Before and After Welfare Handouts

What we have in our nation is not material poverty but dependency and poverty of the spirit, with people making unwise choices and leading pathological lives, aided and abetted by the welfare state.

 

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsIf you want to see what dependency will do to a once proud man, visit your local Reservation. — jtl, 419

 

By Walter E. Williams via LewRockwell.com

 

Combat Shooter's Handbook  Before the massive growth of our welfare state, private charity was the sole option for an individual or family facing insurmountable financial difficulties or other challenges. How do we know that? There is no history of Americans dying on the streets because they could not find food or basic medical assistance. Respecting the biblical commandment to honor thy father and mother, children took care of their elderly or infirm parents. Family members and the local church also helped those who had fallen on hard times.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteDuring the late 19th and early 20th centuries, charities started playing a major role. In 1887, religious leaders founded the Charity Organization Society, which became the first United Way organization. In 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America started helping at-risk youths reach their full potential. In 1913, the American Cancer Society, dedicated to curing and eliminating cancer, was formed. With their millions of dollars, industrial giants such as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller created our nation’s first philanthropic organizations.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) Generosity has always been a part of the American genome. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French civil servant, made a nine-month visit to our country in 1831 and 1832, ostensibly to study our prisons. Instead, his visit resulted in his writing “,” one of the most influential books about our nation. Tocqueville didn’t use the term “philanthropy,” but he wrote extensively about how Americans love to form all kinds of nongovernmental associations to help one another. These associations include The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)  professional, social, civic and other volunteer organizations seeking to serve the public good and improve the quality of human lives. The bottom line is that we Americans are the most generous people in the world, according to the new Almanac of American Philanthropy — something we should be proud of. Alexis de Tocqueville Best Price: $4.00 Buy New $13.95 (as of 04:50 EDT – Details)

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Before the welfare state, charity embodied both a sense of gratitude on the behalf of the recipient and magnanimity on the behalves of donors. There was a sense of civility by the recipients. They did not feel that they were owed, were entitled to or had a right to the largesse of the donor. Recipients probably felt that if they weren’t civil and didn’t express their gratitude, more assistance wouldn’t be forthcoming. In other words, they were reluctant to bite the hand that helped them. With churches and other private agencies helping, people were much likelier to help themselves and less likely to engage in self-destructive behavior. Part of the message of charitable groups was: “We’ll help you if you help yourself.”

Enter the federal government. Civility and gratitude toward one’s benefactors are no longer required in the welfare state. In fact, one can be arrogant and hostile toward the “donors” (taxpayers), as well as the civil servants who dish out the benefits. The handouts that recipients get are no longer called charity; they’re called entitlements — as if what is received were earned.

There is virtually no material poverty in the U.S. Eighty percent of households the Census Bureau labels as poor have air conditioning; nearly three-quarters have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more. A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewTwo-thirds have cable or satellite TV. Half have at least one computer. Forty-two percent own their homes (http://tinyurl.com/448flj8). What we have in our nation is not material poverty but dependency and poverty of the spirit, with people making unwise choices and leading pathological lives, aided and abetted by the welfare state. Part of this pathological lifestyle is reflected in family structure. According to the 1938 Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences, that year 11 percent of black children and 3 percent of white children were born to unwed mothers. Today it’s respectively 75 percent and 30 percent.

There are very little guts in the political arena to address the downside of the welfare state. To do so risks a politician’s being labeled as racist, sexist, uncaring and insensitive. That means today’s dependency is likely to become permanent.

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So What Does Civil War Look Like in America In the 21st Century? (With Part 2)

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So What Does Civil War Look Like in America In the 21st Century?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Combat Shooter's Handbook Actually, civil war in this country has a lot of manifestations, some of which we are seeing right now.

Some say it will be a struggle between “progressives” (those on the Left and their Deep State financiers), some currently in government and the folks we refer to as patriots, of which there are many stripes, (many of which, unfortunately, refuse to get along  with one another). There are more patriots than progressives, but many patriots have yet to come to grips with the fact that, in several forms, the civil war has already begun. By the time some of the patriots decide to pick up their guns and fight, the real struggle may well be beyond them and their ability to make a difference. Unfortunately, they…

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Move the BLM to Utah, where it manages 43 percent of the state

Commentary from Frank DuBois of THE WESTERNER. My best guess is no, BLM will not be moving to Utah. Zinke is adamantly opposed to transferring federal lands to the states and Utah is the leader of that movement, so I don’t believe Zinke will reward them with the BLM headquarters.

I figure he will go with a less controversial, “greener” location like Colorado. Could be wrong, and either way, it will be interesting to watch.

And as I’ve said before, they would accomplish more by amending the laws BLM administers instead of wasting their time and energy on a reorganization. This will be a symbolic gesture at best, and will not bring the change on the range that is needed.

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Almost two-thirds of Utah is federally managed public land, and of that, the BLM administers more than 22 million acres, or 43 percent of the state. With so much BLM land in Utah, it makes sense for the agency’s headquarters to relocate here, taking them to the heart of what they manage.
Commentary from Frank DuBois of THE WESTERNER. My best guess is no, BLM will not be moving to Utah. Zinke is adamantly opposed to transferring federal lands to the states and Utah is the leader of that movement, so I don’t believe Zinke will reward them with the BLM headquarters.
I figure he will go with a less controversial, “greener” location like Colorado. Could be wrong, and either way, it will be interesting to watch.
And as I’ve said before, they would accomplish more by amending the laws BLM administers instead of wasting their time and energy…

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The Most Sordid Profession

The militarily is America’s worst enemy. It does enormous damage to the United States while providing almost no benefit.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsMy Marine Corps career spanned some 35 years (with a lot of reserve and broken time) and included 2 wars–Vietnam and Desert Storm.

I’m a slow learner. It took me some 45 years to come to the realization that NOTHING I had ever done for the Marine Corps ever had ANYTHING to do with “freedom in America” or “protecting the constitution” or any other of that flag waving horse shit.

Combat Shooter's Handbook EVERYTHING I ever did for the Marine Corps had EVERYTHING to do with the aggrandizement of the state and the enrichment of the politicos and their cronies in the military-industrial-congrssional-educational-and law enforcement Cartel.

In short, I was a dupe.

by Fred Reed via Fred on Everything

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteA few thoughts on our disastrous  trillion-dollar military:

It is unnecessary. It does not defend the United States. The last time it did so was in 1945.  The United States has no military enemies. No nation has anything even close to the forces necessary to invade America, and probably none the desire. A fifth of the budget would suffice for any real needs.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View“Our boys” are not noble warriors protecting democracy, rescuing maidens, and righting wrongs. They are, like all soldiers, obedient and amoral killers. Pilots bombing Iraq or Syria know they are killing civilians. They do not care. If ordered to bomb Switzerland, they would do it. This is the nature of all armies. Glamorizing this most reprehensible trades is just a means of usefully stimulating the pack instinct which we often call patriotism.

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual The costs in lives and money do not include the staggering cost of weapons that do nothing for America or Americans. Do you, the reader, believe that you are safer because of the F-35? Do a dozen aircraft carriers improve the lives of your children? Will the B-21, an unbelievably expensive new thermonuclear bomber, make your streets safer? Then add the bleeding of engineering talent better spent on advancing America’s economic competitiveness.  The country has many crying needs, falls behind China, but money and talent go to the military.

We can not escape from the soldiers. The armed forces have embedded themselves so deeply into the country that they have almost become the country. America is little more than a funding mechanism for what clumsily may be called the military-industrial-intelligence-media-Israeli complex. Some of these entities belong to the military (NSA). Some depend on it (Lockheed-Martin). Some use it to their own ends (Israel),  but the military is the central infection from which the other symptoms flow.  Congress? A storefront, a subcommittee of the Knesset or, as P. J. O’Rourke put it, a parliament of whores. Factories, jobs, contracts, towns depend on military spending. If the Second Marine Division folded, Jacksonville NC would dry up and blow away. So would dozens of other towns. Without military spending, California’s economy would crash. Universities depend on military research funding.

The military has achieved its current autonomy by degrees, unnoticed. The Pentagon learned much in Vietnam, not about fighting wars, which it still cannot do well, but about managing its real enemy, the public. The media, which savaged the war on Vietnam, are now firmly controlled by the corporations that own them.  Thus we do not see photos of the horrors committed by American aircraft bombing cities. While the existence of phenomenally expensive weapons like the B-21 is not quite suppressed, coverage is so slight that most Americans have never heard of it. This the Complex learned from the F-35  debacle. And of course Congress thoroughly bought and wanting jobs in its districts, allows no serious opposition to anything military. Neither Congress nor the media point out the extent to which military expenditure dominates the economy, draining resources from civilian needs. Fred Reed Check Amazon for Pricing.

Why does the military not win wars? In part because winning is not in the interest of the Pentagon and those who feed on it. Wars generate profitable contracts for all manner of supplies and equipment. Either winning or losing ends the gravy train. For example, the war on Afghanistan of almost two decades has become an entitlement program for the arms industry, accomplishing nothing, killing countless peasants, and lacking purpose other than maintaining an unneeded empire and funneling money to the Complex.

How did the Complex free itself from civilian control? The crucial step in depriving the public of influence was the neutering of the constitutional requirement that wars be declared by Congress. The military thus became the private army of the President and those who control him. Then came the All Volunteer Army, which ended inconvenience to or mutilation of the children of people of importance, leaving the body bags to be filled by deplorables from Memphis or Appalachia or Mexico. America’s wars then became air wars and finally drone wars, reducing casualties to very few. The public, both ignorant and uninvolved, became acquiescent.

As I write, we wait to see whether Trump, and those behind him, will put America deeper into the Mid-East and perhaps war with Russia. If he does, we will read about it the next day in the newspapers. It will be expensive, dangerous, and of no benefit to anyone but the arms industry and Israel.

Despite the asphyxiating economic presence, the military keeps aloof from America. This too serves the purposes of the Complex, further preventing attention by the public to what is not its business. In the days of conscription there was a familiarity with the armed services. Young men from most social classes wore the uniform however ruefully and told of their experiences. Not now. The career military have always tended to keep to themselves, to socialize with each other as the police do. Now the isolation is almost hermetic. You can spend years in Washington or New York and never meet a colonel. Military society with its authoritarianism, its uniforms and its uniform government-issue outlook is not compatible with civil society. To the cultivated, military officers seem simple-minded, conformist and…well, weird. Fred Reed Check Amazon for Pricing.

Add it all up and you see that the citizenry has no say–none–over the Complex, which is autonomous and out of control.  If the Complex wants war with Russia or China, we will have-war with Russia or China. Ask people whether they would prefer a naval base in Qatar–which most have never heard of, either the base or the country–or decent health care. Then ask them which they have.

The military destroys America and there is nothing–nothing at all that you can do about it.

Further, the Complex drives foreign policy, and in directions of no benefit to America or Americans. For example, the contrived fury against Russia. Why this?  Russia presents no danger to America or anyone else. The Complex makes foreign policy for its own ends, not ours.

A  rising Asia is challenging the America military Empire. The tide runs against the Complex. North Korea faced Washington down and became a nuclear power. The Crimea went back irrevocably to Russia. East Ukraine does the same. Iran got its treaty and becomes part of the world order. In the South China Sea, China ignores the US, which once was supreme in all the seas. The war against Afghanistan heads for its third decade and the war on Syria seems to have failed. Other things go badly for the Empire. The dollar is under siege as a reserve currency. China grows economically, advances rapidly in technology and, doubtless terrifying to Washington, tries to integrate Asia and Europe into a vast economic bloc. The Complex beats the war drums as its fingers loosen on the world’s collective throat.

Washington desperately needs to stop the rollback of American power, stop the erosion of the dollar, block the economic integration of Eurasia and Latin America, keep Russia from trading amicably with Europe.   It will do anything to maintain its grip. All of its remote wars in far-off savage lands, of no importance to America or Americans, are to this purpose. A militarized America threatens Russia, threatens China, threatens Iran, threatens North Korea, threatens Venezuela, expands NATO, on and on.

America has been hijacked.

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BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

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Meteorologist allegedly assaulted by NWS Director Uccellini

Under The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, Luis Uccellini initiated aggression (assault) against the veteran meteorologist who would have been justified in promptly, then and there, administering an old fashioned West Texas ass whoopin’. — jtl, 419

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…the veteran meteorologist backed up the assertion with details.  “Right at the bathroom break, the Director of NWS, Louis Uccellini, put a hand on my chest and pushed me up against the wall and said ‘Don’t ever mention the word cooling again.’ He did not mean it in a ‘joking’ way, he absolutely violated my personal space and was dead serious.

Under The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, Luis Uccellini initiated aggression (assault) against the veteran meteorologist who would have been justified in promptly, then and there, administering an old fashioned West Texas ass whoopin’. — jtl, 419

Did National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini push and threaten a 40 year veteran meteorologist? Data manipulation and a culture of fear.

by Adam Houser, via CFACT

A Handbook for Ranch Managers  A veteran Ph.D. meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) was physically assaulted by NWS Director Louis Uccellini for mentioning “cooling” during a talk…

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The Incredibly High Cost Of Hidden Taxes

People can’t keep track. For my latest YouTube video, Tate asked people, “What’s your tax rate?” Tourists in Times Square said that they thought they paid about 20%. But they left off the hotel taxes, airline taxes, etc., that push Americans’ total tax load to almost 50%.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsQuestion: What is the difference in a country where half the people are slaves and a country where all of the people are half-slaves?

If you are happy, rattle your chains. — jtl, 419

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Combat Shooter's Handbook  The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. “That’s the one that really made me mad.”

Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like “utility tax” and “government access fee.” That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a new book, “How Do I Tax Thee? A Field Guide to the Great American Rip-Off.”

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteRip-off? Even limited government needs some taxes to fund basic functions.”Yes,” says Tate. “But politicians are cowards. Instead of creating a tax, they magically create these little fees (so) they don’t have to tell their voters they raised taxes.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewVoters don’t often notice the sneaky taxes.

Yesterday was “Tax Day.” It was April 17 this year because April 15 fell on Sunday and Monday was Emancipation Day. But by calling April 17 “Tax Day,” the media miss the big picture. Income taxes make up less than half the tax most of us pay.

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People can’t keep track. For my latest YouTube video, Tate asked people, “What’s your tax rate?” Tourists in Times Square said that they thought they paid about 20%. But they left off the hotel taxes, airline taxes, etc., that push Americans’ total tax load to almost 50%.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual When you pay those hidden taxes, you may assume they go toward useful things, but Tate knows her taxes pay for government waste.

“Extreme inefficiencies, pensions that are to die for — these amazing salaries that these public workers get that are just laughably above market.” New York City’s average subway worker makes $155,000 a year.

Politicians suggest their extra taxes go, not to fund those big salaries and “pensions to-die-for,” but to pay for the specific services for which the taxes are named. Tate says that’s rarely true.

“Cable bills and cellphone bills both have an ‘Enhanced 911 Fee.’ Consumers were told 911 fees were necessary to make upgrades to emergency communication needs. (But) after it was updated, instead of taking away the tax, it just stayed there.”

Chicago doubled cellphone fees to fund its Olympics bid. The Olympics rejected Chicago — but the tax remained. Now Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to raise it again.

More. They always want more.

“New York City has an eight-cent ‘bagel-cutting tax,'” says Tate. For some reason, unsliced bagels are not taxed.

California has a 33% tax on fruit bought through a vending machine.

Maine imposes a one-and-a-half-cent per pound tax on blueberries shipped out of state.

Because these taxes sound petty, governments disguise them, says Tate, using “important-sounding language — like ‘documentation fee,’ ‘service charge,’ or ‘equalization fee.'” But most of the money raised just goes to the general budget.

“Wisconsin just renamed its 911 fee the ‘Police and Fire Protection Fee,'” says Tate. “But actually, none of that money directly goes to fire or police protection. Instead it goes straight into the state’s general fund.”

And they still can’t fund the pensions the politicians promised government workers.

Tate adopted two dogs and then learned that New York City imposes a $34 per year “pet licensing fee.”

“I won’t pay it,” says Tate. “I am technically breaking the law.”

She’s braver than I am. I try to follow government’s stupid rules. And if I broke them, I wouldn’t announce it. I figure the IRS is eager to punish government critics like me.

“I’m totally comfortable talking about that,” said Tate. “They can come track me down.”

They may. Governments go to great lengths to collect taxes.

“Seattle purchased lists of people buying pet food and mailed them threatening letters,” says Tate. “The county’s pet-licensing agency made more than $80,000.”

Governments should drop the pretense and just charge one huge “everything tax.”

Of course, then taxpayers might wake up and realize what’s been done to us. That’s one thing politicians don’t want.

Stossel is author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed.”

 

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The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsThe Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits. Although woven around the experiences and adventures of one man, this is also the story of the people who lived during the period of time in American history that an entire generation was betrayed It is the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place. It is the story of the betrayal of an entire generation of Americans and particularly the 40% (of the military aged males) of that generation that fought the Vietnam war.

 

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Socialism Comes at the Cost of Individual Freedom

…the UK has guaranteed universal healthcare… but how did that go for Alfie Evans? … Is this what healthcare as a “right” looks like? Right to ACCESS would not have prohibited that boy from getting the care he was offered in Italy. Right to care provided at the discretion of the state, clearly did.

 

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsIf there is such a thing as a frying pan hell, the judge that gave little Alfie the death penalty has a front row seat reserved. — jtl, 419

 

 

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Socialism is the racket that over promises and under delivers, but when it inevitably fails to keep its promises, it comes at the cost of individual freedom.

By: Bobby Casey, Managing Director GWPSocialism cost is freedom

Capitalists are often admonished for being heartless and uncaring because they flatly reject socialist solutions to economic and social problems. It’s not that we disagree on the identity of the problem. In fact, we are often in agreement.Capitalists don’t thrive on ignorance, violence and poverty. It’s the epitome of laziness to presume that if there is disagreement on the solution then someone simply doesn’t care.

Combat Shooter's HandbookI believe socialists do care, but their solutions are proven, time and again to fail. Republican or Democrat, the mere idea that bad things can be prevented through codification is either hubris gone amok or economic ignorance. It’s no wonder libertarians liken statism to a religion. Statists truly do believe that if government writes it into law that is tantamount to God speaking it into the universe.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewLook at prohibition. Thou shalt not drink alcohol! Thou shalt not smoke the devil’s lettuce! Thou shalt not possess certain firearms! More people die from these policies and their subsequent moral hazards than were intended to be saved. Yet statists insist we are better off with these laws than without.

 A Handbook for Ranch Managers  Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualOnly last week we showed what licensure laws do to the least among us trying to get ahead. Thou shalt seek the permission of thine Government to engage in commerce!

All in the name of safety, law, and order. Freedom is the price we pay for a civilized society, I guess.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) Remember Franklin Roosevelt’s “Second Bill of Rights”? The one that Bernie Sanders is trying to exhume from the grave and resurrect?

Every American Has the Right to:

  1. An Adequate Wage and Decent Living
  2. A Decent Home
  3. Medical Care
  4. Economic Protection During Sickness, Accident, Old Age, or Unemployment
  5. A Good Education

These read more like ambitions than rights. It’s perfectly logical for everyone to want this for themselves and for others. But by virtue of existing, they are not entitled to them. Every individual has the right to legitimately access these things. Whosoever prevents them from doing so, would then be the criminal.

For example, the UK has guaranteed universal healthcare offered through its National Health Service (NHS), but how did that go for Alfie Evans? If healthcare is a right, then why deny him access to FREE care in Italy? Is this what healthcare as a “right” looks like? Right to ACCESS would not have prohibited that boy from getting the care he was offered in Italy. Right to care provided at the discretion of the state, clearly did.

Everyone laughed when Sarah Palin addressed the issue of “death panels” in socialized care, and yet here we have a case of rationed care determined by courts and enforced by state police.

Who is the arbiter of what is “adequate”, “decent”, or “good”? That’s like “Hope and Change” or “Make America Great Again”. Is there a consensus as to what any of that really amounts to? And to what standard any of this is held?

Was what Alfie Evans got considered “adequate”, “decent”, or “good”? The UK NHS model is trotted out as the paragon for compassionate socialized medicine. Except if it deems your case doesn’t qualify.

The reality is that the NHS is insolvent. So much so that it was hiding its cuts and austerity measures from the public. And to criticize it is tantamount to spitting on the flag in the US. Are people only looking for the illusion of care? Or are they looking for actual care? People aren’t getting the care they need from the NHS. They are simply admitted into hospital. That might be the only difference between there and the US: you might not get admitted in a US hospital. But the outcome might very well be the same in the end!

Venezuela has all of FDR’s enumerated rights in its constitution, but how well are they doing right now? If you read just Title 3 and its six chapters, it’s the transcripts of FDR’s dream. But look at the ACTUAL conditions in Venezuela now. Several presidents in succession… all of whom professed these ideals… none of whom managed to carry it out with any amount of success.

I can hear the cries now: “That’s not real socialism!”

Socialism Lite is far more disastrous than Capitalism Lite, though. You give the market just an inch of rope and people see the benefits. Were it not for the black market in Venezuela, in fact, you would see far MORE starvation and desperation.

The truth is, the US has thrown good money after bad in the TRILLIONS trying to get there from here, and has failed miserably. Bernie Sanders isn’t the only one. Andrew Yang is planning a 2020 run for the US presidency on the promise of a guaranteed $1,000 per month income for all Americans.

He sees technology is the real job robber. What’s odd is that there is more technology NOW than there was during the Great Depression. There are demonstrably more people now (323.1 million) than there were during the Great Depression (122.8 million), but the US unemployment rate is considerably LOWER now (4.1%) than it was during the Great Depression (25%). How does that prove that technology took the jobs?

(Frederic Bastiat had a few choice words to defend occupations supplanted by innovation in his open letter to the French Parliament on behalf of the candlestick makers.)

If anything, technology created jobs. New jobs that never existed before. If technology was a straight replacement of manpower, then the expectations would be the same, only we’d be getting things from a machine rather than a person. But that’s not what happened. When technology demonstrated that work could get done faster, demand went UP with expectations for faster turn arounds likewise going UP.

Yang’s solution is funded by a “simple value added tax” or VAT. Simple? There’s another word that doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. California bumped up the fuel tax back in November of 2017. I wonder if any of the brain trust in Sacramento realized they were essentially funding infrastructure on the backs of the working class? A simple fuel tax hike!

National average per gallon cost of gasoline in the US is $2.55. California is nearly a dollar higher than the national average coming in at $3.51. Arizona is coming in at nearly $0.31 lower than the national average at $2.24.

Arizona has a pretty bad poverty rate, but when adjusted for cost of living, California is the title holder for the highest poverty rate in the union.

If California is supposed to be the more compassionate state, why does it build itself at the cost of the very class of people it purports to defend? Sales and fuel taxes are cost of living taxes that make life LESS affordable for people. This came on the heels of their governor blowing billions on a rail system that might never be completed in your grandchildren’s lifetimes!

Yang plans to give everyone $1,000 per month and that will be funded through a sales tax. But why not just let people keep their money then? Why charge them at the point of sale only to redistribute it back to them? Why do people pay federal income taxes only to have it redistributed back to the states? Why not just let people keep that money if it’s going back to a local cause?

It’s not that capitalism lacks compassion. It’s that there is no collective presumption on what constitutes “adequate”, “decent”, or “good”. Socialism doesn’t lack compassion. It just lacks economic sense. You can’t simply write a check and make bad things go bye-bye. Nor is there a cookie-cutter solution to large issues such as poverty, ignorance, or violence. Their causes are often economically linked, and the free market stands a better chance at solving those things than some silver-bullet socialist policy.

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U.S. Citizens Fund UN Arms Trade Treaty Which Impacts U.S. Gun Ownership

A cautionary word to Millennials…If you haven’t studied history, nor taken the time to read the factual aspects of what happened to other countries where communism/socialism was forced upon them, you are in the dark ages and in for a huge plus very rude awakening from which you will not be able to extract yourselves and your lives.

Just another way to come through back door and hoping nobody notices. What was it that was said about “eternal vigilance?”

I’m reminded of what I was once told by a wise old man from Colorado. He said, “Son, you will spend the first half your life trying to make it. Then you’ll spend the last half of your life trying to keep the bastards from stealing it from you. — jtl, 419

 

By Catherine J. Frompovich  via Activist Post 

Recently, I received an email from U.S. Senator Rand Paul regarding an issue which may upset, or be near and dear to, the hearts of many Americans; it stated the USA taxpayer is the second largest DIRECT financial funder of the U.N.’s global gun ban!  Did you know that?  Of course, most people probably don’t, and such information is one of the reasons I’ve been saying for umpteen years, “Get the USA out of the UN; get the UN out of the USA.”

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Ever since I can remember having gained some “political senses or savvy many years ago,” I truly feel the UN is a one world government oligarchy [noun: oligarchy; a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution. Ref: Online Dictionary] – in this case, the entire world population – whose agenda is total global control over every aspect of every person’s and humankind’s overall life, living, sovereignty, freedoms and technology advances to promote what has been revealed as the UN’s overarching agenda, i.e., Agenda 21 [1] and Agenda 2030 [2] with total subservience from every nation state and its population!

The above ‘”absolutism” is anathema to the laws of Nature and Nature’s Creator!

Adolph Hitler was striving for that control and his grand scheme literally was shot down (World War II). But somehow it has resurfaced as the ultimate way to go in making humankind subservient to technology and a one-world oligarchy that, in my opinion, encompasses much of what communism—sometimes referred to as “socialism” and the perceived new direction the USA is taking—entails with new attractions, i.e., technology, but without the recognizable trappings displayed by the men and despots who forced it upon their countries, i.e., Russia (1917, then its subsequent Soviet Union devouring Eastern European and other countries to form the USSR; Mao Zedong in China (1949); Fidel Castro in Cuba (1959); North Korea’s Kim family (1948); Laos (1975); and the Hugo Chavez brand of communism he preferred to label “socialism” (c. 1997).

Wikipedia lists the former communist states here.

Researcher and activist Deborah Tavares of Stop the Crime.net discusses both UN Agenda 21 and 2030, plus other aspects, in this interview site.

So why the apparent ‘lecture’ about communism, i.e., socialism?

The reason is because socialism is the system where Big Brother Government takes care of humans’ needs in exchange for total control over humans’ lives, now to include their brains and minds with Artificial Intelligence and other mind control techniques like Voice of God microwave technology.

Socialism, i.e., communism, is defined by one online dictionary as “leftism,” “welfarism,” and in Marxist theory, a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism.”

The Huffington Post published the article “This Is Why Millennials Favor Socialism” in which this statement appears:

Socialism or communism are viewed by Millennials as an alternative to the disasters capitalism has created.

A cautionary word to Millennials

If you haven’t studied history, nor taken the time to read the factual aspects of what happened to other countries where communism/socialism was forced upon them, you are in the dark ages and in for a huge plus very rude awakening from which you will not be able to extract yourselves and your lives.

All your technological devices probably will be taken from you as they will have served their purpose of reprogramming your thinking into the One World Agenda regime from psychopathic controllers who want to maintain the world population at one-half-billion into perpetuity [3]—how many of you will have to be “offed”?

Furthermore, you probably will be mandated to live in 200 square foot room “smart city” apartments, which are being built in countries like China, and all the freedoms you seemingly enjoy will vanish leaving you totally helpless, poor babies.

Here’s where Senator Rand Paul’s email comes in.

Dr. Paul says, “If fully implemented in the United States, our Second Amendment would be put on life support, and it would take years to undo the damage.”  He’s referring to the inability of U.S. citizens’ having the right to defend themselves, which I think many people have a misunderstanding about.

First and foremost, I AM ANTI-VIOLENCE IN ANY FORM, including corporate abuses!

For starters, guns don’t shoot by themselves very often, if at all! 

People shoot guns and U.S. people have been programmed to accept violence using weapons like guns, knives and other killing ‘tools’ from the form of entertainment a few generations have grown up watching, enjoying, believing and apparently duplicating: destroy others without any empathy for what one is doing! 

So now everyone wants to ban guns, but don’t realize that eviscerating the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution means that all those other incredible amendments to the U.S. Constitution then can become targets for rescinding under socialism!  Ever think of that?  And that’s why I oppose doing away with gun rights.

Below is a petition by the National Association for Gun Rights, which Senator Paul forwarded in his email.  If you are interested in knowing more about it, click on the link below.  You still have that right to make a choice, as the USA for all intents and purposes is a democratic constitutional republic.  The fact that we vote, makes the form of government a ‘theoretical’ democracy, which is being ripped out from under us, and few recognize that sad fact.

National Association for Gun Rights Petition
“Defund the U.N. Gun Ban”

Let’s ban cars, vans and pickup-trucks

Now, here is another issue for Millennials and others to factor into their thinking:  If guns are to be banned or restricted in some manner, shouldn’t automobiles, vans and pick-up trucks also be banned?  Horrors, I hear being gasped; what is she thinking?

Well, those beloved four-wheeled toys are being used as tools of mass destruction by crazies and terrorists, who run down pedestrians and city dwellers in outdoor cafés in Europe and the USA.  Just read the daily news!  So, let’s keep the same criteria in place for vehicles as those who want guns banned:

Both guns and vehicles do NOT shoot nor drive themselves, yet!  They must be activated by humans who apparently reflect a default in societal ethics due to long-established acculturation of violence as entertainment.

Until society in general understands that we need to get back to the basics of empathy, compassion and understanding, and that we are being manipulated to accommodate an ultimate goal of takeover by apparently paranoid control freaks at a global level, all this kind of social paranoia and terror will continue as part of an ‘agenda’.

If we want society to change for the better, it starts with you!

References:

[1] https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/Agenda21.pdf
[2] https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/21252030%20Agenda%20for%20Sustainable%20Development%20web.pdf
[3] http://www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

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The “Spontaneous” Anti-Gun Movement

Anyone who has followed the outbreak of “spontaneous” popular movements in the past four decades and done a little homework has to realize that such popular movements, all lack one basic ingredient–spontaneity. They didn’t just “happen” they were organized and planned and lots of people were used to set them  in motion all at once.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsFlashback: I was in Vietnam during the Kent State thing. To this day I can vividly recall when and how I heard about it. I was descending the steps down into the  Hq Co  Bunker. A couple of guys were pouring over a newspaper from home (a week was the standard turn around time for mail so the paper was a week old).

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteThey told me what had happened. My response: “F*****g National Guard! What a bunch of p*** poor marksmen. Man, if we hada been there we coulda wasted all them M****r F*****s.”

My wife summed it all up for me 40 years later when she told me, “You guys were killing the wrong bunch of communists.” And she was right.

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Combat Shooter's HandbookAnyone who has followed the outbreak of “spontaneous” popular movements in the past four decades and done a little homework has to realize that such popular movements, all lack one basic ingredient–spontaneity. They didn’t just “happen” they were organized and planned and lots of people were used to set them  in motion all at once.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewI recall the Kent State riots in 1970. At that particular point in time I was close to two college campuses, one of which I worked at. As the students poured out of both campuses to riot and cause mayhem in the streets, I remember, being there to see some of what went on, that this looked like the most well-orchestrated riot I had ever witnessed. Spontaneous it was not. Those students had been prepped for this, in  some cases by the professors, most of which leaned solidly to the Left. I actually saw one professor with a group of students, lecturing them about how to act and react once they hit the streets.

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualAnd now, fast forward to today. We have had a whole series of shootings at schools, all in “gun free zones” and the cry for gun control after each one has continued to escalate. This latest one in Parkland, Florida is a classic case in point. Let me say at this point that I consider most of these events to have been false flag events–something done by some group to create a public response so a  planned agenda can then be forced on the American people–a classic “pressure from above and pressure from below” situation, so  that this situation can be used to fuel a strong anti-Second Amendment fever amongst the public.

Arthur Thompson, CEO of the John Birch Society, has made some interesting comments in regard to this latest Florida situation and to such events in general. He said: “Let us use a little logic in this regard. Someone has to decide the who, what, when, where, and why of any event, movement, etc. Someone, or some group, has to put it all together so that seemingly diverse organizations all come together  at the same time, whether physically, such as a demonstration,  or where all are on the same page with their influence or propaganda.” He noted that social media plays a role in this. And then he noted a group of seemingly “diverse”groups that all  came together using the Parkland situation as their catalyst. He noted such groups and individuals as “Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood, the  Women’s March LA, Everytown for Gun
Safety,…and the socialist American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to name a few. (Nearly every head of the AFT has been a leader in the Socialist Party or its successors.) Kind of makes you wonder who’s running the public schools doesn’t it? But then, most of us already know the answer to that one–and it ain’t the parents or the local community!

Mr. Thompson found it difficult (and so do I) to believe that all those companies that had worked with the NRA now suddenly stopped, as though the shooting were, somehow the NRA’s fault. He said: “There had to be an effort to prod dozens of companies to make such a decision literally overnight. Particularly since the NRA had nothing to do with the shooting…” But demonizing the NRA makes all guns look bad to the public and that is a main part of the agenda.

And Mr. Thompson observed, again, quite accurately, that “…the Left exploited the Parkland shooting by blaming the gun and rallied immediately to coordinate a movement that has as its ultimate intent the disarming of every American citizen, starting with a few changes now to be followed up by more and more after each new act of terror.” So we are not nearly done with this Leftist  disarmament agenda. There will be more and you can bet the farm that good ol’ David Hogg(wash) will be out there with his Communist clenched fist salute as he and his Leftist buddies work  for the removal of your Second Amendment rights–and that’s what they are all about–make no mistake! You will recall how one of those Leftist girls at the first anti-gun march on March 14th of this year said in a speech–“You give us an inch and we will take a mile.” She told you right there what it’s really all about–gun confiscation! And those that deny that are, quite  plainly, LIARS!

Keep your eye on your congress critters in this election year because most of them will have their fingers up in the air testing which was the anti-gun sentiment is blowing and unless we keep their feet to the fire, they will slip the traces and sell us out! A word to the wise!

 

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Special Cowboy Moments Ep146: History of Miles City

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