The Regime’s Recovery Con

Ah, the happy glow of phony numbers and a compliant mainstream media.

Following the release of Friday’s jobs report, Bloomberg’s headline simply beamed “Hiring in U.S. Kicks Into Higher Gear as Unemployment Plunges.” All is now rosy in the Obama recovery.

“Stocks rose on the improving jobs picture and Treasury yields climbed,” Bloomberg proclaimed. Sorry to bear the news, but it’s all as farcical as the phony money the Federal Reserve is pumping out.

Bloomberg highlighted a 288,000 gain in employment. But you have to read way down to see that the labor force shrank by more than 800,000 in April. Funny math Bloomberg is using. 288,000 minus 800,000 equals negative 512,000. Only in the sociopathic world of government doublespeak does such a huge negative equal a positive.

That’s a far cry from a gain in employment, and it’s reflected in the labor force participation rate, which dropped to 62.8 percent. Labor force participation is the share of working-age people in the labor force. It hasn’t been this low since 1978. That means that 92,594,000 “workers” are not workers. That’s an all-time record. What April really saw was 988,000 drop out of the labor force, the second highest total ever.

President Barack Obama and his minions proclaimed recovery summer in 2010. At the time, the labor force participation rate was 65.2 percent.

Blessed recovery. Just imagine if things weren’t going well where we’d be.

Looking deeper in the numbers (thanks to Zerohedge.com for doing the dirty work) we see what a con job the regime is doing with the statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Household survey showed an actual decline of 73,000 jobs. All this while the number of people who currently wanted a job remained unchanged at 6,146,000.

And here’s some more depressing news about America’s depression: The average number of jobs added per month since the peak of the depression (February 2010) is 172,000. But the average number of people who have dropped out of the labor force each month since that time is 175,000.

And what’s more, the “recovery” is not translating into more jobs for workers under age 55. Workers aged 16-54 – note this includes the most productive sector, those aged 25-54 – lost 259,000 jobs in April. Only those aged 55 and above showed a net gain, according to the BLS.

For women, things are even worse. The Obama regime’s war on women workers has driven the number of females 16 and older not in the workforce up to a record 55,116,000. That’s an increase of 428,000 over March.

Workers 55-69 gained 174,000, likely indicating two things: older workers are unable to retire because they’ve spent their life savings (what hasn’t been lost to inflation) just surviving the depression, and they’re now forced to work to support their grown children who can’t find work.

In 16 million out of a total of 80 million U.S. homes, not one person is working and there is no income beyond a government check. That’s 20 percent of all households that are being supported off the backs of a declining number of American workers.

But never mind though, Obamaphiles ensure us that all those jobs lost at the opening of the “George Bush recession” have been recovered.

On Obamacare

Obama’s White House told us, “you can keep your health plan if you like your health plan.” Further affronting fact, they’ve claimed that Obamacare is not forcing you to pay for other people’s abortions. The law, they continue to insist, is working perfectly for all Americans.

Of course, Jay Carney pointed out last week that  the Administration doesn’t have any real Obamacare numbers; but any numbers that don’t put a positive spin on the healthcare law are wrong.

One in three ACA enrollees had not paid their premium by April 15. But Obama continues to claim the debate on Obamacare is over and the law is working.

If by “working” he means it’s destroying the health insurance industry, doctor-patient relationships and middle class job opportunities, I guess he’s right.

Thanks to Obamacare, on Jan. 1 the top marginal tax rate went from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. The top income payroll tax jumped from 37.4 percent to 52.2 percent. Capital gains taxes – which is money already taxed once – went from 15 percent to 28 percent, taxes on dividends leapt from 15 percent to a whopping 39.6 percent, and estate taxes jumped from zero to 55 percent. And Obama wants more.

On the Bundy Ranch

I’ve documented for you Senator Harry Reid’s criminality. Here are couple more tidbits that have come to light.

Reid’s interest in Bundy’s land goes beyond transnational green energy boondoggles and the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. It seems that Reid is in possession of 93 acres of land near the Bundy Ranch that sit on the path of a future development and a freeway interchange.

Also, the BLM may have violated posse comitatus in its standoff with Bundy and his supporters. The website Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, a site run by Marine veterans with ties to the intelligence community, spotted at least one U.S. Army Special Forces member among the government-backed thugs threatening Bundy and his supporters.

Remember that Reid said in reference to the Bundy standoff: It’s not over. Las Vegas police officers claim they’re doing all they can to identify any of the militia in the crowd that may have pointed a gun at law enforcement.

Demonstrating the double standard that is a police state; LEOs are free to aim guns at civilians without consequence but go all apoplectic when guns are pointed back by free Americans.

The reality you won’t hear from Obama’s media lapdogs

The whole U.S. economy is a stack of cards hanging on lies and money printing. The stock market is an expanding bubble of insolvency. There is still time – though the window is closing — thanks to the manipulators to buy silver. It’s still under $20 an ounce. That’s a bargain. You need it in your possession. Now!

The President can only tout his failing healthcare overhaul as a success by pretending that evidence to the contrary is invalid.

“We dispute their numbers. We don’t have hard, concrete numbers, but we dispute them,” Carney said last week.

Besides, Obama likes to say, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, so get over it. (Last time I checked, the 2nd Amendment is another, much older, law of the land.)

Meanwhile, The Administration is using the same strategy to deflect an even more transparent failure on the part of his Administration: the terror attacks that led to the loss of American life in Benghazi, Libya.

Last week, former White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor responded to Fox News’ questions about newly publicized White House documents that prove a coverup took place, saying, “Dude, this was like two years ago.”

Based on statements by these spokespuppets, the Obama message is really quite simple: This Administration will be held accountable for no failure and will answer to no criticism, evidence notwithstanding. And as we’ve witnessed with the events that unfolded at Bundy Ranch, the government vows consequences for any American who dares challenge its corruption by exercising the very rights put in place to the keep tyranny at bay.

Can there be any doubt the U.S. is a collapsing fascist state?

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Did Media Matters Management Miss Its Own Talking Points?

In recent months, conservative media figures have undermined efforts by labor groups to organize across the United States, demonizing labor unions in the process. These anti-union attacks are largely reliant on myths alleging negative side-effects of union participation. – Myths and Facts: Unions And Organized Labor, Media Matters For America.

It seems there’s a little dissension in the ranks of the Barack Obama/Democratic National Committee George Soros-funded propaganda machine, Media Matters For America.

 

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SCREENSHOT FROM MEDIA MATTERS WEBSITE

Employees at the progressive not-for-profit mouthpiece for leftism were taken aback when MMFA management refused to recognize the unionization of its staff by declining the “card check” process, instead exercising its right to force a union election under the oversight of the National Labor Relations Board.

It has long been MMFA’s policy to advocate for card check and push for unionization of non-union businesses like Wal-Mart. It even has a whole web page (as noted above) dedicated to busting “myths” of the negative side-effects of unionization.

Yet MMFA management has taken a tact right out of the playbook of those evil “conservative” corporations it has so reviled against.

A group of employees claiming to be part of the Media Matters Organizing Committee issued a statement that was published on SEIU Local 500 website this week.

Media Matters employees often write in defense of organized labor, and our work has demonstrated the virtues of organizing through card-check and the perils of being forced through a protracted NLRB election process. It is fitting, then, that we’ve chosen to unionize and attempt to lead our own lives by the principles we regularly advocate for in our work.

The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize. Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.

Many Media Matters employees feel betrayed by the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize. Our desire to organize should be not a controversial or surprising turn of events at a progressive organization like Media Matters for America. We continue to hold out hope that our executives will change course in favor of the path the organization has long advocated.

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Apparently Media Matters management, responsible for making sure the organization is viable, recognizes that unionization will drive up the cost of labor and benefits and make its financial position untenable.

But wait; that can’t be it. According to Media Matters own “mythbusting” page, “unions have been shown to raise economic demand by increasing workers’ wages and buying power.” And, “unionization has been tied to the stability of the middle class, which is necessary to maintain a healthy consumer-based economy…” And, “unionization can increase individual firms’ productivity by encouraging investment and increasing the supply of highly-skilled labor…”

So it must be that MMFA founder David Brock and his management team just hate their workers and the U.S. economy and don’t want more productivity.

Fickle And Stupid?

I began publishing my monthly newsletter The Bob Livingston Letter™ in 1969. The following is an excerpt from the May 1998 issue in which I chronicle the Republican Party’s fickle and hypocritical attitudes with regard to preserving Americans’ liberty. The more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same.

The Republican Party has well earned the appellation “the Stupid Party,” based on its abandonment of moral and genuine conservative principles as well as its inability to lead in Congress. Not that the Democrats are any better, mind you, because their claims to morality and principle are even more ludicrous!

The abysmal Republican failures in Congress, most notably their inability to see justice done in their hearings on Waco and Ruby Ridge and the IRS, are almost as numerous as Bill Clinton’s offenses and escapades. Consider also the recent Republican attraction to FBI Director Louis Freeh, who, says one journalist:

 …might be well advised to wear a flak jacket for protection from all the hearty pats on the back he’s been getting from Republicans.

Why is Freeh suddenly the Republicans’ best friend? The answer is that Freeh has been assigned the role of playing “good cop” to his boss, Attorney General Janet “Johnny Waco” Reno’s “bad cop.” In the set-up for gullible Republicans, Freeh’s too highly publicized opinion is that an independent counsel should be appointed to investigate Bill and Al’s not-so-excellent fundraising adventures. It will not happen, of course, since Reno refuses.

In their whining against Reno, the Republicans appear to be trying to provoke Freeh into embarrassing his boss, by publicly rebuking her or resigning from the FBI or both. For their part, the Republicans could take strong action in Congress, including the introduction of impeachment proceedings against Reno, but they won’t. They don’t have either the backbone or the know-how. Besides, such proceedings would put a lie to the Washington game of cooperative politics as usual.

The Republicans have chosen the weasely route instead. Freeh is suddenly their best friend, championed by the stupid party as a bulwark against injustice. Not that long ago, the Republicans were demanding Freeh’s resignation, when he permitted some 1,000 FBI files, containing in-depth background interviews and research on private individuals, to be turned over to political operatives in the Clinton White House. Because no legal nor administrative corrective action was taken, the implication is that the FBI may gather and use such information against anyone.

Not that long ago, Freeh’s FBI attacked a quiet Weaver family living in the mountains of Ruby Ridge, Idaho, slaying mother and son, wounding father and a friend, and resulting in the death of a U.S. Marshal. Not that long ago, Freeh’s FBI was instrumental in the fiery murder of some 80 men, women and children at Waco. Not that long ago, Freeh appointed his personal friend and the man in charge of Ruby Ridge and Waco, Larry Potts, to deputy director at the FBI. It was Potts who gave his men “shoot to kill on sight” orders.

Not that long ago, Freeh permitted FBI attorney Howard Shapiro to brief the Clintons concerning ongoing investigations inside the FBI. Freeh also permitted Shapiro to use FBI agents to harass and intimidate a disabled agent who had provided harmful testimony concerning the Clintons.

Not that long ago, a lead technician blew the whistle on the FBI crime lab, citing ways and examples the lab manufactured fraudulent “evidence” to obtain criminal convictions. Freeh was specifically named as one who ordered it to be done when he served as U.S. Attorney. Not that long ago, Freeh permitted his FBI agents to hound Billy Dale and other employees of the White House travel office, until they either quit or were fired and replaced by Clintonistas. Dale was prosecuted based on FBI “evidence” and acquitted by a jury after just one hour of deliberations.

Not that long ago, Freeh’s FBI arrested U.S. Government informant Carol Howe, apparently because she swore out an affidavit implicating FBI involvement in a sting operation to bomb the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. In an attempt to shut her up, Howe was then unsuccessfully prosecuted by Reno’s Justice Department for a “destructive device” the government had previously instructed her to obtain!

Not that long ago, Freeh recommended that the United Nations create international “hate crimes” laws designed to gag U.S. citizens who rely on our own First Amendment to send controversial historical and political literature abroad. Afterward, Freeh’s FBI collaborated with Germany and Sweden to make sure that two Americans were arrested and jailed while travelling in Europe for allegedly sending their literature into Germany. The Department of Justice and the State Department both refused to intervene on behalf of our fellow citizens. After a year or so in jail, one of the Americans was permitted to post bond and he promptly fled and returned to Florida. The other American has remained in jail for almost two years.

In case some folks still think that Freeh believes in free speech, recall that not that long ago he recommended in congressional testimony that the U.S. Government be allowed to tap all computers and telephones in the U.S. without obtaining warrants. He also testified in support of hardwiring all communications technology with a special “clipper chip” that would not allow users to encrypt or encode messages, including private communications and corporate trade secrets.

The Republicans’ strange embrace of Freeh is not merely ironic, nor does it demonstrate ostensible Republican fickleness. The Republicans are not just stupid and fickle, they are hypocrites. They are not more effective, much less trustworthy, than the Democrats in preserving your liberty. The story of Louis Freeh is a view in microcosm of the cesspool of modern politics and government.

 

The Intolerance Of The Tolerance Crowd

Those who preach tolerance do not tolerate preaching. – Unknown

The shrieks and caterwauling of the politically correct crowd over alleged “racist” comments by a rancher and a NBA owner/slum lord reveal their utter hypocrisy and disdain for liberty.

The tolerance crowd tells us everyone must be tolerant of “alternate lifestyles” and gay “marriage” and non-Christian religious practices. They create out of whole cloth hate crimes and thought crimes in order to enforce their “tolerance.”

Yet the tolerance crowd does not tolerate contrarian opinions.

Brendan Eich was drummed out of his position at Mozilla by the tolerance crowd after it was revealed he contributed to Prop 8 in 2008. Cliven Bundy pointed out the slavery inherent in government entitlements and was figuratively tarred and feathered and abandoned by his spaghetti-spined opportunistic pseudo-friends. Donald Sterling has been banned for life from attending games played by and operating a team he owns, and he may have his property forcibly removed by the tolerance crowd over private comments recorded and released illegally — comments like those likely uttered by NBA players at one another during the course of every game and certainly no more offensive than those off which President Barack Obama’s favorite rapper, Jay Z, makes millions of dollars annually.

The tolerance crowd works daily to remove any mention of the Christian God from the public square and even public life, but insist Christians be tolerant of Islam and the religion of Atheism. The tolerance crowd insists Christians must tolerate – and support monetarily – the murder of innocents in the womb, and they won’t tolerate anyone who speaks out against abortion. The tolerance crowd has no tolerance whatsoever for guns and gun owners or kids with toy guns or even food shaped like guns.

Political correctness is the opposite of tolerance. PC is about conformity to government- and elite-approved thought, speech and deed. The government, its politicians and its idiot PC-preaching pawns do all they can to force political conformity.

Political conformity and compliance is what PC is all about. It is fascism. It is anathema to liberty.

Income Tax Always Goes With Paper Money

Income tax is a regulation system that controls consumption, redistributes wealth and it is a dossier system of government spying on the people. The U.S. tax code is tax evasion for the rich.

I very much doubt that one IRS agent employee in a million understands that Federal income taxes are not for income for the government.

In January 1946 in “American Affairs” Beardsley Ruml, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York stated before the American Bar Association that given control of a central banking system and an inconvertible currency, a sovereign national government is finally free of money worries and need no longer levy taxes for the purpose of providing itself with revenue. Anyone can Google Beardsley Ruml and get this information.

Even though income tax is not for income for the Federal government, it is a powerful regulation system under a socialist/fascist government. The states and cities have no such system so they do indeed use the income tax system for income revenue.

Many individuals through the years have tried to confront the illegality of the income tax system. The income tax system is absolutely necessary to impose a paper money system. They go together. It is so important that it is backed by the police power of the State.

Again, when individuals confront the illegality of the Federal income tax system, they are manipulated into spurious issues and if they persist, they go to jail.

The collapse of paper money will bring an end to Federal income tax and all the evil it has foisted upon the people.

Calcium Can Reduce The Chance Of Cancer For Women

Researchers in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-AARP Diet and Health Study have found that increasing calcium levels can reduce the risk of cancer in women.

The results of the study, reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, indicated that increasing your calcium intake can decrease your risk of all cancers if you’re a woman. This holds true with doses up to 1,300 mg of calcium per day—if you take more calcium than that, there are no signs of further decreasing your cancer risk.

But extra calcium also lowers the chance of cancers of the digestive system—particularly colorectal cancer—in both women and men.

You can get your additional calcium with a supplement and from raw milk – and get other health benefits as well—or through the consumption of cheese and yogurt.

And don’t forget about nondairy sources of calcium such as salmon, tofu, sardines, collard greens, spinach, turnip greens, okra, broccoli, sesame seeds, almonds and more. What an easy and delicious way to cut down your chances of one of the most dreaded of all diseases.

‘N’ Words

Political correctness and the creation of thought crimes are hammers statists and progressives use to stifle freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association and to deflect attention from the crimes of the regime as they push toward an egalitarian, centrally planned society devoid of liberty.

Last week, the PC crowd and their media enablers got all atwitter at the very idea of a rancher’s observation that dependence on the welfare state might have created a new form of slavery in the U.S. as egregious as the actual human ownership-type slavery that existed prior to the Civil War.

His actual quote, which was taken out of context (surprise) by The New York Times, was not “racist” in any way when one stops for a moment to consider what was actually said:

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Bundy’s crime is he had revealed an actual truth that the regime wants to suppress: That government social programs have created a new class of slaves who are dependent upon government and those same programs have been as destructive – if not more so — to black families as actual pre-Civil War slavery. To my mind, Bundy’s only error was in restricting his observation to black families. Anyone dependent upon government welfare programs for subsistence is a slave to government, and social welfare programs are destroying the fabric of U.S. society on the whole, not for just one race.

These facts have been uttered before without creating quite as much controversy. In August, 2013, Virginia candidate for Lieutenant Governor E.W. Jackson, himself a descendent of slaves, said government welfare programs had done more to destroy black families than slavery ever did. Dr. Walter E. Williams is quoted as saying, “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery could not have done, the harshest Jim Crow laws and racism could not have done, namely break up the black family.”

Entertainer Bill Cosby has noted much the same thing as has Dr. Ben Carson. So are these men” racists?” Or is racism limited to whites who speak the truth? Only in a PC world.

When one is uttering a truth, that truth is made no less relevant by the color of the utterer’s skin, nor does it suddenly become “racist” based on the utterer’s skin color, despite what statists would have you believe.

Much was also made of Bundy’s use of the word, “negro,” as if that word has suddenly become equated to the word “nigger” as a black pejorative. Negro is an anthropological term used to describe one of the three races of humans.

This is something that was once taught in school, before they became nothing more than government indoctrination centers. Many of those of Bundy’s generation (and mine) learned in school that the three races of humans are Caucasian (Caucasoid), Mongolian (Mongoloid) and Negro (Negroid). The term “negro” as a race designation has long appeared on U.S. government documents, including on the 2010 census form. It also remains in use by some organizations that purport to advocate for black causes, not the least of which is the United Negro College Fund.

That progressives suddenly don’t like the word, as evidenced by one progressive’s intellectually void comment in my article, He’s A ‘Racist,’ Now The Feds Are Free To Kill Cliven Bundy, is irrelevant.

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The PC crowd also cleverly mischaracterized Bundy’s comment by claiming that he wanted to see blacks go back to picking cotton. To miss the metaphor Bundy used when he stated, “…because they never learned how to pick cotton,” reveals either a dearth of intellectual capability or a devious attempt at deflection.

Unfortunately, the hue and cry of the PC crowd and their enabling government propaganda machine, combined with the cowardice of conservatives who are cowed by the very mention of “racism,” have served to deflect attention away from the larger issue of the Bureau of Land Management’s egregious treatment of Bundy, his cattle and the supporters who rallied against big government. That’s exactly what the PC crowd hoped for.

While “nigger” has become the “N-word” and apparently the PC crowd is aiming to make “negro” a new “N” word, there is another “N” word that progressives are using to intimidate conservatives and shut off any legitimate debate. It is the word “Nazi” and its associated “F” word, “fascist.”

Conservatives almost always run away from these terms and abandon any conversation where they are employed – exactly the aim of the person using them — because they don’t know how to respond. Response is quite simple.

Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist German Worker’s Party (NSDAP) was the Nazi party. Nazis controlled Germany and transformed it into a fascist totalitarian state that controlled industrial production and just about every aspect of German life including thought and speech.

Statists falsely equate Nazism as a “right wing” philosophy and “socialism” as left wing. But Hitler himself points out that they are equal and therefore, left wing. He said, “Each activity and each need of the individual will thereby be regulated by the party as the representative of the general good. There will be no license, no free space, in which the individual belongs to himself. This is socialism — not such trifles as the private possession of the means of production. Of what importance is that if I range men firmly within a discipline they cannot escape? Let them then own land or factories as much as they please. The decisive factor is that the State, through the party, is supreme over them, regardless whether they are owners or workers. All that, you see, is unessential. Our socialism goes far deeper.”

Whether you call them statists, progressives, socialists, liberals or RINOS (Republicans in name only), they are the ones who advocate for policies more akin to the Nazis and fascists.

One such example comes from an Obamacare troll named Paul Edward who appeared suddenly attempting to “defend” Obamacare in my article, Obamacare Is A Success. I engaged him at length out of enjoyment and to let him expose his own hypocrisy and ignorance. He did not disappoint.

See, for instance, this comment:

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Here are some example of Paul Edward’s “intellectual talents.”

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And compassion.

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And lack of any vestiges of “racism” or “classism.”

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It is not conservatives who want bigger government. Those who want government involved in every aspect of people’s lives from cradle to grave, those who favor heavy regulation of industry and business, like the German fascists, and those who advocate for wealth redistribution programs, like the communists, are the statists, progressives, socialists and liberals.

It is not conservatives who try and stifle free speech and who create “hate crimes” and “thought crimes,” like fascists, it is statists, progressives, socialists and liberals.

It is not conservatives who forced the ouster of Brendan Eich from Mozilla because he supported traditional marriage, it was statists, progressives, socialists and liberals.

It is not conservatives who are engaged in a war on Christianity and who are trying to stop public prayer and other public religious expressions, like the fascists, it’s statists, progressives, socialists and liberals.

It is not conservatives who are using government databases (the IRS) to gain information with which to silence and marginalize people, like the fascists, it’s the statists, progressives, socialists and liberals.

Conservatives such as myself advocate for lassez faire capitalism. Conservatives such as myself advocate for freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of association. Conservatives such as myself would not call for a company to fire a man for contributing to causes anathema to our belief system. Conservatives such as myself advocate for a return to Constitutional governance, the elimination of the welfare state and for the end of the Federal Reserve.

Conservatives such as myself are not intimidated by the Paul Edwardses of the world and PC crowd. Do not be concerned with their “N” words.

Update: Article corrected to show that Jackson was candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia, not Wisconsin.

Playing The Reid Card

It appears that as its main campaign strategy to wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats, the GOP will play the Reid card. That’s a reference to Senator Harry Reid, the man who has openly and unabashedly stated that anyone who opposes a big, overbearing and over-militarized government is a “domestic terrorist.”

But it’s not Reid’s belief that patriots are terrorists, or his past claims that Tea Party members are “anarchists” that Republicans are using in their strategy. By their silence on those remarks, the Republican establishment apparently agrees with Reid.

What they’re targeting in campaign ads and speeches is Reid’s corruption and his efforts to push President Barack Obama’s “liberal agenda.”

Of course, Reid’s corruption is a target-rich environment. Almost his entire adult life has been spent as a non-producer, sucking of the teats of local, State and national government. The website Real Clear Politics notes that his career in politics began 40 years ago as small city’s attorney. He was elected to a local hospital’s board of trustees, then ran for and won a seat on Nevada’s Assembly. Two years later he was elected Nevada’s lieutenant governor.

Aiming still higher, Reid ran for the U.S. Senate in 1974, but lost. A year later, he ran for mayor of Las Vegas and lost again. For the next three years, Reid toiled as an attorney out of public life (and the only time in his professional career he wasn’t receiving a government check).

In 1977, Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan — Reid’s friend and mentor — appointed Reid chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. It’s the only period when Reid may have done something substantive: He was filmed by the FBI trying to choke someone, supposedly for attempting to bribe him; and he so upset the Vegas mob bosses that they put a bomb in Reid’s wife’s car. (The bomb was discovered before it exploded.)

He ran for and won a seat in the U.S. House in 1982, and was elected to the Senate in 1987, where he’s been ever since.

In that time, despite never holding a real job, Reid advanced himself from being the simple son of an alcoholic miner living in a small cabin to being a multimillionaire and one of the four most powerful men in America.

In its piece on Reid, RCP asks the $10 million (Reid’s peak worth as reported on financial disclosure forms) question: “How did Reid manage to grow his net worth so significantly while raising a large family, on a public official’s salary, and incurring the expenses associated with maintaining two residences on opposite sides of the country?”

RCP breaks down in the article that Reid has always walked on the edge of corruption his entire career, occasionally stepping over it enough to create smoke but never enough fire to burn his career to the ground.

Of course, Reid’s hands are all over the Bureau of Land Management’s assault on Cliven Bundy’s ranch and cattle.

His son, Rory, helped broker a land deal with Chinese interests to sell the land in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone; and Reid’s puppet and former chief of staff Neil Kornze is head of BLM. Since the BLM backed down from its assault, Reid has repeatedly stated in no uncertain terms that the issue is not over and that Bundy — and by implication the “domestic terrorists” who sided with him — will face consequences.

Reid, as a U.S. Senator elected to represent all Nevadans, wouldn’t come down so hard against his constituents were he not involved in the land deal up to at least his elbows.

As Reid’s corruption is a target-rich environment, so is his hypocrisy. After Bundy pontificated on the evils of government entitlements and how it has created a class of slaves — words The New York Times held for four days before releasing them selectively edited so the regime’s propaganda machine could tar Bundy as a “racist” — Reid called Bundy “a hateful racist” with “extreme, hateful views, and dangerous.” Never mind that Reid uttered the “racist” term “negro” in a conversation about the future President’s dialect and got a veritable pass from the ruling class.

And lately, in those rare moments when Reid’s eye drifts from the dollar signs he sees in his Nevada land deals, he has spent a great deal of effort disparaging those “evil and rich” Koch brothers and everybody in the Tea Party who may have crossed their path, even though he and most of the Democrat Party have benefited from Koch largess.

Reid’s latest attack on Bundy would create high dudgeon if we lived in a sane world: That is, one in which things were as they are presented, with an honest media, a government that respected the Constitution and the rule of law and in which all people understood from where all rights emanate and what they are and that it is people, not governments, who have rights.

But we live in a world in which a psychopathic statist taker (Reid) who has enriched himself off of government can disparage, threaten and intimidate without consequence hardworking Americans who speak the truth to power.

And if we lived in a sane world: That is, one in which there was no protected political elite class and in which people could find “representatives” to send to government who would actually represent the people rather than the moneyed elites, themselves and their cronies, then Harry Reid and Barack Obama and John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi and any of the other hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of politicians and bureaucrats who had enriched themselves or their friends and families by stomping all over the law, the Constitution and the backs of the people in their climb to power would be behind bars if not swinging from ropes.

But in the world we live in the messengers change language on a whim; crimes are invented from whole cloth or dismissed as irrelevant, depending upon the mood of the persecutors or the propagandists or the rank of the criminal; the government has not only decided that the protections outlined in the Constitution are irrelevant, but it has ignored those protections without consequence; the money printers destroy our wealth; the lifestyle of the American middle class burns; and people are pushed to the point of revolt as the most powerful politicians in America agitate and employ government agencies against the people.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party, supposedly the party of limited government and supportive of the rule of law, plans to play the Reid card passively rather than as a trump. It points only toward Reid’s “liberalism” and the fact that he’s “dirty and unethical” but ignores the bigger crime: his use of government as a cudgel to intimidate and oppress those who want to restore Constitutional governance.

If the Republicans played that Reid card, they’d hold a winning hand.

The Real Tyrants Of Liberty

Hi Bob ,

Why don’t we talk about the real tyrants of liberty ? They are the corporations and their allies in public sector. Corptocracy and big brother is not the government. It is multinational corporations which are making the nation state irrelevant . They make products where they can make them the cheapest. They play one group off against the other while their profits continue to rise. I agree with you that Obama care is not good . The insurance companies will use this to maximize their profits . While the federal govt. is blamed. 1984 was warning us about the eventual enslavement of the people by the corporate state. How many more years will there even be a middle class ? While the banks play games with peoples lives and minimize their investments and put their homes in foreclosure. All of this while we are told the only problem is the federal govt. i dare you to answer my letter. I am a concerned citizen who wants our country to not be ruined by corporate greed. Once again please reply to me

sincerely

Frederick A.

Dear Frederick,

Corporatocracy and Big Brother are the government. The U.S. government is a fascist system under the guise of “democracy.” I write about this often. Why do you “dare” me to answer your letter?

Best wishes,

Bob

He’s A ‘Racist,’ So Now The Feds Are Free To Kill Cliven Bundy

Cliven Bundy made some impolitic statements on race in the presence of a reporter for The New York Times. Of course, the mainstream media, which virtually ignored the story of Federal government’s overreaching and violent land grab for weeks, suddenly found enthusiasm for it. They jumped all over Bundy’s “racism,” but continued to ignore the bigger story.

Prior to his remarks — in which Bundy said he was wondering whether those blacks who live a life of government dependence, who sit around all day not working and who see their young men being imprisoned and their daughters aborting babies are any freer today than they were as slaves — the best slur the regime’s propaganda machine could contrive to demonize Bundy was to label him a tax dodger. While that riled up some on the left — particularly those who thrive off the backs of others and want to ensure their gravy train continues to provide them with their “fair share” — distrust, if not outright hatred, of the Internal Revenue Service tempered the outrage. After all, all American “taxpayers” do all they can to avoid paying more taxes than they are required to pay by law. Many even “fudge” a little bit when prudent.

But now we have the specter of racism introduced.

Regimes have a long and storied history in propagandizing the masses against the regime’s enemy du jour. When the truth will not do, it often uses false flags or outright lies. This is as true of the American regime as with totalitarian regimes with which the U.S. has warred through the years, as well as those that came before it.

In 1992, Federal agents assaulted a home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. They shot a dog. When 13-year-old Sammy Weaver went to investigate the commotion, he was shot in the back by U.S. Marshal Larry Cooper.

FBI snipers were called in. FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot Sammy’s father, Randy, in the back as he went to an outbuilding to view Sammy’s body. Horiuchi then spotted Sammy’s mother, Vicki Weaver, standing in the house holding a baby. Horiuchi bravely shot Vicki in the head, posing a threat as she did to Horiuchi and his armed brownshirt friends while holding her loaded baby.

From the Federal government and the regime’s propaganda machine, we learned how Weaver’s “crimes” justified the assault on his house and the slaughter of his wife and son. A neighbor with whom Weaver had a land dispute wrote letters to the Federal government and local law enforcement saying that Weaver had threatened to the kill the pope and President Ronald Reagan in the mid-1980s. He was an individualist. He had fundamentalist beliefs. His wife home-schooled their children. He attended an Aryan Nations rally (read racist). He had illegal guns. Oh, the horrors!

Of course, that the threats against Reagan and the pope were never substantiated and that the “illegal” guns he had came from an FBI entrapment scheme were not part of the narrative.

In 1993, Federal agents could have arrested David Koresh on any one of his frequent journeys into Waco, Texas. Instead, they assembled a strike force and attacked the Branch Davidian compound. They were surprised that a group of Americans would resist their armed pleasantries, and a gunfight ensued that left four FBI agents and five Branch Davidians dead.

For 51 days, the FBI and state’s propaganda arm warned that women and children were in danger of harm from Koresh. The official story was that Koresh led a religious cult and he was engaged in polygamy, sex with underage girls and stockpiling illegal weapons.

Of course, no proof of that was ever presented by the government, nor did the media require it. It was enough that it was a compelling story at the beginning of 24-hour cable news.

It turns out that it was the government, not Koresh, that posed the danger. The FBI gassed and burned the compound’s occupants. Not even the women and children the FBI was “protecting” were spared the inferno. Afterward, we heard from the state that it was their own fault. They could have just surrendered, don’t you know?

On Sept. 30, 2011, a U.S. drone obliterated Anwar al-Awlaki. It was the first targeted killing of an American citizen. Because al-Awlaki was a “terrorist,” most Americans applauded his death. No evidence of his “terrorism” was ever presented in court. The media didn’t care, and neither did most of the people. He was a terrorist plain and simple. The media said so. So did the regime.

Now we know that Bundy is a racist. The media tell us so because of an inartful statement — a statement in which he should have correctly referred to everyone who subsists solely on the government as a slave — he made to a group of supporters in the reporter’s presence. It was a statement by a man who has suddenly found himself with a rapt audience, a statement made by a man unprepared for the attention — both fawning and scornful — and not polished as a speaker.

It’s quite different from Senator Robert Byrd (KKK-W.Va.) who twice used the term “white nigger” in an interview. And it’s quite different from Jesse Jackson and his Hymie-town remarks. They were given a pass by the state because they are statists.

But for Bundy, now the government is free to kill him. He opposes big government. He’s a racist, you know. If you don’t agree, you must be a racist, too.

What Would The Founders Think Of The Bundy Ranch Situation?

It’s an interesting exercise to consider what the Founding Fathers would think of the Bundy ranch/Bureau of Land Management standoff. After all, the Founders are long gone. But we do have their writings and their recorded quotations from which to glean their wisdom.

Among the grievances cited in the Declaration of Independence were: “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out our substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our Legislatures.” What better description is there of the BLM and its enforcers — not to mention the myriad other unConstitutional alphabet soup agencies that now have their own military enforcement arm?

The Declaration also cites: “…imposing taxes on us without our consent,” and “…depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury.” This perfectly describes Cliven Bundy’s grievance with the BLM.

The Founders believed government’s job was to protect the rights of the people. The Constitution they drafted was designed to place limits on government, not the people.

John Adams wrote that “[A] republic . . . [is] a government, in which the property of the public, or people, and of every one of them was secure and protected by law . . . implies liberty; because property cannot be secured unless the man be at liberty to acquire, use or part with it, at his discretion, and unless he have his personal liberty of life and limb, motion and rest, for that purpose.”

James Wilson wrote: “By exclusive property, the productions of the earth and the means of subsistence are secured and preserved, as well as multiplied. What belongs to no one is wasted by every one. What belongs to one man in particular is the object of his economy and care.”

And James Madison wrote: “[Property] embraces everything to which a man may attach a value and have a right.”

I have written repeatedly of the Founders’ fear of both a powerful “national” government and of standing armies. Because of this fear, they limited Federal powers to own land to that necessary for the “erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful buildings.” It stretches imagination to believe “needful buildings” would include tortoise habitat or solar farms or oil fields.

In Article I, Section 1, the Framers limited law-making to Congress. They did not give law-making authority to alphabet soup agencies.

Finally, consider the 9th and 10th Amendments, which give authority to the people and the States to anything not specified to the Federal government in the Constitution.

I believe the evidence is clear: The Founders, almost to a man, would side with Bundy against the government. That’s why we should as well.

Government Steals Most Ever, Head Thief Wants More

For the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 through April 15 (Tax Day) the Federal government set an all-time record for revenue collected. That is government-speak for “stole an unprecedented amount of money from the American people.”

According to the Daily Treasury Statement, the Federal government appropriated a total of $1.428 trillion in the first six months of the year. That exceeds the previous record of $1.349 trillion set in 2008.

That total included withheld income and employment taxes, individual income taxes, railroad retirement taxes, excise taxes corporation income taxes, Federal unemployment taxes, estate and gift taxes, and miscellaneous Internal Revenue Service receipts.

Yet despite that, the government massed a deficit of $413 billion for the year.

That is not enough taxation for Barack Obama.

In his latest budget, according to analysis published by the Congressional Budget Office, Obama’s proposal to Congress would see taxes rise from 17.6 percent of gross domestic product in 2014 to 19.2 percent in 2024. That is an unprecedented level of taxation in U.S. history.

For that 10-year stretch, Federal taxation would average 18.7 percent of GDP. The only time it ever approached that level was from fiscal 1992 through 2001, when Federal taxes averaged 18.3 percent. Even then, taxation exceeded 18.3 percent of GDP for only five straight years (1997-2001).

According to the CBO, despite the increase in taxes, Obama’s budget will never balance. Over 10 years, the Federal government’s “debt” will increase by $7.183 trillion.

There is no appetite in Washington for reining in government. Until the dollar collapses, government will continue to grow and Washington will steal more and more from the producers to give to the non-producers.

Spending for so-called “entitlements” has doubled in the past 20 years. Entitlement spending is now more than 14.5 percent of GDP.

The U.S. government is on pace to take in almost $3 trillion in tax revenue in fiscal 2014. The Federal government has not spent less than $3 trillion since 2005. Was government too small in 2005? I don’t recall it going lacking.

Remember that there is no debt. The Federal government can print all the money it wants, so how can there be debt? And income taxes are not for funding the Federal government.

The idea of Federal debt and of taxes for funding government programs are myths designed to coerce people into happily supporting big government. It’s the greatest fraud ever pulled.

Mumps Vaccine Proven Ineffective

The New Jersey Department of Health has confirmed eight cases of mumps among students at the Stevens Institution of Technology.

All eight students had been vaccinated twice with a mumps vaccine, according to multiple media reports. Attendance at the university requires student have “full vaccinations,” including vaccination for mumps, measles and rubella (MMR).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the mumps vaccine is 95 percent effective at preventing the disease.

This only the most recent in a string of mumps outbreaks among vaccinated individuals. In February, 13 cases were diagnosed at Fordham University. Fordham also requires students be fully immunized.

On April 2, Fox News reported that 116 Ohio State University students or people connected to the school had contracted mumps. Of those infected, only three had been confirmed as not having received the vaccination.

Spokesman Jose Rodriguez of the Columbus, Ohio, Health Department is quoted as saying that 10 percent to 20 percent of the population is vulnerable to the mumps even they have received the MMR vaccine.

Notice how they play fast and loose with the figures. The CDC claims the vaccine is 95 percent effective. Rodriguez says it’s 80 percent to 90 percent effective.

So which is it?

According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, it’s likely neither. The Journal did a study on the 2009 New England mumps outbreak and found that 97 percent of those 3,502 children who developed mumps had been vaccinated according to government guidelines, 89 percent of them twice.

This means it’s likely that rather than providing increased protection against the mumps, the vaccine actually lowered the immune system of those who had two vaccines and increased their likelihood of contracting the disease.

Additionally, the MMR vaccine has been linked to autism and gastrointestinal disorders in children.

Government Just A Terrorist Organization

Commenting on Reid: Supporters Of Nevada Rancher Are ‘Domestic Terrorists’,
Libertarian58 says:
April 17, 2014
Has there ever been a more terrorist organization throughout history than GOVERNMENT? The way these criminals work is this: Suppose the government wants to steal your land, what they do is create laws that enable them to do that, since they are legislators and lawyers, they just make up what they want to “legalize” their actions. The Endangered Species Act is exactly this kind of law. By calling whatever creature they want “endangered” they can “legally” take control of your property, even though it’s theft. If the citizens “resist”, then they are called “lawbreakers”. Harry Reid is one of the most corrupt thieves in the country having gotten his start with shady land deals in Nevada. This tactic of creating “useful laws” runs rampant throughout government.

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