Was it Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson, Clinton, or Bush?

Posted by on Feb 6, 2009 in American Economy, Bailout, Dollars & Sense, Drugs, Economy, End of Capitalism, Falling Dollar, Free Thinkers, In the News, Poverty, Presidential Candidates, Ron Paul, Suckered, US Dollar, War on | 2 comments

Who screwed up our economy?

Governments never learn, only people learn.
- Milton Friedman

Under Woodrow Wilson the Federal Reserve came into existence under the pretext of providing a stabilizing force to control the economic cycles.  12 years after it’s creation the longest economic crisis in American history happened.

Under Roosevelt The New Deal gave unprecedented power to the federal government.  These new powers allowed government to jump into each new disaster without worrying as much about the troublesome restrictions the Constitution placed on federal powers.  From this point forward, when situations arose, people turned to government, and government acted.  When the problems did not go away, government gained more power, more money and kept trying.  30 to 40 years with the War on Poverty and War on Drugs, government still requests money and power to fix the problems.  Do we ever learn?

Johnson turned to the disenfranchised and appealed to the American sense of decency to give welfare to the poor.  “Welfare” was an interesting name for a program.  Since the word is used in our founding documents, it must be constitutional right?  Not only did this advance the causes of redistribution and socialism, but it has also lead to the general accepted use of misdirection in legislation names.  If a ‘privacy’ bill is passed, your privacy is probably gone.  If a ‘child protection’ act becomes law, parents are probably no longer the protector of their children.

Under Clinton nothing huge seemed to happen.  It looked like we would have government health care forced upon us, but that did not pass.  One small thing slipped by, the quasi-government mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were pressured to release funds to under qualified applicants.  No one, not democrats, not republicans, and very few libertarians would see this for the looming disaster it has turned into.

Under Bush we made some huge strides into fascism.  The rights of the individual became secondary to the will of the government.  Additionally, Bush gave us an unjustified war by mistake which has had crippling costs.  Finally, let’s not forget the end of the Bush years with multiple stimulus packages, each more costly than the last.

So who got us into this mess?  All of the above, plus WE let them.  It could also be said that It’s human nature.

Societies without much government interference grow and prosper.  Then they misguidedly look after the lower classes with government welfare.  Government grows, causes problems, and then grows again when everyone habitually turns to government to fix the next crisis, which comes sooner and sooner.

All the great societies of the world have fallen before us.  Now it’s our turn.  I would say it is inevitable, but we have something working in our favor that never existed before:  exponential growth of technology.

If the rapid growth of computers, the internet, and digital storage hadn’t introduced an entirely new industry to America over the last 15 years, our economy would have likely collapsed years ago.

A new industry now could prolong our way of life.  Advances in alternative energy could have a breakthrough allowing cheap and clean energy.  Medical/biological advances could add years to our lives and possible allow the skilled senior citizens to remain economically valuable in their later years.  Robotics could improve overall productivity.  Nanotechnology could build anything and everything for pennies, which we might be able to afford in the decades to come.

So what should we be doing now?  Hell if I know.  Be very wary of government that has a plan.  It’s likely that if you think our current problems are bad, just wait until you see the solutions.

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Ron Paul Speech on Bailout

Posted by on Sep 29, 2008 in American Economy, Bailout, Dollars & Sense, Economy, Falling Dollar, Ron Paul, US Dollar | 1 comment

“The most serious mistake that could be made here today is to blaim free market capitalism for this problem.  This has nothing to do with free market capitalism.”

“If you destroy the dollar you’re going to destroy a worldwide economy.”

Go get ‘um Ron Paul! Here is the complete Ron Paul Speech:

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The bailout failed, but I am sure Ron Paul will get another chance to speak when the house pushes another ill conceived package.

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* Vote Libertarian Bob Barr * …and Elect Obama!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2008 in Barack Obama, Bob Barr, Presidential Candidates | 11 comments

Obama and the Democrats want Bob Barr in the race.Those of you who are sick of big government Democrats and bigger government Republicans are really screwed this upcoming election.

You can reluctantly vote McCain, who is likely to continue spending $150 Billion a year to fight a war halfway around the world. He’s also likely to allow government to continue over spending and intruding into more and more of our lives.

Or you can go with the leftist Obama, who is likely to reduce spending on war and use that money to completely ruin the tattered free market economy here at home. Are you looking forward to $25/hr unionized workers at Wal-Mart doing a worse job than they do now?

Either way, devalued American dollars and the loss of our lead in the world is likely. It’s a sad fact, but those are the choices and nothing short of a miracle will change it. America is on a downhill trajectory for the next 4 ½ years (at a minimum) no matter what you do.

Sure, maybe you’ve heard of Bob Barr (most haven’t). And maybe you know he’s against the War in Iraq and against Nationalized Health Care. If any candidate would actually reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government, it’s Bob Barr. But you know, I know, and everyone knows: If you vote for the Libertarian candidate Bob Barr you might as well have voted for the communist democrat candidate Barrack Obama .

I say: Who cares? We’ve already established that McCain is likely to do nearly as much damage at home and 200% more damage in foreign policy¹. Besides overspending as much (or more) than Obama, McCain could also do even more lasting damage.

The next president of the United States could place more Supreme Court Justices than any other president in recent history. Why worry about McCain’s picks? Good question: Because conservative judges have a track record for ignoring the Constitution and legislating based on party lines, an evangelical interpretation of the Bible, or popular opinion.

The law of the land should not be subject to whim. You may believe that suspected terrorists shouldn’t get the same treatment as we give to suspected child molesters, suspected murderers, or the most evil of all: pot smokers. But the fact is, until proven guilty; a suspected terrorist is not a terrorist. Conservative judges recently pushed for less rights for suspected terrorists. The decision went against them, 5 to 4.

If law enforcement finds convicting suspected terrorists is easier, compared to other criminals, they will take the path of least resistance and start to push all criminals towards the “terrorist” group. Already, the IRS uses the Patriot Act provisions on funding terrorism to go after offshore businesses that have absolutely no link to terrorism. Government is lazy, they will gladly trample your rights to go home early.

So what benefit could we get by voting for Bob Barr? Forget electing him, that’s is so unlikely it’s not worth considering. The real benefit is scaring the Republicans and Democrats back to the foundations of what made America great. Politicians pander (yeah, not news). If politicians see that 4% to 8% of the American people feel strongly enough about freedom, fiscal responsibility, and reduced influence of government in our lives they will take action. Ignoring that 4% to 8% would cost many candidates the election. Democrats would likely adopt some of the libertarian platform. They might take on social issues, increase personal liberties, perhaps an end to the drug war. Republicans would adopt fiscal issues, maybe, for the first time, they would see reducing the size of government as crucial to reelection.

If both parties adopt a little of the Libertarian platform, maybe, just maybe America could reverse our decline. Perhaps we could again experience the amazing growth and innovation that personal responsibility, economic freedom, and less intrusive government brings. A small government would bring back the strong American dollar, the economy that was the envy of the world, and the respect of all other nations.

¹ SheeplePeople believes good foreign policy means minding our own business, keeping our money and valuable lives here at home.

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Is the Obama Sock Monkey Racist?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2008 in Barack Obama, Presidential Candidates, Racism | 3 comments

Sock Obama Monkey - Toy or Racist Propaganda?David and Elizabeth Lawson of TheSockObama.com have created a campaign year collectable item that is raising a serious controversy and cutting to the heart of racial tensions in America.

Jeanetta Williams, representing a local chapter of the NAACP called the cuddly sock monkey: “pure racism at it’s extreme.” Obama supporters are condemning the makers of the toy. Outraged Obama supporters have even gone so far as to post the Lawson’s name and home address online.

Have we all become ridiculously racially sensitive or do you believe the essence of racism is bound up in this plush doll?

David Lawson has expressed surprise at the strong reactions this toy has generated. Despite the negative controversy, sales have quadrupled.

Here is a quote from the company:

“To Those with Heartfelt Queries,We chose twenty-two customer queries today that we believe merit a response. You touched us with either your concern, intelligence, humor, sensitivity, and/or your thoughtfulness. We thank you. There are other queries we received today as well that we chose not to respond to, because of their spewing of venom and their aimlessness.

We at TheSockObama Co. are saddened that some individuals have chosen to misinterpret our plush toy. It is not, nor has it ever been our objective to hurt, dismay or anger anyone. We guess there is an element of naviete on our part, in that we don’t think in terms of myths, fables, fairy tales and folklore. We simply made a casual and affectionate observation one night, and a charming association between a candidate and a toy we had when we were little. We wonder now if this might be a great opportunity to take this moment to really try and transcend still existing racial biases. We think that if we can do this together, maybe it will behoove us a nation and maybe we’ll even begin to truly communicate with one another more tenderly, more real even.

This is only our introductory plush toy. If we choose to move forward with a Republican candidate, we’ll begin with an elongated and slightly lumpy, fuzzy Idaho potato. Had a different Democratic candidate won the nomination, we were prepared to move forward with the cutest, fluffiest 12″ chestnut and golden-haired squirrel, with a short Farrah-like do in a brown pantsuit and call her Squirellary.

In earnest folks, we’re so sorry we offended anybody.

Best Regards,

TheSockObama Co. www.thesockobama.com”

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Lie and Deny – Politicians are Full of Sheep

Posted by on Jan 17, 2008 in Free Thinkers, Presidential Candidates, Ron Paul, Sheeple People, Truth & Lies | 1 comment

“How do you know if a politician is lying? His lips are moving.”

Sure it’s an old joke, but the truth of it is inescapable.  Why do any of us even bother to listen to politicians in speeches and debates?  What they say is meaningless.  Most of the time they just spew platitudes and buzz words.  When they actually discuss their positions or make promises, then what they say means even less.

Trust a Politician to Lie

From listening to Hillary and Obama, you’d think they are against the war in Iraq.  Sometimes they even rail against the direction our government is taking with the Patriot Act.

So which of the leading candidates voted against the War in Iraq?  Not Hillary, she was for it.  Ron Paul was the only popular candidate with the wisdom to go against the majority in 2002.

In 2001 surely Hillary was against the Patriot Act!  Nope, she voted for it.  What about when it resurfaced in 2006, Hillary once again supports the right wing stance of giving up civil liberties to big government.

What about Obama?  He wasn’t in the Senate to vote for the War in Iraq.  But he did vote for the Patriot Act reauthorization in 2006.  Although he spoke against some of the provisions, ultimately he supported the Patriot Act.

There is only one candidate that has consistently stood by his position, whether it was popular or not:  Ron Paul.  If you want out of Iraq, if you want your civil liberties returned, support the candidate that has a proven track record of standing by his convictions.

By the time most of us are the voting age we should have learned the valuable life lesson:

“It’s what they DO, not what they SAY that matters.”

Unfortunately we are all too lazy to bother looking up the candidates voting records…

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Ron Paul – Presidential Candidates the Media Ignores

Posted by on Jan 12, 2008 in Barack Obama, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidates, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani | 3 comments

Ron Paul Media BlackoutFred Thompson (who bores me) gets a lot of coverage.  So I asked a web savvy friend this:

“Can you see how many searches there are for each of the republican candidates in the search engines?  I want to see where Ron Paul falls into that rank.  I’m really shocked that there’s been no mention of him in any media since he came in fourth last night at 8%, and Fred Thompson gets mentioned for getting 1%.”

The results shocked me.  My web guru replied:

“OMG, I know!  It drives me crazy to keep hearing about boring old Thompson who has so little support when Ron Paul is fascinating – even to people that hate capitalism and free societies.”

Here are the results:

#1 Ron Paul 17,400/day

#2 Mike Huckabee 7,900/day

#3 Hillary Clinton 6,700/day

#4 Barack Obama 5,200/day

#5 Fred Thompson 3,500/day

#6 Mitt Romney 3,200/day

#7 Rudy Giuliani  1,900/day

#8 John McCain 1,720/day

#9 John Edwards 3,076/day

It surprised me to see Ron Paul has more searches than Hillary and Obama combined!

What the hell is going on?  How can the media be ignoring a candidate that so many want to know more about?  I feel like we are living in a Banana Republic with a controlled media.

He gets more donations that other candidates — they get bigger donations from Unions, Special Interests, and Corporations — but he has the ground swell support.  This is sickening!

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