Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wealth Redistribution Simplified



The whole episode on taxes of Penn & Teller's Bullshit that this clip came from can be found here. Expect harsh, but justified language.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tea Party Tomorrow

Like a lot of folks on the libertarian/classic liberal/conservative end of the spectrum, I have to work tomorrow, so I probably won't be attending one. But for those who do, some motivation:

1.2 million or so at the last big march.


Watch out for leftists trying to marginalize and demonize you by infiltrating the Tea Party protests. First there was the union-funded Tea Party Is Over, now the Crash the Tea Parties groups, which are all about silencing you by marginalizing you.

Icon ganked from some leftist's posting. Standing for smaller govt = National Socialist Workers Party Member (Nazi)
They don't even realize Nazis are LEFTISTS.

Their plan, stated on their site, is to go out and shout the most outlandish, horrible things in order to discredit the Tea Parties. Basically to go out and do the kinds of behavior that the Tea Partiers (an orderly crowd) are already accused of by far-far-leftists.

But we already know what's up:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Without Keg Stands and the Freshman 15

Cover of "National Lampoon's Animal House...Cover via Amazon

Beautiful scenery (of the flesh and ecological varieties), freedom from authority, all night parties, spring breaks in Panama, free flowing booze, all the tail one could chase, large sums of money freely given with just a simple promise to pay ten years down the sounds pretty awesome in theory. For most, college truly is that much fun; it is completely understandable given the not so harsh reality and the further glamorization of college by popular media (Old School, Animal House, Van Wilder, every Kenny Chesney song ever written) that everyone wants to go to college.

As an educational system, our curriculum standards are written from grade 3 up for college readiness. If a child fails the college readiness exam, we consider he or she a failure overall. Upon researching school districts, Frisco ISD in Frisco, Texas, a very WASP-y district, boasts that 99% of their students aim for a university education post graduation. Schools everywhere are cutting trade education in favor of hosting more AP classes and intervention periods in which teachers pull specific students for one on one tutorials. Why the urgency? Why the insistence?
President Obama recently signed the health care bill into law and with it a huge overhaul of student loans. He commented on the overhaul, which discards the banks role in student loan lending, by saying "Those were billions of dollars [in interest] that could have been spent helping more of our students attend and complete college". My question is this: Why do MORE of our young adults need to attend college? We have a tremendous educated work force, yet tremendous unemployment; more education does not equal more jobs. More and more companies are outsourcing because Americans are refusing to work cheaply enough to meet said companies budgets. The notion is that if you have an education, you shouldn't have to work at McDonalds, or a road crew, or answering phones for AT&T. You are entitled to a better job, an easier place in life because you slaved and sweated and toiled for your degree. Reed College in Washington state recently refused admittance to a select group of students because they couldn't pay for their education. Of course, the NYT had a field day victimizing these poor, unfortunate souls who were being "discriminated against" because of their inability to pay. By that logic, does Wal-Mart discriminate against me when I can't afford an LCD TV? Higher education is neither required to make a living, and in this day and age, half the time it's not beneficial either.

The highest paying job I've ever had required a GED; the highest earner at that position in that location made over 100k a year. I'll never make that with my B.A. Some of the most respected positions in the community don't require higher education-police officers, fire fighters, paramedics. Why does our government keep insisting that higher education is a right? Is it possible that by enabling us to go to college, the government is really crippling us? In today's college focused educational system (that is derived directly from the government program "No Child Left Behind"), kids are not taught anything about common sense. They learn nothing about child rearing, farming, budgeting, how to maintain a house, or how to fix a car. All they learn is what the textbooks (also censored by government agencies) tell them to know. All I'm allowed to teach as an educator is how to pass a multiple choice test. I should be teaching them how to work hard and earn their keep, how to fill out checks and job applications. Instead, we talk about how to eliminate answers and highlight titles. Eliminating answers and highlighting titles are not real world, real life skills. I'm always one to give the benefit of the doubt, but I'm starting to fear that maybe this is all calculated, all planned. Yes, the government wants to you attend college and become liberal (a documented phenomena). Yes, the government pushes everyone like a herd of cattle that direction. Yes, the government makes it as easy as signing your name to attend university. It is possible that, yes, the government is carefully coercing us to do what it pleases? That's a tad paranoid, but I just can't see the value in emphasizing higher education so vehemently. Society needs educated people, but we need skilled people just as much. We need landscapers, and food servers, and janitors. Those positions are hard work and when done correctly, can foster confidence and instill the values that our grandparents held so dear-dignity, self-respect, and humility. I'll take a person with those qualities any day over someone who has a 3 dollar piece of paper to prove that they learned the difference between transcendentalism and romanticism.

If the actual education is what is of value, then why isn’t the government creating 60 billion dollar budgets for local libraries! The local library can teach you mountains more than any four year education. The problem is, the issue at stake here is not the actual acquisition of knowledge; the issue is that for whatever reason, the federal government wants young people to physically attend college. College attending voters came out in record numbers to vote for Barak Obama; could the democratic party be leaning on that trend to continue and hence the addendum to the health care bill? Perhaps this is all ideological, and the higher ups in D.C. believe that people have a right to higher education. I'm fairly sure there is no moral code, religious or otherwise, that states that education leads to happiness or emotional health. Our constitution does not promise "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of the MBA." Higher education is simply an option, right for some, and not for others. Holding a degree makes me no better, no higher, no more morally or ethically sound than anyone with one. To suggest so would be elitist, arrogant, and myopic. Yet, that's what our government-run school systems do every day. We come down on children and make them feel like failures to society if they are not the picture perfect Berkley kid or MIT prodigy. Higher education needs to be a privatized sector with capitalism at it's core; those who wish to go can get their paper route at 14 and start saving up. Those that don't wish to go should be encouraged to trade schools, family businesses, or just a good job. That would put money back into our economy, create jobs for AMERICANS, and maybe even pull out of this slump we've delved into so willingly.

So, while college may be lots of great things, it's also four years you could be earning a salary, having babies, traveling the country, reading books of your own choosing, or otherwise enriching your life without keg stands or community showers or the freshman 15, and I could've told you all that without my degree.

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Harry Reid, "Lost in the Sauce?"

WASHINGTON - JULY 30:  U.S. Senate Majority Le...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

The following information is taken from the following articles:

WND: Tea Partiers vs. Reid Supporters: 10,000 to 100
Las Vegas Review - Journal: Reid Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign in Searchlight

Here are some of Harry Reid's comments from the last several day's in reference to his re-election bid for his Senate seat:

"The people who are upset really don't know why they are upset.... What do they mean?"

The people don't know why? Really Harry? I can help you with that one. They are upset that you people in congress have passed into law, a healthcare overhaul that threatens to literally transform the United States into a socialist state, where a person's health is affected by a government bureaucrat, and roughly speaking our incomes will be getting taxed by double if not triple the current rate to pay for it. It will increase premiums because insurance companies will be forced to provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions which has been likened to purchasing insurance for a car you just wrecked on the interstate. Those increased premiums will lead to more people being forced to choose the "public option" or if you prefer, "the government option" because they will not be able to afford private health insurance which is what you and your fellow statist are all about: MORE PEOPLE DEPENDENT ON THE GOVERNMENT!

"I'm not a big poll guy.... Everyone who knows me knows I have never paid attention to polls. The only poll that matters is the on election day."

Harry, honestly I think you are going to be very surprised, just when you and your fellow statist "just knew" in your heart of hearts that "Kennedy's seat" could never go to a republican. You just disregarded the voice of the people then in the polls just as you did in Virginia and in New Jersey in those governors' elections. I think you are going to be surprised once again Harry when you lose your seat in November.

In reference to the 10,000 Tea Partiers that showed up in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada:

"The vast majority of people don't feel that way.... The vast majority of people want problems solved and that's my business, solving problems."

He doesn't understand the Tea Party movement nor does he understand, due to his inability to process poll information, what citizens of the United States really want. They don't want this horrible monstrosity of a healthcare law that destroys the freedom to choose your healthcare, mainly when, where, how, and from whom you get it. They do not want the federal government spending like there's no tomorrow and borrowing vast amounts of money from the Chinese. They want more offshore drilling to reduce or dependency on foreign oil especially since the majority of that foreign oil comes from those who would rather see us dead. All Harry understands is power for powers sake, especially in the hands of the federal government. They want less government, less tax burden, less regulation on themselves and small business, more jobs, more freedom, and more liberty. That's a citizens' idea of solving problems: reduce and/or remove government from the free market.

And finally the most telling quote:

"They (The Tea Party) want things to be the way they used to be.... Things will never be the way the used to be."

Reminds me of something someone else said not too long ago before they took office. Its about "transforming" the country. The statist/liberal/progressive/marxist/communist/socialist/fascist (choose your favorite term) in Washington are literally remaking the country in the image of Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Communist Russia and Maoist China. Is that what the citizens of the United States want? Is it what the country needs? How will Reid and the others find out? When the only poll that matters to Reid (and his statist brethren) is taken, and it'll be here in November 2010.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Exposing a Progressive....

Kudos, to these guys. This is the exposing of a statist, progressive elite who does not care what you think or even want to listen to you:

This is what we are up against America. We need these types of people out of office. November is coming. Progressives be ready to suffer the consequences of your actions.

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