Category Archives: Politics

Nationalism Rising

Monday, July 4, 2016
Posted in Politics by Joel Gross

Sentiments of nationalism are rising in America and it now seems to be cool again for young people to be pro-American. This is a bit surprising to see in a place like Los Angeles, and from what I can see on my Facebook feed it is stronger in more rural places.

It seems to be a global phenomenon that nationalism is rising strongly in other countries. Britain voted to exit the UK, Trump (an extreme nationalist) won the Republican nomination, and many other countries are showing stirrings of nationalism.

Nationalism is very dangerous as it also rose in the run-ups to major wars like WW1 and WW2. Life globally is much better when people can appreciate that folks in other countries are human beings with family, friends, and lives just like their own.

Why is nationalism rising? I think Islamic terrorism globally is working. It is putting fear into many countries. However, I think the result of that fear will not be to allow Islamic countries like ISIS or Saudi Arabia or Iran to grow and be left alone. I think it will cause military buildup and a growing anger in superpower countries that could lead to a global war to exterminate Islam. Trump and other extreme nationalist leaders seem to advocate this approach.

 

American People Scammed

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Posted in Politics by Joel Gross

Governments usually extort money from their populace as a standard practice. However, the US government is now getting extreme about the practice. The federal government shut down for over two weeks and all employees stayed at home relaxing, watching TV, playing XBox, going on vacations, etc. Now that the shutdown is over, all of those employees are going to be paid JUST AS IF THEY WORKED THE ENTIRE TIME.

Can you tell me any job in the world where you don’t show up for work for two full weeks and then you still get paid?!? Ridiculous.

What Would Cause American Civil War 2?

Monday, August 19, 2013
Posted in Politics by Joel Gross

What could possibly cause a second American Civil War?

I think ACW2 (kind of an awkward acronym) would most likely be caused the US national debt. The national debt would start to push inflation rates higher and higher until dollars are virtually worthless. Texas would move onto either a gold backed currency or a virtual currency and secede from the United States, followed by all the angry Southern states that never got over ACW1. If Obama was still president, he would just let them go. If we had anyone else as president they would fight to retain the union.

I Want More Terrorism.

Monday, August 5, 2013
Posted in Politics by Joel Gross

That’s right. I said I want more terrorism… in the United States.

Confused, shocked, angry?

I want to make something perfectly clear: I want another event like the Boston bombings or even another 9/11.

Why?

I am SICK and TIRED of watching America lose its freedoms one by one in the name of security. I hate subsidizing a $860 billion defense complex and a $80 billion department of homeland security budget. I hate losing my constitutional rights to an ever growing big brother monstrosity.

Give me my damned rights back and bring on more terrorist attacks.

Almost half a million Americans died in World War Two protecting our freedom and our Constitution. 3,000 Americans died in the World Trade Center attacks and we have given away much of our freedoms and rights since then. We gave up 100x more lives to protect our unique freedoms and rights sixty years ago. Our politicians and by extension we as Americans are cowards now for preferring security over freedom.

This is not a political issue- both the Republicans (under George W) and the Democrats (under Obama) have sold our freedom for a pittance.

As Patrick Henry once stated, “Give me freedom or give me death!”

In honor of Remember the Fourth…

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Posted in Advice, Politics by Josh Gross

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On Putin’s Refusal to Extradite Snowden:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Posted in Entertainment, Politics by Josh Gross

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Thoughts on Russia’s Defense of Snowden:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Posted in Entertainment, Politics by Josh Gross

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The Senator Lindsey Graham’s Comments on Snowden Yesterday

Monday, June 24, 2013
Posted in Entertainment, Politics by Josh Gross

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US Immigration Policy Change Needed

Friday, February 8, 2013
Posted in Politics by Joel Gross

 

Below is an interesting guest post from my friend the Black Rooster discussing US immigration policy changes that are needed. I agree with him – we spend way too much money trying to deport people we educated! As a matter of fact, when I was roommates with the Black Rooster he was deported for overstaying his student visa.  America lost a wealthy, University of Washington educated businessman because of stupid draconian bureaucratic rules. Very frustrating.

Has it ever occurred to you why the US spends billions of dollars every year on deporting illegal immigrants? Then turning around and granting the same illegal immigrants green cards while at the same time denying green cards to highly skilled and American educated foreigners?

In 2011 the US spent 5 billion dollars of American taxpayer’s money on deporting illegal immigrants. The average cost of deporting one illegal immigrant is 23,480 dollars. ICE and US Customs and Borders Protection budgets have increased by 80% since 2005, amounting to $17.1 billion in FY2010. If US were to undertake a mass deportation campaign its cost over five years would be $285 billion. That would mean new taxes of $922 for every man, woman, and child in the US and $5,100 fewer dollars for the
education of every public and private school student from prekindergarten to the 12th grade.

On the other hand the US is easily giving out green cards to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants while at the same time rejecting green card applications for American educated foreigners who wish to live and work in the US? I mean this must be the stupidest thing ever because all that does is helping those foreign countries becoming more competitive. Let’s think about this for a second. Let’s say for
example a Chinese man is granted a student visa for the US. He spends 10 years educating himself in the US earning a PhD in computer science. He then applies for a green card because he wants to live and work in the US, contributing to its economy. However this man is rejected therefore he returns to China and with his hard earned American education starts the next big IT firm in China, making them richer, more competitive and more advanced.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to maybe give that illegal immigrants green card to the highly educated Chinese man?

USDA Mortgage Program Extended

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Posted in Politics by Joel Gross

Many people had believed that the USDA home loan program had run out of money, but the United States Department of Agriculture has just boosted the loan limit to $2.5 billion.  Doing so has opened up the door to getting a new home for many people across America.  Most all areas are eligible for the USDA rural housing loan except for actual major city centers.

Unfortunately, guaranteeing all of these loans will create another housing bubble which will eventually burst creating even more economic fallout damage than has already been done.  However, I am in the business of providing services to people who want them and if it’s legal to make money issuing government backed loans than I will do so.

The USDA mortgage program was extended after extensive hardcore lobbying by Ruben Hinojosa the Chairman of the Congressional Rural Housing Caucus.  He probably believes this is what will get him re-elected.

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