Farm Journal welding article

This is an article about welding from the Farm Journal magazine that I was interviewed for.

Farm Journal welding article


Michigan House 101 st district

Did I mention I signed on the ballot for this race. More people should do this, some of these state races and even a national are uncontested. WTF, cant even find a slug like me to get on the ballot.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:26 PM

I am the worst candidate in the race for any type of special interests and for both parties really. No lobby types want me and neither do either party, this is good for the people however.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

12:26 PM

There are some good people in government but the way it looks the show is mostly run by some self serving turds who I have almost no intention of “learning to get along with others”. If I get a bead on some of these self serving rat bastards the one campaign promise I can keep is I will be as big a pain in the arse as I can be. It seems the more experts we get the worse things become. The more big ideas we get the bigger the problem becomes and I fully intend to add as little as possible to the problems and disrupt as much as possible the ‘status quo’ of doing things.


I had a Senator tell me rather proudly that under his 41 years of banking experience and tenure that the law went from 4000 pages to over 20K, and as he said this with a straight face and a smile and I had to think – all his expertise didn’t help so much as a pinch, it only contributed to the problem.

The little guy cant do squat anymore, and it seems pretty much anyone with a big degree can really take a slug to the cleaners and tell him to piss off after. This seems more prevalent under the professions these days. This has a lot to do with health care and business regulation. Medical billing gets very little attention, not necessarily the insurance rates but the billing process – I have even seen an invoice that beat the patient home from an overnight stay!

Regarding ‘business regulation’, are we talking about safety codes for the common man or this catch phrase we seem to keep hearing which is usually lawyer-speak for banking, insurance, finance and merger. It seems to me some oversight may have been way cheaper in many cases. A lot of it seems to be diluted by a trickle down theory, which makes a case for self policing but end up trying to pin the financial collapse on dumb sheets couldn’t afford the loans they were given.

If you are happy with government today then I am not for you – you want to elect someone to kiss tail, not work for you. If you want someone to try to stick it to the guys that most deserve it then I am your guy. You want a list of pocket formal endorsements not for you, ask a couple deputies I am familiar with who they would want hitting for them in a bind and one may get a different response than a formal one, or ask a few lawyers and county prosecutors if they would like to face me daily for 2 years.

I have a long list of issues and ideas about what’s wrong with government. Not so much the popular, hot topic issues, which mainly seem to be used as tools to divide, because on most of these I am neutral but really despise the political tools they have become. No one I know is for abortions and a flaming gay lifestyle, it’s not for me, but if we really want government to stay out of our business then let’s leave these people alone. Some of them could sit down and shut up too and it wouldn’t bother me but here in my world they don’t bother me.

I really was curious about the endorsement process and early on was a bit intimidated which really caused a fatal error to this campaign I doubt I can recover from, a painful but true lesson. I am often asked why I might not have a decisive opinion on one thing or another but does the NRA or the Optometrist of Western Michigan really need my opinion? Seems to me they already have plenty of mouthpieces on their side as it is. The right or the left isn’t under represented, no one is being unfair and quenching their opinions, but it looks more like the small guy is the one getting stuck with the bill and told to sit down and shut up.

This is the line of thinking that has me. Take the VA for example, a fine enough organization and a big discussion about a 10 million dollar line item for care but not 2 cents said to 140 million in bonuses to the administrators to screw it up, same for the TSA. The VA is supposedly managed by the finest medical and business minds! Maybe we should promote the janitor for a while and see how it goes.

This is going to be the new class warfare, those with big student loans feeling entitled to more than the rest of the ones that don’t. We will have to shed a tear for this issue just over the horizon and its going to distress some banks again, another bubble. Its more true than its ever been; as a fine judge said, in one college town smoking weed is a ticket, in the next county over in the poor district it’s a criminal offense

You can bet the little guy will take it on the chin while some doctors and lawyers pocket some change. Same for insurance, you can be 200# overweight and cant pry a slushie pop from their hand but smoke some weed and you got a problem.   You can have all the prescription pain meds you want but if you need some mental health care, good luck.

On another note I have other views that may not be conventionally Republican, I don’t think everyone will self police in business and have a lot of respect for unions. I have some personal and family history. There are places needed yet and may in fact help and really have some potential in the future for a fluid and skilled workforce. I want an open forum where one can ask, I might answer, yes no maybe.