Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's kind of nice to have a president again

"We haven't had a president for a very long time. The world took it for granted that we were simply their punching bag. That concept is no longer valid - but it was for 8 miserable years." 

So true.  LL at Virtual Mirage recently penned these words. For the last 8 years, Americans were satisfied that they wanted to be led by someone who had absolutely no executive experience at any point in his life.  Obama had not so much as run a lemonade stand, much less the economy of the greatest nation in the history of mankind.  We were more interested in electing a black guy to the Oval Office than any other reason.  A black guy that couldn't manage his way out of a wet paper bag, much less guide the allocation of our nation's resources to the benefit of the public as a whole.

I recall early on in Barry's God awful administration that he was going to 'focus like a laser' on jobs.  Right.  He held a 'jobs forum,' where he summoned a pack of liberal CEO's and other sundry lefties into a conference room, lectured them for awhile about the virtues of wealth redistribution, and then broke them into focus groups and sent them off into little huddles.  He then commanded them to return their conclusions to him, and he would combine the best of the suggestions, and assemble the best practises that he felt would accomplish creating jobs.

And that was it.  That was his laser focus on jobs.  Good Lord, that had to be the most feeble attempt at managing any major issue facing our country, perhaps ever.  Does anybody remember what good came out of this jobs summit?  Anybody? Buehler?.....Buehler?....(...crickets chirping here...).

For 8 long years, the U.S. never had anything even close to 3% GDP growth.  We just crept along, barely squeaking by.  Year after anemic year.  And now, just a few months after the election of Donald Trump, equity growth in American portfolios has increased a whopping $2.9 TRILLION dollars. In three measly months, two of which The Donald was only the president-elect. 

In his short tenure, Donald Trump has met with enumerable auto execs, titans of Silicon Valley, movers and shakers of all shapes and sizes.  He has single handedly jacked up the confidence of American businesses to levels not seen since, well, ever.  

Donald Trump had more executive experience under his belt before he turned 25 than Barry achieved in his whole miserable life.  And we are seeing the benefits of actually having an accomplished leader calling the shots nationally.

It really is nice to have a president again, after so long without one.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Time to abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (and we really mean it this time)

For those of us who remember Newt Gringrich's first run at the presidency in 2011, one of his plans if elected was to abolish the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  At the time, the ridiculous rulings that emanated from this panel of clowns included banning "one nation under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also included in Newt's plans that year were colonizing the moon, but I digress.  Gingrich actually laid out plans for eliminating the most reversed federal judicial body in the history of U.S. jurisprudence, and of course the Left had a cow.  The Left has long known that foisting their agenda on Americans is tough using actual votes and the elective process.  Accordingly, they have been steadily making inroads into the judiciary, stacking it with liberal pinkos who make political decisions rather than constitutional ones. Of course they would go apoplectic over losing one of their cherished agenda movers - the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gingrich points out that Thomas Jefferson eliminated quite a few judicial appointments during his tenure (18 of 35 federal judges bit the dust back then).  The technical framework in doing this today is still in place, and can be done; other than the Supreme Court, the rest of the judiciary is created by Congress, and Congress can un-create it at its pleasure.  

Now a gang of three from this panel of idiots has determined that for any number of irrelevant and ridiculous reasons, the President of the United States does not have the power to control immigration - despite it clearly being a power designated solely to the executive branch of government.  Donald Trump pointed out earlier that even a bad high school student understood the statute.  

Apparently the 9th Circuit folks are packed with very bad high school students.   Time to disband this bunch of morons.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Marketing and liberalism - the quest for eyeballs

The cost of a 30-second ad during this year's Super Bowl would reportedly set you back $5,000,000 bucks.  At first glance, it would seem that this would be a colossal waste of resources, and yet each and every available advertising slot during this year's game were gobbled up by businesses seeking 'eyeballs' to view the merits of their products.

The reason this marketing venue works is an old one: the Law of Large Numbers.  Dumbing down the statistical explanation to my level, it just means that if you throw enough mud at a wall, sure; most of it will slough off and wind up on the floor.  But a marginal amount of that mud will stick to the wall.  And it is this marginal mud that keeps businesses afloat.

When I was studying marketing back in my college days (I got a degree in the stuff, woo hoo...), we would call this concept on ad effectiveness "reach."  How many potential customers will view the pitch, and of those that see it, how many will be persuaded to dig into their wallets and fork over the cash?  We now call this concept of marketing reach "eyeballs."  An estimated 400,000,000 people watched this year's Super Bowl.  That would be 796,838,397 eyeballs (not everybody has two eyeballs, but most do).  That's a lot of eyeballs.  And the sponsors of those ads will all see the revenues come pouring in, now that the missus and millions of her like minded ilk will head to the cleaning aisle at the Piggly Wiggly and grab herself a bottle of Mr, Clean.  Why?  Because a sexy Mr. Clean really mopped the floor in the Super Bowl ad this year, lots of eyeballs can't be wrong.  

Enter politics and eyeballs.  Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca), the nominal head of the Democrat Party now that Barry is no longer an elected official, when asked why her Democrats over the last 8 years have lost multiple gubernatorial races, many seats in Congress, and countless more at the state and local levels, seems to have an answer: she and her ilk didn't get the word out.

That's right, boys and girls.  Red Nancy blames her party's woes on bad marketing: not enough eyeballs on their message.  Hillary Clinton outspent The Donald by maybe 8 - 1, and the DNC probably outspent the RNC by 2-1 nationally.  All of this spending was for ads, primarily blasting conservative values, spreading lies about what Democrats could do for our nation, etc.  

Nancy, you guys got the word out.  You reached those eyeballs.  Here's what you and your liberal buddies don't get: when you put lipstick on a pig, at the end of the day, that glamorous pig is still a pig.  Your message fell on deaf ears.  Or, more pertinent to this post, all of the eyeballs that laid their vision on your lies and Utopian garbage saw it for what it was.  Crap.

But go ahead, Nancy.  Fire the old marketing guys, the ones you say didn't get the word out.  Hire some new guys, guys who understand this 'eyeball' concept.  That's what will get your power back, Nance.  Those gavels will be back in your fingers before you know it.  No, don't take a deep down look at what you stand for, and what American's don't believe in anymore.  Don't toss all of that out.  No, no. Keep it, and next time, just spend more money.

Get more eyeballs involved, Nancy.  That's what you should do.