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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Renting From the Government

Of all of the taxes I hate, the worst is property tax.

This morning I heard some 65 year old something say he was making his last house payment and then he would own his house free and clear. "Really" I said.

You see, the first real lienholder on all property is the government. Once I pay off my house, I get to pay the government rent. Property tax. I can't evade it. It never goes away like a mortgage. You pay your whole life. And like my 65 year old friend, the government will seize half of his house anyway via the death tax. Who gave the government the right to seize our property? Well, they did of course.

Smart money, the rich and the elite, do estate planning to avoid paying taxes. Often they have enough money to buy life insurance in an off setting amount to settle the taxes on an estate. They use revocable and irrevocable trusts. They gift off maximum amounts. The use shelters and off shore accounts. The rest of us can't do that. We have just enough money to steal and not enough money to hide or pay for the services that preserve what little wealth we have.

One of my big concerns with buying a house is the great money grab by bankrupt governments. Levy rates are going up everywhere as they try to recapture lost revenue. Government doesn't think like us. When they need money, they pillage us. The last thing they think about is cutting waste or spending.

I feel fortunate to live in a big conservative state that hates taxes. One could find a lot worse places- like the bankrupt west coast- to settle down. Currently on top of income, sales, and gas taxes- I get to pay an additional 6-7% of my income to Ada County. Space rent for my house.

Sarah Palin- Having Your Email Disclosed to the World

I have to tell you. I hate the mainstream media. They have a leftist agenda that never stops. It's like a fucking indoctrination.

Exhibit any right to entertain conservative or libertarian values and we'll show you the door. You are entitled to our leftist view of the world and no other.

So the media went after Sarah Palin. Subpoenaed all of her emails while she was Governor. Thousands and thousands of them. You know what they found??

No smoking gun. No sexual hijinks. Jack shit. Nada. Sarah Palin while not pure- is pretty damn close. Can you imagine what would happen if we asked for Obama's emails? There would be a cry from left coast to left coast. The lefties would scream like the whiny ass brats that they are. I consider their FOI Act request of Sarah Palin's emails a malicious witch hunt.

The media, and the fascist left, should be ashamed of themselves. I'd like to see their email.

When Idiots Argue Obamacare

Most libertarians and conservatives agree on a vastly diminished government role. That is to say, I want just enough government to take care of my health and safety needs. National defense. The Food and Drug Administration.

What I don't want is a government that buys automakers, makes loans to homeowners and students, and subsidizes businesses like big oil- who are doing just fine without government assistance.

Which leads me to Obamacare.

Compelling citizens to buy health care or purchase any product under threat of law is illegal and unconstitutional. It is unprecedented. There is always one idiot in the room that will make these two arguments.

1. State governments force us to buy motor vehicle liability insurance, don't they?
2. Why should I or society have to pay for your poor lifestyle choices?

Let me answer these two questions.

1. Driving is a privilege. Liability insurance protects us from each other. One of the roles of government is the protection and safety of it's citizens. Liability insurance protects us from each other. However, unlike driving, life is not a privilege. It is a God given right. You have the right to drink water, eat food, breath air. You have the right to choose how to spend your money. You have the right to choose what health care you want or need. You have the right to live and survive. Those are constitutional guarantees. You have that right because we were designed as a country that prized FREEDOM and died for it. And the only thing that has changed in the 240 years since that Constitution was signed (for the sake of this point) is the quality and cost of health care.

2. People make poor decisions. It is not my job to suffer the consequences of their poor decision making. I have no control over what other people eat, smoke, and drink. Government, drug companies, insurance companies, and the health care industry have done a great deal to socialize medicine. The simple truth is- is that health care providers legally steal from the haves through exorbitant billing in an attempt to socialize the health care costs of the have nots. It's not my job to pay the costs of the have nots- whether some third party desperately wants me to believe that- is completely irrelevant to me. Really, it's not my problem. But that sure doesn't stop them from trying to pick my pockets.

I have an 1100 dollar bill for one simple two minute blood test. From the St. Lukes hospital lab. I refuse to pay it. I offered to pay a small premium over a competing lab's price of 210.00. I offered 300.00. Instead, they sent the bill to collection. I begged them to take me to court. They can't. They aren't going to get 1100 and they know it. This ridiculousness and state sanctioned thievery is out of control and nearing an end.

The problem with the whole health care system is that it is over run with abuse and greed. From top to bottom. It needs a vast and complete overhaul. Regulation. And millions upon millions of healthy people are done subsidizing the costs for people that have to have health care. The system is breaking down and will eventually implode as we move to a service economy with crappy wages that can't pay the outrageous demands of health care. The point is- is that the government's solution (Obamacare) is worse than the problem itself.

The next time you hear the statists, or lefties, argue for Obamacare make sure you listen closely. You'll hear one of those two arguments.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hmmm....Let's See....Should I Work On a Plan To Rescue Our Bankrupt Country or Play Golf?

President Screw Off has now played golf 71 times while in office for a total of 355 wasted hours.

That's 355 hours of playing. Just golf.  That doesn't include bike riding, basketball, or vacations.

Aren't you just dying to find out whether or not he has spent 355 hours working on some sort of management plan to extract the U.S. from bankruptcy and return jobs to the U.S.?

The dude still can't break 90 on the golf course. Pathetic but totally predictable and congruent, in line with his other great accomplishments.  

Let's pray our country has the good sense to get rid of Obama. Let him play all of the golf that he wants to- on his own time.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Obama, In Desperate Need of Re-Election, Says Let's Try More Stimulus

Is there a shortage of people who like to play golf and take vacations? How hard can it be to find someone like that?

After three years in office, President Screw Off has pretty much tipped his hand. This is a man of little substance, with no plan, that spends his time like some novelty. So if something doesn't work the first, second, or third time you try it- well common sense says to Obama, "Let's try it again."

More stimulus.

Japan Becomes World's Biggest Exporter...

The U.S. has become a net importer of something besides oil and flimsy goods made in China. First stop, Seattle.

Tepco, and the Japanese Government should be thanked for minimizing the worst nuclear disaster in the history of man. Wow. Our government saying nothing. Americans are busy reading about some idiot sending lewd photos.

Folks on the left coast should read this. (I am uncomfortably close)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

States In Far More Debt Than Anyone Realizes

Ya know it's really hard to pay for 25 dollar an hour government employees by taxing 8 dollar an hour McDonalds workers.

I saw a piece yesterday that said that over half of the 50k jobs created last month were McDonald's jobs. No shit.

Meredith Whitney is now saying that states are in far worse shape than they are letting on...states are raiding retirement accounts and kicking the can down the road just like the Feds.

State governments have generally been more responsible than the Federal Government- mostly because they can't sell treasuries and counterfeit worthless dollars. California issues IOU's. Illinois is absolute fucking toast. NJ and California are right behind them. So what is state arbitrage?

That occurs when businesses and wealthy residents of any given state see their tax rates go up- they simply move to a more tax friendly state. People are fleeing Illinois and California. This of course exacerbates the problem. That's why dramatic cuts ala austerity are very real and coming like a freight train.

The FEDS and state governments simply haven't figured out that we are in a depression. That it is not going to go away on it's own. It HAS to get worse. They are going to have to start CANNING people EN MASSE. Sticking your head under the covers and pretending this shit doesn't exist will not make it better although in America- that is our usual course of action.

You know what I call the glass half full crowd here? Idiots.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Don't Take My Word For It, Trust a Polymath

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

"I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." --Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816.

  • Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826); some sources describe him as "polymath and President," putting "polymath" first;[146] John F. Kennedy famously commented, addressing a group of Nobel laureates, that it was "the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House—with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."[147]

"Normal" People Are Starting to Catch On, Banks and Elite Have Been Bullying Citizens, Extorting Money

I found this article at ZeroHedge. Maybe, just maybe, good people like the ones (of course) that read my blog are starting to catch on.

Real anger and ignition occur when the American people realize that Congress will not lift a fucking finger to help them because they are one of the biggest components of the problem. Along with President Looks Forward and Talks a Plenty. This piece pretty much encapsulates why I started this blog and why I continue. Except that it is not as well written, of course.

Bernanke: Job Market Far From Normal

This is the kind of raw genius I've come to expect from Mr. Perfect S.A.T. Score and M.I.T. genius, Ben Bernanke.

The job market is far from normal? No shit. It's hideous. What would we do without your insightful candor, Ben? Just keep shoveling our tax dollars to your banker cronies. We get it.

But the best part of this piece is that Bernanke says he is optimistic about the second half of 2011. Just have patience people. Not only do they kick the debt can down the road, but they blow smoke up our asses as well. How long can Ben lie? Only as long as everyone keeps believing him. Like sands through the hourglass, so goes the years of our lives.

Still think Obama cans this guy to try and save his ass.

Magically, the jobs will appear. Trust me.

Is WeinerGate Worth Paying Attention To?

Short answer, no.

Will New York Representative Anthony Weiner stay married? Who knows. His wife is good friends with Hillary Clinton so maybe Hillary can give her some pointers on looking the other way. Hillary, from the days of Gennifer Flowers, is a professional at promoting all is well appearances.

So Anthony Weiner, age 46, panicked and made up a story about sending a picture of his penis erectus to a 21 year old gal once the photo was made public. Weiner LIED and said his twitter account was hacked. Incredible.

This is the kind of bullshit that captivates our country. Much adieu about nothing. I must have read 20 articles on Ace of Spades about this incident. Why?  Because Weiner is a Democrat. If he had been a Republican- there might be a blog or two. That illustrates the problem with our alleged "two party" system. They take turns laughing at each other as though one is the superior party. Today the Democrats get embarrassed. Soon it will be the Republicans' turn. That is what we waste our time on. While huge issues, like that 5 billion dollar a day interest on the national debt, just keep chugging along with no solution in sight.

No wonder this country is in such a mess. In the big scheme of things, sending a photo of your penis is the act of a horny juvenile or a drunken mind. Hardly newsworthy. These are the idiots charged with leading our nation and finding solutions to problems. This is how they respond when confronted with problems.

I'm not sure any further explanation is needed.

Why Would An AutoMaker Call For a Dollar a Gallon Boost in Gas Taxes?

Welcome to more of our Kleptocracy and government owned corporate America (GM) taking every opportunity to fleece us. Why would an auto maker want to boost taxes on the fuel that runs it's products? Wouldn't that be bad or business? Not in this fucked up environment. More here.

I think it's more sinister and I just don't trust these thieving crony capitalists. I think corporate America and government are trying to herd us in...maybe force us to buy shit like that Chevy Volt at 50k. Once they have us penned in- they gouge us with some more veiled thievery down the road.

Know this simple rule. If government or corporate America want you to do's always in your best interests to do the exact opposite. I wouldn't buy a GM or Chrysler product if they marked it half off.

Death Or Boola Boola

I'd like to frame my position for you. Everything has a season. In fact, inasmuch as we fear death- very often the results of death pave the way for new life to spring forth. We are not required to dread death- really. It's a choice we all make.

All life endures the cycle. There is the planting (spring) phase, the growth (summer) phase, the harvest (fall) phase, and the death (winter) phase. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, it doesn't matter whether we like it or not. We can accept it or spend our lives in fear- resisting it.

All things must submit to this cycle. The applications are wide. Relationships, businesses, all life forms, eventually our planet. The cycle becomes distressed when human life tries to interfere with it. Frail, fearful, humans.

Back in 2008, I hoped that every bankrupt bank would be placed into receivership just as the law commands. The life cycle of the banking industry had found winter. It was time for death. There would be spring, new and well capitalized banks would spring forth, better laws and stricter regulations were possibilities. If only any one could have seen that far ahead. Then the greedy bankers and power brokers in both houses went to work. Frail, fearful, humans that wanted to cheat death. They didn't want to take the economic beating that they so richly deserved. They were scared. They found a sympathetic candidate and they elected him. They were spared. Ultimately those chicken shit bankers and politicians believed they were victorious. They're not. In a few years, the system- now hundreds of trillions in debt and headed for winter- will implode.

These ridiculous talks about the debt ceiling make for good theater. A little drama for the clowns in D.C. The debt has already been rung up- the interest meter is running. But I'll be damned if anyone has the courage to stand up and say, "it's over." We are bankrupt. Let's promise to pay the principal, stop the debt meter, and re-organize. Get rid of the FED and get back on the gold standard. The thieving elite and their banker cronies just can't concede yet. They are going to take us all down with them.

You can't cheat death but that sure as hell doesn't stop fearful men from trying. It is always the filthy rich- those who have the most to lose that want to plot an eternal life. All of this reminds me of one of my favorite stories. It is about men, their lack of acceptance, the life cycle, and how our decisions tend to backfire on us.

Three missionaries got lost during a trip to the Amazon jungle. They were captured by a brutal native tribe. The Chief gave each man a choice. "Death or Boola Boola" The first missionary feared death and figured anything was better than death so he chose "Boola Boola." "Boola Boola!" cried the Chief, as he thrust his spear into the air. The tribesmen all lined up and sodomized the poor missionary leaving him brutalized but alive. The second missionary, who also feared death, was a little less enthusiastic than the first missionary. "Boola Boola" he muttered weakly. Once again the Chief thrust his spear into the air and yelled "Boola Boola!" That missionary was left in the the same state as the first one. The third missionary was the proudest of the trio. He was pure and defiant. When the Chief gave him a choice, "Death or Boola Boola" the third missionary straightened up and looked the Chief right in the eye."I choose death" he said. Immediately, the Chief turned to the tribe, thrust his spear in the air, and yelled, "Death by Boola Boola!"

Monday, June 6, 2011

Frankenstein Government Threatens US Taxpayers Over a Few Thousand Dollars, Allows 12 American Corporations To Evade 50 Billion In Taxes

I saw this piece on Plan B Economics. None of these 12 corporations paid any taxes over the last three years although they made 171 billion in profits.

In the meantime, Obama hired an additional 16,000 IRS agents to run around and squeeze every poor working taxpayer out of even more money. A few thousand dollars while billions more are lost.

You simply can't make this shit up.

How did our country and our tax laws get so bad? The system and our officials are morally bankrupt. Our lawmakers, in fact Congress, could change this tomorrow. Congress regulates the tax code. They don't move a muscle, year after year. Why? Because they want it this way- that's why. They and all of their elite cronies benefit from a tax system designed to give the wealthy loopholes and to screw the working class.

How is this going to change? I'm not sure. We lost control long ago. Sometimes when things are stolen from you- you have to steal them back.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Alone at the Moonbat Barbecue

Every year I  attend this giant barbecue. There are singers, raffles, auctions, that sort of thing. One of those all day fund raisers. Yesterday was the day.

This year I found myself in a very precarious position. I was surrounded by uninformed and politically uninterested people. I also had a few moonbats, all women of course, munching away and yakking.  I always do forward intelligence with the people I am forced to associate with. This includes looking at their cars. You see, very often moonbats must make political statements. Armed with just enough information to get themselves in trouble they stick bumper stickers on their cars. "Blue Woman Red State" is popular here. Obama '08. A couple other popular stickers are "Co-exist" or "Save Earth or Gaia" anything like that.

I saw all of those stickers yesterday because I am a nice guy. I carry lawn chairs and coolers for these women from their cars and back again.

Moonbats think they know what's right. They are so completely ego-identified with the Obama Marxists democratic party that they have no problem telling everyone else how they should live their lives. They think they know everything.

I am a Libertarian. Unlike the moonbats, I do know everything. I can name virtually 2/3rds of all House and Senate members and where they are from, I know who the RINO's, DINO's or blue dogs are, I follow President Fuck Off's schedule every week, and I know a lot about our fiat economy. However, a key component of the Libertarian Party is letting people live their lives free from interference. That includes interference from me. Libertarians are always the minority. Everywhere we go. That is just more incentive to keep your mouth shut. Because if an argument breaks out, I am going to win but I will end up pissing off a lot of people in the process. My ego just doesn't need the angst anymore. Back to the picnic...

We have an annual raft race each year which is a lot of fun, but our group has no raft. However, I know that another group has some leftover styrofoam that our group could use to build a raft quickly as the race is less than 6 weeks away. So as the conversation turns to the raft, I offer up the styrofoam information. This is quickly shot down by our group activities' boss because she says, she wants to build a "green raft." I was left silent, trying to wrap my head around what a "green raft" is made out of or what it looks like. I was smart enough not to ask what she had in mind. She offered no alternative.  I suppose a "green raft" would be built out of cow manure, dead branches, and plant material. We could then use it in a compost pile after we were done losing the race. Anyway I dodged that bullet. Clearly, I deduced, she was a moonbat. I was proud of myself for keeping my mouth shut.

One facet of all moonbats is that they think everything should be regulated by the state except killing babies ala abortion. That is acceptable. Fetuses are non human. I have a dear friend who hates moonbats to the extent that he says thank gawd they believe in abortion- imagine how many more moonbats would be running around and voting if abortion was illegal. Hard to argue with that piece of logic.

So after the raft talk petered out, helmet laws became the topic. I hate helmet laws. Not because helmets aren't a good idea, but because I want the choice to wear one or not. Really. If I am going down to the corner store which is 6 blocks away- I don't need the state dictating whether I wear one or not. In fact, I absolutely cannot see where they have any standing in the matter. My bike, my road (taxes), my skull, my insurance. (force placed by law) I am trying to figure out just how the state thinks that any of this is any of their fucking business. Not that common sense has ever had anything to do with government over reach or moonbat belief systems.

Pretty soon one of the moonbats pipes up and states that she wears a helmet while skiing. I can feel the emotion welling up in me. I know what's coming. I try to stay quiet. Then it happens. Another moonbat says, "Brian, you should wear a helmet on your motorcycle."

I hardly know these people. They aren't telling me this because they are concerned about me. This is about ego. The moonbats have already decided what is right and what I need to do. Then I let them have it. I asked them if they wear helmets when they drive their cars. We don't have to, they replied. And I say... why not? We lose tens of thousands of motorists every year to head trauma after auto crashes. You wear helmets skiing and on your bicycles and there is no law- yet. (Moonbat Seattle and the left coast are busy passing bicycle helmet laws.) So when you moonbats all decide to wear helmets when you drive your cars and set the example, I will follow. Moonbats don't use logic much and very often it hurts their feelings when someone else does. I continued..."You know what really pisses me off about the whole helmet thing?" Moonbats preaching to me and telling me how to live my life. If you idiots are having sex and are fearful of falling off the bed and hitting your head, then by all means where a helmet when having sex. But quit telling me how to live my life.

How many people died in automobile crashes last year? About 40,000. Sure, passenger cars and mileage (exposure) dwarf motorcycles yet 40,000 of you are going to die this year driving your cars with seat belts, airbags, etc. Why not wear a helmet? Your chances of survival will increase dramatically. Isn't that the shit you are always telling us motorcyclists?

Can you imagine the government outlawing sex to prevent the spread of AIDS and death? Why haven't they done that? Wouldn't they save hundreds of thousands of people?

I like the idea of living in a free country. A country without the government telling us how to live our lives- regulating and punishing us for acts in which they have no inherent standing and where nobody but ourselves is damaged by our conduct. Are helmets on motorcycles a good idea? Of course. But I want the right to decide whether to wear one or not. I don't want government or the moonbats telling me how to live my life. Truth is, it's none of their fucking business. That's how libertarians think. Crazy huh?

Thankfully, we only have that barbecue once a year. I am now focusing my sights on building that styrofoam raft and winning the big race. Maybe watch some other raft sink to the bottom of the river. I hope they have their helmets on when the "green raft" finds it's watery grave.