A follow-up to the previous post

Are Government Schools doing their jobs?  o-high-school-buildingOne can examine the academic results fairly easily but what about teaching and reinforcing so called soft-skills? Reading the piece below and the previous post, I think not.

Is is time to examine our government schools’ approach to instilling basic 21st century economic survival skills within each of their students.

Another report showing the poor material our armed forces have to deal with. I wonder if these recruits were taught discipline and self-control in primary and high school would we have these same problems? (come to school, don’t be late, do your work, turn it in on time, read a book, etc..)

Army May Extend Basic Training, Introduce New Fitness Regime

The new program of instruction is the result of surveys taken from thousands of leaders who have observed a trend of new soldiers fresh out of training displaying a lack of obedience and poor work ethic, as well as being careless with equipment, uniforms and appearance, according to Army Training and Doctrine Command officials.

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Who do we thank for this?

The permissive, low-standards, single parent society has given us this:

Marine Corps Commandant: ‘Less Than 30% of Young Men and Women’ Qualified to Join Military

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“So, I think we’re all aware that, you know, in the nation, I mean, it’s a strategic issue that less than 30 percent of the young men and women of our nation are qualified just to join the military, either because of physical, mental or moral issues. So now we’re down to 30 percent and now we have to find those that have a propensity or are interested in doing this. And as there is some growth in the force, we’re all out there competing in the same — looking for the same type of young men or women.”

I suspect these same 70% would also have a difficult time finding and holding a job in our globalized economy. With the nation technically bankrupt, these people won’t be supported by the state much longer because at some point in time, the technical bankruptcy becomes a real bankruptcy and America will not be able to borrow money any longer.

Very simple: Taxation is theft

This simple but very important statement can be broken down such that its meaning can be better understood and more importantly, defended against statists’ assaults on one of the most fundamental rights we as Americans hold;  the protection of one’s private property against unauthorized taking.taxation_is_theft_bumper_sticker-r8d039d5d6ad74fefa51d751560c7d8e4_v9wht_8byvr_512

Taxation is simply, “Taking the fruits of an individual’s labor without their sanction under the threat of state retribution”.  Look at a paycheck and you see newly obtained personal property, earned from participation in a freely entered into transaction with an employer. Upon examination of this sample document, you will see the state has coerced/forced an independent business entity, in this example, Swim, Bike, Run Productions to withhold Michael Anderson’s personal property under the guise of Federal Income Tax, Social Security, Medicare and California state taxes.  This is just the state stealing a portion of the wages paid for a mutually agreed to business transaction.

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Not complying with this theft can yield:

The tax code, 26 United States Code section 7201, provides:

Sec. 7201. Attempt to evade or defeat tax
Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.1

This seems pretty straight forward to me.

 

Source:

1. 26 U.S.C. § 7201. For an individual, the $100,000 fine prescribed in this statute can be increased to a maximum of $250,000. See subsection (b), paragraph (3) of 18 U.S.C. § 3571.

Losing Ground, The Bell Curve and Coming Apart – Commentary on Commentary

Source: http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/03/losing_ground_t.html

 

Very interesting insights on Charles Murray’s img-murray-charles-hr_101703740559 work on poverty and the underclass.  (1) Seemingly a simple premise; intelligence is required for most high-paying occupations ergo the people with lower intelligence will likely suffer a greater incidence of poverty as they have less access to high-paying jobs. (2) Economic incentives have been proven time and time again to drive behavior and decisions. It then follows if you tax income you get less wealth generation and if you subsidize poverty with welfare payments, you encourage more.

The last point (3) regarding cultural differences between America’s economic classes could be more difficult to understand.  However, one item Murray speaks of in his tomes but Mr. Caplan does not specifically point out is, raising children in single parent families has been shown to enable worse life outcomes when compared to a two parent household.  Data has also highlighted there are more single parents in less affluent communities.

Stop energy subsidies – corporate welfare

In examining the involvement of the state in national energy markets one can become easily overwhelmed and dismayed by the scope and complexity of the state’s reach into the energy industry.  While the brute force power of the state influences much of the industry’s compliance (US Code) there is also the factor of the money, forcibly taken from tax payers, doled out to the energy sector — this is pure corporate welfare. Big-Government-Jefferson-Quote[1] At a minimum, this corporate welfare encourages corruption and market inefficiencies.

One could write in depth about energy, and state involvement within the energy sector but that would become pedantic. Instead,  a section from a complex government report from the US Energy Information Administration (EAI) summarizes the labyrinth of programs and rules representing the state’s reach into the U.S. energy sector.

EIA identified over 70 federal domestic assistance programs, many of which have multiple subprograms, as part of direct or research and development expenditures displayed in this report. 1

It should be obvious this situation is unhealthy; over 70 government programs each being a fiefdom on to the selves is not a ideal way to deal with the intricacies of energy production and consumption.  The complexity and waste of most government programs of this size is well understood – Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, etc..There are news stories almost daily of the waste and fraud within these programs but few documenting the costs of subsidized energy.

However, there is a fundamental flaw beyond the administrative bloat these programs induce, there contradicting interests being simultaneously subsided – renewable vs. fossil vs. nuclear. While most libertarians are aghast at the state picking winners and losers in the market, it is completely lacking congruence of investing in competing sources of energy and expecting increased development and innovation within the industry.

A table in the aforementioned report, Table ES2 highlights taxpayers are subsidizing fossil, nuclear, and renewable sources of energy on a yearly basis to the tune of roughly $30B.  The older energy industry sees these investments as an incentive for the status quo and the newer burgeoning energy businesses use their subsides as a crutch and do not innovate as they would if they were competing for their company’s lives in the free market.

It is time to remove the state from energy production and let the free markets deliver the most economical and sustainable energy possible.

 

 

  1. “Direct Federal Financial Interventions and Subsidies in Energy in Fiscal Year 2013.” EIA, U.S. Energy Information Administration , Mar. 2015, https://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/subsidy/pdf/subsidy.pdf.

 

Redistribution may not be needed

Redistribution is a statist method of taking from one individual (under the threat of violence) and giving what was taken to another individual who is supposedly in poverty. The practice is antithesis to everything libertarian.redistribution_is_not_fairness_its_theft

Poverty can be avoided in many cases by following these steps:

  1. Complete high school and if possible, obtain further career training
  2. Do not have a child out of wedlock
  3. After completing your education or career training, work full-time at your career
  4. Obey all statist laws even if you disagree with them to remain non-incarcerated

Following these simple tenets will help keep most individuals out of poverty thus lessen  the need for the unjust practice of income redistribution.

 

How to Really Fix America

There are several simple modifications to American policy and to our US Constitution that would quickly set America on a path to prosperity and happiness.  They include:

  1. End America’s role as the world’s policeman  – follow the current Constitution’s prescriptions on the use of our military
  2. Abolish the IRS and replace it with a fee based system of funding for only Constitutionally defined activities the federal government can participate in
  3. Abolish all non-Constitutionally defined government activities with an all encompassing amendment to the US Constitution i.e. disbands cabinet roles such as HHS and Department of Education and governmental agencies such as as the EPA. This action will force the end of federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc
  4. Rollback all federal laws for victimless crime
  5. Strengthen federal laws on property rights, citizen on citizen violence, and fraud and coercion
  6. Provide each student under the age of 18 in America with uniform financial stipend that can be used for education and training at the institution of their parents’ choice
  7. Add an amendment to the US Constitution forbidding an income tax or ending the fiscal year without a balanced budget
  8. Stop all federal surveillance unless sanctioned by the terms in the 4th amendment to the US Constitution
  9. Reform immigration to include work permits, simple path to permanent residence,  and add an amendment to the US Constitution forbidding of federal aid to new arrivals
  10. Abolish the Federal Reserve and have legislative control over the current which would be backed by gold and other non-perishable assets

 

The results of these policies would be:

  1. Reduction in cost of national defense and a more popular America throughout the world
  2. Reduction in the cost of collecting funds for the federal government and elimination of corruption caused by the current tax code
  3. Reduction in the cost of government and the ability of citizenry to chose to localize services and the state and municipal level. There would now be a separation of government and business and government and healthcare, etc..
  4. Reduction in incarceration rates and the cost of administering justice with America
  5. Would offer American’s a more equitable and constitutionally sanctioned justice system
  6. Education is critical to a free society so a free parental choice based primary and secondary education would be provided to all students at a baseline level. The funding would come at the federal level from fees collected from selling, renting federal assets
  7. Keeps economic prosperity and assures continued economic justice
  8. Eliminates “Big Brother” for our lives
  9. Stops illegal immigration and assures America access to the world’s best and brightest
  10. Allows a sound money policy and uses market forces to guide interest rates and subsequent investments