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Opioid addiction hinders American manufacturing

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As Americans, we have all heard stories about the opioid epidemic. We have heard stories from both our local news and national news outlets. Zero Hedge’s “Tyler Durden” recently took a look at the effects of opioid addiction on the American manufacturing industry.

“Regina Mitchell, co-owner of Warren Fabricating & Machining in Hubbard, Ohio, told The New York Times that four out of 10 applicants otherwise qualified to be welders, machinists and crane operators will fail a routine drug test

Manufacturers around the country are struggling to find qualified and sober workers. With the inherent dangers of working in a manufacturing shop, there is no room for employees who are impaired. One small mistake can ruin someone’s life or end it completely.

Durden, speaking about President Trump’s promise to bring manufacturing jobs back, stated that the biggest problem may not be a scarcity of jobs, but rather finding “workers who are not under the influence. As Mitchell said she has jobsshe just doesn’t have sober applicants.”

There may be a lot of truth to this. The New Yorker stated, “according to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 97.5 million Americans used, or misused, prescription pain pills in 2015.”

To put this in perspective, in 2016 America’s population was just over 323 million. This 97.5 million amounts to over 30% of the U.S. population having used prescription pain pills. When almost one-third of Americans report using a drug with a high potential for abuse, it is no surprise that it became a national problem.

Durden closes by saying that maybe we “should contemplate how to eliminate the pervasive addiction problem which is rapidly becoming a structural hurdle for America’s millions of unemployed.”

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The opioid crisis is draining America of workers – Patrick Gillespie, CNN Money

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/07/news/economy/opioid-epidemic-job-market/index.htmlIn addition to opioid abuse, factors such as technology, an aging population and globalization, have also contributed to the declining participation of working age adults in the labor market.

But the ballooning use of opioids — whether as prescription drugs or heroin — is preventing many workers from coming back into the job market, economists argue.

FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments with other meds – Health – CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/opioid-treatment-1.4300283?cmp=rssThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity.

The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system.

Resources | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/resourcesIt supports and conducts research across a broad range of disciplines, including genetics, functional neuroimaging, social neuroscience, prevention, medication and behavioral therapies, and health services. It then disseminates the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction. Additional information is available at drugabuse.gov or by calling 301-443-1124.

 

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Final Thoughts

Most of our attention is focused on the effect of opioids on those closest to us – our families, friends, and communities. The next time you hear a story on the news about another local overdose, remember that this happens all around the nation. If you have ideas for solutions, reach out to organizations that can help. If you know someone who is struggling with an addiction, try to guide them towards some resources that can help. When we stand around without taking action or trying to find solutions we are demonstrating our complacency.

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The complete fraud that is socialism

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The complete fraud that is socialism

Once again we are witness to the age-old scam of socialism with Leftists making promises to attain power that can never be fulfilled.

Long before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago exposed the systematic oppression, torture, incarceration and deliberate mass murder that are the hallmarks of socialistic slavery. James A. Michener documented the 1956 Hungarian uprising against communism in his book ‘The Bridge at Andau’. While both are great literary works, ‘The Bridge at Andau’ laid bare the complete fraud that is the collectivist ideologies in creating a ‘Heaven on Earth’ or ‘worker’s paradise’ that never comes to fruition.

The selling of socialistic slavery to a new generation tends to follow a certain type of ‘progress’. Promises are made for all kinds of largess ranging from Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free College, Free food to even Free income. All paid for with other people’s money. Never mind that It’s impossible to fulfill all of these wondrous asseverations. Appearances must be made to at least begin the process, so the ever-present task of wealth redistribution begins at the point of a gun.

This is also why the Socialist-Left obsesses over gun confiscation and the suppression of free speech. It is imperative for the Leftists to disarm the people since they generally object to having their property stolen from them. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves, this is to document how this exploitation of the people has ‘progressed’ in other collectivist enclaves to better understand how this crime against the people is perpetrated.

Why do collectivist regimes always require secret police apparatus and the suppression of Liberty?

This question was detailed in The Bridge at Andau in the chapters on the ‘AVO man’. In which he discusses the secret police organisation of the Hungarian Communists, the AVO (Allamvedelmi Osztaly). He bluntly asked and answered the question:

Why must communism depend on such dregs of society?

No matter on what elevated plane communism begins its program of total dictatorship. it sooner or later runs into such economic and social problems that some strong-arm force is required to keep the civil population under control.

As is the case now as it was then, a nation’s Socialist-Left will promise just about anything to attain power over the people:

When communism is wooing the workers in Csepel, all kinds of exaggerated promises are made if they seem likely to awaken men’s aspirations and their cupidity. These promises are couched in such simple terms and such effective symbols that they become immediate goals of the revolution.

Review briefly what communist agitators had once promised the Hungarians who appear in this book: consumer goods such as they had never known before, increased wages. increased social benefits, shorter hours of work, improved education for everyone, a greater social freedom, and a government directly responsible to the working classes. Under communism such promises were never even remotely capable of attainment.

[Our Emphasis]
If all of that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because that’s part of a very old song and dance that has deceived many a generation into enslaving themselves under socialism. Consider this recent story from the Associated Press:

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.
….

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America.

The pilot program… could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

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As Margaret Thatcher so aptly surmised, eventually they will run out of other people’s money. In our case in the states, that is already the situation given the enormous debt and unfunded liabilities reaching into the stratosphere of trillions of dollars. Of course, this hasn’t deterred committed collectivists such as Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio who recently stated that ‘There’s plenty of money in the world… It’s just in the wrong hands!’ Never mind that it is morally wrong to steal the property of others or that once a society turns down the dead-end of socialism there will always be more people wanting more money from those who have it.

Wealth redistribution scams will always wreck the economy. A socialist regime that nationalizes the economy can never function better than one of economic Liberty. Soon enough everything breaks down, the people see through the lies and the government has to start breaking heads. Thus it is imperative that they have previously confiscated the people’s guns and made it illegal to defend themselves.

The Takeaway

Socialistic schemes always run contrary to basic human nature. Rewarding someone for not working will always result in less work. Conversely, punishing someone for working will also result in less work.

This basic logic of human nature seems to be lost on Leftists. But perhaps it is not. They have to know their schemes have never and will never work. And yet they still try to impose them on everyone else. Perhaps they know of the epic fraud they are continually perpetrating on society, but they don’t care. That will be the subject of our next installment.


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Local communities giving support to border agents during shutdown

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Local communities giving support to border agents during shutdown

One of the most prominent stories the media has been pushing since the beginning of the partial government shutdown is that services are being hampered by federal employees calling in sick in large numbers. They are not getting paid (though they’ll receive back pay when the shutdown ends), so whether they call in sick or not makes no difference to their bottom line. The TSA in particular has been highlighted as long wait times at airports hamper travelers.

There’s one government agency affected by the shutdown that doesn’t appear to be having the same problem, and local residents and businesses are being partially credited for making this possible. Border patrol agents aren’t calling in sick or taking leave any more than usual, according to a report by Anna Giaritelli at Washington Examiner:

Locals help border agents survive the shutdown with free meals, zero-interest loans

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/locals-help-border-agents-survive-the-shutdown-with-free-meals-zero-interest-loans“Although I don’t have official agency numbers, it is my understanding that call-outs or sick leave is at or near the same levels as in similar times in years past,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd wrote in an email Monday. “We certainly aren’t experiencing the same level of call-outs as TSA. As far as I’m aware, and again that is without official numbers, we have the same workforce reporting for duty under the shutdown as we regularly do under normal circumstances.”

The kindness and respect residents and businesses are giving to border patrol agents isn’t just a sign of support for those who keep the border secure. It’s a testament to the concept of philanthropy being more powerful than government. It’s often said that government does the job that people won’t. In reality, it’s the people who do the jobs the government can’t. Moreover, it’s the people who are able to do these jobs better than the government in most situations.

While I would never condone the use of civilians for our military defense or even border patrol, there’s one very clear example of how private solutions are beating government solutions, and oddly enough it comes from far-left San Francisco. Unlike most airports in the country, the lines at San Francisco International Airport are no longer or slower than before the government shutdown. This is because their security agents are not federal employees. TSA contracts with Covenant Airport Security. Their agents are getting paid through the shutdown.

My Take

As the government shutdown drags on, we should all be thankful that border patrol continues to do their job and that local communities are pitching in to keep these brave men and women taken care of until DC gets its act together.


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We need an intervention to break Washington’s spending addiction

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We need an intervention to break Washingtons spending addiction

As the manufactured government shutdown created by the reality TV president continues, something other than Trump’s DACA sellout for his metaphorical border wall is being missed by the public.

Lost in this latest episode of “The Apprentice: White House Edition” is the reality that the shutdown occurred because Republicans and Democrats have been unable to agree on how to spend money they don’t have to feed their spending addiction responsible for our record-breaking budget deficits.

Calling Washington’s spending an addiction is not hyperbole. Drug addiction, for example, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior to the point that he/she is unable to resist the urge to find the next high no matter how much harm it may cause to themselves or others.

Likewise, Washington’s spending addiction is a political disease affecting their brains and behavior — even a “very good brain” like Trump’s — to the point that our representatives are unable to resist the urge to find the next spending high.

Short of admitting they need help, addicts will try to hide their addiction in many ways, including blaming others for their problem and scheming for ways to get more money for their addiction, which is exactly where we find Washington today.

Earlier this month, Trump’s favorite Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, passed a set of rules that automatically abolished the debt ceiling, thus putting out of control spending on cruise control. By eliminating the need for a vote on the matter, the impact of this bankruptcy-inducing scheme remains hidden because no one is forced to go on-the-record.

By the way, Trump supports permanently ending the debt ceiling and has already worked with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to get it done.

Republicans in the Senate — including so-called conservatives like Mike Lee and Rand Paul — are also looking for ways to feed Washington’s spending addiction. Last week they were joined by Joni Ernst as sponsors of the “Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2019.” This money-spending scheme would permanently eliminate shutdowns by guaranteeing endless financing by the government to keep it open, even if Congress fails to pass a spending bill.

According to Sen. Lee, “Shutdowns create instability and unpredictability not only in government, but also many families and businesses that interact with the federal government.”

Do you know what else creates instability and unpredictability? Explosive deficit spending and bankrupting America. Of course, Washington would have to admit they have a spending problem to understand this fact, which isn’t likely to happen, so eliminating shutdowns allows them to hide their addiction.

According to Spender’s Anonymous, the first step to recovery is admitting that you’re powerless over spending and money and that your life has become unmanageable.

Powerless over spending and money? Life has become unmanageable? Sounds like Congress to me, and it sounds like it’s time for America to hold an intervention … perhaps in 2020.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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