The Christmas Month, The Four Seasons & Star Stuff, Snowing From The East, Lesson From The Big Tree Gone, Bar Stool Economics 101

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

The Christmas Month! Ya gotta love the Christmas Month. Winter really comes this month. In fact, with my peculiar calculation of seasons, December 1st is the start of winter. December, January, February, that’s the winter months. March, April and May, that’s Spring. June, July and August, well that the Summertime. And September, October, and November, it’s all fall. It works for me, and if ya really stop and think about it, I bet it’ll work for you too.

Actually, there are celestial reasons to accept these months into the category in which I’ve put ‘em. It has to do with the rotation of the earth around the sun and the volume of the planet in relationship to its ability to heat up and cool down in relationship its size, and the angle of the sun on any given day.

All this is occurring while we all just rotate within our little insignificant spot within the Milky Way Galaxy. It’s a kinda complex formula, but if ya can’t figure it all out, that’s ok, just re-read paragraph one. That’ll work out for ya. And besides ya don’t have to remember what day of the month the season changes. It’s always the first day of the month when the new season starts.

So by my calculations, this 2nd day of winter has brought not the cold, but temperatures more toward early spring. Tomorrow is being projected as much of the same. But within a few short days the real winter weather will descend upon the EastWing and we’ll all be complaining ‘bout too much snow, and being too much cold. The first time someone says that to me, I’m just gona say “July & August”.

The old saying of “When the winter storms come from the east, so comes the blizzard” so often holds true. Just hope not too often and too severe. Oh well, much the same as the wind, we can’t control the blizzards of winter. But it’s sure fun to set in the EastWing and watch the blizzard as it blows by. There’s some good science behind the old saying that blizzards come from the east. And most of the time it hold up.

When there’s a massive low pressure well to the west of your position and the upper levels of the atmosphere contain large amounts of overlaying moisture and the temperature goes below 32°, its gona snow. Now when these weather conditions are just right, temperature, upper level moisture, massive low pressure many hundreds of miles to the west, that all combines into a situation whereby it’s gona snow for a long, long time and the wind is gona blow. First from the east, then the southwest, then the west, then the north, and all the while it’s still snowing, blowing and piling up. And just like that a blizzard just came by your way. Winter time, gotta love it, ‘cept when the snow comes from the east.

Last week I told ya I’d look and see if there was a story in what I thought about removing the Blue Spruce Tree from the EastWing, well I looked and was right, there was a story lurking in the dying branches of that Blue Spruce Tree called Colorado.

Removing that tree from the front gardens really showed me how much we can become accustom to little micro changes in our life year after year. As they occur, we don’t consider ‘em worth making it an issue. Then, after several years, we’ve adjusted to the current fact of life. We’ve given up our original thought on how things need to be, and have resigned ourselves to the way things are today. And all the while we could have impacted our future by making very minor changes, as changes occurred in our environment.

And so it is with our own society. We choose terms such as progressive and conservative that tend to bump people into groups diametrically opposed to each other. Another way to look at these two groups is, one is in favor of how things just change as time goes on. For no logical reason, other than things just change as time goes on. And another is in favor of the way we are when there is no logical reason for change, regardless of time.

From a government point of view, it’s forever providing more assistance into the lifestyle of the voters or providing less assistance into the lifestyle of the voters. And all the while providing more assistance to the lifestyle continues to make one more dependent on those providing such assistance. While providing less assistance to the lifestyle tends to makes one more self-reliant.

We as a people are approaching the point where 50% being provided for in some fashion by the Federal Government and 50% are providing the Federal Government with the dollars to provide for the other 50%. Another way to look at that is ½ are working and ½ are not. And the are nots are being provided for by the ½ who are working. Ya can’t help but wonder what will happen if the “are nots reach 65%. Will the other 35% revolt? Just saying. Just wondering. Just hoping I never see it in my lifetime. My kids may.

An interesting observation on the progressive, conservative positions. For the most part, it’s those who have never made their way in this life on their own self efforts, their own unique ideas, their own hard work in pursuit of their dreams, they’re the ones who have spent their lives working for “W-2 Wages”. Some may even call it “Just working for the man”. Or maybe working for what in the tax preparation business is called, “working under the radar”.

That’s when people offer to do work for cash if it’s not to be reported to the Federal Government. A main reason for this approach is to avoid “paying your fair share”. Another main reason for these folks is, they may very well be on some type government assistance program and not want to risk being disqualified by earning wages. These people also tend to follow a progressive line of thought in our society.

A conservative point of view tends to be more so with those who have, for whatever reason, chosen the way of self reliance. On one’s own ability to provide for their future by hard work and perseverance in their own ideas and dreams of better things to come in the future from hard work and dedication to a dream of success. All this risk without any type of assurance of financial reward or any guaranteed income to support the dream, or for that matter, to support the most basic needs of survival.

Yet another way to look at this progressive, conservative way of thinking is to look at a most basic “Bar Stool Economics Lesson”. In the past I’ve been accused of having friends in low places. To that charge, I pled guilty. And it’s because of my friends in low places that I do understand Bar Stool Economics.

“Just suppose every day, ten men go out to drink beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100 . If they paid their bar bill the way they paid their taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1.00. The sixth would pay $3.00. The seventh would pay $7.00. The eighth would pay $12.00. The ninth would pay $18.00
The tenth man (the richest guy in the group) would pay $59.00

So that’s what they decided to do. These men drank in the bar every day and were quite happy with the arraignment, until one day, the owner said, “Since you are all such good customers, I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.00.” The drinks for the ten men now cost only $80.00 per day.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way they pay their taxes. So the First four men were unaffected. They could still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $ 20 windfall so that everyone would get there “fair share?” They realized that $ 20.00 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink their beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay! And so:

The fifth man like the first four now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of 12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid 14 instead of 18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

All the top six guys were better off than before! And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of that $20” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!” “Yeah, that’s right, shouted the seventh man.” Why should he get $10″ back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison ” We didn’t I get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!” The nine men surrounded the tenth guy and beat him up.

The next night the tenth guy didn’t show up for drinks at the bar, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something very, very important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them to pay even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, moms and dads, friends and foes, journalist, college professors, and all such skeptics in between, that’s simply how the tax system works here in these United States. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore at the bar. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.”

For those who understand this example of the “Bar Stool Economics Lesson”, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible. Now think about that a little while. Yep, you’re in one of the two groups. Everybody is, so just ask yourself the question. Which one do I fit?

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From The EastWing, The Christmas Month, The Four Seasons & Star Stuff, Snowing From The East, Lesson From The Big Tree Gone, Bar Stool Economics 101

I wish you well,