Posted tagged ‘Government Is Force’

Must Reads For The Week 9/30/17

September 30, 2017

GOVERNMENT WON’T LET GO

Catalan Police Ordered To Close And Occupy Polling Stations To Stop Vote Going Ahead, at zerohedge.com. Government is force. Catalonia wants to vote to secede from Spain. Spain won’t let the vote take place. In the words of the great philosopher Neil Sedaka; “breaking up is hard to do”.

Kurds Vote Overwhelmingly For Independence From Iraq, at cnn.com. Brexit started the independence dominoes tumbling. The world is changing. Upsetting the tyranny of the status quo is a good thing in the long-term, even though there is short-term pain.

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION CREATES ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

You can’t solve economic problems through the political process. You can only make them worse. Unless you get rid of the government regulations that caused the problem in the first place. Of course we know Government can never get rid of any regulations. They can only pass new regulations to solve the problems created by their previous interventions.

Six-Figure Pensions For University Of California Teachers Surge 60% Since 2012, at zerohedge.com. Public pensions have promised more than they will be able to deliver. These pensions are underfunded. Someone will have to either pay more, or receive less.

Teachers Demand $3.200 From Each Kentucky Household To Fund Pension Ponzi For Two Years, at zerohedge.com. I guess the pension beneficiaries are not in the mood to receive less. They want people to pay more. They must feel entitled.

Default Looms: Hartford Downgraded Further Into Junk Status, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Politicians can’t figure out that you can’t spend more than you have for very long. They have no incentive to stop spending, unless they go bankrupt.

2018 Obamacare Premiums Surge 45% In Key Swing State Of Florida, at zerohedge.com. The Affordable Care Act has made healthcare unaffordable. People who understand economics are not shocked by this.

The Agony Of The Welfare State, Finnish Style, at mises.org. Finland’s population is shrinking. There welfare system needs more taxpayers to fund it. “Houston we have a problem”.

Uber To Cease Operations In Quebec, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Competition lowers prices. Quebec is getting rid of competition. The taxi monopoly is back in business. Will prices rise?

California Mulls Combustion-Engine Car Ban: “You Could Stop All sales By 2030”, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The end result of this effort to ‘save the environment’ will be more expensive vehicles, landfills full of lithium-ion batteries and more coal-fired generation plants…but, somehow we suspect those ‘inconvenient facts’ are lost on our politicians and enviros who seem determined to subsidize Elon’s trip to Mars.” Politicians think they can create their utopian world at no cost.

Hey, Congress: If You Really Want To Help Puerto Rico Recover, Dump The Jones Act, at reason.com. A crony capitalist regulation passed in 1920 to protect American shipping will hurt Puerto Rico’s Recovery. Trump To Temporarily Lift Jones Act To Help Puerto Rico Recovery, at the hill.com. If lifting the Jones Act temporarily is good for economic activity. Wouldn’t it be better for economic activity to permanently lift it?

In Florida, You Can’t Use Your Own Solar Panels In A Crisis, at zerohedge.com. I guess you don’t own the power produced from your solar panels. Excerpt from the article: “Florida Power and Light’s lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels. Thanks to power-company rules, it’s impossible across Florida to simply buy solar panel and power your individual home with it. You are instead legally mandated to connect your panels to your local electric grid. More egregious, FPL mandates the if the power goes out, your solar-power system must power down along with the rest of the grid, robbing potentially needy people of power during major outages.

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Political Magic Conceals The Reality Of Government

July 27, 2016

We’ve all seen Las Vegas style magic shows live or on television. Most of us understand that the person performing the magic is attempting to trick us into believing that what we are seeing is real. Some people actually believe that what they are seeing is real and not an illusion. Fortunately most of us know that what we are seeing is a trick.

Politics is a magic show. Politicians are performers who are constantly perfecting their craft of verbal sleight of hand. The Republican and Democrat conventions are elaborate Las Vegas type magic shows. Politicians are attempting to use the magic of politics to hide the simple truth that Government is force. Some of us know that what they are seeing is an illusion. Unfortunately most people believe that what they are seeing is real.

GOVERNMENT IS FORCE

George Washington“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.”

Let’s show you the reality of Government that politicians try to hide through political magic. These videos are from the Institute For Justice. They show the force of Government, that politicians and bureaucrats can bring to bear against individual citizens.

IRS Threatens Prison For Depositing Cash In Wrong Amounts.

4th and 5th Amendment Violation

Police Take $53k Using Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws.

4th and 5th Amendment Violation

City Zones Popular Mechanic Shop Our Of Business. (Backdoor Eminent Domain)

4th Amendment Violation

Politicians Sue Mom Into Silence Over Newspaper Ads.

1st Amendment Violation.

 

CONCLUSION

These are not isolated incidents. Things like this are happening all over the country and at every level of government. This is the reality of what government is all about. Politicians use political magic to get control of the levers of power. Neither party wants to shrink the power of government because they know that at some point they will be the ones in charge. The message coming out of the Republican and Democrat conventions is that the size and scope of government will increase. Very few politicians want government power to shrink.

People have to understand that politics is a magic show put on for the purpose of tricking you into believing that what you are hearing is real. If we continue to be fooled by the illusion of politics, government will continue to intervene in every aspect of your life.

 

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Prager University: How Big Should Government Be?

December 15, 2015

“GOVERNMENT IS NOT REASON, IT IS NOT ELOQUENCE, IT IS FORCE, LIKE FIRE IT IS A DANGEROUS SERVANT, AND A FEARFUL MASTER.” George Washington.

Government should not be bigger than the individual. This means that politicians and bureaucrats in government should not usurp the decision making power that is the purview of the individual. The US Constitution lists and limits the power of the Federal Government. There can be no question that Government power has expanded beyond what the Constitution mandates. Can the power of the individual be restored? The only way this can happen is if Government power is cut back.

How Big Should Government Be? Video from Prager University.

Excerpts from the video.

“When Government grows in size and power these things will happen.”

1)”There will be ever increasing amounts of corruption. (People in government will well government influence for personal and political gain. People outside of government will seek to buy influence and favors.)”

2)”Individual liberty will decline. (The more control government has over peoples lives, the less liberty people will have.)”

3)”Countries with ever-expanding government will either reduce the size of their government or eventually collapse economically. (Every welfare state ultimately becomes a ponzi scheme.)”

4)”In order to pay for an ever-expanding government taxes are continually increased. (At a given level of taxation, the countries wealth producers 1) stop working, 2) work less, 3) hire fewer people, 4) move their business out of state or the country.)”

5)”Big government produces big deficits and ever increasing and ultimately unsustainable debt.”

6)”The bigger the government, the greater the opportunities for doing great evil. (The 20th century was the most murderous century in recorded history and who did the killing? Big government.)”

7)”Big government eats away at the moral character of a nation. (People no longer take care of other people. They know the government will do that.)

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Government Is Force.

July 9, 2015

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George Washington: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

This quote by George Washington came to mind when I read a couple of articles this week about Greece and China.

GREECE

A Lesson From The Greek Crisis: Safe Deposit Boxes Are Not Safe, by Joseph T. Solerno, at mises.org. The Government will not allow people to withdraw cash from their safety deposit boxes. The Government, with the help of the banks, will then take the cash out of these safety deposit boxes, credit the persons checking account, and put the cash in ATM’s.

In an unrelated story, Home Safe Sales in Greece Have Boomed Over the Last 5 Years, at time.com. Some Greek citizens learned from what happened in Cyprus, and are trying to protect themselves from their Government. Unfortunately home robberies have also skyrocketed. This is the unintended consequence of the unintended consequence.

This brings to mind a quote by Thomas Jefferson: “The two enemies of the people are criminals and Government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.

CHINA

Chinese stock markets have lost over 30% of their value in the last three weeks. The Chinese government created the stock market bubble in the first place by pumping money into the market through the use of margin debt. These central planners plans have run head on into economic reality, as the market is trying to liquidate and find a bottom. The central planners are now trying to keep this economic reality from happening. The Chinese government is attempting to cure the symptom instead of letting economic forces cure the problem the planners created. They are banning major share holders from selling stock for 6 months, freezing sales of half the companies in the market, blocked fund redemptions among other things.

Now the next step in this article, Utter Desperation: Chinese Police Vow To Arrest Malicious Short Sellers, at zerohedge.com. Yes the Chinese government is threatening to arrest malicious selling of stock. I wonder, what is the Governments definition of “malicious”? Do you think it is not defined because they want Chinese citizens to be afraid of even thinking about selling stocks? Does the Chinese government have a track record of abusing it’s citizens?

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Central planning by communists, socialists, or politicians and bureaucrats in a free market system, doesn’t work as the planners planned.

A quote by Ludwig von Mises comes to mind: : “Many think governments are free to achieve all they aim at without being restrained by an inexorable regularity in the sequence of economic phenomena …they maintain that the State is God.

WHAT ABOUT THE U.S.

Milder versions of propping up equity markets has happened in the U.S. over the last 15 years. Fed money pumping via  zero interest rates and quantitative easing are examples of central planners at work.

In this article, and short video: Rick Santelli Unleashed: China Is Not Doing Anything That The U.S. Has Not Already Tried, at zerohedge.com. Santelli says central planners are in control. But as we see from what is happening in Greece and China, they aren’t. China and Greece can’t even control their communist and socialist economic systems. Will our central planners plans end up any other way except broken?

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Must Reads For The Week 6/13/15

June 12, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Government Subsidies Helped Elon Musk Attain $13.3 Billion Net Worth, at ipwatchdog.com. Crony capitalist Elon Musk says his companies would still be in business without government assistance. Why doesn’t he try it without our tax dollars, just to see if he is right.

Obamacare Is Working Even Better Than President Obama Expected, by Peter Sunderman, at reason.com. The president either had low expectations, or he expected healthcare premiums to “necessarily sky-rocket”.

Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters On A Silk Road Post at Reason.Com, at targetliberty.com. A quote by George Washington comes to mind. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.

Lake Wobegon On Steroids, Where All The Students Are Valedictorians, by Mark J. Perry, at Carpe Diem blog. From the article, “Roughly 20% of all graduating seniors at Dublin Ohio’s three high schools were awarded valedictorian status”.  With 222 recipients, there really is no status in being awarded valedictorian status.

Jail For Missed Days At School? The Madness Of Truancy Laws, by Walter Olson, at reason.com. From the article. “Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak has reported on a 13-year-old straight-A piano prodigy charged with truancy in D.C. for taking ten days off to play on international concert stages.” Remember the above quote by George Washington, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.

Texas Police Officers Shutdown Girls Lemonade Stand Because They Didn’t Get Health Permit, at huffingtonpost.com. These two young entrepreneurs learned a great lesson about what the greatest impediment to their success will be, government intervention. The good news is they did what we all do when it comes to government regulation, they found a way around it. The cop said this, We just have to enforce ’em, we don’t write ’em.” This is the problem. There laws regulating everything. Police Chief Clyde Carter stated this gem, “It’s illegal to sell lemonade without a permit. But we didn’t tell them to shut down, we just asked them to get a permit.” I have a question for Chief Carter. If they wouldn’t have gotten a permit, would you have shut them down or let them continue. I think verbal sleight of hand artist Chief Carter has a bright future in politics. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant…...”

House Approves New NSA Reform Measure, at districtsentinel.com. Representative Thomas Massie got his amendment concerning collusion between the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the NSA, and the CIA concerning encryption standards. I know it’s hard to believe but these agencies were weakening encryption on consumer telecom services, so they could put back doors into the software for the purpose of spying on you without a warrant. “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force……”

U.S. Tech industry Appeals To Obama To Keep Hands Off Encryption, at entrepreneur.com. Does this have anything to do with the above article? “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence…..”

Channel Stuffing The Economy: There Has Never Been More Cars “On The Sidelines“, at davidstockmanscontracorner.com. Cars are counted as sold when manufactures sell them to dealerships. So even though consumers haven’t purchased the cars they are still counted as sold. You can show increasing sales by stuffing your cars onto dealers lots.

20 Years Later, Bill Clinton’s Home Ownership For America Is Dead, at zerohedge.com. Lowering lending standards created demand for borrowed money to purchase housing. The Federal Reserve supplied this demand with electronically printed counterfeit money. This brought future consumption into the present. What will replace this future consumption when its time comes? If you look at the chart in the article, you can see the government induced boom and corresponding bust. This boom and bust shows how real future consumption was moved forward in time, followed by less demand as the future became the present. A lot of future demand for goods and services was and is being used up by mortgage payments. Fed counterfeiting and Keynesian government spending distorts markets, enriches those who receive the counterfeit money first, and wastes scarce resources.

The Simplest Way To Describe Keynesianism In One Photo, at zerohede.com. Keynesian government spending takes water out of the deep end of the pool and dumps it into the shallow end.

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