Archive for February, 2009

Revolution?!

February 20, 2009

When will someone with any power in Congress say “This is unconstitutional!” to all the Hitler-like Enabling Acts ala emergency powers and bailouts and stimulus packages being shoved through U.S. Congress.  When will those with any morals left in Congress say “our states choose not to go along”.    Will the five conservatives on the Supreme Court say “No more” to the porkulus packages and resurrection of FDR’s Imperial Socialism?

Hopefully those with any morals left in Congress are secretly meeting with like-minded individuals and those still loyal to the Constitution.  Hopefully some such individuals are ranking members of the U.S. military.  It’s a scary thought but wouldn’t you hope that those who have sworn to defend the Constitution would rise up and lead a Revolution, a coup de tat to take back this country’s freedoms by force? Storm Washington and with as little bloodshed as possible, dissolve Congress until they accept a repeal of the 16th Amendment, reestablishment of states’ rights, and an Amendment forcing a balanced budget!? Especially since our freedoms have been robbed, raped and trampled on by those who justify their actions by fact of their election?  In what way did their election victory give them the right to step over the bounds of our country’s Constitution?

Walter Williams has all to well elaborated on how our Constitution is lightly esteemed by the socialists in power: 

http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2009/02/11/the_hell_with_our_constitution

As to justification for rebellion and revolution you don’t have to look far.  Just look at one of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence.  Substitute “Obama” and “liberals in Congress” in for King George.  Consider just how far we’ve come back round to being enslaved under the same oppressive tyranny of taxation without representation that began with the villainy of our 16th Amendment.

How soon till more citizens themselves decide to not pay their taxes?  Some dare not refuse to pay the Sheriff of Nottingham since their wages would be garnished.  Increasingly more wouldn’t have the option as they became the new serfs of the state, peasants under King Obama’s new feudal lords (loyal cabinet members and union leaders of his socialist work programs).

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Reply to Comment On Post “Can Texas secede?”

February 20, 2009

An anonymous someone made the following comments about my post “Can Texas secede.”  My reply follows after:

Interesting thoughts, but your rhetoric is too blinding this time.  “Gang raping” and “black Hitler” are inappropriate terms.

I’ve actually heard that we’re in danger of spending too little to put out this financial fire.  Refer to Japan in the mid- to late-1990’s, for example.

The U.S. has already adapted some aspects of “socialized” (as you like to refer to them) programs, such as social security, medicare, medicare, WIC, etc.  In fact, I think people…could benefit from these programs.

I agree that we, as citizens, should be prudent and censor unnecessary programs and spending.  But I don’t see how inaction can help (i.e., allowing the ‘rational’ invisible hand to take over); I’m also unsure how you’re linking states’ rights into this picture.

My reply:

Perhaps the rhetoric seems too strong to you, but it was carefully chosen.  Congress “gang raping” our Constitution and the free market is appropriate if you consider the term rape to mean “rob of virtue”, and gang to be synonymous with “organized crime”.  “Black Hitler” as a term for Obama is not maligned if you consider Hitler not in a context of hate, but of fear of someone taking extraordinary measures to socialize and nationalize every fiber of this country’s fabric of existence.  And I’m certainly not racist since I admire the blacks like Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.  However this “stimulus” package is Obama’s Enabling Act as much as Hitler made use of one.  You have to be pretty naive not to see how this package was designed to force us all to eventually adopt widespread socialist programs such as Universal Health Care

I find it also very telling and alarming that the “stimulus” bill was made available to the public for less than 48 hours before being voted on.  Even many if not most in Congress didn’t have a humanly possible amount of time to realistically read all of the bills many pages:

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30697

Like the bailout last fall, this bill has been shoved through Congress faster than you can say “extravagant spending!” 

As to state rights, they are under grave threat from this “stimulus” package.  Ultimately the state’s are our last hope for rebellion against this taxation without representation.  Sure we are a republic and not a democracy.  Sure the elected officials were elected and won their elections.  That doesn’t however give them the right to rob the people in the name of goodwill.  They don’t have the right to do what would be illegal for individuals to do – namely to rob from some and give to others.  Ultimately we need a Constitutional Amendment to limit government spending and restore the correlation of taxation with representation  that was done away with when the 16th Amendment was adopted and subsequently the income tax imposed

(i.e. the states that paid more taxes originally had more say (representation) on how those taxes were to be spent — likewise if your state is paying more taxes and has a say on how they are to be spent, wouldn’t it be more frugal in how those taxes are spent.  On the other hand if no states have direct control over how taxes are spent, then wouldn’t it be in their best self-interests to get the biggest share of the pork barrel?):

Amendment XVII (Ratified April 8, 1913):

“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration”

Here is an article related to the concern of state’s rights with regards to the “stimulus” package:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090219/ap_on_bi_ge/bucking_the_stimulus

As to the the Japanese economic crisis in the 90’s, I don’t know enough yet to weigh in on that.  I’d be wary to learn about it from those that have rewritten history in a liberal light and whose husbands have presidential libraries that scream “ME” such as her high and mighty Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

However I agree that since the government got us into this mess (by buying massive amounts of subprime mortgages – in effect saying that the government would insure grossly irresponsible loans) they should get us out of it.  How?  Not by increasing the size of government drastically.  Not by pie in the sky green energy fantasies (e.g. solar panels on every national park ranger hut).  Not by pork barrel spending on special interest groups at home and abroad (funding for international abortions, funding for more Endowment for the Art’s Urine soaked Crucifixes) and bankrupt states’ dream foundation schemes (bridges to nowhere).   How about the government loosening the coils of the governments’ boa-constrictor hold on the free markets.  Maybe if they lowered the federal taxes on business profits (which ranges from 15% to 35% depending on the amount profit earnings) (up to 35 cents on every dollar of profit!) to much less, business might actually succeed.  Can you imagine if the company you work for or run suddenly had 35 cents extra per dollar of profit to play with in maintaining their top and bottom lines?  Talk about extra slack when times got tough!!!  I know at my job that if our division had an extra 10% to play with from profits that we wouldn’t be worried about job losses this whole year)  The individual states tax profits on top of this — e.g. in New Hampshire its an additional 8.5%:

http://www.nh.gov/revenue/faq/dra_300.htm

Likewise windfall profits taxes are really hurting businesses in America.  See:

http://www.businessandmedia.org/commentary/2005/com20051101.asp

Likewise foreign companies are less likely to invest here and employ workers in factories and offices here if taxes are excessive.  They’ll just do business elsewhere.  There was all this talk and worry about UAW workers losing their jobs with the downturn in the traditional big American car manufacturers.  Yet many Americans were finding jobs at international auto firms’ factories in the U.S. such as with Toyota.  Sure the pay rates were not like the UAW’s, but who can afford to pay workers in excess of $100 an hour in wages and benefits and stay in business making cars that people can actually afford?

Likewise heavy regulation has been a heavy tax on America.  The FDA’s excessive regulation of pharmaceuticals all but killed the U.S. pharmaceutical industry.  Why did 3M get out of pharmaceuticals in the last few years?  It was simply too expensive to play the game unless you had massive amounts of capital to research a product over the vast number of years the FDA required for approval.  People with serious illnesses willing to take more risks with promising new drugs had to turn to foreign suppliers such as Great Britain, which although very socialist was ironically less restrictive in this regard concerning consumer rights.

Milton Friedman in his book “Free to Choose” also talks about how regulated our trucking industry was via the ICC — the licenses to do interstate commerce via trucking were limited enough that some companies existed that had no trucks or truckers but which sold their licenses to do interstate trucking. 

For more current info on harmful effects of regulation on commerce via trucking see:

http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv17n2/reg17n2-taylor.html

The government may have done such a good job at killing the economy, perhaps they have provided the justification for more socialization.  Since private enterprise can’t survive long without special protections and government endowed priviledges in this highly fascistic system of government subsidies and heavy handed regulations, even businesses are clamoring for their share of the redistributed wealth.  And who can blame individuals from wanting more unemployment relief and welfare support from the very power that has made unemployment such a scary thing.  I mean once you take away the former greatest protection to the worker – competition between businesses for good employees, what do you have left but to turn to the only resources left standing – the bloated Unions and government handouts.

And yes the government through the Fed might have had to inject money into the banking system to alleviate the threat of deflation. As Milton Friedman points out in his book “Free to Choose” how the Fed in the Great Depression made the mistake of not injecting enough cash into the banking system that they had messed up in the first place.  The Fed by the way was created under the false alarm that runs on banks could spell disaster.  Yes banks had been run on for cash, but banks in the past had refused to pay cash for periods of time without closing their doors permanently.  As long as the bank was truly solvent (i.e. hadn’t cooked their books), this refusal to issue cash during heavy runs on banks didn’t prevent people from still using their checkbooks to do financial transactions using their still active checking accounts.  The Fed made the perhaps deliberate choice during the Great Depression to withhold needed cash supplies from banks – the money supply actually shrunk!

Speaking of census, you heard about Obama moving the census administration to the white house?  There’s fear that they will cook the books and use estimation methods instead of the traditional head count to sway political district majorities to be more aligned to democrat party wishes.

Worried Sick About Our Country

February 20, 2009

Sorry to sound like I’m on a political tirade.  I’m just worried sick about our country.  I’d love to hear your views on where our country is headed.  Then maybe I wouldn’t feel so alone.  When I talk with other people, I realize that although their ideas seem at first glance widely different from my own, they are often very similar but from different perspectives.  I’ll try not to sound so negative.  I don’t hate Obama.  When I use words like “black Hitler” I am not trying to use such words to inspire hatred. I’m just trying to evoke alarm bells ringing in people’s heads about what the massive implications of his alarmingly socialist actions are.  I’m proud that America is a place where anyone can rise to be president, regardless of race or background.  However am I offensive in trying to warn against someone whose ideology is anathema to our traditional American values?  As a kid I remember reading about WWII and being fascinated by war, power and the rapid technological changes involved in such political struggles.  As a more mature individual I am struck with the thoughts that maybe the past isn’t so distant and unreal.  If we had lived under Hitler might we not have loved him until it was too late?   I have had many lunch time discussions with an older lady at work, a Canadian who although she has different political views than mine (she thinks that universal health care is the best thing since sliced bread) that I have enjoyed.  It’s fun to debate with other people as long as you both realize that there are no hard feelings.  She told me once how she heard a story about a man, a Jew who had lived through the Holocaust as a young boy who had just come out of a college lecture sobbing.  It was a lecture that discussed Hitler and used audio of some of his speeches.  The man told a colleague that he was sobbing because he had come to the realization that he knew that if he had been older when Hitler had come to power that he would have been swept up in the same emotions as the masses then, that he would have believed in this cause that later became associated with a mad man.  The cunning flattery and good spokesmanship of Hitler conned the world for a dangerously long time.  It wasn’t till it was too late that people began to fight back for their very freedom.   When I compare Obama to Hitler it is only in the light of fear rather than hate that I am trying to evoke.  I fear that he is trying to quelch our rights under the guise of an emergency.  He made an infamous speech on Chicago Public Radio in 2001 mentioning how the civil rights movement hadn’t gone far enough, that the bounds set up by framework of the U.S. Constitution that our Founding Fathers established were too restrictive and needed to be broken in order to establish economic justice (i.e. socialism by thwarting the Constitutional safeguards for our liberty).  I have studied much about the past history of the Progressive party, Woodrow Wilson, FDR and the hauntingly similar repetition of the past’s mistakes scares me.  It isn’t too far a stretch to even think that maybe the war in heaven was similarly waged.  Maybe Lucifer said such things as “What is more important than your salvation?! This man over here is willing to put something above it!  He wants only the fittest to be exalted…”

 

I’m extremely worried about the implications of the latest 70 billion Congress is putting forward in trying to keep people from losing their mortgages.  I say this in light of having read the book “The Mystery of Capitalism” by Hernando de Soto, an excellent book on how property rights evolved in the western world.  This book asks the question of why capitalism, though introduced in many countries in the post-cold-war era, only had real success in a few.  The answer was astonishing — it had to do with the legal framework of property rights that allow such intangible assets as mortgages to represent more than simply physical land property and become the potential energy of an engine that harnesses the flow of energy between potential and kinetic energy forms like a pendulum.  The author did a study of how easy it was to obtain legal property and/or mortgages in countries like Egypt, and some South American countries.  Legal property was hard to obtain in such countries — often taking excessive red tape and 10-15 years to obtain titles legally.  The result was a degraded form of capitalism in which most of the capital was “dead”, i.e. couldn’t be harnessed like it can be in truly free countries with a better framework of property rights and their free market exchange.  Interesting too it was noted that in such countries where capital was “dead”, land property was often locked in legal situations where people couldn’t lose their land.  It is kind of like how things are heading here in the U.S. Politicians are trying to make it harder for people to lose their homes.  Yet our country’s success has relied on the very fact that entrepreneurs have been able to mortgage their homes in order to start their own businesses.  The real value of their mortgage is taken away if the government creates a situation where no one can no longer lose their home to foreclosure or bankruptcy.

 

On a positive note, there is still much hope to hold onto when one considers how the free market has held on despite all the attacks by government and special interest groups (often from industry leaders themselves seeking special protections and priviledges).  This is conveyed in such great articles as the following

 http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2009/02/18/economic_miracle

or in books like “Free to Choose” by Milton Friedman that outline how when people interact in the free market via voluntary cooperation, everyone benefits.  Life really isn’t a zero-sum game with a fixed pie where being rich necessitates others being poor.  Wealth is the byproduct of work.  If everyone produces more, everyone can have more.  Money is simply a means of exchanging wealth, but not wealth itself.  Income in the real world is far more flexible and astronomically more growth capable than the fixed allowance type systems of marxist style socialism (sadly some people never grow out of thinking of income to be like an allowance from daddy). 

Can Texas secede?

February 20, 2009

With Congress gang raping our Constitution to the applause of our new black Hitler, I hope that Texas and other states that have traditionally stood up for states’ rights will say enough is enough, if you’re not going to abide by the Constitution then we will, even if it means being a separate country! I still can’t believe that the porkulus package (aka “stimulus” bill) has been rushed through Congress before even the Democrats have time to read it through. This in my opinion is because our new Hitler is using this as his enabling act, with provisions stuffed to overflowing in this bill giving the government unprecedented and unconstitutional powers to create socialized medicine, socialization of the economy, even more strangling restrictions of the free market and start the Fed’s printing presses churning out even more money. Talk of green energy makes me sick when I read of how Jimmy Carter played the same game to our great expense. Carter talked of a fragile dependence on foreign oil which OPEC was selling us oil at around $20 a barrel then, while Carter and Congress were forcing domestic oil producers to keep prices around $5 a barrel. Then he had the audacity to suggest we break our dependence on oil via alternative energy sources. Obama is just another Jimmy peanut-headed Carter. Carter suggestions for energy independence were just as evil as suggesting that a family should become more self-sufficient right after you have the father of the family executed. Today Congress and Obama are using double-speak to redefine simple phrases such as “tax cuts” to mean “more taxes with more welfare checks cut” instead of its traditional meaning of across the board cuts in taxes.

Can Texas secede? It has the resources to! http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081104151347AAiwZGC

I doubt that Utah would secede, but if Texas does I would proudly hang the Texan flag above Old Glory until Old Glory’s glory is restored. Governor Huntsman is a big liberal tree hugging woosy who calls himself Republican. Just this week he endorsed stepping forward for more laws making civil unions like unto marriage. The backlash from Proposition 8 passing in California has begun a war of political subterfuge in Utah with the local gay friendlies playing a game of slowly introducing legislation that will gradually bring us to gay marriages in Utah. Also they are intimidating Utahns who financially supported Proposition 8 by creating web sites that show amounts, names and locations attached to political donations for Proposition 8 on a google map like web interface.

It has truly become as in the Book of Mormon where our laws have truly become corrupt and it is time for cleansing the inner vessel — by civil war if necessary. Let’s impeach this disgrace for a president with a real distinguished black man like a Thomas Sowell or aWalter Williams,someone who won’t write Congress a blank check or consider election victory to mean total disregard for the Constitution and the rights of States and the People that can rightfully assume all rights not expressly given to the Federal government by the U.S. Constitution.