Saturday, August 31, 2013

Syria dilemma

Once again the body politic marches to war in the middle east. Unlike Bush though, Obama can't get international support to help the Al Qaeda rebels, fighting Hezbollah.

Its important to note that these al Qaeda rebels are just as savage as Hezbollah. The murdered Syrian soldiers get their chests cut open, and organs eaten, to demonstrate Allah's will.

Is that really who we want to side with? It's bad enough that would be helping al Qaeda, its even worse that their savagery is plain to see, (even Putin talked about it) yet we are still siding with Al Qaeda!

That's like getting involved in a war between the fascists and national socialists. As long as they aren't attacking our allies, why should we get involved?

If we did get involved it should be on the side of our ally (Turkey or Israel) not on the side of Hezbollah or Al Qaeda.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Government is not the solution

I have to wonder if people who advocate solutions from Government to lives problems, have ever been to the DMV.  You go there and pull a ticket, and then sit down for four hours, and watch as one to two people try to serve a room of forty.

It looks like there's at least seven to eight people working, but they only let one to two work the counters at a time.  As soon as a new person goes out to the counter, one of them heads to the back.

This isn't an exception of Government in action, this is the rule.  When FDR tried to help feed the people, and give the farmers more money, he simultaneously made it impossible for the poor to buy food, and created massive shortages of food.  The result should have been obvious.  People standing in line waiting for bread!

When Nixon tried to control the rising cost of gas, (caused by government spending, deflating the value of the dollar!) he created gas lines that went around the block.  Setting a price cap, created supply shortages and made demand higher than supply.

It stands to reason by this point, any rational person would see that Government involvement causes long lines.  Is that enough to stop the masterminds from trying to make our lives better?


There are Progressives in America trying to get our healthcare system to be managed by the same people that can't figure out how to avoid long lines at gas stations, or long lines for bread.

The average wait time for Health care in the UK is OVER SIX MONTHS!!

Why in the hell would we want to model that?  The British love to stand in queue, we *don't*.  I don't want the Government involved in my family's health care decisions.  I don't want my wait time to see the Doctor to increase by 61% to over six months!  That means it was close to three months the year before btw...

Still not convinced?

The minimum wage is also a price control.  It also has created long lines.

How is minimum wage a price control, you ask?

Simple, labor is a fungible commodity like any other.  If the Government set a minimum price on milk (which ironically they do, and there is too much produced) there would be too much produced because they have a *minimum price*.

Similarly with labor, government has set a price floor.  The current price of labor is above market demand.  Hence, unemployment increases followed the minimum wage increases.  The end result is we have an abundance of labor available, with no demand at the set price.

Lines of people waiting for jobs, and because of Government, masses of people thinking they are entitled to a job.

Remember in the words of Reagan;
"Government is not the solution to our problem, Government IS the problem!"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to make money and become financially dependent.

This tweet got me thinking about money today, and why so many on the right and left view money as evil, or even like Government a necessary evil.

I'm here to shatter your conceptions and misconceptions to make you think.

1) Money is neither evil or good, it's inanimate like a handgun.  Similar to the handgun, it can be used for either purpose.

2) Worship of money above all else, is idolatry.  Ancient Jewish wisdom teaches us to not worship money, but to serve others FOR money.  There is nothing more noble, than receiving money voluntarily from someone else, who appreciated the goods or service you provided.  I believe the Randian view of Capitalism is closer to worship of mammon, and is something I would highly discourage.  If your goal is to just make money, than you will not put the customer first.  If your goal is to just make money, your inhibitions will get the best of you.

3) There are two states of mind.  Spending and making.  If you are in a spending state of mind, than you will not want to save anything you make, or go that extra mile to serve others for more money.  If you are in a making state of mind, you will want your money working for you, and you will want to be working for money.

4) Charity should not be expected.  While it is noble to help others, it's far more important to try and teach people on welfare how to work for themselves, and catch their own fish.  So many welfare recipients have an entitlement mentality and are permanently on the Government dole.

The worst part of this mentality, is they believe they deserve someone else's labor.  If you want to help someone, do it through micro loans.

5) The money in your bank account is your life force.  You expend your time (your life energy) to get paid by your customer.  Your customer could be your employer, or it could be someone buying a good or service from you.  In exchange for you expending your life force they give you money, likewise when you purchase property (from a TV to a car, to a toaster oven), you are spending your life energy.  This is why Jewish law was okay with using lethal force to stop theft.  People who steal property and money, are literally stealing people's life force.

6) All taxation is by force, and is another theft of your life force.  This is why the founders wanted taxes applied equally, so that the democracy, couldn't pile on the wealthy.  The Jewish slaves of the Pharaoh were only forced to hand over 20% of their life force.  We currently force 5% of the people to hand over anywhere from 40 to 60% of their life force to the Federal and State Government.  That is EXTREMELY immoral.

The fact that we punitively tax wealth creation is why the economy is stagnating and why more people are not escaping poverty.  We should eliminate the progressive income tax, and hold up the wealthy as a model to follow.  We should all aspire to work that hard, and become self dependent.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The truth shall set you free

We've all heard the old adage, "the truth shall set you free." but few of us really examine the phrase with anything more than a passing glance.

1) What is the truth? The truth is painful, downright ugly. Our society with its political correctness, debt dependent culture evades the truth like a viper. We don't want the truth as it will shatter the fantasy of no responsibility.

2) What is freedom? Freedom isn't free, right? That's another cliche I'll blog about on another day. The bottom line is, we cannot be free while ignoring the truth.
Are you furtively glancing past the truth in your own life? Could be anything, from a spouse that's not paying as much attention to a kid that's changed their behavior. Could be your financially underwater, every month and pretending your making do.

What about in the larger scale? Do you ignore the Marxist indoctrination you're kids get in public schools?
Is your city taking away property rights in name of the collective? Are you really okay with that?
Let the brick of truth trip you and wake you up from your dream world. Everything is not okay, in your family, in your city, in your state and in your country. As long as people run from the truth, they are also giving up liberty in the name of security.

The soviets felt really free with all of their "free" security.