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Channeling Nero

Posted: July 29, 2011 in Communications, Freedom, Media, Oppression, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Tyranny
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One of the great myths of Roman times is the one that claims Nero fiddled while Rome was burning. The Great Fire of Rome occurred in 64 A.D., the tenth year of Nero’s reign, and many historians believe that Nero started the conflagration because he wanted more land for a new palace. Nero ascended to the throne when he was seventeen, and in many respects was a hedonistic tyrant who took great pleasure in torturing Christians for sport. It seems to me that, in many respects, our career politicians in the United States are channeling Nero. They have adopted many of his imperial attitudes while claiming to represent the people.

 

Nero’s insatiable appetite for constructing grand buildings as monuments to his greatness can be seen as a parallel to our present day imperial politicians. Every state capitol and our nation’s capitol seem to be swarming with cranes, concrete trucks and other evidences of the building trades. These new edifices are often named for recent stars on the political stage that become immortalized even when their careers may not warrant acclaim. The building frenzy represents more than merely recognizing colleagues. It is an unmistakable symbol of the growing power and influence of the government. Just like Nero our political elites erect buildings to house the too-powerful bureaucracy and to memorialize their over-rated lives.

 

The hostility that our governments at all levels often exhibit against the Christian faith can be considered a mild version of Nero’s barbarism. The legislative bodies and the courts are particularly aggressive in their attempts to limit overt Christian expression from the public square. While they couch their pronouncements in language that speaks of neutrality and openness, the actual implementation of the ordinances, laws and rulings overwhelmingly deny Christian speech the same levels of tolerance as those enjoyed by other faiths. There appears to be an “overcompensation” attitude at work among the political class. Certainly, Christianity was a favored practice of faith in the early years of the republic and enjoyed a prominent role in public discourse. Even if religious preferences have changed in the United States, those who claim Christianity as their beacon of hope and faith continue to represent the majority of citizens. Dismissing them and their professions of faith from the public square is morally, constitutionally and politically wrong and unwise.

 

Nero was the last Emperor of his era. His suicide at age 31 in 68 A.D. foretold the coming collapse of the Roman Empire by illustrating the decay that had consumed the leaders of the Republic. Nero’s obsession with debauchery in some way reflects the expectations of our present class of political leadership. They enjoy better than average incomes, numerous beneficial perquisites, preferred treatment from the public and few demands for responsible behavior. Many of our political or bureaucratic leaders fail to fully pay their taxes or comply with other laws … laws that if a normal citizen were to violate them would result in hefty fines or perhaps prison. The notion of an imperial government has drifted down the centuries from fallen Rome to a staggering America.    

 

All governments if left unchecked drift into tyranny. They cannot resist the temptation to control the citizens’ lives and limit their options. Nero advanced his tyrannical schemes through terror whereas the United States’ government has implemented its tyrannical agenda through kindness or compassion. By convincing the electorate that massive regulation and control is “for our own good,” the government has massively increased its power and severely limited our liberty. Even now, when the oppressive nature of Big Government has become readily apparent, many citizens embrace the development because they seek “security” from either terrorists or the marketplace. For some inexplicable reason they are willing to place their trust and their lives in the hands of a government that has demonstrated time and again that it is incompetent and unreliable.

 

As we wrote above, many historians believe Nero started the Great Fire of Rome in 64 A.D., and the mythology accuses him of fiddling as the city turned to cinders. Today, our politicians are fiddling around by proposing solutions that don’t solve anything such as cutting $3-4 trillion in spending over the next ten years while adding from $10 trillion to $15 trillion to the debt during that same time period. If $14.5 trillion in debt represents a critical mass, why wouldn’t $25 trillion be more devastating to our national fiscal health? They are fiddling as the nation burns, and to extend the metaphor further, their irresponsibility is what has caused the problem in the beginning. Our illustrious career politicians have ignited the flames and are diddling and fiddling as we burn. When the Spaniards attacked Rome, Nero killed himself at the tender age of 31, but our self-serving political leaders have chosen to kill our nation instead. Despite his many flaws and warped character, Nero’s solution was the more honorable one.

 

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Dear Congress

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Capitalism, Communications, Constitution, Economy, Finance, Freedom, Media, Oppression, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Taxes, Tyranny
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Mr. Speaker, Mr. Majority Leader and Members of the House Republican Caucus,

You have been returned to the majority because most of the people of this nation have recognized that our country is facing a severe economic, social, fiscal and political crisis. The majority of voters in November of last year discerned that the Democrat majority under former-Speaker Pelosi had relinquished any semblance of fiscal responsibility that they may have ever held. In addition to their profligacy, their legislative agenda undermined the liberty of our citizens and generated more tension between the taxed and the beneficiaries. You were either elected or re-elected to stop the madness and to turn around from the disastrous direction that our United States of America clearly is headed.

We understand that many of you are career politicians who lust for office and the accolades that shower you. We understand that many of you may be honest and moral, but you appear to lack the finely honed principles that should guide you. You have taken an oath of office………

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

We have some questions for your consideration. Did you take the oath seriously? Do you understand the oath? How would you define “support and defend the Constitution?” Have you done so during your political career? Is a “good idea” necessarily Constitutional? Where do you personally draw the line about when to support the Constitution and when to ignore or dismiss it? Have you willingly violated your oath because the nation has needs that are not addressed by Article 1 Section 8? Or have you violated your oath because the Constitution has been abused by Congress for so long that it cannot be fixed….you know, that toothpaste back into the tube dilemma?

We know that Democrats lie, cheat and steal (votes) to move their agenda. We are grateful that, for the most part, you seek to fulfill your duties and obligations with honor and integrity. We want you, however, to be bold, courageous and principled….fight constantly and consistently for Constitutional principles and the restoration of personal liberty for all citizens of the United States. You appear to have resisted advancing ideas, strategies and legislation that would challenge this incremental march toward personal and economic tyranny because they might fail. I might add here that the incremental march has become a gallop. Why are you afraid to fail on a matter of principle? You should know that your vote to repeal the healthcare fiasco was appreciated, but we know that you have made no serious effort to defund it. In fact, during this debt ceiling/budget cuts kabuki dance, the President declared that his opening gambit for socialized medicine was “off the table,” and we hear nothing…….crickets from the House of Representatives. Many of the people who have supported you are sorely disappointed that your actions have been so feeble and so hesitant. We frankly do not care if Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi does not like you in fact we prefer it that way. Only a few of your members seem to understand that “business as usual” is no longer a viable option. The conditions in our country are no longer usual, they have become critical.

If you are reluctant to battle on principle because you may not have the votes, or the Senate will shoot it down, please note that when an underdog football team has a powerhouse on the schedule, they show up, get dressed and play the freakin’ game. They do not hide on the bus or refuse to leave the locker room. Their opponents may be faster, stronger and better coached, but once in a while the underdog wins. You cannot win if you refuse to get off the bus. I understand that expecting career politicians to be courageous could be classified as wishful thinking. I also understand that desiring you to stand for principles and Constitutional integrity may be asking for more than you are capable of delivering. I am aware that a principled Constitutional position may jeopardize your chances for re-election. Are you aware that some 235 years ago some men pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor? And you are worried about your image, your polling or your next election? If so, that is shameful. It is also a symptom of why we are in this current mess.

We heard you say many times during the last campaign that you had learned a lesson from the last time you had a majority, and the voters reacted with fury. I do not believe you. Learning a lesson should propel you to take bold action for the nation. Nibbling on the margins suggests that you are merely doing so for appearance’s sake. We suspect that many of you resent those of us who want smaller government, lower taxes and more personal freedom. Some of you believe that we are “kooks” or “wackos.” We love our country, and we do not want to watch anyone destroy it….or simply stand by while it disintegrates. Please be bold. Be courageous. Be principled, and follow the Constitution…or have the guts to amend it. We, and I, will be watching you. Remember your oath or affirmation. Our nation is at risk, and we cannot afford to have you piddling around any longer.

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Dianne Feinstein: Against The Second Amendment

Posted: July 25, 2011 in Communications, Constitution, Dianne Feinstein, Freedom, Media, National Defense, Oppression, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Second Amendment Rights, Security, Tyranny
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Dianne Feinstein: Against The Second Amendment ~ by Michael Alan Stollaire

Here we go again… yet another example of “Never fail to take advantage of a good crisis” in full color. We all know about the undeclared war on the Mexican border between the drug cartels and America, and of course, the most recent facts point out that it was the Obama Administration that was responsible for putting these weapons in their hands, right? So now, in a masterful spin-a-thon, Senator Dianne Feinstein has decided to leverage this into another scenario where she can put her disarming the American citizens… ummm… I mean “gun control” agenda into action.

The Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Here is an excerpt from World Net Daily, which brings the facts and truth behind the matter to light:

“Mexican cartel violence along the border is the crisis. Gun control is the agenda.

Beginning in 2009 and continuing to this day, Obama, Janet Napolitano and even Hillary Clinton have claimed that guns purchased in gun shops and gun shows in the U.S. are fueling the civil war between the Mexican government and the drug cartels. Now we know that Obama’s Justice Department goosed the flow of guns south with an $80 million ($10 million from the ‘stimulus’) ATF operation. It was not a sting, but rather a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Even with the growing ‘Gunwalker’ revelations, the push for more gun control lives on.

Over the weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story with the headline, ‘ATF data defy theory, tie U.S. gun flow to cartels.’

Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer are cited in the article demanding restoration of the expired federal ban on ‘assault weapons.’ The senators base their demand on ATF reports that 70 percent of the 29,284 weapons recovered in cartel related crimes in Mexico and submitted to the U.S. government for tracing in 2009 and 2010 were ‘United States-sourced firearms.’

Given the ‘crisis’ of guns in the hands of the cartels (in a country with strict gun-control laws) partially caused by gunrunning by the U.S. government itself, it is beyond silly for Feinstein and Schumer to advocate more gun restrictions on U.S. citizens as the answer.”

“Japan would never invade the United States. We would find a rifle behind every blade of grass.” ~ Isoroku Yamamoto, Fleet Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during World War II

The reality here is that far-left radicals like Feinstein are going out of their way to find any shred of “evidence” and “proof” that owning a weapon to protect your family and home is bad for America, when the diametric opposite is true ~ Germany and Japan did not invade America because they feared an armed citizenry.

“But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao… You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow.” ~ The Beatles, “Revolution”

Remember, that most of the progressive socialists that have invaded the Democratic Party had long hair in the 1960s, sliding around in the mud at Woodstock, smoking marijuana and taking hits of acid. Obviously, that past activity taken its toll on their current thinking, as they seem to be acting like schizophrenics. Why were they marching in those protests? We seem to have forgotten that it was not just about getting out of the war in Vietnam. They also wanted to destroy the establishment via revolutionary tactics, like Che Guevara, and collapse the capitalist system of America, replacing it with a communist/socialist centralized state government ~ they thought China, Cuba and The Soviet Union were Utopian.

“If the real radical finds that having long hair sets up psychological barriers to communication and organization, he cuts his hair.” ~ Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

Gun control is one of the many small facets of this plan to “fundamentally transform America” into a centralized statist government. I would suggest that everyone in this country wake up, and take a look at what’s happening around you with your eyes wide open. After you’ve been educated as to what’s going on, don’t complain. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

“The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

The far-left’s agenda is not one singular issue, but an intertwined project plan that has multiple elements, being rolled out just as a chess master has the entire match sketched out before the first move. Please realize that if you allow liberals to leverage incremental gradualism, in order to slowly but surely take your Constitutional rights away from you, that you will not understand you are snared until the day you wake up in a communist/socialist state. The majority of the foundation of these centralized statist regimes are put into place, after the citizenry is unarmed, and those that do not bend to the will of the oligarchy will be marched into “education centers” just like Stalin implemented.

Here is a concise list of evil dictators that executed this plan:

  1. Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany
  2. Joseph Stalin, The Soviet Union
  3. Chairman Mao, Communist China
  4. Fidel Castro, Communist Cuba
  5. Benito Mussolini, Fascist Italy
  6. Pol Pot, The Khmer Rouge

How much more convincing do you need? Fight now… a peaceful war of ideas and ideology, for your family, for your country and for future generations of Americans.

God bless you, your family and friends, and God Bless America!

Let’s get to work!

God Bless America and As Always…

Stay Strong,

~ Michael Stollaire

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SOURCE: World Net Daily ~ “Guns for Mexican Cartels”

Left Versus Right: Statistical Distributions Applied to Geopolitics

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Americana, Banks, Campaign Promises, Capitalism, China, Christianity, Communications, Constitution, Dianne Feinstein, Economy, Faith, Finance, Freedom, Freedom Talk Netcast, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Indocrination, Jimmy Z, Media, Military, National Defense, Oppression, Orwell, Politics, Pro Life, Quotations, Rand, Rants, Religion, Second Amendment Rights, Security, Taxes, Technology, Tyranny, Uncategorized, War
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Left Versus Right: Statistical Distributions Applied to Geopolitics

by Michael Stollaire

You hear time and time again that we are a center-right country, correct? So, I automagically remember my college statistics classes and the infamous “normal bell curve,” because we come to the conclusion that the average person in America has center-right geopolitical thinking.

However, I think we are approaching a different sample distribution, with a peak on the left and on the right, which is a mini version of what went on during The Civil War, and the civil rights riots in the 1960s, which paints a totally different picture of the average citizen’s political thinking, does it not? Doing the same Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), we have the same geopolitical/ideological average, indicating that America is center-right on the political spectrum; however, we see that America itself is transforming into a nation divided.

Normal Distribution and Probability Distributions ~ Defined:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_distribution

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probability_distribution

We’ve got some cognitive dissonance going on in everyone’s head, because the Liberal Socialists and the Constitutional Conservatives have radically different definitions of “right” and “wrong” and “abnormal” and “normal.” Therefore, all of us are disturbed, wondering why we’re upset at what’s going on in the country. All of “us” are saying to ourselves, that something is obviously wrong with “them.” This is a perverse form of brainwashing that has transpired since circa 1900, via the mass media, alternative media, new media, etc. Indeed, we might view the vast majority of the content on television, the radio, corporate controlled internet websites and so forth as an extrapolation of Joseph Goebbels and his “Big Lie” propaganda technique. The reality is that most Americans believe what is in the news, simply because it is in the news. This is my cue to quote The Gipper.

“Trust but VERIFY!” ~ Ronald Reagan

Cognitive Dissonance ~ Defined:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

If we allow this trend to continue, we will see the economic and geopolitical issues present in Greece and parts of The Middle East to invade our own shores. If you think this cannot happen in America, you have taken your liberty and freedom for granted, as it certainly can and will. There is no reason to panic, but there are plenty of reasons to stand together and fight for what you feel is correct. The Great American Experiment is about allowing men and women to govern themselves, whereas the statist progressives would have you believe that you are all little children that need to be taken care of, via regulation of every aspect of your lives. San Francisco’s removal of McDonalds Happy Meal toys is an example: Should America allow people like Nancy Pelosi to decide what food you eat? I think the answer is a definitive NO, as if we allow them to regulate our food intake, they will take even more steps towards a Nanny State paradigm. What’s next? Letting them tell you what clothes you will wear, and so forth?

Draw the line in the sand, and take your country back, before it is taken from you. If your freedom and liberty is lost, it will be lost forever. We The People… UNITED WE STAND!

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ~ Ronald Reagan

God bless you, your family and friends, and God Bless America!

Let’s get to work!

God Bless America and As Always…

Stay Strong,

~ Michael Stollaire

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Raising The Debt Limit ~ Time to Cut the Cards Up!

Posted: July 12, 2011 in Banks, Capitalism, Communications, Constitution, Dianne Feinstein, Economy, Finance, Freedom, Oppression, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Tyranny
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Raising The Debt Limit ~ Time to Cut the Cards Up!

by Michael Alan Stollaire

I’ve viewed a great many charts, graphs and projections on this issue, along with soliloquies from politicians that Shakespeare would be envious of, plus a healthy dose of finger-pointing, but let’s break it down to a minimal level: Washington DC cannot be trusted with the money of The American Taxpayer, and it is time for We The People to cut their credit cards up!

If the deal that is brewing behind mahogany doors in DC does not include trillions of dollars of cuts, a steadfast stance on slashing tax rates across the board, and the dismantling of entire departments, such as The Department of Education, The Department of Energy, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), etc. we are headed towards a wholesale default. This means that the phrase on our Treasury Bills (a.k.a., America’s sovereign debt) that reads “backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government” is going to turn into a strong sell indication on Wall Street.

Here is a brief timeline on what could potentially transpire:

  1. The Democrats and Republicans continue to play the “us versus them” game, doing what is best for their political parties, themselves, and the special interests that support them instead of doing their job, which is to do what is best for their constituency ~ We The People.
  2. Both parties continue to say that they are willing to work with the other side of the aisle with public speeches indicating this, which will be worthy of consideration for The Academy Award, but will be just acting, as they have absolutely no intention to do so.
  3. Several bi-partisan solutions will be fronted, and none of them will be found acceptable by the other side. There will be talk of compromise, but zero action to lead to any compromise. Instead, the typical tactics will be used by the liberals, indicating that the fiscally sane ideas of conservatives will benefit “the fat cats” and lead to a middle-class Armageddon, a severe, current financial impact to Senior Citizens so they cannot afford food/prescription drugs, etc. and I would not be surprised if the Obama administration accuses Boehner of stealing candy from babies.
  4. Time runs out and August 2nd hits ~ America officially defaults on its national debt.
  5. Standard and Poors (S&P) and Moody’s have their long-awaited “I Told You So” moment, and they deeply downgrade America’s debt rating from AAA to junk bonds.
  6. Nanny State checks associated with unemployment, welfare, Social Security, etc. stop being issued.
  7. The US Government goes into a partial shutdown, with only a skeleton crew left to hold the fort ~ thousands of state and federal workers get laid off, and/or lose their positions permanently.
  8. “Contagion” officially spreads from The Eurozone to America, and all individuals and nations holding American debt will be brought into a recession/depression whirlpool.
  9. A huge increase in the Treasury Bill yield will have to be put into place, in order to attract trading.
  10. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and NASDAQ tank, making 2008 look like a minor correction.
  11. China and Russia’s assertion that the US Dollar (USD) should no longer be the world’s reserve currency starts to look like a matter of fact.
  12. Since oil is purchased in US Dollars, the move to use The World Bank’s basket of currencies and precious metals known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) would supplant this trading mechanism, and America would be forced to convert dollars into SDRs to purchase oil, resulting in a severe uptick in the price of oil.
  13. The price of gas at the pump would increase 25-50% virtually overnight ~ $10/gallon gas is not unthinkable.
  14. In response to energy prices “necessarily skyrocketing,” utility bills go through the roof, and hyperinflation kicks in ~ trucking companies, transportation, food prices, etc. all are increased 10-25% almost instantly.
  15. The engine of the American economy seizes, and corporate America, small business owners and entrepreneurs go into total protection mode, shedding American jobs and all unnecessary expenditures to survive ~ that is IF they don’t go bankrupt and shutter the windows. Main Streets across the nation turn into ghost towns.
  16. Mortgage defaults and foreclosures level the housing industry.
  17. A mass exodus of American corporations is initiated ~ corporate HQs are moved overseas.
  18. A new trend to downsize and outsource most if not all positions rears its ugly head.
  19. Unemployment balloons to over 15-20%.
  20. 25% of all Americans are now on food stamps.

What a second! I just described a double-dip Great Recession, or even Great Depression II ~ exactly what The Obama Administration promised would never occur. It sounds like Obama’s promise that the unemployment rate would never go above 8% if we spent $1 Trillion on bailing out the financial sector, and all of corporate America that was destined “too big to fail.” As soon as The Federal Government of America has the capability to pick winners and losers in the tactical economic landscape, we have a statist scenario and you can kiss the free market system goodbye.

If you want to know who the traitors in American government are, just look at the list of people that voted to raise the debt ceiling. Unless there are trillions of dollars of spending cuts associated with this strategic move ~ including the entitlement programs… ~ we are at the end of the road to a debt crisis of massive proportions, which might result in the world moving off of the US Dollar as the reserve currency, and the eventual destruction of the very sovereignty of The United States of America.

After spending $4 trillion on TARP, several various so-called “stimulus” plans that only stimulated more debt, and doing an end-around on Congress with “Quantitative Easing” Parts I and II ~ like we needed a sequel?! ~ to force unconstitutional taxation without representation upon The American People, I think we should start calling Barack Obama, The Spender In Chief.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY!!!

God bless you, your family and friends, and God Bless America!

Let’s get to work!

God Bless America and As Always…

Stay Strong,

~ Michael Stollaire

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Liberty’s Laggards

Posted: June 20, 2011 in Americana, Capitalism, Communications, Constitution, Economy, Faith, Finance, Freedom, Media, Oppression, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Security, Tyranny
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A recent article in “MailOnline” the internet version of the Daily Mail from the United Kingdom provided an individual freedom analysis for the 50 states of the United States. There’s some irony in the fact that a British paper sought to examine liberty in the former colonies. Clearly when describing liberty within states there are subjective parameters at work. The 50 “laboratories for democracy” have considerable leeway in determining how their states will be organized and function. The three largest areas of limitation for them within the federal Constitution are the mandated federal obligations as given in the enumerated powers, the prohibitions for curtailing inalienable rights, and the states must be democratic republics. If the fifty states take their freedoms seriously, there are multiple opportunities to experiment with laws and rulemaking to generate environments for prosperity and liberty.

 

Alas, too many of our formerly-sovereign states have followed the lead of Big Brother by implementing restrictive regulatory structures and punitive tax policies. Where they might have flourished as laboratories of freedom and opportunity, they, instead, overregulated, overtaxed and overwhelmed their citizens with obstacles and constraints. The “MailOnline” piece by Mark Duell lists New York and California as the worst offenders in the limitation of individual freedom. These are two of the largest states in the union…rich in resources, talent and population. It defies logic for states so richly endowed to squander their natural wealth for the false dream of centralized government. Another state that Duell has categorized as “less free” is my own native Ohio. As a candidate for statewide office in 2010, I drove across the entire state. It was clear to me how statism impacts the economic environment of the state. Certainly there were pockets of prosperity, but most of my beloved Buckeye state was staggered by the loss of industry…and the tangential businesses, suppliers and service companies that thrive when the industries are doing well.

 

The federal government and the state regulatory apparatus combined to construct high hurdles and elongated approval processes for plants to upgrade. In addition the labor union situation in Ohio has strangled attempts to innovate and create a competitive cost profile. Big government, lousy business opportunities and excessive union power are a troika for job killing. A corollary indicator of the relative freedom of the respective states is the apportionment of congressional seats following the census. One of the freer states, Texas, picks up 4 additional congress critters while New York and Ohio each lose two seats…and the corresponding national influence. Florida with its friendly atmosphere for freedom will gain 2 seats while Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will have one fewer congressperson in 2012. Missouri also loses one seat as does Louisiana…probably an after effect of Katrina. Indeed, there is a very high correlation between a state’s level of freedom and its growth and prosperity. You might ask why California is not on the “loser list” if it is rated as “less free.” The census counts people not citizens, and the continuing migration of non-citizens to California has kept the population large enough to offset the out migration of business, jobs and citizens.

 

Freedom and prosperity are linked. Where the people have the freedom to function without an oppressive regulatory environment or restrictive workplace rules, they will capitalize and maximize their opportunity. Lower taxes will encourage businesses to reinvest in growth and technology. Lower taxes and spending by state governments will encourage commerce and industry. Sadly, states, cities or any other government entity cannot resist the urge to grow and control. Only one of the original thirteen states was considered to be relatively free by Duell’s analysis: New Hampshire, the state with the stirring “Live Free or Die” motto. The other two top-ranked states were South Dakota and Indiana.

 

As a former researcher, I am aware that correlation does NOT confirm causality. Common sense suggests, however, that states that are growing may be doing so because of lower taxes, fewer union complications and sensible regulatory environments. Those liberty-lagging laboratories of democracy who have selected more government, more regulation and higher taxes as their modus operandi are faltering … staggering. As their businesses close or move, their tax bases dwindle and their social network costs increase. It’s a downward spiral that can be corrected by choosing liberty. Some experiments fail and others succeed. The intelligent observer can discern the difference and respond accordingly. Liberty, freedom always wins. Tyranny is a loser.

 

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Needing Wants

If only I could remember where I first heard the phrase “we are a country of wants…who believes they are needs.” Yep. It is the entitlement mentality. That phrase represents the new movement for “rights” that are neither inalienable nor practical. How often have we heard a self-important politician or a “rights” advocate proclaim their rights to healthcare? Well, my poor misguided fellow humans, you have an inalienable right to life (which many deny to the unborn), its up to you to find a way to succor it. God has provided you with life. Do what you can to preserve it. All of us share the same inalienable rights, but we may have varying methods or preferences for preserving or enhancing our lives. One such method may be found by seeking the best most high-fallutin’ healthcare regime available. Others may prefer to follow more natural, herbal methods. And some of us may wish to roll the dice and live a totally debauched and gluttonous life. It seems, therefore, that YOUR healthcare is neither a right for you nor an obligation of mine.

As we attempt to draw the distinctions between wants and needs, rights and needs, we might use the following illustration: Harley avoids doctors and pharmacy counters whereas Farley goes to ER for a hangnail and takes a number of meds. Should Harley be forced to subsidize Farley’s medical addiction through punitive taxation, and should Farley cough up the money to pay for Harley’s natural multi-vitamins? If you have answered in the affirmative, then it isn’t much of a leap to insist that we should purchase Farley’s food for him because his vitamins supplement an extremely healthy diet. Because we agree to by Farley’s food in the previous illustration, we are socially, morally and equitably obligated to purchase the food for Harley. He prefers Big Macs, Big Boys, super-sized fries, and Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen. Food is food, after all.

The moral, economic and personal bottom line is that we NEED food. We NEED shelter of some sort during inclement weather, and most of us NEED clothing in certain types of climates. The Bible states  (paraphrase) that if we expect to eat, then we must work for our sustenance. Working will also produce resources for limited shelter and clothing. If there is no moral or theological basis for a collective effort for providing the basic needs, where can we find a universal imperative for meeting the wants of individuals…as varied as they might be? Any decision for provision by the state or the collective requires that some value be given to the item. Generic or brand? Cloth coat or fur coat? Prius or 10-year old Chevy? It is unavoidable that some wants (or perceived needs) will be satisfied while others remain unmet. Given the individual preferences and perceived needs, it follows that the distribution of the collective largesse will be uneven and biased. Besides, government will grossly underperform anyway.

As each person transforms personal “wants” into “needs” or “rights,” the social order moves closer to a breakdown. The new-found needs begin to ratchet higher and higher as the government redefines its role, and the level of satisfaction for the recipients sinks lower and lower. The end result is a government and economic structure incapable of providing the newly-defined “needs” while the frustration level of the populace swells because of their dissatisfaction. Redefining wants as needs leads to a disintegration of the economy and the social order. Everyone—government and individuals—live beyond their means….spend beyond their abilities to produce. Wants are unfulfilled, and needs are shortchanged. The benevolent Nanny State slips into chaos. The government yields to anarchy. The competent and resourceful will satisfy their own needs while their neighbors resort to violence or endure suffering. Expecting government to supply our wants leads us down a deadly to destruction. It is unfortunate that so many of our citizens have misinterpreted the “pursuit of happiness” clause to mean that they chase after government goodies while other taxpayers pay the bill.

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