Some months ago, Michelle Hansen, in an opinion piece in the Ahwatukee Foothills News wrote, “Perhaps the only ‘Opinions’ received by the Ahwatukee Foothills News are from the left. If so, it’s long past time for those in the community who feel otherwise to flood the paper’s mailboxes and in boxes.”

Well, Michelle, for those of us who own our own businesses, it’s been difficult to take time away from our own economic survival efforts, and sit down, compose our political thoughts, and write a cogent commentary on the disaster that has befallen our (once) great nation.

The year 2009 has been so monumentally bad for my engineering practice that I came very close to going under.

Fortunately, I have recently been able to “reinvent” myself, and establish design centers in Auckland and in Hong Kong; with customers in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China ... there is NO business in the USA ... the USA is dead, heading at a gallop toward socialism, while, of all unimaginable conditions, China is heading toward becoming a capitalist country.

My observations on the political, educational and business conditions suppressing us...

We now have a national government comprised of liars, cheats and thieves, where “transparency” now means “obfuscation.” Have you seen anything discussed on CSPAN, as so vociferously promised by Obama?

And I’m beginning to think there’s no escape from this situation.

We’ve reached what I’d call the critical 50/50/50 society ... 50 percent pay no income tax and/or are employed by the government and/or receiving income from some government dole. Do you think these people will vote for any other program than socialism? We’re doomed!

Maybe this is the natural course of history? Does anyone know of a society that has survived more than 400 years, without destroying itself with government schemes promising “warm and cozy for all,” by stealing from the productive?

“I’m tired of being told that I have to ‘spread the wealth around’ to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.” -Robert Hall

What good is Obama’s offer of a tax “credit” for hiring another employee when you don’t have enough net business income to support your present employees?

C.W. Griffin, in one of his predictable rants, decries “plutocrat” employers ... those rich people who use and abuse the “working classes.” I’ve been chewing on that “plutocrat” term for some time ... then it dawned on me that there are only two types of employers: (1) The government, looting from everyone (through taxation) to make payroll, and (2) “plutocrats,” individuals who take gambles with their own money, carry an idea into fruition, create a company, hire employees and provide benefits. “Plutocrats” so “rich” that it’s often necessary to skip paying themselves, to be able to make payroll. Do poor people pay wages and benefits?

I’d guess that most of you are totally unaware that we’ve had more debt increase in one year under Obama’s regime than in all two terms of Bush? We’re approaching needing 25 percent of gross domestic product for debt service ... pretty much a guarantee of national collapse ... like Greece.

Obama will now delegate NASA as a weather bureau configured to promulgate the “climate change” hoax. “Scientific Method” used to mean proof by experiment, now scientific “facts” are conjured up by consensus ... vote on the theory of the day ... “consensus” has become the religion of scam artists, politicians and your own child’s school teacher.

Earlier this year Fred Barlam opined, “Attention citizens of Arizona: A state that destroys its public education system will eventually destroy its economy.”

No, Fred, the “education” system has become a self-destructive run-away propaganda machine promulgating left-wing thought, and claiming supremacy of thought processes above the populace. Desert Vista High School even deigns to offer “No parent left behind” seminars ... we parents are just so-o-o inferior. Teachers propagandize your children, teaching them that you, the parent, are mis-informed about science and politics and free speech.

ASU invites a controversial figure (Arpaio) to a question and answer session, then allows him to be shouted down by hooligans. Liberals have no clue about what “Freedom of Speech” really means ... apparently their idea of a winner in a “debate” is whoever can shout the loudest. Perhaps we should balance our state budget by selling off ASU to private enterprise? Privatizing would allow the state to reduce upper education costs to that of issuing scholarships to truly qualified individuals, and send the hooligan students (and professors) to the soup lines.

How many people do you encounter during your work day who actually need a college degree? Very few. What we need are more trade-oriented programs, perhaps in our community college system. Teach your student a real skill ... then they can get a non-government job.

But Barlam persists. In a more recent letter to AFN, he says, “According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. economy grew by 5.7 percent during the last quarter of 2009, the fastest pace in six years. Thank you, President Obama!”

Doesn’t that make you feel so warm and cozy? Never mind that true unemployment is closer to 18 percent ... and as high as 30 percent in Michigan.

Then Beth Lyon writes to AFN, “I am grieving over the fact that racism raised its ugly head recently when angry protestors, under the guise of ‘patriotism,’ spat ugly racial and sexual epithets at Democratic lawmakers.”

Never mind that a $100,000 award has been offered for any audio or video tape proving it happened; and no one has come forward to claim the reward. Because it didn’t happen!

Lyon is a leftist parrot, spouting the standard leftist line ... if you disagree with the left you must be a racist. Note how often that’s happening right now.

All you lefties should look up “brain drain” and see what those of us with a skill saleable to employers other than government will be doing. The USA isn’t the last democratic place on earth ... not by a long shot.

I’m sure another teacher, Ernie Logan, is, by now, foaming at the mouth and saying that he wishes (as he did previously) that I “would hop onto [my] venom-filled, mis-informed high horse and ride it off into the sunset for the sake of the more level-headed majority of your readers.”

Well, Ernie...

Heigh Ho, Silver, Away! Level-headed Suckers!


Jim Thompson has lived in Ahwatukee Foothills for 16 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from MIT and his master’s degree from ASU, both in electrical engineering. He holds 18 patents and is a published author. For more information, visit

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