kindness. Carson has proven himself to be soft-spoken and civil even to those he does not agree with. While his opponents dredge up anything they can to attack him, Carson responds with graciousness.

Conclusion

Ben Carson may not have a plethora of elected roles under his belt, but that doesn’t disqualify him from the role of commander in chief. Who’s to say that serving as a senator or representative or even governor–probably the job most similar in nature to that of president—prepares a person for the difficult job of leading the United States of America? Any new president has a steep learning curve, and we think Ben Carson can overcome that learning curve as well as anyone.

WE BELIEVE BEN CARSON CAN OVERCOME THAT LEARNING CURVE BETTER THAN ANYONE RUNNING TODAY!

We are certain any of the republican candidates are much better than anyone the democrats are offering.  In my house there has been a lot of interest in Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Dr Ben Carson.  However, Ben Carson seems to carry the day!

ALSO, HE CAN RESTORE THE IMAGE OF HARD WORKING, BLACK AMERICANS AFTER THE IMAGE OF THE GOLFER; DO-NOTHING DURING BENGHAZI; START WORK AT 9 IN THE MORNING; WASTED OBAMA!
What do you think? Is Ben Carson qualified to serve as president? Why or why not?

Trump’s Specifics! You’ve asked, Here it is!

Donald Trump — Things You Might Not Know About Him
~an interesting read~
As candidates for president emerge it is important to know where each stands on issues that are important to AMERICA. The USA cannot afford to make another mistake in electing someone with a poor track record of public service, or someone who values illegal invaders more than hard-working, loyal Americans and her military.
Trump, hopefully, is waking some of the RINOs up.  The criticisms of Trump are amazingly​ missing something. They are​ lacking in ​negative stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with him. After all the employees he’s had and all the business deals he’s made there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity​ than people may think​.
And while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that. Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others.​
But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump’s plan is for America. It’s funny how so many people say they don’t know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework. But, since most Americans won’t do their own research, here, in no particular order, is an overview of many of Trump’s positions and plans:
1.) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help. Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries.
2.) Speaking of the military, Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. While he hasn’t said it directly that I know of, Trump’s attitude about America and about winning tells me he’d most likely be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle. Clearly Trump is a “win at all costs” kind of guy, and I’m sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too.
3.) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 7 core principles (which seem to support my comment in the last point):
·         American interests come first.  Always. No apologies.
·         Maximum firepower and military preparedness.
·         Only go to war to win.
·         Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.
·         Keep the technological sword razor sharp.
·         See the unseen. Prepare for threats before they materialize.
·         Respect and support our present and past warriors.
4.) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration treats them.
5.) Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here.  Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing.  For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U. S., once again creating jobs here.
6.) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.
7.) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering and put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals.
8.) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy.  He wants to make America the place to do business.  He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to:
·         Up to $30,000 taxed at 1%
·         From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%
·         From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%
·         $1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%
9.) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.” He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.
10.) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue.  He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country.
11.) Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.  He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits.  Therefore, he wants to build the economy up so that we have the revenue to pay those costs without cutting the benefits to the recipients. He disagrees with Democrats who think raising taxes is the answer and says that when you do that you stifle the economy. On the other hand, when you lower taxes and create an environment to help businesses they will grow, hire more workers, and those new workers will be paying taxes that become more tax revenue for the government.
12.) Trump also wants reform of the welfare state saying that America needs “a safety net, not a hammock.” He believes in a welfare to work program that would help reduce the welfare roles and encourage people to get back to work. And he wants a crackdown on entitlement fraud.
13.) Trump believes climate change is a hoax.
14.) Trump opposes Common Core.
15.) Trump is pro-life, although he allows for an exception due to rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
16.) Trump is pro 2nd Amendment rights.
17.) Trump’s view on same-sex marriage is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but he also believes that this is a states rights issue, not a federal issue.
18.) Trump supports the death penalty.
19.) Trump believes that there is a lack of common sense, innovative thinking in Washington (Hmmm… looks like he believes in horse sense!).  He says it’s about seeing the unseen and that’s the kind of thinking we need to turn this country around. He tells a personal story to illustrate the point: “When I opened Trump National Golf Club at Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles, I was immediately told that I would need to build a new and costly ballroom. The current ballroom was gorgeous, but it only sat 200 people and we were losing business because people needed a larger space for their events. Building a new ballroom would take years to get approval and permits (since it’s on the Pacific Ocean), and cost about $5 million. I took one look at the ballroom and saw immediately what needed to be done. The problem wasn’t the size of the room, it was the size of the chairs. They were huge, heavy, and unwieldy. We didn’t need a bigger ballroom, we needed smaller chairs! So I had them replaced with high-end, smaller chairs. I then had our people sell the old chairs and got more money for them than the cost of the new chairs. In the end, the ballroom went from seating 200 people to seating 320 people. Our visitors got the space they desired, and I spared everyone the hassle of years of construction and $5 million of expense.  It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little common sense.  On top of his saving years of construction and $5 million in expenses, he also was able to keep the ballroom open for business during the time it would have been under remodeling, which allowed him to continue to make money on the space instead of losing that revenue during construction time.
Donald Trump’s entire life has been made up of success and winning. He’s been accused of bankruptcies, but that’s not true.  He’s never filed personal bankruptcy.  He’s bought companies and legally used bankruptcy laws to restructure their debt, just as businesses do all the time.  But he’s never been bankrupt personally.
He’s a fighter that clearly loves America and would fight for our nation.  Earlier I quoted Trump saying, “I love America. And when you love something, you protect it passionately – fiercely, even.”   We never hear that from Democrats or even from most Republicans.  Donald Trump is saying things that desperately need to be said but no other candidate has shown the fortitude to stand up and say them.  Looking over this list of what he wants for America I see a very necessary set of goals that are long past due. Before we criticize someone because the media does, maybe we should seriously consider what he has to offer.

Do they think we are fools? Rambling thoughts about the Debate!

Meg, Do you think we are fools? Your shoddy plot to destroy Trump was so obvious you better stay away from writing mystery novels!

Traitors!
The Ambushers!

My letter to megyn says it all: “YOU BETRAYED US! I doubt I’ll ever watch you again!
“TRUMP was not my first choice, but after the way you FOX people tried to set him up, he is now one of my three (3) picks. ATTACK HIM
“AGAIN; AND A FAILURE TO APOLOGIZE WILL PROPEL HIM TO MY # 1.
When mccain, “THE CANARY” called us “crazy” I wrote him to “…never run again, because we veterans will not vote for you any more!” (DID YOU KNOW THE LOYAL POW’S IN HANOI CALLED mccain “the canary?”) Trump was right then and he made you look like an unprofessional trollop tonight! GOOD FOR TRUMP! Maybe you should quit also!”
Sincerely,
Al Battista

“RUN BEN RUN! CRUIS’N WITH CRUZ! TRIUMPH WITH TRUMP!”

Al Battista I no longer call myself a Libertarian because of the destructive nature of their “Open Borders” policy. However, how can so many people not understand Rand Paul’s position on “Privacy in the Bill of Rights?” FIRST, the NSA gathers so much information on innocent people that they miss the Boston Bombers and many other terrorists! SECOND, the Mass gathering of everything is not necessary, helpful or useful in any manner. If they really wanted to do some good with their spy program they would do it the same way the medical establishment tracks down venereal diseases. You look at all of the known infected cases, and track down all of their contacts. That leads to the next set of cases and eventually you can contain the infection/terrorists! That brings us back to THE FIRST POINT: There is no need to spy on everyone! Just the terrorists please!

Al Battista MIKE YOU DID WELL! Mike Huckabee will always be a potential First choice.
Can’t say the same for the Fox clowns! My letter to megyn says it all: YOU BETRAYED US! I doubt I’ll ever watch you again!
TRUMP was not my first choice, but after the way you FOX people tried to set him up, he is now one of my three (3) picks. ATTACK HIM
AGAIN, AND A FAILURE TO APOLOGIZE WILL PROPEL HIM TO MY # 1.
When mccain, “THE CANARY” called us “crazy” I wrote him to “…never run again, because we veterans will not vote for you any more!” (DID YOU KNOW THE LOYAL POW’S IN HANOI CALLED mccain “the canary?”) Trump was right then and he made you look like an unprofessional trollop tonight! GOOD FOR TRUMP! Maybe you should quit also!
RUN BEN RUN! CRUIS’N WITH CRUZ! TRIUMPH WIT
  • Al Battista Ben you’re my first choice! You will have 50% of the black vote! I can show you how to get the Hispanic vote. Here is my sadness over tonight’s ambush of Trump-sgtalusmc at yahoo knows about ambushes: My letter to megyn says it all: YOU BETRAYED US!

    Al Battista
    “RUN BEN RUN! CRUIS’N WITH CRUZ! TRIUMPH WITH TR
    Al Battista meg, Do you think we are fools? Your shoddy plot to destroy Trump was so obvious you better stay away from writing mystery novels!
    !
    Al BattistaWhy should Trump make a pledge this early! If Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio are the nominee then it won’t matter, because the demonrat/repugnants will win. The only way we can get some relief out here in the wasteland that used to be America is if Cruz, Carson or Trump wins. Yes! I like Carly Fiorina, Walker, Kasich and Huckabee, especially Huckabee. But “RUN BEN RUN! CRUIS’N WITH CRUZ! TRIUMPH WITH TRUMP!” ARE THE COMBO I’m sticking with!
    FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW VETERANS LOOK AT john mccain, see a blog below
    REMEMBER, the Bush’s say, “BILL CLINTON IS A BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER”– or “There is a Clinton hiding behind every Bush!
    Al Battista My letter to megyn says it all: “YOU BETRAYED US! I doubt I’ll ever watch you again!
    RUN BEN RUN! CRUIS’N WITH CRUZ! TRIUMPH WITH TRUMP!

    A summary of the Debates:   After the early debate I wanted to see Carly Fiorina moved to the top tier.  At 9 pm, I liked all of the candidates but with some distrust for Bush/Rubio!  They are establishment, and the establishment republicans are REPUGNANT! The establishment democrats are DEMONRATS. As the debate rolled on my choices started to gel into seeing four (4) candidates in the next debate: Carson, Trump, Cruz and Fiorina.  I still like Walker, Kasich and Huckabee.  I like Rand Paul’s attitude and fight, but can no longer go along with the Libertarian Open Borders policy.  I stand 100% with Rand on the privacy issue.  The NSA is gathering so much information on everyone that they miss many of the terrorists.  If they would focus on the known terrorists, and spread out to only their contacts they would be much more successful!

The Greatest Thinkers Knew Gold Is Real, Paper isn’t worth the paper it is printed on!

Thomas Jefferson (portrait by Rembrandt Peale)

What if the gold standard is not an antique but, rather, a “timeless classic” (as termed in a speech by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann in September 2012)?  High tech guru George Gilder deploys cutting-edge science to show why this is so, based on Shannon information theory. Gilder’s analysis is neither eccentric nor anomalous.

The intellectual pedigree of the classical gold standard runs through two of the greatest scientists in history: Copernicus and Newton. Nicolas Copernicus, in his Essay on the Minting of Money eloquently lays out the scientific foundations of the classical gold standard. (Full disclosure, I served as co-editor of a modern translation, by classicist Gerald Malsbary, published by Laissez Faire Books and recently republished by Cognella as part of a splendid compilation of source documents in classical economics in The Monetary Foundations of the Macroeconomy Volume 1 edited by Thomas Rustici, James Caton, Dima Shamoun, and Ted Shamoun).

Sir Isaac Newton, as Master of the Royal Mint of Great Britain, created what became the modern classical gold standard. This was a fact well known by President Jefferson, as astutely noted by Dr. Judy Shelton in erudite commentary to her definitive edition of Jefferson’s Notes on the Establishment of A Monetary Unit. Under the Newtonian gold standard, with variants, the world economy thrived for almost 200 years.

The gold standard also was one of the few things that both Jefferson, and his arch-rival in Washington’s cabinet, Alexander Hamilton, fully agreed. The gold standard’s intellectual provenance, both in deep scientific history and among the founders of America, really is impeccable.

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Copernicus and Newton, of course, are figures from the deep past. Jefferson, slightly more contemporary, was extolled by President Kennedy at a dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners when he greeted them as “the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Copernicus and Newton, timeless classics, remain appropriately revered as two of the greatest members of the scientific pantheon. Their discoveries — Heliocentricity, and the Three Laws of Motion — remain central to science. Old does not equal atavistic.  Now let’s get modern.

It is less paradoxical than might superficially appear that George Gilder comes forward to exalt the scientific foundations of the classical gold standard. Gilder does so by drawing deeply upon modern Shannon information theory, work foundational to the high tech revolution very much alive and well.

So, a leading high-tech public intellectual attests to the ultra-modernity of the gold standard. Gilder, also known as the living author most quoted by President Reagan, went on to high tech iconic thought leader status as the author of Microcosm, Telecosm, The Silicon Eye, and Knowledge and Power among other highly-regarded works.

Gilder now presents a brilliant monograph, The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money. In it he explores at greater depth some of the thoughts he first broached in a key chapter of his influential Knowledge and Power. The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money was commissioned by the American Principles Project (whose sister organization I professionally advise).  He therein explodes the pernicious myth of the gold standard as an atavism.

In 106 lucid pages, Gilder magisterially demystifies money. A very few choice excerpts:

The economy is not fundamentally an incentive system, it is an information system. Manipulating money cannot create growth, and it distorts the information economic actors need to acquire the learning that alone is wealth-creation.

Growth in wealth stems . . . from the progress of learning. It is accomplished by entrepreneurs conducting falsifiable experiments of enterprise, with the outcomes measurable by reliable money.”

Claude Shannon “resolved that all information is most essentially surprise. Unless messages are unexpected, they do not convey new information.” But “[i]f a carrier is to bear surprising contents, it must itself be unsurprising.” That is what makes it possible to distinguish the signal from the noise.

In economics money is part of the conduit or carrier. If money is to foster learning and knowledge, it cannot itself be surprising. . . . money must be the measure, rather than what is measured.”

Gilder is unusual, but not unique, among tech leaders in his regard for gold. No less than Peter Thiel in an interview observed:

If you really wanted to create an alternate currency, it would have to be gold-based,” he says. “There are enough people who already believe in gold that you could probably get it to the tipping point. Starting completely from scratch is a lot harder to do. I have a lot more thoughts, but I’d say—you probably want to go with gold.”

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In the hands of Copernicus, Newton, and Shannon as channeled by Gilder, money becomes simple and intuitive.  Gilder gives us the real thing: science. In The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money, George Gilder, true to his title, lays out a compelling 21st century case for the gold standard. Gilder reveals anew the gold standard’s deep scientific foundation. Buy a copy on old fashioned paper in better bookstores everywhere or download it and read it.

Delight in a very modern, scientific, demystification of money and discussion of why the classical gold standard repeatedly has proved itself beneficial.   With The 21st Century Case for Gold: A New Information Theory of Money George Gilder well may have delivered his next game changer.

 

Originating at Forbes.com
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