Posted tagged ‘The Individual vs. The State’

Must Reads For The Week 4/7/18

April 9, 2018

Mr. Mark Robinson Addresses Greensboro City Council In Support Of The Second Amendment. No one could have made these points better.

Mr. Robinson Nails It. Read this quote from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s of a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against…..We’re after power ad we mean it….There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding Citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

Ayn Rand: “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”

London Mayor UnveilsĀ  New Stop-And Frisk Police Policy To Enforce City-Wide Knife Ban, at zerohedge.com. I didn’t think this was real. This could have been from The Onion. This story makes the above quote from Atlas Shrugged ring true. London Mayor Sidiq Kahn said: “….These statistics (37,443 knife offenses) show …… a government that has been desperately weak on crime for the last eight years, as well as weak on the causes of crime.” So what is the ’cause of crime”? Knives! Here is more from Mayor Sidiq Kahn: “Let me be clear – there is no reason to carry a knife. To anyone who does – they will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.

Michelle Obama Says Barack ‘Was Like The Good Parent’, Calls Trump ‘The Other Parent’. by William Cummings, at usatoday.com. The fact that progressive leftists, like Michelle, think of the President and the government as a parent means they think we are their children. The problem with this paternal relationship narrative, constructed by the progressive left, is that close to 50% of the citizenry believe it. Nothing could be further from the truth. You are responsible for yourself. Our Government was not founded to be responsible for you. When Government does something for you, it means that politicians and bureaucrats must first take from what other citizens have produced. Why? Because Government doesn’t produce anything. Individuals in the market produce wealth. Government consumes wealth.

DHS Has Detected Possible Cell Phone Surveillance In D.C. and Doesn’t Know Who Is Doing It, at washingtonpost.com. These StingRay devices have been used against U.S. citizens for years by local and federal law enforcement. So the Government is getting a taste of its own surveillance medicine. Good! Doesn’t taste so good. Does it?

Scott Pruitt Is Trump’s Biggest Asset, So The Left Wants Him Gone, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. Rolling back onerous EPA regulations has made Scott Pruitt a hero in my book. Which is why he is a villan in the eyes of the progressive left.

Illegal Immigrants Shielded From University Of California Out-Of-State Tuition Hike, at thecollegefix.com. Illegal Immigrants in California don’t have to pay out-of-state tuition. But out-of-state U.S. citizens do. This makes perfect sense. Illegals living in California vote in California elections. U.S. citizens living outside of California don’t vote in California elections.

THE ECONOMY

Fed’s QE-Unwind Proceeds Despite Stock Market Sell-Offs, at zerohedge.com. First of all the Fed should never have purchased U.S. T Bills and/or Mortgage Backed Securities. The Fed interfered with what the market would have decided these assets were worth. This interference has kept interest rates below what they would have been on the free market. The liquidation would have been painful but swift. All the Fed has done is allow more pain to be felt incrementally over time.

Subprime Auto Implosion In Full Effect As Lenders Start Dropping Like Flies, at zerohedge.com. This is the automobile businesses version of the popping of the 08 Housing bubble. Loaning money to people who can’t pay it back is a recipe for disaster.

Mall Vacancies At Six-Year High As Local Economies Stumble On Retail Slump, at zerohedge.com. Commercial real estate was over built thanks to easy money from the Fed. Under market interest rates and sound money this commercial bubble would not have gotten off the ground. Building all these malls was a waste of scarce resources. This land (resources), labor and capital could have been used in more productive activities. Artificially low interest rates funneled resources into non productive activities. On a similar note, Retail Real Estate Bubble Turns Manhattan Into A “Shopping Wasteland“, at zerohedge.com, Please. No more government help or bail outs. Government intervention is what caused the bubble in the first place. Allow the liquidation to happen. It will hurt, but it will put the economy on solid ground from which to build.

US Congressman Pushes Bill To Reinstate Gold Standard, at zerohedge.com. Our dollars purchasing power would increase if it was pegged to a certain weight in gold. Prices rising is not inflation. Printing money is inflation. Increased prices is the symptom of the money printing problem.

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Must Reads For The Week 1/13/18

January 14, 2018

House Passes Legislation Renewing Controversial NSA Surveillance Program, at zerohedge.com. Why do we allow the government to use warrantless eavesdropping on US citizens? The US Congress has essentially repealed our fourth amendment rights against illegal searches and seizures.

How The Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs, by Aaron Sprecher, at wired.com. Local governments are breaking the law when they use Stingray surveillance devices. They are violating the fourth and fifth amendments of the Constitution.

No, We Don’t Need A Federal “Solution” To Infrastructure Problems, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Cities and states not only have enough wealth to build infrastructure, they have the knowledge of what should be built. The Federal government has no business redistributing tax dollars from one state to fund another state’s infrastructure projects. Federal infrastructure spending leads to waste. Remember the bridge to nowhere in Alaska. What about Obama saying, ‘I guess all those shovel ready jobs weren’t so shovel ready”.

Army Finds $830 Million In “Missing” Helicopters As First Ever Audit Begins, at zerohedge.com. The fact that the audit of the Department of Defense is taking place is a good thing. A huge amount of waste will be found. This should not surprise anyone. Because where ever there is a pile of tax payer money to be given out there will be no shortage of corruption that will take place in the procurement of these funds. Making government more efficient is a good start. But if you are truly interested in cutting the size of government, you have to cut the amount of tax payer dollars that the government takes from the economy. Very few politicians are interested in cutting the size and scope of government. We the people have to get this done. By the way; How much waste do yo think there is in all the other government agencies?

Dem-Ordered Study To Expose Illegal Online Gun Sales Backfires, by Brooke Singman, at foxnews.com. The Government Accountability Office was tasked to try to purchase guns from online private dealers to show how easy it was to purchase guns illegally. After two and a half years, Their 72 attempts to purchase a gun illegally were unsuccessful. Have you heard about this from the main stream media aka fake news? Bias anyone!

Google’s Fact-Check Targets Conservative Sites, at zerohedge.com. No one is unbiased. Especially individuals who are in positions as keepers of the truth. These people are not supposed to be questioned about their bias. They are supposed to be trusted because in their minds they have the ability to leave their bias on the sidelines.

Project Veritas Exposes Twitter “Shadow Banning”, Blocking Opposing Views, at zerohedge.com. In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Well, there you go again”. Twitter shows its political bias by what it blocks.

On Duty Police Deaths Were Near A 50 Year Low In 2017, at mises.org. I am all about the truth. You have probably been lead to believe that police deaths are at all time highs. But that is not the truth. Perception isn’t reality.

Seattle Soda Tax Prompts Price Increases, Small Business Pain, at reason.com. Nanny state soda tax proponents claim the tax will not hurt business. They say it will change consumer’s preferences. This is an example of Progressives trying to force what they think is good on to other people who disagree. In this case progressives are using increased prices through taxation to curb the use of a product they don’t want people to have. They understand the law of supply and demand: Less is demanded at a higher price than a lower price. This will create a black market for soda, just like the NYC cigarette tax has created a black market for cigarettes.

Pink Pussyhats Of The Anti-Trump Women’s March Are Falling Out Of Favor. The Reason Is Quite Ironic, at the blaze.com. This could be a story from The Onion. Did you know there were other subdivisions inside the broad category labeled “women”? I get a smile on my face when I see the proponents of ‘identity politics’ have it blow up in their faces. We have allowed politicians to gain power over us by dividing us into different groups and pitting us against each other. The fact is there are only two groups. Group 1) Individuals inside government who wield state sanctioned power. Group 2) Individuals outside of government who have state sanctioned power used against them. The battle has always been the same. The State vs. The Individual. When individuals accept their placement into one of these identity groups, they become ignorant about the real battle taking place.

 

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