New Book, Anatomy of a Meltdown

“It’s the truth about the economic crisis that you don’t get from CNBC or the usual suspects. It defends the free market against the extremely unfortunate conventional wisdom that the meltdown we’ve observed represents the collapse of the free market. It is no such thing. This is to the contrary a government- and Federal Reserve-instigated crisis from beginning to end. It is extremely important for people who believe in the free market and in a free society to know how to defend themselves, to know what the arguments are, in order that we might resist the expansion of government power that will take place using this crisis as a pretext.”—Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Run, don’t walk right over to TownHall.com and read this column by Bill Steigerwald. He interviews  Mr. Woods, the author of the book, who explains in simple, clear, concise terms how we got here financially and what the answer is. This column is a must read and I’m sure the book is too.

So Who Really Has The Power?

I’m sure most of us “average citizens” feel overwhelmed and powerless against the onslaught of government that has become our recent history. To me, it feels like we are being run over roughshod by a massive bulldozer; it feels like a tornadic onslaught coming at us faster than we can catch our breath before another thing comes.  We are hearing about massive spending bills, bank and auto company bailouts, the firing of a private company CEO, and so many other things that the federal government’s very sticky fingers continues to creep into.  Many if not most of American citizens are aghast at the encroachment.

That’s why I found this statement by Phil at www.therightsideoflife.com to be so refreshing and a splash of cool water in my face.

“It must be understood by all that only States and the American People have rights; the federal government has none. The federal government only has those powers and authority specifically and expressly enumerated within the Constitution; any and all other such powers and authority are reserved to the States or the People to carry out.” (read the whole post here)

How easy it is to forget this simple principle.  Most of us are taught to have respect and deference to our government.  And this is a good thing.  I try to practice this principle regarding all people equally, not just a select few because they are elected to office.  But the simple truth is that our federal government has no rights, except as granted to them by the Constitution. Most of us probably need to brush up on our understanding of the Constitution so that we can see exactly what those rights are.  I am not a person who lives by relativism.  I like to know what the rules are and then  adjust my behavior accordingly. I believe in absolutes; without them society has no bearings, no anchor, but lives by whatever is in vogue at the time.  Whether we all believe it or not…there really is an absolute truth.  Without it everyone lives in chaos.  (I can say this from experience because there was a time in my past when I lived in chaos, without rules; it was not a happy time.)

Our Founding Fathers understood all too well the easy road to tyranny that governments can and will travel on.  They wrote the Constitution in such a way that we the people would be protected from an overbearing, dictatorial government system.  I like it that way.  They were smart guys. Wisdom came from the many of them working together, their prior experience with a dictatorial government helping to guide their wise decisions in setting up this new baby government of the United States.

Amendment 10 of the Bill of Rights states:  The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. This means that the federal government only has the power delegated to it by the Constitution.  All other power lies in the hands of the states and the people.  This keeps government condensed into its most basic form…in the hands of the people.  This is why we are seeing so many Tenth Amendment resolutions going on in the states across our country.  It’s their way of saying, “Ok Federal Government, you are crossing the line and we are saying to you, go no further; we reserve these decisions to ourselves and the people of this state. You cannot force your will upon us.”  Never have we seen such a massive movement and need to set  limits  on this current federal administration.

Perhaps, if nothing else at this time, the Constitution will be studied ever the more intensely and debated, true patriotism will experience a new renewal, and a new understanding of our country’s foundations will flourish and preserve us in the years ahead.  Debate is good for it brings to the forefront for everyone to see those values that can then be examined and determined if they are found wanting or not. Wisdom  and  common sense may yet prevail by those serious about the future prosperity of our society and our nation. That’s the Change and Hope I can believe in.

Where Are The Wise Men?

No, I am not speaking of the astrologers from the Christmas story. I am speaking of men of wisdom, of the the caliber of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Patrick Henry (Give me liberty or give me death), John Adams,  and the others who bravely signed their names to a Declaration of Independence from Britain that put their lives, their families, their names and their fortunes at risk.  Men willing to sacrifice their all for a vision of a new country as they fought a war with all the odds against them.  But like Martin Luther King, who took risks fighting his own kind of war for freedom, they had a dream.

Oh… I know where some of them are…they are in training…they are overseas fighting for our country at this moment. They are the young men risking their lives at this very moment.  Some wise men still reside here.  There are many scattered around in our federal, state and local governments.

They are not in our White House.  With our economy in a mess and millions out of work in our nation, this man, at great expense to our nation, flies in a pizza maker from St. Louis to the White House, to prepare him pizza.  This man lives off the nation.  Yes, he deserves to be paid for the job he does, but he does not deserve to live off the backs of the American people, all the while making their future existence more bleak by spending and printing money, which will cause the value of our money to spiral downward.  This man has never served in a war, never put at risk his life, his fortunes and his reputation for freedom’s cause.  He has grown up in a free and prosperous America.  He has served his own political cause, by stepping on the backs of those whom he would later discard once they had served his purpose. Just ask some who used to be his friends in Illinois.

We live in a country that, because of the sacrifices of those who went before, has gained great privileges in life.  We have food, clothing and lots of things.  We are definitely a bit (or a lot) spoiled compared to the rest of the world.  We have luxury and ease.  I have not fought in a national war of any kind, first, because there was none.  But there is a lot to be said of a character forged in adversity and hardship.  And we may most certainly get the chance to encounter adversity and hardship again  if our current president has his way.  The things he is doing now have all been tried before….and they have failed and caused more economic calamity.  Where is wisdom that learns from past experiments?  George Santayana said, “Those who forget history are destined to repeat it.” But if true American history has been removed from our classrooms, then our younger generations have no true history to forget…it has been “deleted”,  replaced with a more “progressive” version.

Lets get back to basics and the values our nation was founded on.  Let’s teach ourselves and our children anew what the real purpose of America is and what it stands for.  I for one am reading the Constitution, the founding documents,  and other history about the founders.  It has been too long since high school; I have forgotten things. Some will say I am not very “progressive”, but at least I will understand our founding documents and the things that have made our nation the great one that it is.  And let’s “grow” new “wise men”, children who will understand what makes America truly great…character, values, hard work, and respect for others. Sacrificial blood has been spilled  for preserving freedom,  values,  and this country; let us not allow it to be spilled in vain.

Rules For Radicals #11…

This column by James Lewis over at American Thinker really can’t be improved on.

“Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It and Polarize It.’ – Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals.”

That’s what Barack Obama taught his ACORN followers in all his Community Agitator classes in Chicago. That slogan defines mob scapegoating, of course. It is an exact prescription for whipping up mobs — by race, by gender, by ethnicity, by religion. If you want to know how to whip a mob of Pakistani Taliban fascisti to whip a young girl for flirting with a young man in public, this is exactly what you do: Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personality It, and Polarize It.

And notice that “the target” is no longer a human being. It’s an “It.” Try substituting the word “victim” for “target,” and you see how it works.

This is exactly what the Dixiecrats did to blacks in the Jim Crow South, and what President Obama does today with capitalists who run General Motors and Wall Street…

Continue reading this column. You need to know what is really going on.

Some Thoughts About The Current “Crisis”

I hear the sound of a new uproar.  Since President Obama authorized the release of memos of terrrorist interrogation techniques, fuel has been added to otherwise smoldering embers.  So just why did he authorize their release when he said previously he had no interest in prosecuting the former administration?  I hear it’s in the interest of  “transparency”.  If that is so, #1. It’s “transparency” about the former administration, which does the current administration no damage.  That’s convenient.  #2. If that is so, I find it quite ironic since there are so many other  current areas where the current administration is unwilling to be “transparent”.  So are they for “transparency” when it is convenient for them?

I will propose another possible theory.

The current economic crisis has brought a response from the current administration, which in some estimations, is overkill.  At the same time it is believed by some that this administration is using the economic “crisis”, thinking it a very strategic  time to push forward a very big-government agenda, definitely taking us back to the days of Franklin Roosevelt and perhaps further into a socialistic type of government system.  This “crisis mode” is a very handy thing to have around for a new government.  Rahm Emmanuel and Hilary Clinton both have declared that a crisis cannot go, in their terms, “to waste”.  This has brought a subsequent response from those Americans of a more conservative mindset, who believe that the foundations of our country, its Constitution and freedoms ought not be tampered with, that big government brings big taxes and that the private sector is the way the restore jobs in a faltering economy.

I am wondering if the wave of the economic “crisis’ has crested and a new “crisis” is needed to help things along.  The newspapers and television programs will be constantly, and I do mean constantly, talking and writing about the new discussion on the former administration’s handling of interrogations.  This could occcupy headlines for weeks and if investigations are begun and trials start, this could last, whoa, a Very Long Time.

So I propose this to those who are paying attention:  do not be swayed by any of this and do not worry about how enlightened our enemies now are…just be watching what the “left hand” (ha!..and I do mean Left) is doing, because, be assured…that hand is always planning and doing something while we, the American people are otherwise preoccupied.  It’s a pretty good strategy.  Stay alert and watchful.

A Bit of Wisdom From a Former President…

This has probably been posted here before and definitely elsewhere, but it  bears repeating in our day and age.

Abraham Lincoln once said,

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.

You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”

I think President Lincoln was a pretty smart man.  And our new President compares and perhaps would like to model himself and his presidency on the former president’s example.  Hey, Mr. President!  How about reading this bit of wisdom from President Lincoln and starting here…right now!  That would bring common sense back into vogue in our nation.  I am praying for you.

The Government Controlling Health Care Costs?

Now I’m ROFL.  When has centralized government ever been efficient at controlling costs?  Who in America actually believes that they can?

Run, don’t walk, right on over to this link at The Weekly Standard and read this report by Jeffrey Anderson. It seems that in the president’s desire to provide all Americans with health care and “reduce the costs” of health care over all, some facts have been overlooked by the congress and the president.  This guy has done his homework.

Consider  the fact that our current government-run program for the elderly, by paying lower prices for health care services (reducing costs) has consequently been one of the the reasons that health care is more expensive for the rest of us, because health care providers have to recoup these costs from the rest of us.  We are already paying for others’ health care. Consider that anything that is government-run has never been less expensive, but always more, far more expensive.  That is a given. Look at history.

After reading this article I’m wondering if the real agenda doesn’t go something like this:

“The real goal is control of all the income (mine and yours) in the United States.  Let’s see, how best to do this…if we provide everyone with free healthcare, we will definitely have to raise taxes and take more of their income.  So in the name of reducing costs, we will actually increase costs. If we do everything for the citizens, we can probably have control of at least 70-80% of their income like some other countries do.  But should we really leave them with 20-30%? Hmm…that is something to consider.”

The outcome of this scenario will be substandard health care, waiting lines, substandard doctors (they might even be able to get a degree online), and citizens with no incentive to do anything or make it better.  There will be no private investment in inventions and research because no one will have any money.  The rich will have been totally soaked.  And I’ll bet those in the “ruling classes” will be able to “opt out” of paying taxes, just like we’ve seen recently in the president’s cabinet nominations.  Or, they’ll receive so many “perks” (ie bribes) that it will offset what they might have to pay. Just ask some of our European friends about their government-run health care systems and their high tax rates.  If Medicare is any model, we should be running away as fast as we can.  I used to work for a company who only handled Medicare and Medicaid (state) accounts.  She had to go out of business.  I always wondered how that company made any money. Now it seems…they didn’t.