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Monday, December 19, 2011

Invest Iiguru: Video: Milton Friedman: Free to Choose- How to Stay Free

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Invest Iiguru: Video: Milton Friedman: Free to Choose- How to Stay Free

If you look at the lobbying industry in America and why it’s so large and why they’ve become so powerful and have dominated Washington politics, preventing both good and bad things from happening and becoming law, it’s because as the famous bank robber Billy The Kid once said to why he robs banks, he said, “because that’s where the money is.” Why do lobbyists lobby Washington, because that’s where the power is. We now have a Federal budget of 3.7T$ and now have a public service of eight-million workers including Congress and their staffs. So of course they are going to lobby the Federal Government so much to represent their interests, because that’s where the power is.

If you look at the Washington skyline, especially downtown Washington, you’ll see a big beautiful city with lots of big beautiful buildings that take up a lot of space. Most of those buildings paid for by Federal tax revenue and most of those buildings are Federal property. To house the thousands of Federal agency’s we have and thousands of Federal workers who work there. Do we need Federal campaign and lobbying reform, of course we do. But campaign finance and lobbying reform in America is not a silver bullet to fix the corruption in our Federal Government.

But as long as the Federal Government is as big and powerful as it is, lobbying will always be an issue in the Federal Government. Members of Congress will always be looking for the easiest way to get reelected and the fastest way to move up in the House and Senate and be planning their post Congressional careers. Well the few members who actually leave Congress will be doing that. The others will concentrate on the easiest way to get reelected, move up in Leadership, perhaps land a sweet Cabinet position or look to run for President themselves. Progressives, especially make the arguments that our Federal Government is small compared with Europe. As far as what their federal government’s spend on GDP compared with ours. And that they don’t have the same campaign, lobbying and corruptions issues that we do.

Well, today’s Progressives are correct in a sense, but most of those countries compared with the United States are fairly small. If Europe were to unify then they would match up pretty well with us in population and with their economy. Also Europe’s freedom of speech protections, are not as liberal as ours. And some of the things that American lobbyists do in Washington would be illegal there. European company’s and organizations that do business in America, lobby Washington like when it comes to mergers, trade, taxes and those sort of things. The Federal Government now spends 25% of U.S .GDP. Up from 18-19% in 2000. If we got back down to 18, 19 or even 20% of GDP, we could eliminate a lot of the corruption in Washington, because the Federal Government wouldn’t have as much power and control. And lobbyists would have to spread out and go to over places, if we simply decentralized the Federal Government. And passed more power down to the state and local government’s and even the private sector.


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Free Speech vs Political Correctness; Freedom of Speech Wins



In a true Marketplace of Ideas where there's truly Free Speech that anyone can basically say whatever the hell that they want. As long as they are not yelling fire in a Public Place, threatening to hurt someone or libeling people. All ideas and all views would be out in the open and then the better ideas and views would win. Its thats simple and of course if you live in a place where morons are in charged, take the Middle East to use as an example. Where you can get the Death Penalty for banging your secretary or driver, if your married. Or where women can get arrested for driving, which is as intelligent as trying to take a nap in a Fireplace with a Lit Fire. Put ignorant people in charge and you see ignorant policy's put in place. Then the ignorant ideas and views are going to win out but the good thing about a lot of the rest of the World. Especially in democracy's, people tend to be somewhat intelligent because they don't have to worry about getting arrested for going to school, especially females. And in especially in a Liberal Democracy all speech except for what I laid out, is Free Speech. People have the right to express themselves out in public, Free Speech is just as protected by the US Constitution. For very friendly intelligent people Teddy Bears as I would call them. As its protected for pardon the term assholes.

Even Hate Speech is tolerated. So if a bunch of clowns or ghosts wearing capes get together and hold a rally and a march. Preaching the Message of Caucasian Purity and non Caucasian Christian People are evil. They can do that and perhaps convince two more people that they are correct, two other asshole High School dropouts. Who blame everyone else including immigrants for their lot in life. Not having the intelligence to realize, that if they bothered to stay in school. They wouldn't be ignorant and asking people if they want paper or plastic or if they what fries with that to make a living. Because they would have the skills to get a good job and meet people who don't look like them. And see that they are people to who are basically looking for the same things in life. If you have a Liberal Democracy your going to have an intelligent country for the most part. Instead of having government control all the information and just use it to for their benefit. And people will be able to go out, get educated, get a good job and see the World as it is. Thats for the people who bother to go and stay in school and get educated.

And for the people who don't bother to do those things or grow up with parents who didn't do those things. Thats where assholes come from because they don't know any better, so they make brilliant decisions like deciding people are no good because of how they look and other things. And they suffer as a result because they limit who they are able to communicate with. Because intelligent people tend not to like assholes, well because they are assholes. But in a Liberal Democracy you can have Hate Speech because you are a Liberal Democracy and ignorant people are in the minority. Otherwise the country couldn't function and the good ideas win out and are put in place like the US Constitution. And ignorant people are seen for exactly what they are, making expressing their stupid opinions. Giving the rest of the country a great laugh.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Firing Line: William F. Buckley- The Role of Government in The Economy

This piece was originally posted at FreeState Plus: Firing Line: William F. Buckley- The Role of Government in The Economy

This is the perfect debate to be having today in 2011 going into 2012 when we have a fragile economy with another general election coming up. As it was a perfect debate to have in 1992, when the economy was struggling to get through a recession. What should government's role in the economy be. You talk to Conservatives or Libertarians they would tell you not much. That government especially the Federal Government, already plays too much of a role in the economy. With all the taxes it collects, money it spends and regulations it imposes.

So-called Progressives on the opposite end of the political spectrum, will tell you the reason why we have a weak economy, is because the Federal Government doesn't tax and spend enough. Or impose enough regulations that if it just did more of these things and we became more like Europe with the Federal Government doing more to create economic and gob growth. By spending money and building things, creating new Federal programs that hire people to build things. More government works projects. Like a Public Works Administration or a Job Core and other Federal programs.

That the Federal Government should play a much larger role in economic and job growth and put people back to work. Liberals such as myself want to see a combination of things, but nothing that restricts individual liberty. Like new taxes or restrictive regulations, but with things like tax cuts to encourage consumer spending. To drive up new consumer demand, infrastructure investment to put more people to work and expanding foreign trade.

This debate has been going on for at least thirty years actually back to the 1930s or longer during the New Deal. What should The role of government especially in the economy and what should the role of the Federal Government be as well. Should it be doing less or more, do we tax and spend too much or not enough. Do we regulate too much or not enough basically. How should we reform the Federal Government or not. Or should be cut back the Federal Government and pass more power down to the states and private sector.

I believe the best way to make the Federal Government better and more efficient, is by reforming it. Figuring out what exactly it should do by what's laid out for it in the U.S. Constitution. And what should it be doing based on the U.S. Constitution and what it can only do. And what it does better than state government's and the private sector and then go from there. And to me that gets to defend, protect, represent and regulate. Cut back in the areas of the Federal Government shouldn't be doing at all that any government shouldn't be doing.

And give more authority to the states and private sector in the services where there's a clear need. But could be run better than the Federal Government. Slash and burn doesn't take care of the problems it just passes them on. This is a debate that's been going on forever and will never be solved probably unless some type of consensus or compromise is reached. And is a debate that's important and that we should have especially in election years to figure as a country which direction we should be going in.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Sarah Mania! Sarah Palin's Greatest Hits": The Punching Bag for the Democratic Party



If there's one Political Campaign as well as the record that has followed their post Political Campaign. That has determined the rest of their Political Career. Its Sarah Palin's 2008 Campaign for Vice President and just about everything thats come after that Campaign. Following 2008 and why Sarah Palin will never be President of the United States and may never run for President of the United States. Because even though its only been three years since GOV. Palin has come onto the National Scene. There's already a Library of Material that could be used against Palin making her look like Mrs. Not Ready for Prime Time. Seeing Russia from her backyard making her an Expert on Foreign Policy, was just the Opening Act that kept people in the theaters. And wanting to see the movie again, renting the movie when it comes out, buying their own copy. Giving the movie to people for gifts, selling the movie to people. Standing in Waiting Lines or making reservations to see the movie. And three years later because of the success of the Sarah Palin Movie, The World According to Sarah Palin. A Real Life Comedy, there have been sequels to this movie, that if anything are more popular and have also won awards for Comedy of The Year as well. The reason why Sarah Palin is not running for President right now, well Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry beat her to it. So she would have to compete with two other people and they are already showing America how not to run for President.
So that would be one lesson in how not to run for President that Sarah Palin wouldn't be able to teach the country.

We have a Real Life Comedian in Sarah Palin and we can all thank Sen. John McCain, who already has more Thank You Letters then Votes in Congress. For introducing Sarah Palin, Sen. McCain must of been thinking when he was considering his Vice Presidential Nominee. By the way most of those of those Thank You Letters coming from democrats, I sent a few myself. Would've sent more but the stores were all out of Thank You Letters, ironically all going to the same person. Hum lets see we already have the most Unqualified President of the United States in George W. Bush. How do I top that and they put together a National Search to find this person from East to West and then figured out that America has more then 48 States. Wait there's one State we haven't checked yet lets go up to Alaska and take Governor Sarah Palin. Someone who believes that since Alaska is so big, that the whole country if not World is located in Alaska. Which is why Palin says the things she does, she simply doesn't know any better. She believes the whole World Revolves around Alaska. Which I gotta admit is a big beautiful State that I would like to see some day. But 310M people live in the rest of the country and things that Sarah Palin says like about Russia, Blood Libel etc. May sound brilliant in Alaska but ignorant to a lot of the rest of the country.

One book that Sarah Palin could write should be about how not to run for Vice President or President of the United States. Because she's experienced in that first hand, simple title How not to Run for Vice President. By Sarah Palin and this book would be used as Politics 101 in most Political Science courses. Even though the Far Right which includes the Religious and Neo Right and elements of the Tea Party. All love Sarah Palin and probably want her to run for President. Despite all of this she won't run for President in 2012 and I'm willing to wager ever because of 2008-11. Notice she's been pretty quiet lately because she's already the Punching Bag for the Democratic Party. Replacing George W. Bush someone who seem not replaceable just three years ago.