The Daily Dose/January 11, 2017

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The only nation to put men on the moon is collapsing…

The Daily Dose/January 11, 2017
By Gaylon Kent
America’s Funniest Guy

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: The good news is the government changes hands in a bit over a week. This is good because for our money we are wrapping up 16 consecutive years of the worst presidential leadership this nation has ever been obliged to absorb.

Uh-Oh: The bad news is Donald Trump is taking office.

Dry, Technical Matter: President-elect Trump was a misfit as a private citizen and an embarrassment as a candidate and it is reasonable to expect him to be an embarrassment as president because the best indicator of future performance is past performance.

The Bottom Line: If we are expecting substantive change to how our nation is governed we are deluding ourselves. We are holding out modest hope that a businessman as president might produce an economy anchored in low taxes, free markets and minimal regulation, but we aren’t holding our breath.

Bad News…More Bad News: The short-term prognosis for our country is bleak: more war, more debt and more mass shootings because America’s citizens now are as violent as their government.

USA! USA! The long-term prognosis is equally appealing: America will collapse before this half-century is out.

Consider This: Anybody who thinks we can continue perpetual war and mindless fiscal irresponsibility with impunity is deluding themselves. We can’t. It will, eventually, mean the end of our country.

Good News/Bad News II: The good news is us American’s are never farther away from good government than the next election.

The bad news is we continually take fliers on this, insisting on reelecting the people who got us into this mess in the first place. The blame for our second-rate country can be found by all us – you, me, our aunt in Leadville – looking in the mirror every morning.

The Decline And Fall…: Because like Rome, our decline lies in our people, you and me, collectively, expecting nothing better out of our government or, frankly, ourselves. If an America at peace, with an economy anchored in low taxes and free markets and minimal regulation does not present itself in fairly short order, the Great American Experiment will collapse, probably before this half-century is out, tossed aside the scrap heap of history like the Roman Empire and the Soviet Union.

YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS…: Life insurance appears in the United States for the first time on this date in 1759 when a group of Presbyterian churches in Philadelphia charters a life insurance company. The corporation, ultimately known as the Presbyterian Ministers Fund, was acquired by Provident Mutual Life Insurance in the 1990’s, which was bought out by Nationwide Mutual Insurance around the turn of the century.

Great Moments In The Death Penalty: Illinois Governor George Ryan commutes the death sentences of Illinois prisoners to life imprisonment on this date in 2003. In 2000 Ryan had placed a moratorium on executions in Illinois. All of this was based on investigations into the conduct of Chicago police detective Jon Burge, who had forced confessions from suspects from 1972-91.

Dry, Technical Matter: Burge was ultimately convicted of assorted charges in 2010, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and was released in October, 2014.

Thought For The Day: A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Romes decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.– Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, The Story of Civilization, Volume III

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: There was not a Trivia feature last time.

Today’s Stumper: What percentage of incumbents were reelected to the United States Senate and House in the 2016 elections? – Answer next time!

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