Money Walks, While Bullshit Talks
My early youth was spent in the inner city of Chicago, a sorry place today. Little boys, talking dirty, thought they were macho, but you’d get your mouth washed out with soap if you uttered those words around girls or your parents. Times have changed.
Rolls off the tongue defines the old saying, Money Talks, while Bullshit Walks:
“Sample Sentence: If you want to buy my car, you have to give me a deposit now, I won’t accept your promise to pay me next week; ‘money talks, bullshit walks!'”
Psychology Today explains:
“What is bullshit exactly? …. It has been defined as ‘communications that result from little to no concern for truth, evidence, logical or empirical knowledge.’
…. Bullshitting is…constructed to appear meaningful, though on closer examination, it isn’t. …. Bullshitters aren’t concerned about what’s true or not, …. as they’re trying to appear as if they know what they’re talking about.
…. Bullshitting tends to happen when there’s social pressure to provide an opinion and a social ‘pass’ that will allow someone to get away with it.
…. Such conditions were present …. where people felt entitled, if not obligated, to offer ‘opinions about everything,’ and politics in particular, and where objective reality was often denied in favor of voicing impassioned personal opinions.
…. Experts from Queen’s University summed it up this way:
“…. public life provides abundant opportunities to bullshit and lie on a scale we could have scarcely credited 30 years ago.'”
Politicians, attempting to justify stupid and unpopular behavior, have turned BS into an art form, hoping the voters will give them a “pass.”
The Big Apple, the BS Capitol!
2019 – The New York Times, “Mayor de Blasio Says Wealth Is ‘in the Wrong Hands,’ Pledges to Redistribute It.”
“‘Here’s the truth, brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city…. It’s just in the wrong hands!’
…. He cast himself as an aspiring Robin Hood — aiming to take from the rich and give to the poor….”
One year later hizzoner proudly announced:
“The New York City Council approved an $88.1 billion budget…. Including shifting roughly $1 billion away from the New York Police Department.
…. Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the budget cuts to the city’s police department…. ‘We think it’s the right thing to do.'”
“New York will remain a ‘sanctuary city’ for undocumented immigrants — even if Donald Trump makes good on his threats to yank federal funding in retaliation.
In fact, the city will reject federal aid that comes with objectionable ‘strings attached,’ such as requiring local cops to turn over people they learn are here illegally, an action that, as a sanctuary city, New York won’t allow.”
DeBlasio infuriated his police force:
“Mayor Bill de Blasio has reappointed three cut-’em-loose judges — including one who sparked outrage by freeing defendants accused of threatening to kill cops after the execution-style murders of two police officers.”
Mayors in big cities like Chicago and Los Angeles followed suit, with the support of their state legislatures.
Politicians vow to
- aggressively redistribute wealth
- defund their police force
- appoint judges who are soft on crime
- not prosecute property crimes
- not cooperate with federal agencies wanting to deport criminals.
Stupid deeds followed by BS excuses; what could possibly go wrong?
The New York Post (NYP) provides a blinding flash of the obvious:
“New York just can’t afford to remain a sanctuary city.
‘No one is above the law.’ But is the slogan applied as universally as it’s uttered?
One needs to look no further than our immigration chaos to understand that, in fact, millions of people have had the privilege of being placed above the law.
…. Before New York crumbles under the weight of endless immigration, we need to end our ‘sanctuary city’ policy.
Sanctuary cities like New York refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement…. Local officials often smugly flaunt their right to do so.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo…declared, ‘New York state is the state that said we will not cooperate with ICE, they’re a bunch of thugs.’
With federal authorities pursuing a virtual open border policy, plainly some offenders are above the law.”
“New York arrests included charges filed for assault, sexual assault against a child, lewd and lascivious acts upon a child, rape and criminal possession of a loaded firearm. Other charges include criminal possession of stolen property,…robbery and grand larceny.
‘…. The vast majority of the individuals arrested during this operation have criminal histories. It’s frightening that New York City politicians created laws that force local law enforcement agencies to release dangerous criminals back into the community despite the seriousness of their crimes,’ said Thomas R. Decker, ICE ERO New York field office director.”
What does the current New York Mayor do? NOTHING, but complain that Biden doesn’t supply more money to harbor illegals, while violent crime skyrockets.
Outgoing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, another proud member of the sanctuary city brigade recently declared a “State of Emergency”; police districts and many park districts have become housing shelters.
With Biden ending Title 42, the sanctuary cities will crumble even more quickly.
Politicians talk, while people walk
New York, Los Angeles and Chicago citizens aren’t buying their BS and are leaving in droves.
Note the top five counties topping the outbound list in this US Census Bureau’s press release:
The National Association of Realtors provides the state tally:
“Florida (318,855), Texas (230,961), and North Carolina (99,796) and South Carolina (84,030) – were the states with the most net domestic migration gains in 2022.
…. However, California (-343,230), New York (-299,557), and Illinois (-141,656) experienced the largest net domestic outmigration.”
This graphic is dramatic:
The LA Times piles the BS higher:
“Opinion: No, California doesn’t have a population crisis
…. California can take advantage of opportunities such as the State Department’s new ‘Welcome Corps’ program. …. California communities can…extend a ‘welcoming hand to our Afghan allies, Ukrainians displaced by war, and Venezuelans and others fleeing violence and oppression.’
California doesn’t have a population crisis. But if we want to promote growth, we have to…welcome more immigrants and reduce the cost of living to allow more people to stay.”
Welcoming and harboring illegals, soaring crime, an overloaded welfare system, cities crumbling, and workers fleeing in droves isn’t a population crisis?
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Money Walks – big time!
The population numbers don’t tell the whole story. The wealth, and tax base leaving these states is not being replaced.
Wirepoints.org provide a dramatic, interactive graph, outlining net Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) gain and loss by state.
In 2020, the net AGI loss in New York was $19.5 billion, California, $17.8 billion and Illinois, $8.4 billion. These numbers are increasing as businesses are moving, taking thousands of employees with them. Today’s numbers are likely much higher.
Fear – the big motivator
Historically climate, family, affordable housing and taxes are the reasons people move out of state. They are now overshadowed by the growing number of people who no longer feel safe.
Armstrong Economics reports:
“A new study found that 27% of New Yorkers plan to relocate out of state within the next five years.
…. Safety is one of the top concerns and the study shows that about half of respondents no longer feel safe in New York, with good cause.
…. The true problem is crime and the light on crime lawmakers who let violent criminals roam freely after repeated offenses.”
The New York Post (NYP) chimes in:
“An Upper East Side parent of two, said the city is becoming ‘unlivable’ for families….
‘The crime, the mandates, the general insanity. I think people are just looking at their lives and thinking there has to be a better place to raise their children.'”
“Billionaire Ken Griffin decided it was time to relocate the headquarters of his giant hedge fund Citadel from Chicago after a colleague was robbed while having a gun pressed to his head during a coffee run.
…. McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski told a group of business leaders that his company, headquartered in Chicago, is having difficulty recruiting talent due to the soaring crime rate.”
It’s not just billionaires. NYP quotes fashion designer Alvin Valley, “First it was the billionaires, then it was the rich following behind them. Now you have the middle class.”
Tying it all together
Many Americans are worried, trying to not only protect their money, but also their families. They were brought up in a generation when you never locked your doors, and had no reason to.
I recall a sad story about a mom allowing her 8-year-old to walk her dog:
“A resident saw little Dorothy Widen walking her Maltese around the block in their Chicago neighborhood and called police, who showed up at the family’s front door.”
That could be my old inner-city neighborhood. When I was 8 years old living there, the rules were simple, go out and play, come home for dinner when the street lights turn on. Even in the city known for crime, we felt safe.
People are realizing it isn’t a government unable to protect the citizens from harm; but rather a government that chooses not to….
…. Moving your family, and your money, to a safer place might be the most important decision you will ever make.
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On The Lighter Side
I thought long and hard about using the slang with this article and hope I didn’t offend anyone along the way. Words we once thought offensive are now commonplace, and sadly in much of the children’s music. The speech police have a new batch of words that we dare not utter for fear of scorn. More than once I have heard, “Grandpa you are not allowed to say that anymore!” Some find truth offensive, I guess.
Got my cancer infusion this week, followed by a day or so of fatigue….as we get ready for graduation week that follows. So far, weather is cooperating, windows and doors open most of the day with pleasant temperatures and breeze.
Last week we had a nice visit from Tom and Joan G. Tom and I have been friends since early grade school. His father was our scoutmaster. Tom is unique, an insulin-dependent diabetic since his 30s, and has taken good care of his health (with great assistance from Joan) for decades. I used to greet him by saying, “Tom, we are getting old.” This time we felt it wasn’t appropriate …. we are no longer “getting” old, we are there; no denying it. Their grandson graduated from Indiana University; a graduation class of 10,000. Wow!
Quote of the Week…
“To have a good friend is the purest of all God’s gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment. It is not inherited, as with a family. It is not compelling, as with a child. And it has no means of physical pleasure, as with a mate. It is, therefore, an indescribable bond that brings with it a far deeper devotion than all the others.”
— Frances Farmer
This week’s humor, courtesy of an Indian Hills sign seems appropriate:
Until next time…
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