My Lifetime of Studying

My blog Jimspolitcs.com, subtitled Politics & Prosperity is based on a lifetime of studying the outcome of economic policies mostly in the U.S. but also the 180 countries where we have good information.

The blog assumes the struggle for power is a basic human drive, and that power is its own reward.  A proof of this philosophical position is that we rarely find a CEO of a large corporation over the age 70, but it is not difficult to find elected officials in their late 80’s and even the early 90’s.  In the U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd and a Federal Supreme Court Justice worked in to their early 90’s.

The first time I began to suspect the U.S. democratic party was using government power to suppress per capita income was in studying the TV and VCR business in the middle 1960’s at that time U.S. corporations had invented both the TV and VCR, and they were being manufactured in Ohio and Indiana and other mostly Republican states.

When Japan and South Korea began to flood the market, the governors went to the Democratic controlled Federal government for help in protecting manufacturing jobs.  The leadership of the Democratic Party provided no protection for  these jobs.

I believe the reasoning was if we help Republican states it will be harder to win the Presidency.  So began a long deterioration in the U.S. manufacturing industry resulting in the Democratic Party carrying Ohio and other formerly wealthy manufacturing states in the 2012 Presidential election.  In fact I believe the very narrow win by Mr. Obama was the direct result of the Democratic Party’s anti-business policies beginning shortly after the Democratic losses in the 1952 and 1956 Presidential elections.

The 1960 Democratic win by Mr. Kennedy was also very narrow with Kennedy losing many of the industrial states.  After the 1968 and 1972 Presidential elections the entire liberal community saw prosperity was their political enemy.  A host of environmental groups were founded after Mr. Nixon carried 49 states in 1972.

I believe at least 80% of the environmental movement subsequent to 1972 are devoted Democrats using the environmental movement to suppress economic growth.  Lower income lower asset people are more likely to vote Democrat.

Also, the feminist movement is in part suspect because much of the Literature was written after the 1952 and 1956 Democratic defeats.  In the FDR and Truman years the Democratic Party was perfectly happy with the policies that prevented women from CEO and other high positions.  As soon as the Democrats saw women voting slightly Democratic they rediscovered the feminist movement big time.

In fact after the 19th amendment was passed many Democrats thought they would win more elections, but the women wisely voted Republican causing many tears for the Democratic party leadership.

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The Underlying Belief of Prosperity and Politics

The underlying belief of Prosperity and Politics is simply that growing, prosperous free enterprise economies causes the U.S. Democratic Party to lose presidential elections as well as causing loss of power or loss of elections by the international political left.  In other words economic stagnation and poverty itself are old friends of left wing dictators in North Korea, Zimbabwe, and Cuba.

In Western Europe the GIPS countries (Greece Italy Portugal Spain) the socialists are perfectly happy with adult unemployment of 25, youth unemployment of 50, as long as they win elections and enjoy power, because power is it’s own reward.  The plight of the people is always secondary to maintaining left wing power.

Historically in the U.S. the Democratic Party enjoyed three electoral victories (1932, 1936, 1940) with high unemployment, a stagnate economy, and of course, full employment for Federal Government employees.

The thesis of Jimspolitics.com is intended to be a truth applicable to the past, present, and future.  That is why I filed a copyright on the concept thru 2075 or so.

In order to rein in the free enterprise capitalistic system the left established a hostile legal environment with trial lawyers having no monetary limits on lawsuits at the Federal level.

This is known internationally by business leaders as the hostile North American legal environments.  The Democrat advisers are happy that some companies do little business in the U.S. because of lawsuits.  This helps Democrats win elections since corporate employees tend to vote Republican.

Unfortunately labor Unions leaders think private sector Unions help workers, but I believe the Unions are established to help Democrats win elections.  Many large national corporations have been bankrupted by unchecked Union power.  When employed by large corporations workers tend to vote Republican while laid off workers panic and vote Democrat.

Following the end of the Civil War in 1865, in the Presidential election of 1868 freed blacks began voting Republican to reward Republican President Lincoln who had led the Union in freeing the slaves.  It didn’t take long for southern Democrats to block blacks from voting Republican.  This led to the solid white Democratic south for nearly 100 years until the Democrats lost 4 southern states in the 1964 Presidential Election.  All of a sudden the Democrats got all excited about black rights after largely ignoring the serious plight of black Americans from 1868 until 1964.  The Democrats thought the black persons vote would bring back the solid Democrat south.

Remember Jimspolitics analysis is Democrats tend to win in recession and tend to lose in prosperous times.  For example the Democrat defeats in ’52, ’56, ’68, ’72, ’84, & ’88.

What to do about these defeats.  Immigrants and women tend to vote Democrat.  So the Demos passed the 1965 open border act as well as a blast of affirmative action legislation to help win elections and to reward immigrants and women for majority Democrat voting patterns.

In general I and many others believe the U.S. Democratic party and the international left deliberately and systematically develop policies to suppress per capita income for non government employees while simultaneously creating high above market salaries and pensions for their supporters in the public employment sector.

The entire left is very smart and very dedicated to maintaining power at the expense of non government employees.  The left is as cruel as they are smart in reducing the standard of living of their opponents and increasing their own standard of living.

We have the computers, technology, science and free enterprise and there is no need for poverty except to maintain left wing power.

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Prosperity/Politics 1952 & 1956

Prosperity/Politics 1952 & 1956

In order to understand economic conditions in the U.S., it is necessary to look at the origin of the Democratic Party. The Party was founded by 2-term President and plantation owner, Andrew Jackson, in 1828. Under Jackson’s leadership the party became pro-slavery and remained so until the civil war ended in 1865.

The pro-slavery position is important because it led to a mindset, or policy, that says ‘we know a policy hurts people, but if we change it we will lose power’ and maintaining power at any cost is the unwritten first principle of the Democratic Party.

The second principle is to use government power to raise the standard of living of their supporters and do the opposite to their opponents. This is why 45% of adults pay no income tax at all, and federal employees cost 30% to 40% more for the same type of administrative desk work. The aforementioned two groups are majority Democrat.

After 20 years in power, between 1932 and 1952, the losses in 1952 and 1956 resulted in great anger at the American people, and a search for policies to maintain power. A study of the economic growth in the 1950’s, with Eisenhower’s pro-business policies aided by naturally conservative Southern Democratic committee chairs, the USA experienced rapid economic growth, full employment, peace, and paying off half of the WWII debt just to mention a few facts of that prosperous decade.

The problem was the 1950’s were a political disaster for Northeastern liberal Democrats. After 1960, harassment of Republican-leaning groups began in earnest. First, think tanks and consultants were hired to explain the losses and develop policies that would prevent the 1952 and 1956 losses. Among the conclusions was the free enterprise free market system was producing large numbers of men and women that were voting majority Republican. The remedy for a too prosperous economy was intense federal regulations, high taxes, business busting labor unions, endless lawsuits, and an overall anti-business attitude with special harassment of manufacturing companies.

In 1952 and 1956 the Democrats could not carry most manufacturing counties and states. One of the reasons we see so many ‘made in China’ labels is because of the Democratic Party’s difficulties in industrial manufacturing areas. The consultants also saw that women, various minorities, and government employees were voting the right way and these groups should be rewarded. Soon preferences in hiring for women and minorities were either written into law or became public policy. The real purpose was to get more voters from these Democrat leaning groups. Women, minorities and government workers returned the favor with monetary contributions, attendance at rallies, and volunteer work for the Party.

The post 1960’s resulted in a host of movements; women rights, civil rights, and environmentalism; all designed to get more Democratic votes. It is obvious that anti-business policies would have to be concealed and the environmental movement was an ideal front to suppress the free market’s rising income. Most environmental laws were written to increase costs for businesses, and environmental groups give 90%-100% of their political contributions to Democrats.

A good example of phony environmentalism is the left’s opposition to nuclear power plants. Cheap electrical power helps manufacturing industries that create problems for Democrats. The environment is not the priority and the Party is a lot more afraid of losing votes then they are afraid of nuclear power plants. Since the Democrats were doing well with recent immigrants and not so well with second generation plus Americans and large families, the Party, along with their consultants, decided to increase the former and reduce the latter.

The 1965 and subsequent immigration laws were written to favor left leaning parts of the world and decrease the numbers from Western Europe. The voting trend studies revealed that English speaking immigrants were fitting in too well and were soon voting for the hated Republicans.

In order to reduce the proportion of second generation and large families, a flood of birth reduction procedures was introduced including the pill, abortions, condoms and the morning after pill. The preceding positions have the effect of making room for immigrants and their favorable voting patterns.  Small families are better because they are more likely to tolerate high Democrat taxes.  Further, low birth rates produce fewer job seekers, and this helps Democrats because their anti-business policies produce fewer jobs in the private sector where wealth is created and 90% of jobs are found.

Foreign policy and foreign wars also provide opportunities for political gain. In 1968 the opposition in Vietnam was about to throw in the towel after taking over a million casualties. A Republican, Richard Nixon carried 31 states, winning the election. Immediately, the Democrats began to reduce funding for the war and cut aid to South Vietnam, resulting in a humiliating withdrawal and defeat in 1974.  A Democratic Congress did not want a Republican to win the Vietnam War and get more Republican votes.

Another good example of Democratic double dealing in foreign policy is to look at Senate votes for and against our use of the military. The late Senators, Byrd and Kennedy, regularly voted for our wars when there was a Democratic President in the White House, and against war when a Republican was in the White House. National security is never to interfere with maintaining  power.

The failure of the left screams out of the pages of modern history. India, China, and Russia had horrible famines under the rule by the left. After the leftists were removed, all three countries began to prosper. The break-up of Russia and East Germany were irreversible defeats for the international left. The reason the left keeps pushing is because government employees and a few others prosper under left wing rule.

I believe the Obama, Biden, Pelosi administration is trying to suppress business private sector income in order to establish the one party rule they already have in many big cities. Of the ten cities with the highest poverty rates, all have been under the Democratic Party rule for decades.

All over the world, as well as here, the left can get more voters in a weak government dependent country than they can under the prosperity of free markets. If you remove North Korea, Cuba, and Zimbabwe from world per capita income calculations, world per capita numbers go up, not down.

The remarks of the people that say politicians will do almost anything to get elected are correct. What the people do not know is that the Democratic Party promotes wealth reducing policies in order to maintain power. As in slavery so long ago, they know it is wrong, but maintaining power is so much more important!

After studying politics for 50 years, I and many others have concluded that much of modern, progressive liberalism is a racket where many federal employees make a lot of money while the rest of us must earn a living in a very competitive economy.

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