Is Government Spending Moral?

There are two kinds of government spending; moral and immoral. Moral spending is that which keeps the citizens of the United States safe from rogue regimes and hostile nations bent on harming Americans in this country and abroad. Moral spending is training local and federal police forces to combat crime within our borders. Moral spending would be for a judicial system, where by men could resolve their differences in a court of law, and criminals could be removed from society and incarcerated indefinitely, or until which time they are rehabilitated. This moral spending benefits the nation as a whole, and preserves not only our lives, but our constitutional freedom.

 

Immoral spending is any government spending that usurps the productivity of free men, disposing of their incomes at the government’s discretion. Remember, government can’t create anything but  bureaucracy, yet government wields a checkbook canvassing the country for socialistic causes to fund with money extorted from tax payers at the point of a gun. It is immoral to sanction a group of victims to fund altruistic, socialist, egalitarian, ideologies of the political elite, or a wonton entitlement class?

 

What about the poor? These people have the same constitutional rights as the rest of us; they have been kept poor by the marginal fiscal government programs that perpetuate their poverty. Many people living below the poverty line in this country, own cars, flat screen HD televisions, and DVD players, they consume such luxury items as cosmetics, tobacco, alcohol, and street drugs, they walk into emergency rooms across the nation whenever they get a headache, run a fever, have pain, or just need their prescriptions filled. Is this moral?

 

What about minorities? To elevate a particular race or gender with government spending is to discriminate against those who do not share those same racial or gender specific attributes, this constitutes government initiated and government sponsored racism. Isn’t racism immoral? Not only does government create racism, it enhances the myth that a certain race is inferior, therefore, must be given a handout because said race lacks the virtue and intelligence of the sanctioned victims who provide the hand out. Isn’t this immoral? This prolongs the minority condition indefinitely in a stereotypical role of genetically deficient as a malady of heritage. Isn’t this immoral? Entitlement spending fuels the flames of hatred, creating class divisions in society and enhancing class warfare. Is this moral?

 

Our government extorts money from the tax payers and distributes it to organized labor, Ivy League colleges, public schools, and other entities, that not only share, but nurture governments collectivist ideologies. Our government extorts money from the working class to subsidize failed industries, thus rewarding market failures, while punishing productive industries with increased tax burdens. Is this moral?

 

Now ask yourself, what has this government done for you lately. Are you a victim, or beneficiary of government spending? Do you, or your business, benefit in any way from immoral government spending. Is your lifestyle enhanced and supported by the victims of government extortion? Are you moral?

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New Deal or Raw Deal: In Review

 

Armed with objective statistics, eye witness accounts of those in the state department, as well those so called brains trust confidants, Burton Folsom’s New Deal or Raw Deal exposes FDR, his failed New Deal policies, his social engineering, and his lust to centralize power in Washington, as the primary causes that turned the depression into the great depression.

 

Folsom dispels the liberal myth that capitalism caused the depression; he lays the blame at the feet of a culpable government, for national debt, the Smoot Hawley Tariff Act, and the Federal Reserve were the primary causes of the depression. Reading this book one witnesses the birth of big government, and the disastrous causality the New Deal inflicted on the marketplace, furthermore; one sees how big government legislates entitlements and favor empowering special interest peddlers and lobbyists to change our nation forever.

 

Folsom paints Roosevelt as a charmer, one endowed not only with a silver spoon in his mouth, but one with charisma and the gift of oration. It’s unfortunate that Roosevelt never succeeded in anything remotely entrepreneurial outside of politics, his attempts at business and law all ended in abysmal failures; is it any wonder, his new deal policies would suffer the same fate?

 

We learn from the onset of this book that FDR invented the role of presidential duplicity; he campaigned on tariff reform, promised to balance the budget, and promised tax cuts for all. After two terms in office he reneged on all of it. Instead of a balanced budget he doubled the national dept, delivered a 79% top tax bracket, invented the only undistributed profits tax in the world, and raped the forgotten man with excise taxes.

 

During those years of national crisis, with unemployment above 20%, FDR attacked the successful business men and the wealthiest Americans with rancor. Imposing burdensome taxes on production and profits, compromising their ability to invest, grow, and create jobs. He prescribed to the flawed theory of underconsumption, imposing minimum wage legislation that put many out of work, created gender and racial discrimination enhancing class warfare. When he ran short of affluent victims, He levied an excise tax, which hit the low and middle class, when excise revenues outnumbered income tax revenues; Roosevelt discovered a new windfall to fund his New Deal projects.

 

Folsom demonstrates how patronage kept Roosevelt in office for three terms. Roosevelt wielded his government tax fortune to favor those loyal democrats with projects for their states, precincts, and constituencies. He targeted questionable states he couldn’t carry, bought political favors, created pork barrel projects for democrats loyal to his policies and bought votes. He influenced gubernatorial races, senate races, and congressional races, all in an effort to centralize power in Washington.

 

Roosevelt spoke publicly of how political power needed to be centralized, and chastised those Supreme Court judges who opposed him. He tried to stack the Supreme Court with judges favorable to his New Deal, when that failed; he tried to skew the vote by adding more justices to the bench.

 

He often sic the IRS, like an attack dog on political rivals and fellow democrats that opposed his New Deal, the loudest dissenters where subject to harassing audits and jail time. With blatant disregard for the first amendment, he created the FCC to attack the opposition with radio censorship.

 

If anything Roosevelt’s legacy is one of influence, of charisma and power, duplicity and corruption. Let us not forget Roosevelt’s affection for socialism, and the communist sympathizers he appointed to his cabinet, not to mention his brains trust.

 

This begs the question, if this is true about Roosevelt, the man and his policies, then why is he still hailed as one of the greatest presidents of all time? The answer lies in the altruistic nature of his presidency; he was perceived as caring, his intentions sincere, his message one of hope and promise to right the financial disparity in America by wealth redistribution. The rights prescribed by the forefathers weren’t enough for the man of sincerity; he had to add “A right to a comfortable living.” In 1944 he added an Economic Bill of Rights that included “the right to a useful and remunerative job . . . The right of every family to a decent home . . . The right to a good education.” Alas the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

 

So the altruists are responsible for this unwarranted praise, the statists, the socialist, the liberal intelligentsia, nurtured in our bastions of higher education. To this day big government perpetuates these myths of failed social ideologies and flawed philosophical doctrine, with generous government funding. If you awoke tomorrow and discovered you spent your entire life, your entire carrier, promoting a failed ideology, an unsustainable socialist doctrine, would you discard it, or cling to it, defending it with all your immoral rectitude? Here in lies the answer.

 

This book is a great read, especially now as history repeats itself. The uncanny resemblance of Obamanomics and Roosevelt’s New Deal legacy is frightening. Read this book, juxtapose these two administrations, and you will be able to predict with certainty the future of our economy, our government, and our freedom.

Defending Our Rights

The philosophical bankruptcy in this nation has reached critical mass. Pragmatism is the philosophy of the disoriented, the philosophy of the irrational, unfortunately; it has become the default philosophy of the nation. This is the same philosophy our so called intellectuals have been teaching the impressionable youth of America for decades; our colleges having been infested with this spurious intellect for generations. Look around on any given day and see the irrational men struggling with their self imposed immoral tedium.

 

Combine pragmatism with the immoral practice of altruism and you have a pandemic which threatens the civilized world. Our politic elite, scour the globe searching for victims and altruistic social causes to collectively engage the people of this nation under the canard of moral duty. If victims are scarce, government will create some, to usurp the prosperity, wealth, and constitutional rights of the citizenry, whereby enhancing their power base, while simultaneously rewarding the co-conspirators with extorted plunder. These heinous acts of social engineering bring causality to bear, for in the end the erosion of individual rights will erupt into class warfare.

 

This begs the question; how does one fight a predominant ideology of collective sacrifice and immoral duty? The cure for this pandemic is individual rights; individual rights are the vaccine, and freedom the panacea. The morality of individual rights must be held in the highest regard. Let nothing take precedence over these constitutional rights; let no one place the virtues of the oppressed above the rights of the individual; no victim, no social justice, no political cause shall disgrace the rights of free men.

 

Make no mistake, individual rights are not divine; God did not grant them to man, man granted them to all men under the constitution. Health care is not a right, nor housing, nor food for that matter, these are essentials for life, and everyone has the right to pursue them, but not at the expenditure of another mans rights. Hold nothing more precious than these convictions for they are the invaluable currency of freedom. They are not for sale under any circumstance; they are not to be assaulted and squandered by government for any reason, not for the faceless victims, not for the entitlement class, not for the capricious feel good moment of those empowered to preserve and protect these rights.

 

 

 

 

Embrace Reality

We are riding in a bus, traveling down a mountain road (it’s a big bus). We stop at an artesian well to drink and stretch our legs. I stoop down, pick up a rock and hold it up in the air and say, “This rock exists, it exists whether I’m conscious of it or not, it does not exist because I am conscious of it.”

 

Reality is that which exists, it is implicit by nature. Consciousness is the faculty for perceiving that which exists. The unreal does not exist, the supernatural does not exist, these are corollaries of a human consciousness that abandons reason.

 

At a conceptual level we combine existence in action and we have causality. Causality can be good, it can be bad, it can obtain a desired goal, or it can be an abysmal failure, good, bad, success, failure, these outcomes all have a common denominator; they are all bound by the laws of reality.

 

I am a consummate student of causality. I make decisions, most of which routine, others complex, all based on the existential nature of causality. I make rational choices, based on the predictability of outcomes, as opposed to a pragmatist, like the President of the United States for example, who capriciously makes decisions then struggles with damage control later.

 

Like any other discipline, be it language, art, or finance, practice makes perfect. Study causality for years, make it a viable part of your philosophy and life and you too will be able to predict outcomes with uncanny certainty, complicated life scenarios become not only manageable, but favorable. Enhancing favorable outcomes, while building confidence and self-esteem.

 

In effect, this enhances the stability of ones life, whereby alleviating contradiction. Contradiction is synonymous with doubt and ambiguity; it is anti-confidence and antilife. Before making choices no matter how simple or complex, check your hypothesis, if a contradiction exists your hypothesis is flawed. Most likely the flaw is because your hypotheses is bereft of reason, or reality. One has to have real goals and realistic expectations based on reality, again examine the potential causality before making that all important decision. A life free of contradiction is a life of confidence and with it the rewards of self esteem.