Beyond the Cusp

January 30, 2015

Too Many Americans Have Realized to Vote for Treasures

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A great friend of America who was completely smitten with the people and the goodness of America was, of course, Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville wrote “Democracy in America” which observed that America was capable of greatness because her people individually were of strong spiritual and religious convictions and were strongly self-reliant. He also foresaw the collapse of the concept of the wonder which was America and wrote of the arrow which would pierce America’s heart and end her greatness and eat itself until it became a hollow shell. His famous quote which described the nation he witnessed on his travels in the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century summed America as, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” He also predicted her fall with an equally well recognized quote stating, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” The horror derived from the recent State of the Union Address by President Barack Hussein Obama is that the government has a new direction and that this direction will now be the sole driving impetus for the future, or at least for the two remaining years of President Obama’s final term, is to bribe the people in as broad coverage as possible with government treasures even if it becomes necessary to place the government and the nation even deeper in debt. The government is now solely in the vote buying business and unless there is a change of direction then the greatness of America is mortally wounded and will simply limp ahead eventually stumbling repeatedly until she falls flat on her face drowning in her own largess of promises to the people of treasures which she no longer can gather.

 

This is not a new situation but simply the result of a predetermined endgame once the federal government realized that through their providing a safety net for senior citizens with Social Security and how it melded the elderly into a group able to demanded increases in the payout from Social Security and thus formed the first untouchable funding program and the first bribery of a group of citizens and their unifying as a voting block to forever protect their access and the amount they received from the government. Can anybody remember a politician winning an election running on a platform to cut Social Security payments or adding means testing to qualify to receive Social Security with lower amounts paid to the more wealthy? I know I cannot name one. Even the most conservative of politicians guarantee that any changes they plan on introducing to reform entitlement programs will promise that those currently receiving government payments need not fear their checks being slashed or even the promised increases figured by changes in economic situations tying their increases as cost of living allowances (COLA) will continue to be determined as in the past. With Social Security they usually guarantee that even those who will be retiring in the next decade or even two decades will still receive exactly the rates they have been promised. The impossibility of changing Social Security payments is simply the best known examples of the impossibility of altering, cutting or even ending any entitlement program due to the opposition of those receiving such payments and often many of the rest of the public for two main reasons, first the American people are a generous people and have deep heartfelt feelings which drives them to support the less wealthy or people having monetary difficulties or whatever reason exists that they receive their subsidies and because once the government is capable of lessening or terminating any subsidy then it becomes that much easier to reduce or terminate other subsidies which may include the subsidy you receive. The truth is that well over half of Americans receive some form of subsidy from the government, many without actually realizing they are receiving a subsidy.

 

I know, you demand to know how it could be that people are receiving a government subsidy without realizing they are receiving government payments. Many people receive a subsidy known as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which results in many receiving a larger tax return than the amount of income tax they had withheld. Anyone receiving unemployment insurance is receiving a subsidy. Technically any deductions one takes on their income taxes is technically a form of subsidy. Many corporations receive subsidies from the government which benefits their employees indirectly which is an indirect form of subsidy for the employees of many governments. People with children in the public schools will benefit from subsidies, which cover part of the costs for the school lunch and other meal programs. Social Security is another subsidy which we benefit beyond the amount paid into the system even if they had been invested in the most profitable stocks and bonds provided we manage to live sufficiently long which many will according to the life expectancy. Across the United States the Federal Government pays farmers a milk subsidy for producing milk in areas which are not conducive for raising dairy cows in order to guarantee they will make a decent profit as otherwise milk would be scarce in many locations as shipping milk had been impossible thus making it worthwhile a hundred years ago for paying farmers to raise dairy cows. With modern refrigerated tankers both for railroads and trucks would allow the shipping of milk and dairy products to any location within the United States yet the subsidy had been maintained. Why? Because those farmers across the nation became dependent on that subsidy thus they voted politicians into office who guaranteed their continued dairy subsidies and with the Congressional agreement for mutual backscratching where I will vote for your subsidy and you will vote for my subsidy produces a system which extends every subsidy and for the predictable longevity for any new subsidy which is voted into existence. That alone should produce sufficient fright that the average politician would believe that it would be best to promise not to invent any new subsidies and their constituents would vote for such as it would be prudent and beneficial for the public and governance at large. But people will vote their own pockets and be quite selfish about such thus the politician who can promise the largest numbers of his constituents that he will provide them with treasures from the government endless monetary supply thus buying their votes. Thus, as Alexis de Tocqueville predicted and stated, “Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” His prediction will prove true as the rising national debt is both the proof of de Tocqueville’s prediction and something that unless the people as a whole do not suddenly decide to end their selfish voting habits and start voting for candidates in droves who promise to end the candy train of subsidy after subsidy and elect such politicians universally. Thus far such a trend has shown little if any support from the general public thus we may be witnessing the American greatness teetering on the precipice to ruin and it is simply just a matter of time until America falls beyond the cusp and into the dark void of insolvency. Those few economists and others predicting the coming of difficult times for America are dead on right and predicting when America will fall beyond the cusp will not be difficult, it will come to be within a decade of the financial collapse of the European Union which has been leading the way into that financial void. Americans can watch and do nothing to alter their path or they can see the coming apocalypse and make the needed changes choosing a temporary period of strong austerity and then once the economic health has been reacquired then hopefully we will teach the coming generations of the pitfalls which almost brought America to ruin, but first it will be necessary to teach austerity and the urgent need to the body both politic and public before it becomes irreversible and America will be destined to fail. It is up to the Americans to choose to heal herself.

 

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November 10, 2014

What the New Republican Majority Congress Must Not Do

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I have seen near countless articles and editorials, is there a difference between the news and editorials any more, making every sort of suggestions for what the Republicans must do to make their majority count for something and be successful. What was a constant for virtually every suggestion of what they must do was how almost none of it would get passed the White House Obama veto. As President Obama once warned that he has a pen and a phone could also imply that he could veto legislation passed by the Republican Congress and then phone them to come pick up their worthless pieces of paper. So, with the veto pen and the insulting phone call in mind I thought suggesting what the Republicans should avoid if they desire to be successful in the ensuing Congress over the remaining two years of the Obama Presidency. Where they should pass certain principled legislation initially which defines their principles but not waste months doing so, they should also repeat this procedure in the summer leading up to the 2016 elections to augment a candidate for President that hopefully can excite the Republican voters across their spectrum and can express the core conservative and constitutional principles in a manner similar to President Reagan but also able to use social media to good advantage.

The Republicans must not fall for the media mantra that what voters demanded from the new Congress was for them to reach across the aisle and work with the Democrats and President Obama as a great number of their voters wanted no such thing, something I learned about through personal and close up observation and a listening tour in Oklahoma which ended about one year ago. They should not make attempts to modify the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obama Care, and also should not spend great amounts of time repealing it as having President Obama veto one single protest legislation repealing Obama Care should suffice. The electorate did not send their representatives and Senators to Washington to waste time playing political games; they sent them to relay a message, no further damage to their nation and the future in which their children and grandchildren will live. The one message the Republican voters want delivered is no automatic and immediate amnesty by Presidential edict even if it requires cutting funding for the entirety of the Immigrations and Naturalizations Department. The people want the budget to be carefully crafted and the wasteful spending reduced as much as can be accomplished. This means no omnibus spending bills or full budget bills which leave discretional spending by the administration. If that requires passing tens or hundreds of individual pieces of legislation funding each department and even each program individually even if it takes the vast majority of their efforts in order to prevent monies from being diverted to places and programs they were not intended to finance. The people want the spending trimmed down by any means necessary. Do not worry about what the media accuses you of being as their name calling will not affect your voters if you treat their desires with respect and do their bidding.

The people who sent many of you to Congress do not want any compromise immigration reform, especially if it includes amnesty. They do not want another immigration legislation which grants a path to citizenship in the immediate and a future sealing of the border and completing the double fence as such legislation in the past never did build the fence or seal the border. Immigration reform means sealing the border and building the fence the entire length of the borders, northern and southern as either border can be used by those who desire to harm us just as easily as the other. The Democrats will be doing everything in their power to force the amnesty to come first but that must be resisted. Now that you are controlling both houses you can refuse to permit adding riders and amendments to legislation which are unassociated with the subject of the legislation or simply add little treats for the home districts as the people you presumably serve do not benefit or desire these little favors which have become part of business as usual and waste billions upon billions of dollars every year. Whatever you decide to do, do not pass any legislation which is more than two or three pages unless entirely unavoidable due to the complexity of the subject such as a manned mission to Mars or a moon base. Your constituents will be very unforgiving of any legislation which is hundreds of pages, let alone thousands of pages in length and are, as Nancy Pelosi once stated, that we have to pass it to see what is in it. Know that there are many amongst your supporters who will read every last page and then write notes, articles, comments and convers on social media and across many places on the internet and you will hear their disgust loudly when they replace you at their earliest convenience. Ask those Republicans who lost primaries and thus never got to seek reelection, they understand.

The voters who elected you are sick of deficit spending and expect that you will not spend more than the government takes in from taxes and other various fees, licenses, fines and whatever. Even if this means that there must be some cuts in services or programs, then so be it. They want jobs, economic growth and fewer regulations which strangle economic growth. Many may not understand the mechanics of the interactions between the government actions and economic matters but they do understand unemployment, low growth and the other effects such things have on their lives and that they can detect whenever they balance their checkbook account. They really do not want excuses for why you had to enact certain legislation in order to make compromises with the Democrats and get other items passed with Democratic help. They remember how the Democrats acted completely unilaterally and passed Obama Care without a single Republican vote and see no reason for compromise now that the Republicans control Congress. Do not repeal the nuclear option that Harry Reid put in place so that any Presidential appointment could be ratified by simply majority in order to freeze out any Republican dissent, turnabout is fair play. You were not sent to Washington to be invited to all the Georgetown parties and other social functions, nor were you sent to get along with the other side, you were sent to Washington to ruin President Obama’s last two years and ending his reign of terror over the United States as well as its people and allies. You were sent to Washington to send a message and prove that the Republicans have finally learned from their past mistakes and are prepared to return to their roots and basics and are able to resist any influences and pressures from the Democrats, the media or the lobbyists and NGOs who are paid to persuade you to forfeit the trust of your constituents and instead serve their moneyed interests. Feel free to also not do any of these things and ignore all the warnings if you choose and enjoy your one term for as long as it lasts. The new face of the most active elements of the Republican Party are done with business as usual or go along to get along politicking and will continue to seek new faces until they get the representation they desire. The choices are yours to make for now but eventually the final decision over whether you are returned to Washington is that of your constituents and the one disadvantage you have is as a Republican you must win the minds more so than the hearts of your constituency and that constituency are high information voters, a phrase used by talk radio personalities to describe their listeners and these are also your voters. If your get nothing more from this article than those who sent you to Washington are awake, politically savvy and watching your every vote and will hold you to account for every vote should you betray their trust and cross their red lines, and they will use the nuclear option on your candidacy should you cross their red lines as they are not like the President, they mean what they say and vote what they believe. You have been warned and if you are aware, then it should be easy for you to understand the situation and act accordingly or else it has been nice knowing you and hope you enjoy your next day job.

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August 4, 2014

Border Incursion End Game

With all the conflicts burning down the Middle East, if you are not an American or one of the tens of thousands of parents who shipped your child off to a potentially horrific experienced which you hoped would at least result to their having a better life in the United States, then perhaps you have missed the crisis on the border, as many have referred to it. A quick rehash of the story is that on the belief that once any child manages to get north of the United States southern border they are home free and will automatically be granted citizenship in the United States. There is only one small problem with this; it is not actually true. There are no laws on the books which would lead to these children being permitted to remain in the United States. The truth be told, should the law actually be applied, always a questionable result when it comes to illegal immigration and the United States, then these children have a return flight to their nation of origin in their immediate future. Rounding out the picture, as we try to bring it all into focus, the future of these children are still up in the air as in Washington they have become pawns in yet the latest rendition of how porous is our border where the Democrats argue for an inclusive approach where all are welcomed provided they will likely make solid supporters of the Democrat Party and the Republicans are for allowing the majority to stay as long as they can receive some guarantees to secure the border on which they can place their claims to a victory. So, other than the children, who have already lost all sense of an ordinary life and many have been molested and mistreated during their journey north adding to their traumas, which of the many sides are going to gain the upper hand, the Democrats whom simply desire to keep the border porous, the conservative citizens groups protesting for closing and securing the border and thereby reinstating a national identity which they feel is under assault, or the Republican leadership whose only worry is how they can return home and tell their constituents how they have secured the border and that there will be a new fence with all the technological sensors and other systems closing the border. Some of the more mature voters will have a strong feeling of déjà vu.

One has to question how many times the Congress can play this same game and still have the American public believe a word they say. Those who claim that the legislation they approved while providing those who qualify a path to citizenship, deporting those who fail to meet the reputed stringent qualifications, then the border security will be fortified with some hundreds of miles of new double fencing which will be independently inspected assuring its completion as specified within the next year or eighteen month timeframe. If this sounds at all familiar, it is because it pretty much is. This was similar to the solution where amnesty for a limited number of illegal immigrants who met qualifications was granted and a border fence and additional Border Patrol Officers were to be deployed in the near future which President Reagan agreed to sign actually believing that the postdated future security requirements would be built and manned as proposed. Somehow the security provisions were initially postponed and later were amended and amended until they because toothless and all but useless. This scenario has been repeated at least twice since then and the sole border security which has proven functional and effective has been the double fence deterrence built on the southern border adjacent to San Diego which was built almost despite Federal Government assistance. So, what is the likely end scenario for the current children’s southern invasion?

Unfortunately for those who are expecting some form of actual border enforcement, that result is unlikely. Sure, there will be promises and guarantees written into whatever legislation, assuming any legislation is enacted, or actions taken unilaterally by the President and the Administration which will make for great sound bites but will produce nothing which will lessen the revolving door on the United States southern border. There might actually be a debate in Congress concerning what to do about the influx of tens of thousands of illegal aliens of which the majority are children, though some potential alarmists are pointing to the presence of gang members amongst the children being currently held in numerous camps. One of the tips of what is the preferred end result of the Administration is the policy where anybody who can claim relation to any of these illegal children and that the child claims to recognize, no paperwork, no muss, no fuss, they are given custody of the child and an immigration court appearance date and the new-made family is off to their next adventure. There have been rumors that the Immigrations and Naturalization Service (INS) has been instructed to turn over responsibility for the children held in camps to the Department of Health and Human Services, in particular the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), or more specifically the Unaccompanied Children’s Services (UCS), all of which are concerned with finding placement for the children in permanent homes just in case they might somehow not end up being deported back to their home country to be rejoined with their family. None of these events in and of themselves are a final determination that the children are to remain in the United States though it may be strong indicator. There are still numerous laws pertaining to immigration which still apply to these children and they should leave an easily followed paper trail, or at least a computerized trail on the separate agencies as they are passed from one to another or even after being placed, after all, nothing in the government gets accomplished until the paperwork is filled out in triplicate. What’s that you are screaming, Lois who? Lerner? OK, so the hard drives are not all that reliable as we have found out from the IRS scandal, but that excuse would not work again, or even be attempted as an excuse again, would it?

Still, there is another way that these children could remain in the United States completely legally. They can receive immunity from immigration law, amnesty from having broken immigration laws, or by some legalistic tricks and maneuvers be found guilty and ordered to be deported and receive a pardon intervening thus barring their punishment and allowing their being granted citizenship in the United States. There likely exist more legal shenanigans through which these children could largely be permitted to remain and become United States citizens and those who might oppose such would readily be castigated as cruel and hard hearted meanies. The real question now is not if these children will be allowed to stay, but who will be taking the credit for having the required empathy and kind heartedness to take the initiative and arrange a better life for these innocent little darlings. You can bet that a number of the younger and most photogenic of these children have already been selected for the television and print and internet news media reports which will be used to sell the program once it has been created. The most likely culprits are Congress followed by President Obama and the maze of Federal Departmental Agencies as the last resort. The battle which needs to be prepared for is what comes after these children have been given approval to remain and gifted with United States citizenship in the finest of American kindness and traditions. That battle will be to prevent in a few months after the events described above have become settled and accepted with all the protestations grown silent and the protesters returned to their normal lives and the campaign begins demanding the reunification of these children with their natural parents who need to be granted a path to citizenship to facilitate the reunification of the child with their biological parents. Trust that this is the final target that is being aimed at and for which this entire disaster is being perpetrated. Such a move will turn thirty thousand children into sixty thousand parents and fifty thousand children into one hundred thousand parents. These are the voters that are the potential pot of gold at the end of this twisted rainbow. These children will not be of voting age to benefit those currently in power and the one thing Congresspersons are not is patient. They do not care what the voting patterns these children potentially represent as such is way too far into the future. They are concerned with the next election or the one beyond that at the furthest in their futures. These children are the bait by which they can bring twice the number of otherwise illegal immigrants with virtually no chance of ever gaining citizenship a free entrance with all the bells, whistles and citizenship with voting rights anybody could ever dream of. That is the end game of the child invasion of the southern border of the United States.

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