Let’s get rid of Fathers Day or Move It to another Date

I think that Father’s Day is another state sanctioned consumer holiday, without a day off from work, to profit corporations, but it isn’t as profitable as Mother’s Day.

Why do we spend less on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day asks the BBC.  The BBC reports that the average amount spent on Father’s day is expected to be $135 per person vs $186 for Mother’s Day or $15.5-billion vs. $23.6 billion.

Does this mean mothers win and fathers turn to their trusty six-pack of beer to forget how unimportant they are and squat in front of a TV screen to watch the latest popular sporting event to help them forget?

In fact, of the nine major holiday seasons, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Fathers Day is ranked #6 above the Super Bowl, Halloween, and St Patrick’s Day.  The Winter Holidays are lumped together as one and bring in about $600 billion annually. Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and Easter all beat Father’s Day.

The NRF explains why “Mother’s Day is so much bigger than Father’s Day: the types of gifts people typically buy mom tend to cost a little more, and dad even admits that he doesn’t like all the fuss anyway.”

If the Super Bowl and Father’s day were combined, since more men watch the Super Bowl than women, maybe fathers would move up in the rankings to tie with Valentine’s Day.

What about Parent’s Day instead of one for mothers and another one for fathers, or we could cheat and move Father’s Day to Christmas?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Will “Isolating America” and “Draining the (U.S. Constitution’s) Swamp” End the U.S. Dollar as the World’s Reserve Currency?

What would happen to the U.S. dollar if Trump and Bannon succeeded in “Draining the (U.S. Constitution’s) Swamp”?

Trump has never defined what he meant by “Draining the (U.S. Constitution’s) Swamp,” but his closest advisor Steven Bannon has. Bannon has said, “I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

The Lenin that Bannon referred to was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, who was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.

And in the United States, the state is defined by the U.S. Constitution. That document is the law that guides America. To destroy the state means the end of that Constitution.

As long as the U.S. dollar is viewed as a stable currency, it will remain as the world’s reserve currency but trust in the United States is being quickly eroded by mentally ill, twitter fingers Donald Trump with advice from his handler, Leninist (Communist) Steve Bannon. But if Trump, and Bannon, causes the world to lose trust in the United States and that reserve status is lost, the results would be a major currency devaluation and a drastic standard of living adjustment down.  That could well be a catastrophe for the United States and for the nations that hold their wealth in American dollars.

What is Trump doing to lose trust in the United States?

Roger-Mark De Souza, writing for the Wilson Center, says, “A lack of U.S. government support for the Paris climate agreement will mean that the United States will further isolate itself from international collaboration and cooperation on multiple fronts. It will affect U.S. security, the provision of jobs; U.S. business operations, and U.S. diplomatic efforts. The agreement, because it has a broad basis of support, will continue with or without the United States.”

What else has Trump done to destroy America’s relationship with its long-time allies and friends around the world? Watch the videos to discover answers to this question.

Oil Price.com reports The Clock is Ticking On The U.S. Dollar As World’s Reserve Currency. “Nobody plans to give way as keeper of the supreme currency, so there is no schedule to follow and no way to know when the torch will be passed from the dollar to the Yuan … history has shown that the shift comes suddenly, usually in the heat or aftermath of war. … It should be clear now that the reserve currency status is neither a birthright nor a privilege that stays forever in one place, which means it isn’t a question of if China will replace the U.S. as title holder but when. … What should no longer be unthinkable is that the clock is ticking on America’s status as the holder of the reserve currency.”

“The demise of the dollar will also bring radical changes to the American lifestyle,” Victoria Crowmberg says. “When this economic tsunami hits America, it will make the 2008 recession and its aftermath look like no more than a slight bump in the road. It will bring very undesirable changes to the American lifestyle through:

  1. Massive inflation,
  2. High interest rates on mortgages and cars,
  3. Substantial increases in the cost of food, clothing, and gasoline and
  4. A much harder time financing its debt.

Right now, there is a huge demand for U.S. dollars and for U.S. government debt since countries around the world have to keep huge reserves of U.S. currency lying around for the sake of international trade but what if … the appetite for U.S. dollars and U.S. debt dried up dramatically? That is something to think about.”

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What is Behind the Trickle-Down Corporate Civil Rights Movement of Our Time

The so-called “(corporate) Civil Rights Movement” of the 21st century and school choice are both subversive assaults on the U.S. Constitution that was written to protect the people from the government that is represented by the public sector: public schools, public police, public firefighters, public prisons, volunteer public military, elected representatives, medical care from the VA, Medicare, Social Security, and even tax collection by the IRS. If the IRS abuses people, then the people can go to their elected representatives and this is something the people have already done making it more difficult for the IRS to destroy people financially to the point of becoming homeless.

The U.S. Constitution was not written to protect the people from corporations worth more than many countries. These profit-driven monsters of business did not exist in the 18th century when the U.S. Constitution was written by America’s Founding Fathers.

The big brother that Orwell and other authors warned us about was never going to be a government guided by a document like the U.S. Constitution. The threat of a Big Brother is a private-sector corporation and/or a country ruled by a Putin or Trump.

The public sector and the U.S. Constitution stand in the way of the corporate Big Brothers. The swamp that the Malignant Narcissist in the White House wants to get rid of is that public sector that, like the earth’s wetlands, is important to reduce the impact of damage caused by the malicious greed of the few in the private sector.

Without a strong public sector and its elected representatives, there will be no force strong enough to stop the corporate abuse caused by those that worship at the church of avarice.

Reagan’s trickle down economic theory wasn’t new. Before the 16th Amendment was passed in 1913, trickledown economics was the economic system in the United States.

If anyone wants to know the result of living under a trickle down economic system, look at 1900 when 40-percent of the American people lived in poverty, children as young as seven could be sold into a form of indentured slavery, 7-percent graduated from high school and 3-percent from college.

Investopedia says, “Most of the taxes we pay today have been around for less than half of our country’s history. One of the oldest is the estate tax, which was enacted in 1797, but was then repealed and reinstituted over the years, often in response to the need to finance wars. The modern estate tax was implemented in 1916 and the gift tax came about in 1924. The federal income tax was enacted in 1913, and corporate income taxes were enacted slightly earlier, in 1909.”

As you see, before 1909, the United States already had a trickledown economic system where the 0.1 percent decided how much they’d drip on the other 99.9-percent. No one is alive today who lived during that era of trickle down pennies to the masses.

Our ancestors have already been there, done that, and fought their way out of that swamp of avarice deliberately filled with quicksand to trap the rest of us.

The Civil Rights movement of our time is where only corporations have rights and the people are to be invisible and silent except when they are out consuming, and then they must go into debt to the banks and corporations wearing a fake smile painted on their faces.

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To Make America Great Again, Trump must return the United States to the 1960s.

In 1900, 40-percent of Americans lived in poverty, 7-percent graduated from high school, and 3-percent from college. Women were chattel. That means they belonged to a man: father, husband, brother, etc. Children as young as seven could be sold into a form of slavery called servitude and in some states that included legal prostitution.  Even in states where prostitution was illegal, few ever did anything to save those children sold into that life by their poor parents.

How educated is the United States today? In 2014, 90.83-percent of Americans had a high school diploma or GED, and 44.08 percent had an associate and/or bachelor’s degree.

Since Trump doesn’t read, he doesn’t know this or doesn’t care, and that there is no time in American history that we were greater than we were in the 1960s.

If we look at the chart in this Atlantic piece, we discover America was greatest between 1960-1970, the Civil Rights Era; and when labor union membership was at its highest.

In fact, “Middle-Class Decline Mirrors The Fall of Unions In One Chart” we discover that the middle class was best off at the high point of union membership in 1967.

Now imagine if Trump was a reader and he was actually educated and knew all this and his make “America Great Again” was to return the U.S. to the 1960s, but without a war like the one in Vietnam.

That will never happen, because the malignant narcissist in the White House links his presidency to America Being Great Again. Nothing else counts to Donald Trump. He thinks that once he was elected and sworn in, the United States was Great Again.

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If elected, who will Donald tRUMP blame when he fails to bring back the jobs and “Make America Great Again”?

One of the foundations of Donald Trump’s allegations that he is the only candidate for president that can make “American Great Again” is to bring back the jobs lost to China and Mexico.

But, the AP reported on November 2, 2016, Why Robots, not trade, are behind so many factory job losses.  “Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that ‘we don’t make anything anymore,’ manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work.

“America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory production, minus raw materials and some other costs, more than doubled over the same span to $1.91 trillion last year, according to the Commerce Department …”

In addition, ABC News reports some facts that Donald Trump doesn’t want his followers, known as the deplorables, to know, “A study at Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research last year found that trade accounted for 13 percent of America’s lost factory jobs. The vast majority of lost jobs — 88 percent — were taken by robots and other homegrown factors that reduce factories’ need for human labor.”

“We’re making more with fewer people,” says Howard Shatz, a senior economist at Rand Corporation think tank.

In fact, the World Economic Forum predicts that another 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution, combined with other socio-economic and demographic changes, will transform labour markets in the next five years, leading to a net loss of over 5 million jobs in 15 major developed and emerging economies.”

Too bad this information wasn’t reported earlier. With the election on November 8, tomorrow, it’s too late to attempt to teach the “deplorables”, who earned that title, the truth, that their psycho, narcissistic, bully, fraudulent crook of a candidate, who was born with a gold spoon in his mouth and bailed out of repeated failures more than once by his wealthy/powerful daddy, either doesn’t know what he is talking about or his promise to bring those jobs back that didn’t go to China or Mexico is just another one of his endless, serial lies.

What will  tRUJMP shout from his stage when the jobs don’t come back? The answer is easy because we have 70 years of tRUMP’s life to show us what he has always done. He will not admit he failed. He will lie repeatedly and blame it on Congress, the US Supreme Court, and anyone else he can smear

The tragedy is that many of his deplorable followers will willingly swallow those lies whole and roar the vengeance of the mob.

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I agree with Hillary Clinton when it comes to closing down the dirty, dangerous coal-mining industry

I watched this disturbing interview on Yahoo News this morning that made Hillary Clinton look horrible and insensitive, because she said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”

I agree with Hillary Clinton, because coal is a dangerous, polluting industry, and it’s time for that industry to fade into history. Just watch the videos in this post to learn why the United States would be better off without coal.

How many jobs are we talking about?

There are approximately 174,000 blue-collar, full-time, permeant jobs related to coal in the U.S.: mining (83,000), transportation (31,000), and power plant employment (60,000).”  – SourceWatch.org

Let’s compare the loss of those 174,000 jobs to another factor that is getting rid of human jobs. I’m not talking about China. I’m talking about automation, because VOA News.com reports “The United States lost 3.2 million jobs to China between 2001 and 2013, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Three-fourths of those jobs were in manufacturing. About 60 percent of the reshored jobs (jobs returning to the U.S. because of rising labor costs in other countries) between 2000 and 2015 came from China.”

Forbes reported that millions of jobs have been lost to automation and millions more will be lost.

CNN Money reports, “Technology could kill 5 million jobs by 2020.”

MIT Technology Review explains How Technology Is Destroying Jobs.  “Improved industrial robotics to automated translation services—are largely behind the sluggish employment growth of the last 10 to 15 years. … Job growth suddenly slowed in 2000, while productivity remained robust.”


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According to Statista.com, in September 2016, there were 124.75 million Americans working at full time jobs. Jobs in the dangerous, unhealthy, environmentally polluting coal industry in the U.S. represents about 0.14 percent of the total number of jobs in America.

What about jobs that are replacing those lost in the coal industry?

Did you know that “According to The Solar Foundation, as of November 2014, the solar energy industry provided 173,807 direct jobs. This is a 21.8 percent increase in solar jobs from November 2013. Overall, solar jobs growth accounted for 1.3 percent of all new U.S. jobs in 2014. Factoring in indirect and induced job impacts, which amount to 531,200 additional jobs, total employment in the solar energy sector exceeds 705,000 jobs.” – Environmental and Energy Study Institute

And that’s just in the solar industry. “The Ecotech Institute used the Bureau of Labor Statistics definition of a green job to calculate the number of clean job openings in 2014. The organization found a 13 percent increase in clean job openings from 2013 to 2014, from 3.6 million clean job openings in 2013 to 3.8 million openings in 2014. The institute estimates that there were 1.2 million clean job openings in the first three months of 2015.”

Instead of attacking Hillary Clinton for wanting to get rid of the dangerous, dirty coal industry, and replace that industry with jobs in green renewable energy, why aren’t we protesting jobs lost to robots and automation?

I know its scary to lose a job and start over, but how many industries and jobs vanished in the last century to be replaced with something new?

To give you an idea, here are a few from Mainstreet.com: copy boy, log driver, lamplighter, pinsetter, switchboard operator, telegraph operator, ice cutter, ice delivery, Dictaphone operator, typing pool, newspaper typesetter, elevator operator, mimeograph operator, and street sweeper. I’m sure this list is much longer if we dig deeper.

Did you know that in 1910, farmers made up 15 percent of the workforce and farm labor made up more than 15 percent (for more than a third of the jobs in the U.S.), but today that number is down to about 2 percent for both farmers and farm labor? – bls.gov

It’s time for the coal mining industry to go out of business for good. Welcome to the world of lost jobs, for humans.

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What kind of Capitalist Democracy do you want to live in?

It’s a fact that the capitalist system a country has effects its democracy and limits the freedom of its people, and the capitalism (along with a few other countries) in the United States today is known as Crony Capitalism.

Who benefits from Crony Capitalism — hint, it’s not 99.9% of the people?

But there are several forms of capitalism so there are other choices: Turbo Capitalism, Responsible Capitalism, Popular Capitalism, Crony Capitalism and State Capitalism.

Economic Help.org reports that “Crony Capitalism is a term used to refer to the situation where business success is related to strategic influences with civil servants, politicians and those in authority.”

If you want to discover the countries where crony capitalism exists, The Economist publishes The crony-capitalism index. Take a look.

I prefer Responsible Capitalism. Click Economic Help.org  to learn what that means, and then read the rest of this post to discover why that’s my choice.

By the way, capitalism was not invented in the United States. Watch the following video to find out more. In addition, democracy was invented by the Greeks in ancient Athens more than 500 years before Jesus Christ was born.

The odds favor that most people think there is only one form of democracy, because most don’t have a clue what a democracy really is and the effect capitalism has on the freedom of the people.

According to Democracy Building.info, there are three basic types of democracy: direct democracy (Switzerland), presidential democracy (USA, France), and parliamentary democracy (UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, etc.).

However, Governmentvs.com lists 10 different types of democracies. I’m not going to list them here. You can click the link if you want to learn more.

Since there are so many forms of capitalism and democracy, which combination offers the best place to live?

One way to answer that question is to look at the world’s 5 happiest countries: Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland.

We already know Switzerland is a direct democracy. Norway and Denmark are constitutional monarchies with parliaments. Finland and Iceland are parliamentary democracies.

It might also surprise you to discover that three of the five happiest countries are also on the list for the most socialist nations in the world: Denmark, Finland, and Norway.

To be clear, Denmark, Finland and Norway are not socialist countries, but they have social safety net programs to make sure no one starves or ends up homeless. It also helps that poverty is low in these five countries. The poverty rate in Switzerland is 7.6 percent, in Finland it’s less than 5 percent; it’s 6 percent in Denmark, 9 percent in Iceland, and in Norway the child poverty rate is 3.4 percent.

In the United States, more than 45 million people live in poverty (more than the combined populations of the 5 happiest countries in the world), and 22 percent of America’s children live in poverty.

Did you notice that the five happiest countries in the world are not listed on The Economist’s Crony-Capitalism Index? What does that say about Crony Capitalism?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran
who went to college on the GI Bill and taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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