Archive | July 2013

#10 July 27, 13 Government Corrupts (the Detroit bankruptcy)

“Unfortunately you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate sinister entity that’s at the root of all of our problems. Some of these same voices do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that Tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted” President Barrack Obama.

“Government is not reason: it is not eloquence. It is force. And force like fire is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government”. Patrick Henry

Government corrupts. Absolute government corrupts absolutely.

I use to excuse liberalism as just another exercise in the intellectual folly of good intentions.  My attitude toward modern liberalism was, while I thought they sometimes lacked reason and ignored history; they got points for “caring”.  Unfortunately, the road to Hell is paved with this sort of stuff and the country, and for that matter, Western civilization is getting a lot hotter these days. While the world around us is littered with the results of liberalism from the failure on the war on poverty, the enslavement of millions under Communism, Detroit, and an economy that under the current administration has enrolled more people on food stamps than it has generated jobs.  Liberals cling to their creed with an unwavering faith that would unnerve most religious cultists.

Liberalism, while it prides itself in intellectualism is simply no longer an intellectual pursuit, it has abandoned reason, and for that matter reality.  But the sad truth is this, while there is no longer even the pretense of it “working” for the downtrodden workers and members of the underclass it so vehemently purports to be targeted for. It seems to in EVERY case have one compelling and consistent group of beneficiaries, the governing bureaucratic class and their mindless enablers.

Modern liberals love to call these people “intellectuals” or better yet “public servants”, but the better definition is elites. In fact this elite class is so prevalent and so pervasive in its hypocrisy its existence alone shouts an overwhelming indictment of the morality of the entire worldview. The reality is this, they pass laws that they aren’t subject too, create regulations for areas they have no working knowledge of, and vote themselves benefits and wages that their “subjects” could only dream about. The problem to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher is eventually “you run out of other peoples money”.

The more I look at modern liberalism the more I have to come to the conclusion that it is the most self absorbed immoral evil political/economic system ever devised. Detroit is a great example of it.

Modern liberals have run Detroit as long as I can remember, going back to the days of Joe Cavanaugh and Urban Renewal. It handed out lavish benefits and incomes to its employees who it made the moral arbiters of government largess, government largess that was confiscated from its REAL working class and especially from its productive class. It provided marginal city services, had offices full of people whose only qualification was that they were relatives, childhood friends, or classmates of its elected officials.  In short it was a third world banana republic posing as a modern city supported by a vibrant capitalist economy.

The Irony is, as long as those “greedy capitalists” that modern liberals love to condemn were willing to provide the means for their failed experiment Detroit prospered. In 1960 Detroit had the highest per capita income in the wealthiest country on the face of the planet. It wasn’t just the giants of business that were reaping the benefits of “greedy capitalism” their workers were too. These giants understood that it was ridiculous to have workers building cars they couldn’t afford. The reality was this “what was good for GM was good for the country”.

But the shell was empty, the Elites were writing checks that their children couldn’t afford.  From Policing to trash pickup to lighting Detroiters got tiered of overpaying for unreliable, poor quality services. In the meanwhile the productive class got tiered of a regulatory and tax maze that made getting anything built in the city all but impossible for anyone but the well connected. So the productive class left, followed by the working class, and the only people left in the shell of what was once one of the greatest cities in the world was the unemployable products of it’s pathetic educational system, and masses of over-employed city workers.

Four years ago while the Detroit school system was run by a functionally illiterate head, (Otis Mathis) it had the same amount of administrators (bureaucrats) that it had with 250,000 students while it was down to less than 70,000 students.  And the Bureaucrats were still well paid with plenty of benefits. The products of Detroit’s schools have about the same literacy rate as the Central African Republic. In defense of the C. A.R., Detroit didn’t have the burden of being run by a cannibal dictator.

Although considering that the last mayor was convicted of essentially “running the city as a criminal enterprise” perhaps the cannibalistic sentiments still held true just not in the literal sense. In fact in the Kilpatrick administration apparently the only acceptable qualifications for a job were your connections and your ability to solicit bribes.

Detroit’s city council, whose apparent job was to assure that the city remained ungovernable received a salary of 75,000 a year with no co-pay health care, pension, Car with gas and driver, cell phone. Their benefits amounted to 116% of their income. The Detroit Water Department still employs a full time blacksmith, has no horses, which the union claims is a job that can’t be cut. This is what modern liberalism brings us too, an indispensable horseshoer with no horses to shoe.

And we have government horseshoers scattered across the whole fruited plane without horses. Detroit isn’t the exception, it’s the canary in the clean heavy regulated Coal mine that the EPA is about to close of Western Civilization. For those of you in the rest of the Western world gloating, who believe Detroit is nothing but fodder for the Colbert Report, think about this one. Both the State of IL and CA have unfunded Pension commitments that would account for a couple of hundred Detroit’s. Things are not much better financially in most of Western Europe.

Here’s an interesting fact. The current White House, an administration that is run by someone who never had a job in the private sector in his life has around 8% of it’s appointees who have private sector job experience. The next worse president of the last twenty was George W. Bush with about 30% private sector experience in his administration. I suspect Obama is using the same employment agency to fill his administration that Mayor Kilpatrick used; he certainly looks for the same lack of real world experience and political connections.

According to a recent report by CBS news Obama has hired over 200 of his biggest campaign contributors and bundlers to oversea his administration and implement policy. In fact the department of Energies green loan administration under the Stimulus plan was headed by one of Obama’s biggest campaign bundlers who handed out low to no interest loans to big campaign contributors. Sounds like a criminal money laundering enterprise to me.

If Detroit looked like a Banana Republic, than what does that make DC these days? We have a Justice department that is criminalizing the job of reporting. We have an IRS that has targeted the Presidents political enemies for speech suppression. We have a State Department that engaged in a deliberate deceit campaign during the last election about the cause of a terrorist attack, and an NSA that is asking for our passwords from Internet providers. The only thing missing is the goats and the chickens in the streets. What we don’t have is an administration filled with people who understand what it takes to build a productive private business.

Under Obama the country is very quickly becoming a non-profit. We basically have three segments of the economy that are doing well, Energy (which Obama has announced his intentions to destroy), Government, and Wall Street.

And Wall Street is doing well making “profits” by investing. Essentially, we have a Fed that is making money cheap for the well healed who invests in companies on credit who are making money investing in other companies on credit. How long is that bubble going to last?  At least the Auto companies were actually BUILDING cars that some people bought. This is a scheme that would make Bernie Madhoff proud. But then again Detroit has 19 billion in unfunded liabilities; the country has close to 20 TRILLION.  ( A Billion dollars is a rounding error in todays federal budget process, and to think that use to be real money) And that 20 Trillion is what’s on the books; I’ve heard real world estimates approaching 60 Trillion. A number that I’m not sure Bernie Madhoff could even fathom.  In short the road to Hell is paved by liberalism.

#9 July 13, 2013 Trevon got dissed

“If I had a son he’d look like Trevon Martin” President Barack Obama

“How difficult can that be in a country in which an Hispanic Obama voter can be instantly transformed into the poster boy for White Power? Who you gonna believe-Al Sharpton or your lying eyes? Mark Steyn National Review

First, clearly what happened in Trevon Martin on the night of Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford FL was a tragedy no doubt. No one should have to experience burying kids.  The sad reality of life is that not all tragedies are crimes requiring “justice” and not all stories have a villain or a hero.  And no doubt those seeking to make a villain out of Trevon and make George Zimmerman into a hero are sadly mistaken.

I have stated before and I’ll state again. Zimmerman was guilty of some degree of manslaughter. The technical definition of manslaughter is starting the chain of events that leads to the death of another. There is no doubt in my mind that if as a neighborhood watch person  he would have done the reasonable thing and broken off contact, Trevon would still have been alive today.

The facts are clear that Zimmerman was following and had profiled Trevon. The question of if that following and profiling was a crime is completely open. And no evidence the prosecution presented showed that it rose to the level of a crime. At worse, Zimmerman was  “harassing” Trevon. I’ve been followed before and it can be intimidating. But I don’t think I’ve ever considered fist-a-cuffs or pulling a weapon over it.

This is what the news media has overlooked. One, Trevon Martin was apparently the only 17 year old who had no pictures taken off him in the land of a thousand Iphone paparazzi posting every moment of their lives on Who Say after his twelfth birthday. He was 5’11, 180 and played on the HS football team, but judging from MSNBC, he was a pimply-faced five footer with a squeaky voice fresh off auditions for Nickelodeon. And worse of all he was “dissed”.

We all get “dissed” in life, many bosses love to do it, most spouses do it, HS teachers get fired for it, but apparently if you do it to an African American high school male it’s a capital crime worthy of a beat down.  If Trevon would have used his phone to call 911 and claim some creepy dude was following him, I’m sure the Police even in Sanford would have shown up. After all the Prosecutors tried to add the charge of “Felony murder committed in the course of child abuse”.

But the reality is much like Zimmerman, Trevon took the law in own hands, after all he was “dissed”.  In Chicago last weekend 40 people were shot, and seven were killed, I suspect many of them “dissed” someone too. What is it in the African American community that takes such an offense at being disrespected?  I’d love for some of my African American friends to answer that one.

While the Trevon Martin killing was a terrible event it was blip on the scale of terrible events in our urban communities every day. If you’re really worried about “No Justice, No Peace” instead of marching on Sanford county you’ll march in Detroit, Chicago or Flint. There are hundreds of Trevon Martins dying in those places every year.

And you’ll also teach your kids if they get “dissed” to buck up and deal with it like an adult. And expect it to happen again and again. Respect isn’t something you deserve; it’s something you earn. Apparently that is something Trevons HS education, and upbringing had sadly omitted.

#8 July 5, 2013 Goodwin and Sgt. Schulz

Or, Why I can’t go Goodwin on the current administration.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, there is a rule that applies often times to on line discussions; it’s called “Goodwin’s law”. And basically it holds to the theory that whenever one wants to over state a point they will refer to examples in the Third Reich to compare. Bush as Hitler was a common metaphor for the left during the last administration, and the left often resorts to this in anything they declare “extreme” right wing, which apparently, is pretty much anything to the left of Lenin in today’s media climate.

The right is often guilty of the same arguments when talking about Obama and Gun Control, the IRS scandals, or the NSA revelations. The reality is for the most part the Third Reich comparisons on either side ring hollow.  I mean, as bad as Bush was he didn’t arrest Charles Schummer or relegate Cindy Sheehan to an interment camp. And Obama for all his crimes hasn’t jailed anyone from the Tea Party, and I don’t see any gas chambers being constructed in the hinterlands. In fact Obama fails the Third Reich test on one other ground too, it was said of Hitler, the Germans liked him because the “Trains ran on time”.

With the news this week of the Waiver of the Corporate requirements for an additional year of the “Affordable Care Act” (perhaps the biggest political lie since 40 acres and a mule) Obama can’t even make his own Health Care law, supposedly the biggest achievement of his administration, run on time. The Stimulus apparently didn’t run on time either as we are still waiting for all of those “shovel ready jobs”.

Sam Riddle, an aid involved in the dealing with the Kilpatrick administration in Detroit said something to the effect that the bribery and political cronyism was so rampant that the only difference between doing business in Detroit and some Third World Tyrants hole was that Detroit didn’t have goats and chickens running around on the streets. Much the same could be said about DC today with one critical difference. DC gets to print it’s own money.

Sadly, while the advantages of all that money are seen in the bonuses for government employees,  the revolving door between Treasury and Wall Street, and the current construction boom in DC, the rest of the country is looking more and more like Detroit every day. The problem with resting power on the “qualifications” of the politically well connected and those with great “political instincts” is that the ability to run a campaign and raise money has nothing to do with the skills of making the trains run on time. PR skills and management skills are rarely interchangeable.

This is why we get an Energy Stimulus program run by a former campaign bundler who gives loans to big Obama contributors who while not producing jobs or product somehow manage to make enough income to donate to the reelection campaign. This is why an IRS whose employees and their union gave almost exclusively to the party of government manage to waste millions of dollars on luxury hotels, conferences, booze, and pornography and still finds time to single out opponents of the Obama regime applying for tax exempt status for extra scrutiny while they fail to track down thousands of tax cheats.

This is why we get an NSA that data mines everything but apparently knows nothing.  As it missed Tamerain Tsuniev’s clear violation of his Visa. This is why we get a Homeland security administration that missed Nidal Hassans Soldier of Allah proclamations while they sent out bulletin after bulletin on the dangers of right wing terrorism.

For all of the ruminations of Obama’s great intelligence, where is the evidence? Has he initiated ANY program that was successful and reached it’s stated goals? I could go on but the reality is the only comparison between this administration and the Third Reich is Sgt. Schultz claiming “I know nothing” on Hogans Heroes and the string of Administration officials taking the fifth again in front of a congressional committee. Thomas Sowell recently made this comment about American liberalism “At the heart of the left’s vision for the world is the implicit assumption that high minded third parties like themselves can make better decisions for other people than those people can make for themselves”.

And the sad reality is every day we see little evidence that most of these elites are even competent to run their own lives much less everyone else’s. Obama is much more Sargent Schulz than Furhrer.