Saturday, February 25, 2012

Is He Nuts?

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, speaking this morning on CNBC:
"That’s the kind of balance you need," said Geithner. "Why is that the case? Because if you don't try to generate more revenues through tax reform, if you don't ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American, then you have to -- the only way to achieve fiscal sustainability is through unacceptably deep cuts in benefits for middle class, seniors, or unacceptably deep cuts in national security."

This guy is in charge of our money and the tax machine.  Slightly larger burden? WTF, we already pay 70%, so how much more do you want?  How about everyone pays and see what happens then. I am so sick of the class warfare and the BS being shoveled by Washington.  If I don't pay even more of my hard earned money then I am a monster and responsible for putting the screws to the middle class, senior, or national security.  How about all the waste and BS that Washington is directly responsible for and how their mismanagement over the years has resulted in this mess.  I don't see a damn word about that any where in there.

The rich should not be expected to pay a dime more than anyone else for the privileged of being an American because in case this jackass doesn't know it is the land of the free and where everyone is created EQUAL.  Charity at the end of a gun is slavery and it has to come to an end.  The party is over, all the money is gone.  You need to start cutting all non-essential services until you balance the budget and have enough to pay off your debt.  This is not rocket science and I am not responsible for the mess and I sure and the hell should not have to pay for even more incompetents to muck it up more.

I want an independent panel to take the federal budget in one hand and the Constitution in the other and assign a level of federal essentially to to every thing in there.  I don't want the dicision based on votes or what is popular or what is "right" or what makes us feel good about ourselves by rather what is required of our federal government.  Once each item has a Constitutional rating then a straight tax is levied to pay for the essential functions.  If the people want any thing else then they can vote for a special everyone pays tax to pay for it.  If you want a huge military then put it to a vote, you want social security then put it to a vote, you want the department of education or energy put it to a vote, but everyone pays for everything.

So if the essential Constitutional services of the federal government equal $600 billion then every one in America pays their equal share of that cost.  Then vote on the other service and show the additional burden as part of the vote.  Social Security triples your tax bill or the department of education add another $1000, then maybe we can turn this ship of state around before it sinks in debt.  The progressive tax system is a scam and needs to die.  A straight tax with a popular vote for additional services seems like a wonderful way to show exactly what we are getting for our money and shows what the people are willing to pay for.

Is this an impossible dream, hell yes but it makes me happy.  Of course it would never work because people would vote for their pet honey pot, but then again if you are paying it does change things.  We now have 50% of Americans not paying, but taking from the government.  I wonder how things would change when everyone pays.  I am not talking about a crazy amount because the Constitutional requirements of the feds are fairly small and with every one over 18 paying the individual share would be small.  It is all the bells and whistles that have added so much to the spending and all that is funded by a small handful and the Chinese.

If you could tell, this one really fired me up.  The fact that a government official could get in front of the cameras and blame the actual tax payers for not paying enough to allow the government to buy off more voters is insane and that guy should be run out of office.  The sad part is that there are few people in Washington that think he is wrong and they are happy he said what they believe.  Any productive person that is making money should give it all to the government, so they can allow others to enjoy being Americans.  This is wrong and not what this country is about.  We are all equal under that law and hard work is rewarded not punished.

Saturday Morning Sermon Genesis 47:13-27

My Dad sends me stuff via email and most stuff of it I read and delete, but I thought this was worth sharing.  Les please read all the way through because it is applicable even if you may not agree with the reference material.

Genesis 47:13-27

I would love to give the pastor of this predominantly black church in Virginia a hug and a high five. This man of God is obviously a leader.  Perhaps we should each decide who our real Leader is...It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000 years.
Good morning, brothers and sisters; it's always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God's Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will, to the 47th chapter of Genesis; we'll begin our reading at verse 13 and go through verse 27.

Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us?

Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray. So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt , and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them.  And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again.

So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock - their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey - to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year.

But the famine wasn't over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land and their own lives.  "There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh." So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh's government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain.

What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?

That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery? Yes. That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master? Yes. But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly." God provided for His people, just as He always has!  They didn't end up giving all their possessions to government; no, it says they gained possessions! But I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one.

We see the same thing happening today - the government today wants to "share the wealth" once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago - as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our leaders.

What Mr. Obama's government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh's
government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a
"Messiah," don't they? Is he a Messiah?A savior? Didn't the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, "You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh"? Well, I
tell you this - I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. OBAMA IS NO MESSIAH! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. Bow with me in prayer, if you will...

Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone.  We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel,
when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do, where it says "And in that day you will cry out
because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh's government.

In God We Trust.

I know there are people out there that feel that every thing old is antiquated and out of touch with today's issues, but I can assure you there are two documents that are just as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago the Bible and the Constitution.  People fail to remember that the one constant in this world has been people and people do stupid things that aren't good for them in the long run, so things are written down to help us remember how things were and how to prevent repeating the same mistakes.

God's playbook goes back thousands of years and there are still plenty of lessons to be learned even today.  Our Founding Fathers had known tyranny and fought for their Freedom, they wrote the Constitution to prevent it from happening here.  If we insist on reliance on the government, it will come to rule us because it is made of people who think they know better just because they hold office.

King George III was just a man, but he thought himself the living embodiment of God and his word was law.  Do we really want to give that type of power to our government?  If we are totally beholden to them as we will soon be if things don't change than I guess the answer is yes.

PS. - Les, I know the sermon may have put you off some and I hope you made it this far down the post, but sometimes there are lessons for today hidden in the text of something older than our Constitution by an order of magnitude.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Huntsman Onboard

Ex-Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman thinks it just maybe time for a third party that is very fiscally conservative, while being more social libertarian.  Funny how talk of this mythical party is starting to grow as the Republican Primary is narrowing down to Mittens and Big Money Team Player Ricky.  The public is seeing 2012 as a big loser for them because regardless of the three or four choices they now have, they all suck and don't represent where we are as a nation.  We need someone that is going to be fiscally conservative and there is not one single candidate left besides Ron Paul that is fiscally conservative and believes in smaller government.  There is definitely room in the future for such a party made up of fiscally conservative Americans that are fed up with big government.  Maybe even lead by a fiscally conservative guy or gal that may or may not be socially conservatively pure (gay rights, drugs, and of course the biggest of all abortion).  There are a lot of smart people out there that are not social conservative purist but are fiscally conservative and there are strong social conservative purist that are also fiscally conservative.  That sounds like a lot of common ground on which to stand if we can keep social issues as a respected, but sidelined until other things are fixed issues (a la Daniels).  It will be interesting to see if Huntsman becomes the America Elect candidate.

Here is the link to video of Huntsman talking about a third party.

Check out Are the Canadians Seeing us Correctly?

Are the Canadians Seeing us Correctly?

A very good take on where we are headed as a country militarily.  The Joker is going to try to do things to make himself look good, but if he deploys forces it could spell his doom with the public.  We are sick and tired of being the world's policemen to only be spit on by our "friends", so don't expect his dabbling in Syria to go well if it ends up sucking us into a protracted peacekeeping mission or worse nation building.  We are focusing our minds and dollars on issues here at home, so anything that draws dollars away and waste them in foreign lands is not going to be popular.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Whitney. Enough!

Whitney. Enough!

I totally agree with this poster and will take it one step further, there is somewhere out there some jackasses that want to lower the National Ensign to half-staff to celebrate this hero. What did she ever do to deserve such an honor? Did she do a bunch of USO tours to support our troops overseas? Did she serve her country in anyway other than serving her own ambition? I am sorry, but Whitney had a great voice that is all and she died a tragic death. She should be nothing but a precautionary tale of a wasted live. She is not a hero, but rather a sad and bad example for others. I am sorry if this offends, but the very idea of lower flags to half-staff for this self-indulgent drug addict makes me sick. You are free to disagree, but there are a lot of young men and women that have died for their country that have not received that honor, so why does she deserve it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Site

This is a new site for some of the old 912ers and true patriots.  It is a place to hang and chat about the problems of the day and what we can do to help turn this country around.  Stop by and check it out.

Renewable Green Nuclear Energy: Here, Now

Renewable Green Nuclear Energy: Here, Now

I love this stuff. This could very well be the future because we will make a short stop over in small modular reactors (SMRs) on our way to Thorium power generation. Commercial use of Thorium makes great sense, but it will take a decade to develop a commercially viable version. It would be very exciting to be released from the death grip of Middle East oil and have a way to power our future. I am all for green if it makes sense and is cost effective, like the solar on my roof. I don't believe in green when it is a gimmick and heavily subsidized by the government, like the Chevy Volt that will never sit in my driveway.

If something is good and can make someone money, then it will be developed and sold around the country. The only things that make new power sources tricky is all the government regulation hoops that you have to jump through. Reduce the hoops and it becomes a better bet.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Articles: What's Fair

Articles: What's Fair

An interesting take on what is fair. I would have to say that I am tired of charity at the end of a gun. If I don't pay I go to jail, but it you don't work you get a check. Sounds like a typical government good deal to me. A time is coming when we will stop worrying about the 40% of Americans collecting benefits because there will be no money to pay them once the national debt swallows the government. The very poor, as Mittens puts it, are always going to be with us, but the takers need to realize that the end is near for the government gravy train. As Chris Christie, our next VP, says the party is over and the money has run out.

It is spreading!

Read the Day By Day cartoon this morning and you are seeing what I've been talking about on the third party front.  We may not have to wait as long as I thought before the disillusioned start to coalesce in the middle and the libertarians, blue dogs, and other fiscal conservatives realize that the parties no longer serve them.  Isn't it obvious that the average middle that isn't vehemently opposed to abortion, but also doesn't think it should be the first line of birth control is not too bad a place.  These are the same people that really don't give a crap about gay unions, but have a problem treading into religious territory with "gay marriage".  These are the same people that believe the war on drugs has failed and has wasted billions.  They also believe that immigration is good, but illegal immigration is bad.  They think something should be done about the boarder, but don't think deporting 12 million people is possible or even right.  Being fiscally conservative and having other opinions is great, but to fix this government we need to focus on the fiscally conservative issue and let some of these other things rest for a while.

I am all for a new party and yes it will take time and money.  There will need to be leaders that are willing to lead and candidates willing to take a chance in the new era.  It only takes a spark to get a forest fire going and once you have some flames, then you pour on the gasoline.  We just need a standup candidate to make a break for it and then the sudden flood of support will cause others to break from the herd.  Scott Brown is not and will not be a perfect "conservative", but he was the better alternative and he went from zero to hero because of the angry middle.  I think the angry middle is going to swing a lot of races in 2012, but since there is likely to be little change at the top they are still going to be angry.  This is the fire we will need to tap into in the coming years.  I may be one crazy voice in the wilderness of third party land, but others will follow.  The original Tea Party was a small act that ignited a nation, the second Tea Party won an election, and the third Tea Party will change a nation.

Come back to the middle and remember what made this country great was not what divided it, but rather what brought it together.  It is time that we remember that we are not the extremes, but the melting pot middle with a whole host of ideas, but the one we rally around is fiscal restraint and smaller government. Call me a populist, call me a squish, call any damn thing you like, but there are millions like me that are sick and tired of the bullshit Washington has been shoveling for years.  Both parties are guilty of big government and wasteful spending, so now is the time to pass judgement and look to a new path forward.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tea Party Not Monolithic

Tea Party Not Monolithic

The news keeps confirming what I have been saying, there is no one Tea Party as much as the far right would like to claim the fiscally conservative movement as "conservative" movement with all the socially conservative baggage. It is mostly really pissed off fiscal conservatives that believe in smaller government and the reason that there hasn't been a huge Tea Party influence in this election is crap because it surge several candidates that would never have seen the light of day into the bright media spotlight. Those candidates quickly imploded for various reasons, but the fiscal conservatives kept looking for a champion, but none was to be found. That throws these voters into the general mix for President, but don't think that the local elections are going to see the same confusion. The Tea Party is strong because of all the angry people in the middle that want real change in Washington.

The Angry Joes will continue to seek fiscally conservative candidates to help solve the mess in Washington. They will bring their wrath against those who thumb their noses at the people they are suppose to represent. The Joes will find candidates to back and they will swing election after election. The media is a step behind thinking it is still just about the two parties, but that time has past because the internet makes lesser known candidates known and support can be quickly be rallied around a new hopeful quickly, can you say Scott Brown. The Joes are sick of the party establishment and if a race is looking like big government business as usual, standby for some good old fashion butt kicking. The Joes (squishy independents some would say) want better from their government and that is why they have been leaving the parties in droves. They are looking for better and they won't stop screwing up elections until they get better. I have always said put on your voter registration independent and force the parties to serve up better candidates. In most states you have 30 days before the primary to change your registration status, so you can vote in either primary, so what do you have to lose by declaring your INDEPENDENCE from party rule.

I am an Angry Joe, I am libertarian, I am a fiscal conservative, I support the Constitution, I believe in smaller government, I believe in the straight tax, I believe in a balanced budget, I believe in national debt reduction, I believe in reasonable national defense, I believe in secure boarders, I believe in the rule of law, I oppose bailouts, I believe in term limits for everyone in government office, I am squishy on some topics publicly while being personally conservative, I believe in decriminalizing pot and stopping the war on drugs, I believe in privatizing social security (Chile model), I believe the state should not be in the marriage business at all (marriage is a religious rite, domestic partnerships are the legal entity the state should deal with), and I believe in America. I have said a lot, but we all believe in something and if we are willing to standup for what we believe in then we can fix this country. Do I believe that I am right about everything? Yes, but I am a grown up that understands that other people believe other stuff, but if we focus on say fiscal conservative government than we can move forward together. It isn't hard to agree that wasteful government spending is bad, so why don't we come together under that tent and put and end to it.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Let the Poor and Middle Class Pay Their Fair Share

Let the Poor and Middle Class Pay Their Fair Share

I have said it several times, this is America and we all live here and we all should pay the same tax for that privileged regardless of income. This is America and should be the land of opportunity, so why has it become the land of punishment. If you succeed at whatever it is that you set your mind to then why are you punished with higher and higher taxes. Do you not get the same defense forces protecting you? Do the commerce laws apply differently? The idea of a progressive tax system is insane in America, but we have had for so long few remember that it is counter to our core beliefs as Americans. If we had a head tax then it would set the national budget and prevent government from wasteful spending because there would barely be enough to cover the essentials because a high head tax would never be stood for by the public. If you pay nothing then it is very easy to say raise taxes, but it you have to pay you get very serious about how much money is stolen from your pocket.

I say go back to the head tax (straight tax) and make everyone pay something and force the government to live within its revenue. It would be amazing to see the government promoting families and children because they would need lots of future tax payers. It would also force the states to be on a real budget because they could no longer count on the feds stealing from us and sending it their way. They would have to live and die by only what they could bilk out of us without big brother shaking us down. I don't know what this makes me other than grossly out of step with a huge majority of Americans, but I think I am in the right here and hope the rest of you wake up. I think we should zero the budget and match our revenue to current expenses and when the money runs out everything below the line is either cut or if voters want it they can vote for a tax to cover it, which everyone pays not just the rich. You would quickly find that people aren't willing to pay for a lot of stuff that is currently being funded by China.

I know that I am only dreaming about a straight tax because the powers in Washington would never give up so much control to the people because the political elite know far better than we do about what we should do with our money. I am angry as hell and I am not going to take it anymore. If the Republicans and Democrats want to play kick the can, than I say kick their cans. I will keep crusading for sanity and when the new party arrives, I will campaign for the demise of those other two parties. This country needs to wake the hell up and realize that everything costs and if they want something they are going to have to pay for it. Let's hear it for the straight tax, a balanced budget, and everyone paying their fair share.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Learn to talk 'independent,' win the White House –

Learn to talk 'independent,' win the White House –

Not my usual news source, but when they are saying something I have known for a long time I will give it a read. It says that the people in the middle matter and they are not far right or far left and they swing elections. If Mittens is the nominee and the Joker wins, then the Republicans can kiss their butts goodbye. If Mittens wins and governs the way he did in MA, then the Republicans can kiss their butts goodbye. If Mittens wins and governs as a fiscal conservative and reigns in wasteful government spending and turns this ship of state around, then the Democrats can kiss their butts goodbye. This election is the beginning of the end of the two party monopoly because there are too many voters in the middle looking for something more than either party is offering. It will soon dawn on them that neither party gives a crap about fixing the mess and that serious change is needed. That change will come from the angry middle and after eight years of spendthrift Republicans and fours years of socialist Democrats, they are left with the choice between Mittens and the Joker. There was a lot of talk of someone, anyone, that would be better, but it didn't happen. So regardless of the next occupent of the WH, there will be a radical change in the system by 2016 election day. There will either be a party implosion and take over or a third party that identifies with the angry middle. The new third party could make a huge difference in 2014, but it is Presidential elections where parties live or die. I am already seeing the signs and they will only get stronger and it will likely be lead out of the younger generations, as they see their futures flushed down the Potomac Toilet. Mark my words there with be significant change on the political landscape in the coming years regardless of who wins in November.