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Thursday, August 18. 2011
From the Barrister, laptopping it in by the pool this week, ceegar in hand.
John F. Kennedy did not say "Ask first what your country can do for you," but that's where Liberal/Socialist politics have taken us. Such politics appeal to our weakest, most dependent tendencies, weaken the spirit of the people, and have the wanted, or unintended, effect of making all dependents and/or serfs of the Almighty State.
In a sense, we are all complicit, because almost everybody has something they want the Federal government to do, or to do more of, with their neighbors' money. People want their Medicare and their Social Security and their US Armed Forces and their national forests, interstate highways, and other things too.
What do you wish the US Fed government would do to fulfill your wishes?
Me? I want a pony.
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This is an easy one: Get the ehll out of my life!
I'm not necessarily a Rick Perry fan, but his promise to make the federal government as inconsequential as possible in my life really resonated.
Yeah, but if you disagree with him, he'll call you treasonous and have you shot (it is a capital offense).
In stealing one of Ron Paul's themes, he certainly went over the top and made Ron look quite moderate.
Rick's a problem, I'm beginning to believe. Or he's got a problem. He'd better sort his stuff out before he gets it handed to him.
Perry's language was a bit over-the-top and intemperate for me, but he said nothing about "shooting" the chairman of the Federal reserve. This is how Big Media Lies and Myths spread, as people repeat the intentional misquotes of the Dem cheerleaders in the press.
No, he didn't. But it is a capital offense.
I thought it outlandish when he said this - and I can't stand the Fed or what it stands for. AND I don't trust the media as far as you can throw them (having worked in media for years, and being aware of its massive flaws).
I'm the one who said "shoot"...and I'd stand by it. I have massive doubts about Perry. I like a few things about him, but that Fed statement was not only cynical (trying to hone in on the Ron Paul crowd), it was foolish.
You don't have to say he would "shoot" anyone. If it's treasonous, it's capital. End of discussion.
But it is a capital offense.
Turns out that it isn't a "capital" offense in that death is automatically mandated. The statute reads: ""whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States."
The only reason I know this is because way back when Nixon ended the convertibility of the dollar directly to gold I was working for Texaco and one of the engineers I dealt with on a regular basis was a conspiracy expert par excellance. H wanted to try Nixon for treason, but figured it wouldn't be worth it because he'd never get the death penalty.
So I guess technically, Perry could try Bernacke on treason charges and Bernacke could end up owing the US ten grand and spend 5 years in Club Fed. :>)
It reminds me of the exit-interview scene in "Broadcast News" where the smarmy manager asks the laid-off worker if there's anything he can do for him and gets the answer, "Well, I certainly hope you'll die soon."
Get the hell out of my business, and get the hell out of my wallet.
I've thought long and hard about this.
For a long time, I thought my share - my personal share - of the debt, in cash, would suffice.
But now that a dollar ain't worth spit, I've decided something else would work.
I'd like each member of Congress, and the President, to give me the gift of their desire to actually LEARN. That is, each one should be forced to take Economics lessons and then balance their checkbooks on a daily basis for 4 years. Basic economics would suffice, and the self-management of their finances would also help them realize that their behavior is outlandish.
On a more personal note, I really, really, really want a falcon. Those commercials have had an impact on my psyche.
I know it's just a fantasy, but I'd REALLY like the federal government to go back to its original Constitutional limits.
Hey, I can dream, can't I?
I can see the MSNBC story now:
"We're beginning to see a pattern out there. "Black"wing... Constitutional limits... Rick Perry tried the same thing with his "black cloud" and then he was found out to be a racist. Maybe we found another one!"
Mind their own f*#$&g business! Oh, and sunset all federal laws after 20 years.
The real discussion we need to have is how much of our individual freedom are we willing to surrender for more government support and regulatory programs (socialism). We all agree on government's basic function, the Police Powers). Most would accept the utility of public roads and public education. How about public libraries? Then we get to the Poor laws, the support of those unable to work. That has now been overrun by many unwilling to work and expanded to an expectation of wider plunder to feed these "unfortunates."
That doesn't even get to the current push for overt socialism in the government takeover of heretofore functions that were up to personal choices and personal aims.
But first, we should all decide that the next time we the thought, "there should be a law", "the government should do something" that we just let it go.
The tendency of democracy is toward absolute socialism, it is our choice whether we let it take that last step or we turn back to individual responsibility.
I'd be thrilled to start with having the government(s) get their clammy hands outta my pocket!
us govt can just give me what I have already paid into social security (with interest) and then they can leave me alone.
If you get a pony, I'd like an itty bitty aircraft carrier (with full crew, of course). They are so cooooool. Please. Pretty please. Just one for me.
All the libertarian-esque responses are nice, but not in the spirit of the question.
Other than ponies (and I need care and feeding of mine!) I'm thinking I'd like free college education for my kids.
I mean they're brighter than average and work pretty hard. Why shouldn't the gov't pay for their college like the European kids get? It would be good for the country.
Why would anyone ask for an ugly Ford Falcon when they could ask for a Bugatti Veyron or a Lamborghini Murcielago?
All I demand is free 1st class airfare.
Oh, almost forgot: somebody to pay my mortgages and tuitions too. And my bar tabs, etc. Wait, there's more...
Here's a way to tell if your request makes any sense.
Whenever you want to say "The Government should pay for ...", substitute with the phrase:
My friends and neighbors should pay for my ...
Like Rick's Falcon, I want that set of Japanese Samurai Armor you see on that commercial.
That's so cool...
I never asked for SS it was forced on me. I worked for 47 years and contributed to SS all that time. Now I simply want what I put into the system. Every year SS pays out about $840 billion and takes in about $860 billion of taxes dedicated to the SS system. You can call it an "entitlement" or whatever you want but it is my money. Also during my 47 years of working the federal government TOOK the excess SS taxes and gave the SS administration T-bills. So there is now about $4 trillion the federal government owes the SS system. That is enough money to run the current system under the current rules for over 100 years. The SS system is NOT broke.
Contrast the SS system with welfare; Since the great society program began in the mid 60's we have spent well over $12 trillion on welfare. NONE of this was paid for in a dedicated tax by the potential recipients (as SS was). 100% of that came from the general fund and most of that was borrowed. Last year the federal government paid out over $1.2 trillion from the general fund. These payments are also called "entitlements" and yet there is no comparison between SS where the recipients paid into the system and welfare where the recipients paid nothing.
The bottom line is the SS is owed to the recipients, it is their money. Welfare is a handout paid for by taxpayers. Before the federal government cuts 1 penny of SS they should cut 100% of welfare and cut about a trillion and a half out of the bloated federal government. When they do that THEN come back and talk about SS.
I want them to round up all the idiots who voted for the Pelosi Swamp Draining Congress and all the idiots who voted for Obama and ship 'em all to Mexico. Paybacks a bitch, huh ? Then I want my '67 Chevelle back.
I want the government to GO AWAY AND LEAVE US ALONE!
I want congress to change the law about how its members are chosen. Go to a jury system when each citizen is eligible to serve (and expected to). One year in, then out. Make lobbyists wear cowbells.
As I see this political morass, the Republicans want to put their hands in my pants to play with my personal parts, the Democrats want to put their hands in my pants to pick my pockets and the Libertarians still cannot organize ants at a picnic.
And, personally, I want a Raven...but only if the Raven agrees. They can be a bit touchy when annoyed.