POLITICAL: “We, The Sheeple” should not be paying for other’s “defense”

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

http://www.cato.org/blog/europeans-not-americans-should-spend-more-europes-defense

FEBRUARY 8, 2016 9:08AM
Europeans, not Americans, Should Spend More on Europe’s Defense
By DOUG BANDOW 

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The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. That will require a special budget request of $3.4 billion for next year.

An unnamed administration official told the New York Times, that the step “fulfills promises we’ve made to NATO” and “also shows our commitment and resolve.” Moreover, said another anonymous aide: “This reflects a new situation, where Russia has become a more difficult actor.”

However, the basic question remains unanswered: Why is the U.S. defending Europe? The need for America to play an overwhelming role disappeared as the continent recovered and the Cold War ended.

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Clearly, this should be a top priority of any new President. “We, The Sheeple” should not be paying for Europe’s, Japan’s, South Korea’s, or anyone else’s!

Don’t forget “We, The Sheeple” “have” the current 18T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities that our posterity will have to deal with!

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POLITICAL: ELIMINATE the draft and all those cushy patronage jobs?

Friday, February 5, 2016

http://www.wsj.com/articles/lawmakers-introduce-bill-requiring-women-register-for-draft-1454627151

Lawmakers Introduce Bill Requiring Women to Register for Draft
Republican representatives look to spur national debate
By FELICIA SCHWARTZ
Feb. 4, 2016 6:05 p.m. ET

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WASHINGTON—Two Republican lawmakers introduced a bill on Thursday that would require women to register for the draft in a step meant to advance a national debate about the Pentagon’s decision in December to open all military combat positions to women.

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How about we save some money and ELIMINATE the draft and all those cushy patronage jobs?

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POLITICAL: The politicians and bureaucrats will always get outmaneuvered

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-25/wal-mart-it-came-it-conquered-now-it-s-packing-up-and-leaving

Wal-Mart: It Came, It Conquered, Now It’s Packing Up and Leaving 
Shannon Pettypiece 
January 25, 2016 — 5:00 AM EST

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The Town’n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later — and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived — the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.

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“I was devastated when I found out. We had a pharmacy and a perfectly satisfactory grocery store. Maybe Wal-Mart sold apples for a nickel less,” said Barb Venturi, mayor pro tem for Oriental, with a population of about 900. “If you take into account what no longer having a grocery store does to property values here, it is a significant impact for us.”

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I guess they should have made the building permit conditional on a time guaranty?

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“I was devastated when I found out. We had a pharmacy and a perfectly satisfactory grocery store. Maybe Wal-Mart sold apples for a nickel less,” said Barb Venturi, mayor pro tem for Oriental, with a population of about 900. “If you take into account what no longer having a grocery store does to property values here, it is a significant impact for us.”


POLITICAL: Petty tyrants exist at the local level too

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/taco-bell-nixed-south-brunswick-zoning-board

Taco Bell Nixed By South Brunswick Zoning Board
Adios, Taco Bell. A diner and a White Castle will be coming soon near Rt. 1 North at New Road, however.
South Brunswick, NJ
By CARLY BALDWIN (Patch Staff) January 15, 2016 2:31 pm ET 

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South Brunswick, NJ – You’ll have to drive elsewhere if you want some Taco Bell.

The South Brunswick Zoning Board rejected a proposal to build a Taco Bell on Rt. 1 North at New Road. The board shot down the proposal in a 5-2 vote Thursday night, according to TAPInto.

Neighbors of the lot would be negatively affected by a Taco Bell, board members said.

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“(The lot) is not big enough (for another type of restaurant),” he said, according to TapInto. “We have to think about what we are going to put there (if not Taco Bell).”

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Sorry, but this is wrong.

The South Brunswick Zoning Board should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.

If some one is will to gamble their money putting it there, then who are these bureaucrats to say that they can’t?

Argh!

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POLITICAL: The minimum wage is discrimination against minority youths

Thursday, January 14, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/walter-e-williams/bunch-liars-minimum-wage/

Minimum Wage Dishonesty
By Walter E. Williams
January 12, 2016

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During South Africa’s apartheid era, the secretary of its avowedly racist Building Workers’ Union, Gert Beetge, said, “There is no job reservation left in the building industry, and in the circumstances, I support the rate for the job (minimum wage) as the second-best way of protecting our white artisans.” The South African Economic and Wage Commission of 1925 reported that “while definite exclusion of the Natives from the more remunerative fields of employment by law has not been urged upon us, the same result would follow a certain use of the powers of the Wage Board under the Wage Act of 1925, or of other wage-fixing legislation. The method would be to fix a minimum rate for an occupation or craft so high that no Native would be likely to be employed.”

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Walter Williams is among my favorite author / economists.

He often drives a metaphorical dagger into the hearts of the phony liberals, politicians, and bureaucrats!

In this specific case, the “minimum wage”.

The liberal politicians use it to demonstrate how much they care about the poor. All they care about is getting their votes.

I can’t think of a more destructive diktat then this.

I learned this lesson when the rising Federal minimum wage “forced” AT&T to automate all their elevators. While some of the all women elevator force were able to be placed in other higher skilled jobs, many were not and were fired. I know one personally who never worked again because the minimum wage cost more than she could produce. 

Anecdotal? Sure. But that doesn’t make it real.

Look at the black youth unemployment rate and tell me that isn’t real either.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Tom Woods destroys the JFK mythology

Friday, January 8, 2016

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-562-the-real-jfk-the-fed-the-economy-and-more/

In a forty five minute podcast, Tom Woods destroys the JFK mythology.

Especially in vogue today, is an assertion that the JFK assasination was partially due to his opposition to the FED.  Tom destroys that illusion.

Well worth a listen in my opinion.

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POLITICAL: For all of The Donald’s flaws, he nailed the Middle East mess

Thursday, December 24, 2015

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/12/patrick-j-buchanan/america-first-world-war-iii/

America First — or World War III
By Patrick J. Buchanan
December 19, 2015

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Midway through the debate, Trump cut loose with a sweeping indictment of mindless American interventionism in the Middle East:

“We’ve spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people that, frankly, if they were there and if we could have spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges, and all of the other problems — our airports and all the other problems we have — we would have been a lot better off. …

“We have done a tremendous disservice not only to the Middle East — we’ve done a tremendous disservice to humanity. The people that have been killed, the people that have been wiped away — and for what? It’s not like we had victory. It’s a mess. The Middle East is totally destabilized, a total and complete mess. I wish we had the 4 trillion dollars or 5 trillion dollars. I wish it were spent right here in the United States on schools, hospitals, roads, airports, and everything else that are all falling apart!”

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For all of The Donald’s flaws, he nailed this one.

Other than Rand Paul, all the other candidates are like escapees from the insane asylum.

The politicians and bureaucrats have made a mess of the USA — in both foreign and domestic matters. When I rant that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient, as well as untrustworthy, I think I understate the objection.

But I don’t know how you put the evil back in Pandora’s box.

First step has to elect a President who will step back from all the wars and the saber rattling.

Otherwise, we could all be “crispy critters” if an accident happens. 

I think I know a movie quote that sums it all up.

“This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.” — The Hunt for Red October (1990) by Admiral Josh Painter played by Fred Dalton Thompson.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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