Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: At Whose Expense

Seattle Progressives Prove Certain Economic Laws Cannot Be Repealed

This article was published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, August 14, 2015:  

Peter, Paul & Mary

By changing the meaning of the word “flowers” to “businesses,” the lyrics from Peter, Paul & Mary’s anti-war song applies perfectly to the new Seattle under its new minimum wage mandates: Where have all the businesses gone?

Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?”
Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago?
Where have all the flowers gone?
Young girls have picked them everyone.
Oh, when will they ever learn?
Oh, when will they ever learn?

And when will Mayor Ed Murray and his gaggle of progressives who unanimously passed the anti-business, anti-employment minimum wage law last summer ever learn: you cannot fool Mother Nature, and you cannot repeal economic laws.

In Murray’s case the economic law still to be learned is:

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New York City Council Passes Bill Forcing Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

On Wednesday the New York City Council voted 45-3 to pass the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, a bill which will require employers with more than 20 employees to

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More Evidence Social Security is Fading Away

Daily Bell: Baby Boomers Bamboozled: Social Security Fades Into a Dreamtime Haze

Social Security started out well enough, of course. The first person to receive a check was Ida May Fuller who paid Social Security taxes for three years that came to a total of $24.75. Her very first monthly check in 1940 was for $22.54. And since she lived to be 100, she collected $22,888.92.

The Roosevelt administration made a big deal out of Fuller and the benefits she received. But in reality, Social Security was just like any other big government program. It was built to fail.

Ida May Fuller, the first recipient

Ida May Fuller, the first recipient (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Social Security (anti-social and insecure), or as I like to refer to it, a Ponzi scheme at the point of a gun, is one of my favorite subjects to write about. And when Anthony Wile gets spooled up about Social Security, the combination is delicious.

This business about Ida May Fuller is legendary, and instructive. It exposes the fraud of the system from its very first beneficiary. I remember Ayn Rand’s favorite question to ask about any government program designed to “improve peoples’ lives:” At whose expense?

Once we get an answer to that question, we know how things will turn out.

When I received my first paycheck at age 17 and discovered that someone had gotten there first, I learned just whose expense was involved: mine!

When I talked with my socialist father-in-law (predictably a college professor) about the Social Security fraud, I suggested that (as he was already on Social Security at the time) I just cut him a check directly, and skip the round trip through Washington, DC.

He became furious and wouldn’t talk to me about it anymore! Truth hurts and I had seen through the fraud. And his answer was to run away and hide. We never talked about it again.

Wile has his point of view, which is well-taken: “If people don’t understand how their society operates, how are they going to change it?” Those on Social Security are about to find out.

Counting the Costs of Unemployment Insurance

Bismarck ca. 1875.

Image via Wikipedia

As part of the backroom deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for another two years, the GOP gave the progressives an extension of one of their favorite welfare-state building blocks: unemployment insurance—which will undoubtedly add to the long lines of suffering Americans in our country.

Otto von Bismarck, the “Iron Chancellor” of Germany in the 1880s, first introduced the concept of state-mandated unemployment insurance. It was then forcibly introduced in the United States during the Great Depression under the Roosevelt administration and has been expanded regularly ever since. In fact, the proposed extension would be the sixth such expansion since June of 2008.

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