Category Archives: Capitalism

Can we really save America?

The more truth I find out about the federal government and the damage they have done to this country, the more I begin to wonder if we can really save America.  535 politicians – plus 1 in the White House and 9 members of the Supreme Court rule our country and frankly they have put us into quite the black hole.  I’m talking about both parties over many, many years.  This behemoth mess we call the United States government didn’t happen overnight and didn’t happen at the hands of just one party.  We have massive regulations, massive federal government programs, massive federal government workers, massive debt, massive deficit and no one seems to want to reel any of that it to straighten it out and get it under control.  Oh everyone likes to talk a good game about cutting spending and keeping taxes low but none of them really do it.  Bush cut taxes but not spending.  Obama is increasing taxes and has increased spending.  Everyone likes to talk about the Clinton surplus but that’s a myth.  Reagan accomplished many great things but he still didn’t cut massive federal departments like he said he would.  Forget Carter, that was just some type of Twilight Zone presidency.  Truth is that our federal government is wildly out of control and they could care less what we, the people think because they are no longer afraid of us and haven’t been  in decades.

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny” – Thomas Jefferson

We are a country of over 300 million people being ruled by only 545 men and women.  How in the hell did we allow them to turn this country into the ginormous federal government monster that it has become?  Americans hate monopolies but we allowed the federal government to become the biggest monopoly in the world.  We stood by and didn’t stop the insanity while it was happening.  We didn’t do anything when they took away little bits and pieces of our freedoms or asked for more taxes or fees to redistribute to others.  A little at a time, the federal government has eroded America and Americans.  Only 51% of people pay federal income taxes in this country.  That is absolute insanity!  51% of the people in this country pay for the entire federal budget which includes foreign aid, cushy pensions for federal workers, freebies for the slackers who refuse to work and keep having more babies, illegal aliens to have babies and be educated, a public education system that is worse than pathetic, free medical care for some people and the greatest military on Earth that is sent all over the world but not protecting our own borders.  I could go on and on about the ridiculous things that only 51% of the taxpayers in this country pay for but you either already know or you get the point.  We have become a society of sloths.  Whether we are the hard-working sloths who pay the bills or the sloths who just lay around all day, that is what we’ve become.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

The big federal government growth and state dependency on the feds started under the worst president in the history of this country – Franklin Delano Roosevelt.   It was FDR who put the first giant federal entitlement program into place.   It was FDR who started handing out federal dollars to states, with strings attached of course.  Before FDR, people and states took care of themselves and each other no matter how bad times got.  The federal government has done nothing but grow and grow and grow ever since.  Why didn’t anyone stop it?  Why did Americans fall so far from what America’s Founding Fathers fought so hard to create?  There are a million reasons that I can come up with as excuses but none of them are ‘excusable’.  Americans lost their way many years ago and we still haven’t found the way back.  Oh sure there are a ton of people who are waking up and fighting back.  The Tea Parties, conservative organizations, Independent organizations and conservative activists are all fighting for the truth and to seek the changes that need to be made but will it work?  These people represent a very small portion of the 300 million people in the United States.  We must reach the entire country in order to install real change before it’s too late.  Can we do it?

 

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

How many people do you know who don’t vote?  How many people do you know who have zero clue who Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner or Harry Reid are?  How many people do you know who simply watch the 3 main ‘news’ stations – ABC, NBC and CBS for their ‘news’?  We have allowed the mainstream media to control the message to Americans that big government is good; small government is bad.  Lots of spending is good; little spending is bad.  Democrats are good; Republicans are bad.  These people couldn’t wipe their own asses properly if their lives depended on it and they control America’s messaging.  We have kids graduating high school who can’t read or do basic math – they are our future.  We spend billions on public education every year and we have one of the worst records on education in the world.  We have unions continually bullying states for more benefits, higher salaries and less work ethic which causes higher taxes and poor services for the people who are footing the bill.   We have a federal government that has program after program overlap in which none of them know what the hell the other is doing but they’re all getting great salaries and cushy benefits thanks to taxpayer’s hard-earned dollars.  And still  no one does anything to stop the insanity.  We are controlled by 545 men and women who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.  Yes there are a few who seem to genuinely want to fix this very broken system but they can never accomplish that without the rest of the yahoos that are in Congress.

 

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” Thomas Paine

There are a few million people out of the over 300 million in this country who want to fight to break the big government chains that oppress us.  Can we do it?  Have we lost everything because of the millions who would rather sit back and get something for nothing?  Can we do it without the people who care but don’t bother to fight?  As an Independent I have never been a fan of either party nor a fan of the 2 party system but we are stuck with it for now.  The only chance in hell we have of shrinking the government is to force one of the parties to create real changes that put government back in the people’s hands.  Are we so far gone that it’s impossible?  Have we lost everything because so many people were busy living their lives just trying to fight for their American Dream by working hard?  Do we have enough people who love America that they are willing to give up a few hours of their week to inform others of the truth and reason with people as to why big government only hurts Americans?  Frankly I don’t know if they will or we can.  I would bet money that many of you have been able to inform others and change the way they see things.  Think about how well that would work if we had a domino effect.  This isn’t about Democrats and Republicans.  This isn’t about the 545 people who rule this country.  This is about we, the people.  This is about taking back control of the government so that they once again fear us.  This is about fighting tyranny for liberty.  Can we really save America?

“Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”James Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States, 1877

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Occupy Wall Street is nothing but a Union Movement

Occupy Wall Street has tried to paint themselves as a ‘grassroots’ movement of the 99%.  However it’s become increasingly clear that they have become nothing more than a union movement – the 12% of this country.  Tonight an organization called www.unitedNY.org sponsored an event at Foley Square in New York City.  UnitedNY.org claims to be ‘Fighting for a city that works for all’ with no links on their site (what can been seen of it) that tells people who they REALLY are – the SEIU.  From their ‘About Us’ page:

 About United NY

We’re standing up for a vision of New York City where everyone, not just a privileged few, has the opportunity to thrive and build a secure, dignified life for themselves and their families. Corporations, big banks and Wall Street are making billions in profits. They should be investing in good jobs and paying their fair share in taxes so we can stop the cuts to education, healthcare, public transportation and other vital city services.
 
It was UnitedNY.org aka SEIU that set up many of the ‘Occupy Events’:
 
 

 

Their facebook page claims they are a Community Organization – never mentions they are the SEIU:

 

 

Since some in the OWS claim to be against money in politics, one would find it strange that they would bed with unions since unions spend billions in politicking and do exactly the same thing as what OWS claims corporations do.  It was also strange to hear the OWS chanting well known union chants over and over (‘This is what Democracy looks like’ etc etc).  Most people just thought unions jumped on the bandwagon – not true.  UnitedNY.org domain was created in APRIL 2011:

The following shows the IP Address of the UnitedNY.org website:

The following then links the IP addy to the SEIU in Washington D.C.:

So much for Occupy Wall Street being grassroots.  The Occupiers who had no clue about the union involvment are nothing but ‘useful idiots’ for unions and the far left wing.  The reason there was money and ‘tech guys’ to set up local phone lines and websites was because OWS is NOT a grassroots movement.  It’s a sham.  Occupy Wall Street isn’t about the 99%.  It’s about the 12% that are UNION in this country.  Period.


Occupy Christmas??

The latest in the Occupy ‘revolution’ is to Occupy Christmas because “Unregulated hyper-capitalism is a homicidal force.”

Apparently the Occupiers forget the story of ‘The Grinch’ and what Christmas is actually all about.  I highly doubt the Occupiers will tell Mommy & Daddy NOT to buy them the latest iPhone and I highly doubt Occupy parents will refuse to buy their children the latest Twilight things (or whatever is hot on the ‘kid list’ these days).  Occupying Christmas is kind of like when Al Gore tells everyone to reduce their carbon footprint while he makes his even bigger – hypocrisy and not going to happen.

You can check them out on facebook  and Twitter at:  @OccupyXmasTime


Business 101 – Why the wealthy are good for all Americans

The Left has been railing on the wealthy for decades.  They believe there is some sort of money tree and somehow the wealthy get up earlier and grab the majority of the wealth and the rest of us just get whatever is left over.  That is simply not the case of course.  Aside from the fact that the wealthy EARN their wealth (even trust funders got their money from someone who at some point EARNED it) and aside from the fact they already pay the majority of taxes in the United States, the wealthy help invest in and create jobs across this country because they have the money.   I’m going to try to make this simple like my last blog ‘It’s the Spending Stupid – Tax Cuts do NOT increase the Deficit.’  

The Left believes that people spending is what runs the economy – this is part of it but not the whole story.  Yes people have to spend money to keep businesses going but how did those businesses get started in the first place?  In many cases due to wealthy investors who have enough money that they are willing to risk investing in someone else’s idea so they can make more money.  The risk they take is that they lose all of their money if the idea doesn’t work.  I’m going to attempt to do this with a simple scenario that will hopefully make people understand the reality of business 101 and economics 101.

Person A is a wealthy businesswoman.  She runs her own company and makes millions of dollars a year.   We’ll call her Ms. Banks.

Person B is a middle class worker.  He currently works for a large corporation making decent money but has an idea that he’d love to put into production yet doesn’t have the funds to start a company and get the product manufactured and into the marketplace.  He needs a minimum of $500,000 in start-up costs.  He cannot get a loan for that much money.  We’ll call him Mr. Class.

Person C is an unemployed member of the working class.  He was working in a factory as a line supervisor but was laid off due to downsizing.   He is currently only purchasing the basics he needs to get by and refuses to use his credit cards in order to keep his debt low while unemployed.  We’ll call him Mr. Worker.

Mr. Class (person B) discovers that Ms. Banks (person A) likes to spend some of her money on start-up companies.  Since she is wealthy, she has the money and a start-up can either make her more money or lose her money but she only invests what she is willing to lose.  Mr. Class meets with Ms. Banks to present his brilliant idea to her.  Ms. Banks decides to ‘loan’ Mr. Class the $500,000 he needs to start his manufacturing company and get his product to the public.  If the product is successful, Ms. Banks will make a percentage on her investment and Mr. Class can become a wealthy entrepreneur himself.  If the product fails, Ms. Banks will lose the money she invested and Mr. Class will have to go back to working for someone else as he was before.

Mr. Class starts his new manufacturing company and must hire employees.  Mr. Worker (person C) is hired as a line supervisor.  The product is a great success!  Ms. Banks makes money on her investment; Mr. Class is now a successful business owner and Mr. Worker is gainfully employed again so that he can now spend money above his basic needs and help to stimulate the economy by buying the very product he is helping to produce which helps the company to succeed.

Without the wealthy investor, the entrepreneur would not have been able to make his dream a reality.

Without the wealthy investor, the worker would still be unemployed.

Without the wealthy investor, the worker wouldn’t have excess money to spend on those things that aren’t necessities and help to boost the economy.

This is a circular and very easy to understand economic reality of capitalism.  The entrepreneur creates, the wealthy investor invests and the worker is gainfully employed.  All three put money back into the economy because they have it which also further aids in boosting the economy.

Raising taxes on wealthy investors curbs the amount of money they are willing to part with to invest in companies or start-ups.  Raising taxes curbs the spending of those without jobs to keep businesses selling products in business.

It isn’t rocket science.  It’s business 101.  The economy doesn’t simply rely on people spending and the economy doesn’t simply rely on businesses creating jobs or investors investing.  It is a circular economic way of life that gets thrown a curve when taxes are raised – on the wealthy especially.

Not all small businesses rely on wealthy investors – they either save their own money or get loans from a bank (which of course does rely on wealthy investors) or in some cases loans from the federal government (which of course are our taxpayer dollars being put at risk and also relies on the wealthy in the form of taxes since the wealthy pay the majority of taxes). 

Of course there are all kinds of economic factors that come into play such as ridiculous government regulations,  political games that are played by giving political favorites federal grants etc… but the point is that without wealthy investors, many companies would not exist today.  Vilifying and demonizing the wealthy only shows how incredibly ignorant Democrats are in D.C. and around the country.