Thursday, February 8, 2018

Year One

The debt under President Trump is growing, though more slowly than under Obama. The average true deficit (increase in national debt) over the last 17 years has been:
Bush: $610 Billion
Obama: $1.167 Trillion
Trump: $546 Billion
Let's see if this administration can keep down the costs, or if our addiction to overspending ruins his fiscal credibility too.

Here are the charts based on data from the treasury:

And overlaid:


I will update these periodically.

Friday, May 12, 2017

I am Bob Owens

By now our entire community knows of Bob Owens passing. Hopefully you've seen and perhaps chipped in to the fundraiser for his family. I've been pretty quiet, being equal parts sad, numb, and angry. I've mulled over what I would like to say, and after some thought I finally know.

I am Bob Owens.

I don't mean that I am suicidal, nor even depressed. Those are not the essence of Bob. I am Bob, because he is a man. Not a perfect man, but a good man. Among the things he leaves behind is a legacy of honor and tenacity. He was a staunch defender of our rights, and a scourge to our enemies. He did not light the torch he carried for so long, but he picked it up and carried it forward, just the same. You and I must do as he did - pick up the torch and hold it high for all to see, carrying it forward into the future.

I am Bob Owens. I will carry the torch.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Nineteen Trillion Five Hundred Seventy-Three Billion Four Hundred Forty-Four Million Seven Hundred Thirteen Thousand Nine Hundred Thirty-Six Dollars and Seventy-Nine Cents

19,573,444,713,936.79. The debt to the penny.

In less than eight years in office, Obama has presided over an increase in the national debt of over nine trillion dollars ($9,000,000,000,000).  Under the leadership of Obama, our national debt has nearly doubled. The makers in this country (all employed men and women minus city, state, and local government employees) have seen their portion of the debt rise from about $90,000 in 2009 to $157,887 in 2016, a 75% increase.

No matter how the ball lickers on the left try to spin this, Obama has presided over deficit spending in excess of $1.15 Trillion every year of his presidency, on average. Remember that when you read articles talking about how he's "reduced the deficit."

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dear Gun grabbers

I'll tell you what I want, and what I'll give you in exchange for it.

I want the feds to implement the following national reciprocity law:
  • Carry permits will cover concealed or open carry of handguns.
  • Carry permits will be shall issue with no "good reason" requirement.
  • Carry permits applications, background check, and training fees will be paid for by the federal government. (*If this is truly national issue, and affects the safety and health of everyone, it is incumbent on everyone to pay into making the system work, not just those who choose to exercise their rights.)
  • Carry permits shall be optional in Constitutional Carry states.
  • Carry permits shall entitle the holder to purchase a firearm in any state, regardless of his or her state of residence.
  • Carry permit records shall only list the name and identifying information of the holder, and are explicitly forbidden from listing any firearms owned and intended to be carried by the holder.
  • Carry permits shall be renewable every five years, at no cost.
  • This law will be explicitly cite and be enforced by the supremacy clause and the 2nd and 14th amendments.
  • This law will come into effect immediately when passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.
And here is what I would give you after this is signed into law:
  • The sale of a firearm by a private individual to another private individual (private party transfer) shall require that the buyer:
    • undergo a background check at a licensed dealer, or
    • has on his person an unexpired Carry license.
  • This law will come into effect 5 years after National Reciprocity has been implemented.
This would eliminate the mythical "gun show loophole" - which is really just that private party sales in some states do not require background checks, and has nothing to do with gun shows or the internet - and would possibly reduce at least some accidental illegal sales.

If there were a broad national reciprocity law that made it very easy for the law abiding to get their permits, and they were given time to get them, then this would minimize the impact on the law abiding, giving us something we want, and you something you want.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ivanpah solar power plant on the verge of shutdown

Two years after the startup of the Ivanpah Bird Grilling plant  - I mean, the Ivanpah solar power plant, it seems that - surprise, surprise! - it doesn't work.
A federally backed, $2.2 billion solar project in the California desert isn’t producing the electricity it is contractually required to deliver to PG&E Corp., which says the solar plant may be forced to shut down if it doesn’t receive a break Thursday from state regulators. 
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, owned by BrightSource Energy Inc., NRG Energy Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, uses more than 170,000 mirrors mounted to the ground to reflect sunlight to 450-foot-high towers topped by boilers that heat up to create steam, which in turn is used to generate electricity.
Well, duh. The technology is immature, the concept is silly, and the only thing governments are really good at is malinvestment. But of course, as we all know, government's solution to problems it creates is to double down, triple down, etc.. The plant will undoubtedly be given a pass, and continue on it's quest to eliminate all avian life in California.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Eighteen Trillion Seven Hundred Nineteen Billion Six Hundred Thirteen Million Two Hundred Seventy-Four Eight Hundred Ninety-Three Dollars and Fifty-One Cents

$18,719,613,274,893.51. The debt to the penny.

In less than seven years in office, Obama has presided over an increase in the national debt of over eight trillion dollars ($8,000,000,000,000). Yes, under the leadership of Obama, our national debt has nearly doubled. The makers in this country (all employed men and women minus city, state, and local government employees) have seen their portion of the debt rise from about $90,000 in 2009 to $151,000 in 2015, a 67% increase.

And as some people would have you believe, Obama has shown too much fiscal restraint, spending has been too low, and  "#austerity a loser".

Saturday, November 28, 2015


You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

I a brief conversation I had with some bloke on Twitter, he first insisted that Obama was bringing down the deficit and that the economy always runs better in democrats' hands. Then when confronted by the fact that Obama has no fiscal restraint, he asserted that Obama has shown too much restraint (or so "the experts" tell him), and "#austerity a loser[sic]".

He needs to crack open a dictionary once in a while.