More Business as Usual

March 5, 2009

Well, it looks like more business as usual. The “Omnibus Spending Bill” now before congress is so bloated with pork, earmarks, and drastic spending increases that even some Democrats are balking.

Note the mention of influence peddling and corruption. Nothing ever changes. As long as the same breed of power-hungry crooks and petty tyrants are in Washington, and as long as they continue to ignore the Constitution, this is how things will remain.

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Chicago Tea Party?

February 20, 2009

Have you seen this??

Maybe people ARE paying attention. Maybe people are even thinking, even though the government doesn’t want anyone engaging in independent thought. When the government wants us to have an opinion, it will have the media tell us what it should be.

But ultimately, there has to come a time when people decide that things have gone far enough. When a situation gets far enough out of hand that you just have to finally say “No. Not any more.” People pay lip service to the Constitution, yet worship the government which is willing to use that Constitution as a doormat. Maybe it is finally time to decide which more closely reflects values which guided our country for 200 years, and to reject an ideology which seeks to ignore the blueprint which laid the groundwork. For far too long, people tried to “pick and choose” which rights they thought were important, and tried to look the other way when the government trampled the others.

For some people, it may be 1st Amendment issues with post 9/11 laws. For others, it may be 2nd Amendment issues. For still others, it might be 4th Amendment issues. Several states are apparently becoming concerned and are raising 9th and 10th Amendment issues. And now, there is the acceleration of the Fascist ideology taking over our country that many are suddenly realizing and becoming concerned with. Those who are concerned over any or all of these issues, I applaud you.

There have been serious problems with our government for years. UnConstitutional laws resulting in the infringement of the rights of tens or hundreds of thousands of people’s lives, which has also resulted in a huge prison population, with an ever-increasing financial burden on society, not to mention the ruination of hundreds of thousands of families. The enforcement of these unConstitutional laws is carried out by a police force which resembles a “police force” in name only. Today’s law enforcement agency more closely resembles a military Special Operations unit, complete with assault rifles, armored personnel carriers, black masks, and night vision goggles.

For most of this time, however, there were groups who were only concerned with one or two of these areas at a time. The government (and its propaganda branch: and media) were able to marginalize whichever group was dissatisfied by portraying them as crackpots. A prime example is that anyone who spoke out about the violation of the 2nd Amendment by the government was labeled by that same government as a “right-wing gun nut.”

This situation has been going on for decades, but is now accelerating, and drawing attention to itself. People have realized that the recent push to socialize our country punishes the responsible and diligent among us in favor of the crooks, the greedy, and irresponsible. The end result will be that some will get to remain in their homes briefly, at the expense of taxpayers. Another result will be the inflation, which will act as a secondary “tax” by raising prices on everything. The only people who benefit are the bank executives, who took their multi-million dollar bonuses out of the first bank-handout package.

With increasing joblessness, and our reduced buying power due to inflation, crime is rising. When you are in bed at night, and hear someone crash down the front door, you will have to wonder if it’s just the militarized “police” on yet another warrentless no-knock raid on a wrong address, or if it’s one of the increasingly more popular home invasion robberies. Ultimately, there’s little difference, as both will result in death or bodily injury to you, damage to your home, your property stolen, and your family terrorized. The only real difference is that if it’s civilian criminals who steal your stuff, your home owner’s insurance will reimburse you for the loss. Not so if they turn out to be government criminals.  Officer Friendly is a concept of the past, and Barney Fife no longer keeps his bullet in his pocket – instead, he keeps his M-16 trained on your son or daughter while they cower in the corner screaming for their mommy, who is probably laying handcuffed naked in the yard, being groped at gunpoint by the local gestapo.

It’s no wonder the government wants to disarm us by institution ever more draconian gun control laws. It has NOTHING to guns, and EVERYTHING to do with control. The government wants to enforce their monopoly on force in their newly instituted police state. They wish to make the country safe for criminals, whether those criminals draw a government check, or are the civilian kind.

So, for the past 25 years or so, there has been one group upset about one particular government action or another, and another totally different group concerned about something else. Those groups as often as not didn’t agree with each other about much of anything. A good example would be 1st and 4th Amendment issues were a rallying cry for the ACLU, while 2nd Amendment issues were the concern of the NRA and GOA. The ACLU traditionally “doesn’t like guns,” and the NRA didn’t like the mostly “left-wing” leanings of the ACLU. If the ACLU would have been willing to defend ALL of the Bill of Rights, then they could have gotten along great and accomplished much more. The government WANTS us to remain divided among ourselves. We are much less efficient if we constantly squabble among ourselves, and we are less of a threat to the government.

We have come to a unique period – one in which EVERYONE is becoming concerned at the same time. Even if it’s about different issues, we much recognize AND SUPPORT those who speak out. When there is open talk of a “Chicago Tea Party” on CNBC, and nobody calls them a “right-wing crackpot,” you can tell that something is in the air.


More on the Auto-Handout

December 29, 2008

I was watching CNN today, and they had the head of the UAW on. He promises to ask for an even larger handout from the government after Obama gets in office. It seems that the UAW is unhappy because there were ‘conditions’ attached to this more recent handout. Excuse me? You get handed 14 BILLION dollars of taxpayer money, and you’re UNHAPPY that there were certain conditions attached? Maybe it is exactly this sort of arrogance that is at the center of most of their problems.

Imagine that you are walking down the street and encounter one of the ever-present beggars who asks you for $20. You agree under the condition that he uses the money to buy food, and suggest that maybe he needs to stop wasting money on alcohol and cigarettes since he can’t afford them.

He takes your money, but says he is going to ask someone else later, because maybe they will give him more than your measly $20 and won’t attach unreasonable conditions to their handout.

Are you going to feel good that you gave someone a handout out of concern for them? Or, are you going to feel like that ungrateful SOB can just take a hike, and are sorry you even talked to him in the first place?

Now, imagine that you had never agreed to it in the first place, but rather a cop, who happened to be a friend of the beggar ROBS you and gives your money to the beggar. THEN imagine how you feel listening to the beggar’s lack of gratitude.


Where Does It All End?

December 27, 2008

I read today that GMAC has been declared by the government to be a “bank,” so that they can get some of the handout money.  No big surprise – if you’re going to bail out a car company, why not bail out the finance company that they own that loans people money to buy their cars?  As ludicrous as this is, the reality is that, if the recent history of the bank handouts is any indication, the money will go to executive’s pockets.  I especially like the so-called multi-million dollar “retention bonuses”  they are handing out to their executives, which is basically saying “We will give you fifty million dollars right now if you agree to continue to lead our company down the toilet for another year, for which we will pay you one hundred and fifty million dollars.”  Hell, give ME two hundred million dollars and *I* will run a company, pay my employees and suppliers twice what I should, and make products that nobody wants, but are greatly are over priced.

This holiday season was apparently the worst in a while for the retail industry.  So, some group in that industry (a “Retail Federation?”) has asked the government to allow them to have three days where they can sell products and not have to charge sales tax, to try to sell more products and make even more money.  The catch is that they want the government to PAY RETAILERS what they would have charged in sales tax!  If the retailers think that people will suddenly decide to buy crappy over-priced Chinese-made products just because they can get them for 3-7% less, then maybe the retailers should re-examine their pricing. 

The “National Bicycle Distributors” (or something like that) has asked for a handout, claiming that this would somehow allow them to sell more bicycles, which would then be used by more people to replace their cars, thus saving gas.  Before long, I expect the National Sneaker Importers to demand a handout so that people can afford to WALK.  Considering that some of the trendy sneakers cost more than the average bicycle, it can’t be far behind.

 If all of the multi-billion dollar companies have their way, the federal government will just take all of our paychecks and savings and hand them over to the companies.  If the companies can’t get our money by selling us something, then, by golly, they will just have someone steal it from us and hand it to them!

 


Social Unrest? That’s What the Media Wants Us to Believe

December 23, 2008

Alarmist or prophetic? I don’t know. Read it and see what you think –

Protectionist dominoes are beginning to tumble across theworld

This is about the fifth thing I’ve read in the past week that mentioned “global unrest” and riots. As with everything the media does, if the media constantly repeats the same prediction over and over for long enough, people start to believe it, and it eventually becomes true.

A better question is “should we allow the media to create our realities?” There is no real social unrest in this country as of now, at least not quite as much as there was during the Bush I and Clinton years, and certainly nothing to compare with the 60s and early 70s. I’m not sure why, since we still have the government passing unConstitutional laws, an unjust and unConstitutional war, and a greatly increased militarization of the “police.”

The “poor” are still there, in probably about the same percentages. Will they really care if the stock market drops even more? I doubt that it will affect their portfolio much.

Doctors and lawyers? Well, doctors will undoubtedly be on the government payroll shortly anyway, and lawyers are, well, lawyers. They file lawsuits. They may bury the court system in paperwork and bring it to a screeching halt, but is that really a bad thing?

Government workers who are “downsized?” They are lowly apparatchiks – they are part of the problem. What do they expect?

Now-jobless auto-workers? I must say I have little sympathy for them. When given the choice by Congress whether they wanted to save their companies and take a pay cut to more reasonable salaries, or risk having their companies close and thus be completely out of a job, their union refused to accept a pay cut. They don’t care what happens, as long as it doesn’t diminish their hefty paychecks, and thanks to Bush II’s Executive Order of dubious legality, even by their standards (but obvious unConstitutionality by ours), those appear to be secure, at least until the car companies squander this 15 Billion Dollars.

But, “widespread social unrest” and “massive riots?” I don’t see how instability in the stock market is going to cause Americans to break out in spontaneous riot. What I *DO* see as potentially causing serious problems, is the government’s response to the stock market “crisis.”

For example, the car companies claimed that they were losing something like 20 Billion per month, total (about 7 Billion a month for each car company, is the number I saw). In response, Bush II essentially took 15 Billion dollars of the 700 Billion dollars that the government stole from the taxpayers, and handed it to two of the car companies. If my math holds up, and the car companies really DO lose 7 Billion per month each, that means that the two car companies that got the gift can each last for another month before asking for another handout.

So, the government stole seven hundred billion dollars from the American citizens, with the promise that it was going to be given to the banks so that the banks would start lending money to the citizens again. As stupid, unConstitutional, and bizarre as that concept is[1], that isn’t even what happened. Instead, the banks took that money, used it to pay hundreds of millions in perks, bonuses, and benefits for their executives, and used the rest to purchase other banks. Then, the government took what was left, and handed it to the car companies, who ‘promise’ to make changes sometime in the future. Not only did the government steal from us, but they lied about what the money was going to be used for. And they expect us to not be pissed?

If THE GOVERNMENT starts to believe the media’s constant mention of riots and social unrest, they will do what governments always do: The Wrong Thing. They will increase regulations on speech. They will increase penalties for certain (sometimes un-named) crimes against The State. They will attempt to infringe gun owner’s rights. In other words, the government will, by its own actions, CAUSE that which they supposedly wish to prevent.

[1] I mean really – stealing 700 BILLION DOLLARS from the citizens to give to the banks, so that the banks will start to LOAN money to the citizens?? I would say that amounts to something beyond a bank executive’s wildest dreams. If Monty Python had done it, it would have been hilarious because of its absurdity.


Carl Levin, Credit Cards, Auto Makers, and Logic

December 19, 2008

The federal government recently passed a bill which places restrictions on how and when a bank can increase the interest rates on credit cards. It also requires that banks give customers 45 days notice before the rates are raised.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich, an advocate of the bill, says this bill is “a good first step, but they don’t prevent a number of unfair, deceptive and predatory practices that saddle many American families with crushing debt.”

Oddly enough, this bill which so many congressmen says is vital and important step to protect citizens from capricious rate increases, which many fear will stem from the banks’ efforts to increase profits even more than they currently enjoy.

Levin says: “Every day, the taxpayer is being asked to foot the bill for our biggest banks’ irresponsible lending practices.” “America’s banking giants can’t be allowed to dig themselves out of the hole they are in by loading up American families with unfair fees and interest charges.”

Levin, you may remember, voted for the massive bank handout, and also championed the auto company handout, which will not only devalue our dollar, but place an enormous tax burden on every man, woman, and child alive today, in addition to every citizen for decades to come.

Here’s a link to the article:

Levin and federal bill to restrict credit card issuers.

I guess Carl is more concerned with his credit card bill than he is with multi-trillion dollar federal deficits and the stunning debt burden he has helped place on us and our descendants. While he may have saved us from a couple of hundred dollars of interest on our credit card bill, simultaneously, he was helping straddle us with the 700 BILLION dollar handout which was supposed to ‘buy’ bad debt from the banks so that it would free up their money so they could then start loaning to consumers again. Once the money was handed out, that goal changed, of course, and the banks immediately used the money to start buying up other banks. Once you’ve been rewarded for failure, it’s time to spread your failures to more and more institutions. Now, part of that $700 Billion is being given to the car companies who have run themselves into the ground. It is not technically a “loan,” since the government says it must be (ha ha) “paid back within three years” (nudge nudge). Of course, the auto companies claim that they are losing many billions of dollars EVERY MONTH, so paying back a multi-billion dollar loan in three years shouldn’t be a problem, eh?

If the car companies’ claims that they are losing a combined $21 billion each month is true, then the federal government is the definition of “fool” for being suckered into what will undoubtedly end up being a bad loan, if indeed it was ever intended to actually be a loan.

But, with a backdrop of this staggering situation, Levin and his ilk are concerned with rules regarding when your credit card company can raise its interest rates.

Anyone ever hear the term “Penny wise and Pound foolish?”


Interesting Idea from Neal Young on the Auto Companies

December 14, 2008

Neal Young’s Idea