Christmas Carol Questions


In Silent Night, there’s a contraction and an old English shortened word. What’s the full word in each case?

“…all is bright round yon virgin, mother and child…”

In O Little Town of Bethlehem, re-phrase the words, “…How silently the wondrous gift is given, So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven…”

Replace “So” with a few words so that the sentence’s meaning is clearer.

A Christmas card says, “Peace on earth.” This speaks of hope that men and nations can someday live in peace. More specifically, the heavenly host sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” From whom is the goodwill? Why does the baby mean good will toward men? How was a relationship strained and, with the birth and mission of the baby, how is it now repaired? Are “peace on earth” and “on earth peace, goodwill toward men” different in an important way?


Welfare in Montana

1. Montana has over 3,000 adults on TANF- cash welfare. 

Idaho has fewer than 400.
Montana’s population is 2/3 that of Idaho’s.
We have 11 times the cash welfare recipients per capita that Idaho has. Montana has a lower unemployment rate than ID, 5.7% versus 6.6%.
(TANF stands for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.)
2. TANF work requirements are lax to start with, then routinely ignored by recipients, according to workers in the state’s Office of Public Assistance. Mr. Obama is making work requirements even easier.
3. TANF applications spike before the summer fair. They appear to provide “walking around money.”
4. TANF can be used for guns, gambling, alcohol, cigarettes, practically anything. Other states are starting to rectify this; not Montana.
5. TANF, SNAP and Medicaid recipients have money for hair extensions, tattoos, nicer cars, eating out, stylish clothes and accessories, multiple data plans per household, premium cable TV, multiple horses, Harley Davidsons and trips to Sturgis.
6. A FOIA request, patterned on the successful one in California, should seek details on locations where Montana TANF funds are spent.
7. Many TANF expenditures are a waste of taxpayer money and a harm to recipients. The program should be scaled back and re-designed.
8. The cost to taxpayers of each “worked” hour, “work” including such things a looking for work or attending GED classes, is $150.

Seven Foods Never to Eat

Seven Foods You Should Never Eat







False Morels

Christmas Fruitcake

Hospital Patient

What is Communism? Communism Ends Income Inequality.

What is Communism Power

Click the link above for a Power Point slide show I composed about communism and income inequality.

Recession Over, Food Stamps Unabated

Unemployment is down and the recession ended in 2009 Q3, yet Montana food stamp (Red Bull and Coke) enrollment remain high.

Food Stamp Enrollment

Food Stamps=Red Bull

Food Stamps=Red Bull


I always like to change the terminology in the food stamp and farm bill debates to reflect actuality.


Here’s part of the AP story:


WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend current farm law if Congress can’t agree on a new farm bill before adjourning next week.

House leaders have reserved space on their agenda this week for extending the current law until the end of January. Lawmakers fear that milk prices might rise sharply if dairy subsidies expire Jan. 1.

The House and Senate have passed separate versions, but with widespread differences over crop subsidies and how much to cut food stamps.


Substituting in the last paragraph we get: The House and Senate have passed separate versions, but with widespread differences over crop subsidies and how much to cut Red Bull and Coke.


My estimate of sugary beverages purchased through food stamps annually, based on store receipts, is $14.5 billion.

Teachers Keeping a State Poor

Teachers keeping a state poor. Mexico’s radical teachers union CNTE is fighting the government on education overhaul

Bloated Governments, Over-promised Pensions

Bloated Governments, Over-promised Pensions


Even Russia is trying to tame them.


“For years, Western advisers such as the International Monetary fund, as well as pro-market economists inside Russia, have called on the government to pare the bloated state sector and…overhaul the costly pension sector.”

WSJ Dec. 9, 2013, Russia Promises Economic Reforms


These impediments to growth are found in Russia, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the United States, Detroit, Stockton and Montana.