Another example of lack of productive government regulation is the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA]. You might believe that traveling at 30,000 feet above the earth deserves some guidance. You would think that maintaining the best quality personnel, technology and funding would be minimum expectations.

How does the FAA measure up?

  • Air Missions system [NOTAM] was installed 30 years ago with no upgrades planned for another 6 years. [i]
  • FAA’s NextGen Project is 10 years behind schedule.
  • No funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress 2 years ago.
  • 77% of critical air traffic control facilities are staffed below FAA’s 85% threshold. [85%??????]
  • 22% of total air traffic controllers are trainees. [ii]

So much for the government benefit of technology, personnel, and funding.

Yet according to the FAA website, “Today, the major capital programs under development in the FAA are on track…” [iii]

How about privatization of air traffic control [ATC]? Several countries have successfully implemented privatization: Canada [iv], United Kingdom [v], France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand [vi].

 

 

[i] Corrupt software introduced by contractors took down FAA system, officials say (nbcnews.com)

[ii] More Airline Regulations? Regulation, The Cato Review of Business and Government; Fall 2023, Vol. 46, No.3, pg.4.

[iii] Technology | Federal Aviation Administration (faa.gov)

[iv] Q&A: The pros and cons of privatizing air traffic control | AP News

[v] Delta Report 1.29

[vi] Privatization of ATC – The Pros and Cons | (airinsight.com)

Trump states he wants to be dictator only on day 1! [1]

Really?

Trump has made clear, and the Republicans, by consent, that they want to undermine our republican institutions by:

  • Attacking our Judicial system and Courts.
  • Praising dictators in other countries who eliminate freedoms.
  • Demeaning, attacking, and insulting judges and juries.
  • Undermining our country’s security by stealing military and nuclear secrets.
  • Attempting to overturn a legal election.
  • Suggesting the execution of a previous Pentagon Joint Chiefs Chairman.
  • Changing state and local voting regulations to make it harder to vote.
  • Demand total immunity from all illegal acts he takes as President.
  • Etc.

Trump has stated, if elected, his presidency will be one of retribution. [2] [3]

Can he reach his goals on only day 1?   BEWARE OF WHAT HE SPEAKS!

[1] Trump: I’ll be a ‘dictator’ only on ‘day one’ (usatoday.com).

[2] Trump zeroes in on a key target of his ‘retribution’ agenda (nbcnews.com).

[3] Karl, Jonathan; “Tired Of Winning”; Dutton, Penguin Random House, L.L.C. 2023.

The keys to success in a capitalistic society are winning and profiting. Unfortunately, the slippery slope of winning at any cost undermines any semblance of ethics and morality. The current election and the two-party political system embellish these two fundamentals. Extremes in both parties control the election process, with no regard to reasonable service to the country.

The system is broken, and the current social media landscape attracts and rewards participants who salute the parties/tribe at the expense of truth, ethics and moral character.

Winning elections based on fear, threats of violence, lies and preventing the voting of anyone other than those belonging to your party/tribe may be efficient in the short term, but will lead to losing in the long term.

If you believe I am being extreme, explain otherwise the promotion of an individual and platform based on undermining the Republic and free elections.

Multiple parties will not be successful in our current structure. We need to create election platforms that invite and promote multiple parties and participants. [1] [2]

Time to implement Ranked Choice Voting/Proportional

Multiple Winners [3] IN our Elections.

 

[1] Ranked Choice Voting | Support Better Elections for California (calrcv.org).

[2] Homepage – FairVote.

[3] Drutman, Lee; Breaking The Two-Party Doom Loop, New York, Oxford University Press 2020

As a life-long conservative, I agree with many of the Heritage Foundation’s objectives in significantly reducing the size and impact of the administrative state within the executive branch of the US government.

I also agree with the position that the Congress has abdicated its responsibilities in governing including both the Republican and Democratic parties. As a result, the balance of power has significantly shifted to the Executive Branch, creating severe convulsions throughout society and economy with every election.

However, the belief of Mr. Roberts [1] that Biden did not win the 2020 election, because “I think there are unknowns… Is it possible he won? Sure. But can I say definitively that he won? No.” [2], undermines his and The Heritage Foundations platform.

Providing support for Trump and his public goals of autocracy undermines the historical integrity of the Heritage Foundation and their conservative agendas.

Continuing to support autocratic and anti-democratic goals of Trump and others like him undermines your statement that “…Heritage has no influence on the outcome of the election.” [3]

You can be a conservative and still maintain an ethical and moral belief system.

 

 

[1] Current CEO of the Heritage Foundation.

[2] Inside the Heritage Foundation’s Plans for ‘Institutionalizing Trumpism’ – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

[3] Ibid.

I have previously published my concerns regarding the US administrative state [1]. The amount of control over our behavior continues to increase, which decreases our amount of freedom.

The total number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as of 2021 = 188,343 [2]. The number of regulations/personal “restrictions” [3] [4] “…increased to 1,089,462 by 2022.” [5]

“…Executive agencies publish 3,000 to 4,500 new rules per year, and these regulations have a substantial impact on the American economy. Compounding the problem, courts have ratified that presidential power grab by enacting a series of judge-made rules that require federal courts to defer to the decisions of executive agencies.” [6]

 

[1] See my March 2018 article, “Government Regulation = Lawsuits & Loss of Freedom”.

[2] 2022_Cfr_Page_Breakdown.pdf (federalregister.gov)

[3] A new and more sophisticated measure of federal regulation, devised by economists at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, consists in counting the number of CFR “restrictions” indicated by the keywords “shall,” “must,” “may not,” “required,” and “prohibited.”

[4] Was Trump a Deregulator? | Cato Institute

[5] Ibid.; 2022_Cfr_Page_Breakdown.pdf (federalregister.gov).

[6] Opinion | Overturning ‘Chevron’ Can Help Rebalance the Constitutional Order – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

” In America, justice is administered in the name of the, ‘the good people’ etc. etc.; the sovereignty residing with them.”  1

 

“The good treatment of their women is the surest evidence that a people can give of their civilization; and there is no nation which has more to boast of, in this respect, than the Americans.”  2

 

Based on the activity of the Republican Party and their minions, I am not so sure!

  1. The Spy A Tale Of The Neutral Ground, By James Fenimore Cooper, Wiley & Halsted, 1821.
  2. ibid.

It is obvious that our social and political structure in the United States is fractured. Our reliance on tribal vocabulary and communication is restricting the use our brains and critical thinking.  Keeps us from taking note of what is happening and what we are creating or destroying. We like to believe we are intelligent. I am not so sure, at least not as a group, maybe individually.

 

“Once people join a political team, they get ensnared in its moral matrix. They see confirmation of their grand narrative everywhere, and it’s difficult – perhaps impossible-to convince them they are wrong if you argue with them from outside of their matrix.”1

 

“Morality binds and blinds. It binds us into ideological teams that fight each other as thought the fate of the world depended on our side winning each battle. It blinds us to the fact that each team is composed of good people who have something important to say.”2

 

As F. Scott Fitzgerald noted, ” The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

 

  1. “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion”. Haidt, Johathan. Vintage Books, New York, 2012. pg. 365.
  2. ibid. pg. 366.

Founding father John Jay noted in 1795 during a particularly divisive period in our history involving publications of false information and vicious public attacks, a belief in the American people. He stated that “the American people” had “a greater portion of information and morals than almost any other people”, and that “although they may for a time be misled and deceived, yet there is reason to expect that truth and justice cannot be long hid from their eyes.” [1]

Although Jay may be correct, it is obvious that the time under which citizens continue to believe in misconception(s) can be painfully long. The “Trump/Republican” era of misinformation and bullying continues to promote obvious un-American ideas on freedom and respect.

You would think that with current technology and access to information that we could quickly ascertain the difference between truth and lie. Unfortunately, the desire for power and winning at any cost is overriding common sense.

[1] Stahr, Walter, John Jay Founding Father; Hambledon and London, New York, 2005, Pg. 337.

“Can’t We All Get Along?” ¹

 

  • We don’t win every argument
    • We don’t agree on philosophical issues
      • We don’t agree on religious issues
        • We don’t agree on political elections and decisions
          • We don’t agree on facts, actual documented facts not opinions

 

Does any of this describe current state of affairs in relationships?

 

Just because we have different opinions should not be the basis for not getting along.

 

 

  1.  Rodney King, 5¹/1/1992

Gender in sports

 

“People often get confused between the terms sex and gender. Sex refers to biological differences between males and females. Gender refers to the cultural differences expected (by society / culture) of men and women according to their sex. A person’s sex does not change from birth, but their gender can.” [i]

Therefore, there are only 2 biological genders!

What a minute it is more complicated than that! “… Sexual differentiation of the genitals takes place before sexual differentiation of the brain, making it possible that they are not always congruent. …” [ii]

There could be “81 Types Of Genders & Gender Identities” [iii]

If we are no longer willing or able to discriminate on the basis of nature’s biological gender in sport, then common sense dictates that one of two options exist:

  • all competitive sporting events are classified in three common sense ways
    • male only 
    • females only
    • All other only
  • the remaining option is that all competitive sporting events allow all gender identifications to compete in the same event making no differentiation between gender.

 

[i] Biological Theories of Gender | Simply Psychology; Biological Theories of Gender, By Dr. Saul McLeod, published 2014

[ii] Neurobiology of gender identity and sexual orientation – PMC (nih.gov); Neurobiology of gender identity and sexual orientation; By, C. E. Roselli 2018.

[iii] 81 Types Of Genders & Gender Identities (A To Z List), By Chris Drew, PhD / April 2, 2022; https://helpfulprofessor.com/types-of-genders-list/