Archive for November, 2013

The Pope is Wrong

Posted by Troy on 27th November 2013 in Current Events

Sorry if that offends you.  I have never bought into the concept that the Pope is infallible.  If you do, you really have to ignore many times in history where the Pope has made tremendous errors (such as sending an army of children to fight against Muslims in the Crusades because he believed their innocence would ensure victory…didn’t work).

In regards to his comments about an exclusion economy, one really has to consider this.  First, people are, indeed, resources.  No matter how you want to cut it, whatever job you do degrades and breaks your body over time.  This cannot be helped.  If we took a “no harm” approach to the workforce, we would have nothing.  His stance against capitalism completely ignores the fact that capitalism has enabled the highest level of standard of living ever.  We feed more people than ever.  We cure illnesses that wiped out entire civilizations.  And none of this would have been possible without capitalism.  The rich should help the poor, but this is an individual responsibility.  It should not be forced.  Jesus preached charity.  He did not preach taking by the point of the sword to redistribute.  There is a huge difference between these two things.  Saying that someone must help the poor to be a moral person is different than saying that we must steal from the rich so that we can be moral by forcing the rich to “share” what they have.

In regards to his talk of the idolatry of money and the bondage of interest payments upon states that want to help their populace…neither a borrower nor lender be.  These countries opted to go begging to other countries to lend them money to afford all of these programs.  Now they have to pay the cost.  No one made them borrow money.  I’m all for the community pitching in to help someone, but it should only be that to which the community afford.  In a small town, it may be leveling a field and keeping it mowed to be used for little league games.  In a big city, it may be building an actual stadium for such use.  However, the small town should not build a multi-million dollar stadium and then complain that they have so much debt.  They were fiscally irresponsible.  They were poor stewards, and they have saddled their citizens with interest payments.  They are the ones to blame, not those who lent them the money to start with.

Finally, I want to talk about “inequality spawns violence.”  So shall we also blame a girl for spawning rape for being too pretty?  Those who allow inequality to breed violence are guilty of breaking the 10th Commandment (I never thought I would have to educate the Pope about the Commandments…).  They are also guilty of Envy and Greed and Anger.  This is a weakness in THEIR souls, not the souls of those who possess such wealth.  Also, I could not imagine that Jesus would want us to buy everyone a new SUV.  Food and shelter?  Sure.  A new cell phone?  No.

We are on the hook for ensuring that people have the BASIC necessities to LIVE.  No more, no less.  If you want more, work harder.  Even Jesus said, “He who does not work, shall not eat.”  That’s pretty hardcore.  And, as a parting shot, the Catholic church is pretty rich.  Perhaps Pope Francis should practice what he preaches.  Sell off all church assets (other than religious relics, naturally), and live as ancient monks used to do.  Give all the church’s assets to the poor.  The best way to lead is by example.

Long Live the Constitution and Long Live Capitalism.

When You’re Wrong, Admit It

Posted by Troy on 24th November 2013 in Uncategorized

Supporters of Obamacare are prepared to go to their grave defending it.  They completely dismissed all the logical arguments against it when it was being debated.  Now that it’s being implemented, they are completely dismissing the fact that those predictions came true.  No matter what, they will defend this law until their dying breath.  They are unable to admit that they (or those they follow) could make a mistake.

One thing I always pride myself on: I always fight for what I believe in.  However, I temper that just a little.  I CAN be proven wrong.  I can be in an argument and realize, “huh…I’m wrong on this.”  I will even admit it to the person.  This is exceptionally rare (the one case I can remember is when someone convinced me on the legalization of drugs, which I then had to re-examine).

No one is perfect.  We all make mistakes.  But continuing to make the mistake is inexcusable.  This is a matter of pride.  They would rather commit self-destruction than admit they made a mistake supporting this initiative.  On the leader’s sake, there is a mixture of pride.  For those, it’s about shifting blame: “Oh, it didn’t work because the government was shut down for two weeks,” etc.  However, there is another group that never wanted it to ACTUALLY work.  This crowd knowingly LIED to you.  They told you everything you needed to hear to get it passed.

It’ll lower costs! – NOPE

It’ll cut your premiums! – NOPE

All the uninsured will magically be insured!  - NOPE

It’ll be easy to use! – NOPE

You can keep your plan! – NOPE

You can keep your doctor! – NOPE

Literary everything they said about this law to garner support for it was a lie, and yet people continue to support them.  This makes them dupes.  It makes them followers.  It may hurt your pride to admit that you were wrong, but its far better to take your medicine now than before things really go bad.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Filibuster Rule

Posted by Troy on 23rd November 2013 in Uncategorized

Well, the Senate Democrats have turned cowardly and lowered the bar to only 51 votes to avoid a filibuster.  In other words, if there’s enough votes for the measure to pass, it cannot be stopped!  So you can filibuster bills that are doomed to fail.  That’s great.  The Founding Fathers originally allowed filibustering if only 1 person disapproved of the law.  In the early 1900′s that bar was lowered to 75 had to vote to move forward.  I like the 75 rule.  If you are going to piss off 25% of the people with a law, it’s probably a bad law.  But that wasn’t good enough.  They then lowered it to 2/3 (66 votes).  Um…okay.  Well, that was too hard.  Then 60.  Look, that’s bloody fair.  But no, now it’s 51.  So, if it was going to pass, there is no way to stop it.  Great!  Of course, they are saying that only applies to appointing people to office, but 1) if they change the rules now because it’s hard, they will change the rules again as soon as they can’t get whatever law passed.  2) They can now stack the courts with people that judge cases based on “economic justice.”  These are supposed to be adults.  Meet with the other side and come to terms with them.  If terms absolutely cannot be reached, then let the public decide in the next election.  I pray that the Republicans will run on the “abuse of power, we will undo this crap” motto come 2014.  I think they could win with that.  Of course, this is all assuming that Mitt Romney wasn’t correct and that the 47% of the population that are takers will always vote to raid the coffers.  We will see.

Long Live the Constitution!

Please define “substandard”

Posted by Troy on 20th November 2013 in Uncategorized

The latest defense the Democrats have been trotting out of late has been that they had to prevent people from choosing “substandard” policies.  They have done this by mandating minimum coverage which includes things that people want and need.  So here’s a quick question…please define substandard.

1 – If this is truly stuff people wanted and needed, then why did they have force people to buy these policies?  Wouldn’t people chose to buy it on their own?

2 – Who is to say what is substandard?  Having truly catastrophic insurance that costs a few dollars a month may be completely preferable to having a “quality” plan that costs several hundred a month.

This is what they are doing.  They have taken a choice away from you and told you that they did you a favor.  They say, “sure, this is totally broken and costing everyone a fortune…but we mustn’t go back to the way things were!”  Why not?  Only 106,000 people have signed up for Obamacare…meanwhile 5,000,000 has lost their coverage because of it.  One of the women he trotted out as a success story has just lost her old insurance and cannot afford these “superior” policies offered under Obamacare.  Why can’t we go back exactly?  We are screwing everyone over for 17 million (out of 350 million) who were uninsured.  We are pretending that all of these 17 million were uninsured because of pre-existing conditions.  Instead, some of them were young and didn’t want to spend the money.  Others were healthy and didn’t want to spend the money.  Some just didn’t want to spend the money.  Others were just too lazy or sorry to put in the time to get the insurance.

Long Live the Constitution!

Obama lets you keep your old plan

Posted by Troy on 14th November 2013 in Current Events, Political

How gracious of him to ALLOW you to keep the plan you picked out on your own and paid for on your own.  For Obama is oft merciful.

I pity insurance professionals.  They had to listen to that broadcast and got that eye-twitch, you know…the twitch you get right before you snap.  They were villainized before the Affordable Care Act.  They they did as they were supposed to do to comply with the law.  Then they were blamed for cancelling the policies that Obama told them had to be cancelled, and now they are being told to reinstate these plans…but next year they will have to be cancelled again…unless Obama changes his mind again…twitch twitch twitch…

This will explode in Obama’s face.  Those plans are gone.  The insurance companies either won’t bring them back or, if they do, will bring them back at much higher costs.  Either way, people are going to be pissed.

This is like if you go to your favorite hamburger joint and order the same burger as always.  However, now it has truffles and, instead of $3, they charge you $10.  You complain to the manager, and he agrees to give you the old burger you ordered just yesterday at $3, but now he charges you $5.  Do you think you’re going to be happy because you got your old burger?  Hell no!  You wanted the old burger you enjoyed at the price you enjoyed.

I will say, I am enjoying watching Obama age right before my eyes.  That’s always fun.

Long Live the Constitution!

The great lie of inequitable wealth distribution – the ploy for socialism

Posted by Troy on 13th November 2013 in Uncategorized

Someone dear to me sent me this link full of faulty logic.  Here are my thoughts on it.

Oh, the oh so great myth of income inequality.  They want people to buy into this to increase the oh so generous “wealth redistribution” plans.  Here’s some facts they don’t mention:

Our poor can afford TVs, cable, cell phones, Nikes, and their greatest health threat is obesity.  They are so poor they have too much food.  Never in the history of man has the poor had an obesity problem except after America.

The popularity of wealth distribution goes away instantly when you say, “well, why don’t we redistribute wealth across the entire world?”  If you make just a little under $60,000, you are in the top 1% of the world’s wealth.  Suddenly proponents have disclaimers and arguments against wealth redistribution.  It’s very easy to support it when you’re the one getting funds and not the ones paying funds.  It’s just legalized theft.  It’s “Thou shalt not steal,” not “Thou shalt not steal…unless you think that the other guy has more than he deserves to have.”  Morality is hard, and it should be hard.

This comes under control vs nature.  Much like saying “my liver makes too much cholesterol, so I’m going to force it to stop making so much cholesterol by taking this pill.”  Of course, that pill has side effects and so you have to take different medications to fight that, and so on and so on.  Force and control only leads to more force and control.

The reason wealth has expanded exponentially compared to wage labor is this – the guy that owns businesses and invests and builds their wealth gets compounded returns.  Growing your businesses and expanding can increase your income 2x or 3x or 10x.  If all you know how to do is flip burgers, you cannot get a raise because your services are worth the same this year as last year.  You are worth whatever they could replace you with.

Ask the average person what they think about ANYTHING, and they are probably wrong.  It’s called “imagined knowledge.”  Asking people what they think is fair is only a matter of opinion and not worth really discussing.  For that matter, I laugh at economists coming up with “what is ideal.”  What is ideal?  What model has led to our country being the richest in the history of the world?  Obviously, the system must be ideal because the results speak for themselves.  No, I think what is less than ideal is that people have taken covetousness into their hearts.

You have a roof over your head.  You have warm food on your plate.  You do not need SUVs and cell phones and cable and all this other meaningless crap to be happy.  None of these things even existed 100 years ago, but people were happy.  You need character.  You need love.  Envy and greed eat at your happiness, not add to it.  What does it matter if that guy has a brand new car and you’re in a car that’s 14 years old, as is mine?  I have never not been happy.  If I was reduced to beans and rice, I would still be happy.  I am safe and full and sheltered and loved.  That’s all I need.

Fairness is an illusion and only a matter of opinion.

Only Racists Own Guns

Posted by Troy on 12th November 2013 in Current Events, Political

You know, it’s rare I get pissed off, but this really pissed me off.  Now the United Kingdom and Australia are trying to link gun ownership to racism.  First of all, I don’t understand why the rest of the world thinks it’s any of their business if we own guns or not.  If they think we are killing each other off, they should celebrate as it would be weakening us.  So you know what, rest of the world?  ____ off.  We’ll do as we please, and you can do as you please.  So how did they determine that racists own guns?  Well, there is a very high correlation between scoring high on a “symbolic racism” scale and gun ownership.  Um…okay.  Well, like any rational person, I asked, “What the hell makes someone symbolically racist?”  Or more to the point, “What the hell is symbolic racism?”  It took some digging, but they asked eight questions and the respondent gave an scale of Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree (basically).  The questions?

1- It’s really a matter of some people are not trying hard enough; if blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites.

2- Irish, Italian, Jewish, and many other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up.  Blacks should do the same.

3- Some say that black leaders have been trying to push too fast.  Others feel that they haven’t pushed fast enough.  What do you think?

4-How much of the racial tension that exists in the United States today do you think blacks are responsible for creating?

5-How much discrimination against blacks do you feel there is in the United States today, limiting their chances to get ahead?

6-Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.

7-Over the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.

8-Over the past few years, blacks have gotten more economically than they deserve.

You could replace all eight of these questions with one question: “Do you believe in personal responsibility and the ability to make your own destiny?”  Anyone that would rank high on this scale would rank just as high if you swapped “blacks” with any other group you please (Welfare recipients, Hmong, Asians, Native Americans, whatever – although in fairness the part about slavery would have to be edited out).  Naturally, anyone that believes in personal responsibility would also take measures to defend themselves (such as buying a gun) as they would believe they were personally responsible for their own defense.

Let me sum up what “symbolic racism” means.  “Look, we can’t call these people racists because they don’t hate black people.  However, we are unable to get all the stuff passed that we want because they just don’t believe there are any true, ‘lynch them’ racists out there.  They think that blacks can accomplish success on their own…we MUST convince them that the belief that blacks can succeed is actually a form of racism.”  Yeah, that’s about right there, isn’t it?  Tell me…how is it not racist to believe that a black person isn’t capable of success on their own?  Believing in the ability of a person is now racism.  That is where we are right now.  This in and of itself is a sickness of the mind and a perversion of the human spirit.  They are perverting the belief in work ethic and personal responsibility and calling it a form of racism.  That’s sick enough as it is.

However, what is sicker is that they are using this perversion of thought as a way of tainting one of our rights.  As though people are going to say, “Oh…I don’t want to be racist, so I guess I have to give up my guns.”  This tactic will fail.  However, I am sure that some politicians will try to use this study as a way of pushing forth additional gun control measures stating that there is some mythical connection between gun ownership and hate crimes and, if we could only prevent gun ownership, there won’t be any more racism.

God, they are so predictable and stupid.  It’s sad there are even dumber people that will actually fall for it…

Long Live the Constitution!

In Defense of CMA Mocking Obamacare

Posted by Troy on 7th November 2013 in Uncategorized

When you spend $500 million dollars on a website that doesn’t work, shut down the government for two weeks because you refuse to delay it, and only 6 people sign up on the first day; you are asking to be mocked.

Wow…yeah, that’s all I have to say about that.  I thought it was super-funny myself (the entire opening).

Long Live the Constitution!

Death of the Tea Party – The Virginia Governor’s Election

Posted by Troy on 6th November 2013 in Uncategorized

Many in the mainstream media are thrilled that the Republican candidate in the governor election for  Virginia was defeated.  They tout that this is clearly a sign of the national rejection of the Tea Party (as the Tea Party endorsed the Republican).  Okay.  First of all, the Democrat did not get more than 50% of the vote.  This means that more people did not want the Democrat than wanted him.  Secondly, about half a percentage point separated the two.  Third, Democrats bankrolled the Libertarian that took about 7% of the vote.  Now, naturally this means the Republican probably would have won as, typically, most people who vote Libertarian are more in line (currently) with Republicans instead of Democrats.  So the verdicts according to Swamp Fox Press?

1)  The Tea Party is alive and well.  Given the amount of outrage by politicians and media types, I would even hazard to say they are doing a good job.  The Green Party is a bunch of wackos.  If they were in charge, things would go to hell in a hand basket quickly.  However, no one takes them seriously.  Why?  Because they’re nuts and they have no power.

2)  The media and politicians will make outrageous claims at any opportunity to try to discredit the Tea Party.

3)  This should end the discussion of third party.  I am a Libertarian at heart, but the only time I vote Libertarian is if I cannot, in good conscience, vote for either candidate (as in the last Georgia governor’s election between Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes).  I believe that the Republican party needs to be broken into three branches: Libertarian or Conservative or Establishment.  This battle should play out in the primaries and the best candidate win.  I believe that the current Democratic party is completely counter to the tenements of the Libertarian Party.  It is impossible to be for a massive socialist system and believe in personal liberty.  The Democratic party has completely embraced socialism (or at least have finally owned up to the fact that they do).  Accepting such a system ties your own private fortunes to that of the government.  When your well-being is dependent upon someone else (even the government’s), then you are no longer free.  Accepting socialism entails higher taxes and a greater degree of government involvement in your life.  There is no way around this.  Also, I believe that an unspoken tenement of Libertarianism is that you can do whatever you want as long as you’re the one paying the cost for it.  That is to say, if you want to smoke, that’s fine, but don’t expect me to pay for your lung cancer treatments.  The Democratic party would say something along the lines of: If you want an abortion, that’s fine, but here…let us pay for it for you.  Now here’s come contraception!  Have fun!

The only though process that does not end in total disaster is that in which you expect people to take personal responsibility for themselves.  This is not to say that you cannot be charitable, but charity comes from the heart and should be awarded to the deserving.  The thing about state “safety nets,” is that they are indiscriminate.  Just by their nature, they must benefit anyone who fits a set criteria.  This means you have to support the deserving and the undeserving.  You have to try to protect the war widow struggling to make ends meet as well as the pothead loser that would rather sit on his ass playing video games all day rather than work.  Personal responsibility stops this, and if you want to use your hard earned money to help the war widow, I applaud your choice.

Long Live the Constitution!