For a quite a while I did some research on my own as to where money goes. At first, I started with my own stuff to see why money seemed to disappear. Tracking my spending indicated that way too much was spent on unnecessary things. So I started to keep extra stashed in the bank. Then the collapse of 2008 happened.
My focused shifted away from me and what I was spending and moved to watching the banks and government. Yeah, me, watch the government, LOL – go figure. Economy turned sour. Government changed the way they calculated numbers to make it appear better than it actually was. Increasing taxes, police increasing tickets and all levels doing everything they can to get money from the people.
Banks soon followed suit. I thought it was bad beforehand but I was clearly wrong as banks instituted new fees for everything under the sun. Banks are now giving less than one percent return rate on savings and charging an arm and a leg for anything they could. They collected over $30 Billion in overdraft fees alone.
Because of all this I decided it was time to keep as little in the bank as needed and invest everything else to get a greater return on my money. Apparently I am not alone in my analysis. It seems that more and more people are keeping their monies out of the banks hands and stashing it elsewhere. Conjecture would say the shoebox like days of old but I am sure people are smart enough to use home safes now-a-days.
This tidbit may not sound like a big deal to a lot of people, especially if they have no discretionary income and are living from payday to payday all ready. However, to me, this is huge news. This is a major indication that people in America still do not trust the banks and government. They fear that something will go wrong or their monies will become inaccessible at some point in time.
Clearly, some people are starting to wake up to the realities around them. Good for them, bad for the banks. It shows that our citizenry is figuring out things that they were taught when they were a kid are wrong now. Like the idea that putting your money in a savings account is a sound, safe place to park your money. Not anymore. Heck, savings accounts are not even legally protected any longer.
Yes, you read that right. I am just surprised that its taking so long for people to figure it out. It has been this way since 2011 or so. I forget the exact date but I am sure if you wanted to you could look it up. Anyway, 2007 Sentinel went belly up. It was the first salvo of the meltdown before everything came to light. According to the courts in that case and its subsequent appeals process
a misallocation of those customer funds, “is not, on its own, sufficient to rule as a matter of law that Sentinel acted ‘with actual intent to hinder, delay, or defraud’ its customers.”
In other words, banks could do what they wanted to with your money so long as they did not plan to deceive you. Then, if they go belly up, you have no recourse to get your money back. In other words, it is lost and you cannot do squat about it. The Federal Reserve went so far as to declare bank runs illegal and put a policy in place that banks could freeze its depositors assets in the event of an economic crisis.
There are other reasons for NOT keeping your money in the bank. For instance, it can be easily confiscated. We do not have to look too far back in history to samples of this happening. Just look at Cyprus and how they handled their financial crisis. If they can do it, clearly any other can too.
Secondly, everything you do with banks can be tracked. Every single dime you put in or take out is known to the government. They put limits on how much you can remove at any one time. There are bank policies in place that automatically report to the government movement of funds in amounts greater than $1,000.
Anytime you use a check or an ATM card a record is generated and can be tracked. I hate the idea that such things are even possible let alone actually take place. Banks used to be private, not anymore. Banking has clearly become a necessary evil in our society so what is a person to do? Paychecks get automatically deposited, bills need to be paid, we need some way to move the money around and stay out of trouble.
If you want to do something about it now, I suggest keeping only the funds necessary to accommodate your monthly expenditures. You have monthly bills that need to get paid, that money can be used from your checking account. Everything else should be withdrawn and put to use in a more lucrative endeavor (think investments or insurance vehicles, especially ones that can legally keep the money out of the hands of the IRS).
Should you want to keep the funds at home like people in the report are doing, I suggest getting a fireproof safe. One like SentrySafe would be great for in home use like this one on Amazon.
Get your money out now.
Go on the premise that “if you do not hold it, you do not own it”.
Coming to a City near YOU and for the First time, Constitutional / Tax Honesty Expert and Lawyer Larry Becraft is teaming up with Peymon Mottahedeh, President and Founder of Freedom Law School. Together they bring to you real Solutions for today’s taxing and money/banking problems.
The financial markets are on a hair trigger as to when, and how quickly, the Fed will tighten and raise interest rates. Billions of dollars will be won or lost by investors on this wager.
For the rest of us, getting it right — as did Chairman Volcker and (during his first two terms), Greenspan is crucial to the creation of a climate of equitable prosperity in which jobs are created in abundance. 39 million jobs were created during the “Great Moderation.” We haven’t seen anything remotely like that since.
Getting it right is crucial to economic mobility — raises, bonuses, and promotions — to let us workers climb the ladder to decent affluence. Thus, just when to raise rates is much less important than the bedrock issue.
For over a decade now job creation has been poor. Poor, too, has been economic mobility. The left is very much on record as calling for extended ease — keeping interest rates down. The right has been critical over the Fed’s “zero interest rate policy.” Yet the real tug of war is over whether the Fed should follow a monetary rule or exercise discretion; and, if a rule is preferable, what rule?
Yellen has been on a campaign to demonstrate her empathy with workers. Less well known: this empathy is shared by many conservatives and libertarians. I, among others, find Yellen’s new openness to rank and file workers and activists a refreshing change of tone from that of the formerly hermetically sealed “Temple.” There are few matters on which I agree on with Sen. Sherrod Brown. This is one of them.
Yellen’s descent from Temple Mount to we plain people of the plane is a notable shift. It well accords, at least in style and possibly in substance, with the new populist spirit abroad in the land. It is imperative, however, that it prove substantive and not merely cosmetic. And substantive means an intellectual openness to a diversity of views.
The right is not the party of Ebenezer Scrooge. The right is all for job creation and a rising tide lifting all boats. Yet Yellen has been connecting, so far exclusively, with the left. >snip<
It is my guess that Janet Yellen reaches out to the social-democratic left because it represents her native intellectual milieu. They speak her language. Many progressives simply find the right foreign, our language alien. (Memo to Yellen: If all I knew about my team was what I read from Paul Krugman I, too, would disdain me. The mainstream media portrayal of the right is a grotesque caricature. We’re not the way we are portrayed. We are, however, skeptical of the efficacy of central planning. For good reason. And, Dr. Yellen? America is a center right nation.)
Soon we shall stop guessing and find out if Janet Yellen truly is open to hearing a diversity of views … or whether this really is merely a “charm campaign.” One of the leading monetary integrity advocacy groups (and the lead gold standard advocacy group) on the center right, American Principles in Action, which I professionally advise, last week hand-delivered to the Fed a request to Madam Yellen that she meet with representatives of the right.
The letter, signed by 20 high profile figures on the right, stated:
This is to endorse the pending request by American Principles in Action’s Steve Lonegan for a meeting with you, Vice Chair Fischer, and others of your selection, to gather and exchange views with a delegation of monetary policy thought leaders from the center-right.
The left by no means has a monopoly on concern for unemployment and wage stagnation. >snip<
The letter is noteworthy and may portend a significant shift in the discourse. The “money quote:” “The left by no means has a monopoly on concern for unemployment and wage stagnation.” >snip<
All agree that money matters, and that the Fed is the fulcrum of the world’s monetary system. The left believes that discretion is the recipe for more equitable prosperity. The right believes that a monetary rule will yield greater equitable prosperity. Both cannot be right. Yet this is, and should be treated as, an empirical, not doctrinal, matter. It is not, at heart, a “left vs. right” issue.
In a way, it’s “Yellen vs. Volcker.” Contrast a statement by Madam Yellen with one made by former (and iconic author of the Great Moderation) Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, reprised in an earlier column:
Madame Yellen [at hearing of the House Financial Services Committee chaired by Chairman Jeb Hensarling earlier this year] stated that “It would be a grave mistake for the Fed to commit to conduct monetary policy according to a mathematical rule.” Contrast Madame Yellen’s protest with a recent speech by Paul Volcker in which he forthrightly stated: “By now I think we can agree that the absence of an official, rules-based cooperatively managed, monetary system has not been a great success. In fact, international financial crises seem at least as frequent and more destructive in impeding economic stability and growth. … Not a pretty picture.”
Not all rules are mathematical. There may be room for agreement implicit in Yellen’s statement.
There is no generic rule. And a bad rule, or a rule badly implemented, could be worse than no rule at all. If a rule is to be preferred, which rule?
Which rule would most likely be optimal for fomenting equitable prosperity as well as price stability? Each regime has eloquent advocates.
It is, in fact, an open question.
Thus the safest path forward out of the uncharted territory in which we find ourselves appears to be the proposed Brady-Cornyn monetary commission introduced in the 113th Congress. It reportedly is certain to be re-introduced in the 114th.
The proposed commission, widely praised in the financial media, is designed to be strictly bipartisan and meticulously empirical. It is chartered to make an objective assessment of the real outcomes of the various rules now being propounded. While many commissions are designed to derail an issue, a monetary commission would be very much in order. Monetary policy is intricate and potent, not amenable to political towel-snapping-as-usual.
On the surface it’s a tug of war between raising and lowering interest rates. At root, it’s an argument about whether the Fed should be following a rule or making one up as it goes along. If Yellen proves open to a diversity of viewpoints, and if the Fed puts its benediction on the Brady-Cornyn monetary commission legislation, 2015 well could see the beginning of a move in the direction of credit both affordable and abundant that could rival for job creation the Great Moderation.
The New York Timesreports how two yahoos did the “the first ascent of the 3,000-foot (El Capitan’s) Dawn Wall in a single expedition with the use of only hands and feet to pull climbers up — a challenge long considered impossible.”
Such mad Adventurism — attempting the impossible, no matter how carefully — is an outrage. Then, to add insult to injury, one of the climbers had the Temerity to baldly state: ““These days it seems like everything is padded and comes with warning labels. This just lights a fire under me, and that’s a really exciting way to live.”
Unacceptable. Outrageous. A personal affront to me and delivered without a trigger warning! Shame on this yahoo and shame on the New York Times, which knows better.
Padding everything is something to which I (and So Should You!) aspire. There are not nearly enough warning labels around.
Warning labels are one of my finest achievements. You need more, not fewer.
And then there is the matter of the Dawn Wall itself. It is a national hazard. According to the article, “El Capitan’s … majestic and monolithic, causing… drivers in Yosemite Valley to veer off the road.”
Veer off the road? Hello?
Why has not Interior Secretary Sally Jewell begun demolition of this this “majestic and monolithic” cliff face to ground level. Moreover she should close Yosemite to the innocent public till it has been made safe or, at minimum, wall in all stretches of road from which this the Dawn Wall can be glimpsed from the road to protect innocent drivers.
I am often asked what people can do on an individual level to restore Liberty in this country. My recommendation doesn’t cost any money, however it is very difficult for some people to do. My advice is to start thinking for yourself. Stop asking the government for permission to do everything in your life.
We have been programmed all of our lives to be submissive to authority. As children we are “well behaved” when we do what our parents tell us to do. Often the only justification we are given is “because I’m the Mommy, that’s why!” When we’re old enough to attend school, we are instructed to sit quietly; ask for permission to visit the bathroom; and walk quietly down the hall in single file. When we’re old enough to drive we must follow the police officer’s instructions. We learn very quickly that questioning his or her authority always results in negative consequences. We graduate from college and begin our first real job. The department manager assumes vast control over our daytime lives, giving us tasks to accomplish, demanding reports on our progress, and evaluating our performance from time to time. Our financial status is directly related to how well we take orders from authority. We even have to grovel in order to take time off from work, especially if it is unexpected.
It is little wonder therefore, that our politicians and legislators automatically assume the authority to control our lives in countless ways. And it is little wonder that we automatically comply with their demands without question. We take it for granted that we have to get a drivers license, a marriage license, a concealed carry permit, or a building permit. To paraphrase a popular movie, “We don’t need no stinkin’ permits!”
Within the patriot community, this appeal to authority usually manifests itself by looking for proper authority in a piece of paper. The Constitution says this. The Bill of Rights says that. The Fourteenth Amendment says something else, whereas the United States code or some obscure Supreme Court decision contradicts everything. SO WHAT?! Americans need to learn to make decisions for themselves. 23,000 gun laws in this country are unconstitutional. Who says? MICHAEL BADNARIK SAYS! The Second Amendment doesn’t GIVE me that right, it merely enumerates that right. It is completely up to me to understand it – and enforce it. Nobody is going to deprive me of my gun without a bloody fight. I don’t care what some piece of paper says to the contrary.
If you really want to help restore Liberty in this country, you can start by changing your attitude and the way that you think. Don’t just “question authority”… CHALLENGE authority! This may be easier said than done for most people. Familiar excuses I’ve heard are “I’ll pay a big fine if I don’t have a drivers license.” “I’ll go to jail if I don’t have a concealed carry permit.” “Stop paying my taxes?! Are you CRAZY?!” No one ever said Liberty was going to be easy, and freedom (as you know) is not free.
I’ve heard it said that life is like high school all over again. I agree that even adults are unduly influenced by peer pressure, except we call it political correctness, or keeping up with the Joneses. Too many people are worried about what the neighbors will think. To hell with what anyone else thinks! Make up your own mind. Your parents taught you the difference between right and wrong. You’ve had plenty of time to establish a code of ethics. Live up to that code. John Wayne never played hero characters that avoided confrontation by going with the flow. His characters never took a poll to see what course of action was popular. No! His characters are heros because they always did the right thing IN SPITE of what people thought, or what someone else claimed was an overriding authority.
I’m not asking you to start packing a pistol simply because you have the right to do that. (I will save that for a future newsletter.) I am asking you to stop reacting reflexively to assertions of authority. If you’re not brave enough to challenge the government by yourself, then you need to start participating in, or even organizing, rallies that promote Liberty and challenge conventional authority. I highly recommend that you download and read the Articles of Freedom (AoF) that were written last November by the Continental Congress 2009. You can find one version (there are several) at www.ArticlesOfFreedom.us, or download this version from my site. The AoF contains instructions to the federal government, instructions to the state governments, and recommended “civic actions” that individuals can ues to help restore our Constitutional republic.
We are hoping to organize huge rallies of over a million people at each of the state capitols on April 19th, 2010. This is the anniversary of “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that was fired at Lexington green in 1775, a full year before the Declaration of Independence was written. The Articles of Freedom will be hand delivered to the state legislators with what we hope will be unprecedented numbers of people supporting us on the capitol grounds. Please be prepared to join your fellow patriots as we prepare to challenge the presumed authority of an entrenched oligarchy.
Lighting the Fires of Liberty, one heart at a time!
- Stepfather of the Constitution
- President of Continental Congress 2009
For a long time now we in America are faced with economic realities we never dreamed would exist in our life time. We thought the Great Depression was a thing of the past. Then along came 2008 and the housing bubble.
Since then, the United States continues in a decline of astronomical proportions. We are the world’s greatest power, and yet, we are also the world’s greatest debtor. How the heck is that even possible? In a recent Gallup Poll, it was shown that 53% of people in the United States believe that China is the world’s top economic power. You can read about that poll here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/160724/majority-names-china-top-economic-power.aspx
My guess, from this poll, is that reality of the economic mess we are in is finally hitting home. All the garbage that our government is spouting about things going well is proving to be propaganda at best as people’s wallets realize what is really taking place.
For sure, the fall from the top was going to happen. There is no country in the world that can stay on top forever. History is replete with example after example of countries that over regulate their societies and how they crumble under the burden of debt. Clearly, the consequences of over regulating every single aspect of the citizenry’s lives will drive the power of the country into the ground.
When you stymie innovation with regulation no one willingly takes on the new risks to better society. Technology crumbles. Economic growth dies. Debt rises. Governments fail. Someone else take the top position.
Over the course of the last, say 2,000 years or so, finances on a global scale indicate that whoever is in the position as the economic leader is also in the position of setting the “reserve currency”. The Byzantine Empire set the gold standard for centuries because they were the dominant economy at the time. But, their government played foolish games with their currency in order to get more. This of course moved the rest of the world to find some sort of alternative.
Italy came on the scene and replaced the gold solidus of the Byzantines with ducats and florins to create a new reserve currency. Then Italy over extended itself and when its empire fell, Spain showed up with the “real de ocho”. The 19th century saw the British pound rise to dominance.
Our United States dollar took over from the British after WW ll. We have been the dominant power since. But, now we see that the economy of China is overtaking the U.S. economy. Do not be fooled. As the economic power shifts to China, so too will the U.S. dollar status shift away from being the world reserve currency.
History has consistently shown this will happen. People buy our government debt because we are the reserve currency at the moment. That status is the only reason why our Federal Reserve can do things like quantitative easing and print money like it is going out of style without inflation hitting our shores. It is the only reason that allows our citizens to borrow money and live the high standards of life on credit.
When the U.S. dollar declines in its status as the world currency all of this high flying we are doing with our economy will come crashing down on our heads. Anyone who does not recognize this and begin doing something about it now, while they can, will likely have their lives torn asunder in the aftermath.
Oh, do not get me wrong here. The world is not ending. I am not predicting some doom and gloom across the globe. I am only talking about history and what we already know. I talk about it here because we are supposed to learn from history so as not to repeat its mistakes. As a country, we are not learning, that does not need to be the case as individuals.
Actually, it is quite the contrary. You see, for those who understand money and see what is happening, opportunity exists. Anyone who sees the bigger picture can prepare and protect themselves from the coming shifts starting to take place.
NOW IS THE TIME.
It is here, right now, that you should begin to change what you are doing to accommodate the change that is coming. Take your monies away from the hands of the government. Take it out of the banks and invest it somewhere. Take it out of taxable shelters and hide it in UNTAXED shelters so you can keep it. Do whatever it takes to secure your life and finances ahead of the change.
Once you are secure, look for the coming investments that will rise. Change is inevitable, now is the time to embrace it and prepare for your future. There are going to be chances to build huge generational wealth by accommodating for the changes that will take place. Prep now, while you can. Those who are ready will win big; those who are late will get the scraps.
‘Fiscally conservative’ Republicans want to raise taxes on workers making less than $406,750
Senators Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah)– lauded among Republican politicians as two of their more “fiscally conservative” members – want to raise income tax rates on workers making under $406,750 a year.
Their proposal creates two federal income tax brackets: 15% for earnings under $75,000 and a whopping 35% for earnings over $75,000. It also eliminates most deductions – notably state and local taxes and mortgage interest – while granting a larger credit for taxpayers with children.
Taxpayers who do not benefit sufficiently from the child tax credit and who make under $406,750 would be hit with a tax hike.
“This is what leaders within the GOP – which now holds majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate – have to offer?” asks Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “Pathetic.”
“How about ending the federal income tax altogether – dropping everyone’s tax rate to zero – and cutting wasteful federal spending instead?” he said.
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Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo is Professor of Economics at Loyola University Maryland and a Senior Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a B.A. degree in economics from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Dr. DiLorenzo is the author or co-author of fourteen books, the latest of which are: Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government; Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch-Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution and What it Means for Americans Today; Lincoln Unmasked; How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country; and The Real Lincoln.
Professor DiLorenzo is a columnist and blogger for LewRockell.com and Mises.org and is widely published in the “popular” press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Readers Digest, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines. He has been interviewed on hundreds of radio talk shows, including the Rush Limbaugh Show, as well as on CNN, CSPAN, FOX Business Channel, and MSNBC. In 2012 he was awarded the George W. Koether Award for Writing in Defense of Liberty by the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
There has been much consternation expressed about President Obama’s extralegal actions, especially suspending deportation of certain classes of undocumented aliens. Impeachment legally and politically would be completely unwarranted. There are other ways for the GOP to impose consequences.
The president’s dereliction of duty, although infuriating, does not rise to the level of high crimes or even misdemeanors, the Constitutional standard for impeachment and removal from office. Moreover removal would conjure from the realm of Nightmare into reality the three scariest words in the English language: “President. Joe. Biden.”
Impeachment would be very much against the GOP’s, and America’s, political interests. Moreover, weaponizing the Constitution — by lowering the standards for the removal of a duly elected president — would set a dreadful precedent, pushing the United States another step closer to the political status of a banana republic.
So, what, then, is to be done? John Fund, at The National Review astutely suggests censure, for failure faithfully to execute the laws, by the Congress of the president. Censure was a recipe, Fund shrewdly notes, advocated for President Clinton by no less than Nancy Pelosi. She, Fund reports, backed a resolution stating that President Clinton “fully deserves the censure and condemnation of the American people and the Congress.”
Let us not forget that the magnificent MoveOn.org drew its very name from its original petition stating that “Congress must Immediately Censure President Clinton and Move On to pressing issues facing the country.” Censure of Mr. Obama seems perfectly apt.
Censure President Obama and Move On.
Should censure prove insufficient to restrain this autocratically disposed president other steps are available.
One can imagine, for example, the Congress protesting the president’s shunning of the law by … shunning this president. This could begin by boycotting the State of the Union address — or, even more dramatically, quietly rising to exit after his introduction.
This president has shown himself possessed of an odd form of passive aggression. He repeatedly calls (and may even believe) the Republicans’ refusal to move left a perverse unwillingness to “get stuff done.” His stuff Obama holds his own recalcitrance, even in the face of electoral humiliation by his party, as nobly standing on principle. The president presents as mildly fanatical. (He gets a bye for this from an only slightly less fanatical mainstream media.)
Censuring and shunning would be an excellent starting point. That said, fanatics by definition are unreasonable. These consequences might prove insufficient. There is more that can be done by the Congress instead of a counterproductive Cruzian scorched earth tactic or getting tied up into Gordian knots attempting to defund portions of the Department of Homeland Security.
The iconic consequence imposed by parents on an unruly teenager … one who, like this president, stubbornly refuses to honor the House Rules … is grounding. Grounding has much to recommend it.
I previously called into question the absurd perquisite of Air Force One (technically a code name assigned to whatever aircraft on which the president may be flying; in practice, a fleet of private jets):
Do we really need to maintain two private 747s, a Gulfstream III painted with presidential colors, a fleet of helicopters and, effectively, a private airport so that … our president can go on junkets to Rio while freedom fighters risk their lives in Libya? $181,000 per hour of flight time says the Air Force. Really, do we need, as is planned, to spend billions to acquire three new Air Force Ones? Let him fly coach!
The disgraceful profligacy of this again was again highlighted recently in news reports about the discovery by Judicial Watch of the cost of transporting the president and his entourage, over Labor Day weekend, exceeded $1.5 million … underwritten by us taxpayers….
Government waste progresses from tragedy to farce. Oddly we hear nary a peep from progressives who — in theory — seemingly should rather this money be spent on providing shelter to the homeless and food to the hungry in preference to decadent splendor for a president.
Grounding the president (or, rather, letting him fly coach) is not meant to be vindictive. It is meant to be humbling, not humiliating.
I recall, from my time at Boston University Law School, encountering then Massachusetts governor (later presidential nominee) Michael Dukakis riding, along with me, on the MTA. Then-governor of Alaska Sarah Palin sold Alaska’s equivalent of Air Force One, a Westwind II, 10-seater jet, as a gesture of frugality. Reportedly, the president of Switzerland typically takes public transportation to work.
We need not go quite so far. I have no objection to picking up the president’s Uber tab.
Grounding the president might, in addition to bringing him down to Earth with us mere taxpayers, chasten some of his grandiose autocratic instincts. Whether or not it achieved that purpose it would serve the wonderful objective — a “teachable moment” as the president might say — as a marvelous example of government frugality.
If mere grounding proves insufficient to bring this president’s ego back to Earth let’s cut the White House staff. Currently, the Executive Office of the President employs around 500, many of whom get up to mischief. Another 1500 to 2000 people are paid by cabinet agencies and detailed to work on White House staff (as I was, briefly, under President Reagan). Surely a message can be sent, through the “power of the purse,” by cutting the White House staff in, say, half.
Reduce the number of aides, thereby reducing this (and, one submits, future) president’s leverage for concocting extralegal schemes. Will this disable the government? Not at all!
Political scientist Matthew J. Dickinson, in Bitter Harvest: FDR, Presidential Power and the Growth of the Presidential Branchobserves that “On balance … the political harvest from increasing White House staff size, hierarchy and functional specialization has proved harmful to presidents and the body politic.”
Pomp, under the circumstances, really has gotten out control. Such pomposity feeds any president’s very worst instincts. By deeply cutting the “Pomp Budget” just perhaps President Obama will decide that it behooves him to show due respect to the Congress. If not, however, a strong statement will have been made and a good precedent set by Congress.
Ignoring the laws one constitutionally is charged, and sworn, to uphold really is reprehensible. The Congress may not have the means to prevent his dereliction of duty. It does have means to speak truth to power and hold the president accountable.
Even the most gullible defenders of so-called (>shudder<) “Freedom of the Press” (>shudder<) ought to recognize that speech on the Internet — like blogs — is inherently very dangerous.
It is so dangerous it cries out for regulation by your Benevolent Government.
Wake up! There was no Internet, no World Wide Web, and no Blogs when the (admittedly objectionable) First Amendment was adopted. As should be obvious to even the most stubbornly addled Liberty-addicts, the First Amendment should not, even remotely, apply to Bloggers!
There were no Bloggers in 1791! Wake up!
Kudos to FCC advisor, the wonderful Rutgers’ law professor Ellen Goodman’s, with University of Pennsylvania Law School Research Fellow Ann Chen’s, long-languishing 2009 call for the government to “curate content, serving as both a filter to reduce information overload and a megaphone to give voice to the unheard….”
Curate! Such a kinder, gentler word than censor! “Reduce information overload!”
This is a work of Genius!
Big bouquets to Ms. Goodman and Ms. Chen from your loving Auntie! I must send you each a chest of the very best chamomile tea leaves!
Let us all — This Includes You And I Mean It! — cheer on President Obama in his efforts, under the wonderfully Orwellian Newspeak of “Net Neutrality” to impose government control over the Internet. (And … let’s call it “curation and filtration!”)
The Internet was invented by the wonderful DARPA — a federal agency. It obviously is too dangerous for civilian use — big mistake, Mr. Gore! — and should be restored to strictest governmental control.
Secede from the IRS. Arrange your corporate and individual undertakings to be as tax efficient and inconspicuous as imaginable. It is your money, you should keep as much of it as possible. Just throwing your money away to appease the taxman without any arguments is a sure way to end up in the poor house. You are not required to pay what you do not owe so take advantage of every deduction and loophole you can find that applies to your situation.
Secede from the legal system. Protect your assets from rapacious lawsuits and probate courts as much as possible. Build LLC’s to isolate assets from litigation. Your posterity should not have to pay and type of inheritance tax. There are plenty of ways to stop such government theft of your money. Create a will or multiple different trusts for different situations to protect your finances from government confiscation.
Secede from the governmental healthcare scheme. Take charge of your wellbeing. Question health beliefs being put forth by doctors under pressure by government regulations. Ask for second opinions. Find alternative methods and medicines instead of sticking with the government controlled pharmaceutical solutions. There is a lot more known about natural medicines now than there was just 20 years ago, take advantage of this new knowledge where you can. Eat healthier foods and follow a health regime to your liking if you work out. Staying healthy will lessen the need for you to get into the clutches of snitching doctor.
Secede from your tyrannical state government. Find and move to another state that has a superior tax and regulatory setting more to your benefit. Florida, for example, is a state that does not have a state income. Look for improved homeschooling laws, healthier gun regulations, or just one that has more liberty-minded people (like New Hampshire). Decide what your criterion is, research the various states, and make your decision. How much tyranny you put up with up is completely up to you.
Secede from the insecurity based on actions of the U.S. government. Obtain yourself a second passport so that if the crapola hits the fan, you have a way out. If necessary, secede from the US altogether by expatriating. Several countries, like Italy and Ireland, allow for you to get citizenship through your grandparents. Many others sell their citizenship for the price of a business and a small time in country. A few more do not even require any time in country.
Secede from your belief that government is too omnipotent an adversary to fight. This, I think, is perhaps the most important of all the things to secede from. The government is merely Bastiat’s great fiction. In his treatise he made clear what the law was supposed to be and how the government was supposed to address it. The government is there ONLY to secure and protect our rights. We should not allow it any other power over us. Educate yourself on the real reason for law and government. Spread that word to all your friends and family.
Again, this is only a small list of what you can do and where you can start. For a greater list, you need only to look at what the government does and where it creates an injustice. Any injustice found is worthy of being on this list and worthy of your time to figure out how to protect yourself from it.
Often, people tell me I am paranoid or a conspiracy theorist. Just because one might think I am paranoid does not mean that I am wrong. Just because one thinks I am a conspiracy theorist does not mean that the conspiracy does not exist. It is all about control. Who has control over your choices in your life, you or the government? The answer of course should be YOU. The reality is, unless you do something about it, it is really the government.
Every one of us, I do not care what side of the political fence you are on, whether you agree with me or not, whether you know it or not, are virtually wedded to an extremely ferocious, cruel, and aggressive prodigal government. That government does NOT care about you or me; it ONLY cares about itself and what it can take from us in order to maintain its control over us.
It is beyond the point of sitting down and doing nothing.
Any relationship that is abusive needs to end.
How many times to you need to be kicked before you realize what is going on? It is time to stand up and say “Enough is enough and I am not going to take it anymore”.
Our government acquires its consent from We The People. It is time that We The People stand up and say “I DO NOT CONSENT”.
The marriage between us citizens and the domineering partners we have as representatives in Washington needs to end. It is time we get a divorce from D.C.
As Libertarians, we seek to maximize our Liberty. We also realize that that with such power comes great responsibility. The idea that others should be responsible for us, and our choices, is repugnant to Libertarians, and yet, many of us allow it to happen simply because we feel or think there is nothing we can do about it.
Fact is we can do something about it.
We can secede.
Now that you realize that there are ways for you to do such in your own personal life, what are you going to do about it?
Are you going to let the government continue to run your life or will you stand up and take your life back?
There is no better way to take the power of control away from any government than by showing that government it does not matter in your life.
Now that you know, will YOU secede?
Will you teach others to secede the same way you did?
Secession begins with you. Without you seceding, there is no way for you to live in Liberty. You will be forever doomed to carry the yoke of burden under the control of the government until you set yourself free.
You have to remember, for principles to work, the must work in every situation where they apply. If backing for the principle of self-determination means anything, it MUST tolerate the idea for others to construct choices that we disagree with.
Political opposition surely helps us all. I am not sure that progressives or conservatives understand (or maybe far worse, they DO comprehend) that secession offers the machinery for genuine diversity. It gives us a universe where we are not all shackled to each other. It affords a means for individuals with extensively contrary opinions and visions to live peacefully as fellow citizens rather than suffering beneath a tyrannical central government that gets them to fight and argue with each other all the time.
Where Does It All Begin – It Starts With YOU
So what does all this mean to you? Well, from a Libertarian perspective, we are always preaching personal responsibility in everything we do. We also know that a society (read as local town or city etc.) is made up of individuals and does not exist without them. From there, bigger societies are created from the smaller ones (read as counties and states). And, bigger still are made out of those (read as countries). NONE of the societies would exist without the individual.
Since EVERYTHING Libertarian is based on individuality, it only stands to reason that secession does as well. At the end of the day, the understanding of separation from government originates and concludes with the individual. Corrupt philosophies control the world, but are they required to govern yourworld?
Probing this area, we need to examine for ourselves just how utterly and completely serious do we believe in our unalienable right of self-determination? Furthermore, we also need to ask ourselves what exactly we are willing to accomplish in our own particular lives to affirm and keep it.
Like charity, secession truly starts at home. It is the culmination of the activities we perform in our daily lives to separate and/or exclude ourselves from government power and control; gently, non-aggressively, inevitably.
The “state”, as we know it, is disintegrating everywhere we turn. It is suffering under the burden of its own inconsistencies and paradoxes, its own disastrous budgetary choices, and the encumbrance of its own delusional economic edifice.
It is not necessary for us to claim victory or control of DC. What needs to be done is for us, as citizens looking for more liberty and an improved life for our posterity, is to step away (far, far away) from DC, and ensure we never go down with the sinking ship.
I have been going on here for some time now. You are probably thinking that I am a little crazy. So, let me give you a few suggestions that might help you see how you can begin to secede from government control. Perhaps not all of these apply to you or maybe some are too complicated you do not want to try them. I will leave those types of decisions up to you.
How much control you wish to allow the government to have over your life is your decision. I cannot tell you how to protect your family. Just remember, we can all perform our part in the bottom-up rebellion by doing everything within our own control to get out from under the thumb of the tyrannical government by withdrawing our consent.
Secede from government imposed scholarly segregation. Communicate with like-minded associates, family, and fellow citizens. This can be done in person or via computer/multimedia. The idea is to make Liberty known and to nurture relations and associations with people who are like you. The government desires to keep us atomized as much as possible and deprived of a robust family structure or communal networking system.
Secede from your reliance upon the government. Develop yourself to be as self-reliant as you possibly can. Grow your own food. Get your own water supply. Create your own fuel. Acquire and keep cash and firearms. Secure your household and protect your family. Battle against being dependent on the state during a natural disaster (think tornadoes, hurricanes and snow storms), economic catastrophe like bank collapses (think the market crash of 2008), or anything that is like any of these examples.
Secede from the lame stream media outlets. Mainstream media endorses the favorable position to government through bazillion diverse methods. Get rid of cable, especially dump CNN, purge yourself from the press, and discover your own base of news/facts/figures etc. We are in the internet age there is no reason to be saddled with the lies from the mainstream media whose sole goal is to win you over to their way of thinking. Reap the benefits of this new amenity our prior generations could not indulge in.
Secede from government control of your youngsters. Homeschooling is a perfect way to keep them out of the grips of government propaganda being taught in public schools. Do not allow them to be fooled by the crap being pushed through the communal institutions. If they are already indoctrinated, unschooling them is the next best option. Teach them the truth about Liberty, what it means and how to keep it. Empower them with the knowledge of HOW to THINK and HOW to choose for themselves instead of allowing others to control their lives.
Secede from public college. Discard the conventional ivory tower methods of one fits all education and its tax supported student-loan setup. Teach yourself by making use of online learning platforms and private universities. Obtain your technical qualifications by partaking in privately run tech schools or just by reading as much as you can. There are plenty of people who have learned through apprenticeship programs, you can do the same. However you choose to do it, get your education in a self-sufficient manner, away from the hoopla mandated by government bureaucrats.
Secede from the US dollar. Yes, I know you money to do the things you want. I am not saying to get rid of all your dollars…but…do not depend on them. Do not become dependent upon a fiat currency from any government. Such things can be inflated and your purchasing power decreased. Buy and own physical precious metals. Get your hands on gold and silver, as much as you can, in affordable increments. These will help preserve your wealth against inflation and any other government control financial manipulations. Start buying stocks. Also own assets abroad if possible (land business etc.). The old saying of “Don’t but all your eggs in one basket” applies quite well here. The more diversified your assets, the safer your wealth will be.
Ever wonder what a Libertarian World would look like?
Ever wonder how to answer objections to creating a Libertarian World?
Ever wonder if a Libertarian World could truly exist?
Here’s the thing: creating a Libertarian World is hard.
It was a lot easier centuries ago. People used to think back then AND they acted on their thoughts. Now-a-days, that does not happen not so much. For lack of a better term, people are lazy.
I used to recommend that folks stand up to their government. However, most people now are under the impression you cannot fight city hall. So, a tyrannical government rises from being the servant to be being the master.
This, of course, is due to a lack of education on what government really needs to be if it exists. Government does NOT want its people educated enough to realize that the citizens are slaves. They want to hide the sheep by allowing them to think they are the wolf because so long as people live in ignorance, they are living in bliss and will not stop someone else from controlling their life.
As I now see it, the problem is that there are thousands, if not million, of people kowtow under peer pressure instead of thinking on their own.
And over the years, the constant lies and new laws forced upon us from via government and its propaganda makes it harder, and harder, and harder, to live as a free person.
The big boys of business and government collude to hide the Master/Slave relationships they’ve developed over years in our society. They hide it all under the guise of “helping” the people and “making a better society”. When, in fact, they are manipulating and controlling the citizenry through deceit.
Learning to recognize the truth on your own, through trial and error, takes LONG time to see and understand. Most books only give you theory. Most of that theory is twisted with arguments. Simple truths are turned on their head and no longer give you a clear image of right and wrong.
If you are just getting into libertarianism, you will want to learn what it is all about fast. You will not want to wait until you are at some meeting somewhere to begin learning and understanding. Clearly, googling things will not suffice because you don’t know what you are really looking for. You want to see practical application NOW in order to make sense of the arguments that will surely come your way.
If that’s the case, you are going to love this:
I have found ONE book, to date, that makes that happen fast for beginners.
Withur We is written in a story format that walks through the steps of how to handle an overbearing government. Including all the trials and tribulations that occur as well as all the steps necessary to set up a Libertarian World, it answers all the naysayer’s questions.
Withur We is written so well that it makes it easy to understand Libertarianism and the problems presented in today’s society.
Matthew Alexander presents the world of Alistair Ashley 3nn in a fashion comparable to Ayn Rand’s John Galt. His work is destined to become a classic among freedom loving individuals like Atlas Shrugged did among business people.
See how Alistair’s world resembles our own. Learn what he does to solve the problems. Understand the frustrations and witness the resolve. Transform your life by living the same principles and stop living as a “slave”.
Withur We is a great Libertarian story that covers the facets of creating a Libertarian society. It is far greater than the single topic visions of authors like L Neil Smith. In the book Alexander’s prose is carefully constructed to lead the reader from one point to the next. Considering that he is a first time author I was amazed at the fluidity of the story and look forward to reading his next book.
Clearly, Alexander took the thinking man’s approach to his story. He starts with the introduction of a Libertarian (anarcho-capitalist) society with a Rothbardian flavor. The story surely is fairer in its presentation than the dialects of “one way only” Libertarian books that exist thus far. There is no utopian world, not everything works out as being perfect as some Libertarians like to present.
As a Libertarian myself, I might wish to see happier results with the situations presented. However, Alexander is showing a world of reality. Not everything is perfect in the world, not even our current societies. He uses those realities to present his theme of market driven economies along with the meaning and inner workings of the non-aggression principle.
I have been waiting a long time for someone to put together a book of this caliber. The wait is over. Now everyone can enjoy a good story that shows both the advantages of a Libertarian society as well as the problems surrounding us in order to create one. It is not a utopia where everyone sings kumbaya to each other. Here, the story revolves around how people interact with each other during times of peace and violence. The contrast between the two is illustrated perfectly with everyday situations that we can recognize in our own society. The conclusion that peace is the better is not shoved in your face by some zealot but is smoothly presented through what can be viewed as real life experiences.
Matthew Alexander did a masterful job of creating the world in terms that everyone can relate too. Now it is your turn to do your part and learn from his efforts. See how a single individual can make a difference. Witness how Libertarianism in action can bring about a whole new concept on life. Learn how to be free.