WOW – What a quote

Presented with limited comment.  Great points from Judy Morris.

 

The so-called soft socialism of western nations is just an illusion. Western nations are bankrupt, their economies are disintegrating before their very eyes and the promises of lifetime pensions, welfare and healthcare are nothing more than propaganda lies that voters willingly drink. In the end, they will have nothing and be much worse off. Such is the fate of a person who votes for the police powers of the state to steal from another to give them what they want but never earned. –Judy Morris Report

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Slightly obscure economic theory that explains a great deal

One often questions why does our legislative process almost always depend upon a corrupting quid pro quo with some special interest group in order to achieve ‘success’ for the legislators and the special interest group.  Why is it that these same legislators in the House and Senate are almost always returned to office year after year.  Why is there never privatization or even meaningful reform by the lifetime serving legislative branch of our nation’s institutions in order to make them more efficient.  It is not complicated because many of us know that the public sector’s interests are at the forefront of any of their actions.

An economist named Jame Buchanan attempted to academically examine how the public sector makes decisions years ago in his study of  Public Choice Theory.  He and his collaborator Gordon Tullock explored how public official operated in similar manner to any rational human being — they were primarily guided by self-interest and not some fanciful desire to help citizenry.

Once one understands Public Choice Theory it all seems to make sense.  Just consider today’s Democratic Socialists; are they solely working for the ‘poor and downtrodden’ or do they have ulterior motives to build huge new bureaucracies who will support them staying in power in perpetuity?

To begin understanding Public Choice Theory here are some links:

 

  1. Public Choice Theory by Jane S. Shaw
  2. Public Choice Theory by Thayer Watkins
  3. Academic papers

 

 

 

 

We need to follow due process for victims and the accused

It seems in the #metoo movement there is a problem with some of the recently reported claims. It is not that these claims should be viewed as invalid, I suspect many of them are true and have caused victims horrible suffering. However, in the Kavanaugh case it is turning into a he said she said because we are abandoning due process. This ideal goes back to the Magna Carta and has served successful and free nations well for centuries:

No man of what state or condition he be, shall be put out of his lands or tenements nor taken, nor disinherited, nor put to death, without he be brought to answer by due process of law.1

In order to successfully prosecute the molesters, sexual harassers and rapists we need to have victims report the crime as soon as possible, while evidence is fresh and witness’ memories are clear. This enables law enforcement to aggressively investigate and gather evidence and testimony.  Then if the grand jury supports the state’s claim of a crime, an indictment can follow and the state will prosecute the defendant with fervor enabling justice.

The system falls apart if long after the alleged offense, a victim comes forward in a politically charged environment without the benefit of a formal indictment.  i.e. due process

Any claim will be difficult to resolve if witnesses are not crisp and clear in their validation of events.  As of now, this is what we have in the Kavanaugh case. This lack of process will produce only more division among Americans and not provide justice to either Ms Ford or Judge Kavanaugh.

 

  1. “CRS Annotated Constitution: Due Process”. Cornell University Law School. Retrieved September 22, 2018.

Redirect to Report on Welfare

Very interesting report on the welfare state within America.

Understanding the Hidden $1.1 Trillion Welfare System and How to Reform It

 

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.

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.

Image is from http://www.supermoney.com

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.