Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rich dads and poor dads under President Obama

The original phrase "Rich dad, poor dad" was the title of a best-selling book.  It showed why some families were rich and why others weren't.  The difference was that rich dads taught very different money-management skills to their children than the poor dads, assuming that poor children have a father who lives with them.  Many poor children have a mother but no father in the house at all, which adds to their poverty.

This situation has changed dramatically under President Obama.  An article dated November 22, 2012, that was posted on a blog called "Zero Hedge" makes the point that a family of four whose parents work at two minimum-wage jobs, but who, due to their low income, receive a lot of financial- and other assistance from the U.S. Government, has more disposable income than a family of four that has an income of $60,000 per year.

Even if this statement is true, it is a "snapshot" analysis.  It is a statement of what is happening at this moment in time, but it does not take into account two facts:
  • A family headed by a person who has a $60,000 income may increase the family income substantially between now and five years from now, especially if the USA doesn't have a socialist President.  This can happen because:
    • the head of the family is working more hours,
    • he (or she) received a promotion in his (or her) job,
    • he (or she) is now working for a wealthier company, or
    • he (or she) received monetary bonuses from his (or her) employer for specific acts of outstanding job performance.

  • A family headed by a person who has two minimum-wage jobs (or a family headed by two people who each have one minimum-wage job) will only have a substantially higher income in five years if one of the two adults in the family stops asking for government aid and gets a better job.  The family's choice may be strongly encouraged by the 2016 election of a non-socialist President.

In other words, five years from now, the two families could easily return to the traditional capitalist economic model, which states (this is very much oversimplified) that "the harder you work, the more money you make".

For more information on this subject, please read any or all of the following essays:

Taxes, the wealthy, and the freedom to flee

Prepare yourself for 2013
Taxes and national income

President Obama works to bring down gas prices (This is a photo-essay, showing him playing one of his hundred rounds of golf.)

Redistribution of wealth

To insure domestic tranquility, encourage income mobility

Sunday, March 24, 2013

My twenty most popular essays

I write seven blogs.  I started with one in June 2012 about conservative politics, political science, and fiscally-responsible economics.  My second blog was started a month later.  It has a wide variety of subjects.  My third blog is about religion.  My fourth blog (this one) was begun with the goal of attracting more mobile users.

My first four blogs have a special page called "Readership Statistics".  That page lists the ten most popular essays during a recent one-week period, and it lists the most popular essays since that blog was created.

I added a fifth blog on December 20, 2013 to focus attention on my home state of Massachusetts.  I added a sixth Spanish-language blog on July 16, 2014 and a seventh blog on January 6, 2015.  The seventh blog will focus more on political science than on partisan politics.

Those "Readership Statistics" pages only list the essays on that blog.  This page lists the twenty most popular essays of all of my blogs combined.

This page will not list the "Readership Statistics" pages because they're not essays.  The "Readership Statistics" page on my "I have to say this" blog, for example, has been read more often than any other page on that blog.

Most of the pages that I write are essays.  They will take some time to read them, and most of the pages have clickable links embedded in words or phrases.

This list will be updated a few times a year.

The most recent update for this list is September 21, 2016.

Editor's notes

For the first time since this page was online, a page from a blog other than my two most popular blogs is included in this list of essays.  This page is now included in my top-20 list, partly because I mention it on Twitter and partly because a link to this page is included in my Twitter profile.

Two blog pages are on this list primarily because I have mentioned them hundreds of times on Twitter.  I started promoting "Stop using PayPal immediately" (5,624 readers) as soon as it was written because I was outraged at their attempt to steal the intellectual property of their own customers.

In addition, I have been promoting my blog endorsement of U.S. House candidate Lori Bartley (1,803 readers), and it helped her win her March 1st primary and a May 24th runoff election.  I will continue to mention this endorsement on Twitter because I want her to win her head-to-head race against Sheila Jackson Lee in November.

My Twitter account is @BennyTheKite (I admire Benjamin Franklin.)

This blog page includes a list of some well-known people and organizations that follow my Twitter account.  For example, @TedCruz and @SenTedCruz have followed my account since early 2014.  That page is on the list of the most popular pages on this blog.

Note: "Water Economics" was read thousands of times every day from late June 22, 2016 until early August 2016.  The readership of that page is more than half the readership of that blog.

Special note about "Other Viewpoints about California Water"

I believe that the readership amount for this page is inaccurate.  Sometimes, when I click on one of my own links, in order to read one of my own blog pages, Google's software will temporarily show me the most recent blog page on that blog instead of the older page that I wanted to read.  Sometimes, the wrong page is quickly replaced by the right page, but sometimes, the wrong page stays on my screen until I refresh the screen (or until I highlight the internet address of the page and click it again).

Every time the wrong page shows up on my screen, Google is probably counting that as a click on the page for purposes of the readership statistics that they report to me as the blog author.  I consider this to be a flaw in Google's software, but I don't know how to notify Google about it.

The "Other Viewpoints" page was published on July 21, 2016.  I saw the same flaw in the Google software before that page was online.  My page called Living and Dying in the Jungle, part 4 was published on July 5th, and for more than two weeks, it was the most recently published page during part of the intense readership of "Water Economics" that I saw from late June 2016 until early August 2016.  When "Other Viewpoints" was published, the daily readership of "Living and Dying" suddenly dropped.  That tells me that the readers of both pages were attempting to read "Water Economics" but were the victims of the flaw in Google's software.

Note: Every essay name is a clickable link to that page.
Essay Name Blog Name Readers
Water economics A 200-mile aqueduct
will end the drought in the southwest USA.
Conserving the Nation
Other viewpoints about California water
Including the Sierra Club and two US Govt agencies.
Conserving the Nation
Trojan horse legislation has hidden and
sometimes very harmful features.
Conserving the Nation
An emigration plan for the illegal aliens
They go from prison to the border in hours.
Conserving the Nation
Living and dying in The Jungle, part 4
Lower the minimum wage, in order to help people in a large homeless camp in Seattle, Washington.
Conserving the Nation
Why dictatorships are always bad
political science and some world history
This page was read for the 10,000th time December 19th.
Conserving the Nation
Stop using PayPal immediately
They want your trademarks and copyrights.
I Have to Say This
Two teenagers spending an afternoon together
It's a true story.  I was there.
I have to say this
A letter from a veteran to his Commander-in-Chief
A disabled USAF veteran criticizes Obama severely.
Conserving the Nation
Readership statistics for Water Economics
It was read thousands of times every day for a month.
Conserving the Nation
Vote for Lori Bartley in Texas
She is a Houston candidate for the U.S. House.
I Have to Say This
Water Economics, part 2
re-edited, with extra material
Conserving the Nation
Sample Articles of Impeachment 40 in the 1st term.
The page was too small to include Benghazi.
Conserving the Nation
Barak Obama is a traitor to his country
He gave an intel drone to Iran in December 2011.
Conserving the Nation
To insure domestic tranquility, ensure income mobility
Honest hard work makes you wealthier and happier.
Conserving the Nation
The end of racism Step-by-step proof that
it is a meaningless and thus, a useless concept.
Conserving the Nation
My twenty most popular essays (this page)
Conserve the Mobile Nation
Summary of two vain and socialist presidents
Obama is guilty of every one of Nixon's crimes.
Conserving the Nation
A better understanding of the President
including info about EPA-created pollution
Conserving the Nation
Barak Obama is a criminal
Documentation of larceny and fraud.
Conserving the Nation

Please read Hillary's chickens are coming home to roost (1.249 readers as of September 21st) before you vote in November. 

When Hillary was a U.S. Senator, she said the words in this graphic to a group of her supporters.
That essay includes a link to a news article that quotes her saying those exact words.

Why I say that "Barak Obama is a Criminal"

This page, with 1,362 readers to date, documents the fact that he illegally reimbursed his own wife for the expenses of a vacation trip that she made without him.  A sequel to this essay documents the fact that Michelle Obama made at least three similar trips during his first term as President.

If he is convicted of three counts of larceny and three counts of fraud, he could be in a federal prison for 45 years, and if there are more convictions for fraud, he could spend even more time in prison.  Filing false documents with a U.S. Government agency, such as the Treasury Department, is fraud, and every fraudulent document submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department is a separate crime.  That would be a good example of the U.S. justice system doing what it is supposed to do.

The documentation of the expenses of Michelle's solo trips was done by Judicial Watch, which won lawsuits against several government agencies, including the U.S. Air Force, whose pilots flew the airplanes that carried Michelle to and from her vacation destinations.  One document that was forced to be disclosed was a passenger manifest for one airplane trip.  This document stated that 13-year-old Sasha Obama was a Senior Advisor to Michelle.

Popular essays on my other five blogs

Besides "Conserving the Nation" and "I have to say this", I also author five other blogs.  Here are their names and the four most well-read essays for each blog.

These readership numbers were updated on September 21, 2016.

Conserving the Nation

I write two blogs with the same name, but they have slightly different internet addresses.

The most popular essay on this blog is called Obama's economic plan.  It has been read 732 times.  Many of his agencies have been assessing fines on companies.  There are two problems with this policy.  In many cases, the fines have been out of proportion to the seriousness of the violation.  I documented $88 billion in Justice Department fines since Obama took office in 2009, plus other smaller amounts that other agencies, such as the EPA and NOAA, have levied against companies.  These fines are out of proportion to the offenses that any of these companies were accused of committing by those same agencies.

That makes this revenue process very different than the normal tax revenue income stream.  It is easier to corrupt people with large amounts of money.  Tens of billions of dollars are a definite temptation to a dictator like Obama than the normal tax revenue income stream because there is no Congressional oversight.

The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't apply its' own standards to its' own behavior, as documented in my April 2013 essay A better understanding of the President.  His actions and those of his agencies are often similar to the behavior of a cartoon character who always carried a club with him.

I updated that page in January 2016, however, with detailed and documented information about the actions of EPA employees who caused pollution and who have never faced criminal justice or any administrative penalties for their actions.

The second-most popular page on this blog was written after the date of the last update for this top-20 list.  It's called Democrats love Donald Trump.  During the first half of 2016, when American voters were choosing candidates for the presidency, many Democrats voted for him when there were strong Republican candidates, including current Governors and Senators.  This has always bothered me.  In my opinion, Democrat voters were deliberately voting for a weak Republican who they hoped would lose to Hillary Clinton in November.  This essay has been read 506 times.

That page includes quotes from news articles that mention his popularity (which has sharply declined, now that the primary elections are over).  On the day that this essay was written, Hillary was leading Donald in many polls.  The page includes a link to a website that shows the average of many polls.  My essay makes the point explicitly that the Democrats who voted for Donald in the primaries will re-register and vote, as Democrats, for Hillary in November.

That page includes a tweet that Donald made on the night of the 2012 presidential election.  He wrote, "I always vote for the winners.  Congratulations to my friend Barack Obama".  He even used Obama's Twitter account.  The page also discusses Donald's lack of maturity in his tweets and in his public behavior.  The page also includes a YouTube video that shows his insulting behavior.

The third most popular post on this blog is a look at "bathroom bills", using a political science perspective.  The best-known legislation of this type was passed by the North Carolina legislature and signed into law by the North Carolina Governor.  The U.S. Justice Department immediately threatened a lawsuit, but the Governor asked a court to rule that his state law was the result of a legitimate process performed by a state legislature, in full compliance with its' state constitution and the U.S. Constitution.

This essay, titled The President and the Governor, has been read 331 times.  I added a new set of quoted and linked paragraphs to it July 13, 2016.  There is a sequel, titled The President and the Governor, part 2, which was published May 18, 2016.  This page has a lot of detail about a law that Congress passed in 1946 called the Administrative Procedures Act.  The Governor of North Carolina claims that the President violated this law when his agencies took administrative actions to punish the state of North Carolina for passing and signing their law.

There is a set of two essays, both published on December 1, 2015.  They were originally titled "A House Divided Against Itself, part 2a" and "A House Divided Against Itself, part 2b" but I renamed them on September 21st.  Hawaii divided against itself, part 1 shows the importance of America's unification.  The page shows the national motto "e pluribus unum" on two coins and on our paper money.  It quotes part of an 1858 speech by Abraham Lincoln where he spoke these words from the Bible, "A house divided against itself cannot stand", and it shows, graphically, efforts by modern American radicals to destroy our unity by polarizing issues.

Hawaii divided against itself, part 2 is the sequel.  A part of a U.S. Government agency, under the control of the President, is trying very hard to polarize the issue of Hawaiian sovereignty.  As documented by my essay, this agency has organized a group of people they call "native Hawaiians" (notice the lack of unity).  This group, which the Interior Department considers a race, is the only group that was allowed to vote on a proposal to start a new government structure that would have separate relations with the United States Government.  Again, notice the lack of unity.  I call it a forced secession in my Twitter messages.

Voting had already begun when a Supreme Court Justice halted any official declaration of the results on the valid basis that voting cannot be denied to any racial group, which would include people who are not considered "native Hawaiians" by the Department of the Interior.

As stated by part 2 of the essay, unity between Hawaii and the rest of the United States is vital to our national security because of the presence of the naval base at Pearl Harbor and the Air Force base at Hickam Air Field.

Part 1 has been read 248 times.  Part 2 has been read 238 times.

Deity Dialog, a blog about religion

This is my third-most-popular blog, as voted by my readers.

The most popular essay on this blog is the second essay I wrote for that blog.  It's called Another look at the Good Samaritan story.  It has been read 472 times.  This essay examines the question of whether the Samaritan was a Christian.  It also discusses possible reasons why Jesus might have recommended his actions instead of choosing to recommend the inaction of a Priest and a Levite, who also saw the same man lying on a road after being beaten, robbed, stripped, and then abandoned.  The Bible passage that includes this story is named.

The second most popular page on this blog is The shoulder test.  It has been read 428 times.  It is a test of the sincerity of a church's sympathy when someone walks into a church who is sad.  This essay was based on my own personal experience.  When my wife died in 2002, I began to attend a new church.  When my wife was alive, she showed her sympathy often, and in a very direct manner.  She let me cry on her shoulder.  In contrast, none of the members of this church ever did that for me, and so, I have concluded that they failed my shoulder test.  This essay also includes Bible verses.  That church should have told their members how to show Christian love to someone who had suffered a loss.

The third most popular essay is Diversity is a two-way street.  A high school principal encouraged every female student to dress like a Muslim for a day, by wearing a hijab.  In the interest of true diversity, my blog page includes a photo of President Obama wearing a yarmulke, another photo of President George W. Bush wearing one, and a photo of England's Prince Charles wearing one.  If female high school students can legally be encouraged to wear a hijab for a day, then male students can legally be encouraged to wear a yarmulke for a day (or a cross on a chain around their necks).   In addition, every Jewish student should be allowed to wear a yarmulke if he wants to wear one on any school day, and every Christian student, male or female, should be allowed to wear a cross on a chain.  This page has been read 402 times.

The fourth most well-read page is There is something better than faith.  The basis for this statement is one chapter in the Old Testament.  It shows the benefits of three human qualities, and when it compares them, in the last verse in the chapter, it says that one of those three qualities is the best, but faith is not the winner in this competition.  This essay has been read 400 times.

The fifth most well-read page is Do dead babies go to Heaven or Hell.  It has been read 386 times.  This essay is not the kind of Bible study that you would find in a church.  The Bible passages that I mention in the essay are in conflict with my own understanding of the morality that God wants us to observe, or even to obey.  The title of this essay is phrased as a question because in my own mind, this is still an unanswered question, and I say so at the beginning of this essay.

Massachusetts Matters

This is my fourth-most-popular blog, as voted by my readers.

This blog was begun on December 20, 2013.  It is about my home state of Massachusetts.  As of September 21, 2016, I have written 33 essays for that blog.

The most popular essay is about the Boston Celtics basketball team and their 1986 drug scandal, called The Celtic's image problem. It has been read 348 times.  It was in second place as of the last update for this page in June.  A few months ago, I sent a link to this page to a lot of Boston sportswriters.  I also sent a link to the Twitter account of the Celtic's General Manager, who used to be a player on the team.

In 1986, the Boston Celtics, which at the time had a long history of winning world championships, drafted a player who died of a cocaine overdose before he ever played one game with the team.  Every year since this drug scandal, there have been two things that you could always say about the Boston Celtics.  They never performed the absolutely vital public relations efforts that would have brought fans back into the arena, and with only one exception, the team hasn't won a world championship since 1986, when Len Bias snorted cocaine and died.

In second place is an essay I wrote in May 2015.  It is called Proposed science and technology standards for students.  The proposed standards for Massachusetts public schools would do serious damage to an important concept called the scientific method.  This is what separates true scientists from people who simply have good knowledge of scientific principles, who I call technologists.

As stated in the essay, an astronomer named Nicholaus Copernicus was a scientist because he performed valid scientific experiments in the 16th century that proved that the earth revolved around the sun.  At that time, the established scientific "fact", taught in schools at that time, was that the sun and the other known planets revolved around the earth.  His experiments proved, scientifically, that this "fact" was actually false.  This essay has been read 247 times.

The first essay I wrote for this blog, called The first Post is now in third place, with 219 readers.  It mentions the fact that the earliest settlers of this state were very politically active.  It includes a quote from the organization that preserves the history of the ship that was the site of the Boston Tea Party.

In fourth place is Elizabeth Warren, foolish redistributionist.  Even though she obviously has a desire for an influence on national policy, she is still one of my two U.S. Senators, which is why I included this essay on this blog.  This essay has been read 189 times.  She is an advocate for a "Robin Hood" policy that takes money from wealthy people and gives it to poor people.  Every time a policy like this is implemented, there is less incentive for both groups of people to work at a job.

In fifth place is Tolerance and intolerance.  The veteran's organization that sponsors an annual parade through Boston on St. Patrick's Day is tolerant of alternate lifestyles, but they have a right to decide whether intolerant groups like OutVets will be allowed to march in the parade that they organized.  This viewpoint has been affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.  This essay has been read 152 times.

Conserving the Mobile Nation (this blog)

The most well-read page on this blog is this page.  It has been read 1,599 times.  It is so popular, it was added to the top-20 list above on July 13, 2016.

My Twitter info has been read 597 times.  It mentions the name of my Twitter account, it states my policy on retweeting messages, it tells the story of the person who used his tweets to threaten a jury, and it names some of my V.I.P. followers.  Two recent presidential candidates follow my Twitter account.  So do two current U.S. Representatives and two nationally-known television talk-show hosts.  Three people who are current political candidates follow me also.  If they win their races, I will add them to the page.  Two of these people are running for the U.S. House and the third is trying to be the Missouri State Treasurer.

Summary of the Sample Articles of Impeachment has been read 520 times.  It summarizes my essay "Sample Articles of Impeachment", which is on my "Conserving the Nation" blog and which is one of the 20 most popular essays listed above.  The summary, like the original detailed and documented list, does not include the negligent homicide of the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi, Libya.

Why I am a Republican has been read 268 times.  This is the title of a short speech by a Louisiana State Senator.  A video of him making that speech is included on the essay.  He finished a full term as a Congressman in January 2016 and he will run again.  Link to his campaign website.

The fifth most popular essay is Now you know why college is so expensive has been read 245 times.  A photo of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, with a caption on it, was on my Twitter account.  I copied it from there and pasted it into a blog page.  The caption shows her hypocrisy at being an advocate for free or low-cost college tuition while being the recipient of a very-highly-paid college salary for teaching one class.  The blog page also includes the result of a Google search for the words "fake indian".  The top search result was a article about her.

La Voz de El Dorado

This is my Spanish-languag blog.  I have only written five essays for it as of January 3, 2015, but a fifth essay is almost finished.  I will list all five essays here.

Every essay that is on this blog is written in Spanish.  I am not fluent in this language, but Google has a translation service that translated all of the essays after I had written them in English.  I will use it for any other essay that I write for this blog.

The most popular essay on this blog is a translation of an economics essay that is very popular on my Conserving the Nation blog.  The English-language essay is called "Taxes and national income", and it is listed above.  It includes photos of brownies to illustrate income.  In this essay, one brownie represents $10,000 in annual income for one person or a family.  The Spanish version of this essay is called Los impuertas y el ingresso nacional.  It uses photos of burritos for the same purpose.  One burrito represents $10,000 in annual income for one person or a family.  This essay has been read 120 times.

An essay written on October 25, 2015 is the second most popular.  It is called Tlaloc y Chac su ayuda ahora.  A hurricane that month left a lot of seawater covering Mexican farmland.  This presents an opportunity for farmers to plant and harvest good crops because of the nutrients in the seawater.  The essay is named for one figure in each of the Aztec and Mayan mythologies that might have an interest in Mexican farming.  The essay includes links to lists of actual parcels of Mexican farmland that are available for sale.  It has been read 85 times.

The third most popular page is called Santa Maria te ama.  It includes 10 YouTube videos of Spanish-language Catholic masses, filmed at different locations around the U.S.A.  Catholics who live in Mexico and the countries of Central America know who the essay is named after because she has a close relationship with them.  It has been read 50 times.

The fourth most popular page is called Vuestro oro está muy cerca.  In this essay, I encouraged people to move to North Dakota to get high-paying jobs.  Anyone who works at department stores or fast-food restaurants will receive pay that is approximately double the federal minimum wage, because there are many other jobs that offer even higher pay.  Those other jobs are in the energy industry, which is booming in North Dakota.  It has been read 45 times.

In fifth place is a translation of a political science essay that is very popular on my Conserving the Nation blog.  The English-language essay is called "Why dictatorships are always bad", and it is one of the 20 most popular essays listed above.  The Spanish-language essay is called Es por esto que las dictaduras son siempre malas.  There are some photos in this essay that do not appear in the English-language essay.  The photos show living conditions in Berlin when Russia divided the city in the 1940s.  It has been read 38 times.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A hard fact of life for any thief

If a thief returns the money he stole the day after he stole it, it may reduce his sentence, but it cannot reduce his guilt.

He is still guilty of the crime of theft.

In the case of Barak Obama, even if he repays the U.S. Treasury for the money he stole from it, he is still guilty of the crime of larceny.

Two recent and relevant essays:

"Barak Obama is a criminal" and "Presidential larceny totals"


Oh, by the way, Vice-President Joe Biden recently made a trip to Paris.  His expenses for one-night in a Paris hotel were more than half a million dollars.

Link to a story, dated today, March 22nd, in The Weekly Standard.

This is in addition to a trip that he made to London last month.  One hundred and thirty-six hotel rooms at The Hyatt Regency in London were used for a total of 893 "room-nights".

The total hotel bill was $459,388 (and sixty-five cents).  Link to a story, also dated today, and also in The Weekly Standard.

Together, those two trips cost taxpayers more than a million dollars.


This is the only taxpayer benefit that I can see for Mr. Biden's trips.  Unlike Michelle Obama, the Vice-President can claim that he's serving the country.

Michelle (also known as Marie Antoinette) only serves herself and her family.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Be kind to everyone you meet

This advice is similar to what many religions teach their members, and even if you're not a member of any organized religion, this advice fits well into the ethical principles that many atheists practice.

I am mentioning it on this blog, now, because of a very unusual event that I experienced.

I recently met someone who won a million dollars in a lottery.

There are many reasons for a person to experience a sudden increase in their income, and just as many reasons for them to experience a sudden decrease in their income.  Both of these events can be called income mobility, which I have written about in another essay.  On a later date, I also wrote about a related topic, the redistribution of wealth.

Whether sudden increases or decreases in wealth happen to you or not, they do happen to many of the people around you.  It is part of an overall plan that was implemented (I believe) by God a very long time ago.  Whether you share my belief or not isn't important right now.  What is important is that you treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect.

Whether you do this because of your personal ethical principles, because of the principles of your religion, or because you selfishly want to increase your own income, regardless of how it happens, you should be kind to everyone.

You never know when someone you were kind to in the past now has the ability to thank you for your past kindness.

For all those who are cruel to others, whether they know it or not, you never know when someone you were unkind to in the past now has the ability to walk our of your life and never see you again.  Think about treating people differently tomorrow morning.  Ask God for help in this task.  You may need his help, but if you ask nicely, you're likely to get his help, and that can make a very big difference in your life.

If you humbly ask for God's help, no matter what kind of a lifestyle you have now, you may even find yourself wondering why you're now experiencing an increased income and more personal happiness.  You can stop wondering about that, because God loves you.  Take some time to thank him for what he's done for you.

... and be kind to everyone you meet.  Some of them will need as much kindness as they can get, and someday, some of them will find a way to thank you tomorrow for being kind to them today.

Remember, I recently met a lottery winner.