Recently a friend of mine who knows that I’m an anal libertarian sent me an email in which he was complaining about the news orgy that Sarah Palin generates no matter what she says or does. He knew I held a low opinion of the Forth Estate, and probably wanted someone to agree with his analysis of it’s paparazzi work ethic. It’s just a symptom.
It would take an astronomically modest libertarian to refrain from saying, “I’ve been complaining about politicians dishonoring their oaths to the constitution and a news media that tries to sensationalize the trivial for 30 years.” I wish I could be that modest.
The limits that the constitution imposes on the federal government still aren’t respected by the general public. Until they do, the politicians aren’t going to either. They continue to beg for “rights” bought with other peoples money, not realizing that every individual right they receive is actually putting money in the pocket of the government’s business partners – but only AFTER it’s been pulled out of theirs.
- Food Stamps – (an invention of J.P. Morgan) the money goes through banks to the food production, distribution and sales industry.
- Low Income Housing – the money goes through banks to civil engineering companies and contractors, carpenters, real estate developers and all the hardware industries that make up a housing unit… plus also the utility companies that provide the utilities (water, electricity, natural gas, sewerage)
- Agriculture – the money goes through banks to the makers of farming equipment and food conglomerates like ADM and Con-Agri which also get money from Green Stuff (Energy) funding.
- Traffic Safety – the money goes through banks to civil engineers, highway construction and maintenance, traffic signal and sign makers, insurance companies, seat belt makers, baby seat makers, plastic, glass, tires, computers, GPS developers
- Healthcare – the money goes through banks to insurance companies, hospital management companies and their union employees, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic machine developers and producers, alternative food makers
- Homeland Security – the money goes through banks to… (you can imagine all the companies on the governemnt teet here and I don’t feel like trying to list the top 10 or 20, but it’s almost the same as Warefare listed immediately below)
- Warfare – the money goes through banks to nearly every company that is in any way connected with building the ingredients of planes, ships, weapons systems, weapons avoidance systems, Armour, engines and propulsion systems, computers – this list is virtually endless,
- The controlling, regulating and enforcement bureaucracies – they take their money off the top of every single individual item in the above list — AFTER IT GOES THROUGH BANKS.
- Green Stuff – the money goes through banks to anybody with a crackpot scheme that pretends to, or actually does create an energy source dedicated to reducing our dependence on petroleum.
When I was just a wee lad (70 years ago), this dependency ethic was still being perfected and almost none of the above examples of that ethic were implemented. Back then about the same number of people starved in the streets, failed at business and developed newer, more efficient methods as they do now. The big difference between then and now, is that back then you couldn’t know ahead of time whether you’d succeed or fail and then learn through experience the things that went in to success and failure. Now days, you don’t have to work to get food, shelter, healthcare, or to start a business without concern for its ROI. No wonder poor people thought they could get rich by simply buying houses in every waking hour.
Only the most immodest libertarian would ever say, “I told you so.” It’s a pity, but that’s more like me.
I ask myself – “Could Palin be any worse?” I answer myself, “Only with extreme difficulty.”