Sunday, January 25, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
“As has been said, government is the lesser of two evils. We need government to control our vices that would harm our fellow man but government is run by man, and without vigilance, it can overrun us and our Liberty. Government creates classes that pit one against the other. These distinctions are used as a wedge to pry money from one class to give to another with the government comfortably in the middle. The tool of compassion has been at the forefront of twenty-first century political thought. However, to take from one to redistribute to another is by its definition tyranny.”
Without vigilance we are enabling the government to control the welfare of social classes – to dictate who gets what, how much of your earnings you can keep, what you can get, and how you can live. The American dream of your freedom to make and choose your tomorrow will be replaced by the government’s determination of the standard of living you will have. This is Obama’s War on the American dream. Unless we are Vigilant today, American’s liberty to choose what they deem to be the “American dream” will be a distant memory of what could have been.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Galston proposes a compromise solution for congressional Democrats and Republicans where corporate taxes are lowered to encourage corporations to repatriate the $2 trillion of off-shore capital in return for spending part of the money on government infrastructure projects with the balance of the tax windfall spent on other areas. Great, a compromise that requires government to take more taxes to spend with no regard to the massive waste already in government. As we observe in Vigilance from findings of the Congressional Budget Office:
[p.115]… “the 2011 federal budget was about $3.6 trillion, but revenue from all taxes the government collects was about $2.3 trillion. Thus, the simple arithmetic yields a $1.3 trillion deficit that the government covers through borrowing. Like a credit card, the federal government is only paying the interest on the debt and not reducing the principal balance.”
Here is a better suggestion, lower taxes – on all – then tackle the half trillion dollars in government waste and fraud from which part of that money can be spent on infrastructure. This combination does not require confiscating more money from taxpayers (corporate or individual) and will accelerate GDP growth from corporate investments and consumer spending.
As we write in Vigilance: The Price of Liberty, “…politicians enabled with the power to spend, tax, and borrow without limit threaten the republic. Excessive spending requires excessive taxes, but taxes are not politically popular. As such, politicians tax to a certain point, then borrow the balance.
But this shell-game must come to an end when debt accumulates to a point that no amount of taxation will be able to repay or finance the debt. By 2013, the nation has reached such a point, yet continues to accumulate more debt as it increases spending. America is now like the Titanic that has struck the iceberg. We have only a limited time to repair the damage or our empire will sink by the next generation.”
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The Constitution was specifically designed with the House, Senate, President and Judiciary to be equal and with separate powers with the express purpose to prevent power from consolidating in one man or one branch. Essentially a government managed by a singular political group is literally the forthcoming of a country operating in a totalitarian fashion. A government that “needs” to be controlled by a singular political group enables the will of the party to supplant the will of the nation. For example, the Affordable Care Act was just such legislation and its passage trampled on our liberty to make our own healthcare decisions.
As we write in Vigilance: The Price of Liberty, “The great body of us instinctively knows that Liberty is about the freedom of choice, but what we do not realize is how our Liberty is eroded by the uncontrolled growth of government. We do not understand that our prosperity and Liberty are intertwined; we do not comprehend that we cannot control our future unless we have Liberty.” Power vested in a single party is a threat to liberty if one party retains that power for too long.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Just as politicians clamor about the “big business” that hurts the small business cause and have too much influence over the proceedings of our country via politics and the economy, those very mouth pieces ignore the same issue in the political game. Campaigns and public office have been made into businesses themselves with investors of which these politicians are beholden to for financial support and backing. Is this not an issue worth recognizing, let alone addressing as a problem that may inhibit potential candidates from entering public office? Let this be a point of discussion in your next conversation about potential 2016 presidential candidates and remember to stay vigilant.