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The Politics of Fear

Niccolò Machiavelli, the famed Florentine political philosopher, once posed the question whether it is better to be feared than loved. It is well-remembered by every schoolboy that his reply was that, “it is better to be feared than loved,” with the provision that both fear and love must be unattainable.

But too often lost in the passage is the caveat that, “Nevertheless a prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred; because he can endure very well being feared whilst he is not hated, which will always be as long as he abstains from the property of his citizens and subjects and from their women.”

Suffice to say, we can temporarily be at ease that the ruling elites do not intend to seize upon our women, but the promulgation of like fear in the public mind has been sustained for so long that the two dominant parties, perpetually resorting to the contrivance of crisis to shore up their shortfalls and to mask their failures, are breaching upon new territory: abject hatred of both.

When Richard Hofstadter, the highly esteemed and most pre-eminent of political scientists, a card-carrying member of that sequestered class of lofty law-givers whose penchant for impartiality and altruistic distance from the statist program never ceases to astound, colored American politics as portraying a “paranoid style,” he was speaking, all winks and nods aside, particularly of right-wingers, and particularly of opposition to the amoral and gutless rule of the technocrats.

But all clear-sighted and wise politics stems from paranoia; in the sense that a free people is always watchful of the statist wolf in the proletarian henhouse. When men become distracted from fear of the government, that’s when the nation’s politics go awry.

What made Mr. Hofstadter, if one may characterize him as a mere man, “paranoid” is the idea that the unenlightened proles would seek a measure of self-rule without the meddling of utopian technocrats. After all, what mad world might result if the trend towards chaos and disorder was not reversed? What mad world if all individualism were not subjugated to the one cause, the elite-determined caused, which should triumph and reign for eternity?

Alas, the inextricable human condition of self-interest makes such fantasies as those possessing the global governance fetishists impossible to transfigure into reality. The inability to remove self-interest, this ineradicable barrier to unlimited manipulation of the human psyche, has turned the hatred of self-interest into the hatred of humankind: what else is the explanation for sacrificing man to mosquitoes, crushing his dreams to safeguard avian ova? Snatching him from the jaws of polar bears to drown him in a sea of regulatory red ink? Cutting down his habitations in order to preserve in tact sacred tree bark?

The fear of nature has been facetiously wielded against the unmoved masses for two decades; ever clamoring for the end times, ever clamoring for a bigger slice of the public dime, the eschatological guild of environmentalism has sought to profit from its dire prophecies; but it has become common knowledge that the apocalyptic utterance is a lie, if not through scientific exposition, then through the sheer elapse of time.

It would be remiss not to remind the reader that it is consensus within both political parties that manmade global warming (yes, you read that right, scientists of the future!) represents a grave threat to human civilization; and therefore, proceeding with airtight logic, all progress within human civilization, all accoutrements of industrial society making us safe from the vicissitudes of nature, along with the intellectual freedom that made those innovations possible, and along with the economic system that allowed invaluable goods to be so widely distributed – must be scuttled in order to prepare the way for a new man, a mediocre society, and a cowardly political order: one of blind irrationality within the public and calculating hyper-rationality within the political elite.

Such a schism results when one considers that rationality is the greatest enabler of freedom, so long as it is promulgated throughout the whole of society. But when state-controlled schools become a breeding ground for ignorance and irrationality, there must necessarily be a gaping chasm into which liberty falls. And when academia becomes a haven for a collectivist priest class, whose dichotomy in profession is the public pronouncement of teleological bromides like the inevitable triumph of socialism and the private hoarding of scientistic psycho-political manipulation, society falls prey to sundry schemes.

But only for so long. Despite the rantings of the lunatic leftists, the war-championing of the rabid right-wing, and the daily dissembling of the press, the American people have been fairly inoculated to the fear-mongering. Estimates of the drivers of political fear show “big government” far and away the leader, seconded by “big business,” and “big labor.” Big things are apparently scary.

Yet delving into what prevents citizens from focusing their rational fear of tyrannical government (to rephrase their perception more accurately), we find cross-cutting cleavages. Social conservatives fear a godless society, an understandable phobia from their perception, which is fueled by progressives. Those attending the public education system are forbidden the exercise of their free speech rights guaranteed by The Constitution, as the left-wing feigns that religious speech is somehow different from “ordinary speech.” Not to say that classes should devolve into a cacophony of chatter and noise, interrupting the nominal advancement of their intellects; it is to point out that religious persons are persona non grata and religious sentiments intrude upon the secular priest’s hallowed ground.

From the converse point of view, religious ideals frighten the wits out of progressives. The poor souls imagine a restoration of the Malleus Maleficarum, the Salem witch trials, the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, and the burnings of atheist heretics if not for the steady hand of opinion suppressors like themselves. Beyond this irrational fear of the innocuous nature of religion in our current political confines is the unmistakeably leftist program to extricate religion from the cultural conversation so that recognized morality can be wiped clean as a tabula rasa and our sentiments overwritten by unabashed statists.

But the division of Christianity in the United States is such that it is both flourishing in its abundance and brittle in its lack of cohesion and public eminence. This is the secret meaning behind the hysteria regarding the threat of radical Islam. Christians recognize the threat as metaphysical and disallow their fellow citizens the rational faculty of realizing the doctrine is not at all persuasive — perhaps to violent criminals who are a threat in any case.

With realistic appreciation of the enemy’s desire to commit mass murder within the nation, Christians brush by the implication that terrorism is a weapon of the weak; that America will not be laid low by such barbaric techniques of psychological intimidation so long as its society remains united, there is the will to triumph, and its military remains the most effective fighting force, backed by nuclear weapons to boot. So easily we are cowed by these liberty stealers, these faceless abetters of the unlimited state!

The moderates, for their part, fear disunity; and all incumbent accompaniments, such as fractiousness, and rough-and-tumble politics. And on their behalf those who rationally fear unchecked government are scolded to sacrifice the heat of their rhetoric, to tone down their verbal epithets, and to concede that the middle is comprised of the “reasonable” ones.

We the extremists are implored to revere the sagacity of the centrist, the wisdom of the pragmatist, and the far-sightedness of the know-nothing fool. In a climate of fear propagated by the government, we are meant to adore the calm hand of the cool-toned chameleon, who strokes our hair, reassures us the experiences of the past sundry years were all but nightmares, the government indeed means us no ill, and the bitter acridity of our tea would best be replaced by the somnolescence of warm chamomile.

But we are mutually afraid. Fear of death, war, terrorism, tyranny, atheism, heresy, pollution, disease, natural disaster, cataclysm, the end times, extinction, makes us vulnerable to the depredations of politicians, who shamelessly redirect our imagination from the rational fear of government towards numerous irrational fears.

And under guise of protecting us from the realization of these fears, the government robs us. Donning the face of the friend, it constantly stabs us in the back.

In some ways, the original party of government-fear, the former Republican Party, was put in an impossible position. Charged with representing people who were both apathetic and hostile to government, Republican politicians were put in the position of self-loathing; implored to hate the very power it was entrusted to wield. The Democrat Party suffered a psychical break during the era of radical politics; its Alinskyite doctrine taught that power is neither good nor evil, and the all-too-eager converted then shamelessly and guiltlessly grasped the reigns and never looked back. Over time, the Republican Party was bullied into recognizing its public pretensions were unreal; that power was a cudgel to wield against its adversaries lest it be bludgeoned to death.

The Republican Party developed two enemies: the Democrat Party and the freedom-loving American people. And just as voters have had to do over countless years, it chose what it viewed as the lesser of two evils: the Democrat Party.

Both loving power, fame, influence, and wealth, the parties have made a tacit peace; and both have turned against the citizenry, which had been the assumed source of constitutional authority. Sacrificing esteem for material benefit, glory for mundane comfort, and to wit, love for fear, the elites fancy themselves princes ruling over a populace made too ignorant, too distracted, too divided, and too preoccupied by fear to act in defense of self-interest.

And those still unpersuaded to abnegate their self-interest, in a word, those who value freedom, are tempted by the fiat-and-debt conjured welfare that is precisely the perversion of enlightened self-interest.  What is meant by that potentially mischievous phrase is that the public life continually lived at the expense of the future eventually compresses the opportunity of the present until the economy, the society, borders upon crisis.

The rational in society, those who are able to perceive, to predict, to feel this malevolent mechanism in process, are chided to hold their peace, to cease ruminating about their “paranoia,” and to allow the managers to do their magic. All of human history points otherwise – not that we should believe history or our lying eyes, say the fork-tongued technocrats.

Once Americans revered their government as an entrusted protector of their freedoms. That time is no more. Endless deception, calumny, scandal, and crisis has propelled the entity that was to remain in the backdrop of our lives to the forefront. And until the beast is tamed, that inevitable circumstance is here to stay.

Fear is healthy when roused and applied to the rationally recognized fountainhead of our problems. But chasing phantoms of the imagination, chimeras born of demonization, and irrelevant scapegoats leads us into the empty desert. The solutions to our problems begin and end with us, and begin and end with the mind. Mastering our fears is the key to mastering our political future; with reinvigorated courage and steely rationality we can decide our own fates.

Kyle Becker blogs at RogueGovernment, and can be followed on Twitter as @RogueOperator1. He writes freelance for several publications, including American Thinker, Misfit Politics, Independent Journal Review and OwntheNarrative, and is a regular commentator on the late night talk shows at OTNN. He holds an M.A. in International Studies with emphasis on Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies and is an advanced PhD. student in Political Science.

Americans for Prosperity’s Virginia Chapter Exposes Tim Kaine

AFP VA Exposes the Real Tim Kaine

The Virginia U.S. Senate race will be one of the closest this November.  In fact, it may be closer than the 2006 senate race that ended with Jim Webb defeating incumbent George Allen by less than 10,000 votes.  Six years later, Allen seeks to resurrect his political career, but former DNC chair and Virginia governor Tim Kaine  stands in his way.  However, as DNC chair, Kaine advocated for most of the president’s disastrous economic policies.  As a result, the Virginia chapter  of Americans for Prosperity is highlighting Mr. Kaine’s liberal tendencies when it comes to limited government and economic freedom and holding a series of events throughout the state exposing the real Tim Kaine.  On their website, which has an accompanying video, AFP Virginia states that:

 Tim Kaine has supported government run health care, supported tax increases for Virginia citizens, inherited $1.2 billion in surplus, and left Virginians with a $4.2 billion budget shortfall, increased debt by nearly 50%, and stood by Obama’s failed policies. If you agree that Tim Kaine’s policies have hurt Virginia, please sign our petition below or come out to our of our events across Virginia, and let your voice be heard.

 

 

 

Americans For Prosperity Comes to Pennsylvania

Patently False!

Americans for Prosperity seeks to capitalize on the president’s recent gaffe about the state of the economy.  The “Doing Fine” ad is a $400,000 media buy that will run for ten days in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  Tim Phillips, the President of AFP, stated that the new set of ad buys seeks to highlight Obama’s dismal economic record and disseminate the organization’s alternative jobs agenda.

If you’ve seen the ad, it highlights three critical points about the Obama Agenda:

1. 12.7 million people are still out of work

2. Forty months of unemployment above 8%

3. The national debt has exploded to $15 trillion dollars

While Mr. Phillips acknowledged that President Obama amended his previous statement concerning the private sector “doing fine,” he feels that the initial comments genuinely shows how he feels about the economy and that his “correction” was a poorly executed political statement aimed to pivot the media away from his naiveté.

However, with AFP’s previous slamming of the administrations clean energy policy, it was a little puzzling to see that Pennsylvania was not added to the  list of priority states that the organization intends to spend a significant amount of resources on concerning media outreach, neighborhood canvassing, and phone banks.  At least, during the initial execution of AFP’s media campaign.  Given the Marcellus Shale and the high-pay jobs associated with fracking, it was reassuring to hear that the “doing fine” ad will be shown in Pennsylvania, which will be the epicenter of the 2012 election.  It has the most electoral votes in the Northeast and Democrats cannot retake the House without making significant inroads within Pennsylvania’s congressional districts. What motivated AFP to initiate a statewide ad buy were the numbers concerning the Commonwealth’s crumbling manufacturing base and Obama’s energy policy that is just killing the local economy.

In all, AFP plans to spend some serious money in areas they feel will have the most impact this election year.  So far, they’ve spent $20 million dollars on ad buys attacking Obama’s record and Mr. Phillips stated that they could spend close to $100 million dollars by the end of this election cycle.  AFP spent $51 million dollars in 2011 and $40 million during the 2010 midterm elections.  All of which ended with positive electoral results for the conservative movement and effectively took away Obama’s credit card in the process.  Team Obama should be worried about the aggressive nature AFP is taking towards the administration because their ground operations have slain liberal Democrats and other politicians who peddle policies detrimental to limited government and economic freedom.

WaPo Columnist: Exercise Your ‘Civic Duty': Suggest Vacation Spot for Obamas

Really?

It’s almost July and the president hasn’t yet announced his family’s vacation plans yet. So of course Washington Post columnist Al Kamen felt obliged to direct his readers to kindly offer suggestions for vacation spots for the laid-back commander-in-chief.

“[I]t’s time to do your civic duty by suggesting where the first family should vacation this year. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 29,” Kamen told his “In the Loop” readers in today’s paper. “Our five favorite entries will win coveted Loop T-shirts — perfect for wearing on your own summer vacation.” Or for the 8.2 percent who are without work, on the unemployment line.

This isn’t the first time Kamen conducted an Obama-boosting exercise in crowd-sourcing. Back in October of 2011, Kamen pitched another great idea for voters to submit their phrase that would encapsulate the Obama administration in the history books.  Think Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down This Wall” or Kennedy’s “Ask Not” as prime examples, Kamen exhorted.

While the country faces enormous challenges, we are encouraged by members of the dead tree liberal media to dither and daydream about where to send the first family. I’m sure all the Obama zombies will be fast and furious in delivering their suggestion concerning the pressing issue of the first family’s next vacation on the taxpayer’s dime.  I think the hometown of Brian Terry would be an appropriate destination.

Pulitzer Winner Breaks Law Daily

Jose Antonio Vargas has been making the rounds on the talk show circuit promoting his new book and is garnering a wealth of attention… while breaking federal laws in the process.

Vargas, according to his own mini-autobiography published in the New York Times in June 2011, arrived in America at the age of 12 when his mother shipped him off to live with his grandparents who had immigrated legally from the Philippines. Vargas’ grandfather, “Lolo,” obtained fraudulent documents for him so he could travel and then attend school in the San Francisco Bay area. He remained unknowing of the fraud for 4 years.

“One day when I was 16, I rode my bike to the nearby DMV office to get my driver’s permit…” writes Vargas. “But when I handed the clerk my green card as proof of US residency, she flipped it around, examining it. ‘This is fake,’ she whispered. ‘Don’t come back here again.'”

Like any other teenager unaware of the situation his mother and grandparents had bestowed him, he was confused and proceeded to ask for an explanation from Lolo, only to learn that the document was in fact falsified and he was living in the United States illegally.

Vargas says he faced many challenges trying to assimilate and become as American as possible. He wanted to perfect English and lose his accent. He wanted to fit in and get a job in America. He again leaned on Lolo.

“Using the fake passport, we went to the local Social Security Administration office and applied for a Social Security number and card. It was, I remember, a quick visit. When the card came in the mail, it had my full, real name, but it also clearly stated: “Valid for work only with I.N.S. authorization.”

When I began looking for work, a short time after the D.M.V. incident, my grandfather and I took the Social Security card to Kinko’s, where he covered the “I.N.S. authorization” text with a sliver of white tape. We then made photocopies of the card. At a glance, at least, the copies would look like copies of a regular, unrestricted Social Security card.”

The New York Times editors failed to ask for more details about this, but should have. Social Security cards are blue. They have a specific design on them. Covering a portion with white tape would most certainly distort the image to look completely fake. Perhaps his first few employers like Subway and the YMCA should also have done a bit more digging.

Nevertheless, the fraudulent card was getting so easy to use that Vargas admits after a while, he began checking the citizenship box on I-9 forms (one of the documents federally required of new employees to ensure legal citizenship/immigration status). He claims he was nervous about getting caught – so he understood it was wrong – but that he kept doing it anyway.

Vargas attended San Francisco State University on a scholarship that Vargas admits “was not concerned with immigration status.” He sought out avenues to avoid bringing attention to the fact that he was breaking the law on a daily basis.

In early 2002, Vargas sought the help of an immigration lawyer who told him that to become a legal US citizen, Vargas would have to return to the Philippines for 10 years and then return legally with documentation.

Apparently, as an adult, fully aware of the consequences of his actions, Vargas chose NOT to obey the law. In fact, he downright ignored it. What he did next can only be described as intentional defiance of state and federal laws with complete disregard for morality.

“…I spent an afternoon at The Mountain View Public Library, studying various states’ requirements. Oregon was among the most welcoming — and it was just a few hours’ drive north,” remembers Vargas.

Using a false permanent address, some fraudulent documents, a photocopied Social Security card and his college ID, Portland, Oregon gave Vargas a driver’s license.

“I knew what I was doing now, and I knew it wasn’t right. But what was I supposed to do?”

As justification for his crimes, Vargas basically whines, “I was paying state and federal taxes…”

Perhaps Vargas should remember that simply paying taxes doesn’t make you American, nor does it make your actions justified. Perhaps Vargas should also consider that he was and continues to benefit from the taxes paid just like legal US citizens. Roads, fire protection, a federal military, etc. have all been available to him regardless of his being unlawful.

Vargas claims the license meant a great deal to him because it allowed him to drive, travel by plane and work. What is he doing now? How is he able to make it to all those television interviews to promote his new book? If he is using that license (or a new one since that license was set to expire last year), should he not be stopped by the TSA when trying to board a plane? Or perhaps the television shows or stations are flying him by private jet? Still, it begs the question, “how has he not been arrested for repeatedly breaking the law and being so open about it?”

Vargas has worked as an employee for the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Huffington Post, all with the help of falsified documents. He has also likely been paid as a freelance writer/contributor and has made documentary films, which aren’t free. I wonder if he’s ever filled out a 1099 form and turned it in to the IRS by April 15th? If so, I wouldn’t believe its truthfulness.

To see the beat down Lou Dobbs gives this guy, click here.

States with no income tax don’t do better than those with high income taxes?

Nothing like a flawed correlation to give liberals the meat they need to boast the benefits of higher taxation

New York Post op-ed post byJuliet Lapidos uses an Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy Report to create the false correlation of income tax to economic output.

An ITEP report demonstrates that states with no personal income tax don’t have a higher per-capita economic output than those states with personal income tax.

The Post’s article is just wrong. Ms. Lapidos, in an attempt to create red meat for the paper’s liberal readership, re-interprets the ITEP report to refute supply-side economics. The study and Ms. Lapidos artistic attempt at logic do not disprove that economic theory.

Supply-side economics don’t work, but that won’t stop the Mary Fallins of the world from foisting it upon us. They care too much about their ideology to worry about reality.

Instead, the report simply shows that personal income tax rates may not have a significant impact on the economic output of a given state. By looking at only one aspect of state-level economies, the author misses the other factors in-play.

States with no income taxes have other means by which produce income. Higher sales taxes and revenue from state-located businesses are examples. One way or another, the same burden is placed on the consumer as businesses will simply pass taxes on to consumers. In the end, states take in what they need to fund the spending in their budgets.

Supply-side economics isn’t about personal income taxes alone. It is about the burden on those with capital to invest. If income taxes are lower, but sales taxes are an equivalent amount higher then the burden on the taxpayer is the same and therefor the impact to investment is the same. Of course the report and the flawed analysis of it also disregard the economic make-up of each state. States with more rural areas or a more thrifty populace will necessarily demonstrate a lower per-capita economic output. But who’s to say that’s bad for the individuals that chose to keep their cars for ten years instead of three?

There are far too many neglected economic aspects for the study to prove or disprove supply or demand side economics. To do so would require a much more in-depth look at the macro-economy of each state – a task I imagine the author to be unwilling to take on.

The article simply shows ignorance about supply-side economics – not that they don’t work.

Race Isn’t Everything, It’s the Only Thing

Contempt of Congress charges are being levied against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder because he is a champion “supporting measures to overturn these voter-suppression initiatives in the states”.  So says Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

A “progressive” has spoken.  End of story.

It is absolutely inconceivable that contempt of Congress charges could be over secret documents pertaining to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.  It certainly could not have anything to do with weapons lost in the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation. Not in any way, shape or form.  Not no way, not no how.  Such conclusions are completely out of the question.  To even suggest such possibilities prove beyond all reasonable doubt that you are indisputably a closed minded, razor toothed racist vampire who is exactly like that evil, lily white, ship jobs overseas vulture capitalist Mitt Romney.  You have always been a racist.  You will always be a racist.  Your parents were racists.  Your children will be racists.  You are in love with your racism.  You are proud of your racist views.  You hope your racist views and ways will spread across the country and ideally, the entire world.

Racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist…

Welcome to the “progressive” States of America, where race isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

Never mind that on the subject of race Eric Holder called the United States “a nation of cowards”.  In case the subtlety escapes you, Holder thinks the entire nation is racist.  Of course for Holder, racists are white by definition.

Forever erase from your memory the fact that Eric Holder dismissed a slam dunk case of voter intimidation committed by member of the New Black Panthers Party in Philadelphia during the 2008 election.  That there are eye witnesses and video evidence showing that they were in uniform, wielding clubs and verbally taunting potential voters proves nothing.

Forget that the U.S. Department of Justice is suing Arizona and other States because they are acting responsibly by protecting U.S. Citizens from invasion.  In the “progressive” States of America, that too is racist.

Ensuring voter integrity in American elections by carefully reviewing voter rolls in order to root out fraudulent votes is forbidden.  To engage in such activity is…yes, you guessed it…racist!

Perhaps it would be a useful to take this exercise to its inevitable conclusion:

If you wear white sneakers instead of ones of color, you must be racist.  If you wear a white t-shirt instead of one of color, you are clearly a racist.  If you drive a white car instead of one of color, you simply must be a proud, long practicing racist…especially if your car has whitewall tires.  Any and all students who write on white notepads instead of ones of color must be racists.  All places of residence where the walls are painted with white paint are populated by racists.  Watching a movie or television show starring Betty White?  Sitting on a white toilet seat?  Using the white pages in the phone book?  Wearing white socks and underwear?  Reading books containing white pages?  Knowing someone whose last name is White?  Using white copy paper?  Those vendors who mail their customers telephone, gas and electric bills in white envelopes?  Drying your hands with a white towel?  Puffy white clouds in the sky?

You guessed it: morally reprehensible.

Considering the clearly racist clothing policy practiced by the Wimbledon tennis tournament, it is easy to understand obama’s resentment towards and dislike for the British.

It would be suitable to refer to an old fable about the boy who cried wolf, but that would open the floodgates for charges of racism over use of the term “boy”.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/race-isnt-everything-its-the-only-thing/

2012 Will Be an Election About the Economy




In a speech at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI, on July 14, 2009, Obama said, “I love those folks who helped get us in this mess, and suddenly they say, ‘This is Obama’s economy.’ That’s fine. Give it to me. My job is to solve problems, not stand on the sidelines and carp and gripe.”

OK, Mr. Obama, the economy is yours. The 2012 election will be an election about the economy. If the economy is much different in October than now, it’s more likely to be worse than better. And worse is bad news for Barack Hussein Obama. The economy isn’t looking as good today as it did in February and March, causing many economists to revise their forecasts of economic growth to reflect the downward trend. The unemployment rate that is currently over 8 percent is not expected to improve between now and the election unless the government plays with the numbers as they have in the past.

The global economic picture is quite depressing and getting worse. The eurozone is in a recession that is looking more and more deep. Europe’s sovereign-debt and banking crises are getting worse. Even China, India, and Brazil are experiencing economic slowdowns. And Obama has acknowledged that Europe’s economic situation could have an effect on his own re-election prospects.

The most frequently quoted number for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is now a very, very slow 2 percent growth. The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that real GDP (RGDP) growth for Q12012 was 2.2 percent, down from the 3.0 percent growth rate reported for 4Q2011, and much lower than would be “normal” for this point in a recovery from a recession. The term “stall speed” is being used to describe this economy’s growth.

The real business nonresidential fixed investment (RBNRFI) growth rate fell at a 2.1 percent annual rate between Q12012 and Q42011, continuing a downward growth trend. This fact is important because RBNRFI is what actually drives the economy. Both RGDP and employment growth are a direct function of RBNRFI. The notion that “spending” drives the economy is Keynesian economic nonsense. A falling RBNRFI or growth rate equals a recession.

For comparison, look at these figures:

  • RBNRFI grew by 38.6 percent during the first three years of Clinton’s second term, spurred on by a capital gains tax cut. During the same period, RGDP increased by 14.3 percent, and total employment increased by 5.2 percent.
  • RBNRFI grew by 22.7 percent during George W. Bush’s second term. During the same period, RGDP increased by 7.8 percent, and total employment increased by 4.4 percent.
  • RBNRFI has falen by 6.6 percent during Obama’s three year in office. During the same period, RGDP has fallen by 1.2 percent, and total employment has fallen by 1.8 percent.

This election is far from over. The unexpected could happen to change everything. But unless Obama can discredit Romney by convincing enough voters that Romney is a ruthless, uncaring corporate raider, this will be a hard election for Obama to win.

But that’s just my opinion.

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President Obama Has The Wrong Priorities

Mitt Romney’s campaign has released a new video, stating:

What we’re witnessing is a failure of the President’s policies. He did not deal with immigration. With regards to Obamacare, he put that as a higher priority than our economy and as a result we have had forty straight months with unemployment above eight percent. The economy’s not working; immigration is not working.

This President has not been working in the right way for the American people. It’s time for that to change.

Is Arizona Being Punished?

Is Arizona being chastised by this administration? Just minutes after the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the right of law enforcement to check citizenship on detained individuals the White House issued a bold statement. The Department of Homeland Security would suspend existing agreements with Arizona police and would stop responding to most of Arizona law enforcement calls related to illegal immigrants. In addition, a complaint telephone number has been posted for anyone who may feel police stopped him due to racial profiling.

Instead of offering further assistance to secure the border of Arizona DHS has stated that no additional officers will be provided.

In the short clip below former border patrol official Robert Gilbert reminds us that Americans are expecting ALL law enforcement to work together.

Listen to long time border Sheriff Larry Dever explain the insult to the professionalism of Arizona law enforcement.

Today as many hear the news they are asking if Arizona is being punished for attempting to do the job that the Federal Government won’t.

 

America Is Delusional (Review)

When I saw the title Sex Politics Religion: How Delusional Thinking Is Destroying America being promoted in my inbox, I just couldn’t resist. True, the author, Steve Siebold, is a self-help guru that started out in the weight loss niche. But, I thought “maybe this is worth a look.”

Siebold sells this book as a call to engage in critical thinking, and at least admits in the Introduction that the book is entirely his own opinion. Theoretically, this is meant to encourage (facilitate?) readers to engage in their own research, and reach their own conclusions about the topics he covers. I question the legitimacy of that, since Siebold only offers a single resource for further study in each chapter.

Now, to me, that means that the author himself only bothered to consult one resource himself on each issue, and then wrote the chapter. That really isn’t practicing what he’s preaching. As for the content itself, back to the “truth in advertising”, at least Siebold admitted freely that it really is just his personal opinion. Otherwise, I would have major issues with it.

The book is organized in sections based on the title, and each section has several chapters. On Sex, Siebold primarily offers information on alternative forms of marriage. I don’t mean gay marriage here, but various relationship structures that permit at least some level of infidelity, at least in terms of traditional marriage. His premise is that humans are not made for remaining loyal to a single person for life. Of course, that theoretically explains the high divorce rates in this country. He also has sharp words for the Puritanical nature of our society when it comes to sex. This all starts from the contention that the human sex drive is the most powerful force on earth. Now, I’m not sure I would go that far, but I will grant him that it is a very powerful thing. I’ll also grant him the contention that it is foolish to attempt to suppress it – just ask the Catholic Church on that one. All in all, Siebold is right that Americans are silly when it comes to sex, but his condescending tone probably won’t go down very well for many – especially the ones that are most guilty of that silliness.

On Politics, Siebold is largely Libertarian, and a pro-business fiscal conservative. Personal liberty trumps religious or political dogma for him, and as a result, his opinions tend toward smaller government. Of all of the sections in this book, this is the one that would be most tolerable to conservatives in general, since the rest of the book tends to call social conservatives on the carpet for suggesting that their belief systems be made the law of the land. However, Siebold is for assisted suicide, stem cell research, and the legalization of all gambling and drugs, so that might be a bit too radical on the personal liberties end for many conservatives. The most audacious suggestion the author makes is pulling essentially all of our troops overseas home, and placing them on the borders. A few weeks ago, I would expect to hear a great deal of railing against that, but given the latest developments where illegal immigration is concerned, it wouldn’t surprise me if some form of this would become a plank of the Romney campaign!

After reading the section on Religion, if there was any doubt before, it’s pretty obvious that Siebold is probably Agnostic, leaning heavily toward Atheism. He devotes a whole chapter to Catholicism, in spite of being raised Lutheran. If a reader is fed up with people from the left attacking religious beliefs in general, it is strongly suggested that he or she skips this section entirely. Suffice to say that Siebold minces no words, while essentially comparing belief in God to a belief in Santa Claus.

Steve Siebold’s Sex Politics Religion: How Delusional Thinking Is Destroying America is an interesting read, considering that it comes from a man that initially made his way in weight loss. While the book gives readers approximately what the author claims it does, his contention that this could become a highly controversial book falls flat. However, because Siebold isn’t re-inventing the wheel here, it is worth a look if only to prepare oneself to counter arguments against social conservatism, or to offer slightly different takes on some Libertarian principles. The lack of citations and a bibliography limits the usefulness of the text, at least for people that actually prefer to offer proof for their contentions. As for the goal of promoting critical thought, this text falls miserably short of its goal. That goal may have been attained if the author took the time to offer differing views from multiple sources. Siebold, in offering just his own thoughts, simply comes off as a condescending egotist that, in spite of his disclaimers to the contrary, is determined to make others think the way he does.


Gallup: Jobs #1 Hispanic Priority

All the news last week didn’t change the fact that Hispanics don’t put immigration as their number one priority. Instead, they are most concerned with jobs and health coverage. President Obama may want to review the most recent Gallup poll and perhaps take a pivot toward jobs during this election season.

Or not.

Maybe this is a prime opportunity for Mitt Romney and the Republicans to chip away at some of the Latino support for the current president. In fact, many would argue that current events should already help draw the strongly Catholic minority toward the Conservative side of the ballot. Hispanics may be surprised that their beliefs: conservative religious, importance of families, and strong work ethic are very in line with the GOP platform. Additionally, Republicans are not against immigration, instead they are trying to control a tsunami of illegal border crossings when so many others are waiting to enter the country through legal channels. After all, this is a country made up of immigrants.

Hispanics may also be surprised to learn that unions, who once worked hard to benefit the underpaid workers, now seem to be focused more on preserving their strength and leaders benefits and less concerned with the individuals. The caste system of places like Mexico, though less defined than some countries still make it difficult for the poor to rise to a higher bracket. Understanding this, immigrants from Central America (and Cuba especially), should be wary of a party that pushes entitlement programs.  Handouts don’t encourage personal responsibility. Instead they promote a lackadaisical attitude which takes away the desire for a better life and replaces it with an acceptance of the status quo and continued dependence on others. In the end, as in Cuba, the government owns you and everything you do. Contrast this to the many small businesses owned and operated by minorities. Independence, hard work, and the idea of growing as big as one wishes are more in line with Republican ideals than Democrats.

Now is the time for Republicans to reach out to this large voting group and let them know this is not a rich versus poor campaign but one pushing for more personal responsibility and individual rights. Job opportunities for all are a priority of the GOP.

Born here or immigrants, Hispanics we know are usually not looking for a hand out but rather the opportunity to live the American Dream.

Stockton, California as an Example of a Flourishing City

Stockton, CA – This city may be the first in California to declare bankruptcy. The city, in spite of cutting police, fire, and anything else it could think of, is still running in the red, and cannot make its bills. Why? Pensions and benefits for retirees have literally taken over the budget to the point where the city has been cutting back on services to residents to meet those bills. And the first ones to scream if Stockton does declare bankruptcy will be the unions. The following clip explains at least in part which city bills will take priority in the case of bankruptcy.

While many businesses have gone down the drain because of pensions and retiree benefits draining their assets, it is not as common as it once was. That probably has something to do with the fact that there aren’t as many unions in the private sector anymore. What we are seeing in Stockton is the future for many cities across the country, primarily because of contracts negotiated by public sector unions. While this is a very basic statement about the impending problem, it isn’t extremely difficult to understand. It is yet another economic issue that is at least an indirect result of the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age. But, unlike Social Security, this problem is theoretically negotiable, especially when cities make the decision to declare bankruptcy.

At that point, all contracts with the unions are nullified, and cities are in a position to re-negotiate terms with public sector unions. But, would we have been in this situation in the first place if city leaders had started thinking like business owners years ago? Probably not. Conservatives have been saying for years that spending money without serious plans to repay debts in the future is a mistake. In Stockton, even the leaders have admitted that they spent too much when times were good, and failed to “save for a rainy day.” But, they’re politicians, not business people.

Matt Edelstein, otherwise known as Shoq on Twitter, decided to weigh in on this. Well, he decided it was a good idea to pose what he obviously thought was a difficult question for me. I didn’t respond via Twitter, so maybe he’s deluded into thinking that he stumped me.

If municipalities were run more like big businesses, it is less likely that they would end up like Stockton. As for businesses making the laws of the land, gieven our current economic woes, that is exactly what we need. It has been made abundantly obvious that every level of government in this country is either ill-equipped, or unwilling to do what needs to be done to kick start our economy. More often than not, the fact is that government doesn’t need to do a damn thing – it needs to stop what it’s doing, and get the hell out of the way.