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Gigantic Budget and False Hopes

Posted by jemartynowski on February 27, 2009

Well, the United States Government just passed a huuuuuge budget yesterday. The budget includes the trillion dollar “stimulus” package that redirects our money to where the government thinks it will be better used.  That is, in fact, a complete sham. 

While the government is coming out telling us that we need all of this spending to help improve our financial position, they are completely missing some steps in the logic of it all.  By taking money from some people and redistributing it to wherever they want, they are acting like a dog chasing its tail.  The amount of money in the system doesn’t increase.  They haven’t created any wealth. 

The only reason they could possibly give for doing this is that they will spend our money in a better way than we would.  This is bull.  First, who’s to say what’s “better.”  Isn’t it better if someone uses their money to buy the things they want?  That is how jobs get created.  Second, if we want our society to run better, when have we ever trusted the government to do anything better?  They are people who are crappy (for the most part) in real society and the only thing they do well is kiss ass and suck up to the right people.  They never create anything useful or do useful jobs.  Hell, most of them have law degrees.  Eww. 

Seriously, though, back to the dog chasing his tail.  Society doesn’t get any better from running in circles.  Really, they are just taking the money, taking out a chunk for themselves, then redistributing it.  It’s a net loss for society.  There is no amount of spending that can change the direction of a nation, or the world for that matter, for the better.

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Rick Santelli’s Revolution and the White House’s Response

Posted by jemartynowski on February 25, 2009

By now I’m sure everyone in the country, at least those who care, have seen the video of Rick Santelli calling for a revolution by capitalists in the United States who are angry with the socialist, or even communist attitudes coming from the White House and Washington in general over this financial downturn.  Santelli’s call for a “Chicago Tea Party” is based on the fact that the principals the United States of America were founded on are being completely thrown away with the bailouts, stimulus plans, or whatever you want to call them.  No matter your political leaning, you have to admit, he’s right.

The fact that we have decided to subsidize people who are not succeeding in life is unfair in a free society.  To subsidize these people and institutions means taking from people who have “enough” money.  Doing this is laying claim to the fruits of someone else’slabor and redistributing it to others as an arbiter (in this case the government) sees fit.  This is clearly wrong to any logical thinker because a person cannot be free if they do not own their labor.  No person who’s wealth is redistributed by another is free, but is instead a slave.  Whether it’s one tyrant or a group of elected officials, someone doing as they wish with somebody’s labor is enslavement.

What I just described is an expanded version of Santelli’s angry yelling from last week.   It is also the difference between capitalism and socialism.  There is no man who is happy with our government’s direction that does not like the idea of socialism, or else they are misinformed. 

Now, the White House responded to this via press secretary Robert Gibbs.  He said that Santelli, a man who’s been working in the markets for something like thirty years, “doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”  He then invites Santelli to come to the White House and read the details of Obama’s plan.  The problem here is not that Santelli believes everyone who gets money doesn’t “deserve” it, whatever that means.  It’s that it is idealogically wrong. 

Gibbs was willing to admit that many who don’t deserve a bailout are going to get one, but we need this blanket plan to save whoever can be saved.  Even this is missing the point.  Whether anyone is trying hard and just getting bad breaks or they are just people who bought a $300,000 house on a $50,000 salary, they shouldn’t get somebody else’s money.  That is a hard line that we, as a nation, cannot cross lest we want to become a socialist nation.

Slavery was supposedly eliminated a long time ago, but we’re trying to bring it back.  No man should be able to claim another’s labor.  It’s the definition of slavery and we are so blind to it that we’re willing to vote for it.  Maybe another “Tea Party” is just what we need, but I’m not sure we have the stones to rebel like we once did.  Even in a peaceful manner.

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Surprise Conservative Celebrities

Posted by jemartynowski on February 12, 2009

So I somehow happened upon a list of celebrities that have some kind of conservative connections.  I thought this list would be pretty obvious:  Clint Eastwood, some country singers and NASCAR drivers;  and it does start like that.  However, as I started getting into the slide-show a little more, I ran into a couple surprises and people I forgot about.  Sure, I knew Johnny Ramone leaned to the right, but I forgot about it.  Kathy Ireland, though?  I didn’t know that.  Bo Derek, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rachel Hunter, and Heather Locklear?  Really?  James Earl Jones, Adam Sandler, and Drew Carey? 

I guess I didn’t know all of those people because I’m not like stupid liberal followers who have no idea how to think for themselves.  I don’t care, really, what celebrities say about politics, because I’d be willing to bet that I’m smarter than 95-100% of them.  I think it’s funny that most of these people, as well, don’t care to come out about it for one reason or another.  Maybe it’s because they don’t want to be like the rest of the annoying Hollywood crew or because they know it would hurt their chances at landing jobs.  Who knows.  What I do know is this:  Scott Baio and Tony Danza are registered conservatives.  If that doesn’t bring in the ladies, I don’t know what will.

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