Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When All Else Fails, Manipulate the Data

According to the New York Times (of all places), after decades of collecting health insurance statistics, the US Census is going to change the metrics, at exactly the same time a major change in health insurance policy is taking place. What scientist or statistician does that, unless their intent is to hide the true effects of this change? (The vulgar term for hiding the truth is called "fraud", as in "the regime is a fraud", or "the King is a fink!"

This is the lowest our government has ever sunk, the worst regime in my lifetime, and I lived through the Nixon years! Where are the torches and pitchforks?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Day

I have no objection to paying for the care and feeding of a federated government, limited by the founding documents (the official specification if you will), with the primary function of protecting everyone's individual rights, equally under the law. It costs money to run a legislature, judiciary and executive branch. It costs money to do things like making sure the tax paying citizens are secure within our borders (which the regime hasn't been doing by the way). 

But my individual rights don't cost you a dime. I have a right to free speech, but that doesn't require you to provide me with free air time. I have freedom of religion, but that doesn't require you to buy me a Bible or a Koran. I have freedom of the press, but that doesn't require you to provide me with free paper, or free internet. Do I have a right to keep and bear arms? I think I still have a right to obtain those things, but that right doesn't require you to provide me with free guns and ammo. Do I have a right to food and shelter? I have the right to obtain those things, but that right doesn't require you to provide me them for free. Do I have a right to health care? I have the right to obtain health care, but that right doesn't require you to provide me with free contraceptives. 

While we all have the moral obligation to help provide for the less fortunate, when someone demands that one person provide for another under duress, that is called theft, or slavery. And we deem those things to be immoral.

Thomas Jefferson said, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground”, and that is exactly what has been happening in this country for 230 odd years. But we have had some major upward inflection points since the 'progressive' movement began 100 years ago: FDR's New Deal, LBJ's Great Society, and BHO's bailouts, hope'n'change and ObamaCare. These things all transfer individual freedom (the free market) to government control. Forced redistribution of wealth isn't a Great Society, it's a sick one: creating a dependent idle class at the expense of the independent, productive one. Discouraging self-sufficiency. Creating envy instead of cooperation and healthy competition.

The advent of a bureaucratic state, run by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who's primary objective is basically mission creep (with all the best intentions), increases cost and thereby the tax load. The worst thing is, taxes don't even begin to cover the cost of government anymore. The deficit and the debt is an even bigger burden on our society. High taxes are only the tip of the iceberg. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It's My Body, And I'll Cry If I Want To

[Warning: This article contains adult content. If you have not fully matured, then you really need to read this.]

Victims of the so-called "war on women" whine, "It's my body!" That may be true, but they never finish the sentence: "It's my body, and it's my responsibility to care properly for it."

If you're going to treat your body like an amusement park, then it's up to you to perform the necessary care and maintenance. It's up to you (or the riders) to provide the resources and upkeep. Not me; not anyone else. It isn't my job to take care of the unintended consequences, or put innocent victims out of your misery after one of your cock-ups (pun partially intended).

Actually, if you are going to demand that someone else contribute to the care and feeding of your body, then it really isn't your body anymore! It belongs to all of us who subsidize it, and all your bases are belong to us! There are strings attached, and we (the people) can tell you what you can and cannot do with it. We could even justifiably demand the use of it.*

If it annoys you to receive this message from a man, then here's a video by Chicks on the Right to spell it out for you.

But here's the bottom line: My money and my property represents the time from my life that it took to earn it -- including the time and resources it took to acquire the skills to earn it. Time out of my life that I'll never get back. I made the effort. Taking that wealth from me without my express consent is akin to taking part of my life: partial murder. It's why theft is considered immoral and illegal. It's also why redistribution of wealth should also be considered nothing less. It's your body and your life. Your responsibility. Accept it!

*Rush Limbaugh called these people "sluts", but that is evidently not politically correct anymore, and he had to apologize. Actually, if you're demanding money, it's really worse than "slut", but I won't say that either. I'll just say "slave" instead. Congratulations, slave! Here's your contraceptives! Call the plantation office if you need a free abortion!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

We need more teachers like this one, with the guts to speak out. Even if Common Core was a great thing, she should not be threatened with loss of her job for speaking out on any political issue. This is not the same as badmouthing your employer in public.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How Many Statists Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

Stolen from facebook:

I don't like CFLs. I do like LEDs, but I think the free market is quite adequate for moving people to more efficient, environmentally friendly lighting. Government mandates are completely illiberal and unnecessary.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

You Have Two Cows

I haven't posted in a while, but I found this on Facebook, and I thought, "Hey there's a lotta truth in that thar satire!"

  • You have two cows.
  • You share some milk with your neighbor, 'cause one of their cows just died, and you want to help them until they can get back on their feet.
  • You have two cows.
  • The state takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
  • You have two cows.
  • The State takes both and gives you some milk.
  • You have two cows.
  • The State takes both and sells you some milk.
  • You have two cows.
  • The State takes both and shoots you.
  • You have two cows.
  • The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away.
Traditional Capitalism
  • You have two cows.
  • You sell one and buy a bull.
  • Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
  • You sell them and retire on the income.
Royal Bank of Scotland (Venture) Capitalism
  • You have two cows.
  • You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
  • The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.
  • The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. 
  • You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. 
  • No balance sheet provided with the release. 
  • The public then buys your bull.
  • You have two giraffes.
  • The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.
An American Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
  • Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.
A Greek Corporation
  • You have two cows. You borrow lots of euros to build barns, milking sheds, hay stores, feed sheds, dairies, cold stores, abattoir, cheese unit and packing sheds.
  • You still only have two cows.
A French Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.
A Japanese Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
  • You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.
An Italian Corporation
  • You have two cows, but you don't know where they are.
  • You decide to have lunch.
A Swiss Corporation
  • You have 5000 cows. 
  • None of them belong to you.
  • You charge the owners for storing them.
A Chinese Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • You have 300 people milking them.
  • You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.
  • You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
An Indian Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • You worship them.
A British Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • Both are mad.
An Iraqi Corporation
  • Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.
  • You tell them that you have none.
  • No-one believes you, so they bomb the squat out of you and invade your country.
  • You still have no cows, but at least you are now a democracy.
An Australian Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • Business seems pretty good.
  • You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.
A New Zealand Corporation
  • You have two cows.
  • The one on the left looks very attractive...

Thanks to Mary Beth for posting this on Facebook. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Most Uncurious Mainstream News Media

The good congressman from South Carolina asks some pointed questions of our news media. The First Amendment freedom of the press was intended for political writers to criticize their government -- to be a watchdog. They were attack dogs during the G.W. Bush administration, and they have been lap dogs during the Obama regime. Most uncurious, mama! Whoa! Strange days indeed...