GOLDBUG: Time to return to Constitutional money

Can gold be valued in currency or is itself money?
Published on June 21, 2010 14:45:00 IST

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My suggestion to Ron Paul and all those wanting to return to gold, is the best way to accomplish this is not by proclaiming your determination to replace the Federal Reserve Board with the gold standard, but to attack the legal tender laws of this country.

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The key is to go after the governments monopoly on money. If broken, gold will find it’s way into the monetary system, as it is today, and reclaim it’s superior role as long as it is not prevented from doing so. Legal tender laws do just that. They prevent choice.

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If governments fail to get their fiscal houses in order there is no telling what the future will bring. Gold offers some semblance of security. Among other things, it is a hedge against stupidity. Given the almost criminally reckless fiscal policies of government, who in his right mind would not want to protect himself. And if a currency crisis occurs, who would believe the promises of a new government paper currency in light of the broken promises of governments everywhere. Gold is not a promise that can be broken, and therein lies its present appeal.

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To all the pundits that believe a gold standard is impractical, I suggest they look at the present fiat system and then judge it against the hundred years of monetary stability we enjoyed in years past under the gold standard. Then talk to me about which system is practical and which system is not.

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The Dead Old White Guys had just experience the inflation of paper money. They saw first hand how it let the Gooferment buy more than it had without any check or balance.

By the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank —

(which: ain’t “federal”; it’s a private cartel of banks; ain’t a “reserve” of anything; it’s ious with the taxpayer being the ower; and ain’t a bank; it’s a price fixing machine that makes the bankers rich and the politicians with an unending supply of spendable “money”.)

— they have made the Dead Old White Guys’ worst nightmare true. Unchecked gooferment.


Time to roll back “progress” and go back to gold.

As a check on gooferment spending. ANY gooferment!

How can we be “independent” without honest money?!

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POLITICAL: Dead Old White Guys were smart!

Friday, February 26, 2010
More Senate disfunction
Hank Kalet

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Amending the U.S. Constitution to reconstitute the Senate would likely be impossible, however, because the compromise enshrined small-state power in the amendment process. But the Senate cannot continue to (mal)function the way it has.

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The Dead Old White Guys were afraid of the “mob”. They tried to throw road blocks into the “road to serfdom”, the path to perdition, or the fast lane to tyranny.

We mess with their grand design at our own peril. Their “weak president” has become a near dictator waging foreign wars of aggression at will without a declaration and expanding welfare by corruption with inter-generational theft. The direct election of senators has allowed unfunded federal mandates. The creation of the FED, a banking monopoly cartel, has allowed the budget deficit / national debt to explode. The “income tax” amendment has allowed the federal government to steal our wealth with ease. “Social security” has damaged the civil society in numerous ways — not the least of which was to create a slush fund for spending and stick the bill to future generations!

Argh, we need to go back to the ORIGINAL constitution and cut the gooferment down to a reasonable size to protect us from force or fraud and Nothing else. imho!

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POLITICAL: Messing with the DOWG’s design

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The issue here is the filibuster itself. It’s time to end this archaic procedure and take away the ability of a group of small-state Senators to hold the American people hostage.

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Herb, herb, herb, … don’t you realize that the Dead Old White Guys feared democracy as mob rule. Hence, they tried to throw road blocks into the “popular will”.

Lifetime appointment for judges and six year term Senators selected by the State Legislature were just two of the roadblocks they put in as ways to be a “republic”.

They were also concerned that large states would overwhelm the little one. Why would a small state support the arrangement where they are always outvoted.

You “liberals” are always willing to change the rules to get your way. Note the Massachusetts change and rechange how to fill Kennedy’s / Kerry’s seat.

The reason that many states are talking secession is that the don’t want to “play along”. In short order, you may find that Vermont, Texas, Montana, and who know who else may seek to “leave the party”.

Leave filibuster alone. Unless you’re prepared to eventually fracture the Union. Remember in 2010, your precious “virtuous” D’s may be in the minority and need the fillibuster to keep the “villainous” R’s from passing this or that. (As if there was any difference between the two.)

Remember the R’s got the two term limit to prevent another FDR and prevented Ike. That gave us Nixon. And, we see how well that worked out.

Don’t mess with the Dead Old White Guys’ design. Can we now repeal the direct election of Senators? That hasn’t worked out so well either!

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INTERESTING: WWJD with health care

Health Care Reform: WWJD?
Posted by Michael F. Cannon

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Sympathy and sentiment are wonderful but do not always work well as criteria for good policy.

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A very funny quick read. I think EVERYONE should read it.

ROFL, about J being a policy wonk.

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POLITICAL: Terminate the TSA

Airlines to Require More Passenger Data

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WASHINGTON — Airlines this week will begin requiring some people making reservations for domestic flights to submit their dates of birth and genders as part of a screening process aimed at keeping boarding passes out of the hands of suspected terrorists, the Transportation Security Administration said.

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I’ve got a novel idea. Let’s nuke the TSA. Make airlines responsible for security. Could they possibly do a worse job than the gooferment?

And, we won’t have to pay salaries and gooferment pensions to all these folks.

Why is the taxpayer in the business of running airport security? Why is the taxpayer in the airport business? Why is the taxpayer in the airline business?

You get the idea!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment expanding in other directions

August 10th, 2009 at 9:16 am
Are Local And State Governments In The U.S. Getting Too Big?

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A new local government now emerges, on average, once a day in the United States. “I think it gives you a fair sense of the scale of growth that warrants attention,” says Nick Dranias, director of the Center for Constitutional Government at the Goldwater Institute, a public policy think tank in Phoenix, Arizona. For example, according to the California state government Web site, “within California, there are 58 counties, 468 cities, and over 3,400 special districts, exclusive of school districts.” Dranias believes that “few [special districts] are models of limited government restrained by a system of checks and balances,” arguing that these bodies are often driven by special interests.

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Of course, my immediate answer is yes.

“Special Districts” represent a new threat to liberty. Overlapping gooferments. With lots more paid staff. With pensions.


How dumb are we?

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MONEY: What is the correct interest rate?

Your Take: FDIC Sets Bank Interest Rate Caps by Jim Wang

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Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation SealNear the end of May, the FDIC Board of Directors approved a rule that capped the interest rate “less than well capitalized institutions.”

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And, what part of fascism don’t you understand?

The gooferment is trying to run the banks.

What a joke.

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LIBERTY: The Gooferment is in charge!

High court won’t block Chrysler sale
Jun 9 06:27 PM US/Eastern

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WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has cleared the way for Chrysler’s sale to Fiat, turning down a last-ditch bid by opponents of the deal.

The court said late Tuesday it had rejected a plea to block the sale of most of Chrysler’s assets to the Italian automaker. Chrysler, Fiat and the Obama administration had warned that the high court’s intervention could have scuttled the sale.

A federal appeals court in New York had earlier approved the sale, but gave opponents until Monday afternoon to try to get the Supreme Court to intervene.

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The bondholders really couldn’t expect “justice” from a gooferment court.

Talk about a stacked deck!

The President’s plan taken before the Government’s Court. And, you expected a different result.

Watch the bond markets now! Nothing is safe from gooferment manipulation.

Now what happens to the Indiana pensioners who just got screwed?

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RANT: Taxpayers pay for sports socialism

May 18, 2009
No Thanks, Emperor
Posted by Lew Rockwell at May 18, 2009 09:46 AM

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Finally, when you take into account the way local taxpayers always seem to foot the bill for stadia and arenas, it is clear that we have sports socialism in this country, just like the bread and circuses of old Rome. I love sports, but I think this country desperately needs separation of sports and state.

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I think we should have the separation of the “state” from everything. Can we put DC on the space telescope?

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LIBERTY: Repeal the “Direct Election of Senators” aka Seventeenth Amendment

The death of shame
Posted: May 15, 2009 1:00 am Eastern
Hal Lindsey

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Speaker Pelosi’s press conference yesterday had to rank as one of the most bizarre political implosions since Richard Nixon’s infamous “I’m not a crook” press conference in April 1974.

Pelosi called the press conference to offer her fifth separate explanation for why she never knew about the application of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” despite the release of CIA memos and the recollection of other participants who clearly recall her being extensively briefed.

As press conferences go, it was painful to witness. Noted one observer, if Pelosi was not lying, she deserved an Academy Award for appearing as though she were. When questioned by reporters, she actually re-read her prepared statement – several times – stumbling over it as if she were cold-reading the description of an event involving someone else.

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I would attribute us to the “Direct Election of Senators” Seventeenth Amendment 1913. (The same year they created the Federal Reserve!)

Before that they were responsible to the State Legislatures and much more insulated from the public pressure. And, much more dignified!

It’s time to repeal that amendment and a few others!

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POLITICS: small government is possible™

Small Government News
small government is possible™
Thursday April 2, 2009
Publisher: Carla Howell
Editor: Michael Cloud

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“Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

-Tom Paine

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Big Government must close its doors forever — and leave nothing but small government, limited to defending our lives, liberties, and property. And the prosperity produced by a thriving, booming private enterprise system, in a swiftly-growing private sector.

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As a country, we have a lot of “clutter” in the gooferment. Time to clean it out. Legitimate government has only one legitimate function to protect our rights from foreign and domestic aggression.

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RANT: Why do we have “public pensions”?

Last updated: 2:15 am
March 21, 2009

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ATTORNEY General Andrew Cuomo has alleged vast corruption in the massive taxpayer-guaranteed state pension fund, bringing criminal charges against political consultant Hank Morris and the fund’s former chief investment officer, David Loglisci.

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The more important question is WHY do we have “public pensions”?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Obama’s birth certificate

What congressmen say about eligibility
Lawmakers’ letters insist ‘president was born in Hawaii’
Posted: March 10, 2009 9:29 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh

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Hawaiian officials have confirmed they have a birth certificate on file for Obama, but it cannot be released without his permission. He has refused that permission. And Hawaiian officials have not revealed what information the certificate contains.

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Well, adjust my tin foil hat and call me kooky.

I guess that makes me a “birthist”.

See the first thing that the media does is give you a label and then they can dismiss you.

My fear is that I guess, like FDR and Pearl Harbor, we’ll have to wait 50 years to find out that O was NOT a US citizen!

Just because they label you, doesn’t make you wrong.

All to often today, they denigrate people who ask, often too politely, WTF!

“Quo Warranto”

Or in my parlance, “sez who!”
See the essence of the argument is the prima facie case, “What are you hiding Mister Obama?”
Until that is answered, it is not moot. It’s a scandal!
So much for “running the most open and transparent government”!
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LIBERTY: Hold the ‘Catastrophe’: Obama Says He’s ‘Highly Optimistic’ About Economy

Obama: Economic crisis ‘not as bad as we think’
Mar 12 05:49 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

Hold the ‘Catastrophe’: Obama Says He’s ‘Highly Optimistic’ About Economy

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Confronting misgivings, even in his own party, President Barack Obama mounted a stout defense of his blueprint to overhaul the economy Thursday, declaring the national crisis is “not as bad as we think” and his plans will speed recovery.

Challenged to provide encouragement as the nation’s “confidence builder in chief,” Obama said Americans shouldn’t be whipsawed by bursts of either bad or good news and he was “highly optimistic” about the long term.

The president’s proposals for major health care, energy and education changes in the midst of economic hard times faced skepticism from both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill, as senators questioned his budget outlook and the deficits it envisions in the middle of the next decade.

But Obama, speaking to top executives of the Business Roundtable, expressed an optimistic vision and called for patience.

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Well, “they” have passed the PORKULOUS bill and the various versions of TARP.

Guess they have always stampeded us into giving up more of our money and our liberty.

So much for “change”. Guess I’ll just have to “hope”.

So what are they going to repeal and cut.

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LIBERTY: With or against the Federal Government?   

Do you stand with or against the Federal Government?
By Russell Kanning

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The 400+ men and women that meet in the NH State House this time of year are discussing whether or not NH should remain a part of the U.S. no matter what the Feds do. A handful of reps decided to put forth a bill, HCR6 that proposes that if the government in Washington DC decides to implement measures like mandatory national service, then NH will leave the union. That seems very reasonable to me. Upon entering the US, NH like the majority of other states, left themselves room to voluntarily leave the arrangement, and this bill is patterned after similar resolutions and declarations penned by Thomas Jefferson. So I am asking you, would you prefer to stand with or against the current incarnation of the US Government?

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Frankly, I don’t think it matters.

It’s like asking if the slave master will let the serf go. Ain’t going to happen.

Unless the terrorists are landing on the shore, I’d say “against”.

Looking at the Obama acts and quotes, I’d say against.

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TECHNOLOGY: The Digital TV shift screwed up big time!

How We Bungled the Digital Television Transition By Eliot Van Buskirk EmailFebruary 20, 2009 | 2:39:09 PM

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This additional factor added to the need for this expensive delay. “Why the hell – excuse me – why in 2005 did they decide February 17th was a good time for this transition?”

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It’s just another example of “gooferment”!

Never mind the Fifth Amendment violate against “takings”. Which this was pure and simple.

More money down the DC rathole!

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POLITICAL: Where does the Ron Paul energy go?

Where does the Ron Paul revolution (i.e., peace, nonintervention, economic freedom, personal liberty, sound money, and a drastically limited government) go?

The shell game of Republican and Democrat bigger gooferment prevents any other “choice”.


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NATIONAL: Expansion Of SCHIP Passes

Expansion Of SCHIP Passes, Millions Of Kids Get Health Insurance
February 1, 2009

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The Senate has agreed with the House and has approved an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), supplying millions of low-income children with health insurance.<br /> ….Washington (dbTechno) – The Senate has agreed with the House and has approved an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), supplying millions of low-income children with health insurance.

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While on the surface this seems that it’s a “great idea”, however let’s look at the “silent victim”. The taxpayer. We are getting hammered all over the place.

Is it efficient to send money to Washington in taxes? After all they take half for handling to send it to the states, the states “handle” it, and “distribute” it. What the “load” or losses do to friction of all those hands.

Is it effective to “insure” children in this manner? It’s not MY problem that parents haven’t provided for their children. I am taxed to educate them even though I had no part in the decision to have them or anything else. I’m not taxed to feed them. YET? Is that next?


And, we are sending a message to parents that they can’t take care of their own children without the gooferment. What happens when the choices conflict? You know they will. And, the queues for service and reimbursement?


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RANT: O versus L? The typical false choice.  

Are you with Obama or Rush?
1/29/09 8:00 PM EST
Updated: 1/30/09 4:37 AM EST

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Politico has learned that tomorrow Americans United for Change, a liberal group, will begin airing radio ads in three states Obama won — Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada — with a tough question aimed at the GOP senators there: Will you side with Obama or Rush Limbaugh?

“Every Republican member of the House chose to take Rush Limbaugh’s advice,” says the narrator after playing the conservative talk radio giant’s declaration that he hopes Obama “fails.”

“Every Republican voted with Limbaugh — and against creating 4 million new American jobs. We can understand why a extreme partisan like Rush Limbaugh wants President Obama’s Jobs program to fail — but the members of Congress elected to represent the citizens in their districts? That’s another matter. Now the Obama plan goes to the Senate, and the question is: Will our Senator”—here the ad is tailored by state to name George Voinovich in Ohio, Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, and John Ensign in Nevada—”side with Rush Limbaugh too?”

Asked to respond, Limbaugh had a message for his party.

“Senate Republicans need to understand this is not about me,” he wrote in an email. “It is about them, about intimidating them, especially after the show of unity in House. It is about the 2010 and 2012 elections. This is an opportunity for Republicans to redefine themselves after a few years of wandering aimlessly looking for a ‘brand’ and identity.”

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Senate Republicans acknowledge that they’ll lose some of their members on the first vote.

“We’re in a little different spot than the House in that we have a handful of Republicans who have all but committed to supporting the package,” said a Senate GOP aide.

The aide declined to say who, but speculation on both sides of the aisle is centered on a group of northeasterners — Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Sen. Judd Gregg (NH) and Specter.

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Everyone should be real clear. The “stimulus” bill is not about stimulus, jobs, or benefits for the “folks”.

It’s about socialism, pork spending, and making future voters for the democratic party.

Rahm told you that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

We’ve been hustled before — the Bush pre-rebate, the TARP, and now this!

And, the ad offers a false choice — O versus L?

I’m with neither.

The Republican Party NOW, when it’s out of power wants to “brand” itself as the party of smaller gooferment again. Where were they for eight years? We have the TSA, deficits, and out of control spending. All caused by a President who wouldn’t veto anything.

And, O wants to remake America on the basis of he “won” an election. Hey, guess what, more folks didn’t vote than voted. So you were elected by 28% to 24%. That should tell you that your plurality is very small.

More than half the Americans know they are getting screwed no matter which “side” won.

Not that there is much difference between EITHER “side”!

In this case, I am against the “gooferment enlargement” package.

You want to restart the economy. Shrink gooferment — Nuke the TSA, Kill whole gooferment department and agencies, stop the psuedo drug war, pardon all non-violent drug offenders, and return to normal. Cut the corporate tax to ZERO forever. It’s a sham; only real people pay taxes. Corporate taxes hide how much the gooferment is stealing from us.


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LIBERTY: Nationalization is one more step to the death camps

The Nationalization Debate Comes Out Of The Closet

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We’re finally beginning to remove the ideological blinders (socialism, socialism!) from our eyes and look at all possible ways to fix the liquidity crisis. This otherwise good NY Times article explores the pros & cons of nationalization but leaves out an important pro they’ve reported on in the past: it’s the most transparent, honest approach

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Yeah, the gooferment is sooo honest. So good at everything they touch.

Sorry, it’s all about control.

Think Japanese Internment, the Civil War, and the Carter Inflation.

We’re all sheep. Being herded. Lucky if we just get sheared.

Government is dangerous.

Where’s my pitchfork and torch?

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