Trickling up, a tricky task

I was on my way home yesterday and saw water running down the side of the road. As I continued to drive, I saw the runoff was coming from a neighbor who had used a garden hose to clean his driveway. The water got me thinking.

The road I live on has a slight incline and the water from the neighbor’s house tricked down the incline past my home. Water trickles down…but can it trickle up?

Reaganomics brought us into one of the most fruitful times in our nation’s financial history. Under the Gipper, the U.S. government was lean and mean and wealth was given back to the American people allowing the market to thrive jobs to be created and consumer confidence to balloon.

Just two decades later, the economy has been reduced to shambles. Both parties have contributed to the out-of-control spending that has become the norm in America. Credit cards for everyone. Loans on top of loans for everyone. Homes for everyone. No concern for how to pay back mortgages.

When President Bush recognized the problem in 2004 and recommended oversight for Fannie and Freddie and loans being doled out like confetti, it was already too late and those reaping from the fattened calf did not want to hear it.

Now that debts can’t be paid and the economy is finally collapsing under the weight of unfettered spending, both sides are finger-pointing. Their answer to the crisis – bigger government, of course. More debt.

During the presidential campaign, Obama championed taxation for the richest 5 percent of the population and tax cuts for the little guy, claiming that economic recovery and prosperity had to start at the bottom.

This could not be less accurate. When you take money from the rich and give it to the least among us, you essentially eliminate jobs. I don’t know about you, but I have never been paid by a poor person. Further taxing a portion of the population that already accounts for most of the taxes collected by the government is bad business.

Cutting corporate taxes and taxes for the wealth-generating class of Americans seems to make a lot more sense, even though such thoughts have almost become politically incorrect.

The government giving money to those who need it is not the same as American’s pulling themselves up and earning their own money.  For those truly desperate, let communities and churches, friends and neighbors rally to help those in need and then let them help themselves.

If the government simply “spreads the wealth” the slow death of the American dream is inevitable. No longer will you come to America to succeed and make something of yourself but instead you will come to a country offering handouts and make nothing of yourself.

When you erode capitalism, you erode the natural clamoring of the human spirit.

Be wary of socialism by doses and be prayerful for our nation and vigilant in your convictions as our new president-elect takes office. 

Water always trickles down.


24 Responses to “Trickling up, a tricky task”

  1. 1 Wild Bill
    November 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Josh You are the MAN!!!

  2. 2 Carly
    November 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    As I said on Mark O’Keefe’s blog of wisdom (I say that with much, much sarcasm):

    JFK said, ”Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” But isn’t that the OPPOSITE of what Obama wants to do?? Obama wants the Country (Government) to get MORE involved and “take care” of us. I’m pretty sure JFK wanted the people to strive to be better…not to sit around and “hope” for “change” to just happen to them….and now people think Obama is that change…and he’s gonna have all the answers….we’ll see!

    Anyway, I don’t think anything is owed to me by anyone. I work hard for what I have..and believe me, it’s not much…I’d be the perfect candidate for some of that redistributed wealth! But I’d rather be independent and strive for a better life than get hand-me downs from the government and not earn it myself.

    Why would I want to bust my butt even harder to better myself and my career? What motivation do I have to strive to be better if my money, my hard earned money is going to be FORCEFULLY taken from me and redistributed to someone who doesn’t work as hard or isn’t striving to be better. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a generous person….I leave great tips at restaurants, I pick up the bill for people my husband and I go out with a lot, I always donate when K-Mart or Wal-Mart asks me to at the checkout, etc. I mean I don’t mind being generous…but let ME, the person who has WORKED for it, decide where I should donate my money. I’m not saying that relief programs shouldn’t exist….and organizations to help the less fortunate…I’m just saying don’t slap me in the face for working hard. Don’t penalize me for having ambition and motivation.

  3. 3 Carly
    November 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    And yes, water always trickles down, but maybe now with the Messiah as President-Elect, we’ll see it trickle up! HAHA.

  4. 4 Yeags
    November 11, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Amen, Josh….as Michael Savage says,” BO’s plan is Trickle Up Poverty”

  5. 5 Rich
    November 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    First off, Josh even though I disagree with most everything you say you do get your points across very well. So kudos to you and the Herald Standard for allowing yu to voice that opinion. Now that that’s said I am baffled by two things I’ve seen on this blog so far.

    First is the hate being directed at our next President. I understand if you disagree with his policies and such but most of you act like the Armegeddon is here because of his win. The man hasn’t even bought his new puppy yet and you all have him running America into the ground.

    Which bringsme to my second point. You are all preaching that this country needs a conservative to get us back on track, etc. Now correct me if I’m wrong but we’ve had a God fearing , tax hating good ol’ conservative boy in charge for the last 8 years. Who, by the way, was basically given the okay to do whatever he wanted after 9/11. And what did this conservative with unlimited power do? Started 2 wars costing you hardworking Americans billions of dollars a month. And all it took to wipe out one of America’s major cities on his clock?? A hurricane.

    You say in today’s piece that Bush caught our economic problems too late?? A national surplus in 2000 when Clinton leaves turns into a historical deficit of numbers most people can’t even fathom? Did that sneak up on him too?

    All I’m saying is that you people talk about how terrible it will be if you are taxed a little higher to help support government programs. Yet, you all support a side that has no problems phone tapping every single American because they can. Ronald Reagan,may he rest in peace, would never have worked his way around our Constitution like this administration has. And that my friends is scraier than any tax they can throw at me.

  6. 6 Charlie
    November 12, 2008 at 12:51 am

    You seem like an educated person, and I commend you for not lowering yourself to the levels that many progressive liberals do. But, you really need to understand how government works. And along with a basin understanding, you need clarification on some facts.
    I do not agree with everything that the current administration has done, but first, Clinton had a BUDGET surplus, not a national surplus. We have been in debt to other nations since our founding, And remember, if it wasn’t for the U.S., most of Europe and parts of Asia would be speaking German right now. Secondly, the President of the United States main job is to uphold the Constitution, not provide government answers to everyones lack of accountability. The Congress puts forth the laws then the President either signs them into law, or vetoes them. And hopefully, the Supreme Court doesn’t change what the People have requested.
    You have listened to the media far too much to have the understanding that Bush is really the “all powerful” leader that has destroyed our nation. Just look around at the poverty, drugs, welfare fraud and greed of our society to see who is responsible. We, my friend are all guilty, and we must work together for change. The metamorphosis back to the principles that our founding fathers set forth for us.

    Josh, please keep up the great work and maybe we can all lend a hand in educating our citizens since our government run schools continue to fail to do so.

  7. 7 No Palin
    November 12, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Yes Rich I agree with you. Like when some people call President Obama “Barack Hussein Bin Laden” and the Messiah. For anyone who is interested here is a link to compare the Obama Tax Plan and McCain’s tax plan. http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/taxes/Tax_Plan_Comparison_FINAL.pdf they are side by side so you can compare. I am not really sure where some of you people get your info but here is what it states on the Obama website – “Barack Obama has made firm commitment not to raise any taxes for families making under $250,000 (and individuals making under $200,000” Some people here say that the figure keeps changing but this is what he has stated all along.

    And Carly – there will always be people who want to take advantage of the system. I do not believe that people who are proud working people are all of a sudden going to change and try to take advantage of a situation. I also do not believe that the Obama administration is out to make it easy for people to take advantage of a situation.

    For your information there are people out there who really need help. Did you know that if a person becomes disabled at a young age they get very little social security money because it is based on what they paid into their social security. So lets say a person becomes disabled at the age of 18 and they have only worked at jobs like McDonalds or minimum wage jobs. They will get very little money. Lets use the figure of 625.00 per month combined SSI and SSA (because I know of someone in this situation) plus they will get food stamps of approximately 110.00 per month. Of course they will get medicare and supplemental for their health insurance and rightly so because their medical bills are astronomical. Tell me how you would manage this same situation when you have to pay rent, buy clothes, food, gas for a car (if they even have a car). If you have not walked in the shoes of someone in this situation I don’t think you get to say they have no ambition or motivation. And just because you can not physically see a persons disability does not mean they do not have one. Consider yourself very fortunate that you are healthy and can afford to pay what you owe. Situations can change – you never know when it can happen to you.

  8. 8 Conservative
    November 12, 2008 at 3:42 am


    I can correct you on one major item. George W. Bush is NOT a conservative. Most of what he did was fairly liberal, especially the spending you criticize him for.

  9. 9 Jim
    November 12, 2008 at 7:20 pm


    You are, my friend, what is known as a “lone voice crying out in the wilderness”. Not that that bothers me, mind you. I’m a former Uniontown’er, being born and raised in that area for 24 years, and have a lot of family still there, so I know the area and it’s people pretty well. When the people of Fayette County blame George Bush and the Republicans for everything from hemmorhoids to crabgrass, and truly believe it, you must be banging your head against the wall with your Conservative views. I personally have developed very conservative views since moving out of Uniontown (circa 1984), and have wasted an atmosphere of breath talking to my Democrat relatives regarding my views, but to no avail. Occasionally, I do manage to make a point that hits home, but before there can be a full admission on their part as to the correctness of my view, they always have to throw in a “Well, Republicans have done the same thing”.

    In an area such as Fayette County, or any other similar areas around the country, there truly is an entitlement mentality. And not just welfare entitlement, but SS entitlement, unemployment titlement, union jobs for $20/hr entitlement. I’m sorry for anyone who has lost their job – I truly am. But what happened to picking yourself up by the boot straps, and finding something that will at least tide you over until something better comes along. What about (bite your tongue) the dreaded “move out of Fayette County” to find a better job? I know, I know, you’ve got family there – guess what, so do I. But the steel mills aren’t coming back; neither are the coal mines. Auto industry? I live in Ohio, and GM just announced another layoff at their Lordstown plant of 1000+ people, so I’m certain that the auto industry is just as bad off in SW PA.

    I’ve been in middle management for 25 years, and twice during that time, I lost my job, for no other reason than the company “decided to go in a different direction”. I have moved my wife and 3 children 8 times over the past 20 years, always looking for better opportunities for myself, and my family. I’ve had to accept unemployment 1 time, in the State of Illinois, for approximately 3 months, and it was one of the toughest things I had to do. But, instead of sitting on my ass, and waiting for the government to increase the weeks of unemployment that I was eligible for, I got to work looking for work, and treated that as my full time job. And, when I did find a good job, I had to move my family again, back to Ohio. In case you’re wondering, I have a wonderful marriage of 23+ years, my wife loves me as much as ever, and my children have grown up to be responsible, God-fearing adults, who didn’t grow 3 heads because of all of the moves. While they didn’t necessarily like it, they understood it was the best thing for our family.

    I’m not telling you these things for a pat on the back. I did these things because they were the right thing to do, not because I wanted some kind of recognition. My father taught me the value of work, and more work, and then harder work. He also taught me that no sacrifice is too great when you have a family to take care of. So, for the people out there who are waiting for President-elect Obama to make your lives okay, it’s not going to happen. If you bought a house with a sub-prime mortgage, with no money down, and now you owe on your house than your house is worth, why should that become my (or anyone else’s) problem? Shame on you for taking that type of risk, and shame on the bank for being dumb enough to lend money to someone who probably wouldn’t be able to pay it back. I’ve got a large mortgage myself to pay every month. It was my choice to make as far as the size of the house I wanted for my family, the area I wanted to live in, and the amount of money that I wanted to spend every month. No one held a gun to my head, and no one forced me in anyway to take the plunge on this mortgage. Are there months that I wish I didn’t have to pay it? Of course there are. But I made a legal and moral commitment to my lender, and it’s my job to live up to that commitment. I’m not making my mortgage your problem – please don’t make your mortgage my problem.

    Life owes you nothing; the Government (say taxpayers) owe you nothing; God owes you nothing. Please, for once in your life, look in the mirror, and be embarrassed by waiting for someone else to do something for you and your family, and decide that today is the day that you’re going to do something for yourself.


  10. 10 Terri
    November 13, 2008 at 5:46 am

    I am getting on my soapbox so watch out. I see no hate here for our president-elect. I see extreme concern, along with my own, that our nation and the principles it was founded upon will be drastically at stake with this new administration. I see our right to speak our mind, protect our families, and hold onto our ideals being slowly and insidiously threatened by power hungry liberals who have no respect for myself and the principles on which I stand. They have an agenda that will cause our Founding Fathers to roll in their graves. We intelligent conservatives don’t hate our president-elect but we do hate the impending erosion of our great nation. We hate the fact that a man was elected to the highest office in the land without fair and balanced scrutiny from an unbiased media. We hate the fact that this media can actually control an election in our country. We hate the fact that Americans voted for a man who listened to HATE speech against our United States and against our race for years and years without seeing any problem with it. We hate the fact that Americans have forgotten the very real danger of terrorism and elected a president linked personally to terrorists. These are extremely damaging situations and for the good of our nation we had better hate them. The trends toward disrespect for God, life, morals, our country, freedom, and the American Dream are heavy losses indeed. The future, with our new president, will be a test. We are not stupid or hateful or prideful people but we are persistent and determined and confident because we know the truth on the Right Side.

  11. 11 John Levy
    November 13, 2008 at 6:15 am

    To No-Palin,
    “Of course they will get medicare and supplemental for their health insurance and rightly so”
    Rightly so? When did government health care become a right in our representative republic. I hope I get a deadly disease and die before I ask our government to provide health care for me. Of course I probably would die anyway before a doctor could see me under a government socialistic health care system.
    “For your information there are people out there who really need help.” Really? Hate to sound harsh but when did it become my responsibility to help every sick Tom, Dick and Mary (for the sake of gender fairness), out there?
    I’ll give through my favorite charity, but when the government takes my money and decides who will live and die with it then I will decide that the government will get none of my money.
    Understand what I am saying? Simple, socialism is a self-defeating system.
    Why? I am a healthy adult woman who works hard to provide my family with a certain level of comfort (don’t let my name fool you) and the government takes x amount of dollars from my paycheck to provide a large generational welfare family with all the same comforts that I have been trying to attain. Take the new Lemonwood Acres high income residential neighborhood now being built near Laurel Highlands High School. Built at an estimated cost of about $120,000 per unit, I could never hope to make enough to live there. So the government steals my tax dollars to pay for building it and the expenses of moving some poor undeserving family into it. I think to myself, hmmmmm, I work so hard to provide for my family, and Mary, Tom and Dick’s sister, who has that disease that you can’t see with your eyes, moves into that high income Lemonwood Acre condominium provided to her with my hard-earned money. And then her boyfriend, who has no apparent job, moves in a week later. You know who the boyfriend is. He’s the friendly guy who I saw last week give some much needed medicine to his buddy in front of our neighborhood bar.
    Yeah, that was so nice of him. He even neatly packaged it up in one of those fancy zip-lock baggies. Only thing I didn’t like was that the baggy ended up in my front yard.
    Tell you what sister. Maybe you don’t believe this scenario or perhaps you condone it. I don’t and I will do whatever it takes to change it. Take my hard-earned money and I either quit producing the income to feed the unmaintainable socialistic system that you defend or I start a new political party to take back my representative republican government.

  12. 12 No Palin
    November 13, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Terri – here is the definition of hate.

    1 hate
    Pronunciation: \ˈhāt\
    Function: noun
    Usage: often attributive
    Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hete; akin to Old High German haz hate, Greek kēdos care
    Date: before 12th century

    a: intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
    b: extreme dislike or antipathy.

    I’d say there is some hate and MORE going on here as well as in Mr O’Keefes blogs and many other blogs online. What people should be doing instead of being paranoid about Obama and keeping up the trash talk from the election mess is to calm down and have a conversation about ideas to get our economy back on track. We can all go back and forth all day about how our choice of candidate is better. That is getting us nowhere.

  13. 13 Anna Frielman
    November 13, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    No Palin, thank you so much for doing all that work involved with copying the definition of hate for all us stupid conservatives. Now we know what it means. We are greatly indebted to you.
    Ummmm, by the way, what was the point of doing that?
    Nah, you’re wrong about having “a conversation about ideas to get our economy back on track”. Obama has his own opinions about that and I personally guarantee that you will have no input into whatever crazy socialistic ideas that he forces on us.
    It’s time to stand up for our constitution and do everything in our power to prevent Obama and the liberal house and senate from enacting his socialistic agenda which will surely further destroy our economy and our country.
    If Palin “scared” you, Obama will be your worst nightmare.
    Care to join a new political party? Details will be forthcoming.

  14. 14 Rich
    November 13, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    This all I’ve been trying to say “NO Palin”!! The name calling must stop now. The election is over and like it or not we have our next president. Liberals can keep calling Bush an idiot, McCain old, and Palin the scariest person I’ve ever seen elected to a pubic office. And conservatives can keep calling Obama a socialist and terrorist. That will get us nowhere. I agree with Terri our country is in a bad spot right now. However I have faith in this great country and we(as in the majority of the country) believe Obama can turn us back around. So, if the conservatives want to go to their church basements and hole up with all their guns, fine, let them. I am going to embrace this new administration and hope that change has indeed come.

  15. 15 Student of Reaganomics, Excited to Learn More
    November 14, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Very interesting parallel that is pointed out here. I never realized that the physical principal of water’s interaction with gravity is one of those universal truths that, like fractals, applies to so many fields. Money, tricking from the driveways … uh … pockets of rich folk and into the mouths of the unwashed masses. Amazing!

    The author hearkens back to the good ole days of the Regan era when “the U.S. government was lean and mean” and unlike these liberal times when the crazy government spends a lot of money. In the author’s words “Their answer to the crisis – bigger government, of course. More debt.”

    Oh, wait. Didn’t Reagan raise deficit spending to the highest % of GDP since WWII, with huge increases in cold war defense spending that that caused large budget deficits, trade deficit expansion, and, many say, contributed to the Savings and Loan crisis that happened on his watch, as well as the stock market crash of 1987? Wasn’t he the guy who was president when, to cover new federal budget deficits, we began to borrow huge amounts both domestically and from foreign nations, jacking the national debt from $700 billion to $3 trillion … there’s gotta be some liberal spender to blame for that, right? And, if I’m not mistaken, the United States moved from being the world’s largest international creditor to the world’s largest debtor nation, causing the Gipper himself to proclaim that the new debt was the “greatest disappointment” of his presidency?

  16. 16 Carly
    November 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    I’m so glad No Palin pointed out to me that people actually do have it worse than me and that not everyone is just unmotivated and lack ambition.

    Wow, I’ve been living under a rock all my life.

    No Palin- I said, “I’m not saying that relief programs shouldn’t exist….and organizations to help the less fortunate…I’m just saying don’t slap me in the face for working hard. Don’t penalize me for having ambition and motivation.” I’m saying don’t penalize ME for being motivated and ambitious…I DID NOT say that that means everyone else who isn’t as well-off as I am is lazy, unmotivated or unambitious. That was YOU ASSUMING I meant that.

    I am one of the most caring people, I just disagree with Obama’s plan. I am allowed to, aren’t I?

    And please, don’t be a hypocrite by saying, “If you have not walked in the shoes of someone in this situation I don’t think you get to say they have no ambition or motivation. And just because you can not physically see a persons disability does not mean they do not have one. Consider yourself very fortunate that you are healthy and can afford to pay what you owe. Situations can change – you never know when it can happen to you,” when you know NOTHING about me, my situation, or my health. You have no idea what MY SHOES are like. You do not know my everyday struggles or what I’m going through.

  17. 17 No Palin
    November 14, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Oh John Levy – it must be sooooo good to be you! So Self RIGHT-eous. I guess you SKIPPED over the part of my post that STATED that there are always people who will try to take advantage of the system but there are people out there who really need help. Life has taught me to not judge a book by its cover but to look deeper. You should not try to generalize my post to make it appear that I condone people who do try to take advantage.

    I can’t really imagine that you have a favorite “Charity” — wouldn’t that be a contradiction to your beliefs. Maybe you have not read the definition of “Charity” seems like something you would not believe in though. If this is what your church teaches you – I am glad I don’t go.

    CHARITY – . generous actions or donations to AID the POOR, ILL OR HELPLESS: to devote one’s life to charity.
    2. something given to a person or persons in NEED; alms:
    3. a charitable act or work.
    4. a charitable fund, foundation, or institution:
    5. benevolent feeling, esp. toward those in NEED or in disfavor:
    6. Leniency in JUDGING OTHERS; forbearance:

    Hmmmm………. what would Jesus do?

    This blog is just too stupid to read anymore. Doesn’t seem like people want to discuss anything here – only try to attack those who disagree with them. sooooooooooo see ya!

  18. 18 Carly
    November 14, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Great, now with No Palin gone…who’s going to post definitions on here?

    But No Palin kinda contradicted their-self by saying people don’t want to discuss anything on here. I mean No Palin picks apart what others say on here all the time…even goes as far as defining things for us slow folk. Debating sides is discussion, and isn’t No Palin attacking those who don’t agree also by further arguing their point and by trying to make us look stupid by throwing definitions on here?

    Now, maybe No Palin thinks that we commentators are stupid…but the blogs themselves are not…they just aren’t Mr. O’Keefe’s views or a view from a liberal….

    Wait a second….isn’t calling these blogs stupid…dare I say it…..NAME CALLING??!!!!!

  19. 19 No Palin
    November 14, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Anna Freilman said “Care to join a new political party? Details will be forthcoming”

    REPLY – hey Anna – here are a few names to try on for your new political party. I guess since the Republican Party is falling apart you gotta do something!

    IPA – Idiot’s Party of America
    HSA – Hate Spewers of America – Rush Limbaugh can be your first member!
    IOCAM – I Only Care About Myself Party
    GOLPLM – God Only Loves People Like ME Party
    or most fitting – AWDNTLMIW – Anyone Who Does Not Think Like Me Is Wrong Party

  20. 20 Carly
    November 14, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    and to think I was feeling bad for singling No Palin out so much…

    besides…I thought these blogs were too stupid for No Palin..

    Notice, No Palin came back in an awful hurry just to attack republicans and call us more names!!!!

    Oh and is the “AWDNTLMW” party the new liberal party that is finally admitting how they view things??!!!

  21. 21 joshkrysak
    November 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    No Palin:

    Your rage is really starting to get the better of you. What happened to debating the issues? That is what the blog is for. I am disappointed by your latest post. While there have been a lot of accusations of name-calling, lets not really start name-calling. I would hate to have to intercede and play referee.

  22. 22 Carly
    November 14, 2008 at 8:33 pm


    I just want to say, Kudos to you. With all the negativity in these blog comments (which I have put out my fair share, I’m not innocent), it’s nice to hear a story that will encourage others!

    God bless you and your family for overcoming the hardships you’ve had to face!

  23. 23 John Levy
    November 14, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    that didn’t take very long!

  24. 24 No Palin
    November 15, 2008 at 1:30 am

    sorry Josh. Wouldn’t want you to have to resort to Censorship. Don’t worry. I have nothing left to say here. Won’t be back. See ya. Have fun “Debating the issues here” I really don’t see much of that going on here anyways.

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