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Looking on the Bright Side

December 24, 2012

Choose your language

            It is Christmas Eve and not the time for long letters – just a brief note on why the fiscal cliff is not the End of All Things, and to point out a worthy cause led by some good friends of mine who are helping people who truly have no options in life. And we’ll start things off with a movie review of sorts to launch us into a positive take on the year behind and the year ahead.

Go See Lincoln

Last night I watched Lincoln on the big screen with son Chad. I cannot recommend the movie enough. It should be required viewing, if a free society could require such things. Besides Daniel Day-Lewis being a lock for Best Actor (in what will be truly a line-up of high-powered actors this year), Tommie Lee Jones may also get one for Best Supporting Actor. Spielberg continues to produce wonderful movies…

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Dec. 26, 2012, 11:42 a.m.

I first have to say I enjoy your views on the world economy and life in general. I have one thought that keeps popping up each time you discus healthcare and Obama’s attempt to deal with the ongoing mess;  it’s not so much entitlements as the spiraling escalation of cost. Hospital groups, medical equipment, home health devices, insurance companies, doctor groups, drug companies, pharmacies, hospital supplies, nursing homes, Wall Street; all at the river of money reaching in for a handful.  There is much disdain for Obama’s actions but I have yet to see anyone present a clear free market solution that does not put the fox in the henhouse. Where is American ingenuity, all I see and hear is a bunch of bitching and moaning. We’ve got Romney care aka Obama care, how about we try something in California another plan in Texas and maybe something mid country, say Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas. Democrats get California and Massachusetts, Republicans the rest, all this for 5 to 10 years see what works best. I believe everyone has a right to complain, but if they cannot come up with a viable solution they’re just making noise.

Bill Meyer

John Benko

Dec. 26, 2012, 8:21 a.m.

No student of that period would ever say that “Lincoln” was historically accurate. John, you need to talk with your friend Gary North or read Dilorenzo’s “The Real lincoln”. Why is it that every western nation ended slavery peacefully, except the US. Ask any real historian of the period “was slavery doomed?” and how long might it have lasted if no war took place? Would there have been 100 years of government sanctioned discrimination if slavery had ended peacefully.
Ask what Lincoln said many times in his own words what he thought of Black people. Ask would he have gone to war if the US did not derive most of the federal income from five southern ports. The real Lincoln was a despot and tyrant. He should have arrested for treason, convicted and hanged.

John Benko

jack goldman

Dec. 25, 2012, 4:35 p.m.

America has murdered a million Iraqis so we can drive cars. There are dead bodies, far more then died in the “Civil War” or war of aggression against the south. The war was criminal. Lincoln, like Bush and Obama are war criminals. Lincoln is quoted as having no interest in slavery other then maintaining the Union. Sadly Lincoln is misquoted as being passionate about “freeing the slaves”. This is not true. Lincoln would have kept slavery if he thought it would save the Union. Lincoln also planned to send all the slaves back to Africa. Sadly this did not occur. Remember it was Africans who captured Africans to sell Africans into slavery, which saved their lives in wars where they would have simply been killed as POW’s. It’s a complicated subject I have no guilt for at all as a white man other then regretting the ethnic cleansing of my group of white males from living wage jobs today for crimes committed five hundred years ago. Sad.

We do have a lot to be thankful for. Americans could lose half of what they have and still be living luxurious and healthy lives. This luxury, women and minorities, debt subsidized society has diverted much from families to corporations. Now that women mother corporations instead of families the families are dissolving and the corporations are flourishing. The single women are not having families because working for and mothering a corporation is far more lucrative then birthing babies. Families are becoming bad economic deals and dissolving in the caustic brew of currency debasement. Labor is up 500% and prices are up 1,000% since 1971. Children, families, renters, and employees suffer. Bankers, brokers, owners, and government employees prosper. Government has taken over America, along with corporations.

The era of the white male ended with Obama. White males are ethnically cleansed by awarding jobs to Hebrews, Africans, and Women by quota. These are three groups who rely on government subsidy heavily and will keep welfare Presidents coming for a long, long time as the economy is gutted and destroyed with debt to subsidize failure. I have to protect myself from these great changes. No one else can or will. Good luck to us all.  Good luck.

Dec. 25, 2012, 8:26 a.m.

John:  You really hit the nail on the head with this letter.  As a middle class retiree, any reform will hurt, but will also be necessary.  As you have said before, both entitlement reduction abd tax increases will be necessary to bring about fiscal solvency in the U.S..
  I just finished rereading “Creating A New Civilization” by Alvin and Heidi Toffler, and this weeks letter maks many of the same points which they made in 1995.  We are in a transition from an industrial to a knowledge society and this transition is messy, chaotic and without a roadmap as to how to get from here to there.  However, if we keep the faith, and look to what is possible, it should be a much brighter place.
  Thanks for the blog, and a MERRY CHRIISTMAS

Dec. 25, 2012, 8:13 a.m.

forget fiscal cliff ..forget everything ..close your eyes and see your life 365days to 2012 how pass ..make balance sheet ARE YOU HAVE PROFFIT ? let the rest of the world to follow the life how destiny is writing ..enjoy few day’s
LINCON film i don’t saw jet but i can imagination ..from my reading ...
i have to say THANK YOU ..i like reading what you write because is more familiare than i am learned to read ..this make me feel free to write comment with my special way
my wishies for you and your big family is allways together with large love health and proffit too
i aprached.. what you try to explanted allways
ofcourse i iam part of your life because this is how unknow people with simple comment make you feelinig important ..
i hop really one day meet you ..
enjoy and beautifull day will come
again thank’s

Dec. 25, 2012, 4:25 a.m.

Thanks for the insightful sightful.

After reading, pondering, reflecting and identifying I have concuded my immediate responsibility is “evangelize”. Although apparently your friends,
although more numerous than mine, may prove as normal, hence, as receptive as your own. Therefore, they will each be given the opportunity to know you ‘literally’.

David Dubois

Dec. 25, 2012, 1:18 a.m.

Can someone explain to me exactly how 3,500 words is ‘brief?’

Perhaps this should be signed, ‘Your loving the sound of his own voice analyst.’

David Dubois

Dec. 25, 2012, 1:17 a.m.

Can someone explain to me exactly how 3,500 words is ‘brief?’

Perhaps this should be signed ‘Your loving the sound of his own voice analyst.’

Clifford Wachtel

Dec. 24, 2012, 7:27 p.m.

Just some periodic fan mail to help keep you going. I read everything you send me.

another must read weekly.

More fun because I keep seeing how we share views on almost everything that matters including economic policy,  music, actors, preferred vacations, and mutually disliked public figures

merry xmas, all the way from its hometown

Lucas Kozinski

Dec. 24, 2012, 6:15 p.m.

Mr. Mauldin, Merry Christmas!  I’d like to thank you for another amazing year!  Thanks to your free weekly publishings, young fiscal conservatives like myself have a reliable source to guide us in learning the truth about complex issues our country faces.  I have recommended your publishing to numerous friends and I will continue to do so!

In addition, if you enjoyed the movie Lincoln, I highly recommend watching the HBO documentary on John Adams!  It’s truley one of the best series I have ever watched and a must see.  HBO has two great features, HBO Go and HBO online that allow you to watch any HBO series for no additional fee, just use your TV provider online login! 

Merry Christmas!

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