Is the economy so complicated?

Is the economy so complicated that a gaggle of economists and politicians cannot figure it out? The Chairman of the Fed just told us he does not have a clue. I think he is right in that regard. Might I be so forward as to offer the perspective of a night school educated high school dropout with at least a half-dozen transcripts from different institutions of higher learning, none of which were Ivy League? Of course, there is also the perspective one gains when supporting himself from the age of 16 years young.

Here is the first point of understanding, for which one does not require Ivy League credentials to grasp. In my intellectual circle, we call this point a blinding flash of the obvious. A business, household or country that consistently spends more than it takes in fails. The money coming into a business must exceed the money that necessarily goes out (for those in Washington, this is called profit) before a business can expand. Businesses that commit future money into entities that provide no return on the investment and then borrow money against hope that they can meet those obligations rather than reality are re-named Government Motors. Additionally, businesses that must spend their profits for excessive taxation will see growth stifled and along with it any potential business expansion or job creation, which by the way is how wealth is truly spread. A household with an input of a tablespoon’s worth of income that consistently spends it by the shovel full will too collapse. We call this a housing crisis, which is the fault of the evil bankers who were forced by the government to give sub-prime mortgages to people who had no reasonable expectation of ever repaying them. After all, some people need a little boost if they are to realize the great American dream – even if it points us toward the great American nightmare. That is why nearly 50 percent of them have no skin in the game. They pay no taxes.

Hopefully, that was not too difficult for the Harvard educated to follow. Simple yes, but all things in life are driven by relatively simple and unchanging principles. The enduring principle here is that credit spending and borrowing and excessive taxation does not build wealth. That is especially so if the credit card holder lacks a conscience and there is no limit on the amount he can spend.

How does a country that is racing toward economic disaster right itself. First, the people who are systematically destroying our country must understand how a nation builds wealth and understand that it has nothing to do with anyone in a political office unless of course he is good at staying out of the way. If they are bent on our destruction, which it often appears is so, it is apparent they understand this quite well.

Let me give you the formula. It has worked for most of our nation’s history. It only falters when smarter people, self-infatuated smarter people, try to fundamentally transform it.

First, start with a free nation. A nation where men are considered to be created equal with certain unalienable rights endowed to them by their Creator among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For you Ivy Leaguers who just gasped, I swear I did not make that up.

Second, understand that the individual pursuit of wealth is one of those unalienable rights.

Third, understand that if one individual who is seeking wealth actually finds some measure of it he or she will, by their success, create wealth for others. If one should invent a snazzy little computer for which there is great desire, it will require a production facility, a distribution system, and stores in which to sell it… Wealth sought by one generates downstream wealth for many others. Nowadays, however, because of burdensome taxation and regulation and unions, that production facility will likely be located in China.

For most of its existence the whining classes have endeavored to label wealth seeking (also known as the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness) as greed and evil. This ideology brings about another enduring principle. Vilifying and subsequently punishing the goose for its success will not encourage it to produce more golden eggs.

Fourth, money invested in areas that do not produce wealth cannot produce wealth. Further, wealth taken from those who create it and given to those who did not earn it is redistribution of wealth not creation of it. That is not freedom. That is government sanctioned enslavement. Government does not produce wealth so when government grows well beyond what is necessary, supporting it drains the created wealth of the nation proportionately. For certain, there are functions of government that are necessary and that must be paid for by the citizenry through reasonable taxation – defense, police and fire, and infrastructure are among them. Using the wealth created by citizens of the republic to build monuments across the country named for politicians is not among those necessary functions of government. Neither are unnecessary government agencies.

Fifth, a nation should not transfer wealth to other nations for what it could, and for its own well-being should, necessarily produce at home. One word, energy.

Now that was not too complicated. Was it?

© 2011

Hiding Behind Freedom

The foundation of the United States of America is God given freedom. The product of that ideal is the unalienable rights described in our Declaration of Independence from a tyrannical government. It was a government that desired to supplant God as the giver of freedom.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Our belief in God given freedom led to the creation of our Constitutional Republic and our well defined rights. With all of the attempts to ignore or misrepresent our nation’s founding history and its Constitution and to redefine our rights to other ends, no one has been able to remove the freedom gene and the spirit of freedom it produces from the hearts of Americans. Generations of Americans have known only freedom and any person or group that believes freedom will be easily relinquished is quickly approaching an unpleasant come-uppance.

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves [servants]. – 1 Peter 21:16 (NIV)

We readily defend our freedoms, at least we profess too. To our misfortune we too often focus on the defense of the expressed freedom to the extent that we fail to measure the intent of the people or group using it. It is a simple principle. Your freedom ends at the point where it infringes on my freedom. God meant for all of us to be free men, not for some of us to be freer than others. When we should be confronting those who abuse our freedoms with ill intent, we are often deflected into defending their freedom. It borders on suicidal.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Amendment I, United States Constitution

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” That phrase along with the separation of Church and state argument that appears nowhere in our Constitution, has been and is still used to remove the exercise of faith from the public. More correctly, it has been used in attempts to remove Christianity from the American culture. The attack on Christianity and the display of Christian symbols under the guise of enforcing something that does not appear in our Constitution is hiding ill intent behind the exercise of a freedom. No other religion endures such sanctioned hatred in our country. Not even the religion whose loudly stated goal is our destruction. Your exercise of freedom ends at the point when your use of it has the clear intent “of prohibiting the [my] free exercise thereof.”

Unfortunately beneath the free exercise of religion, which Americans staunchly defend, lurks more ill intent. When a professed religion promotes hatred, advocates violence and desires to replace the Constitution of the United States with shariah law, then it ceases to be a religion. It is a political movement that advocates the overthrow of our country and it should be dealt with accordingly. Yet the insanity is that the first thing heard and defended when this is mentioned, as it was with building a victory mosque at ground zero, is that the free exercise of religion must be first and foremost – at all costs. When the exercise of your religion advocates the destruction of my religion, the subservience of all other religions and the replacement of the law of the land with shariah then your freedom ends at that point.

More than 80 percent of U.S. mosques advocate or otherwise promote violence. “Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all.”

Mosques that were identifiable using empirical measures “as shariah-adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-shariah adherent counterparts.”

“In 84.5% of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts. The leadership at shariah-adherent mosques was more likely to recommend that a worshipper study violence-positive texts than leadership at non-shariah-adherent mosques.”

“[O]f the 51 mosques that contained severe materials, 100 percent were led by imams who recommended that worshipers study texts that promote violence.”

“Fifty-eight percent (58%) of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad. The leadership of mosques that featured violence-positive literature was more likely to invite guest imams who were known to promote violent jihad than was the leadership of mosques that did not feature violence-positive literature on mosque premises.” – Center for Security Policy

“…or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press” I have been attacked more than once as one who would restrict our freedom of speech because I challenged what was said. That is the problem. It is a red herring argument, like being called a racist, whose purpose is to shut down opposing points of view. You may utter whatever insanity you choose, but all Americans have the right to speak freely and more of us should. Freedom of speech ends when I cannot challenge what you have to say.

The press. The exercise of this freedom is not an enigma, although it seems so. There are all forms of “press” in our country. What I write is my opinion. What much of the controlling media does is attempt to hide their prevailing ideologies and opinions under the guise of reporting news. They simply do not report on matters that do not support their ideology. This is why some politicians are glorified while others are relentlessly attacked. When the press promotes an ideology rather than reporting news and facts, it abuses and misuses one of a free nation’s most important freedoms and it does so with ill intent.

There are plenty of examples of people and groups of people who hide behind our protected freedoms with ill intent. Until and unless American eyes are opened to that fact, our Republic is in danger.

©2011

A Classic Battle

Good versus evil is humankind’s classic battle. It was our first defining fight. It will be our last. One propels mankind forward as we might see in a review of the History of the United States of America. I am not sure if anyone attempts to learn that history anymore and I am quite sure that it is not properly taught in the American public school system. Apparently it is not in our institutions of higher learning either. If it was, when an accurate statement is made about one of our nation’s historical events the person offering it would not be labeled as ignorant of it. The other is destructive. It keeps societies illiterate and locked in worlds that most abandoned centuries ago. It destroys or tries to destroy whatever it touches. It has no other purpose. It is insidious by its nature and often not apparent until the price to confront it is high.

Local writer Don Surber posts a daily scoreboard of good versus evil. Maybe that is Don’s way of pointing out the subtleness of it. Glenn Beck, on his daily programs, is a rare national voice that also tries to draw a clear line between good and evil. For his efforts his is ridiculed. But, one must consider the aims of those who ridicule. Mr. Beck is not subtle. Maybe being hit between its collective eyes with a piece of dimension lumber is what America needs to shock it out of its stupor.

There must be clarity of thought on the topic and maybe it is high time that Americans actually began to examine things in terms of the classic battle. Achieving clarity is not so tough. Just understand that evil never produces good. Just as there are no little lies neither can we quantify evil. Where do little lies lead?

There is an institution in this land that is capable of great good and of great evil. There are good elements in it, but over time good has not won the day. It is the media. In all of its forms.

In our country, the media has and still portrays itself as the great arbiter of free speech. Actually, it is and has been the great destroyer of free speech. They destroy it by trying to actively control what speech Americans hear. As I was reminded last week, it is just like when Uncle Walter Cronkite announced to America that we had lost the Vietnam War and Americans trusted his word. Bluntly, Walter lied. Many more people died. Evil cannot produce good, but I am certain that in Cronkite’s mind he thought what he did was good. It fit his ideological worldview. The problem is that when ideology trumps facts, it does not lead to good. Good ol’ Uncle Walter did not tell Americans the facts. The facts were that the United States Military handed the North Vietnamese a devastating defeat in Tet of 1968, but the major media voice controlled what Americans heard and ultimately believed.

Fast forward to today. There has been a concerted media effort to destroy Sarah Palin. Anyone who doubts or denies that surely lacks any mental clarity. The media is all a thrill that they finally have access to 24,000 email messages from her time as the Governor of Alaska. Apparently there is nothing there or it would have been the highlight of all of the Sunday morning television talk shows. How many of Barack Obama’s emails do they have. What of anything pertaining to him do they have? What have they ever sought with the same vigor as they seek anything Palin? It is a rather pathetic display. No, it is actually a national disgrace.

I do not know your political views nor do I know your worldview. It does not matter to me how you think, but for our country to survive each of us must understand evil when it is staring us in the face. Each of us must also understand that evil cannot be defeated by evil, because at the end the winner will still be evil. Only good can defeat evil. Pray that our countrymen can make the right choices.

© 2011

Snob class versus America

Can you even watch the news without pounding your head against the kitchen countertop? If so, you are a better man than me. It is difficult to maintain the mellowed-out docile personality that I have worked hard to develop 12 years post-Army. I want to yell not so nice words in the direction of the television and kick some furniture. Fortunately, my wife’s frowning on such behavior keeps me in check.

Even Fox News, that self-proclaimed bastion of fair and balanced views with an occasional snippet of conservatism added, is revealing itself as the Karl Rove, Chuck Krauthammer, DickMorrisdotcom center for establishment elitism. Common people lacking Ivy League pedigrees shall not be allowed to break into America’s ruling class. Karl, Chuck and dotcomDick, with help from the Bill O’Reillys, stand as firm guardians. They have placed a near impregnable barrier at the club’s front door. The 82nd Airborne Division would be challenged to breach it. Do you not find it amazing? The people who were likely smoking pot and despising the establishment in the 60s are its most staunch protectors today.

Thanks to such people, the American caste system is alive and well. Sorry Sarah, but they have concluded that you simply do not possess the intellectual credentials and requisite class snobbery for admission into the Beltway Country Club. You probably did not stick the pinkie out far enough while sipping your drink at the hockey game. Maybe they saw you shooting a caribou or gutting a fish. Bully fine conduct for a Teddy Roosevelt, but not for you, you commoner – and woman to boot. Who on earth do you think you are? O’Reilly assures us, however, that he is looking out for us – the folks. The folks Bill? Maybe you can convince Mitt to make like John Kerry and “get me a huntin’ license.” Take off your tie and roll up your sleeves Mitt, you’ll connect buddy – with someone. The establishment loves you, but they are scared to death of a lone woman with an independent mind who does not kowtow to them. A woman who has a love affair with God and her country. For pedigreed politicians, that is a scary combination.

They allow lunatics who collect Congressional salaries and send obscene photographs of themselves to college students into the club. After Bill Clinton, they must consider such acts a resume enhancer. How else can you explain the conduct of John Edwards and Arnold Schwarzenegger? Look where our Krauthammers have led us. To charlatan’s, crooks, thieves, liars, womanizers, union thugs and not so closeted communists. But they all looked and sounded so good. Then George Will, that pinnacle of faux conservatism firmly ensconced in the liberal media, asks who among us can trust Sarah Palin with nuclear weapons. Frankly George, who among us can trust a collection of nattering Washington beltway knot heads to offer Americans anything worthy of the time it takes us to turn off the television before we projectile vomit all over the flat screen? Hey George! Do you reckon there is a chance that she would decide, unilaterally without the vaunted United Nations blessing or without consulting the United States Congress to intervene in a civil war and start dropping bombs on another country? And then refuse to abide by the lawful requirements of the War Powers Act? Well George? Karl? Chuck? dotcomDick? Anybody?

I do not profess to know a lot. There are some things I do know. It is what most Americans know and maybe Harvard can splain’ it to the snob class. Most Americans are fed up. Fed up to our eyeballs with incompetent, self-centered egomaniacal bone heads who believe they know what is best for the rest of us having never walked a mile in our shoes. We are fed up with the most immoral, unethical, Godless collection of humankind ever gathered in one place short of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Do you know what else I know? On Election Day Americans are not going to line up to vote for the establishment’s pick – from either side. dotcomDick will have a new poll out soon and a book that discusses how the establishment’s pick can win without getting any votes.

It is a sad state. I have a headache. I am going to go reinforce the bunker.

©2011

“Undefeated” Palin: Authentic, American, Exceptional — Game on! – Atlas Shrugs

Palin’s background is blue collar. Her father was a schoolteacher who never made more than $23,000 a year. Her mom was a homemaker. Her husband is working class and she belongs to no political dynasty or any insiders clique either in the beltway or Alaska. She is us. She is the quintessential maverick, an outsider, but despite this, she beat old boy powerhouse Republican Frank Murkowski in the primary before crushing the competition in the general election to become Alaska’s youngest — and first female — chief executive on sheer goodness and will. – Atlas Shrugs