Worth a look if you have interest in considering the problems with the Marxist tendencies infecting American life today.
FoxNews.com - AMB. JOHN BOLTON: A Stark Choice Between European Model Or the American Way
Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-
Worth a look if you have interest in considering the problems with the Marxist tendencies infecting American life today.
There are only 5 pension systems that this grading system considers survivable. The USA does not have one of these 5. Surprising to me, is that Japan is in such a bad situation and with their rapidly aging population (deaths are much higher than births in Japan) their pension system will not be able to cope with these negative demographics.
On November 4, 1980, Chile, under the leadership of José Piñera, Secretary of Labor and Pensions under Augusto Pinochet, implemented with the collaboration of his team of Chicago Boys (a group of free market economists influenced by the Chicago school of economics of American economist Milton Friedman) the first comprehensive change of a state-run, defined-benefit pension scheme to a defined-contribution system managed entirely by the private sector (by pension management companies called "AFP"), under the supervision of a dedicated government agency, the Superintendency of AFP.From here. There are many positive aspects of this kind of idea. People in this pension plan (everyone) will only collect if the investments made on their behalf are successful. The people have an economic interest in the performance of the economy overall assuming that these investments are made in Chile (which I think that they are but do not know for sure).
The Chilean system of personal retirement accounts started operating on May 1, 1981. Civilian workers covered under the previous defined-benefit plan had the choice of opting-in to the new system or of remaining under the previous system, such election being irrevocable. Workers hired after Jan. 1, 1983 must join the new system. Today 97% of civilian salaried workers are officially in the private system. According to the Superintendency of AFP, the system had accumulated USD $100 billion at October 30, 2007, an amount equivalent to 70% of the GNP of Chile.
Still as appropriate today as it was this date in 1964. We must fight for what is right. The US has a rendezvous with destiny and we must not shirk those responsibilities with inward looking appeasement since it will never work for us or our children.
"Every single great idea that has marked the 21st century, the 20th century and the 19th century has required government vision and government incentive,"Joe Biden is the blockhead of the century and deserves the empty suit Obamessiah.
-Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States of America-
A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.
When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.
Yes, they do. Undeserving people. Just like people that work on Wall can be all painted with the same brush, all Federal Workers suck as much as every single member of Congress and the irritating and inexperienced Petulent President.
The scam by the American government that their political payoffs to their connected friends is actually a jobs or infrastructure improvement program. It is actually just taxpayer money down the drain...... $787 BILLION of completely wasted money!!!! Democrats must be so very pleased about this. A tiger does not change its spots, they are socialist buffoons. Every single one of them.
Perhaps NPR can even take a few moments to explain to American Muslims why they're thought of as children who can't handle the slightest perceived politically incorrect comment.
Carbon monoxide detector with a snooze button recalled.....
Who would have thunk it? Dumbass Democrats....
The reason: The expansion of Medicaid and new health insurance subsidies will reduce “the amount of labor that workers choose to supply.”Communist Democrats think that they can intervene in any economic system and that somehow they are adding value. But they are not. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. there is no substitute for hard work, innovation and economic liberty.
(For perspective, half a percent of current payrolls is 651,000 jobs, though the impact would show up in both fewer jobs and fewer hours worked.)
"Billionaire Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world according to Forbes magazine, said he’d rather spend money on projects that create jobs than give away his cash as part of a fight against poverty.I do not agree with this, how ever, his wealth maybe more effective in reducing poverty by creating jobs then give the funds to some 'caring' individuals or group that may not really know how to deploy funds effectively. However, individuals in a community can make a difference since they see much closer the problems and potential solutions. Individuals time, effort and money can be effective.
“The only way to fight poverty is with employment,” Slim said at a conference in Sydney last month. “Trillions of dollars have been given to charity in the last 50 years, and they don’t solve anything.”
Oakeshott tells us something else is also at work, namely that some "prefer the promise of a provided abundance to the opportunity of choice and activity on their own account.," which is to say, some will shrug at liberty losses as they cheer pledges of income redistribution and extension of the welfare state.This describes the 'something-for-nothing' crowd perfectly. This is the Democrats central plank in their economic life, willing to trade liberty for some economic good today. Take from one and distribute it to another. Over time, this distribution becomes more-and-more arbitrary. Take the Ponzi scheme of Social Security where funds are taken from working people and distributed to the wealthiest class of people on the planet. Whereas, the program began altruistically to assist destitute elderly during the depression, it has, however, magically transformed and it now is a massive unearned transfer of wealth. I argue that this transfer of wealth is arbitrary and wholly unfair.
As I’ve said many times before: Political correctness is the handmaiden of terror.
Leftists and Democrats again attack Sarah Palin for referencing 1773 as an important year in the American fight for Liberty. Democrats, whose only real core value is abortion on demand, attack Sarah Palin in a knee-jerk fashion that is frankly embarrassing. So for all of you Democrats, December 16, 1773 American patriots dumped chests of tea into Boston's harbor to protest taxes levied on Americans from the British Parliament since these people argued that it violated their right to be only taxed by their own representatives.
Could it be that linear time, as we understand it, be incorrect? There is evidence that there is an ability of people and objects to supernaturally predict or be influenced by the future?
For example, Einstein believed that the mere act of observing something here could affect something there, a phenomenon he called "spooky action at a distance."yikes.
Similarly, modern quantum physics has demonstrated that light particles seem to know what lies ahead of them and will adjust their behavior accordingly, even though the future event hasn't occurred yet.
These are some of the reasons why I want to cut down on the public expense. I want the people of America to work less for the government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. This is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can reestablish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very severe and distinct curtailment of our liberties.Even more appropriate today as the American government is creating a land of serfs to that very government that falsely claims to be both protecting them and serving them. It does neither and has eliminated the freedom that should be enjoyed by a free people.
More on the weak press an its self censorship over Islamic issues....
Many characters occupy the park scene, from joggers to a giraffe. But not the Prophet himself. The cartoon was so mild even the hair-trigger Council on American-Islamic Relations took no offense. "The reference [to Muhammad] in this case was so vague that I don't even know if offense comes into it," said CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. Nevertheless numerous other prominent papers joined The Post in spiking the cartoon: The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. (The Times-Dispatch ran the comic as scheduled.)Worse than worthless, the leftist American press is now serving nothing but their own Democratic agenda. I guess that no one, even themselves, do not think that their new world of justice, government utopia and equality of outcomes is worth fighting for. I agree, this new world for losers is nto worth fighting for.
Wiley Miller, the artist, drew the panel to protest the dangerous rise of violence and censorship surrounding discussions of anything Muslim. Those include a 2005 controversy over cartoons in a Danish newspaper that sparked violent protests around the globe, as well as Comedy Central's decision earlier this year to alter an episode of "South Park" to avoid depicting Muhammad. The network did so after another episode, in which the Prophet was disguised as a bear, provoked a death threat from a Muslim group. Revolution Muslim warned that the show's creators would end up "like Theo Van Gogh" -- a filmmaker murdered in 2004 for making a movie offensive to Muslim sensibilities.
The Democrats pact with the Devil is their insistence of and unending and undying almost universal support of the barbaric practice of abortion. Each and every Democrat should be completely and totally ashamed. This is the one issue that keeps them in power and one that ensures that I do not and never will have any respect what-so-ever with anyone that is either a Democrat or votes for Democrats. So there.
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Thought for the day....
Some believe that if America wants to gain credibility in the Muslim world and advance the cause of peace, Washington needs to put some distance between itself and Israel. My view is the opposite. Far from making peace more possible, we are making hostilities more certain. Far from making things better for the Palestinian people, sour relations between the United States and Israel guarantees that ordinary Palestinians will continue to suffer.
Petulant and not very Presidential, the Obamessiah admits that there is no such thing as a "shovel ready project." Soooooo, what did we allocate the $787 billion porkulus spending bill that is one of the marquee issues of his disasterous presidency towards? As in typical local politics, its just a gigantic political payback that will ultimately lower the standard of living for the nation.
“Well that is quite an admission. You know, a year and a half and half a trillion dollars later he says these things that I talked about endlessly don’t exist. It’s not actually surprising that he doesn’t know what a shovel ready project is. Having never worked in the private sector he wouldn’t be sure what a project is and there isn’t a lot of shoveling at Harvard Law School.” So I can understand that this was one of the greatest “Oops” in American history. And it’s going to be hard for a democrat when you show one tape against another. They’re goint to say, “So you supported a trillion dollars offered by a president who didn’t even know that this stuff that this stuff is not going to happen?”A man is running the country that has absoluely no idea what he is doing. It is a sad state of affairs.
I absolutely love the title of this piece on Real Clear Politics.... "The Absurdity of Obamanomics." Or how about the 'the absurdity of Marxism?'
The American press has no guts and are proving to be completely spineless. Willing to unmercifully attack conservative women running for public office since they do not support abortion, they are scared to death (maybe this should be 'scared of death') to print anything that would be even just a little titillating when it comes to Muhammad or anything Muslim. Just look at the Danish cartoon controversy that infected the 'intellectual elite' at the icons of the American press that decided to not show these images even though they are arguably not that provocative. No guts, completely spineless and dodging their responsibility to the American public.
As Radley Balko noted in yesterday's Morning Links, the Washington Post and other newspapers pulled Wiley Miller's syndicated "Non Sequitur" cartoon from their comics pages two Sundays back, because Miller pulled a familiar-to-Reason-readers "where's Waldo?" gag with the Prophet Muhammad, satirizing the new 21st century taboo on the depiction of even jokes about the fear of depicting a historical figure who really existed.About this cartoon....
Advice for my newspaper friends: Listen to Penn Jillette. "[W]e haven't tackled Islam because we have families," he says. "[A]nd I think the worst thing you can say about a group in a free society is that you're afraid to talk about it." There, that wasn't very hard, was it?
Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke is worried about the unsustainable path of US government is taking. In my opinion, the nation is on the slippery slope of socialism and will not survive this assault on individual and economic liberty.
“There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
The problem that the American left has with conservative women....... ABORTION. That is why they are so brutal to the likes of Sarah Palin, Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell and a host of other ladies. Its just ABORTION. Women's rights? Balderdash, its about abortion on demand. The right to eliminate a life arbitrarily since I feel like it. And since to the frothing-at-the-mouth American left getting things for free, especially 'healthcare' even though abortion on demand has almost nothing to with an individual's 'healthcare' but has everything to do with convenience, then this is the BIG issue for these clowns.
Some of these top 20 countries by 2050 are somewhat surprising.....
More from the frothing-at-mouth Muslim world.....
OK, enough of a build-up? Well, it isn't exaggerated. So don't think the next sentence is an anticlimax. Here we go: The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has endorsed (Arabic) (English translation by MEMRI) anti-American Jihad and pretty much every element in the al-Qaida ideology book. Since the Brotherhood is the main opposition force in Egypt and Jordan as well as the most powerful group, both politically and religiously, in the Muslim communities of Europe and North America this is pretty serious stuff.From here. Of course, I am sure that the Obamessiah is all over this threat and is planning to deliver a newspeak speech against these "man-caused disasters" (the new phrase to replace "terrorism"). I am sure that by ignoring the problem or changing the name to less descriptive name, the problem will surely not manifest itself.
But remember, beating is to honor a woman. But only beat her on the torso, to discipline her, and never on the eyes or break her teeth or beat her face to make her ugly......
Is it a British thing or an age thing? I think that it is a British thing. Brits have so much more to be grumpy about!!!!
I love hearing the nonsense that comes from leftists (Marxists)in Washington. Pelosi, says that foodstamps are great stimulus for the economy. Its sad that Washington has to look to the great society social safety net as somehow helping the economy. Democrats are worse than worthless when it comes to managing the nation's economic life......
The writer addresses the question as to why savings rates are lower in Western industrialized nations. I am sure that there are many reasons and this article delves into tax policy that is hostile to savings and as a result, encourages consumption. Why save, if your profits arehighly taxed but if you consume it, it is not?
Also avoided is one other point well worth mentioning in the light of current debates. To what extent would the means testing of social security (and Medicare) entitlements operate as a disincentive to save? Quite a bit, I reckon.So, why risk government changing it mind years down the road. Spend it all now.
Paraprosdokians - Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected.
Government is running out of rope. The problem with quantitative easing is that everyone knows that this is an attempt at an easy way out of a difficult problem. So, why is that you may ask? Well, the end goal of quantitative easing is that the Central bank through its purchases of government bonds is trying to push so much money into the system that it sparks lending, investment and economic growth. More supply will lower prices as the thinking goes. The problem, though, is that it is also an attempt to fool markets and ultimately is a real-time debasement of the currency, the value of money and the real return of investment. The consequences to investment is that by debasing the currency, that fewer and fewer investors will look to make longer-term investments since the longer-term outlook and the supply of money is less certain int eh future.
Why nationalize industry when you can nationalize the people?You think that you own your own body or the fruits of your time, effort and labor? Think again!
"Finally, when the state, on the eve of ruin, maintains only a vain, illusory and formal existence, when in every heart the social bond is broken, and the meanest interest brazenly lays hold of the sacred name of 'public good,' the general will becomes mute: all men, guided by secret motives, no more give their views as citizens than if the state had never been; and iniquitous decrees directed solely to private interest get passed under the name of laws."The beauty of the American people, is that have not kept silent as the leviathan has grabbed hold of American existence. As the leviathan increasingly seeks only to serve its own self, it dictates what to do, what to think and how to behave. However, as Rousseau penned, it is sold as 'for the public good.' As we know in his time, the bloody French Revolution was brewing and we thankfully have a large segment of the population willing to work within the current political system. However, we have to be aware and vigilant that this may not last and that significant and violent conflict may result as the leviathan seeks to shut down a popular uprising.
-Jean Jacques Rousseau, 18th century French philosopher-
In bad taste, if you are not a committed believer (infidel) in the religion of Global Warming or are a apostate, then you can expect death like the video below encourages.....
World population is, by all intents and purposes, completely out of control.From here. But the most amazing thing, its like one of those Bond villains like Drax that was going to poison the earth and kill its inhabitants and repopulate with his chosen few.
Plans are underway now, implemented by the New World Order Elite, to depopulate the planet's 6-7 billion people to a manageable level of between 500 million and 2 billion.
There are many means and methods of depopulation that are being employed today, the 3 primary of which include; unsustainable/exploitative international development, which leads to massive hunger, starvation and famine worldwide (at least 40 million deaths annually), the fomentation of war, hatred and military procurements throughout the nations leading to millions of deaths worldwide, and finially, the creation and spread of infectious diseases leading to global pandemic, plague and pestilence on an unprecedented scale.
Other methods used include; the build-up and use of nuclear, chemical and biological agents, weapons and warfare, the poisoning and contamination of the planet's food and water supplies, the introduction and use of deadly pharmacuetical drugs in society, weather modification and the triggering of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis through electromagnetic psychotronic weapons both on Earth and in space, the promotion of homosexuality to limit population growth and spread the deadly AIDS virus, forced sterilization in countries such as China, forced vaccinations, abortion, euthanasia etc..
That is why we see such drivel coming out of the leftist press such as this idiotic piece from Matt Taibbi that argues that not only is the tea party a racist movement but is also a hypocritical movement by elderly Medicare consuming people, here.
We have given government more-and-more tax dollars and what have we gotten for these increases in our money?
I guess that someone forgot to tell these creatures that they are extinct. But, this is not shocking to me. Environmentalists have used their position to try to take some economic and political control of people by using these levers. Species extinction, global warming or renamed as 'climate change', environmentalist should be considered for exactly what they are, and that is dupes for the hard Left.
BUDD FOX: “Why do you need to wreck this company?”
GORDON GEKKO: “Because it’s wreckable, all right?”
An optimistic James Bennett see recent political movements in the US as a u-turn from the socialist lurch experienced over the last several years. American progressives and socialists lean on the demographically indulgent Social Security and Medicare programs as successful and popular accomplishments in the Marxist remake of the American economic and liberty experience. As he correctly identifies here.....
Optimistic progressives pointed to the accomplishments of the New Deal and the Great Society as evidence that the U.S. could and eventually would achieve their full agenda. Social Security was, after all, a universal welfare entitlement, even if it had to be disguised as insurance; Medicare was the seed of a socialized medical system. Many of the eastern and West Coast states had gone farther with the progressive agenda than the country at large. They were the richer and better-educated parts of the country, and were therefore beacons of the future.However, he also identifies that the whole progressive program actually trades individual liberty for the greater good by centralizing American society in Washington. Indicative of this slippage of rights is one where the Obamessiah seemingly reread what was on the teleprompter in a speech recently, (see the video, here), where he eliminated the mention of the creator in a passage in the Bill of Rights and substituted inalienable rights for unalienable rights. Essentially eschewing the American foundation of personal rights from those we are born with granted by God and replaced with rights granted by government. Remember, those rights granted by government, inalienable rights, can be taken away whereas those granted by God, unalienable rights, cannot.....
For decades — at a minimum, since the beginning of the Progressive Era, and arguably earlier — America had been on a course toward a more centralized society, one in which individualism as it had been understood since before the Founding — a society built on independent families living on their own properties, most of them farms — was being replaced by a different vision. The progressive vision was one of citizens as employees whose existence was mediated by negotiations among large corporations, unions, and government agencies. For such subjects, “rights” were to be a designated set of entitlements granted by those organizations.I am not so optimistic by this slippage of rights. We are trading essential God given rights of life, liberty and happiness for an encumbrance on our lives and our children's lives to provide these newly granted economic consumption rights. Such programs as Social Security and Medicare will ultimately hold citizens hostage to government arbitrarily allowing citizens to enjoy these economic rights that they supposedly paid for over a lifetime. After paying into these programs for a lifetime, who is going to voluntarily give up these government minted rights? And why will our children voluntarily give up so much of their property, fruits of their labor and economic future just to fulfill the promises that the people collecting these benefits made to themselves through a unaccountable government? It seems to me that it would be foolish for them to do-so except through coercion and seizure of this property.
Worthwhile to have a gander, the not so funny comic, the snarky