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2017: Looking for a New Spirit of Competition

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img_6361By Larry Oscar

Well we have entered another year.  Last year sure was an exciting one.

In January 2016 who would have predicted the Cubs would take the World Series? Especially after they were down three games to one. Who would have thought that Hillary Clinton would have missed her coronation as President of the United States? Especially to Donald Trump. I guess that just goes to show that nothing in this world is for certain.

It was the great New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra that once said “It ain’t over till it’s over.” I for one would not have imagined a more exciting outcome to either of these two events. Both embody the spirit of what this country stands for…competition. Competition is something that lies at the core of what it means to be an American.

It was what drove Commodore John Cox Stevens, a charter member of the fledgling New York Yacht Club, to form a six-person syndicate to build a yacht with the intention of taking her to England and making some money competing in yachting races. On August 22, 1851, his yacht America raced against 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in the Club’s annual 53-nautical-mile regatta. They raced around the Isle of Wight.  America won, finishing 8 minutes ahead of the next yacht. Queen Victoria, who was watching America cross the finish line, was reported to have asked who was second, the famous answer being: “Ah, Your Majesty, there is no second.“

There you have it. Another high class ass hammering by a bunch of beer swilling Americans. This coming year will be the 35th defense of “The America’s Cup”.  And after Oracle Team USA came from behind 8:1 to defend their crown in 2013, it’s shaping up to be one of the main events of 2017. The race will be held in Bermuda this time around. I think the Aussies and the Limeys complained about all the San Francisco high priced hotels the last go around. If they think San Fran was expensive wait until they land in Bermuda. I’ll bet the countries that compete for the America’s cup won’t get a “pc participation“ trophy.

I hope that 2017 will bring a new spirit of competition in all aspects of our country’s institutions as well. Maybe the competition for the oldest sports trophy in history will inspire some of our leaders to institute competition in our schools. Maybe in 2017 we can have a choice in where and what the children of our new generations can study. And just maybe we can have the same spirit of
fair and honorable competition spread to our corporations when they compete against foreign corporations. No more stacking the deck to achieve some politically correct outcome.

There will be winners and losers in life’s struggles.  There is no disgrace in losing. There is only disgrace in failing to compete.  And there is disgrace in being a poor loser. Just look at the deplorable
behavior of the left wingers who lost the election. Many of our younger generation are afraid of competition. Why, if they lose then they could “feel bad”.  We are raising a bunch of wimps. The American spirit of competition is what drives capitalism. It is what has made this country the most powerful nation in the history of the world. There are no participation trophies in life. And there are no guarantees of success. But there is a guarantee of failure if you don’t compete.

For the past eight years the leadership of this country has taken us down a miserable road of political correctness and envy of other peoples success. This path has given us the
slowest economy in decades with only 1-2% growth per year. Our country is fully capable of doubling that growth rate. All we have to do is turn America’s businesses loose to freely compete without being taxed and regulated to death. Finally, we may have some wind in our sails.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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Cherishing Memories of a Lifetime

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IMG_6361By Larry Oscar

As we all get older we have something to enjoy that all the young folks will just have to be patient to acquire….memories.

Memories are something that takes a lifetime to acquire.  And in some cases they take a lifetime also to understand.  Nothing in life is free, and this applies to memories just like everything else.  You pay a price for the good and the bad ones. Funny thing, when you get old you can often look back on those bad memories with a bittersweet smile.

Somehow time and wisdom transforms those bad experiences in life to a not-so-painful memory.  The whole thing just sort of fits together like a puzzle.  The pains in life are something we have to experience along with the pleasures.  Life is a mixed bag, or, as it has been said many times, “a box of chocolates”.

I know I find myself laughing at a lot of memories these days.  Maybe that’s why younger people think all of us older folks are just plain crazy.  You have to admit that it’s not normal to burst into laughter for no apparent reason at all.  I hope the younger people today will have the same opportunity to experience the wonderful world that I have.  What a time it was to be growing up in a free land of hope and prosperity.

It was a Christmas of electric trains, red bicycles, a soft warm puppy, and the safety of a warm home filled with smells of mom’s cooking.  It was a new black and white television that yielded Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Roy Rogers, and the Lone Ranger. Bedtime was nine o’clock and the only reprieve was the Jack Benny or Red Skelton show.

Now just mention a black and white TV to a millennial and watch the cold stare in disbelief you get in return.  In a conversation with a friend of mine he mentioned that his kids had been listening to some of his music of the sixties and seventies and how it captured their ear. They just don’t make music today like we did in the era of “peace and love”. I know one thing for sure. I wish I had my 56 Chevy back. Cars seemed to be a lot bigger back then. I’m sure that was because we were all much smaller in our youth.

I mean really, can you imagine crawling over the front seat to go make out in the back seat today.  Why, you would have to call the fire department to be extracted from the car with a muscle sprain. Back in 1966, on a hot August night, my girlfriend and I were “parked” and she had her feet hanging out the back window.  We were listening to KAKC radio with DJ Scooter Seagraves. Then out of the moonlight a very large Great Dane ran up and licked the bottom of her feet. Fifty years later I still have problems hearing out of that ear.

Over time life has a way of changing your opinions and outlook on things somewhat.  Somehow the bad things just bring a smile of wisdom, and the good things a happy glow in your heart.  When I sit outside my favorite bar now and watch the younger people walk by I can’t help but wonder what their memories of life will be like.  I can hear it now….”Hey Bob do you remember the good old days when our country was only 20 trillion in debt and, we had Pokemon 2 going on those old Iphones?”  They weren’t here when we landed on the moon.

If you mention the Beetles to them they think you’re talking about some form of roach.  And I remember the day Mickey Mantle hit a homer out of Yankee Stadium.  He hit it over five hundred feet. Are you kidding me?  Ten million years from now, when this planet is visited by aliens, they will uncover one of my polyester suits from the seventies.  Those things were completely indestructible. I had a polyester tie that glowed in the dark and repelled mosquitoes.

It is often said that the best things in life are free.  Well, nothing is actually free, but I think the best part of life is the friends you make over time.  Don’t let time pass you by without taking note of the positive impact your friends have made on your life.  And if you have a few that affected you negatively, well just smile and thank God you have the wisdom to overlook them.  We have lived in a land that enabled you to live out your life in an era of individual freedom.  As humans we are not part of an ant colony.  The fifty’s, sixty’s, and seventy’s could not have happened without the freedom of expression we enjoyed.  Those freedoms that made this the greatest nation ever to exist on the Earth are slowly being eroded.

(Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.)

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Government and the Truth

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IMG_6361By Larry Oscar

With all the wild news today one can’t help but question the truth of the information we are getting.  Living in the United States we assume that our “government” is telling us is accurate.

However, it has long been suspected by those of us, who know human nature quite well, that it is always wise not to jump to any conclusions based on what someone says who has a vested interest in telling us “some version” of the truth.  Our government’s self interest always seems to lean towards prevaricators of the highest magnitude who are first on the scene to do damage control.

The recent Islamic terror attack in Orlando, Fl is a prime example.  The quick pivot of the White House towards deranged individuals and gun control rather than the simple fact that the killer was taking action on behalf of ISIS and in the name of Islam should disturb you down to the core.  And to make matters worse, the White House had their justice department scrub the transcript of the released 911 calls this Islamic murderer made to delete all references to Islam. This should make every American stand up and take notice.

We all know our founding principles have been under attack by the left wing mooching class for decades.  It is without a doubt their next attack will upon truth.  Truth is just about all that is left of the unique values that this country was built upon.  It is not by accident the first document of our national foundation, The Declaration of Independence, starts out by referring to the concept of truth. “We hold these truths to be self-evident….”

Our founding fathers knew that any relationship, whether it be between individuals, institutions, or governments must first be based on truth if it is to be a lasting one.  Now anybody with any amount of life’s experiences knows often the truth hurts.  Truth calls out our human weaknesses and personal failures and more times than not it does not make us feel very good. In fact it and is a source for depression in some individuals who look upon their lives as a hopeless succession of failures.

However, the plain simple truth is that you cannot build a solid foundation for a house on weak and shifting sand.  And twisting and contorting the truth is the shifting sand that causes a house to fall ( Matthew 7:24-27).

If our leaders in the private sector, public sector, religious, academic, or family institutions distort the truth they do so at their own peril and the peril of others.  Regardless of how painful or degrading the truth is history has taught us that we are far better off if we face it head on and act accordingly.  We fought World War II against a socialist nation led by people who actually had a Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joesph Goebbles.  He served in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

History has taught us that socialism cannot survive if it is under the microscope of truth.  This may be the greatest inherent danger of socialism.  We may very well be able to measure just how far our country has degraded by counting the lies and deceit that comes from the White House these days.  Note how our illustrious President recently gave a glorious speech about our success against ISIS. And the very next day the head of the CIA, John Brennan, told our Congress that we have not slowed ISIS or their ability to carry out global attacks in this country or any other country.

Now who do you think is telling the truth here.  You must remember every day the President gets a CIA briefing on world affairs and global threats.  Who knows best, the one that is doing the briefing or the one being briefed?  Words matter.

The left wing press is all over Donald Trump for his use of words, but when our own President says, “What does it matter what we call them?” the press manifests their true hypocrisy. If words don’t matter, than who cares what Donald Trump says.  After all, they are “just words” aren’t they?

The truth is words do matter. And just because the truth does not support what you want to think, or what you believe does not mean it should not be said.  You can choose not to listen to the truth and you can choose to ignore the truth, but you must never twist, distort, or just plain lie about the truth.

The right to know the truth is a basic natural human right we all have that was endowed upon us by the Creator.  And there is one truth that should never be in question above all others……………Cold beer is always better in the summertime!

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The Similarities of Pro Wrestling and Politics

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

Ever notice how election years really bring out the worst in the political clowns.  For some strange reason politicians can really stir up the emotions in people.  The entire scene reminds me of professional wrestling.

Not that there is anything wrong with professional wrestling mind you.   After all a lot of good marketing ideas come from professional wrestling.  There is always something in it for everybody.  About 20 years ago I was watching TV and flipping through the channels when I landed on a show called Monday Night Raw.   It was something to see.   It was produced by what is known today as World Wrestling Entertainment, the WWE.

Back then it was known as the World Wrestling Federation, WWF.  When I happened upon the show they were selling cans of “Whoop Ass” that contained a T-shirt that read “Austin 3:16” for $50 dollars a can.  And just in case you didn’t have a place to sit, watch the show, and drink your beer, they had a plastic blow up chair on sale for $60.

Then this wrestler by the name of Stone Cold Steve Austin came out and trash talked Vince McMahon, the WWF owner, for about 20 minutes.   When Vince had all he could stand he strutted down the ramp and climbed into the ring to confront his nemesis.   After a few words were exchanged the microphone was dropped and Vince was on the receiving end of a “Stone Cold Stunner”.

This left him floundering on the mat like fish out of water. Then Stone Cold Steve Austin grabbed the microphone trash talked Vince to his face, and stomped out of the ring.   The crowd went wild. The  cameras scanned the crowd, which had completely packed  a huge stadium with standing room only. There were young  boys and girls, old men and women, and every age, race,  and nationality of American society.

In the short time span of 30 minutes the WWF had united a highly diverse crowd of Americans and had them cheering on their feet. The people had homemade signs they were waving that supported their favorite wrestler. And not a single face in the crowd was protesting.

No, instead they were all smiling and having the time of their lives. I have been a fan of pro wrestling ever since. It has to be one of the best action packed trash talking soap operas around. I think pro wrestling is a model of marketing unparalleled since the days of Ron Popeil with his Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman.

You just have to marvel at how Americans respond to different things, and some people just have a gift for inspiration and entertainment that hits home with the American people. You can’t say that this year’s political scene has been much different than pro wrestling.

And I for one hope it continues to liven us up.  We need a good laugh. For the past eight years we have had nothing but a stagnant economy, world religious turmoil, wars, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorism attacks, and those fat butted Kardashians to put up with.

We deserve a good knock down drag out of an election. Maybe they could throw in a good law suit to spice things up like they did in 2000.  What ever happened to David Boies and his hanging chad?  They could put old Bill Clinton back in the spotlight.  Maybe dress him up in drag and let him go after the transgender vote.  Lord knows Hillary is as boring as a sack of hail damaged lard.

Nothing like a presidential election to make our enemies shake in their turbans and burkas.  But don’t take any of this too seriously folks.  After all, nothing could be any worse than what we have had for the past eight years.  So just sit back and enjoy the show.

And, just in the nick of time, Budweiser has come out with a series of strangely flavored light beers. Now it just doesn’t get any better than that!

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.

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Adolf Hitler, Socialism and History Repeating Itself

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By Larry Oscar

IMG_6364With the end of winter, thank God for global warming,  We can expect an increase in stupid behavior.

Now most of us old timers know the best place to enjoy the show will be lake area boat launching ramps. Nothing like sitting back in the warm sun with a cold beer and taking in the show.  Interesting thing is how regardless of how many times you tell folks what they need to do before they put their boat in the water they never listen and learn.  It must be something in the human mind that turns off their common sense, or maybe they never had any to start with.

Physics is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them.  Merely by observing, we have been able to develop the mathematics of a great deal of the universe.  It has been amazing to me how much of the interactions in the universe we can now accurately predict.  Yet we cannot predict, with any mathematical certainty, most of human behavior.  There are several psychologists who have sophisticated theories on human behavior, but none seem to work better than good old common sense.

For example: Water flows downhill because it takes the path of least resistance.  So does electricity, and so do humans for the most part.  Even though humans are supposed to have enough intelligence to stop and reason things out, they seldom do.  This behavior is observed in governments, businesses, and in our personal lives. Why is that governments continue to spend beyond their means when they are warned the day of reckoning down the road will be much more painful than dealing with the problem today?

Why is it people will let their business deteriorate to the point it collapses before they pull their head out and change course?  The old saying that if you don’t learn from history then you are doomed to repeat it is taking place right before our eyes.

My parents grew up in the Great Depression and spent their young adult years in the shadow of World War II.  They saw the National Socialist German Workers Party (The Nazi Party) lead by Adolf Hitler rise to power in Germany.  Germany was a left wing socialist nation lead by a man most consider pure evil.  Adolf Hitler’s belief system was also developed in the aftermath of World War I.

Funny how you won’t hear that from the left wing Democrats that are spewing the so called values of socialism today.  An absolute fact they won’t ever mention.  Adolf Hitler used a from of deception and promotion of the seven deadly sins to sway the German people to support him to the point of idol worship.  The lessons learned then that helped guide my parents throughout their lives are not part of our modern culture today.  My parents worked hard to instill the values of freedom, individual responsibility, and capitalism into their offspring.

Today we are facing a generation who has not been exposed to the human destruction and misery that socialism brings with it.  We are, in fact, repeating history.  Evil almost never confronts you head on.  Evil uses deception and works to promote the envy, lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, wrath, and pride in human nature to it’s advantage.

The leaders of nations and churches today, just like Nazi Germany then, are preaching the same things that Adolf Hitler preached to the German people during his rise to power.  And all you have to do is look at the votes these preachers of socialism get to see how the masses of stupid people are swallowing it hook line and sinker.  Frightening isn’t it.  And what makes it even more frightening is that many nations today have what Adolf Hitler’s war machine was trying to develop then. The atomic bomb.

We have spawned a crop of humanity that seems to inevitably march toward socialism with the capability to push a button and annihilate the entire human race.  What is surprising is how this year”s carnival of politicians lambast and berate each other and never point this out. The similarities between what happened almost one 100 years ago and what is happening today are obvious to any of us who are old enough to live between those turbulent times in world history.

“And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.” Matt 24:6-7.

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.

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The “Mooching Generation”

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IMG_6361We have become a fiscally irresponsible country.  It is immoral to mooch off of other people, let alone mooch off of future generations that have not even been born yet, through government handouts.

They are truly defenseless. These left wing idiots coupled with the new “mooching generation” of voters will soon destroy the country that our ancestors gave their lives to build, defend, and cherish.

And most of us that take personal responsibility for our lives can only sit back and watch.  Why, because we are now the minority.  Recently the top communist bozo running for office, Bernie Sanders, said that it would be cheaper to pay for college than put them in jail.  So in his very small and little mind if you don’t go to college, then you end up in jail.  I guess the effects of large marijuana consumption are finally taking a toll on him.

Maybe we should change The Pledge of Allegiance to…” I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Moochers of America.  And to the entitlements for which we stand, one nation under massive debt, divided by class and envy, with overburdening taxes for all.”

The sad part is that this country was founded by people trying to escape an overburdening government. They moved to a new land where they could live free and experience life by following their own pathway. I know there will not be many liberals who will read the words on this page, but for those who do, I beg you to stop and think about us all.  In respect for them we should all consider this before casting our vote in November. 

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.


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Something to Think about Before November Elections

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

The New Year is here, and, being an election year, you can count on a lot of laughs as the political clowns running for office get cranked up.

Over the past eight years we have seen a rapid decline in the United States economy and the standard of living for Americans. The average income for US households has fallen from $57k per year to $53k per year, a 7% decline.

We are still the leading country in average income per household, but if this trend continues future generations of Americans can expect to see their hopes for a better life than their parents evaporate. Not many people thought our country would decline so rapidly. However, it was President Ronald Reagan who said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. “

The poor leadership this country has suffered through for the past eight years has not only led to an economic decline, but our country is now in decline when it comes to worldwide leadership and influence with other nations.  When our politicians started buying votes with promises of government handouts our fate was sealed. It was Thomas Jefferson who said “Democracy will cease to exist when people realize they can vote themselves more money“.

Tom was obviously right about that one.  It is my belief that our politicians don’t realize the extent of the damage to our society that their behavior has caused.  Our president is supposed to be the president of ALL Americans; not just the poor, or middle class, but all of us.  That includes the poor, middle class, and yes even the rich.

Instead we have seen these politicians proclaim that they “ want to be for the middle class”, or “I am a champion of the poor and the downtrodden.”  Then they proceed to make promises of big government handouts and entitlements in return for votes.  It is illegal to offer money for votes, and it is immoral to offer government handouts for votes when they are funded with other people’s earnings.

These same politicians preach about immorality and fairness, and then the hypocrites turn around in the next breath and try to buy your vote with promises of monetary government handouts. Unfortunately, I don’t think Americans are smart enough to see through this and realize the damage it is doing to the fabric of this country.

The people who vote for these bozos are indeed selfish and unpatriotic. They are cutting off the opportunity for their children and grandchildren to have a prosperous and productive life. The future Star Trek movies will no longer have the Vulcan phrase “Live long and prosper”.  It will be “Live long so you can pay for your grandfathers’ debt.”

Our founding fathers and ancestors would be appalled at what we have become.

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.


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Liberty is More Important Than Life Itself

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IMG_6361By Larry Oscar

Just smack me down with Hillary’s e-mails!  It’s presidential election time again, and this election cycle may prove to be the most entertaining in decades.

And it would be far more fun if it the world was not in such a state of chaos.  For that reason alone all Americans should step back and take a hard look at what this nation has become over the last several years.  We have gone from the world’s leader in individual liberty to just another nation of moochers with our hands out waiting for a government check.

But the politicians are out in force promising even more government handouts for your vote.  Funny thing, if a politician was to offer you a dime for your vote it would be illegal, but they can offer you a big fat welfare check for your vote, and somehow that’s okay.  It should be illegal for any politician to offer anything of monetary value for your vote.  The left wing party of our nation has a distorted collection of welfare promising “vote suckers.”  They range from a mad socialist from Vermont; a Muppet version of Miss Piggy;  to old Gaffy Duck Joe himself.

All of them claim to be the champion of the poor, the downtrodden, and the ever shrinking middle class.  And their solution to all of the ills of these “oppressed” groups is to take more money from the producers in our nation and distribute it to the non-producers.  Never mind that this didn’t work out so well in the former Soviet Union, North Korea, East Germany, Cuba, Venezuela, or any other socialist nation.

Old Gaffy Duck Joe recently proclaimed that corporations should do the “patriotic” thing and gladly pay more taxes.  I guess old Gaffy flunked his history class.  I seem to recall the patriots were the ones who dumped the tea into Boston harbor in protest of high taxation.  It is time for Americans to restore our country’s commitment to individual liberty.  There is a movement taking hold in this country and that is one reason the controversial New Yorker Donald Trump has been drawing huge crowds.  New Yorkers are not known for their calm cool demeanor, and “The Donald” is no exception.

The United States was a beacon of hope for liberty for the entire world at one time, and we need to reclaim that title.  When immigrants came to America the first thing they saw was a statue standing tall in the New York harbor that was given to us by France.  It was the Statue of Liberty.  It’s not the statue of welfare handouts, or gay rights, or illegal immigration, or political correctness, or even right-to-life, but the statue of LIBERTY!

Liberty is the main founding principal that this county was built upon. It is our national belief that liberty is more important than life itself.  Liberty is what we fought and died for in every war this country has ever fought.  And just in case some of you don’t know.  The belief in liberty is why about 500,000 mainly white men fought and died to set the black man in this country free.

A fact that those who live in Baltimore and Fergusson need to think about.  When you yield your individual liberties in exchange for big government handouts, excessive government regulations, or government social laws that favor ones religious beliefs, you are carving out the path to your own destruction.  Liberty costs lives.  We pay the price in lives every year for our liberties.  Over 30,000 lives per year to have the liberty to own and drive an automobile.  Over 4,500 lives per year to keep and bear arms.  And we will pay a high cost in lives to maintain and ensure that our military is ready to defend our liberties in a world where those would take it away and remove your head.

America may be at a crossroads. Those of us whose parents fought against tyranny and won will soon be gone.  We have now raised a generation who have never lost their liberties.  They don’t know or understand the value that individual liberty adds to their life.  And the big question is will they wake up and work to restore the greatness of America that brought hope to the rest of the world?  Or will they sell their liberty for the promise of a government regulated and controlled life?  Will they yield to the cry of those politicians who cry out,  “We are all in this together.  The government is here to help and, of course, I need to be in charge?”

What this nation and the world needs right now is a Patrick Henry in the White House.

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.

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The Corruption and Incompetence of Big Government

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IMG_6360By Larry Oscar

Just as you think the news about our government couldn’t get any worse, it inevitably does. It seems that every week we get some new revelation about how more corrupt or incompetent one of our government agencies has become.

If you recall about seven years ago the incompetent politicians in Washington were saying the banks were corrupt and too big to manage.  If anything is “too big to manage” it is our government.  The politicians were scrambling trying to pin the blame for the housing collapse on the banks making those “risky loans”.  The very loans than the US Attorney General, Janet Reno in 1995, had forced the banks to make or face a federal lawsuit under the Community Reinvestment Act.

Now we have that filthy rich socialist Elizabeth Warren from the left wing state of Massachusetts crying out again that the banks are too big to manage and should be broken up. Oh that’s a great idea. Nothing like letting China have the only large bank in the global market place. I’m sure that will be good for all of the rest of the free world. Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m getting old, but it sure appears to me that the decline of the United States is accelerating at an ever increasing pace.

I’m afraid the corruption and incompetence goes all the way to the top. Unfortunately, when you look at downsizing it always comes down to government jobs.  We can’t simplify the tax system with a flat tax or a national sales tax.  Why just think of all those 115,000 IRS workers who would be out of a job.  Not to mention all those tax attorneys or the workers at tax preparation companies. So we have a corrupt IRS that just keeps getting bigger and more evil every day.

We can’t have simple efficient airport security like Israel does.  Oh no, we have to have a bloated 35,000 government worker TSA that is riddled with thieves and has a 95% failure rate on security tests.  It was two years ago that “Mr. Potato Head” in the White House said he was appalled at the Veterans Administration behavior and their miserable performance at the VA Hospitals. He appointed a new head of the VA and assured us that things were going to get straighten out. Guess what? They have actually gotten worse. And no one can be fired at the VA for their poor performance and incompetence . After all, the VA has over 300,000 full time government employees and we can’t afford to upset that rotten apple cart can we?

If we gave all the veterans a health card and let them go to the private sector, like the rest of us, it would eliminate those 300,000 VA government workers.  And everybody has forgotten about the good old Post Office.  Those bozos are so incompetent that the Post Office has lost over $47 billion dollars over the past decade, and still counting, with no profitable year in sight.  Now do you see a trend here? I sure do.

We can’t “right size” our government because we have too many government workers who are dependant on the government for their jobs.  And guess what?  We have 47% of the American voters now getting a handout from one of these government agencies.  Which brings us to the big picture… Greece.

You have been hearing a lot about this socialist nation. They are in debt about $350 billion.  They only have about 11 million people, so that’s about $32,000 dollars of debt per citizen.  How does that relate to us you may ask?  Well, we are over $18 trillion dollars in debt.  That is about $60,000 per US citizen.  Yes folks we are just about in twice as much debt per citizen as Greece.  Which is why “Mr. Potato Head” is carping on “climate change”, and a new tax scheme called “cap and trade” that will get his grubby little hands on even more of our money to grow the government to an even bigger size.  And that will overwhelm our capitalist system of free enterprise. Check your history.

Go back to the late 1950’s and early 1960’s and you will find a gentleman from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics named Nikita Khrushchev who said they would not have to fire a shot to defeat the United States.  He said that they would defeat us from within.  Maybe it is just me, but I bet this country will continue to decline at an ever accelerated pace while the future generation we have spawned keeps playing games and texting ho ho’s on their cell phone.

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.

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Getting our Nation Back on Track

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IMG_6364By Larry Oscar

As we get things going toward the next big election, things couldn’t heat up more for some Americans. It’s time that we took note of all we have seen in the past eight years and what our country needs to do to get our economy and American values back on track.

The recent situations in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD should make every American sit up and take note.  Both of these situations have resulted in the release of years of frustration by the citizens of these communities and many other communities throughout this country. As a city councilman in Baltimore put it, “The violence is wrong, but it is a reflection of the lack of educational and economic opportunity for the people who live in this community.” Very well put.

And just who caused the educational and economic opportunity to leave the community, and many more just like them throughout the entire country?  Well let’s take a look at both the education issue and the job opportunity issue.  For starters, the education system in this country has been going downhill since the late 1960’s.  To be exact it was 1968 when the federal government and the big teacher unions took over. This is when the central planning liberals in Washington D.C. started telling us what we could do to discipline and teach our children in the individual states.

Big Government, Unions Have Ruined Education

And this is when the big teacher unions decided the union membership handouts were more important than the children’s education.  So why should people in the cities like Baltimore be surprised? After all, my bet is almost 90% or more of the people who live there voted for the very politicians who supported Washington D.C. central planning and the big teacher unions.  The irony is it was one of their favorite sons, Franklin Roosevelt, who warned them about government worker big unions. They didn’t listen did they?

How to Improve the Economy

Now let’s take a look a jobs.  It’s actually very simple.  If you want tomatoes what do you have to do?  Obviously you have to grow healthy tomato plants. If you grow poorly watered or cared for tomato plants you will get very few and very small tomatoes.  To get large juicy tomatoes you must grow healthy robust tomato plants. It’s the same for jobs. If you want good paying jobs you must grow strong and healthy businesses. And you must have a variety of healthy small businesses, as well as healthy large businesses.

For several years now our government has been making it harder and harder for small businesses to survive, and even giving large global businesses a financial incentive to leave the country. We have the highest corporate tax in the world. The current liberal philosophy toward business is that the large corporations are “evil,” and if you have a small business you didn’t create it.

Stop Blaming Others

To quote the Clown-in-Chief, “Someone else made that happen.”

My father was a simple man.  He went to night school and studied drafting.  He spent over 40 years at his craft, and he was an exceptional draftsman.  Dad never once complained about what he got paid. He was always there to help me and his values were conservative.  He taught me that almost 100% of the time my problems in life were looking back at me in the mirror every morning. Dad wouldn’t let me blame others.

You know what?  He was right.  Americans of all races, cultures, economic status, and faiths must accept the fact that they alone have voted for and got what we deserve.  If we treat businesses like ATM machines, and continue to let our educational system decline, like it has been for the past 50 years, then we can’t expect our great country and the promise of the opportunity it used to hold, to continue. We are killing the goose who has been laying the golden eggs.

Envy of those who are successful must stop.  It’s time for all Americans to look into the mirror. Don’t expect a superman in Washington to come and save the day.  Our problems are of our own creation.  We need pro business leadership. We need to honor and value the businesses of our nation and the people who built them with their own hands. We need to acknowledge and encourage individual achievement.

Free Handouts vs. Self Reliance

Instead of giving handouts and creating a government dependant class, we need to teach self reliance and standing on your own two feet.  Our country should be a place where it is the easiest place in the world to start a business. We should not be a nation of regulation roadblocks to success.

Hey people.  If you think economic opportunity is bad in Ferguson and Baltimore, you should have been in the former Soviet Union.  Remember….your vote matters.  Vote for someone who is pro business, and let’s gets some decent job growth.

Larry Oscar is a graduate from the University of Tulsa and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He is retired and lives with his wife on a lake in Oklahoma where he brews his own beer, sails, and is a member of numerous clubs and organizations.


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