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Earth Day 2014: Useful Idiots Pushing Earth Day, A Conversation with my Daughter and an Angry Mob of Teachers

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When I asked my daughter today what she learned in school today she said

Daddy, today we learned about how people are cutting down all the rain forests to make stuff. And that driving our cars is causing the ice caps to melt and all the polar bears to die. And that it is only going to get worse until we start doing things different.

Notice she didn’t talk to me about how she learned math, reading, or history- and she didn’t mention learning a new sports game, learning about values or morals, or learning how to write computer code. In her first grade class she learned as fact a bunch of propaganda pushed on her by her public school system. And when I talked to a couple other parents about this, they told me to just keep my mouth shut and go along to get along and just accept that this is now what they teach in schools. It isn’t- those sorts of political views and opinions are not in the state standards- but this is what is happening to our next generation- they are being taught to be useful idiots and tools of the communists and pagans who would destroy the traditional America culture and traditions.

This effort must be a systematic effort- my 1st grader in one public school talked this way and also this week I got involved in an email exchange with another teacher at my school who was involved in similar effort to push communism and paganism at our public school.

On Monday our entire staff at our public school was sent an email during the workday over the school email system from another teacher- “Hoping you all have a happy Earth Day and hug a tree today!”

Earth Day is morally and intellectually wrong- the worship of some sort of pagan green God and the pushing of government policies which take away our liberty and property both are offensive to me. Earth Day is just a way for the inner circle of pagan and communist manipulators- evil people- to get the useful idiots in the outer circle to support their agenda, and so any effort to encourage people to engage in this worship and celebration should be rejected. And pagan rituals- hugging a tree- are also to be rejected as they run counter to my faith.

While friends and family suggest that I just keep my mouth shut about stuff like this and go along with it by just nodding along and admitting that 2+2=5, I refuse to. So I replied back to the other teacher at my school- “Please do not email me any more emails pushing this pagan and communist ‘holiday’.”

Apparently I made the other teacher cry with this email, and she showed my email around to the building to other teachers. The next day during my prep hour an angry mob of useful idiots cornered me in my classroom and demanded that I apologize to the teacher and email the entire staff wishing them a Happy Earth Day. They believed that they were morally superior to me and that their faith in the green god gave them a higher calling and that I should recant my questioning of their holiday and do some publicly.

These teachers are useful idiots of the outer circle- unwitting tools and promoters of intellectual ideas that they are clueless about. When I began to talk to them about the intellectual and historical background and reasoning behind their ‘holiday’, they told me that I was just taking it too seriously and that I was wrong for doubting and should just recant and chant with them their slogans. And in the past I may have taken this subject less seriously- see my post Earth Day: A Communist Plot? where I treat as more of a joke their efforts. But in the face of this mob of fools I was struck by how unserious this actually was- that there was a larger and darker and much more serious movement here.

In The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Penguin Classics), the famous author G.K. Chesterton described anarchists this way-

This is a vast philosophic movement, consisting of an outer and inner ring. The outer ring- the main mass of their supporters- are merely anarchists; that is, men who believe that rules and formulas have destroyed human happiness. They believe that all the evil results of human crime are the results of the system that has called it a punishment. They do not believe that the crime creates the punishment. They believe that the punishment has created the crime. These people talk about ‘a happy time coming,’ ‘the paradise of the future,’ ‘mankind freed from the bondage of vice and the bondage of virtue,’ and so on.

And so also the men of the inner circle speak. But in their mouths these happy phrases have a horrible meaning. They are under no illusions; they are too intellectual to think that man upon this earth can ever be quite free of original sin and the struggle. And they mean death. When they say that mankind shall be free at last, they mean that mankind shall commit suicide. When they talk of a paradise without right or wrong, they mean the grave. They have but two objects, to destroy first humanity and then themselves.

Chesterton may well have been describing these useful idiots of the outer circle in my school and other schools around the nation who push their ‘Earth Day’ movement at young children and staff members, pushing formula’s (‘hug a tree’, say ‘happy earth day,’ recycle, etc) and rules that destroy human freedom and property, believing that if we just change our system and practices and give up our freedom and liberties that sin will be ended and that the green god will be happier, and that we can achieve a brighter future through these actions. These pushers of Earth Day are the outer circle.

But the inner circle is the one to fear, for they are the intellectual and moral center, and they know that the goal is not to erode property rights and human liberty to achieve any sort of higher calling, but rather to erode property rights and human liberty. They desire control over others, property of others, and want to control the lives of their fellow men- and have the ability to kill them if they go against their desires and wishes. The inner circle knows that mankind was born free and able to build buildings and harvest goods and mine for metals and work chemicals and have children and live in liberty- and they hate this and so push the worship of ‘Earth Day’ and other days which have as their goal darkness, control, and less human life. They are the inner circle because they know what they seek and why they seek it- the outer circle are just the large pool of useful idiots who take their message and push it without knowing what they do or why they do it.

In the face of this mob of idiots, outnumbered and threatened, I retreated physically by making up some sort of excuse to leave and promising to address the matter with them further in the future. Another day or two has passed and nothing further has come up and I suppose they hope that now I have dropped it and been cowed by their show of force. And in public schools right now I doubt I have any real ability to fight back- administration, the union, and other teachers likely would side with the inner circle over me- and it is probably safer for me to simply appear to give in. But in my own mind and in my heart they will not force me to ever give in.

Human liberty, property rights, and the love of life all are now too much a part of who I am, and so I reject the worship of Earth Day here and forever, and suggest you do so as well. And so I viewed my daughter’s comments as a good time to begin a real conversation with her about human action, historical variations in temperature, opinions of authority figures, critical thinking, and the wonders of progress. I intend on being my own inner circle of good and raising my children to be the same- and so should we all.

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Obamacare is Politicized Medicine?

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When I was in college I had a fierce argument with my college professor over whether the United States should move towards any sort of “political economy.”

My professor was arguing that America should move towards a political economy, which according to him was a ‘free market’ economy that would serve the goals of politicians. In his opinion, the purpose and function of an economy is to help society to deal with political and governmental issues- that the market’s purpose was to serve the government and that such an economy could be described as a ‘political economy.’ In this economy, decisions about the buying and selling of products, the manufacture of goods, and the hiring and firing of employees, etc should be made by politicians- usually unelected ‘experts’ with degree’s in social sciences- from a standpoint of what would best serve the political goals of the nation (according to them).

My argument was that if America moved toward this sort of economy citizens would be less free, less prosperous, and less protected in their lives. I argued that the economy that my professor was describing- this sort of ‘political economy’- was more accurately a command economy since decisions were made from a political point of view rather than an economic one. Further, the decisions that were made would be made inefficiently due to the disconnect between the supplier and the customer and would be made corruptly due to the role that political connections would play. A society that implemented such a ‘political economy’ would be less prosperous and free.

In my opinion which I expressed to him the purpose and function of government is to help protect the economy, protect citizen’s role in making free economic decisions, and protect the right of those citizens to acquire and keep property. In this economy, decisions regarding economic matters would be made by people, for people, to benefit people, in the people’s opinion. It would not be a perfect economic model- no economy designed by a flawed man is likely to be- but it would be superior to any sort of fascist system that my college professor wanted to move America towards.

These sorts of debates are not esoteric- they are not of unusual interest that do not matter. These sorts of debates very much matter because President Obama is one of those who believed in my college professor and bought into his arguments about the role of government in society. Obama bought arguments like the  ‘public choice‘ theory that led for him to pass Obamacare.

Under Obamacare decisions regarding healthcare for individuals are going to be made by the unelected (and sometimes elected) bureaucrats for what they believe would benefit the majority (or the voting majority) of people, and economic principles will only be harnessed is they serve the political goals of government officials and their clients. A ‘free’ market won’t be utilized- instead the government will attempt to command the marketplace by using its power. America will move closer to the British system, where this is already the case.

And in the British system of healthcare government medicine is increasingly politicized medicine, as this story reminds us. From Powerlineblog story ANNALS OF GOVERNMENT MEDICINE:

…Here is the latest: a National Health Service rationing panel refused to pay for surgery that was needed by Rebecca Beattie, 25, to repair her face after it was smashed by an abusive ex-husband. Her breathing is impaired, and her need for the surgery seemed indisputable. Yet the rationing panel turned her down four times. At the same time, the panel approved breast augmentation surgery for a would-be stripper named Josie Cunningham….

…The story may seem bizarre, but this is what happens when every medical decision is a political decision. Why did Josie’s augmentation surgery get approved? Who knows? Maybe she has political influence; maybe she knows someone on the rationing panel; maybe she paid a bribe; maybe someone on the rationing panel just likes strippers with big chests.

But the Sun didn’t only report. It campaigned, urging its readers to weigh in on behalf of Ms. Beattie. Today the paper headlined: The Sun forces NHS rethink on Rebecca nose op decision. Following our story Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt looked into the case yesterday and was told a rethink was under way at GP-led Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group….

…Why stop here? Maybe the British could have a reality TV show where patients would plead their cases and viewers would vote on who should get surgery. This is, obviously, no way to run a health care system. But government medicine is, inherently, politicized medicine, and this is the path on which Barack Obama has set us.

Voting for President Obama and Democrats who support him is voting for this sort of corrupt and inefficient way of delivering healthcare to those who need it.

Reject it, and reject them in the next elections, or else some day when you need live-saving surgery you better hope that you have the right political friends or connections. Or else you will die.

Original Post: A Conservative Teacher

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Are you Personally (but Inadvertently) raising a Liberal?

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In a recent article on RealClearPolitics called The University Utopia, Robert Tracinski, former securities analyst for Morningstar and now the publisher of The Tracinski Letter, tackled a very important question- Why do the young vote for dependency—when the essence of youth is a quest for independence?

…So take a look at the college experience, particularly for a liberal arts major, from this perspective. You study topics in which the answers are subjective, no one is too concerned about whether it has any practical application or economic value, and everyone is pretty much expected to repeat the conventional wisdom. You express abstract concern for the poor and for the starving masses of the Third World, while never actually mixing with anyone from outside the prosperous First World middle class. Someone else, off at a distance, provides for your material needs, paying for your housing, food, clothing, and condoms. But at the same time, no one pokes into your personal life or asks too many questions about who you’re sleeping with, what you’re smoking, or what you do with your free time. Finally, this whole lifestyle is paid for with huge amounts of debt, and it is considered bad form to ask too many questions about how big the debt is or how you’re ever going to pay it all back.

Does any of this sound familiar? Put it all together, and college life is the contemporary left’s ideal. The universities are liberal utopias…

From my own experiences in education (teaching in several school districts around Detroit and Flint and their suburbs), I would also suggest that this same dynamic also applies to students in high school and middle school as well.

High school students, and to a lesser extent middle school students, are cared for and financially supported by their parents, who never talk about how much money it is costing them- the majority of students in my classes can’t even venture a guess at how much their parents make or where the money goes in their family, and asking these questions appears to be discouraged by parents today.

Separated from the reality of money and discouraged from discovering how everything is paid for in their family, they live in an uncomfortable bubble- aware that they are freeloading on the system and guilty because of that, but unable to help out or even know how much of a freeloader they are. Four to seven years of their formative life they are raised in this environment, not having to contribute anything financially to their family and yet eating and sleeping and watching TV and talking on the phone and driving a car paid for by the family. This sort of communism only exists in the family because parents love and care for their children, yet this point is never even made to the children because to voice this sort of reality is apparently not good form anymore in our society.

And after leaving school, students go home, where they can turn on the television or go on the internet or hang out at friends houses and learn about and observe and live in a world where social choices apparently have no consequences. Sleeping around before marriage, smoking pot and doing drugs, engaging in socially deviant behavior, bullying others via facebook or email, and getting caught up in fake drama about fake controversies is the sort of unsupervised freedom that students will continue in college.

I’m not blaming the parents for this- many parents in today’s economy are working longer and longer hours just to make ends meet and even when they get home they have to work on side jobs or freelance contracts or worry about money, and that is time that they can’t supervise and raise their children. And parents are competing for time and attention with a range of competitors. The media is chief of these competitors- with slick marketing and high production values- but teachers are also to blame for the increasingly amount of schoolwork that inefficient and poor teachers send home with children to compensate for their lack of teaching ability. It’s tough for both parents and students today, and in this tough environment students are given increasingly personal freedom without knowing about or anyone ever talking to them about the responsibility that goes along with this freedom.

Children therefore have an utter lack of financial and economic liberty buy yet extensive social and personal liberty. And when you combine these two, you produce a liberal. This is exactly what a liberal is- someone who wants someone else to provide for their economic needs while wanting total freedom to engage in their own personal desires.

To create a conservative child you would need to reverse this dynamic- you would need to teach your child about economic issues and the cost of goods and services and what sort of fiscal challenges your family faces and even how much the parents earn and what the family budget is, while putting limits on and teaching about the consequences of and showing the downsides of total personal freedom and how wrong it is to embrace hedonism.

Robert Tracinski says:

…A person’s view of life isn’t just influenced from the top down, from the ideas they are taught. It is also learned from the bottom up, from their actual experiences of life. The most powerful combination is when ideas and life experience coincide, and that is what happens in college. Young people learn the same lessons from their professors’ lectures as they do from the lifestyle of the dorm room. This also explains why college graduates tend to move to the right as they get older. They move to the right as they get out into the world, start businesses, start families, and take on the task of becoming truly independent and self-supporting….

…One way we can change the youth culture is to hasten the ed-tech revolution, breaking down the role of the traditional universities in favor of an alternative that, in addition to being a lot less expensive, gets students out of the dorm room and out into the economy sooner. I suspect that this would also hasten the decoupling of scientific and technological education from the humanities, depriving the leftist indoctrinators of the captive audience handed over to them in a traditional university system. It would also help break down the cultural class division between the college-educated and the non-college-educated, and perhaps most important of all, it has the potential to change the educational experience of young people so that education becomes associated, not with a four-year holiday and puttering around in the subjective humanities, but with a young person’s first steps toward real independence in the world of work. It would change the message young people hear from higher education, while also changing the kind of life experience they get….

In order for our nation to become more conservative- and by this I mean productive and creating wealth and understanding the importance of money in shaping choices and values, while at the same time recognizing the important role that society and culture and values and morals play- then we need to start creating more conservative children. And to aid in this, I suggest you read the whole article and start looking after your own children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews and begin to go to work on them teaching them economic liberty and social responsibility.

UPDATE: Another idea that I have on how you can help create a more conservative future is by purchasing the board game The Game of Life. This board game will help teach your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren important values. Buy it and play it with them at some time and start making a difference.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

 

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Is it Your Fault that our Nation is increasingly raising Liberals?

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indoctrination centerIn a recent article on RealClearPolitics called The University Utopia, Robert Tracinski, former securities analyst for Morningstar and now the publisher of The Tracinski Letter, tackled a very important question- Why do the young vote for dependency—when the essence of youth is a quest for independence?

…So take a look at the college experience, particularly for a liberal arts major, from this perspective. You study topics in which the answers are subjective, no one is too concerned about whether it has any practical application or economic value, and everyone is pretty much expected to repeat the conventional wisdom. You express abstract concern for the poor and for the starving masses of the Third World, while never actually mixing with anyone from outside the prosperous First World middle class. Someone else, off at a distance, provides for your material needs, paying for your housing, food, clothing, and condoms. But at the same time, no one pokes into your personal life or asks too many questions about who you’re sleeping with, what you’re smoking, or what you do with your free time. Finally, this whole lifestyle is paid for with huge amounts of debt, and it is considered bad form to ask too many questions about how big the debt is or how you’re ever going to pay it all back.

Does any of this sound familiar? Put it all together, and college life is the contemporary left’s ideal. The universities are liberal utopias…

From my own experiences in education (teaching in several school districts around Detroit and Flint and their suburbs), I would also suggest that this same dynamic also applies to students in high school and middle school as well.

High school students, and to a lesser extent middle school students, are cared for and financially supported by their parents, who never talk about how much money it is costing them- the majority of students in my classes can’t even venture a guess at how much their parents make or where the money goes in their family, and asking these questions appears to be discouraged by parents today.

Separated from the reality of money and discouraged from discovering how everything is paid for in their family, they live in an uncomfortable bubble- aware that they are freeloading on the system and guilty because of that, but unable to help out or even know how much of a freeloader they are. Four to seven years of their formative life they are raised in this environment, not having to contribute anything financially to their family and yet eating and sleeping and watching TV and talking on the phone and driving a car paid for by the family. This sort of communism only exists in the family because parents love and care for their children, yet this point is never even made to the children because to voice this sort of reality is apparently not good form anymore in our society.

And after leaving school, students go home, where they can turn on the television or go on the internet or hang out at friends houses and learn about and observe and live in a world where social choices apparently have no consequences. Sleeping around before marriage, smoking pot and doing drugs, engaging in socially deviant behavior, bullying others via facebook or email, and getting caught up in fake drama about fake controversies is the sort of unsupervised freedom that students will continue in college.

I’m not blaming the parents for this- many parents in today’s economy are working longer and longer hours just to make ends meet and even when they get home they have to work on side jobs or freelance contracts or worry about money, and that is time that they can’t supervise and raise their children. And parents are competing for time and attention with a range of competitors. The media is chief of these competitors- with slick marketing and high production values- but teachers are also to blame for the increasingly amount of schoolwork that inefficient and poor teachers send home with children to compensate for their lack of teaching ability. It’s tough for both parents and students today, and in this tough environment students are given increasingly personal freedom without knowing about or anyone ever talking to them about the responsibility that goes along with this freedom.

Children therefore have an utter lack of financial and economic liberty buy yet extensive social and personal liberty. And when you combine these two, you produce a liberal. This is exactly what a liberal is- someone who wants someone else to provide for their economic needs while wanting total freedom to engage in their own personal desires.

To create a conservative child you would need to reverse this dynamic- you would need to teach your child about economic issues and the cost of goods and services and what sort of fiscal challenges your family faces and even how much the parents earn and what the family budget is, while putting limits on and teaching about the consequences of and showing the downsides of total personal freedom and how wrong it is to embrace hedonism.

Robert Tracinski says:

…A person’s view of life isn’t just influenced from the top down, from the ideas they are taught. It is also learned from the bottom up, from their actual experiences of life. The most powerful combination is when ideas and life experience coincide, and that is what happens in college. Young people learn the same lessons from their professors’ lectures as they do from the lifestyle of the dorm room. This also explains why college graduates tend to move to the right as they get older. They move to the right as they get out into the world, start businesses, start families, and take on the task of becoming truly independent and self-supporting….

…One way we can change the youth culture is to hasten the ed-tech revolution, breaking down the role of the traditional universities in favor of an alternative that, in addition to being a lot less expensive, gets students out of the dorm room and out into the economy sooner. I suspect that this would also hasten the decoupling of scientific and technological education from the humanities, depriving the leftist indoctrinators of the captive audience handed over to them in a traditional university system. It would also help break down the cultural class division between the college-educated and the non-college-educated, and perhaps most important of all, it has the potential to change the educational experience of young people so that education becomes associated, not with a four-year holiday and puttering around in the subjective humanities, but with a young person’s first steps toward real independence in the world of work. It would change the message young people hear from higher education, while also changing the kind of life experience they get….

In order for our nation to become more conservative- and by this I mean productive and creating wealth and understanding the importance of money in shaping choices and values, while at the same time recognizing the important role that society and culture and values and morals play- then we need to start creating more conservative children. And to aid in this, I suggest you read the whole article and start looking after your own children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews and begin to go to work on them teaching them economic liberty and social responsibility.

Original Post: A Conservative Teacher


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Startling Story on Disability in America… Stunning and Sad

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From a very well researched NPR story Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise in Disability in America (excerpts only from a much longer story, with emphasis added by me):

…In the past three decades, the number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed. The rise has come even as medical advances have allowed many more people to remain on the job, and new laws have banned workplace discrimination against the disabled. Every month, 14 million people now get a disability check from the government.

The federal government spends more money each year on cash payments for disabled former workers than it spends on food stamps and welfare combined. Yet people relying on disability payments are often overlooked in discussions of the social safety net. The vast majority of people on federal disability do not work.[1] Yet because they are not technically part of the labor force, they are not counted among the unemployed.

In other words, people on disability don’t show up in any of the places we usually look to see how the economy is doing. But the story of these programs — who goes on them, and why, and what happens after that — is, to a large extent, the story of the U.S. economy. It’s the story not only of an aging workforce, but also of a hidden, increasingly expensive safety net….

…People don’t seem to be faking this pain, but it gets confusing. I have back pain. My editor has a herniated disc, and he works harder than anyone I know. There must be millions of people with asthma and diabetes who go to work every day. Who gets to decide whether, say, back pain makes someone disabled?

As far as the federal government is concerned, you’re disabled if you have a medical condition that makes it impossible to work. In practice, it’s a judgment call made in doctors’ offices and courtrooms around the country. The health problems where there is most latitude for judgment — back pain, mental illness — are among the fastest growing causes of disability….

…Part of the rise in the number of people on disability is simply driven by the fact that the workforce is getting older, and older people tend to have more health problems.

But disability has also become a de facto welfare program for people without a lot of education or job skills. But it wasn’t supposed to serve this purpose; it’s not a retraining program designed to get people back onto their feet. Once people go onto disability, they almost never go back to work. Fewer than 1 percent of those who were on the federal program for disabled workers at the beginning of 2011 have returned to the workforce since then, one economist told me.

People who leave the workforce and go on disability qualify for Medicare, the government health care program that also covers the elderly. They also get disability payments from the government of about $13,000 a year. This isn’t great. But if your alternative is a minimum wage job that will pay you at most $15,000 a year, and probably does not include health insurance, disability may be a better option.

But, in most cases, going on disability means you will not work, you will not get a raise, you will not get whatever meaning people get from work.[2] Going on disability means, assuming you rely only on those disability payments, you will be poor for the rest of your life. That’s the deal. And it’s a deal 14 million Americans have signed up for….

…A person on welfare costs a state money. That same resident on disability doesn’t cost the state a cent, because the federal government covers the entire bill for people on disability. So states can save money by shifting people from welfare to disability. And the Public Consulting Group is glad to help. PCG is a private company that states pay to comb their welfare rolls and move as many people as possible onto disability….

…n the past few decades, an entire disability-industrial complex has emerged. It has just one goal: Push more people onto disability. And, sometimes, it seems like the government is outmatched. This is especially true in the legal system….

….”You might imagine a courtroom where on one side there’s the claimant and on the other side there’s a government attorney who is saying, ‘We need to protect the public interest and your client is not sufficiently deserving,’” the economist David Autor says. “Actually, it doesn’t work like that. There is no government lawyer on the other side of the room.”…

…Politicians pay lip service to this problem during election cycles, but American leaders have not sat down and come up with a comprehensive plan.

In the meantime, federal disability programs became our extremely expensive default plan. The two big disability programs, including health care for disabled workers, cost some $260 billion a year.

People at the Social Security Administration, which runs the federal disability programs, say we cannot afford this. The reserves in the disability insurance program are on track to run out in 2016, Steve Goss, the chief actuary at Social Security, told me.

Goss is confident that Congress will act to keep disability payments flowing, probably by taking money from the Social Security retirement fund. Of course, the retirement fund itself is on track to run out of money by 2035

This is a stunning report. Whomever wrote this poorly designed legislation should pay for chaining millions of people in soul-dragging poverty, whomever runs these poorly run programs should pay for degrading the condition of free people by sticking them in these programs, and whomever is judging on the proper use of taxpayer money in such a way should be impeached. They’re all criminal in their duty.

This is a very sad story, but one which we must all hear before we vote again for politicians who promise to put more people on government programs to ‘help’ more people, and instead simply enslave these poor people into a degrading government program that keeps them fed but in permanent poverty.

There are real systematic problems in our nation right now, and policy makers are robbing left and right from various funds to shore up these problems and will continue to shift and borrow and print money as long as possible, but in about 10 years the whole thing is going to come crashing down in an epic collapse. You have been warned.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher


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Useful Idiots Pushing Earth Day Just the Outer Circle of Death: A Conversation with my Daughter and an Angry Mob of Teachers

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When I asked my daughter today what she learned in school today she said

Daddy, today we learned about how people are cutting down all the rain forests to make stuff. And that driving our cars is causing the ice caps to melt and all the polar bears to die. And that it is only going to get worse until we start doing things different.

Notice she didn’t talk to me about how she learned math, reading, or history- and she didn’t mention learning a new sports game, learning about values or morals, or learning how to write computer code. In her first grade class she learned as fact a bunch of propaganda pushed on her by her public school system. And when I talked to a couple other parents about this, they told me to just keep my mouth shut and go along to get along and just accept that this is now what they teach in schools. It isn’t- those sorts of political views and opinions are not in the state standards- but this is what is happening to our next generation- they are being taught to be useful idiots and tools of the communists and pagans who would destroy the traditional America culture and traditions.

This effort must be a systematic effort- my 1st grader in one public school talked this way and also this week I got involved in an email exchange with another teacher at my school who was involved in similar effort to push communism and paganism at our public school.

On Monday our entire staff at our public school was sent an email during the workday over the school email system from another teacher- “Hoping you all have a happy Earth Day and hug a tree today!”

Earth Day is morally and intellectually wrong- the worship of some sort of pagan green God and the pushing of government policies which take away our liberty and property both are offensive to me. Earth Day is just a way for the inner circle of pagan and communist manipulators- evil people- to get the useful idiots in the outer circle to support their agenda, and so any effort to encourage people to engage in this worship and celebration should be rejected. And pagan rituals- hugging a tree- are also to be rejected as they run counter to my faith.

While friends and family suggest that I just keep my mouth shut about stuff like this and go along with it by just nodding along and admitting that 2+2=5, I refuse to. So I replied back to the other teacher at my school- “Please do not email me any more emails pushing this pagan and communist ‘holiday’.”

Apparently I made the other teacher cry with this email, and she showed my email around to the building to other teachers. The next day during my prep hour an angry mob of useful idiots cornered me in my classroom and demanded that I apologize to the teacher and email the entire staff wishing them a Happy Earth Day. They believed that they were morally superior to me and that their faith in the green god gave them a higher calling and that I should recant my questioning of their holiday and do some publicly.

These teachers are useful idiots of the outer circle- unwitting tools and promoters of intellectual ideas that they are clueless about. When I began to talk to them about the intellectual and historical background and reasoning behind their ‘holiday’, they told me that I was just taking it too seriously and that I was wrong for doubting and should just recant and chant with them their slogans. And in the past I may have taken this subject less seriously- see my post Earth Day: A Communist Plot? where I treat as more of a joke their efforts. But in the face of this mob of fools I was struck by how unserious this actually was- that there was a larger and darker and much more serious movement here.

In The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Penguin Classics), the famous author G.K. Chesterton described anarchists this way-

This is a vast philosophic movement, consisting of an outer and inner ring. The outer ring- the main mass of their supporters- are merely anarchists; that is, men who believe that rules and formulas have destroyed human happiness. They believe that all the evil results of human crime are the results of the system that has called it a punishment. They do not believe that the crime creates the punishment. They believe that the punishment has created the crime. These people talk about ‘a happy time coming,’ ‘the paradise of the future,’ ‘mankind freed from the bondage of vice and the bondage of virtue,’ and so on.

And so also the men of the inner circle speak. But in their mouths these happy phrases have a horrible meaning. They are under no illusions; they are too intellectual to think that man upon this earth can ever be quite free of original sin and the struggle. And they mean death. When they say that mankind shall be free at last, they mean that mankind shall commit suicide. When they talk of a paradise without right or wrong, they mean the grave. They have but two objects, to destroy first humanity and then themselves.

Chesterton may well have been describing these useful idiots of the outer circle in my school and other schools around the nation who push their ‘Earth Day’ movement at young children and staff members, pushing formula’s (‘hug a tree’, say ‘happy earth day,’ recycle, etc) and rules that destroy human freedom and property, believing that if we just change our system and practices and give up our freedom and liberties that sin will be ended and that the green god will be happier, and that we can achieve a brighter future through these actions. These pushers of Earth Day are the outer circle.

But the inner circle is the one to fear, for they are the intellectual and moral center, and they know that the goal is not to erode property rights and human liberty to achieve any sort of higher calling, but rather to erode property rights and human liberty. They desire control over others, property of others, and want to control the lives of their fellow men- and have the ability to kill them if they go against their desires and wishes. The inner circle knows that mankind was born free and able to build buildings and harvest goods and mine for metals and work chemicals and have children and live in liberty- and they hate this and so push the worship of ‘Earth Day’ and other days which have as their goal darkness, control, and less human life. They are the inner circle because they know what they seek and why they seek it- the outer circle are just the large pool of useful idiots who take their message and push it without knowing what they do or why they do it.

In the face of this mob of idiots, outnumbered and threatened, I retreated physically by making up some sort of excuse to leave and promising to address the matter with them further in the future. Another day or two has passed and nothing further has come up and I suppose they hope that now I have dropped it and been cowed by their show of force. And in public schools right now I doubt I have any real ability to fight back- administration, the union, and other teachers likely would side with the inner circle over me- and it is probably safer for me to simply appear to give in. But in my own mind and in my heart they will not force me to ever give in.

Human liberty, property rights, and the love of life all are now too much a part of who I am, and so I reject the worship of Earth Day here and forever, and suggest you do so as well. And so I viewed my daughter’s comments as a good time to begin a real conversation with her about human action, historical variations in temperature, opinions of authority figures, critical thinking, and the wonders of progress. I intend on being my own inner circle of good and raising my children to be the same- and so should we all.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev- 9/11 Denier, Against War on Terror, Ignorant- Product of the Intellectual Left?

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From the Detroit News article For Boston bombing suspects, question may be who led whom:

…(Alyssa Kilzer) said the mother (of the terrorists) also expressed some rather strident views about the U.S. government. “(When my mother went to their house to get a facial treatment) (the mother of the terrorists) started quoting a conspiracy theory, telling me that she thought 9-11 was purposefully created by the American government to make America hate Muslims. ‘It’s real,’ (the mother of the terrorists) said, ‘My son knows all about it. You can read on the internet.’”…

…Tsarni (who is the uncle) told The Associated Press from his home in Maryland that a deep rift opened between him and his sister-in-law, but that he tried to maintain a relationship with the boys. However, that effort began to fall apart several years ago, he said, when Tamerlan “started carrying all this nonsense associated with religion, with Islamic religion.”

Tamerlan would throw out foreign words like “jihad” and “Inshallah” — Arabic for “God willing” — without really understanding their meaning, he said…

…One of the brothers’ neighbors, Albrecht Ammon, said he had a bizarre encounter with Tamerlan in a pizza shop about three months ago. The older brother argued with him about U.S. foreign policy, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and religion. He said Tamerlan referred to the Bible as a “cheap copy” of the Quran, and that many of this country’s wars “are based upon the Bible — how it’s an excuse to invade other countries.”

“He had nothing against the American people,” Ammon said. “He had something against the American government.”…

There are those who are going to try to spin some sort of alternative narrative about these terrorists- that they were just an innocent family that didn’t integrate to American culture because American culture is wrong or something, that these people were poor and desperate and so we need to increase welfare programs, that this event has nothing at all to do with Muslim or the Muslim religion, that this is a conspiracy theory involving the FBI, that somehow these terrorists were lone-wolves whose actions say nothing further about society or the environment that they’ve lived in, or that somehow it was Bush’s fault.

But the above quotes paint a different picture. We can see here two young individuals who accepted left-wing indoctrination regarding two major events that took place over the last several years- 9/11 and the War on Terror. The left- liberals, communists, progressives, socialists, fascists- have been for years attempting to spin conspiracy theories about 9/11 that put the blame for these events on America. And these groups have also for years been agitating against the War on Terror- in fact these groups united behind the Democrats and Barack Obama and helped to elect them on the argument that the War on Terror was wrong and just an excuse to invade other countries. And the older brother was ignorant- using language and words for which he didn’t really understand and which really didn’t even apply- the sort of misuse and abuse of language that is more characteristic of the left than it is with the right.

Barack Obama and the Democrats are not to blame for these events- the actions of evil people are- but the political environment, rhetoric, intellectual thought, and systems of support that the left has been at work building contributed to and aided these evil people in their efforts.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother were not students of the Constitution and our Founding Fathers, they did not quote John Locke and talk about a new American Revolution, they were not supportive of our efforts overseas to degrade terror networks and remove regimes from power who supported and cheered on the 9/11 attacks, they did not curse the terrorists who committed 9/11, they were not supportive of the free market, they were not raised believing in human freedom and personal liberty and the responsibilities and consequences of their actions for the larger society, they were not interested in business and producing goods and services, they didn’t discuss any Ron Paul conspiracy theories about the gold standard or the government taken over by communists, they did not love human life, they did not believe in the protection of private property, and they did not believe that wordsmithing and image and fancy rhetoric are just crap. They are not associated in their actions, thoughts, beliefs, or values with the ‘right’- conservatives, tea partiers, libertarians, constitutionalists, republicans, Republicans, independents, etc.

It is to the left of the political spectrum that we must look to see who intellectually gave these terrorists purpose and direction to commit their evil acts. This might not be the politically correct thing to say- but let it be said here regardless.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

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Earth Day 2013: Is it Just One Big Communist Plot?

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In honor of Earth Day 2013 Lenin’s Birthday, here is a classic post from A Conservative Teacher.

Happy Lenin’s Birthday
Is it a coincidence that I’m wishing you this today? I don’t think so. Earth Day arrives on the exact same day as Lenin’s Birthday. One of the very first Earth day celebrations took place exactly on the 100 year anniversary of Comrade Lenin’s birthday. Many former communists saw Earth Day, with its goals and interests, as being very similar to the goals and interests of the great communist Lenin. Does this coincidence convince you that Earth Day is a big communist plot? Need more evidence?

Friends of the Earth
The group that founded “Earth Day” was a group called Friends of the Earth. This group also promotes socialism- just as strongly as it does environmentalism. It advocates economic redistribution, government regulation of nearly all aspects of people’s lives, communal land ownership, control of production in the hands of the masses, etc. Its main bogeymen are: “evil” corporations (especially the Fortune 500 companies,) Big Oil, Wall Street, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and (naturally) George Bush. Oh yeah- it also founded Earth Day too. It is not far-fetched to think that by promoting and celebrating Earth Day, perhaps some of the other aims of Friends of the Earth will be advanced. Still not convinced that Earth Day is a big communist plot? Need more evidence?

Symbol of Earth Day
The symbol of the first Earth Day is a circle with a broken cross, with the bars pointing downward. It is a New Age symbol meaning the rejection of Christianity. The goal was to replace the worship of the Christian religion with the worship of Mother Earth. Communist ideology demand you worship the state and not a Christian god, and so communists frequently also attack the church. Earth Day then fits very nicely with the goals of communists. Still not convinced that Earth Day is a big communist plot? Need more evidence?

Motives of Earth Day activists
According to wikipedia, the goal of Earth Day is to push for: Total state control of society, especially businesses and industry (to help the environment, I guess). Recognition of the sacred nature of Mother Earth, including an almost reverent worship of anything ‘green’ (to help the environment, I guess). Using force to change people’s behavior (to help the environment, I guess). Stopping or slowing ‘development’ or ‘progress’, to return to a Utopian world of equality (to help the environment, I guess). These goals are the goals of communists, are they not? Still not convinced that Earth Day is a big communist plot? Need more evidence?

More Evidence: Earthday.net
Here are some of the goals, issues, and beliefs on www.earthday.net, one of the official websites promoting Earth Day: “Join the Revolution”! Pass laws that give more power to the government, in order to ‘stop global warming’. Stop building any new energy producing plants. “Protect the poor and middle class from unfairly bearing the cost of climate crisis” by increasing taxes on the rich and redistributing that money to the poor and middle class. Unite all religions in the name of global warming. Teach children in schools less about rights and more about the environment, and their responsibility to fight poverty. Still not convinced that Earth Day is a big communist plot? Need more evidence?

More Evidence: The Wilderness Society
For teachers, The Wilderness Society (an environmental group) has resources on how to teach about Earth Day. Here are some of them: A coloring book for 3rd graders with the theme of “Stop drilling in ANWR”. A timeline that 7th graders can construct of all the laws that government passed, to see the “progress” of government. Stories to read about ‘environmental heroes’- also (coincidentally) all good revolutionary communists

Bush’s Version of Earth Day
Under Republican President George Bush, the official government version of Earth Day was a bit different. According to the EPA website then, as declared by President Bush, Earth Day was more about: Celebrating the gains we have made in protecting the environment. Achieving meaningful results in protecting the environment. Encouraging volunteer efforts to save energy, reduce or recycle, and educate yourself to be more friendly to the environment. Taking pride in America by maintaining our public lands

Obama’s Version of Earth Day
Under Democrat President Barack Obama, the official government version of Earth Day though looks very much like Lenin’s birthday. According to the EPA website now, according to President Obama, Earth Day is about: Learning about environmental justice, which is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Earth Day is about lobbying your local school to spend less time teaching reading and math and more time teaching environmental protection. Most importantly, Earth Day is about engaging in celebrations and festivals of worship on this most holy of days.

Earth Day: A Communist Plot
So, today when the news runs story after story about Earth Day, when teachers encourage you to ‘celebrate’ Earth Day, when google and yahoo ‘go green’, you can now respond back by saying-

“Happy Earth Day too, comrade”.

Original Post: A Conservative Teacher

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A Rebellious Nation

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A Rebellious Nation

Isaiah 1 New International Version (NIV)

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
For the Lord has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
Woe to the sinful nation,
a people whose guilt is great,
a brood of evildoers,
children given to corruption!
They have forsaken the Lord;
they have spurned the Holy One of Israel
and turned their backs on him.
Why should you be beaten anymore?
Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head
there is no soundness—
only wounds and welts
and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged
or soothed with olive oil.
Your country is desolate,
your cities burned with fire;
your fields are being stripped by foreigners
right before you,
laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
Daughter Zion is left
like a shelter in a vineyard,
like a hut in a cucumber field,
like a city under siege.
Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us some survivors,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom;
listen to the instruction of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,
of rams and the fat of fattened animals;
I have no pleasure
in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
12 When you come to appear before me,
who has asked this of you,
this trampling of my courts?
13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!
Your incense is detestable to me.
New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—
I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.
14 Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals
I hate with all my being.
They have become a burden to me;
I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.
Your hands are full of blood!
16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.[a]
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
21 See how the faithful city
has become a prostitute!
She once was full of justice;
righteousness used to dwell in her—
but now murderers!
22 Your silver has become dross,
your choice wine is diluted with water.
23 Your rulers are rebels,
partners with thieves;
they all love bribes
and chase after gifts.
They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;
the widow’s case does not come before them.
24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
the Mighty One of Israel, declares:
“Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes
and avenge myself on my enemies.
25 I will turn my hand against you;[b]
I will thoroughly purge away your dross
and remove all your impurities.
26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old,
your rulers as at the beginning.
Afterward you will be called
the City of Righteousness,
the Faithful City.”
27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
her penitent ones with righteousness.
28 But rebels and sinners will both be broken,
and those who forsake the Lord will perish.

29 “You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks
in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens
that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,
like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
with no one to quench the fire.”

Original Post: A Conservative Teacher

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BRIC and MIST Economies vs the PIIGGS and the US

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Rhetoric, good intentions, philosophies, ideologies, speeches- they don’t mean as much to me as good policies. Purity of candidates, good communication skills, and hard work only mean anything if they are in pursuit of public policies which work to better protect human life, liberty, and property. Recently on RealClearPolitics Alan Reynolds wrote an excellent article The Truth About Taxes and Spending in Europe comparing the results of the public policies of two different sets of nations:

…Several European countries, including Cyprus, have been mired in economic stagnation or decline for five years or more. Yet other countries in Asia and Latin America have flourished. What are the weakest economies doing wrong? What are the strongest doing right?

Economist Jim O’Neill coined the acronym BRIC in 2001 to refer to four economies which showed great potential then and now — Brazil, Russia, India and China. More recently, he added four more promising  economies — Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey.

In mid-2008, The Economist magazine drew a sharp contrast between the booming BRIC economies and four feeble PIGS — Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain. By 2010, after Ireland and Great Britain bailed out their banks, that unkind acronym was stretched to PIIGGS.

All PIIGGS have two things in common. First of all, government spending grew dramatically — from an average of 43.2% of GDP in 2007 to 52.6% by 2010. Spending was modestly trimmed by 2012 in a few cases, yet the ratio of spending to GDP still remained 3 to 6 percentage points higher than it had been in 2007.

Government spending on bailouts, subsidies, grants, salaries and entitlements commands a much larger share of these economies than it did just a few years ago. European austerity has been focused on the private sector — namely, taxpayers with high incomes.

That is the second thing the PIIGGS have in common. The highest income tax rate was recently increased in every one of the troubled PIIGGS except Italy (where it was already too high at 43%). The top tax rate was hiked from 40 to 46.5% in Portugal, from 41 to 48% in Ireland, from 40 to 45% in Greece, from 40 to 50% in Great Britain, and from 48 to 52% in Spain….

…It is enlightening to compare the depressing performance of these tax-and-spend countries to the rapidly-expanding BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and MIST economies (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey).

Government spending is frugal in these countries, averaging 32.1% of GDP in the BRICs and 27.4% for the MIST group.

Rather than raising top tax rates, all but one of the BRIC and MIST countries slashed their highest individual income tax rates in half; sometimes lower. Brazil cut the top tax rate from 55 to 27.5%. Russia replaced income tax rates up to 60% with a 13% flat tax. India cut the top tax rate to 30% from 60%. Similarly, the top tax rate was cut from 55 to 30% in Mexico, from 50 to 30% in Indonesia, from 89 to 38% in South Korea, and from 75 to 35% in Turkey.

In China, statutory income tax rates can still reach 45% on paper, but that is only for high salaries and is widely evaded. Investment income is subject to a flat tax of 20%, the corporate tax is 15-25%, and China’s extremely low payroll tax adds almost nothing to labor costs.

Lower tax rates and faster economic growth in these countries didn’t mean bigger budget deficits. On the contrary, only one of of the eight MIST and BRIC countries (India) has a significant budget deficit.

In short, the world economy has become divided into two groups: (1) sickly PIIGGS with chronic fiscal crises and (2) booming BRIC and MIST economies with modest government spending, lower tax rates and vigorous growth of both the economy and tax receipts….

So there are two different groups of nations, one group successful and creating wealth and expanding opportunities for their citizens and leaving their people better off than they were previously (BRIC and MIST), and another group unsuccessful and destroying wealth through amassing debt and taking out loans and robbing from pensions and future entitlement programs and debasing their currency and leaving their people worse off than they were previously (PIIGGS).

Which of these two groups is the United States moving towards? Clearly the answer is the PIIGGS group. And that’s bad public policy.

Original Post:  A Conservative Teacher

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Obama Encouraging Banks to Make Easy Loans to People With Poor Credit to Destroy America?

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We all agree that the Great Recession of 2008 that is turning into the Obama Depression was caused by poor lending practices by the government run corporations Fannie May and Freddie Mac. There easy loan programs to people with poor credit histories predictability led to problems when these people with a history of not paying back their loans did not in fact pay back their loans and the banks were left holding more and more toxic debt. These losses, caused by government policies and encouraged by government bureaucrats, led to a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their houses, and the only good thing that emerged from this disaster of public policy was that hopefully our nation learned its lesson to never engage in this sort of behavior ever again. Or so we thought.

The news of the day is that President Obama is now purposefully encouraging the same sort of policies that led to our nation’s economic collapse only a few short years ago. From the Washington Post story Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit:

…The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place.

President Obama’s economic advisers and outside experts say the nation’s much-celebrated housing rebound is leaving too many people behind, including young people looking to buy their first homes and individuals with credit records weakened by the recession.

In response, administration officials say they are working to get banks to lend to a wider range of borrowers by taking advantage of taxpayer-backed programs — including those offered by the Federal Housing Administration — that insure home loans against default.

Housing officials are urging the Justice Department to provide assurances to banks, which have become increasingly cautious, that they will not face legal or financial recriminations if they make loans to riskier borrowers who meet government standards but later default.

Officials are also encouraging lenders to use more subjective judgment in determining whether to offer a loan and are seeking to make it easier for people who owe more than their properties are worth to refinance at today’s low interest rates, among other steps.

Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to do more to make sure more Americans can enjoy the benefits of the housing recovery, but critics say encouraging banks to lend as broadly as the administration hopes will sow the seeds of another housing disaster and endanger taxpayer dollars…

If it weren’t true, it would be unbelievable. Sadly the foolish decisions of voters last year to vote for this guy will lead to all of us- you and me and all of our families- being poorer, less free, and less happy.

Original Post: A Conservative Teacher


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Savers vs Spenders

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…”full blown escalation in the status quo’s war against savers everywhere…”

This line from a recent story by Zero Hedge stuck out at me as perhaps a shifting the paradigm of how we should be looking at what is happening in our world. Perhaps rather than our nation being in a battle between those who desire liberty and rights and those who desire control and tyranny, instead the battle is being fought between those who save and increase the wealth of society and those who spend and decrease the wealth of society. It’s a battle between those who make a positive difference in the world and those who make a negative difference in the world- a battle between those who when they leave have left the world richer and better and those who when they leave leave the world poorer and worse. In short, savers vs spenders.

The story that leads to this possible paradigm shift of how to look at the current political battles taking place is the story of the recent bailout of the nation of Cyprus:

…Late last night, after markets closed for the weekend, following an extended discussion the European finance ministers announced their “bailout” solution for Russian oligarch depositor-haven Cyprus: a €13 billion bailout (Europe’s fifth) with a huge twist: the implementation of what has been the biggest taboo in European bailouts to date – the impairment of depositors, and a fresh, full blown escalation in the status quo’s war against savers everywhere.

Specifically, Cyprus will impose a levy of 6.75% on deposits of less than €100,000 – the ceiling for European Union account insurance, which is now effectively gone following this case study – and 9.9% above that. The measures will raise €5.8 billion, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who leads the group of euro-area ministers, said…

Of course the levying of a tax- the confiscation of wealth- on those people who have saved their money in the banks has led to a predictable run on the banks in Cyprus as those who have saved their money frantically attempt to take that money out of the banks before it is confiscated by authorities, who will then use that money to pay back German bankers, who will then use that money to lend to other collapsing European states now from Greece to Portugal to Iceland to Ireland, and probably soon France now that they have elected a wealth destroying and liberty violating progressive as their President. These nations will then repay Germany, until the day that they don’t and go under completely, in which case the house of cards will collapse and we’ll see who is left holding real money and who isn’t (probably it’ll be the Germans). This process will not be clean and neat, but rather filled with conflict, with the possibility of military conflict present.

And where is the United States in all of this? As chaos continues to erupt on a continent responsible for two of the worst wars in history, the United States is nowhere to be found as it is led by perhaps one of its worst Presidents in its history.

But even if the United States were to jump into the fray, one wonders which side of the conflict between savers and debtors that they would side with. The United States government is by far and away the largest debtor in the history of the world, and most of that debt stems from payments that the government makes to those who are no longer adding anything to the wealth and prosperity of the world. I’m not blaming them though- they didn’t make the deal and many didn’t vote for the deal, but nonetheless the deal that has been set up is that the US government increasingly takes more and more wealth from those who are making it and gives that wealth more and more to those who are not making any wealth, due to advanced age (Social Security and Medicare), laziness and a sense of entitlement (various welfare programs), or political connections (green energy programs and other government sponsored ‘research’).

In my humble opinion, you don’t need to make a run on your bank right now, although in the long term it would probably be advisable to invest in a strong safe and begin to store assets in it like gold and silver (if you put them in the bank they may be confiscated at some point). You probably don’t need to make a run on the bank any time soon, either- the United States is a far cry from Cyprus and for all of our problems and debt and deficits, the United States remains a productive and wealthy nation that just needs to fix things politically.

But if the United States doesn’t fix things politically and people get elected who push policies that take wealth from one group and give it to another group that produces no wealth, and the war on savers and producers accelerates, then maybe some day runs on banks will happen. It is my great hope though that before it comes to this the American people wake up and grow up and toughen up and moral up and start voting for people who believe that the only legitimate role of government is to better protect your life, liberty, and property, and not to engage in a war against you simply because you grow your life, liberty, and property.

A Conservative Teacher

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Are Those Who Believe in Traditional or Christian Beliefs Now to be Contemned?

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Although I know that I risk the wrath of the Detroit News and others who would judge me for posting my personal feelings on this issue, I nonetheless have felt compelled to weigh in with some further thoughts about gay marriage that supplement my earlier posting about the Supreme Court having to be very careful with issuing a ruling on this matter that is legitimate.

David Brody, the Christian Broadcasting Network News Chief Political Correspondent, noted in his post Are Evangelicals Now More Scorned than Homosexuals? that:

…Direct from the school of, “Counter-Intuitive Thinking,” I bring you this question: When it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage, are Evangelical Christians actually the ones more ridiculed than homosexuals? In the media’s narrative, you would think that homosexuals are the poor souls who have been banished by society like ugly stepchildren and are now rising to overcome incredible odds.

But what about today? Let’s be honest: If you are a conservative evangelical who believes in the biblical definition of traditional marriage then guess what? You are one of the following: An outcast, a bigot, narrow-minded, a “hater” or all of the above. It’s a different type of ridicule but it’s still ridicule.

The tables have been turned. Evangelicals are now the ugly stepchild. In our American culture today, you can easily make the argument that it is harder to stand for biblical truth than it is to be a supporter of gay marriage in today’s society.

Don’t believe me? Ask Kirk Cameron or Tim Tebow who both have been endlessly ridiculed for stating mainstream biblical positions on marriage and other topics. How about the comments by Chick-fil-A Founder Dan Cathy? Remember his comments in strong support for traditional marriage? He nearly had his head ripped apart by the mainstream media.

Meanwhile, politicians like former Sen. Rick Santorum have been labeled part of a “Jesus-eating cult” (Whatever that means). The list goes on. It happens all the time. Why? Just because evangelicals believe in the biblical definition of marriage? American society and culture may change but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob does not.

Evangelicals shouldn’t be surprised by any of this. The Bible clearly states that becoming a born-again believer and walking with Jesus will cost you something and you will be treated like an outcast. Luke 21:7 says, “Everyone will hate you because of me.” Matthew 10:22 exclaims, “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” And Luke 6:22 proclaims, “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.”

Let me be clear: The Brody File believes hate crimes and incendiary talk and bullying against ALL people (gay or straight) is a sin against God Almighty. And Evangelical Christians have fallen short in this area as well, hence the need for a Savior who forgives us and washes our sins away. Still, the level of vitriol by media commentators and others who support the homosexual lifestyle is just going to continue to increase and get more aggressive against Bible-believing evangelicals….

As a public school teacher, I would concur strongly with this- nothing makes students and fellow staff and administration reject you and judge you like expressing mainstream Christian beliefs consistent with the Bible, and nothing makes those same people accept and praise you and reward you like implementing policies and lesson plans and actively promoting beliefs that are rejected by mainstream and traditional Christian teachings.

In our school system, we have clubs and organizations and ‘days’ set aside for promoting and teaching about: homosexuality, not bullying or teasing those who promote homosexuality, environmentalism, eastern religions, Harry Potter and anime, diversity (and by diversity I mean exclusively those who believe in homosexuality and promote it), black history, Muslim tolerance, evolution, anti-creationism, and separation of church and state (which is interpreted as anti-Bible teaching). To teach or promote or even talk about mainstream Christian values and beliefs is not allowed in public schools- or in the media or in the newspapers or increasingly in politics. Wrong is now right, and right has now become wrong.

This is not to say that we should not have these days- rather it is to note that we no longer also have days for lessons and promoting: traditional marriage, not bullying or teasing those who promote traditional marriage, growth and productivity and building, western religions, prayer and the Bible, diversity (and by diversity I mean debates and conversation about theological and moral issues from every perspective), history of other sorts, Jewish tolerance, creationism, and the proper role of religion and government in society. To teach or promote or even talk about these values and beliefs above should be part and parcel to public education, journalism discourse, and politics today- and yet these are the very beliefs and teachings that apparently will make you and outcast and hated in today’s society. And this is wrong.

Let’s work towards and promote a society that is loving and caring and supportive of God’s word and traditional Christian beliefs- and tolerant of and knowledgeable of and accepting of other beliefs and religions as well. This culture of hate- from one side or another- and promotion of values and beliefs- from one side or another- surely can’t be consistent with the desires of a loving and caring God.

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How the State Standards are Indoctrinating our Youth with Marxist Views on the Great Depression

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For many long years conservatives have failed badly in teaching the lessons of the Great Depression, instead deferring to the liberals and accepting their ‘lessons’ as the reality of the situation. The damage from years and years of learning the wrong lessons from the Great Depression is that today our nation is replicating the same sorts of policies that led to and lengthened the Depression and it is questionable whether or not there are enough around still educated in different lessons to implement different policies that will lead our nation to greater success and liberty and prosperity.

In 2004, the State of Michigan adopted a revised set of social studies standards- the high school’s standards are called the High School Content Expectations. These HSCE’s are intended to establish what every high school student that graduates from Michigan should know by the time they graduate and the Michigan Merit Exam and other tests created by the state are designed to test whether or not students are indeed learning what is expected. Although language is included that says that teachers can teach other content, the reality is that the amount of material that must be taught effectively precludes this, and so these standards really are a good basis for judging what what is being taught in our classrooms in Michigan and what students therefore are learning. These standards remain in place today, and have so far have not been replaced by the far worse Common Core standards.

United States History and Geography Standard 7.1 covers the time period of the 1920′s and 1930′s, and has been titled “Growing Crisis of Industrial Capitalism and Responses,” and let us first look at this suggested way of viewing the 1920′s and 1930′s as some sort of ‘crisis of’ ‘industrial capitalism’. Wikipedia defines industrial capitalism as a variety of capitalism marked the development of the factory system of manufacturing and characterized by a complex division of labor between and within work process and the routine of work tasks, but most of the literature and google hits on the term ‘industrial capitalism’ were various Marxist sites and discussions of Karl Marx. Framing what happened in the 1920′s and 1930′s therefore in this sort of Marxist vision of the world and using a term that is virtually unknown in our nation like ‘industrial capitalism’ to describe this time period therefore are causes of concern for how this time period will be taught to our impressionable youth.

The standard 7 includes three subsections- 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.1.3. Let us take a moment to consider each in turn.

  • 7.1.1 covers “The Twenties,” and according to the state guidelines which all teachers follow which all students learn, students are to take away from the 1920′s two major lessons- first, they are to learn about cultural movements, such as the Harlem Renaissance and the “lost generation”, and second , they are to learn about the so-called struggle between “traditional” and “modern” America (e.g., Scopes Trial, immigration restrictions, Prohibition, role of women, mass consumption). These both include meaningful and important information from the 1920′s, but the focus on cultural and on judging traditional values both are designed to reinforce liberal ideology. Not taught but probably more important from the 1920′s are the Roaring Twenties- the great explosion on wealth generated by Harding and Coolidge’s laissez-faire capitalism, drastically cut tax rates, drastically cut government spending, and lessened regulation of businesses. Every student should know how about the inventors and great businessmen from this age- and yet this is not included in the state standards and so not taught to our children. Any sort of lead-in to the Great Depression should focus on what came before, for without this context the policy responses that follow are delivered in a vacuum of ignorance… although perhaps this is exactly what those who wrote these standards wished.
  • 7.1.2 covers “Causes and Consequences of the Great Depression,” and according to state guidelines which all teachers follow which all students learn, students are to take away as the causes of the Great Depression the following- “fiscal policy, overproduction, under consumption, and speculation, the 1929 crash, and the Dust Bowl”. Based on the books and conversations with other teachers, fiscal policy as a cause of the Great Depression is intended to mean that the very policies that created the wealth of the 1920′s- limited government, limited spending, lowered taxes- caused the Great Depression, even though the reality is that this wasn’t the case. ‘Overproduction‘ is a another Marxist term, and has been frequently debunked by economists, as has ‘under consumption’. ‘Speculation’ stemmed from the manipulation of the money supply by the new Federal Reserve, and thus government caused this problem and not ‘greedy bankers’ like the books portray. Not mentioned as causes of the Great Depression were Hoover’s big government policies, increased taxes, and treaties that cut off international trade, or FDR’s policies which caused a severe recession caused by government to turn into a long depression caused by government. Missing in the standards are the very real consequences of meddlesome monetary policy, restrictive trade policies, punishing tax rates, wild and unpredictable regulations of businesses, and the corrosive effect of crony capitalism that stemmed from massive government spending. It is as if a liberal wrote the standards- which is okay and brings balance and critical thinking- but no conservative values or beliefs were included on purpose- which is wrong and as a whole should lead to the rejection of the standard and the education which follows from it.
  • 7.1.3 covers “The New Deal,” and according to the state guidelines which all teachers follow which all students learn, students are to take away from this time period several lessons. First, students are supposed to learn that the federal government has a responsibility to protect the environment and should do so by violating the Constitution (TVA) and taking control over formally private business activities- yet this is a judgement and not a history lesson and should not be pushed in public schools. Second, students are supposed to learn that the national government is supposed to be meeting challenges of unemployment by creating jobs, as if a political system designed to protect people’s liberty and property can exist in a nation where the government takes wealth from one group and redistributes it to another and creates businesses in competition to private companies. Students are supposed to learn how the Supreme Court then was wrong in striking down these unconstitutional attempts to twist our nation from a republic into a fascist dictatorship, and that opponents of the New Deal were just heartless and evil businessman who wanted to continue making a buck like the Marxists teach. Finally, students are to learn the consequences of the New Deal, which are listed as “promoting workers’ rights, development of Social Security program, and banking and financial regulation, conservation practices, crop subsidies”- all good consequences and not a single bad consequence listed. Nowhere is it mentioned that the Great Depression was in reality several recessions, all caused by these policies, and that our nation didn’t recover from the Depression until FDR died and many of his policies were rejected and repealed in the 1950′s.

The one sided liberal education through a Marxist viewpoint that are the standards of Michigan education is designed to produce students who are liberal and Marxist and who will be ignorant of the successes of Coolidge or the failures of FDR while learning and embracing Marxist theories regarding the economy and the proper role of government.

And Common Core, when it does turn its corrupting influence on Social Studies, will be even worse and will be a national curriculum designed to even more strongly push these values and beliefs on your youth. See my earlier post Oppose the Common Core Standards Initiative: Reasons for Opposition Both Republicans and Democrats Should Agree On.

By comparison, the prosperous and happy years of the 1980′s are covered under the standard 9.1.2, and focus on the “intensification of partisanship” and “partisan conflict over the role of government in American life”- whereas students were taught about the liberal view of what the role of government should be, the conservative view of what role government should play in society should only be covered due to the role it played in increasingly conflict in our society. And not included in the standards are any sort of mention of the successes of Reagan’s policies in international or domestic affairs, because it doesn’t fit with the false narrative pushed by the left and so students are to remain ignorant to this important and valuable information.

There are important efforts underway to take these sorts of standards and make them even more communist and make them cover the whole nation and make teachers not deviate at all from them- be aware of this and be mindful of fighting these efforts and pushing for policies at the national and state levels which lessen the role of government in education, because only be doing this can we further the life, liberty, and prosperity of our children.

UPDATE: As I thought more on this today, it occurred to me that missing from standard 7.1.1 was any sort of discussion on the Recession of 1920-1921 and the lessons that our nation learned from this economic recession. There is an entire standard devoted to the recession that occurred under FDR, so obviously ‘recessions’ are something that students should know about- but nothing on the Recession of 1920-1921. My theory- the lessons that our nation learned in that recession don’t fit in the liberal narrative that our children are supposed to be learning. For more about this recession and the lessons we learned in it, see my posts Lessons from Economic Recessions II- The Forgotten Recession of 1920 or Obama’s University of Vermont Speech Analyzed by Logic and History Reveals Dangerously Incompetent Fascist?.

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Explaining the Opposition to Drilling and Fracking: A Michigan Teacher’s Perspective

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 Michigan apparently is sitting on valuable oil and gas reserves and is quickly becoming a battleground between those people who want to environmentally extract these valuable resources to power America and those who worship the Green God.

Those who worship the Green God believe that no drilling should occur in their backyard, although they will repeatedly state that they have no problem with it being done in a much more environmentally destructive manner in other areas and then being shipped at great damage to the environment to them to power their cars and homes. These people believe that those who do want to drill are all part of some hidden conspiracy that includes the regulators, the regulated, elected officials, and any citizen who supports drilling in an environmentally friendly manner, but they through their superior morality and intelligence have seen through this conspiracy and know the real TRUTH. They don’t really want to protect the environment, you see- in many cases these groups actually oppose drilling even if it is done in an environmentally safe way that bans controversial methods like hydraulic fracturing (better known as “fracking”)- these people are not so much environmentalists who care about the environment and doing things in a manner that protects it, but rather they are worshipers of an old religion and shout their beliefs from a wellspring of faith.

These worshipers of the Green God believe in an elaborate cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness. They will frequently make derogatory comments about the material world, sneering at money and budgets and putting food on the table and powering their cars, instead speaking lovingly of some sort of greater spiritual world that is being damaged by these things. They view what is happening with fracking and drilling as some sort of ongoing process in which they are battling a historic battle to keep the light of the environment protected from those who are gradually processing and drilling it and moving it into the world of matter. Of course they know the real knowledge of the world, having watched some sort of movie or youtube clip or read it on the internet. They gather in their societies and have meetings where they talk about these ideas until everyone is faithfully preaching the same message. And then they go forth to battle those who would harm the light of the world by drilling it and using it, screaming ‘shame on you’ on those who they oppose as the pass judgement on them, which they see as only natural since they have achieved mystic enlightenment, or gnosis, whereby others have not.

At local meetings around Michigan that are discussing proposals to drill or engage in hydraulic fracturing, logical arguments are advanced and sensible safeguards are proposed, but in meeting after meeting- Barry County, West Bloomfield, Waterford, Rochester, Ionia, etc- the meetings inevitably break down in order as those who worship the Green God are not interested in logic or reasoning or really even protecting the environment- to them it is instead a matter of questioning their faith.

For example, Independence Township Board is currently considering a proposal from Jordan Exploration, an oil and gas company from Traverse City. Jordan Exploration has offered to enter into a nondevelopmental lease with the township board, which wouldn’t allow a wellhead on township property. Instead, wellheads would be located on nearby properties owned by private landowners. In other communities they have also promised (and signed a legally bind document that stated this) that they would not engage in fracking on township land- or any other land in the community that they legally could do so- if the lease was signed. And they would pay generous royalties to the community that would help them to pay police, fire, library staff, and build parks and sidewalks. And America would become more energy secure and prosperous. And the whole process would be supervised by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), with environmental groups ready to sue if any sort of infractions occurred. It’s a good deal that only someone who was motivated by something other than logic and reasoning could oppose.

Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash is obviously this sort of person- at that meeting he said- “you can put on all the safeguards you want, but human nature is we’re not perfect and things happen.” This sort of idea that human beings are imperfect yet the environment is fits with the Manichaeism ideology that is the older form of the worship of the Green God.

At the Independence Township Board meeting and others, experts and geologists and those in the industry and even lawyers came forward to testify that the environmentally friendly route to go that would also provide revenue to the township would be to sign the lease- and yet the worshipers of the Green God kept calling out for a “real expert” to testify on their behalf. But in all honesty, they were not looking for an expert to speak on the issue- they wanted a priest of their religion to testify and call down the wrath of their God on the unbelievers. The wild look in their eyes betrayed their agenda- go to these meetings yourself and you will see, as I did at recent meetings in Genesee County over this issue.

And the saddest part of this whole debate is that those who oppose fracking ‘in the name of protecting the environment’ really are producing more damage to the environment. Their opposition to fracking is lessening the use of natural gas, which offers significant public health and climate benefits over coal and was once seen as the bridge fuel to a clean energy future. But better public health, protecting the climate, and a cleaner energy future aren’t really the goals of those who oppose fracking- instead, it is a worthy tithe to the Green God that demonstrates their superior morality over the other fallen beings of the material world.

Celebrities such as Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo, Mario Batali, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, and Matt Damon have spoken out against the expansion of natural gas drilling, producing movies like Gasland and speaking at fancy events on the issue- even though natural gas provides a very substantial health benefit in reducing air pollution and leads to tremendous health gains (source). These are simply false prophets leading followers of a false god to a worse world.

Be prepared- followers of the Green God or some sort of other Gnostic god will increase as our schools churn out more children filled with dubious scientific knowledge, rejecting Christianity, and filled with a willingness to assert their opinions vociferously even though they are unable to put together a coherent argument. We must teach these people and work to move our nation back to a more moral, logical, spiritual, and prosperous path that includes more environmentally safe drilling and oil exploration.

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Reject the Ideas of Madmen in Authority Who Serve Defunct Economists

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The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.

-John Maynard Keynes, from The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1935)

Keynes was right about this- President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress distilled the wisdom of John Maynard Keynes and adopted his economic ideas, and the madness and recession and stagnation that resulted are all of their faults. In 2009 at the heart of the recession these fools passed a trillion dollar stimulus bill that was sold to the American people as a way to shorten the recession and return our nation back to prosperity quicker than if we did nothing. Those increased spending levels were afterwards locked in because Obama and the Democrats in Congress who supported him believed that taking away this spending would cause the fragile economy to suffer and lead to more joblessness. And they were wrong about all of their economic ideas and wrong to have voted so and voters were wrong to re-elect them.

The results of the data- the reality of the situation- is that the actions of these madmen in authority made the situation worse and increased joblessness and through their political actions have damaged the life, liberty, and property of millions of Americans. The results- the reality- of the stimulus bill and this Keynesian economic spending is that joblessness went higher and has stayed higher longer than if we would have done nothing at all, according to President Obama and the Democrat’s own analysis. Although President Obama would have you believe that his own analysis was so wrong because he was so incredibly incompetent, most economists at the time were very confident in those numbers and I would trust them over the later argument that Obama was so incredibly incompetent that the numbers were wrong.

The results of the data- and the reality of the situation- is that ideas and theories and beliefs upon which the new modern day Democratic Party are built are wrong, false, untrue, and madness. They are to be rejected and those who believe in them are to be rejected and those who teach them are to be rejected, and in their stead new ideas and theories and beliefs based on experience, history, science, data, reasoning, and faith are to be discussed, taught, and supported.

Graphically, the argument that I am making looks like this, adapted from a graph produced by the American Enterprise Institute in an article called To praise the February jobs report is to embrace the New Normal economy:

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Obamacare and National Debt Screw Over Obama’s Biggest Supporters

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Even though I am a teacher and daily spend my time around youth, I simply don’t understand their voting choices. Last election, according to exit poll samples of people 29 and under voted for Barack Obama by a margin of 60% to 36%. And youth voters made up 19 percent of all those who voted, according to the early National Exit Poll conducted by Edison Research, which is higher than normal. This sort of large and decisive turnout of the youth for President Obama is surprising to me because his policies are destroying their future. As evidence, let’s look at two of Obama’s signature achievements- Obamacare and the national debt.

From BuzzFeed story Obama Prepares To Screw His Base:

…The provisions required to make any kind of health insurance plan work — not just ObamaCare, but really any plan of its sort — require healthy young people to pay more in health insurance than they consume in services, while the elderly (saved by Sarah “Death Panels” Palin from any serious attempt to ration expensive and often futile end-of-life care) consume far more than they pay in. There is always a push and pull, however, and this year will be spent laying plans to shift the burden further toward the young.

State and federal officials and the health-care industry are currently preparing to implement two specific ObamaCare provisions taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014, acting on this politically perverse principle of shifting resources from your supporters to your opponents. The first is the individual mandate, which aims to force the young, childless, and healthy — “Young Invincibles,” as they are said to think of themselves — to buy health insurance, even if they think (and even perhaps make a rational, if risky, bet) that they don’t need it.

The second is a lesser-known policy to limit the practices of charging different premiums to different ages, known as age-rating. Many states currently set a limit on this difference, often mandating that an old person shouldn’t pay a premium more than five times a younger person’s, even if she’s expected to use more than five times as much health care. The ObamaCare provision kicking in next Jan. 1 would reduce that ratio to three-to-one, essentially limiting what the elderly pay in part by forcing young people to carry a larger share of the total cost of national health care…

I don’t understand why youth would support someone who would make them buy health insurance whether they want it or not- whether they think they need it or not- so that their money is transferred to an older generation. And I don’t understand why the youth would support someone who pushed for a policy that increases the amount of money that these youth have to pay in health insurance. The youth didn’t used to be this ignorant and foolish- in past elections they voted Democrat, but never this decisively and never turning out so enthusiastically to re-elect someone who attacks their personal health choices and uses government policy to transfer wealth from them to those who are older.

And then there is the debt. “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt,” President Obama said last year, and he’s right- mounting national debt, especially owed to foreign governments, is going to increasingly harm the youth that voted for Obama, more so than the older generation.

The national debt crisis will not be faced by the older generation- likely for the next decade any tough choices on spending and the mounting national debt will be pushed off. The amount of interest owed on the national debt will steadily increase, taking an ever larger share of the federal budget to pay. For a while, this sort of problem will be overcome by simply borrowing more, but that sort of solution only makes the problem worse. And the amount of debt being owed to foreign governments will mean that the youth will have a nation that is less sovereign- a nation that doesn’t control its own foreign policy but instead takes orders from other countries like China or even Russia. For a while, I’m sure that our overwhelming military will be a solution to this problem, but eventually the cuts to our military and gains in the military power of foreign nations will overcome this and our kids will be be living in a country where our foreign policy is set by foreign powers.

President Obama’s professed concern for our nation’s children is belied by his actual record on debt. He has increased the national debt by nearly $6 trillion since taking office, has offered no serious solutions to our entitlement crisis, and has even ignored most of the recommendations of his own fiscal commission. The youth, who overwhelmingly voted for him and turned out in large numbers, voted for someone who is pushing for policies that damage their future.

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Congressional Testimony Reveals Obama Lazy, Dishonest, Incompetent

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It is important to not forget that when our nation faced a crisis on September 11, 2012, that the President of the United States did not discharge his duties to his greatest abilities and as a direct result of that several Americans died, including an Ambassador who was murdered on American territory. Of course I am referring to the attack on our country in Benghazi last year, where more details are coming to light after the Presidential election.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony was fairly useless- she used the opportunity to testify in front of our elected officials about what happened to instead cry and rage and dodge and in the end provide very little information into what happened on that day. But outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey were a little more honest and actually answered questions from our elected officials about the conduct of the executive branch as they are required by law, and in their testimony we get a very damning account of President Obama’s conduct.

I’ve written about this previously- see my earlier post What Did President Obama do from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on September 11, 2012: An Analysis of the Timeline and Administration Responses for my thoughts about this, where I concluded that

…President Obama has some answers to give the American people about his specific conduct between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm- a 5 hour window when a real leader could have saved three American lives but instead it appears we got a shirking coward who was not up to the challenge…

This new testimony does not considerably change my analysis or conclusion about the President’s behavior.

From the Wall Street Journal article The Absentee Commander in Chief:

…We’ve seen presidents, vice presidents, chiefs of staff and national security advisers during moments of international crisis. We know that in these moments human beings make mistakes. There are failures of communication and errors of judgment. Perfection certainly isn’t the standard to which policy makers should be held.

But there are standards. If Americans are under attack, presidential attention must be paid. Due diligence must be demonstrated. A president must take care that his administration does everything it can do. On Sept. 11, 2012, as Americans were under attack in Benghazi, Libya, President Obama failed in his basic responsibility as president and commander in chief. In a crisis, the president went AWOL.

hanks to the congressional testimony of outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey late last week, we know they met with President Obama on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. in a pre-scheduled meeting, when they informed the president about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The meeting lasted about a half-hour. Mr. Panetta said they spent roughly 20 minutes of the session briefing the president on the chaos at the American Embassy in Cairo and the attack in Benghazi, which eventually cost the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and information officer Sean Smith.

Secretary Panetta said the president left operational details, including determination of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, “up to us.” We also learned that President Obama did not communicate in any way with Mr. Panetta or Gen. Dempsey the rest of that evening or that night. Indeed, Mr. Panetta and Gen. Dempsey testified they had no further contact at all with anyone in the White House that evening—or, for that matter, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

That’s not all we discovered. We now know that despite Gen. Dempsey having been informed of Ambassador Stevens’s repeated warnings about the rise of terrorist elements in Benghazi, no forces were put in place or made ready nearby to respond to possible trouble. It also seems that during the actual attacks in Benghazi, which the administration followed in real time and which lasted for some eight hours, not a single major military asset was deployed to help rescue Americans under assault.

And we learned one other thing: Messrs. Panetta and Dempsey both knew on the night of the assault that it was a terrorist attack. This didn’t prevent President Obama, Secretary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice from peddling a false version of events in the days and even weeks that followed, as the administration called the incident spontaneous, said there was no evidence of a coordinated terrorist attack and blamed the violence on an anti-Muslim video. So the White House, having failed to ensure that anything was done during the attack, went on to mislead the nation afterward….

Several phrases above are quite damning- I’ve emphasized them for your benefit- especially since they are pulled from Congressional testimony given by people who work for Obama and who were attempting to portray Obama’s actions in the best possible light.

President Obama’s actions on the night of September 11, 2012 are quite well explained, because he is a…

  1. Bad executive. Obama had no experience managing people, assets, finances, money, military forces, or anything else prior to becoming elected President. And as President, he has clearly not grown on the job, as demonstrated by the mismanagement, scandals, and constant crisis that have continued through the past several years. Hookers to parties to assassinated Americans, President Obama does not know how to run anything, perhaps even his own home.
  2. Lazy man. Leaving major decisions up to others, failing to stay up all night working problems, hanging up on and refusing to meet with Congressman during discussions regarding key issues, frequent vacations, the golfing, being able to discuss the strengths of all the college basketball teams, etc- all of these point to a man that is quite lazy. He is intellectually lazy, that we know from his sloppy arguments, stunned looks when he is rarely asked tough questions, from his utter lack of referencing any books or articles that he’s ever read, from his own accounts of his formative years, and from what I gathered reading his syllabus for his college classes. Oh, he’s curious and interested- but fails to put in the hard work necessary to be successful. And he appears to be physically lazy too- he has never weight lifted, boxed, played hockey, wrestled, played pick up football, or really physically challenged himself. He apparently likes to golf- riding around on a cart and rumored to not even look for lost balls- and likes to kind of play basketball- sort of lazy shoot-around type games. His news conferences begin late, his day ends early, and he clearly is not the same sort of hard worker that even Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter were. He is a lazy man.
  3. Dishonest person. Over and over again during his administration, the American people are lied to, fooled, given half-truths, or lied to again. There are lots of websites out there tracking his lies, whether they be during his constant campaigning, during his rare press conferences, during his partisan speeches, or from statements that his administration releases- he is a liar. The truth is out there and the truth does exist, but he is a confused and scared little man and runs from the truth. Waking up on September 13 last year, the truth was that he blew it and that his personal actions resulted in several good Americans dying, and so he lied, and when caught lied some more, and when confronted lied or had others lie for him. Being a good weasel lawyer he usually said something that could be tortured to give him plausibly deniability or cover, but that’s not the same thing as telling the truth. President Obama is a liar.
Conspiracy theorists will attempt to claim something more is here, but I think the fact that he is an incompetent, lazy liar sufficiently explains his actions. The sad thing is that the American people failed to hold him to account for his behavior, rewarding him with another four years, thereby encouraging him further and encouraging others in our society to emulate him and his ‘success.’ This is how societies are destroyed- by rewarding those who do wrong and punishing those people whose actions are right.
In the past, parents might have taught their children to be honest, hard-working, competent individuals because that was the way to success in life, but President Obama and his policies are now proving that fact wrong- anyone can now be President of the United States, no matter how incompetent, lazy, and dishonest they are. As evidence, refer to President Obama’s behavior regarding Benghazi on September 11, 2012, as evidenced by recent Congressional testimony.
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Let’s Cut Our Way to Prosperity- Again

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Obama said in his weekly address to the nation that

“We all agree that it’s critical to cut unnecessary spending,” Obama said. “But we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. It hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work today.”

President Obama is wrong, and this incorrect logic and ignorance of history is leading him to make wrong policy decisions today. We can cut our way to prosperity and it has worked in the past- in fact, it has worked a lot better than efforts in the past to spend our way to prosperity as Obama is suggesting we do. To demonstrate this, let’s compare the economic recessions of 1920 and 1929.

In 1929, our economy went into a severe recession. President Hoover responded to this recession by implementing a very active policy response, which included vastly increased spending by the national government, increased taxes especially on the evil rich, increased regulation of businesses, bailouts for banks and for ‘too big to fail’ companies, increased support for labor unions, and the creation of dozens of more government agencies and boards to organize and improve our existing economic system. The results of these policies were a longer and deeper recession.

In 1932, President Roosevelt campaigned to end these policies but when he became President he took Hoover’s policies and made them even bigger, more expensive, more spending, and wider reaching. And the results of those policy decisions were a double-dip recession in 1937.

In 2009, President Obama and a Democratic Congress enacted these very same policies- attempting to spend, regulate, control, tax, and spend their way out of the 2009 recession, and the results of these policies have been to lead to a slower and shallower recovery and now as seen in the latest economic numbers are leading to the coming double-dip recession in 2013 or 2014.

President Obama is not really committed to cutting unnecessary spending, is not trying to cut our way to prosperity, and is attempting policies that have not worked in the past and won’t work today.

In 1920, our economy was hammered as it had never been hammered before- a GDP decreased maybe 7%, the US dollar deflated up to 18%, unemployment jumped 6% in one year, productivity plummeted 29.4%, stocks fell dramatically, and the recession was so bad that many in society began to question the stability and future of the American system of capitalism. President Harding ignored the advice given to him by Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover and responded to the recession by drastically cutting government spending, quickly cutting regulations, cutting various bureaucratic boards and agencies, and slashed taxes on all incomes. His aggressive implementation of the very policies that President Obama rejects and says “haven’t worked” resulted in our economy quickly emerging from the recession and roaring throughout the 1920′s.

The policy response of limited government, balanced budget, low taxes, low regulation, and unleashing of human freedom led to the Roaring Twenties, which was an amazing period in American history of social, artistic, and economic dynamism. These results are markedly different from the results of an active government, increased taxes, massive government spending, and more regulation that were implemented by progressive Hoover and liberal Roosevelt which led to stagnation and human misery of the Great Depression.

President Obama, ignorant of the history of America and failing in his use of logic, is wrong- President Harding demonstrated that so to marked effect in 1920 and President Hoover demonstrated it so again in 1929. Economic recessions are worsened and lengthened by a government that takes away human liberty, treats people as numbers to manage, takes wealth and property from those who have earned it, and that in every other way violates the Founding Principles of our nation which included limited government, federalism, and separation of power.

Let us educate him and others on the history of economic policy in our nation- whether it be the Panic of 1907 which was ignited by antitrust actions and increased regulation of the railroads, or the Long Depression of 1873–79 which was caused by the failure of government supported railroads and the manipulation of the money supply by the government, or any other recession that has struck the United States before or since. We need to be educated and then in turn educate our politicians like President Obama, because driven by their ignorance and poor logic they are busy implementing the very policies which will lessen your life, liberty, and your prosperity.

This post drew on earlier posts of mine, including Lessons from Economic Recessions II- The Forgotten Recession of 1920 and Lessons from Economic Recessions- Introduction and Great Depression.

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Man is Born Free, and Everywhere He is in Chains… Let’s Break the Chains and Be Great Again

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As I sat at a local government meeting recently, I was struck by how amazing people are and therefore why it is so wrong for other people to make decisions for them regarding their lives or property. Man (and woman) are amazing creatures- when free.

“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” or so said Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but I think I might modify this statement to say “Man is born free and is amazing, but everywhere he has been chained by government.”

Too many people believe that the goal of government is to make people better- but I reject this because I believe that people are already made by their Creator as great as they are ever going to be. When born, we all are free individuals, making free choices, respecting the lives of others, and understanding basic ideas about ownership of property (ever heard a kid say ‘that’s mine!’). When left alone, free to make choices about what to do and what to do with their labor and what to do with their own property, people make amazing decisions and become amazing people.

At my local government meeting- the sort of meeting that is held in every city and every county and every state capital every month- we have honored businessmen, journalists, charitable people, sports champions, and many others who do great things with their lives, liberty, and property. This, I believe, is not unique to my experience alone- there are lots of great and amazing people out there, everywhere in every nation, because God has made us great.

But what happens is that other people begin to gain power and control over their fellow man, believing that in their infinite greatness and amazingness that they are better than other people and better and more empowered to make decisions over these lesser people’s lives and property. Whether because of their history, their skin color, their connections to money or force- these people have deluded themselves into thinking that they are better at making decisions about someones life and property than the other person.

The purpose of government is not to make me better, to make decisions for me, to control my labor, or to take the fruits of my labor and distribute them to others- the purpose of the government is only to get out of my way and protect my own innate God-given abilities to keep and earn property, to make decisions, and to live.

Government- get out of the way of greatness! People- stop putting chains on your fellow man and holding them back! Republicans and Democrats- stop using the force of the state to restrict my personal decisions regarding my own life and property!

This is not just rhetoric- these are the principles which lead to proper policy decisions. Tax rates should be lower and equal for everyone, whether that is a flat income tax at the national level or a sales tax at the state level. Charity should be provided by private institutions and private individuals, instead of having the government inefficiently run food stamp programs and other charity programs that are rife with fraud and corruption. Guns should be free to be bought- or not bought- by free people making free decisions, and those who use guns to take property or life or liberty should face harsh judgement. Those who violate the life, liberty, or property of others should be removed from society (sent to jail) until they learn and believe in these concepts, and not just released after an arbitrary amount of time (usually early). People should be able to build a building or expand their business free from government interference. Automakers should not be told what sort of cars they must build and individuals should not be told what sort of cars they must buy- rather free people making free decisions should be empowered in the process and the government should work to protect that freedom and liberty and property from danger from others within (criminals) or without (foreign invasion).

Real policy decisions- good policy decisions- flow from knowing and understanding and believing in the greatness of people. We need to unleash the greatness of people once more, and stop putting them in chains of laws and regulations and slavery (making someone work against their will for others). Let’s make man free again and throw off the chains to which Obama and the Democrats and Republicans would bind us! Let us here and now tell our enemies that they may take our lives and they make take our property but they’ll never take OUR FREEDOM!

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School Shootings Will Increase as Schools Increase Assault on the Spirit of Man?

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On Thursday, May 27, 1999, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. In the light of the latest school shootings, I think that it is important to reflect on a portion of his testimony:

…The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.

In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy-it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies!…

…Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual influences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation?

We have refused to honor God, and in doing so, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs-politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. Political posturing and restrictive legislation are not the answers. The young people of our nation hold the key…

There is a lot of important information in here, but I want to focus mostly on this idea that men and women are three party beings, or the Tripartite Man as I’ve seen it called from time to time. We can find in Genesis 2:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, and Hebrews 4:12 this idea, that man (and woman) are the body, the soul, and the spirit- or the body, mind, and spirit as I see it.

In our schools we are supposed to be training the body and mind- through gym classes and math and science classes, two of the three natures of man are being addressed. And in our educational systems the third part of man is also being addressed, but not in a manner that is consistent with any sort of religion from any culture. In education, children are being taught to be hostile to God and his Word, to deny the existence of God, to ignore any sort of rules or teachings from any religion at all whether it be Christian or other, and to mock those who are religious. We can see this in textbooks, in classrooms, in standardized testing, in national and local standards- all of which impress on students that religion has no place in education (separation of church and state) and that faith and spirit are nowhere to be found in any sort of book or lesson or standard.

School shootings will happen, as will murder with blunt instruments or with knives or with hands, because there will be evil men out there who will desire to do evil things. Yes, implementing suggestions such as I have made on this blog will help to limit the damage that these evil men are able to do, mostly by unleashing the forces of good and liberty and property rights. But evil men will commit evil acts, and I don’t think that the answer to this is to simply say “there is no evil” or that “it all depends on who is judging to figure out what is evil” or to say “we can do nothing in our society to suppress evil in the hearts of the young.” I don’t think the solution is powerlessness, but rather empowerment.

At some point, our nation will need to move away from this nationalized one-size-fits-all secular hostile-to-God educational system, and move to something different. Local control, more values, religious education welcome, individualized and personalized instruction- all of these need to be brought into the educational system, and maybe after several generations of this sort of education the good in men can be encouraged and the bad in man discouraged. America can be a shining city on a hill, a beacon of light to all not just in a secular sense but in a spiritual sense, if only we return back to our founding values in education.

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5th Grade Math Worksheets Published by Scholastic Corporation Push Communist Views?

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The following was spotted over at the blog The Bold Pursuit:

…No, this isn’t a rightwing nutjob nightmare – it’s reality…

This worksheet is sold by Scholastic Corporation to teach 5th graders math. Scholastic Corporation is one of the worlds largest book publishing companies and is a major supplier of educational materials for schools, and is deeply involved with the nationalization of education effort called the Common Core Standards.

In this worksheet we can clearly see students practicing something called the Distributive Property, which makes numbers easier to work with by separating or breaking equations into parts (I think- I’m not a math guy).

It DOES NOT mean to ‘distribute the wealth’. In fact, the example on the worksheet of the girl distributing the wealth does not really seem to in any way at all apply to a mathematical concept in which you multiply a sum by multiplying each addend separately and then add the products. The girl is not multiplying anything, is not separating anything, and is not adding anything. All we see in the picture is a girl who is passing out money out of a bag, and the caption ‘distribute the wealth’ implies that the money that she is handing out to other people was taken from someone else who earned it. This DOES NOT demonstrate the Distributive Property.

So why is a major educational company who is designing curriculum for the entire nation putting irrelevant pictures such as these on worksheets in math? One can only speculate, of course, behind the motivations of this company, but from my own experience I would suggest it is to make young children more comfortable with tyranny and dictatorship and teach them to become intellectually comfortable with violating liberty and property rights in the name of some sort of arbitrary moral standard.

Check your kids math books and English books and let me know if any of you can find similar indoctrination attempts by the fascist left in our nation hidden in unrelated and important educational materials. I bet you can find some!

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No more playing nice in the defense of liberty and freedom

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Unlike most conservatives and tea party patriots, I liked the tax deal- because I thought it was a good first step. Now that tax rates for some of us have been permanently frozen at the lower rate, our elected leaders can go about working to get the tax rates for the rest back to the lower level that they were at for a decade, and lower them for the everyone else. Now is the time to keep fighting to lower taxes and push for everyone- poor and rich, liberal and conservative, black and white, man and women- to have lower taxes, and that’s a winning message that will also be good policy. But this means that the Republicans are going to have to stop being so darned ‘nice’ in fighting to protect our life, liberty, and property from those who would limit them or take them from us.

The problem though is that the Republicans apparently think that if they are nice to liberals than the liberals will meet them halfway on issues and that voters will reward them for being nice by electing them back to office. But over the last few years the evidence overwhelmingly points against this.

Republicans, conservatives, tea party patriots, progressive fascists, liberals, and Democrats all win elected office and win passage of their policies when they DO NOT PLAY NICE, and the historical record bears this out.

The only reason why the Democrats and progressive fascists came to the table and agreed to the tax deal was because the Republicans and conservatives were threatening not to play nice- the revolts in the House and noise coming from the Senate all made it clear that we were prepared to fight mean and dirty, and that forced the deal. When the GOP signalled its intentions to not play nice, then liberals came to the negotiating table, and crafted their proposals based on just exactly how much niceness they thought they could take advantage of.

The GOP and conservatives began to fight firmly and strongly against the unserious nomination that Obama was preparing to make of Susan Rice for Secretary of State, in spite of attacks that opposing her were racist and that the GOP should just roll over and let the President nominate who he wants. Playing nice and going along to get along do not result in Obama nominating more qualified and moderate candidates or voters rewarding the GOP with support- only fighting strong and hard for conservative values will do those things.

After the Presidential election, Thomas Sowell blamed Romney’s loss on being nice:

Mitt Romney now joins the long list of the kinds of presidential candidates favored by the Republican establishment– nice, moderate losers, people with no coherently articulated vision, despite how many ad hoc talking points they may have….

…Bush 41 first succeeded when he ran for election as if he were another Ronald Reagan (“Read my lips, no new taxes”), but then lost when he ran for reelection as himself– “kinder and gentler,” disdainful of “the vision thing” and looking at his watch during a debate, when he should have been counter-attacking against the foolish things being said.

This year, Barack Obama had the hard-hitting specifics– such as ending “tax cuts for the rich” who should pay “their fair share,” government “investing” in “the industries of the future” and the like. He had a coherent vision, however warped…

…In this year’s first presidential debate, Obama out-niced Romney. But, when he lost out doing that, he then reversed himself, became the attacker, and ultimately the winner on election night, despite a track record that should have buried him in a landslide…

Sowell was right- Romney lost because he was just too nice. I was one of the few bloggers to say immediately after the third debate that Romney had lost the election, and he lost it because he was just too nice and Obama was not. Being nice in politics is not rewarded- and this is as it should be, because most people are not looking for someone to go along to get along but rather for someone who fights hard and dirty to advance a certain agenda.

Liberals love Obama because he isn’t nice- they like the fact that he is a lying, back-stabbing, cheating, dirty, personal-attack launching SOB. And maybe they should love him for this, because this means that Obama is willing to do whatever it takes to advance the values and views of fascists, communists, progressives, and liberals, and doesn’t care who it pisses off. He is going to encourage abortion, control your choices on a range of subjects, lock you into the lower class, take your property from you, and he isn’t going to worry about being nice when doing it.

Because at the heart of it, President Obama is a bully and you don’t fight back against a bully by being nice. And modern day liberalism, just like any sort of tyrannical spirit throughout history, is an ideology which bullies people and removes choice and property from them instead of empowering them with more choices and the ability to earn more property.

Ben Shapiro, editor for Breitbart who is promoting his latest book, wrote:

…the American left has become the greatest purveyor of bullying during the last half-century. That’s the dirty little secret: buried beneath all of the left’s supposed hatred for bullying is a passionate love for bullying—the use of power to force those who disagree to shut up, back down, or face crushing consequences up to and including loss of reputation, career destruction, and even death…

…The left’s goal is to shut down the political debate by decrying their opponents as victimizers. They label their opponents racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, benighted, backwards bitter clingers. They liken them to Nazis, KKK members, terrorists. Then they cast them out like lepers from the political debate. Because who would bother debating a Nazi, or a KKK member, or a terrorist?
This is how the left wins arguments. They polarize Americans from each other. They separate us by groups. They divide us, and they conquer us. They convince us that we’re either victims who deserve recompense or oppressors who must bow to the yoke….

…This is not only how the left wins arguments. It’s how they win elections. They don’t win by offering more convincing policy proposals based on evidence. They win by impugning the motives of their political opposition…

Ben Shapiro, like Thomas Sowell and myself, knows that the modern day left is not nice- and maybe we shouldn’t be so nice either. I’m not saying that tea party patriots and conservatives should sink to their level, but neither should we be happy with compromises or expect good faith in negotiations or take the personal attacks without fighting back hard.

In the second debate during the last President election, when Obama lied, Romney rightly called him out, but then he just sat there and when the moderator lied, letting the lie stand because he wanted to be nice and not confront the biased moderator. It was a lie that she uttered, it was a lie that she was a ‘moderator’, and Romney should not have been nice in pointing out the truth in those matters. In that moment of niceness he lost the election.

No more playing nice in the defense of liberty and freedom.

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Warning: ObamaCare Tax Hikes Strike in 2013

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My opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)  was based on the fact that it used the state to seize property from citizens and use that property to abort babies and encourage old people to die already all while lessening an individuals choices in their own healthcare. Because of its attack on life, liberty, and property rights, I opposed it, in addition to believing that it was unconstitutional and unaffordable. It remains all of these and more, and in addition billions of very real tax hikes hit a range of Americans starting in 2013, which are going to cost my family several thousand dollars.

From Forbes article In 2013, Millions Of Americans Face Obamacare Tax Hikes:

…On January 1, 2013, a 2.3-percent excise tax on the total revenues of medical-device companies — regardless of whether they turn a profit or suffer a loss — will take effect. The tax will hit everything they sell, from x-ray machines and pacemakers to surgical tools and artificial hips. The levy could extract as much as $29 billion over the next 10 years.

That money will have to come from somewhere; device firms won’t simply swallow the tab. So they’ll likely raise prices for patients and slash their workforces. In fact, economists at the Manhattan Institute project that the tax could eliminate as many as 43,000 jobs — and over $3.5 billion in employee compensation….

…Because of the tax, medical-device firms will also have less money to invest in research and development. My colleague Benjamin Zycher estimates that the industry will scale back investment in new products by 10 percent through 2020. That translates to a $2-billion decrease per year…

…Individuals with annual incomes higher than $200,000 and couples who make more than $250,000 a year will face two new taxes — a 0.9-percent increase in the 1.45-percent Medicare levy on earnings above those income thresholds and a new 3.8-percent tax on investment income. Together, these two taxes are expected to raise about $318 billion over the next decade — roughly half of the law’s new tax revenue.

The structure of these taxes penalizes married couples in particular. According to the New York Times, two unmarried singles who made $200,000 each would not owe any additional Medicare tax. But if they were married, they’d owe $1,350.

Meanwhile, the 3.8-percent tax on unearned income, like capital gains, dividends, and interest, will discourage saving and investment

…The law raises the floor for the deduction of medical expenses, from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent. So only expenses beyond 10 percent of a person’s income will be deductible. This change could add hundreds of dollars to the tax bills of those struggling with major medical bills.

Obamacare also halves the maximum contribution to flexible spending accounts (FSAs), from $5,000 to $2,500. Many consumers use FSAs to cover routine medical expenses, like vision care, orthodontia, and prescription drugs….

…By neutering FSAs, Obamacare deprives patients of control over their own health care — and puts insurers and government in the driver’s seat. Instead of paying for routine care with pre-tax dollars, individuals will have to purchase expensive insurance that covers routine care. In the end, patients may end up paying more

My family uses our FSA to cover costs of sending our children to school so that we can go to work. We won’t have nearly as much money to work with in 2013- personally this will cost my family between $500-$1000 that will be cut from investments or savings for college for our children- thank you Obarfo.

Although it is possible that Obamacare may result in some good for our nation, we know for a fact that it will result in our nation going farther in debt, will result in jobs being lost, will result in less saving and investment, will result in increased fees and taxes on rich and poor alike, and will result in health care being more expensive for everyone in America.

Possibility of small gain for America, certainty of massive losses for America = Obamacare.

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RIP Three Champions of Liberty: Vaclav Havel, Daniel Inouye, Robert Bork

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Being a champion of liberty means fighting for human freedom and pushing for policies and laws that lessen the oppressive control of the state on individuals. These people didn’t just talk the talk- they walked the walk. Each was faced with a moment in their lives when they could have just backed down from their beliefs and knuckled under to those who demanded that they sacrifice their liberty and freedom to the state- but in each case they resisted and fought back. In their lives we as conservatives can gain inspiration to continue to fight for life, liberty, and the protection of individual property rights from a greedy and tyrannical state, and yet with their passing our world loses three more brave warriors of freedom.

Vaclav Havel, the former dissident playwright who led Czechoslovakia’s 1989 “Velvet Revolution” against communism and then served as his country’s president, died Sunday at the age of 75. Unlike many who after the fall of communism replaced those tyrants with themselves as a tyrant, Havel was a committed patriot and lover of liberty in the mold of a George Washington.

From the LA Times obituary:

…”The [Communist] past has left us spiritually impoverished,” he declared in pledging as president to focus on “the ethical, moral aspects of society, on creating space for dialogue, agreement and tolerance.”

As a dissident leader, Havel promoted the slogan, “May truth and love triumph over lies and hatred.” During his years in office he stressed the importance of “civil society,” or citizens’ organizations free of government control, as the underpinning for democracy. “None of us—as an individual—can save the world as a whole, but . . . each of us must behave as though it were in his power to do so,” Havel wrote in his 1997 book, “The Art of the Impossible: Politics as Morality in Practice.”

As president, Havel sought to guide his country away from its Communist past while avoiding witch hunts against former rulers. “The transformation of the totalitarian system into a democratic one is not only a matter of several parties replacing one ruling party and the introduction of some democratic mechanisms,” Havel said in a 1994 interview with The Times. “It is also a matter of a great transformation of thinking because people must learn again to be citizens, to rediscover the civic responsibility which the totalitarian regime did not demand from them because it required mere obedience.”…

His emphasis on the morality of the individual, the search for truth, and focusing on thinking like a free person mark him as a true patriot. As a true democrat and classical liberal, he was initially loved by the world for his efforts, but in his later years modern day liberals, progressives, communists, and fascists went after him politically and personally and his star faded somewhat. As a great freedom fighter, his death should have been noted around the world and should have been acknowledged by world leaders, but it wasn’t really, and it falls to us to note it and mourn it.

Also passing on this last week was Senator Daniel K. Inouye (Democrat, Hawaii), who died of respiratory complications at the age of 88. He was currently the President pro tempore of the United States Senate, which capped his long career in that body. Although I disagree with his votes on many issues during his time in the Senate, his service in World War Two fighting the enemies of freedom- fascists in Germany and Italy- proved that he was indeed a champion for liberty. Here is the account of how Inouye won his Medal of Honor in 1945 (via wikipedia):

…On April 21, 1945, Inouye was grievously wounded while leading an assault on a heavily-defended ridge near San Terenzo in Tuscany, Italy called Colle Musatello. The ridge served as a strongpoint along the strip of German fortifications known as the Gothic Line, which represented the last and most dogged line of German defensive works in Italy. As he led his platoon in a flanking maneuver, three German machine guns opened fire from covered positions just 40 yards away, pinning his men to the ground. Inouye stood up to attack and was shot in the stomach; ignoring his wound, he proceeded to attack and destroy the first machine gun nest with hand grenades and fire from his Thompson submachine gun. After being informed of the severity of his wound by his platoon sergeant, he refused treatment and rallied his men for an attack on the second machine gun position, which he also successfully destroyed before collapsing from blood loss.

As his squad distracted the third machine gunner, Inouye crawled toward the final bunker, eventually drawing within 10 yards. As he raised himself up and cocked his arm to throw his last grenade into the fighting position, a German inside fired a rifle grenade that struck him on the right elbow, severing most of his arm and leaving his own primed grenade reflexively “clenched in a fist that suddenly didn’t belong to me anymore”. Inouye’s horrified soldiers moved to his aid, but he shouted for them to keep back out of fear his severed fist would involuntarily relax and drop the grenade. As the German inside the bunker reloaded his rifle, Inouye pried the live grenade from his useless right hand and transferred it to his left. As the German aimed his rifle to finish him off, Inouye tossed the grenade off-hand into the bunker and destroyed it. He stumbled to his feet and continued forward, silencing the last German resistance with a one-handed burst from his Thompson before being wounded in the leg and tumbling unconscious to the bottom of the ridge. When he awoke to see the concerned men of his platoon hovering over him, his only comment before being carried away was to gruffly order them to return to their positions, since, as he pointed out, “nobody called off the war!”

The remainder of Inouye’s mutilated right arm was later amputated at a field hospital without proper anesthesia, as he had been given too much morphine at an aid station and it was feared any more would lower his blood pressure enough to kill him. Although Inouye had lost his right arm, he remained in the military until 1947 and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain…

Without his service- and others like him- the fascists might have won the war and millions of free people would be oppressed under their liberty-crushing policies. His later votes may have been incorrect in my opinion, but he was a true patriot and our nation is built on a diversity of votes and values and so both conservatives and liberals should recognize his great service to our nation.

The last patriot who I would like to recognize who died this week is Robert Bork. Judge Bork was an American legal scholar who advocated the judicial philosophy of originalism, served as a Yale Law School professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, but is likely most famous for being rejected in 1987 when he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan.

Once upon a time in our nation, Justices who were great legal scholars and superstars of litigation and noted authors were nominated to the Supreme Court to serve in that august body. Once upon a time, being the top of your profession was important to being put in the top court in our nation, and Judge Bork was at the top of his profession and a well-qualified judge. But those times are past us, and now- as a result of what happened during Judge Bork’s nomination hearings in the Senate- nominees to the Supreme Court are picked because they are NOT noted authors and superstars of litigation or top legal scholars- in fact, any sort of paper trail that shouts greatness is also shouts political risk and opinions that people likely will disagree with, so both Republicans and Democrat Presidents pick nobodys who are a great mystery and whose judgements one hopes will live up to what we once knew in this nation.

Senator Kennedy and his allies in the Senate turned a process of confirming that a Judge was indeed qualified to the bench into a witch-hunt, where the politics of personal destruction are the way to defeat political enemies, and where the personal views and values of a person- especially if firmly held and believed- are not marks of greatness but instead a target to attack. The attacks on Judge Bork in his confirmation hearings foreshadowed the modern day politicians who are simply empty rhetoric sprouting fools who lack any sort of views or beliefs other than power and who continually engaged in negative and personal attacks to advance their own power.

Kennedy and the left were coldly intelligent in attacking Bork, because he did indeed represent a grave threat to their political views and values. As Andrew C. McCarthy wrote on The New Criterion:

…Bork’s jurisprudence—derivatively, his conviction that, in a democracy, it is for judges to interpret and apply existing law, not invent and impose “organic” law—stands as a mortal threat to the so-called progressive project. Being intolerable to a free people, that project must be proclaimed by politically insulated judges if it is to advance at all….

…There seems no end to subjects now perceived as fit for resolution by judges: presidential elections, economic policy, the requirements of national security, the identity of wartime enemies, the rules of professional golf, the definition of marriage, the artistic pretensions of smut, the availability of capital punishment, the unavailability of restrictions on abortion, infanticide, suicide, and euthanasia—today’s courts grapple with all these matters and so much more.

Yet, since becoming a fixture on the national stage in the early 1970s, Bork has toiled in a lonely swim against this relentless tide. His simple, eloquent message, voiced as insistently at the would-be legal activists of the right as at the left’s meliorist legions, is this: The political seduction of the law is killing American democracy…

Bork fought against the destruction of rule of law his whole life, even when this fight became more about him personally and his personal views, distorted by demagogues and abandoned by his supporters. For his service to our nation and for fighting a very important fight on the very nature of what a democracy is, we mourn his passing and hope to find inspiration and learning from the path that he trod forward.

We will miss the good President from the Czech Republic, the Democratic Senator from Hawaii, and the conservative Judge from Pennsylvania. They are gone, but not forgotten.

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