The Government Know Best?

November, 2015

shamrock_samYears ago there was a popular TV program called “Father Knows Best.” Dad was always able to solve the family’s problems and save the day.

Today we have a national reality show that could be called, “The Government Knows Best.” Unfortunately, the government doesn’t solve problems. It creates them.

A few tragic examples:


This program, and its mandated coverages, continues to blow up the cost structure for health care.

The cost of insurance is skyrocketing. Deductibles are going up. More and more people are asking “can I afford my insurance or should I go uninsured and rely on the emergency room?”

Here’s one actual case study:

  • For 2016, this person’s individual monthly premium went up $100 to $585; a 20% increase.
  • Their deductible went up 30%, from $3500 to $4500.
  • These were on top of increases the previous two years.

This trend will quickly make insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans!


The Environmental Protection Agency continues its anti-energy mandate. They want to “outlaw” coal and replace it with solar panels and windmills.

A bulletin for Washington:

  • You can’t effectively store electricity.
  • What do you do when the wind doesn’t blow or blows too fast?
  • What do you do with solar panels at night?

Solar panels have certain applications, but not for massive power generation.

We must have reliable, reserve 24-hour power capacity!

Ask yourself, what would happen if we lost electricity for 1, 2 or 3 days? We would face utter chaos!

  • No gas for your car…pumps won’t work.
  • Stores would be out of food.
  • Banking and commerce would crash.
  • You would not be able to charge your cell phone.
  • Life as we know it would not exist.

Remember this when you hear the EPA and other government agencies come up with their unworkable ideas.

Washington vs. the People

Many leaders in Washington have lost touch with reality.

We are tired of being told what we should eat and what size soda we can buy. We want Washington to leave us alone and quit wasting our tax dollars.

America is the greatest country on earth. Unfortunately, some people who think “Government Knows Best” want to destroy our engine of success.


We need leadership in Washington. How do I define leadership?

Doing the right things at the right time!

I suggest that Washington start listening to the silent majority. We are tired of being pushed around. We want our government to start doing the right things…to support success and not disrupt it!

We must keep America great!

Export-Import Bank: Chapter Two

October, 2015

worldIn the April, 2015 edition of Reflections, I highlighted the benefits of the Export-Import Bank.

I pointed out that the bank has helped create and maintain high paying jobs in the USA for 80 years.

Unfortunately, many key Republicans are against the bank. They are leading efforts to NOT renew the bank’s charter. They claim the bank is nothing more than corporate welfare.

We are now seeing the negative impact on US businesses and jobs that defunding the bank is having.

Both Boeing and General Electric have announced significant loss of business and US jobs as a result. As reported in the New York Times, Boeing recently lost two multi-million dollar Asian satellite deals because of a lack of Ex-Im financing. As a result, layoffs in the hundreds could occur in the company’s satellite division. Meanwhile, GE is creating up to 1,500 new jobs in France, Hungary and China because it can take advantage of European export credit agencies rather that Ex-Im credits here at home.

Renewal of the Ex-Im bank charter has broad support from Democrats, some Republicans and the President.

As background, the Ex-Im Bank does two critical things to expedite trade.

  1. It offers loans and loan guarantees to foreign purchasers of U.S. manufactured goods. These borrowers must meet strict lending qualifications when private-sector lenders can’t or won’t provide financing.
  2. It provides credit insurance for U.S. exporters to reduce commercial and political risks. U.S. exporters pay a fee for the bank to insure them if something happens to a foreign buyer like a conflict, war or bankruptcy. Ex-Im, by law, cannot compete with commercial lenders. Its mission is to fill gaps in commercial financing.

A Key Question – How many government programs help create and support high paying U.S. union jobs???

It is time for our Congress to do the right thing and renew the Export-Import Bank’s charter NOW!!!

We need to keep these high paying jobs in the U.S.A.
If Congress cannot support a win-win program like this, we need new leadership in Congress.


Write your Congressman and Senators. Demand they vote YES on renewing the Export-Import Bank Charter. The bill will pass with bipartisan support. Remind them that leadership means doing the right thing at the right time.

Regulations Against Prosperity Must End

September, 2015

ball-and-chainThe key to more high-paying jobs and greater prosperity for all is

Plentiful supplies of low cost energy!!!

Thanks to the fracking industry and the ability to drill on private and state property, we have achieved our energy needs in spite of the federal government’s efforts to block fracking success.

Arguments against fracking have been met with convincing evidence to the contrary.

Drinking Water

Fracking opponents have claimed drinking water was being contaminated. The EPA did a study and found fracking has NO significant impact on drinking water. They reluctantly published the results.


The latest challenge comes via the Endangered Species Act.

The government claims the Greater Sage Grouse is threatened. “The bird’s numbers have dropped precipitously in recent years,” the government claims.

As is their practice, no hard numbers are shared, nor is there scientific data available for review. Nevertheless, the government wants to shut down drilling in 14 western states covering 165 million acres. Beyond fracking, these regulations would have a major negative impact on farming and ranching as well.

Wind Energy

Is the government’s concern about birds consistent? You be the judge.

A Wildlife Society bulletin in 2013 stated wind turbines kill 573,000 birds and 880,000 bats each year in the USA. A 2008 study in Northern California estimated that the Altamont Wind Facility killed 60 Golden Eagles a year plus other Raptors.

But, here the government tried to give the wind-energy companies a “free pass”. They wanted a 30-year extension to continue their killing ways. Fortunately, a judge turned them down.

Are the EPA and other government agencies only concerned about birds when their proposed rules support their political agenda?

Methane Gas

The EPA now wants to reduce methane gas emissions by the oil and gas industry by 45% by 2025.

A few facts:

  • OSHA does not list any exposure threshold for methane, nor does it list any long term effects from exposure;
  • Most man-made sources of methane are from cow flatulence;
  • Wetlands cause 80% of naturally occurring methane, followed by leakage from ocean surfaces.


The government continues to bombard industry with more and more regulations. Why do they want to limit our prosperity?

These new regulations have high costs with very limited net benefits.

Americans are fed up. Enough of these prosperity-killing regulations!

Let’s build our success.

America is a great country. Tell Washington to roll-back harmful and needless regulations.