Saturday, July 5, 2014

Lame Duck Squacking At It's Worst...

By John Sykes

From Chris Stirewalt in Trolling for Relevancy: 
So what’s an embattled lame duck to do? Pivot, right? And this president, having pivoted more times than a ballerina practicing pirouettes, is ready to dance. Obama is putting into effect a long-promised threat to use executive action to grant residency to some of the millions in the country illegally. Even as the court’s rebuke on ObamaCare rules was still echoing off the marble steps, Obama stepped out to announce that he and Attorney General Eric Holder will “identify additional actions my administration can take on our own within my existing legal authorities to do what Congress refuses to do and fix as much of our immigration system as we can.” Given the explosiveness of the issue among Republicans and the growing anxiety on the right about Obama’s executive overreach, the president seemed to be deliberately trolling his opponents. He’s done it before, and it has worked. Democrats disillusioned with the president’s missed expectations have again and again stepped up to defend him against what they see as a GOP mob. A cynic might even surmise that the president is hoping to push Republican hard-liners to start drafting articles of impeachment. With a lawsuit looming over Obama’s authority to ignore or repurpose existing laws, this move is audacious to say the least. Republicans may oblige him, but it says a lot about the state of this presidency that Obama considers his current best option to bait his foes into a constitutional crisis.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Truth Is The Greatest Enemy...

By John Sykes

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." Joseph Goebbels

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bringing Home The Bling...

By John Sykes

These are pretty sharp reminders to Conservative Christians on the value of the bling that surrounds us. Please note that the conclusions apply no matter how much of that bling you, the poor or the rich have, need or want!

From Conservatives Are Often Materialistic, Too:
Progressives are not the only ones building arguments on the faulty foundation of materialism. Scrambling for a rebuttal to Occupy Wall Street and the Left’s focus on inequality, many right-of-center economists have fallen in love with data on economic consumption. This chorus, which includes some impressive conservative thinkers, argues that being poor is not as bad as liberals intimate because poor people have lots of cool stuff.
In a representative op-ed from 2013, economists Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry purport to debunk the myth of middle-class stagnation using consumption data. “While income inequality might be rising when measured in dollars,” they write, “it is falling when reckoned in what’s most important—our ability to consume.” Those last seven words are telling. The authors insist that the “food, appliances, clothing and cars” available to low-income people make inequality a moot point. A 2011 Heritage Foundation report offered the same general conclusion, as its title makes painfully obvious: “Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today?” Plenty of other sharp economists, such as Scott Sumner, echo the point. These conservatives agree that consumption data deserve more attention than they receive.
As a matter of technical economics, they may well be right. But anyone who has glanced at the happiness literature—or interacted with real humans—can attest that high-quality possessions are no substitute for the deeply empowering sense that we are earning our own way. That we are adding value to the world around us. That we have the opportunity to climb as high as our ambitions and talents can take us. No matter what the consumption data show, trends in mobility and relative inequality will always have significant purchase on the human psyche. Any conservative wonks who think otherwise are only fooling themselves.
Both Left and Right owe America better than the false premise of materialism. Common sense, ancient wisdom, and modern research all converge to tell us that a thousand things are more important to people than the contents of our homes and our bank accounts. We should celebrate this fact. People are not money-crazed automatons. Politicians and pundits should stop talking as if we were.

From What Every Christian Should Know About Income Inequality:
As followers of Christ we must champion economic policies and principles that are rooted in biblical virtues and beneficial to the flourishing of our fellow man. To do that we must refocus on what matters and stop becoming distracted by envy-driven concerns that some people are earning more money than we are.

Envy and Relatavism mix far too well! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Must this end with the blood of We-The-Serfs?

By John Sykes

I've reluctantly concluded that we're no longer a free-market, capitalist economy and haven't been for quite some time. We now are in the clutches of a very unholy alliance of  Big Government, Big Business & Big Politics. That alliance, the Bigs, no longer works primarily for the good of the whole but for that of the Ruling Class, the very small percentage of the population at the top. Some dare to call this fascism!

The "rising tide raises all boats" school now is raising only the big boats. The rest of the boats are floundering, filling up with water, but not quite yet sinking. 

My finality on all this came not from observation of politics but, more importantly, the study of economics. In general, I side with the free market Austrian school which looks primarily to the human interactions that make up our market place, not a bunch of data that is correlative rather than causative, and which can easily be manipulated by our minders.

This is truly about outnumbered producers vs. the majority of parasites existing on both ends of the economic spectrum! In the final stage of this economy, our minders are destroying the productivity, wills and ways of workers, savers and entrepreneurs - the productive 45%.  The Bigs are frantically using their last tools to pander to those they have already enslaved and to artificially inflate returns to the Ruling Class. 

Put simply, our minders and their Central Banks, rather than stimulating production with free market tools, are pumping out more and more bogus money which first goes directly to the Bigs and from them immediately to the Ruling Class. You see - those who get this artificial, extremely low cost money profit because they buy our real goods, our real houses, and our real labor from us with that new valueless and untaxed money which we either can't get at all or gets to us way too late - after an inevitable inflation!.

In the end, this bogus money will  inflate us out of any meaningful participation in the market. We become serfs. The Bigs and The Ruling Class become our Lords. And we revert to a modernized, iphonic feudal system.

Inflation is taxation and taxation is robbery. I would prefer to face an armed robber with a gun in my face than the silent, slimy and mostly invisible pickpocket using regulations and inflation to pick me clean!

This will end one of two ways: (1) With reversion to the cultural and economic freedoms that built this country or (2) With the plunder and blood of We-The-People, soon to be We-The-Serfs.

It's time to #PushBack!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

There is no security, no safety, in the appeasement of evil!

By John Sykes

From Bradley Dean in Evil is Powerless if the Good Are Unafraid!
Imagine with me for a moment if George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson never existed. Imagine history without Abraham, Moses, King David or the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
Where would we be if these men did not exhibit leadership with courage and sacrifice on the behalf of the people? Where would we be if they had not loved both seen and unseen, resulting in now having both natural and spiritual freedoms throughout the world? I can tell you, we would all be slaves to tyranny in every form (Hebrews 11)!
We can see from the history they wrote, that the evils they faced were powerless over their endeavors because they had their eyes fixed on “The Author and the Finisher of their faith” (Hebrews 12:2), who said that He did not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7)! The Author promised that He would make them more then conquerors (Romans 8:37), gave them power of all of the works of the enemy (Luke 10:19), and promised that He would be an enemy unto all of their enemies and an adversary unto all of their adversaries (Exodus 23:22).
The Author answered King David in his distress by saying that the “kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.” (Psalm 2:2-5)
The Author also promised that He would not fail one word of His blood-bought covenant concerning His people (Psalm 89:34). Read the rest here...
Please note that the title is also a quote from Ronald Reagan.