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Midwest job growth could start in Indiana…

The latest employment figured are best called “slightly better than dismal”. The Midwest is usually hit every hard in these figures due to losses in manufacturing and energy. Face it, replacing a factory job with a McDonalds counter job is negative growth.

If you wanted to spark a recovery in the Midwest, here is what you could do…

1)Establish two new Business / Tech / Manufacturing hubs in Indiana. One at I-74 W and Indiana State Line, the other at I-64 W and Indiana State Line. This allows for businesses and jobs to relocate from Illinois to reap the benefit of lower land prices, regulations, and taxes. As someone who lives in Indiana and works in Illinois, I see the benefit of  a plan like this.
2)Go all in with Vocational/Technical Prep Programs. In our job market, its a sad reality that many of our students simply aren’t prepared for the workplace. We have an education system bent on keeping teachers unions happy, getting the best test scores out of kids to get more money, and getting them into college. Then what? Are they prepared for the workplace in college? In many cases no. There are many jobs in our country that do not need much or any college, but specialized training in a field. Welding, Construction, Information Technology, Automotive, and many more great careers with a pretty low entry point compared to the typical college debt load. Let’s make this happen.
3)Agriculture is not the enemy of Job Growth.  The US has long been a leader in squeezing the most production per acre of ag products. Let’s continue this trend with new solutions, bathed in the technology that is available today to feed a world. These new solutions need people to create and produce them. I have clients that are small ag startups that are doing things I never would have even dreamed possible with todays technology.

We can do this.

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“Another source of power in government is a military force. But this, to be efficient, must be superior to any force that exists among the people, or which they can command; for otherwise this force would be annihilated, on the first exercise of acts of oppression. Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.”

— Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, Philadelphia, 1787

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“Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possession and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?”

— Patrick Henry

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“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.”
– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28

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The Commencement You Won’t Hear…

It’s that time of year, where students are graduating from high schools and colleges all over the country over a period of a few weeks. Many colleges will bring in a famous person or politician that has something to say for these students as they move on to the rest of their lives. I’m not famous, but I have a few words of wisdom for these students that most will never hear.



Students. Congratulations are an order. You have worked hard and made it this far. You have joined the minority of this country’s population that has a college degree. You and your parents have worked hard to make this dream a reality. However, that in and of itself does not write you a ticket to success or entitlement in this world. That, like trust must be earned, and can be lost in a second. You are entering a highly competitive job market that demands that you distinguish yourselves from your peers. How are you going to rise above all of the other resumes sitting on that HR person’s desk? I have three pieces of advice that will help you to stand out and succeed in a world that doesn’t care about you, or the degree you are about to receive.

  1. Hustle. Some have it naturally, some have to build it in their psyche. In this society, you either have it, or you will lose out. I developed it out of necessity. It was called being a young married man, with a wife and small children to provide for. I was NOT going to let them down. I was provided many opportunities. I did not take all of them, but decided which ones would provide for my family, and help us survive. If you build that hustle into you, you will not care about the minimum wage as a worker, because you will not be making it. If you have a degree, that number should no longer matter to you anyway, unless you are the one running the business having to pay the workers. Its never white, black, Asian, male, female, or any other kind of privilege. Its work privilege.
  2. Debt is Dumb. Many of you are walking out here to begin paying thousands in debt for the degree you are about to receive. It is not the government’s responsibility to pay it back. It is yours. And the sooner you pay it back, the better shape you are in. As Dave Ramsey says “many of us have student loans that hang around so long, we think they are the family pet”. You don’t have to buy a house right away, kill the student loan. Rent something cheap. Don’t buy the new car to celebrate leaving college, kill the student loan. Then save money for a down payment on the house and car (or better yet, all of the car). Some of you are recoiling right now, as this sounds like the strangest thing you’ve ever heard. But let me ask you, what can you do for your family, your church, your chosen charity of interest if you have no debt? What does your life look like. I’ll tell you that for several years its gonna be rough, but after that debt is retired, the sense of freedom you feel is like nothing else.
  3. Know these two documents better than your peers. The Constitution and The Bible.In times like you face today, it is imperative in this time that you know the constitution better than majority of your peers. This allows you to know and defend the liberties that you still have, and maybe even work to regain ones that we have surrendered to the government. If you know the constitution, you have grounds to stand up and declare leaders that want to take these precious rights that many have fought and died for.  Regardless of your level and type of religion, knowing The Bible will put you ahead of your peers. Why? Regardless of what revisionist history teachers try to say, The Bible is a document that largely influenced the colonization and founding of this country. Our founding fathers leaned on it to learn how to govern and treat on another. That fact in itself should warrant looking into what The Bible has to say.

So. As you leave here today to join the real world, take these nuggets and forge something that will last and benefit yourself, your family, and your country. God Speed.


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No matter what happens with #StopTrump and #NeverTrump , #Neverforget

Regardless of what happens with the remaining primaries, we have to remember what has happened to the republic this election cycle. I don’t know what happens next. There is a lot of talk to many different options on the table. I see fielding a quick third party run as a kneejerk reaction that will fail badly this cycle. Some are talking of leaving the GOP to the shell it has become, and beginning something new, that is more principled. Others are talking of joining and strengthening an existing smaller party. I will tell you that in the Midwest, there are many like me that put faith, family, country, and the constitution all ahead of political party. I may have been a GOP voter the last several cycle, but that does not ensure I will remain one.

In light of all this uncertainty, we should remember:
– The names of the politicians who bowed to Trump. They should not see another term. Ever.
– The media personalities that openly endorsed Trump. They will not have us as viewers, their advertisers will not have us as customers. This includes ones that claimed neutrality, but were really “in the tank” for Trump.
– The politicians that refused to stand against Trump in a meaningful way, not uniting with those who were fighting against the takeover of the party. Even candidates that dropped out and disappeared hurt the chances of stopping Trump. Don’t forget that.
– The GOP establishment will not save the party. Only preserve their own power and prestige. No matter of they have a majority or not. Its about them. Not us.
-Whatever all this comes to, whatever strategy unfolds come July, the focus then shifts to one thing until November… #NeverHillary!

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Colin Kaepernick and why Trump would get trounced in the General…

A few years ago, there was a phenomenon in the NFL. It was new and flashy, called the Read Option Offense. It centered on a fleet footed QB. It came in with the likes of RGIII, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. The first year, it gave defenses fits. Seemed no one could stop it. Then a year later, it was no big deal. Why? Because in that year, defenses were allowed to gather game film. Russell Wilson has changed to a pass first respectable pocket passer that will run if needed. Colin didn’t really transition, and has has a rough couple years.

This is why Trump will be trounced in the General. The DNC is seeing his stuff, gathering tape, and preparing to unleash the media. It. Will.Be.Ugly. Possibly like nothing we have seen before. He has shocked the GOP, but the DNC is preparing. They now have game film. I don’t see a 70 year old Trump changing. His “presidential mode” sure didn’t stick. Did I say it will be ugly?

The only way to stop this embarrassment of the GOP is to stop Trump. It is that simple, but it will not be easy.

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Trump has done what Bill, Hillary, and Obama couldn’t…

I have to give credit where credit is due. Donald Trump has accomplished something that Bill and Hillary have been trying to do since the early 1990’s, and Barack Obama has been trying to do since 2008. Trump has de-legitimized conservative talk radio and Fox News. A huge (yuuuge?) accomplishment in itself, and he has accomplished it in a matter of months. He has cast certain voices in the conservative media as not much more than a SuperPAC for his use. And they play right along. Its a classic play from the MSM/liberal playbook

He has divided the voices, causing wonder as to who is being compensated in one way or another for their “editorial process”. He has also used surrogates such as Roger Stone to cast accusations for those against Trump being on the take. I see this shaping the 2020 (and possibly 2018 midterms) in ways that we cannot not currently fathom. The DNC has to be thanking their lucky stars for Mr. Trump and what he has accomplished.

I am thankful that maybe the next round of primaries will be home to many more voices. Voices that are not currently part of large national conservative networks, such as EiB, Salem, or Fox. With the rise of online, on demand networks such as Redstate, Blaze, and other smaller operators, it could give balance to the coverage we see. We can only hope.

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