In a civilized society, should anyone or any government ever force anyone to do anything against his or her will as long as that person does not infringe upon the life, liberty, or property of another?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Grab your weapons! The Pentagon wants more troops

The Pentagon wants to wage endless war, as you can read here in this article. The empire continues to grow as it drains America militarily, financially, and morally.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Inflation is back with a vengeance

As you have observed yourself while shopping, it seems like the price of everything is going up, especially food and gasoline. Here's an interesting article that states it could get much worse. If only the Fed would stop the printing presses and adopt a sound monetary policy. Only if . . .

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Taxpayers pay $800,000 for Mickey Mouse figurines

In this amazing article, you can read about how the U.S. Army is paying Disney, yes, Disney, $800,000 to train doctors and hospital staff on customer service. Why would anyone working in a hospital need training on how to humanely treat people? Isn't that why people go into the health care profession, because they want to help people? Unfortunately, the training does not address the root cause of the problems (socialized army medicine) so the training will have little to no impact.

At least everyone who attended this quite expensive training, paid for by the U.S. taxpayer, got a Mickey Mouse figurine.

The upcoming health care trainwreck

The upcoming health care trainwreck, which you can read about in this article, was easily predictable. Once a massive amount of socialism (Medicare, Medicaid) was introduced into a system that was working just fine, you got the usual results: higher costs.

Now, some politicians want to introduce more government, which will only make it worse. Once we have complete "universal health care" (socialized medicine), like in Canada and most European countries, we'll get more predictable results: longer lines, shortages, higher taxes, less efficiency, and ultimately, rationing.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The People's Republic of California

I long age nicknamed the big state out west the People's Republic of California. After all, with its high taxes and excessive regulation, it's the closest thing we have to a full-blown socialist state here in the good 'ol USA (not to mention my home state of New York, Taxachusetts, and New Jersey, where its against the law to pump your own gas and serve runny eggs).

As you can read in this article, the state is melting down with a $16 billion dollar shortfall. It's credit rating is higher than only one state, Louisiana. What's the governator to do?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Labor shortage in high tax Denmark

Want to know what full-blown socialism looks like? Here's an article about the brain-drain, I mean, labor shortage in Denmark. Why are people leaving? Income taxes can reach as high as 63%. Imagine grossing 100k and taking home $37,000. Sounds great, doesn't it? I didn't think so. Which way is America heading? In Denmark's direction.

I've already got my tax-haven picked out. How about you?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Soviet health care in Massachusetts

No one, especially bureaucrats, can repeal the fundamental laws of economics. As Ludwig von Mises proved in the 1920's with his fantastic work titled Socialism, economic calculation is impossible once prices are removed from an economic system.

As Commonwealth Care proves Mises right with its rising costs, we can predict easily the disaster that awaits us if Hillary Clinton or any president/congress gives us "universal health care." Read the article from the Boston Globe here, and start lining up your doctor friends for future care, reminding them each time you leave that you "were never here."

Once again, as in previous posts regarding health care, you get 5 results with socialized medicine: long lines, shortages, lower quality, higher taxes, and finally, rationing.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

McCain, the neocons, and constant war

This article that appeared on states, and I believe it is absolutely true, that John McCain is another George W. Bush and will invade Iran. At a minimum, he'll order massive air strikes against them to "teach them a lesson." He's scared me throughout the last year, and every other phrase out of his mouth is "extreme Islamic radicalism," or something similar. As bad as a Democratic president will be, with socialized medicine, they will be less likely (we hope) to attack or invade Iran.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

May I cash these in for Euros?

As you can read in this article, the euro is now being accepted here in America as the dollar continues to lose credibility. Isn't that one of the reasons most empires begin their slide - the currency becomes worthless?

Soon we'll see commercials similar to those old Visa commercials. You know the ones, where they tout a particular store or restaurant, and in the end the guy says: "But if you want to eat here, you better bring your Visa card, because they don't accept American Express." So the future commercials will say: "But if you want to eat here, you better bring your Euros, because they don't accept American dollars."

The root cause? The Federal Reserve, since its creation in 1913, has inflated the dollar down to 4 cents. That's why you're working so hard. The printed money your using to buy your groceries doesn't buy much anymore. Gas, eggs, milk, anyone?

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Suicide soldiers

Not only did America invade a nation that couldn't attack us, not only have almost 4,000 soldiers died, not only are almost 30,000 soldiers permanently maimed, not only have we spent over $2 trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan - now, soldiers are committing suicide at an alarming rate, as you can read in this article. Almost five soldiers every day try to kill themselves.

What did we get out of this war again? Peace? No. Prosperity? No. Less Americans hurt and killed? No. Better standing in the world? No. What did we get out of this war again?

Friday, February 1, 2008

The war against the fat begins

I like science fiction for two reasons: it's entertaining and gives us a glimpse into the future. Books like 1984 by George Orwell and A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley are great. Movies like V for Vendetta, Gattica, and Aeon Flux also show the nanny state/big brother controlling our everyday lives.

Now, as you can read in this article, one state is considering legislation that would prohibit restaurants from serving fat people! Mark it down - 2008 was the year the U.S. began the war against the fat.

Let's not forget that governments now force bars and restaurants to ban smokers, even though it's private property. Don't forget to read my earlier post regarding California considering to remotely monitor thermostats in people's homes. What's next - are they going to tell us how much water we can have in our toilet bowls? Oh, that's right. They already do that (Clean Water Act of 1991). No more than 1.6 gallons per toilet or you're in trouble mister!

Maybe it's time to view those movies and/or read those books again, so at least we'll know what Amerika will be like soon - don't you agree, comrade?

Thanks to the for posting a link to the article.