Pop quiz hotshot. What does Brexit, the Yellow Vest Movement and Donald Trump have in common?  The answer: Civil War.

In England, the British voted to have their country exit from the EU (Brexit). However, the Parliament and the British establishment have so far refused to let that happen.  Why?  Because they are aligned politically with the EU.

Comment:  Strange how Parliament called for the Brexit referendum and then when the election results didn’t suit them, they reversed course. Sure sounds like treason to me.

 

In France, the citizenry are in open revolt (the Yellow Vest Movement) against Emmanuel Macron and his government.  They thought that they were a free country.  After all, what was the French Revolution for? Didn’t it give them freedom from the ruling class?

Comment: Apparently not according to Macron, who told the French that, “nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” So, now over 200 years later the revolution continues.

 

In America, Donald Trump rode into power on the back of a wave of citizen dissatisfaction with their government.  Yet, two years into his presidency, he has been unable to fulfill many of his campaign promises. He can’t even get a little wall built.

Comment:  Well, apparently the Wall hasn’t been built because it’s immoral. As for the rest, the Deep State is ensconced on both sides of the Potomac (aisle).

 

There’s one other thing that England, France and the United States have in common politically.  They are all ruled by the triumvirate of The Vatican, the City of London and Washington D.C.  Bottom line: The powers that be will try to keep England in the EU by any means necessary.  Civil War rules the day.

 

 

“Our plutocracy, whether the hedge fund managers in Greenwich, Connecticut, or the Internet moguls in Palo Alto, now lives like the British did in colonial India: ruling the place but not of it. If one can afford private security, public safety is of no concern; to the person fortunate enough to own a Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges cause less apprehension, and viable public transportation doesn’t even compute. With private doctors on call and a chartered plane to get to the Mayo Clinic, why worry about Medicare?” – Mike Lofgren, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government

 

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There’s a new breed of politicians loose in the country.  They are hell-bent on making America poor again (MAPA).  MAPA has overnight become the new MAGA.  Go figure.

When I was growing up, my parents (and their generation) were driven by the idea of the American Dream. The American Dream was sometimes represented by the picture of a house with a white picket fence around it. In front of the house was pictured a father, a mother, and two kids, a boy and a girl. Oh yeah, and a dog. That, for them, was the embodiment of the American Dream.  They simply wanted to work hard so as to provide for their families, and the government was there to provide an infrastructure of jobs and security towards that end.

Now, the world is headed in a totally different direction. MAPA has a radically new agenda. Some of the losers in this new paradigm are the very people that we should be caring for the most, veterans and the homeless.  In my day, veterans were treated more like heroes and the homeless…well, there weren’t hardly any. Certainly, there were no tent cities.

Under the banner of socialism, and social justice, the government will no longer represent its current citizens.  By that, I mean that priority will now to be given to new immigrants. No longer will there be a designation of “illegal immigrant” because the borders will be open and virtually everyone will be allowed in.

Oddly enough, another group of losers under MAPA are minorities and those people who had immigrated in the past. I know that may sound counterintuitive to some but the jobs that go to the new immigrants will have to come from somewhere (unless the new immigrants are going to go on the welfare rolls).  Not only will there be a loss of jobs for minorities, but the hourly wages paid for other jobs will be lower because of the competition from the new immigrants. That’s basic economics.  Of course, the new social programs will be funded by higher taxes, Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have already said so.  Ocasio-Cortez is currently promoting an increase in the top individual income tax rate to 70%.

Ultimately, what will all this look like?  For starters, population of the U. S. will soar. It could well double in just five years. Birth rates will go up sharply causing another upward spike in population. Will there be jobs for another 300-400 million people? Of course, not. Even a relatively healthy growth rate in the economy would add no more than 3 million jobs per year and certainly there will be down years and even recessions, or worse yet a depression.  And forget about how we’re going to house such a big influx of people. Tent cities will sprout up everywhere, including across the street from you. On the other side of the coin, businesses will move their operations to other countries as this will no longer be a healthy environment for them.  As a result, significant jobs will actually be lost.

There will be a resulting disparity between the number of people working and the number of people not working which will make it necessary to raise taxes even higher. In addition, high-income people will also leave the country causing a brain drain and capital outflows and there will be a complete collapse of the middle class.  The gap between the haves and the have-nots will widen even further, actually a lot further.

Welcome to the world of MAPA.

 

Epilogue

In the end, America will become not much better than a third-world nation.  Of course,without borders, there will be no nation because sovereignty is the result of having real borders.  Inevitably, ultimate authority will rest with the United Nations.  Hope you’re ready for Agenda 21.

 

 

“Ocasio-Cortez is a socialist, and she’s determined to give the voters exactly what they’ve asked for.  Free school.  Free drugs.  Free retirement.  And a guaranteed income for showing up to pretend jobs that are little more than adult daycare.”  – Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge

 

Over time the climate changes.  Yes of course it does, by definition.  Science has proven that many times over.  So what? You see, science has also definitely demonstrated that these earth (climate) changes happened even before man graced the planet. Yet, some people would like to blame the climate changes solely on the human race.

Before there was climate change, we had global warming.  Al Gore tried to explain global warming to the world using a “hockey stick” visual. Subsequently, Gore’s hockey stick and the science behind the theory was discredited which torpedoed the billions of dollars, in carbon taxes, that the world’s governments were supposed to pay because they would have been in violation of the new global warming paradigm. Even James Lovelock, the father of the global warming theory, acknowledged he had been unduly alarmist about climate change.

However, the global warming adherents didn’t do away quietly.  Rather, they simply reinvented their theory under the label of “climate change.” It’s like motherhood and apple pie. Who could deny that the climate changes? After all, the weather always gets either warmer or cooler, right?

Unfortunately, for them, they forgot about the science, like what comes from years of scientific study based on observations (like from tree rings and ice cores). Now that’s real science, as opposed to the computer models they actually used.  Of course, computer models, by necessity, are based on assumptions as opposed to observations.

Aside: As you’ve heard me say before, assumptions are a tricky proposition when it comes to theories (and logic problems).  Just ask Epicurus.

One of the supposed bad guys in climate change is CO2 levels. I say supposed. The thinking is that increased CO2 levels ultimately result in higher surface temperatures.  The problem is that the science doesn’t support that theory. Ice core studies show that increases in CO2 actually follow rather than precede increases in temperatures.  Sure man is adding to the CO2 levels, but that’s actually a good thing since increased CO2 levels green the planet.  That’s because CO2 is the primary food of plants. Without CO2, we would have no plants, and without plants there would be no oxygen, ergo no humans.  If you want to read up on the subject, I can recommend The Positive Impact of Human CO2 Emissions On the Survival of Life on Earth which was written by Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore.

Aside: In the Paleozoic and Mesozoic eras, among others, there were long periods during which the levels of CO2 were much higher than today, yet the temperatures were far colder.

Fast forward to 2015A NASA study showed that Antarctica was actually gaining ice mass thanks to increased snowfall. Obviously, there was no global warming there.

Fast forward to 2017: A shocking admission was published in Nature Geoscience.  Climate change scientists admitted that the computer models predicting dramatically increased temperatures were wrong.  It seems that there has actually was no increase in global surface temperatures from 1998-2012.

Fast forward to 2018: At a climate change conference in London, climate scientists were shocked to learn that there was yet another scandal with respect to the science behind climate change. That is, a fundamental error in the calculations of ocean temperatures was revealed to the attendees. Again, the overly aggressive assumptions used in the computer models was to blame.

Aside: Of course, it’s also possible that the computer models were rigged to produce the desired outcome. That’s because government actions have often corrupted science, which has been flooded by money to produce politically correct results.

Since 1998, more than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition that states “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of . . . carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.” So, it turns out that the climate consensus was wrong all along.  As William Happer, professor emeritus of physics at Princeton University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, put it, “It is time for governments to finally admit the truth about global warming. Warming is not the problem. Government action is the problem.”

 

“In science consensus is irrelevant. … There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.” – Michael Crichton

 

The American Dream

11/30/2018

Eugene Ionesco once said that, “Ideologies separate us.  Dreams and anguish bring us together.” That was once true, but I challenge if it is still true today.  Just like Martin Luther King, you have to have a dream.  That dream, of course, was The American Dream…and that dream may well be dying.

As I mentioned in a recent post, Americans of all stripes fought together side-by-side in two world wars because they had a dream.  It was a dream of freedom, to be lived in a country (America) that cherished individual liberty.  It was a dream that almost everyone shared and so our differences were secondary. We could coexist with all of our imperfections, our biases and our differences in cultural values.

However, today, many people no longer have that same dream.  They would rather destroy what we have and start over.  They want to “fundamentally transform” America.  The problem, though, is that their vision is for a country where They get to impose their ideology and their values on the rest.  However, you will never know that is their objective. You will only hear that They represent you, the people, against the establishment.  However, the problem is that They are the establishment.  They are the 1%.

You need to understand the propaganda that’s used to convince people to vote them into power. So, when They ask you to join The Resistance to bring down the establishment, what They are really saying is that They want to remain in power only without being encumbered with the chains of a Republic.  The only rule of law would then be their rule of law.  There would be a new Golden Rule (i.e. he who has the most gold rules).

When They ask you to eradicate the white race, what They are really saying is that They want the white race marginalized so that it can not compete with them for power…for They are the establishment, They are the elite (mostly, the white race).

In the course of human affairs, revolutions are a fact of life, maybe, in some cases, even a necessity. After all, that’s how we wound up with America in the first place.  However, beware of those offering a new form of government where everyone will get their needs met (like, say, free healthcare for everyone).  There is no system that can provide everything to everyone. History has shown that our current form of government is the only one that can endure and prosper over time. The great political thinkers understood that.  Here’s a sample of what some of them said:

 

“When people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic”.  – Benjamin Franklin

“The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.”  – Frederic Bastiat

“The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”           – Margaret Thatcher

        “The goal of socialism is communism.”  – Vladimir Lenin

 

Epilogue

There is a reason why the middle class is disappearing in America.  It’s not an accident. The middle class is being intentionally destroyed because it is the only group of people that will insist upon maintaining civil liberties.  Everyone else will simply insist on having others (read: the government) support them. You see, most of the middle class believes in The American Dream.

 

Some people think that capitalism is in serious decline. Does it really matter? The thing is that capitalism is already dead and buried… but they forgot to write the obituary. The bank bailouts of 2008 were, perhaps, the final nail in the coffin.

Results from a recent survey by Harvard University found that a majority of millennials do not favor capitalism. Interestingly enough, the same survey said that those same millennials favor a free-market system over a government-managed economy. What’s wrong with that picture? The problem is that those two responses stand in stark opposition with one another. That is, you can’t favor a free-market system and in the same breath reject capitalism. Can you?

So, on what level does this make any sense? Here’s how. Those surveyed don’t truly understand what capitalism is. That should be intuitively obvious since, by definition, capitalism is a free-market system. I said should be intuitively obvious.

All that the millennials know is that they object to the 1% controlling most of the nation’s wealth. As a result, capitalism becomes a convenient whipping boy.  Little do they realize that a free market system is not truly free if it’s controlled by the same 1%. The truth is that the economy is run in a concerted partnership between corporations (the 1%) and government. Historically, this is more correctly labeled as fascism – not capitalism. Just ask Mussolini.

 

    “Fascism is capitalism in decay.”

              – Lenin

 

Enough Already!

08/30/2013

                                 STOP GLOBAL WHINING!

While you’re at it, get rid of the geo-engineering of the planet too.

Your right, Patrick Henry didn’t quite say it that way, now did he.  However, today it seems that one can more and more hear a similar refrain across the political landscape.  Proponents of liberalism have become extremely outspoken in their efforts to radically transform America.  One could almost say that liberalism has become a religion.

Jonah Goldberg, in his book “Liberal Fascism”, branded all liberals as fascists and all fascists as progressives.  Now, that covers a lot of territory.  Take fascism for example.  In my opinion, fascism is something that is generally misunderstood and exists on both sides of the political divide.  Labels like this, therefore, don’t mean all that much.  The bigger question is do people support the ideals of the founding fathers that this country was based on, or not?

I recently heard someone compare liberalism to radical Islam and Islamic terrorists/suicide bombers.  The comparison apparently was that they both like to destroy things by blowing them up so that they can then take over.  I wouldn’t go quite that far but I would say that liberalism isn’t merely about ideology; rather, it’s a means to an end.

In order to properly understand liberalism, one really shouldn’t consider it to be anything like a religion, even if the liberals due tend to be rather fanatical in their beliefs.  Liberals intentionally promote agendas that are like motherhood and apple pie; that is, who could say no to them.  Theoretically then if it were possible, the state could provide for all of man’s needs.  The problem is that man would no longer be the engine driving the world and the center of creation – the state would.

To liberals, this would be nirvana, though.  Man subjugated to nature – and the state.  As for God, he would no longer exist – like so many other truths  relegated to the dustbin of mythology.  With respect to freedom and individual rights, they would essentially disappear; only the state, and corporations, would have rights.  The Constitution would no longer be necessary either since it promulgates that man’s unalienable rights flow directly from God.  Without God as the source of moral authority, the state(read, the liberals) would, in effect, become God.  People like Bill Gates and Bill Maher would be absolutely ecstatic.  They, and the rest of their intellectual, progressive buddies, could then proclaim the new Ten Commandments of the Georgia Guidestones to the rest of the world.

So the next time that you hear someone suggesting that the government solve all of our social ills, be wary.  Free handouts don’t grow on trees and they don’t really come from the government either since “we the people” produce the nation’s wealth.  First, read the fine print as there are usually conditions attached – conditions such as you have to give up your personal freedoms.  Why isn’t there a Patrick Henry around when you need one?

Your New Prison

11/07/2012

Well, it’s official.  The inmates are in charge of the prison.  The results of the election prove just one thing – that the have-nots now run the country.  As a result, we’re going to follow Europe down the path to socialism and eventual self-destruction.

Now by socialism, I mean a form of government where the government provides for all the needs of its citizenry.  I’m talking about the few supporting the many; the productive supporting the unproductive; and the workers supporting those who don’t work.  The net effect of this will inevitably be a redistribution of the wealth. This may come as a shock to you but most of the burden will have to fall on the middle class since they earn the lion’s share of personal income in this country.

So look at Europe and you’ll see where we will be in the near future – even higher unemployment; rioting in the streets and a middle class that has all but disappeared.  Strangely enough, socialism there has brought on some of the very things that it was meant to cure, turning them into a floundering welfare state in the process.  They started by expanding the role, and cost, of government in order to provide for their new welfare state.  This eventually led to inefficiencies in their economy which in turn undercut their ability to produce and compete in the world marketplace.  This, in turn, led to higher unemployment and finally to rioting in the streets by the unemployed.

The result of socialism is always a large, bureaucratic and corrupt government.  That sucking sound which accompanies socialism is the energy, vitality and wealth of a country going down the drain.  It’s also accompanied by a reduction in personal freedom.  After all if the government is going to meet all of your needs, they are also going to tell you how to live your life.  However, the really scary part is that socialism will usually lead, at some point, to either communism or fascism.

So the election last night was a victory for all those that have their hands out for the government to support them.  In these tough economic times, their ranks have swelled and as a group they voted overwhelmingly for a continuation of the hand-outs.  What else would you expect anyway?  The demographics in this country have changed dramatically.  By that, I mean that the rich are getting richer and the rest of us are getting poorer, with the inevitable outcome that the people in the middle will get squeezed from both sides.  With the have-nots in control of the voting booth, things can only get uglier from here on out.  I hope that you enjoy your new prison.

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end

of the Republic”.     – Benjamin Franklin

We’re Broke Folks

10/23/2012

Hate to be the one that breaks it to you, but…. WE’RE BROKE.  By we, I mean the government of course.  Now you may be wondering how that’s possible or why you haven’t heard about it.  Those are fair questions that deserve a decent answer.

So how bad is it you might ask.  Well, the value of the U.S. dollar is now worth about 3% of what it was worth in 1900.  As a result, a loaf of bread that cost $.05 in 1900 now costs $2.75.  That’s inflation for you.  You see, inflation is primarily the result of the Federal Reserve printing too much money; in other words, too many dollars chasing a finite amount of goods for sale.  Milton Friedman, who won a Nobel Prize for economics, must be rolling over in his grave.  In addition, the government spending has ballooned totally out of control over the last 8 years or so.  If it were you or me of course, they would have cut off our credit cards long ago.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, the really bad news is that the light at the end of a tunnel is an oncoming runaway train loaded with increases in entitlement programs (primarily Obamacare and social security) as the demographics in this country change dramatically with the retirement of the Baby Boomers.

The reason that you haven’t heard about this issue during the presidential campaign is that  neither candidate wants to talk about it – since there is little to nothing that they can do about it that won’t totally piss off the voters.  Mitt Romney gave lip-service to government spending in his economic plan, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to what it will really take and as for President Obama, well he seems to be proposing four more years of Hope and Change.

As things stand right now :

You can say good-bye to the American Dream.

You can say goodbye to America being a world leader.

You can say goodbye to your standard of living.

You might even have to say goodbye to your very way of life.

So the country is swimming in debt (the real deficit is closer to $200 trillion) and the two candidates have totally side-stepped, or are ignorant of, the issue.  Former Senator Everett Dirksen should have been around to see this.  He would have been right in his element.  However because of the escalation in government spending, he would have had to adjust his famous quote to something like the following: “A trillion here and a trillion there and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.”  Yes, and pretty soon you’re broke too.

So the debates are over and the presidential campaign is winding down.  Yet, I haven’t heard either of the candidates, never mind the totally biased political pundits, talk about the only issue that really matters; namely, the economy.  Okay, I was just joking about that, sort of.  Here’s why.

From my perspective, neither of the candidates has a meaningful plan to turn the country around, let alone return it to greatness.  Heck, Obama seemingly doesn’t have any plan at all.  The elephant in the room that everyone is ignoring is the federal deficit which may be as high as $200 trillion (as opposed to the published figure of $16 trillion), which means that you could conceivably shut down the entire federal government and the country could go still go further into the hole.  Of course, these numbers don’t even count the black budget which absolutely no one ever talks about.

The reason is that the government lies about most things pertaining to the economy.  By that, I mean they lie about little things and they lie about big things; certainly important things like the rate of inflation and the unemployment rate.  For example, if the inflation rate is kept artificially low then workers’ salaries, most of which are driven either directly or indirectly by the Consumer Price Index, have less value relative to the cost of products that they buy (food, gas, housing etc).  This is one of the reasons why the savings rate has plummeted over the last 30 years.

David Walker, a highly-respected and former U.S. Comptroller General, has launched the Comeback America Initiative to discuss the looming crisis in government spending which he says is a bigger threat to the country than terrorism.  In fact, he has labeled it a threat to the very survival of the republic. Yet, go on the six-o-clock news and see if anyone is talking about it.  Alternatively, attend a local town hall meeting and see if anyone is even remotely aware of the issue.  One must also question why Mitt Romney is not making a big deal out of this either, as this has the potential to swing the election to him.  I’ll leave that to you to ponder.

The bottom line is that the government wants to hide how bad things really are.  Sure, Obama is politically motivated to suppress the truth – he has an election to win.  However, this problem has been around for a while.  President Clinton left office with a surplus so just how could things have gotten so bad so fast?

So there you have it – political intrigue, government bailouts to corrupt financial institutions, including foreign banks, and a cast of characters worthy of an Agatha Christie novel.  It’s a $200 trillion secret that they don’t want you to know about… but, of course, now you know.