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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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!

Are we winning the war on drugs?

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