The key idea here for me is the snowball mentality of government, namely that government grows out of its misconstrued notion of a savior. The paradox of this is quite clear if one agrees with “Mitchell’s Law.”

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The mess in Europe has been rather frustrating, largely because almost everybody is on the wrong side.

Some folks say they want “austerity,” but that’s largely a code word for higher taxes. They’re fighting against the people who say they want “growth,” but that’s generally a code word for more Keynesian spending.

So you can understand how this debate between higher taxes and higher spending is like nails on a chalkboard for someone who wants smaller government.

And then, to get me even more irritated, lots of people support bailouts because they supposedly are needed to save the euro currency.

When I ask these people why a default in, say, Greece threatens the euro, they look at me as if it’s the year 1491 and I’ve declared the earth isn’t flat.

So I’m delighted that the Wall Street Journal has published some wise observations by a leading French…

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Ron Paul Speaks on Government Coercion and Failure

In the following video, Ron Paul lays out the conditions upon which Washington has usurped the American dream. Deficit spending, inflationary threats, the Federal Reserve, and wealth redistribution through the primary hub of government bureaucracy are all points of contention needing more open debate and general awareness among the people.  Mr. Paul discusses these with welcomed candor.

In addition, Paul speaks on the Washington’s newest threats to liberty and privacy, passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and most recently, the deployment of drones over American airspace.  It is a proven fact that as any government grows in size and influence, the people’s basic rights diminish at an equal rate.  Just taking a look at recent legislation from the Patriot Act to Obamacare to the NDAA paints a frightful picture of a Washington elite increasingly relying on coercion at a time when their policies are loosing popularity.

Take a look at the video and please feel free to pass it along to all you know.

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Dr. Yaron Brook on Government, Healthcare, and Individual Rights

The following is a brief address given by the Ayn Rand Institute‘s Yaron Brook on the inherent immorality of government involvement in health care.  As the Supreme Court finished up its hearings this week, much attention will continue to focus on whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will remain in tact, broken apart, or simply overturned.  What is important here however, is Dr. Brook’s focus not on the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate, but on the moral rightness of individual freedom.  Dr. Brook points out that such morality exists solely from the right of ownership of one’s life.  It is critical to realize that this tenet lies at the heart of the American experience; it is the essence of what America was founded upon.  Obamacare, then, while seeking to provision health care to 40 million Americans simultaneously destroys the very foundation of western democratic society.

 

 

On an additional note, you can find the Supreme Court transcripts for the hearings here.

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50 Top Political Quotes of 2011

Ron Paul taking questions in Manchester, NH

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Of John Hawkins’ top 50 political quotes of 2011, I have to say Ron Paul‘s speaks the loudest regarding the absurdity of America’s diseased entitlement ideology.

“With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies. It’s not an abstraction. I’m a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery. It means that you’re going to enslave not only me, but the janitor at my hospital, the person who cleans my office, the assistants who work in my office, the nurses.” 

These are the logical implications of an ideology that seeks to confiscate and redistribute instead of produce and earn.  Such a system is chronically unsustainable.

Why America Needs to Kill Its Entitlement Ideology

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Largely a result of decades of government dependence, too many people today lack the basic concept of personal accountability.  Many view the act of collecting their government benefits (whether they be food stamps, WIC, TANF, or other programs) as an act to which they are entitled.  Yet, few acknowledge that this ideology is politically counter-intuitive, morally alienating, and fiscally unsustainable. The following account of a Walmart employee’s encounters with welfare recipients illuminates not simply a few bad apples, but an ideology of rot.

“I understand that sometimes, people are destitute. They need help, and they accept help from the state in order to feed their families. This is fine. It happens. I’m not against temporary aid helping those who truly need it. What I saw at Wal-Mart, however, was not temporary aid. I witnessed generations of families all relying on the state to buy food and other items. I literally witnessed small children asking their mothers if they could borrow their EBT cards. I once had a man show me his welfare card for an ID to buy alcohol. The man was from Massachusetts. Governor Michael Dukakis’ signature was on his welfare card. Dukakis’ last gubernatorial term ended in January of 1991. I was born in June of 1991. The man had been on welfare my entire life. That’s not how welfare was intended, but sadly, it is what it has become.”

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What we are witnessing as a society is not a few destitute people, but a culture gradually consumed by an ideology that fails to permit returns on personal growth and achievement.  Rather, the welfare-entitlement ideology rewards bad behavior. This is known as perverse incentive in professional circles and has been linked to the actions of our most troubled institutions: banking, investing, education, and of course government.

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The political implications that this destructive force has reached everyday Americans is certainly not without importance.  From the voting booth, the problem is a double-edged sword.  So long as my neighbor feels social justice entitles him to a portion of my paycheck, he is likely to vote in politicians supporting the same ideology.  And a particularly disturbing political phenomenon known as “the tail wagging the dog” states that if such an ideology grabs hold of America many politicians will – against their better judgment – adopt said ideology in order that they be voted into office. The average voter holds onto sentiments divorced from the productive attributes of healthy society, while the politician embraces the same political ethos for personal gain.  The people think they’ve earned such benefits, while politicians enjoy the wide support they receive for supporting them.   Thus, the welfare-entitlement ideology is especially damaging because it attacks America from both ends of the social scale.  The result is often the demise of the middle, and most productive, segment of any three-class structure.

Where this will lead America is of course the core question that lies at the heart of the welfare debate.  Laying emotional attachments to notions of entitlements aside, the debate should focus on the financial implications to the health of America.  The insolvency of our federal government cannot be ignored and, coupled with the notion of dependence, highlights a further complication as to how those dependent upon government handouts will survive once the government (by fiscal necessity) withdraws its hand?  This is a loaded question, for most will be destitute absent the necessary skills to survive.

So the moral and practical implication of the welfare-entitlement ideology is two-fold as well.  Just as government spending crowds out the private sector, reliance on government crowds out self-reliance.  Benjamin Franklin knew this fact well.

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” 

Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, but our current ideology completely negates necessity.  The consequences are severe.  Under the welfare-entitlement ideology, America becomes not a nation of promise and prosperity, but one where government controls both its economic vitality and the very sustenance of its people.

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