Entitlement mentality crept into our culture, not over night, but across the last century. It has caused us to move away from limited government and into the direction of bigger government. So big, that now government interferes in nearly every single facet of our daily lives. The envisioned ideas of our Founders about a Republic with a government that generally left the people and ONLY dealt with the problems of the State are long gone.
Seeing such freedom and liberty in America again may never be realized. You see, the owner is the creditor in due course. Our government threw away the book on sound money policies in 1913 and has been financed with “monopoly” money ever since. Now, in our government, it takes a vote and does what it wants. With the vote it can dive right in, take your money and disavow any of your right without having any debate what so ever concerning the constitutionality of the law being created. The only real debate that somehow takes place is on what special interests will get what monies; in short debating on who will win and gain benefits from the government and who will lose by deciding what person will suffer in order to pay the winner.
According to history, democracies last approximately 250-300 years and then collapse upon themselves. Going from various stages of life in a cyclical pattern, the last of those stages is dependency. This is the stage that America is building right now. Slowly but surely we are seeing the death of our Republic. The rise of a dictatorship is becoming closer to a reality in America that our Fore Fathers fought so hard to get rid of.
Once the people come to the realization that they can vote for anything they want, the financial stability and economic standing of the country is gone. Voting people into office because they will work to get you what you want without you lifting a finger to be responsible for acquiring it yourself is a form of theft. I am sure that most people will not see it that way, but living in denial does not stop the truth from existing. These people clearly fail to see (and accept) the evident truth that government assistance is only possible as a result of a methodical system of government robbery (think taxes) of its working people.
People are supposed to be able to keep what they create. Ownership and control are the very basis for property rights. That basis has been eroded and government seizure of its citizen’s property, including money you earned (in the form of taxes), is on the rise. What does the government do with the new found wealth it has wrongly acquired? Well, they redistribute it of course.
This redistribution is not done willy-nilly. It is planned. Both parties in power sit down and decide what they are going to do with the money they took from you. While there is much in the way of arguing about what it will be used for, compromise between the parties is seen as the commonly recognized instrument for bi-partisan solidarity. Our leaders put up a great front when dealing with compromise.
What is the next direction in the Republican Civil War?
Best guess: Follow the Money.
Americans feel their dollars shrinking. We don’t like it.
And we are groping for a way to stop it.
The left is reported shamelessly cheerleading for a bout of inflation in no less than the lead story of the October 27 Sunday New York Times: “In Fed And Out, Many Now Think Inflation Helps.” The story states, for example, that Harvard economist Kenneth S. Rogoff is championing inflation of 6% a year for “a few years.”
High inflation is a terrible thing, period. Three years of 6% inflation represents a 20% pay cut for those on fixed incomes, a 20% wealth tax for those in dollar-denominated assets that won’t inflate. This is a call for an aggressive devaluation — and, implicitly, a rolling default. The last frolic with inflation led to a skyrocketing “misery index.” The next one will too.
This shift in stance by progressive economic elites,
Affordable my butt; with the new law over 12 million people have already received cancelation notices and any new policies they try to acquire cost 300% more than what it cost previously. All government laws ruin a piece of society because they are now being created to protect certain classes of people. The move is to supposedly make everything fair for everyone, but our government forgets that you cannot legislate prosperity into people without first hurting the other people you are supposed to be protecting.
In today’s government, we have a bunch of liars, from the president on down. Our presidents, going back several of them; consistently lied about everything from the law to foreign affairs. All of them secretly carry out nefarious activities behind the back of Congress. Congress secretly takes bribes from of one sort or another from lobbyists and Wall Street moguls. Scientists and other manufacturing types lie about their work and safety in order to promote their products and advance their careers and to acquire more government money through the grant programs.
Sadly, this lying, corruption and fraud is becoming a way of life in America. We were warned that such things could happen. Ben Franklin once quipped, when asked what type of government the Constitutional Convention brought forth to America, “A republic, if you can keep it”. Undoubtedly the threat of losing what was being established was well known. Even Samuel Adams gave us his warning when he so eloquently said: “Neither the wisest constitution, nor the wisest laws, will secure the liberty nor happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.”
Countries have borders but they are arbitrary at best. There are no debarkation lines that divide the world into separate countries. So what really makes a country into a country other than the recognition of these fake lines that everyone so readily accepts? If someone told you they were European, what would you expect them to be like and what determines that expectation? Now, ask yourself, what if you told them you were American…what is it they should expect when the shoe is on the other foot?
America was unique in the entire world at its time of conception. Common, back then, was the idea that governments were supreme. People answered to government whether it was a council, King or Czar. Feudal lords and majesties demanded that you, the underlings, listen and obeyed. It didn’t matter if they broke their own laws so long as you followed them. They were in charge and you were made to follow their rule or else face the consequences of their retribution.
However, that whole thought process got turned upside down when America came into being. Our fore fathers fought a war to separate themselves from such brutal and tyrannical reigns. They took the ideas of government in charge of the people and swapped it with people in charge of the government. They insisted that we be a nation of laws and that no one was above the law. They created a Constitution that bound the government to the will of the people.
Today I visited the Vietnam War Memorial to observe a Veterans Day ceremony.
I am thankful for the men and women, some of whom are Libertarians, who have been brave enough to fight for our freedoms.
I’m also thankful for the men and women who have been brave enough to question our politicians and their military actions, hopefully with the ultimate affect of helping to prevent some military conflicts.
A retired admiral called me on Tuesday and chewed me out for running Libertarian Robert Sarvis for governor in Virginia. I didn’t get the Admiral’s name. I told him I disagreed with him, among other things.
In the 2012 special election, the Libertarian National Campaign Committee (LNCC) endorsed Brett Bittner in the race for the Marietta Georgia School Board. Brett was elected as the School Board Member for Ward 1. We endorsed him again this year for his re-election bid. Well…he won, by nearly 57% in a 3-way race!
Below is the letter of thanks the LNCC received from Brett:
Last year, while running in a special election for the Marietta City School Board, I sought and received the endorsement of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee.
Rand Paul has introduced the “One Subject at a Time Act” (OSTA) in the Senate!
This means that we now have the bill introduced in both chambers of Congress, with two co-sponsors in the House.
Thank Rand Paul for introducing this legislation!
Ask our “elected representatives” to co-sponsor these bills
So do this NOW…
Go to Rand Paul’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorRandPaul. Pick the most recent post, and leave a comment like this, “Thank you Senator Paul for introducing DownsizeDC.org’s ‘One Subject at a Time Act’ (S.1664) in the Senate.”
Call his office and say thank you to the staffer who answers. 202-224-4343
Immediate Past Chair
Florida Wildlife Federation
Mr. Schuette will speak in support of a Florida Water and Land Legacy
This proposed amendment would require 33% of impact fees to be set aside and used to acquire and restore conservation and recreational lands.
Petitions will be collected in support of including this proposal on the 2014 ballot.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This event will provide the residents of Palm Beach County
an opportunity to meet with local representatives from the Libertarian Party to share their thoughts and information on issues of concern within the community.
By attending this “Open Forum” style event, the public can speak directly with local Libertarian leaders in a relaxed environment about a wide range of topics such as Property Tax, Marriage Rights, Education and Common Core Standards, Red Light Camera’s, Healthcare, and Property Rights just to name a few.
This Town Hall Forum can be a great way to not only learn about issues but to find real solutions, as local residents share facts and opinions while bringing their own unique perspectives to the table.
We hope to see you there!
Date: Monday, November 18th Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm Place: Brogues, 621 Lake Ave in downtown Lake Worth.
You will learn how to master control of the political environment at the local, state, and national level from nationally known instructors from Campaign for Liberty and Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership. FACL has a unique political philosophy and approach to campaign tactics and strategies. This course will provide you with the tools necessary to maximize your effectiveness in a way only a few grassroots schools offer in the country.
This is an intense school which covers:
*The Real Nature of Politics – why “educating” people won’t result in change.
*The Biggest Lie in Politics – and how the political class uses your convictions against you.
*Working at the Capitol – Getting a bill sponsor & a roll call vote despite the Leadership.
*How to Build your Group – Putting pressure on legislators.
These are not, I repeat, not, seminars on ideas or theories — these seminars are about how to create change. This is not a class on how to schmooze, but what you need to do to be respected and feared by the political class.
If you are frustrated by politicians who say one thing at a Tea Party rally, but break their promises in the State House or City Hall, then this class is for you!
Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to arm yourself with the tools that will enable you to have a major impact on the political environment.
This type of training normally costs hundreds of dollars; however Florida Campaign for Liberty is helping to subsidize the cost. Seats can be reserved for $35.00. Students with a valid ID can participate for $20.00. The cost of training includes all training materials, your lunch, and snacks throughout the day.
If you are serious about grassroots activism and really want to make a difference, there is no better course than this.
If you have any questions, please call Mark Cross, Executive Director of Florida Campaign for Liberty at 407-908-2749 or email.
While America was distracted by the theatrics of the government shutdown and threat of default something of much greater importance occurred. Niall Ferguson undertook a public flogging of Paul Krugman.
Krugman’s horns now forever will show under his dislodged faux halo. For this the world will prove a safer, and much more decent, place.
Niall Ferguson — Harvard professor (and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution fellow, and Jesus College, Oxford, Senior Research Fellow) — launched a three part series, in the Huffington Post, entitled Krugtron the Invincible, Parts 1, 2 and 3 with a notable coda at Project Syndicate. Ferguson succeeds in methodically humiliating New York Times columnist, celebrity blogger, and Nobel economic prize laureate Paul Krugman, together with his “gaggle of bloggers who are to Krugman what Egyptian plovers are to crocodiles.”
Ferguson calls Krugman and his acolytes out for many, meticulously documented, errors and omissions. And he does not just show Krugman up as wrong but as a blackguard surrounded by a bodyguard of hooligans, all guilty of bullying. Ferguson on Krugman:
Where I come from, however, we do not fear bullies. We despise them. And we do so because we understand that what motivates their bullying is a deep sense of insecurity. Unfortunately for Krugtron the Invincible, his ultimate nightmare has just become a reality. By applying the methods of the historian – by quoting and contextualizing his own published words – I believe I have now made him what he richly deserves to be: a figure of fun, whose predictions (and proscriptions) no one should ever again take seriously.
Ferguson’s riposte, a courageous, moving, and decisive reply to Krugman’s infamous defamation, was a tour de force worthy of the virile Glaswegian. Ferguson candidly states that among his motives was “to teach him the meaning of the old Scottish regimental motto: nemo me impune lacessit (‘No one attacks me with impunity’).”
After Ferguson’s prosecution and execution there isn’t really enough of Krugman left to bury. Yet in case you missed it … let us reprise, and celebrate, the event.
Over and over again we here about how bad the economy is. The government of course does not tell us that they constant change how they measure the numbers to fit their story. A good example would be the October jobs report. We are faced with both good and bad news from the report but in reality it is ALL bad news.
Supposedly the private sector added some 200,000 plus jobs in October. That means that unemployment should have gone down but instead it went up. The market was not fooled by the government number for unemployment and reacted well to the increased private sector jobs. That leads us to wonder, if the jobs were increased and more people went to work, how did the unemployment rate tick upward?
The answer is simple; our liberal government wants you to feel bad about the government shutdown that occurred recently. They added in the numbers of the people that were furloughed during that time period. It doesn’t matter that they all got hired back to work within the same month. It doesn’t matter that they all got back pay as if they were never out of work.
What the unemployment rate is supposed to show you is the number of people out of work. However, that is not the picture being developed by the government. Our government has decided that instead of showing you the people out of work they will show you the number of people who enter and leave the workforce. So, when some 900,000 people went on vacation from the government, they counted that has people leaving the work force.
There is a job for everyone who decides to go after a job. Some people are just too lazy to recognize it. As Libertarians, we believe in personal responsibility. That means that no matter what job we choose we choose to do it to the best of our abilities, even if we do not like the job 100% of the time. Let’s face it. All jobs have their drawbacks; even jobs that we decide to create on our own.
Maybe you do not like the paperwork involved, but it has to be done. Perhaps you do not like the management side of things, but it needs to be there in some form or another. There is ALWAYS “red tape” and things that need to be accomplished. Government jobs are no different. Like us, everyone in the job sector has certain responsibilities for their position, and they ALL need to be performing those responsibilities to the best of their capability.
So, where is this all leading? Well, it is going to the point of the jobs of our congress critters in both the House and the Senate. People, especially those elected, seem to forget what those jobs really mean. They get elected into office and then they try to stay there because it is free and easy money for them. They think they do not have a real job to do while they are there. They believe that they only need to cast votes and then get re-elected again next time to keep their cushy position.
Nothing could be further from the truth, but try telling them that. Few in office take their position seriously. Our Representatives in the House are supposed to be looking out for the interest of the people while in Washington. The Senators are supposed to looking out for the interest of their state while in Washington. Apparently though, most of the critters in Washington are only looking out for themselves.
The Tea Party came on the scene a few years back. Their goal, whether people realized it or not, was to
In a very close race, Democrat Terry McAuliffe won over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia’s Governors race and Republican Rand Paul immediately made concessions to moderates in the GOP after Chris Cristie won big in New Jersey. In other words, now we are back to the same old Republican Party. Soon these guys are going to ask us to elect Jeb Bush as President.
Libertarians though falling below expectations, scored big tonight without being allowed in a single debate garnered nearly 137,000 votes, and are warning both major political parties not to tread on the Libertarians again. From now on, our votes do not belong to the GOP. Libertarians have traditionally joined with Republicans in tight races around the country to help them win. Not this time! The message is clear, a Libertarian vote is just that, Libertarian.
Every year in every government on planet earth a solemn ritual is carried out known as creating the budget. Florida is no exception.
It is true budget talk makes most people’s eyes glaze over, but it is also true that the budget is the heart of government. It is the place where all that campaign rhetoric gets turned into reality, and where the average citizen gets bribed with their own tax money.
When the legislature turns to the budget this year, they should recognize three adverse trends in it right now; it is unsustainable, uncompetitive, and unjust.
Take a look at the size of it. Last fiscal year’s budget was $74 billion dollars. That is about $3900 for every man, woman and child in the state. Contrary to all the “conservative” fiscal talk from representatives in the news, the Florida budget actually grew 6% last year. If the same thing happened this year, the individual cost will be about $4100 per person per year, or $16,400 for a family of four. If it continues for 5 years it will be $4520 per person, or $18,800 for a family of four. If it weren’t for outside help the budget would be unsustainable right now.
A lot of that outside help comes from the Federal government. About one third of the 2013-14 budget ($24 Billion) came from the Feds, and most of that went to assist with paying for Medicaid. For the last five years or so the share of the total budget paid by the Feds is clearly in an uptrend, and currently hovers around 32%. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida as a whole can “boast” that it receives more overall funds from federal sources (pensions, projects, grants and the like) than any other state, a whopping $578 Billion in 2011 alone. Should Floridians ever decide to buck the welfare state, or assert state rights, it will be tough when one third of the yearly budget and apparently a lot of other personal income depends on the Federal government. What will Florida do the next time something unconstitutional happens?
The government “shutdown” properly should be called “the Cruz Crisis.” This indeed is a crisis in the Chinese nuanced sense.
The Chinese character, weiji, usually is translated “dangerous opportunity.” Actually it means “precarious pivot point.” That describes perfectly where Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) stands… and has pushed the Republican Party. Ted Cruz has made himself the point man for the whole, melodramatic, government “shutdown.” It is part of his high stakes play for the presidency driven by, those who know him say, an admixture of ambition and idealism.
The “shutdown” enamored the angry populists in the Tea Party with Cruz as it was meant to do. Yet the round is not yet over. Neither the GOP, nor Cruz, are out of the woods yet. To pocket his winnings, Cruz needs to help extricate the GOP from peril (into which he helped placed it), neutralize, not heighten, the political negatives, play a major role in holding the House and installing a Republican majority in the Senate. Cruz, if he hopes to reunite America, first must reunite the party he helped divide.
It’s a hat-trick. If he pulls it off — by no means easy but not impossible — Cruz will have made himself a finalist, and perhaps front-runner, for the Republican presidential nomination. If he fails he is likely to become a political pariah.
Cruz is playing for the highest stakes in the world — the presidency. He has bet everything he has. To boot, he mortgaged and bet the future of the Republican Party. High stakes. No prisoners.
There are approximately 150 million or so people under the retirement that are working. These people get some form of insurance through their employers in one fashion or another. They are also the next group of people facing the extra costs of Obama Care.
Oh, I know what you are thinking, the President said you can keep your employer insurance and that costs are likely to go down. Somehow or another, your faith in what your politicians tell you is misplaced. They all lie. President Obama is no exception, regardless of what he claims.
Open enrollment for the 2014 year is about to roll out across America. Thousands of companies and millions of employees should be prepared to blame Obama Care. As with all products, the price is laid at the feet of the customer, not the company. This will be no different. All employees better be prepared to see a rise of five to seven percent on the cost of their insurance policies next year, assuming that is, that their company will still offer subsidized insurance.
This is because there are now new pal minimum essential requirement standards that have to be followed. Any plan that does not cover those minimums (which is nearly half of all the plans in America) will need to be revised or eliminated. Many plans will adjust their premiums to cover the costs as well as increase deductibles to keep them affordable.
Many times I tried to explain that anything the government touches gets ruined. We do not have to look far to see what I mean. Take any government program; from the military to Social Security and everything in between. Not a single one of them accomplish what they were intended for. They all are a disaster and every one of them cost more than they should. Combined they are destroying this country instead of saving it.
Is it any wonder that Obama Care is no different?
In light of the way things are being run let’s take a look at some of the things we now know since its implementation is beginning in earnest. Clearly we can see that the very start of the simplest part of the program is an absolute wreck. Troubles with the HealthCare.gov website are abounding in the news. Congress is having its investigations. The costs are now being overrun with attempts to fix the site. All of it occurring at our, the taxpayers, expense.
For sure, the site will get fix, eventually. It is just software after all and only takes time, planning and execution to repair the problems, just like any other piece of software run on computer systems. However, the other problems are here to stay so long as the law is in effect. Health care and medical insurance is now being damaged and will affect EVERYONE.
Premiums will increase for nearly everybody.
Promise after promise, by President Obama, that insurance