Friday, 21 March 2014

Noble Goals or Agendas

Imagine a nation that mandates the following:

- Undertaking a government requirement to establish all citizens the right to adequate employment opportunities and an adequate living standard.

- The needs of the overall community should outweigh the needs of the individual.

- The commercial runnings of the nation should be regulated in such a way, that profits of the rich or corporate nature.....should be shared and distributed to the citizens.

- The welfare of the senior citizens should be attended to by the government, who will ensure a provision exists for their "protection".

- The nation will ensure regulations exist to control state and federal property to the degree required, which will be determined by the highest authority of the government.  If necessary, confiscation of property will be exercised, for the greater good of the community.

-  Interest rates and mortgage situations will be regulated by the government to ensure the lowest possible financial requirement upon the citizens.

- A national farming bill/law will be pushed to help improve and comfort the rural farming environment and ensure national food requirements are met.

- Rent control and regulation will be exercised as necessary, to prevent profits.

- Regulation will be created to prevent speculation of land and property.

- The federal government will work to ensure the culture of society is respected and honored.

- The science of citizenship will be developed and exercised as appropriately viewed by the community, state and federal government.  This science will be developed into common teaching requirements and utilized for lesson plans as necessary.

- Children with skill and capability, no matter what class of their parents, shall be educated at the cost of the government, no matter where they live or what the eventual higher education will cost.

- It will be the absolute priority of the nation to help raise the standards of national health by providing adequate hospitals, clinics, doctors, nurses, and care.

- It will be the national cause to help stop and hinder unnecessary juvenile labor.

- It will be a national priority to help increase physical fitness and dietary requirements of the public, to help make society at large better and healthier.  Regulation will be utilized as much as necessary.

- The overall goal of the nation.....will be the common good....before the individual good.  The nation will stand against materialistic spirits which create unfair wealth and class divisions.

Sounds familiar?  Well....maybe you should sit for a minute and ponder this.

Lofty vision and  goals.....for the Nationalist Socialists (NAZI) Party of 1920.  Written by a young Adolph Hitler as part of the platform and plank for the party.

Yeah, I may have word-smithed a portion here and there to fit modern 2014 society....but it's the basic theme of the bold new German government envisioned twenty years before World War II would occur.

Shocked?  Well....asking stupid questions or reading over history isn't such a bad thing....if you think about it. Having a noble goal or agenda....might not be as noble as you think it is.

The Problem with Scandals

At some point, the list become bigger than reality:

The ATF gunwalking scandal.  AG Holder held in Contempt of Congress.  Appointee Terence Flynn accused of serious ethical violations by leaking information. Martha Johnson, chief of the GSA who ended up firing two top GSA officials and then resigned when word got out about $822k spent in Vegas on a training conference.  IRS and its comical investigation of Tea Party conservative political groups.  Lois Lerner and her management of the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations.  Congressman Ricky Renzi (Rep-AZ) with wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators. Senator Mike Crapo (Rep-Id) with a DWI but never spends a day in jail.  Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (Dem-IL) pleads guilty to a felony of fraud for taking a quarter of a million for campaign funds and bought personal items like fur capes, elk heads, and then blames the whole thing on his mental issues which the public is shocked to learn that he just isn't that stable to even be a Representative. Congressman Laura Richardson (Dem-CA) is shockingly found to be guilty on seven violations of House rules by improperly assigning her staff to run elements of her campaign.  The domestic surveillance program PRISM.  NSA's running game of abuse.  'Scooter' Libby, VP Cheney's Chief of Staff, found in violation of perjury and obstruction, and spends over two years in prison. Cronyism and favoritism labeled upon Karl Rove who served the President.  The Plame affair. Blackwater.  Jack Abramoff.

The list goes on and on.

After a while, reviewing dozens of inept investigations over the past decade, revolving around both parties...I’d say this is just opera acts, committed to some political theme music, and mostly result in confused products with no justice and no end. A drama of sorts, with audience expecting a conclusion, but there just isn't ever such device.

No one really fears Congress. No one fears the court system.  No one fears the law.  No one really fears a special prosecutor. No one fears the Presidents that come and go. No one fears public humiliation. No one fears journalists digging into a mess. And no one fears tarnished reputations. 

Sadly, we are at the same point that Rome reached...when the empire simply could not shed enough light over the darkness, and shadows simply consumed reality.

Book Review: Income Inequality Revolution: The History, Mystery, and Truth about the American Middle Class!

By Frank Anderson (2013)

It's an essay of sorts, available off Amazon.  Roughly fifty-odd pages and discusses the topic of unfairness and inequality of our capitalist system.  You can probably finish it in two hours.

The overall result of reading the book?  It has weaknesses. For example, it lays out the always expected argument of unequal incomes...yet it never looks at regions and how some regions aren't that unequal. The same can be said with certain career paths....where a guy attains a profession that will pay more income and another guy will select a profession that simply will never pay anywhere near the same equality. Both had opportunities....both pursued their paths on their own terms....and both are unequal in the end.

Another weakness is this continued game of using statistics to prove your case. This essay does it a good bit. After a while, you realize that the statistics always slant and stick to the story. Could other statistics exist and tell an opposite story? Well...yes. Cherry-picking data to make the essay work?  Well, yeah....he had do that.

Then, there's this odd problem with the 'middle-guy'. When anti-capitalistic folks tell their story....they tell it up to the point where their professor dropped them off or their mentor just said that was enough. So you find ten thousand millionaires and take their money via redistribution. This always has to be done via IRS and taxes....for some odd reason. So now, a government guy appears and has various programs that this money will funnel into. Do these various programs cover all poor and unequal people completely and fairly? No.

Yeah, the professor failed to mention that while his students are pumped up on the redistribution route.....there's some other guy who will fail to redistribute the money FAIRLY.

Certain poor and unequal get a portion, and others get nothing. Various programs and middle-men will act in defense of some agenda or priority. Fair? No.

In a comical way....we'd basically need to have a "re-redistribution" of the money fix the wrongs of the anti-capitalists.

A gimmick solution for redistribution? Yeah, except guys like Mr Anderson never sat down and asked a bunch of extra questions. You see....the simplified method to this whole redistribution game....would be just write out a check for $7,000 (a mythical number) to the poor and unequal folks, thus avoiding the middle-guys, the arranged agenda program, and the thousands of government workers required to make it work. Cost of such a check? Just to write it, and that's it. Figure five bucks.  Not the three thousand dollars for every two thousand distributed via the nifty government program.

It's kinda like those fake charity foundations that exist....taking money in....spending seventy percent on the operation, and barely sending thirty percent out to the people who need it.

I hate suggesting the anti-capitalists are like the fake charity foundations....but they tend to act like it, and they never want to explain the whole plan of redistribution or inequality checks and balances. In some ways....I'd like to see the mentors and professors of these people stand up in public and explain the last thirty percent of the story.  These players go out and preach to the public, but never seem to grasp that they are only telling seventy percent of the saga.  The last part of details is that redistribution will never be fair, or reach all of the intended "poor" people.

I will admit....I'm more of a capitalist than a revolutionary in favor of wealth redistribution.  If there are some unfair tax credits that allow some billion-dollar industry to pay no taxes....fine, its a problem with the tax credits that the idiot congressmen or senators allowed into the system.  Fire them, make a standard tax payment requirement of fifteen percent to all individuals or organizations that pull in a million or more (to include churches).....and then let's start talking about real "fairness".

This inequality discussion?  A gimmick.  Only to get people stirred up, then they jump to false conclusions.  Ask stupid questions, and then start to ponder over why the government always has to be in the middle of a redistribution gimmick.  Why can't the poor guy be allowed to just have the cash and make his own wise or unwise decisions?

My final word....the essay is worth reading...just to have a grasp of the argument.