POLITICAL: Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on ‘529’

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Obama Drops Plan to Raise Taxes on ‘529’ College Savings Accounts

The Obama administration said it would drop a controversial plan to raise taxes on so-called 529 college-savings accounts, after the proposal sparked widespread criticism over its potential impact on the middle class.

House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday called publicly on the White House to withdraw its plan. Calls also were coming privately from leaders of the president’s own party.

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What took them so long?

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POLITICAL: Ignored Heroic Military

Saturday, January 24, 2015

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2015/01/21/the-unquestioned-ignored-heroic-military/

The Unquestioned, Ignored, Heroic Military
Lucy Steigerwald

What with its title, “The Tragic Decline of the American Military,” Atlantic Monthly’s January-February cover story at first blush appears to be a thoughtless pro-military screed. But in spite of that headline, and the cover asking “Why Does The Best Military in the World Keep Losing?” it isn’t a bad piece at all.

Author James Fallows isn’t making any edgy arguments here. He’s actually painfully pragmatic as he spells out the declining skills of military leadership due to politics. More interesting for readers of Antiwar.com, however, is Fallows mentioning the strange, thoughtless respect for the military that now permeates the American public.

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The “young” easily buy into the nationalistic propaganda and “answer the nation’s call”.

Having done the oligarchy’s bidding and serving as “cannon fodder” for the military industrial complex that Ike warned us about, they return damaged.

(Remember the Prussian education system — that the USA imported hook, line, and sinker — had as its SOLE purpose was to create cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite!)

And, “the Nation” turns a collective “blind eye” to their situation.

Remember Heinlein’s Starship Troopers’ universe? One does not merely have the right to be a citizen and vote by virtue of what Heinlein called the mere accident of birth; rather, one has to earn this right through Federal Service that tested one’s ability and willingness to sacrifice for the greater good of the polity. Bet not a lot of vets would vote for all the undeclared wars the USA has been in since WW2?

That’s what “We, The Sheeple” have allowed the Gooferment’s politicians and bureaucrats to do in their name.

The response to this movie, and other of its ilk, is a recognition of exactly who the “bad guys” are in this morality play — the nation’s “leaders”.

Argh!

That’s why deflate-gate and all the other petty “news” is created — to distract us.

The pretty magician’s assistant or the matador’s cape.

Be distracted at your own peril.

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POLITICAL: Gulf of Tonkin was entirely fabricated

Thursday, January 8, 2015

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/2015-reminder-government-word-is-worthless_012015

2015 Reminder: Government Word is Worthless
Robert Barsocchini
Washington’s Blog
January 3rd, 2015

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1. Pentagon historians write (ch. 18) that in June, 1964, a top US official relayed a secret message to the military commander of the brutal and hated US puppet-dictatorship in South Vietnam that “…the United States Government would in the immediate future be preparing U.S. public opinion for actions against North Vietnam.”

Within two months, on August 2, 1964, the United States Government carried out its planned, coordinated Gulf of Tonkin disinformation campaign.  US officials coordinated with each other and fabricated an entire event, then announced the fake event to the US public via various media outlets, to justify a massive escalation of the USA’s ongoing genocide against the people of Vietnam and Indochina generally.

US officials said, straight to the faces of the US public, that Vietnam attacked a civilian US ship in international waters.  In reality, it was a US military ship illegally invading Vietnamese territorial waters, and it was never attacked.  The US followed this up by entirely fabricating yet another such story.

Having thus “prepared” US public opinion through mass, coordinated, brazen lying, the US proceeded to kill millions more people in Indochina and send tens of thousands more young US men (many under forced death-labor, or “draft”, “laws”, which US officials also made up) to their violent deaths.  At the same time, the US was persecuting and brutally repressing people at home for peacefully speaking out against the war, jailing them as well as firing live rounds into crowds, killing or crippling several young people.

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I disagree with the author about “worthless”. It’s less than “worthless”. It’s a NEGATIVE!

“We, The Sheeple” can’t trust ANYTHING from the Gooferment, or it’s lapdog propaganda arm laugably called the Media.

Just look at anything the Gooferment, its politicians, and its bureaucrats say.

It’s spun, parse, tweaked, and usually not true.

Sorry, but secession is the only option.

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POLITICAL: Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lenore-skenazy/top-10-nanny-state-fails-of-2014_b_6367910.html

Lenore Skenazy
Founder of Free-Range Kids

Top 10 Nanny State Fails of 2014
Posted: 12/29/2014 1:16 pm EST Updated: 12/29/2014 1:59 pm EST

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2. Government bulldozes beloved special needs playground. A Seattle playground designed for kids with special needs was destroyed because it presented “extreme dangers”… even though over the course of its 10 year history, no child was seriously injured on it.

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Argh!

Another example of the Gooferment being immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

Some of the others are seriously worse. I thought this one was funny.

If we get people laughing at “them” and their stupidity, then they will lose their “gravitas”.

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POLITICAL: “Public” pensions need to be converted to defined contribution plans

Saturday, January 3, 2015

http://www.therightcurmudgeon.com/2014/12/the-public-employee-pension-scam/

The Public Employee Pension Scam
Commentary
Dec 30, 2014

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Every public pension fund plays this game.  CalPERS, the California State Pension system, is reporting a shortfall of $260 billion.  The problem with that number is that they are assuming a return on investment of 7.5% in order to get to the $260B number.  In and of itself, $260B isn’t pocket change, but the reality is much, much worse.

In fact, using public sector accounting rules, CalPERS shortfall is more like $986 billion.  Because the shortfall is projected over the life of the fund, when it hits it’s going to be way too late to actually do anything about it.

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What the private sector is doing? Converting.

In actuality, “We, The Sheeple” should be worried.

All “pensions” should be converted to defined contribution plans!

TANSTAAFL (“There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” From Robert Heinlein’s classic) 

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Big Insurance is a Crony Capitalist in MA

Friday, January 2, 2015

http://dailycaller.com/2014/12/26/report-massachusetts-auto-insurers-subsidized-and-calling-the-shots/

Report: Massachusetts Auto Insurers Subsidized And Calling The Shots
5:23 PM 12/26/2014
PETER FRICKE
Contributor

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A recent investigation has found that Massachusetts not only spends millions to subsidize private auto insurers, but also suspends drivers’ licenses at their request.

According to WHAV News, employees of the taxpayer-funded Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) “process paperwork and otherwise subsidize private insurance companies in the administration of ‘Driver Retraining Programs’ even when there is no state interest—criminal or civil—at stake.”

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I am shocked … “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Captain Renault in Casablanca … that the State Gooferment and Big Insurance are in cahoots.

Imagine how much cheaper “insurance” would be if it was not “regulated”.

Just as “life insurance” is cheap and easy to get and keep.

The greater the Gooferment involvement, the more expensive and “crony” it is!

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POLITICAL: Time to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

Friday, December 26, 2014

http://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/middletown-physician-charged-five-others-running-prescription-drug-ring

New Jersey Physician Charged With Five Others For Running Prescription Drug Ring
A suspended Middletown physician was busted along with five others for selling forged Oxycodone prescriptions for $300 to $400, police say.
By Caitlin Brown (Patch Staff)
December 20, 2014 at 8:19am

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Detectives have dismantled a prescription drug ring run by a suspended physician Thursday night following a monthlong investigation, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Six people were arrested for their respective roles in a prescription drug ring, including Dr. Kenneth Lewandowski, 51, of Tatum Drive in Middletown, who is charged with six counts of third degree Conspiracy, six counts of third degree Forgery and the Unlawful Practice of Medicine – a third degree crime.

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“Drug addiction is a menace to our society. The Middletown Police Department remains firmly committed to working closely with our law enforcement partners to apprehend and prosecute anyone involved in illegal drug sales. This case is a great example of how law enforcement is working together to address this deadly issue,” said Middletown Police Chief R. Craig Weber.

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“We cannot fail to recognize that drug dealers don’t just hang out on street corners or in parking lots. Sometimes drug dealers wear familiar uniforms, have specialized degrees and they live and work within our communities,” Gramiccioni added. “Our preconceived stereotypes are challenged when a trained physician turns his back on his duty to save lives so he can rake in cash at the expense of others enslaved by these drugs.”

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Don’t buy into the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”?

All the force that the Gooferment has applied to this “problem” and the Unintended Consequences are the real problem.

With all the “laws”, diktats, and regulations haven’t budge the rate of addiction.

And the prisons are filled with “offenders”.

Time to recognize that Prohibition didn’t work for booze and it’s not working against certain drugs.

Sad that in the Gooferment Skrules it’s easier to get Marijuana than booze.

All this does is make it “cool”. 

And very dangerous.

Let’s turn from the meme of “force” and “prohibition” to the meme of it’s a “medical problem”.

In the meantime, let Walmart be our weapon against the illegal drug dealers who kill the unfortunate addicts. It’s rumored that if there was a free market in drugs, that the junk would be cheaper than aspirin. And a lot safer.

Envision that an addict could be a burger flipper and afford his addiction.

And, we could shift the budget from “enforcement” to “treatment”.

Laissez-faire is an economic system in which transactions between private parties are free from intrusive government restrictions, tariffs, and subsidies, with only enough regulations to protect property rights.

Want to kick the habit? Then there are resources available. Don’t want to? Make it cheap and safe for an addict to indulge. 

It’s immoral to coerce people to behave the way the Gooferment thinks is “good for them”.

Argh!

Time to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

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