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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

You're above the System. Over it.

Beyond it. We're "them." We're "they."

We are the Men in Black

--Men in Black

Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession.

I have come to realize

that it bears a very close resemblance to the first

--President Ronald Reagan

Well, we're off, we're off, we're off!

I'll tell you what it is! (what is it God dang is!?)

It's some kinda Texas psychobilly freakout, that's what it is!

--Psychobilly Freakout
, Reverend Horton Heat

America is a nation that bases its national policies and life upon denial of truth and the acceptance of lies. Our policy is to lie, and our lies are our policies.

Some of our guiding myths are:

  • The government exists for the benefit of the people
  • Deficit spending will solve all of our problems
  • Taxation rates in our nation are lower than those in socialistic states like England, Sweden, Norway, etc.
  • The government can spend us out of recession and depression

Let's discuss:

Government of, by and for the people does not exists anywhere except on paper. Elective government doesn't work because we elect people that are likable and who resemble us.

This means they can't even conceptualize what $787 Billion in a stimulus program means, or even what it looks like. Our legislators can't imagine what a trillion dollar war deficit actually means. Our lawmakers are just like us: They haven't got a clue, but unlike Ranger, they will not admit their ignorance.

Local officials are equally uninformed, and the city and county managers do some fancy footwork to keep things running, despite our politicians. Spending money that you do not have is not a policy that can be successful on any level.

In the past, the U.S. could squeak by with this fallacious thinking because we were an expanding and growing nation. No longer the case, we must now shift our thinking and jar our senses into pursuing realistic goals. Contraction rather than expansion is a necessary turn. The nature of our curent status requires it. This is not your dad's post-WWII America.

When one defies nature, famines result; to defy economic realities is to court national disaster. You cannot spend money you don't have and cannot pay back, and expect to prosper.
We are a nation in production contraction, not expansion.

The fact is, the actual U.S. tax rate is higher than that of the socialist countries we denigrate. If we consider the costs of servicing our national debt, the monies that we spend are concealed from our oversight, but that does not mean they are not real. It still comes out of our pockets -- it is just deferred.

Let's get back to what Ranger knows best -- walking a trail and tactical movement. When in combat and moving to contact, it is a fact that the easiest trail is always the most dangerous. Our leaders always take us down the easiest trails because we want them to, but it always leads to disaster.

The U.S. would be better served if we raised taxes, while curbing government spending. The leaders of both parties are leading the American citizens down the aisle leading to the slaughterhouse. Judas goats are not leaders.

Don't smoke 'em if you don't got 'em.

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Blogger rogue trader said...

Growing up a cold war kid, we were always taught to fear the red menace.

Or maybe it's Wall Streets fault - Greed is Good - Gordon Gekko anyone?

But alas I fear "We Have Met the Enemy and HE IS US" - Pogo

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger avedis said...

One nitpick...deficit spending works if 1. you have a long term expanding economy (which R.A.W accurately notes we do not) AND 2. the deficit spending is targeted to real key points of need in the economic infrastructure.

All spending is not the same.

Aren't these ignorant politicians supposed to bring really smart experts aboard and for the purpose of providing the knowledge and wisdom necessary for good policy development? Why bother? It seems like the "expert" advisors only get hired and keep the job if they continue to agree with the ignoramus' basic premises. How F'ed up is that?

Raise taxes and cut spending? You are, of course correct; that is what needs to be done at this time, but good luck getting someone elected who runs on that platform.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 5:29:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

deficit spending can work, if the spending is used to actually stimulate, and change the economic environment.

if, instead of giving the money to wall street (and it is one of the biggest ass carnie scams in history. the wall street fucks and the banks are given wads of interest free cash from the fed which they then use to buy T-bills at .5) the money had gone instead to something like food stamps. the stimulus money would have been put into circulation instantly. which would have had a benefit to local economies everywhere.

if, instead of giving money to contractors who could spout buzz words like "shovel ready" they had given the money to start up things like the WPA and the CCC and gotten people to work, for paychecks (which would then be spent as fast as they come in) then the economy would have been really and truly stimulated.

but no, they chose instead to fund fat cats who kept all the cash on the inside track.

it's OK by me though. most of that money is simply made up bullshit anyway.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 9:29:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Mr. Oblivious said...

Wait a minute! Hold on there, Baba Looey! There are two parties?!?

Why wasn't I informed?!?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

It may be true that stimulis spending can bring us out of a problem period but only if there really is money to spend. I think you allude to our credit card federal government mentality.
You can't spend your way out of overspending problems when you don't have the money.Period. Yore only diggin the hole deeper.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 2:35:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


This make sense.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 9:33:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"M3 is the best description of how quickly the Fed is creating new money and credit. Common sense tells us that a government central bank creating new money out of thin air depreciates the value of each dollar in circulation."[ Congressman Ron Paul]

BTW, The US goverment stopped publishing these critical economic figures in 3/2006, gee I wonder why? Each roll of the US Treasury's printing press makes us American's poorer. Graph the dollar against all other currencies since 2006. Then imagine what it will be in five years. You'd need an electron microscope to see a Ben Franklin.
Major Mudd (that's two D's)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:49:00 PM GMT-5  

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