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AUTHORITARIANISM v. DEMOCRACY

June 3, 2020

In an interview for FOX News, Tucker Carlson asked Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey why he allowed liquor stores to remain open while forbidding churches to do the same. “By what authority did you nullify the Bill of Rights in issuing this order? How do you have the power to do that?” Murphy’s response was a flippant, “That’s above my pay grade, Tucker,” adding that “he wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights when we did this.” He was unconcerned about the Constitution that he pledged under oath to uphold. He only asserted powers not vested in him without regard for his “pay grade” limitations.

Most of us have heard the term Draconian many times of late. This term is generally used by conservatives to describe the edicts and actions of lawmakers and governors authoritatively micromanaging the behavior of the citizens in the states and communities they are elected to govern. Some of those in charge are committing offenses against their own state’s and our federal government’s constitutions in doing so.

For those unfamiliar, Draco, the root from which the term Draconian is derived, was the first recorded…wait for it…democratic legislator of Athens, Greece back in the 7th century. The Athenian lawgiver wrote laws so unduly harsh that they used death as punishment for both minor offenses and serious crimes. This was at first considered a step up from the unwritten laws under which many were punished. However, it soon became apparent that this authoritarian leadership was applied unjustly and inequitably between those of means and those without.

With the virus as a background, many in government have taken the opportunity to rule with the mindset and authority of Draco. To some governors and mayors this means absolute, unquestioned and unquestionable authority.

Right off the top, names that have made big news repeatedly of late include: Whitmer, DiBlassio, Lightfoot, Inslee, Pelosi, Wolf, Newsome, Garcetti, Cooper, Northam, Cuomo, Cooper, Lujan Grisham and Murphy. All of whom belong to the party that wants to control both houses of Congress and the Presidency. In addition to ravaging state and local governments, they will and are doing everything possible to attain full and unconditional control of our federal government. Both Machiavelli and Draco would be proud of the way these self-serving elected officials conduct themselves while issuing fiats having little to do with health or well-being.

Democrat governors inflate Covid-19 deaths within their states to breed greater fear allowing them to keep excessive restrictions in place and draw extra funds from federal government to prop up their poorly managed and failing economies. In their minds, a subdued and recessive economy is beneficial to their villainous goals. Keeping people fearful and unproductive is the best way to guarantee that. Any recovery will assure Trump’s re-election.

The authoritarianism shown by the elected Democrats (read: Marxist/socialists) in limited congressional majority is not democratic and goes against everything the founders tried to build for Americans. We should be in far greater fear of their dastardly efforts to restrict our constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms than a virus that only kills a relatively small percentage of people.

IT HAPPENED BEFORE, THEREFORE WHEN IT HAPPENS AGAIN WE MUST ACCEPT IT AS A NORM

June 1, 2020

A recently married young woman, preparing Easter dinner to impress her husband, cut off the end of the ham before putting it in the roasting pan. When her husband asked her why she did so she answered “That’s the way mom taught me to cook a ham”.

One day shortly thereafter, she asked her mom the very same question. The matron answered that it was the way grandma had always done it.

Still questioning, the newlywed then asked her grandmother why the end was cut off the ham before cooking. Grandma’s answer was that she only had one roasting pan and it was usually too small for a ham large enough to feed the whole family.

From illegal immigration to throwing money at failing schools to the USPS, the circle continues. “Progressives” (aka Marxists, socialists, Communists, RINOS, etc.) always seem to see an opportunity to take money from the American earner to bolster their ever failing projects only to see those ventures continue to fail. They seem reluctant to look at the reasons for failure.

President Barack Obama took $787 BILLION dollars out of the money borrowed by the Treasury Department from our adversaries and allies alike. He gave the majority of it to friends and donors calling it a Stimulus Package. The citizens (idiots in the eyes of the Marxist/socialist cabal) were told that the money would help the economy recover from a down turn caused by poor economic policies of the Bush administration.

What it did was reward his donors and fill the pockets of future donors. Many of the companies awarded grants from the borrowed money gave their “C” level executives huge bonuses before declaring bankruptcy. The economy remained distressed for another eight years.

Donald Trump was elected president because the American people wanted to change the way Washington, D.C. works. Barack Obama promised to make the necessary changes, but as with everything he said, he did quite the opposite. He entrenched spies and operatives throughout the government agencies and departments to continue the work of enhancing his political power and eroding the will of the people of the country. In many cases, President Obama’s policies, edicts and directives set the stage for chaos if they were to be removed. One glaring example of many is the PPACA (aka Obamacare). https://bizarroworldusa.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-aca-landmine-the-tripwires-and-triggers-built-into-it/

Beyond that, he left behind a covert cabal of government operatives loyal only to the Democrat party. Like the landmines and time-bombs of the PPACA, this cabal is meant to disrupt any variation from the established path of the socialist left. Obama made sure that the roasting pan was not large enough to cook a full ham.

Donald Trump got a larger roasting pan and in the spring of his presidency the nation began to blossom. Then came Covid-19.

GET ELECTED TO CONGRESS AND VOTE FOR YOURSELF

November 27, 2018

Compared to men and women in uniform who willingly risk their lives to retain our way of life and give citizens around the globe humanitarian opportunities, our government elite are excessively compensated. For instance, a U.S. military member with a pay grade of E-6 (five earned pay grades above entry level) having given more than two years service to our country receives a base pay of only $2,802/mo.($33,264/yr.) This is scheduled to be raised for 2019 by 2.4% to a whopping $2,869/mo. A serviceman’s work schedule includes readiness twenty-four hours a day and often includes weeks on end without a stand down.

Compare that to the average Amazon carton handler who now earns $15.00/hr. That’s 2,580/mo. or nearly $31,000/yr. for placing boxes on a conveyor belt 8 hours a day.  When the bell rings ending the shift, they’re outta there!  An over-the-road trucker earns an average of $23.00/hr or almost $78,000 annually if they really go at it.  Consider what the average retail store manager is paid.  Good ones make approximately $46,000 a year.

Military accommodations often consist of living in tents, bathing in streams or ponds when available with clothing changes welcomed whenever possible. Granted, they do receive an extra stipend when deployed to areas or subjected to situations where death is imminent.

Why should congressional members protected by the secret service and capitol police make so much more?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wears designer ensembles costing more than the average soldier makes in a month to her campaign venues. While campaigning, she has been seen wearing outfits of estimated cost exceeding $3,500 including shoes with a price tag of $625. Though she dresses for success, she’s whining that she cannot afford to live in the city or suburbs surrounding her new job.

Not even seated yet, the socialist darling of the left is suggesting legislation that would give congressional members a housing allowance in excess of the freshman base pay of $174,000. And, the members vote themselves raises at will. *Congress is required by Article I, Section 6, of the Constitution to determine its own pay.

Some current members, known to sleep in their offices and bathe in the gym locker room (not the Potomac River), have suggested a housing allowance while in session amounting to $2,500 per month.

Returning to reason perhaps we, the American voters, should consider something along the lines of a government housing facility for our downtrodden elected leaders like the projects offered by H.U.D. There are numerous vacant government owned buildings in and about Washington D.C. that could easily be converted into dorms or apartments.

For those choosing this option, the accommodations might be paid for by deducting $1,500 – $2,500 per month ($18,000 – 30,000/yr) from the base we now pay them. Nancy would consider it just “crumbs”. Most of them can probably scrape by on the remaining measly $144,000 per year. A transportation allowance of $5.00 per round trip to and from the dorm and capitol could be an additional benefit for consideration.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s next proposal is probably for a congressional clothing allowance and meal per diem to go along with the housing allowance. After all, we must redistribute the wealth from those who worked hard to earn their bounty. Soon thereafter, I’m sure, she’ll and the others will consider working for the people who elected them instead of what they can do to benefit themselves.  Yeah, right!

Congressional staffers and interns live and commute under the same circumstances and seem to get by on their pay of $30,000 – $85,000 per year without such perks. And they do much, if not most, of the work for which the elected elite receive their salaries.

THE MOBIUS LOOP OF GOVERNMENT

December 8, 2012

The Mobius Loop of the government is never ending.  (Yes, the inane redundancy meaningfully accentuates “government”.)  Let me explain using the simplest and most relevant example available.

Any person with a fifth grade education (high school diploma, if achieved via public education system) knows that you cannot trust what a politician says.  Most will say anything, and then do what they choose.  Some go a bit beyond that and some say exactly the opposite of what they intend.

President Obama claimed that the cost of health care in America is too high for many to pay and therefore some 43 million Americans were uninsured.  His plan, as expressed, was to bring down the cost of health care so that everyone will have access to an affordable medical plan.

Central to the claim was that too many people use hospital emergency rooms for their basic health care needs.  Since no one can be turned away from emergency care, the waiting rooms became triage centers.  In some cases, people with non-life threatening bleeding wounds or crushed or broken bones would be put on temporary hold while all the doctors completed treating others for flu, migraines, and other non-life threatening ailments.  This was unacceptable.  Billing many of the patients became an extra financial burden for hospitals because most of the patients using the services gave fictitious names and false addresses.

Since PPACA (Obamacare) passed in March 2010, health insurance premiums have risen over 50% for many plans with some now approaching double their former cost.  Additionally, due to the increased cost, some employers can no longer afford to cover all their workers and still attain a reasonable profit.  Thus, many have downsized leaving some workers without a job or health insurance.  The load for emergency rooms now grows more rapidly.

On top of that, the government reimbursement to doctors and hospitals for Medicare and Medicaid (for the perpetually indigent and recently unemployed workers) is so little that many doctors in private practice now decline to see new patients covered by these plans.

According to Reuters, the IRS recently released the final rules associated with the cost cutting law regarding taxing medical devices.  As of Dec. 31, a 2.3% tax will be assessed on medical devices ranging from tongue depressors to replacement hip joints to pacemakers.  The new tax is imposed to offset the cost of Obamacare.  Not only will the new tax drive up the cost of human health care products and devices, it will also affect veterinary visits for Snowball, Rover, and Trigger.  It seems that many of the utensils and devices recently tagged extra-taxable are also used for animal care.

Personally, I’m having trouble understanding how the new tax is supposed to lower the cost of health care for the patient.  Additional costs to doctors or hospitals are ultimately born by the patient.  Either increased premiums and co-pay or diminished care are the only foreseeable results of this new tax.

Here’s the Mobius.

  1. Medicare, and Medicaid reimbursements, became too costly.
  2. Too few people received adequate affordable health care.
  3. The government imposed Obamacare on the states and people to lower the cost of health care so that more people receive competent care.
  4. The new law (PPACA) imposes fines, taxes, and compliance regulations on medical professionals and the medical service industry.
  5. The government created a regulatory bureaucracy network of 36,000+ lawyers, administrators, and clerks to implement the new law.
  6. The new bureaucratic network creates laws, rules, and regulations costing doctors and hospitals to spend billions of dollars in compliance.
  7. The government hires an additional 16,000 IRS agents just to audit businesses, doctors, hospitals, and managed care facilities.  They will impose fines for noncompliance or incomplete compliance and be responsible for the collection of fines, fees, and taxes.
  8. Doctors cut staff to reduce increased costs associated with Obamacare.
  9. Doctors leave patient practice for other medical related vocations.
  10. Remaining doctors give each patient abbreviated time for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment because WalMart-like volume is required to maintain a practice and earn a living commensurate with their abilities and required ongoing education.
  11. Doctors refuse to see patients because they cannot afford to wait for months before receiving government reimbursement for their services and supplies consumed in treatment.
  12. Hospitals backlog more diseased, germ-spreading patients in emergency rooms for longer periods.
  13. The government raises taxes on personal income, corporate income, farm products, machinery, manufacturing, and general industry to offset the new costs incurred to reduce medical care expenditures.
  14. Employers downsize to avoid requisite compliance for larger companies.
  15. Great numbers of formerly employed join the ranks of unemployed and become Welfare and Medicaid recipients.
  16. More people have less money to spend on health care co-pays due to inflated costs caused by increased taxation.
  17. Government raises taxes to pay for expanded staff required to oversee new regulations collection of increased taxes that go to the diminished care we all receive.

Take a situation, make it less productive and more expensive, exacerbate the problem, encumber the previously unburdened to pay for it, grow government to oversee the non problem then claim you’ve improved the situation and claim victory.  That’s the government Mobius.

WELCOME TO 1984

February 9, 2012

One of my all time favorite novels is George Orwell’s book “1984”.  It had been over forty years since my first encounter with Big Brother and the madness presented, so I recently decided to refresh my memory with a revisit to the story.  For anyone who hasn’t read the book, I implore you to do so soon.  There are too many parallels between the fiction written in 1948 and the events of today to allow continued ignorance.  There are too many advances in technology and far more freedoms lost that could not have been foreseen over sixty years ago which serve only to enhance what was then written as fiction.  Even Orwell couldn’t have imagined the Big Brother of today.

Drones in the sky hovering over the citizens; reporting unnatural activities to the institution.  The Department of Homeland Security urges individual citizens to report any “suspicious” activity or conduct by family members, friends and strangers.  Once the report is filed, it is indelibly and unalterably recorded for any future reference.  Citizens are added to no-fly lists and some are surveilled for weeks due to a single, unfounded, anonymous entry by a disgruntled individual.

Bodies must be displayed in virtual nakedness for federal agents before boarding commercial transportation.  Refusal is succeeded by personal touching, grasping and groping by low level but loyal government employees.  Refusal of this physical assault can lead to lengthy detentions and offensive questioning.

Devices integrated into automobiles and personal communication devices allow access to an individual’s global positioning at any time.  Radio frequency emitting tags installed in product packaging help marketers and authorities identify where an item was taken after leaving a merchant’s realm.

Falsification of history, altering of evidence and destruction of factual matter as presented in the novel over six decades ago is taking place in our public school system today.  2+2 is 5 if the teacher says it is and there is no disputing the fact.  Socialism is the only way for people to have an equal opportunity and free enterprise only benefits the rich.  Children are socially engineered to chant complimentary messages about some politicians and disregard the works and advances of others.

Repeated presentation of altered images until they become real and phrases iterated and embellished until fiction becomes truth is the way of our news media.  Broadcasting lies and distortive propaganda into every home TV and computer as news has become accepted and is treated as honest journalism.

Cameras now exist in virtually every store and on street corners with images sent to regional or central processing centers.  Facial recognition software analyzes, compares and files nuances of a person’s physical characteristics in a central data storage unit for current or future purposes.  Matches are made with information garnered from other sources and entries are logged to compile extended profiles.

Fusion centers gather and classify information about ordinary citizens under the name and direction of Homeland Security.  Originally authorized and funded under the Patriot Act to coordinate information about potential terrorists between various law enforcement agencies, they have become stations of fear and harassment.

Laws, such as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012, are written so ambiguously that any application is indisputable.  NDAA allows for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens who are “suspected” of committing or planning a terrorist or subversive act.  This can easily be stretched to mean that speaking out against a government official or government entity is hostile and warrants such detention.

FEMA camps, a product of the Patriot Act and funded under DHS, have been set up in various locations throughout the country.  Some of the camps are converted military bases and others are built anew.  Rep. Alcee Hastings,  (D-FL)  authored House Bill (HR 645) — National Emergency Centers Establishment Act.  With what is rumored to be more than 800 locations, some housing up to 20,000 people, there is little concrete language for the specific or limited use of the government-run facilities.  Areas of many of the “camps” are set up to accommodate families, others appear to be for individual incarceration.  All are secured by guard towers and high fences topped with barbed and concertina wire.

Seemingly few people are aware, or show concern, about the subtle but rapid changes in our lives with the central government taking more control, usurping and eviscerating our constitutional rights and freedoms.

Orwell wrote fiction in 1948 that was still accepted as such in 1984.  If he had only titled his book 2004 or perhaps 2014 he would be considered a prophet akin to Nostradamus.