Posted tagged ‘Tea Party’

The Republican Leadership Doesn’t Like Us.

December 12, 2013
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budget (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

If you think Democrats and the Republican Leadership are on different sides of the aisle, think again. Both are upset with liberty minded groups because these groups are fighting the growth of Government. Both parties want to expand the size of Government which brings with it a corresponding increase of power. This expansion means the individual will have less freedom. When Government grows the individual shrinks. Here is a video of John Boehner getting upset at the very group of people who have helped keep his rear end in power.

Speaker Boehner said, “If you’re for more deficit reduction you are for this agreement.”

How serious are they at deficit reduction if all they can cut is $23 billion in ten years, with most of the cuts coming in the outer years of the budget (which never happens). The Government spends roughly $3.5 trillion a year. So they can only find $23 billion to cut out of the $35 trillion they will spend in ten years (and that’s if spending remains at $3.5 trillion a year). That’s $23, 000,000,000.00 out of $35,000,000,000,000.00,  or 23 dollars out of every 35,000 dollars, or 2 dollars and 30 cents out of every 3 thousand 5 hundred dollars, or 23 cents out of every 3 hundred 50 dollars, or 2.3 cents out of every 35 dollars. Two pennies out of every thirty-five dollars! Are you kidding me? You wouldn’t even waste the time picking up two pennies if they fell out of your pocket. I guess it all depends on what the meaning of the word “more” is, if this is “more” deficit reduction.

The republicans are not serious about reducing Government, they’re only interested in stopping a potential Government shutdown from happening when the present continuing resolution expires. They think a shutdown will hurt their electoral chances in 2014. Both parties battle each other politically in order to gain control of Government power. The minority party has some limited power in order to be a counter weight against the majority party, but remember, both have power over you. Both parties have power to force you to do things you may not want to do. Every individual and group of individuals who work to roll back the power of Government, are an enemy of not just the democrat party, but also the republican party establishment. This is why both parties are trying to attack the credibility of liberty minded groups, tea party groups, small L libertarians, and any politician who is backed by these groups. But don’t be afraid of their attacks. They attack us because they fear us, and they fear us because they don’t control us. If people like us washed our hands of the republican party, they could never regain the majority position.

Related ArticleLet’s Think About The Shutdown, The Debt Ceiling And Obamacare, at austrianaddict.com.

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Must Reads For The Week 10/26/13

October 26, 2013
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

Yale Professor Surprised: Tea Party Supporters More Scientifically Literate, by Kyle Becker, at ijreview.com. From the article, “…all my impressions come from watching cable tv…..and reading the paper…I’m a little embarrassed, but glad…I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”

Obamacare Tech Firm (CGI) Tried, Failed To Build Gun Registry In Canada, by Joel B. Pollak, at breitbart.com. Does the choice of CGI to build the website tells us the administration is either less scientifically literate than the average person, corrupt, incompetent, or just unlucky?

Why The Fed Will NEVER End Quantitative Easing, by Patrick Barron, at patrickbarron.blog.blogspot.com. An excellent one paragraph analysis of why the Fed can’t escape the Groundhog Day movie it created for itself.

Alan Greenspan Warns Of Double Digit Price Inflation, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Former fed chairman warns, “the feds balance sheet expansion may unleash inflation.” A moment of candor from an insider.

With Debt Ceiling Lifted, Federal Government Resumes Borrowing Spree, by J. D. Tuccille, at reason.com. The “kick the can” debt ceiling deal, allows the U. S. Treasury to borrow as much as it wants until February 7th 2014. I Guess this shows how serious “socialists of both parties” are about controlling spending.

Debt Limit: A Guide To American Debt Limit Made Easy, youtube video. I found this at Carpe Deim Blog, This is a short video that puts the Governments debt problem in perspective.

The Diverse Beer Economy As An Ecosystem, by Mark J. Perry, at Carpe Deim Blog. Explains how brewpubs and microbreweries are finding a niche market among all the big beer makers.

Higher Education: The Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong, by George Leef, at faculityrow.com. Here’s the money quote, “….for many students, their K-12 years leave them pitiably unprepared, both for post-secondary education and the world of work.”  And this, “Any increase in college enrollment will overwhelmingly come from such academically marginal students.”

How Bitcoin Will Be Neutralized By The Government, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The Gov. will do anything to protect its monopoly on money creation.

The Tollkeepers On The Road To Serfdom, by D. W. MacKenzie

June 21, 2013
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The Road to Serfdom, by Hayek.(Photo credit: UniversidadFrancisco Marroquin)

In this article by D.W. MacKenzie titled,The Tollkeepers On The Road To Serfdom, at mises.org, he explains that when bureaucracies grow, “democracies could not be relied upon to hold it in check”. He calls the IRS the toll keepers on the road to serfdom, and we are  the tollpayers on this same road.This is an outstanding article and a must read. Here are some excerpts from it.

“Elected Federal officials can be voted out of office. But the entrenched army of empowered, unelected Federal bureaucrats remains to wield its power, and the Internal Revenue Service bureaucrats are some of the worst.”

“Politicians see the IRS and its tax code as a means of fixing perceived political problems…. Yet, regardless of the legislative agenda, it is largely unelected bureaucrats who decide where tax money goes.

“The potential for bureaucratic abuse is pervasive. The worst rise to the top of bureaucracies in part because the people who want power most are, as Hayek put it, single-minded idealists. Single-minded idealists are intolerant, by definition, believing that their plans for society are objectively superior to any competing plans. Those who have a comparative advantage at acquiring and wielding power are the most ruthless and insensitive people in society.”

“Hayek pointed out that people complete the path from citizenship to servitude only after a psychological (or sociological) change occurs. Today’s change is from a free people believing in the primacy of individuals to make their own choices to dependence and acceptance of government as the entitled class.”

“Once people accept bureaucrats as authorities, as persons who should direct the actions of others, and reject dissenting views as illegitimate or illegal, they have taken up the mantle of serf.”

“Obama most likely did not directly order Lois Lerner or Holly Paz to “punish enemies” in the Tea Party movement, but Tea Party members were singled out. Since Tea Party groups oppose the current Federal tax/spending system, the single-minded idealists at the IRS thought these targeting actions to be justifiable.”

I have said that the President is just the face of the problem. The expansion of Government power is the problem. The bureaucracy has an inertia of its own, no matter who is elected. Bureaucrats are self-interested individuals like the rest of us, which is why they will try to use their power to undermine any person, or group of people, who talk like they want to cut the size of Government. Politicians and bureaucrats both want power, the difference is politicians can at least get voted out if they abuse their power. A bureaucrat is immune from losing his position, and may even get a promotion for abusing his power.

Related article,  America’s Road To Serfdom? by Richard Ebeling, at mises.org.

Related article, Terminus On The Road To Serfdom, by D.W. MacKenzie, at mises.org.