Skipping Toward Socialism

Friday, 09 January 2009

While I am adamantly against most of what the man says, does, and produces, I absolutely love the fact that he’s going to Congress to request a $5B bailout package. Apparently porn is big business–$13B annually, and, according to the above-linked article, sales are down 22%.

Will Congress lend them a hand?

I’m not seriously advocating federal support of the pornography industry. Something tells me they’re going to weather these economic woes. But they make a good point: why do the auto makers rate the bailout? For that matter, why should anyone?

The federal government has taken yet another bounding leap in the direction of full-blown Socialism. And they have identified an entire segment of industry that is welcome to mismanage assets with Washington’s blessing, confident that the nation simply needs it enough that it can do so with impunity. Or to quote George Orwell, “Some animals are more equal than others.”

Big Brother?

Big Brother?

And now, preying on the fears of the people, the incoming administration warns that if we don’t spend the $1 Trillion of taxpayer money it proposes, we’ll simply wallow in recession indefinitely. But, gentle reader, there is hope. In the President-Elect’s own words, “At this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe.” Apparently Big Brother will provide everything that we need. (Aw, shoot. Let’s just say it: “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.”)

But you do realize that it’s only to be a “short-term boost.” There is no long-term plan to actually address the utter irresponsibility that is the American economy.

I tend to look at it as if it were my household budget. Imagine I owe others an enormous sum of money. Now let’s assume that this doesn’t phase me and I continue to spend. In fact, I spend increasingly more than I make each month. I get to the point where I’m only paying a larger or smaller percentage of the interest that is accruing on my CapitalOne card that apparently has no limit. How long can I sustain this? I can apparently do this indefinitely provided my name is Uncle Sam.

It’s ludicrous. What’s at least as bad is the fact that for all the talk about alleviating the burden of working Americans, they don’t care about working Americans. Not as such. They care about making the economy more robust. They care about getting the national numbers up.

So they propose to put $1000 in your pocket come tax time. “Oh, yes, that sounds lovely. That sounds like someone I’m glad I voted for. That sounds like someone I’ll vote for again.”

What they don’t tell you is that a) it’s a loan, and b) they don’t want you to act responsibly with it. Just where is that $1000 coming from? From you. From me. Only it’ll come out of our pockets in other forms, at other times, in ways that we may not notice. But whatever you do, do not save it. Don’t invest it. Your job with that $1000 is to spend it. Go get yourself something nice. Get your hair done, buy some new shoes. I know! Run to the Chrysler place and drive home in a new minivan. You see, you don’t provide any economic stimulus unless you help increase retail sales. The government wants you to be in debt. They need you to owe. Our economy turns on the axis of credit–the accumulation and management of personal debt.

Enough is enough. It’s time to go with something that will actually work toward fixing the myriad problems that are the American economy. It’s time for the government to start acting in the best interest of its people, not its political parties and politicians. I believe there’s a better solution. It’s called the FairTax. You can read more about it here. It’s worth a look. If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t really considered it, I ask you to click in and find out what it’s all about. If you’re skeptical or opposed to it, you’re not alone. I started off there, too. But I’ve read the literature, both pro and con, and I’m convinced that this is a lasting economic stimulus–for the nation and for its citizens. I think it’s the right thing to do. I ask you to take a look. You may like what you see.

This post was not primarily theological. I make no apologies. I write this as part of my vocation as a citizen of my nation, a vocation I take seriously, and hope that you do as well, wherever you may call home.


You asked for it!

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Check this action out. Congratulations, Americans. You have let your emotions get the better of your reason and voted more of your hard-earned money out of your own pockets. Would someone kindly think through the political jargon and Newspeak that we’ve lazily allowed to infiltrate our minds and slip right past the part of the brain that actually critically questions what we absorb? Tell me how your economic outlook is stimulated by taking another ONE TRILLION DOLLARS out of your pocket and giving it–without your express approval–to someone else?

Do you even know what one trillion looks like? It’s 1,000,000,000,000. That’s $1,000 Billion. ONE MILLION MILLION! Have you ever dreamed of having $1,000,000? Now try to imagine $1,000,000 times 1,000,000! And your President-elect would like to take that from you and give it to someone else. And they need that money because they’ve been mismanaging what they already had in the first place.

How is this a good idea? How does this do anything but apply a plastic bandage to a gaping, festering, gangrene-filled wound? It doesn’t. It looks good in a news cycle and it plays well to the public to say that one has a “robust economic stimulus package.” Who doesn’t want the economy to be stimulated? It’s good for the nation to have a robust economy. The problem is that money and goods are finite. And taking from the citizenry to cover for the actions of irresponsible managers and broken tax codes is the absolute worst idea to which one might hitch his wagon. It’s even worse when the wagon doesn’t belong to him.

It’s your wagon. It’s your money. And the government that votes $1,000,000,000,000 out of your pocket like that is not acting in your best interest.

There is a stimulus plan out there, and it’s been around for a while. It’s called the FairTax. It’s the brainchild of responsible economic minds and forward-thinking Congressmen. It’s the plan to stimulate the economy by making it beneficial for companies to actually exercise good financial sense as they manage themselves. It’s the plan to stimulate the economy by putting more spending power IN YOUR POCKET. It’s the plan that puts the US at least a head and shoulders above the rest in the global economic market.

And it’s the economic plan that the politicians don’t want you to know about, because it takes the power from them and gives it to you. But this is America, and we boast a government For the people, Of the people, and By the people. Is this wishful thinking, or are we ready to get the government’s hands out of our pockets and get on to the way things ought to be?


246 Members of Congress…

Saturday, 17 February 2007

…didn’t do their homework.

I’m done blogging about politics for a while. The whole thing makes me ill. This was a bad, ill-studied, short-sighted move, and it paves the way for further disaster. It’s exactly what the Islamists wanted–needed–us to do. History will judge this congress for the path it has chosen.


No Confidence?

Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Not to belabor the political issues that have been occupying this blog space lately, but the debate in the House of Representatives today was really, really sad.
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Combatants in denial

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Every time a reporter or news reader opens his or her mouth, my hackles get up. When they decide to take on some issues I just stand there slack-jawed in wide-eyed wonder.

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Sheesh. Seriously?

Sunday, 31 December 2006

The skepticism of this generation knows no bounds. I was just flipping through various blogs that have chosen to publish anything about Saddam’s execution. The conspiracy theories are starting to fly.

They allege that the videos are fabrications and that American policy makers are keeping him alive and in seclusion somewhere. Some have even gone so far as to suggest that Saddam was spirited away by US forces already in 2003 and that the man on trial this whole time has been a body double.

I understand that bloggers are the self-appointed, self-important watchdogs of truth and reality. And I accept that I’m likely to be thought simple and na├»ve for just accepting what I saw on the videos. But c’mon. Throw me a bone here. Or else let’s hear where this secret compound is where Saddam, Hitler, Elvis, and 2Pac are being kept alive while the unwashed masses continue to believe otherwise.

Thank God the internet, digital media, and Photoshop didn’t exist at the time of Christ. Then it was just Pilate asking, “What is truth?” (John 1838) Today it seems to be everybody.


Saddam is Dead

Saturday, 30 December 2006
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?– Ezekiel 1823
Saddam Hussein has been executed. Most won’t miss him. I certainly won’t. But neither can I bring myself to rejoice in his death any more than I can condone rejoicing in any death. I understand it, but I can’t condone it. And while I can approximate understanding of those who even now are dancing in the streets, it sickens me at the same time.

Would that he would have gone to the gallows with a new faith in Jesus Christ instead of clutching a copy of the Qur’an.

His deeds were deemed by authorities to be worthy of death. Even a death such as that is tragic. Yet the greater tragedy is the eternal death suffered by those who die apart from Christ.