Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nanny State Tuesdays - Week 6

Go go federal food stamps! Enough said...

Newest illegal Executive Order from President Obama, signed June 6, grants authority to DHS to "satisfy [federal] priority communications requirements through the use of commercial, government, and privately owned communications resources.”

The major problem with this EO is that it authorizes the illegal seizure of private property, it also extends DHS power to the Internet... because DHS being able to seize control at the drop of a hat can't possibly be a bad thing... You look at all the EOs he's been passing and you'll see a rather scary trend. It's very easy to use these to remain in control if there is "mass rioting" following the November election. I'm not one for conspiracies, but any time the government extends sudden control over something, one after another, it should be making people wonder. Sadly, nobody seems to keep track of Executive Orders.

Figured I'd jump back to the past (1850 to be exact) where a French economist by the name of Frederic Bastiat pointed out all the ways that legal plunder, as he put it, could be committed. He listed:  tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. He then goes on to say, "All these plans as a whole -- with their common aim of legal plunder -- constitute socialism."

How is it that a French guy in 1850 can see this, and people today are unwilling to see it? This is a mere 2 years after Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto for crying out loud. Have people in this country really forgotten that it was free market capitalism that got us to where we are today? Don't get me wrong, tariffs and important taxes have their purpose, they make sure that the goods going into a country from somewhere else do not cause the downfall of the receiving country's economy, but they ARE a form of legal plunder, and should be looked at to ensure they do not place undue burden on our society.

We aren't a one world economy, so looking after our own interests is a good idea, but not at the cost of the citizens of this country. Tariffs and import taxes are paid by the ones bringing goods into this country and they help to protect our businesses. Minimum wage, subsidies, progressive taxataion (rather than flat and equal tax across the board), public schools (wherein the government decides everything that is taught and so molds the thought processes of successive generations) are NOT in the interest of the public, they are in the interest of those who rely upon the government to live. Those people in most cases are leeches upon society. They take money from those who produce and do not give anything in return. Wealth through such means is redistribution, nothing less.

The Government has now decided to get involved with the credit agencies. There goes any remaining impartiality they may have had. It's going to be kind of hard to downgrade the government's credit rating when they're constantly creating new regulations for you to follow and can make your business harder and harder to run. This is exactly how the government ended up in complete control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

1 comment:

  1. You really know how to depress a girl.

    So, where's that post about something dumb Holder said at the NAACP?

    This might be handy for it: