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Numbers and Politics


Part 1

If it weren’t for our Judge Executive, Magistrates, Mayor and Councilmen, we would be in a mess and there would not be a magnificent piece of historic art in our park and a museum where our history is displayed. Judge Leslie Stith, Gerry and Nancy Lynn, Mayor Ronnie Joyner, Magistrate Gary Chapman, Pam and Bill Corum, the Meade County Solid Waste Dept., Meade County Works Dept, and the County Clerk’s Office have donated or loaned artifacts to the Museum, and all the magistrates and city council have supported these cultural icons, with unanimous votes. We can nit-pick them, but our leadership has been consistently good for the past 25 years. Some important things go unheralded. Twenty-four years ago, when Fran and I adopted Meade County as our home, a place to retire, live, and be buried, things were not so good as today.

When we moved here, Meade was in the bottom third of Kentucky counties, based on per-capita wealth. We are now number 14, out of 120 counties, and soon, with Nucor, will be in the top ten. That’s quite a turn around. Then I was told about the Jail getting one third of our tax dollars, that has since greatly changed for the better. Our Judge Executives, Mark Brown and Harry Craycraft, Gerry Lynn Leslie Stith, and the Jailers have cut that number more than in half by using good conservative tax policies and contracting State inmates. The largest single jump in county per-capita wealth was between the year 2,000 and 2014.

One of the things that was easy to accept back in the 1930’s was Social Security. Unemployment peaked in 1933 at 25% with a population of 125.6 million people. The numbers vary, but in cities like Chicago, unemployment was 40%. Families could not feed themselves let alone elderly dependents. Social Security was sold to the public as a way to ease the burden of the elderly. The result has not met the promise. What it turned into is just another tax, where less than half the money collected is returned to the taxpayer.

When Social Security passed in the 1930’s, my grandfather told a joke that made no sense to me until I looked into it. The joke was simply this: Go up to a person and say, “Social Security, get it?” The person would answer, “No.” Then say, “You will when you’re 65!” And everyone would laugh. Why was this funny? The average age for mortality of women during the mid-1920’s was about age 32, and the average age for men to die was 30 years. By the Depression, each had gained 12 to 13 years of additional life, but still below 50 years. In those days, medicine was not much more developed than during the Civil War. There were few if any vaccines. Penicillin, the first wonder drug, came out in the late 1930’s, and there were only two general questions regarding it on the 1941 Kentucky State Nurse’s exam. It saw its first significant use in WW II. When Social Security started, few people would live long enough to file, much less collect; although, workers and companies paid immediately. Fran and I collect social security, but we will never collect, if we lived to be 100, what we have paid into the fund, and we could not live on that pension alone. The money was supposed to stay in a “Lock Box,” drawing interest for others while self-perpetuating the system. Washington politicians unlocked that box and spent the money.

A politician I like is Bernie Sanders because he tells you the truth. He is a socialist, brags how he will raise taxes, and control everything from medicine to prices. He supports the socialistic system and the Communist political system which go hand in hand. Those two systems have led to low mortality rates in Russia. Russians live almost 10 years less than people here.

I have an idea! Let’s lend Judge Stith, Mayor Joyner, our Magistrates and City Council to Washington D. C., just long enough for them to get things straightened out. Then, if our “teeny bopper” leader in Frankfort is smart, he’ll request them. We could then loan them to Russia, upcharge their services, make a profit, and get them dad-blamed Bolsheviks straightened out, once and for all. Bernie could be translator, and retire to Moscow a hero. Bernie’s lucky, if he lived in Russia, he been dead years ago.

Note: All statistics in this 2-part story are from Google sources. Statistics may vary some from search engine to search engine.