Winds of Change
Yes, the winds of change are blowing. To the pleasure of many and to the dismay of some, they are predominately leftward in nature. In the religious world, we live in a post-modern society where moral relativism is the flavor of the day. Without moral absolutes, society is free to act in whatever manner can be rationalized as good. In our political world, trans-nationalism is the new threat to national sovereignty for our country and every other. As if it wasn’t bad enough to have the Supreme Court justices move from determining constitutionality of laws, to interpreting the Constitution as they see fit, to legislating from the bench, we now see them considering international law in their determinations. There is a familiar pattern that has emerged for those seeking societal change. If legislative efforts fail, go to court to have change dictated. If the courts offer no help, make it an international issue to pressure change. The Constitution has been on its deathbed for quite a few decades now. It is to be referred to by politicians when necessary for their ends and it is to be ignored when it is in their way. This includes all three branches and all political parties.
Such it is with global this and global that, crisis this and crisis that. Remember the bailouts that couldn’t wait until Monday without catastrophic consequences? The weekend came and went without complete collapse of society as we knew it. The crisis to pass bailout and stimulus packages caused our legislators to vote on bills they admittedly didn’t read. Now we are trapped with burdens we didn’t want. Spending now and billing future generations is not moral, it is generational theft. It is our version of the federal Poncy scheme known as Social Security.
- One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”
- But probably the BIGGEST KEY benefit to developers cloaked in this “Stimulus Bill” is the ability to carry back losses for 5 years instead of 2. They tried to push this in the Housing stimulus in September but got so much blow back from citizens that they took it out. Now its back, hidden under the guise of helping ALL businesses.”The legislation also would allow businesses to carry back net operating losses for five years, instead of the current limit of two years. This provision would generate cash through tax refunds for companies that now are losing money but previously were profitable.” (Note the use of the words “cash tax refunds”. This is cold hard cash in the billions coming to these guys from us)
- Sen. Daniel Inouye says $198 million for Filipino war veterans was included in the $787 billion “stimulus” bill to preserve the “honor” of the United States. What’s the logic?Don’t those 18,000 Filipinos, who fought alongside America GIs in World War II, deserve a vote by U.S. Congress on their own merits? I think they do. Why hide the cash in a bill 4,000 times bigger than the $198 million?
- What else? Are there 3,999 similar items in the “stimulus” bill? Is it a stimulus bill, or is it just an excuse to pay everyone that Congress has ever dreamed of paying?
How about the international transfer of wealth known as Climate Change. In the 1970’s the news magazines had the dramatic cover stories of Global Cooling and the impending ice age. In the 1990’s the same magazines, and grant recipients that promote such issues to keep the cash flowing, were declaring Global Warming and the certainty of melted ice caps and flooded coast lines. Waking up to the fact that it can’t be both, the situation was created for both to be working together in Global Chaos for the early 2000’s. School children have now been indoctrinated from early years through “higher” education as to the “fact” that it exists and that we are indeed the guilty party. This farce will succeed in transferring our wealth to developing countries as a guilt complex continues to be placed upon our citizenry. When the carbon tax, or cap and trade, failed to gain traction in the Legislature, the administration simply had the EPA declare carbon dioxide a pollutant and a danger as a green house gas. Nancy Pelosi says that the legislation will be reintroduced. Meanwhile, the federal government has started the tax ball rolling by laying the groundwork for forcing industry to start measuring the very thing every human exhales and every plant transforms into the oxygen we breath. Why not start with the largest green house gas element, water vapor? The cap and trade system is an artificially created commodity market that will transfer money from industry to others. It is taking from one and giving to another, or as President Obama said in his campaign, spreading the wealth. Do you think you are unaffected? Everything a producer spends, including taxes, is a cost in production and added to the price of goods and services for the consumer. Think about this when your energy rates double and triple.
This country has never been stupid until the education system was nationalized. We allowed the government to dictate the agenda for what was needed to be learned by our youth. We allowed the responsibility to be moved from our households, to the states, and eventually to the federal government. We allowed the unionization of the teachers to prevent us from making sure that the best teachers were rewarded and that the poorest were removed. We allowed the basics to be pushed aside for social issues. We allowed the majority to be imposed upon by many minority stakes. We have allowed the dumbing down of America. There is no need to wonder why our schools are failing and our kids are in trouble. What federally run operation is ever successful? The military could be one exception, at least until the politicians get involved and weaken it by revealing things that our enemies should not know or by slashing the budgets and pointing fingers later when a crisis arises. It was communist revolutionary Lenin who said, Give me one generation of youth, and I will transform the entire world (Microsoft Encarta Encyclopaedia 2002).
Ronald Reagan said, “Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.” “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!”
In a quote attributed to Nikita Khrushchev, former Soviet dictator, “When you are skinning your customers, you should leave some skin on to heal, so that you can skin them again.” This is what is happening to the “middle class”. The turnip is being squeezed dry. Class warfare has been employed as never before. During the past election cycle I heard the terms rich and greed more than ever before. Profitability and wealth were demonized relentlessly to garner votes from the lower income levels including those who are dependent upon the welfare state we have created. The powers to be seem to be stopping just short of taking over industry, leaving skin to heal so they can continue to garner cash flow for social reconstruction. By completely taking over the banking, auto or energy sectors, the politicians would have no one to blame when the inevitable failures occur. By influencing them with tax dollars and regulations, they can continue to blame others for mismanagement and corruption while appearing to be the white knight that is only seeking to protect the interests of the American public. It is much like passing a bill with the support of only a couple members of the opposing party and then calling it a bipartisan effort. It is merely cover for the eventual blow back from the public as they endeavor to share and even shift the blame to someone else.
“We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism”. Nikita Khrushchev
So here we are watching liberty and sovereignty die. Our new global society will require the death of our dollar, the death of our uniqueness, and the death of our individuality. We are now servants to the system, the federal machine. We are a long way from the people and the states creating the limited Federal government to serve very specific needs of the citizens. Consider the following quotes from Joseph Stalin and see how closely they apply to our time.
“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed”
“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”
“It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.”
“Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.”
“When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use.”
And finally, “America, is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”
Mission accomplished, almost.