Tag: Nothing is ever free

I bet the LSM will not blame this on the crooks in charge…

Can I ask if you are surprised to find out that now that we have experienced Black Jesus’ “Hope and Fundamental Change” in action, that we are seeing European level of anemic economic performance and being snowed into thinking it is not the fault of the bullshit policies of these crooks? From the article:

The U.S. economy expanded in the first quarter at the slowest pace in two years as American consumers reined in spending and companies tightened their belts in response to weak global financial conditions and a plunge in oil prices.

Gross domestic product rose at a 0.5 percent annualized rate after a 1.4 percent fourth-quarter advance, Commerce Department data showed Thursday. The increase was less than the 0.7 percent median projection in a Bloomberg survey and marked the third straight disappointing start to a year.

Shaky global markets and oil’s tumble resulted in the biggest business-investment slump in almost seven years, and household purchases climbed the least since early 2015, the data showed. While Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday acknowledged the softness, they also indicated strong hiring and income gains have the potential to reignite consumer spending and propel economic growth.

First off, low oil prices, unless you are in the criminal green industry or in the oil business itself, are awesome for any business. Lower oil costs means lower fuel costs, which for every business that moves shit around means lower costs period, and more profits. Investments are slumping, not because of the drop in oil prices – I have made a killing myself investing in oil companies right now – but because too many people are catching on that the stock market rise is mostly from devaluation of the dollar (makes assets worth more on paper) and because there was nothing else that was safe to invest in. The problem is that since the 2008 crash any growth has come without a growth in employment numbers, and whenever it happened otherwise, because government pissed money propping up junk industries that will die sooner than later. We have had morons lie to us that the economy was growing when all it did was stay on life support while massive government spending and borrowing tried to hide that fact.

“The fact that personal consumption is a bit on the soft side is a disappointment, especially in light of the low gasoline prices,” said Thomas Costerg, senior economist at Standard Chartered Bank in New York, who correctly projected first-quarter growth. “Consumption seems to be stuck in a low gear.”

Yeah, that slump happens because fewer people are employed you moron, hence less cash to spend, and those of us that are still employed realizing we better hide our money in assets that government can’t fuck us over for having. Yeah, I know the LSM has been touting the stupid unemployment numbers that totally hide the fact so many people have dropped off the rolls and so many more are working part time because they can’t get full time employment, but I remind you that when these numbers were lower during a republican president, they were then falsely touted as signs of an abysmal economy. We have that now, but because of Black Jesus and the fear of pointing out this Keynesian shit doesn’t work, nobody wants to say we are fucked.

Businesses are also aware of the existing shitstorm and the potential doubling down of this shitstorm. Can you blame them when you have a party where the 2 candidates, one a criminal and the other a prime example of life’s losers with a grudge against his betters, competing about whom will steal the most from the productive sector to buy votes with? If I was one of these companies, I would definitely be looking at how to hide assets. Especially when the LSM never reports on how full of shit these vote buying collectivist scumbags really are screwing us. Bernie, whom sadly is the lesser of the donkey evils, wants to give us free college, but nobody points out how well government controlled free lower education has worked out for us. The criminal on the other hand is trying to out communist the communist. Who do you think will pay for all this free shit?

None of this stops the cheerleaders from trying to convince the serfs that despite the abysmal reality, that improvement they have been telling us was just around the corner or had arrived, for more than 7 years now, is just around the corner:

The dismal performance in the first quarter, however, is unlikely to carry over in the spring, most economists contend. They view the labor market as a better indicator of where the economy is headed than the more backward-looking GDP report and they point to strong job creation early in the year as evidence that growth is stable.

The case for a spring rebound will get the first big test next week when the government issues the employment report for April. Economists predict an increase of around 200,000 new jobs, matching recent gains. Only a big shortfall in new jobs is likely to set off alarms about the second quarter.

Here is my bet on how this plays out: they tell us that we have finally made it, only to revise the numbers – always downward and indicating things are terrible -some months later. And when they do this, it will all be “unexpected”. And we are all supposed to believe them despite the fact that we have seen this same shit for close to 8 years now. We have never recovered, and if you look at home ownership trends, it is obvious that these morons have been lying to us. The real estate sector doing well is basically Chinese oligarchs gobbling up everything still of value. And for all their talk about social justice and sticking it to the “haves”, the Obama SJW machine seems to have really created some serious imbalance between the rich and the poor, but definitely not in the direction they pretend they want to move it. The fact is that friends of the crime syndicate in power now are rolling in the dough, while others are not doing so well.

Things suck because the people in charge have made it far worse. That’s the facts, Jack.

I couldn’t come up with a better parody than the real thing does

Can’t pass on pointing out where progressivism always leads to, and never disappointing, is news about the once great city of Detroit. Seems the problem there is that people on the dole not being able to pay their water bills, and the UN apparently will have to step in (not kidding):

DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a basic human right: water. But could the United Nations soon help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department provide the service to struggling customers?

Wait a fucking minute. Water is a basic human right? Next someone will tell me that air and food are too? Why the fook do I have to pay for any of that then? It seems that a lot of these things progtards keep saying are “basic human rights”, while necessities, are nothing of the sort. Why, pray tell me, do progressives constantly rob us of our real rights – freedom, the right to bear arms, the right to demand government stop treating the productive like serfs – while ascribing rights to things that are not? It cheapens everything. Just like that 700 page EU constitution which made cheese and wine human rights. It’s laughable.

Anyway, back to the article and what we can read between the lines:

Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says it’s a possibility — but for now, the water bills must be paid.

“We do have programs that do help those that are just totally in need; can’t afford it — but we also know that there are also people who can’t afford it would can not pay and we know this because, once we shut water off, the next day they are in paying the bill in full. So we do know that that has become a habit as well,” said Garner.

“At the DWAS Department — it’s not our goal to shut off water. We want people’s water on, just like they do; but you do have to pay for your water…That’s the bottom line.”

Garner said the reality is that nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can’t pay their bills; and that has led activists to lobby the UN to step up and take action.

Well DUH! Someone has to pay for the free shit the left wants to give away. This practice of telling others they must give, be it their time, their labor, their property, or anything at all, without compensation, sure smacks of indentured servitude or slavery to me, but the left, which claims to abhor these things, sure seems immune to the consequences of their policies. You can label it a right and demand people get it, but that’s not going to change the laws of physics, biology, economics, or human behavior. No agency in the universe has the ability to defy the natural order, but progressives seem immune to that fact. Water is no exception. The UN might have made water a human right, and the people in Detroit might think they are being really clever petitioning the UN to redress this problem and help them get what amounts to more free shit, but when push comes to shove, they will discover that the only thing forcing someone else to give their services or property for free does, is basically make them pack up and leave. So I was not surprised to read the following suggestion to solve the issue:

Wrote Rodney Carter, “Call President Obama he has plenty of taxpayers cash to spend. Wasn’t that a campaign promise he made along with free rent and gas and payin’ my car note…Socialism only works if there is someone to pay for it.”

Get someone else to pay for this shit! The problem is that Detroit, as will eventually happen in every liberal paradise, has reached a point where the takers outnumber the makers, and the takers constantly feel they deserve more, despite the fact they are just taking. Now the city of Detroit is discovering that being broke they can’t afford to give free water. So now they want to expand the circle of “other people’s money” they feel entitled to. After all, there is a cost associated with getting it to the people, and somebody has to pay that cost. I would also not be surprised to find out that people that get shit for free feel no obligation to be responsible users/tenants, as practice has borne out in the real world.

You can’t make this shit up, but these people believe they can keep this system going into perpetuity.

Oh, the irony!

It looks like some of the left’s most avid supporters are about to get a first hand taste about how “free shit” really works as they have been notified that their hours will be cut to save the college Obamacare costs.

Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to dodge paying for Obamacare.

“It’s kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don’t have the money to pay for it,” said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.

On Tuesday, CCAC employees were notified that Obamacare defines full-time employees as those working 30 hours or more per week and that on Dec. 31 temporary part-time employees will be cut back to 25 hours. The move will save an estimated $6 million.

You have to love shit like this. I expect a lot of it is going to start happening. I know my company is already talking layoffs to deal with the tax increases and Obamacare cost increases next year, as well. And it will not stop with companies and colleges cutting jobs and cutting hours. Even the MLB has been affected.

Funny how the people that are always the ones telling us how cool this collectivist nonsense is always are the ones to try and make sure they do not get inconvenienced by the rules they want to force on others, huh?