As exciting as a fruitcase at Christmas
I would like everyone to compare and contrast two events. The Democratic debates Round 2 Group1 and Round 2 Group 2 and Donald Trump’s rally in Ohio. The latter had enough energy to light up Manhattan while the former couldn’t make a candle flicker.
I enjoyed both events by really enjoyed the far-fetched ideas that came out of the Democrat’s debate. If the Dems are to have a chance in November 2020 they are going to have to come up with something better than single-payer health plans, open borders, health care for illegals, and in general, a whole lot of free stuff. This is gone to the point that I think many of the 20 candidates who clogged up the stage really believed that free college and free healthcare is actually free of cost. the real question is that if the world is going to end in 12 years why bother?
Who actually wrote the Mueller report?
We know now why Bob Mueller was so reluctant to sit as a witness and answer questions about the report that bears his name. It is beginning to look a lot like he had very little to do with the research and the preparation of the report.
Dream Act 2.0 – American Nightmare
Nancy Pelosi’s Dream Act 2.0 will grant “direct” citizenship to millions of illegals, and could add ten million illegals to the voting rosters which would change the face of politics and turn our country into a one-party state. It will tip the balance of power from the people and from the makers to the takers.
The majority of illegals receive some form of welfare, so we would add millions to the roster of those dependent upon government. This will result in the tyranny of the majority since those receiving welfare checks will exceed those receiving paychecks. To make matters worse, in a Democrat-controlled government they will certainly find a way to eliminate the electoral college granting the permanent reins of government to the Democrats, unchecked, unabated, unrestrained
Is the Right to Vote is Inherent to our Democracy?
Bernie Sanders recently said that the “Right to Vote is Inherent to our Democracy.” “Even for terrible people”
Now, I don’t think that Bernie Sanders is the sharpest knife in the drawer, but why would anyone place this right ahead of all others?
The Founders recognized at least three rights which we earned simply by being born with 26 human chromosomes – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
We can take away a person’s freedom and lock them up (“Liberty”). We can take away someone’s right to follow their dreams by placing them in prisons and restricting their activities (“Pursuit of Happiness”), and yes, we can even take their lives (“Life”) for some terrible transgressions and for the defense of society.
However, they never lose their right to vote? Why? It doesn’t make sense, that is, not until you realize that votes are a politician’s lifeblood.
By trying to follow such logic we get a glimpse into the mind of the typical, life-long, professional politician. Twist any logic, disregard any fact, ignore any reality, but don’t do anything to lose one vote. And Senator Sanders who may project the persona of a doddering old fool proffering ultra-egalitarianism and altruism, is anything but, when it comes to the mechanics of getting elected. It is purely enlightened self-interest.
He knows that he and his party would have enormous support in the prison population. A large prison in a small county can change an area from deep red to bright blue and might even swing a state or two.
I wonder how Bernie would feel about criminals voting if they all entered prison carrying their own dogeared copy of “Atlas Shrugged” and wearing MAGA hats.
Nicholas Malino – April 1, 2019
I didn’t think there were many who still believe that there is a sinister Gender Wage Gap in this country. Everyone has heard it. Most people are aware that it has been thoroughly debunked, and frankly, I find it hard to believe that there are some people still pitching this – “For every dollar a man earns a woman earns only $0.77” some even say $0.72”.
Now, this is not only incorrect, it is divisive and therefore harmful. Just like all of the other myths of institutional racism and sexism. It is spread by the media to sell papers or gain eyenalls and it is spread by politicians to demonize the “other side”. Just look at how dysfunctional Congress is. Both side recognize that the immigration problem can be easily solved by changing the laws. By the Republicans don’t want to do it because they are too timid and weak, and the Democrats don’t want the problem solved because it is their main card to play each November.
So a woman does not earn 23% to 29% less than a man for the same work. Its would be much more helpful to spread the truth.
Even the extremely liberal Association of American University Women and the U.S. Dept of Labor (which reviewed a compilation of 50 studies) have stated that the wage can be explained by a very cursory analysis. As most are aware by now that this statistic was arrived at by taking the median earnings of all women working full-time by the median earnings of all men working full-time. If you do that the result will come out to be about 0.77. However, this stat does not take into account the position, education or hours worked per week, and doesn’t reveal any type of discrimination, preference, or bias against women of any race. Here’s why.
The gender wage gap is a lot like the continent of Atlantis. Most people know that it is a myth but there are a few die-hards that will insist otherwise. Such die-hards are usually running for public office and spreading the myth is an effective way of garners some votes from voters who are simply “not paying attention”. Oh yeah, the others who perpetuate this myth are those who make their livelihood from preaching such nonsense. To wit, there has been legislation proposed which supposedly would correct this gap. One of the most common is forcing employers to make public their wage gap. This has already been done in the U.K., and although it was not effective in closing that gap, it did have some unintended consequences that may create a bonanza for some women as employers struggle to make the average pay for somewhat-related work equal when none should by raising the salaries of the few women in the department to try to achieve an average equal. It is quite impossible and as long as men dominate the dirty, thankless, dangerous jobs like a petroleum engineer on an offshore oil rig, or a lumberjack (lumberjills), or motorcycle racer, or roofers, or steel workers, this perceived inequality will continue to exist.
One solution, and perhaps the only one that will actually will actually force women into these dirty and dangerous jobs. Our geniuses in Hartford pass a law which they lauded as a great step forward in eliminating the Wage Gap. Their solution, don’t laugh, tell employers not to ask anyone for their salary history, although the candidate can still provide a salary history of s/he would like. I did ask one legislative official how exactly this would work to prevent the institutional sexism that they falsely claim exists in the hellhole called America. I just don’t get the logic, mainly because there is none. It is going to take a staff of 12 highly paid government employees and over a million dollars to implement, monitor, train and harass small businesses with threats of being thrown in the gulag if they happen to say something that sounds like s/he is asking for salary history, although it is a very important stat that played a big part in the decision-making process.
Most college degrees are conferred on women and this has been the case since the late 70s and has grown to over 57% and this trend is expected to continue. Women receive almost 3 million more college degrees than men. One might infer that this fact contradicts the nationwide discriminatory attitude that feminists firmly believe exists throughout the USA. So, for that reason it has been largely ignored except to incorrectly point out that if there are more college-educated women this further proves that the wage gap is a result of the prevalent cis-white-hetero-male- chauvinistic pigs who oppress women, minorities and, anyone who is not them. If there are so many more college educated women than men, then we should see the wage gap occurring in the other direction, right?
Georgetown University shed some light on this. 4 of the 5 most highly paid college degrees – Petroleum Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Computer Sciences are 87.5% male and 4 of the 5 lowest paying college degrees – Counseling and Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Human Services and Community Organization and Social Work – are 77.3% female. This difference makes a huge difference and explains most of the difference. The remainder of the difference is explained mostly by choices in life. In short. Women are a lot smarter in their life choices.
According to the extremely liberal Association of American University Women’s study cited above career paths and a more home/child oriented life choices explain all but 6.6% of the 22% gender wage gap. So let’s try to stick a fork and “Bust” this myth by cleaning up this last 6.6% as Jamies and Adam would do (the guys from Discovery Channel show Mythbusters).
In a Danish study. Denmark – Bernie Sander’s socialist egalitarian utopia, in a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found, the wage gap to be “poor proxy for either sexism or women’s well-being”
Even more revealing, in the Denmark study, it was found, between 1980 and 2013, that women and men were nearly parallel in their wage history up until the birth of the woman’s first child, after which, “women’s labor-force participation, work hours, and wages plummeted while men’s continued the same trajectory.” The difference – about 20%.
Kay Hymowicz the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of “Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age”, in a recent article cites a study from data supplied by Uber, the popular ride sharing service. She stated that Uber was an ideal source for such an analysis because “it Uber) uses an automatic pay formula based on the time and distance of a trip, with drivers assigned blindly to customers by an algorithm dependent entirely on their proximity. Among drivers—the corporate offices may be another matter—there is no old-boy network, no salary negotiation, and no possibility that sexual harassment affects trip assignments”, and no implicit white-hetero-cis-male-superiority-bias, or whatever class deserving of the outrage du jour.
Uber’s highly flexible scheduling attracts a high number of female workers. The study found that there was no evidence that riders preferred males drivers to females and both men and women got the same number of tip, cancellations, and ratings.
However, men still made 7% more than women, very close to the 6.6% unexplained difference by the AAUW. Well, some of those who still try desperately to tell us that there is a wage gap and that we need to hire, elect, support or employ those who will rectify this wrong would probably try to argue that men dominate technology, they write the code, design the algorithms and they have programmed an institutional- cyber-bias or if that sounds too silly then perhaps computers are inherently sexist. Notwithstanding such nonsense this is also explained by simply examining the data and perhaps this can explain the remaining 6.6%
As found in most of the studies that debunked the 77% myth, the Uber data showed that men log in more hours, and they accept more lucrative-paying assignments. The Uber also pays a premium to drivers willing to drive in unpopular areas or at unattractive times (i.e. South Chicago on Christmas morning at 3:00 am), and men are more willing to take on these assignments. Also, men, for whatever reason, tended to drive a little (about 2%) faster. (Yup, they actually track that stuff). The seemingly small difference was sufficient to accumulate more rides and rack up more experience. In toto this explains the 7% difference.
I think we have, at this point explained all the 77% difference plus an additional 0.4%. So, I think we can say that this myth has been busted (again, I see this becoming an annual event).
What we have shown is that the Gender Wage Gap is a myth. The wage gap can be explained by difference in position, hours worked, and life and career choices. (Tuck that away for later)
I would like to conclude with a rather ironic story to place the final nail in this myth’s coffin. – In 2016 the Conservative newspaper, the Washington Free Beacon (“Beacon”) reported that “An analysis determined that Senator Elizabeth Warren pays her female staffers less than their male counterparts.” But unlike the mythical pay gap that I am arguing against here which is 77%, the Beacon said that Warren paid her female staffers even less, only 71% of what she paid her male workers. Yikes. The Beacon’s analysis was based on median salaries exactly like the mythical 77%
Warren, who has used the 77% wage gap figure to argue the oppression of the fairer sex for years, and quite loudly and passionately, angrily rebuffed the Beacon’s numbers and quoted the far-left fact-checking website, Snopes, saying that the Beacon’s 71% percent wage gap that could be easily explained away if you take into consideration, “variables such as experience and education levels, as well as staff turnover and the reality that people with different job titles earn different salaries.” And pointed out that “The methodology used in the (Beacon) analysis is flawed; they combined positions and people at different levels in the office.” (Remember the fact that I suggested you tuck away?)
Thank you, Senator Warren, for explaining and debunking the Wage Gap Myth for us. (Happy Equal Pay Day! Which is April 10, but may be better to move to April 1, to share and coincide with a more appropriate holiday).
And if I may conclude with an appeal to Senator Warren, the AAUW, the CWEALF and all those who still attempt to perpetuate this nonsense. If you are sincere about helping women overcome sexism (and yes, it does exist), address the issue with the facts not BS, and this Conservative will be there with you. However, if you simply want good sound bite to help you get elected, or get hired, then we are going to be going through this every year. Proposing ineffective legislation like H.B. 5387 or S.B. 15 will accomplish nothing, and the problem remains. (See addendum).
Now, it is very difficult to find some jobs that are equal. Even on an assembly line there are those who are able to produce better and faster results. Look at Lucy and Ethel. Perhaps grocery store check-out clerks. My last company had regional Vice Presidents and their duties were the same, although the regions were not so the level of effort and the skillsets were different. My point is that there are very few situations in which the jobs are identical. Then it occurred to me. My favorite sport, baseball.
Baseball only has 9 positions. It not like football which there are 500 positions like wide, strong-side backup safety. The responsibilities for each of these positions are exactly the same. Pitcher must throw the ball a little more than 60 feet in such a fashion that the hitter doesn’t make contact. The shortstop must prevent baseballs from getting past them and throwing across the diamond accurately. So, if the left has its way all shortstops should be paid the same, all pitchers should receive the same salary.
This would mean that Manny Machado would be paid the same as Derek Jeter (if he were still playing). In fact, the true egalitarian may argue that because Jeter would be playing defense while C.C. Sabathia, Severino, Tanaka or the Aroldis Chapman. Manny would have a significantly more difficult job stopping baseballs thrown by a pitching staff by Baltimore pitchers of whom I cannot recall the names of one single one. So, if anything, to make things fairer, Manny would have to be paid more, since he would likely see more action and have to work harder.
Equal Pay for equal work is silly, the government should not interfere with an agreement made between two willing parties, both in possession of most of the relevant data. Why should the government say that that young kid cannot work for his perfect employer for $11 or $12 dollars per hour, while the employer cannot afford $15 per hour. The result is that everybody loses. This is a recipe for mediocracy
I promised to come back to a possible hidden bonanza for a select few as a result of legislation proposed to combat the Wage Gap craze. In a small UK airline, only 4% of its pilots are women. The UK law which forces companies to publish their “wage gap” currently does not mandate anything, its objective is to embarrass companies to narrow the mythical gap.
So this airline has a few options, they can greatly increase the salaries of their cabin crew and ground personnel, or they can reduce the salaries of their pilots. Since pilots are in shorter supply, the latter probably is not an option since to totally eliminate the wage gap, the pilots salaries would have to reduced to a level well under the median salary of the cabin crew and counter personnel. The former may also be impractical to implement. Since there are an average of 15 cabin crew, desk, and customer service personnel for each pilot the cost to equilibrate their wage gap would be prohibitively expensive.
In fact, since the population of the non-pilot employees are 38% male the salary increases would have to be increased 272% placing the bag handler’s new salary (about €123,000) within a couple thousand euros below the pilot’s salary (about €125,000). It would also result in a 210% increase in total salary expenses, which would certainly throw any airline, and most businesses, into bankruptcy.
The optimal, albeit unattractive, solution would be to increase the annual salaries of the 4 female pilots from €125,000 to €1,458,333, which demonstrates the bonanza I referred to above. Like so many well-intentioned, but poorly thought-out, initiatives meant to help women or minorities, they usually wind up helping only an extremely small number of the subject group, and these benefits almost always go to those who need it least.
The Polls Are Open In Connecticut
We Can Make History and End Democratic Control, Mismanagement and Corruption
If we can only flip one seat in the House in D.C. and take control of the House and Senate in Hartford
In order to pull the State of Connecticut out of the ditch into which it has been driven by our Governors and Elected Officals over the last three decades, we are going to have to go back to our basic Connecticut values – hard work, perseverance, fiscal responsibility, and adherence to the rule of law. The tenet of the Democratic Party is to “Make poverty as comfortable as possible”, we don’t agree. The tenet of the Republican Party is, well, quite honestly, I have no idea what the Republican Party stands for anymore. Our plan is to grow the vibrant economy of our wealthy little state and that is the way to fight poverty, it brings comfort as well as pride, respect, and self-esteem. Our biggest enemy is the divisive rhetoric from just about all politicians over the past 12 years. We therefore, support the efforts of the Progressive Conservative Alliance of the United States of America.
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Flatten the Dems
– Nick Malino
Unfortunately, we need to elect a Party, Not a Candidate.
As ridiculous as that sounds, the political parties have become so powerful that they control the candidates as well as the elected officials, and the Democrats are proudly embracing the character of their party as the Social Democrats.
Journalists, We Need You. Don’t Fail Us
Democracy Dies in Darkness, (“DDD”). Slogans that we have
heard used to defend the free press and journalism from the attacks from the
brutal regime of the current duly elected president of the United States of
DDD has been dragged out for a couple of decades and was
frequently used by Bob Woodward whose newspaper has adopted it as their new,
We Need to Change the Debate Format
Watching the most recent debate between Bob Stefanowski and Ned Lamont the CTMirror reported that there were a “few zingers” but little substance. The audience, although frequently admonished, added to the casual atmosphere that we were attending an entertainment event rather than a political debate, by hooting, whistling, and applauding.
Let’s face it, debates are forums in which each candidate tried to get the best, as the CTMirror puts it, “zingers” and hammer home one point whether it is factual or impactful or not. Stefanowski’s mantra was “taxes” and the inevitability that Lamont, being a Democrat, would raise taxes. On the other hand, Lamont described how his opponent would rip the very textbooks from our children’s hands, take grandma’s life-saving medicine away, and resurrect the long-settled issue of pre-existing conditions. The only problem is that none of it is true. It is basically 90 minutes of what we common folk refer to as bullshit.
Read Nick’s Article in the CTMirror
Constitution Day 2015
September 17 is Constitution Day. The Constitution will be 231 years old.
The Framers of the Constitution effectively protected us from having our rights taken away. But they never thought that we would give them away.
As countries go, the United States is one of the relative youngsters, nevertheless, our constitution is the longest lasting constitution in human history. So, Happy Birthday to the most important document in the life of every American citizen, a document which represents and embodies the freedoms that we have been enjoying for the last 240 years.
Connecticut is Coming Closer to Joining the NPV Compact and Becoming Part of California
Here are the Republicans who voted with the Democrats and Progressives (and with California)
Kevin D. Witkos – 8th District Republican
George Logan – 17th District Republican
Heather Somers – 28th District Republican
There was a very good article that appeared in CT Viewpoints written by John Stoehr. Although I agree with very few of the arguments nor his conclusions, it is one of the very few that I have read that presents a cogent and rational argument against National Popular Vote (“NPV”). Bravo.
Debunking the Myth of Equal Pay Day (Again)
I didn’t think there were many who still believe that there is a sinister Gender Wage Gap in this country. Everyone has heard it. Most people are aware that it has been thoroughly debunked, and frankly, I find it hard to believe that there are actually some people still pitching this , but April 10 was Equal Pay Day and every April 10, we must once again debunk this myth – “For every dollar a man earns a woman earns only $0.77”.
Connecticut is the wealthiest state in the country. We are situated between the Financial Center of the World and the Technical Hub of the East Coast. Within our borders are the headquarters of some of the most important corporations in the world. So, why are our largest cities some of the most financially distressed in the entire nation? See if you can detect any trends in this table of the most distressed cities in our state.
|City||Mayor||Affiliation||Index Rank (Out of 26,126 cities/towns)|
|New Haven||Toni Harp||Democrat||25,307|
The Conservative Party was established in the hopes of being about to correct, or at least reverse the consistent failures and corruption of the current two-party system. The Conservative Party desires to support candidates for state and local government who will impose fiscal discipline, restrain the reach of the federal government as outlined in the Constitution and defend and preserve our eroding individual freedoms.
Connecticut’s deficit is out of control and it is nor only going to take significant expense reductions to balance the budget but it is going to require a total change to the way in which the state does business. The federal and state governments are out of control in their growth and need to be checked and made to arrest and reverse their overreaches. State employees need to be compensated fairly but more akin to the private sector and lavish pensions and benefits are unsustainable. Education is one of the attractions of our state, and our public schools are among the best in the country. but many schools and districts are not performing they are regressing and deteriorating and to fix this problem we need to determine what the issues are. THE SOLUTION IS NOT THROWING MORE MONEY AND HOPING SOMETHING CHANGES. That has been tried and has not worked. Throwing more money at failing school districts is not going to help without identifying the problems.
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|It’s time to “Come Home America” and our home is Connecticut..
The time has come for true Conservatives and like-minded Independents to secede from their respective parties and join the Conservative Party of Connecticut.The present political establishment in Washington has consistently failed to hold to the principles of our Founding Fathers and can no longer be considered a legitimate representative of traditional American conservative values. This failure is the result of what has become a politically incestuous society dominated by the two major political parties, staff, and those who lobby.The Mission of the Conservative Party is to promote and protect individual rights and freedoms set forth in the U.S. Constitution and to limit the scope of Federal government authority and spending. We believe that the only way to achieve success in our mission is to return political activity to the local scene. <Read more here>