Saturday, July 31, 2010

Real Government Reform

There are big changes that need to be made in how government operates. These are changes that most elected officials would not want to hear about, much less support. Before any of this, borders should be closed and all illegal aliens deported. Governments loose respect when they don’t enforce their own laws. Government overspent and is broke. Between the pending $20 trillion National Debt and the $80 trillion in unfunded liabilities, government is bankrupt. If we allow government to print their way out of this, inflation will eat us alive, again. The incestuous relationship between government and big money got us here. It’s time to separate them. Government and Education are dominated by communists who deserve to be laid off.

First is real campaign finance reform.
This is the kind of reform that voters would support, special interests will fight against to the death and most elected officials know would make things better. This campaign finance law would make registered voters in the candidates’ city, county, district or state the only ones who could make legal campaign contributions only to those candidates who would appear on their ballot. This would work for Primaries, Run-offs and General Elections. It would redefine the role of lobbyists to remove campaign contributions as a means to legally bribe elected officials.

Candidates would need a website with their resume and position on issues posted and yard signs. They would be forced to develop relationships with voters rather than special interests.

Free speech would be preserved as special interests, lobbyists, corporations, unions and government employees could buy their own ads to support their own causes. I would hope that their customers, stockholders and members would receive an accounting of these activities along with their marketing and contributions budgets and vote on these to keep them in check. Even special interests must be held accountable to their constituents.

Liberals would fight this change to the death. They invented the corrupt system we are attempting to reform. When John Kerry resigns, you’ll know we’re making progress. Like unions and the mafia, liberals cannot operate without deal making, intimidation, coercion, corruption, divisiveness, bribery and extortion. George Soros’ strategy is to get big spending politicians elected to ensure the decline in the value of their currency and then short-sell the currency. He did this in the UK and he is doing it now in the US. Unions are unnecessary and damaging and they know it, so they’re desperate. Liberals get ugly when cornered.

This will need to be passed by State Legislatures and recognized by Federal Legislatures before any of these changes could occur. This is the only solution left to states like California, where government employee unions control the legislature.

Second is a return to the Constitution and the 10th Amendment.
We need to stop electing “welfare state Marxists”, those who say they want to “help” people. Helping people is the peoples’ job and it must be done without the government. The Federal Government’s powers must be stripped back to be consistent with the 10th Amendment; this will save needed dollars the Federal Government doesn’t have, but continues to spend.

The Federal Government must retreat from controlling and funding Education, Healthcare and Welfare Systems; the States do these anyway, but I would cut all federal subsidies and let the States scale these back to fit their budgets. This would involve the repeal of decades of Federal Laws.

The congress must assume responsibility for monetary policy to ensure that inflation is kept to under 1% a year. The Fed can present its analysis and get approval from congress before it prints more money. The dollar devaluation must stop. The 1913 dollar is now worth 3 cents. The Fed has failed. A stable dollar is the answer to increasing U.S. savings rates. Retirement accounts should be free from the kind of risk we have endured in the stock market.

Counties should shoulder the burden of this reduction in funding. I would hope that schools would use internet and home schooling as much as possible to reduce expenses.

Third is real legislative process reform.
For years, legislators made their own rules, allowing for legalized bribery and extortion. This has resulted in wasting over half of the tax revenues spent since the founding of our country.

House and Senate Rules should not allow unrelated, tacked-on amendments to be added to Bills. Start by banning any other items from being added to military and government operations appropriations Bills. Earmarks would be eliminated and “for other purposes” should be removed.

House and Senate Resolutions should be eliminated; they are trite and a waste of time.

It’s time to reform the rules used to pass legislation. Current rules allow unrelated issues and expenditures to be bundled with necessary legislation. The only intelligent decision is to vote NO. This should not be allowed. It’s a formula that allows really bad legislation and expenditures to hide in the corners of benign legislation and be passed.

Carve-outs should be removed. If it’s good enough for everybody else, it’s good enough for your biggest campaign contributors. Exempting favored states, industries and companies from regulations should not be allowed.

Many regulations codify dumb policies cooked up by unions and liberals and adopted by big dumb companies and they want to impose these on the rest of us. The big dumb companies support these to increase their smaller competitors’ costs.

Fourth, we need the Legislatures to reverse Court and Executive Order errors
Congress must define “Life” to include the unborn, define “Born” and revoke citizenship from ‘Anchor Babies” and should reverse the Supreme Court ruling on school prayer and end the attack on references to God by the ACLU.

We must roll back all “favored minority” regulations to end the Gay Rights movement. If we don’t, we will encourage pedophiles and terrorists to begin their own Rights Movements.

Social engineering must end. All of it should be repealed.
EPA rules should be pared back; CO2 is not a pollutant and doesn’t cause global anything.

Fifth, we are broke. We need to pay off the debt.
We must cut half of the Federal budget to match revenue. We need to reduce government employment from the current 25 million to 15 million. We can’t afford them. We need to cut 10 million government jobs, so the most humane approach would be to start a government hiring freeze now. We also need to freeze pay and benefits and convert government pensions to defined contribution plans. It could take several years of pay freezes before government pay packages settle back in closer parody with private sector compensation. Governments must limit their borrowing to 3 times their annual revenue.

We must pay off the debt. Government must cut spending to match revenue. Next government must set up principle and interest payments to begin to pay down the debt. That means the Federal Government must cut the functions that are ‘reserved for the states and for the people’. Annual spending is roughly $4 trillion a year vs. annual revenue of $2 trillion a year. If we need to spend $1 trillion a year to pay off the debt, the government will have to function on $1 trillion a year. The Federal government must withdraw from funding and controlling Education, R&D except defense, Healthcare and Welfare. States need to push these responsibilities back to the counties and cities’ this should take 3 years of pull-back spending reductions. These monsters will necessarily shrink.

Federal parks and unused land should revert to the States. The Tax Code and the Income tax should be eliminated and replaced by a 10% national sales tax. All Departments except Defense, State and Interior should be eliminated. Functions from the eliminated Departments should be reconsolidated under the Interior.

We must phase out Medicaid which is now less effective and many times more expensive than the old county hospital and neighborhood clinic model we need to return to.
We must phase out Medicare and Social Security. They are unsustainable and unconstitutional. If we had paid our 17% to our own lock-box accounts, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

We must remember that any responsibilities assumed by the Federal government will cost 10 times more than it’s worth and will result in disaster, without exception. Most laws enacted since 1913 should be repealed.

Sixth, we need to stop being the world’s policeman.
We need to close most of our 700 overseas military bases and put those bases on the Mexican border to fight the drug cartel war and replace the border patrol. Border guarding should be a military responsibility.

Focus on Iran. Stop kicking the can down the road. If we deal with Iran, our other problems will go away, so deal with Iran, harshly. We should do this by freezing Iranian assets. If we need military action we should do it with drones, air attacks and Special Operations forces, not occupying armies. We need to stop Iran and all others who would fund terrorism and be done with it.

We will waste $2 trillion in nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like most things government does, it was not a good deal. We don’t have to do this. We can take out the poppy fields every year with napalm.

Colonialism should die a natural death. It results in extinction events for empires and creates top down country creating that causes problems forever. Our record of inserting ourselves in every world conflict that arises hasn’t bought us much. In most cases we end up creating a monster we have to fight a decade later.

Seventh, we need to redefine terms and establish priorities.
U.S. interests must be redefined as U.S. voters’ interests and would not necessarily include U.S industry, business or globalist interests. We no longer need a large footprint around the world beyond what businesses do for themselves, if they are responsible vendors who deliver value.

Social engineering has to go. It is not in the interests of the U.S. voter to have a government engage in social engineering or funding special interest activities or funding and adopting junk science and using it to create regulations that double our energy bills.

Foreign aid and involvement must be curtailed. We can’t afford to buy the world a coke. There is a long established principle in Ethics that attaches proximity and personal charity to the moral imperative. The good Samaritan became responsible for the injured man who was beaten and robbed when he happened upon him. It is not in the U.S. voters’ interest to ship billions of tax dollars overseas. It is the decision of each voter to give to all charitable causes personally.

We need lower unemployment. We have 20 million illegal aliens and 20 million unemployed. Is this hard ? Illegal aliens must be deported. When our government ignores our citizens living in Arizona in the middle of a war zone, but sends past Presidents to raise millions for overseas relief, voters’ interests are not served.
Eighth, we need to get government out of unconstitutional, dangerous, unsustainable and wasteful activities

Education, funded and controlled by government is a recipe for tyranny. It’s dangerous and pollutes the subject matter. The communist ideological indoctrination taking place in our schools will ruin the country. It’s the Hitler Youth on steroids and a black hole for funding. The curriculum has declined to be dominated by “useless studies” as the predominant major. These degrees do not prepare us for anything. These graduates cannot find jobs. We fill our engineering classes with foreigners. Let’s pull the plug and start over. Giving loans to students to study this stuff is criminal. Communist ideology must be surgically removed from all education. Starving it into oblivion is a good start. All education can now be done on the internet.

Healthcare, funded and controlled by government is unsustainable because it is a black hole for funding. We treat everything and cure nothing. Most cancer patients die from the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation. We are spending way more than these drugs and medical treatments are worth and it’s time to get back to basics. Healthcare is a scandal. I predict that the abandonment of healthcare by government would usher in its salvation, leaving healthcare to providers and patients.

Health Insurance should be optional. Companies should flip whatever they are spending on health insurance into pay raises and allow employees to find their own insurance, or not.

Illegal Aliens are an economic drag. If we could lose 20 million illegal aliens and send indigents to county health, healthcare could survive, so could schools and the legal system.

Earmarks are wasteful and should be banned. These are projects local voters won’t fund. Sometimes they are very expensive like “the bridge to no-where”. Mostly they are low priority city and county projects that could be funded by donations, like bike-paths and landscaping.

Grants are wasteful in all departments and should be eliminated. If somebody has a project that has merit, they can figure out how to turn it into a commercial success. If not, voters shouldn’t have to pay for it.
Government funding of studies are wasteful. Research should be funded privately.

The Arts should be funded privately. They’d none of them be missed.

The EPA should be rolled back and left to the states. They do more harm than good. CO2 is not a pollutant.

The Department of Labor should be closed and left to the states. Unions should be left on their own to sink or swim without government help.

Social Security should be exposed for the Ponzie scheme it is and should be privatized over time, but first, investment vehicles that are impervious to wild swings in value must be established. This would have been debt equity, but social engineering wrecked it.

FDA functions should be left to the states where their charter can be limited and met. Drugs should be tested for safety and side effects by a designated non-governmental lab at pharmaceutical company expense.
The department of Agriculture should be closed, subsidies ended and functions returned to the states.

The department of Health and Human Services should be closed and its functions left to the states and counties.
The department of Transportation should stop subsidizing light rail and Amtrak and stick to maintaining Interstate Highways.

Oil and gas are needed. Congress must open up drilling for gas and oil everywhere, with no exceptions. The Interior department needs to learn about how to avoid oil spills and ensure, in person, that these standards are followed.

Ninth, regulations and red tape should be value stream process mapped and continuously improved to remove non-value-added activities and barriers.
We need to make it easier to do business in the U.S., not harder. India’s economy was in gridlock before they streamlined their business license maze. It’s impossible to do business in government controlled socialist republics, which is what we now have.

Most of our legislation misses the mark. It punishes the innocent and lets the guilty go free. Large companies are squandering resources to comply with laws and regulations that are unnecessary and stem from government initiated social engineering.

Large companies are the last place I would look for an illegal alien workforce. They need English speaking employees. Yet they maintain Affirmative Action Plans, I-9 Forms and use E-Verify. Small landscapers, large and small farming operations, construction companies, drug cartels, tree removal companies, retail, fast food operations and grocery stores have all the illegal aliens working there, but somehow, they are never discovered, arrested or deported. What were you thinking ?

Tenth, goods producing jobs must return to the U.S.
We need a viable U.S. economy to dig our way out of our government debt hole. The Federal government needs to remove legislative obstacles and let the states do the job.

Goods Producing employment, including manufacturing, mining, logging and drilling must double from the current 18 million jobs to 36 million jobs. We need to make manufacturing in the U.S. competitive with the rest of the world through automation and regulatory and tax reform. Companies in various industries can tell you the cost of manufacturing overseas vs. in the U.S.

Foreign governments have actively recruited our manufacturing industries to locate plants in their countries. Incentives include long-term tax holidays, free land or rent and all manner of bribes. The end result has been that our companies, realizing that they could cut their costs by 50%, have relocated to these other countries. In many cases, these companies have no unions, less stringent regulations and more freedom to operate efficiently. We will not get some of these industries back, ever.

Elected Officials should be actively engaged in gathering facts and numbers from industries we could entice to return manufacturing operations to the U.S.
Unions must be recognized as the job killers they are. They ruin companies. There are industries who would return their manufacturing operations to the U.S. but for exposure to re-unionization.

The information we got from the “Information Age” wasn’t good. We lost our wealth-producing industries. In the 1990 manufacturing jobs were off-shored and laid-off workers went to retail jobs. In 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, the economy took a tumble along with the airline industry. The lower interest rate response to the down-turn resulted in the 2008 Meltdown. Green jobs have necessarily gone to the Martians. The “unintended” results of government action and inaction have taken their toll. The collapse of the dollar has been long in the making; it isn’t like it’s a surprise we won’t see coming. It will arrive as the result of excessive government spending and excessive government debt.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Aftershock Prep

In Aftershock, the authors cite four reforms that will be necessary after our sovereign debt meltdown and national bankruptcy. These are: 1. campaign finance reform, 2. media reform, 3. lobbying reform and 4. increased government efficiency. It is imperative that we think about what reforms will work before this meltdown occurs, otherwise we will have a banana republic with a military dictator.
One would have to be an idiot, or a Democrat to propose any blueprint other than the original Constitution and Bill of Rights. We will be forced to return to these. If the government is bankrupt, then downsizing to small government is an attractive alternative.

What went wrong and what caused our government bankruptcy are easy to diagnose. Government, by allowing special interests to contribute to campaigns meant that our Representatives would necessarily be “for sale”. If you didn’t own your Representative or a stable of them, you were not a wealthy, successful special interest group. If, on the other hand, you were a registered voter in the city, county, district or state these candidates purport to represent, you have had very little control over the legislation, court rulings or Presidential orders that got us in this mess.

Campaign finance reform should allow only registered voters in the city, county, district or state of these candidates to contribute to their campaigns. This alone would clean up most of the media reform and lobbying reform, as both are special interest segments, who would no longer be allowed to play. If we really want limited government, then we remove Representatives from the payrolls of wealthy special interests; they will get bored with the new arrangement and leave our Representatives alone. Candidates would post their resumes, positions on issues and their world-view on their websites and answer voters email questions. Yes, we voters will have to make campaign contributions and put up more yard signs, but we wouldn’t have to listen to those Attack Ads on TV.

There would be no bail-outs, no favored groups, no social safety nets, no subsidies and very little taxes. Business could no longer use the U.S. Government to intimidate other countries into having anything to do with us. Our prosperity would be in our own hands and we had better be customer and quality oriented. I doubt that we would continue to have an income tax or a Federal Reserve, so much for inflation. Yes, we should really reduce government to the size and scope we maintained before we let the special interest groups screw it up. Our military could come home and win the Mexican border war against the cartels, then build the border wall.

The efficiency we seek already exists. All government business should be done on the internet, even popular votes on issues to be dealt with by our Representatives. House and Senate Resolutions should be judged as a waste of time and done away with. All Bills should be read, studied, understood and explained in detail with email input and questions by the voters before Bills are released from Conference Groups. All Bills should be stand-alone with no riders attached, especially appropriations Bills. All education should take place on the internet and should be the responsibility of local concerns. The new education model should be built by parents’ internet interaction. Much healthcare could be done on the internet as self-care; drugs that really do not require a prescription should be available over-the-counter from anywhere. All trade protection laws could be repealed, including the Jones Act that is keeping foreign oil skimmers from saving our beaches in the gulf. The law allowing government employees to join unions should be repealed, especially in California. All public transportation and utilities should be private, non-union and unsubsidized. All laws giving advantage to any groups should be repealed.

Environmental issues should be subject to thorough scrutiny, conclusive proof and cost-benefit analyses. We should agree that the planet is big enough to take care of itself as long as we don’t dump garbage or chemicals into lakes, rivers and oceans, on the beaches or on the road-side. Consumers and environmentalists should agree on what to do with aluminum cans, plastic bottles and adult-proof packaging via internet discourse and let consumer product businesses know our preferences; no laws should be necessary. Real necessities should receive priority including more than adequate drinking water and crop watering supplies and road expansion and repair. All local and world-wide criminal enterprises that bother us should be found, hunted down and destroyed. Illegal aliens should be deported and Immigration should be reduced to a dribble of geniuses we want to hire.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


In Aftershock, the brilliant book by David Wiedemer, Robert Wiedemer and Cindy Spitzer, the authors dissect our “bubble economy” and declare that the bubble machine will turn itself off with the worst meltdown yet. The authors believe our politicians will not prevent the next series of Meltdowns, but I believe they can avoid making it worst with spending and budget cuts. I wrote the following before I read the book:

We’ve experienced the 2008 Meltdown and the artificially sustained recovery based on hype and the Federal government spending spree, but all of that will end soon

The 2008 Meltdown had several causes. The Fed kept interest rates too low, housing prices soared and about half of the people who bought houses in the past 10 years shouldn’t have done so. Now, despite the billions the government is squandering on remediation, home ownership will drift down from 65% to 50% to exclude the working poor and the unemployed.

Federal laws like The Community Reinvestment Act coupled with threats by HUD and ACORN to sue lenders for not accepting non-creditworthy borrowers prompted lenders to temporarily profit from this extortion. Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac bought these bad mortgages, bundled them up and sold them off as securities to all kinds of investors. These investors believed the bogus AAA ratings on these securities. They all lived on Fantasy Island until the 2008 Meltdown. When the music stopped, there were no chairs to land on. Toxic security holders had no buyers for their securities and were left holding the bag. This caused a liquidity freeze and the largest financial institutions and insurance companies had lost $20 trillion. When housing prices started to fall, foreclosures followed and borrowers and shareholders lost another $30 trillion in equity.

We should have let these banks, investment houses and insurance companies fail and file for bankruptcy. The Federal Reserve could have stepped in to lend money at 5-7% to the most creditworthy borrowers. The gamblers who went in to bankruptcy would be out of business. Their depositors would have collected their FDIC insurance funds and deposited their funds in a surviving bank or credit union. Other assets, like credit card debt could have been assumed by other surviving lenders. Investors who bought toxic securities would have to sell them at a loss or hold them and deal with recovering the collateral. Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac should have filed for bankruptcy and been liquidated.

The Aftershock Meltdown will be worse, will certainly result in even higher unemployment and could last for years (think 2nd Great Depression). The federal government bail-outs, stimulus plans and 30% higher federal budgets will trigger this Debt Meltdown. The federal government panic of 2008 and the multi-trillion dollar government spending spree of 2009 and 2010 has caused this debt bubble to worsen. It includes, $ 14 trillion in U.S. government debt, $80 trillion in U.S. government unfunded liabilities and $ 34 trillion in personal debt. Government debt can crash our economy, like Greece.

To make things worse, federal and state government operations cost structures are 50% too high. Pension plans for government employees, delivering a defined benefit equal to full salary for 20 years of service are unsustainable. These Pension plans can be terminated and replaced by defined contribution plans like the rest of us have. Government must be rolled back to abandon half of what it is attempting to take over and control.

The Aftershock debt crash can’t be far away. Greece is providing us with a preview. U.S. Federal government debt is nearing $14 trillion, the same as our annual GDP, just like Greece. This year the Federal Reserve had to buy U.S. Treasury Notes because we didn’t have enough buyers for these Notes, just like Greece. The inflation this will cause will rival the 1983, 13% mortgage interest rates we paid and the 10% return we got on our fixed income savings and retirement accounts. Government spending will necessarily be lowered to meet expected revenue. The burst of this bubble should end government deficits, bloated operating costs and end the increases we’ve seen in the National Debt. The U.S. Federal Government must cut its spending by $1 trillion per year, now.

With government budgets cut 30-50%, stated unemployment will expand to 15% (30% real unemployment) . The stock market will tank, again, on its own; it is its own bubble. The Aftershock is a multiple bubble burst, not a correction, there will be no upturn until the borrowed, printed, inflated dollars have worked their way through the system. Inflation will be 10% making our dollars worth 10% less every year. Having given away all of our manufacturing, the U.S. will have no economic engine to stop the decade after decade decline in U.S. economic activity. Illegal immigration will decline as government employee layoffs increase, but after Mexico crashes, it will surge, so we better have the border closed. U.S. GDP could stall and slide back to $10 trillion a year. The U.S. government should begin ads for us to buy U.S. Savings Bonds, like it did in World War II as the only way to find enough Treasury Note buyers to fund the National Debt. However, you shouldn’t expect any of us to buy these with less than a 7% annual return. The U.S. government is headed for a BBB rating.

In this environment, it’s unconscionable to consider anything that will increase costs. It’s not a good time to propose the Cap & Trade or Card Check scams or more subsidies for government employees, healthcare, education, foreign aid or anything else. It would be suicide to create a carbon tax that will double our energy bills every year for the next several years. It would be homicide to cripple any more organizations with union parasites. It would be treason to not close the Mexican border and allow illegal immigrants to stay.

Half of our tax dollars have been wasted for decades and now that we don’t have the money to fund that half; it’s time to cut all government budgets by 50%.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Make the Case for Republicans

Our overwhelming concern is the pending double-dip next Meltdown to deal with global government insolvency and currency debasement. We believe we are entering a protracted period where unemployment will rise to 30% and inflation and interest rates will reach 15% annually. We believe this will become the new normal and will persist for decades. It will ramp up like 1979 to 1983. Saying our grandchildren will pay for this debt is inaccurate. We will pay for it by 2016. Gee Whiz tax cut proposals will not be enough. We need serious 50% government spending reductions.

If we are successful and we regain control of the House and Senate this November, we will need an immediate aggressive effort to avert financial disaster. We need your foot on the throat of the Fed. 1000% inflation is not an option. We need to make our goals clear and radically conservative, or we will not succeed. We believe government spending, miss-the-mark legislation and the failure to enforce our immigration laws are at the heart of the problem. Ronald Reagan is right again, government is the problem.

Republicans failed to prevent the 2008 Meltdown. How did this happen ? How did Democrats continue to protect Fannie and Freddie prior to 2006, when Republicans held majorities ? How did the Bush Administration fall error to believing that poor families and individuals could and should purchase homes they could not afford ? How did Republicans not know that bad loans were being written ? Why is it that Ron Paul was the only Republican who got it right on excessive government spending ?

It is true that since 2008, Republicans in the House and Senate have opposed the myriad of bad Bail-Outs, useless Stimulus, bad Health Reform, bad Finance Reform, bad Tax Increases, and other schemes that have resulted in this 2nd Great Depression. Republicans continue to reject the global warming hoax, Cap & Trade, Card Check and Amnesty bills pushed by the Democrats.

Bail-Outs were not due to a legitimate liquidity problem, they were due to granting bad home loans. Instead of bail-outs, those large financial institutions should have been left to declared bankruptcy.

Republicans should remind voters that they have voted NO on all the bad, dangerous and disastrous bills the Democrats have proposed and passed, but first, voters need to hear the Republican port-mortem view of errors made and reasons for these errors. We need to know that not just Ron Paul, but all Republicans “get it”.
I have not heard much straight-talk explaining precisely what Republican Politicians believe occurred to produce the 2008 Meltdown and what needs to be done now.
Publish More Republican Bills

Health Reform Repeal and Replacement. We like Ron Paul’s bills. If all Republicans sign on to these and publicize it, we will win more seats in November 2010. If we pass these, we can avert disaster in 2014.

Financial Reform Repeal and Replacement. We need repeal and replace bills for this that is as clear as Ron Paul’s Health Reform plan. We need to close Fannie, Freddie, repeal the Community Reinvestment Act and kill HUD regulations
Cut Government Spending by 50%

1. We need Republican bills that would cut government spending immediately with a 20% reduction of all government budgets for 2010 and beyond.

2. Reset Projected Government Budgets to 2020. Set annual limits on government spending to not exceed actual projected tax revenue income. The projected U.S. government budgets must be limited to $2.6 trillion. Place limits on government spending to treat the National Debt like a home mortgage. Limit it to 28% of projected tax revenue income.

3. Set a target to cut the National Debt in half, from $14 trillion to $7 trillion and set aside $300 billion a year to pay principle. Reduce the Debt Ceiling each year.

4. Immigration Enforce current law. Close the border, tighten visas and deport all illegal aliens. Jobs now held by 16 million illegal aliens should go to unemployed U.S. citizens.

5. Manufacturing. Propose strategies to return manufacturing and product development to the U.S. Without it, we cannot grow our way out of this debacle.

6. Cap & Trade. We must overwhelmingly declare that the global warming theory is a hoax. We must clearly state our opposition to Cap & Trade as a money-making scam. We must promise to oppose it because implementing it will damage our economy. Further, we should declare that carbon is not a pollutant the EPA should try to regulate . Wind and solar need to be able to compete with nuclear and coal at 2 cents/kwh. before we force utilities to invest in it.

7. Audit the Fed. We believe the Fed has purchased that part of our debt we couldn’t sell to the Chinese. We also believe the Fed will debase the currency to pay for the Obama spending spree.

8. U.S. Credit Rating. We believe the U.S. credit rating is already BBB and the dollar is no longer a “safe haven”. We are all scrambling to protect ourselves from your debt default.

9. U.S. Federal Departments will need to be eliminated and consolidated and staffs cut along with their charter. The era of curious, meddling on the fringes and nosey government has ended. Regulations will need to be real and focused, not diffuse and meaningless like we have today. It is not governments’ role to monitor the law-abiding. Look at redoing all the regulations aimed at the real harmful stuff. There is no need for earmarks, funding meaningless academic projects, supporting the arts, foreign countries, unaccountable global groups or terrorists. Foreign aid must be reduced by 80%.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fantasy Island

Government gets it wrong, on purpose. They fabricate crises based on fantasies to enrich their friends and hand you the bill (think: River City’s gotta have a boys band). This doesn’t include every politician and every government employee, but Democrats are clearly the party pushing these flimflam schemes. Democrats are American Socialists. Socialists have been infiltrating our government for decades and they have found a home in the Democrat Party. They have tentacles reaching into every department and agency their conspiracy can infect. Once in, they only hire their own kind to ensure the continuation of their dream to turn the U.S. into a full blown socialist republic with a one party system. Think USSR. We’re almost there.

Their strategy is as bold as it is devious and insidious. They take the long view and started to implement their plan in 1913 with the creation of the Federal Reserve and the income tax. They have fielded political candidates since the 1880s and have put Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama in the White House. Their rouse is to pledge to fight for the “little guy”, while taking massive campaign contributions from the “big guys”.

Socialist Democrats are more relentless than Michael Myers; just when you think he’s dead, he comes back to life. They make up phony crises and create real crises, so they can advance the role of government to expand its strangle-hold on us and our economy. Because big government politicians can give big businesses monopoly power in exchange for scandalous amounts of cash, the collusion to do this is inevitable.

Our current gang of American Socialists in Washington invented the global warming hoax over the past two decades and have lately been trying to pass Cap & Trade. They want us to believe that man-made carbon releases will cause global warming with polar ice melting, causing 20 foot sea rises and a total collapse of our sea currents heralding a new ice age. The EPA decided that carbon is a pollutant, so they are ready in case we lose too many Socialists from the Legislature to pass it. Carbon in CO2 is not a Pollutant. It is a way for crooks like Al Gore and other global socialists to get rich brokering carbon credit trades and doubling our electric bills annually for a while. First, there is no global warming. The earth’s climate operates in cycles; it warms and cools on its own. That’s why we don’t rename Greenland every few hundred years; it will freeze over and then thaw. If we allow government to tax carbon, our electric bills will increase 5 fold and our economy will collapse as all businesses move overseas to countries who thumb their noses at carbon capture (think India, China, etc.).

Government has a long history of springing hoaxes and doing damage. DDT (banned in 1972) harms nothing but mosquitoes. But our Progressive govern-ocrats banned it in a panic ignited by environmentalists, causing the deaths of 500.000 malaria victims in third-world countries. Margaret Sanger would have been proud that her genocidal view of socialism was still being practiced. When abortion became legal I’m sure she danced in her grave.

The 2008 Meltdown is traceable back to the 1993 Community Reinvestment Act, requiring banks to lend to non-creditworthy borrowers, The Federal Reserve then imposed low interest rates and a declining dollar designed to push prices up. Barney Frank and Chris Dodd personally protected Fanny & Freddy, who offered to buy all these bad mortgages, so they could be bundled into toxic securities. Wall Street jumped into the game and after a couple of decades the bubble broke and $50 trillion went down the toilet. Everybody was happy. Poor people got to live in real houses for a while and nobody responsible for this scam got punished. It did result in crashing our economy and ensuring 20% unemployment for the next decade.

Most of the “growth” in our economy since we off-shored manufacturing is attributable to foreign investment, unnecessary services, financial scams and 4% annual increases in the money supply, imposed by the Fed to devalue the dollar and make us think we are making progress. We entered the Information Age and the information wasn’t good; it was the off-shoring of all our wealth producing manufacturing jobs. Our current service economy merely transfers money around; it doesn’t add value.

We need to vote Democrats out of office, cut government spending by 50% and return manufacturing to the U.S. or we will destroy our economy.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Socialists & Sociopaths

Liberal American Socialists want the federal government to totally take over water, air, environmental regulations, healthcare, banking, lending, energy, aid to the poor and transportation. They want to create global governance of the environment and banking so they can usurp American sovereignty. Their strategy is incremental activism, with great acceleration of liberty-robbing legislation when they have a Democrat majority. Their solutions involve assuming control during “emergencies” they created. They are committed to the relentless pursuit of enslaving and controlling us. The problem is that their solutions are far more expensive and intrusive than the majority of voters will probably allow. They could hardly wait to absorb dominion over the young, health and uninsured, because these folks openly ignored them. Now they want to tell them what to eat and when to exhale.

The voting base for the American Socialists comes largely from hapless Christians and Jews who buy in to Democrat politicians’ rhetoric about helping the poor everywhere. These folks ignore the fact that the federal government’s pending debt and unfunded liabilities will soon be greater than the entire wealth and property owned by private citizens; after $100 trillion, we’re done. Private citizens ignore the danger they face in losing all their savings and personal property because it hasn’t happened yet.

The sociopaths are the recipients of the Socialist Democrats largesse. They are quick to march in protest that their free stuff might be in danger of being eliminated. Just like in Greece, the rioters will be those on the take. It worked in the 1960s when blacks rioted in large cities and the politicians caved to squander billions of dollars on Johnson’s War on Poverty. Now illegal aliens are protesting in the streets and in the media demanding amnesty. They holler “racist” and politicians go into a coma.

I urge you to rent the 1971 movie A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick. It predicts how Liberals would cripple the judicial system to let gangs of murderers run free to create more havoc. The federal governments’ refusal to close the borders and enforce current immigration laws is our current case in point. Illegal aliens are demanding amnesty they describe as “comprehensive immigration”. For Orwell fans, this is new-speak for amnesty. If our current immigration laws are replaced by amnesty, millions more will stream over the border to sign up for our government social welfare systems. Our only hope is to actively enforce our current immigration laws.

Friday, May 14, 2010

California Dreamin'

We like illegal immigration, it’s just a bad time right now.

If half of California’s $20 billion deficit is due to the costs of hosting illegal aliens, we should fire all of them and let them deport themselves for a while, until we have the border closed and the H2b work visa system ready to take applications. We should outsource jailing Mexican inmates back to Mexico to save some money and put them closer to their families. If they had children born in the U.S., we should rescind their citizenship so the whole family can be Mexican citizens. In the meantime, we can hire the 20% unemployed to replace the illegal immigrants.

We can cut the other $10 billion by converting the California government employees’ pension plans to defined contribution 401k type plans like the rest of us have.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

If the Nazis had won

I’m sure, if the Nazis had won World War II, some crazy, radical, right-wing, conservative, Germans would be objecting to the continued gassing of Jews and the murder of handicapped children, but the government doesn’t listen and life would go on. We won World War II, but somehow lost control of our elected and unelected government officials. They decided to make murdering the unborn legal, make illegal aliens legal and prayer illegal, but life goes on. Our elected monsters haven’t finished yet, but every time they get a chance, they move like a wildfire. Their goal is to control every aspect of our lives along with all global wealth.

We can no longer afford to elect Liberal, Socialist, Progressives to office, or allow them to be appointed to government policy-making positions. They have been destroying our Constitution since 1900 and want to replace it with their power over us. They know it will take bankrupting the country to distract us enough so they can really take over. They don’t believe in God, so they don’t believe in inalienable rights; the think the Constitution is a joke and we are protoplasm. Now they go through the façade and pretend to defend the Constitution and swear to it with their hand on the Bible, but they can’t wait until they can discard these mythological trappings.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Unions & Communism

Ever since the American Communist Party linked up with trade unions to create the “workers’ paradise”, the Ideological link between them never waned. In 1917 American Communists got excited about the Marxist Revolution in Russia. The leaders of the American Communists included Ivy League intellectuals, authors, playwrights, eugenicists, and all Progressives, who had read the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx (Pub 1848), agreed with him and worked in groups of like-minded radicals to establish communism in America. Marx believed Socialism would replace Capitalism. In Russia, the strategy was to pit the ‘have-nots’ against the ‘haves’, and there were a lot more ‘have-nots’. They were angry about World War I and eager to blame the Czar. A “workers’ paradise” sounded good to them after the Bolshevik thugs explained that joining the communist party would improve their health . The end result was the flight of capital from Russia that never returned. Nobody would invest money in the USSR, because their government took ownership of all private property and enterprises. The American Communist Party was formed in the 1920s and began to support candidates for political office to both parties.

American Unions, representing skilled trades, had been formed and disbanded during economic recessions since the early 1800s. Karl Marx began writing for the New York Daily Tribune in 1852. In the 1880s the Knights of Labor formed for producers of goods and their managers. The AFL formed later in the 1880s but included only workers and excluded managers. By 1924, with the formation of the CIO, strikes became the weapon of choice. Their playbook included extortion, intimidation and violence, but they insisted they were fighting for their “rights”. The mafia fit right in; they took over unions and began recruiting politicians. What unions became was the American companies’ un-caged pet rattlesnakes. Being suspicious of power is healthy, but having a union is like blowing off your own knee cap. Companies cannot serve customers well unless they work as a team and the continuation of unions relies on distrust and class warfare in the ranks.

From the 1930s through the 1960s, the coalition of Communists, Union Leaders, Progressive Politicians, Marxist Intellectuals and Mafia Chieftains built the government infrastructure to institutionalize unions’ role in politics and legislation. In the 1960s Progressive Politicians turned on the Mafia, but retained their tactics. In the 1970s large American companies discovered they could move their production operations overseas and began to globalize; this trend continued throughout the 1980s through the 2000s.

The power we need to be suspicious of today is the cabal of Progressive government, banking, finance and global interlopers like the U.N. the E.U. the IMF, the Fed, the environmentalists and all those lined up to profit from the current scams this cabal promotes. Their goal is to move America closer to becoming a Socialist Republic, controlled by the Progressive Elites. The role of the unions in this plot is the same as the Bolsheviks in the Russian revolution. They are the same as the ‘brown shirts’ during the Nazi take-over of Germany. They are there to foment class-warfare, to separate workers and managers. This will cripple companies; they will lose focus on customers and begin their decline. The government will then step in and take over these companies. Next, the government will seize all private property to continue the redistribution of wealth. Like Russia, capital will flee the U.S., as hyperinflation destroys the dollar.

Unions can survive in land-locked monopolies like the Postal Service, public schools, utilities and government. They are monopolies, so delivering value and customer service are not critical. All of these monopolies are regulated to death, so efficiency isn’t worth much either. The increasing cost of these monopolies will accelerate as they work with their hand-picked Legislators to ensure unlimited government funding for their members.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Corporate Welfare & Socialism

The bailouts from Congress and the Federal Reserve after the 2008 Meltdown consisted of trillions of dollars created out of thin air. This fiat cash infusion will result in the inflation we are sure to experience for the next several years. Estimates of this largesse range from $8 trillion to $30 trillion. The Fed is a creature of the bankers and socialists who created it in 1913 and the Fed has proven to be no friend of the dollar. The 1913 dollar is now worth 3 cents. Add that to our National Debt scheduled to hit $20 trillion in 2020 and our $80 trillion in unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the new health insurance law and all the welfare and giveaway programs. The wealth of the entire U.S., including private property and investments is only $100 trillion. The entire value of government owned property is $7 trillion.

The Tax Code, Laws, Regulations and Subsidies are too generous to large companies. Their campaign contributions and lobbying investments are evidence of this. Laws and Regulations pick winners and losers. The Commerce department doles out dollars for U.S. companies to export product. Farm subsidies were enacted to help small family farmers during the dust bowl in the 1930s. Now, most family farms have been sold and these subsidies go to large agribusinesses.

The proposed Cap & Trade Bill is based on the climate change / global warming hoax. The government, environmentalists and energy companies have colluded to deliver themselves trillions as they plan to double and redouble our energy bills. They will push wind and solar, currently costing 10 cents/kwh each, vs. coal and nuclear costing 2 cents/kwh each. Take our your energy bills and multiply them by 5. These guys are crooks and this is a hoax.

Our public schools and our public and private universities are largely funded by tax dollars. Universities once operated on tuition dollars and alumni gifts and public schools operated from county property tax. Now they both operate largely from state and federal tax dollars. The worldview of education has shifted to the big government socialist model and that is the value system they teach.

Medicare was created to save the large companies from offering health insurance for retirees. All but the most arrogant large companies adopted that view and their retirees are now on Medicare. Hospitals once operated on small charges for room and board, medical care, lab fees and donations. Our 4% a year, built-in inflation has allowed all of these costs to expand. Intellectuals and crooks supported the dumping of tax dollars into medical care with the promise of cures. There have been no cures, just ever-more expensive treatments.

We are broke. We will be bankrupt soon, like Greece, but nobody will lend us money. We will need to reduce all government spending, including tax breaks, regulations and subsidies by 50%, to reset the economy. Half of all government employees will be laid off permanently. The Fed is now buying our Treasury Notes because there are no other buyers. The problem is that we citizens have nobody at the table to represent our position. The same government that got us in this dilemma will decide who gets to pay the price and who will be protected. They will protect themselves and we will pay the price.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Political Views

My Political Views

We operate according to our beliefs. We support what we believe is true. This includes our views of who we are and why we’re here. Based on what we believe, we either endorse it, refute it, or dig to find the truth. My beliefs were formed by my family, but more importantly by my reactions to what I experience and learn.

I am a product of a Catholic education with emphasis on human behavior and physical science. St Louis University required minors in philosophy and theology; my elected minor was English and major was psychology emphasizing Gordon Allport, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow and other contemporary business consultants. This prepared me to enter Personnel / Industrial Relations / Human Resources. I graduated in 3 ½ years and went to work. It was many years later when I completed a Fellowship in Strategic Studies.

My family voted Republican and disliked Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. They disliked Socialism, Communism, Unions, Organized Crime, Liberals and Atheism. They liked freedom, independence, self reliance, industriousness, perseverance and the joy of work. They prayed regularly and believed confidently that God had given them life and we were here to do God’s Will. My parents and grandparents had lived through World War I, the Great Depression and World War II. I was born during World War II and grew up during the Korean War and the Cold War.

In school, I read War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov, and saw the damage intellectuals could do. In Brideshead Revisited is saw the declining English Aristocracy’s lack of ambition.. Emerson and Ayn Rand wrote about self reliance. Thomas Aquinas explained the nature of man. Newton and others explained physics. Ethics explained the circumstances and conditions of responsibility. I learned more human behavior in good novels and plays than I learned in most Psychology courses.

Political campaigns were not burdened by the expense of TV advertising and the bar to entry was not too high when I was going to school in the 1960s. The battle lines between Democrats and Republicans had been drawn. Democrats would gain the support of the poor by supporting unions, socialism and government welfare programs and would gain the support of atheists and liberals by taking actions that diminish religion and allow abortion and genocide.

In the 1950s, Senator Joe McCarthy led the Congressional hearings aimed to root out Communists from the government and other sectors. The Liberal Progressives were forced underground, but they did not go away. They began to infiltrate the universities and the government. Law schools began to teach that the words in the Constitution should be ignored and that creative interpretations were called for. They struck a retaliatory blow in the 1960s.

In 1962, the Catholic Church opened the Vatican II Counsel. In the years that followed, thousands of nuns and priests quit. Catholic hospitals were sold and for-profit companies bought them. The sexual revolution of the 1960 would further alienate young people from their churches. Buddhists, Hindu and Moslem religions became the fad, along with the popularization of illegal drugs. Churches fell error to Liberation Theology and enabled several Communist revolutionary movements that would break out in South America in the 1970s.

In 1963 the ACLU filed suit and the Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools, followed by abortion on demand. The media and the courts sided with the Democrats and expanded “free speech” to include everything except hollering “fire” in a crowded theater. That’s when ”special interests” hijacked our political campaigns and were able to make campaign contributions to anybody to exercise their “free speech”. Starting in the 1950s pornography was allowed as “free speech” and by the 1980s pornography was common on TV and continues to dominate the “popular culture”. Feminist Liberal groups became active to promote their cause of equal rights in hopes to become a protected group along with racial minorities. They supported abortion on demand consistent with their Progressive, Margaret Sanger political roots.

In 1964 the Federal Government passed the Civil Rights Act, the birth control pill was put on the market and the Supreme Court approved legal abortion of the unborn as a women’s rights issue. Also, in 1964, the Vietnam War was becoming a major war and President Lyndon Johnson announced his War on Poverty, a major wealth redistribution bill supported by the Left. The debt created by the combination of the Vietnam War and the War on Poverty was eventually paid by debasing the dollar, creating a crescendo of 6% to 13% annual inflation rates, starting in the late 1960s and culminating in the 1970s with Stagflation, high inflation and high unemployment. Also, in the 1960s, large corporations were busy establishing operations in Europe and across the globe. The 1960s established the contentious laws and conditions we continue to fight about today.

In the 1970s, to prepare to ship manufacturing jobs to other countries, the media promoted stories of bored, union auto manufacturing employees, drawing the conclusion that these were unattractive jobs. The inflation of the 1960s and 1970s changed American families; all moms went to work to help pay the bills. The Federal Government and the Federal Reserve redoubled their efforts to hide the fact that they planned to continue to debase the dollar by 4% a year. But now, they knew not to allow inflation above that amount to be felt or detected by the voters. Voters, working moms and families were angry and ready for Ronald Reagan in 1980. Again the Progressives, called free-spending Democrats, went underground, but continued to run the House and Senate.

The 1980s brought the end of the Cold War and the computer revolution with increases in productivity included as its byproduct. Reagan cut taxes and reduced the size of government. Just like the economic expansion of the 1950s paid off the World War II debt, the increase in free market revenues of the 1980s produced enough additional tax revenue to pay off Lyndon Johnson’s Debt. Reagan won the Cold War and George H.W. Bush took the helm and won the Gulf War. Throughout the 1980s, I saw a barrage of laws aimed at Human Resource departments. Just when we learned to avoid the unions, the Democratic Congress reached us with more regulations.

In 1994, Newt Gingrich led the Republican victory, winning control of both Houses. Government balanced the budget. Manufacturing jobs were still being shipped off-shore and the media announced we were entering the information age….what they didn’t admit to was that the information was not good. When you lose all your manufacturing jobs, you cease to create real wealth. The economic realities however would be realized and when the financial analyses were completed, almost everybody moved their manufacturing overseas.
On September 11, 2001, we experienced a dramatic terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York and we went to war in Afghanistan and later Iraq. Using our military to hunt down and defeat these terrorists proved to be a very expensive proposition and our Debt grew from $3 trillion to $10 trillion.

Cheap interest rates benefitted the government as their debt rose and also allowed housing prices to rise. In the meantime, the time-bomb left by the Democrats was ticking. The 1993 Community Reinvestment Act and HUD anti-discrimination rules directed lenders to give mortgages to un-creditworthy buyers. Lending rules loosened and over time, 30% of all mortgages were set to fail.

At the same time, Fannie and Freddy and Wall Street bundled those mortgages together and sold them to unsuspecting customers. In 2008, these toxic assets failed, and together with the newly imposed mark-to-market FASB rule made credit markets freeze up. The Federal Reserve ensured to the replacement of trillions of dollars of “lost” equity and bailed out the perpetrators.

Having presided over a $1 trillion war and a $30 trillion meltdown, refusal to secure the borders and failure to drill domestic oil and gas, the Republicans were toast. The Democrats selected the most Liberal Senator they had and Barack Obama became President in 2009. He immediately added $1 trillion to the already $2.7 trillion annual federal budget and announced a return to redistribution of wealth. The Democrats had a ready arsenal of bills they had been saving for just such an occasion. With control of both Houses plus the Executive, what would stop them ? We now have a health insurance law that requires everyone to buy health insurance. Next up may be an Illegal Alien’s Amnesty Bill, in the midst of 20% real unemployment, followed by a Carbon Tax Bill, based on the Climate Change hoax, that would double our electric bills every few years, followed by the Card Check Bill that would allow unions to organize any organization they choose.

The 2010 elections could result in Republicans taking back both Houses, but much damage will have been done. A majority of voters disapprove of virtually all of the Bills pushed by the Democrats, so it’s a safe bet that we will have a Republican Congress in 2011. It is also likely that Barack Obama will be a one term President.

For me, having our Federal Government is like being married to a drug addicted cocktail waitress who sleeps around. We continually see Congress pass laws we disagree with. These laws benefit special interests, both corporate and ideological. Special interest groups pick the candidates and we get to vote for one of them, just like Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

I would prefer that only individual registered voter be allowed to contribute to political campaigns. They could give only to candidates who appear on their ballot. They could not contribute to any out-of-state campaigns. Special interest groups would be banned from making any contributions to any candidate. They can express their free speech by taking out their own ads. All politicians really need is a website, some yard signs and some gas money. Maybe then politicians could work for us. Maybe then they would read the Bills.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Problem with Campaign Finance

The Problem with Campaign Finance

Voters have been disillusioned with political campaigns for decades. Routinely, only half the eligible voters even bother to vote. Political campaigns are now so expensive, voters ignore candidates’ solicitations for donations. The thinking here is that the $25 the voter would send is a drop in the bucket compared to the millions the candidates receive from special interest groups, unions, PACs, Parties and corporations. There is another shift in voters’ feelings about this dilemma; it’s a shift in trust.

Over the past few decades, voters recognized that the political party organizations in the states and nationally generally hand-pick finalists from the field of candidates. This is no different from the way the candidate finalists are selected in Iran, Venezuela or Russia. What is different is that voters’ reactions to the lists if finalists are no different than voter reaction to candidates in these countries. Voters’ cynicism is reinforced when elected officials block actions voters consider routinely necessary like closing the Mexican border, drilling for domestic oil and gas, or allowing citizens to determine whether or not to buy health insurance. Worse, voters see the relationship between big business, unions, ideologues and special interest groups like Environmentalists as they object to bank, insurance and auto bailouts, cap & trade based on the climate change hoax.

Voters in the past were more trusting of politicians’ abilities to refuse to vote for bills that damage the economy or their personal liberty, but the onslaught special interest bills began in the 1960s continue to accelerate. Voters have had enough. Voters firmly believe their Federal Government is wasteful and deceitful. Voters believe politicians won’t stay within their budget because “special interests” won’t let them. The end result is a $20 trillion projected National Debt and an $80 trillion addition to that Debt for unfunded liabilities like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Voters believe the total $100 trillion Debt cannot be paid for and our entire economy will crash under the weight of the Debt.

In 1770, a Scottish lawyer and writer named Alexander Fraser Tytler wrote:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to lose fiscal policy..."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Liberal Tea Party

Liberal Tea Party

Liberals have been enraged over our Tea Parties since they started. They were looking for some way to have their own Tea Parties. They did send groups of communists and union goons to our Tea Parties, but got in trouble when Fox News showed them hassling the Tea Partiers. But when Arizona, our own domestic war zone, passed their illegal immigration crack-down, Liberals went wild. They mobilized the 6 million of our illegal aliens who have criminal records, added some bus-loads of communists and union goons and they had their own Tea Party to protest the Arizona law. They are giddy with excitement that Arizona copied the Federal Immigration Law that has been widely ignored for decades and gave them the excuse to protest against conservatives for a change. This is like protesting the defenders of the Alamo.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Political Almanac Government Benefits

Political Almanac Chapter 2: The History of Politics

Government Benefits

Your staffs will be in place to move our borrowed dollars from the printing press and into the hands of our campaign contributors and loyal voters. You should have a working knowledge of these benefits.

Government Support for Education
This is so bad, it requires its own section. U.S. students rank 28th in math and 14th in reading compared to 40 other developed countries. K through 12 public schools cost $8,000 to $10,000/ year / student, ten to twenty times more than most of the other countries who out-score us. Education costs have gone up 20 fold in the U.S. over the past 40 years due to our inability to teach on reading and math. We must keep the “professionals” in charge and give them more money.

Expensive Health Care
This is also bad enough to require its own section U.S. health care is the most expensive on the planet, but the state of our health as a nation lags many other countries. This gives us every excuse to continue to ruin it, like we are doing with public schools. We spend 35% of our health care dollar on paperwork, 60% on treatment and 5% on cures. Health care costs have gone up 20 fold over the past 40 years. We started this when we had our campaign contributors purchase hospitals from the nuns, They invented HMOs and let the government impose crippling bureaucracy everywhere in healthcare. This debacle has given us unlimited opportunity to pander to all voters until they can no longer afford private schools, automobiles or cigarettes.

With 45 million retired and disabled subscribers, this costs $480B a year; that’s $10,666 per person. Medicare Advantage plan participation rose to 10.1 million subscribers by 2008. We let our campaign contributing health insurance companies in on this so they could get the $10,066 from the taxpayers for all who signed up to Advantage. This is like spending $150,000 on a sweet sixteen birthday party. Nobody needs to spend over ten grand a year for healthcare, but it still doesn’t cost enough. So far it’s working like bottled tap water for a dollar a bottle. They love it because they think it’s free.

Energy Policy
Our new energy policy is to drive the cost of energy up to what it costs to run everything on wind and solar. We will tax the electrical power companies to death under cap-and-trade and make them build nuclear power plants and charge their customers in advance. Then make them buy solar panels and wind generators. We could double everybody’s energy bills every year as far as the eye can see. To start, we will refuse to allow any more drilling of oil and gas. These people simply must stop using energy. But we won’t stop there, we will continue to drive up the cost of wind and solar until everybody has to live in communes in the forest.

Social Security Retirement
This is the great chain letter started by Franklin Roosevelt to raise more revenue the government can borrow from the voters. This is a ponzie scheme that runs in real-time, that we need to reinvigorate by debasing the currency on an on-going basis. This one can really sink the boat; they’ll really need us then.

Labor Law
This is part of our indoctrination through punishment program for cowboys, who are largely the small business owners we get most of our tax money from. We have laws protecting our citizens from polygraphs, accidents and their failure to get along with anybody, We kept our labor unions alive by organizing all government employees. But now we need to increase union membership by allowing our union organizers, Guido and Vinnie to spend more time with potential union members to convince them that joining the union would be good for their health.

Laws Protecting us from ourselves
We must continue to pass laws to prevent people from hurting themselves or annoying us. After all, if we are eventually going to provide everybody with everything free, we need to get really anal if they cost any money. We need everybody to wear bicycle helmets while not smoking.

The Postal Service
When the easterners headed west, they demanded a postal service so they could send letters back to their eastern friends and relatives. Unemployed cowboys formed the pony express and charged them to deliver mail from town to town, it took weeks, even months to get mail. Now the U.S. Postal Service delivers mail we still need to deliver in envelopes. This works ok for us unless we need to go to the Post Office in person, where it takes weeks, even months to wait in the lines.

Access to Favors
We have been working hard to increase political campaign expenses for decades. This allows immediate access by the rich and crazy to give boatloads of money to candidates. These “Special Interest Groups” are then invited to write all and House and Senate Bills themselves. It’s a “partnership”.

The Courts
We like to let the Courts interpret the Constitution. Most Judges think the words used in the Constitution should be ignored. Instead, they prefer to make their interpretations based on what the Constitution could say if they wrote it.

Support for Crazy Stuff
Our campaign contributors often want their crazy schemes required by law. Most laws are written to support crazy schemes and what would ordinarily be illegal activity like extortion, bribery, gambling and murder.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Political Almanac Liberals

Political Almanac Chapter 2: The History of Politics


Hollywood Liberals
Movie stars have been conditioned to become Liberals through the decades-long, highly orchestrated discrimination against Conservatives (cowboys), an unprotected group. This movement began in the 1930s when the Sons of the Pioneers recorded the “Indian Love Call”. These were real cowboys and that song was so bad, I would have discriminated against them myself. The hatred of cowboys was reignited in 1950s when most of Hollywood was persecuted for being Communists. This can be traced back to 1900 when writers were intellectuals who agreed with Karl Marx. This group is now firmly in charge of make-believe and can’t be trusted to do anything. Some of the writers became newspaper reporters and remained sympathetic to Marx and Lenin’s values. They are our socialist, environmental, pacifists, in charge of promoting sex, abortion and freedom from religion. If you threaten their right to peddle this drivel they go nuts. They hate censorship and cling to their free speech rights. They would outlaw guns, war, tobacco, pesticide, incarceration, wire-tapping and anything else that’s really fun or necessary. They are exhibitionist hermits on drugs.

The Liberal Press
As mentioned above, the liberal press migrated from the Hollywood Liberal writers during the great American Communist persecution in the 1950s. The job of the press was to report the news and raise hell if our government overstepped its bounds. Their influence has never reached the heights ascribed to them by their ambition. They are therefore susceptible to being angry, bored, asocial and partisan. Because they are Communists, it’s important to at least sound like a socialist to win their support. Once you have their support, they will protect and defend you, no matter what mischief you create.

Jewish Liberals
This group invented humanism. They are smart, hard working, driven, humble, inseparable and extremely kind. They are intellectual enough to be in our camp, but are too nice to ever think we could do them harm. Won’t they be surprised….again….oi….

Christian Liberals
These folks are really nice. They invented “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” They are incapable of criticizing us, especially when we want to take all of their money and give everything to the poor. They love our big government heart. They are cafeteria Christians, so they pick the gospel verses they like. They either can’t find, or don’t like, “thou shalt not kill”, so they don’t mind our pro abortion laws.

Intellectual Liberals
These folks are students of Socrates and Plato. So were Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Margaret Sanger, Adolph Hitler and Lenin. They want to design a perfect society and rule it. They will be happy if we continue to elect only Harvard or Yale graduates.

Liberal Atheists
This is our core group. They are so intellectual, they have to hide in their own virtual worlds like anti-social computer nerds. They believe anyone who believes in God is a Neanderthal. They clump together hiding in colleges, universities and government service. They are fanatics who love law suits. They do worship Darwin and usually work as Biology, Archeology and Anthropology Professors.

Liberal College Professors
This group is composed of Liberal Atheists in training, who are not in the Biology Department. They are Professors of Sociology, Psychology, Art History, Women’s Studies, Black History, and similar groups. They are socialists who receive their salaries from the government….perfect.

Foreign Exchange Students
This started shortly after we invented college professors. They have never recovered from their anger over being highly educated but too poor to travel the world on a continual basis to make new friends. Because they are so poorly paid, they are forced to make new friends in all the countries they want to visit, so they can have a place to stay. Some professors migrated to the State Department and other government jobs in search of new sources of cash. The most enterprising of these did well selling military secrets to the parade of enemies we’ve had over the years. Foreign governments were excited to find Americans who could appreciate their culture of commerce by bribery. We’ve increased the number of foreign students dramatically over the past 40 years, coinciding with the beginning of our long-term goal to ruin our public schools. Today, half of our engineering students and 80% of our Masters and PhD engineering candidates are from foreign countries.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Political Almanac Popular Culture

Political Almanac Chapter 2: The History of Politics

Popular Culture

As an aspiring politician, it’s important to understand the popular culture so you can pander to the hundreds of separate groups you will need to win over. The following is a brief synopsis of things you’ll need to know to ensure these groups that they have your support.

Gay History

Homer 850 BC Homer was extremely close to his brother Jethro,

Amenities, an ancient gay Greek, is the father of interior decorating, 480 BC. His significant others included Socrates and the 300 Spartans.

Obscene, the gay Persian was known for the colorful rugs he sold to Amenities. He had a brief tryst with Plato and his brothers Knifo, Forko and Cupo, but his extreme guilt about being gay drove him to the edge. He beheaded himself in 400 BC

Precarious, an ancient gay Roman was the father of acrobatics and the inventor of the high wire and trapeze. He fell to his death in 80 BC and was devoured by lions. His significant others included Grabus and his sister Flagella.

Promiscuous, the gay Roman hooker (80 BC) was pursued for years by Sparticus and his army. His significant others included the Emperor Gluteus Maximus, his sister Flotilla and whoever happened to be in the Roman baths.

Pediphillious the 4th century gay Roman monk was the founder of the Vatican boy’s choir. Enough said.

Béarnaise, an 11th century gay Frenchman was the father of French cooking and rich sauces. His significant others included his students Soufflé, Escargot, and Croissant, who became famous in their own right.

Ambiance and Venue were 14th century gay French interior decorators who were students of Amenities. Ambiance greatly influenced later generations. They were the inspiration for 17th century Gays barbers to become ballet dancers and hairdressers.

Plie’ the 16th century gay ballet dancer’s influence is unrivaled. Virtually all of our ballet dancers today are gay. His significant others included Glissades and Saute who helped him perfect the Ronds de Jambs A Terre, which can be very painful.

Bouffant was a 17th century gay French barber. Bouffant is the father of gay hairdressers. His significant others included the court of Louie XIV and most of the sheep in Leon. .

Disabled History (I couldn’t stop…someone help me..)

Homer’s blindness
Yes that’s right Homer the 8th century BC Greek poet was blind. Homer’s mother would tell him, “If you don’t stop doing that, you’ll go blind.” He didn’t listen. But being blind was a blessing for Homer. He would wander about reciting his poetry thinking everyone was listening and never felt rejected, because he couldn’t see everybody quietly walking away.

Alexander the Great’s epilepsy
Alexander suffered greatly from epilepsy because he couldn’t get health insurance. He tried to be gay, but every time he got excited he fell down and oscillated. This frightened his would-be partners and they ran out of his tent.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven was a great 18th century musician and composer, even after he became deaf. Like Homer’s blindness, this was a mixed blessing. He no longer flew into a rage in reaction to bad music played sloppily.

Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh was a gifted 19th century Dutch painter. He had everything including: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, syphilis, poisoning from swallowed paints, temporal lobe epilepsy and acute intermittent porphyria, aggravated by malnutrition, overwork, insomnia, and a fondness for alcohol, and absinthe in particular. Having lived 37 years by 1890, the beginning of the gay 90s, and not being gay, he shot himself.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Political Almanac Voters' Beliefs

Political Almanac Chapter 2: The History of Politics

Voters' Beliefs

The actions voters take are based on what they believe to be true.

Liberals who believe in Evolution and believe in public schools voted for Obama.
Conservatives who believe Evolution is hokum and who want to close public schools voted for McCain.

Liberals who don’t believe life starts at conception voted for Obama.
Conservatives who believe life begins at conception and believe we are one Supreme Court Justice away from ending abortion voted for McCain.

Climate Change
Liberals who believe we are causing global warming by burning coal and oil voted for Obama.
Conservatives who believe the California wild fires are the cause for global warming voted for McCain.

Liberals who believe Democrats will cut their taxes voted for Obama.
Conservatives who don’t believe Democrats will cut anybody’s taxes voted for McCain.

Work Ethic
Conservatives believed Moses when he said, “Pick up your shovels and mount your asses and follow me to the promised land” Liberals believed FDR when he said, “Lay down your shovels and sit on your asses, this is the promised land”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Political Almanac Political Parties

Political Almanac Chapter 2: The History of Politics

Political Parties

This is a political party used for elections only. This is an odd grouping of people who don’t want socialism. They believe in the free market system and the law of supply and demand. Republicans also believe that life starts at conception, and would like to see abortion illegal, but are quick to send our armies to attack our enemies. (This totally confuses Liberals). Most religious voters are Republican, many because of the abortion issue. Half the 40M Catholics in the U.S. are Republicans. Many blue collar, pro-gun, pro-liberty voters are Republicans. Almost all small-government, pro-free-enterprise voters are Republicans. Republican candidates must promise giveaways and pander to the entitlement-minded just enough to get elected by narrow margins.

This political party is a relentless, year-round, day-after-day, bi-coastal group forever bemoaning why they didn’t win this or that election. These people are driven. They believe their job is to offer government give-aways to bribe voters to vote for them. They cannot be out-pandered. They are allied with the labor unions and use the public schools to indoctrinate students into becoming Democrats. They are dedicated to continuing abortion on demand, at your expense, but are largely pacifists who decry our use of the military, unless they are in the majority. They are generally anti-gun, but pro-blue-collar. Most blue collar minorities and anti-energy Environmentalists are Democrats. Half the Catholics are Democrats, but don’t seem to mind abortion. These Catholics are environmentalist, recyclers, who are fixated on the poor.

Like most socialist republics, we have a one party governing system and once in office all politicians become Left-Center governing Demopublicans regardless of party. Republicans become more apt to vote for giving your money to somebody else and Democrats tend to fund the military.

We are split 50-50 Left to Right for various reasons. This breaks when 51% of all voters are receiving substantial support and benefits from the government. When that occurs, Republicans will just quit and move elsewhere to start a real country. The rest will stay and become Socialists like the Europeans. Businesses have been quietly leaving the U.S. in anticipation of the socialist coup. The socialists don’t realize nobody will be left to pay for their schemes – they will just go nuts.

Liberal Lobbies

AARP is the propaganda arm of aging big government Liberals. They will lobby like crazy to get every dollar our government can print given to the old.

Black big government liberals have too many propaganda organizations to name. They will fight like hell to ensure that black Americans get their fair share and that nobody ever forgets they didn’t ask to come to America.

Unions have invested $500M a year for decades in Democratic candidates. Their base shrank from 20M mostly manufacturing employee members in 1983 to 12M mostly government employee members in 2008.

The ACLU and Trial Lawyers Association have a long history of supporting Democrats and Liberal causes, like guaranteeing “freedom from religion” to angry atheists, and guaranteeing Liberal Court rulings to free dangerous criminals. They are also working on crippling our homeland security strategies.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Political Almanac The History of Politics

Political Almanac Chapter 2: The History of Politics

How Did This Start ?

Why We Invented Elected Officials
Elected Officials were invented because we assumed that some necessities, like roads, would not be built by volunteers using their own money. On the Frontier, Americans did this successfully until they got mad at “freeloaders”, who didn’t help. It has been “downhill” ever since. Over the years there were lots of things we wanted to force everybody else to pay for. Looking back, we could have done without most of those things. When we chartered the U.S., we did allow for elected “representative” government. We unfortunately neglected to identify whose welfare they would represent or just how they would do that.

What Did We Expect Them to Do
In the early years, we copied what others had done. We knew that if we were threatened we would need an Army, so we maintained a small Army. We based our Courts, Legislation and Executive political activities on much of what Europe had done. We limited what government would do and we went about our business of farming, ranching and trading. We were less restricted and taxed by government than were our European friends. On the Frontier, we farmed and traded without any government, so everybody had guns, similar to how it is now in our inner-cities. As we moved gentile Easterners to the West, we hired Sheriffs, Mayors, City Counsels, Judges and Tax Collectors. We built churches, recruited doctors, built jails and complained that the rowdy cowboys needed to stop drinking, shooting up the town and flaunting their loose morals, just like they do today in Los Angeles. We gradually expected government to get rid of the Indians and provide roads, bridges, clean water, sanitary sewer systems, a postal service, stage coaches, telegraph lines, railroads and eventually street lights. We also went along with Courts, Legislatures and Governors. Mostly, we wanted courts to protect our legal property rights, but the courts distracted themselves and have abandoned this entirely.

What Happened Next
Gradually, government took on a life of its own and wanted to establish public schools, particularly where there were no private or parochial schools, thereby allowing parents of private school students the opportunity to pay for the education of their neighbor’s children. Having been elected, Legislators became bored with roads, bridges, water and sewers. They also needed more emotional issues to make voters more emotional and less lucid, so they invented these issues like ‘River City Needs a Boys’ Band’. They decided to claim sovereignty over almost everything. They competed with each other to stretch their reach beyond anything they could actually have any affect on or afford to do. Early on they discovered they could make up scandals in which their opponents were allegedly involved and the free press would print this drivel. They promised the church ladies they would outlaw alcohol, dancing and card playing and they were elected.

When Did Ideology Start
By 1900, the chasm between business owners and workers, well publicized by novelists and intellectuals, had reached a new low. Karl Marx was widely read. Intellectuals and thugs joined together and produced the Russian Revolution to allow Communism to spread across the globe. Even the United States had a small but active Communist Party. In another intellectual camp, Margaret Sanger began a movement to limit the population growth of the great unwashed intellectual inferiors, who didn’t graduate from Ivy League schools. Our best trained thugs were with the Mafia and they took up the cause of labor and worked to organize labor unions using extortion, threats and intimidation. This witches brew of intellectuals and thugs became the Democratic Party, favoring redistribution of wealth, socialism, labor unions, free love, public schools with a pro-socialist agenda and abortion on demand. Everybody else who saw what they were doing and said: ‘Hey, that’s not right….or…’I don’t agree with that.. became Republicans. This culminated in 1932 when the WW-2 Bonus Marcher Veterans were routed from the Capitol after Congress refused to pay their promised bonus early. None of these folks were reelected. That locked in the final pillar of the Nanny State, which says: ‘Promise to transfer wealth to the poor all the time and actually do it when you can get away with it, and you will be reelected. This only works when most of the voters are poor, most of the time. This realization did crystallize the Democratic Party’s primary goal: to make all the voters poor, so they will vote for them.

How to Destroy the Global Economy
Our Regulations under the Community Reinvestment Act forced banks to make 42% of their loans to folks who had no money, credit, jobs, citizenship, or ability to repay the loans. This is a good start. Lenders rolled these bad loans into securities and sold them world-wide. In 2008 the global economy lost $50 trillion in equity and we were sinking fast. In 2008, our GDP was about $14.3 trillion. Our National Debt was over $10.9 trillion and growing, our unfunded liabilities total $55 trillion and our net worth was a negative $5 trillion and heading South. Our annual taxes took in $2.4 trillion a year. In 2010 Our GDP is projected to be about $15 trillion due to the infusion of $24 trillion printed dollars. Our unemployment is actually close to 30% and isn’t budging. Our Federal Budget ballooned to $3.9 trillion and our National Debt is planned to reach $20 trillion by 2020. If all those who are funding our debt decided not to, we would be insolvent and would either debase the dollar (hyperinflation) or cancel all entitlements. Everybody will be poor and would therefore only vote for Democrat candidates (How’s that gonna work out for us ? ).

The Tyranny of the Minority (taming the great free beast)
We in government have gone too far according to your average American cowboy. To tame the cowboy beast and distract him from complaining about the real horrendous things we’ve done, we have enacted a boat-load of laws and cultural movements designed to keep him in his place under the guise of protecting him from himself including: seat-belt laws, no driving with a beer, no big convertibles, required bicycle helmets, designer coffee and bottled water. We also went crazy protecting minorities, including everybody but the cowboys. You will recognize our government monuments to minorities by how much trouble they are and how few people really visit these sites. Our harassment campaign includes more handicapped parking spaces than necessary, HOV lanes with one or two cars in them, over-treatment of all diseases, under-crowded passenger trains, busses with one passenger, endless paperwork required to track hiring and treatment of “protected classes”, protecting employees from polygraphs, guaranteeing employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave, ensuring that everybody makes more money than the cowboys and ensuring freedom from religion for atheists and freedom to flame in public to gays. Dangerous criminals are set free by our courts based on overcrowding in our prisons. Criminals continue to terrorize citizens over the internet. Drug addicts are sent to prisons where they can continue to get drugs.

Where We Are Now
We politicians have now established our delusions as fact, that we can save everybody from everything, real and imagined, including things we’ve caused. Presidential political campaigns now cost $1 billion to $2 billion per year. Senate and Congressional campaigns cost $200,000 to $10 million. Unions contribute $500 million to $1 billion a year to Democrats. Liberal wealthy folks who purchase all their political favors contribute the rest Republican voters are totally disillusioned, so they don’t make campaign contributions. Contributors bribe Politicians when they want something. Politicians extort contributions from lobbyists when they need money.

We politicians are hired by these interest groups to promote the interests of our contributors. These interests can include preferential tax treatment, exclusive advantages like excluding national banks from usury laws and excluding derivative and hedge fund investors from being subject to gambling laws. These groups work to get their candidates elected by limiting the candidates to those they’ve chosen to hire. We Voters pretend that these candidates will work for us, but they don’t. The issues Politicians use to divide and conquer us include Culture War issues like abortion, gay rights, class warfare, transfer payments, open borders, out-of control judges, rampant immigration and freedom from religion.

Liberal Politicians are offering voters free health care, housing, food, condoms, education and pensions if they join unions. Those who disagree are called intolerant, racist, uneducated, ignorant, evil cavepersons. They encourage all voters to celebrate diversity by being tolerant, secular, gay, inclusive and environmental. The tools they use include laws and programs designed to fail, bullying, intimidation and name calling, totally fabricated problems like global warming, bribery and extortion, candidate control and debasing the currency,

Bullying the Federal Reserve has really worked out for us. We can easily debase the currency by printing more money and we’ve done so undetected at the rate of 4% per year for decades. In 1968 new cars were $2,000, now they’re $20,000. Houses were $30,000, now they same house is $300,000. Family health insurance was $600 a year, now it’s $12,000 a year; College tuition was $900 a year, now it’s $18,000 a year. Health Care and Education inflated 8% per year. A good family income was $10000 / year, now it takes $100000 / year. Most large purchases are 10 times higher than they were 40 years ago, except for health insurance and education; these are 20 times more expensive. The way to confirm changes in inflation is to look at the growth in the gross domestic product (GDP). It too has grown 4% per year for that past 40 years. (isn’t that interesting…) The purpose of announcing the GDP is to give us the illusion that we are making progress. Looking forward, because of the size of our debt and the diminishing value of our economic capability, we look forward to debasing the dollar at double the rate of the last 40 years. The voters will really need us then.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Political Almanac Running for Office

Political Almanac Chapter 1: Politician’s Handbook

Running for Office

Planning Your National Campaign
If you have a million dollars in the bank and a personality and you can sell your services to the highest bidder and you graduated from Harvard or Yale, you can consider running for a National office in the U.S. Senate or U.S. House. You will need a boat-load of money, so you need to know who has the money and what you’ll need to do to get some. First you need to decide what job you want to run for, and where; then find out what party the majority of the voters belong to, so you can pick that party. At this point, you should figure out how you’re going to handle what you’ll say to different groups on a variety of issues. If you think anybody will buy it, you go forward. You then hire a pre-campaign staff to plan and execute a series of gatherings of potential contributors. The staff will gather a committee of interested donors, who will gather more donors and pretty soon you’re rolling.

Securing Contributions
Your staff should be able to find out what your contributors want in return for the contributions they will make. It could be “access” to you, to give you their take on legislation, their support of your shared “world view” and political philosophy or other reasons. Some businesses and investors are more susceptible to legislator’s actions. Some potential contributors are more influenced by ideology. Here you should be taking notes.

Doing the Straight Jacket Dance
Now you know what your contributors want. It’s time to reread all applicable sections above and practice your responses to questions from the very diverse groups of voters who hate each other, without saying anything that would offend your big contributors. Don’t forget to be candid, sincere and careful.

Planning a Local Campaign
If you want to run for state senate or house or a city office, you’ll need $50,000 in the bank and lots of friends. The fundraising need not be as heady as a National Office run, but the basics are the same. Make sure you stick with local issues like water, roads, highways, zoning, parks, crime and services. I knew a state senate candidate who wanted to lower health insurance costs. Now he attacks windmills with his lance.

Get Out The Vote
Illegal Mexicans can be paid to vote for us, and don’t forget dead people, but the best list is the 40% of Americans who don’t vote or have health insurance. Make sure your ballot-box stuffing gang of voter fraud executors don’t get caught.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Political Almanac Local Politics

Political Almanac Chapter 1: Politician’s Handbook

Local Politics

We get most of our money from the federal government, so we should take their lead and be hapless, blind-sighted and incapable of anticipating crises.

Water & Sewer Maintenance
We don’t know how to anticipate where water and sewer line breaks might occur, so we don’t bother to do that. We usually wait until a road collapses to give us a general idea of where a break has occurred. Make sure you block off all the roads around these work areas for quite some time.

Road Maintenance
We only do road maintenance after we have a water or sewer line break.

We ask everyone not to drive. For a while they didn’t listen to us, but lately we think we’re getting through to them. We invented HOV lanes to remove a lane from our highway systems, but the other lanes are still jammed. We also put stop lights at on-ramps; that jammed up the feeder roads.

Road Expansion
Our multi-use mall and apartment developers do most of this, so we try to approve all of their crazy schemes. We don’t like to do road expansion. We just want everyone to drive less.

We approve zoning changes based on emotion rather than logic. We are always relieved and surprised when voters don’t show up at zoning hearings with torches and pitchforks. We usually hang out with crazy developers with zany ideas; they are generally more fun to be with.

We sit on school boards to approve whatever budget the Superintendent wants. We run and hide when the voters show up with torches and pitchforks.