Archive for April, 2009

Freedom Fries or French Fries?

April 30, 2009

Reason TV posted a revealing comparison of the French and American ways of life.

Folks, there are reasons for people trying to get into the US for centuries, and socialistic slavery isn’t one of them. Beware the tendrils of socialism. 

“Obama and Biden will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year, and will establish a new tax credit that is worth $4,000 a year in exchange for 100 hours of public service a year.”

“Required community service” is a fancy name for slavery to the government.

Pie, Bread, and Socialism

April 24, 2009

Yum, pie. Just thinking of pie makes my mouth water.

Do you have pie? I do. I just had a big slice of blueberry pie a little while ago, and let me tell you: It was incredibly delicious.

I’m sorry if you don’t have any pie. It’s just a fact of life: Not everyone has pie. There are probably some people in poverty stricken countries that have never even heard of pie. Their ignorance of pie could perhaps be explained by the fact that most of them don’t eat on a daily basis.

Poverty stricken countries share one trait – a massive government. At first, you know, it always starts with some kind of a revolution(peaceful or violent), with the charismatic leaders claiming how everyone would have equal rights to the pie under his regime. It always seems like such a great idea for awhile. But look at the USSR now – look at India now. The government wanted to give everyone pie, but somewhere along the line this envisioned Utopia was broken.

Why is that, you might ask? Well, let’s look at this from an economics viewpoint. And to make it easy to think about, let’s think in terms of pie.

Think about the little red hen. Let’s say her master(whom I will refer to as ‘Farmer John’)  gave her complete economic freedom. She went out, found some wheat, and then looked for business partners in making some pie. Unfortunately, no other farm animal wanted to do any work. So she made just one pie alone. Yet in the end, everyone wanted to eat some pie, even though there was less of it due to the other animals not contributing. Farmer John didn’t let them take her pie from her, though, so she ate most of it and gave some to Farmer John as a tax. The other animals saw how the little red hen was rewarded for making pie, so they helped make pie in the future, and there was more than enough for everyone, since Farmer John didn’t confiscate more than 10% of their pie, no matter how much pie they made.

Now think of what would happen if Farmer John said ‘Everything belongs to everyone!'(cough, cough, socialism, cough) Well, the little red hen, being the industrious young fowl she is, would go out, find some wheat, and then look for business partners in making some pie. Of course, the other farm animals are still as lazy as ever. She goes ahead and makes the pie alone, but lo and behold, once again the other farm animals wanted to eat her pie. This time Farmer John forced her not only to give him some as a tax, but to share the remainder with the other animals. The little red hen didn’t like this treatment of her, and began to resent it. Soon she began eating bird feed given to her by Farmer John and quit making  pie altogether.

Now, since she quit making pie and giving some of it to Farmer John as a tax, Farmer John was no longer able to afford bird feed. So the whole farm yard began to starve. In order to stop himself from starving, Farmer John eventually used some animals as slaves, and ate the others.(cough cough, like the slave camps in the late USSR) Of course, in order to keep his animals from getting out, he had to set up a fence, and hire people to watch the animals(cough cough, NKVD, tight border control in the late USSR)

And that’s how a big government leads to the decay of an entire nation,  and eventually to people in those countries starving and in being in poverty.

The moral of the story: When everyone owns the pie, there is less of it. And the only way to even make such a pie is slavery.(required community service hours, anyone?)

Liberty and Tyranny

April 20, 2009

“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name———liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names———liberty and tyranny.” – Abraham Lincoln – 4/18/1864.

Read Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin. It’s a great book that defines true conservatism and constitutional backing for it – how the role of government is to protect every individual’s freedom, and their God given rights to ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’. Not state given rights, not Republican given rights, and not Democrat given rights; God given rights.

Equal Opportunity or Equal Circumstances?

April 20, 2009

“Some enslaved men wish to become free. Some free men wish to lose responsibility.  However, without responsibility there is no freedom… Upon fighting for equal opportunity, slaves are rewarded with capitalism. Upon fighting for equal circumstances, free men are rewarded with enslavement.”

The nature of the world is not fair. Not everyone is born into the USA. Some are born into poverty stricken countries with heavy handed governments. Some die at a young age due to starvation in those very same countries.

There is no way to guarantee equal circumstances for all without enslaving everyone. The only way to make everyone equal is to treat them all as slaves, and take away all their rights.

However, there is a way to give everyone equal rights. The Declaration of Independence talks of ‘certain, unalienable Rights’. It does not describe ‘Happiness’ as a right, because the authors knew that it isn’t possible to guarantee everyone happiness, but rather they say of the rights ” that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” 

Happiness is something only the individual can attain, as only the individual knows what will make him happy. The truth is that a small percentage of the population(the government), cannot work hard enough or long enough to give all people happiness. People have to make people happy. In order for the government to even attempt to supply for everyone’s needs, they must also enslave everyone to their work forces at the same time. And as the USSR has proven, such a plan results in millions of deaths.

As the fantasy novel author Terry Pratchett so aptly puts it in his novel Witches Abroad: “You can’t go around building a better world for people. Only people can build a better world for people. Otherwise it’s just a cage.”

Inflation on the Horizon?

April 17, 2009

President Obama and congress are spending money we don’t have. National debt has now reached over 11 trillion.

Inflation is really just a fancy word for printing money, and it is an infamous way for politicians to pay off national debt. However, whenever there is more of something, it becomes worth less. For example, there are very few diamonds in circulation in the US market, so it is worth alot. There is alot of food in circulation, so it is not worth as much.  The more money the US government prints, the less your money is worth. Each person in the US owes around 36,000 dollars in national debt(including minors). When the government inflates, the more US dollars you own, the more you will pay of the debt, because the money you have will no longer be worth the hard work it took for you to acquire it. It’s a little bit like taxing every single person who has an American dollar. 

Once the money is worth less, it is easier for the government to pay off the national debt. If, in an extreme case our government printed enough money that 35 billion dollars($35,000,000,000)  would only buy an egg(Like Zimbabwe currency does), then it would only take 314 eggs to pay off our national debt. But at the same time, you would be paying for the debt, because as you work, you gain US currency, and that currency becomes devalued.

Here’s an article about hyperinflation.