We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Ron Paul Tells Newsmax: I Support Israel

Ron Paul was excluded in a debate sponsored by a Jewish-Republican group this week.
Here is what he would have liked to have said...

Ron Paul Tells Newsmax: I Support Israel

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Obama’s Kansas speech: some suspect facts - The Fact Checker - The Washington Post

This speech was so pathetic on so many levels.....

Really, who's mommy ever told them that if the work real hard and play by the rules, they may one day become part of the middle class? I'd wished OBAMA!'s mommy had encouraged that, we'd be far better off than we are today.

A larger, more activist government? Have you seen Europe lately? The model of OBAMA!'s vision of America is insolvent! Not broke, insolvent! They can only pay their bills by borrowing more even more money! Do you think their middle class is going to survive? The will expand their middle class by making them as poor as the lower class.

Is that what America should look like? 99% of us in poverty while the ruling class takes 18 day vacations in Hawaii?

This guy, along with everyone who votes with him, has to go...

Obama’s Kansas speech: some suspect facts - The Fact Checker - The Washington Post

What the Founders Thought About Democracy | Eric Peters Autos

"This is what democracy looks like!" Everywhere for a year we heard this in Wisconsin as protestors converged on the Capital in Madison and Occupy Wall Street ramped up their eat the rich campaign against Capitalism. And they were right! That IS what democracy looks like, mob rule, a majority ganging up on a minority to impose their will without regard to the rights of those on whom the imposition is placed. In a democracy, private property rights cannot exist, they will always be subjegated to the will of the mob that desires to confiscate them.

This is why, America was not constituted as a democracy. The Founders understood the flaws of democracy and so created a Republic based on the concept of private property and the right of the States over the will of the Federal Government. Unfortunately, both parties rarely speak of the republic anymore and in fact the 2 party system has taken us further and further away from the idea of America. Today we have liberal governors who gladly abdicate their State's sovereignty to the Fed, allowing a Senator from Delaware to dictate how the State of Texas must conduct its affairs and worse, an unelected bureacrat in the NLRB to prevent a private company from opening a plant in the State of South Carolina. Even George W. Bush felt it was his mission to spread democracy across the Middle East, so how's that worked out so far?

Yes, this is what democracy looks like....and we better eradicate it from our republic soon because it sucks!

What the Founders Thought About Democracy Eric Peters Autos

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Senate To Vote On Legislation That Allows U.S. Military to Detain Americans Without Charge or Trial

It is unbelievable to me that a man who would run for President on the Republican ticket would co-author such a dispicable piece of legislation. John McCain is an outright enemy to the American citizen, he would willingly destroy your freedoms and open the government up for more abuses and for what? How long did it take before the Patriot Act was turned on American citizens with Napolitano naming people with Ron Paul bumper stickers as potential home grown terrorists. Do you really think there will be any sort of check once this becomes law?

So many people call Obama the Manchurian candidate, but what does this say about McCain? This man has worked tirelessly to make sure that a permanent ruling class gets even more deeply entrenched in D.C. If this man has any use for the Constitution, it most likely occurs after a bowel movement.

This is another example of over-reach, just like Sarbane's, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and others, it seeks to establish power over the many under the guise of protecting us against the few. It must be stopped before it can reach the floor more a simple majority vote, there are too many Scott Brown's out there who will find a way to justify a yay vote.

Senate To Vote On Legislation That Allows U.S. Military to Detain Americans Without Charge or Trial

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Real Reason the Occupiers Where Cleared Out

Despite John Stewart's ongoing effort to equate OWS to the Tea Party movement, America isn't buying...

Recent polls indicate an increasing unfavorable opinion and the news of violence both within the camps as well as against police and citizens as well as the vile behavior has necessitated the Obama campaign to call off the camp-outs.

Like an offensive unit breaking from the huddle, the Mayors of almost all of the major occupy cities moved in concert to shut down the camps citing reasons that have existed for weeks while they took no such action.

So what's different....?

Awww: Protests featuring rape-free zones somehow less popular than the Tea Party « Hot Air

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Analysis: Romney stronger than ever in GOP race - Yahoo! News

The mainstream media and the DNC are "all in" for a Romney - Obama Presidential race.

No other candidate fits Obama's strategy better than Romney. For months now the President has railed against (Implied to be White) GOP Millionaires and Billionaires who refuse to pay their fare share to helping our nation create the jobs (union and non-tax-paying government jobs of course) we all need to get things done.

Here is Romney, the poster child for Obama's straw man who also happens to garner little support from Tea Party activists and who cannot run against Obamacare since his own healthcare plan was the template for Obamacare. Obama couldn't ask for a better opponent....

Analysis: Romney stronger than ever in GOP race - Yahoo! News

Friday, November 04, 2011

Occupy entertainment | Conservative Outpost

Follow up from yesterdays entry identifying who these people are and what they represent.

Bottom line:

Tea Party = Limited Government and lower taxes for all

OWS = Expanding Government and higher taxes for the productive class

Personally given the situation in Greece, I vote for the Tea party model...

Occupy entertainment Conservative Outpost

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Why the Left Hates Chritianity

For so long, the Left has made a concerted effort to have the 10 Commandments banned from every public setting. They claim that it is offensive to those who follow other religions or no religion. But I believed for a long time that the real reason for doing this is to remove religious conscience from our citizens.

Without religious conscience, any action can become rationalized as long as it can be framed as being for "the common good". Abortion for the purpose of preventing another "unwanted child" from victimization can be seen as good. Theft of one's property can be rationalized through the tax code as long as that property is used for the common good.

The article below is another example of how elimination of the 10th Commandment can much more easily lead us down the path of Socialism...


Occupy rally shuts down shipping port indefinitely - Yahoo! News

Watch out folks, Glenn Beck was right! As painful as it is to listen to his show, he has been predicting this for months. It would start out as peaceful demonstrations and eventually lead to violence. The shutdown of this port is simply an intermediate step in the process. There is no doubt in my mind that the puppet masters of this movement have ties to the Obama administration. The roll out of his "jobs" bill, his anti-rich campaign and this "sudden, grassroots uprising" are too coincidental to have not been part of a well - coordinated campaign.

Why now, a year before the elections? Simple, given the disastrous condition of our economy, Obama simply cannot win re-election. So he must find a way to suspend elections to remain in power, nothing short of far-flung civil unrest would suffice to allow him to do this. Will it work? Who is to say, when I listen to the absolute Marxist rhetoric coming out of the mouths of most of these useful idiots camped out across the country I fear that there may be enough of them to do a considerable amount of damage when they are joined by public union members.

For years the leftists have fortified their ownership of our education system; seeing a sign reading "Death to Capitalism" in Oakland is evidence of how effective they have become at brainwashing our youth. Nothing that I have seen in the last 20 years even resembles true capitalism yet they have been able to place blame on the concept without even understanding what it is and the protestors follow without question. These are the things you would see it a Hugo Chavez rally, yet it is taking place here.

The enemies of America see this as their best chance to push us over the edge, they have the money and the numbers to do it if the real 99%'ers don't respond quickly and decisively. The problem I see is that the real 99%'ers don't really know who the enemy is. "Corporate Greed" is such a seductive term for confusing the issue.

Occupy rally shuts down shipping port indefinitely - Yahoo! News

Friday, September 30, 2011

What Will Happen When the People Realize that the Constitution Is No More?

The Progressive movement started in force in 1913 with the adaption of the 17th amendment. We are experiencing today the fruits of Wilson's fantasy of central planning and an educated ruling class.....

What Will Happen When the People Realize that the Constitution Is No More?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Buffett Urges Congress to Raise Taxes on ‘Coddled’ Billionaires

Here we go again, right on que. Hey Warren, how about a 50% tax on wealth for every dollar of net worth over $10 million? That would have you paying about $20 Billion next year, a good start wouldn't yopu say?

The man is a rent-seeking, government-manipulating dirt bag.....

Buffett Urges Congress to Raise Taxes on ‘Coddled’ Billionaires

Thursday, July 07, 2011

United Fascist States of America

If you're still stuck in this Republican versus Democrat game, then you are way behind the learning curve. Obama is just using the same ideas following the collapse of 2008 tha Hitler used following the economic collapse of Germany following WW1. Take the opportunity to seize power and control from the citizens and create a more dependent state that will have to submit to the Central authority.

United Fascist States of America

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Europe Is Warning Us - Victor Davis Hanson - Townhall Conservative

Victor Davis Hanson makes a point that I have been saying for years....what is so progressive about Socialism? Their is no progress, the masses are equally poor and a permanent ceiling has been placed between them and the aristocracy that rules over them like a sick monarchy. It doesn't take a genius to see that Western Europe is dying, yet Obama and the left cling to their ideaology like they accuse white folks of clinging to their guns and religion.

Europe Is Warning Us - Page 1 - Victor Davis Hanson - Townhall Conservative

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Response to the President's Debt Speech

First of all, is any one surprised about what we heard yesterday?  In February the man issued is real budget that the CBO promptly stated would increase the national debt by nearly $9.5 Trillion over the next decade (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42154734/ns/politics/ Note the website I cite!).  So the speech yesterday must be in reaction to internal polling data that shows either:

1) People are reacting positively to Paul Ryan's budget proposal, or:

2) People were not backing the President on the Government shutdown standoff nearly as much as had been reported.

Either way, here is what should be coming out of every congressional Republican's mouth from now until June.

This is the same old tax and spend playbook that has gotten this country in the crisis we're in today.  The (author's note - "some") Republicans have learned their lesson, this President and the Democrat leadership apparently have not.

Since 2009, the this President has added more than $3 Trillion in new spending, already pushing our national debt to $14 Trillion and all we have to show for it is the worst stagflation since Jimmy Carter.

If the President was even remotely serious about cutting the debt, he would at least go back to 2008 spending levels.  The truth is that he and the Democrat leadership were able to funnel taxpayer money into pockets of their special interest groups and they're going to soak this country until somebody steps in and turns off the spigot.

If the President was really serious about taxing the wealthy, he would have proposed a Wealth Tax for all of his billionaire campaign backers.  Instead of course, he's going after the producers of this country who want to someday be wealthy.  But a prosperous nation is always a threat to Big Government ideologues.

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security were created as safety nets for the truly unfortunate, we have to create an economy that doesn't victimize 50% of the population and gets us back to having true safety nets for the 5-50% who are really not capable of providing for themselves.  Left in their current form, these programs are doomed and they will take the country down with them.

My father always told me never to expect more than a grunt from a pig.  The party of big government is now clinging bitterly to it's Euro-Socialist model even as the Euro zone economies are imploding under their own largess, we are running out of time for them to prove they are not wrong.  It's time to go back to free market, capitalism and let the private sector save this country.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

'For the Sake of the Children,' Let Social Security Die

Does anyone really believe that we can tax ourselves back to solvency? In a couple weeks, Paul Ryan will submit his proposals for "saving" Social Security and Medicare, the real question in my mind is whether or not they should be saved. We seemed to survive as a nation just fine in the 154 years before Social Security and in fact we had a lot more choices for Senior Care and a lot more charitable sources of health Care in the 188 years before Medicare/Medicaid. Does it make sence to save programs that have gone bankrupt in less than a quarter of the time this country has been in existence? A bad idea is just that .....a bad idea! 'For the Sake of the Children,' Let Social Security Die

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ohio House to vote on collective bargaining limits - Yahoo! News

This is what we need, use the same Cloward and Piven strategy to overwhelm the Lefties in Washington. Every Republican -controlled State should be slamming through collective bargaining, voter ID and immigration legislation as fast as they can so that the left must try to cover a much larger area of battle... Ohio House to vote on collective bargaining limits - Yahoo! News

Sen. Harry Reid Misleads on Social Security Financing


Obama Budget Adds $9.5 Trillion to US Debt - Forecasts & Trends - InvestorsInsight.com | Financial Intelligence, Advice & Research / Investment Strategies & Planning for Individual Investors.

Obama Budget Adds $9.5 Trillion to US Debt - Forecasts & Trends - InvestorsInsight.com Financial Intelligence, Advice & Research / Investment Strategies & Planning for Individual Investors.

British Columnist Under Investigation For Criticizing Terrorists - Big Journalism

British Columnist Under Investigation For Criticizing Terrorists - Big Journalism

Libya and the Soros Doctrine | Geopolitics Right Side News

Libya and the Soros Doctrine Geopolitics Right Side News

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Obama's Brown Shirts

I remember looking at the protests in Greece and wondering how long before that comes here. Little did I know that it would happen so fast, but here we are. A Governor stands up for freedom and liberty and the Organizer in Chief sends his "troops" into Madison Wisconsin to send a message....


Monday, March 14, 2011

Union Money in Politics

An FYI.... Just in case anyone wonders why Pres Obama and his friends are so hot to support labor unions particularly government employee unions, check out Union contributions.   Sadly, many members of the Union do not realize that their leadership has been taken over by Socialists who are using the money to elect politicians that are bent on destroying the capitalist system that they now benefit from.
Leading Union Political Campaign Contributors




American Fed. of State, County, & Municipal Employees



Intel Brotherhood of Electrical Workers



National Education Association



Service Employees International Union



Communication Workers of America



Service Employees International Union



Laborers Union



American Federation of Teachers



United Auto Workers



Teamsters Union



Carpenters and Joiners Union



Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union



United Food and Commercial Workers Union






Sheet Metal Workers Union



Plumbers & Pipefitters Union



Operating Engineers Union



Airline Pilots Association



International Association of Firefighters



United Transportation Workers



Ironworkers Union



American Postal Workers Union



Nat'l Active & Retired Fed. Employees Association



Seafarers International Union



Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Books to Rid the Soul of Socialism

An excellent posting by a former Marxist..

Books to Rid the Soul of Socialism

CURE | Union power is symptom of what ails us

CURE Union power is symptom of what ails us

March of the Damned

For a party whose leader spent a year increasing the size and scope of government because "the status quo is not an option", the Democrats in Wisconsin along with financial support from the President are determined to maintain the status quo in when it comes to keeping the boot of our public employee unions on the throat of the Wisconsin tax payer.

And while we keep hearing about the 300,000 "middle class working families" (average income $75,000 plus benefits) that are getting "screwed", nobody wants to report on the 4.7 million other people in the state (average wage $25,000 - many with no benefits) who have to foot the bill for these poor unfortunate souls.

Politics aside, the math is simple, Wisconsin is broke. We have a projected budget deficit of over $3.0 Billion over the next two years, which comes out to around $6000.00 in additional taxes required per citizen.

If one simply understands that public employees do not pay taxes but only return a portion of the tax-payers money that the government gave to them in the first place, then you might understand why those of us in the private sector are a little tired of the "status quo". If you wish to give your child a chance of a decent education, you have to send them to a private school at a cost of $8000 - $12000 per year on top of the taxes confiscated from you under the threat of having your property taken from you. Imagine if everyone had to send a portion of their money to WalMart even if they wanted to buy the food from Whole Foods.....no one on the Left would stand for it.

Over the last 12 years, Wisconsin has become a tax hell, people and businesses have been leaving the state, just like Michigan. The people in the state have watched the prior administration launder their money through the labor unions and right back into their own campaign funds. In November, they decided that they'd had enough and swept out the corrupt administration and their allies in the state congress.

The idea that we should now recall people who won the election for fulfilling their campaign promises is wishful at best. No one outside of the "ten's of thousands" marching in Madison (many of whom are from Illinois) seems to be upset about the Governor's actions and it is very likely that after all the recall activity, Wisconsin ends up with even more Republican Senators.

Wis. labor protesters say next fight at the polls - Yahoo! News

Friday, March 11, 2011

How to Stop The End of America

The time has come!  The Constitution is dead, the new deal is dead, the great society is dead, the idea that central planning can bring prosperity for all is DEAD.  America is waking up to what's been going on in both DC as well as our state and local governments and we've had enough.

Please join the movement to really turn us in a new direction of economic prosperity.  Read the essay below for more detail on how to restore America...

From the S&A Digest:

Here I go again… By now, almost everyone reading the Digest knows we set aside Friday's for me (Porter) to write personally. And though I've rejected the idea that people can teach anything (there is no teaching, only learning) – I can't seem to help myself. If you're tired of suffering through these lessons, you'll be happy to know my impulse to empower our subscribers by showing them a few of the more unpleasant truths about finance has cost me a lot of money.

As I knew they would, my essays about the importance of cash and the one last week about asset allocation (when you buy what) resulted in a torrent of refund demands – about $1 million worth in the last two weeks. So if you got something out of those essays, do me a favor: Buy something. Anything. Preferably something expensive.

It is a quirk of human nature that most people don't want to learn anything new and react negatively to anyone who challenges their deeply held views (even when they're obviously wrong). You'll know I'm truly a glutton for punishment when you realize the subject of this week's Friday Digest: Our country's severe financial crisis.

Writing about this topic has led to far greater problems than cancellations. I've gotten threatening letters and angry e-mails from folks who seem to believe that pointing out these dangers is tantamount to causing them.

More than two years ago (December 2008), I first warned in my newsletter that America would eventually lose its world reserve currency status and our debt crisis would lead to a massive inflation. I call this complex series of issues the "End of America." Not because I believe it will lead to the end of our political union (though it might), but because I believe we're heading into a crisis that will be far worse than anyone has yet realized. The crisis will result in a significant decline in our standard of living. These are deadly serious issues and I meant every word I wrote.

Even so, two years ago, lots of folks actually laughed at me – including a few in my own office. Not anymore. If you saw the Wall Street Journal headline yesterday (the "Why the Dollar's Reign is Near an End") or if you saw Sam Zell (the most successful real estate investor of all time) yesterday on CNBC, you know many of the smartest folks in our country take my warning seriously. Said Zell:

My single biggest financial concern is the loss of the dollar as the reserve currency. I can't imagine anything more disastrous to our country… you're already seeing things in the markets that are suggesting that confidence in the dollar is waning… I think you could see a 25% reduction in the standard of living in this country if the U.S. dollar was no longer the world's reserve currency. That's how valuable it is.

So today, I want to update some key figures of my End of America report. I want you to know where we stand. This is important enough to risk the inevitable criticisms (and refunds). But I want to take one criticism out of play right now. Don't bother writing to complain about my "politics."

This has absolutely nothing to do with politics. This matter is purely about economics. The facts, as you'll see, are completely clear to anyone who bothers to learn them. We are spending way beyond our means – both publicly and privately. Worse, this spending has warped the incentives in our economy, resulting in not only debts we can't afford, but outcomes we don't seek. At the heart of this crisis, there's a knowledge problem. Most Americans don't understand even the most basic facts about our country's financial position, nor do they take the time to consider the likely outcome of poorly structured government programs.

So please, don't write to me about politics. I don't care about the Democrats, Republicans, or even the Tea Partiers. I don't care whose "fault" it is, because these debts belong to all of us. I care about the people who live in America… people who are going to be wiped out because of feckless leadership and genuine ignorance. I can't do anything about our leadership – that's up to you. I can try to do something about the ignorance.

In our search for facts and solid financial thinking, let's start with Warren Buffett, who is neither feckless nor stupid. Buffett is the world's best investor. He got that way primarily by figuring out how to correctly value equities and allocate assets… and because he learned one of the most valuable financial secrets in modern finance: why insurance companies are so valuable. (Hint: It's the float. But that's a discussion for another day.)

Buffett has become a sort of "rich uncle" to America, giving helpful advice about financial matters. And he recently said something that struck me as profound – something I'd wager almost everyone else ignored. Buffett explained why the buyers of his mobile homes (Clayton Homes) default at rates (1.86%) much lower than the national average for homebuilders (more than 25%). That's true, even though the buyers of his mobile homes typically have low incomes, less job stability, and lower credit scores than the buyers of conventional housing. If you read nothing else in today's Digest, please pay attention to what Buffett says here:

Our borrowers get in trouble when they lose their jobs, have health problems, get divorced, etc. The recession has hit them hard. But they want to stay in their homes, and generally they borrowed sensible amounts in relation to their income.

In addition, we were keeping the originated mortgages for our own account, which means we were not securitizing or otherwise reselling them. If we were stupid in our lending, we were going to pay the price. That concentrates the mind. If homebuyers throughout the country had behaved like our buyers, America would not have had the crisis that it did. Our approach was simply to get a meaningful down payment and gear fixed monthly payments to a sensible percentage of income. This policy kept Clayton solvent and also kept buyers in their homes…

… A house can be a nightmare if the buyer's eyes are bigger than his wallet and if a lender – often protected by a government guarantee – facilitates his fantasy. Our country's social goal should not be to put families into the house of their dreams, but rather to put them into a house they can afford.

Pretty simple, eh? Don't sell houses to folks who can't afford them. And make sure both the lender (who kept the note) and the borrower (who made a down payment – equity) have plenty of "skin in the game."

You don't want to create any incentive for the deal to go bad. You want both parties to have a powerful incentive to do what they've promised. After ignorance, almost all our country's core problems come back to these same issues: a lack of equity and poorly designed incentives. Remember these concepts. You'll see them again: skin in the game (equity) and properly designed incentives.

Let me take on the toughest problem first: Medicare/Medicaid. Since the government established this program in 1965, it has amassed a $5.6 trillion deficit. This program alone accounts for 40% of our government's total debt. If you could erase these debts, our most recent two foreign wars (Iraq/Afghanistan), and the losses associated with the recent financial crisis, you could eliminate more than half our entire federal debt – a debt threatening to destroy our way of life.

Whether you'd choose to eliminate these debts by eliminating these programs is a political question. I'm not going to discuss politics here. The point I'm trying to make is, regardless of what you'd choose, we have to make a choice. We can't afford to do all of these things.

Like the subprime buyers in the housing bubble, we've bought a government we cannot afford. That's a simple fact. It should be obvious to any thinking person that when government spending makes up 45% of GDP (as it does today) and there's one government employee for every six households, something has gone terribly wrong with America.

When my parents were born, America was still the land of the free. The incentives people faced were different. Before World War II, the federal government made up only 3% of GDP. It didn't provide health care. People had to maintain their health, as best they could. People didn't depend on Ponzi finance (Social Security) for their old age – they had to save. They had to take care of their families and help take care of the unfortunate in their communities.

We didn't spend a lot on the military, either… which gave us an incentive to mind our own business. In fact, back then, our presidents promised to keep us out of foreign wars. Both Wilson and Roosevelt came to power promising to keep us out of the war in Europe. They lied. Almost every other president since has sent our boys to die for others wherever they could. War is good for business… and good for the government.

Lots of people reading this e-mail will say, "I don't want to live in a country like that, where the government doesn't provide a social safety net." Other readers might say, "I don't want America to be 'isolationist.' We need more troops overseas to fight terrorism." OK… So maybe 3% of GDP is not enough for the government we will choose. But 45% of GDP is much too large – again that's not a political choice; we simply cannot afford it.

So how then will we decide? My suggestion: Pay more attention to incentives. And demand much more equity from the voters.

Here are some interesting facts:

In 1965 – when Congress created Medicare/Medicaid and greatly expanded the federal government's role in health care – about 13% of Americans were obese. Today, 32% of Americans are obese.

Before the government enacted Social Security, Americans typically saved between 15% and 20% of their incomes. Today? Almost nothing. In fact, for many years, the savings rate in America was actually negative.

Before the Great Depression, there wasn't any government unemployment insurance. Not surprisingly, there was almost zero long-term unemployment.

One more interesting fact… the U.S. didn't experience a Great Depression until the Federal Reserve was created. The main purpose of the Federal Reserve is to ensure that banks don't fail. Sounds good. But it provides a perverse incentive for banks to act recklessly, which causes bigger booms and busts – just like the one we're experiencing right now.

I'm not arguing government spending is the primary cause of any of these problems. But I am saying you'd have to be a fool to believe incentives don't play a big role in human action. Think about why all politicians try to spend more than they collect in taxes. They have a huge incentive to promise more than they can deliver – and to make up the difference by borrowing against future taxes or printing more money.

The problems created by the perverse incentives of collectivist actions are well known. They are as old as the ideas themselves. They explain why socialism and communism always lead to failure. And yet… we seem eager to pursue these policies in an almost mindless pursuit of bankruptcy. Why? That's not hard to figure out either.

What's the No. 1 reason people make bad decisions? They don't have to suffer the consequences. Which investors made worse decisions during the mortgage bubble? Was it the private hedge-fund managers, whose entire net worth was made up of the assets in their own funds and whose friends and families had invested alongside them? Or was it the senior managers of publicly owned banks, whose creditors were protected by the federal government and who owned little of their own company's equity?

That's easy to answer, even if you knew nothing about the financial crisis. Unless people have a stake in the outcome of an event, they are very likely to choose poorly or recklessly.

The most difficult problem we face today is, far too few Americans have any equity in our government. Less than half of all Americans pay any federal taxes. Don't listen to the nonsense about how almost everyone pays payroll taxes. It's true, but it's irrelevant. Payroll taxes don't come close to covering the costs of the entitlement programs they support.

Cutting government spending will be easy compared to trying to increase the average citizen's equity in government. But we must. People will always demand more from the government until they realize how expensive government solutions really are. And the only way to show them is to share the burdens of government more equally.

Now, I know what you're thinking… I'm making a political argument to reduce the progressive nature of our tax system. I'm not. I'm pointing out a simple fact: When half the voters don't pay for any of the true costs of the government, your society is going to suffer terrible governance.

A democracy that concentrates the overwhelming burden of government on a tiny minority of the population is no different than an investment bank making bad loans and then selling them to someone else. You can't separate the people making the decisions from the costs and the risks of those decisions. And yet, that's what we've done.

We've reached a point where we can longer continue on our current path. America spends 800% more than its nearest rival on its military. We spend 200%-300% more per capita on health care than any other similarly wealthy country. Are we safer? Are we healthier? I honestly don't think so.

And even if you believe we are, can we afford it? Here are the simple numbers. Americans now owe $56 trillion in total debt, much of it held by foreign investors. We must spend $3.5 trillion each year on interest. That is already more than the federal government spends, in total. I do not exaggerate when I tell you we cannot afford these debts. We will never be able to repay these debts – already equal to roughly four times our country's GDP. The largest components of the debts we owe are government debts… and they are growing rapidly and show no signs of stopping.

The only way to stop the debt crisis we face is to reduce the total level of government spending – immediately and permanently. We have to stop giving our citizens improper incentives. We have to increase the "skin" voters have in the game by spreading the burden of government more equally. And most important, we must take away the politicians' ability to debase our currency.

You see… politicians believe, as Dick Cheney famously said, deficits don't matter. They believe these debts can be safely printed away – which is what the Federal Reserve is doing right now.

How can we accomplish these goals? I believe we need three simple amendments to our Constitution. First, we should have a balanced budget amendment. It's hard to imagine why anyone would object to this, regardless of his politics. Politicians ought not have the right to burden future Americans with debt. It's disgusting that we would leave a burden like this for our children and grandchildren.

Next, we need a constitutional amendment that ensures sound money. If you tell the politicians they're not allowed to borrow, they'll inflate instead. There is no reason Americans shouldn't enjoy the stability and safety of sound money.

Every argument you'll hear against backing our currency with gold comes from bankers and swindlers who need the ability to be bailed out so they can make risky bets with enormous amounts of borrowed money. Let's put a stop to this, once and for all.

The American government is the world's largest holder of gold. Let's put it to work for us, right away, in the form of sound money.

Finally… we need a logical way to put a stop to the narrowing of the tax base. Everyone who votes should share in the burdens of government – otherwise the incentive will always exist to vote for more government spending.

I suggest a constitutional amendment limiting tax rates and abolishing all taxes except for income tax. Tax every adult over the age of 65 20% of his income – whatever the source. Give everyone a $24,000 annual personal exemption. Above that, everyone pays. No other deductions. We could get rid of the IRS. You could do your taxes on a post card. How much did you make? Send the government 20% of it.

Why do I think 20% is the right rate? The church has always asked for 10%. Surely the government can survive on twice what God needs. And… we should word the constitutional amendment to make clear our intentions: Every U.S. citizen has the right to keep 80% of his income. Let the feds and the states fight over your tax dollars. Remember, your assets and income are part and parcel of your freedom. A man cannot have his liberty without his property and the right to his wages.

By the way, the U.S. Constitution already decrees all citizens should be equal under the law. Making the tax code truly equal will merely be living up to the obligations our Constitution is already placing on the government. Likewise, the Constitution says Congress shall have the right to coin money. It says nothing about printing or the Federal Reserve.

And finally… the founding fathers of our country once rebelled over a 2% tax on sugar, and they expressly forbid income taxes in their Constitution. Can you imagine what they would think of marginal income tax rates in excess of 50% on people in certain states? These new amendments I'm suggesting aren't really new at all: They're simply a return, a restoration, of the real America – the greatest country in history.

If you like these ideas… please share this Digest. I'm sure it would be difficult to get these amendments passed. But if things in America get as bad as I think they're going to, maybe people would be willing to rethink our government's structure.

Sooner or later we have to learn to live within our means. Sooner or later, a preference for sound money will appear because inflation will have destroyed our currency. And sooner or later, the idea that you can live at the expense of your neighbor (through progressive taxation) will lead to a collapse. My preference would be to learn these lessons sooner, so the pain of this transition can be minimized.

I'm interested in organizing a conference about these ideas… maybe call it The Project to Restore America. I'd host it personally (and invest heavily in this effort). I don't know where yet… but I know when – sometime later this year. My goal will be to get as many well-known people as I can to endorse these ideas and speak about them in public at the conference. I'll try to lure my friends in the media (I have a few) to join with us… plus business leaders… plus regular folks across America.

If we want the government to listen to us… we have to start talking with one, unified and loud voice. I've got a pretty loud microphone here with my publishing company, but I can't do it alone. I need your help. Please pass this Digest around to folks who you think will be willing to read it. And if you want to get involved, please get in touch and tell me how you can help.

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(Just to be clear, I will not sell or rent your name to anyone else. And I will only use this list to promote The Project to Restore America.)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Union Waste: Retiring Wisc. Teachers Given a Year’s Salary for 30 Day’s Work | Right Wing News

If there was any doubt that big labor has been sucking the life out of our economy for years, read this......remember public employees pay no taxes, they only give back a portion of your tax dollars distributed to them in the first place!

Union Waste: Retiring Wisc. Teachers Given a Year’s Salary for 30 Day’s Work Right Wing News

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Detroit - What is and What Should Never Be........

I grew up in Detroit and lived and worked there until 2004.  The City today stands as a pure indictment of Central Planning in general and the Euro-Socialist Welfare State in particular.  Run by no one but liberal Democrats for over 50 years, the city is and will forever be a grim reminder of what happens when liberty and freedom is traded for the "security" of a government check..... 

Frosty Wooldridge (born 1947) is a US journalist, writer, environmentalist, and traveler.

By Frosty Wooldridge

For 15 years, from the mid 1970's to 1990, I worked in Detroit, Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gunplay, drugs, school truancy, car jacking, gangs, and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses, and schoolyards. Trash everywhere!

Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it, and ignored it. Tens of thousands, and then hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing, and food stamps!

With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children as reported by the Detroit Free Press, all on American taxpayer dollars.

A new child meant… a new car payment, a new TV, or whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson's 'Great Society' flourish in Detroit. If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.

Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America, outside of Richard Daley in Chicago, rode Detroit down to its knees... He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence, and arrogance. As a black man, he said, "I am the MFIC." The IC meant "in charge".

You can figure out the rest. Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.

As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state.

Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to less than 912,000 in 2009 (probably closer to 600,000 in 2010). At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit. As the whites moved out, the Muslims moved in. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. Detroit suffers so much shoplifting that grocery stores no longer operate in many inner city locations. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife!

Detroit may be one of our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike, and total separation from America.

Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June, according to NBC's Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing.

Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city. In Time Magazine's October 4, 2009, "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell, and how it can rise again," I choked on the writer's description of what happened. "If Detroit had been ravaged by a hurricane, and submerged by a ravenous flood, we'd know a lot more about it," said Daniel Okrent. "If drought, and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we'd see it on the evening news every night."

Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it, if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice. But Detroit, once our fourth largest city, now 11th, and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country. Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision making."

As Coleman Young's corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kickbacks, and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city's death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor-trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit.

"By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services," Okrent said. "The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers' union to reject a philanthropist's offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%.

That's worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent." At the end of Okrent's report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, "That's because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city's collapse, it's also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century. If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can't find a way to get up, what does that say about our future?"

Sad isn't it?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: 40% of Madison Teachers call in Sick, Schools Shut; Video of Massive Protest in Wisconsin Capitol Building; If Jackasses Could Think

My own thoughts on this issue are in line with the following from Mish......

Imagine that the government forced you to buy my products from me at the price that I dictate. Then suppose then that my product was so bad that you had to purchase the same type of product from someone else in addition to the one you buy from me to ensure that your family is getting the quality of that product that you seek.

Well, that's the Wisconsin education system. Through the tax code, we are forced to pay for the public education system which is so bad, that my neighbor who's wife is a teachers advises us to spend an additional $10K per year so that our child can get a great education.....

Does that make sense to anyone?

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: 40% of Madison Teachers call in Sick, Schools Shut; Video of Massive Protest in Wisconsin Capitol Building; If Jackasses Could Think

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The End of America is Not a Joke

I have been a True Wealth subscriber for over 10 years.  Their investment research is very sound and their principles are founded in austrian economic teachings.  They predicted the fall of GM, Fannie and Freddie well before the MSM picked it up.

While we don't know what the true impact will be on our lives, the scenes we are seeing in Madison Wi. this week is further evidence of the impending collapse of America as we knew her.  Ignore this video at your own risk.

US Government not Enforcing Immigration Laws

Just like the past two years, it is time to give the Obama Administration a taste of their own medicine.  The congress should be hauling each and every one of his cabinet in front of the country and hold them accountable for every unconstitutional act whether it be ommission or commision.  By keeping the White House on defense and hitting them with something new every day, we will be able to keep the lies and distortions from taking hold.  It is time to send a message to this current and all future Presidents that they are in charge of the government, not the Republic.....

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dear Mr. Reid

A great piece by Addison Wiggin:

The Honorable Harry Reid

Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Mr. Leader,

I'm writing in response to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's appeal to you to raise the debt ceiling.

I understand that you didn't ask for my opinion. And with no political positions on my curriculum vitae, you may not even recognize my name. But I have co-authored two books warning about the United States' fiscal situation, starting with Financial Reckoning Day in 2003 and followed by Empire of Debt in 2005. I mailed copies of the latter to you and the other members of Congress free of charge. While it may not be sitting on your nightstand, I trust that you’re at least aware of the book.

After we published the book, I wrote and produced a documentary, I.O.U.S.A., which was screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, nominated for a Critics Choice award and shortlisted for an Academy Award. The film attempts to present the fiscal crisis facing the United States in a way that the average American could understand. The film took two years to produce and premiered on Aug. 22, 2008 — almost a month before Lehman Bros. declared bankruptcy, kicking off the Panic of '08.

So after a decade of attempting to bring the root causes of our economic woes to light, I humbly suggest that the shortsighted tone of Mr. Geithner's appeal is itself part of the problem. It is, in fact, no different than Secretary of Treasury Hank Paulson’s frantic three-page proposal that kicked off the bailouts in September 2008.

Sir, in short, by raising the debt ceiling, we're delaying the day of reckoning yet again. Instead of paying for our excessive spending today, we'll pass that burden on to our children and grandchildren. I have three young children. And I, like many Americans, already find it a challenge to educate them and provide for their health care. Now I must also worry about what their future is going to look like... what opportunities will they find when it's their turn to join the work force or start businesses?

Mr. Geithner shares his fears of a default in his letter to you. But his request simply means my children — everyone’s children — will have to deal with that default on their own.

Do we really want our children burdened by higher taxes, excessive government regulation, higher mortgage rates, reduced incentives to start their own businesses and, as things are going, the end of the freedoms that you, Mr. Geithner, the rest of the American public and I cherish?

Freedom is the very promise that America bestows on history. But now, through our own malfeasance, we are in a position of telling the world, "We cannot afford to offer you the opportunity to enjoy that freedom anymore."

How did it come to this? And why perpetuate the very malfeasance that threatens our future prosperity?

For most of America, understanding the fiscal condition of the nation is no easy task. For that, they place their trust in you. No doubt, it’s easier to do exactly what our Treasury secretary is asking you to do — ignore the problem and continue to kick the can down the road. But I’m asking you, on behalf of future generations, to think deeper about the problem and begin addressing it today.

To help you with your decision, here are some images you can use to illustrate the magnitude of the national burden.

As Mr. Geithner stated in his letter to you, “In February of 2010, Congress passed legislation to increase the debt limit to $14.29 trillion.” To grasp that staggering figure, imagine stacking $100 bills on top of one another. To reach $14.29 trillion, your stack would soar 9,721 miles into the sky!

Said a different way, that’s like 1,767 mountains of $100 bills the size of Mount Everest piled on top of each other.

Of course, the current debt wouldn’t be a problem if tax revenue were exceeding our spending and therefore reducing the debt. But we both know that is not happening. Even if we taxed all Americans 100% of their income for an entire year, we still wouldn’t be able to pay off our $14.29 trillion hole

What's more, the interest we’re paying on the current debt is forcing us deeper and deeper into the hole. According to the TreasuryDirect.gov website, the interest payment on our debt was a massive $1.13 billion per day — for a total of $413 billion — in 2010.

The interest payment alone amounts to record-breaking deficits hit during the Bush administration just a few short years ago. If you agree to raise the ceiling, you effectively agree to drive up the interest payments until they exceed tax revenue — creating a situation in which we’ll be forced to default, eventually. And the longer it takes to happen, the worse it will be for our children.

The Treasury secretary outlines how catastrophic a default would be for the financial system and the integrity of the United States:

Default would effectively impose a significant and long-lasting tax on all Americans and all American businesses and could lead to the loss of millions of American jobs.

When, I ask you, do we begin addressing the root problem? When do we admit that we're spending beyond our means and begin to address the problem in earnest? "We can live beyond our means for a very long time," to paraphrase a leading financier from I.O.U.S.A., "and we can do it on a very large scale — but we cannot do it forever."

The United States is like a private company suffering from a pension burden it did not plan for and that is losing market share because its products are no longer competitive. And it is as if the management has decided to take an extended vacation, rather than hold a meeting to find a way out of the hole.

In Congress, you don't address the real problems. You talk around them, play politics with them and then make frantic appeals at the 11th hour to borrow more money to paper over the problems again for yet another year.

At this pace, how do you honestly believe the government will ever balance its books again? In the era of uncertainty created by mayhem in Washington and ever-increasing global competition, how do you expect the economy to get back on track?

Let's put the numbers aside for a second. I'd like to ask you a simple question:

Imagine for a moment that you’ve chosen to smoke cigarettes all your life. You’ve ignored the warnings about them that appear all around you. Then, eventually, and unfortunately, you get diagnosed with lung cancer.

Luckily, you’ve caught the disease in its very early stages. The doctor presents you with two choices.

First, you can enter chemotherapy. The road to recovery, the doctor tells you, will be harsh. You’ll suffer extreme nausea. You’ll hardly be able to swallow from the ulcers you develop in your mouth. In short, you’ll go through hell in an attempt to beat the disease. But because you caught the disease after the first symptoms appeared, you have a high chance at a full recovery.

The doctor also offers a second alternative. He’s worked out a deal that allows you to rid yourself of the disease instantly. No pain. No suffering. No hell. All you have to do is agree to give the disease to your 2-year-old grandson.

Would you make that deal, Mr. Leader?

I trust you'll make the right decision about our nation’s fiscal health. At the very least, there needs to be an honest debate over raising the debt ceiling. If you provide the rubber stamp Mr. Geithner is asking for, you will be as guilty as he of passing the buck. Each time the buck gets passed, the stakes get higher. The default Mr. Geithner fears only looms more ominous in our future.

The newly elected speaker of the House, John Boehner, has gone on record saying he'll agree to increase the debt limit because we have to be "adults" about addressing the fiscal crisis the nation faces.

What, may I ask, is "adult" about failing to address this issue altogether?


Addison Wiggin

Executive publisher, Agora Financial
Co-author, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt
Executive producer, writer, I.O.U.S.A.

Beware the "GM Option"

From the 5 Minute Forecast:

Recall that the bankruptcy of General Motors and Chrysler two years ago was no ordinary bankruptcy proceeding. Hypothetically, bondholders were first in line among the automakers’ creditors trying to recover their investments.

After all, they lent money to the automakers at a relatively low rate… so if the worst happened, they stood the best chance of getting all their money back.
Then the politicians got their mitts on the deal… and handed out favors like Halloween candy to the unions and other favored constituencies. Bondholders were left holding the bag.

Now we have news that the State of California is in a fiscal state of emergency and that can only mean trouble for holders of municipal bonds.

See, unlike cities and counties, states can’t declare bankruptcy in federal court. So unnamed “policymakers,” The New York Times reports, “are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts.

“Proponents say some states are so burdened that the only feasible way out may be bankruptcy, giving Illinois, for example, the opportunity to do what General Motors did with the federal government’s aid.”

Just imagine the feeding frenzy that would result -- pitting holders of municipal bonds against the public employee unions seeking every last dime of their pensions and health benefits.
“They are readying a massive assault on us,” says Charles Loveless, legislative director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. “We’re taking this very seriously.”
You don’t want to be around to see how this turns out.

“We expect muni funds will find a bottom at some point,” says Jim. “And then, just as quickly as they stabilize, they’ll fall again on actual news of defaults. It won’t take much in the way of a real scare to truly collapse these investments.

“Regardless of their future, the point is we’re entering into panic mode on some of the best-performing and hottest assets for pension plans, 401(k)s and IRAs. Pensioners are no doubt beginning to reel again.”