Archive for October, 2010

2010 election: Us against Them

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Along the road of spending, the government either takes over, which is socialism, or dictates institutional and economic life, which is fascism. – Herbert Hoover

Off-year elections are usually yawners. Not this one. Our economic problems have awakened voters and ignited political passions.

In the last two years, the country has taken a hard left turn and is traveling at the speed of light away from the free market, which isn’t perfect but has given us the highest standard of living in the world.

The new destination is socialism, a system that has brought much of Western Europe to the brink of economic collapse and thrown Greece and France into chaos.

This election is not about political parties. It is about ideology.

It is between those who believe that government is the solution to every problem and those who see government as the problem.

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It is between those who feel that the way out of our current economic woes and staggering national debt is higher taxes and those who feel the answer is to cut government spending.

It is between those who want government to control most everything and those who want the government to simply get out of the way.

The battle lines have been drawn. On one side are government workers at all levels – whose wages and benefits are way out of line with the private sector – and the rest of us who are paying their salaries.

Sure, we appreciate our teachers, police officers, firefighters and postal workers. They work hard but so do the auto mechanics, waitresses, factory workers, truck drivers and those in countless other professions in the private sector who are paying their inflated salaries and benefits. How much is too much? We are now to the point where many are saying, “Enough!”

We’ve scoffed at the French for protesting their government for considering a proposal to raise the retirement age to 62. But consider states like Ohio that allows many of its employees to retire at age 48 with 88 percent of their salaries. California isn’t too far behind. It has allowed its police officers and others to call it quits at age 50 with 90 percent of their salaries. Many of our states are going broke simply because of sweetheart deals cut by politicians with the state’s employees unions in return for campaign cash and endorsements.

Daniel DiSalvio, a political scientist at the City College of New York, estimates that the size of these unfunded pension obligations total some $2 trillion. Furthermore, some 16.6 million state and local government workers across the country earn on average $14 more per hour in wages and benefits than their private-sector counterparts.

Meanwhile, the size of the federal workforce has grown to 2.65 million. These federal employees earn 30 to 40 percent more money than those in the private sector. Then add the 7.6 million contract workers and another 2.9 on the receiving end of government grants.

If you take those numbers and add them to the current federal workforce and include postal workers and military personnel that conservatively brings the number of people now working for the federal government to around 15 million. That makes the number of workers at all levels of government around 32 million, which is roughly 23 percent of the total U.S. workforce of 140 million. That means almost one out of every four workers depend on the government for their paychecks.

Add to that the number of people now on the public dole. If you exclude those retirees on Social Security, there are some 18 million receiving either SSI or Social Security who are under retirement age. There are 50 million on Medicaid, 40 million on food stamps and 10 million who receive unemployment benefits. There are not that many people left to pull this wagon.

As the government grows, the private sector shrinks. You can’t have it both ways. Margaret Thatcher correctly stated the problem with Socialists Governments: “They always run out of other people’s money.”

This year, millions will make a choice between a future paycheck or a government handout, between leaving our kids an inheritance or in debt to the Chinese.

 These are the issues that define the 2010 election.

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Friday, October 29th, 2010

U.S. slips to historic low in global corruption index

Reuters October 26, 2010  By Dave Graham

 BERLIN (Reuters) – The United States has dropped out of the “top 20” in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said on Tuesday. 

The United States fell to 22nd from 19th last year, with its CPI score dropping to 7.1 from 7.5 in the 178-nation index, which is based on independent surveys on corruption.  This was the lowest score awarded to the United States in the index’s 15-year history and also the first time it had fallen out of the top 20.

In the Americas, this put the United States behind Canada in sixth place, Barbados at 17th and Chile in 21st place.  Jointly heading the index — in which a score of 10 indicates a country with the highest standards, and 0 as highly corrupt — were Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore with 9.3. They were also at the top of the table last year.


In the United States, lending practices in the subprime crisis, and rows over political funding had all rattled public faith about prevailing ethics in America.  “We’re not talking about corruption in the sense of breaking the law,” she said. “We’re talking about a sense that the system is corrupted by these practices. There’s an integrity deficit.”  Various financial scandals at state and city level had encouraged the impression that the regulatory oversight was weak and that influence could be bought, she added.

The Index identified Bhutan, Chile, Ecuador, Macedonia, Gambia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kuwait, Iran, and Qatar as states where improvement had been made over the past year.

By contrast, the Index highlighted the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Madagascar, Niger and the United States as nations where perceptions had deteriorated. 

Follow this link to see the entire list, and were the USA stands int he world

Employees to get a Government Allowance, not a paycheck

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

What Happens in England 1st ….  Happens in the USA 2nd

United Kingdom’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government.  First the government deducts the tax and sends the remainder to the employees (like an allowence to a little boy.)

It’s proposed that employers hand over employee salaries to the government first.

Tax Payers Alliance described the plan as “radical”

If Government has direct access to employees’ bank accounts and makes a mistake, people are going to feel very exposed and vulnerable

The chance of widespread mistakes could be high, Government does not have a good track record of handling large computer systems and suffered high-profile errors with data.

The Tax Payers Alliance was in favor of simplifying tax collection, but stressed that a new complex computer system would add infrastructure and administration costs at a time when the government is trying to reduce spending.

The centralized storage of so much data poises a security risk as the system may be open to cyber crime.

It not a good idea that the Government should be trusted with the gross pay of employees.

Robin Knight of CNBC 12-22-10

Comment #1 The US Government already believes it owns your paycheck.   The question is only “when and not if” the US follows Britain.                  Michael Angelo

Comment #2  Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, Rothbard……….. they all tried to warn both America and Europe.  The Government does not need guns to control Citizens, they just have to control the purse.                          Debbie Debris (Paris)

Larry the Cable Guy’s common sense

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Everyone concentrates on the problems we’re having in Our Country lately:  Illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida . . . .   

Not me — I concentrate on solutions for the problems — it’s a win-win situation. 

* Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border. 
* Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees. 
* Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border. 
Any other problems you would like for me to solve today? 

Think about this: 

1. Cows 
2. The Constitution 
3. The Ten Commandments   

Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.   

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for  
Iraq …why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for over 200 years, and we’re not using it anymore.  

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this — you cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians, it creates a hostile work environment.

With great sincerity,  Larry the Cable Guy