Chuck Lehmann


Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann (Chuck on the Right Side

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Are We Graduating Too Many “Educational Illiterates”?

May 7, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

Are We Graduating Too Many Educational Illiterates
In the United States, we spend more money on education than any other country in the world.  You’d think with that expenditure that we would be turning out mostly qualified intellectually savvy graduates, but it seems instead, we are turning out too many “educational illiterates”.  We must be doing something wrong.

If you watch enough current events news programs on T.V. when they interview students and young adults on the street or on the campuses of colleges and universities, when you ask simple questions like, “What is Auschwitz known for”, you get blank stares and no answers. In addition, I saw a “persons on the street interview” where the person conducting the interview asked the interviewees what they thought about the Trump tax plan.  Almost to a person, they thought it was terrible and favored only the rich 1% and corporations.  Then the interviewer asked the people about Bernie Sanders tax plan (but the questions asked were actually provisions of the Trump tax plan).  All said that they agreed with “Bernie’s” plan.


Is This the End of the Boy Scouts?

May 3, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

Is This the End of the Boy Scouts?
For over the past 108 years, many of our leaders, in both the public and private sectors, were once part of that proud, patriotic organization called the Boy Scouts.  I was a Boy Scout (first I was a Cub Scout) of less than attributed success.  I started out as a “Tenderfoot” and ended my career as a “Boy Scout” as a “Tenderfoot”.  At that time in my life, my main goal and interest in life was to become a big league ballplayer, not an “Eagle Scout”.  (I never made the big leagues, but I did play for three years in the minor leagues).  I do have fond memories of the short time I was exposed to the activities of the Boy Scouts.

Now that that once great organization, the Boy Scouts, has succumbed to “political correctness” and has dropped the designation “Boy” from its organization name, I feel that it is just a matter of time that the “Boy Scouts” now “Scouts”, will be found deposited on the scrap heap of history.  As former senator and the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan once opined, we are “defining deviancy down”, and we are scrapping another time-honored part of our past.  It is part an insidious campaign to “cleanse” our historical past, by busy bodies with a political agenda that have been attacking our culture, our monuments, our Constitution, and institutions that we once held dear.


The Racial Grievance Crowd

Apr 23, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

The Racial Grievance Crowd
Isn’t it ironic that Starbucks is being vilified by the same people who the company has lionized in the past.  Now you know why “some animals eat their young”.

Before all the facts came out about that incident in Philadelphia, regarding the arrest of two black men in a Starbuck’s, the feckless corporate hierarchy of Starbuck’s fired the manager and declared that they are going to close their stores for one day in the future for sensitivity training.  Talk about a “wuss” response from a famous “Progressive” company, Starbuck’s takes the cake.


A Prosecutor in Search of a Crime

Apr 13, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

A Prosecutor in Search of a Crime
Do we live in the United States of America or do we live in the old Soviet Union?  I say that after witnessing how the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, is going about investigating Russian collusion in general, and President Trump in particular.  Back in the days of Josef Stalin’s Secret Police, Laventriy Beria , the head of the KGB said the following: “Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime”, which seems to be the modus operandi of the Obama Justice Dep’t. and the FBI before and after the election of Donald Trump.  And now,  when we have the Special Counsel, Mueller, looking into the supposed Trump Russia affair, and since he’s found nothing to tie Trump into a crime with the Russians after 14 months, he is going after Trump’s personal life before he even became president.  It’s a total “fishing expedition” of a prosecutor in search of a crime.


Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

Mar 16, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?
Have adults relinquished their authority in making rules and regulations and enforcing them?

In other words, is the tail wagging the dog?

A good example of why the headline has some relevance is the recent horrendous event in Parkland, Florida at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas H.S., when a crazed former student, Nikolas Cruz, killed 17 innocent students and teachers, and in the aftermath of that terrible event, some outspoken students, ranging in age from 14 to 17, have become media darlings as they ranted against guns, in general, and the NRA, in particular.  Of course, anyone, including students, have a right to express themselves, but should their emotional appeals be the driving force behind a change of public policy?  Do they have the knowledge and experience, at that young age, to have that authority to be the final arbiter in making those changes in policy?


Is Gun Control the Answer?

Feb 27, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

Is Gun Control the Answer?
It seems every time an horrendous shooting occurs in a “gun free zone”, the anti-gun zealots seem to lead the charge for more anti-gun laws.  Is that really the answer for preventing future gun crimes?

Why don’t we make sure the gun laws we already have on the books are enforced?  The only people who will obey any gun laws are the law abiding gun owners who practically never commit gun crimes.  It’s the criminals who pull the triggers by committing crimes with firearms, not the members of the NRA or other law-abiding, patriotic gun groups, who will not obey the law.  None of these massacres have been committed by members of any of these gun organizations, but they are the ones who would bear the brunt of any future anti-gun laws that are proposed.


Defining Deviancy Down

Feb 24, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

Defining Deviancy Down
That phrase was coined by the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan in trying to show that a society has a limit in tolerating bad behavior before it has to start lowering its standards.  He also called it “moral deregulation”, that has eroded families, increased crime and produced the mentally ill “homeless” population.  The erudite pundit Charles Krauthammer expanded on Moynihan’s phrase by proposing the reverse -  that not only we were “minimizing what was once considered deviant”, but we were also “finding deviant what was once considered normal”.  Since the 1960s, the decline in ethical, moral behavior has steadily declined up the present day where we have behavior that is not only crude in speech, but is dangerous in actions against our fellow man.  The disrespect, by some in our society, against our mores and traditions is manifested in the violent crimes that occur all too frequently today in our once safe venues like schools, shopping malls, theaters, houses of worship etc., it is a clear signal that something is amiss in our society today.


Diversity Equals Perversity

Feb 8, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

Diversity Equals Perversity
The catchword in liberal circles today is the term “diversity”.  A few years ago the catchphrases were:  affirmative action, racial preferences, and racial and ethnic quotas.  Since those terms were not warmly embraced by many in the general public, the “diversity” proponents have latched onto the term “diversity” as a more moderate acceptable term to overcome the negatives that those other terms conveyed.

The term, “E Pluribus Unum”, was and is a traditional motto of the United States that appears on the “Great Seal” and on some of our currency.  This motto was never codified by law, but it was the “de facto” motto of the United States until 1956 when the U.S. Congress adopted the phrase “In God We Trust” as the official motto.  So, even from the beginning of our democratic republic, the main idea of the founding fathers was “unity” not “diversity”.


Should Babies Born to Illegal Alien Mothers, on U.S. Soil, be Automatic U.S. Citizens?

Jan 18, 2018 — Chuck Lehmann

Should Babies Born to Illegal Alien Mothers, on U.S. Soil, be Automatic U.S. Citizens?
That arrangement is called “birthright citizenship”.

If an illegal alien pregnant woman comes into our country and gives birth on American soil, should that baby get automatic U.S. citizenship?  As of now, we grant citizenship to babies born on American soil, but no where in the U.S Constitution does it state that we should do that, contrary to what some might say.


Ignorance is Bliss!

Dec 27, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

Ignorance is Bliss!

The more I see people on T.V. or in the news media or the entertainment industry, being totally clueless as to what economic common sense is all about, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that “Ignorance is Bliss”. That phrase was coined by English poet Thomas Gray in 1742, but it has relevance today in our crazy world of politics and current events.  The definition of that phrase is: “it means that something you don’t know can’t affect you (good or bad). So, you remain unenlightened (sometimes called “blissful ignorance”). But, by being ignorant and clueless, you can be a cause for concern as policies that might be beneficial to the country as a whole, might not come about because of that “blissful ignorance”.


Is Free Speech in Trouble?

Dec 11, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

Is Free Speech in Trouble?
Never in the history of the United States has the right of “freedom of speech” been so challenged as in the last decade or so.  If you have an opinion that does not comply with a certain group or groups, you might become subject of abuse, censorship, and even threats of physical harm.  The sector of the population most susceptible to this denial of free speech are the conservatives and people of religious faith, who have been targeted for repression of their views, thoughts, and ideas.  A perfect example is the recently admitted IRS (Internal Revenue Service) attacks against conservative groups prior to the 2012 election.  After repeated lawsuits, the IRS finally has agreed that they “illegally” targeted these groups and have now agreed to reimburse these conservative groups for the IRS harassment of denying or delaying their petitions for tax exempt status.  But, there have been no meaningful penalties against the perpetrators of this prejudicial action, including the past IRS supervisor, Lois Lerner, who got away “scot free” and was allowed to retire with a very nice government pension.


No One is Above the Law?

Nov 10, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

Do you really believe that, or do you feel that there are some people who are really above the law? That’s the question many are asking about Hillary and Bill Clinton. Some have compared the Clinton’s to the “Great Houdini”, the great magician and escape artist, and who they say make Houdini look like a rank amateur.  No law seems to touch them.  No regulation seems to control them, and it seems no prosecutor wants to take the risk of holding the Clinton’s accountable for anything.  The only thing that was a negative consequence for the Clintons, in the past, was that Hillary failed to win the presidency two times, which, most people feel, was her fault.


The Great Pretenders

Oct 29, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

Back in 1955, a #1 record hit was a song by the group, The Platters, it was called “The Great Pretender”.

Well,  62 years later, that song could be the theme song of the loony liberal “elites” who pretend to be inclusive, empathetic, and tolerant, but in reality, they are “The Great Pretenders”.

Who are these pretenders that I’m referring to?  Let’s start with some of the greatest pretenders who inhabit Hollywood.  They are wealthy pretenders who decry people of wealth and who think that our society is “evil” as they pile up their millions of dollars for pretending to be someone else.  These phonies who wear their Gucci gowns and Armani suits, think that our capitalistic system exploits its citizens, but fail to mention that it is that very same system that has made them so wealthy (they are the “evil” 1%).


When Corporate Taxes Go Down,Wages Go Up!

Oct 23, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

When Corporate Taxes Go Down,Wages Go Up!
That’s an economic principle that the loony left liberals don’t seem to understand or grasp. Anytime tax cuts are proposed and enacted, the economy prospers and along with it the wages of employees increase exponentially.  When corporations (and individuals) are able to keep more of their income (money), they will spend it for more goods and services and expanding their business, not hoard it away “in the mattress”.

The argument against tax cuts is that it will increase our total deficit by cutting down on the revenue that the government collects and needs in order to run the government. But, if history is any precedent, when tax rates are reduced to fair levels, the revenue to the government actually goes up.  When presidents JFK, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush lowered taxes the revenue to the government went up.  Sound crazy, that by lowering taxes the revenue goes up, well, let’s try to make some sense of this dichotomy.


Trickle Up Poverty

Sep 4, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

When Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980, his opponents scoffed at his proposal to lower taxes, calling the possible results as “Trickle Down Economics” (a/k/a Reaganomics).  They said it was a worthless economic policy.  Was it?

In theory, TDE is an economic system where there is no significant barrier to accumulation of wealth by individuals.  If the rich do well, as the theory goes, benefits will “trickle down” to the rest of the people.  Lower taxes on high income earners or capital gains will benefit not only the rich but everybody on the lower income rungs, is how that theory is supposed to work.  Reagan’s critics had to “eat crow” as the economy boomed after the Reagan tax cuts kicked in.  The resulting prosperity lasted more than 25 years.  Yes, the rich got richer, but so did the poor and middle-class, “a rising tide lifted all boats”, as Jack Kennedy once opined.  The economy was booming during the late 80s and 90s as a result of Reagan’s “Trickle Down Economics”.


There’s No Such Thing as a “Free Lunch”

Aug 14, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

That expression has been regularly used over the years to convey the idea that anything that is offered as “free” really isn’t free, but is a hidden cost and a possible burden to others.

Ever since the “New Deal”, during FDR’s administrations, politicians have been promising people something for nothing in hopes that those people will respond favorably in the future and vote for those politicians doling out the “free” largesse from the public treasury.  Well, today the “chickens are coming home to roost” (a phrase re-popularized by Obama’s former pastor/mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright).


We Need More Millionaires!

Aug 9, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

The far left “liberal loons” are constantly attacking successful people (a/k/a millionaires and billionaires) by saying we should tax those people more than they are already taxed because the liberals claim that it is “fair and just” - their favorite words when they want to raise taxes. 

Little do these ideological political hacks realize that the top 10% of wage earners (those earning more than $133,000 per year) pay approximately 70% of all income taxes and that approximately 48% of wage earners pay no income taxes.  Talk about fairness?  Shouldn’t every citizen have to pay something to support our country?  And many of those people who pay nothing complain that the “rich” don’t pay their fair share.  Are they kidding?


Is Social Security a Viable Program or just another Ponzi Scheme?

Jul 31, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

Ida May Fuller, the first recipient of a Social Security benefit check in 1940, paid a total of $24.75 into the Social Security fund.  Her first monthly S/S check issued in 1940 was for $22.54, almost as much as she paid in.  Over the ensuing 35 years of her life, she collected a total of $22,888.  Her case is reminiscent of the early investors of a Ponzi scheme.  They get paid off from the investments of future dupes (or victims).

Social Security, a well-meaning program instituted to help seniors during their non-working retirement years, has turned into a financial nightmare for the workers of today (not for the present retirees), who are paying F.I.C.A. taxes and not expecting to collect anything when they retire.  The cost of the program has mushroomed over the years from its inception in 1935.  Let’s take a look.


WHY IS HEALTH CARE SO EXPENSIVE?

Jul 26, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

That’s a legitimate question and one that surely requires an answer.

When I was born, many moons ago, I believe the average life expectancy of an American citizen was in the upper 60’s.  Today the average life span is about 78 for men and approximately 80 for women. That’s quite a jump, don’t you think?

Well, let’s take the year 1960 (57 years ago).  Doctors at that time still made house calls for approx. $15.00 per house visit ($10 a visit at the doctor’s office).  Many of the cures that my mother used for some of the illnesses was homeopathic (without really knowing what that word meant) and natural treatments that were handed down from generation to generation.


The Liberals and Diversity

Jul 18, 2017 — Chuck Lehmann

First off, let’s define what we mean by diversity.  According to Merriam-Webster, “diversity” is the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races and cultures) in a group or organization – it also includes a “diversity” of opinion.

Now, with that definition in mind, let’s see how the liberals use it in trying to further their political agenda.