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The “Would You Rather” Game… DJT vs HRC

Given that Trump or Hillary will win, here’s the “Would you rather” game… …Trump or Hillary version:

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Who would you rather give 5 acres of your own commercial real estate to for development?
– Trump

Who would you rather have negotiate w/ Iran for hostages and nuclear weapons?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with Syria, Libya, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with Russia, Putin, the possibly illegal sales of uranium by Hillary, Crimea, Ukraine, and Georgia?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with China, the trade gap, and the currency manipulation?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have control the borders?
– Hillary will bring in another 1,000,000 from the middle east of which at least 2% (20,000) will be terrorists… …so Trump
– Hillary will keep borders open for 1,000s of Americans to be murdered or otherwise killed by illegal aliens… …so Trump

Who would you rather have nominate to the Supreme Court?
– Hillary supported Sotomayor, Kagan, and nominee Garland… …so Trump and his list of good Conservative Candidates

Who would you rather lead on healthcare?
– Hillary has already failed at that (twice)… …so Trump

Who would you rather be the chief enforcer of America’s laws?
– Hillary has been breaking Americas laws and subverting ethics for 30 years… …so Trump

Who would you rather be the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces
– They hate Hillary and the continuing social experiments… …so Trump

So… …Trump!

#tcot

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Election, Free Market, Freedom, Health Care

 

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Energy Plan – Reply From/To Governor Nixon

The first letter below was sent from Governor Nixon in response to David Epps’s original letter voicing concerns about Missouri’s Energy Plans and the better option of GSHP.  The second letter below is David Epps’s response-to-the-response.


 

December 10, 2015

Mr. David Epps
406 E. Cape Rock
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-3202

Dear Mr. Epps:

This email is in response to your correspondence to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. Thank you for contacting our office. Your email has been reviewed and shared with appropriate staff.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) is the state agency to best address your matter. We have forwarded your correspondence to the DED Director’s Office. A response has been left up to their discretion.

Again, thank you for your correspondence. Please let us know if we may be of assistance in the future.

Sincerely,

Sam Rourke
Constituent Services Liaison
Office of Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 216
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0720
T. (573) 751-3222
F. (573) 751-1495
http://www.governor.mo.gov
Follow: @GovJayNixon


David Epp’s response to Governor Nixon’s letter:

Governor,

RE: Your response to my Letter regarding your Comprehensive State Energy Plan.

You said: “A response has been left up to their [sic DED] discretion.”

You sir are failing to live up to your own words “balance the need for low-cost, reliable energy with our duty to be responsible stewards of the environment”!

You Sir, are an irresponsible steward of the environment in that you have left it up to those that committed the egregious error to correct their error at their discretion. It is your job to provide oversight to prevent DED to continue to commit unrestrained manipulation of the facts and blatant bias!windmills

I have sent the letters to all the Missouri Rural Electric Cooperatives and associations, and to a good number of the your Energy steering committee members, including the University of Missouri at Rolla and GSHP associations/Installers and Missouri Chambers of Commerce and commented on every news paper article reporting on your plan that I could find.

Consult with any expert and you will find that geothermal energy and GSHP’s is the least cost energy and has the least effect on the environment (that includes wind mills and solar electric panels) to obtain 70% of the energy consumed in Missouri homes.

Thank You
David Epps, BSEE
Cape Girardeau

It seems that the only methods the governments can fathom for reducing energy usage are solar panels, windmills, and biofuels… …all ripe for crony-capitalist corruption.  Hopefully, the next governor will promote energy consumption methods that actually work.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Free Market

 

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Letter To Jay Nixon – Failure Of Energy Plan

From David Epps…

 

Governor,

Your Comprehensive State Energy Plan took a terribly wrong approach!

For home and business owners/renters It is not about sources and demands of electrical energy as the plan is written it is about sources and demands of heat energy

Energy use in the US homes is all about BTUs (heat energy). 70% of the energy consumption in home is derived from sources of and measured in units of BTUs (heat energy) not KWh’s (electrical energy).  Your furnace, hot water heater, and air conditioner are sized based upon the amount of BTUs required.

I demand a rewrite of your Comprehensive State Energy Plan basing your analysis on the sources and demands of BTUs. This will give the true picture of the challenges and solutions facing Missourians high cost of energy.  You directed the Missouri Department of Energy to prepare a plan to “balance the need for low-cost, reliable energy with our duty to be responsible stewards of the environment”.  The current plan does not satisfy your requirements.missouri-governor-mansion

Upon a rethink of the plan, you will find that Missouri has countless BTUs of geothermal energy below our feet, all of which can be harvested by ground source heat pumps (GSHP).

$100’s of millions have been spent over the last 6 years on solar electricity and wind mills and their electrical generation has barely scratched the surface of the demand while the generation of boundless heat energy in the earth has been ignored.  It is movement of heat energy (BTUs) using electricity and natural gas that cost so much and is in so much demand by Missourians. Moving Geothermal energy, which is free and inexhaustible, costs significantly less.

Only a pitiful 0.25 trillion BTUs were generated by all solar electric panels in Missouri thus far. While, if in just 2014, the $187 million invested on solar installations in Missouri were invested in GSHP’s, 1.44 trillion BTUs of heat energy would have been generated and consumed in Missouri homes for heating and cooling and hot water.

Your recommendations in paragraph 3.1 Strengthening Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standard are mostly poor as they require more regulations, but specifically:

  • Geo thermal AKA GSHP is a renewable resource and is not even mentioned
  • You failed to prioritize your recommendations and that is needed for any legislative action to proceed
  • Priority should be given to rental property rehab and upgrades where about 60% of Missourians live as most of these apartments use electric resistive heat, the most expensive heating there is by whatever means the electricity is generated.
  • GSHP in the winter reduce electrical consumption by 75% over a electric resistive heater and thus electrical consumption is reduced.

By your focus on electrical energy and ignoring heat energy, your Department of Energy is a dismal failure (they don’t know energy), and your plan does not guide Missourians to the correct solutions to reduce their utility bills.

Thank You

David Epps

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Climate Change, Free Market

 

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Your US House Member And The Farm Bill Vote

As expected, the Farm Bill was re-married with the Welfare/Food Stamp Bill and was an assault on the taxpayers, freedom, and the free market in general.

Sadly, the conservative position as well un-represented by the Missouri Republican Coalition with all Republicans voting for the bill:

http://www.heritageactionscorecard.com/votes/vote/h31-2014

It’s disappointing, as I look at the current scorecard for Missouri (a bit differently than most), I see that:

  • Billy Long votes against conservative positions 18% of the time
  • Jason Smith 24% of the time
  • Ann Wagner 31% of the time
  • Vicky Hartzler 32% of the time
  • Sam Graves 33% of the time
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer 37% of the time
  • Senator Blunt votes against conservative positions 43% (almost half) of the time

Notice how often the Missouri Democrats vote with the other side of the aisle – lock – stock – barrel:

  • William Lacy Clay votes against liberal positions 16% of the time
  • Emanuel Cleaver 10% of the time
  • Clair McCaskill 6% of the time

Some middle-of-the-roader Clair is… …but the point to note is that when our “conservative” representatives go across the aisle… …this country continues to move to the left… …toward tyranny.

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Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Congress, Conservative, Free Market, Republican

 

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The Boeing Bribe

According to Wikipedia, “a tax credit is a sum deducted from the total amount a taxpayer owes to the state. A tax credit may be granted for various types of taxes, such as an income tax, property tax, or VAT. It may be granted in recognition of taxes already paid, as a subsidy, or to encourage investment or other behaviors.”

With the enactment of SB1 in Missouri, when Boeing shows a profit and there are $150,000,000 in taxes due for 2014, then Boeing will pay NO taxes.  I repeat; Boeing will pay no taxes.  However, if McDonald’s shows a profit and there are $150,000,000 in taxes due, then McDonald’s will pay $150,000,000 in taxes.

When a corporation shows a profit, a portion of that profit is collected in taxes and is the property of Missouri’s citizens. Boeing is being handed $150,000,000 of Missourians’ tax dollars.  How is this not corporate welfare?

This is the epitome of picking winners and losers
This is 100% anti-free-market
This is 100% anti-capitalism
This is 100% crony-capitalism.
This is 100% corporate welfare… ..giving property of Missouri taxpayers to a specific corporation.

So, the legislators that approved SB1 voted for picking winners and losers, anti-free-market, anti-capitalism and crony-capitalism legislation.  Is this why you sent them to Jefferson City?

But, what’s worse is that our Governor and General Assembly spent nearly $100,000 proving that they have created an anti-business climate in Missouri.  That’s the real travesty of this Special Session; Missouri is so anti-business, they have to bribe companies to come here.

Stunningly disappointed.

h/t wsj.com

It’s only a 3-page bill, so take the time to read it.  The reasons for the emergency clause seem to be completely at odds with reality.  Add a couple of clauses related to affirmative action and everyone… …but the taxpayer… …is happy.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Capitalism, Free Market, Republican

 

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The Missouri Legislature Must ENACT Right-To-Work

The Missouri Senate has passed, and the Missouri House is considering SB 29 which will give a public employee the right to choose whether or not to allow Labor Unions to withhold fees and whether those fees can be used for Political Purposes.

In response to this effort by the Missouri Legislature, the Communications Workers of America Union sent out the following e-mail blast:

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Again, that e-mail is sent in opposition to a bill that would give the CWA’s own members the right to choose whether or not union dues are withheld and used for political purposes!  You would think…

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For some odd reason, First Responders are not granted the right to choose under this bill, but I digress.

Just to emphasize the CWA Union’s claims:

  • It is a direct attack on all of us that work every day and believe in the protections of a union.
  • It will lead to larger class sizes for teachers
  • It will lead to unsafe staffing levels for nurses
  • It would stop first responders like police officers from advocating for public safety needs
  • It would mean front-line state workers who work in our veterans’ homes would lose their voice on the job and in the statehouse
  • It would mean those who investigate child abuse and neglect would lose their voice on the job and in the statehouse

Anyone with a 9th grade education can read SB 29 and comprehend that the CWA claims are absolutely ludicrous.  I mean… considering unions are so great, why would a member choose not to send in their dues and allow them to be used for political purposes?!?  Unions are great, so there’s no reason for them to oppose letting members decide, right?!?

Sadly, the same level of ludicrousness was true of claims about the Prop B Puppy Mill ballot measure, yet Low Information Voters (LIVs) passed it by 51.6%.

The Missouri Legislature Must ENACT Missouri’s Right To Work Legislation!

With SB 29 in mind, the Missouri Legislature is also considering Right To Work legislation.  But, instead of directly enacting the legislation, they are planning to put it on the ballot.  Whatever the reasoning may be, it’s a H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. idea.

By putting the Right To Work legislation on the Ballot, the Missouri Legislature is setting up the State for a Wisconsonian Union and Media circus that could and should be avoided like the plague.  A fully staffed, highly funded maelstrom of Organized Labor disinformation will descend upon the state with all the commensurate physical threats and property damage.  It won’t be pretty:

  • Union Members bused in for massive inorganic rallies at the Capitol
  • Commercial after commercial with Republicans killing baby seals and Union Members
  • SEIU Goons attacking local vendors
  • Democrat Secretary of State Kander’s ballot language likely skewed to prevent passage
  • Claims of evil Republicans firing teachers, first responders, cops, and nuns as well as swatting baby seals

With the CWA willing to make the above incredible claims over a bill that gives their members the right to choose, legislators know that they will double-down on such ridiculous allegations in regards to Right To Work.

What is the Republican plan to fight against such bedlam?  At least one Representative thinks constituents should invest their time and treasure to fight for the measure.  What?!?  Missourians already invested their time and treasure to elect a veto-proof Republican majority in the House and Senate WITH the knowledge and expectation that they enact Right To Work legislation.  It is outrageous to expect Missouri Republicans to engage in this fight once again when it is not necessary.

What happens when the ballot measure fails?  In 1978, Right To Work legislation was placed before the people and it failed.  It has been 35 years since, and we are just now to the point where the legislation can be enacted by the legislature, and now is the time.

Another bill with the same exact wording, sans the voter approval, is also under consideration.  This Right To Work bill should be brought to the floor and receive a vote.  If it passes, great!  If not, then voters know which Representatives need to be lobbied to pass the bill in a future session.

Please contact your Legislator today and urge them to bring HB 95 to the floor for a vote.  This bill gives workers the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union.  Do we believe in Freedom in Missouri?  Yes, we do.

Again, considering unions are so great, why would a worker choose not to join?  What do the unions have to worry about?

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Free Market, Freedom, Unions

 

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I attempted to attend the Right To Work hearing in Jefferson City today.  The room was overflowing, so instead, I h/t laborunionreport.comvisited with various legislators and friends throughout the building.  As I drove back to St. Louis, lots of questions were swirling in my head.  Here they are. Read them imagining they’re being asked with all possible condescension and loathing by David Spade’s character ‘Richard’ in the movie ‘Tommy Boy’:

If unions are so great and provide such a benefit to the companies and the state at large… …why do they need a law to force employees to join the union?

Shouldn’t the employees ‘want’ to join the union?

Why do unions think that employees will leave them when the Missouri voters free the employee to make their own decision? I thought unions were so great? Shouldn’t employees still ‘want’ to stay with the unions since they are so great?

If unions are so great, why do they need to have prevailing wage laws to be able to compete for state contracts? Shouldn’t union labor costs be lower because they are so great and competitive?

Don’t the union bosses believe in the freedom of the employee to make up their own mind in deciding to join the union based on the benefits that the union can offer them? Shouldn’t the employee be allowed the freedom to choose?

And since unions are so great, the employees will certainly choose to join them, right?!?! So, there’s nothing for the union bosses to worry about and this is much ado about nothing.

I’m sure the bosses at the unions are mostly pro-choice in killing babies.  Shouldn’t they also be pro-choice in joining the union as well?

Or, did we find another prime example of hypocrisy in the Democratic ranks.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Democrat, Free Market

 

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