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Kay Commentary 2011-07-30

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The following is an encore presentation of an early Kay commentary, and appears in her new book.  Here is Kay Zwerling:   
          We started trading with China in the late 1970s. 
          Let’s fast-forward to 2007.   U.S. manufacturing is almost nonexistent.  Most of it went to China and other countries.  China inundates us with enormous amounts of stuff, most of it inferior, and takes only a fraction of our products in return.  
          Our leaders condoned that practice, and now China owns us.  
          When one day a year either makes or breaks the bank, how fragile indeed has our economy become? 
          Decades ago when we manufactured almost everything here in America, the Christmas holiday was just that – a holiday.  Retail businesses made money, but the money spent on gifts stayed in American pockets.
          Now, almost everything is made in China, India, Mexico, and many other countries.  Once the money is sent out of the Country, it will never return.
          If you do not believe this, check the trade imbalances between the U.S. and China.  We buy everything from them, while they buy very little from us.  
          It is a lucrative one-sided deal for China and the international corporations who engineered this scheme with the American worker coming out the loser.
          And, if you think that this stuff on a grand scale is not hurting America – well, listen to this – America’s finances are in such bad shape that China, our so-called most favored trading partner, is taking the billions of American dollars which it has accumulated in this one-sided trade deal, and is now wisely trading them in for Euros and precious metals.
          As we speak, the dollar is losing value.  What is worse, however, is the mindset of the average American who seems to be more concerned about his neighbor’s dog pooing on his lawn, than about the impending collapse of the dollar.    I say our government is really worse – nobody is home, and nobody cares.  
          Finally, once the bottom begins to drop out, Americans will eventually get their heads out of the sand, and demand an end to the so-called free-trade schemes and a return to fiscal responsibility, and I say that means we trade 50-50, not 90 from China and 10 from us.
          However, by that time it may be too late, and a Depression equal or worse than that of the 1930s will be upon us.   
For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.  

The long requested book of Kay’s commentaries is now available for purchase online at our KSCO.com website, right on the home page.  For $24.95 plus shipping and handling, it’s applicable.  Treat yourself to this wonderful book full of Kay’s wisdom, thoughts, and humor.  It makes a great gift, and all proceeds support KSCO your favorite radio station.   Go to KSCO.com and buy Kay’s book today. 

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Kay Commentary 2011-07-23

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The following commentary appears in Kay Zwerling’s new book.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

This is called “My Mother’s Ground.” 

I wrote this story about my mother in 1981, two years after her death.  I was studying clinical philosophy at that time, a new discipline, which was deep, personal, and analytical, and while I was still missing my mom, I thought about her a great deal then.

Parents and children have powerful and intimate relationships and perspectives about each other.  Sometimes positive, sometimes negative, and sometimes neutral.  Here I reveal my mother through my own appreciation of being a child, a parent, and a grandparent.   I address a philosophical problem, that of finding a sense of groundedness in response to the universal human problem of the abyss – that is, the lack of meaning and aloneness – or nothingness.  My mother found her ground in God, and in so many ways, now I do, too.  

She came to America from Greece in 1912, or thereabouts, at the age of 16.  The fourth in a family of six children, quite poor, she had been a young schoolteacher in her village.  Her sister and brother-in-law living in New York sent her the fare to join them in the land of hope and opportunity.

She met and married my father, had three children, became a widow at 42.  With the three of us married, or gone soon after, she remained alone in the big house, and somehow managed to make the money last.

I worried and wondered at her aloneness every night.  She would say to me “God will take care of me, I’m not afraid.”  God was my mother’s ground.

An invalid for six years, and in need of continual custodial care, my 82-year-old mother spent her final years in a local convalescent home.  At times, she was amazingly alert.  Other times, forgetful.  Most often, strangely peaceful and content.  In the early days of her confinement, she would often ask in bewilderment “Por que el Dios me hizo esto” (Why did God do this to me?)

Interestingly, after her second stroke, she communicated almost exclusively in Spanish, her native tongue, despite the fact that she had been quite articulate in English.

What made it possible for my mother to face each day with valor, even a smile?  And, I used to visit her every day.  Her philosophy, which she affirmed each day when we were together “Todo lo que hace Dios es para bien” (Everything that God does is for good).  God was my mother’s ground.

In a way, I envied her very much, for I don’t believe she ever allowed herself to see the abyss.  She chose very early in her life to insulate herself from the anxiety of nihilism by a total and daily commitment to the will of God.

What a fascinating and incongruous polarity of personality was my mother:   A most gentle benign imposition of an iron will in areas concerning her children, and a personal complete and total surrender to the will of God.  Indeed, God was my mother’s ground.

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

The long requested book of Kay’s commentaries is now available for purchase online at our KSCO.com website, right on the home page.  For $24.95 plus shipping and handling, it’s applicable.  Treat yourself to this wonderful book full of Kay’s wisdom, thoughts, and humor.  It makes a great gift, and all proceeds support KSCO your favorite radio station.   Go to KSCO.com and buy Kay’s book today. 

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Kay Commentary 2011-07-16

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

          I want to talk about the ACLU, which states it defends legal cases involving violations of civil liberties.

          ACLU stands for American Civil Liberties Union.

          Its history dates back to anti-war groups during WW1.

          It was formed in 1920 when citizens were actually held in jail merely for holding anti-war views, and it has grown stronger, but often with totally different aims. 

          Let’s fast forward to 2011 – here is what ACLU has become, of course, simplistically stated –

          Now, for many years it has been called the most dangerous organization in the U.S. because it has been highjacked by American and possibly foreign extremists.    

          It was responsible for prayer being banned in our children’s schools, the Ten Commandments banned from Courtrooms, and manger scenes banned from the public square. 

          It defends the rights of terrorists over the rights of American citizens, and submits reports to the United Nations to “hold America accountable for human rights violations”. 

          The United Nations is now a disgusting group who hopes to control America.   It started out right after WW2 – to be a place to help countries of the world to learn to get along peacefully. 

          In fact, the ACLU was part of the lawsuit against Arizona recently for trying to protect America’s borders from illegal immigrants, and the ACLU fights to protect the use of foreign law in America’s Courtrooms.

          It has been said that it uses a loophole in the law to force American taxpayers to pay millions of dollars in legal fees to advance its radical agenda. 

          All this information was gleaned from the envelope of Frontiers of Freedom Foundation, which once again is soliciting for funds to continue to educate the American public.

          Much of this information is proof that like ACLU, many organizations which may have started out with good intentions turn out to be self-serving and corrupt.  And so it goes.  Power so often does corrupt! 

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

The long requested book of Kay’s commentaries is now available for purchase online at our KSCO.com website, right on the home page.  For $24.95 plus shipping and handling, it’s applicable.  Treat yourself to this wonderful book full of Kay’s wisdom, thoughts, and humor.  It makes a great gift, and all proceeds support KSCO your favorite radio station.   Go to KSCO.com and buy Kay’s book today. 

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Kay Commentary 2011-07-09

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

          This interesting information was sent to me recently by the National Taxpayers’ Union – of course, with a request for funds – and that may be a topic for another story. 

          It is a report on estimated pension benefits for members of Congress convicted of crimes from 1980 to the present.   Participation in the pension system is voluntary for members serving prior to 9-30-2003, and the pension amounts are not a matter of public record.

          Let us call the following:  “A Dirty Secret”. 

          There are at least 535 people who do not want you to hear this.

          Most of them are millionaires.  They earn $174,000 per year and work only 104 days a year.

          They get automatic pay raises every year unless they turn them down – even if they are not doing a good job.  In fact, many have done a terrible job.  No problem – they get the money unless they vote not to take it.

          There is more – they have a full-time staff at their disposal, generous office expense accounts, top-notch health and life insurance, free parking, and travel to destinations all over the globe – junkets – all subsidized.

          Here is the best part – their pension benefits are two to three times more than those in the private sector for similarly salaried executives.   Some can receive as much as $125,000 pension a year.  They can retire as millionaires.

          Here is the kicker – some can even collect their lavish Congressional Pension while serving time in jail for crimes committed while on the job!  

          All at the expense of hard-working taxpayers.

          Many in Congress with integrity believe that their colleagues who are caught in perjury, bribery, and fraud, and are sent to jail – should not continue to receive their pension benefits while in jail – as now that is the case. 

          The forthcoming Bill called The Congressional Integrity and Pension Forfeiture Bill, if voted on and passed, will eliminate that wasteful expenditure. 

          I agree that felons in jail should not receive pensions or rewards. 

          However, it is possible that most Congress people thinking it over may be too ashamed of their felon colleagues and therefore decide better to never allow this Bill to be exposed to the American public.   

          Because it is too difficult to remain honest – how sad that those We the People place in office to guide and protect us are so often corrupt and disappointing.    

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

 

The long requested book of Kay’s commentaries is now available for purchase online at our KSCO.com website, right on the home page.  For $24.95 plus shipping and handling, it’s applicable.  Treat yourself to this wonderful book full of Kay’s wisdom, thoughts, and humor.  It makes a great gift, and all proceeds support KSCO your favorite radio station.   Go to KSCO.com and buy Kay’s book today. 

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Kay Commentary 2011-07-02

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

          This is a rough draft of a story – a true story, which will be told, and more importantly dealt with very vigorously by many in our beautiful Santa Cruz because most of us care very much and once we know about it we will be anxious to participate.  It is an interesting story which involves loyalty, insincerity, greed, and possibly the hopes of personal wealth.  Here goes:

          A person in the Watsonville area bought a very beautiful dwelling there recently, but he decided he wanted to move his house to another location despite the fact that moving his recently acquired dwelling would cost a great amount of money, and he purchased a residential lot very close to our County Fairgrounds, and discovered it was too close because of the loud noises that came from the Fairgrounds.   Despite that important knowledge, or perhaps because of it, this man moved his house to that area close to the Fairgrounds.  

Shortly afterwards he then hired an attorney to plan to encourage the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to first eliminate the noises and then probably to close down the Fairgrounds altogether.  

Why would this man play out this scenario?   Could it be that he may be a real estate developer and wants to finally own the Fairgrounds land and develop it into many homes and possibly make a financial killing?  

If in fact this is the agenda this man and his attorney plan to pursue, we at KSCO pledge to devote much time, energy, and air time on our radio stations to destroy this plan. 

          Stay tuned for the fireworks and all future developments. 
For KSCO and KOMY, this is Kay Zwerling. 

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Kay Commentary 2011-06-25

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

          As we think about China and how she has so rapidly become a world presence, we may remember Napoleon’s famous description “Let China sleep for when she awakens she will shake the world.”  

          In 1979, my husband Barry and I were in China just when our two governments agreed to trade with each other.  The Chinese people were ecstatic.  They dancing in the streets.  I wondered how all this would play out.  The agrarian country was now becoming a world trader.  Let’s fast forward to 2008.

          In our eagerness to trade with China, it became – and still is – lopsided.   It is called free trade where one side only benefits.  

          Fair trade is when I give you 50% and you give me back 50%.  

Along the way, somehow we seduced ourselves into giving up our own industries which had kept us independent.  We thought now being a service-oriented society would be good.

Stupidly, we sent away our American jobs, all our manufacturing, and we sent them to China and India. 

          The U.S. has really been living in a fools’ paradise on a phony economy.   Now we are world dependent.  We have helped China to become so wealthy that she owns us, because most of her profits are in billions and are invested in our nation.

          A recent interview in Barron’s, the financial periodical, is very compelling.  Listen… We have not been through anything like what we are going through now.    We have been able to convince the world lately to lend us and to provide us with goods that we do not produce anymore and that we cannot afford to pay for.   And now the problem is big, especially since the real estate bubble.

          The U.S. is now an empire that is sustained by borrowing from friends and anyone else who will give us credit.  Our creditors hold hundreds of billions of dollars, but the dollar continues to weaken and our foreign creditors could take a huge loss in their dollar holdings.

          Are we now a global mess?

          Did our national leaders err by encouraging us to give up our own industries? 

          I say we should resurrect what worked for us before – and that is our own industries and reject our dependency on other nations.   Now with China and India in the world market, the global workforce is in the billions so the inflation of workers creates resentment and competition.   The stage is set to the inevitable confrontation of China and India vs. the U.S. and Europe, and how that situation will play out remains to be seen.  

          I still say let’s go back to manufacturing which worked for us before.  Let’s not wait.  Let’s do it now, not later.

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

The long requested book of Kay’s commentaries is now available for purchase online at our KSCO.com website, right on the home page.  For $24.95 plus shipping and handling, it’s applicable.  Treat yourself to this wonderful book full of Kay’s wisdom, thoughts, and humor.  It makes a great, and all proceeds support KSCO your favorite radio station.   Go to KSCO.com and buy Kay’s book today. 

© copyright 2011

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