I was wrong, some places in America are totalitarian already

Leftist-statist fascism is in the news daily and there is no more non-tolerant place than American college campuses. These left leaning institutions have always supported state control of the economy and redistribution policy however, since the 2016 election, the statists have moved to a proscription against speech and freedom of association.

This contagion has spread beyond the traditional east and west coast statist bastions to small lower tier educational institutions in the Midwest.

A story on ZeroHedge,  Conservative Students “Violently Threatened” At Lutheran College

spoke of a situation that could have been reported in 1930s Nazi Germany.  This story is upsetting to any freedom loving American but it gets worse. There is a strong move among these same statists to create an economic crisis by not paying their obligations and then, get taxpayers to foot the bill for their obligated student loan debt.

Students Demand “Sanctuary” From Immigration Laws, Student Loan Debt, And Finals

The First Crack: $270 Billion In Student Loans Are At Least 30 Days Delinquent

Next Mega-Bailout On Deck: White House Studying “New Bankruptcy Options” For Student-Loan Borrowers

At 108 US Colleges, More Than Half Of Students Haven’t Paid Even $1 On Their Student Loans

The Student Loan Write-offs Have Begun: 78,000 Students File For Debt Discharge After Corinthian Closures

24% Of Millennials “Expect” Student Loan Forgiveness

“Cancel All Student Debt” – The Petitions Begin

To correct this we must remove the state from any and all influence in higher education and enforce the rights expressed in the US Constitution. Failure to do so will result in a loss of freedom and a very large tax bill to bailout students by paying off their debt.

War on Poverty has failed

There is a very good article by Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute titled The dignity deficit: Reclaiming Americans’ sense of purpose.  The piece speaks of the improbable Trump victory and postulates the win came about because of the anger of those citizens left behind economically in America.  This thesis explaining Trump’s win is not unique, many political pundits have offered the same.  However, Brooks extends the story by going back to LBJ’s War on Poverty. Brooks highlights in his article the plight of a poor Kentuckian named Tom Fletcher. Fletcher, despite government assistance (welfare) is never was able to escape poverty.

In 1966, when the War on Poverty programs were finally up and running, the national poverty rate stood at 14.7 percent. By 2014, it stood at 14.8 percent. In other words, the United States had spent trillions of dollars but seen no reduction in the poverty rate.1

There are millions more Tom Fletchers that Twenty trillion dollars of government largess has not helped and they voted in November, 2016.

The solution to poverty is to go back to fundamental economic principles. If you want more of something, then do not tax it. However, this axiom is ignored by statists and we have many Americans being left behind. The solution is simple, stop taxing the fruits of labor (wealth) and you will see more fruit.

The same principle holds true for government regulations that stifle labor and subsequent wealth generation. If you you want less friction on labor which will lead to more wealth creation, stop unnecessary regulation of the actions that generate wealth.

  1. Brooks, Arthur C. “The Dignity Deficit: Reclaiming Americans’ Sense of Purpose.” American Enterprise Institute. Foreign Affairs, 13 Feb. 2017. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

I am in awe

While reading quotes of our nation’s founders, I am in complete awe of their wisdom prescience. Let me highlight a few I like.

The source is: http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/quotes/govt.html

My comment: This quote could speak to the last few people occupying the Oval Office

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”
–H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

My Comment: Madison is foretelling the welfare state which has been a destructive force in America since the days of FDR.

“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”
— James Madison, speech in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1794

My Comment: Jefferson is spot on regarding the current situation. 

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”
— Thomas Jefferson

My Comment: Jefferson is predicting the problem of Judicial Activism.

“…the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.”
— Thomas Jefferson

My Comment: Franklin told us about the Welfare State years ago and yet, here we are today with millions on the public dole.

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
— Benjamin Franklin

My Comment: Webster highlights the need for the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.” .”
— Noah Webster

My Comment: Madison warns of the creeping behemoth of the Federal Government.

“There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
— James Madison, speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788

My Comment: A prediction of the power grab (production of others) to fund the elites’ power.

“We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping at the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised to furnish new pretenses for revenue and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without a tribute.”
— Thomas Paine

2nd law of thermodynamics

In the study of physics and thermodynamics, one is exposed to various laws.   The second law of thermodynamics comes to mind when looking at today’s political situation.

The law itself is complex however, it can simplify to:

Heat always flows spontaneously from hotter to colder bodies, and never the reverse, unless external work is performed on the system.1

or politically stated, the second law of thermodynamics can simplify to:

Angst within the American political system caused by Obama’s statist failures generated a great deal of heat. This heat or dissatisfaction within our nation flows spontaneously from its source, the statists, to colder bodies, defined as anyone coming out against the statist status quo. Today, that colder body is represented by president Donald Trump.

The colossal failure of the last administration generated the heat within our nation and now that heat or dissatisfaction of our current system is flowing to president Trump. According to Gallup, team Obama’s average popularity was lower than that of Richard Nixon.2  Looking back to president Nixon’s time, there was a great deal of heat or angst within the system but today, Obama’s failures have caused even more heat and danger to our system.

Finishing this metaphor shows the second law of thermodynamics states that this heat will flow to a colder object within the American system unless external work is performed on the system.  This work would have to be significant and take the system to either a totalitarian state or to liberty as envisioned by our nation’s founders. I personally hope it is the later.

  1. “Second Law of Thermodynamics.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.
  2. Jones, Jeffery M. “Obama Averages 47.9% Job Approval as President.” Gallup.com. N.p., 20 Jan. 2017. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.

Will the new administration stop the proxy war in Yemen?

A story getting little play in the MSM is America’s proxy war in Yemen.  For those who do not know, the United States has been sponsoring a devastating war in the country of Yemen. The US has supplied logistical support, drone strikes, and weapons to ‘our side’.  Most who are in the know, because the avoid the MSM, feel this is a conflict being waged at the United States’ behest to help the Saudi’s oil industry and limit Iranian influence in the Middle East.

This is a serious issue and deserves media coverage.

“America’s CIA and Britain’s MI6 are involved with the Saudis and other rogue states in waging genocidal war on Yemen – millions at risk from war, related violation, preventable diseases and starvation on an appalling scale”.1

The United Nations today announced that the war has killed 10,000 people.

“At least 10,000 people have been killed in the war in Yemen, according to the United Nations, which is urging both sides to come together to end nearly two years of conflict”.2

I have two thoughts:

  1. Why is the US MSM ignoring this US sponsored human catastrophe, is it for political purposes to protect the current administration from criticism?
  2. Why did the MSM not report on the Wikileaks data showing the back story to US involvement in Yemen?
  3. What will the new administration do with the situation in Yemen?

 

  1. “Yemen: Obama’s Little Reported Dirty War | Alternative.” Before It’s News | Alternative News | UFO | Beyond Science | True News| Prophecy News | People Powered News. Before It’s News, 18 Jan. 2017. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.
  2. Shaheen, Kareem. “Yemen Death Toll Has Reached 10,000, UN Says.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 16 Jan. 2017. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.

Make America great – step 1

If I hear this bromide again I will scream! However, here in this post is the first suggestion in an ongoing list of changes that would greatly improve the quality of life for Americans and more importantly, support the American birthright of liberty.

Step 1 Removing Government from Civil Life

Charles Murry suggested this as a solution in his book, What It Means To Be A Libertarian.  Implementing the removal of government from our daily lives would be a major change to America however, the removal of the corrupt and inefficient state from our society would free the American people from the current us (producers of wealth) versus them (takers of the producers’ wealth) wars which are driving Americans apart. In a government-less America, freedom and human dignity could be restored and cooperative, innovative, and market-driven solutions to societal problems would take hold.

Source:

Murray, C. A. (1997). What it means to be a libertarian: A personal interpretation. New York: Broadway Books.

Follow up to, Can this continue

An update to this message below regarding our growing debt.  In this year’s campaign, we hear a great deal of hyperbole about debt free college (Hillary) and free child care (Trump + Hillary) “new investment” (Trump and Hillary).   The two have also promised tax cuts for the middle class.  Because of the ignorance of the majority of the voters, people are supporting these candidates without demanding  a solution as how to pay for all of these gifts.  Hillary has stated she will tax the rich and Trump has not said how he would pay beyond growing the economy and eliminating waste.
I did a little model of taxing the rich based on IRS 2014 Income Tax data.
Even if the capital gains rate was hiked to 30% and the top three tax brackets where set to 42, 44, and 48 percent, the gain in new revenue would be only $171,976,037 dollars. This change would likely hurt the economy, drive down GDP and investment while having negligible impact on our borrowing needs.  My conclusion is we do not have a taxing problem, we have a spending problem.
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