Saturday, 26 October 2013

Why government 'care' will never, ever work


"Liberals are incapable of grasping economic truths. That goes without saying. But why are "conservatives" every bit as dumb about the dynamics in a nationalized enterprise as opposed to the workings of a market society? Republicans appear incapable of articulating why it is that centrally planned systems fail."

RETURN TO REASON
Why government 'care' will never, ever work
central planners' website debacle is no surprise
Ilana Mercer

At every opportunity, Jedediah Bila, a regular among the pig-ignorant panelists paraded on the Fox News and Business channels, parroted Bill O'Reilly's "not ready for prime time" line. The premise of that fatuity is that given time, Obamacare could be readied for prime time.

A "scandal" bleated another cipher in a skirt -- a Republican, naturally -- about the error-riddled Obamacare website, when she should have been explaining that HealthCare.gov not working is no more a "scandal" than waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid, perpetrated by program administrators, program recipients, elected and unelected officials alike.

Failure and fraud is business as usual in government.

Liberals are incapable of grasping economic truths. That goes without saying. But why are "conservatives" every bit as dumb about the dynamics in a nationalized enterprise as opposed to the workings of a market society? Republicans appear incapable of articulating why it is that centrally planned systems fail.

The gold standard for stupid is this Republican riff: "Government would work much better if it were run like a business." It is in violation of the Law of Identity. A is A. Things are what they are. Government is government; it is not business. The task of a rational man, advised Ayn Rand, is to perceive reality, not to create or invent it.

Rep. Fred Upton does Jedediah Bila one better. "Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars [have been] spent for a system that still does not work," complained the Republican from Michigan.

Wrong. Government spends trillions of taxpayer dollars on systems that don't work (the military included). That's what government does by definition; by virtue of being government.

The problem is not so much the 55 contractors involved in designing Barack Obama's signature Web portal, but the Central Planning Board that selected inept coders -- and the kinky incentives to which any federal agency in charge will subject any and all contractors under its control.

The same Web developers generally do a great job on each of our personal computers; in other words, when handling private property. If they don't, we withhold payment until they do, sue them, seek arbitration against them, or turn to the competition, causing the offenders to shape up or go belly up. In a word, when they work for us, contractors work well, because they're not administered by a collective and bankrolled in perpetuity by taxpayers whose property has been forcibly seized by the same coercive collective.

As private property owners, we control the purse strings.

A monopolist, moreover, doesn't have to please consumers, because he has them cornered. Therefore, in a politburo, political decisions trounce considerations that would win out in the marketplace. Consider: HealthCare.gov was coded with the goal of harvesting sensitive information from applicants while concealing rip-off prices from them. Why would the Central Planning Board (aka the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in charge of Obamcare) care that such coding has created a hacker's dream, when their ultimate dream is to share data culled through HealthCare.gov with the IRS, the DHS, the TSA, on and on?

Like the communist elite, the Congress elite seldom subjects itself to the same health care or the same laws as the people.

Unsurprisingly -- and by legislative sleight of hand -- lawmakers have used their privileged positions to pass laws exempting themselves and their lackeys from liability. "Governmental immunity" is designed to "stop people from suing the government and government employees and officials in many cases."

With taxpayers ponying up for any surgical slip of the scalpel and responsibility collectivized -- fear of being fired or penalized is non-existent among the ruling class. Government failure will never see the closing of a government agency, or the firing of nasty, inefficient, over-paid, affirmatively appointed officials.

In the bureaucracy, incentives will forever be inverted. Failure results in success: in more funds, more training, more time off. "We don't have profits and losses in the civil service. Success in the civil service is measured by the size of our staff and budget. A bigger department is more successful than a smaller one," smiled the marvelously sardonic Sir Humphrey Appleby, superstar of the satire "Yes, Prime Minister."

Since it "manages" money not its own, government has no real incentive to conserve resources, ensure a job is properly done, or deliver on its promises. Entrusted with the administration of assets you don't own, have no stake in; on behalf of people you don't know and who have no real recourse against your mismanagement -- how long before your on-the-job performance mirrors that of the government?

Republicans can vaporize all they like. There's nothing they can do to change the perverse incentives that are at work in public works. Peace and prosperity follow when, as Ludwig von Mises counseled, private property owners are at liberty to exchange goods and services for money.

Failure to keep health-care services out of the hands of socialist central planners will see all Americans pinned down like butterflies by "service providers," whose sadistic displays of power are honed in a state monopoly.

http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/why-government-care-will-never-ever-work/#yWmYJZZpIgwGg188.99

A “Liberal” Bigot’s Guide to Hating the South


A "Liberal" Bigot's Guide to Hating the South
By Thomas DiLorenzo
October 25, 2013

A CNN travel editor named Chuck Thompson has established himself as a one-man hate group in writing a short book entitled Better Off Without 'Em: A Northern Manifesto for Southern Secession."  He advertised his book in an October 20 article in Salon entitled "Just Secede Already."  Oh, if only we could.

Hatred of and bigotry toward Southerners is of course nothing new.  The New England "Yankees" of the early nineteenth century thought of themselves as God's chosen people and deplored the immigration into the country of lesser humans from parts of Europe other than their own little section of the British Isles -- especially the loathsome Catholic immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and Italy  (See Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fisher).

The early nineteenth-century New England descendants of the Puritans so hated Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase, and its prospects for accommodating masses of God's un-chosen people, that they spent a decade plotting secession.  This plot culminated in the 1814 Hartford Secession Convention at which the New England Federalists issued severe criticisms of government, but decided that their political and economic fortunes would be best served by undermining the government of the founders from within rather than seceding.  Their political descendants (The Whig and Republican parties of that century) succeeded beyond their wildest dreams in creating a centralized, bureaucratic empire that would rival the British and Spanish empires.

Thompson falsifies history when he writes in his Salon article that the idea of secession originated with "traitorous Southerners" and is "part of the soiled fabric that stretches from John C. Calhoun" and the South Carolina Nullification Ordinance of 1832 (which nullified the "Tariff of Abominations").  As a matter of fact, New Englanders were the first to discuss and plot secession, and there was a secession movement in the Middle-Atlantic states in the 1850s (See William C Wright, The Secession Movement in the Middle States).  Some Northern abolitionists advocated Northern secession prior to the War to Prevent Southern Independence, and of course America was created by seceding from the British Empire.  In that sense, nothing is more American than the idea of a voluntary union and freedom of association through the right of secession.  Earlier generations of Americans thought so.

Thompson also falsely associates the origins of nullification with John C. Calhoun.  The reality is that the colonists employed the concept as a means of attempting to escape some of the tyrannical clutches of the British empire, but nullification is mostly associated with the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions of 1798.  Written by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, respectively, these resolutions announced that the states of Kentucky and Virginia would not enforce the Adams administration's Sedition Act, which criminalized criticism of Adams and his government, since it was a clear violation of the First Amendment.

The idea of nullification was subsequently used by Northerners who opposed the Bank of the United States (a precursor of the Fed) and the Fugitive Slave Act.  It was not a trick used to "defend slavery," as generations of totalitarian-minded statists like Chuck Thompson have said in their never-ending crusade to mis-educate and misinform the American public about its own history.

Thompson is obviously unaware of the constitutional definition of treason when he refers to "traitorous Southerners" of the nineteenth century.  Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution defines treason as "only" levying war upon the United States, or giving aid and comfort to their enemies.  The "United States" is in the plural, signifying free and independent states that are united in a cause.   The word "their" is most important because it also signifies that treason is defined only as levying war upon "them" -- the free and independent states, not something called "the United States government."  This of course is precisely what Lincoln did when he levied war upon the Southern states.

The whole purpose of the Constitution, James Madison wrote in Federalist #10, was to "restrain the violence of faction," by which he meant unlimited democracy.  Thompson defines any and all efforts to restrain "the violence of faction as "anti-Americanism" and "redneck poison."  His position is the un-American one.  He is so filled with hatred of everything Southern that he even attacks the Waffle House restaurant chain, a popular, cheap, breakfast place that exists all throughout the South, as serving "redneck poison" to its customers.  He thinks this is humorous, as does the New York Times, which gave his "book" a glowing review.

Thompson makes the case that Southerners are generally knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who stubbornly participate in national politics in a way that keeps "real" Americans like him from realizing their dream of a totally, one-hundred-percent unlimited government.  He complains bitterly that property taxes tend to be lower in the Southern states than in the Northern states.  Horrors!!  He calls this "dysfunctional" government, the latest left-wing buzz word that's being used to described any hiccup in the steady march toward totalitarian socialism in America.

Thompson also stupidly equates "America" with the federal government in Washington by declaring that the "current attack on the federal government" is "part of the hidebound Confederate agenda" that displays an "antipathy toward America."  No, Chuck, to the extent that there is a peaceful political "attack" on Big Government (Praise the Lord!), it is because of antipathy towards unlimited looting and plundering of the population by the 536 egomaniacal psychopaths who lord over us.  We are NOT the government, Chuck.  Those of us in the productive, taxpaying class are its victims.

Unlike the refined, polite, prosperous, and gleaming cities of the North, such as Detroit (slum capital of America) and Chicago (murder capital of America), Thompson portrays Southern cities and their inhabitants as uniformly ignorant, violent, racist, and generally uncivilized.  His book spews hatred on every page. The real source of his obsessive hatred of all things Southern seems to be his acknowledgment that Southerners have sometimes not been very hospitable to the labor unions that have destroyed Northern industry, nor to big, unlimited government that has destroyed American prosperity.  This must end, he says.

Despite the massive explosion of government spending, taxing, debt, and money creation that has occurred during the Bush and Obama administrations, Thompson surrealistically claims in his Salon article that "Our government is under attack from a band of domestic anarchists . . . everyone sees that."  Well thanks, Chuck, but surely you give me and my fellow anarcho-capitalists way too much credit.  (Thompson apparently arrived at this conclusion by reading about Senator Ted Cruz's short and inconsequential filibuster over "Obamacare" when he was out of the country).

If that is all it takes to cause such hysteria in the minds of left-wing journalist like this one travel writer, he may just keel over dead upon discovering LewRockwell.com.  His rantings do serve one good purpose, however; they bring out into the open the two-century-old attitude of Northern "Yankees" (but not all Northerners by any means) that they are superior to all others and should separate themselves from all those lesser humans (See Clyde Wilson's "The Yankee Problem in America").  If they want to try to create a socialist "paradise" in the Northern states, I say Let 'Em Go.  Secede. Maybe they WILL be better at socialism than the Soviets, the Chinese, the North Koreans, Cubans, etc.  Just keep the rest of us out of it.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/10/thomas-dilorenzo/the-bigots-guide-to-hating-southerners/

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Amazing clock!

I had not seen this one before

 

You've never seen a clock like this one..........

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Fwd: The Looking Spoon Blog




Possibly the most irresponsible and scariest Halloween costume idea a parent can bestow upon their child...

Posted: 25 Oct 2013 07:00 PM PDT

Obviously not the only way to skin this cat, but one of the more accurate ways.

h/t iOwnTheWorld for inspiring this post with their post...

Some of the best graphics destroying Obamacare right here! (20 images)

Posted: 25 Oct 2013 04:00 PM PDT

Ok, I don't know if they're the VERY best...but they're some of the best I've found (or created) so far!

My personal favorite is the last one :-)

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Fwd: 8 Must-Have Political Halloween Costumes For 2013

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Fwd: [New post] Once again, CAIR’s favorite media lesbian comes out in defense of Muslim terrorists




BareNakedIslam posted: "Despite Rachel Maddow's emotional delivery, her script comes right out of the propaganda pages of CAIR's lawfare department. Hey, Rachel, watch your back, we know what your Muslim pals think of homosexuals. http://youtu.be/SFe4fU6trw0"

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Despite Rachel Maddow's emotional delivery, her script comes right out of the propaganda pages of CAIR's lawfare department. Hey, Rachel, watch your back, we know what your Muslim pals think of homosexuals.

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Fwd: [New post] DELAWARE: Why is minor damage on some mosque signs worthy of a major TV News report?




BareNakedIslam posted: "It was only minor vandalism at the Islamic Soceity of Delaware but you'd think it was a major terror attack. (The news story here is condensed from the 3 pages of the original) Delaware Online  A white picket fence was broken into pieces. A wooden sign"

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DELAWARE: Why is minor damage on some mosque signs worthy of a major TV News report?

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It was only minor vandalism at the Islamic Soceity of Delaware but you'd think it was a major terror attack. (The news story here is condensed from the 3 pages of the original) Delaware Online  A white picket fence was broken into pieces. A wooden sign with the name of the mosque was knocked down, […]

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Fwd: [New post] China's purchase of iconic U.S. Smithfield Foods raises food safety questions





Dr. Eowyn posted: "Boycott Smithfield Foods! See also my post of Oct. 23, "600 dogs dead from eating Made-in-China jerky treats" - http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2013/10/23/600-dogs-dead-from-eating-made-in-china-jerky-treats/ ~Dr. Eowyn"
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China's purchase of iconic U.S. Smithfield Foods raises food safety questions

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Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the largest pork producer and processor in the United States.

founded in 1936 as the Smithfield Packing Company, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is headquartered in Smithfield, Virginia, with facilities in 26 U.S. states, including the largest slaughterhouse and meat-processing plant in the world, located in Tar Heel, North Carolina. It also has operations in Mexico and in 10 European countries, with a global total of over 46,000 employees and an annual revenue of $13 billion.

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Fwd: [New post] Leader of Islamic UN bloc fighting for global sharia laws visits US Muslim B’hood in DC




Will he get a private sit-down with the Muzzie-in-Chief?
creeping posted: "And Lauds Their Jihad Through Da'wa aka 'Interfaith' Campaign. Now what would the leader of the Muslim organization that is trying to implement global Islamic blasphemy laws be doing visiting a terror-linked Muslim group in the U.S.? A group that Barrack "
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And Lauds Their Jihad Through Da'wa aka 'Interfaith' Campaign. Now what would the leader of the Muslim organization that is trying to implement global Islamic blasphemy laws be doing visiting a terror-linked Muslim group in the U.S.? A group that Barrack Hussein Obama relies on extensively, despite being caught funding jihad. via Militant Islam Monitor […]

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Fwd: Send this to every vile leftist you know. It will make them insane!

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Fwd: Unique Juggling Act




 
 

A most amazing talent indeed!!
 
 
Unique juggling act.
 







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Fwd: Older Employee Notice!





 

Older Employee Notice! 

 

 

Due to the current financial situation caused by the slowdown in the economy, Congress has decided to implement a scheme to put workers of 50 years of age and above on early, mandatory retirement, thus creating jobs and reducing unemployment. 

 

This scheme will be known as RAPE (Retire Aged People Early). 

 

Persons selected to be RAPED can apply to Congress to be considered for the SHAFT program (Special Help After Forced  Termination). 

 

Persons who have been RAPED and SHAFTED will be reviewed under the SCREW program (System Covering Retired-Early Workers). 

 

A person may be RAPED once, SHAFTED twice and SCREWED as many times as Congress deems appropriate. 

 

Persons who have been RAPED could get AIDS (Additional Income for Dependents and Spouse) or HERPES (Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance). 

 

Obviously persons who have AIDS or HERPES will not be SHAFTED or SCREWED any further by Congress. 

 

Persons who are not RAPED and are staying on will receive as much SHIT (Special High Intensity Training) as possible. Congress has always prided themselves on the amount of SHIT they give our citizens. 

 

Should you feel that you do not receive enough SHIT, please bring this to the attention of your Congressman, who has been trained to give you all the SHIT you can handle. 

 

 

 

 

Sincerely, 

  
Your Committee for Economic Value of Individual Lives (EVIL) 

 

 

 

P.S. - Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas and oil as well as current market conditions, the "Light at the End of the Tunnel" has been turned off.   As usual, "we apologize" for any incontinence inconvenience.

 

 

 



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