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Who Owns You?

You?

Apparently not.  If you have been watching any part of the hysterics associated with the Fiscal Cliff and the subsequent “deal” struck, everyone owns you…  particularly those in government.  If you’ve been able to remain sober, read on… pardon me if I slur my typing.

Let’s begin with the basics.

There has been much confusion as of late in regard to what a “principle” is.

We supposedly seek “principled men” to occupy political offices, but then we chastise those who demonstrate those qualities.

We demonize those few who stand up for the principles we think we subscribe to… so let’s figure this out.

Let’s start with the definition of the word:

prin·ci·ple
 [ prínssəp’l ]
  1. basic assumption: an important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought
  2. ethical standard: a standard of moral or ethical decision-making

OK… so you should ask yourself why is it so important for President Obama to get the Republicans in Congress to concede on raising taxes even if it’s only for certain “other” people… (for the moment.)

The Principle in question; Do you own your money and by extension yourself?

Capitalism says; “Yes, you own your money and because of that you own yourself.”

Socialism says; “No, you do not own your money… and because of that everyone other than you owns you, if they believe it benefits them.”  And who ever they are always think it benefits them.

Once you concede the principle that the Government owns the money, and you don’t, then everything is good for the continued march to Socialism.  This is why tax increases are so important to the Left even though they are effectively meaningless in regard to reducing the deficit, let alone the debt.  It reinforces the Primary Socialist Principle that Government owns the money and thus by extension owns you.  When they say “Is it unreasonable to ask the rich to pay a little more?” what they are actually saying is “Is it unreasonable to force someone to pay more?”  They are hoping you keep saying “No, not at all… seems fair.”

In other words, the Democrat/Socialists (and a number of Soft Socialist Republicans) need you to think it is OK to take more money from “other” people.  They need you to believe that we should take more money from whomever they choose, right now “the wealthy”, in order to reduce the deficit… or whatever cause du jour.  (Note… they will not mention “The Debt” which is truly what will destroy the U.S. soon and suddenly.)  They need you to concede that they have the power not to cut out-of-control spending but rather to take your, their, somebody’s money… and then give it to whomever they see fit, because it “belongs to all of us”.  (It’s worth noting they often see fit to give your money to donors running unmarketable products produced by solar energy companies which quickly go out business.)

This is a very simple Principle to understand.

Either the money you possess is yours or it is not.  Either you allow government to use some of it, or they allow you to use some of it.

So which is it?

There has been some discussion regarding certain Republicans who voted for this “deal” avoiding the Fiscal Cliff.  (I will remind everyone, since language seems to be so important, that this deal does nothing to avoid any fiscal cliff.  The United States is still speeding unencumbered towards its fiscal demise.)  I would offer that holding Republicans accountable during this charade is exactly what needs to be done.  It’s time we start talking about our representatives by NAME.  Far too many of us assume it’s someone else’s elected official who voted for this or that and never their own… it’s time to change that.  It is also assumed that certain politicians who possess a brand image that suggests “Fiscal Conservancy” that they could not/or would not approve of such a ridiculous deal.  These are particularly the representatives that need to be challenged as to what Principled Position they operate under.  (Like the Hurricane Sandy bill offered 1/2/13 which was full of crappy earmarks and pet projects… we should be outing the authors of this wanton spending for some good old-fashioned hazing if not outright public condemnation.)

What happens to most of our politicians once they reach DC is they abandon all of their principled rhetoric in favor of pragmatism.

This is another reason the Democrat/Leftists in our government see it as crucial to get the Republicans to concede that government owns the money… not you.  The Socialists that occupy our government are terrified of those certain individuals that will not opt to be “pragmatic” but instead stand on principle.  The Leftists cannot allow anyone to fill a seat in the house, senate and certainly not the presidency who cannot be bought under the paradigm of pragmatism.

Those genuinely standing for the first, simplest and most fundamental principle of Individual Liberty and Freedom must be destroyed…  not just destroyed politically but also in the minds of the common American voter… lest the Socialists lose their power.

Those who will fight to possible electoral defeat must be criticized, ridiculed and ostracized by not just the Leftists in the Democrat Party but also those Leftists in the Republican Party.  The Media is always ready and willing to help in this effort… lest they lose their power.

You must understand this.  If you are Free then you must constantly remind those occupying government that you are allowing them to use some of your money, not the other way around.  Otherwise, they will be coming for your money… or in their mind… their money that they have lent you.  And they will use Force to get it… that’s what taxation is.  Which is why you go to jail if you don’t pay up.

You must also understand that we should never be excited for politicians to “get along” and “get something done”… There is a reason they call each other the “opposition” and it’s a GOOD reason.  You should always be very afraid when they “come together” for your supposed benefit.  Because it never is.

So don’t be afraid to put Boehner, Ryan and the rest of them on notice.  And if they don’t listen start sending your campaign donations directly to primary candidates opposing them.  The future of our country depends on it.

Cheers…

The below links are worth the read and applicable to this mess.  Pop a beer and read on.

Reference: Bipartisanshitt, Force, Ask vs. Force

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Light Up!

Smoking is Cool!

It’s The New Land Rover…

The New Rolex…

The Ferrari you always wanted…

Once upon a time watches that couldn’t keep time and Cars that didn’t run were the Status Symbols of the Rich.

All you needed was a Rolex on your wrist or a Land Rover in your gara… well, in the shop… and you advertised for all who cared that you were doing so well that you could afford stuff that didn’t work.  You Had Arrived!

But thanks to folks like Nanny Mike Bloomberg, things are a Changin’.

Now a Smoking Habit is all the rage for those wishing to demonstrate their ability to prolifically waste money.

It’s the New Cool

From Movie Stars to your next door neighbor.

How did this occur?

Well, when you take something that is a mediocre product, harmful even, and Force the price up so high through taxing and regulation that ‘normal’ everyday people cannot afford it something changes…  (Remember Palm Pilots?  Saffron?  Pepper used to be this way too, but it’s very unlikely any of you are that old.)

It becomes a Status Symbol.

Why?

Because only the Rich, and those who want you to think they’re Rich, will buy them.  The Genuinely Rich get to continue eating.  The Rich in Name Only get the benefit of losing weight, but looking very, very hip.

That Product becomes a Talisman for all to see which says “I’m doing Awesome!  In fact, I’m doing way better than you.  And, I can afford this crappy item whenever I want.  Nana nana nanaaa…”

I suppose there might be some honesty well after the fact of owning these things is over…  I’m guessing Lung Cancer will be considered a drawback after the Coolness wears off as it’s hard to sell or give away.

Same with a Land Rover…

Ask anyone who owns one and they’ll regale you with what an ‘amazing’ and ‘wonderful’ piece of… equipment… it is.  But return after they have sold it and you get the truth.  Prepare yourself by setting aside an hour or so to listen to the horror stories of wasted time and vast black hole of expense associated with such items whose equity is built entirely on Status making for a very small and inexpensive secondary market.  But Rich people can often lose the kind of money that would make the rest consider stepping in front of a bus…

I have stated before my Love of Rich People.  My opinion has not changed.

They are the Guinea Pigs for the rest of us.  Companies experiment on them and the only the best ideas find their way down to the masses (me).  I like it that way.  Rich folks can afford to waste their money-making my life better.  Bless their Hearts.

But I just can’t figure out how smoking fits into that paradigm… unless removing themselves in the slowest possible way from being a long-term healthcare burden on the rest of us is taken into account.  However, I don’t give most folks the credit for thinking that far ahead, or being that benevolent.

Regardless of how turns out in the long run I will always be fascinated be the unintended consequences created by The Meddlers like Bloomberg, et al.

The hilarity of it all makes me want to light up.

And sip another Whiskey.

 


It’s a trap!

Why is it so important to raise taxes on the rich?

Because you will all be “rich” soon…

While economists love to agree to disagree, there is not a single one that will tell you that there is no inflation ahead.  While they might argue about the severity, they are strangely unified in this one area.  It’s kind of scary once you understand what this means.  And we can tell them, from the street, that we are already seeing it in food and energy (electricity, gasoline etc.).

So what does this mean?

It means that your dollar is buying less.  Stay with me here, it’s not as complicated as many want you to think.  If you could buy a pound of ground beef for $3 a couple of years ago and now $3 buys you half a pound (because ground beef is $6) then your dollar is buying half as much… or… 50% less.  With me? Simple.

That’s inflation.  Once you get your mind around this then you understand that beef isn’t “going up”… it’s the same beef… the value of your dollar is going down!

This is further exacerbated by the Fed printing more and more dollars as well as the ignorant among us supporting hikes to the minimum wage.  Every time they are successful, they make your dollar worth less.  When there is more of it, it’s worth less… until worthless…  When it costs more to produce… it costs more…

And you are left thinking you got a raise but can’t afford anything with your ‘worth less’ money.

So, the urgency to raise taxes on “the rich” is a trap.  When the “real” inflation hits (I mean big, serious, ugly inflation) wages will go “up” in terms of dollar amounts.  You might think you are getting paid MORE (a raise!) because instead of $30K, your making $50K.  The problem is $50K only buys you what $30K did a few years ago… still with me?  The price of the stuff you want goes up way faster than the supposed increase in what you’re getting paid.

The administration will be telling us it’s a “recovery” because it might look like it if you’re not paying attention to how much everything costs…  (the stock market will “soar”.  You will be “making more”.  Not because you got a raise, or the companies you invest in are doing better, but because the dollar has become worth a quarter of what it was a couple of years ago.  It’s smoke and mirrors.)

Again… back to the point.  The administration wants to raise taxes on the evil “rich” because these rates are set to dollar amounts.  In other words; they will define rich as households that make over say… $100,000 a year.  Stop here and re-read the previous paragraph.

When you were making a household income of $60K because you and your spouse worked, you were not paying high tax rates… and you might have supported “taxing the rich” because in your opinion, those bastards make WAY too much money. Jerks…

Well, now that your making $100K a year (but it’s actually worth less than when you were making $60K a year… ) Congratulations, you’re RICH!  And those tax increases you thought were such a great idea because it’s “more fair” are now applying to you!  Surprise!  You have graduated into the higher tax rate even though you are scraping by because everything around you has become far more expensive.

The politicians know that if they don’t raise taxes NOW they will not be able too when the inevitable inflation sets in and all of us realize our dollar doesn’t buy much.

Stop!  Don’t allow yourself to fall into this trap.

Anytime you here the four letter “f” word (fair) a red flag should go up immediately.  Since there is no such thing as “fair”, they want something… what they want is more control over your money/production because they know they are smarter than you and will spend it the “right way”.  By the way… after 75 years, how’s that going?

We must all resist… vote the proponents of raising taxes out, regardless of party.  Replace these people with those who recognize government spends money in areas it has no business being involved in and sees cuts as the onlyy way to reduce the debt.  In this case, less is truly more.

We have seen this exact scenario occur in the 70’s, 80’s and now with the AMT.  This is not “crazy” talk… The politicians have continued to go back to the well because inflation is just complicated enough for the average persons eyes to glaze over.  (Primarily due to your public education.  Ever wonder why Leftists do everything they can to send their kids to private school?)  This has to stop.

So if we’re going to pay for something, I recommend paying attention not more taxes.

Be prepared for the response you will receive.

The Leftists/Statists will howl… they think every dollar government spends is sacred… so just like a teenager you catch doing something wrong, they’re going to scream, cry and cast blame on the accuser.  It will be shrill… It will be difficult to endure, but’s it’s OK.  We must stay firm, continue to explain and enforce the boundaries and lead by example.

Eventually they will grow up and be productive adults…

(There is an even more sinister aspect to this…  let’s say that I’m full of it and all of the economists are wrong.  The economy sees a full recovery and we begin to clear off the debt we’ve accumulated in order to survive…  you will still “graduate” into the new higher tax brackets.  It’s a win-win for those who want to control you and your money.)