Think trump came from a elite business school?


Newsweek Just Revealed Trump Lied, NEVER Got Ivy League MBA



So get ready for the start of losing your 1st Amendment Rights:


President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened loss of citizenship or jail for those who burn the American flag, saying such protests — which the Supreme Court has declared to be free speech — should carry “consequences.”

Flag-burning was ruled to be constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment in a 1990 Supreme Court case, United States v. Eichman, that struck down a law seeking to prevent the flag’s desecration. Moreover, a 1967 Supreme Court decision rejected the practice of stripping U.S. citizenship as a form of criminal punishment.

But Mr Trump doesn’t care (or doesn’t know, which is more likely).  He just spouts off whatever comes to his peanut brain


Just curious.  I see Trump is taking credit for saving jobs at the Carrier plant….but hey, what about this?

Analysts have pointed to several reasons that United Technologies might have been persuaded to keep its Carrier plant in Indianapolis.

One is that while the annual savings of $65 million are substantial in the context of any single facility, United is a massive international conglomerate that reported $56 billion in sales last year. The company’s managers might have decided that maintaining its plant in Indianapolis was worth the additional cost in order to maintain good relations with Trump and possibly win concessions of some kind from him when he takes office next year.

For instance, United Technologies owns Pratt & Whitney, a major supplier of jet engines used in military aircraft. Some observers have been doubtful that Trump could make a credible threat to deny United contracts for the Pentagon’s jets, however, arguing the company is indispensable to military procurement.

Pratt & Whitney manufactures the engine used in the costly — and controversial — F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. While the company has had some problems producing the engine, it is unclear what other supplier could fill their place.

Or…how about this:

Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, said neither Trump nor Carrier involved the union in the process.

“We’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on,” he said.

all this from this source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/11/29/donald-trump-has-reached-a-deal-with-a-manufacturer-to-keep-jobs-from-going-to-mexico/?utm_term=.b6b10b603c35&wpisrc=al_alert-COMBO-economy%252Bnation

Bills from Colorado

Yes, HB 16-1085 (Reclaim the Name) was signed by the Governor on Thursday. This bill was suggested by Toni Chappell from Grand Junction. It vastly simplifies the process for a divorced person to change back to a previous name if they choose to do that at a time after the divorce is final.

Makes sense to me.

How about the budget?

The Joint Budget Committee (JBC) is comprised of 3 Representatives and 3 Senators. Because the control is split, there are 3 Republicans and 3 Democrats on the JBC. The committee starts meeting in November.

Want to know where you money goes?  JBC NARRATIVE

Oh, about that Hospital Provider Fee: A bill to remove the HPF from the caps and turn it into an enterprise fund has been introduced, HB16-1420. The bill was scheduled for debate on Thursday but we ran out of time so it is now on the calendar for Monday April 4. If 1420 passes, a companion bill, HB16-1421, will restore the cuts to the HPF and transportation. It also restores $16 million in severance tax that was swept into the general fund last year. This is good for western Colorado. The negative factor will also be reduced.

Budget Bill Eliminates TABOR refunds, slashes spending

Colorado Senate Committee’s

Yep, I went to one yesterday.  They heard a variety of testimony from a variety of sources both for and against the bills.

Probably not surprising was the committee member’s indifference to the people speaking.

Members coming and going, reading whatever they had, never any questions for anyone.

Like one fella next to me said, “they have already made up their mines how they will vote”. Yep, I do believe that had. AND, they voted AND there was no discussion AND no accountability either.

I’m irritated to say the least.

Working After Retirement?

Worldwide, the average life expectancy at birth was 71.0 years (68.5 years for males and 73.5 years for females) over the period 2010–2013 according to United Nations World Population Prospects 2012 Revision, or 70.7 years (68.2 years for males and 73.2 years for females) for 2009 according to The World Factbook.


I always wondered about those who were able to retire from a career after 20 years (say 38 years old) then collect retirement while going to a second career for another 20 years (say 58 years old) then going on to another career….collecting two or three retirements and social security as well.

Due to our economy and pensions being paid out (as well as social security) I just wonder what might be the result if say folks were able to continue working in their chosen field longer but with fewer hours? Kinda backing off a full 40 hour (or 80?) work week.  Maybe say after 60 having their work week reduced by 5 hours a week per year until the age of 68 or 70….keeps them in the work force, allows new people to come in and be trained.

Perhaps phase in social security over that same time period so that full retirement at 70 is the rule instead of the exception.

Just a thought