Asylum Watch Interprets Bill Gates et al. Vision Of The Future

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Bill Gates has become an American icon. He is the epitome of the American success story. Born into a well to do family, he attended the same elite private school as his father had before him. He went on to Harvard but drop out because he had an idea for a new type computer operating system he wanted to work at developing. He would develop an operating system that would allow low tech people to use computers. He called his new computer operating system “Windows”  and he built a company around his idea called Microsoft. Bill’s idea caught on quickly and Microsoft Windows would grow to be the dominate computer  operating system in the world. As a result of the success of Microsoft, Bill Gates became the richest man in the world  (estimated net worth is $76 billion).

So, when someone with the genius of Bill Gates talks about his vision of the future, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention to what he has to say… and it’s also a good idea to read between the lines of what he and other elites have to say about the future.

Mr. Gates spoke to the American Enterprise Institute last month and Business Insider reported on what he had to say:

… Gates said that within 20 years, a lot of jobs will go away, replaced by software automation (“bots” in tech slang, though Gates used the term “software substitution”).

This is what he said:

“Software substitution, whether it’s for drivers or waiters or nurses … it’s progressing. …  Technology over time will reduce demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of skill set. …  20 years from now, labor demand for lots of skill sets will be substantially lower. I don’t think people have that in their mental model.”

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Gates believes that the tax codes are going to need to change to encourage companies to hire employees, including, perhaps, eliminating income and payroll taxes altogether. He’s also not a fan of raising the minimum wage, fearing that it will discourage employers from hiring workers in the very categories of jobs that are most threatened by automation.

He explained:

“When people say we should raise the minimum wage. I worry about what that does to job creation … potentially damping demand in the part of the labor spectrum that I’m most worried about.”

Isn’t that something? The richest man in the world is “most worried” about minimum wage workers. And, Gates is suggesting that income taxes( including corporate taxes) and payroll taxes should be eliminated. How do Gates and friends see the cost of the federal government being paid? This Daily Caller articles tells us that they want to replace income and payroll taxes with a consumption tax.

“I think it’s [a] tough” task to protect the middle class from the impact of automation, billionaire investor and immigration-advocate Steve Case said in December.

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“I do think tax structures will have to move away from taxing [companies’] payroll because society has a desire to have employment,” Gates said.

“That’s going to force us to rethink how these tax structures work in order to maximize employment,” he said. One alternative, he said, would be to create consumption taxes — such as a federal sales tax — to hit higher-income people, while also reducing taxes paid by employers for each employee.

“The idea that consumption should be progressively taxed, I think that makes a lot of sense,” he said.

A progressive consumption (sales) tax? How would that work? I guess everyone would have to have a government I.D. with a computer chip containing the information from their W-2 forms. In other words, the robot waiting on a customer would ask for their government I.D. card and scan it and the costumers income level would determine their percentage consumption tax.

Earlier in the Daily Caller article there was this little tidbit about just how much impact new technology may have on the job market:

A 2013 “study by Oxford University researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne … [predicted] that nearly half of American jobs are at ‘high risk’ of being taken over by robots in the next decade or two,” National Journal reported in March.

In 20 years half of American’s jobs may be lost to robots and “software solutions”. That is scary! Yet, as this same article and many others point out, Gates and friends are big supporters of the Senate’s immigration reform bill. Does that make sense if so many people are going to lose their jobs? How many illiterate immigrants is Microsoft going to hire? The Daily Caller article may have the answer:

The immigration increases are backed by progressives who believe new immigrants will vote for Democrats. They’re also backed by wealthy voters who stand to gain from cheaper workers or services, such as landscaping and childcare. The increases are also backed by many business leaders, including Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who try to hire cheap foreign professionals for jobs sought by American professionals.

Ah! That clears things up. Gates and friends want to be able to hire highly qualified immigrants who will accept a much lower salary than Americans with the same qualifications. The rational they use is that with so much unemployment due to technology, it’s necessary keep the employer’s cost for labor down in the formerly upper middle class so that even more people don’t become unemployed.

Summary

If Bill Gates and friends are right about “software solutions” and robotics replacing up to 50% of the workforce within two decades and if they succeed in getting the tax reforms and immigration reforms they want, America will no longer be a “first world” nation. (Logically all other “developed” nations would go the same way.) The number of people on food stamps would go from 50 million today to maybe 150 million in those two decades. The middle class will shrink dramatically and the average income of the remaining middle class will be much less than it is today. The rich oligarchs though their very high consumption tax will be paying to support all those who can not find employment.

Her is a question for you to ponder. How long will the rich oligarchs put up with supporting half or more the population?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch

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Taking America Back One Bit At A Time – Part 4: The Taking of America Continued

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Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series Taking America Back One Bit  At A Time can be found herehere, andhere.

The Taking of America continued

In Part 3, The Taking of America, we talked about how from day one there were those who wanted to manipulate our new government in wats that would benefit them financially; the practice of  cronyism began in earnest and powerful bankers also took advantage of the potential of America through their investments and very importantly they applied their influence to get our government to establish a national bank that they could control. We talked about how it took the bankers many years to finally get America to establish a central bank in 1913; the Federal Reserve. While these banking interest were reaping the rewards of their investments in America, they became very interested in what was going on in Russia with the Bolsheviks. They thought they saw a similar potential in this communist experiment in Russia as they did in the American experiment. They would help finance the Bolshevik revolution and they would invest in the new Russia.

To this humble observer, it appears that although the powerful banking interests made a lot of money from their investments in communist Russia, it did not turn out like they had hoped. They would not see the same benefits from state ownerdhip of the means of production that they did from America’s free market approach. However, they did see Marxism or, at least, socialism as a very useful tool for advancing their lust for wealth and power.

By coincidence or not, in the early 1900?s groups of true believers in the Marxist worker’s paradise looked upon the United States of America, the bastion of free market capitalism, and came to what would be very important conclusions that would be very important in the eventual demise of America. Groups like the Fabian Society and later the Frankfurt Schoolers and others would conclude two things. One, they would not defeat capitalism in America by force and two, they would not convince the American working class that they were being exploited by rich capitalists. The reason for the latter was that in spite of sweat shops, child labor, and women and blacks being treated like second and third class citizens the working class in American was seeing their standard of living improve rapidly due to the economic miracle that free market capitalism was enjoying in America. Therefore, they concluded that they would have to take the long view and take gown America bit by bit from within. To achieve their goals, they knew they would have to change the way Americans think and that meant they would have to dismantle the American culture. They set four principal goals for changing America’s culture: they would need to control the education of Americans, they would need to control the information that Americans received via media, they would need to control the culture through the entertainment industry, and they would need to break the influence of Christianity on America’s culture.  Parallel to all of this, they would need influence in the political arena. The message of compassion for the working class and the poor that they were selling would find eager buyers among America’s elite political class. They would have some very successes on the political front. Woodrow Wilson would be our first left leaning elitist president. Under the Wilson administration, the founding principles of America would be dramatically altered. Not only did the banking interest get their central bank, but the principle of state’s right took a nearly fatal blow when enough states ratify the 17th Amendment to electect Senators by popular vote instead of the states having the right to appoint their Senators. Also, under Wilson the federal government got the right to tax our income. The stage was set for our central government to grow in size and power. Our second left leaning elitest president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was the first to adopt the principle of never letting a crisis go to waste; Social Security was born out of the Great Depression. Eventually the socialist ideologues would take control of the Democratic Party. It may have been when Jimmy Carter was elected; a very ineffective president or certainly by the time Bill Clinton was elected who was very effective for them. Now we have the very left leaning Barack Obama who was just elected to a second term and we can’t deny how effective he has been to advancing the socialist agenda.

So, the question that is begging to be asked is how did some small groups of academic socialist thinkers have so much success? Was it because they were so dedicated to their near religious belief in their mission? Or, did they have a lot of financial help along the way? I certainly think they did. Have you ever asked yourself why huge foundations created from wealth amassed from the free market capitalist system; like the Rockerfeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Tides Foundation, and others support policies that are contrary to the way their founders amassed their fortunes? Why do  mega-rich people like David Rockerfeller, Maurice Strong, Warren Buffet, George Soros, and Bill Gates promote policies that would seem to be against everything their lives have been about? I think the answer is simple. These mega-rich and powerful people believe they became super rich and powerful because they are smarter and wiser than the rest of us lesser souls who inhabit this planet. And, because they believe they are smarter and wiser than everyone else, it is they who should decide how the world should work and what our minimal roles will be. This is where talk about one world order, one world government, and one world currency comes from.

So, here we are in December 2012. Barack Obama has just won a second term. We conservatives look forward with dread about what is to become of this country we love in the next few years and beyond. We believe that this last election was a fundamental game changer. We believe America has passed a tipping point and no matter what happens in the next few election cycles, America will continue to decline both economically and in its influence in the world (militarily) until the monetary house of cards that supports it collapses and leave us and most of the world in chaos. So, I regret to inform you, dear readers, that before we can get to the point of this frustrating;ly long around about way of the title of this seris of posts, we need to do one more thing. In Part 5, we will need to speculate about what we think is going to happen in the next four or five years and what we think mught happen in the next ten, fifteen, or twenty years. Then I promise you we will get into what we can be doing to help pave the way for an American Renaissance two or more generations down the road.

Well, now you know what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Conservatives on Fire

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