Framing the Dialogue

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Labor Day 2012

Yesterday’s mail included this littel gem from the Ameriacn Federation of State and Municipal Employees (“AFSME”).  I am not a member…please, but am FORCED to pay my “fair share” to the organization.  I have to pay them one percent of my salary even though they DO NOT REPRESENT my views.  My money pays for this crap!  I know that they’ll argue that my money only goes to pay them to negotiate on my behalf…a function that I did not request.  The idiots forget that money is fungible and any money that I am FORCED to pay to an organization who supports views opposite of mine is criminal or it should be.  Actually they know that money is fungible…they are relying on the fact that public education has so eroded people’s understanding of economics that YOU won’t know.  They know!

Taxation = Theft

The following video was from a blog (AndyLogic) with the above title and is pretty well done and should be required viewing for all school students as a balance to the statist views now taught. 

The only edit that I would suggest is where the “bill” is sent to George.  Our politicians have long figured out that by withholding the tax money from our paychecks BEFORE we get the money is a pretty effective way of hiding their theft.  We don’t truly miss what we never had.  I have found this despicable practice used when a labor union that I have not voluntarily joined takes their “fair share” of my earnings.  There are efforts in some states to cease payroll deductions for union dues.  What should the state government act as a collector for the labor unions?  You might be able to take an educated guess the party affiliation of the legislature and governor of those states.

Boeing Boeing Gone

I have not had the opportunity to see the movie interpretation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (i.e. the closest theater is about an hour away), but it feels more and more like I am living the story.  I’ve read the novel twice since my first time when I was awakened bythe vultures depicted by Rand.   It was hard to be disgusted by a parasitic nation that sucks the life out of productive people to prolong their reign.  It is hard to watch former great companies like Jack Welch’s General Electric mooch off of Obama to gain favor for their subsidiaries while, in my mind, pretending to be a capitalist company.  Businesses have always done this, but the level of government interference seems obscene.

Running Man

It is often interesting to look at the ease with which non-incumbent candidates can point to the incumbent’s record and critique their performance and bloviate about what they would do in similar situations. It is hard to prevent such a successful strategy and we have learned with the current resident of the White House that a blank slate can be a powerful tool when combined with a thorough lack of inspection of a candidate’s qualifications by both the main stream media and many of the voters.

Update 2 – Liberal Alters – Unions

It’s been a whole day since I updated the Union Liberal Alter, but the events in Wisconsin scream for comment.  First off a little recent history.  In 2008/2009 we were repeatedly told that “elections have consequences” and that Democrats won and they could rule as they pleased.  It turns out that the electorate was not very pleased and in 2010 we had more of those election consequences only this time the Republicans swept.  The Republican sweep in the U.S. House was the primary focus of most news reports, but perhaps more importantly was the Republican sweep in the states.  The Republicans now have 29 governorships and have “more seats in the state legislatures than they have had since 1928” and they are itching for real change.

News Briefs Volume VI

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1:  Obamagovernment dictates an increase in fuel economy of 10 mpg by 2016 (to 35.5 mpg).  Estimate are that this will only cost you another $1000 for your next car, but it will save you over $3000 over the life of the car.  If you use government accounting (i.e. Congressional Budget Office rules) they probably assume that the car will last you 25 years.  In order to achieve that mileage they will probably have to be plastic so they probably won’t rust.  The only real issue will be when some 90-something-year-old T-bones you at an intersection killing you and all of your passengers.  Plastic cars kill.  The way it works is that an auto manufacturer’s has to produce cars that average the new standards.  So all companies have to produce is a super high mileage car to balance the lower mileage cars that American consumers want to buy.

Life Meanders

1119090658The last 36 hours has been really weird.  Hence the lack of posts for the last two days.  One of the stretches of road that I take to work is a four-lane road characterized by an abundance of traffic signals and they seem to add one more each year.  It is not too bad during off peak hours, but during rush hour it stinks.  I am able to flex my schedule and start early, but the past few months, that has not made much of a difference.

Ford Draws Short Straw

Henry-FordAbout 75 percent of the members of the United Auto Workers Union rejected a deal that would have given concessions to the Ford Motor Company.  The concessions were reported to be similar to those given to GM (Government Motors) and Chrysler after they received large sums of bailout money.  Ford Motor Company did not take government help and has emerged as the strongest of the “Big 3” American automakers.  Ford was the only U.S. automaker not to file bankruptcy…yet.

I Plead The Tenth

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

These 28 words say so much, but are regarded so little these days.  When you look back to what our fledgling country encountered as a colony of England you should be able to understand their trepidation towards the creation of a powerful United States (Federal) government. 

Battle Cry of Freedom

I am a bit of a Civil War buff.  It started with a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.  The Civil War and Gettysburg are two of the most written about subjects in American writing.  I have read numerous books on the glorious battles and the heroic efforts of the combatants.  Their personal stories inspire and make you cry at the same time. 

James M. McPherson is one of the premier writers about that period and as a Pulitzer Prize winner you would expect his work to be first-rate.  I found Battle Cry of Freedom different than other books about that era.  McPherson’s chronology of the period includes a great deal of  “behind the scenes” information about the conflict; the politics, the media, the politicians.