Category Archives: Government-too much of

A short, straightforward open letter to the Egyptian people on this 4th of July.

A short, straightforward open letter to the Egyptian people on this 4th of July.

Congratulations, Egyptians, on ousting a Dictatorial Leader. Now Set up a Free Government. A Republic, not a Democracy

“If a country is to have freedom, they have to want it. Why? Because freedom isn’t free. Most free countries started after a revolution, kicking tyrants out, and then afterwards put into place a strong, stable government, grounded in a deep knowledge of what rights are, that preserved freedom. This is a tall order, especially for a place like Egypt. If there is to be freedom of speech, any time someone speaks out against Islam—say by drawing a cartoon of Mohammed—the government needs to protect this person’s rights. It requires strong men, with guns, who are on the good and moral side to fight any bad men. If no such men exist, freedom will not prevail.”

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Totalitarianism in Plain Sight

Politicians won’t let a good tragedy go to waste:

Totalitarianism in Plain Sight

This is how our modern government works: cause trouble, create a tragedy, then blame private individuals. Government created a housing bubble, which burst around 2007, and promptly blamed greedy bankers. Government ordered the military to stand down in Benghazi and an ambassador was killed, and they blamed a private film on Islam. Now, after denying schools the ability to secure themselves and mass shootings continue to occur, they blame gun ownership. It is tyranny in plain sight, which they are using to further their totalitarian policies.

Borrowing, Printing, and War: How to Magically Create Money and Spend Forever

I am really excited about this article. I did some research and found that the modern explosion of US debt can, as plain as day, be attributed to fiat money. No-risk borrowing, backed by fiat money, allows politicians to spend without taxing. If not able to borrow so liberally such that they had to *actually* pay for things, the govt would be much more efficient, including in the wars after 9/11. Please share!

Borrowing, Printing, and War: How to Magically Create Money and Spend Forever

“Fiat money has caused U.S. government borrowing to go out of control, and as such, the U.S. government has little regard to what it spends on.”

This is your government. This is your government on deficit spending. Any questions?

How much you pay in taxes versus how much you get

It’s that time of year: Time to do your taxes. In doing mine, and guessing what my husband I owe, I wanted to compare it to the government services I receive and to ask myself if I felt what I was giving is what I was getting.

The first thing that I thought of is that it is hard to put a price on the security provided to us by our U.S. military. My instant reaction was that the service is priceless. But then I thought of a way to put a price tag on it.

To get an estimate of how much security is worth, I took a look at our federal budget for 2010.

The total budget is $3.5 trillion. If we take only things as they pertain to security, the list is this for a total of $834 billion

$663.70 billion Department of Defense (including Overseas Contingency Operations)
$52.50 billion Department of Veterans Affairs
$51.70 billion Department of State and Other International Programs
$42.70 billion Department of Homeland Security
$23.90 billion Department of Justice

There are slightly over 300 million people in the United States. Only 63% of them are between the ages of 18-65, making for about 193 million.

If you take how much security costs and divide it by how many people there are, that total is $4,300.

This is arguably how much it costs per person for security. If married, that amount is $8,600 per couple.

How does the cost for this stack up against what you owe?

FCC Policy on TV Expletives Is Overturned by NY Court

FCC Policy on TV Expletives Is Overturned by NY Court

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy is unconstitutionally vague and could create a chilling effect beyond “fleeting expletives” heard on broadcasts, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

We may hear swearing on TV soon … what great progress for freedom!! Oh, wait, except that criticism of Islam–the ideology of our enemies–is coming closer everyday to being defined as “hate speech.”

Like in 1984, as long as the people (in the book, the proles) are allowed to swear and buy pornography, they think they are free.

Henry Hazlitt predicts real estate crisis 60 years ago

Written in 1946, Henry Hazlitt, Economics in One Lesson, on what may as well have been the real estate crisis today:

“Government-guaranteed home mortgages, especially when a negligible down payment or no down payment whatever is required, inevitably mean more bad loans than otherwise… They encourage people to ‘buy’ houses they cannot really afford. They tend eventually to bring about an oversupply of houses as compared with other things. They temporarily overstimulate building, raise the cost of building for everybody, and may mislead the building industry into an eventually costly overexpansion. In brief, in the long run they do not increase overall national production but encourage malinvestment.”

When will we learn?

Go tea parties!

“You have run out of OUR money.” “The problem with Robin Hood is the robbing.”

These tea parties are great!!

Conveniently, Obama will be in Minnesota for a health care “rally.” He will be pushing his message to take from one group of people and use that money to give health care service to another group of people. Those people he is taking from are in Washington protesting this, among many other things.  Obama of course will not address those people protesting. Why confront the victim?