RANT: Gooferment “welfare” trains people to “starve”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

From personal experience of four people I know, I have concluded that Gooferment “welfare” is the most destructive and personality eroding program that I have ever seen. It literally gives people enough to make them “lazy” and dependent while not giving them enough to not “starve”. Here in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, the “standard amount” seems to be about 12k$ per year — give or take. Apartment rentals are easily that; so they are force into Section 8 or “low income” units. Quality varies all over the spectrum. Since folks are starving, they are “forced” on to “food stamps” and “food banks”.

So what if there was no Gooferment welfare, in both cases I know, the first individual’s family could take care of their relative pretty easily. In the second and third case, they could get jobs. And, in the fourth case, employment would be a challenge.

Would they all be better off? Undoubtedly, imho.

Instead, two “sponge”, the third seeks “off the books” income from the underground economy and small lottery wins, and the fourth is just a lost soul. The fourth is overwhelmed by “poverty thinking”.

It’s so sad. 

Extend that experience to the vast numbers on the public dole, and it is a “human disaster” of epic proportions.

As I have said before, “there are too many in the wagon and to few pulling the wagon”.

Sooner or later, the “makers” will convert to “takers” out of frustration with the “system”. But the “system” is great for creating voters for politicians and bureaucrats who promise and give “free” stuff.

Argh!

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LIBERTY: SIX DECADES of misery

Thursday, January 7, 2016

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2016/january/03/purism-is-practical/

Purism is Practical
written by ron paul
sunday january 3, 2016

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The ever-growing number of Americans who are joining the liberty movement are not interested in “reforming” the welfare-warfare state. They also have no interest in “fixing” the Federal Reserve via “rules-based” monetary policy. Instead, this movement is dedicated to auditing, then ending, the Fed and stopping the government from trying to run the economy, run the world, and run our lives. If this movement refuses to compromise its principles, we may succeed in restoring a society of liberty, peace, and prosperity in our lifetimes.

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In addressing the “welfare” part of the welfare-warfare state, it’s unfortunate that those of us that want to “end welfare as we know it” are portrayed as heartless unfeeling Ebenezer Scrooges.

In actuality, nothing could be further than the truth.

If you look on the Gooferment’s failed “war on poverty”, then you will see whole GENERATIONS lost to the despair of “welfare”. Politicians and bureaucrats — mostly D’s — and “community organizers” have developed a “poverty industry” that they siphon off of. Argh!

We have more than SIX DECADES of the current system, with no end in sight of misery.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

So WHY can’t we try something different?

* Eliminate the minimum wage by phasing it out over 20 years. That would do wonders for black youth unemployment.

* Eliminate the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” that sends so many poor people to prison, impoverishes them, and limits their employment opportunities. And BTW inflicts crime and violence on the poor disproportionately!

* Eliminate the handouts by phasing them out over 20 years. Reduce them 5% per year. 

* Eliminate the various and sundry “regulations” on the States concerning “welfare”.

* Eliminate the Crony Capitalism “regulations” of “licensing” various things like hair braiding, Uber driving, and all sorts of other stupidity.

* Eliminate the tremendous “take” off the poor by the various forms of Gooferment lotteries. 

Americans are very charitable. If the taxes are reduced by reducing the welfare burden, then true charity will spring up to help the truly needy with real help. I cite Homefront NJ as an example of what a real community can do. (And, from whom, I was taught that the “welfare bureaucracy” needs lots of “clients” to justify their continued existence.)

Argh!

Why can’t we have an experiment to see if this wouldn’t work so much better?

Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats, as well as all those that make fine living off the current system. 

Argh! SQUARED.

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LIBERTARIAN: So libertarians don’t use government programs or entities?

Monday, November 17, 2014

RESPONDING ON FACEBOOK

>So libertarians don’t use government programs or entities? 

When you’re in a rigged game, you have to play the cards you’re dealt. Your Gooferment has stolen my wealth that I could use to provide for myself, my family, and my neighbors.

So, what happens, when the Gooferment programs don’t cover the needs?

Then, I have to help my relatives, friends, and neighbors out of the pittance that is left to me.

And we then have TV commercials for Wounded Warriors pandering for an additional 19$ per month because the politicians and bureaucrats have squandered everything they have stolen.

>Next time there’s a fire or the need for the police who will a libertarian call? 

Certainly NOT the police. Look how much worse they make things when they roll in with an armored vehicle and an attitude. 

If I could control my money, my insurance company would provide fire and security. 

Research how Ben Franklin organized fire response by selling insurance. Voluntarily. If you didn’t buy insurance, they’d respond and bill you for the actual cost. Within a year, everyone subscribed. BUT it was a PRIVATE business. What we’d call today a non-profit. 

>You confuse Congress with the government. I extend an invitation every time I give a speech for people to come by our office. Our staff has one priority- the veteran. No megalomaniacs, no insidious thoughts on how to screw people. 

Unfortunately, it’s all just one big Gooferment. Plus, you’re part of the overall problem. 

>Just good people doing a good job for a fair wage. No better or worse than any corporation who seek every tax exemption they can find. No better or worse than the honest attorney or stock broker who gets lumped into the pot with the bad ones. Certainly no better or worse than the honest IT folks who aren’t using their skills to hack systems and steal personal information from supposedly secure systems. 

Well, we can quibble about “good job” and “fair wage”. 

Austrian Economics points out that without a free market, Gooferment has a computational problem.

Without two equal entities striking a bargain, how is a price established.

>People are bad not entities. 

Individuals are good and bad. It’s when they gather together and claim a monopoly on the use of force and claim the mantle of “government”, the really bad ones seek to control others.

>The founding fathers you love were the government. Now they were megalomaniacs – and racist, misogynists who wrote the rules to favor people whose reflection they saw in the mirror.

The Dead Old White Guys were trying to to create a State of Liberty. Freedom was unknown in the world at the time. “Love” is not the verb I’d use. 

Remember they created the Articles of Confederation that had a weak Federal Government to join the States into a Union.

Call them all the names you want but they were revolutionary libertarians.

What they created lasted very well for many decades. It started to go off track with the Constitution and the Federalists creating the Big Government that was perverted to what we have today.

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Bad people do bad things. Gooferment gives those bad people way too much power over individuals.

Argh! 

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And, stealing back (i.e., using Gooferment “services”) is all that a victim of today’s Gooferment can do.

“What do you call it when someone steals someone else’s money secretly? Theft. What do you call it when someone takes someone else’s money openly by force? Robbery. What do you call it when a politician takes someone else’s money in taxes and gives it to someone who is more likely to vote for him? Social justice.” — Thomas Sowell

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TECHNOLOGY: Test identity; not for drugs

Friday, July 29, 2011

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Man-with-nine-different-names-created–massive-benefits-fraud-from-Thailand-126005948.html

Man with nine different names created massive benefits fraud from Thailand
Dublin man jailed for social welfare fraud
By CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Friday, July 22, 2011, 8:04 AM

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An Irish emigrant has been jailed for orchestrating a massive social welfare fraud across the border counties – while living it up in Thailand.

Paul Murray swindled the Irish taxpayer out of half a million dollars using nine different names in an elaborate international hoax.

The 63-year-old emigrated to Thailand in the 1970s but returned home every three months to collect his fraudulent social welfare payments.

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Interesting.

The gang known as the State of Florida wants to test welfare recipients for illegal drugs.

Here’s an idea. DNA test all welfare recipients to establish identity.

Here’s another. Eliminate the dole. Period.

The Gooferment: Immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. In example after example.

Let’s use technology to solve problems?

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RANT: “Default”? No way, not needed

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

As a political junkie, I’m enraged when some bozo (i.e., politician and /or bureaucrat) is allowed by some talking head to say “default” without opposition.

IMHO any reasonable person would pay the interest on the debt first, then the social security and other mandatory welfare payments, and come up with a “total must pay”. Subtract that total from the budget to come up with “what’s left to pay”. Subtract “total must pay” from current receipts for “what’s left”.

Divide “what’s left” by “what’s left to pay” and that’s the haircut that the budget must be slashed by.

No one is going to be happy, but no default. It’ll set off a lot of wailing and gnashing but that’s what fiscal discipline is all about.

That’s why I say don’t raise the debt ceiling. And, don’t let politicians and bureaucrats scare old people by saying no soc sec or the markets by saying default.

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RANT: The Irish bishops are making a severe blunder

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=9343

Irish bishops condemn ‘selfish’ economic policies, support higher taxes
February 21, 2011

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Less than a week before elections in the Irish republic, the Irish bishops’ conference has released a statement charging that current public policies violate principles of justice and offend against the common good.

The statement released by the bishops’ committee on justice and peace, entitled From Crisis to Hope: Working to achieve the Common Good, said that the country’s current economic problems can be traced to immoral policies and perspectives. “Greed became dominant, trust was betrayed, and the result was the recession in which we now are,” said Bishop John Kirby of Clonfert, at a press conference in Dublin introducing the statement.

Bishop Raymond Field, a Dublin auxiliary who chairs the justice-and-peace committee, said: “Poverty and social exclusion, experienced by increasing numbers of people in Ireland today, North and South, represent gross violations of human dignity.”

The bishops’ statement called for greater efforts to relieve poverty, both in Ireland and, through foreign aid, in developing countries. The statement suggested that Ireland’s tax rates must be raised to support the necessary social services.

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With all due respect to the Irish bishops, they are made a severe blunder. They are not fighting the evil King, defending human freedom, and protecting religious freedom.

They are buying into the meme of a government that does everything. The Nanny State.

A better meme is “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”.

They would be better served by learning from the Good Samaritan. He helped the victim out of his own pocket. He didn’t make others pay for his charity. He took pity on the victim but didn’t call for the Gooferment to fix the problem.

There are many reasons why the bishops are blundering. Two that come to mind right off the top of the head — charity to be effective has to be personal — AND — involving politicians and bureaucrats makes the overhead costs skyrocket.

Poverty can’t be fixed by stealing from some and giving to others.

The USA’s “War on Poverty” is an abject failure. The richest country in the world and in recorded history couldn’t “solve” poverty. Because Gooferment was the meme.

Is it charitable to keep the poor poor?

Gooferment “welfare” isn’t designed for people to prosper. It’s designed to keep the maximum number of voters voting and bureaucrats employed.

Peal away the disincentives to success and train people to stand on their own two feet and help themselves. Tough love. With Churches, Fraternal Organizations, Clubs, Societies, Families, Clans and groups to provide “help”. “Help” that really helps; not ensnares people in despair and multi-generational poverty as “welfare farmers”.

We can do better. And, the bishops should lead; not whine for more Gooferment handouts.

Argh!

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RANT: Keeping people in poverty

Friday, January 7, 2011

http://reason.com/archives/2010/12/31/the-obamacare-fraud

The ObamaCare Fraud
The law will penalize doctors to pay patients and penalize patients to pay doctors.
Shikha Dalmia | December 31, 2010

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When the government hands out subsidies, it will use a household’s income in the previous year as the basis for guessing what the household is qualified to get in the current year. But if the household’s income grows midyear, the subsidy recapture provision will require it to repay anywhere from $600 to $3,500, compared to the $450 that the law originally called for.

This will make it very hazardous for poor working families to get ahead. In the original law, the loss of subsidy with rising income already meant absurdly high effective marginal tax rates—the implicit tax on every additional dollar of income earned. How high? The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon puts them at 229 percent for families of four who increase their earnings by an amount equal to 5 percent of the federal poverty level or $1,100. In other words, a family that added this amount to an income of $44,700 would actually see its total income fall by $1,419 due to the loss of subsidies.

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Yeah, I’m sure glad how these politicians and bureaucrats “care” for the poor!

Who needs a plantation, overseers, and the problems. Just trap the serfs in poverty and make it impossible for the poor to improve their situation. Where’s Robin Hood, Zorro, or V (for Vendetta; not the aliens on ABC) when you need them.

And, of course, we’ll need more bureaucrats to administer these programs.

Argh!

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