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T.E.O.T.W.A.W.K.I.*

(courtesy of Say Uncle…)

Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million?  In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system.  And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs?  When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government.  Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people.  In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.

Just check out the chart below.  It comes from the Heritage Foundation, and it shows that 69 percent of all federal money is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs…

So when people tell you that the main reason why we are being taxed into oblivion is so that we can “build roads” and provide “public services”, they are lying to you.  The main reason why the government taxes you so much is so that they can take your money and give it to someone else.

(income redistribution – who knew? – Guffaw)

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We have become a nation that is completely and totally addicted to government money.  The following are 18 stats that prove that government dependence has reached epidemic levels…

18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

Of course, this is what the Fabian Socialist, Utopian, Communist, Socialist, Progressives have wanted all along.  Collapse the system from within; a fundamental transformation if you will…

*the end of the world as we know it

Holder Right There!

holderFor the past several months, the U.S. Department of Justice has been pressuring banks to refuse service to businesses the DOJ is targeting politically, such as gun stores, in a program entitled Operation Choke Point.

Under the program, the DOJ, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, is attempting to shut down various legal businesses, including firearm dealers, dating services, purveyors of drug paraphernalia and pornography distributors, by coercing financial institutions to close the bank and merchant accounts associated with these businesses.

The businesses targeted follow a 2011 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation bulletin which lists all of the above legal activities and others as “merchant categories that have been associated with high-risk activity” involving “disreputable merchants.

This reminds me of when I first began working for TMCCC (in 1987).  While we were investigating credit card fraud, if we found a merchant of a “questionable nature”, we were to contact the merchant division and see about having them shut down.  Massage parlors, adult bookstores and bars with private dance rooms were common targets.

Suddenly, without warning, the prohibition against such businesses was quietly removed.

At least Mr. Holder is operating from a moral compass – one that points to Nazi Germany or La Cosa Nostra.

I suspect TMCCC decided free enterprise was a better agenda.

h/t Theo Spark, Info Wars

The Greatness of Presidents

How DOES one measure a President’s greatness?  Can we really compare John Adams to Millard Fillmore?  Is it holding to the Constitutional base?  Preserving the Union through extra-legal means?  Being a good guy?

I remember as a kid being taught Washington was great because he was offered kingship and declined.  And he was a great general who never told a lie.  Of course, he wasn’t so great during the French and Indian War, and the whole Whiskey Rebellion thing.

Jefferson.  One of my heroes.  Governmental minimalist.  Except, he too, took the reins and expanded governmental power.  And, he was a nasty slave owner, like Washington.  Of course, he did draft the 3/5 compromise, setting the stage for eventual emancipation of the slaves.

Lincoln.  Preserved the Union!  Through extra-legal means like suspending Habeus Corpus.  Massacred Indians.  Freed slaves in States over which he had no control.

Theodore Roosevelt.  Rough Rider.  Trust Buster.  Progressive.  Racist.

Franklin Roosevelt, his second cousin.  Kept us in the Great Depression much longer than the rest of the World.  Another Progressive.  Locked up the Nisei.  Military tribunals for combatants and civilians.  Was elected FOUR times!

JFK.  Didn’t duck.  Daddy bought him the White House by dealing with Sam Giancana.  Had style.  Charisma.

Reagan.  Likable.  Snowed the Soviets into disbanding and taking down the wall.  High taxes.  Central American underground war stuff.

G.W. Bush.  Also likeable.  Kept us ‘safe’ after 911 with the War in Afghanistan and The PATRIOT Act.

You notice certain names are conspicuous by their absence…?

So what do YOU think?

HAPPY 16TH AMENDMENT DAY!

not really…

I’m one of those old coots who think the 16th Amendment (the federal income tax) amendment and the IRS should be abolished immediately!  And, of course, we should abolish the 17th Amendment, as well, and go back to State Governors appointing of U.S. Senators.

Funny how both these amendments came about during the progressive administration of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most evil men to ever hold the office of president.

And more power was usurped by the federal government.

tax deductionsPS – for once, I’m NOT a last-minute Louie ™ !

I completed and submitted my federally-mandated tax forms on April 9!  The good news is I didn’t have to pay.  The bad news is my meager refund was eaten up by the electronic-send-in-the-forms thing.

The Obama Generation

Remember when we were kids, and taught to strive for self-sufficiency, personal responsibility, and integrity?

Remember when Candidate Obama told us he was five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America?

Welcome to that world…

Congratulations, progressives: here’s what you’ve managed to create:

“The majority of the class felt that they would rather be a slave than to be a factory worker. And she was just extremely confused by that, knowing what slaves went through, she couldn’t understand why anyone would choose that,” James said. “The rationale by those students to choose slaves was that they had free housing, they had free food and they had free protection…”
You’ve done it.  Created a bunch of slave-minded kids who’ll grow up willing to be slaves if you give them enough ‘free’ stuff.

I think I’ll go throw up now.  (Firehand)

Sadly (a word I’m utilizing more and more) I agree with Firehand.  To be fair, obviously, this New America didn’t begin with President Obama.  (FDR?)  But, he’s certainly done nothing to foster the rugged individualism that used to typify citizens of this country.

We are now generationally creating citizens legal residents occupiers dependent on the government teat for nourishment, information, protection and all manner of goods and services.  Paid for by those of us who spent most of our lives working and paying taxes.  And the recipients are so dependent, they have no understanding that their contract with government has a quid pro quo.  And they are passing this tradition onto their drone progeny.

♫ I owe my soul to the company store ♫ – Tennessee Ernie Ford

It’s Time For The ‘Name That Commie-Nazi’ Test!

(I saw this (text) on wirecutter‘s blog, and felt it was meant to be shared – Guffaw)

Marx_buzzfeed5Who said it?

1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity.”
A. Lenin B. Mussolini C. Idi Amin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

3) “(We)…..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”
A. Nikita Khruschev B. Josef Goebbels C. Boris Yeltsin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”
A. Mao Tse Tung B. Hugo Chavez C. Kim Jong Il D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”
A. Karl Marx B. Lenin C. Molotov D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in
(the) entire economy that they are being watched.”
A. Pinochet B. Milosevic C. Saddam Hussein D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

Answers
(1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/29/2004
(2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
5/29/2007
(3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
9/2/2005

hillaryWant to know something scary? She may be the next President.
Sent in by RHM, Sr.

Be afraid.  Be VERY afraid! – Guffaw

Freedom of Speech

‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks

Here’s a TV show I never watch, and have no interest in.  I’ve seen snippets, and except for the family’s touching religiosity (like dining together and saying grace) I find it inane.  It’s reportedly the most watched show on television!

Based on Mr. Robertson’s pronouncements, this is an area where he and I disagree.

Chick-fil-A president deletes tweet denouncing Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

I’ve never been to a Chik-fil-A.  There isn’t one nearby.  I understand the food is exceptional (for fast food),  the places are spotless, and, because of the company’s president’s predilections, it is closed on Sunday.  They are rumored to have terrific biscuits.

So what?

The media was all over the Chik-fil-A story last Summer, and is now having a feeding frenzy over the Duck Dynasty story.  How dare people hold opinions different from those promoted by the mainstream media?

This doesn’t mean I agree with the President of Chik-fil-A or Phil Robertson.  But, I can make my own decisions with regard to my interaction with them! (or not).

AND, they have a right to express their opinions!!

If you disagree with the president of Chik-fil-A, so be it.  If you choose not to patronize them, don’t.  If Phil Robertson upsets you, don’t watch the show.  Or watch it and yell at the TV – I don’t care!

Just don’t tell me what is politically-correct to buy or watch.  I make my own decisions, thank you.

Voter ID critics proved wrong – Shocking!

(Yeah – I’m shocked, too!)  :-P

THE quote:

That is a turnout increase of 300%. If voter ID was intended to suppress votes, it is failing as spectacularly as HealthCare.gov.

And here’s the entire article.

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Now hers’ the SHOCKING PART!

h/t CNN !

T.A.N.S.T.A.A.F.L.

There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!  –  Robert A. Heinlein

This is the most basic of economics.  Everything costs something.

And yet, it appears roughly half the population of The United States believes in ‘if it’s FREE, it’s for ME!’

The ‘Affordable’ Care Act?  Hey, FREE health care!  Food Stamps?  Hey, FREE Food!

There’s even a circular route short bus system in my college town – it goes and connects all over, in a 10 square mile area, largely around older commercial and university venues.  And, even one of my staunchest libertarian friends uses it.  Why?

BECAUSE IT’S FREE!  (The tax dollars paying for it, notwithstanding)

I, for one, have chosen NOT to use it, thinking doing so only perpetuates the myth of FREE.  Of course, as my 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue gets older, and requires more maintenance (at more cost) it may become a necessity.

THEN, I can get a bicycle, and join the hoards of collegiate bike riders ignoring traffic laws, putting themselves in harm’s way, and demanding more bike paths.

Because, eventually, we WILL turn into Beijing.

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THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD

Going backwards is such a great way to move forward, don’t you think?

We Get Letters…

or at the very least, Emails.

The Campaign for Liberty sent me an interesting one the other day.

Dear Guffaw,

Imagine if government bureaucrats could remove children from their homes without having to prove the parents were unfit or without even granting the parents due process…

Imagine if your workplace, your home, and maybe even your house of worship had to conform to international standards

Imagine if the US Government could be hauled into an international tribunal if it cut foreign aid or domestic welfare spending…

These are real possibilities if the United States Senate ratifies the misnamed United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

unhelmetFun stuff, eh?  And they detail even MORE potential for abuse on behalf of the United Nations – You know, because they’re so good at doing everything else!

If it sounds unbelievable, just take a look at what the treaty contains:

>>> Article 4(10)(a) requires that ALL American law that could affect anyone defined as disabled conform to the “standards” of the one-world socialists at the UN, while section 4(5) forces state and local governments to change their laws to please the UN;

>>> Article 4(1)(e) gives UN bureaucrats the power to make “any person, organization, or private enterprise” conform to their standards, thus allowing them to impose costly, job-killing regulations on private businesses and give international bureaucrats unprecedented authority to violate our property, association, and even free speech rights;

>>> Article 4(2) creates an entitlement to government-provided “economic, social and cultural” rights, thus creating a legal obligation for Congress to continue welfare spending;

>>> Article 4(2) also creates a legal obligation for “wealthy countries” like the United States to provide “the maximum of its available resources… where needed, within the framework of international cooperation….”

This creates an open-ended obligation for the US to provide ever-increasing levels of “foreign aid”;

>>> Article 7(2) creates a new legal “best interests of the child” standard, while Article 23(4) allows for the removal of children from their parents anytime “competent authorities” decide the government knows the best interest of the child better than parents do.

The bureaucrats do not even have to prove the parents are unfit or grant the parents any due process rights before taking their children!

Clearly, this UN Treaty is a statist’s dream come true. And a nightmare for supporters of liberty and constitutional government.

Here’s a link to to fax a memo to the Senate opposing ratification of the CRPD.

Just in case your are interested.  Of course, do your own research first.

And yes, they do ask for money.  I can’t afford it – perhaps you can.

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