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Archive for May, 2009

“Progressives” in a Nutshell

Posted by jemartynowski on May 21, 2009

One of my favorite reads, IMAO, threw out this statement in a random thoughts post:

There is never going to be respect for the Muslim world when they’re the children we can’t upset and we’re the adults expected to know better. Why can’t Muslims in the Middle East ever be like, “Don’t worry, that’s just those silly Christians. They don’t know any better.”?

The reason I bring this up is that it completely encompasses the liberal thinking in our nation today.  When someone treats a black man like crap for doing something stupid, he’s racist.  Really, though, he’s just being treated like an individual who did something stupid.  It’s like someone is saying, “hey, they’re black.  They don’t know any better.”

It’s not just with black and white people.  It’s everything else.  “They’re treating Hillary like crap.  It must be because they hate powerful women.”  Or they just think she’s being an idiot.  Isn’t treating someone with kid gloves and patronizing them basically saying they are not worth as much as a white male?  It’s awful. 

Perhaps worse than an annoying liberal saying these things is when someone does it to their own kind.  Jesse Jackson leads the league in this.  He acts as if black people need hand-holding, free handouts, and a leader.  I would argue to Jesse that I, unlike him, think that black people are just as capable and just as smart as anyone else, so they shouldn’t get any special treatment.  Who’s the racist person here?

All I’m saying is that in a free, capitalist society, there is no room for racism.  It’s stupid and doesn’t make any sense.  Differentiating between people based on the color of their skin would harm you or your business.  If you passed up on the best workers because of something so trivial, you’d be out of business or have crappy relationships for the rest of your life.

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Government Takes Huge Step Towards Owning Everything

Posted by jemartynowski on May 20, 2009

I know my brother, my dad, and everyone else will tell me I’m stupid for supporting the free market on this one.  When they think of things like the credit card industry and how they charge huge rates on people who default or miss payments, they immediately say, “those people are getting screwed.”  So obviously, it must be good, in their eyes, that the government is stepping WAY beyond their constitutional authority to regulate the credit market.  They are protecting the innocent civilians.

This thinking is why we are on a straight track toward fascism.  We cannot expect the government to come in and fix all of our problems.  If we are stupid enough to screw up a credit card or miss a payment on something, there is a reason they make us pay those huge rates.  If they do not, the company loses money.  Lots of it.  Now, we all know these companies are not going to lose the money the government is telling them to lose.  They are not in the business of charity.   What does this mean for you, the timely-paying, upstanding credit customer?

You are paying more.  From now on, you will have to pay more to borrow, which means you will probably do less of it.  Which means the economy will not have you contributing as much as you have in the past.  It also means, if you are a business owner, you will have less money for innovation.  It means, if credit is cheaper to those who default more, they will borrow more, which is obviously bad for the economy.

When the government interferes, they make things worse.  The world is not perfect.  It never will be.  But every time the president says, “we have to…” insert thing here, he’s trying to stifle the free market.  And when he does that, he only creates a situation that needs more regulation.  And more.  And more. 

The free market may allow for some people to get completely screwed, and I do in fact feel sorry for those people.  But I ask you this:  is it better to save some people from bad credit than to live in a country that does not allow for innovation, stifles creativity, and eventually squashes the individual? 

Sadly, I think I know the answer many people would give.

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Daily(ish) Ayn Rand Quote

Posted by jemartynowski on May 15, 2009

You know what, screw it. I’m still so jacked about the last quote that I’m not going to try to top it. It’s exactly so awesomely right on. We retain a fake system, one that is not really a system but a pretend right of those in power to rule with an iron fist. There is nothing to stop their power but a set of “rules” which they don’t really care about. All you get from another sham of an election and new tyrant or group of dictators is someone else willing to pretend they got there legally and using their power to expand an agenda.

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Daily(ish) Ayn Rand Quote

Posted by jemartynowski on May 12, 2009

A mixed economy is a mixture of freedom and controls—with no principles, rules, or theories to define either. Since the introduction of controls necessitates and leads to further controls, it is an unstable, explosive mixture which, ultimately, has to repeal the controls or collapse into dictatorship. A mixed economy has no principles to define its policies, its goals, its laws—no principles to limit the power of its government. The only principle of a mixed economy—which, necessarily, has to remain unnamed and unacknowledged—is that no one’s interests are safe, everyone’s interests are on a public auction block, and anything goes for anyone who can get away with it. Such a system—or, more precisely, anti-system—breaks up a country into an ever-growing number of enemy camps, into economic groups fighting one another for self preservation in an indeterminate mixture of defense and offense, as the nature of such a jungle demands. While, politically, a mixed economy preserves the semblance of an organized society with a semblance of law and order, economically it is the equivalent of the chaos that had ruled China for centuries: a chaos of robber gangs looting—and draining—the productive elements of the country.

-From Capitalism:  The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

Wow.  If this doesn’t describe “how we got here” as people like to say these days, nothing does.  Forgive me for not posting this excerpt earlier, as it is one of the most importantly prophetic from Rand’s writings. 

What I like about this commentary is that it not only describes why our economy is crappy but why our political system is crappy, as well.  “Such a system … breaks up a country into an ever-growing number of enemy camps…” It is exactly why I about blow a fuse when people tell me that the Constitution and our founders intended for us to be a formless blob that can constantly change.  Wrong.  It is a set of rules that LIMITS the government’s powers and outlines what they are supposed to do.  If followed, we’d be much better off.  This is why we must keep fighting for our individual freedoms no matter what our oppressors say or do to try and shut us up.

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Donna Shalala (hehe) On CNBC Making No Sense

Posted by jemartynowski on May 12, 2009

Watch It Here!

Donna Shalala, despite the hilarious name, is an important person in our country.  She is the former Health & Human Services secretary which means people listen to her when she talks about things like socialized health care.  This interview from a couple weeks ago started about some swine flu or something I’ve never heard of but eventually worked its way on to health care reform.  The important sentence that I think is a prime example of the idiocy of the liberal mind comes at the 01:37 mark. 

She says that we are all paying for the uninsured one way or another because their health care gets paid for by all of us paying higher insurance costs.  Now, this is the classic “take water from the deep end of the pool, pour it into the shallow end and think the water is rising” thinking that liberals have.  Backwardly, she says that we need to change health care so that everyone gets insurance.  Yay!  Except that all that does is make us all pay it through higher taxes, not higher insurance costs.  So, all you’ve done is make it so that all of the costs that stayed in one sector are spread out through all taxpayers.  Seems dumb to me, but maybe I’m missing something.  It appears that the only way this could be better is if we are under the assumption that the government bureaucracy would be better at being an insurance company and deciding who gets what treatment and whether someone is worth living or not.  Is this what I’m missing?  The government would be able to do a better job of offering timely, clean, professional health care at the same or higher level than the country with the best medical care in the world?

Something tells me that nobody would agree with that.  Our government, with the exception of the one thing they’re supposed to do (defense), can’t do anything right.  I’m OK with that, because that’s what our founding fathers envisioned.  They just wrote a constitution that doesn’t allow idiots to screw it up too bad.  If we followed that document, we wouldn’t even need to waste our time pointing out the complete stupidity of those looking to take away individual freedoms.

Oh yeah, and I love the complete willingness everyone has now to admit that the crappy economy and the fact that Democrats were all elected is basically a blank check for them to do what they want and they’re happy about it.  Wow.  Just wow.

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