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 June 1, 2016

What Can Americans Do? Keep Trying!

By Glenn Mollette

I often meet discouraged people. Recently I talked to a man unemployed after seventeen years of stable 80,000 a year pay. He was working a minimum wage job and discouraged. I praised him for staying active, being employed and keeping his mind busy but I could see the sadness in his eyes.

No one enjoys losing a job, fighting disease, being knocked down and feeling defeated. What is going on with you today? Maybe you are having a child that you did not plan to have. Maybe your spouse or the love of your life has not worked out.
Possibly someone has disappointed you. Life is filled with disappointments.

We've all been disappointed in Presidents, Congress, and frustrated with the world in general. What can we do? Make changes. Change is not always possible but when it is you should.

Change is often the lesser of choices. We get into ruts. We call it stability. Stability is nice but sometimes it can be a rut we don't have the courage to leave. People hang onto drugs, sad relationships, and negative lifestyles because fear holds them back from going forward. We fear leaving the safety of the house to face and conquer what may be in the outside world.

When I was 24 I taught an older lady how to swim. She had always feared the water but has thanked me several times down throughout the years. My youngest son had to take the driver's test three times. We stayed with it and we kept practicing. Today he drives and travels anywhere he wants to go.

The change you may want to make may be simple and subtle. Nobody may ever notice but you, but you are the one who counts.

This summer why not take some small risks. I'm not talking about going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. I'm talking about some steps forward in your life. The kind of stuff you've thought about doing, wanted to do but just didn't have the heart to try. Remember it's okay to fail quickly. Actually it's better to fail fast than to take five years to fail. However, every now and then something clicks well and you will look back and think, "I'm glad I tried."

What can Americans do this summer? Be willing to try. Be willing to change. Put your disappointments behind you. Some people will embrace you but not everybody is your friend, so get over expecting overwhelming support about most anything. If you are successful people will jump on the bandwagon but that comes later after all of your trial and errors. This summer, keep trying.

Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at Amazon.com

This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.

06-01-2016

Matt Bevin' approval rating at 33%Only three governors in the country have a lower approval rating than Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin does, according to a recent survey of more than 66,000 voters in all 50 states.

Bevin has a 33 percent approval rating, according to a Morning Consult survey, a media and technology company dealing with politics, policy and business strategies.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who is at the center of the Flint water crisis, had an approval rating of 32 percent approval rating.

“America’s newest governors, Kentucky Republican Matt Bevin and Louisiana Democrat John Bel Edwards, have experienced opposite fates as voters have gotten to know them better since they were elected last fall,” the survey states.

“In the Bluegrass State, Bevin’s approval rating sits at 33 percent, well below the 57 percent support which his Democratic predecessor Steve Beshear enjoyed before he left office,” the survey continued.

Besides his 33 percent approval rating, the survey found 48 percent disapprove of Bevin, while 19 percent are undecided or do not know. Bevin’s survey had a 4.8 percent margin of error.

The Kentucky governor won over not only the state, but the southern Pennyrile in last November’s general election. During his six months in office, he’s caught heat for cutting higher education funding and dismantling kynect, the state’s healthcare exchange.

The two lowest are Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy at 29 percent, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback at 26 percent.

The highest in the survey is Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker with a 72 percent approval rating.

The survey found the three governors who took a stab at running for president only experienced a minor impact in their numbers.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie experienced a four-point drop in his approval rating, taking him to 36 percent. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich didn’t see much change at all.

The Morning Consult’s survey was conducted between January and May, according to a release. The data was weighted using the U.S. Census Bureau’s current population survey, and sample sizes differed with each state, depending on population.By Rebecca Walter

Kentucky New Era

Date: 05-29-2016

Hal Rogers has been in office for 18 terms of living 'high off the hog'

 As of April 30, Rogers’ Help America’s Leaders PAC had raised $455,427 for the 2015-16 election cycle.Over the last year, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, spent nearly $32,000 on tickets to the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup, plus $300 to hire handicapper Ellis Starr to provide betting tips for his racetrack guests. “Nobody was even talking politics. It was just entertainment for everyone,” Starr recently recalled.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, paid $21,504 to golf at Pebble Beach Resorts on California’s beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Down the coastline, retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville, dropped more than $20,000 for a weekend of dining and poolside socializing in Beverly Hills.

These members of Kentucky’s congressional delegation didn’t take this money from their campaign committees, which hold the funds they raised to keep their current jobs. Instead, they tapped their leadership PACs — their lightly regulated, seldom scrutinized political action committees, which are mostly funded by interest groups who lobby Congress for favorable legislation.

Leadership PAC money can be spent however lawmakers want, as long as it doesn’t pay for their own campaigns. They donate some to the campaigns of other politicians, earning them the goodwill necessary to rise in the congressional ranks. Some covers the PACs’ record-keeping expenses. And — as is the case with Kentucky’s delegation — some goes to upscale dining, out-of-state trips, clothing, cigars, alcohol, entertainment and payments to lawmakers’ families and staff for services defined as “consulting” or “planning.”

“Leadership PACs are little more than slush funds, really. It’s pretty much ‘Anything goes,’” said Viveca Novak of the Center for Responsive Politics, which studies the influence of money on politics. “The only one who could impose legal restrictions on this practice would be Congress. And given who the system personally benefits, it’s not likely you’re going to see Congress do that.”

Most members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year. That’s more than four times Kentucky’s per-capita income, but it’s modest compared to the salaries of the industry lobbyists and corporate titans with whom they socialize at Washington fundraisers.

Leadership PACs allow congressmen to keep pace. They let Hal Rogers, for instance, hand somebody else the bill for $5,913 at Casa Luca, a popular Italian restaurant near the White House — as Rogers did April 4 — or a total of $5,915 over 17 meals at the private Capitol Hill Club, where Rogers likes to have lunch a short stroll from his House office.

Raising money to raise more money

As of April 30, Rogers’ Help America’s Leaders PAC had raised $455,427 for the 2015-16 election cycle.

Its top donors (at $20,500) were the executives at Rajant Corp., a Pennsylvania broadband provider that last year won $300,000 in state tax incentives to open a facility in Morehead through the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative that Rogers helped establish. Its next-largest donor (at $15,000) is New York real estate investor Jed Manocherian, who lobbies Congress to spend more on scientific research. Rogers helps decide federal spending as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

In a statement, Rogers spokeswoman Megan Bell said the 18-term congressman is not influenced by donors. The financial assistance Rajant Corp. received through the SOAR initiative is unrelated to contributions its executives made to HALPAC or, separately, to Rogers’ re-election campaign, which they gave $6,000 at around the same time, Bell said. A call to Rajant Corp. about HALPAC was not returned.

“The congressman, as you know, has fought tirelessly to bring new industries and related jobs to Southern and Eastern Kentucky throughout his career,” Bell said. “His interest in and support for companies that are seeking to locate facilities in Kentucky are in no way related to or dictated by the political leanings of their key staff.”

Travel and meals billed to HALPAC — such as the Pebble Beach golf trip — are necessary operating expenses for fund-raising events where Rogers meets with his PAC’s donors, Bell said.

$40,168 is what U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers’ leadership PAC paid in April to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla.
In fact, two-thirds of the $395,388 HALPAC has spent this election cycle went to operating expenses. Just 29 percent went to campaign donations from Rogers to his fellow Republicans, according to Federal Election Commission data.

In other words, most of the money HALPAC has raised is paying for HALPAC to raise more money — whether it’s at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., ($40,168 in April) or the Sun Valley Golf Course in Ketchum, Idaho, ($3,065 last September) or Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in Washington ($695 over three visits).

“The expenses you noted were incurred in conjunction with official HALPAC fund-raising events,” Bell said. “It is typical for members (of Congress) to host events, including those which require travel, to solicit donations for their PACs. The events are generally attended by a dozen or more individuals.”

Other HALPAC purchases include cigars ($1,297); a limo service ($1,120); payments to Rogers’ wife, Cynthia, for “event planning” ($2,000); and tens of thousands of dollars more for meals, lodging and airfare around the country. HALPAC also paid $27,225 for “political consulting” to Will Smith, who already gets a $172,500 public salary as Rogers’ staff director at the House Appropriations Committee.

Smith did not return a call seeking comment. Bell said Smith “has been a trusted adviser to Congressman Rogers for two decades” and “performs a number of duties to assist the congressman in successfully administering his leadership PAC,” such as analyzing key congressional and state races to decide where to send campaign donations. Rogers’ wife is paid because she “performs several administrative functions for HALPAC,” Bell said. (READ MORE)

By John Cheves
Lexington Herald-Leader

MAY 30, 2016

Trump dons miner's helmet and promises to put coal miners back to work in a speech in Charleston, W.Va. last month.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wants to relax the rules on oil and gas drilling, otherwise encourage energy development and cancel the recent multinational agreement to fight climate change.

Speaking in North Dakota last week, Trump also promised to revive the Keystone XL pipeline and restore lost jobs in coal mining, but his claims on that and other points "essentially defy free-market forces," Coral Davenport reports for The New York Times.

In a follow-up story citing several energy experts, Davenport notes that encouraging more gas production would lower prices and further depress demand for coal.

She also says Trump's vow to increase oil and gas production runs into some inconvenient facts: U.S. gas production is at a historic high, and oil production "is already higher than it has been in 40 years. . . . At a certain point, production of oil and gas will push prices too low to justify even more production."

Trump also said more oil and gas production from federal lands would substantially reduce the $19 trillion federal debt, but energy economists dismissed that idea, too. Such royalties now net the government less than $10 billion a year in a budget of $3.8 trillion, and "experts say it is difficult to predict a new revenue stream at the scale envisioned by Mr. Trump."

Written by Al Cross Posted at 5/30/2016 07:50:00 PM

Life is Positioning

 

By Glenn Mollette

Good fishing requires positioning. Baiting your hook and dropping it in a place where there are fish is a start to successful fishing.

A salesman needs prospects and attitude. One shoe salesman was sent to Africa and called home crying, "Get me out of here! Nobody wears shoes!" Another salesman was sent and called back saying, "Send me every pair of shoes in the warehouse. I've never seen so many prospects!"

Selling requires having a product that people either need or very much want. People don't need candy but they want candy so they buy it. People don't really want to spend money on insurance but they need it. Sell what people want or need and you will sell.

Obtaining a certain job requires positioning. Becoming a schoolteacher requires college, teacher education, supervision and certification. You have to work hard and position yourself for potential opportunities.

A young man wants to be lucky in dating and maybe marriage. Yet, he may refuse to change his lifestyle. He doesn't want to hold down a job, refuses to lose twenty pounds and is rude and inconsiderate. Thus, he refuses to try to position himself for potential dating prospects.

Every facet of life requires positioning. Positioning yourself for stability, success, or a major change always requires lots of time, training, sacrifice and commitment. Nothing is guaranteed, but with positioning comes potential.

Retiring at 65 most likely requires sacrifice the 30 years prior. It doesn't always require 30 years. A friend of mine was flat broke at 50. He rented an old abandoned hamburger stand with an option to buy. He and his wife cleaned it up and worked it hard for sixteen years. They made the best food in town and averaged pocketing over $300,000 a year. They were able to retire. He knew at the age of 50 that he had to position himself if he had any chance of truly retiring.

Where do you want to be and what do you want five or ten years from now? Start positioning yourself today and in a few years it just might work. However, it never comes with a snap of the finger. A garden is produced from preparing the soil, planting, cultivating and tending to the field. In time, you will reap some kind of a harvest if you don't quit.

A lot of counties across America are hurting economically. People have left and nobody seems to be coming back to take over. The future of depressed areas begins today and it will probably take years to position these areas for economic stability. We all want it now, but we have to start today with hopes for tomorrow.

America needs to recuperate. We have debt to pay. We have an infrastructure to rebuild. There are millions of jobs that we must recapture and bring home. We have a military to strengthen and healthcare challenges. We can get to where we need to be. Getting there will take hard work and positioning ourselves to be where we need to be to accomplish what we want to do.


Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at Amazon.com

This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.