Archive for September, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS, WE MADE IT! $20,000,000,000,000 DEBT

September 15, 2017

The national debt has finally reached the point of abject irresponsibility. The unpaid debt accumulated in the past decade exceeds that accrued over the 220 years between the Constitutional Convention and 2007. According to the U.S.Treasury <link> the total recorded debt on September 30, 2007 was $9,007,653,372,262.

Each citizen now owes approximately $61,900 to the country in addition to any personal debt. Each taxpayer has an individual obligation to the federal government in the amount of $168,000 (that is after normal taxes are removed from your income, interest and dividends).

Eh, a few billion here, a few billion there…What difference, at this point, does it make?

When an individual decides to accept debt in exchange for satisfaction of their needs or wants, he or she must generally provide collateral to the lender. That collateral might be in the form of a mortgage on their home or other real estate or a provision allowing the lender to access a portion of their income commensurate to not-less-than the amount of regular interest on that loan. Most frequently, the terms include the interest plus the termed pro-rata repayment of principal. In either or any case, the lender wants an assurance that the loan will be repaid.

No such requirement is made of governments.

When an individual or entity such as a company or corporation defaults on their debt, the courts may act on a declaration of bankruptcy and remove a portion or all of the existing debt. However, the borrower is obligated to offset as much of the debt as possible by liquidating physical assets and providing the proceeds to the court. That individual or entity must then resume life without. He, she or it must start from nothing with only a possible ongoing subsistence income to survive. Friends and family may choose to help out for a time, but eventually the particular debtor must assume the burden for their lives, livelihoods and actions.

If and when a federal government defaults on massive outstanding debt, their recourse is to take as much as necessary from the citizens therein to cover the obligation. That might mean converting our businesses, our real and personal property as well as our income and savings to cover the obligations made by our elected officials. We, as a citizens and taxpayers, have no choice at that point.

We had choices when we elected our presidents and representatives over time. We had the choice to re-elect or reject them. We allowed them to fritter the tax money we worked to earn. They did so in often irresponsible ways and against our wishes and principles. We allowed it. We created this problem. At the point of default, we have only us to blame.

That, my friends, is how Communism comes about. Once the government controls the economic infrastructure of a country, the citizens become chattel. Once the government has complete control over our lives and livelihoods, it is a long and tough fight to regain what we now have and complain about.

It is time to make some major changes. There is no longer a defining line between conservatives and liberals when it comes to government spending…it is all liberal spending. The line must be redrawn by making a rapid and colossal change to the failing congress and their process.

It is okay to have two (or more) parties with differing viewpoints offering input to policies and procedures for the nation. However they both, or all, must be reasonable and responsible for the decisions on which they arrive. There must be a cost/benefit analysis done, not just a cost analysis. The Congress must explore and debate the potential consequences of the laws and conclusions as well as the perceived benefits without indicting the opposition or depicting them as evil or insane. But we must accept the responsibility to elect sane and reasonable people to represent us.

Good luck handling your portion of the debt. *BTW, the median household income according to the New York Times on September 12, 2017 <link> is currently $59,039.

Just because a congressional candidate has a (D), (R), (L) or (I) behind his or her name doesn’t mean they always have you in mind when they spend your tax dollars. They, in fact, most often exempt themselves from accountability for inclusion in the laws they write no matter what affiliation they proclaim.

Our current president most likely falls into the Independent category. He is attempting to effect changes from the norm. However, the established and entrenched members of Congress, of all dispositions, are fighting him simply because he is not a homogeneous Washingtonian. They would rather scuff the toes of their wingtips kicking the can (National Debt) down the road rather than taking charge and disposing of it. It might be time to replace the whole team with members concerned for future generations.

 

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THE POLITICAL CLASS, ACADEMIA AND THE MEDIA vs. “WE THE PEOPLE”

September 6, 2017

I recognize that those who most need to read this and other like articles are the least likely to do so. It destroys their implanted narrative and thus must be rejected outright without review or consideration.

It doesn’t take a mental giant, or even an semi-intelligent public school graduate, to see there is a movement afoot to destroy the United States. Unfortunately, most of the imbued high school graduates and certainly the products of many four year colleges are so indoctrinated with “free” and “equal” and “diversity” and “acceptance” that critical thinking and reasoned observation is not within their purview. They cannot see or accept economic, social or political reality and cannot recognize what they are conditioned to bring about.

Today’s scholars, professors and teachers are bred on the disciplines of Saul Alinsky and Karl Marx. Marx predicted that the internal class struggle of a capitalist society would produce self destruction resulting ultimately in a socialist society. He professed socialism or an ideal classless society such as communism would result. Alinsky popularized the thinking of Marx and directed the initialization of his philosophy.

Alinsky alleged that the best method to effect change is to first create chaos of the highest order. He became the figurehead of the counter-culture movement of the 1960s and 1970s and is the mentor of the liberal journalists, teachers, professors and politicians (the reporters, guides and governors) of today.

Many of our current and recent generations, seduced by the authority of their “educators”, see only the initial and seductive stages of the socialist and communist doctrines. They have been drilled with the notion that these economic and political creeds result in global and total equality; everyone prospers from the efforts and production of the collective. The poverty and starvation that decades of submission to these philosophies is not admitted in the indoctrination. Only the ultimately infeasible Utopian representation is offered and revered.

From the chaotic state, the masses will accept any change to calm or abate the state of turbulence. That change comes in the form of socialism and ultimately communism. A soothing transition from capitalism and democracy might be termed Democratic Socialism; the first step to authoritarian dominance.

Each leader among the disciples of these philosophies believes he or she is the one to make the transition complete and viable. Every one who has tried has failed and each society transformed has suffered. The chieftains of the attempts often die under unexpected and mysterious circumstances only to be followed by stronger figures. The proles of these regimes toil endlessly for their meager existence while the elite governing class becomes enriched.

*Note the referral to two classes of these “equality for all” socio-political comradeships. This, in itself, illustrates a major contradiction to the professed uniform prosperity.

Without direct and personal incentive to produce and prosper for one’s self and family, there is little reason to work at capacity for others to benefit. Feudalism does not enhance the wealth of society. It drains the wealth from it.

I refer you to the totalitarian reign of the former USSR. For those with less historical background or initiative to do the research, read the current news coming out of Venezuela. Both of these nation states passed through the stage of Marxism, into socialism and into autocracies whereby the masses became starving chattel of the dictators.

Capitalism and democracy may not be the best forms of economy, government and civilization for it, too, is flawed. However, it has proven to be among the best for the greatest majority within. We, the U.S., are now at a negative point of transition away from personal responsibility and reward to that of dominance and submissiveness. With each new entitlement easing the need for self reliance, we move closer and closer to the proven failures of totalitarianism.

The United States is now in a hybrid state whereby public welfare is surpassed by government give-away programs. Charitably helping the infirm and incapable through public support is beneficial to a social and civilized community. However, making the lazy and sedentary comfortable and dependent with luxuries such as internet service, cell phones, monthly stipends, housing allowances and other benefits robs them of pride and incentive and allows the government to lord over them. The passive recipients democratically vote for more of the same not realizing they are electively contributing to their own servitude and that of their descendants.

The anarchists we see in the streets today are only ignorant players, for the most part. They falsely believe they are contributing to constructive societal change. Some are paid to organize and engage in protests and riots as suggested by Alinsky; to create chaos. The rest are dupes acting ignorantly, or on partial information regarding the projected outcome of their participation. Most are oblivious to the historical mistakes of multiple attempts to alter the social order. They are unaware of their contribution to totalitarianism.