Please Stop Insulting my Intelligence!

March 17, 2017

☆☆Every single day the NSA intercepts and stores the equivalent of 128 million books.

Will you allow old Gene McVay to put that in perspective?

The Library of Congress has 16 million books.

Our Congressmen are dancing around spouting off saying President Trump’s phone calls and emails somehow escaped the gargantuan dragnet of our 17 corrupt intelligence agencies!

Day after day, fools like Geraldo and Juan Williams are paid to insult our intelligence. They, along with our Congressmen, are either corrupt or completely clueless or all of the above?

I have begged and pleaded with voters to stop sending these babes in the woods to the Swamp! They can’t find their own behinds, much less provide oversight.

The newest NSA Data Center in Utah uses 1.7 million gallons of water A DAY!!! The electric bill is $40 million a year.

Our intelligence apparatus should have been able to prevent 911, the Boston bombing, Khobar Towers, the USS Cole and Pearl Harbor.

Collectively, they COULD NOT EVEN FIND Osama bin Laden!!! Nor do they have any idea how many illegal aliens are roaming our neighborhoods or what they’re up to.

While our Intelligence Agencies don’t know what the bad guys are doing, miraculously, they know what General Flynn is doing. They probably knew where Donald Trump would build a hotel and bought nearby property?

They miraculously had no idea what Obama and the corrupt judge were up to in Hawaii?

What good would 8 Libraries of Congress a day do if you can’t read?

What would George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Knox and Alexander Hamilton think about this government gone wild? How big must government overreach become before you raise an eyebrow? What are the odds Paul Ryan and his cronies have a clue?

In this dark expensive swamp there is an alien life form named Donald J. Trump. We may survive if he is successful?

I Won’t be Speaking at an Intelligence Conference

March 14, 2017

★★Recently, I was asked to be Keynote Speaker at an Intelligence Conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

While I wouldn’t mind enjoying a free vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains, I told organizers that they would not like to hear what I would say about the course of the modern Intelligence Community.

Even 50 years ago when I was an analyst, NSA occupied the second largest building in the DC area with the longest unobstructed hallway in the world. Since then, NSA Headquarters expanded and in addition, just the NSA Data Center in Utah is 7 times larger than the Pentagon and 15 times larger than MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets. That’s just one of dozens of facilities around the globe.

The Utah facility electric bill is $40 million a year and you would not like to pay their water bill since they use 1.7 million gallons a day. Oops, you and I are paying their bills.

Every day, the NSA intercepts and stores 1.7 billion emails, phone calls, texts and other electronic communications. That’s equivalent to 138 million books every 24 hours.

In addition to legalizing President Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program, the 2008 FISA Amendments Act gave telecommunications companies retroactive immunity for disclosing Americans’ communications. The Obama warrantless wiretapping, in my opinion, is the Bush program on steroids. We don’t know for sure since the corrupt media was big on exposing the Bush transgressions but they are equally determined to cover-up all of the Obama Administration’s corruption.

When probed by Congressional Intelligence Committees about surveillance under the amended law, intelligence officials admitted the agency had been engaged in “significant and systemic overcollection” of American’s domestic communications. Government reports confirm that the USA has violated FISA, but the USA refuses to release information about these abuses.

It would be one thing if all this eavesdropping would have prevented war after war after war or terrorist attack after terrorist attack, but, alas, it DID NOT. There is so much data that I suspect Intelligence Officials barely have time to dig through information that will help them profit from mergers and acquisitions, learn how much the dividend will be on a certain stock or damage the President of the United States and his Cabinet?

I can tell you one thing for certain; Congress, the News Media, 93% of the DC bureaucrats, most Federal Judges and about half of the American people, DO NOT WANT PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DRAIN THEIR SWAMP!

“The Hanging Judge” Isaac Parker brought law and order to Indian Territory and Fort Smith during the 1800’s but he died in 1896. The only thing standing between America and total anarchy is President Donald J. Trump. As for me and my house, we will back our President.

★★A Closer Look at the General Election

March 7, 2017

Trump won the popular vote in 31 states; Hillary won 19 and DC. That’s 62% to her 38%. Trump led in the total popular vote for all states except California.

Hillary won California 5,860,714 to Trump’s 3,151,821. 61.6% to 33.1% exclusive of the other candidates. Thus California gave Hillary the popular vote for all states as claimed by the Democrats and their media stooges.

Do you remember that the California State Senate Majority Leader admitted on national television that half his family members were illegal aliens and all had fake Social Security Cards? Some Illegal Immigrants have as many as seven fake Social Security Cards and likely vote seven times. I believe Hillary would probably have won in California even if the election was completely honest but I will never believe Hillary actually defeated Bernie. Hillary had to pay people to attend her rallies while Bernie had Rock Star attendance.

If you deduct her California vote from her national vote leaving her with 54,978,783, and deduct Trump’s California vote from his national total, leaving him with 57,113.976, he wins in a landslide in the other 49 states, 51.3% to her 48.7%.

So, in effect, Hillary was elected president of California and Trump was elected president of the rest of the country by a substantial margin.

This exemplifies the wisdom of the Electoral College, to prevent the vote of any one populace state from overriding the vote of the others. Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway, whose expertise is polling, saw this early on and devised her strategy of “6 pathways to the White House”.

This meant ignoring California with its huge Democrat majority and going after the states that would give him the necessary electoral votes to win, FL, NC, MI, PA, OH, and WI.

At its lowest point since the civil war, could this election mean the end of the Democrat Party? The GOP now has:

1) The Presidency.
2) A majority of the House of Representatives.
3) A majority of the Senate.
4) Almost two-thirds of all the governorships.
5) Total control of the statehouses in almost two-thirds of all the states.
And in the near future, Republicans will be able to add:
6) A majority of the Supreme Court.

The above has never happened before in American history. Think about that and let it sink in for a moment. And it’s all because of one reason: Barack Obama and his radicals forcing their extreme far-left agenda on an unwilling country by executive orders, left wing judges, and sycophantic bureaucrats.

Don’t let the corrupt media rob you of your joy over this victory. The first President who did not receive a majority of the popular vote also failed to receive a majority of the Electoral College vote. The sixth president, John Quincy Adams, lost to Andrew Jackson but was put in office by the House of Representatives as was their right by law. Nobody turned over buggies or burned down Livery Stables.

President John Quincy Adams took the oath of office on a book of constitutional law, instead of the Holy Bible. Four years later, Old Hickory, Andrew Jackson, was elected outright and served eight years.

With the demand that we do away with the Electoral College and take the popular vote being pushed by the media, etc., all Americans need to know that the Electoral College is working exactly as our Founding Fathers intended.

Citizens might know these things if our education system was about learning instead of about money and if lousy teachers could be fired like everybody else except lazy bureaucrats?

Do you Really want War with the Russian Federation?

March 6, 2017

From the 1970’s until 1991, I was the tip of the spear preparing, on a daily basis, for WW III with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The USSR was not a nomadic desert tribe, they possessed a formidable nuclear arsenal including ICBMs capable of striking anywhere on United States soil along with some of the best fighter aircraft on the planet. Perhaps it is time for Americans to come to the realization that the USSR no longer exists?

On the night of December 25th, 1991, in a nationally televised speech, Mikhail Gorbachev announced his resignation as president; as he put it, “I hereby discontinue my activities at the post of President of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” He declared the office extinct and handed over its functions, including control of the Soviet nuclear codes, to Boris Yeltsin. That same night after he left office, the flag of the Soviet Union was lowered from the Kremlin and was replaced with the Russian tricolor flag. The next day, December 26th, the Supreme Soviet declared that the Soviet Union had formally ceased to exist as a functioning state, thus they voted both itself and the Union out of existence. Two days after Gorbachev left office, Yeltsin moved into Gorbachev’s old office.

By the end of the 1980s, severe shortages of basic food supplies, including meat and sugar, led to the reintroduction of the war-time system of distribution using food cards that limited each citizen to a certain amount of product per month. Compared to 1985, the state deficit grew from 0 to 109 billion rubles; gold funds decreased from 2,000 to 200 tons; and external debt grew from 0 to 120 billion dollars. Socialism did not work and will never work for a nation.

In my opinion, Modern Russia is more pro-western, pro-Christian, and pro-capitalist than the Modern Democrat Party of Obama, Hillary, Schumer and Pelosi. It also appears to me that the Democrat Party is more in bed with foreign Arab Jihadists than current Russia President Vladimir Putin. Russia actually hates them and has no place for Muslim refugees in his country.

I believe the gulf between the Democrats and Republicans is much greater and broader than during the Civil War. Make no mistake; the Civil War was a war between Democrats and Republicans. While the Republicans won the war and General Lee surrendered to General Grant, the Democrats killed President Lincoln before pretending to be reconstructed and continuing business as usual in the South for a hundred years.

The issue today is not so much slavery; it is the pro-Leninist and pro-Marxist philosophy that turned out millions and millions of Democrats for Bernie Sanders. There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that if the Democrats had not rigged the Primary Election, Bernie would have been the nominee. Hillary could not draw a crowd if she swallowed a fully inflated football.

After success in the Primary, the Democrats were confident they had the White House in the bag. The pitiful Democrats could not even win with a rigged election, 99% of the media and a goodly portion of the Republicans pulling for them! On top of that, the Communist Party of the United States was pulling for Hillary just like they pulled for Obama. Obama was ready to play ball with Russia after his reelection and Hillary couldn’t do enough for Vladimir. Maybe it was his chest and biceps that caused Hillary to fork over our uranium to him?

After French kissing the Russians, the Democrats are now ready to fight them. Our stupidest Republicans also want nothing less than a New Cold War or even a nuclear confrontation with the Russian Federation. The Hanoi Songbird and his girlfriend Lucy Graham have so much free time on their hands they do little else besides stirring the pot from sunup til sundown.

I can’t remember when so many feckless politicians were itching for a war with another Super Power. Those who never felt the sting of battle are always the most hawkish and have the biggest mouths.

With Obama and Hillary giving Vladimir EVERYTHING he could possible want, why would anybody think he would risk a war with the United States by tampering with our election?

Considering our Astronauts cannot reach the International Space Station without Russian help, America may only be 28th in math and science but we’re about 100th in common sense!

The Gene McVay Illegal Immigration Solution

February 28, 2017

The trillion dollar problem must be solved if America is to survive longer than a few short years.

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It is impossible to get a figure on the totality of the impact of illegal immigration in America. My best guess is more than one trillion dollars a year.

Since Democrats and sanctuary cities are the major enablers of the flood of humanity living off of hard working taxpayers, the trillion dollars should come from them.

Here are my recommendations:
25% Sanctuary City tax
25% Sanctuary State tax
60% Motion Picture tax
60% Actor & Entainer tax
60% Hedge Fund tax
60% News Anchor tax

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Expand the property confiscation program to include:
■Mayors and City Directors of Sanctuary Cities.
■County Executives of Sanctuary Counties
■Governors and Legislators of Sanctuary States.
■Judges who have perpetuated and enabled illegal immigration.
■All persons who have harbored or transported illegal immigrants.
■Businesses and Companies that employ illegal immigrants.
■Illegal immigrants who have registered to vote or who are in possession of fraudulent Social Security or Immigration Documents
■Federal employees who have issued Social Security or Immigration Documents to illegal immigrants
■Federal, State and local officials who release illegal immigrants without due process
■Illegal Immigrants who fraudulently receive any government assistance
■Any government official or employee who enables or aids illegal immigration

Confiscated property to be sold at auction with proceeds going toward national defense, Veterans benefits, infrastructure and social security.

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To facilitate this seamlessly and to get government working again, the law that permitted the failed government program of collective bargaining for government employees must end. Our government has never had child labor, poor working conditions, poor pay, black lung or poor benefits. Unions bankrupted the Post Office before the government wide takeover. Bureaucrats negotiate with bureaucrats to waste tax dollars.

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The hungry kid who steals from a convenience store will surely be met with justice. Presidential Candidates, government employees and billionaire anarchists seem to operate above the law. Laws must allow government employees to be fired as easily as a grocery store manager. Fire them on the spot and take their keys. Use the VA system for appeals. My VA claim and appeal is 7 years old.

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If we are going to have a legitimate country, our laws must apply to every single person.

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Lawless Mayors, Judges and politicians will quickly stop thumbing their noses at our Constitution and laws and America will become solvent in the process.

Do You Believe Illegal Aliens are Voting?

February 8, 2017

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☆☆☆☆How Many Illegal Aliens did it take to elect Kevin De Léon to the California Senate?

Half of California Senate Leader’s family members are illegal aliens with falsified Social Security and Green Cards.

As I charged years ago, there are enough falsified immigration documents to fill a Container Ship. Do you think these illegal aliens are not voting?

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I’ve heard of people with as many as seven phoney Social Security Cards.

Do you remember the red tape you went through to get any of your government documents?

While 600,000 combat disabled Veterans wait years for the US Department of Veterans Affairs to act on our claims, illegal aliens are living off the fat of America. Too many of our Veterans are homeless while illegal aliens are driving Cadillacs and electing corrupt politicians.

Why do you think the Illegal Alien Corps has been so vociferous while burning down our cities? The Corps includes 100% if the Democrat Party and 99% of the corrupt media.

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America is like a cute puppy with 30 million ticks. Our reputation as a country of suckers has brought freeloaders flooding to our shores snd through the hole in the fence.

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While Americans were sleeping or watching Scott Pelley, Shep Smith and Chuck Todd blast Donald Trump, the termites were eating us out of house and home.

It’s like each law abiding, hard working American has a hundred extra mouths to feed.

We’re sleeping on the streets while illegal aliens are sleeping in our beds.

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Is it too late to take our country back?

Minnesota vs. Arkansas Healthcare

February 4, 2017

My Experience at Saint Luke’s Hospital where their motto is: THE PATIENT, ABOVE ALL ELSE

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Several years ago I was traveling to Lake Superior to escape the Arkansas heat when I had some pain. I called my daughter who told me a walk-in clinic could give me antibiotics that would cure it quickly.

After checking into a motel in Duluth, Minnesota, I asked the desk clerk if there was a clinic nearby. She said Saint Luke’s was close and they would see walk-ins.

I drove to the hospital and easily found a parking spot. My walk to my mailbox at home is longer than the walk from the parking lot. I was impressed, a parking space for a customer — what a novel idea.

I walked up to the counter and told them I needed to see a doctor. I was immediately taken to an examination room where a Physician’s Assistant interviewed me regarding my symptoms and ordered lab work. Simultaneously, a young lady entered the room and entered some of my demographic information (name, address, medications, and allergies) into a computer terminal. In less than five minutes, a Medical Doctor entered the room with the results of my tests and handed me a prescription.

The last order of business on my way out was an inquiry about health insurance. The entire time spent inside Saint Luke’s Hospital was much shorter than the time I am accustomed to waiting before even talking to any medical staff member.

A good friend of mine and former Mayor of Fort Smith went to another Minnesota clinic for an evaluation. He told me he walked into the Mayo Clinic and picked up a magazine on the way to the counter. He walked out of the clinic after the evaluation without having time to open the magazine.

Life expectancy is about 4 years less in Arkansas than Minnesota. Nobody will touch a patient in Arkansas without first making copies of insurance cards. At Saint Luke’s, they didn’t even know my name or have a single record about me in their entire system. I never touched a sheet of paper or filled out a single form.

In Arkansas, the first order of business is to make a copy of the patient’s insurance cards. Then, virtually every clinic and hospital will hand you a clipboard with a stack of papers to fill out even if you have been a patient for years. What can go wrong when a clipboard is passed around among sick people? The third leading cause of death in the United States is medical errors claiming more than 250,000 lives each year. That was reported in 2016 by the Washington Post.

I don’t think that includes illnesses caused by germs, pneumonia and other things while under hospital care? You would think that a patient scheduled for a CT scan or anything else would not need to sit in a waiting room filling out information that the hospital already has.

I was on a hospital board years ago and I have talked to many medical personnel. They tell me that hospital administrators are concerned about the bottom line and a myriad of things but something like the motto of Saint Luke’s Hospital is not on their radar. Most had never ever had a conversation with an administrator. No administrator had asked them what they needed to be able to do their jobs a lot better. Few administrators walked in the Emergency Rooms of their own hospitals and witnessed the treatment or lack of treatment of injured patients. If they had, they would have seen that most Emergency Rooms have the organization of a Zoo.

Only 29.8% of Emergency Room patients actually see any medical personnel within 15 minutes. I think they are afraid to publish the average wait times. “Anecdotally, there’s no question that it’s getting worse,” said Dr. Sandra Schneider, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York.

Schneider said out of 1,500 emergency physicians recently surveyed, 200 personally knew of a person who had died because of the practice of “boarding.”

Boarding means keeping patients in an emergency room bed when they should be in a regular hospital bed. Schneider said the practice eventually creates a backup in the emergency room.

Hospital Administrators are DEEPLY involved in POLITICS. Hospitals and Nursing Homes gave $64,000 to Governor Hutchinson’s campaign. That does not count individual contributions from Administrators or the contributions to Legislators who got Obamacare passed for them.

I know that hospitals have valid excuses for some problems such as illegal aliens or legal refugees pouring into America with diseases that were eradicated in the U.S. 100 years ago. Also, too many people run to Emergency Rooms with a headache instead of taking an aspirin. If hospitals don’t treat hangnails in a timely manner they can be sued. Too much of what hospitals are forced to do has nothing to do with healthcare but is the practice of Defensive Medicine to avoid malpractice suits. I think this will be remedied with the Trump Healthcare plan but mismanagement and lack of management and leadership will still envelope our clinics and hospitals. Fraud, waste and abuse permeates hospitals just like it permeates our government. We can do better.

Duluth is a port city the same size as port city Fort Smith. It was home port for the SS Edmund Fitzgerald that sank in 1975 losing all 29 crew members. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” was my favorite song in 1976 when Gordon Lightfoot released the album Summertime Dream.

Who Cares about Christians?

February 4, 2017

What is President Trump trying to protect Americans from? Horror as ISIS kills 250 Christian children by KNEADING them to death in bread machine

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“Whoever denies me before men, I will also deny them before heaven” -Last words of George Assaf before he was murdered by ISIS for the crime of being a Christian.

According to one ISIS survivor in Syria, Christian children were kneaded to death in bread machines, the rotating machines breaking their bones and crushing their young bodies for no crime except being Christian.

This story has been told by Alice Assaf whose son was beaten then shot by ISIS because he refused to change his first name from the Christian “George.”

Assaf told a reporter how ISIS turned a bakery into a death shop of horrors, putting children into machines for kneading dough and turning them on to crush the hapless kids inside. Men were baked to death inside ovens.

Their crime was merely Christianity and it echoes other horrific stories told across the rest of Syria and Iraq. The terrorists remain notorious for their brutality, for it is not enough to merely kill people, the killings must be performed in the most horrific manner so as to terrorize others.

Two years ago, ISIS terrorists took over Assaf’s town in Syria. Alice Assaf told her son George to hide and arranged for him to be hidden by friendly Muslims. However, the “friendly” family betrayed George and he was captured. His mother had pleaded with him to change his name to a Muslim sounding-one, but he refused. George’s last words to his mother were: “I don’t want to hide myself. You are the one who taught me to follow what Christ said, ‘whoever denies me before men, I will also deny them before Heaven.’”

George Assaf was beaten, then shot.

Others fared even worse. As ISIS took over the town bakery, they converted it into a shop of horror, they rounded up the six bakers working there and executed them in their own ovens. When they began gathering Christian children at the bakery, some local soldiers attempted to rescue the kids. To discourage the soldiers, the terrorists began throwing children off nearby balconies. The horrifying tactic worked and allowed the terrorists to murder 250 kids in the bakery’s dough machine.

As reporters explore the liberated towns, more horror stories are being told. The terrorists did not merely execute people, but they sought the most horrific ways to kill.

Worst yet, ISIS has mined and booby trapped homes in places like Mosul so that residents will be hurt or killed when they return to their homes.

Although Christians make up 10 percent of the population of Syria and both houses of Congress have unanimously passed resolutions declaring that the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians there, the Syrian refugees admitted to the United States under President Obama was 99% Muslim and 0.9% Christian, according to data published by the U.S. State Department.

I posted how every single Christian was crucified or beheaded in Mosul, Iraq as the Tomb of Jonah was destroyed. For the first time in 2,000 years, Mosul, the site of ancient Nineveh, does not have one single living Christian.

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Christians have two choices under Islam: convert to Islam or die. President Trump prefers a third option: “Utterly destroy ISIS.”

Which option do you prefer?

Open Letter to Arkansas Government Leaders

December 29, 2016

The Gene McVay Open Letter to Members of the Arkansas Executive and Legislative Branches of Government:

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After a century of leadership by mostly liberal Democrats and Republicans, we find ourselves in a precarious situation. I pen this epistle with love and with the background of a fifth generation Arkansan whose great-great-grandfather fought for the Union Army to free the slaves. My dogged determination to stay in Arkansas has been a challenge. It pains me because I know we can do so much better.

I retired 20 years ago at age 54. I was able to do that debt free by planning and sometimes sacrificing. Arkansas has a large retirement community in some of the nation’s premier communities such as Hot Springs Village, Bella Vista, Cherokee Village, Fairfield Bay, Holiday Island and others. Yet, Arkansas is ranked 40th in best places to retire by WalletHub. They rank Arkansas quality of life at 48th and healthcare at 46th. You will not find any surrounding state ranked that low.

When looking at the 2016 rankings of America’s Top States for Business by CNBC, Arkansas ranks 41st. That’s a pretty high mark for Arkansas but remember many giants of business came from Arkansas including Sam Walton, Don Tyson, Jack Stephens, J. B. Hunt and William Dillard. Arkansas could learn a lot from these men and their relatives if our leaders would only listen. About 20 years ago, Jackson T. Stephens and the Murphy Commission developed a wall chart of Arkansas government. While I was seeking the gubernatorial nomination, Mr. Stephens was displaying that 8 by 16 foot chart around the state. One would have thought that just looking at the discombobulated nature of Arkansas government structure would have spurred some interest in downsizing and streamlining our bureaucracy but, alas, that never dawned on our politicians. The mentality of “if it don’t work, hire more bureaucrats and spend more tax money” continued to permeate the marble halls of the Capitol.

Here are some findings of the Murphy Commission way back then: “Today, Arkansas’ state government comprises 52 executive branch agencies–a 400% increase since Governor Bumpers’ 1971 restructuring that reduced the number of agencies from 171 to 13. It also comprises 388 boards and commissions–more than double the 175 that existed in the early 70s. More than 4000 operational units are structured into state government’s various divisions and agencies according to state government organizational charts. The actual number is estimated to be more in the range of 7000-8000 distinct operational units.

Total state payroll for all state employees is $1.4 billion (1997) and the amount of travel expenses paid state employees in 1997 was $34.5 million. The State of Arkansas owns 1,073,522 acres of land making it the third largest land owner in the state (the Federal government is the largest). Of the state’s property, 38,170 acres are in 48 state parks. Museums occupy 58 acres. The state owns 5,302 buildings. The total number of vehicles owned by the State of Arkansas is 7,281 and the number of airplanes is 30. Arkansas’ highway miles total 16,254. The Federal Interstate System in Arkansas comprises 542 miles.

Arkansas’ state government is the largest single employer in the state. Figures from the state’s Employment Security Division (ESD) put the current number–including higher education employees–at 60,500, more than Wal-Mart, 32,412, Tyson’s Foods, 21,500, and the Baptist Hospital System, 6,200. Factor in some 101,500 1ocal government employees and the combined state/local government employee figure hits 162,000. Add in the 21,400 federal employees working in Arkansas and the total government employment figure (for all governmental levels) tops out at 183,400. The number of state employees, excluding the state’s 57,257 public school employees, has risen 228% since 1965.

Among the fifty states, Arkansas ranks 33rd in population but 12th in numbers of state employees as a percentage of total state employment–4.29% (the national average is 3.2%). Expressed as numbers of state employees per 10,000 citizens, Arkansas ranks 23rd among the states at 220. The national average of state workers per 10,000 citizens is 182.” Remember, this was 20 years ago!

This year CATO Institute had some Arkansas observations I will share here: “Arkansas has been mediocre on economic freedom. Its personal freedom has declined relative to other states in recent years.

Arkansas is highly fiscally centralized. State taxes are way above the national average.
However, it does better than most other southern states, and indeed the national average, on its civil liability regime. It has also started to deregulate telecommunications and in 2013 enacted statewide video franchising. The extent of occupational licensing, according to two different measures, is more than a standard deviation worse than the national average. Hospital construction requires a certificate of need, and there is an anti-price-gouging law and also a general law against “unfair pricing” or sales below cost.

The state does a bit worse than one might expect on gun rights, with heavy training requirements and significant limitations on the right to carry concealed. School choice particularly looks like an opportunity for improvement, given the state’s fiscal centralization (so there’s not much choice among public schools), its generally conservative ideological orientation, and its minority student populations.” That’s just a glimpse of what is coming out of CATO, an organization that has followed me on social media for many years and an organization I have great respect for.

Arkansas ranks 46th in poverty rate and 48th in median family income. Sadly, our politicians think throwing more money at poverty is the solution. Just as education is not about money, it is about learning; poverty is not about money, it is about opportunity and motivation. You won’t walk into a shack in Elaine or Lexa and see a sign saying “Arkansas Governor Slept Here.” Too many of our politicians look past Arkansas poverty as though it does not exist. You might recall the story of Marie-Antoinette being told that her French subjects had no bread and her response was, “Let them eat cake.” I happen to think Arkansas is much worse than the stats show. The success of a few counties skews the real picture but seven Arkansas counties are among the list of 100 lowest-income counties in the U.S. They include Lincoln, Lee, Sevier, Fulton, St. Francis, Johnson and Newton Counties.

No Arkansas counties are in the top 100 highest-income counties list but our top ten median family income counties in order are: Grant, Saline, Lonoke, Benton, Faulkner, Pulaski, Perry, miller and Crawford. Loudoun County, Virginia is the highest income county in the U.S. with a median family income of $117,876. Several other northern Virginia counties are close behind including Arlington County where the Pentagon is located. The highest median family income county in Arkansas has less than half the income of Loudoun County. When considering the highest per capita income, Pulaski and Benton Counties float to the top at more than double the $13,103 per capita income of Lee County.

If you survived these few statistics without your eyes glazing over and your minds wandering too far afield, please allow me to suggest some solutions.

Robert Townsend is a perfect example of a leader who took the bull by the horns when he became CEO of Avis Rent-a-Car in 1962. Townsend was a WWII Navy Veteran who worked for the American Express Company for 14 years becoming senior vice president for investment and international banking operations before moving to Avis.

Over the years he was also an officer, a director or an adviser to Dun & Bradstreet, 20th Century Fox, Psychology Today and other enterprises. At the time of his death in 1998, he was chairman of the executive committee of Leadership Directories Inc., which publishes institutional directories.

Mr. Townsend’s book, ”Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits,” published in 1970, was on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list for 28 weeks. For seven of those weeks it was No. 1 on the list. 1970 was almost 47 years ago and I doubt anyone bothering to read this remembers him.

Avis was founded in 1946 by Warren Avis at Willow Run Airport in Detroit with an $85,000 investment. By the time Robert Townsend took the reins in 1962, the company had been sold a couple of times but it had never made a profit. Instead of hiring more people and spending more money, the new CEO cut people and spent less money. He did away with the perquisites of a top executive including the two secretaries, a huge office staff, fancy office, company airplane and country club memberships. In fact, Townsend did not even have an office during the first year.

Townsend wore the same blazer worn by Avis Agents at airport counters and asked his employees this simple question: “What would it take for you to be able to do your job a whole lot better?”

Guess what, they were eager to tell him and he was eager to listen. When agents told him the rental agreements needed to be shortened, the bean counters objected strenuously. Townsend shortened the rental agreements. When his employees told him Avis needed better advertising, Townsend contacted Bill Bernbach, one of the three founders in 1949 of the international advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB). One of the agencies big clients was Campbell’s Soup. The Campbell’s CEO once asked Bernbach why he never promoted Campbell’s Tomato Soup since it was their best selling product. Bernbach said it was because Campbell’s Tomato Soup was terrible. He said if you change the recipe, I’ll promote it. The CEO sampled his soup and agreed to change the recipe after which DDB advertised it.

DDB developed the “We Try Harder” advertising and marketing campaign in 1963 that really took off. It was a huge success for Avis. In a matter of a single year, that campaign reversed the company’s fortunes, helping it to go from losing $3.2 million to turning a profit of $1.2 million. That tag line lasted 50 years until Avis rolled out “It’s Your Space” in 2012.

Once things started to take off at Avis, Townsend settled into his office and was off to the races. One day his secretary told him she would help him get organized if he would come to work at seven the following day. Townsend said he comes to work at eight. His secretary repeated, “If you want to get organized, be here at seven.” The CEO reported to work at seven! I’m doing most of this from memory but as I recall the story, his secretary said she was an important part in organizing his time and needed to be in the loop from the very beginning. She said at eight, people were lined up waiting to get into his office and occupy his time. If she could get together with him for five minutes and help structure his activities, everything would work much more efficiently. She got her five minutes each morning and things got much less frantic.

The Townsend turnaround lasted just three years before the new and improved Avis was sold to ITT Corporation for $51 million.

During my day, I was in charge of many Federal and Arkansas State employees. Many of them wanted to make life easier on themselves. I had supervisors asking to hire temporary employees to do their jobs for them. I had the money so why not? Because it did not serve the people we were supposed to be serving, that’s why. I told the supervisors I wanted them to be doing their own jobs. I don’t think they loved me but they respected me. I have talked to many former Arkansas State employees who told me horror stories. One Game Warden told me that many times the supervisor would show up and tell the seven or eight wardens sitting around the office he didn’t want to see them until quitting time. They would go out into the woods and lay around reading, drinking or sleeping all day courtesy of taxpayers.

Recreation areas that were once open year round are now closed about nine months a year. Nine months is a long time to sleep and drink. In Arkansas, we are blessed with great days during winter. I was wearing a short sleeve shirt on Christmas this year. What are state employees doing who were hired to take care of closed recreation areas?

I once spoke to the state convention of Farm Bureau and told the story about my neighbor, Mr. Parks. One very hot day as a ten year old boy helping Mr. Parks haul hay, I suggested it would be nice to have some help. Mr. Parks told me that one boy will do the work of one boy, two boys will do the work of half a boy and three boys will do no work at all. What would be wrong with taking a fresh look at Arkansas government to determine if we really need all the agencies, departments, boards, commissions and functions?

Arkansas has 19 statewide law enforcement agencies. Per capita government spending in Arkansas is $7,935. In California the number is $6,452, Illinois is $5,397, New York is $7,091, Oklahoma is $5,637, Tennessee is $4,843, Texas is $4,098 and Missouri is $3,965. I’m just saying, can’t our government do a little belt tightening? Does every bureaucrat have to drive a state SUV? Do we need so many public school superintendents, vice superintendents, assistant superintendents and superintendent’s office staff members? When talking about cutting taxes the question of how to replace that revenue arises. Why not talk about how to eliminate the need for the revenue in the first place. Who can spend your money wiser, the government or you?

Why does everything have to be so complicated? Every time our income tax becomes more complicated and burdensome, more bureaucrats have to be hired to count the beans and make sure the t’s are crossed. Seven states do not even have state income tax and five states have no state level sales tax. I get it that taxes are necessary but is it necessary to make criminals out of people? When I ran for governor I promised to reduce Arkansas State Personal Income Tax forms to a single sheet of paper. If some states have no income tax, why can’t Arkansas income tax at least be simple?

The burden of an income tax can be divided into two parts, one visible and the other hidden. The first burden is obvious—it is the actual tax payment. The second burden is less obvious. A major part of this burden arises from the costs of complying with the system: the hours spent preparing forms, gathering documents, and reading instructions; or the money a tax filer pays someone to do the tax preparation. Compliance costs for the individual income tax in the United States have been estimated at 10 percent of tax revenue collected, as much as ten times the level of some European countries. I believe help is on the way for Federal Income Tax but I do not see much on the home front. Arkansas taxpayers could save millions of dollars if our government was willing to simplify our income tax forms with a resulting decrease in the size of the Department of Finance and Administration. That might also help assuage the parking problem at the Capitol?

Arkansas employs 119 full time equivalent state employees per 10,000 population now, almost unchanged from the Murphy Commission report of 1979. That is more than double Ohio’s 55, Florida’s 56 and close to double California’s 61 along with Arizona’s and Colorado’s 63. Kansas has 94, Louisiana has 97, Missouri has 92, Oklahoma has 94, Tennessee and Texas have 65. When I ran for governor I said Arkansas had too many vehicles, too many airplanes, too many bureaucrats and too many marble buildings. I guess bureaucrats and politicians work harder when surrounded by Italian marble? Anyway, the speeches I made in the Capitol and the testimony I gave before legislative committees seemed to sound better?

I’m not a Rocket Scientist but even I can figure out that if Arkansas can get by with the same ratio of state employees as Arizona and Colorado, we can save about a billion dollars in salaries, benefits, office space and transportation.

I know there are visionary leaders out there but will anybody listen to them and can they move the needle in my beloved Arkansas?

Do You See Communists?

November 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sad today at Fidel Castro’s passing but Cuban Americans are cheering in the streets of Little Havana.

Snopes will tell you the Communist Party did not endorse Hillary and the corrupt news media made no mention of the Communist Party endorsing Hillary. The Communist Party did not take out a full page ad in the New York Times saying, “The Communist Party Endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton for President.”

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However, Communist Party of the USA Chairman John Bachtell on the blog People’s World, told progressive voters to cast their ballots for the Democratic ticket and to strive to influence the prospective Clinton administration with organization and activism.

That, of course, is not clear enough for today’s journalists. They are far more likely to take Bachtell’s words as an endorsement of Donald Trump or Kentucky Fried Possum.

John Bachtell (born March 26, 1956) is an American activist, trade unionist, and community organizer who has served as the Chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA since its 30th National Convention in 2014.

Bachtell emphasized that the Communist Party will seek a peaceful transition to socialism so long as it is possible, saying “Given the development of democratic institutions and traditions in the U.S., involvement in the electoral arena and political action is essential and grows in importance. It entails building broad anti-ultra right, reform and anti-monopoly coalitions that win majorities and thus power in every democratic institution e.g., school boards, planning boards, city council, county boards, state legislature, federal office, in ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states.” He also said that the experiences in countries like Venezuela are useful examples.

Would you know it if these Commies were on your city council, school boards, or any other elected offices?

Gene McVay says this, “I am encouraged that a movement involving more and more citizens has arisen to move America away from the socialism & Communism craved by the vast majority of Democrats and their mainstream media. It is by being informed, awake and active that we will repulse the Communist and Islamic Terrorist hordes and make America Great Again.”