You Want To Do What?

With the Federal budget especially, but also state and local, if Citizens could pick and choose which social programs they want to pay for and how much they want to contribute to each one, it would at least give us some semblance of a democracy. 

Look, there is no one greater than I that fears the voting majority because they are not being educated and there is no reason for the ruling class to educate them, and actually just the opposite. The stupider the voters are the more they can be taken advantage of.   

With politicians making the decisions, knowing darn well they are serving the wealthy special interests instead of the majority, the benefits of our democratic republic are negated. We’re simply an oligarchy, controlled by wealthy special interests pretending to be a democratic Republic like the Roman Empire and ALL other nation-states before us.

Can you imagine politicians having to actually prove to the voters that a war is needed with the citizens getting to decide if the truth is really being told to us? Would we have engaged in Desert Storm or Syria?

We have the technology to do this, it’s the political will I am worried about. These putzes can’t even get a simple 1 man 1 vote election correct. That’s because sadly we have the inmates running the asylum; oh right, we’re calling it a swamp now. Elon Musk and SpaceX can send rockets into space and land them safely, and we can get a friggin computer system to count the votes correctly?   

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The Sliding Scale of Socialism

Socialism; what is it anyway.       

Socialism can be explained as the number of social programs enacted, times the financial costs to taxpayers; the more costs associated with the programs and their total numbers, as a percentage of gross domestic production, the greater the level of socialism. 

In simpler terms, the larger the government is, the more taxes are needed to pay for all the social programs and the more socialist your society would be considered. The lesser the number of taxes and social programs, the less socialistic your society would be considered. Many economists suggest, the larger the government and greater costs of the required taxes, the less per capita production there is; which would be an inverse relationship. We’re not here to debate the ideologies though, we’re here just to define the term socialism and understand what it really is and means.       

Governments usually provide various services that are an expense to society. Although many deem socialism and communism as antonyms, this author prefers to look at socialism as a percentage of the economy where government services and products are provided, to the percentage provided by the private sector production. This is not perfect for a variety of reasons but can be used as a generality but surely don’t use it to compare different countries.  There are many things that make countries wealthy and there are many things that make countries poor.  If we knew what these were, we would have likely fixed the poor countries already. Lots of theories abound, but never take them a fact.  Knowing what is in the best interest of the majority is a fool’s errand.            

The primary deference between communism and socialism is private property rights. When there are no private property rights, the government then owns everything, and everyone worked for the government, that is communism. Whereas Venezuela, with its private-public partnership as many called it, is a mixed economic model as economist call it. It is a combination of a robust government sector and a substantive private sector, trying to work in harmony. This is a problem for a number of reasons, as Venezuela is experiencing but once that a discussion for another day.    

The bigger the government is without property ownership being held by the State, the more socialistic. Over the last 30 years or so, the government has been buying up more and more real estate so once homes, lands, businesses, commercial buildings, and rents are owned by the government, that is communism with everyone works for the government. Under socialism, private property rights are still in the hands of theCitizens, it’s just that the property and various activities are taxed to payfor the government, The more total taxation as a percentage of total productiveoutput, GDP, the more socialistic your society would be.       

As an example, many may not consider prisons and jails to be part of socialism, because it is a needed entity yet the fewer people incarcerated the less socialism and fewer government costs there would be. Of course, the more people you have incarcerated the larger the correction system must be to manage, feed, cloth, shelter and try to educate the prisoners.    

The balance between the size of the private sector and the size of government differs in societies with mixed economies, thus it can vary and therefore is a sliding scale.   

Socialism can be visualized in this authors opinion as a sliding scale. With minimal government (libertarianism) to the left and communism, total government to the far right. The Democratic Party would be right of the Republican Party “theoretically”, but in reality, they are very close to one another and much closer today to the far-right communism than to the far-left,  libertarianism.      

This is one of the great misunderstandings as to which political ideology is far right and which one is far left.  As an example, fascism appears to occur when the costs of government get too large in relation to the amount of production or GDP, the gross domestic product as I noted previously. The major fascist nations of Germany, Italy, and Japan during WWII all were highly socialistic with high levels of militarism compounding the size and costs of government. To enforce all the taxation as GDP wains from the expansion of the government sector, those in government enforcement become harsher and penalties such as incarcerations and fines stiffer as wages drop and taxes rise. Basically, the government is squeezing the profits out of the private sector to pay for the increased costs of government. Additionally, in the 20thcentury, with the advent of fiat currencies put in place around the world,governments could simply print more money to pay for the additional costs of an expanding government, but this debases the currency without increased productivity causing the devaluation of the currency which results in eventual price inflation, the rising of manufacturing and consumer prices. Where this author believes government central planners make a huge mistake, is crediting the production by private companies contracting with the government, as part of the GDP calculations when a bridge, jet fighter or a school is an expense to society. As an example, if all children were primarily educated via home computers, the costs of building schools could be eliminated. I am not saying this is a good or bad idea, its just an example of identifying costs and expenses associated with the government where the physical school itself is built by some private sector construction company but actually paid for by taxes. Today, we add the costs of building the school as GDP when it is an expense to our society making it appear that our society is more productive than it really is. A society cannot be more prosperous by increasing expenses as our society has seen since the 2008 Great Recession, with the cost of the Federal Government alone reaching $4 trillion annually with $1 trillion of that being printed with interest charges passed onto the taxpayers. 

To learn some more about it go to wikipedia and evaluate my analysis with theirs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism 

    

The Infamous David Irving

He’s a Britton, called the leader of the Holocaust Deniers. Not only does he “not” deny the Holocaust, many believe he is the most knowledgeable historian in the world on the Third Reich. At the age of 25, he published his first bestseller; The Destruction of Dresden, the story of the U.S. and Brtish bombing of Dresden, Germany.

For decades, the controlled media has covered up many historical truths for fear of exposing the actions and profits of the military industrial complex. Some of the very people who claimed to have been the victims are the ones who made the most profits.  

Will The Real ________ Please Stand UP

For many of you younger folks, this was the tagline of a game show back in the 1960s called “To Tell The Truth” where a group of four people (contestants) would try to fool a panel of four TV celebrities by pretending to be a person who had either done something that was not widely known but was considered an impressive accomplishment or had an unusual or impressive occupation. As an example, a rocket scientist at NASA who had invented something important or a world champion Bull Rider. One of the four was the actual infamous person and the celebrity panel would get to ask the four contestants various true/false questions with each of them answering the questions as if they were the infamous person.  At the end of the question/answer session, the TV Host would ask the real person to please stand up, to see if the contestants were able to fool the Celebrities or not.  Not only was it entertaining to learn the various accomplishments and/or interesting occupations of people, trying to guess, as the viewers and the live audience, who the real person was based on their answers was fun. A game of both deception and detection of the truth or lie because three of the four people were trying to fool the celebrity panel.

Is Donald Trump a charismatic big mouthed individual with a high IQ but a low logical cognitive mentality or just another lying politician. Why is it like most of his other Presidential predecessors, he has ended up being so hypocritical on many issues. As an example, he berated President Obama for selling more short-term treasuries instead of longer-term ones and yet his administration is selling even shorter-term Treasuries then his predecessor. It is easier to sell shorter-term Treasures because they have less risk associated with them than longer-term ones and our current economic condition is causing investors to avoid the longer-term ones. Donald Trump should have known why investors were avoiding them and not criticized the Obama Administration for doing better than he has done in this area. If the Democrats are smart they are going to use this mistake as a criticism against the Republicans in the upcoming and next Presidential election.

The inability of the Trump Administration to be unable to sell the longer-term Treasures is also an indication, that the long-term economic outlook of the U.S. is not as bright as his administration is saying. If it were his administration would be able to sell the longer higher yielding term Treasuries. The Dems would be wise to use this data to also throw the Republicans under the bus.

There is also one more possibility. He’s just another lying politician who told us he loves Wikileaks multiple times during his campaign, yet the head of Wikileaks Julian Assange remains in fear of arrest, under protected political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, by the very entity, the U.S. Justice Department who is commanded by Donald Trump as President. So, when he said he loved Wikileaks was he really insinuating that he was happy Assange and Wikileaks had exposed numerous examples of U.S. government corruption which many many people applauded when he said it each time or was he just lying to the American people to try to get them to elect him. The Dems Should be applauding Wikileaks but instead have also berated Assange for leaking the truth and are siding with the Trump Administration on this issue.

That tells us a lot about the two-party system and how they really feel about their corruption being exposed and what they are willing to do and say to keep from being exposed and to get elected.

So many people are both huge fans of Assange and others like Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblowers that maintaining the Administration’s current stance of wanting to prosecute them shows either a propensity to lie or stupidity of costing him and other members of the Republican Party the next election. With Hillary Clinton and others in the Democratic leadership also coming out against Assange and Snowden, it will be interesting to see how the voters respond to this and other egregious actions by the alleged bipartisan duopoly or will the voters wise up and revolt.

The True Nature Of Politics

We all know they’re lying, even in the UK some of the time, but how do we know when? We don’t, yet how many out there keep picking one of the two major party candidates knowing this?  Women, sadly I find, are the most gullible. They, of course, think they have superpowers of intuition and body language reading, so I don’t really know how to explain this.

https://www.projectveritasaction.com/2018/10/10/we-dont-say-that-out-of-these-walls-phil-bredesens-staff-says-he-is-lying-about-kavanaugh-vote-in-undercover-video-its-a-political-move/fvp/

The Enactments of the Ten (10) Platforms of Communism

This paper is not about the necessity or ethics of taxation. This is about what laws have been enacted in our country and how it relates to the writings of Karl Marx, primarily in his book, The Communist Manifesto. It is about economics and law, what I call socio-economics; how the law economically affects our society and vice versa.

Ten (10) Platforms of Communism were developed by Karl Marx, who is considered by most, because of his various writing and especially “The Economists Manifesto”, the father of communism. These 10 platforms are itemized in the book.  I paraphrased them a little, to better relate to our language and more modern times. As an example, his 10th and the final platform is “Free Education of All children in public schools”. Today, we call this “Public Education”.

As you will come to understand, most countries in the world today have implemented the 10 platforms of communism in part or in total, many phasing them in over time. However, several attempts like the former USSR, China, and Cambodia were implemented rapidly with disastrous results, literally causing the deaths of millions of their own Citizens as the transfer of property from private ownership to the government was physically enforced. Counties like India, perhaps not as rapidly, implemented them relatively quick, also with disastrous results. Both China and India have started reversing some of their he communist enactments allowing more private enterprise and commerce, however, the governments still retain high levels of power through centralized control; the hallmark of communism.

Marx’s theory was to slowly transfer the ownership and control of private enterprise over to the government using his 10 platforms. By controlling tax rates and providing benefits to certain interests, a government could manipulate and control the redistribution of wealth while making sure that the government maintains its power, control, and enforcement of the taxes and regulations.  His theory was that in this way, a government could more equitably and fairly redistribute the wealth, based on need. Those counties which have fully implemented his theory have not faired very well.

Only a few of the wealthier countries have been able to enact some portions of the 10 platforms without having severe negative results on their societies, often negating the intended benefits. There are over 130 countries using various communistic social policies and the overwhelming number of them have increased levels of social problems. The very same social problems Marx’s theory was supposed to improve.

Communist Platforms already enacted into Law in the U.S.:

A Central Bank – 5th Platform – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States

A Progressive or Graduated Income tax – 2nd Platform – The beloved IRS.

Public Education – 10th Platform

Government Regulation of Transportation and Communications – 6th Platform

Subsidized Corporate Farming – 9th platform – corporate welfare to agricultural interest like Big sugar and Big tobacco have been going on for decades.

Partially Enacted Platforms of Communism already enacted into Law in the U.S.:  

Abolition of Private Property – 1st Platform

1.       We now have the majority of residential mortgage lending in the U.S. being owned, administered and controlled by the Federal Government through FNMA, Freddie Mac, FHA, and VA. Because of the lack of active buyers of these mortgage packages being originated, the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States has had to purchase about $1.7 trillion worth of these loans since 2008, after our 1st major credit collapse occurred. FNMA and Freddie Mac were privately controlled until 2008 but were insured by the Federal Government, thus taking over control after they both became insolvent.

2.       We now have over 110 different taxes and regulatory fees. The personal income tax by both the States and Federal government are partially taxes on human labor and are a usurpation of one of our basic inalienable rights. Your labor is really an exchange for money and is therefore not income as defined by the Courts. It’s really a trade or exchange of money for your time, energy and intellect. Therefore, unless you believe the government owns people, taxes take away our property rights that are supposed to be protected by the IX Amendment. The Bill of Rights was supposed to be about protecting our personal and financial rights and labor is the essence and life force of a human being.

Abolition of all rights of inheritance. – the 3rd platform of communism

One of the last essential industries is healthcare.  Both the healthcare and insurance industry were in their technological infancy when Marx wrote his Manifesto, so it was not really considered a basic need back then. As medical costs have skyrocketed over the years, medical insurance has become a more controversial political issue. Just 80 years ago, medical health insurance did not exist.

1.       Medicines such herbs, minerals, vitamins, and pharmaceutical drugs.

2.       Healers/practitioners such as MDs, nurses, nurses aides, Nutritional Doctors, Chiropractors, etc.

3.       Health insurance

If you follow the various alternative healthcare industries and government policies you will find both highly regulated elements to it but also constant government attempts to prohibit or regulate various elements of the industry that have been successfully operating for thousands of years. Herbal medicine and chemistry have been used by every culture going back centuries and today we have the scientific studies to prove the efficacy of most of them and interestingly enough it is rare for the U.S. government to support such studies as they do with Big Pharma and the wealthier special interests.

Confiscation of property of all immigrants and rebels – the 4th Platform – One must only think of Edward Snowden and the numerous other Whistleblowers who have been prosecuted by the U.S. Government for exposing government corruption.  Additionally, think of the exorbitant costs being charged by the legal community and government to gain entrance into the U.S. by immigrants.

Only the 7th platform of Communism has not been directly enacted into law. “Government ownership of factories and agriculture”.  However, one could argue that corporate taxes, employment taxes and the plethora of regulations by the Department of Agriculture, SEC, Department of Health, and other regulatory agencies, may not give direct ownership rights to the government but it does give regulatory controls and monetary benefits via taxation to the government.  It taxes and regulatory requirements are not met a company can easily be forced into bankruptcy or closure.

The 8th Platform is Government control of labor. The U.S. Government controls labor and wages in a number of ways. By taxing business profits and the labor of the employees, the government actually contributes to lower wages. We fewer taxes and regulations there would be more productivity and greater need for higher employment levels. With higher employment levels employers will have to compete for more for employees thus offer higher wages to attract the desired employees. By controlling labor they can actually keep costs down, making it more profitable for the investors.

Well, there are the 10 platforms of communism as noted in Karl Marx’s book, The Communist Manifesto.  Interestingly enough, according to Nobel Laureate Dr. Milton Friedman in his book, Free To Choose, which I fact-checked, the entire 1928 and 1932 platforms of the American Socialist Party are also now law in this nation.  Three decades of massive immigration in the country literally did bring us their tired, their poor, their huddled masses yearning to breathe free from countries all over the world, many of them whom had embraced the communist ideology and were suffering for it. It was creating poverty and despotism around the world so let’s bring it to America, the once bastion of liberty and free enterprise and turn it into a horrible place to live like you came from.

Over the course of the next several months, I am going to publish writings on each one of the ten platforms showing how they are really a blueprint to take control of a society by the ruling class and not the way for the workers to establish equality, fairness, and justice into society as Karl Marx tried to convince the majority into believing.  Why would Marx do this, do you ask? Because he was paid to and many believe if not a total sociopath, he was darn close to it.  If you haven’t listened to Stefan Molyneux’s video title; The Truth about Karl Marx on Youtube, it’s a well-researched eye opener.