Desperately Seeking Susan

Today, Senator Susan Collins demonstrated her true colors.  As a Republican member of the Senate she voted today to kill the “repeal” of Obamacare.  She voted yesterday against even allowing debate on the issue. For eight years the Republicans as a party, have been championing the repeal of the disaster that is Obamacare.  Approximately one-sixth of our economy is being destroyed by this plan, yet Senator Collins seems uninterested in this reality.  She and her Republican colleagues had eight years to come up with a plan but they didn’t.  Now that they have an opportunity to improve this debacle they can’t, or rather won’t.  I hope people understand that Senator Collins is a Progressive that only believes in big government and not solutions for the American people. Her constant calls for bipartisanship are just a front.  I wish I could say I was surprised but I am just disgusted.

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Nothing from Nothing leaves Nothing – Pillar 1

Nothing in our material world can come from nowhere or go nowhere, nor can it be free: everything in our economic life has a source, a destination, and a cost that must be paid

Private property is the foundation of a free market economic system. In order to utilize property in a way that best serves your needs you first have to be acquire it, and there are costs associated with the acquisition such as time, effort or money.

In addition, if you want to keep your property, or sell it to another, there are costs associated with that. Some of these costs are explicit, for example how much you paid for your car that you want to sell.  Some are implicit: Now that I do not have a car, what will it cost to ride the bus?

The above notion that everything has a source, a destination and a cost is not only true of items that we purchase but also services that we consume.

It is clear that nothing appears out of thin air and is given to us all at no cost. The fact that sometimes it is hard to determine where the good came from, or how it got here or even if it is free to us does not diminish the fact it had a source, it arrived at its destination and someone paid for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Pillars for SJWs

I recently came across an article discussing “Ten Pillars of Economic Wisdom.”  This was put together by a depression era group (now disbanded as far as I can tell) called the American Economic Foundation.   You can read the full article here, but I wanted to summarize the ten points and then look into each of them in more detail as time permits.

The purpose of this exercise, is to provide a tool kit, or at least a framework, with which to think about the issues as we begin to confront and combat our local SJWs and to help us filter out the nonsense that we are subjected to on a daily basis by those on the left.

A basic grounding in Economics along with the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the structure of the Constitution as written will provide the foundation needed to turn back the leftist dogma as it comes up.

So to begin (my comments in parenthesis like this one):

  1. Nothing in our material world can come from nowhere or go nowhere, nor can it be free: everything in our economic life has a source, a destination, and a cost that must be paid. (Short version – no such thing as a free lunch.)
  2. Government is never a source of goods. Everything produced is produced by the people, and everything that government gives to the people, it must first take from the people. (Think Compulsion and Coercion.)
  3. The only valuable money that government has to spend is that money taxed or borrowed out of the people’s earnings. When government decides to spend more than it has thus received, that extra unearned money is created out of thin air, through the banks, and, when spent, takes on value only by reducing the value of all money, savings, and insurance. (Think Debt, Deficit and Inflation.)
  4. In our modern exchange economy, all payroll and employment come from customers, and the only worthwhile job security is customer security; if there are no customers, there can be no payroll and no jobs. (Government cannot provide job security in a market economy.  And by market economy I mean Capitalism.)
  5. Customer security can be achieved by the worker only when he cooperates with management in doing the things that win and hold customers. Job security, therefore, is a partnership problem that can be solved only in a spirit of understanding and cooperation. (Partners not adversaries.)
  6. Because wages are the principal cost of everything, widespread wage increases, without corresponding increase in production, simply increase the cost of everybody’s living. (Damn those minimum wage increase zealots.)
  7. The greatest good for the greatest number means, in its material sense, the greatest goods for the greatest number which, in turn, means the greatest productivity per worker. (Capitalism. Capitalism is the way this works.)
  8. All productivity is based on three factors: 1) natural resources (NR), whose form, place and condition are changed by the expenditure of 2) human energy (HE) (both muscular and mental), with the aid of 3) tools (T). (Labor and Capital but not the fallacious Marxist use of the ideas.)
  9. Tools are the only one of these three factors that man can increase without limit, and tools come into being in a free society only when there is a reward for the temporary self-denial that people must practice in order to channel part of their earnings away from purchases that produce immediate comfort and pleasure, and into new tools of production. Proper payment for the use of tools is essential to their creation. (Technology is important and better tools make better products and requires Capital accumulation.)
  10. The productivity of the tools–that is, the efficiency of the human energy applied in connection with their use–has always been highest in a competitive society in which the economic decisions are made by millions of progress-seeking individuals, rather than in a state-planned society in which those decisions are made by a handful of all-powerful people, regardless of how well-meaning, unselfish, sincere and intelligent those people may be. (Regardless of how well-meaning, central planning does not work.)

Santa is oppressive

Last week, the Hillsboro school district in Oregon sent out a memo directing its staff to refrain from using images that could be construed as offensive to others such as Santa Claus.  Not using Santa Claus images was a way to respect all religious beliefs.  They claimed after the memo became public that they were not “banning” Santa Claus, you just need “to refrain” from using those images in your Christmas decorating.

Sounds like a ban to me.

To a Socialist this is a two-for-one.  As we know, Christmas is a Christian religious holiday to celebrate the birthday of Jesus.  In America, Santa also plays a large role as part of the Christmas tradition.

Giving gifts for Christmas requires buying things, a willing purchase from a willing seller. Sellers have to have items available that people want to buy and providing items that consumers want at prices they can afford is the function of capitalism. Capitalism is a system that works.

The balance to be struck at the holiday season is to not get too caught up in the commercialism of the season and to try remember the real meaning of Christmas. Remember “A Charlie Brown Christmas” anyone?

Santa Claus represents gift giving and is based on the folklore of the holiday season.  Jesus’s birthday is the Christian reason for Christmas.

Socialists despise capitalism because in this market driven system, there are winners and losers.  It is unfair that some people become rich and some people are poor. This inequality needs to be corrected by wealth redistribution.

Who will decide how to redistribute this wealth to make things equal?  The Socialist masterminds who know better how to take from some and give to others.

Does a Socialist economic model ever work? No, you just need to glance at Venezuela as the most recent example. Money is now being weighed in stores because so many bills are required to buy things that it takes too long to count it.

Socialists, to promote their agenda, incessantly attack capitalism. So Santa is on the chopping block.

Undermining all tradition is another Socialist tactic.  The Declaration of Independence states that we have unalienable rights as individuals given to us from the Creator.  For some, that Creator is represented by Jesus.

If our rights are given to us by a Creator, this will undermine the authority of the State.  In our founding documents, the Constitution, which is based on the principles in the Declaration, provide for individual liberties. How then can the State be the principal arbiter of equality?  It can’t, so it must attack these underpinnings to legitimize its authority. At the bottom of these documents is a Christian ethos that must be replaced with a Statist one.

Capitalism is inextricably connected with the individual liberties provided for in our Constitution.

The Constitution is inextricably linked to a belief in a Creator and at the time it was written the dominate belief in a Creator was a Christian one.

So two-for-one, get rid of an oppressive Santa and call into question the entire Christian tradition of Christmas as not being “overly inclusive.”

Brilliant! But really, it is just more misguided crap from the left that needs a push back.

Common Ground Is Possible

A while back I was involved in a Facebook war with a very strong supporter of Bernie.

I tried unsuccessfully to communicate that when it came to the “Rich” and “Big Business”, the group that he strongly had an issue with, that I agreed with him. I called them “Corporatists.”

I used a different name, but it was the same enemy.

I think it is important to use clear terms for a group to make it easier to identify the underpinnings of the problem.  In that way, we can arrive at solutions.

Conflating the Rich with Big Business and declaring them the enemy of the little guy does not really lend itself to what is going on.  What “Rich” do you mean?  How much do you have to make to be “Rich”? Is everyone that makes more than you “Rich”? And what is the problem with “Big Business” anyway?

What Rich?

As an example, on the Forbes 500 Bilionaires list for 2016, 221 or 44.2% that were on the list last year are off it now.  198 new people joined the list that were not on it the year before.  I am only trying to point out that the group changes. Things happen in a dynamic world. So what Rich? This year’s list?  Last year’s list? All of them? Does it matter?

How Rich?

The top 1% of income earners pay about 45% of all taxes.  The top 20% pay about 85% of all taxes.  The bottom 80% of income earners pay about 15% and the bottom 60% will pay about 2%.  Approximately 45% of Americans pay 0 tax.

How much do have to earn to be in the top 1%? $450k. Top 20%? $112k. So if you make $45k and marry someone making $70k, combined are you now the rich? Now do you hate yourself?

My point is this: What rich are you mad at?

Does all Big Business suck and stick it to us?

If you are looking at your iPhone while you should be reading this ask yourself does Apple or Google suck? Apple’s market capitalization was about $495B and Google about $498B.  Are they Rich? Too Rich?

For me, the problem is not about the “Rich” or “Big Business” but about the system that allows business to inbreed with the government by using lobbyists and money to get favorable treatment and government funds back into their own pockets at the same time the politicians get rich. Members of Congress make about $175k a year (top 8%), yet, they leave office millionaires.

And how does government earn its money? It doesn’t. It takes it from people who do earn it through taxes and gives it to others.

These corporatists are the real enemy.  Von Mises would call what they do “Interventionalism”, a system that interferes with the free market system (which we can get into later) and spawns socialism.

The thing to remember is that governments have the power of Coercion and Control and combined with the corporatist system, it is the real enemy to all of us.

Common ground.

Vermin or Rats?

The Democratic party is a party of tyranny.

They want power above all else.  Why?

Because they want to control you.  Why?

Because they are ideologues and if they control you they control everything.

You will become a tool for them.  And a fund raiser.

It is your tax dollars that they are after.  Why?

Because it will go into their pockets and into the pockets of their friends.

Just ponder for a moment how HRC and Bill, who do not have jobs, have such a high net worth, as much as $31.3 million.

(As an aside, does that put them among the “wealthy” and are they paying their “fair” share? Has HRC actually been contributing more to taxes because she is not paying enough to fund our military, etc.? Has she in fact been following the tax rules but “feels” saddened because she is not paying enough? Unlike the mean Trump who is not contributing to our country? Hmm.)

We have all heard Bill speak and unfortunately, we have all heard Hillary speak.  Would you pay $250k to $500k to listen to either of them?

Put another way, when was the last time a foreign government gave you a MILLION dollars on your birthday? When was the last time a foreign county asked you to speak for $12 MILLION dollars?  (I get it if you don’t speak Moroccrian or is that Arabic?).

So it may be influence pedaling.

Ideologues will stop at nothing to get what they want.  No matter how trivial it may same, everything is part of a plan.

Take ducks for instance.

At Trump rallies, back in August “people” appeared in Donald Duck outfits to stalk and taunt him about his tax returns.  Here. And also here.

All dutifully reported by the MSM.

Where did this come from? HRC of course! (thank you for the head’s up Project Veritas.)

It is all deceit and plunder.

It is all about power, and all of us will suffer.

Think about it! We are running out of time.

 

 

Democrats and Voters (or I Did it My Way)

“Q:  … I’ve read reports in Colorado — and you’ve seen these before, I’m sure — dead people voting, and ballot box stuffing, and people voting for family members, and people who are not eligible to vote somehow casting ballots for years.  How concerned are you about this?

MR. EARNEST:  Not at all.

Hmmm.  Dead people voting?

Well not really.  Unless you count the 19 in Virgina.

Or the 265 in California.  And some get to vote year after year.

Or Colorado.

But, Mark that is not very many. So what?

Ok, lets add run-of-the-mill voter fraud.  (Fake names, dates of birth, addresses, etc.)

In Indiana, the Indiana Voter Registration Project, funded in part by a Democrat led group, Patriot Majority USA, has been closed down and an investigation is ongoing in 56 of the 92 counties.  Of course, after 45,000 folks have been registered.

Texas? Texas.  Mail-in ballots.

Florida?  Well, you know Hillary said hurricane Matthew was so bad because of climate change. And if Hillary said it, it must be true.

So before any landfall, her campaign started pushing for an extension of voter registration.  It wouldn’t be fair otherwise.  So an Obama appointed federal judge is telling the state they have to extend.  As the article notes, “…a victory for Florida Democrat party…”

Democrats.

Are they done?  Sadly, the party of tyranny is never done.

Felons? Yup.

People that should be deported?  (Oops! My bad, no fingerprints!  We made them citizens instead.  O well, I guess they vote!) Only about 1,800 though.

New citizens?  Lets just work overtime and process as many as we can before the election. Go Team!

Already have a green card? Go Team!

All Democrat initiatives to flood as many Democrat voters into the system as they can, by whatever means they can to ensure HRC gets elected.

Democrats.

Is this what we need?

 

Progressives or Vermin?

In  a recent post, I said, “Progressives always lie”.

That is becasue they are interestested in only one thing: Power.

I don’t think most people realize to what extent they are willing to go to acquire it.

If Wikileaks over the past week has not clued you in to their cesspool, then check out this video:

 

Video from Project Veritas