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Put Her in Jail! Ok, and Then What?

In Opinion on March 6, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 11.57.04 AMHillary Clinton is their role model. Don’t you get it? There will be no matricide

All the chatter is about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conceal store, 100% of her electronic communications, including while serving as US Secretary of State.

“Every one does it” is not only impertinent, it’s true and banal. The more interesting point is that “everyone does it” IS both the indictment and proof, not of Hillary’s culpability, but proof of a fact very few will comprehend or acknowledge.

“Public servants” do not exist. There is no line between an office holder’s personal interest and her public life. Private interests and public duties are, naturally and invariably, not susceptible of being disentangled. That most people are fooled by the disingenuous line “I’m here to serve my constituents” makes them, well, fools. Oh, compliant subjects too.

The unique issue with Mr and M[r]s [Rodham] Clinton is this. Neither of them has EVER done a single productive thing. Both of them are fabulously wealthy for the simple reason that they’ve held and aspire once again to hold the levers of the power of public office. And with that power comes the ability to dole out enormous favors bought with $4,000,000,000,000 per year of money confiscated from you by your public servants to serve their constituent’s best friends’ interests.

A wink here, a nudge there, a little fix in the language of a regulation issued on next Tuesday . . . they all benefit someone. Those someones don’t pay Mrs. Clinton hundreds of thousands of dollars to hear what she has to say in a 30 minute speech – if so, why did she sell so few $29.99 books? No one pays to hear what she thinks, they pay her for access to the government trough. It’s her blatant abuses of the powers and privileges of office that make us wince when we discover that she has concluded that her everyday dealings at the Dept of State can not withstand the light of day and that she has gone to great lengths to conceal her so-called ‘public’ communications from public view.

No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

US Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8

That clause was not about TITLES per se. It is about the privileges, the emoluments that were once inextricably attached to titles. Your government is chock-full of Hillary Clintons. Sure, singling her and Bubba out for special punishment may be warranted, because they are especially good at being devious. But remember this: The Clintons are the most “successful” politicians ever. They represent the prototype and the pinnacle of political savvy and ambition. They are to this day the envy of the entire political class, the very class that makes the rules about YOUR life, and that class has no intention of doing something to stop her now.

Throw Hillary under the jail. Put Bill there with her, too. Won’t change a damned thing.

Break the Glass

In Opinion on February 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 4.53.54 PMWe can only keep the promise by breaking it.

A good friend had a moment of brilliance a couple days ago. Terminate Medicare and Social Security. No cuts. No new formulae. No delayed increases. End them, PERIOD.

For a moment, forget the political feasibility. Think about it.

The country has incurred debts it can’t repay.  Our balance sheet, as it were, can’t be fixed short of a tectonic shift in our thinking. The estimated net worth of all of the households and businesses in America is estimated at between $60 and $75 trillion. Our total unfunded liabilities (i.e. the future cost of all promises made by the US Government under Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security) is approximated at $114 trillion.  TILT!

Now, go back now to political feasibility: what’s the likelihood that the men and women of this country will stand by and let our government TAKE all of our wealth and give it to itself to pay for those promises? Not bloody likely, eh?! But that’s what we’re letting them do, all day and every day.

Social Security and Meidcare are inaccurately described as an insurance program – funds we pay into in exchange for a promise of future payments to support us in retirement. They are more accurately described as a Ponzi Schemes. You pay retirees’ benefits now, future workers will pay for yours later. Only the math doesn’t work.

So, eliminate the programs and, drum roll . . . the resultant creation of wealth will fulfill the promises. The stock market will soar. Commodities’ prices will decline. The US Dollar will rise in value against all other currencies.  The wealth produced will dwarf the liability of the ‘broken promises’ because we will have freed ourselves to keep those promises.

See, we owe all that money to ourselves, right? Asked that way, the question sounds a little different. We made those promises to ourselves. This approach suggests that we let ourselves pay ourselves back instead of relying on the anti-productive government machine to do so. We’re the unsecured creditors in the US Government bankruptcy. But we’re also the shareholders (to stretch the metaphor) – we own the place (the country, not the government) AND we are the assets that have been pledged to fulfill the promises. Let’s foreclose and take the assets back.  Let’s let ourselves off the government hook so we can go back to producing wealth.

It will cause some dislocation and serious discontent, of course. But those are manageable and safety-nets raised by newly-freed men and women of America will care for the elderly and the sick who are temporarily displaced – we always have. On the other hand, the inevitable catastrophe we face  as a result of politicians’ constant tinkering with the cancer, repeatedly moving the tumor from one part of the corpus to the other, is not manageable. It’s deadly.

Let’s keep the promise. There is no choice.

Whores and Their Pimps; I mean Politicians

In Opinion on January 28, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Yesterday I met a recent college graduate and learned that he is pursuing a political career. He also shared that he was unlikely ever to be a candidate for office himself. He averred that modern politics involves a level of personal disclosure that he would never want to experience. He does not want his life ruined by the intense examination a candidate must suffer, nor does he wish for his family to be tormented by constant scrutiny and innuendo.

At first, I concurred with his decision and expressed my empathy. Then, upon reflection, I spotted my error, so I challenged him with this question:  Why will you pursue a ‘profession’ that requires you to do unto others exactly what you will not allow them to do unto you? (In other words, you’ll be a pimp but draw the line at gigolo?)

He’s a liberal, like virtually all modern career politicos, in that he believes a strong, beneficent government can, nay, MUST do good things for the people – particularly if that gets more votes. He assured me that he could, or at least hoped he would, avoid being part of any destructive campaigns. I smiled and said something like “bull shit” and he acted like I had insulted him and his chosen profession. Well, the truth hurts. He ought to pursue a real life, do something worthy of respect and dignity – dig ditches, drain sewers, doodle – anything that adds value to the world, anything but politics. (I didn’t actually say that last part; I was in a room full of passionate liberals at a ‘marriage equality’ revival, I mean fund-raising event, and I’m no fool.)

Our body politic and our governmental bodies have been ruined by the professional political class, both the Republicans and the Democrats. They wallow and wrestle in the mud in order to accumulate power over other men – a.k.a., you and I. The least principled, least ethical, most arrogant and narcissistic participants aspire to be the candidates. The rest of them, only marginally more principled and ethical, barely less arrogant and narcissistic, like my acquaintance from last night, can stand eating dog poop as long as they can minimize how much of it gets on their tailored suit and Hermes tie.

We need a better class of citizens, call them amateurs, to take over the political system and rid it of the parasites who control it today. That is, unless it’s too late, in which case I hope we hit the bottom immediately (if not sooner!) so we can rebound and take our lives away from the crowd that works 24/7 to control how we pursue happiness. I know that I’m technically ‘free’ to ignore their rules and regulations, but, like most men, I stay in line due to the threat of jail. I would prefer to honor and respect the laws under which I live and the men who make them, not fear and loathe them; wouldn’t you?

Let’s vote the whores AND THEIR PIMPS out of office.