Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Obama Destroys the Middle Class

Obama has ordered a Mennonite health insurer to not raise their rates. This is as iconic as it's going to get that Obama is out to destroy the middle class and make sure that in true Marxian fashion, everyone except he and his cronies are laborers. This is cutting off the American dream at the knees.

This past summer, I raised my rates to my clients. I'm an architect and I'd been charging the same rates since the mid-90s. But when inflation began eating away my ability to live, I had to bite the bullet and raise my rates. I didn't want to. I didn't want to create a situation where they could now tell me they didn't want to hire me anymore. Every businessman goes through this kind of trial by fire - especially the smaller businesses.

So when I read this article with the headline Obama tells insurer to reverse rate hike I thought I was going to blow a gasket. How could he order this company to not ask for higher rates?

Obama administration on Monday called on a Mennonite-owned health insurance company to cancel its proposed 11.6 percent rate hike, marking the first time the government has tried to pressure a private company under the new health care law. [I raised my rates 50%. P]

"While Pennsylvania-based Everence Insurance said it needs to raise rates on about 5,000 customers to cover costs, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius called the increase “unreasonable,” holding it up as evidence that the government has an important role to play in reining in the cost of coverage.

“'This sends a message to insurers around the country that the days of unchecked, double-digit increases are over,' Mrs. Sebelius said." [Translation: The days of you using your own mind and intelligence are over. P]

This is fascism straight up - not fizzed, not on the rocks, nothing but pure, unadulterated variety of fascism. Fascism is a system of government that allows, even encourages people to own property - i.e., possess the title to it and all the liabilities of it and then orders them to use and dispose of their property as the government decides. This is as evil as politics can get. The people end up with the liabilities and the government ends up with the benefits. It is not an ounce better in principle than the Southern version of enslavement of blacks. In fact, it is the same thing in another form.

Communism, bad as it is, is more truthful as to what it is. It's time people stop candy-coating Obama and call him out for who he is. He, one of human history's biggest con men, is out to destroy human lives (in the name of ministering to the victims of life, the poor and unable) by destroying their entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity. He is commanding out of existence the essence of being human - being a creator of values. Obama, has a lot of people fooled as a humane president while he is exactly the opposite. He dooms millions of people to poverty and and actively kills off any dream of having a better life. America could not have a worse example of humanity than Barack and Michelle Obama and not only is America suffering from this life-shattering malady, but so is the world. If you want to destroy human being, what you do is destroy possibility for him. And that is precisely what the Obamas are doing.

Never have I experienced such a painful period of history. Where I work, I talk to people from all over the world and in all walks of life. The people who are most disappointed with the Obamas, besides the Americans who know what is going on, are the people who emigrated to the US for the American dream. Whether they come from Columbia or India, the reason is always the same - so they could work hard and have a future for their kids. And don't tell me they don't see what is happening. Of course they do and they openly express it. Only those Americans who have been indoctrinated into thinking socialist or thinking social justice don't see it. They are gobbling up huge mouthfuls of this garbage and thinking it is a Thanksgiving feast. Little do they know.

America better wake up or there won't be a country on the face of the earth that holds the individual life above all else - that forms its government to protect not the welfare, but the individual rights of its citizens. It guarantees nothing about the results of life. All it does is protect your right to pursue your life and not be besieged by predators, i.e., criminals. But because we have lost the distinction of liberty, we now we have a Criminal-in-Chief in the White House. The cost of this is mind-boggling and we will pay for it for generations.

Three years ago, the Ayn Rand Institute said America must get itself re-oriented and grounded in liberty in twenty years, otherwise, America will be done and gone. This is the battle we are now in. Now is the time to get your butt "to the barricades" and stand for liberty every place you go. Now is the time to acknowledge that we are in a war for our lives. And we win this war or the light of possibility for your future and your progeny's future will go extinguished. Choose.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rothbard Destroys A Common Statist Argument

I agree with this in every respect except one: society does need a State with no power except the control of the retaliatory use of force when a citizen violates another citizen's rights. Such a State must be designed to possess a monopoly on the use of retaliatory force. (No man or State can prevent initiatory force if a man chooses to initiate the force.) The State is to possess this monopoly so long as the Constitution which grants this monopoly gives ALL rights of control to the people. If it objectively violates its charter, the people have the right to destroy it and begin anew. The monopoly on the use of retaliatory force is essential to prevent thrusting the society into perpetual turf wars of competing defense companies.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Blacks Need to Kick Obama's Ass

Never have we, in my lifetime, had a more racist President. Racism means that one assesses and judges a man by the color of his skin. One doesn't look at a person's talents nor his character. Only his skin color matters. Skin color is the first and only means that one ought to use to know how to treat a person - says a racist.

Today I read an article with this headline: Obama Seeks Ideas on Reducing Black Joblessness.

What's wrong with this? First of all, it doesn't recognize how jobs are created. Jobs don't know race. That's a matter arbitrarily imposed on the issue. From this question, I wouldn't be surprised if Obama came up with the solution of enslaving blacks. After all, all slaves had a job. They didn't get paid with money and didn't have freedom, but they did have food and a place to stay - you know, government-level for providing stuff. Sounds perfect.

Because Obama singles out blacks, he treats them as a collective. What does this mean? It means that blacks, since he's using his bully pulpit to lead on this matter, are to be treated as part of this collective. Now, you and I know that in any group, there are good people and bad, talented people and people with little or no talent, meritorious people and those who aren't worth a damn. But, if Obama is asking us - all of us who are listening - to treat blacks as a collective as he is doing, then in order to protect ourselves, we will be forced to judge them all by the lowest common denominator. So, in effect, looking at a black, one has to say to himself (given Obama's lead here) that you can't trust them to do what you want? Why? Because there are some in this group that cannot be trusted - or should I say, can be trusted to be lazy, steal from you, not be a man of his word, etc. - and since we can only use skin color as the way to judge these people, then for our own self-protection we must avoid them.

This is the vile and evil nature of a racist. And make no mistake, Obama is a racist or he would never say something like what he is saying. Every day he opens his mouth, he makes life more difficult for all blacks. And this is why they need to kick his ass.

As for me, I reject Obama entirely because I reject collectivism entirely. A collectivist always destroys the best of men in favor of the worst of men.

The valid alternative to Obama's hideous racism (and John Lewis's and the Congressional Black Caucus's too) is Individual Rights - where every man is recognized as the owner of his life and is free to make it what he wants. What benefits blacks is the same for all people, not to minister to their neediness but to protect their individual rights and yes, I mean only the NEGATIVE rights.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The American Principle 101

We now see that the top down politics that has come to a head in the Obama Administration is against human nature. Only the individual man knows what it takes to keep him looking forward to and wanting to take on life. (The moral is that which causes that desire in the individual human being. He must pursue happiness or his lust for life will die.) All orders and dictates from a top-down government chafe against that individual right. When it interferes too much, it must be changed as the Declaration of Independence makes clear.

The people of Vernon NJ are a beacon for what is possible and will need to take place all over this country. As it is learned in the incubators of liberty such as Vernon, so it shall grow into the full-fledged power of the possibility that only the United States has ever presented to mankind.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." -- Declaration of Independence, 1776

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Lesson No One Forgot

This came to me as one of those forwarded messages that we all get on the internet. No matter, the point is excellent and needs to be spread far and wide. So, I am.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A."

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

When the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail for the same reason: when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could any explanation of this principle be simpler? We will have a test on this principle come November 2012.