The Stealth Kicker…

28 11 2008
 “Little else is required to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism, but peace, easy taxes, [sound money], and a tolerable sense of government.” – Adam Smith

Peace, easy taxes, [sound money], and a tolerable sense of government. War, taxation, inflation, and over-regulation.

Peace and war. These can’t be controlled, for they rise from the heart of man. Evil exists, as bad as we would like to wish that away.

Taxation. We do have to pay our way. We need to better find our way. Government can’t be the ‘be all end all’ of every wish and desire. While our American government is founded upon the people, by the people and for that people, not everything the people do has to be through the government. Some things function best when left to the individual.

Inflation is a manifestation that arises out of the actions of the people. It most often occurs when things aren’t left to their natural course.

Government. Government should do no more than to act as a construction crew, leveling the ground so the will of the people can be done in a proper and forthright manner. This country was founded upon the principle that its function was to be subservient to the people. Of the people, by the people, for the people.

One very big problem with our economy, one of the main players in what kicked off this current crises, is never ever mentioned in public. It’s government intervention in private enterprise. How’s that you say? Let’s see..

We were in a period of turmoil with the credit markets being overextended. People had huge amounts of credit card debt, and housing had gone through the roof. Banks didn’t care, for interest rates were high enough to cover the losses with those cards, and if a person couldn’t pay their mortgage they could either sell that property (often at a profit) or the loss would be minimal to the institution via foreclosure. Property could be “turned”. Then the bottom started dropping out from under all that.

Along came fuel price increases. These increases came about two separate ways. Short physical supply, and government policy preventing making that physical supply less short. Not only that but government actually hindering the sound alternatives that exist.

Food prices shot up, again do to government intervention. Government mandates for ethanol directly created shortages in the grain market that had some of the most far-reaching and profound effects ever.

Then add in the stealth kicker to it all, and what is almost never mentioned, was an increase in the minimum wage. This, as it always does, killed job growth at the entry level and slowed it all the way up the line. You can’t add costs to the bottom line without it adversely effecting business and industry. This increase (part two of a three step process) added over ten percent to the cost of labor. The WHOLE increase will total over forty percent at its end.

If you kill off jobs at a time when both food and fuel prices are skyrocketing and many people are facing foreclosure and bankruptcy…, well, this is what you get.

Don’t look for this to go away overnight. Round three is still to come, middle of next year.

-Al

 


Based from an article in Human Events by Mark Skousen, The Humpty Dumpty Economy, 11/26/2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 27th, 2008

27 11 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Though we’ve faced many heartaches and tragedies, sorrows and misfortunes, and sometimes we bicker and fuss, the heartbeat of our country and our people is yet still so very strong. We’ve got so much to be thankful for. We are truly blessed.

-Al





Socialists, and memories…

25 11 2008

“The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind! Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination. We will bring the war to the imperialist enemies’ very home, to his places of work and recreation. The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! We must keep our hatred against them [the U.S.] alive and fan it to paroxysms!” – Ernesto “Che” Guevara, 1961.

In November of 1962 the FBI discovered a plot by Cuban agents that planned to bomb Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Bloomingdale’s, along with Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal with 500 kilo’s of TNT and incendiary devices on the day after Thanksgiving. Hundreds if not thousands of innocent people may have died on that busiest shopping day of the year had this plot not been discovered. At the time Che Guevara was the head of Cuba’s “Foreign Liberation Department”.

About those missiles that Russia had put on Cuban soil before caving in to pressure and withdrawing them Guevara said, “If the missiles had remained, we would have used them against the very heart of the U.S., including New York City. The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims.”

There is a monument to Che Guevara in New York’s Central Park at the Doris C. Freedman Plaza. It will be there from Nov. 20th 2008 until May of next year.

Strange world we now live in. Strange, strange world.

 

Info from the November 25, 2008 article New York Honors Che Guevara with a Statue By

 

Humberto Fontova





11-22-08

22 11 2008

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  November 22, 2008





The Left: Bush evil Genius.

17 11 2008
Either the left has been blowing smoke up everybody’s wazoo the last eight years, or they think George W. Bush is the most brilliant genius the world has ever known. After this last election I’m starting to see the genius side of there argument. After all, I was foolish enough to think that things like record, ability, and facts actually mattered… After this last election I’ve started to believe I was wrong. It’s ALL been a grand scheme by an evil genius…
I should have started getting the hint when Bill Clinton’s wife first told everybody about that vast right wing conspiracy. I didn’t believe it. But now I see it had to be true. But it wasn’t any large conservative gang that did it, it was Bush.
I don’t pretend to know all the details, for how could one ever figure out all the brilliant details of this scheme of Bush’s, which was obvious to get him the Presidency (and ultimately power over the entire world I suppose, for isn‘t what that what evil geniuses do?).

Somehow Bush got Monica that internship. She was an obvious plant, Bush knowing Clinton’s penchant for average looking girls with a little meat on their bones. As one of W’s agents she was even able to secure the ultimate in DNA evidence if the case had needed to ever get that far. It was the perfect plan to provide cover to further the other, more devious, schemes Bush had.

I wish I did have the details of how he pulled it off, or perhaps I don’t, but he was somehow able to construct the voting machines used in some of the locations in Florida where he hadn’t, I guess, been able to buy off all the votes necessary to assure his victory. These machines were designed to cause hanging chads and pregnant bulges or something or other that would cause the election to go to the Supreme Court, which of course his father had bought for him back when HW was president. I’m sure there were other complex layers of the scheme that never came to light somehow assuring that George W would become president.

Bush’s competition in the 2000 election was Al Gore. Al is environmentally conscious and a proponent of the Kyoto Treaty which of course runs contrary to what the everyday genius type wants. Bad for the country and bad for the economy, even average geniuses know that. Bush doesn’t care about the environment for the world around him has no effect on him… he’s that smart. Plus, he’s cold natured…

Now I certainly don’t know all the details of the why’s and the how’s, and what he got out of it I don’t know, but George W. Bush’s ability to manipulate the weather is way up there genius. Maybe he himself is causing global warning on purpose. We’re told he was able to make a hurricane, Katrina, and send it to New Orleans so that he could sneak into town hidden by all the rain and wind and stuff in order to blow up the levees there and flood out the ninth ward, I guess because they didn’t vote for him in the last election, or because of Louisiana having a democrat for governor at the time, or maybe he had gotten some bad oysters or something.

When everybody from New Orleans went to Houston he sent another one close to there to give them all a real good scare. He is apparently no Saint’s fan either, since he put all those people in the Super Dome and then stopped up all the toilets.

Since many of those New Orleans folks stayed in Houston he recently sent another hurricane their way, and we certainly all hope they’ve now gotten the message, and Bush will stop with all the storm stuff.

The true genius of Bush however shines in how he was able to pull off 9-11. I somehow think the No Child Left Behind Act was somehow a diversion so nobody would notice some of what it took to pull it off. After all, a republican actually doings something…, actually ANYBODY in Washington actually doing something to help minorities’ and African American’s kids get a better education had thrown the establishment there for a loop. It was almost the perfect diversion.

The democrats were in a tizzy because of it. They, of course, couldn’t afford that constituency becoming better educated. It would mean loss of power and money as they wouldn’t be so easily controlled each and every election. They had always been able to pretty much take that segment of the population for granted, and a higher overall level of education would mean that they would start thinking for themselves and their vote would start having to be earned (see, Hillary?). Bush must have known they wouldn’t have time to notice what he was really up to with them occupied with trying to throw kinks into it.

None of the republicans were in on it and some had questions as to how the funding could be spread equitably across the board and vouchers and stuff, almost throwing a kink in Bush’s plans themselves, but it passed anyway. Educated people make more money, and republicans like people making money. They like money, and it takes money to make money, so they say, so anybody making more money is okay with republicans, minority or not.

While everybody’s attention was diverted by some of the wonderful plans that Bush announced when he took office it was somehow easy for ‘W’ to quickly infiltrate the CIA, FBI, NYPD, the military, and all the other government agencies necessary to hatch the 9-11 plot, which of course was to avenge the assassination attempt on his father by Saddam Hussein, so they say.

Since he had been in office only about eight months or so when it occurred Bush had must have already brought in a bunch of foreigners before the election for training. Poor peaceable Muslims who he had apparently brainwashed into doing his bidding. But this shouldn’t have been any problem at all for the genius that is Bush, we now realize. Of course Bush either had Osama bin Laden on his payroll, or had somehow manipulated the terrorist into being his unwitting accomplice…, I haven’t been so far able to determine. It matters not.

9-11, as I said, was just a bit of revenge for Saddam Hussein attempting to have GW’s father assassinated after the first gulf war (a war which may itself have been part of the plan to make W president in the first place). The Oil was just a diversion for the weak minded, as we really didn’t need it, but more on that later.

Of course, as grand schemes go, these doing are rather complex. To pull it all off Bush needed to make a war somewhere else, and where better than Afghanistan. Afghanistan was full of backwards people going around blowing up statues of Buddha, and we pretty much knew where everything was. They wouldn’t let little girls go to school there, and Bush’s wife being a teacher, or librarian, or something, he could make points at home by rectifying that. Besides, who’s gonna object to little girls going to school?

And of course to create a diversion from any investigation into 9-11 another genius plot was hatched. Bush would sneak into Iraq and take out all the WMD’s that the Clinton administration knew where there, then Bush himself would claim they were there and attack, using that attack to get Saddam which was the reason for it all in the first place. The WMD’s we of course removed first to assure they wouldn’t be used against our guys, for after all they are some pretty bad stuff.

There (the WMD’s) not being there when we went in was a problem, and why he didn’t just sneak them back I don’t know, but it mattered little for by then Bush was into his second term. And some details aren’t worth troubling geniuses with after all. Bush did leave the 550 metric toms of yellowcake there just to rub Joe Wilson’s nose in it however.

A lot of people want us to think that some of what we invaded Iraq for was it’s oil. I haven’t figured out all of this part yet, but I think that Bush really didn’t want the oil, but wanted to stop it. He’s an oil man after all, so he must have already had bathtubs full of it at his house in Crawford. He told everybody back in the first few months of his first term that we needed to do something about a potential shortage and all, but he knew nobody would listen to him and in fact would do just the opposite, setting himself up to make a fortune when the price skyrocketed like it did. Warning everybody to do something so they wouldn’t, thereby driving the price up. Now THAT’s genius!

As the left has repeatedly pointed out, the main thing might just really have been to undo our Constitution. Yes, 9-11’s main purpose may have been to circumvent all our civil rights. Bush, being paranoid of course, as superhuman geniuses tend to be – we’ve all seen the James Bond movies – just can’t stand not knowing what everybody is up to. And with a pesky constitution preventing him from listening in on our grandmothers phone calls overseas without a warrant, and he wouldn’t have any way of knowing what books we were all reading at the local library. That would have been illegal, and of course illegal and genius are like oil and water. And of course he’s a busybody and couldn’t stand our ability to open an account at the bank without proper identification. Things like this Mr. Bush just can’t stand for… so goodbye civil rights!

Another mark of the sheer genius that is Bush is the economy. Being a Texan, Bush must have many friends that are Mexican. He made the American economy so good that many Americans wouldn’t do menial labor and take on low wage jobs anymore, therefore providing jobs for and allowing many of his Mexican and other Central and South American friends to sneak into the country where he planned to make them honorary citizens. With Americans at statistical full employment, and with the economy soaring, there were tons of jobs available for those illegal’s Bush smuggled in. Picking peas, planting trees, plucking chickens…, good jobs.

There are kinks to work out in every plan of course and with the stock market at record levels Bush would have a hard time buying up most of the country before he leaves office. He caused the housing market to crash bringing down the stock market so he can buy at discount bargain prices. He must have had this planned for a good long while also, because he had warned us that this crises was coming, too, back in the first months of his first term. As smart as he is he knew that the congress wouldn’t take his warning and would keep on keeping on. Pure genius.

There have been those on the left that have seen through Bush the whole time, telling us over and over that Bush was doing all of this stuff. That Bush stole the election of 2000. Bush caused 9-11. Bush attacked Iraq not for WMD’s or any war on terrorism, but to “get back” at Saddam, or steal their oil. Bush hates the earth and caused global warning. Bush caused Katrina and blew up the levees in New Orleans. Bush caused the oil shortages and the high cost of gasoline and he made everybody buy houses they couldn’t afford in order to make the stock market crash. Those tax cuts were just to help his rich friends and all those jobs that were created were for..for.. for something (I don’t have it all figured out, I told you that,…). Everything that has been done has been done by Bush. If it was good it was really bad, and if it was bad it was to cover up for something much much worse.

Never mind that we haven’t been attacked again since 9-11. Never mind that Iraq now is becoming a stable country and an evil Saddam Hussein and his sons and their rape rooms and mass grave are gone. Never mind the surge worked. Never mind that the Taliban is no longer in power in Afghanistan and now people in that country are starting to get a taste of democracy and equality. Never mind the Bush tax cuts caused the economy to soar and a job market to be as strong as it’s perhaps ever been, like he told us it would. Never mind that the economy was super strong and the stock market soared to record heights those first six years of the Bush presidency, despite the terrorist acts and the natural disasters that should have brought it all down.

Never mind that all that happened when Bush had a republican congress backing him. Never mind that we wanted change back in 2006 and replaced those republicans with democrats, and now we reap the wonderful benefits. Never mind that Bush warned us about the energy shortage back in 2001 and the need to do something to correct the situation, AND that if we didn’t add more regulation to the subprime mortgage industry it would cause terrible effects to the whole economy, again, way back in 2001. Never mind that time and time again he’s stuck to his principles and not given in to running a popularity contest presidency.

Forget all that, for those are just side issues, random results, and meaningless drivel, at least according to the left. The lefties have told us over and over what Bush has done, and in order to have pulled all those things off he’d have to be the ‘greatest genius of all times’.

For all his genius, however, the icing on the cake is with his getting America to elect Barack Obama president. This is genius in it rawest and most spectacular form. I see Bush was able to manipulate the press and the people by diverting them into a hatred for him so deep and bad that nobody would even think to bother to check and see that Obama has no real experience, no real record, and no real plan. This is the perfect cover. Think about it. With some of the stuff coming out now about some of stuff Obama wants to do, well, some of those that gave Obama his most support may soon be in for the shock of their lives. After a couple of years of Obama, Bush might just seem like one of the greatest presidents of all time. That’s brilliant! Pure genius.

-Al
 
 

 





Troubling questions

12 11 2008
From a report by Right Michigan and Gateway Pundit:

A radical gay group in Michigan crashed an evangelical church service on Sunday.
The radicals interrupted the service rushed the pulpit with a megaphone, noise makers, condoms, glitter by the bucket load, confetti, and pink fabric while screaming at the churchgoers.

On Sunday, November 9, 2008 Michigan liberals sat peacefully through announcements, worship and prayer for the sick, our nation and our President-elect before staging a coordinated, disgusting and repulsive attack on worshipers and the broader concept of the church itself at Lansing’s Mount Hope Church.

The lefties were a part of a liberal organization known as Bash Back Lansing.

…over 30 of them showed up in force yesterday. Wearing secret-service style ear pieces and microphones they received the “go” from their ringleader and off they went.

…Prayer had just finished when men and women stood up in pockets across the congregation, on the main floor and in the balcony. “Jesus was gay,” they shouted among other profanities and blasphemies as they rushed the stage. Some forced their way through rows of women and kids to try to hang a profane banner from the balcony while others began tossing fliers into the air. Two women made their way to the pulpit and began to kiss. -end (edited)

Now if groups forcefully attacking churches isn’t scary enough for you consider our president elects ideas for a “Civilian Security Force” that would be “Just as Powerful as the Military”. No wonder gun sales are up…

Doesn’t anybody remember Kristallnacht, and what it was and why? And is anybody naïve enough to think it can’t happen again, and this time to Christians and Jews alike?

I’d like to think that Obama has the best of intentions with this idea of his to put our youth to work and it be for the public good. But when you look at some of the words used (used prior to them being accused of being blatantly socialist in nature) such as “requiring” high school and college students to perform hours of public service, it can get troubling to say the least. Sure, some of these “requirements” have now become just “goals”. But the idea just the same that we need something other than the military and our law enforcement…, well, why?

When you see the video of those two guys standing in front of that voting precinct with their dark suits and some form of instrument, stick, or pipe, apparently as a weapon in hand…, then when you think back to those “movements” in other foreign lands that ushered in socialist regimes and dictatorships, it gives one great pause. Is this the direction we are headed?

Give me some purpose to it. Not some BS about added security from terrorist threat. Bush, Homeland Security, our law enforcement, and the rest of what we have in place has worked just fine for that so far. We’ve been safe here in our homeland for the last seven years, Thank you Mr. Bush. So, what is the reason?

If its public works that needs to be done there are people that need the work right now for that, give them the job. If its some kind of idea of return for the gifts this country provides, well, there might be a point to that in some way, but wouldn’t it be better to just point them in the direction of charitable organizations that could use some volunteers and keep the government out of it? After all, with government involvement you get into that sticky faith based maze that is so hard to now tread. Charity and volunteerism grew out of those faith based organizations. Will a back be turned to those that have done so much?

Job Corps is a worthwhile thing. AmeriCorps, too, is very worthwhile. I understand a new AmeriCorps Center will soon be opening in Vicksburg MS, close here to home. Nothing at all wrong with that. But will this ‘new’ service include groups such as ACORN? Will it become political? Just how much socialization and indoctrination are we talking about? A lot? Little? None?

And what about those gun sales? Just what kind of walk and what kind of talk have we heard from Obama? Our second amendment rights are important; its what keeps us free from tyranny on the home front, sad as that may sound. But it wasn’t to fend off foreign forces nor Indians savages that that right was given to us. But with a quick change on the Supreme Court it’s a right that could be swiftly “interpreted” away. Will Obama fend off those that want to take that right away or will he embrace them?

I heard a pundit today say that Obama will be a check against the far left, and that he ran his campaign as a centrist. Indeed he did. But he started that campaign as the most far left liberal in the senate… so is he? Centrist? Liberal? Will that walk as president be the same as that talk on the campaign trail?

We’ve seen more and more this society turn secular and oppressive to formal religions, and we’ve seen these once fringe groups become more and more open and forceful in there commitment to their cause. Just what does the future hold for our religious freedoms and rights, with more and more power going to those that care little for or about them?

A lot of people have stood up for their rights. We need to start standing up and being counted and guard OUR rights too. Before it’s too late.

-Al

 

 





11-11-08 Veteran’s Day

11 11 2008

Thank You

Your sense of Duty, your Honor, your Sacrifice. How can one put into words what you have done for us means to us. For when all is said and done it is you who are why we are. Faith, hope, and the law of man are entrusted to you. We ask so much, and too often give so little in return…

All too soon many of whom we honor today will be celebrated on another day, for many of our finest, no, the worlds finest, are now aging and disappearing from our side. That best generation of men and women is soon to be gone. But let us not forget the many others that are still here. Many of whom we don’t honor nearly enough for the terrible sacrifices they’ve made. Korea, Vietnam, Kosovo, Panama, Granada, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, just to name some of those places were they have served us so well. And also, lets not forget, right here at home.

Thank you.

-Al